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Al GreenHi Records Singles Box Set (26 X 7 inch box set – with book & 45 adapter) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1970s. New Copy 26 x 7 inch set ... $126.99
The legendary run of classic southern soul singles by Al Green for Hi Records – in a beautiful box set! It's as beautfully and respectfully put together as can be, full of beautiful represses so many essential songs on 7 inch singles – 26 classic style large hole 45s, with a 45 adapter if you don't already own one – plus a 56-page hardcover book with essays by Rob Gordon, Bob Mehr and Geoffery Himes. It all comes a linen & foil box with so many legendary recordings, including "Let's Stay Together", "I Can't Get Next To You", "Look What You've Done For Me", "One Woman", "Driving Wheel", "Get Back Baby", "Call Me", "Here I Am" and tons more. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Remastered from the original tapes!)
 
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VariousFantasy Records Hi Fi Sampler ... LP
Fantasy, 1957. Good ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, plays with some surface noise.)

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VariousFashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), New Copy 3LP ... $29.99 31.99
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – documenting a reggae scene that had grown to be as important as Kingston by that time – thanks to trans-Atlantic flows of vinyl, and a fair bit of immigration from the West Indies too! The music here is strongly in the styles that really exploded in London during the stretch – and early digital dancehall material is offset by sharp-edged jungle rhythms, and warmed up by some lover's rock too – but always with a quality that's earthy, and very close to the streets. The label was run out of the basement of the Dub Vendor record store, which gave them a great ear for changes in sound and styles – and they've got a fascinating story that's fully documented here in the notes, in best Soul Jazz fashion. Titles include "Let's Dub It Up" by Dee Sharp, "Dance Pon De Corner" by Papa Face featuring Red Man, "Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain rmx)" by Poison Chang, "Wikkeda" by General Levy & Hard N Pure, "Played By This Ya Sound" by Bunny General, "You're Nicked" by Laurel & Hardy, "Rising To The Top" by Dee Sharp, "To The Bump" by Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, "As You See It" by Cutty Ranks, "Bubble With I" by Asher Senator, "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ rap mix)" by Top Cat, "DJ Business" by Papa San, "You'll Never Need Somebody" by Janice Walker, "DJ Jamboree" by Papa Face with Keith Douglas, "Heat" by General Levy, and "Sweet Soul Rocking" by Carlton Lewis. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousFashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style ... CD
Fashion/Soul Jazz (UK), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overdue look at London's Fashion Records label – an important reggae imprint that was to the British scene of the late 20th Century what Trojan was in the 70s! But Fashion also had a quality that did them one better – they recorded and issued work that originated in the UK – documenting a reggae scene that had grown to be as important as Kingston by that time – thanks to trans-Atlantic flows of vinyl, and a fair bit of immigration from the West Indies too! The music here is strongly in the styles that really exploded in London during the stretch – and early digital dancehall material is offset by sharp-edged jungle rhythms, and warmed up by some lover's rock too – but always with a quality that's earthy, and very close to the streets. The label was run out of the basement of the Dub Vendor record store, which gave them a great ear for changes in sound and styles – and they've got a fascinating story that's fully documented here in the notes, in best Soul Jazz fashion. Titles include "Let's Dub It Up" by Dee Sharp, "Dance Pon De Corner" by Papa Face featuring Red Man, "Shot Fe Bust (Marvellous Cain rmx)" by Poison Chang, "Wikkeda" by General Levy & Hard N Pure, "Played By This Ya Sound" by Bunny General, "You're Nicked" by Laurel & Hardy, "Rising To The Top" by Dee Sharp, "To The Bump" by Papa Face & Bionic Rhona, "As You See It" by Cutty Ranks, "Bubble With I" by Asher Senator, "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ rap mix)" by Top Cat, "DJ Business" by Papa San, "You'll Never Need Somebody" by Janice Walker, "DJ Jamboree" by Papa Face with Keith Douglas, "Heat" by General Levy, and "Sweet Soul Rocking" by Carlton Lewis. CD
Also available Fashion Records – Style & Fashion – A-Class Top Notch Hi Fi Sounds In Fine Style (3LP set) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 15.99
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! 10 essential tracks in all, and it's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perfection – with "Call Me", "Let's Stay Together", "Tired Of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "I Can't Get Next To You", "You Ought To Be With Me", "Look What You Done For Me" and "Let's Get Married". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1975. Used ... Just Sold Out!
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! It's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perfection – with "Call Me", "Let's Stay Together", "Tired Of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "I Can't Get Next To You", "You Ought To Be With Me", "Look What You Done For Me" and "Let's Get Married". This pressing features 5 bonus tracks too – including "Full Of Fire", "Belle", "Sha La La", "LOVE", and "Livin For You". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Al Green's Greatest Hits (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Al GreenBelle Album ... LP
Hi Records, 1977. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar – stepping out from under the protective wing of Willie Mitchell, and doing a surprisingly great job overall! Al does get a bit of help in the studio – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says that the record is "something new" – but as we've come to learn from all the other Al Green records we've loved over the years, the man himself is more than enough to make the record wonderful – with vocals that are unbeatable at this point in his career! Titles include "All N All", "Belle", "Loving You", "Georgia Boy", "Feels Like Summer" and "Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting along the top seam.)

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Al GreenCall Me ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Al Green, 1973 – what could be better? The king of Memphis soul is at the height of his powers here – working in a setting that yielded less chart hits than some of his other albums for Hi Records, but which is still as sublime as the rest – thanks to an undeniable studio magic guided by Willie Mitchell! The sound is full, but never slick or smooth – and Al's vocals are tremendous throughout (but honestly, did you expect anything less?) Titles include "Call Me (Come Back Home)", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "Funny How Time Slips Away", and the beautiful "Have You Been Making Out OK?" CD

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Al GreenExplores Your Mind ... CD
Hi Records/Motown, 1974. Used ... $9.99
Al Green explores your mind – then moves onto your heart, your soul, and everything in between! The album's a classic in the best Hi Records tradition – and features Al moving into a style that's even more spiritual than before – serving up the sublime tracks "Take Me To The River" and "God Blessed Our Love", both of which seem to point strongly at the direction he would take in later years – but also managing to mix the secular with the spiritual, in a way that's as sexy as ever! Other tracks include the hit "Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy)", plus "One Nite Stand", "The City", "I'm Hooked On You", and "Stay With Me Forever". CD
(Out of print early Motown pressing. Booklet has a light stain on the inside.)

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Al GreenFull Of Fire (remastered edition) ... CD
Hi Records/EMI, 1976. Used ... $8.99
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". CD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Al GreenGreen Is Blues (expanded & remastered) ... CD
Hi Records, 1972. Used ... $11.99
Well, we don't know if we'd say that Al Green is blues – because he's still singing in his wonderfully sweet Memphis soul style – but this album definitely has a sound that gives a nod to the classic bluesy soul that inspired Al's work in the years before he put things together with his undeniable magic! Apart from originals like "Get Back Baby" and "Tomorrow's Dream", Al covers some nice classics like "The Letter", "Summertime", "I Stand Accused", and "Talk To Me". CD features remastering, and 4 bonus tracks that include "Baby What's Wrong With You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "Nothing's Impossible With Love", and "Memphis Tennessee". CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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Al GreenHave A Good Time ... LP
Hi Records, 1976. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Although the date of this one might make you think that Al's softening it up a bit, that's definitely not the case! If anything, the record's a bit rougher than some of his earlier albums on Hi – with Willie Mitchell still working on production and arrangements, but perhaps not crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's as perfectly as before. Not that that's a bad thing, as the record makes for a great addition to any collection of Al's work – and includes some lesser-known gems that are carried off with a deep sense of soul and emotion. Titles include "Something", "I Tried To Tell Myself", "Keep Me Cryin", "Smile A Little Bit More", "Have A Good Time", "Happy", and a version of "Nothing Takes The Place Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Have A Good Time (remastered edition) ... CD 7.99

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Al GreenHave A Good Time (remastered edition) ... CD
Hi Records/EMI, 1976. Used ... $7.99
Although the date of this one might make you think that Al's softening it up a bit, that's definitely not the case! If anything, the record's a bit rougher than some of his earlier albums on Hi – with Willie Mitchell still working on production and arrangements, but perhaps not crossing all the T's and dotting all the I's as perfectly as before. Not that that's a bad thing, as the record makes for a great addition to any collection of Al's work – and includes some lesser-known gems that are carried off with a deep sense of soul and emotion. Titles include "Something", "I Tried To Tell Myself", "Keep Me Cryin", "Smile A Little Bit More", "Have A Good Time", "Happy", and a version of "Nothing Takes The Place Of You". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Also available Have A Good Time ... LP 7.99

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Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Warm wonderfulness from the great Al Green – a record that may have a pale-looking cover, but a set that's one of Green's most deeply soulful albums ever! There's a grace and a glow to the set right from the very first note – that really unique presentation and performance that makes these early 70s Green albums such enduring treasures – and so unlike anything else that's ever come since, no matter how many folks were influenced by Al's sound! The production is perfect – with Al helping Willie Mitchell at the helm, as they balance together the richness of the instrumentation with core elements in the rhythms – on titles that include Al's stone classic "Love & Happiness", plus "I'm Still In Love With You", "I'm Glad You're Mine", "What A Wonderful Thing Love Is", "Look What You Done For Me", and his great remake of Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" – a country/soul classic if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Al GreenLet's Stay Together ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good ... $29.99
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the modes that were happening up north either. Instead, Al lays things out with this stunningly mature style – sexy, but never overdone – confident, but never in a swaggering way – with a really special flow that comes from the great Willie Mitchell's talents in the studio, but an edge that's Green at his secular best. The album's got a lasting appeal that's made it a favorite for generations – both a key introduction to soul, but also a treasured favorite for longtime collectors – and every track's a gem – from the classic "Let's Stay Together", through a set list that includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "So You're Leaving", and "What Is This Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hi pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Al GreenLivin For You ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound that kicks back and lets the soul flow magically – never forcing things at all, nor taking them into the sort of easy hit territory that would have been a temptation at this point. And if anything, the album's a wonderful exercise in understatement – the kind of gently flowing soul that Green virtually invented at the time, and which few other singers could hope to match! Titles include the excellent "Let's Get Married", plus "Livin For You", "Free At Last", "Home Again", "So Good To Be Here", and "Beware" – all original tracks written by Green! CD
Also available Livin For You (remastered edition) ... CD 8.99

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Al GreenLivin For You (remastered edition) ... CD
Hi Records/EMI, 1973. Used ... $8.99
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound that kicks back and lets the soul flow magically – never forcing things at all, nor taking them into the sort of easy hit territory that would have been a temptation at this point. And if anything, the album's a wonderful exercise in understatement – the kind of gently flowing soul that Green virtually invented at the time, and which few other singers could hope to match! Titles include the excellent "Let's Get Married", plus "Livin For You", "Free At Last", "Home Again", "So Good To Be Here", and "Beware" – all original tracks written by Green! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
Also available Livin For You ... CD 11.99

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Al GreenNow You Can Interview Al Green ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Near Mint- ... $33.99
Very cool – a special radio promo record with an interview with Al Green! Better yet, the whole thing is open-ended – so you can drop your own voice in, as if you're asking the questions. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the cue sheet!)

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Al GreenTokyo Live ... LP
Hi Records/Cream, 1981. Sealed 2LP ... $9.99
A tasty double-live set from Al Green – one that has him working through longer versions of tunes than you'd hear on his studio albums, and really doing great in front of an appreciative Japanese crowd! The overall approach here is a bit more modern than on some of his older Hi albums – as the band uses the extra space to make things a bit more uptempo and really push the groove – but Al's vocals still hold the whole set together nicely, especially on the numbers where he lets loose a bit more. Linda Jones is one of the backup singers on the set – and titles include "Belle", "Let's Get Married", "Love & Happiness", "I Feel Good", "Dream", "God Blessed Our Love", "You Ought To Be With Me", and "Tired Of Being Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Very Good+ ... $39.99
A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson's raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend here is great – as Johnson's trademark crackle is still very much in place, but the production by Willie Mitchell really helps give him a lot of focus too – especially on some of the more heartfelt numbers, which come across here with a sensual force that Syl might never have hit on his own. Syl wrote a number of the tracks himself too – and titles include "I'm Yours", "Feelin' Frisky", "I Hate I Walked Away", "Wind Blow Her Back My Way", "I Let A Good Girl Go", and "The Love You Left Behind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough ... LP
Hi Records/London, 1974. Very Good+ ... $29.99
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on Twinight, with warmer production by southern soul guru Willie Mitchell to keep his sound much more in the Memphis soul camp – but still a nice album of bluesy stoked sweetness, and proof that Syl was one of the better talents on the Hi label. Titles include "Keeping Down Confusion", "Let Yourself Go", "Could I Be Falling In Love", "Stuck In Chicago", and "I Hear The Love Chimes", "Please, Don't Give Up On Me" and "Diamond In The Rough". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Willie MitchellOoh Baby You Turn Me On (aka Soul Serenade) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Raw Memphis style soul instrumentals from trumpeter/arranger Willie Mitchell and the Hi Records crew – a pretty fascinating chapter in the prime Hi Records story! Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On was also released under the title Soul Serenede at one point, and it's really a showcase for some tight, short instrumental tracks, with a groove that's a lot rawer than the Hi material that Willie would produce later in the 70s. In fact, the album overall is a righteous batch of Memphis funk – with a sound that would make Stax pretty darn proud! Titles include "Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On", "Soul Finger", "Slippin & Sliddin", "Willie's Mood", "Sunny", "Pearl Time", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Pearl Time", "Toddlin" and more. CD

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Willie MitchellSoul Serenade – The Best Of Willie Mitchell ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $5.99
Although he's probably best remembered these days as the genius producer behind most of the great Memphis soul records on the Hi Records label, Willie Mitchell was also quite a big soul star in his day. He played lead trumpet on a huge amount of instrumental singles and LPs issued under his own name – records that came out on Hi in the years before and during his classic work with Al Green and Ann Peebles. This "best of" set features 20 of Willie's best moments – including some big singles, and some other more obscure numbers from LPs. Titles include "20 75", "The Crawl", "Percolatin", "Strawberry Soul", "My Babe", "Young People", "Poppin", "Up Hard", "Bum Daddy", and "Bad Eye". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ann PeeblesGive Me Some Credit/Solid Foundation ... 7-inch
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ann PeeblesPart Time Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A great litle early album from Ann Peebles – rawer than most of her more familiar stuff, with a gutbuckety soul quality that really keeps things fresh! We always love Ann's work, but in these early years she has a deep soul vibe that few other singers can touch – a level that easily rivals Aretha Franklin, but has more real southern roots – and which is handled here by the Hi Records sound. Willie Mitchell produced and arranged (of course!), and the record's got some sweet backing vocals by Rhodes, Chalmers, & Rhodes – very much in a Sweet Inspirations mode, but again maybe a bit deeper too. Tracks include a funky remake of The Isleys' "It's Your Thing", plus "Solid Foundation", "Crazy About You Baby", "Give Me Some Credit", and "Generation Gap Between Us". CD

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Ann PeeblesTellin' It ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
It's the mid 70s, but Ann's still very much in classic form – with thanks to arrangements and production by Willie Mitchell and backing by Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, and James Mitchell – and sultry, soulful vocals from Ann! There's a bit more of a groove-oriented production style here than before – but it comes off very nicely, and works wonders with Ann's deeply burning vocal approach. This album stands up stronger next to it's predecessor, the great I Can't Stand The Rain album, better than we remembered – we're glad to tell that! Titles include "Come To Mama", "I Don't Lend My Man", "Love Played A Game", "Beware", "It Was Jealosy", "Doctor Love Power", and "Put Yourself In My Place" and more. CD
Also available Tellin' It ... LP 24.99

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Ann PeeblesTellin' It ... LP
Hi Records, 1975. Sealed ... $24.99
It's the mid 70s, but Ann's still very much in classic form – with thanks to arrangements and production by Willie Mitchell and backing by Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, and James Mitchell – and sultry, soulful vocals from Ann! There's a bit more of a groove-oriented production style here than before – but it comes off very nicely, and works wonders with Ann's deeply burning vocal approach. This album stands up stronger next to it's predecessor, the great I Can't Stand The Rain album, better than we remembered – we're glad to tell that! Titles include "Come To Mama", "I Don't Lend My Man", "Love Played A Game", "Beware", "It Was Jealosy", "Doctor Love Power", and "Put Yourself In My Place" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has small tears in back.)
Also available Tellin' It ... CD 6.99

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Teacher's EditionI Wanna Share Everything/Sleepy People ... 7-inch
Hi Records, 1972. Good+ ... $6.99
The music here is pure Hi magic, heavy blues drenched R&B dipped in a vat of Willie Mitchell's special musical sauce, and the Teacher's Edition shine beautifully, balancing sweet harmonies with raw righteous soul on both sides! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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OV WrightWe're Still Together ... LP
Hi Records/Cream, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
OV Wright's getting a bit smooth, but still sounding great – working here with really full backings from Willie Mitchell, at a level that's a bit more upbeat than his previous album at Hi Records! There's a bit more of a groove on these tunes, but most are still miles from the dancefloor – still in that time-tested OV Wright style, with echoes of earlier Memphis eras in the background, but a tighter, more mature approach upfront. Given the date of the record, the overall sound is surprising – more mid 70s Hi Records than anything else – but that's also the charm of the set, and proof that Hi could still hold strong when other labels were moving forward, perhaps a bit too quickly. Titles include "Mirror Of My Soul", "I'm Gonna Stay", "It's Cold Without Your Love", "We're Still Together", and "I Found Peace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has cutout holes on all four corners.)

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✨✧ Bill Black ComboUntouchable Sound Of Bill Black Combo ... LP
Hi Records, 1962. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenCan't Get Next To You (aka Al Green Gets Next To You) ... LP
Hi Records, 1971/1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", and "You Say It" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". Note that this is almost the same album as Al Green Gets Next To You, but it's missing the track "Tired Of Being Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moisture staining and peeling along the bottom.)

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✨✧ Al GreenFull Of Fire ... LP
Hi Records, 1976. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
Also available Full Of Fire (remastered edition) ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Warm wonderfulness from the great Al Green – a record that may have a pale-looking cover, but a set that's one of Green's most deeply soulful albums ever! There's a grace and a glow to the set right from the very first note – that really unique presentation and performance that makes these early 70s Green albums such enduring treasures – and so unlike anything else that's ever come since, no matter how many folks were influenced by Al's sound! The production is perfect – with Al helping Willie Mitchell at the helm, as they balance together the richness of the instrumentation with core elements in the rhythms – on titles that include Al's stone classic "Love & Happiness", plus "I'm Still In Love With You", "I'm Glad You're Mine", "What A Wonderful Thing Love Is", "Look What You Done For Me", and his great remake of Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" – a country/soul classic if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the modes that were happening up north either. Instead, Al lays things out with this stunningly mature style – sexy, but never overdone – confident, but never in a swaggering way – with a really special flow that comes from the great Willie Mitchell's talents in the studio, but an edge that's Green at his secular best. The album's got a lasting appeal that's made it a favorite for generations – both a key introduction to soul, but also a treasured favorite for longtime collectors – and never every track's a gem – from the classic "Let's Stay Together", through a set list that includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "So You're Leaving", and "What Is This Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Let's Stay Together ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Al GreenLivin For You ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound that kicks back and lets the soul flow magically – never forcing things at all, nor taking them into the sort of easy hit territory that would have been a temptation at this point. And if anything, the album's a wonderful exercise in understatement – the kind of gently flowing soul that Green virtually invented at the time, and which few other singers could hope to match! Titles include the excellent "Let's Get Married", plus "Livin For You", "Free At Last", "Home Again", "So Good To Be Here", and "Beware" – all original tracks written by Green! LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown reissue.)
Also available Livin For You ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Al GreenTruth N Time (remastered edition) ... CD
Hi Records/EMI, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Al Green's last secular album for Hi Records – but still a nice little cooker that's overflowing with Memphis soul! As with Green's previous set for Hi, the album's produced by Al himself, and not Willie Mitchell – in a style that's a bit rougher, chunkier, and almost funkier than the sound that Mitchell had been giving Al as the 70s moved on. Tunes have a nice snapping feel overall, and a lot heavier soul vibe than you might expect for the time – making the record a nice lost sleeper in Green's classic Hi Records catalog! Titles include "King Of All", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Happy Days", "Blow Me Down", "Lo & Behold", "Wait Here", "Truth N Time", and "To Sir With Love". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesAnn Peebles' Greatest Hits ... LP
Hi Records/MCA, 1970s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A winning selection of some of Ann Peebles' best work for Hi Records – featuring stellar production by Willie Mitchell, and a stone-mellow Memphis soul approach to the music. Includes the great sample cut "I Can't Stand The Rain", plus "Walk Away", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", "Part Time Love", and "If This Is Heaven". Nice notes, too. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenTruth N Time ... LP
Hi Records, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Al Green's last secular album for Hi Records – but still a nice little cooker that's overflowing with Memphis soul! As with Green's previous set for Hi, the album's produced by Al himself, and not Willie Mitchell – in a style that's a bit rougher, chunkier, and almost funkier than the sound that Mitchell had been giving Al as the 70s moved on. Tunes have a nice snapping feel overall, and a lot heavier soul vibe than you might expect for the time – making the record a nice lost sleeper in Green's classic Hi Records catalog! Titles include "King Of All", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Happy Days", "Blow Me Down", "Lo & Behold", "Wait Here", "Truth N Time", and "To Sir With Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Willie MitchellIt's Dance Time ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's Dance Time, Memphis style – thanks to a hip album of instrumentals from the great Willie Mitchell! This one's actually a bit rougher around the edges than some of Willie's other work, with strong guitar and groovy organ, very much in a Booker T & The MGs mode! The tracks groove along with a sound that's more Stax than Hi – which is ok by us, as the feel is nicely raw and raunchy! Titles include "Morning After", "Buster Browne", "Poinciana", "Twine Time", "Apple Jack", and "Wiggle Rock", "Fever", "Woodchopper's Bal" and more. CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain (with download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode here – thanks to production by Willie Mitchell – but there's also a deeper groove overall, a stronger burning bottom, and an all-soul sound to most tracks that goes way beyond simple cliches of southern soul. Ann's vocals are tremendous throughout – sometimes sweet, sometimes mean – and titles include the sublime "I Can't Stand The Rain", plus "Run Run Run", "One Way Street", "You Keep Me Hangin On", and "If We Can't Trust Each Other". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here highlight that vibe, but she and producer/arranger Mitchell bring in a few more dancefloor ready soul numbers, too. Titles include "You Gonna Make Me Cry", "When I'm In Your Arms", "If This Is Heaven", "I'm So Thankful","Games" and "Boy I Gotta Have You". CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... LP
Hi Records, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here highlight that vibe, but she and producer/arranger Mitchell bring in a few more dancefloor ready soul numbers, too. Titles include "You Gonna Make Me Cry", "When I'm In Your Arms", "If This Is Heaven", "I'm So Thankful","Games" and "Boy I Gotta Have You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ OV WrightInto Something (Can't Shake Loose) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that's got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and you've got a good idea of the feel of this one – a perfect setting for OV's massive talent, and a great way for him to reach out to a wider audience too! The sound is impeccable – about as classic as you can get for Hi – and titles include a number of great Willie Mitchell originals – including "I Feel Love Growin", "The Time We Have", and "You Gotta Have Love". The set also includes a nice version of "Trying To Live My Life Without You", too! CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonTotal Explosion ... LP
Hi Records, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A wicked explosion from the legendary Syl Johnson – one of his smoking sets for Hi Records – done with solid soulful help from Willie Mitchell! Mitchell's familiar Memphis groove is firmly in place here – tightly compressed rhythms and horns, vamping perfectly for Syl's raw vocals – and the set also seems to feature Johnson smoking some grooves on harmonica too – but in a way that's still a lot more soul than blues! There's a few great funky moments on the set – a nice reminder of the Twinight years – and tracks include "I Only Have Love", "Take Me To The River", "Bustin Up Or Busin Out", "'Bout To Make Me Leave Home", "That's Just My Luck", "It Ain't Easy", "Steppin Out", and "Watch What You Do To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram UK Pure Pleasure pressing.)
 
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✨✧ Hi-Lo'sBack Again ... LP
MPS, 1979. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A groovy late 70s outing from the Hi Los – done at the same time that group member Gene Puerling was having a great run for MPS with his group The Singers Unlimited! The style here's a bit like the Hi Los of old, but it's also got some of the smoother, sweeter tones that Puerling developed with the Singers Unlimited – that near-perfect approach to sound, with the vocals wrapped up nicely in pure harmonic bliss! Backings are directed by Rob McConnell, and vocal arrangements are by Puerling – on titles that include "Misty", "Everything Must Change", "I Remember You", "Seems Like Old Times", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Pausa records.)

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VariousBest Of Excello Records ... CD
Excello, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
Music from Arthur Gunter, Louis Brooks & Hi Toppers, the Marigolds, the Blues Rockers, Rudy Green, Guitar Gable, Clarence Samuels, Johnny Jano, the Gladiolas, Lonesome Sundown, Al Ferrier & more. CD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Peter KingHi Fly ... CD
Spotlite (UK), 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from British altoist Peter King – a vastly under-acknowledged genius on his instrument who probably languished in the public eye because he was recording a decade or two too late for greater jazz fame! King's got a nicely biting approach to his reed that we really like a lot – a style that's possibly informed by Phil Woods, but which also has some of the soulful fluidity of 60s Argo sessions by Lou Donaldson and Sonny Stitt (those records, of course, where Stitt's playing alto.) The setting here is spare and simple – backing from the trio of Philippe Briand on drums, Pete Jacobsen on piano, and Ricardo Del Fra on bass – but King really stretches out beautifully on his solos, arcing and turning majestically in long lines that are as complicated as they are confident. The title track is an extended reading of "Hi Fly", done with some great added congas at the bottom – and other tracks include "Seven Steps To Heaven", "Blues For SJ", "Star Eyes", and "Old Folks". CD
(Out of print.)

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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
Also available Hotel Sheet ... LP 22.99

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Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... LP
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hotel Sheet ... CD 14.99

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Smoking live material from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a set recorded at Birdland, aka The Jazz Corner Of The World – home to a number of key performances by the group! The lineup here features a key transitional version of the group – with the younger Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, already setting the combo on fire with their new ideas and very bold work on solos – and the great Hank Mobley on tenor, who'd worked with Blakey for a few years at this time – and provides this deeply soulful grounding that's as great as his own records, but maybe even a bit more open in the live setting. The great Jymie Merritt is on bass – one of Art's secret weapons over the years – and the set list of this second volume includes "Chicken & Dumplins", "M & M", "Art's Revelation", and a great version of "Hi Fly". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
The first album in decades from Memphis soul legend Don Bryant – a singer who hardly even gave us any recordings back when he was in his prime! Don was one of the lesser lights at the famous Hi Records – not as successful as Ann Peebles or Al Green, but steeped in the same wonderful sound as those great artists – and still going wonderfully strong after all these years! In fact, the album almost feels more like some lost Hi tapes from Bryant's glory days than a contemporary set – as his voice is wonderful, the songs are tight, and both the production and instrumentation have just the right sort of classic approach – soulful, but without overstating things in any sort of cloying "resurrection" mode. Instead, Don's just right on top, and right in the pocket – doing his thing wonderfully on titles that include "Don't Give Up On Love", "I Got To Know", "First You Cry", "It Was Jealousy", "Something About You", "Can't Hide The Hurt", "One Ain't Enough", and "A Nickel & A Nail". LP, Vinyl record album

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Otis ClaySoul Man – Live In Japan ... LP
Rooster, 1985. Near Mint- 2LP ... $6.99
Otis Clay recorded live in Japan – working before a very appreciative audience, and hitting grooves that are right up there with his best 70s work on Hi Records! The sound is a bit looser than Hi – which is a nice change – and Clay's really in command on the set, leading the group with a strong sense of personality, and serving up great vocals with a strong deep soul feel. The grooves are filled with classic Memphis soul moments – and titles titles include "Hard Working Woman", "Ellie", "Trying To Live My Life Without You", "His Precious Love", "Love & Happiness", "Here I Am Baby", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up". CD
Also available It Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 13.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 16.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up" – and 2CD version features a full bonus album of instrumentals by Leon Michels and the group! CD
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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HelloHello Again (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/7T's (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Hello have cleaned up their look a bit from previous records, but they're still hitting hard in that glam-inspired groove we love so much! Guitars are fuzzy, the vocals flanged-out too, and even though the rhythms are tight, there's a spooky sort of mid-70s pop vibe going on overall – an undercurrent of nastiness that hides beneath the group's power pop look and catchy tune hooks. Production is relatively simple too – somewhat smoother than before, but still with more than enough rough edges in the right parts. Titles include "99 Ways", "Back Seat Talking", "The Cat Is Wild", "You Shot Me Down", "Oh Caroline", "How To Survive The Night", "Walking Midnight", "Elenore", and "Hi Ho Silver Lining". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks that include "Good Old USA", "Too Much Hesitating", "Night Watcher", "One By One", and "You Got Class Babe". CD

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 6LPs/4CDs ... $68.99 79.98
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The folks at Numero have really outdone themselves this time – not just by including both CD (4 of them) and LP (6 of those) versions of the music in the set – but also by coming up with one of the most attractive, uniquely packaged records we've ever seen! The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. And the LPs each come in their own jackets – two of which mimic the original Twinight albums, the other four of which create Shama, Trip, and Federal label albums of Johnson's music – records that didn't exist back in the 60s, but which look as if they've come from a time machine! The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. We could write for hours about how great this set is – but honestly, one look, or one listen, and you'll be hooked! LP, Vinyl record album

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Syl JohnsonMs Fine Brown Frame ... LP
Erect/Boardwalk, 1982. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A bit of a comeback for Chicago soul legend Syl Johnson – a set initially recorded for the smaller indie Erect, but picked up for bigger distribution by Boardwalk thanks to a catchy title hit! The sound here is quite different from Syl's Twinight or Hi Records years – still a bit bluesy overall, but also going for a much tighter boogie-based groove – in keeping with the sound of Erect at the time. Johnson's vocals still retain that nice kind of pinch that shows his down home roots, but the instrumentation is much tighter than before – often in an electric mode that's a bit like Malaco in the 80s, only slicker. Syl produced the record with General Crook – and titles include the nice groover "Ms Fine Brown Frame", plus "Sweet Thing", "You Don't Have To Go", "It Ain't Easy", "Groove Me", and "Keep On Loving Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesDrum Song ... LP
Galaxy/Milestone, 1978. Sealed ... $6.99
Not as full on and bombastic as some of Philly Joe Jones heavy thunder recordings from the late 50s – but two nice albums recorded during one set of sessions for Galaxy Records at the end of the 70s! The quality of the material here is high – as Jones is working here with sidemen that include Slide Hampton on trombone, Harold Land on tenor, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – grooving easily and soulfully through a set of originals, bop standards, and a few mellower chestnuts thrown in to round out the set. Titles include "I Waited for You", "Our Delight", "Bird", "Two Bass Hit", and "Hi Fly". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LadyLady – Instrumentals ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2013. Sealed ... $14.99
Sweet instrumentals pulled from the excellent Lady vocal debut – a set that doesn't feature the female singers at all, and instead just has this great El Michels kind of groove! The sound is no surprise, given that Leon Michels produced and also plays heavily on the record – with a group who seem to hit this perfect vibe that makes the tunes work well even without the lyrics – almost like some slow-burning Memphis instrumentals from the Hi Records vaults, but a bit funkier overall too! There seem to be some new instrumental passages taking the place of the vocals – which is great – and titles include "Tell The Truth", "Get Ready", "Karma", "Hold On", "Money", "If You Wanna Be My Man", and "Waiting On You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Philippe Mate/Daniel VallancienPhilippe Mate/Daniel Vallancien ... LP
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
A fantastic collaboration between two key members of the French avant jazz scene – working here in a spirit that really lives up to the genre-busting legacy of the Saravah Records label! Philippe Mate improvises here on saxophone – but in a unique space that's controlled by Daniel Vallancien – not really a musician himself, but a key force in recording the classic BYG/Actuel avant jazz sessions a few years before – working here in the studio to inflect the performance of Mate with all sorts of effects and studio techniques! The approach isn't nearly as gimmicky as you might expect – and instead, the whole thing is maybe a free jazz nod to some of the more stodgy, academic electro-acoustic sounds from Paris – given a very earthy, organic quality here by the duo. Titles include "Cambodge 70", "Sanza Sallee", "Cyclothime", "Osakaphone", "Campus", and "Sax Hi Fi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Duke PearsonAngel Eyes ... CD
Jazz Line/Muzak (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare pre-Blue Note session from Duke Pearson – very mellow, very soulful, and with a quality that's unlike most of his later work! The album's a trio side, recorded for the Jazzline label, and it features Pearson on piano, Thomas Howard on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – the last of whom brings in some wonderfully lyrical lines on the kit, very much in the manner of the free, dancing rhythms used on records with Donald Byrd. Pearson's piano has a sharper edge than usual – these dark, moody tones that are totally great – almost a rougher version of his later sound, with a great sense of depth. Bob Cranshaw's bass and Walter Perkins' drums are featured on one number – and titles include a killer take on "Jeannine", plus "Say You're Mine", "Le Carrousel", "Bags Groove", and "Exodus". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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RevelationsBleeding Edge ... CD
Decision, 2008/2009. Used ... $0.99
Funky soul from The Revelations and lead vocalist Tre Williams – a deeply soulful set that's a great mix of classic soul and funk influences, but hardly a throwback – actually quite a timeless, live band soul set! Some of the tunes feel like a modern spin on Hi Records style soul, with punchy horns, soulful guitar licks, solid drums and bass, and groovy keys – but it feels sharply of the here and now. Williams' vocals are a soulful and real, and the songs, co-written by hip hop veteran Rell Gaddis and top notch, all the way. The Revelations are the real thing! Titles include "Stay Free", "Graceful Bow", "The Truth Shall Set You Free", "Let's Straighten It Out", "How Do I Tell Them", "Because Of You", 'It's Too Late", "Remember The Last Time", "I Won't Let Go", "He's A Hustler" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Pharoah SandersJuan Les Pin Jazz Festival 1968 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1968. Used ... $9.99
A very early live set by Pharoah Sanders – very much in the best modes of his late 60s albums on Impulse Records, and a great addition to that era of recordings from the tenor genius! The performance was recorded by French Radio, and has great sound quality – really capturing the soulful shadings of the group, which is a quartet with a young Lonnie Liston Smith on piano, Sirone on bass, and Majeed Shabazz on drums. There's no other instrumentation at all, but the interplay between Sanders and Smith is wonderful – as full of tonal color as their studio recordings – and Sirone is really fantastic too. The performance is presented as one long continuous track – beginning with a long improvisation, then moving through "Venus" and "The Creator Has A Master Plan" – all as spiritual as you'd expect! CD

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Albert WashingtonSad & Lonely (180 gram pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
An obscure bit of heavy soul – and the only vocal album on the jazz-based Eastbound imprint of Detroit's legendary Westbound Records! Albert's a blues artist, and sings in a soulful electric style that's similar to some of the Stax work of Albert King – but which has a bit more of a funk twist to it. Albert's vocals are definitely in the bluesy mode, but the backing is more in a Memphis soul style, with hints of Stax production styles in the mix, and lots of swirling organ underneath the vocals, in that Hi Records mode from the early 70s. Titles include "You're Messing Up My Mind", "Mischievous", "Feel The Need", "I Can't Stand It No More", "No Matter What The Cost Might Be", and "My Mother's Prayer". A pretty solid soul album all the way through – with a strong deep soul feel that's different than the usual Westbound/Eastbound bag! LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 Record Store Day UK/EU release!)

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✨✧ Memphis HornsMemphis Horns ... LP
Cotillion, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album of Memphis soul instrumentals – played by the combo who worked on most of the best Memphis vocal sessions of the 60s! By the time of this 1970 set, The Memphis Horns were so well known as a studio force that they could easily step out on their own – drawing from the strength of lead saxman Andrew Love and the burning trumpet of Wayne Jackson, who clearly knew their way around the studio after so many sessions! Both Love and Jackson co-produced the set, and the give the album a burning feel that's halfway between the later sound of Stax and the emerging groove of Hi Records – tight, but never slick – and done in a way that gets past any of the hoke that you might imagine from a "horn section" set! Titles include some nice originals like "Time", "Soul Bowl", "Cherry Tree", "One Mile High", and "Sanitation Man" – plus covers of "Cry Like A Baby", "Sad Song", "Soul Man", and "Wooly Bully". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout hole and promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Geater DavisLost Soul ... LP
House Of Orange/Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection of work from the vastly-overlooked Geater Davis – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! Geater Davis is a tremendous singer from the south – but one who barely ever got his due back in the 70s – even though these recordings for the tiny House Of Orange label are every bit as amazing as work coming out for bigger labels like Stax or Hi Records! Although Davis didn't record nearly as much as his contemporaries, he's got a sound that matches or beats them – a raw, raspy quality that's a bit like Bobby Blue Bland, touched with the depth of feeling we love in James Carr, peppered with elements of other Memphis singers – all produced to perfection with a sound that's got a deep-burning soul that never lets up. This excellent collection features all tracks from Geater's rare album Sweet Woman's Love, plus additional singles from the time – all produced by Allen Orange, an overlooked genius in the southern studio scene of the 70s. Titles include "Don't Marry A Fool", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Love You", "I Know My Baby Loves Me", "I Can Hold My Own", "Cold Love (long version)", "I'll Get By", "I'll Play The Blues For You", "Breath Taking Girl", and a killer long take on "For Your Precious Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Kelly FinniganI Don't Wanna Wait/It's Not That Easy ... 7-inch
Colemine, New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice solo single from Monophonics singer Kelly Finnigan – stepping out nicely on the slow funk ballad "I Don't Wanna Wait" – a cut that's got lots of wonderful 70s sweet soul touches on the production, but funky drums at the core! Finnigan moves nicely between deep and sweet soul – a bit like Lee Fields in this mode – and the flipside has the style of a great 70s southern soul ballad – almost Hi Records in approach, with a gentle sort of glow! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesDrum Songs/Advance ... CD
Galaxy/Milestone, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Not as full on and bombastic as some of Philly Joe Jones heavy thunder recordings from the late 50s – but two nice albums recorded during one set of sessions for Galaxy Records at the end of the 70s! The quality of the material here is high – as Jones is working here with sidemen that include Slide Hampton on trombone, Harold Land on tenor, and Blue Mitchell on trumpet – grooving easily and soulfully through a set of originals, bop standards, and a few mellower chestnuts thrown in to round out the set. Both albums are presented back to back – and titles include "Trailways", "Invitation", "Helena", "Midnight Waltz", "I Waited for You", "Our Delight", "Bird", "Two Bass Hit", and "Hi Fly". CD
Also available Drum Song ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A quadruple-header from Ramsey Lewis – four albums from his great 70s electric period on Columbia Records! First up is Funky Serenity – sweet electric funk from Ramsey Lewis! The album's one of his best from the 70s – and it's got Ramsey on Fender Rhodes, electric harpsichord, and other keyboards, grooving away in an open-ended 70s mode that still retains all the heavy soul of his classic work for Chess. Morris Jennings adds in some very nice percussion with his drum work, and Cleveland Eaton's on funky bass, giving the set a strong bottom groove. Features the sublime sample cut "My Love For You", a great version of "Knights In White Satin" that's done with a weird spacey groove, plus the tracks "Kufany Mapenzi (Making Love)", "Serene Funk", "What It Is!", and "Dreams". Golden Hits isn't a "best of", but instead has Ramsey and his funky mid 70s trio with Morris Jennings and Cleveland Eaton revisiting some of his best loved material from the Cadet years, but with the groovy Rhodes and wah wah sound that we dig so much about his CBS recordings. Unlike some of the other records from this period, the group's nice and stripped down, just the electric piano, bass and drums, so the groove's nice and wide open, Ramsey and company popping along with the sanctified soulful vibe of his 60s work, but updating their sound with some nice electric touches. 9 numbers in all: "Hang On Sloopy", "Blues For The Night Owl", "Hi-Heel Sneakers", "Carmen", "Delilah", "Wade In The Water", "Slippin' Into Darkness", "Somethin' You Got", and "The In Crowd". Solar Wind was cut smack dab in the middle of Ramsey's glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". Sun Goddess is one of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! CD

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✨✧ VariousTrue Soul Vol 1 – Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax (CD & DVD) ... CD
Now Again, 1960s/1970s. Used CD/DVD ... Out Of Stock
The first volume in Now Again's incredible compilation series for the True Soul label – assembled with the personal participation of the label's owner, Lee Anthony – rare, deep and absolute True Soul and funk from the 60s & 70s catalog of the revered Arkansas indie! It's rare regional funk & soul made under the mightily imposing shadows of southern labels like Stax and Hi Records – but the tunes here are straight up incredible and as ripe for discovery as any music of the era. The label was called True Soul and they don't take that moniker lightly – but it's adventurously soulful, with strains of psychedelic soul and funk, with a bit of southern swagger. Includes "Slipping Around (45 Version)", "Funky Music", "Sister Funk (Original, Full Version)" and "Follow The Rainbow (Alternate Mix)" by Thomas East, a great instrumental cover of "Come Together" by Albert Smith, "Doing My Own Thing" by John Craig, "Funky Football", "Psychedelic Hot Pants (Full Version)" and more by York Wilbern's Psychedelic Six, "Hard Times" by Classic Funk, "I Gotta Move With The Groove" by The Right Track", "The Real Thing" by The Conspiracy and "(It's A) "Rat Race by The Leaders. 14 tracks in all on the CD– including a previously unreleased York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six track. It also comes with a DVD – featuring live footage from a 1973 True Soul Revue television program, and the set is packaged beautifully! The CD & DVD are bound in what's essentially a small hardcover book – a thick, lavishly illustrated one – full of vintage performance, studio and promo photos, discography, deeply felt notes by Eothen Alapatt, plus interviews conducted by Egon. We heard years ago that Now Again was cooking this series up. . .and it was absolutely worth the wait. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (4CD set) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. CD
(Finally on CD!)
Also available Complete Mythology (6LPs & 4CDs box set) ... LP 68.99

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsNever Be Another You/Lover Man ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic cut from Lee Fields – one that begins with almost a Timmy Thomas-style drum machine beat on the intro – then adds in this weeping piano, ala Hi Records, and really blossoms when Lee's deep soul vocals come into play! The flipside features "Lover Man" – a slow funk cut with a really blue tinge – wonderful in its setup, with a vibe that means that Lee can do no wrong with his vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ M-TetGotta Be With You/Shades Of Joy ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's a great break right at the start of this one – which then leads into a warmer organ line, almost ala-Hi Records – which is pushed forward by a sweetly compressed rising horn section too! The whole thing's instrumental – and it's backed by the even funkier "Shades Of Joy" – a cover of a Jodorowsky theme – which has harder drums, more burning organ, and tighter horns! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 500 copies.)
 
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David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (Instrumentals) ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
A fantastic counterpart to David Axelrod's classic album Earth Rot – one that has none of the message-oriented vocals and spoken bits of that set, but all of the fantastic instrumentation that was at the core! The music here is amazing – put together by Axelrod in this blend of jazz and loftier ideas, really the perfect summation of everything everyone's always found so great about his records. There's loads of great vibes, amazing horn parts, and these great funky drums from Earl Palmer – crafted together in a suite of seven instrumental tracks that are all pretty darn great! LP, Vinyl record album

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Federico BonifaziAutumn Colors Suite ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
The "colors" in the title really gets it right – as pianist Federico Bonifazi has a way with a tune that's especially colorful – a quality in his compositions that always has his records really standing out from the rest! Federico's a great leader here, too – but not in an egocentric way – as he always seems more concerned about the overall sound of the group, and gives especially strong placement to the horns – which in this case feature the trumpet of Giampaolo Casati, the tenor of Emanuele Cisi, and trombone of Gianluca Petrella – all players who come together beautifully to illustrate the the colors in the tunes! The rest of the group features Gabriele Evangelista on bass and Alfred Kramer on drums – a combo that really makes the most of Bonifazi's original tunes, which include "Deep", "Against Time", "Soul Music", "Autumn Colors", "Overview", and "Night Of Peace". CD

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Graham BonneyThank You Baby – The Complete UK Pop Singles & More 1965 to 1970 ... CD
Columbia/Teensville, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
Here's a singer you've probably never heard of – but who stands right up there with the best UK pop acts of the late 60s – both a vocalist and a songwriter, gifted with a wonderfully catchy ear for a tune! Graham Bonney's got qualities here that resonate nicely with work of the time by The Hollies or Herman's Hermits – songs that might evolve into classic rock, but which are plenty fantastic in their own right – these little mini-symphonies of pop, usually just two or three minutes in length, and really perfectly put together! This package might be the first we've ever seen to do justice to Bonney – a singer who primarily recorded for Columbia Records in the UK, but hit bigger success in Germany – although not enough to get his records played over here on radio in the 60s. The set's got an insane 32 tracks in all – more even than his issued singles of the 60s – and titles include "Super Girl", "Briony", "That Bad Day", "Later Tonight", "No One Knows", "Frenzy", "Back From Baltimore", "Papa Joe", My Jenny", "Devil's Child", "Mixing The Wine", "Leander Angeline", "Fly Me High Lorelei", "Sunny Has Gone", "When Evelyn Was Mine", "Why Can't We Be Friends", and "Did She Tell You". CD

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Teddy EdwardsGood Gravy (Contemporary) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $7.99
Teddy Edwards at his best – set up in a simple group that lets the album focus on his tremendous tone and well-chosen solo formations! The album's got a subtle brilliance that's evident from the very first note – a way of putting Teddy over that's never forced, but which also has a lot more tightness than some of his other records. Players include either Danny Horton or Phineas Newborn on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Milt Turner on drums – and titles include the Edwards originals "Good Gravy", "Could You Forget", "Yes I'll Be Ready", and "Not So Strange" – plus "A Little Later" and "On Green Dolphin Street". And heck, if all his records were this great, Edwards would easily have stood on a par with Sonny Rollins at the time! CD
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Curtis FullerFire & Filigree ... LP
Beehive, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Nice session – one with a date that might make you a bit skeptical, but with a sound that's still very much in the pocket, thanks to good handling of the effort by the Bee Hive records team! Curtis blows here with a quintet that includes Sal Nistico, Walter Bishop Jr, Sam Jones, and Freddie Waits – all very hip players, and well chosen for the spirit of the session. Titles include "The Egyptian Two", "Ballade For Gabe Wells", "Minor's Holiday", and "Yesterdays". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Steve GaddGaddabout ... LP
Electric Bird (Japan), 1984. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A sweet little album from drummer Steve Gadd – one that will more than make you forgive the title's wordplay on his last name! Steve's drums give the record a nice sort of punch that's sometimes missing from 80s fusion of this nature – a rhythm approach that still has the spontaneous energy of acoustic drums, when so many other fusion dates were using drum programs – great grounding from Gadd, which really helps give the right sort of direction to instrumentation from Richard Tee on keyboards, George Young on tenor and soprano sax, Lew Soloff on trumpet, and Ronnie Cuber on baritone. David Matthews arranged, but the overall vibe is looser than some of his records of the time – and titles include "The Duke", "Montauk Moon", "Gaddabout", "My Little Brother", and "Lucky 13". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ BJ The Chicago Kid1123 ... CD
Motown, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul at the center. BJ's years as a guest vocalist himself makes him such a great host for guest singers, MCs and producers on his own records, too – and this one features Anderson.Paak, Rick Ross, Afrojack and others with production by Danja, Cool & Dre, Karriem Riggins and more. Includes "Feel The Vibe" feat Anderson.Paak, "Champagne", "Get Away" feat JID, Buddy & Kent Jamz, "Tome Today", "Can't Wait", "Playa's ball" feat Rick Ross, "Too Good", "Close", "Rather Be With You", "Worryin' Bout Me" feat Offset, "Reach" feat Afrojack and more. CD

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Soso Da BahiaSoso Da Bahia ... CD
Sigia/Discobertas (Brazil), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
Soso Da Bahia Sings here with backings from Waltel Branco – who you might know from his own records of the 70s, and who brings a nice current of funk and soul to the mix! The approach is a bit more subtle than other samba soul records of the 70s, but definitely in similar territory – as sweet electric basslines and keyboards mix with rootsier percussion that highlights the more soulful aspects of Soso's great vocals! An overlooked gem – with titles that include "Sete Ondas", "Comidinha Bos", "Santo Antonio", "Nana", "Conclusao", "Talves", "Ago Ago Bahia", and "Prazer Em Te Conhecer Bahia". CD

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Marcel Azzola & Danny DorizJazzola ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1999. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A sweet set of accordion and vibes – served up here by Parisian jazzmen Marcel Azzola and Danny Doriz – working in a tight quintet that also features piano from the legendary George Arvanitas! Unlike some other French projects of this nature, the set is jazz first, accordion second – not some slightly-jazzed takes on musette hits from Parisian past, but instead these tight little jazzy tunes that really have Azzola soaring nicely – thanks in part to some well-rounded rhythms inspired by Arvanitas on the keys. Doriz has a sharper tone on vibes than on some of his other records, too – and titles include "Walkin Shoes", "Psychedelic Sally", "Double Scotch", "Fanfreluche", "Taking A Chance On Love", "Lina's Blues", "Little Willie Leaps", and "Pich'Nette". CD

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Jorge BenSilencio No Brooklin ... LP
Rozenblit/Audio Clarity (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A fantastic early album from Jorge Ben – and one that's also a bit obscure, given that it was one of the few that he didn't cut for Philips Records during the first decade of his career! The album's one of Jorge's most upbeat, most lively – with the kind of ebullient mix of samba and soul influences that he brought to his first big hits – but recorded here in a way that's maybe even more frenetic, especially when piano lines spin out quickly next to his incredible vocals – with a style that's almost soul jazz at times! The whole thing's wonderful – a record that matches, if not tops any of his other 60s albums – and titles include the killer "A Jovem Samba" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Nascimento De Um Principe Africando", "Menina Gata Augusta", "Si Wanda", "Rosa Mas Que Nada", "Amor De Carnaval", and "Todo Colorida". LP, Vinyl record album
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George BensonBody Talk ... CD
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet funky classic from guitar genius George Benson – and a record that features some surprising soul arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – also known for his classic work with the James Brown Band of the late 60s! Pee Wee's got a tighter groove here than on some of George's earlier CTI albums – but still keeps things open enough, so that Benson gets plenty of room to solo – a bit like the vibe of some of his late 60s albums for Verve and A&M. George is the main soloist – but the group is super-hip, with Harold Mabern on electric piano, Frank Foster on tenor, and a little bit of extra guitar from Earl Klugh. George is pulling no punches on this one – really hitting hard on his solos with a freer approach than he used on most of his other records from the time. Titles include "Dance", "Plum", "Body Talk", and "Top Of The World" – and most tracks are looong! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)
Also available Body Talk ... LP 9.99

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George BensonBody Talk ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
A sweet funky classic from guitar genius George Benson – and a record that features some surprising soul arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – also known for his classic work with the James Brown Band of the late 60s! Pee Wee's got a tighter groove here than on some of George's earlier CTI albums – but still keeps things open enough, so that Benson gets plenty of room to solo – a bit like the vibe of some of his late 60s albums for Verve and A&M. George is the main soloist – but the group is super-hip, with Harold Mabern on electric piano, Frank Foster on tenor, and a little bit of extra guitar from Earl Klugh. George is pulling no punches on this one – really hitting hard on his solos with a freer approach than he used on most of his other records from the time. Titles include "Dance", "Plum", "Body Talk", and "Top Of The World" – and most tracks are looong! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Body Talk ... CD 13.99

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Matt BerryTelevision Themes ... LP
Acid Jazz (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A fantastic little album from the great Matt Berry – quite different than some of his other records, but in a really great way! Berry pays homage to some of the greatest songs from the world of British TV – fab themes from the 60s and 70s, served up here with funky jazz instrumentation that includes a wealth of wonderful sounds from Matt's collection of vintage keyboards – mixed with tight drums, riffing guitar, and other groovy touches! There's occasional chorus vocals on some cuts, but no real lyrics at all – and the set features versions of "Are You Being Served", "The Good Life", "Top Of The Pops", "Picture Box", "The Liver Birds", "Rainbow", "Blankety Blank", "London Weekend Television", "Doctor Who", "Wildtrak", "World In Action", and "Sorry". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nat BirchallSounds Almighty ... LP
Tradition Disc (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $32.99
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental session from the start of the 70s – as if Nat's playing the role of saxophonist Tommy McCook over some nicely laidback Kingston-styled rhythms! Birchall solos on tenor on most tracks, but also blows a bit of melodica too – and even handles a bit of organ and percussion too – all swept up in a dubby mix handled by Breadwinner, who contributes drums, guitars, and keyboards. There's a bit of trumpet and trombone on the set too, plus baritone sax from Stally – and the quality of the record is excellent, every bit up to the range of the Jamaican legends listed as inspiration on the cover – a lineup that includes McCook, Lee Perry, Augustus Pablo, and Cedric Brooks. Titles include "In The Hills", "Ancient Wisdom", "Youth Iron Rock", "Freedom Style", "Amlak Dub", "Hail Don D Jr", and "Igziabeher". LP, Vinyl record album
(Released by Birchall himself – and limited to 200 copies!)
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Nat BirchallSounds Almighty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tradition Disc (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
A very different album than usual from the great tenorist Nat Birchall – a set that's no less soulful than his other records, but in a completely different way! The album's a collaboration with producer Al Breadwinner – and has this approach that feels like a lost Jamaican instrumental session from the start of the 70s – as if Nat's playing the role of saxophonist Tommy McCook over some nicely laidback Kingston-styled rhythms! Birchall solos on tenor on most tracks, but also blows a bit of melodica too – and even handles a bit of organ and percussion too – all swept up in a dubby mix handled by Breadwinner, who contributes drums, guitars, and keyboards. There's a bit of trumpet and trombone on the set too, plus baritone sax from Stally – and the quality of the record is excellent, every bit up to the range of the Jamaican legends listed as inspiration on the cover – a lineup that includes McCook, Lee Perry, Augustus Pablo, and Cedric Brooks. Titles include "In The Hills", "Ancient Wisdom", "Youth Iron Rock", "Freedom Style", "Amlak Dub", "Hail Don D Jr", and "Igziabeher". Includes bonus tracks "Iron Rock Dub" and "Igziabeher Dub". CD
Also available Sounds Almighty ... LP 32.99

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Smoking live material from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a set recorded at Birdland, aka The Jazz Corner Of The World – home to a number of key performances by the group! The lineup here features a key transitional version of the group – with the younger Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, already setting the combo on fire with their new ideas and very bold work on solos – and the great Hank Mobley on tenor, who'd worked with Blakey for a few years at this time – and provides this deeply soulful grounding that's as great as his own records, but maybe even a bit more open in the live setting. The great Jymie Merritt is on bass – one of Art's secret weapons over the years – and the set list of this first volume includes "Hipsippy Blues", "Justice", "Just Coolin", and a nice version of "Close Your Eyes". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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Art Blakey & The Afro-Drum EnsembleAfrican Beat ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
A completely righteous mix of jazz and African percussion – put together by drummer Art Blakey at a time when he was riding high with the Jazz Messengers, but also was willing to work on great experiments like this! The album's years ahead of its time – and arguably opens the door for countless spiritual jazz projects like this in the 70s, more proof that Blakey was a groundbreaking artist who was always opening doors for others! Blakey's own work on drums is joined by percussion from Montego Joe, Chief Bey, Garvin Masseux, James Ola, Folami, Robert Crowder, and Solomon Ilori – the last of whom would record his own record for Blue Note – and the rest of the group features Yusef Lateef on flute and tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and the great Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass – a great choice for the record, given that he was mixing together similar modes on his own records of the time. Titles include "Tobi Ilu", "Love, The Mystery Of", and "Obirin African". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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Kenny BurrellKenny Burrell At The Five Spot Cafe (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $8.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the great guitarist Kenny Burrell – a smoking live session, and one that's got a bit more of an edge than some of his other records from the time! Kenny's guitar still has that impeccable tone throughout – but it's also matched by some wonderful tenor from the great Tina Brooks – making one of his few key Blue Note appearances here – in a massively cooking group that also features some piano from Bobby Timmons on three of the album's five tracks (Roland Hanna plays on the two others) – plus drums from Art Blakey, and bass from Ben Tucker – a pair wo work together wonderfully to create some really great grooves. Kenny himself seems to pick up great energy in the setting – and titles include "Lady Be Good", "Birk's Works", "36-23-36", and "Hallelujah". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Captain BeefheartTrout Mask Replica (180 gram pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Bizarre/Third Man, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A seminal moment in leftfield music – maybe the crowning achievement of Captain Beefheart, and a landmark collaboration with Frank Zappa as well! Zappa produced, and gave the group plenty of room to stretch out on this double-length set done for his Bizarre Records imprint – which allowed the Captain the kind of freedom that Frank was getting at the time – which meant there was no need for a hit, no need to tone things down, and plenty of patience for all the record's amazing instrumental twists and turns, and Beefheart's madcap sense of humor as well! The Cap sings, and plays saxes and bass clarinet – and the record's got some really incredible guitar work from Zoot Horn Rollo and Antennae Jimmy Semens – really setting the stage for countless other guitarists in years to come. Tracks include "Dachau Blues", "Hair Pie", "Moonlight On Vermont", "Sweet Sweet Bulbs", "China Pig", "My Human Gets Me Blues", and "Dali's Car". LP, Vinyl record album
(Newly-remastered version, and re-cut at Bernie Grundman!)

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Mario Castro-NevesBrazilian Mood ... LP
Phase 4 (UK), 1973. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A unique British session from bossa maestro Mario Castro-Neves – one that's got the same sweet and jazzy touches as his 60s records, but a slightly different feel as well! The style here is totally great – kind of the same maturation of sound that Sergio Mendes was hitting in the early 70s – thanks to the right placement of a few electric elements, and a generally warm style of production that creates a great blend of modes in Castro-Neves' music. Instrumentation features keyboards, percussion, and some larger orchestrations used in very spare and creative ways – and there's often some great electric bass bubbling along the bottom to groove things up nicely. Many tracks have wordless vocals, sung in a scatting, breezy way that's even groovier than Brasil 77 – and titles include "Macumba Mood", "The Whole Mess", "Xaxado Blues", "Call Me Up", "Helena & I", "Hold My Hand", and "Loud & Clear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing from the early 2000s – hard to find on vinyl in any format!)

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Frank ChacksfieldAll Time Top TV Themes ... CD
Phase 4/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1966. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A sweet little take on the TV theme world of the 60s – served up by Brit maestro Frank Chacksfield at a level that's maybe a little bit more groovy than some of his other records from the time! Frank's still working with a very full orchestra, but the songs themselves have an inherently cool quality that his musicians can't help to pick up – as they make their way through versions of "Rawhide", "Route 66", "Dragnet", "Alfred Hitchcock Theme", "Dick Van Dyke Show", "Man From UNCLE", "Bonanza", "Marriage", and "Peter Gunn". CD

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✨✧ Nat King ColeStardust – The Rare Television Performances ... CD
Real Gone, 1957/1963. Used 2 CDs ... $15.99
Excellent work from Nat King Cole – a set of rare television performances that offer up a much greater side of his charms than some of his studio records for Capitol! The fidelity on most tracks is pretty great – and many numbers feature Nat talking a bit as he introduces the songs, with that easygoing approach that made him as charming a talent on the screen as he was on the radio. The bulk of the tracks are from Nat's short-lived show that ran in 1957 – and the rest are from the 1963 Australian Mobil Limb TV Show – an unusual special. Nelson Riddle handles most of the arrangements – and the 2CD set features 35 titles that include "April Love", "Passing By", "C'Est Si Bon", "Sweet Lorraine", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Love Is Sweeping The Country", "It's All In the Game", "My Personal Possession", "I Love A Piano", "When I Fall In Love", and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Wright Myself A Letter". CD

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Noel CowardNoel Coward At Las Vegas ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good ... $1.99
One of our favorite vocal albums of the 50s – an incredibly witty live set from Noel Coward, recorded in Las Vegas, with a very different style than some of his other records! The Noel Coward you'll hear here is still steeped in the mannered wit of his earlier plays, but he's also let himself go considerably – working in front of a live audience with an eager ear for well crafted lyrics and innuendo. The songs are mostly numbers from Coward's earlier shows, but they're sung in a hip swinging loungey style that really gives them legs – moving them past their staid roots into strong 50s vocal territory. Includes 2 great remakes of Cole Porter numbers – "Let's Do It" and "Begin The Beguine", both with Coward's own lyrics – plus "Uncle Harry", "A Bar On The Piccola Marina", "World Weary", and "Mad Dogs & Englishmen". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on CBS in an alternate cover)

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CrystalsBest Of The Crystals ... CD
Phil Spector Records/Abkco, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DaytoniansLet Jesus Work It Out ... CD
Church Door/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
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
Also available Let Jesus Work It Out ... LP 22.99
 
 
 



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