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Ethel BeattyI Know You Care/It's Your Love ... 7-inch
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $12.99
A hot slice of early 80s, post-disco soul produced by Roy Ayers! On "I Know You Care", Ethyl uses a sexy, breathy, Minnie Riperton kind of approach that accents the deep thumping bass, drums and claps, and the scratchy guitar very nicely! Overall the track has a bit poppier of a sound than we'd usually associate with Roy Ayers, but it matches the vocals very sweetly! The flip "It's Your Love", co-written by Ayers and D.D. Bridgewater, has a similar feel, but it's actually a deeper cut with some very moody organ washes and a deeper, darker turn on vocals by Ms. Beatty. Nice, rare soul from an overlooked period in Roy Ayer's production career! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Chuck CisselDon't Tell Me You're Sorry/Do You Believe ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $7.99
A mighty sweet groove from Chuck Cissel – a singer who's got a way of soaring with the groove – which is an approach that works perfectly here! "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry" has this vibe that's maybe a bit more upbeat than the message of the lyrics – but that's a-OK with us – and "Do You Believe" is more of a funky stepper – slightly complicated in the rhythms, but still completely catchy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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D TrainMiracles Of The Heart (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
James D-Train Williams' first album for a major label – and a really great follow-up to the indie success of his initial recordings for Prelude Records! The style here is very similar to the clubby grooves of D-Train's earlier sides – thanks to strong keyboards, production, and songwriting help from Hubert Eaves – the jazzy talent who helped give Williams' his trademark groove! Instrumentation veers slightly more towards mainstream 80s soul at times, but the Eaves' sound is still very firmly in place here – and titles include the groovers "Oh How I Love You (Girl)", "Misunderstanding", and "Let Me Love You" – plus "You Are Everything", "I Got Your Number", "Stand Up & Fight", and "Miracle Of The Heart". CD also features 4 bonus tracks from singles – 12" mixes of "Misunderstanding" and "Oh How I Love You Girl" – plus "You Are Everything (acapella)" and "Oh How I Love You Girl (inst)". CD
Also available Miracles Of The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Tyrone DavisDo You Feel It? – The Real Soul Of Tyrone Davis ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Some of our favorite work ever from Tyrone Davis – a massive compilation of his post-Dakar work for Columbia Records! Although Davis first rose to fame on the earlier label, we love his work from this second stretch even more – as Tyrone really changed up his game a lot, and moved past the familiar modes of his previous hits – into richly sophisticated territory with a wonderfully warm and mellow vibe! There's a depth to these tracks that's hard to describe accurately – and most of the material has been crucially overlooked for years, which is why the compilation's such a treasure. Tyrone's vocals are still as deeply soulful as before, but they really hit a new level of maturity too – a sound that's smooth, slinky, and completely sublime! Titles include "Overdue", "Never Stopped Loving You", "I Won't Let Go", "I Just Can't Keep Going On", "Love", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Playing In The Sand", "In The Mood", "Do You Feel It", "Satisfy You Before I Satisfy Me", and "Ain't Nothing I Can Do". CD

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Dilated PeoplesWorst Comes To Worst (radio, street, inst)/Target Practice (radio, street, inst)/Babu's Scartch Kit (#4 & #5) ... 12-inch
ABB/Expansion Team, 2001. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Dee EdwardsPut The World On Hold/Put Your Love On The Line ... 7-inch
Cotillion/Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Two great tracks from Dee Edwards – from a time when the Detroit singer was really getting a chance to shine! "Put The World On Hold" has a sweet lyric over a soaring groove – not entirely clubby, maybe more modern soul overall – with a slightly complex set of changes that really make the tune stand out! "Put Your Love On The Line" has a really cool funky vibe – upbeat club, but with an intensity to the instrumentation, which really seems to bring out the best in Dee's vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ EliminatorsLoving Explosion ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
A rare funky soul classic! This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it's darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record's a great one – and it's got a tight ensemble funky sound, mixed with some great soulful vocals, and a strong indie soul groove. The band originally came from North Carolina, and they've got a style that's similar to some of the other south coast funk groups that were operating in the 70s in cities like Washington, Richmond, and other points south. Most tracks have deep soulful vocals, but there's some very nice instrumentals too, and the band's got a pretty tight approach to playing. Titles include "Rump Bump", "Loose Hips", "Get Satisfied (parts 1 & 2)", "Loving Explosion", "Give It Up", and "Blood Donors Needed". CD
Also available Loving Explosion (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Adriana EvansEl Camino ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2006. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joanna GardnerJoanna Gardner ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $9.99
A rare lost modern soul gem, which we too rarely come across! Recorded in 1985 for the Philly World label as Gardner's debut LP, the story as we understand it is that this record never really hit the shelves – for some reason it was pulled at the last minute by the label. We can't figure out why, as the set's got very nice 80s Philly production and arrangements courtesy Dexter Wansel, Bobby Eli and Nick Martinelli – with a smooth 80s groove soul sound that would have been a big hit then, and is even more sought after now. The album includes Joanna's great cut "Pick Up The Pieces", an excellent stepper's cut, plus "We Can Make It", "Special Feelings", "Watching You", "Spooky" and "I Could Never Love Another Like You". CD

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Victor HaynesTake It To The Top (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
Really great work from Victor Haynes – the soul singer who's been giving us some great albums for Expansion Records over the years – real gems that have slowly been creating an instant-classic collection of music that keeps on going strong! Haynes has this positive, upbeat vibe that takes us back to that initial explosion of UK soul at the start of the 90s – a way of drawing on the spirit of the classics, but really looking forward – using sophisticated phrasing on his vocals, but never in a way that calls too much attention to itself – just continues to deliver this really well-crafted approach to contemporary soul! Production, arrangements, and everything else about the album is rock-solid – and titles include "Take It To The Top", "Do I Qualify", "Hopping Skipping So In Love", "My Sweetest Temptation", "Jazz Street", "Spend Some Time", "Who Do You Love", "Help Me Feel The Sun", and "Strong Love (Groovemay mix)". CD

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Al Hudson & The Soul PartnersSpreading Love/Happy Feet ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of ABC Records gems from Al Hudson & The Soul Partners – back to back on a single CD! Spreading Love is excellent early work from Al Hudson – a soulful talent who stood his own in the late 70s, forging an up-tempo funk sound that lived long past disco, and which was sort of a platform for groups of the 80s to build a new dancefloor sound. Hudson relied heavily on bass-y funk to hit his groove, but he also gave strong focus to the good singers who worked with his groups – adding in good ballads that act as a showcase to members like bassist Kevin McCord, who sings some great vocals on this set. The album kicks off with the up-tempo groover "Spread Love", an anthemic dancefloor tune that almost points the way towards soulful house, and it's got some other nice cuts, like the ballads "Lost Inside Of You" and "Love Me Forever", plus the funky numbers "How Do You Do", and "Dance, Get Down". Happy Feet is joyous, bouncy sounds from the legendary Al Hudson – a sweet little set with his Soul Partners group, done in a mode that's right up there with the best music of his One Way combo! The grooves are uptempo, yet are much more rooted in ensemble funk than some of the disco of Al's contemporaries – and if anything, the album really shows a great evolution from the funk bands of the previous generation to a newer, more sophisticated style overall. Hudson's work at the helm is wonderful – and helps steer the group towards some nice mellow moments too – with arrangements from Kevin McCord, Rudy Robinson, and Dave Roberson. Alicia Myers serves up some great early vocals with the group – and titles include "I Don't Want You To Leave Me", "Another Love Song", "You Can Do It", "In The Basement", "Call Me", and "Rock". CD

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KashifWho Loves You? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A perfect 90s moment from the mighty Kashif – maybe sounding better here in an indie soul setting than he did a few years before on the charts – stepping back into this smooth mellow groove that's a perfect showcase for his ultra-classy vocals! Kashif's an artist who inspired so many others with his early work as both a singer and producer – including artists who started to beat him at his own game – yet the master really turns the tables back around here, and reminds us why he's so great in the first place – a proud, powerful spirit in the lead – but one who's also got a great sense of collaboration, too – as evidenced by the album's guest appearances by Liz Hogue, Sheila E, Michael White, Gary Taylor, and Gerald Albright. Titles include "Can We Just Get Along", "Bed You Down", "It's Alright", "Brooklyn Breezes", and "Rhythm Of My Mind". New version of the CD features five bonus tracks – "Right Now", "So Emotional", "Superfly", "Crazy Luv", and "Help Yourself To My Love (live)". CD
(Still sealed!)

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Bobby KingIf You Don't Want My Love/Lovers By Night ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $7.99
A fantastic bit of modern soul – both cuts are great! "If You Don't Want My Love" begins with this cool moogy keyboard part over the groove – then Bobby King comes in to warm the whole thing up with his nicely measured vocal approach – really flowing along with the catchy groove! "Lovers By Night" is even better – this midtempo modern number with a slight flute trill in the orchestrations – which gives the whole thing a slight edge that's maybe a bit blacksploitation theme in the backings! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Webster LewisTouch My Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Webster Lewis takes off wonderfully here – finding a completely unique groove that's equal parts club, soul, and fusion! The album's almost as sublime as Roy Ayers' best from the time – and has a similar balance that's perfectly done – a depth of thought that goes way beyond conventional club, and a willingness to bring in lots more complicated elements from various jazz sources. Webster's keyboards are nicely out front in the set – and there's some great vocals by a female chorus who sweeten up the sound nicely, but not in ways that are too commercial or cliched. The whole thing's great – a righteous masterpiece through and through – and tracks include "Hideaway", "There's A Happy Feeling", "Touch My Love", "Believe In Yourself", "Barbara Ann", and "Loving". CD features 4 bonus tracks too "Wee Church", "Japanese Umbrella", "Spirit Of Love", and "Touch My Love (alt mix)". CD

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Nigel MartinezSo Good ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... $3.99
R&B studio guru Nigel Martinez put together this excellent set of modern soul tracks with a great approach that mixes tight professionalism with the kind of indie soul groove that keeps things fresh, and which prevents the session from falling into the cliches of other albums of this sort. Includes the nice stepper's track "Everlasting", plus other nice originals like "Hold Onto Me", "Special Way", "Dreams Come True", and "Who Can I Run To". CD
(Out of print.)

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James MasonRhythm Of Life ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion/Chiaroscuro, 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! CD
Also available Rhythm Of Life ... LP 11.99

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Ronnie McNeir & Instant GrooveMy Baby/Hold On (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
A rare 80s track from Detroit soul legend Ronnie McNeir – a very obscure recording with the Instant Groove combo – done in a sweet stepping modern soul mode! The tune's got a fantastic midtempo groove – and Ronnie's vocals flow out with a majesty we don't hear on his 70s records – and the single's backed with "Hold On", a slightly more upbeat 80s number with a cool spoken intro! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies!)

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MuzartMuzart ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2013. Used ... $9.99
A tremendous little record from Muzart – upbeat, positive, and wonderfully grooving right from the start – served up in a beautiful blend of club rhythms and righteous soul, all with a sense of precision that we haven't heard this well in years! The vibe here is a bit contemporary, but there's a classic care to the record right from the start – an approach that instantly has the group at the level of major groovers like Incognito or The Rurals – but with a fresh, youthful feel that really befits their look on the cover and their origin! Everything's got a sense of energy and surprise that goes way beyond the usual – a commitment to really make things interesting from the ground up – and not just phone in some soulful message over half-baked grooves. Acoustic elements dance along nicely with electric ones – and titles include "Jukebox", "Oh Yeah", "Long Long Time", "The Great I Am", "Moemedi", "Not In Tha Mood", and "The Party After". CD

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O'JaysSerious (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Expansion (UK), 1989. New Copy ... $9.99
The O'Jays hit a bit of a new jack mode with this late 80s set – picking up the beats, and giving themselves a chunkier rhythm than usual – but all while keeping things in that laidback territory that suits their famous vocals so well! The mellowest cuts here are our favorites – as they remind us that the O'Jays perfection never falters, but is especially nice when the trio are right up front, and really able to dominate a tune with their well-tuned sense of harmony and warm interplay! The group members wrote a number of the songs on the set – a nice change from the Gamble & Huff era – and the younger Gerald Levert helped out a bit on the album, which might explain some of the Levert-like touches in the grooves. Titles include "Out Of My Mind", "Leave It Alone", "Fading", "Rainbow", "Friend Of A Friend", "Have You Had Your Love Today", and "Serious Hold On Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Serious Hold On Me (single mix)", "Serious Hold On Me (inst)", "Out Of My Mind (radio)", "Out Of My Mind (Soul 2 mix)", "Have You Had Your Love Today (club)", and "Have You Had Your Love Today (power radio mix)". CD

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David Ruffin with Laverna MasonI Wanna Be With You/Still In Love With You ... 7-inch
Warner/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
A heavenly late 70s track from David Ruffin – a groove that bubbles with a warm sound and a modern soul vibe – almost more Leon Ware than some of David's earlier work – and we mean that in the best way possible! Laverna Mason sings with Ruffin on the chorus – and the flipside, "Still In Love With You", has a groove that's more upbeat and clubby – but still topped with more great Ruffin vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Side EffectEffective ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
The rare first album by Side Effect – recorded in 1973, before their more famous albums for Fantasy Records! The set shows the group in more of a straight soul mode – with less of the jazzy touches that would show up in the late 70s, and an approach that has them focusing more on tight harmonies, and sweetly grooving tracks that should have made them huge. The production, handled by Jim Gilstrap, has the album bouncing in a light but lively mode that actually holds together better overall than most of the group's later albums – blending uptempo and ballad tracks beautifully, shifting lead vocalists in the group to fit the mood of each track on the set. Great stuff all around – way better than you might think, and the kind of album that might have made the group huge, had it actually been released at the time! Titles include "Jim's Wrapp", "Spend It On Love", "Listen To The Beat Of The Drum", "Do Your Thing", "Tree Of Love", and "Wash Your Troubles Away". CD

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Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy's best work – but made all the more sublime thanks to Sylvia Striplin's beautifully fragile and soulful vocals, which sound a bit like Minnie Riperton's at times – but also has a fuller, richer quality too. The record's got arrangements by Sylvia, Roy, and James Bedford (who also recorded for Uno Melodic), and it includes classics like "Give Me Your Love", "You Can't Turn Me Away", "Look Towards The Sky", "All Alone", and a great cover of Roy Ayers' "Searchin". CD features two bonus tracks – 7" mixes of "Give Me Your Love" and "You Can't Turn Me Around". CD

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Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love/You Can't Turn Me Away ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99
Massive! Sylvia Striplin is one of the all time groove favorites – not just because she's been sampled to death, but also because she's got an amazingly captivating style of slinky soul. Roy Ayers, Jamez Bedford, and Sylvia put this single together – and both tracks are great, the two best songs she ever cut! We could say more – but the record will speak for itself from the first second it starts. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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TristanSecond Phase ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. Used ... $11.99
We somehow missed Tristan the first time around – but man, are we more than making up for that now – with loads of love for this incredible second set! Tristan's got this wonderful sense of poise and polish to her music – not slick at all, but just super-tight, with an immediately righteous, positive vibe – at a level that's rare for so many indie soul acts – and which instantly puts Tristan at the level of some of our longtime favorites, like Incognito, Monday Michiru, or Swing Out Sister! The songwriting is great, the vocals are wonderful, and the overall execution has this real love of classic soul, but a style that's always trying to find something new – especially through some jazzy inflections, ala James Mason or someone like that. Titles include "Hey Sister", "Finally Found", "Chainreaction", "Falcon", "Lost", "Morning", "Supersize My Sunshine", and "Tune In". CD

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Candace WoodsonDesire ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A killer album from Candace Woodson – the kind of set that takes us back to the glory days of sophisticated female soul – the generation of Phyllis Hyman, Chaka Khan, and Jean Carne – when it seemed as if quality records like this were something we could really take for granted! Turns out, they weren't – and it's such a welcome change to have a record like this in the racks – a great return to soul music that's sophisticated, adult, and very well put-together – kind of that later legacy of the Philly International sound – in a way that really makes a singer like Woodson open up and soar. The tunes are tight and catchy, but never slick or commercial – really classic, right from the start – on titles that include "Desire", "The Answer Is No", "Nothing Better", "Back On Top", "Just A Dream", "Perfect", and "Don't Think I Want It". CD

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✨✧ VariousAshford & Simpson Songbook ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Ashford & Simpson recorded plenty of great work on their own, but they were also a tremendous pair of songwriters – and had a way of penning can't-miss work that sounded great in just about anyone's hands! This collection is great testament to that fact – as it starts with gems the duo first wrote back in their early Motown days, then quickly moves up to their late 70s fame, and the way they had a major impact on the dancefloor. The tracks here are often quite familiar, but the actual recordings are sometimes obscure – lesser-known takes on some of Ashford & Simpson's best numbers, laid out back to back as proof of their genius talent for a groovy soul tune. Titles include "Top Of The Stairs" by Collins & Collins, "Keep It Coming" by Tata Vega, "Rough Times" by Angela Bofill, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw, "Bourgie Bourgie" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Have You Ever Tried It" by The Main Ingredient, "I Wouldn't Change The Man He Is" by Blinky, "It's In There" by Jennifer Holiday, "Clouds" by Chaka Khan, "Over & Over" by Sylvester, "Hit & Run Lover" by The Dynamic Superiors, "The Boss (ext club)" by Diana Ross, "Is It Still Good To Ya" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Keep It Coming" by Tata Vega, and "Keep Away Girls" by Stephanie Mills. CD

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VariousBest Of Uno Melodic Records ... CD
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
A fantastic tribute to one of the greatest soul labels of the 80s – the groundbreaking Uno Melodic imprint, started by soul legend Roy Ayers as a showcase for some of his more creative projects! The vibe here follows perfectly from Roy's classic late 70s work on Polydor – and his famous album with Ramp – with a wicked blend of jazz, soul, and funk – all given a very sophisticated, righteous spin – with rhythms and instrumentation that are way different than the mainstream! That doesn't mean that these tunes aren't groovers – just that many were so far ahead of their time, they've only gotten full acclaim in recent decade – thanks to new discovery by DJs and hip hoppers, who've sampled more than a few of these cuts. The whole thing is wonderful – with a strong focus on some of the female singers that Roy was working with – and titles include "Remember To Remember" by Rick Holmes, "It's Your Love" and "I Know You Care" by Ethel Beatty, "Interlude" by Justo Almario, "Baby Don't You Know (inst)" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Just Keep My Boogie" by Jaymz Bedford, "Everybody" and "Chicago" by Roy Ayers, "Give Me Your Love" and "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, and the cuts "Sing Me", "I Knew That Love", "Ladies Of The Eighties", and "Turned On To You" by Eighties Ladies. CD

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VariousBest Of Uno Melodic Records ... LP
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99
A fantastic tribute to one of the greatest soul labels of the 80s – the groundbreaking Uno Melodic imprint, started by soul legend Roy Ayers as a showcase for some of his more creative projects! The vibe here follows perfectly from Roy's classic late 70s work on Polydor – and his famous album with Ramp – with a wicked blend of jazz, soul, and funk – all given a very sophisticated, righteous spin – with rhythms and instrumentation that are way different than the mainstream! That doesn't mean that these tunes aren't groovers – just that many were so far ahead of their time, they've only gotten full acclaim in recent decade – thanks to new discovery by DJs and hip hoppers, who've sampled more than a few of these cuts. The whole thing is wonderful – with a strong focus on some of the female singers that Roy was working with – and titles include "Remember To Remember" by Rick Holmes, "It's Your Love" and "I Know You Care" by Ethel Beatty, "Interlude" by Justo Almario, "Baby Don't You Know (inst)" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Just Keep My Boogie" by Jaymz Bedford, "Everybody" and "Chicago" by Roy Ayers, "Give Me Your Love" and "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, and the cuts "Sing Me", "I Knew That Love", "Ladies Of The Eighties", and "Turned On To You" by Eighties Ladies. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousChristmas Of Emotions ... CD
Expansion (UK), New Copy ... $14.99
A stunningly soulful Holiday set – one that goes way past the overplayed Christmas soul tunes of the 70s and 80s, and which has a lot fresher feel than a Christmas Slow Jams set as well! Most of the numbers here are contemporary, and are a mix of Neo Soul artists from the underground, and a few favorite voices from years past – all represented in a batch of tracks that are mighty darn great, and will help your December listening get way past "This Christmas" and Motown Holiday records! Titles include "Give Me A Star" by Bebe & Cece Winans, "Christmas At My House" by Rahsaan Patterson, "Thank You" by Ledisi, "Christmas Day" by Frank McComb, "It's Not Really Christmas" by Trina Broussard, "A Love Letter Christmas" by R Kelly, "Christmas Time Is Here" by Jeffrey Osborne, "Cold Winter In The Ghetto" by Lonnie Hill, "December 25th" by Rosie Gaines, "Christmas Love & You" by Will Downing, "A Kiss For Christmas" by Luther Vandross, and "Christmas Of Emotions" by Eddie Sea with Shauntia Toussaint. CD

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VariousLuxury Soul 2019 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99
A fantastic assortment of contemporary soul – put together by one of the labels who kept the underground soul groove going, long before the generation of Neo Soul! Expansion Records is a London-based imprint who started out recording American soul artists from the 70s who were still going strong, but who were ignored by US labels in the 80s – then, as the years progressed, the label continued to find newer artists to work with too – at a level that made them one of the first companies to really push the idea of contemporary soul at a level that was far from the charts – which resulted in the kind of legacy that makes this 3CD set such a treasure. Most of the cuts here are from recent Expansion projects, and the set also includes gems from other sources too – and some classic cuts from their older catalog – all wrapped together in a great package for the price. Titles include "Falling Back Into Love" by Marc Evans, "Pressure" by Maysa, "Hopping Skipping So In Love" by Victor Haynes, "I Want Your Love" by One Way, "My Baby" by Ronnie McNeir, "I Want You Back" by Boogie Back with Cheri Maree, "I'll Always Love You" by Rockie Robbins, "Stay Away From You" by Chris Ballin, "Drifting" by Kim Tibbs, "So Nobody Else Can Hear" by Jimmy Cobb, "Are You Using Me" by Inner Shade, "Much Love" by Euge Groove with Rahsaan Patterson, "Stronger" by Nickee B, "Don't Judge Me (mellow mix)" by Phillip Leo, "Special Day" by Natasha Watts, "No Explanation" by Christ Standring with Mica Paris, "Secret Lover" by Saskia, "I Want Your Lovin" by Zed Soul with Rose Vincent, "Last Song" by Darien Dean with Tiffany T'Zelle, "Free To Be Me" by Lindsey Weber with Norman Brown, "Dangerous Romance" by Steve Nichol with Ellene Masre, and "Standing Ovation" by Blu Mitchell. 35 tracks on 3CDs! CD

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VariousMusic Inside Me – 30 Soul Gems & Lost Grooves ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A great collection of grooves both old and new – pulled from a decades-old tradition of soul music, with a vibe that really lives up to the piles of dusty old records on the cover! The set begins with rare 70s soul, then moves up to the present – and all along the way, there's a focus on well-crafted tracks that really stand out from the mainstream – definitely a few cuts by bigger artists, but not their hits at all – mixed with some great gems from up-and-comers, in a way that makes the whole thing a fantastic discovery in soul! The collection's got a total of 30 tracks in all – all handled by Tony Monson, who gave us the excellent Ethereal Magic collections – with titles that include "Body" by Foreign Exchange, "Don't Let Me Down" by Vesta Williams, "Roster" by Jahiem, "Breaking It Down (downtown orig mix)" by Petalpusher, "Dance Freak" by Chain Reaction, "Rio De Janeiro" by Ugly Duckling, "Don't Be Lonely" by Cameo, "Running Stop Lights" by Mel Waiters, "Don't Wanna Wait" by Lew Kirton, "Twenty Four Seven (Yoruba mix)" by 1968 Featuring Rasheed Ali, "Rescue You" by Ryan Leslie, "Something Inside My Head" by Gene Dunlap, "Afro Jump (nick mix)" by Solodinjgo, "Hangin On" by The Affair, "New York City Blues" by Mark Winkler, "Happier" by Lisa Grand, "Saved By Love" by David Lasley, and "Music & Wine (funkaphonic voc mix)" by Blue Six. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Chasers – Volume 1 ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A classic collection of 70s and early 80s modern soul tracks – one of the first-ever sets of work like this, and proof that the Expansion label was always on the right track! The set's filled with numbers that are still plenty hard to find on vinyl, even all these many years later – and in a way, the music here is almost a blueprint for the way soul reissues have gone well into the 21st century. 14 titles in all – including "Do It Any Way You Want" by Robert Winters, "Call Me" by LJ Reynolds, "Would You Believe in Me" by Jon Lucien, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "All Of My Love" by Genobia Jeter, "Top Of the Stairs" by Collins & Collins, "Got to Get Away" by Sheree Brown, "I Want To Be Your Everything" by High Fashion, "Trying To Get To You" by Valerie Carter, "Never Stopped Loving You" by Tyrone Davis, and "Hold Tight" by Magic Lady. CD

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

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✨✧ VariousSoul Desirables – 15 Modern Soul Delicacies ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy ... $9.99
The title's a bit clunky, but the grooves are wonderfully smooth – a great assortment of hard to find tracks from recent years, all brought together in one totally wicked set! The cuts here are pulled from a variety of sources – Japanese-only CDs, previously unreleased sessions, and now out of print albums – all with a warmly contemporary vibe, but one that's steeped in older soul modes from the 70s and early 80s. Many of the artists here are familiar, but they're represented by tracks you probably don't have in your collection – tunes that are definitely "desirables", both for their quality and rarity! Titles include "Bad Company" by Luther Vandross, "Dance" by Sara Devine, "Tell Me" by Tiffany, "For You" by Jack Herrera, "It's Good To Be Loved" by Ronee Martin, "For Goodness Sake" by K Fox, "Cloud 9 (DJ Spinna rmx)" by Donnie, "Dreamin Of One" by Trina Broussard, "Where Did We Go Wrong (so right mix)" by Incognito, "Days Like This (black sand mix)" by Kenny Lattimore, "No Matter What I'll Do" by Donald McCollum, and "Can't Get Over You" by Brigette McWilliams. CD

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2015 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... LP
Expansion (UK), 2015. Very Good+ 2LP ... $19.99
This great series keeps on going strong – with over a decade's worth of excellent compilations – every one of them as wonderful as this sweet little set! The music's a mix of contemporary cuts that hit a sweet modern soul vibe – upbeat, but never too strongly in a house or dance music mode – and instead, just upbeat tracks that have some wonderfully soulful vocals in the lead, and plenty on the bottom to make them groove in just the right way! Titles include "Hey Lover" by Charlie Wilson, "Just You & Me" by The Creators, "Show Me (Nigel Lowis rmx)" by McCraei, "Feel Right" by Joe Buhdha Presents Terri Walker, "Believe In Love (Soupersona mix)" by JD73, "All This Way For Love" by Syleena Johnson, "Dance (Louie Vega Latin soul mix)" by 3 Winans Brothers & The Clark Sisters, "Round & Round" by Opolopo with Diane Charlemagne, "Do You Know" by Lorraine Clarke-McGhie, and "Somewhere Around (Soul Talk rmx)" by Aaron Parnell Brown. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2018 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
A sublime entry in this always-great series – a selection of cuts that are mostly contemporary, but which bubble with a classic soul vibe all the way through! And by "classic", we mean the sound of the early years of modern soul – those late 70s/early 80s groovers from the period when disco started to wane, and a new, more sophisticated groove came into the mix – often more of a midtempo mode, with great songwriting, instrumentation, and an impeccable sense of presentation! There's a few older cuts in the mix, too – and also some nice surprises along the way – and titles include "Your Love" by Kenny Thomas, "That Feelin" by Cornell CC Carter, "Right On Time" by The Apx, "I'll Take Your Word For It" by Lexi, "He's A Hurricane (boogie back ext mix)" by James Day with Cheryl Pepsii Riley & Joe Cunningham, "Pleasure" by Mousse T with Peven Everett, "All Night Long (ext mix)" by John Reid, "Hit Or Miss (album mix)" by Change, "One More Praise" by Brian Courtney Wilson, "One & Only" by The Ritchie Family, "About Your Love (ext mix)" by Jaki Graham, "Lies (groovy soul rmx)" by DJ Spen with Asia Yarwood,"Around The World" by Imaa, and "Shine Your Light (main mix)" by Prefix One with Andrae Melody Palmer. CD

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's got the right balance of righteous energy, warm grooves, and all-out joy that we love in some of the older music that we first started loving from both Soul Togetherness and Expansion Records – a great team when it comes to finding the best of the best of the contemporary underground soul universe! Titles include "What Turns You On" by Lukas Setto, "Giving It Up" by Terri Green Project, "Thirty One" by Laville, "Tell Me" by Solatimsic, "When I Get Back" by Tre Williams, "Good Life (ext)" by Rockie Robbins, "Need Somebody To Love" by TL Shider, "Still Really Love" by Magoo, "All My Life (long version)" by Steve Doc Willoughby, "You & Me (R&B version)" by Glenn Jones, "Make It Last Forever" by Steal Vybe with Alexa Gold, and "Need To Know" by Raheem DeVaughn & Jamecia Bennett. CD

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✨✧ GonzalezGonzalez ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet funky jazz from the 70s! Gonzalez were an obscure UK combo – probably known a lot better over in England, but pretty darn hard to find over here in America – and they've got a tight style that reminds us of some of the more well-produced jazz funk coming out on labels like Blue Note or Blue Thumb during the mid 70s. Some cuts have vocals, but most of the record's instrumental – and it's filled with great guitars, and some excellent sax work that goes way past the usual funky tenor line! The groove's a nicely sophisticated blend of jazz funk and modern soul – with the kind of groove that you might expect to hear on some of the Capitol Rare compilations. The CD brings together cuts from the group's first album Gonzalez, plus a few more from the album Our Only Weapon Is Our Music. Titles include "Pack It Up", "Funky Frith Street", "Saoco", "Ahwai Five-O", "Rissoled", and "Adelanto Nightride". Very nice – and the kind of group we love to discover! CD

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✨✧ Al Hudson & the Soul PartnersEspecially For You/Cherish (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two fantastic early albums by Al Hudson – working here with his initial group, The Soul Partners! First up is Especially For You – a record that's kind of a first chapter to all the excellent work by One Way to come – even though Al's not using that group name at this time! The record's got this cool, classy vibe – an update of an earlier Detroit soul mode, and one that maybe followed that city's shift a few years later than 70s soul changes in Philly during the decade – and handled with a similar blend of groovers and mellow cuts! The vibe is similar to the great shift The Dramatics were making on ABC Records at the time – and Al and the group work here with production by Al Perkins and arrangements by Jimmy Roach. Titles include "Baby Let Me Love You", "I Got A Notion You Got The Motion", "Real Love", "You're So Wonderful", and "Trying To Prove My Love". Cherish is a funky soul classic from Al Hudson and the Soul Partners – a second full length set, and one that really has Hudson finding his groove! The rhythms are funkier than before – thanks to strong work on bass from Kevin McCord, who also joins Al a bit on vocals – in a mode that still continues the group's strong work on midtempo numbers, but also maybe answers a 70s disco wave with more of a Detroit funk overall! Great work from the group that would later turn into One Way – with titles that include "Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled, & Fell", "If You Get Caught", "If You Feel Like Dancing", and "I Like Everything About You". CD also features bonus tracks – "Feelings (7" version)" and "If You Feel Like Dancin (12" version)". CD

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✨✧ Maysa LeakAll My Life (UK pressing) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great modern soul album – and the new release from Maysa Leak, the lovely voice behind some of Incognito's best albums! If you know Incognito, you can guess the sound here – but the overall approach is different, with a lot more emphasis on soul sounds and jazzy arrangements, all produced by Bluey, in a manner that's great for Maysa's rich soulful voice! The record follows perfectly in the soulful tradition set by some of London's best singers of the past decade, but it also moves to a whole new level, with nice jazzy touches that remind us of some of the recent American underground soul work, like stuff by N'Dambe or Laurnea. Titles include "Blue Light", "Mirrors", "Hooked On Your Love", "Shadows & Light", "Got To Be Strong", "Earth Child", and a great cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic "The Bottle". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tyrone LeeInvitation ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An inviting set of UK soul from Tyrone Lee! It's a nice mix of uptempo and mid tempo groovers with a modern sound, though it skirts contemporary trends, giving it a vibe that'll stand the test of time. Tyrone has a naturally soulful and confident presence – with the poise of a veteran – even if this is the first we've heard from him. Nice stuff from Expansion UK! Titles include "Time Of Your Life", "What Took You So Long", "Hot2Nite", "Get 2 Know U", "Invitation", "Get My Life Back", "Listening To Your Heart", "Overload", "Turn Up The Heat", "Woman In My World" and more. CD

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✨✧ Leo's SunshippGive Me The Sunshine/I'm Back For More (limited yellow vinyl) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the best cuts ever from this underground club act of the 70s – back to back on a 12" single! "Give Me The Sunshine" is their real calling card – a slow-stepping club number that's almost smooth enough to work for steppers, but funkier at the core too – nice and long, with a chorus that just won't quit! "I'm Back For More" is a tune that was covered more famously later by Al Johnson and Jean Carne – but which is taken here at a great slow funky pace by the group themselves! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl!)

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✨✧ One Way featuring Al Hudson#New Old School ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title definitely gets it right – because the album's a new one from the legendary One Way, but definitely holds on to the sound of their old school classics! As you can guess from the cover, Al Hudson's still at the helm – working with an evolved version of the group that includes some younger musicians and a few contemporary touches – but all shaped towards that great blend of groovers and midtempo numbers that One Way brought to their wonderful albums on MCA at the start of the 80s! And yes, the costumes may look a bit dated on the front cover, but the production and sound aren't at all – thanks in part to a shifting lineup of singers that includes Hudson, Jeanette Jackson, Dave Roberson Jr, and Candyce Grey. Titles include "Heat It Up", "Let's Dance", "Don't Kno What Cha Missin", "Hard To Walk Away", "Doin It Like This", "We Won't Stop", "I Wonder If She Knows", "I Want Your Luv", "U Liked To My Mama", "Hold On To U", and "Old School Funk Tonite". CD

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✨✧ Gregory Porter1960 What (orig, Opolopo kick & bass re-rub) (180 gram pressing) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), 2012. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great groove from singer Gregory Porter – the first tune that really brought him to our attention – making a debut appearance here on vinyl! The original of "1960 What" is plenty great – running for over 12 minutes, and building in this jazzy groove that's really wonderful – topped by vocals from Porter that almost rank with some of Gil Scott-Heron's best in the 70s! The remix tries for a bit more of a contemporary rhythm – nice enough, but we're more than happy just to have the original version on wax. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition 180 gram pressing!)

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersYou've Got To Have Freedom/Got To Give It Up ... 12-inch
Evidence/Expansion (UK), 1977/1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible soul jazz from the great Pharoah Sanders – two great numbers from his post-Impulse Records years! "You've Got To Have Freedom" is maybe one of the greatest cuts that Sanders ever did during this time – a long-spun, really anthemic number that has this fast modal groove, rising vocals, and a tremendous tenor solo in the middle! The flipside features his own take on the Marvin Gaye tune "Got To Give It Up" – done as a funky instrumental, with a bit more electricity than you might expect – but still a very searing tenor solo in the middle! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love ... LP
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy's best work – but made all the more sublime thanks to Sylvia Striplin's beautifully fragile and soulful vocals, which sound a bit like Minnie Riperton's at times – but also has a fuller, richer quality too. The record's got arrangements by Sylvia, Roy, and James Bedford (who also recorded for Uno Melodic), and it includes classics like "Give Me Your Love", "You Can't Turn Me Away", "Look Towards The Sky", "All Alone", and a great cover of Roy Ayers' "Searchin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Give Me Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... LP
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's got the right balance of righteous energy, warm grooves, and all-out joy that we love in some of the older music that we first started loving from both Soul Togetherness and Expansion Records – a great team when it comes to finding the best of the best of the contemporary underground soul universe! Titles include "What Turns You On" by Lukas Setto, "Giving It Up" by Terri Green Project, "Thirty One" by Laville, "Tell Me" by Solatimsic, "When I Get Back" by Tre Williams, "Good Life (ext)" by Rockie Robbins, "Need Somebody To Love" by TL Shider, "Still Really Love" by Magoo, "All My Life (long version)" by Steve Doc Willoughby, "You & Me (R&B version)" by Glenn Jones, "Make It Last Forever" by Steal Vybe with Alexa Gold, and "Need To Know" by Raheem DeVaughn & Jamecia Bennett. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Coke EscovedoI Wouldn't Change A Thing/Rebirth ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Coke Escovedo always warms our heart with his 70s classic "I Wouldn't Change A Thing" – an amazing track that has a funky fusion flavor and almost a Larry Mizell-styled groove – compressed keyboards and guitar riffing away beautifully next to Coke's conga lines – all topped by some really wonderful vocals from Coke and some backing singers. The hook is amazing – and the tune is one that never gets old! "Rebirth" is mighty nice too – warm, flowing, with lots of great keyboards – and a heavenly sound that's augmented by great production from Pat Gleeson! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ LJ ReynoldsLJ Reynolds (1981)/Travelin ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classic early 80s soul albums from ex-Dramatics singer LJ Reynolds! The self-titled '81 set is killer material in a modern Detroit mode all the way through – with top-shelf production by Reynolds, Don Davis, and Ronnie McNeir/ Ronnie, who'd been lost to the industry for a few years, also re-emerges as a writer on the songs "Southern Pearl", "Lonely Superstar", and "Ain't No Woman Like My Baby". The real standout, though, is the amazing cut "Key To The World", a killer steppers track that has a hook that won't quit, and this wonderful brassy finish that gives the track a really triumphant sound that works perfectly with the righteous lyric. LJ Reynolds' sounds great on '82's Travelin', too – stepping even more strongly away from his work with The Dramatics, and emerging as one of the best male soul acts of the early 80s! The production on this one is split between Reynolds and Don Davis, in a mode that's contemporary, but which allows LJ plenty of space for old school vocal expression – that far-reaching style of singing that always made him stand out strongly from the pack! There's a sublime mellow version of Aretha Franklin's "Call Me" on the set – and other tracks include "Words", "Trust In Me", "Say You Will", "You & Me", "Let Me Satisfy You", and "Fast Action"... CD

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✨✧ Spanky WilsonDoin' It (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mother/Expansion (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A bit of soul, a bit of jazz, and some nice funky touches at the bottom – a killer little set from the great Spanky Wilson! Wilson's got a really unique place in music – at one level a soul singer with enough sophistication to rival the sound of Marlena Shaw or Nancy Wilson – but at another level, an artist capable of really letting loose – hitting heavier, funkier modes that neither of those singers could ever touch! This set may well be Wilson's masterpiece – put together with excellent production and arrangements from the great HB Barnum – here coming off a great run of work for other artists in the 60s, and focusing all that experience on making Spanky sound great. Titles include "Kissing My Love", "If I Could", "You", "Don't Mess With Bill", "Light My Fire", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Hurtin", and "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Renee GeyerBe There In The Morning/It Only Happens When I Look At You ... 7-inch
Expansion, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two fantastic tracks by Australia's queen of soul in the 70s! "Be There In The Morning" is a gem of a cut – one that has these great jazzy changes that are a lot like Chaka & Rufus at their best – topped with vocals by Renee that really charm up the cut! "It Only Happens" is a live cut – one that's got the band sounding even funkier at the core, with a great bassline that kicks along jazzy horns – while Geyer slides into the groove in a completely sublime style, as she duets with male singer Doug Williams. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Rockie RobbinsGood Life ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Rockie Robbins is back in action – and it's as if hardly a year has passed since his classic run in 80s soul! Robbins looks surprisingly youthful on the cover, and sounds even more so on the album – supported by these great grooves that have a positive flow and a very upbeat vibe – almost as if he's working with Incognito, or a classic-styled group like that! Ricky Peterson produced – and is no doubt the guy to thank for helping Rockie sound so great – and titles include "Good Life", "Let Me Be The One", "Night To Remember", "Rock Steady", "Since I Fell For You", "Stay", "For All We Know", and "Drives Me Out Of My Mind". CD also features two bonus cuts – "Good Life (Minneapolis mix)" and "Good Life (ext single)". CD

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✨✧ Michael WycoffLooking Up To You/Tell Me Love ... 7-inch
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime 80s mellow from Michael Wycoff – a great track lifted from his classic Love Conquers All album, and a tune that never gets old! The track glides in beautifully on some sweet keyboards that have a lot of 70s warmth – and Wycoff's voice, while smooth, also crackles with an honest sense of soul that we totally love. Wonderful – deeply soulful yet smoothly grooving at the same time! "Tell Me Love" has a bit more of an 80s rhythmic vibe – but still serves up more of those great Wycoff vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ty Karim & George GriffinKeep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Sheridan House/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare later work from the lovely Ty Karim – a female soul singer who made some great 60s singles on the LA scene – then really surprised us when she reappeared for this massive club stepper at the start of the 80s! The tune's got a beat that's strong, but mellow – a bit around the pace of Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" – handled here with a similar blend of funk, soul, and strings – and once it gets going, George Griffin comes into the mix – singing back and forth with Karim in a way that's like the Al Johnson duet with Jean Carn! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Rockie RobbinsGood Life/Let's Groove ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two new groovers from the legendary Rockie Robbins – an underground soul hero in the 80s, really back in fine form here! "Good Life" is a tune that's as upbeat as you might guess from its title – positive, upbeat, and stepping forth with a groove that's as great as its message! "Let's Groove" has a rhythm that's slightly more contemporary, but still in that midtempo mode that always seems to suit Rockie's vocals the best! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Stephen Michael SchwartzGet It Up For Love (single version, album version) ... 7-inch
Diplomats Of Soul/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two different versions of this classic Ned Doheny tune – both of them totally great! The single version has arrangements by Larry Carlton that begin with snapping funky drums and warm keyboards – setting up a groove that's even more soul-based than the original! The album version has a longer intro that begins with wicked guitar and waves of the keys – before the drums come in and cook things up – with almost a minute's worth of extra music! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Simpson UniquityRunning Away (funky vibes, Diplomats Of Soul dub) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great remake of one of the biggest cuts ever from the legendary Roy Ayers – done here with a version that's got even more vibes than the original! In fact, the core groove is very much like the Ayers recording, but the cut soon moves into loads of jazzy vibes – and also has a great bass breakdown in the middle! The flipside takes out the initial burst vibes, but keeps all the grooves intact – and brings in some sweet jazzy keyboard work from Diplomats Of Soul, then brings back in the vibes! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Gloria TaylorDeep Inside You/World That's Not Real ... 7-inch
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lost work from Gloria Taylor – singer who's best known for indie sides in the 60s, but who sounds completely fantastic here on a one-off single for Columbia! "Deep Inside You" has this unusual flow – almost stop/start in energy, but with Taylor really soaring out on her vocals, as some cool vibes and other sweet touches work some magic in the background! "World That's Not Real" has more great vibes – ringing out at the start and really setting up the moody tone for the tune – which is one of the trippiest bits of 70s female soul we've ever heard! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Deep Inside Of You/World That's Not Real (2018 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch 10.99

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✨✧ Betty Wright & The RootsBetty Wright – The Movie (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
S Curve/Expansion (UK), 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing, simply amazing – and a record that's way more than we were expecting! The Roots team up here with legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright – in music that comes from a film project, but which really stands up brilliantly on its own – as a record that may well be Betty's best recording in decades! Questlove helped Betty with production, and the sound is a brilliant update on that 70s Miami Funk mode that first brought Wright to fame – lots of lean, snakey, TK-styled grooves – played by Roots members with a slight ear towards contemporary modes, but a damn keen appreciation for 70s soul all the way through! And although the set features a few famous guests – Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone, and Lenny Williams – it's Wright who really blows our mind here – a hell of a singer after all these years, nestled in a perfect set of tunes to make her sparkle all over again. Titles include "Old Songs", "Real Woman", "In The Middle Of The Game", "Surrender", "Grapes On A Vine", "So Long So Wrong", "You & Me Leroy", "Look Around", and "Hollywould". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies! First time on LP!)
Also available Betty Wright – The Movie ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Timi YuroAs Long As There Is You/It'll Never Be Over For Me ... 7-inch
Liberty/Expansion (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully romping tune from the great Timi Yuro – one that's got this upbeat rhythm, topped with soaring horns – all at a level that has Yuro sounding a bit less blue than usual – although still with a great power to her voice! "It'll Never Be Over" is wonderful too – a tune with a quick-stepping mix of rhythm and strings – almost the kind of groove that would work perfectly for Shirley Bassey – although Yuro brings a completely different sort of majesty to the track. 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Adam Cooper & Nile Southern (editors)Chicago 1968 – The Whole World Is Watching (hardcover) ... Book
Hat & Beard, 2018. New Copy ... $52.99 60.00
A beautiful expansion of a famous moment in creative journalism – the famous 1968 issue of Esquire magazine that featured William S Burroughs, Terry Southern, Allen Ginsberg, Jean Genet, and Abbie Hoffman at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago! The results of that tumultuous event have been well-documented – but the special selection of correspondents was very unique – and was also documented heavily by photographer Michael Cooper. Cooper's shots appeared in the large special issue of the magazine in 1968 – but this book expands way past those shots, with dozens more taken at the time – showing the conflict in the street, the literary figures in action, and everything else that was happening at the time. The book includes expanded writings by Southern, too – and has a great balance of text and image, with 130 pages that mix black and white photos with writings. Book

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George DukeSave The Country ... LP
Liberty/United Artists, 1970. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A really great early album from George Duke – quite different than his work for MPS to follow – and more in a groovy late 60s California mode! There's a vibe here that resonates nicely with some other late 60s sessions on Liberty Records – kind of an expansion of a Cali soul jazz mode, similar to the style the Crusaders were starting to go for – but colored in with some of Duke's obviously hip inclinations as well! George plays some great electric piano on the record – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor and flute, and Jay Graydon on guitar – on titles that include "Soul Watcher", "Since You Asked", "Shades Of Joy", "Alcatraz", and "A Little Bit Of Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pickwick pressing.)

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GutsPhilantropiques ... CD
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth of sound, especially in a project like this – which we might liken to some of the more globally-conscious records by Quantic – although Guts is working here on the Parisian scene, and maybe has even closer access to cross-cultural channels! The set includes work by plenty of guests – a lineup that includes Pat Kalla, Pinduca, Nazare Pereira, Emma Lamadji, Kandy Gura, CAtia Werneck, Djeuhdjoah, and others – on titles that include "Voyaging Bird", "Ja Nao Ha Mais Paz", "Li Dous Konsa", "Sa Ce Kado", "Kenke Corner", "Mucagiami", "Penda", and "Matadou". CD

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LasperanzaSeeds ... CD
Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, and carried forth by a number of other artists in recent years – with a really strong vision at the core, handled by a musician who's also a maestro in the studio – who then opens the door to a shifting array of singers who really make the record sparkle with a great sense of variety! Lasperanza has sax or flute solos on most tracks, and seems ready to rise up there with the cream of UK soul labels like Dome or Expansion in recent years – and guest singers include Decosta Boyce, Hannah White, LaAerial, Kayleigh O'Neill, Colette Connor, Keni Stevens, and Izzy Chase. Most tracks are remakes of soulful classics, completely changed up – and titles include "Let's Stay Together", "Give Me The Night", "Kilimanjaro", "Under The Moon & Over The Sky", "Early Morning Love", "Working Day & Night", "In The Mood", and "It Should Have Been You". CD

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Henry ManciniConcert Sound Of Henry Mancini ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Henry Mancini takes it to the next level – working with larger orchestrations than usual, in an expansion of his usual 60s groove! The tracks here are all somewhat long – suite-type numbers made up from smaller songs wrapped together in new Mancini arrangements that have a really cool feel in this setting! The orchestra is somewhat large, with strings and woodwinds – but in true Mancini fashion, there's also key solos from players who include Pete Candoli and Conrad Gozzo on trumpet, Dick Nash on trombone, Ted Nash on alto sax, and Jimmy Rowles on piano. Titles include "Peter Gunn Meets Mr Lucky", "The Music Of David Rose", "Academy Award Selections", and "A Tribute To Victor Young". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Patron SaintsFohhoh Bohob (expanded edition) ... CD
Time Lag Records, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $5.99
A largely unheard psychedelic gem from the end of the 60s – originally private pressed by the group of suburban NY teenagers responsible for the wild sound! There's a cosmic rock groove and a bit of doe-eyed innocence in these cute odes to mind expansion – with freewheeling guitars, hand percussion, keys and a conversational vocal style that sounds like a wildly tripping, speak-singing Neil Young! Titles include "Flower", "Nostalgia Trip", "Reflections", "Do You Think About Me?", "White Light", "Relax", "My Lonely Friend", "Andrea", and "The Goodnight Song" – plus bonus tracks that include demos and live recordings! CD
(Limited edition. Great gatefold cover sleeve!)

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McCoy TynerExpansions ... CD
Blue Note, Late 60s. Used ... $13.99
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years – a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz – carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Woody Shaw on trumpet. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players – with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note – and titles include "Vision", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Expansions ... LP 14.99

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McCoy TynerExpansions ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years – a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz – carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Woody Shaw on trumpet. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players – with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note – and titles include "Vision", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label 70s pressing with black b. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Expansions ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ WhoLive at Leeds ... LP
Decca, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... $9.99
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing, including 11 extras. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousWind Down Zone Vol 1 – 14 Ultimate Soul Classics ... CD
Elevate (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the first collections on the now-legendary Expansion label – a wicked batch of modern soul and mellow grooves – initially compiled back in the early 90s, at a time when few other folks were looking at this music! The track list is wonderful – a hip batch of cuts that's perfect for a mellow stepping dancefloor, or for laidback, late nite soulful listening – and even after all these years, many of these numbers still haven't been compiled heavily on other labels. Titles include "Curious" by Midnight Star, "Stay" by The Controllers, "Happy" by Surface, "Heaven Sent You" by Stanley Clarke, "Portuguese Love" by Teena Marie, "Why People Fall In Love" by Ronnie McNeir, "Oasis" by Helen Baylor, "Gonna Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde, "Buttercup" by Carl Anderson, "Tic Tok" by Lorenzo, and "Don't Be So Distant" by Gary Taylor. CD

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✨✧ MedlinePeople Make The World Go Round ... CD
Melting Pot (Germany), 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A contemporary riff on benchmark 70s soul jazz and funky fusion from French producer Medline – who reimagines classics by Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and others! It's good, solid stuff – reinterpreting the material in a way that's very mindful of its influence on classic hip hop – with some tighter beats and other nods to classic 90s hip hop production – but it's done with an emphasis on live instrumentation that's pretty great! Medline plays most of the instruments himself, with lots of Afro percussion and jazzy flute – with guest vocals on a number of tunes by Roni Alkekengi. Includes "A New Day", "People Make The World Go Round", "Wind Parade","Expansion" and "Everybody Love The Sunshine" with Roni Alkekengi, "Eboness", "Red Clay" and more. CD

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✨✧ Mike OldfieldTubular Bells ... CD
Virgin, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the most successful albums of the British jazz rock years – but still a longtime favorite of ours as well! Mike Oldfield sets a whole new standard here for concept rock – not only by working on a single album-length composition that spans all of sides one and two, but also by playing all instruments himself – in a one man symphony of sound that's pretty darn great! The main theme of the piece will be recognizable from it's stripped-down use in The Exorcist – but we really love Oldfield's expansion on it here in a range of different overdubbed instruments, which are also sometimes processed – and then introduced by Mike in a spoken part that's one of the highlights of the album. CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ GutsPhilantropiques ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Guts bills this set as "an Afro-Tropical experiment" – but to us, the album's just a further expansion of his wonderful talents as a producer – which have really come a long way in just a few years! Guts maybe got his start in hip hop, but he's able to embrace a globe's worth of sound, especially in a project like this – which we might liken to some of the more globally-conscious records by Quantic – although Guts is working here on the Parisian scene, and maybe has even closer access to cross-cultural channels! The set includes work by plenty of guests – a lineup that includes Pat Kalla, Pinduca, Nazare Pereira, Emma Lamadji, Kandy Gura, CAtia Werneck, Djeuhdjoah, and others – on titles that include "Voyaging Bird", "Ja Nao Ha Mais Paz", "Li Dous Konsa", "Sa Ce Kado", "Kenke Corner", "Mucagiami", "Penda", and "Matadou". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Philantropiques ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Blue Gene Tyranny & Peter GordonTrust In Rock ... CD
Unseen Worlds, 1976. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
An early live performance by two of the more compelling modern composers of the 70s – both artists working here in mode that fuses their larger ideas onto the idiom of a rock band – but all with a vibe that resonates strongly with their later releases on the Lovely Music label! The first half of the set was composed by Blue Gene Tyranny, the second by Peter Gordon – but the group here is the same throughout, recorded at a live concert in Berkley, providing a great precursor to the later, better-known careers of both composers. There are vocals from Patrice Magnet on some tracks (including a few with lyrics by Kathy Acker), but the songs are often long, and have qualities that reflect the bigger concept works of both Gordon and Tyranny. Musicians include Peter Gordon on saxes and mixing, Tyranny on piano, Karl Young on saxes and woodwinds, Paul Dresher on guitars, and Gene Reffkin on percussion – and there's also some live mixing taking place during the entire performance, creating more complications in the sound. Titles include "Without Warning", "On The Other Hand", "Leading A Double Life", "Machomusic", "God's A Man", "When Baby Gets Wet", and "Intervallic Expansion". CD

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✨✧ Kidd Jordan/Alvin Fielder/Joel Futterman/Steve SwellMasters Of Imrovisation– Live In New Orleans ... CD
Valid, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The set's billed as the "masters of improvisation" – and it definitely lives up to that title with the performance – which features three long, improvised tracks that really bubble and bristle with dynamic energy! These guys are surprisingly sensitive of each other's space and sound at times, but also can come together beautifully as a whole – with great sonic building blocks from the tenor of Kidd Jordan, trombone of Steve Swell, piano of Joel Futterman, and drums of Alvin Fiedler. The set was recorded at the Old US Mint in New Orleans – and titles include "Expansion", "Residue", and "Sawdust On The Floor". CD
 
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✨✧ Dave LiebmanExpansions Live ... CD
Whaling City Sound, 2016. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
... CD
(Digipack has light wear.)

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✨✧ McCoy TynerMcCoy Tyner – Mosaic Select (Expansions/Cosmos/Extensions/Asante) ... CD
Blue Note/Mosaic, 1969/1970/1974. Used 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from the immediate post-Coltrane years of McCoy Tyner – five albums' worth of material that show the pianist stretching out in bold new directions! Although a key part of the John Coltrane Quartet for most of the 60s, Tyner really hit a wonderful new vibe after the passing of the Great One – soaring into beautifully expansive directions with his music, and taking on some of the best impulses of the soul jazz underground of the time! These sessions – mostly recorded at the end of the 60s, but also featuring one date from a few years later – feature McCoy working with players who include Woody Shaw on trumpet, Gary Bartz on alto sax, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Waits on drums, Harold Vick on soprano sax, Alice Coltrane on harp, and Hubert Laws on flute. And the range of settings is wide too – ranging from small trio, to soaring larger group sides, to a few numbers done with a bit of added strings. 3CD set features the albums Expansions, Cosmos, Extensions, and Asante – a total of 21 long tracks in all! CD
(Out of print. Limited edition of 5000! Includes original slipcase and booklet.)

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John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 2 – Death Chants, Breakdowns & Military Waltzes (medieval cover) ... LP
Takoma, 1967. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A legendary early 60s Takoma record by foremost fingerstyle folk guitar pioneer John Fahey, with his trademark expansions on traditional influences, and all around otherworldly approach to six strings! This was essentially Fahey's second proper LP (hence the Vol 2 designation in the title) and you can hear it's profound influence in latter day outsider folk AN more broadly popular guitarists, from folk, to blues, rock and even jazz – hugely important work! 12 tracks in all: "John Henry Variations", "The Downfall Of The Adelphi Rolling Grist Mill", "Take A Look At That Baby", "Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Palace Of King Phillip XIV", "America", "Episcopal Hymn", "Sunflower River Blues", "When The Springtime Comes Again", "Stomping Tonight On The Pennsylvania/Alabama Border", "On The Beach At Waikiki" and "Spanish Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black and gold label pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, splitting in the bottom seam, and clear tape on the spine.)

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Ramsey LewisThree Piece Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Stellar grooves from the great Ramsey Lewis – a set that has the pianist teaming up with Chicago soul arranger Tom Tom 84, in a wonderful fusion of jazz solos and R&B rhythms! The style's never too smooth, and never that commercial – always served up with that level of class and sophistication that made Ramsey a winner right from the start – and still very much in the forefront with a record like this! Tom Tom brings a nice depth to the record, and avoids any too-smooth cliches – and the Ramsey's lead lines are often acoustic, which makes for a nice mix with the electric rhythms of the backdrops. Titles include "Love Is", "Will You", "Michelle", "Don't Ever Go Away", "Expansions", and "She's Out Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Lonnie Liston SmithLive! ... LP
RCA, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band grooves up these cool spacey rhythms – stepping out in territory that's definitely the more cosmic side of jazz funk, with those righteous currents that always made Lonnie so great. The whole thing's wonderful – with loads of great electric work, and an overall spiritual vibe that's every bit as great as his albums for Flying Dutchman – and players include Donald Smith on flute and a bit of vocals, Dave Hubbard on tenor and soprano sax, and Lonnie himself on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp. The set includes a nice extended take on "Visions of A New World", plus the tracks "Watercolors", "Sorceress" – which isn't on any of his studio albums, "Prelude", and the classic "Expansions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Tenderlonious featuring the 22 ArchestraShakedown ... CD
22A (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze albums of the early 70s – and by that, we mean their better sets – with a flute approach that's less biting than the generation of Herbie Mann and Roland Kirk, using the instrument more in these spacious ways that are pretty darn great – especially against the heavy percussion and basslines of the 22Archestra! There's a few nice moments that almost have a Bobbi Humphrey sort of warmth – and titles include "Togo", "SV Interlude", "Expansions", "The Shakedown", "Yussef's Groove", "Red Sky At Night", and "You Decide". CD

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VariousPerfect Beats Vol 4 – NY Electro Hip-Hop + Underground Dance Classics 1980-1985 ... CD
Timber!, 1998. Used ... $11.99
Whether you remember these joints from the glory days of the Paradise or Bam's parties at the Bronx River Projects or are discovering them for the first time, these classic electro/hip hop/breakin'/dance tracks are a must-have for any DJ's crates. On this, the last volume in the series, they also include some jazz/soul tracks that formed the basis of early hip hop. Includes: Jonzun Crew "Pack Jam", Cybotron "Clear", Newcleus "Automan", C-Bank "One More Shot", Quadrant Six "Body Mechanic", Area Code 615 "Stone Fox Chase", James Brown "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", Blackbyrds "Rock Creek Park", Lonnie Liston Smith "Expansions", Jimmy Castor Bunch "It's Just Begun", Candido "Jingo", Barrabas "Woman", Eddie Kendricks "Date With The Rain", Herman Kelly + Life "Dance To The Drummers Beat", and Afrika Bambaataa "Looking For The Perfect Beat". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roland KirkLeft & Right ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An undisputed classic – and a key turning point in the career of Roland Kirk! The set has Roland leading a large group of musicians through a haunting batch of complicated tracks that clearly illustrate his much-heralded concept of Black Classical Music – a mixture of jazz, older rhythms, and modern ideas influenced by a history of musical expression. The approach is vaguely similar to work by the AACM, but more straightforward in parts, and always touched with Roland's strong sense of imagination and humor. Players are all quite hip – and titles include "Black Mystery Has Been Revealed", "Hot Cha", "I Waited For You", "Quintessence", "IX Love", and the "Expansions" suite. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue. Cover has a bent corner.)

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✨✧ Tenderlonious featuring the 22 ArchestraShakedown ... LP
22A (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze albums of the early 70s – and by that, we mean their better sets – with a flute approach that's less biting than the generation of Herbie Mann and Roland Kirk, using the instrument more in these spacious ways that are pretty darn great – especially against the heavy percussion and basslines of the 22Archestra! There's a few nice moments that almost have a Bobbi Humphrey sort of warmth – and titles include "Togo", "SV Interlude", "Expansions", "The Shakedown", "Yussef's Groove", "Red Sky At Night", and "You Decide". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Shakedown ... CD 13.99
 
 
 



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