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OV WrightHi Records Single Collection ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Not just singles from the great OV Wright – but also a few live tracks and rare demo titles as well! OV's a hell of a singer – one with a voice that matches all the best on the southern scene of the time – and a great companion to some of the best deep soul material on the Hi Records label by artists like Otis Clay or Syl Johnson. And like both of them, Wright had recorded previously, but was able to find a new sort of presence at Hi – a more mature mode and sparkling Memphis production that really brought the most out of his wonderful vocals! Two of the tracks here – "Rhymes" and "Without You" – were only ever singles for Hi, and never came out on album. Two more demo tracks are wonderful – "A Fool Can't See The Light" and "I'm Gonna Be A Big Man Someday" – both very good numbers recorded with a grittier feel than usual. CD also features the cuts "Into Something", "The Time We Have", "Precious Precious", "The Bottom Line", and "We're Still Together" – plus live tracks that include "Love & Happiness", "Ace Of Spades", and "Precious Precious". CD

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✨✧ Otis ClayComplete Otis Clay On Hi Records ... CD
Hi Records, Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete Hi Recordings of Otis Clay – a Chicago soulster from the 60s who had a great 70s stretch in Memphis! Like Syl Johnson, another Chicago artist who made the same shift to Hi at the time, Otis uses the beat bits of the Memphis style to really change his sound – working in lots of warm tones that push the deep soul aspect of his work, and which break him nicely out of the 60s soul mode, into a richer, more expressive approach overall! The whole set's great – and features the full tracks from the albums Trying To Live My Life Without You and I Can't Take It, as well as bonus tracks from singles. Titles include "Brand New Thing", "Trying To Live My Life Without You", "Pussy Footing Around", "Too Much Mystery", "Slow & Easy", "It Was Jealousy", "You Did Something To Me", "Precious Precious", "Home Is Where The Heart Is", and "Born To Be With You". 26 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousHi Records 45s Collection Vol 1 ... CD
Hi Records/Demon (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Memphis soul! This nifty 22 track compilation brings to light some excellent material recorded for the legendary Hi label – most of which was not issued on albums, by far the most-reissued part of the label. The set combines material from some of the label's bigger stars, and some of it's lesser-known treasures. Titles include "Is it Over?" by David Duke, "It Was Jealousy" by Otis Clay, "Still Around" by James Fry, "I Can't Let You Go" by Ann Peebles, "She's My Woman" by Bobo Mr. Soul, "Hey Little Girl" by Norm West, and "What Made You Change" by Eddie McGhee. CD

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✨✧ VariousHi Records 45s Collection Vol 2 ... CD
Hi Records/Demon (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2nd volume in this great series that dips into the rich lost 45-rpm tradition at Memphis great Hi Records label! Like the first volume, this set includes a lot of deep soul goodies that you won't find on the albums on the label – including many cuts by lesser-known Memphis soul greats. Includes "Sweet Thing" by Willie Walker, "Sweetness Ain't Sweet No More" by T 99, "Little Things" by Phillip Mitchell, "Anyway The Wind Blows" by Irma Coffee, "I Wanna Share Everything" by Teacher's Edition, and "Let The Love Bells Ring" by The Masqueraders. 22 cuts in all, with quite a few by Phillip Mitchell and George Jackson! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Don Hines, Big Amos Patton, Big Lucky Carter, & OthersHi Records – The Blues Sessions ... LP
Hi Records/Demon (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great collection, with a fair number of obscure blues material recorded by Hi Records – plus a few soul cuts too! The set has six tracks each from Don Hines, Big Amos Patton, and Big Lucky Carter – plus four more by Joe Lee Carter – then ends with more familiar material by Don Bryant, Willie Mitchell, and Gene Mitchell – plus the great "Aretha Sing One For Me" by George Jackson. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Hi RhythmOn The Loose (with download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 14.99
A great little album of southern funk from the 70s – cut by the team that provided musical backing on many of the classic Hi Records sessions from the time! The groove is a bit different than usual for Hi – not compressed, burning deep soul – but tight, funky, and flanged-out – a bit like what classic P-Funk might have been like, had it been recorded in Memphis! The group's super sharp in their playing – with great bass and electric keyboards – but they've also got kind of a trippy feel that's very surprising, given the more restrained soul quality of much of the stuff on Hi. The album's all original material, and most cuts have cool vocals slinking in and out of the funk – and titles include "On The Loose", "Skinny Dippin'", "Superstar", "Purple Raindrops", and "You Got Me Comin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download of the album!)

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VariousHi Tide Groove – DJ's Choice 1969 to 1981 (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1970s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $29.99
A killer collection, and a very unique look at the legendary Hi Records – one that goes way past the big hits on the label, and which features the rare singles and unusual cuts that remind us what an important player Hi was on the Memphis scene during the Stax generation! The package features over 75 minutes of music, hand-selected by Japanese DJ/collector Daisuke Kuroda – a 25 track set that features rare singles by Veneice, Africano, Majik, Bobby McClure, George Jackson, Phillip Michell, Jean Plum, Iota, Odyssey, Larry Gordon, and Donna Rhodes – plus more by Al Green, Syl Johnson, OV Wright, Willie Mitchell, and Ann Peebles – including one track that has both Ann and Don Bryant! LP, Vinyl record album
(Nearly sold out via distribution...get while we got it!)

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Bill Black's ComboBill Black's Greatest Hits ... LP
Hi Records, 1963. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
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". CD

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Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits ... CD
Hi Records/Motown, 1975. Used ... $2.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
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". CD

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Al GreenCall Me ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 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/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
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
Also available Explores Your Mind (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Al GreenExplores Your Mind (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 44.98
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Explores Your Mind ... CD 9.99

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Al GreenGreen Is Blues ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1972. Used ... $6.99
Well, we don't know if we'd say that Al Green is blues – because he's still singing in his wonderfully sweet warm style – but this album definitely has a sound that gives a nod to the classic bluesy soul that inspired Al's work. 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
(Out of print.)

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Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
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! CD

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Al GreenLet's Stay Together ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
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 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". CD
Also available Let's Stay Together ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Very Good ... $24.99
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
(Original Hi pressing. Cover has half split seams.)
Also available Let's Stay Together ... CD 9.99

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Al GreenLivin For You ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy ... $9.99 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 ... LP 9.99

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Al GreenLivin For You ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available Livin For You ... CD 9.99

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Syl JohnsonA-Sides ... CD
Hi Records/Cream, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love/Diamond In The Rough ... CD
Hi Records, 1973/1974. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Syl JohnsonLove Chimes ... LP
Hi Records/Demon (UK), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A great UK collection of Hi Records singles and LP tracks by Syl Johnson – all recorded in Memphis by Willie Mitchell! Titles include "We Did It", "I'm Yours", "Feelin Frisky", "The Love You Left Behind", "I Want To Take You Home", "You Don't Know Me", "Please Don't Give Up On Me", and "I Let A Good Girl Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Syl JohnsonTotal Explosion (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 44.99
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

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Willie MitchellBreaking Point/Roadhouse ... 7-inch
Hi Records, Mid/Late 70s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Hi sleeve.)

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Willie MitchellIt's Dance Time ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1965. Used ... $6.99
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
Also available It's Dance Time ... LP 11.99

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Willie MitchellIt's Dance Time ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 15.99
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. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's Dance Time ... CD 6.99

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Willie MitchellSoul Serenade ... LP
Hi Records, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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! Originally issued as Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On, it's really a showcase for some great 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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a lightly stained corner, but looks great overall)

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Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
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". CD
Also available I Can't Stand The Rain ... LP 34.99

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Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain ... LP
Hi Records, 1974. Sealed ... $34.99
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
(Recent 180 gram UK reissue on Pure Pleasure.)
Also available I Can't Stand The Rain ... CD 9.99

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Ann PeeblesPart Time Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... $9.99 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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Charlie RichSings Country & Western ... LP
Hi Records, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
An overlooked gem by the great Charlie Rich – an album recorded for Hi Records in the years before he broke big on Columbia in the late 60s – but at a level that certainly points the way towards his country fame to come! And yet, as with most of the best music by Rich – like his stunning Smash Records sides – there's a quality here that's quite far from both the mainstream, and conventional modes of expression – as Charlie almost seems to be drawing as much on soul music for inspiration as he is the sounds of Nashville – which might almost put this album in the territory of classic country soul material by singers like Ray Charles or Brook Benton. The whole thing's a perfect setting for that unique combination of talents that makes Rich so wonderful – and most tracks are Hank Williams hits, but redone completely. Titles include "I Can't Help It", "My Heart Would Know", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Cold Cold Heart", and "Nobody's Lonesome For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear with wide black tape along the spine and top seam.)

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OV WrightLive In Japan (with bonus download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
OV Wright at the end of the 70s – working live in front of a very enthusiastic Japanese crowd, and in a groove that's right up their with his best work from earlier in the decade! In fact, there's a rawness here that you won't always find on Wright's other records – great live backing from a cool combo of American players, really rich in Memphis soul elements – and served up with funky touches that really work wonders with OV's presentation of the music. So instead of being a throw-off record for the overseas market, the set's instead a key piece of Wright's catalog at the time – seminal work that really stands strongly next to his studio classics. Titles include "Precious Precious", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Love & Happiness", "Eight Men & Four Women", "Into Something", and a great long "Medley" track. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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OV WrightWe're Still Together ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1979. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
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". CD

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✨✧ Al GreenCall Me (Right Stuff pressing) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Call Me ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Otis ClayTrying To Live My Life Without You ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most successful record Otis Clay ever cut – and a wonderful little set that recasts his bluesy Chicago vocals with a sweeter Memphis soul approach! Willie Mitchell is very firmly in the house for the record – and the approach he uses here with Otis is similar to that he used with Al Green on his biggest hits – slow-burning, slinkily soulful – in a way that infuses older modes of singing with a new level of sophistication and adult appeal! Backing is by the Memphis Horns – shimmering nicely in a trademark Hi sort of way – and titles include the classic "Trying To Live My Life Without You", plus "I Love You, I Need You", "Holding Onto A Dying Love", "I Die A Little Each Day", and "That's How It Is". CD

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Is Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavenly soul doesn't get any more heavenly than this! Al Green's at the height of his powers here – working in that wonderfully smooth, wonderfully warm style that made his early 70s material so wonderful! This album's maybe slightly less iconic than some of Green's other titles for Hi Records – but only because it's less chock-full of hits, even though the quality and sound is every bit as high as the rest of them! Willie Mitchell did an impeccable job on production – and titles include the classic track "Love Ritual" is a great little groover with a funkier sound than usual for Al, which is fine by us – and other tracks include "LOVE", "The Love Sermon", and "There Is Love" Hey, they weren't kidding with that title! CD

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✨✧ Willie MitchellWillie Mitchell's Driving Beat ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer from Willie Mitchell – harder, funkier, and a lot more soulful than most of his other records from the 60s! The groove here is sock-soul, and most cuts have a hard and tight funky 45 approach. Willie was really cut loose on this one – freed from his usual standard of recording hits and pop songs, he wrote all the songs on the set – and they're heavy Memphis instrumentals with a sound that's much more like 60s Bar Kays work on Stax! There's a great sax player on the session, too – not named in the notes, unfortunately, but with a sound that really wails on the best tracks. Titles include "Fat Cat", "Pep Talk", "That Driving Beat", "The Champion (parts 1 & 2)", "Nick O Demus", "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright", and "Stone Face". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jumpin' Gene SimmonsDodo/Jump ... 7-inch
Hi Records, 1964. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Labels have a touch of pen.)

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... 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", "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
Also available Al Green Gets Next To You ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Al GreenBelle Album (with bonus download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... 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
Also available I'm Still In Love With You ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... 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 24.99
Let's Stay Together ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesAnn Peebles Greatest Hits (with bonus download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really well-selected batch of tracks from the Hi Records years of the legendary Ann Peebles – one of the deepest female soul singers of the 70s! Ann was the female equivalent of Al Green for the label – their female powerhouse singer, always at the top of their roster – and always getting top-shelf help from superproducer Willie Mitchell – who makes these sides as smooth and seductive as he did for Al Green's great run of records for Hi Records! Peebles hit Hi as an artist who was already very fully-formed – thanks to early years in gospel, and work in the group of Oliver Sain – and right away, her records for the company started burning hard – and didn't stop at all until her move towards retirement at the end of the 70s. Tracks here are most of the best from those years – and include "I Can't Stand The Rain", "Walk Away", "Part Time Love", "Give Me Some Credit", "Do I Need You", "Dr Love Power", "Old Man With Young Ideas", "I Didn't Take Your Man", "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down", "Somebody's On Your Case", "Slipped Tripped & Fell In Love", and "Breaking Up Somebody's Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download.)

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesStraight From The Heart ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ann Peebles sings straight from the heart on this classic early set for Hi Records – a record that's to female vocals what Al Green's work of the time meant to male soul! As with Green's Hi Records of the time, Willie Mitchell is firmly in charge of production and backings – working with that warmly glowing Memphis soul style that carved whole new territory in soul music for the 70s – a maturing and mellowing of earlier southern modes, in a way that helps Peebles hit some fresh and uncliched sounds with her vocals. At a time when so many other singers were trying to copy Aretha, Ann's approach is mighty fresh – as you'll hear on tracks that include "I Take What I Want", "Slipped Tripped & Fell In Love", "What You Laid On Me", "Trouble Heartaches & Sadness", "99 Pounds", "I've Been There Before", and "Somebody's On Your Case". CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesStraight From The Heart (with download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Ann Peebles sings straight from the heart on this classic early set for Hi Records – a record that's to female vocals what Al Green's work of the time meant to male soul! As with Green's Hi Records of the time, Willie Mitchell is firmly in charge of production and backings – working with that warmly glowing Memphis soul style that carved whole new territory in soul music for the 70s – a maturing and mellowing of earlier southern modes, in a way that helps Peebles hit some fresh and uncliched sounds with her vocals. At a time when so many other singers were trying to copy Aretha, Ann's approach is mighty fresh – as you'll hear on tracks that include "I Take What I Want", "Slipped Tripped & Fell In Love", "What You Laid On Me", "Trouble Heartaches & Sadness", "99 Pounds", "I've Been There Before", and "Somebody's On Your Case". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Charlie RichI'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (aka Sings Country & Western) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem by the great Charlie Rich – an album recorded for Hi Records in the years before he broke big on Columbia in the late 60s – but at a level that certainly points the way towards his country fame to come! And yet, as with most of the best music by Rich – like his stunning Smash Records sides – there's a quality here that's quite far from both the mainstream, and conventional modes of expression – as Charlie almost seems to be drawing as much on soul music for inspiration as he is the sounds of Nashville – which might almost put this album in the territory of classic country soul material by singers like Ray Charles or Brook Benton. The whole thing's a perfect setting for that unique combination of talents that makes Rich so wonderful – and most tracks are Hank Williams hits, but redone completely. Titles include "I Can't Help It", "My Heart Would Know", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Cold Cold Heart", and "Nobody's Lonesome For Me". CD

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✨✧ Charlie RichI'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (aka Sings Country & Western) (with bonus download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem by the great Charlie Rich – an album recorded for Hi Records in the years before he broke big on Columbia in the late 60s – but at a level that certainly points the way towards his country fame to come! And yet, as with most of the best music by Rich – like his stunning Smash Records sides – there's a quality here that's quite far from both the mainstream, and conventional modes of expression – as Charlie almost seems to be drawing as much on soul music for inspiration as he is the sounds of Nashville – which might almost put this album in the territory of classic country soul material by singers like Ray Charles or Brook Benton. The whole thing's a perfect setting for that unique combination of talents that makes Rich so wonderful – and most tracks are Hank Williams hits, but redone completely. Titles include "I Can't Help It", "My Heart Would Know", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Cold Cold Heart", and "Nobody's Lonesome For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together ... CD
Hi Records (UK), 1972. Used ... 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". CD
(80s UK pressing.)
Also available
Let's Stay Together ... LP 24.99
Let's Stay Together ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Willie MitchellOoh Baby You Turn Me On (aka Soul Serenade) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 MitchellSolid Soul ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the set's a solid batch of soulful instrumentals all the way through – one of our favorites from the great Willie Mitchell! Willie's got a lot more bite here than on some of his famous warmer productions in the 70s – a gritty Memphis soul instrumental style that's pretty close to the best of its kind over at Stax Records – complete with tight, punchy drums on the bottom – and a sweet mix of organ, tenor, guitar, and trumpet in the lead! Nothing's ever too forced, and there's a groove that's laidback, but right on the money – on titles that include "San Ho Zay", "Monkey Jump", "Strawberry Solo", "Hideaway", "Up Hard", "The Horse", and "Grazing In The Grass". CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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 light wear and a cutout hole.)
 
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Jimmy CarrollSpeed the Parting Guest (Hi Fi Bull in a China Shop) (10-inch LP) ... LP
Cook, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A wonderful combination of music and sound effects – very similar to some of the bigger label work from artists like Jack Fascinato or Dean Elliott over at Capitol Records in the late 50s, but an even more sonically-sensitive session done for the smaller Cook imprint! Jimmy Carroll leads an assortment of vibes, bells, harps, toys, percussion, and other odd instruments – all in a weird and playful mix of melodies that almost come across like mini-cartoons in sound! There's not much in the way of larger or conventional instrumentation – which makes Jimmy's work even different than bigger label experiments like this – and the recording quality from Cook really makes all the odd sounds come through with great clarity! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightwear.)

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VariousJazz For Hi-Fi Lovers ... LP
Dawn, Late 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
A classic 50s album issued to appeal to the hi-fi crowd, but one that's a lot hipper than most – as the contents here aren't bachelor pad easy listening, and instead feature gems from the legendary modern jazz label, Dawn Records! Dawn always had an ear for unusual settings, formations of players, and unconventional expressions in jazz – modes that always make their music a bit different than work from Blue Note, Prestige, or other bigger 50s labels – even when the same players are involved. Titles include "Loose Wig" by Randy Weston, "Not So Sleepy" by Mat Mathews, "Catch Her" by Les Modes, "Darn That Dream" by Alex Smith, "Bye Ya" by Zoot Sims, "Suitcase" by Gene Roland Octet, "Start Here" by Paul Quinichette, and "If I'm Lucky" by Dick Garcia with Gene Quill. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, and a split top seam.)

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VariousReal Music Box – 25 Years Of Rounder Records (8CD set) ... CD
Rounder, 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 8 CDs ... $19.99
Music from Woody Guthrie, Norman Blake, Mississippi John Hurt, David Bromberg, Etta Baker, Alison Krauss & the Cox Family, Roy Book Binder, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marcia Ball, Irma Thomas, Boozoo Chavis, Beau Jocque & the Zydeco Hi-Rollers, Ted Hawkins, Ted Lundy, Don Stover, Boone Creek & much more. CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some edgewear.)

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 33 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of Renown & Hornet Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A tight batch of rare rockers from a tiny North Carolina label from the end of the 50s – a set that's a nice contrast to some of the other volumes in this excellent series, which usually focus on lost rockabilly nuggets in the vaults of major labels! Here, there's a vibe that's much more unified overall – as most of the early tracks feature a core combo providing most of the rhythms for a lead singer and lead guitar – and even the later ones seem to hold on to a tight sort of label style, which makes for a very unified vibe through the 35 tracks in the collection! The music's not just rockabilly, either, as there's a number of cuts here that have a more direct inspiration from R&B – some of that crossover Carolina soul at its earliest levels – and there's maybe a few that echo some older styles from the hills, too. As with all volumes, the Bear Family presentation is great – very detailed notes, great sound, plenty of history, and a massive set list – with titles that include "Problem Child" and "Betcha Didn't Know" by Wayne Handy, "I Want Everything My Baby Got" and "Our Southern Way Of Living" by Jim Thornton, "Buzz Me On The Telephone" by Irving Fuller & The Chorvettes, "Cold North Wind" and "I'm Not Ashamed" by Lonnie Dee, "True Blue" by Joe Franklin & The Hi-Liters, "Stop Walking All Over Me" and "Tears Falling Down Down Down"b y Harold Pope, "Bad Boy" by Don Ray with The Hornets, "The Day I Die" by Daryl Petty, "Do You Ever Think Of Me" by Clyde Moody, "The Pad" by Bobby Strigo with The Blue Notes, "I'm Going Home" by Hughie Owens with The Blue Notes, and "Making Fun Of Me" by Bobby Rose. CD

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✨✧ Hi-Lo'sThis Time It's Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Collectables/Columbia, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great later slice of the Hi Lo's run on Columbia – paired here with a wealth of bonus tracks! This Time It's Love features the group singing with orchestrations by Clare Fischer – wonderful backings that get past some of the sleepier styles of some of their other records, and which add in a few modern touches and a good degree of space – almost taking the group into Four Freshmen territory. The songs are good too – and include some great versions of tunes like "More Than You Know", "The Second Time Around", "Besame Mucho", "Only Forever", "Let Me Love You", and "Paradise" – all done in the group's wonderfully harmonized style. And if that's not enough, the CD also features 14 bonus tracks – including 3 unreleased numbers, and wealth of tracks from singles. Titles include "A Lot Of Livin To Do", "Cindy's Prayer", "Camelot", "Whistlin Down The Lane", "A Very Special Love", and "Pamela Throws A Party". Includes 14 bonus tracks! 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

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Bo-KeysRoyal Sessions (UK pressing) ... CD
BGP (UK), 2004. Used ... $7.99
Modern Memphis soul from the Bo-Keys – a group who play in the same spirit as classic acts from Stax and Hi Records! The sound's no surprise, as the record was recorded in the studios of legendary producer Willie Mitchell – a perfect fit for the warm Booker T-inspired grooves of the set. The core group includes organ, guitar, bass, and drums – plus incidental vocals – and some tracks feature additional trumpet, tenor sax, and percussion. Titles include "I Remember Stax", "Seven & 7", "Spanish Delight", "Under The Table", "Coming Home Baby", and "Back At The Chicken Shack", which features guest performances by Memphis legends Calvin Newborn and John Gary Williams! CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterMemphis – Yes, I'm Ready ... CD
Okeh, 2017. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful turn in direction from the legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater – a return to some of the soul-based modes she used in the 70s, but served up here as a tribute to Memphis soul of an earlier generation! The set was recorded in that fine southern city, at the Royal Studios where Willie Mitchell crafted so much magic for Hi Records back in the day – and production chores are handled by Mitchell's son, with a warmth that certainly befits the strong soul legacy of both his family and Memphis! Most tracks are remakes of older soul tunes, but handled by Dee Dee in a very personal way – and the group is nice and lean, with a very soulful vibe – thanks to some arrangements and saxophone work by Kirk Whalum. Titles include "Why Am I Treated So Bad", "BABY", "Yes I'm Ready", "I Can't Get Next To You", "The Sweeter He Is", "Try A Little Tenderness", and a great remake of "I Can't Stand The Rain". CD
(Still sealed, small cutout hole through case.)

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Don BryantYou Make Me Feel ... CD
Fat Possum, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
The mighty Don Bryant never got the chance to record much back in the day – save for one fantastic album and a set of singles on Hi Records – but he's really returned to form lately, and gets the chance to show the world his Memphis soul pedigree in all of its glory! Scott Bomar produced the set, plays bass, and gives the record some of those funky soul styles that made his work with the Bo-Keys so great – in a group that's heavy on organ lines and riffing guitars, and which also features backup singers behind Don on a number of the tracks. Yet the whole thing is clearly Don's showcase – with great vocals on titles that include "Your Love Is Too Late", "99 Pounds", "Is It Over", "Your Love Is To Blame", "I'll Go Crazy", "Cracked Up Over You", and "Walk All Over God's Heaven". CD
Also available You Make Me Feel ... LP 15.99

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Don BryantYou Make Me Feel ... LP
Fat Possum, 2020. New Copy ... $15.99
The mighty Don Bryant never got the chance to record much back in the day – save for one fantastic album and a set of singles on Hi Records – but he's really returned to form lately, and gets the chance to show the world his Memphis soul pedigree in all of its glory! Scott Bomar produced the set, plays bass, and gives the record some of those funky soul styles that made his work with the Bo-Keys so great – in a group that's heavy on organ lines and riffing guitars, and which also features backup singers behind Don on a number of the tracks. Yet the whole thing is clearly Don's showcase – with great vocals on titles that include "Your Love Is Too Late", "99 Pounds", "Is It Over", "Your Love Is To Blame", "I'll Go Crazy", "Cracked Up Over You", and "Walk All Over God's Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available You Make Me Feel ... CD 9.99

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Richie Cole with Eddie JeffersonHollywood Madness ... LP
Muse, 1980. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A great example of the Muse Records charm of altoist Richie Cole – bop-fired creativity at its peak, mixed with some added contemporary elements to keep things fresh! In this case, Richie's horn takes on some key bop classics, but also opens up a bit with vocalsits too – Eddie Jefferson on versions of "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", and "Waiting For Waits" – the latter of which also features Tom Waits as well! The Manhattan Transfer make some subtle guest appearances too – but in ways that are much more restrained than their own albums, really leaving most room for Richie's horn. Bruce Forman plays guitar and Dick Hindman piano – and titles include "Hi Fly", "Relaxin At Camarillo", "Hooray For Hollywood", "I Love Lucy", "Malibu Breeze", "Waiting For Waits", and "Tokyo Rose Sings The Hollywood Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a strip of tape on the spine.)

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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

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✨✧ Free DesignKites Are Fun (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Light In The Attic/Project 3, 1967. Used ... $14.99
The very first Free Design album, recorded in 1967 for Project 3 records – and darn tough to find in any format! The album is a swirling mix of vocal harmonies and cute little tuneful songs, sung by the group in a style that's sort of a mix between the Hi-Los and The Singers Unlimited – but with a strangely hip and naive quality that's never been duplicated since! Includes the tracks "A Man & A Woman", "Michelle", "Don't Turn Away", "My Brother Woody", "Make The Madness Stop" and more! CD features 2 bonus tracks – mono versions of "Proper Ornament" and "Kites Are Fun". CD
(Out of print.)

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Al GreenBack Up Train ... CD
BMG/Camden (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $8.99
Al Green's first LP – with a very different feel than his later work on Hi! The record's got a harder southern soul groove – almost in a Wilson Pickett/Arthur Conley mode, but with some sweeter elements in the backing. Al's voice is still incredible, although different than later, in that he's singing with a really open vibe, letting himself go a bit more, and not keeping in that smooth sophisticated mode of later years. Originally released by the tiny Hot Line label, and issued later by Bell Records when Al started to hit big with Hi Records during the early 70s. Titles include "Back Up Train", "Get Yourself Together", "Don't Leave Me", "Let Me Help You", "Hot Wire", and "Stop & Check Myself". CD

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Clay HammondCome Into These Arms Of Mine ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked gem from the equally-overlooked Clay Hammond – a sweet 70s groover that offers up a great mix of modern and deep soul modes! Clay's vocals are still every bit as great as on some of his earlier soul singles, but the arrangements push things into tighter territory that's mighty nice – a lot like some of the later Hi Records work from Al Green – or even better, like that great sound that Otis Clay hit at the end of the 70s! Like Otis Clay's best records from the time, Clay's vocals stay nice and real – wrapped up in a sweet mix of blues and soul – and although the backings often hit a warmer midtempo groove, they're never overdone or commercial at all – just a maturation of southern soul modes – in ways that kind of point towards the later Malaco scene, while avoiding any of its cliches. Titles include "Tuning Up", "Rap On Wood", "Don't Stop Your Love", "Come Into These Arms Of Love", "Part Time Love", "Love Won't Let Me Stay Away From You", and "Women Are Human". CD

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✨✧ Roy C HammondSex & Soul ... CD
Mercury/Playback, 1973. Used ... $4.99
Sex, soul, and lots more too – a sublime solo set from the great Roy C Hammond – recorded after his initial work with The Honeydrippers! The approach here is much more deep soul than his work with that group – very much in the best sort of Fame or Hi Records vibe – with a slow-burning sound that's a nice evolution past the earliest modes of southern soul, and which is perfectly suited to the sophistication of Roy's vocals! The set was the first in Hammond's solo run for Mercury Records – almost ignored at the time, but later the stuff of legend – thanks to writers like Peter Guaralnick, and others who've finally given Roy his due. The arrangements and instrumentation are wonderful – much more indie soul than you'd expect – on a par with the best early 70s material on Stax/Volt – and titles include "I Found A Man In My Bed", "Back Into My Arms", "Open Letter To The President", "Don't Blame The Man" and "I'll Never Leave You Lonely". 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. Vinyl plays with a short click on "It Ain't Easy".)

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Andre KostelanetzComplete Christmas Albums (Joy To The World/Wonderland Of Christmas/Wishing You A Merry Christmas/bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A trio of classic Christmas albums from Andre Kostelanetz from the 60s – all done in that very popular style of his! The set begins with Joy To The World – a lush album of strings and other rich orchestral touches – the sort of Christmas record that's maybe best to put on way into the evening – when the candles have dimmed, and most of the folks are weary – as the Kostelanetz approach is more than enough to send the kids off to dreamland! Earl Wrightson provides some baritone vocals, and there's some chorus vocals at other points – but the main focus is Andre's orchestrations, on titles that include "The Skater's Waltz", "What Child Is This/Joy To The World", and "Sleigh Ride" – plus some longer medley tunes. Wonderland Of Christmas features superb Teo Macero production in his best Columbia Records mode – which brings up some of the more lively, dynamic sounds that Andre Kostelanetz brings to his music – almost giving some of the tunes a bachelor pad/hi-fi sort of range! Titles include "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas", "Let It Snow", "The Christmas Song", "Christmas Chopsticks", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", and "Winter Wonderland/I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". We Wish You A Merry Christmas is a record that mixes the lush strings of Andre Kostelanetz with some youthful chorus backings and some vocal leads from Phyllis Curtain – in a way that makes the album maybe one of Andre's most somber Christmas records from the 60s! All the hallmark Kostelanetz touches are in place, but the set's definitely one that takes the holiday in its most serious spirit – on titles that include "Silent Night", "Away In A Manger", "What Child Is This", "O Come All Ye Faithful", and "We Three Kings". Bonus tracks include "White Christmas", "Nutcracker Suite", "My Favorite Things", "Greensleeves", a "Christmas Seals promo", and both the Bach and Schubert versions of "Ave Maria". CD

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Ramsey LewisFunky Serenity/Golden Hits/Solar Wind/Sun Goddess ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
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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Willie MitchellMemphis Rhythm & Blues Sound Of Willie Mitchell ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Early early work from Willie Mitchell – sides recorded way before his more famous work on Hi Records, with a decidedly different feel! This work is much more in a Memphis R&B mode overall – lots of romping, jumping rhythms – topped with either early soul vocals, or some sweet instrumental lines on tenor sax or trumpet – all with the rough edges and deep tones you'd expect to hear on vintage R&B from a label like King! The Four Kings harmonize on some cuts, and the package features a whopping 29 titles in all – with tracks that include "One Mint Julep", "Tell It To Me Baby", "Hokin", "Rag Mop", "I Want You For Myself", "Tanya", "Come Back To Me", "Thirty Five Thirty", "Yvonne", "Bongo Beat", "Stroll", and "The Crawl". CD

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Morwell Unlimited/Prince Far I & The ArabsA1 Dub/Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter IV (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird/Trojan (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of rare dub albums – back to back in a single set, with bonus tracks too! On A1 Dub, Blacka Morwell serves up some massive dub – working at Channel 1, for an obscure album on Trojan Records – but maybe coming across with some of the richness of the Island Records generation! There's a fullness to the sound that's wonderful – top-to-bottom completely solid, and often highly focused on the rhythms, but also always using one key instrumental element on each cut – a bit of organ here, a weeping guitar there, or even an odd sonic element – always given center stage in the spotlight, and set apart from the rest of the mix in a really great way. Titles include "Downtown Rebel", "Well Crucial", "Different Style", "West Side Ranking", "Pressure Rock", "Blackboard Jungle", and "Waterpump Skank". Next is Cry Tuff Dub Encounter 4 – from Prince Far I & The Arabs – an almost seamless set of dub instrumentals, recorded at Channel One in 1981 – the underground Jamaican groove, but maybe given a slightly better sound quality overall – that good mix of indie and professional that was the Trojan Records calling card as the 70s moved on! A crisp upfront production style separates this one from some of its dub predecessors – but the record has a great analog dub sound, with many effects and instruments echoing in and out of the mix. Titles include "Lion Stone", "Foundation Stepper", "Sound Gesture", "Destruction Sound Battle", and "Stone African Ground". And if that's not enough, the whole thing features a whole CD of bonus material – rare tracks taken from the 12" Attack series by Trojan Records – with cuts that include "Jammin For Survival" by Jammy's At The Controls, "Bali Hi Special" by The Sowell Radics, "Fuss & Fight Dub" by Eddie Fitzroy, "Ball Of Fire" by Bim Sherman, "Stand & Look Dub" by Fat Man All Stars, "Caring For My Sister" by Scientist & Roots Radics, "Won't You Come On (dub)" by Witty's All STars, "Babylon Wrong Dub" by Ashanti Waugh, and "Cool Pon Your Corner Version" by Barry Brown. CD

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Mel TormeComin Home Baby! ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good+ ... $24.99
One of Mel Torme's hippest albums of the 60s – and a strong shift towards more swinging material after some of his mellower work for other labels! There's a bit of electric piano in the mix, and plenty of that Atlantic records pop/soul jazz approach – a take on soul jazz that's similar to tunes by Herbie Mann at the same time, but with vocals. The whole thing's filled with greatly grooving tracks – and it draws no small influence from Jon Hendricks' excellent work of the time! Titles include "Hi Fly", "Comin Home Baby", "Dat Dere", "Sidney's Soliloquy", and "Moanin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing in great shape!)

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Mel TormeComin' Home Baby/Mel Torme Sings Sunday In New York ... CD
WEA (UK), 1962/1963. Used ... $11.99
2 of Mel Torme's grooviest albums! Comin Home Baby is one of Mel's hippest of the 60s – a shift towards more swinging material after some of his mellower work for other labels. There's a bit of electric piano in the mix, and plenty of that Atlantic records pop/soul jazz approach, similar to tunes by Herbie Mann at the same time, but with vocals. Titles include "Hi Fly", "Comin Home Baby", "Dat Dere", "Sidney's Soliloquy", and "Moanin". Sings Sunday In New York is another brilliant effort – and a record that's as much a loving tribute to New York as any you'll ever buy! Kind of funny, too, because in Mel's California Suite, there's all this stuff about how lousy New York is – but by the time of this early 60s recording, Mel's clearly repented, and he's doing a wonderful job with material like "Let Me Off Uptown", "Autumn In New York", "New York, New York", "Manhattan", and one of the greatest versions of "Sunday In New York" you'll ever hear! Great arrangements, too – with a nice touch of jazz! CD
(Out of print, includes original slipcase.)

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VariousContemporary Afro Beat – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Afro Beat Bands From All Over The World ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2011. Used ... $9.99
The third in the Contemporary series from Tramp Records – this one focusing on the fertile modern international Afro Beat scene – with funky numbers by Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, The Boogoos, Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, Express Brass Band, N'Ghare Hi Power Band and more! What's so impressive about the material on Contemporary Afro Beat is essentially how well it lives up to the title in such a great away. The spirit of Fela and classic Afro Funk inflects every drum beat, impassioned vocal and burst of brass, but it's done by combos who are not living in a timewarp, it's freshly done with modern relevance. Titles include "Crache La Douleur" by Fanga, "One Way" by Afromotive, "Every Woman Is A Good Woman" by Jojo Quo & Challengers, "Donkey" by Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra, "Theme For Isaac Kirya" by The Boogoos, "PDP" by Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, "Radio Kabul" by Express Brass Band, "Africa My Dear" by Afrodita and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousFollow Me Down – Vanguard's Lost Psychedelic Era 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Vanguard (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Killer work from one of THE big labels during the psychedelic generation – one of the few imprints to really take a chance on fresh new artists, and really let them do their thing in the studio! Vanguard may be known mostly as a folk label, and the company is now owned by the parent company of Lawrence Welk – but back in the late 60s, the company was very much at the forefront of musical changes in the US – and went out of their way to record artists that nobody else would touch! The result is a stunning legacy of funk records that really blow most bigger label work away – most of which is compiled here in this excellent collection. Some cuts are from rare albums, other from rare 45s – and titles include "Did You Have To Rub It In" by The Hi Five, "Getting Together" by The Third Power, "Where I'm At" by Notes From The Underground, "You Should Be More Careful" by Elizabeth, "Stoned Is" by Listening, "A Nickel's Worth Of Benny's Help" by The 31st Of February, "The Endless Tunnel" by Serpent Power, "Big Time Spender" by Frost, and "Hellhound" by The Far Cry. CD

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VariousKing New Breed Rhythm & Blues Vol 2 – Irrestible R&B Dance Tracks From One Of The Biggest & Baddest Indie Labels Of Them All ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-awaited follow-up to one of our favorite compilations of King Records soul music – a set that does a perfect job of showing the label's strong roots in R&B, and it's important force in 60s soul! The package offers up tracks with a really great sound – definitely the grittier edge than you'd expect from the R&B in the title, yet lots of "new breed" styles as well – a more mature, more soul-based approach to the grooves that offers up a great way to harness the raw energy at the core! The set's filled with rare gems from old King, Federal, and DeLuxe label singles – including some overlooked work by bigger name singers – and titles include "Two Hearts" by The King Pins, "I'm Tore Down" by Freddie King, "Send Me A Picture Baby" by Mel Williams, "Love Man" by Hal Hardy, "Geneva" by Eugene Church, "Wild Child" by Donnie Elbert, "Your Letter" by Willie Wright & His Sparklers, "Say Hey Pretty Baby" by Lula Reed, "Let Me Walk With You" by Eddie Kirk, "Stop Talking To Your Child" by James Duncan, "It Hurts Inside" by The 5 Royales, "Let's Have A Good Time" by The Hi Tones, and "When You Move You Lose" by Lee Shot Williams. CD

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VariousMore Exciting & Dynamic Sounds Of The Hammond B3 Organ ... LP
PTR (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $19.99
A heady dip into the world of the Hammond B3 organ – that instrument made famous by jazz recordings by Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, heard here in a much wider variety of settings! Sure, there's plenty of jazz cuts on the set, but there's also some great soul combos too – both of the vocal mode and the soul instrumental side – ala Booker T & The MGs, but presented here in a range of raw cuts from the farther reaches of the funky 45 underground! We love organ jazz, and the Hammond organ is one of the things that first got us digging for records back in the day – but even then, we never came up with cuts this cool – a fantastic track list that includes "Count Down" by Timmy Sims, "Take The Last Train Home" by The Blue Knights, "Spooky" by Steve Fisher & Mark Hittner, "The Hawk" by George & The Hi-Liters, "Teach Me How To Bump" by Bill Cole, "Tall Temble" by Ross Carnegie Orchestra, "The Bird" by Bob Bassett, "The Other Side" by The New Imperials, and "Philly Dog" by Charles Ables Trio. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousThis Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 2007. Used ... $9.99
Contemporary grooves, but all pretty darn funky – thanks to an excellent track selection by Tobias Kirmayer – the same guy who brought us the excellents Movements collections! A few of the titles here are of older vintage, but most are pulled from the same deep funk underground that Kirmayer services with his Tramp Records label – groups steeped in the styles of the 60s and 70s underground, but who serve up new work that's filled with plenty of funky roots! Despite the wide range of styles promised in the title, most of the titles here are on the grittier side of the spectrum – which is a good thing for us – and even the few tracks that are a bit more programmed still work with plenty of soulful and jazzy elements to keep things real throughout. Titles include "Nothin But A Party" by The Blenders, "Get Clean" by The Nitesounds, "Skins Funk" by Skin Williams & His Dominoes, "Bubbles" by The Boogoos, "Violet" by Hi-Fly Orchestra, "Rhythmo" by Dusty, "Get High" by Dr Sonnenschein, "Barbados Stew" by Caldonia, "First Time Around" by Sagaflex & Rudy Tee, and "Trip To Afrika" by Baccarola. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousTrue Soul – Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax Vols 1 & 2 (4LP Box Set) ... LP
Now Again, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 4LP ... $59.99 69.98
Vols 1 & 2 of Now Again's incredible compilation series for the True Soul label – assembled with the personal participation of the label's owner, Lee Anthony – in a 4LP box set! 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. In the later years, there's some 70s boogie, spacey keys and other elements. The True Soul vinyl box set includes 32 tracks on 4LPs: "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" and "The Thrill Is Gone" by Albert Smith, "Doing My Own Thing" and "I Don't Want It" by John Craig, "Funky Football", "Psychedelic Hot Pants (Full Version)" and more by York Wilbern's Psychedelic Six, "Hard Times" and "The Funk's Gonna Fly" by Classic Funk, "I Gotta Move With The Groove" by The Right Track, "The Real Thing" by The Conspiracy, "(It's A) "Rat Race" by The Leaders, 'Down Home Funk (Full Version)" by Larry Davis, "Get Down" and "Gigolo" by Le'Chance, "I Took Your Love (To Be True)" by Soul Mind And Body and more. The set aslo includes a 20 page full color bookle full of vintage performance, studio and promo photos, discographies, deeply felt notes by Eothen Alapatt, plus interviews conducted by Egon. A truly epic effort from Egon and Now Again! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ EsquivelInfinity In Sound Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
RCA/Bar None, 1960/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bachelor pad double-header – two infinite classics from Esquivel, back to back on a single CD! Volume 1 is one of the maestro's greatest! From the instruments spiralling off to infinity on the cover, to the tracks played in the unique crazy Esquivel "wah wah" style, the album stands as one of the finest examples of (and obstacle courses for) modern high fidelity – a really dynamic set of instrumental tunes that perfectly display the powers of the legendary Juan Garcia Esquivel! Instrumentation is quite full – lots of horns that blast one minute, disappear the next – with lots of odd guitar bits, percussive elements, and other cool twists and turns to keep things plenty darn interesting – even when the tunes themselves are familiar ones. Tracks include "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Music Makers", "Frenesi", "So Rare", "Take The A Train", "Harlem Nocturne", "Autumn Leaves", and "Macarena". As the cover warns, this one is for "Hi-Fanatics"! Volume 2 is an incredible record of over the top arrangements – all produced with the kind of all-around sound that made Esquivel's best records so great! Juan Garcia's really got his trademark sound in place by the time of this set – and the album's got plenty of "wah wah" and "doo doo" vocals, mixed with swinging strings and soaring piano – in a sound that's perfectly summed up by the cover's "trombones into infinity" look. Titles include "Baia", "La Bamba", "Sentimental Journey", "Espana Cani", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangLadies' Night/Celebrate/Something Special/As One/In The Heart/Emergency (3CD set) ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive package of work from the mighty Kool & The Gang – 6 full albums from the 80s, served up here in a 3CD set! First up is Ladies Night – a shameless dancefloor cash-in move – but a record that's still pretty darn great as well! You all know the big title cut "Ladies Night", so we won't bother to describe it – but we can say that the group wisely hooked up with Deodato, who produced, mixed, and even played keyboards on the album. Deodato keeps a nice jazzy punch in the tracks, while still moving towards the slickly produced funk sound that was the group's main approach at the time of the record. JT Taylor's on vocals, and the album's even got a few mellow cuts – like the crossover easy number "Too Hot" – amidst the midtempo 80s grooves that really step out and make the whole thing move. Other tracks include "Ladies Night", "Hangin Out", "Tonight's The Night", "If You Feel Like Dancin", and "Got You Into My Life". The next album is Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". As One is solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great production for the album – helping them to focus their energy and soar soulfully, but without resorting to any stiff gimmicks or cliches! There's a great groove running through most of the numbers here – a confident quality that's never too commercial, and which bubbles along nicely throughout. Titles include "Street Kids", "Big Fun", "As One", "Hi De Hi Hi De Ho", "Let's Go Dancin", and "Pretty Baby". In The Heart is a sweet set that's part of a big early 80s run from Kool & The Gang – a time that saw the funk legends really hitting the mainstream, and winning over a huge new audience in the process! Given that the Gang virtually invented ensemble funk at the start of the 70s, they're perfectly poised here to move into modes that so many of their younger competition were trying – but never did so well – that blend of 80s elements and more sharply-fused funk instrumentation, all honed down into a tightly snapping groove. The real surprise, though, is the group's growing ability for ballads – which put records like this into hands of folks who never would have dug their funk a few years before. And while we might have had a few problems with that shift at the time, the passage of years has got the whole thing sounding pretty darn great to our ears – especially in comparison to so much weaker work from the time. Titles include "In The Heart", "Joanna", "Tonight", "Straight Ahead", "September Love", "You Can Do It", and "Home Is Where The Heart Is". Last up is Emergency – one of the key classics from the second chapter of the group – when their lineup and sound were a lot leaner than before, and they managed to cross over big to a much wider audience than before! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time – a way of putting over a laidback track, but with plenty of soul. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". CD

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✨✧ Herbie MannTurtle Bay/Discotheque ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1973/1975. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Turtle Bay features sweet 70s funk from the great Herbie Mann – a tight small combo set done with plenty of electric touches! Side one, the "up side", features a core combo that's really great – Pat Rebillot on organ and electric piano, David Spinozza on guitar, Jerry Jemmott on bass, Reggie Ferguson on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – and the tunes themselves are a nice mix of covers that come off nicely in this instrumental mode. Side two is billed as the "down side", but is still pretty funky at points – arrangements are a bit fuller, but have a nice soundtrack kind of groove. Pat Rebillot's on keyboards again, and also did some of the arrangements. Titles include "Turtle Bay", "Do It Again", "Happier Than The Morning Sun", "Family Affair", "Reverend Lee", and "Never Ending Song Of Love". On the second set Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the arrangements for the set – in a wicked blend of Mann's flute and his own keyboard lines – supported with some nicely funky rhythms from Steve Gadd on drums and Tony Levin on bass! Disco touches are added by a bit of congas from Ray Barretto, and some sweet female soul vocals that come in on the choruses – in a mode that's a bit like the work on Kudu Records at the time. Titles include "Pick Up The Pieces", "Guava Jelly", "High Above The Andes", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Mediterranean", "Lady Marmalade", and "Hi-Jack". CD also features two bonus tracks – "The Orient Express" and "Hi-Jack (special long version)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ OV WrightMemphis Unlimited ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OV Wright at the top of his game – working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling – a slow-burning energy that's perfectly handled by Mitchell, in ways that echo some of OV's bluesier roots, but keeps things in the more sophisticated Memphis modes of the 70s. The balance is perfect, and instrumentation is handled by a batch of Hi Records regulars – including the Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Wright really rises to the occasion for the whole album, and the set's arguably better than any of his later work for Hi – although that stuff is all pretty darn wonderful too! Titles include "I've Been Searching", "Lost In The Shuffle", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Ghetto Child", "You Must Believe In Yourself", and "I'm Going Home". Beautiful reissue pressing too – with deep notes on the music, details of the session, vintage images, and even an OV Wright Discography too! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sly & The Family StoneThere's A Riot Goin' On (gold CD deluxe version) ... CD
Epic/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in a landmark package – a set that takes this gem from Sly & The Family Stone, presses it up on a special hi-fidelity gold CD, then cradles the whole thing in special box with a heavy hardcover book with lots of new notes – and a fabric American flag sewn right onto the cover! The album's a wonderful moment Sly and crew – moving way past the straight funk approach of earlier records, into a complicated crossover soul style that's filled with warmth and righteousness! Despite the political tone implied by the "riot" in the title and the co-option of the American flag on the cover, the album's strongest suit is its warmth and personal soul message – sometimes filled with politics, sure, but always sounding like a sexy love song, no matter how hard it tries to get righteous! The flow is wonderful throughout – a very well-thought out album that shows that Sly was singing way past the singles scene – and the record's filled with great cuts like "Family Affair", "Luv N Haight", "Brave & Strong", "You Caught Me Smilin", and "Thank You For Talkin To Me Africa". Also features "There's A Riot Going On" – which runs for "0:00" minutes! The whole thing's completely sublime already – but in this special box, it's really something else. CD
(Limited edition boxed set with embroidered flag cover, 24k gold disc, hard cover book & photos.)

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✨✧ Don BryantDon't Give Up On Love ... LP
Fat Possum, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ ChordiallyChordially Presents Amen Brothers ... LP
Cordial (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A contemporary soul set from the UK, but one that's got a very laidback vibe and a very mellow 70s sort of sound! The style is nicely easygoing – kind of slow funk on most tracks, which is perfect for the lead vocals and the way they trip along the tunes in a way that's relaxed, but never sleepy – with these inflections that are subtle, but powerful – maybe somewhere in a space between Larry Saunders on his few 70s recordings, and Al Green serving up a ballad on Hi Records! Instrumentation is great – keyboards and acoustic guitar, but used in ways that are really distinct from so many contemporary artists – a really fresh vibe, and a record that really stands out from the pack. Titles include "Atomic Soul", "Freshly Glazed", "Lucky", "Real Fake Diamonds", "Afro Flame", and "Lightning Doesn't Strike Twice". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanTivoli Koncertsalen Copenhagen 1965 ... CD
Hi Hat, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mindblowing performance from legendary reedman Ornette Coleman – captured here completely on fire, and working with his groundbreaking trio that featured David Izenzon on bass and Charles Moffett on drums! This material was recorded by Danish Radio a few days before the performances that ended up on Ornette's Live At The Golden Circle albums on Blue Note – and like those sessions, the vibe is completely different than the Coleman sound of the Atlantic Records dates a few short years before – very open and free, at a level that made this tour a huge influence on the sound of European improvised jazz for a long time to come! Ornette plays a bit of trumpet and violin, in addition to his alto sax – but it's that instrument that we love the most, and which maintains this strongly soulful vibe – on titles that include "Falling Star", "Clergyman's Dream", "Lonely Woman", and "Sadness". CD

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✨✧ HelloHello Again (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/7T's (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Benny JohnsonVisions Of Paradise ... CD
Today/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sublime bit of indie soul from the early 70s – the one and only album by vocalist Benny Johnson, recorded with some totally great backings from funk legend Julius Brockington and his United Chair combo! For the session, Brockington chose a warm, organ-drenched sound that's a fair bit like some of the best work coming out of Hi Records at the same time – although without as much of a southern soul approach overall. Johnson's vocals have a beautifully crackling sort of quality – one that's honest and human, but still smooth enough to fit the mode of the music here – a bit like Al Green, but a little more east coast overall. The set's got some excellent mellow soul numbers that are worth the price of admission alone – tracks that slide out beautifully with a really gentle sound, and bubble up with a tremendous amount of soul. But there's also some fuller, more upbeat tunes too – groovers that have made the album a favorite overseas for years! Titles include "Visions Of Paradise", "Stop Me", "Give It Up", "Second To None", "Won't You Stay", "It's Yours Baby", "Please Come Back", and "I Just Got To Know". CD

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✨✧ Rod McKuenBeatsville (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hi Fi/Modern Harmonic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the earliest albums we've ever seen from Rod McKuen – the poet who helped move mainstream America into hipper territory with a range of recorded works during the 60s – but heard here in a mode that's a lot more beatnik overall! Rod's raspy voice is great for these simple poems – maybe more of a budget version of the North Beach/City Lights world – but not bad overall, and backed with light instrumentation from Howard Hietmeyer on guitar, Paul Gray on bass, and Buddy Collette on flute. A nice mix of jazz and spoken material, and a bit more easygoing than some of the Fantasy Records efforts of a similar nature – with titles that include "Bearded Ladies", "Back To Sausalito", "Joue", "No Pictures Please", "A Gallery Of Assorted Beats", "Like What Is A Fabian", and "Co-Existence Bagel Shop Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ OvationsHaving a Party ... LP
MGM, 1973. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A slightly deeper vibe than previous work from The Ovations – but in a great way too! The set begins with the Sam Cooke remake of the title track, but after that things pick up a bit more – using more bass in the backings for a groove, and a bit more keyboards too – not exactly funky touches, but definitely a harder edge than before for The Ovations – all of which makes for a great contrast to the sweet soul vocals of lead singer Louis Williams! There's a few echoes of Hi Records at points, but never in the too-iconic style of Hi – and instead arranger Dan Greer really finds a way to carve out a unique space for the group. Titles include a number of Sam Cooke tributes – given that Williams was a big devotee – titles that include "You Send Me" and "A Change Is Gonna Come", in addition to the title track. But we dig the other titles even more – and they include "Your Love Is Like A Song To Me", "Born On A Back Street", "Touching Me", "Don't Look Back", and "I Can't Believe It's Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and some light aging.)

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✨✧ Albert WashingtonSad & Lonely (180 gram pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gene AmmonsLate Hour Special ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1964. Used ... $18.99
Very nice album by Jug that often gets overlooked because it's comprised of 2 different sessions, and can't get the "historical" writeup of being a single significant moment in the studio. Some tracks – including "Lascivious" and "Soft Winds" – are with a tight quartet that features the very soulful piano of Patti Brown. The others are with a larger group that has a whole horn section backing Jug up. The sound's a bit unusual for his records of the time, but it also gives him a great platform to work from, and he wails out of the group on his solos. Other titles include "Lullaby Of The Leaves" and "Things Ain't What They Used To Be". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe BataanJoe Bataan II ... LP
Salsoul, 1981. Very Good+ ... $34.99
One of the sweeeeet club groovers recorded by Joe Bataan in the the early 80s – and an album that has a bit more of a disco feel than before, but which still stays firmly in the Latinized Salsoul sound that Bataan helped to forge and name! Joe's vocals are great – still honest and with a lot of integrity, and filled with the themes of confused love and identity that have always made his records some of the best of the New York scene. There's some nice electro touches amidst the grooves – but not too many – and titles include "Mestizo II", "Super Girl", "When We Get Married", and "Ling Ching Tong". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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BrainstormFunky Entertainment ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 1979. Used ... $4.99
They're not lying with the title of this album from Brainstorm – because this classic late 70s set has the group moving into some very funky territory – stepping up the basslines even more than before, and really finding a great way to focus on the groove! The approach is right on the money throughout – and sparkles with some deeper touches than usual for a group of this nature – thanks in part to work from key guests like Ernie Watts on reeds, Phil Upchurch on guitar, and Harvey Mason on drums – plus a bit of guest vocals from Syreeta too! The grooves grow up nicely from the energy at the bottom – filled out with lots of quick-stepping instrumentation over the top – and maestro Jerry Peters produced the whole thing with that great mix of sophistication and groove that can make his records so great. The album's definitely one of the clubbiest moments ever from the group – and titles include "Hot For You", "Don't Let Me Catch You With Your Groove Down", "Popcorn", "Funky Entertainment", "A Case Of The Boogie", and "You Put A Charge In My Life". CD
(Still sealed, spine has a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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