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OV WrightI'd Rather Be Blind (Blind, Cripple, & Crazy)/Please Forgive Me ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In an ABC/Dunhill sleeve.)

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OV WrightLive In Japan ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... About July 4, 2018
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. CD

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

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✨✧ OV Wright & The Luckett Bros4 & 20 Elders ... LP
Creed, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some peeling and remnants from clear tape removal, with heavy wear and splitting on the bottom seam, and an old price sticker on back.)
 
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Various14 Golden Recordings From The Historic Vaults OF Duke/Peacock Records ... LP
ABC, Mid 50s-Mid 60s/1973. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Features work by Bobby Bland, Johnny Ace, Junior Parker, OV Wright, Joe Hinton, The Casuals, The Rob Roys, The El Torros, and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, with some clear tape along the seams.)

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VariousBig Ones From Duke & Peacock Records ... LP
Duke/Peacock, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A set that's more heavy on the Duke side than the Peacock one – with great blues work by Buddy Ace, Ted Taylor, James Davis, Johnny Ace, Willie Mae Thornton, James Booker, The Rob Roys, Lee Lamont, and OV Wright! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy light blue label pressing. Back cover has a very small note in pen.)

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VariousShaolin Soul Episode 1 – Everybody's Talking About The Good Ol Days (with bonus CD) ... LP
Because (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
An amazing collection of some of the original tracks that Wu-Tang has sampled over the years! No over-used Puffy beats here – and the set's a great batch of rare soul tracks nicely pulled together! The set features 21 tracks – including "Trouble, Heartaches, & Sadness" by Ann Peebles, "Let's Straighten It Out" by OV Wright, "I'll Never Grow Up" by The Charmels, "Mellow Mood" by Barry White, "In The Rain" by The Dramatics, "After Laughter" by Wendy Rene, "The Way We Were" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Children Don't Get Weary" by Booker T & The MGs with Judy Clay, "Little Ghetto Boy (live)" by Donny Hathaway, "Could I Be Falling In Love" by Syl Johnson, and "Ain't No Sunshine" by Lyn Collins. LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a bonus CD of the entire album!)

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VariousUK Sue Label Story Vol 3 – Soul Of Sue ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Our favorite volume so far in Kent's tribute to the legendary UK Sue label – and a great little collection that's overflowing with soulful tracks from the 60s! The premise is a bit obscure to most American listeners – as the CD brings together tracks that were licensed to UK indie Sue Records, for English release in the 60s – but the music more than speaks for itself, no matter what the setting! Sue did a mighty fine job of moving past the hits, and brought a heck of a lot of great American indie soul over the Atlantic back in its day – as you'll hear in this fab 25 track set that includes the cuts "Gimme Gimme" by ZZ Hill, "Don't Mess With My Man" by Irma Thomas, "Stronger" by Thelma Jones, "Crying Days Are Over" by The Kelly Brothers, "What Did You Tell This Girl Of Mine" by OV Wright, "Believe In Me" by Jerry Butler, "That Did It" by Bobby Bland, "Incense" by the Anglos, "Your Red Wagon" by Donnie Elbert, and "Before It's Too Late" by Jackie Day. CD

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✨✧ Nick Hornby31 Songs ... Book
Penguin Books, 2003. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A love letter to modern music – written by the same author who gave us High Fidelity – certainly one of the greatest texts ever about the record store! Hornby's prose is always wonderful – and here, he really gets to the heart of his love of music – by serving up essays on 31 different songs that mean a lot to the author, often with the same sense of humanity that makes his fiction so great. Songs include "Rain" by The Beatles, "Born For Me" by Paul Westerberg, "Thunder Road" by Bruce Springsteen, "Smoke" by Ben Folds Five, "Frankie Teardrop" by Suicide, and "Let's Straighten It Out" by OV Wright – maybe not the most obscure batch of tracks, but all illuminated wonderfully by Hornby – at a level that has us going back to re-listen to the records. 242 pages, softcover. Book
 
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Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Very Good- ... $9.99
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Betty Wright & The RootsBetty Wright – The Movie (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
S Curve/Expansion (UK), 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Amazing, simply amazing – and a record that's way more than we were expecting! The Roots team up here with legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright – in music that comes from a film project, but which really stands up brilliantly on its own – as a record that may well be Betty's best recording in decades! Questlove helped Betty with production, and the sound is a brilliant update on that 70s Miami Funk mode that first brought Wright to fame – lots of lean, snakey, TK-styled grooves – played by Roots members with a slight ear towards contemporary modes, but a damn keen appreciation for 70s soul all the way through! And although the set features a few famous guests – Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone, and Lenny Williams – it's Wright who really blows our mind here – a hell of a singer after all these years, nestled in a perfect set of tunes to make her sparkle all over again. Titles include "Old Songs", "Real Woman", "In The Middle Of The Game", "Surrender", "Grapes On A Vine", "So Long So Wrong", "You & Me Leroy", "Look Around", and "Hollywould". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies! First time on LP!)

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Dorothy AshbyHip Harp/On A Minor Groove ... LP
Prestige/Doxy (Russia), Late 50s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
2 of Dorothy Ashby's classic Prestige sessions – back to back on one 2LP set! First up is material from Hip Harp – great stuff by the grooviest artist ever to play a harp! Dorothy Ashby had a unique soul jazz harp sound, and although the instrument she used is probably more thought of in terms of bedtime lullabies, she actually makes it swing nicely, and with a soulful sound that draws back to traditions of African stringed instruments. Ashby was part of the same scene as Yusef Lateef, and like Lateef, she managed to use odd instrumentation in new contexts, to get a very unique jazz sound. This set's got harp and flute in the lead, and features the tracks "Pawky", "Charmaine", "Jollity", and "Back Talk". On In A Minor Groove, Ashby swings with an other-wordly quality that's simply amazing, quite exotic, and very much in the camp of players like Yusef Lateef or Les Jazz Modes, who were trying similar experiments in jazz. This session features Dorothy in a quartet with the flute of Frank Wess, the bass of Herman Wright, and the drums of Roy Haynes, whose warm lyrical touches provide the perfect melodicism for the group. Titles include "Rascallity", "Bohemia After Dark", "Taboo", "Autumn In Rome", and "It's A Minor Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on audiophile quality clear vinyl!)

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Buddy DeFrancoCooking The Blues/Sweet & Lovely ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1955. Used ... $6.99
A great one from Buddy DeFranco – exactly the kind of record that will make you understand why jazz collectors have always prized his Verve Records work so much! Although Buddy's given instrument, the clarinet, was one that was handled by so many others at the time in kind of an outmoded way – DeFranco always managed to keep things fresh and modern, drawing heavily on bop inspiration for a record like this, yet also remaining true to his roots too. Part of the strength of the record is the group, too – given that Sonny Clark is on piano, bringing in a mighty soulful undercurrent to the rhythm section, and even playing a bit of organ too! Tal Farlow brings in some nice guitar – and the group's completed by Gene Wright on bass and Bobby White on drums – on titles that include "Indian Summer", "Cooking The Blues", "Stardust", and "How About You". Sweet and lovely – but plenty darn soulful too – and one of the excellent early 50s Verve dates that features the piano of Sonny Clark with the clarinet of Buddy DeFranco! The album's got an even more unusual twist in that it features a bit of organ from Clark too – one of his only recordings on the instrument – as well as guitar from Tal Farlow on a number of tracks – another leading light of the fresh Verve sound of the 50s, really working some great music next to Buddy's horn. The stripped down sound is very nice – equal parts bop and swing, in that unique mode that made DeFranco one of the hippest players on his instrument at the time! Titles include "Getting A Balance", "Old Black Magic", "Moe", and "What Can I Say". CD
(Out of print.)

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Honey ConeLove, Peace & Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The last Honey Cone album for Hot Wax Records – and a set that's still very much at the top of their game! As with other artists from the Holland-Dozier-Holland stable of hits in the 70s, Honey Cone have a massive amount of force behind their groove – so much so, the record might still be great even if the vocals were nothing special – but fortunately, the trio of Edna Wright, Shellie Clark, and Carolyn Willis bring plenty to the table too – a great sense of individual soul and all-together harmonies! Titles include "Who's Lovin Who", "Stay In My Corner", "I Lost My Rainbow", "Ace In The Hole", "Sittin' On a Time Bomb", and "A Woman's Prayer". CD features great bonus tracks too – "It's Better To Have Loved & Lost", "Ace In The Hole (single version)", "If I Can't Fly", "Somebody Is Always Messing Up My Good Thing", and "The Truth Will Come Out". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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Abbey LincolnLove Having You Around – Live At The Keystone Korner Vol 2 ... CD
High Note, 1980. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Unheard sounds from the great Abbey Lincoln – a live performance recorded in 1980, at a time when the singer was really hitting a new sort of life in her music! Abbey's always been way more than just another jazz vocalist – and, like Nina Simone, often works in a territory that's a genre unto herself – a special Lincoln-like groove that comes through perfectly here in the company of Phil Wright on piano, James Leary on bass, and Doug Sides on drums. The tunes are wonderful – powerful, political, and given a very personal spin – on titles that include "Talkin To The Sun", "Love Having You Around", "Driva Man", "Living Room", "Rainbow", "Africa", and "Throw It Away". CD

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Jackie MooreI'm On My Way/With Your Love ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Overlooked Columbia Records work from Jackie Moore – two great albums on a single CD! First up is I'm On My Way – a real standout album from Jackie, and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" experiments with the likes of Johnny Taylor and Betty Wright, two of the more leading lights in the Columbia soul stable in the late 70s. Jackie's teamed up with the Philly talents of Bobby Eli, who produced the album, and did most of the arrangements – apart from a few tracks by Norman Harris or Jack Faith – and there's a modern soul glow to the record that really marks a new shift in Moore's music – a style that still has her going deep on the vocals, while stepping out in some warmer Philly rhythms. Titles include "This Time, Baby", "Wrapped Up In Your Lovin", "I'm On My Way", "Can You Tell Me Why", and "Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love". With Your Love is a killer from Jackie Moore – later work, with a smooth modern feel that's quite different than her first recordings! The album has Jackie getting a tight dose of Philly soul from Bobby Eli – who produced and arranged the album at Sigma Sound, and who also wrote a number of tracks on the album. The record's got the feel of some of Jean Carn's work from the time – a great approach, given the deep soul style of Jackie's vocals – and titles include "Just To Be With You", "Helpless", "Walk Away From Love", "With Your Love", "Don't Knock My Love", and a killer remake of "Love Won't Let Me Wait". CD

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Gene PageHot City/Lovelock ... CD
Atlantic/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of 70s soul classics from arranger Gene Page – back to back on a single CD! First up is Hot City – an excellent album of Barry White-styled instrumentals – put together by Barry's right hand man Gene Page, and produced by Barry himself! The record's one of the best that Gene Page ever cut – apart from his seminal blacksploitation soundtracks – and it's very much in the mode of White's Love Unlimited Orchestra albums from the same time, although perhaps with less of a string section – and more of an emphasis on funky drums at the bottom. Players are an all-star cast of LA studio groovers that includes David T Walker and Ray Parker on guitar, Ernie Watts and Wilton Felder on saxes, and Clarence McDonald on keyboards – and tracks are mostly originals by Page and White. Titles include "Jungle Eyes", "She's My Main Squeeze", "I Am Living In A World Of Gloom", "Satin Soul", and "To The Bone". Lovelock features Gene Page at the height of his 70s powers – using all the talents he forged as a background artist for other soul talents, and all the majesty he added to his soundtrack work – all focused nicely into a sweet set of warmly soulful grooves! The style's a bit clubby, but also has some wider depth too – maybe an undercurrent of fusion that comes from players like Lee Ritenour and David T Walker on guitar, Joe Sample and Sonny Burke on keyboards, and Oscar Brasher on trumpet – who find a way to work wonderfully alongside the albums vocals from singers Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Jim Gilstrap – all with a style that's not unlike some of the best Quincy Jones material of the time! As with Quincy, there's a sense of care and confidence that really holds the album together – on titles that include "Higher My Love", "Organ Grinder", "Into My Thing", "Wild Cherry", "Fantasy Woman", "Straw In the Wind", and "Together Whatever". CD

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Bobby Wright (Abu Talib)Blood Of An American/Everyone Should Have His Day (with zine) ... 7-inch
Melodies International, Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $15.99
Two beautiful tunes from Bobby Wright, both recorded in the mid 70s with a subtle righteous power that's taken many years for the rest of the world to fully appreciate! "Blood Of An American" is a slow-moving track that mostly features the lead vocals over slow-drifting guitar – presenting a message that's as poetic as it is political – almost in Terry Callier territory, but even more intimate. "Everyone Should Have Its Day" follows in a very similar style – uplifting, but blue-tinged too – and this limited reissue single comes with a 16 page zine that features lots of information on Wright and his later years as Abu Talib. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a 16 page Melodies International zine!)

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BanBest Of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band ... CD
Warner/Varese, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Heavy funk from one of the coolest, grooviest bands on the LA scene at the end of the 60s – a freewheeling ensemble who were almost to that city what Sly & The Family Stone were to San Francisco! Yet unlike Sly Stone, Charles Wright was never as concerned with crossing over to the mainstream – and throughout the early run of his group, documented here, he really kept things sharp and gritty – music that was as important an influence on funky sounds to come as the 60s work of the James Brown Band, but maybe even more open and freewheeling overall. This collection brings together some key hits and other great nuggets too – and titles include "Do Your Thing", "Comment", "Love Land", "Express Yourself", "I Wake Up Crying", "Till You Get Enough", "Must Be Your Thing", "Your Love Meands Everything To Me", "I Got Love", "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do", "Spreadin Honey", "Nobody", and "Keep Saying" – plus bonus new recordings of "Happiness" and "Remember That Thing". CD

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VariousHeavy Flute – Funky Flute Grooves From The 60s And 70s ... CD
Label M/Atlantic, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
Flutey! A great collection of funky flute tracks from the Atlantic label – probably the one record company that did the most for getting the flute into the funky jazz mainstream, thanks to work by its giants like Herbie Mann, Hubert Laws, and Roland Kirk. Titles include "Eboness" by Yusef Lateef, "Push Push" by Herbie Mann, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Roland Kirk, "Nubian Lady" by Yusef Lateef, "Thirteenth Floor" by David Fathead Newman, "Sombrero Sam" by Charles Lloyd, "The Wiggler" by Leo Wright, "Let Her Go" by Hubert Laws, and "One Ton" by Roland Kirk. CD
(Out of print. Case has a small cutout notch.)

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VariousNighttime Lovers Vol 27 – A Fine Collection Of Disco Funk Classics Of The 80s ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Boogie, electro, and 80s groove – all sorted out nicely in this killer collection of ultra-rare cuts! As with previous volumes, this edition of Nighttime Lovers shows a side of the 80s that hardly got any play at the time – the more underground work by lesser-known artists, much of which was issued on the bigger labels, but failed to crack the charts! You'll recognize a few familiar names here, but even those are represented by under-discovered corners of their work – and in true early 80s spirit, most tracks here are heavy on beats and keyboards – yet still leave plenty of room for real soul vocals. Titles include "You Can't Have It" by Stargaze, "Back Up Against The Wall" by Rare Essence, "If My Lovin Makes You Hot" by Loose Ends, "Miracle Love" by Starpoint, "Just Chillin Out" by Bernard Wright, "Love In The Fast Lane" by Dynasty, "Knockin" by The Jones Girls, "Traffic Jammer" by Bar-Kays, "Devoted To You" by Cacique, "All Your Love" by Wreckin Crew, "Body Music" by Loose Ends, and "Rhythm Of Your Love" by Isabel Roberts. CD

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VariousRare Grooves For The Dance Floor Vol 4 ... CD
DJ's Choice, Early 80s. Used ... $8.99
Music from Kenny Burke, Maxine Singleton, Cool Runners, Betty Wright, Force, Vicky D, Strafe & Tourist. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousWe All Love Ella – Celebrating the First Lady Of Song ... CD
Verve, 2007. Used ... $3.99
An all-star tribute to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – one that features a number of contemporary singers trying to recapture the magic of Ella's best work from the 50s and 60s! We'll be honest in saying that we were a bit suspicious of this one at first, but the quality is surprisingly strong – mostly in an acoustic, swinging, jazzy mode – with arrangements predominantly by Rob Mounsey, and most singers really doing their best to hit a Fitgerald sort of groove. It's interesting to hear some of these vocalists doing their best to match Ella's phrasing, on titles that include "Blues In The Night" by Ledisi, "The Lady Is A Tramp" by Queen Latifah, "A Tisket A Tasket" by Natalie Cole, "Lullaby Of Birdland" by Chaka Khan, "Angel Eyes" by KD Lang, "Reaching For The Moon" by Lizz Wright, "Someone To Watch Over Me" by Gladys Knight, "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me" by Etta James, and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" by Ella Fitzgerald & Stevie Wonder. CD

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✨✧ Peter BrownFantasy Love Affair ... CD
Rhino/Collectables, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A super-huge moment for Miami funk guru Peter Brown – a record instantly recognized by the silhouetted cover image of a perky nude in a window on the front, and for the very famous title hit, "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?" Despite its hit status, the record's actually a pretty nice example of Brown's talents – with plenty of spare cuts that feature keyboards, percussion, and synth – plus some occasional vocals by Betty Wright, Pat Hurley, or the vocal group Wildflower. Titles include "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me", "Dance With Me", "Without Love", "Fantasy Love Affair", "You Should Do It", and "For Your Love". CD

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✨✧ Paul DesmondBridge Over Troubled Water ... LP
A&M, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Paul Desmond serves up his own versions of some key tunes by Simon & Garfunkel tunes – with results that are simply amazing! The style here takes all the airy brilliance of the original S&G tunes, and turns it towards a more jazz-based mode – one that has some of the slight Brazilian undercurrents in the rhythms that you'll find on Desmond's previous two albums for CTI! The full arrangements are by Don Sebesky, who brings a great sense of balance to the set – and Herbie Hancock plays some great electric piano, in a group that also features Airto on percussion and Gene Bertoncini on guitar. But the real star of the set is Paul Desmond – blowing with that amazing tone of his – and sliding from tune to tune with effortless ease, in a way that really transforms these tunes in their instrumental readings. Titles include "Cecilia", "Mrs. Robinson", "America", "So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright", and "Scarborough Fair" – all done with a sweet jazzy A&M approach! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Roy Hargrove & The RH FactorHard Groove ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great vocal performances from the likes of Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. The groove soars from Miles-inspired electric to the heavy funk of George Clinton – and makes plenty of side-trips in between – exploring a range of soulful jazz, both new and old, and coming off a lot better than we might have thought! Titles include "Pastor T", "I'll Stay", "Common Free Style", "Juicy", "The Stroke", "Poetry", "Liquid Streets", "The Joint", and "Forget Regret". CD
( Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Jackie MooreI'm On My Way/With Your Love ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Overlooked Columbia Records work from Jackie Moore – two great albums on a single CD! First up is I'm On My Way – a real standout album from Jackie, and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" experiments with the likes of Johnny Taylor and Betty Wright, two of the more leading lights in the Columbia soul stable in the late 70s. Jackie's teamed up with the Philly talents of Bobby Eli, who produced the album, and did most of the arrangements – apart from a few tracks by Norman Harris or Jack Faith – and there's a modern soul glow to the record that really marks a new shift in Moore's music – a style that still has her going deep on the vocals, while stepping out in some warmer Philly rhythms. Titles include "This Time, Baby", "Wrapped Up In Your Lovin", "I'm On My Way", "Can You Tell Me Why", and "Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love". With Your Love is a killer from Jackie Moore – later work, with a smooth modern feel that's quite different than her first recordings! The album has Jackie getting a tight dose of Philly soul from Bobby Eli – who produced and arranged the album at Sigma Sound, and who also wrote a number of tracks on the album. The record's got the feel of some of Jean Carn's work from the time – a great approach, given the deep soul style of Jackie's vocals – and titles include "Just To Be With You", "Helpless", "Walk Away From Love", "With Your Love", "Don't Knock My Love", and a killer remake of "Love Won't Let Me Wait". CD
Also available I'm On My Way/With Your Love ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ OriginalsDown To Love Town ... LP
Motown, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered albums from the mighty Originals – thanks to a surprisingly strong step into club and disco rhythms! The group were always great on the harmony tip – and earlier music often had them really shining on the ballads – but here they work with arrangers Frank Wilson, Dale Warren, and Art Wright on a set of grooves that rival the best group soul club work coming out of Philly and New York at the time! The vocals are never overwhelmed by the grooves – and instead seem to really be set loose with the lively arrangements – finding a soaring space they might never have hit this well before. Titles include the clubby classic "Down To Love Town" – plus "You Are A Blessing", "Call On Your Six Million Dollar Man", "Hurry Up & Wait", "Been Decided", and "Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front.)

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✨✧ Angie StoneArt Of Love & War ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Stax debut of Angie Stone – a new setting for the singer, and one that really helps her freshen up her groove! Although a contemporary soul diva, Angie's definitely in classic territory here – maybe not the space of Stax from the 60s and 70s, but a rock-solid sound overall, and more than enough to help us renew our faith in her work! The backings are simple, but never too commercial – tightly stepping beats on the bottom that bounce Angie up over the top, but never push her vocals too far. And as before, some of the best moments have an almost-spoken sort of quality – a way of unfolding out a tune that's very real and natural. Guests include Betty Wright and James Ingram, and titles include "Take Everything In", "Sometimes", "Make It Last", "Here We Go Again", "Baby", "My People", "Half A Chance", "Go Back To Your Life", "Wait For Me", "Pop Pop", and "Happy Being Me". CD

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✨✧ Leo WrightSuddenly The Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record of incredible beauty from the great Leo Wright – and one that we'd never part with at all! Wright's one of those excellent players from the 60s who never really gets his due – largely because he was always hiding behind larger groups, and because he left the US in the decade for an extended stint in Europe. Still he cut some fantastic early work with both Dizzy Gillespie and Lalo Schifrin – and this album captures him right during the peak of that early period! The record features light lively backing from a quartet that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Rudy Collins on drums – and some tracks have a beautifully groovy sound that's slightly bossa, slightly soul jazz. One of the best of these is Wright's great cover of "A Felicidade", but the record contains many other great moments, like "The Wiggler", "Tali", "Sassy Lady", and "Dionysis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Honey ConeLove, Peace & Soul ... LP
Hot Wax, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The last Honey Cone album for Hot Wax Records – and a set that's still very much at the top of their game! As with other artists from the Holland-Dozier-Holland stable of hits in the 70s, Honey Cone have a massive amount of force behind their groove – so much so, the record might still be great even if the vocals were nothing special – but fortunately, the trio of Edna Wright, Shellie Clark, and Carolyn Willis bring plenty to the table too – a great sense of individual soul and all-together harmonies! Titles include "Who's Lovin You", "Stay In My Corner", "I Lost My Rainbow", "Ace In The Hole", "Sittin' On a Time Bomb", and "A Woman's Prayer". With a neat die-cut gatefold cover that has an image of a heart on the front! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original die-cut gatefold pressing.)
Also available Love, Peace & Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Milton WrightKeep It Up/The Silence That You Keep ... 7-inch
Alston (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
2 fantastic rare soul groovers! Milton Wright's "Keep It Up" is one of the most unique soul songs of its generation – a slyly grooving number with just a touch of funk and a really deeply smooth soulful vocal. A hint of moog and some unusual rhythms really makes the track groove! "The Silence That You Keep" is of similar vintage – a bit mellower overall, but still grooving – with a warmly acoustic undercurrent that reminds us of Bill Withers at his best! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". CD

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✨✧ Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Here Comes The Sun ... CD 7.99

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Angela BofillIntuition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A great late 80s comeback for Angela Bofill – and the kind of record that shows that she was still head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries! There's a richness here that most of Angie's contemporaries couldn't muster at the time – a style that stretches back to her deeper vocal roots, with some nice touches of jazz brought into the mix from Norman Connors, who produces a few tunes here. But the real strength of the set comes from Bofill right from the start – that bold, righteous approach to singing that still seems to find just the right space to send home the hooks of the tunes – all-adult, yet filled with a youthful sense of power too. Benjamin Wright handles some of the arrangements, and Vincent Brantley produced a bit too – and titles include "I Just Wanna Stop", "Love Is In Your Eyes", "Long Gone", "For You & I", "Intuition", "Festival/Down The Line", "Special Lover", and "Love Overtime". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Just Wanna Stop (single edit)" and "Love Is In Your Eyes (12" single edit)". CD

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✨✧ Peter BrownDo You Wanna Get Funky With Me? ... LP
Drive, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
A super-huge moment for Miami funk guru Peter Brown – a record instantly recognized by the silhouetted cover image of a perky nude in a window on the front, and for the very famous title hit, "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me?" Despite its hit status, the record's actually a pretty nice example of Brown's talents – with plenty of spare cuts that feature keyboards, percussion, and synth – plus some occasional vocals by Betty Wright, Pat Hurley, or the vocal group Wildflower. Titles include "Do You Wanna Get Funky With Me", "Dance With Me", "Without Love", "Fantasy Love Affair", "You Should Do It", and "For Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BryantMe & The Blues (Alone With The Blues/Ray Bryant Trio) ... LP
Prestige, 1957/Early 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Two excellent Bryant sets, recorded for Prestige, though he's more well known for his Cadet sides. The first disc of the set is a very striking album – one of Bryant's most noteworthy of the time! The album features Ray playing solo piano – quite unusual for the period, as most piano jazz records, especially his, were at least cut in a trio format. Ray's wonderfully unfettered here – hitting grooves with a level of expression and sophistication that far surpasses most of his other records. The intimate time on the keys never gets hokey or overindulgent – but it does let Ray open up and show a side that we've rarely heard on wax. Titles include "Stocking Feet", "Blues #3", "Joy", "Me & The Blues", and "My Blues". The Ray Bryant Trio is another wonderful early side, featuring Ike Isaacs and Specs Wright in a trio alongside Bryant, performing sparkling renditions of standards and a couple originals, that are still infused with his bluesy groove. Titles include "Golden Earrings", "Angel Eyes", "Blues Changes", "Splittin'", "Django", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Daahoud" and "Sonar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray BryantRay Bryant Trio (Prestige) (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great early trio session from Ray Bryant – the kind of record that instantly shows why he caught such fire on the scene! There's a simplicity here that's almost invisible – a command of the keys that's strong, but not nearly as show-offy as some of Bryant's contemporaries. And given that Ray always managed to kick up a groove on the left side of the keyboard with his firm approach to rhythm, he's definitely a group player in the trio on the set – an excellent combo that features the wonderful Ike Issacs on bass and Specs Wright on drums. Titles include "Splittin", "Golden Earrings", "Sonar", "Changes", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles DavisTutu ... CD
Warner, 1986. Used ... $2.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". CD
Also available Tutu ... LP 12.99

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Miles DavisTutu ... LP
Warner, 1986. Very Good ... $12.99
A nice collaboration between Miles and Marcus Miller from the latter part of Miles career. As much of the recording here is overdubbed, with many multiple instruments played by Miller, it doesn't have the improvised vibe of Miles' classic performances, but the songwriting and arrangements are head and shoulders above much of the contemporary jazz being recorded at the time, Miles is in great form, and the glossy production sits better with us now than ever before. Paulinho DaCosta, George Duke, Michael Urbaniak and Bernard Wright all make guest appearances. 8 tracks in all: "Tutu", "Tomaas", "Portia", "Splatch", "Backyard Ritual", "Perfect Way", Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Also available Tutu ... CD 2.99

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1978. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
The only thing better than small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie is live small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie – as the legendary trumpeter really takes off in a concert setting! This excellent German set from the late 70s is a great case in point – as the tracks are long and flowing, and really show the imaginative solo style that Dizzy can have when let loose in such a format – served up here at a level that's even groovier than some of his American live dates of the same time! The group gets nice and funky at times – with guitar from Rodney Jones as both a key rhythmic and melodic element, and bass from Benjamin brown, who seems to be playing electric – all given tight, sharp work on drums from Mickey Roker. Leo Wright joins the group on alto for four of the album's 13 tracks – and titles include "Unicorn", "Sunshine", "Brother K", "Blues", "Olinga", "The Land Of Milk & Honey", and the massively funky "Diddy Wa Diddy". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieNew Wave ... LP
Philips, 1962. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A lost bossa jazz classic from Dizzy Gillespie – recorded at a time when Lalo Schifrin was working in his combo! The record's got a cool, laidback kind of groove – one that's miles away from Gillespie's earlier bop work, and which shows him opening up his rhythmic conception strongly in the 60s. Rhythms are percolated by the piano of Schifrin, guitar of Bola Sete, bass of Chris White, and some well-chosen added percussion work – and the overall groove is one of the best American takes on the bossa jazz sound of the time, delivered with wonderful horn work from Dizzy on trumpet, Leo Wright on flute and alto, and Charlie Ventura on tenor! Even familiar tunes are transformed by the sound – and titles include "In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town", "Careless Love", "Taboo", "One Note Samba", "Pergunte Ao Joao", and "Chega de Saudade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Thelma HoustonAny Way You Like It ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Smoking Motown work from Thelma Houston – a great 70s set that catches the singer at the top of her groove! The album's polished, but never in a too-commercial way – and the grooves acknowledge the growing role of the dancefloor in mainstream soul, yet also mostly stay away from some of the disco cliches of the time – thanks to sophisticated work by arrangers Art Wright, Paul Riser, and Michael Smith! Although we should also point out that this is the record that gave Houston one of her bigger hits – the key crossover track "Don't Leave Me This Way" – nestled nicely amidst other great numbers like "Don't Know Why I Love You", "Any Way You Like It", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", and "Don't Make Me Pay". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Any Way You Like It ... LP 1.99

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Thelma HoustonAny Way You Like It ... LP
Tamla, 1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Smoking Motown work from Thelma Houston – a great 70s set that catches the singer at the top of her groove! The album's polished, but never in a too-commercial way – and the grooves acknowledge the growing role of the dancefloor in mainstream soul, yet also mostly stay away from some of the disco cliches of the time – thanks to sophisticated work by arrangers Art Wright, Paul Riser, and Michael Smith! Although we should also point out that this is the record that gave Houston one of her bigger hits – the key crossover track "Don't Leave Me This Way" – nestled nicely amidst other great numbers like "Don't Know Why I Love You", "Any Way You Like It", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", and "Don't Make Me Pay". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Any Way You Like It ... CD 13.99

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Jermaine JacksonMy Name Is Jermaine ... LP
Motown, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
A classic bit of mid 70s Motown from Jermaine – sounding way different than Michael or his brothers on this set, and working in a full groove that's graced by some nice bass work on a few cuts! The album features the standout instrumental "Bass Odyssey" – which lets Jermaine's work on his chosen instrument really take off over some spacious Gregory Wright arrangements – making for a really cool number that that has lots of spacey overtones! The album also features the disco hit "Let's Be Young Tonight", as well as the sweet funky number "Who's That Lady". Other tracks include the mellow ballad "My Touch Of Madness", plus "Look Past My Life", "Lovely You're The One", and "Stay With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some red marker on front.)

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Jazz PickersCommand Performance – The Jazz Pickers Featuring Red Norvo ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A cool little set from bassist Harry Babasin – a 50s album from his Jazz Pickers combo, a group who mostly handles stringed instruments picked, or plucked, in a very groovy way! The approach has distinct west coast 50s elements – and given that Red Norvo's working with them here on vibes, the sound's almost like some of his excellent work with Tal Farlow and Charles Mingus from the earlier part of the decade. Players include Dempsey Wright on guitar, Lawrence Red Wooten on bass, Bill Douglass on drums, Babasin on pizzicato cello, and Norvo on vibes. Titles include "Bagatelle", "Blues For Bill", "Eyein The Goof", "The Stinger", "Lester Leaps In", and "Petite Rondeau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue label drummer logo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has clear tape on all seams. Cover has light wear.)

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BB KingBB King In London ... LP
ABC, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
BB King in London – not playing live, but working in the studio with a host of British musicians he'd inspired over the years! The lineup varies from track to track, giving a nice sort of variety to the album – and the overall feel is a bit like some of the Chess London sessions of the time – but maybe more blues overall! Features work by Peter Green on guitar, Steve Marriott on harmonica, Alexis Korner on acoustic guitar, Gary Wright on electric piano and Hammond, Ringo Starr on drums, and The Mystery Shadow on Hammond – and titles include "Ghetto Woman", "Wet Hayshark", "Part Time Love", "We Can't Agree", and "Blue Shadows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole & a few spots of clear tape.)

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Little MiltonWe're Gonna Make It ... LP
Checker, 1965. Very Good ... $34.99
A classic Chicago crossover of blues and soul – a wonderful album from Little Milton, and one that's cut with some of the same sophisticated overtones as work by Bobby "Blue" Bland at the time! The backings here are superb – arranged by Phil Wright and James Carter with a fair bit of larger, jazzier horns – which stand in nice contrast to Milton's rougher-edged vocals – all in a blend that's completely sublime! The rhythms echo a fair bit of the Chicago soul modes of the time – nicely stepping along with a really slinky groove – and titles include some great originals, like "Ain't No Big Deal On You", "Life Is Like That", "Can't Hold Back The Tears", and "We're Gonna Make It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue "checker piece" label pressing. Cover is in great shape.)

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Bobby MBlow – Rick James Presents Bobby M ... LP
Motown, 1982. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Bobby M is Bobby Militello – a sweet-blowing saxman who did some great studio work back in the day – and who steps out here with some nicely grooving arrangements from Lenny White and Bernard Wright! The set's a strong blend of soulful fusion and 80s groove – just the kind of record you might expect when turning the Rick James name on the cover towards a more instrumental sound. But that doesn't mean that the whole album's instrumental – as Jean Carn sings on one cut, and Keely Curtis on another. And although Bobby's work on alto, tenor, and soprano sax is pretty nice, it's almost the keyboard work of Bernard Wright that really makes this album great – as the set's almost an extension of his classic GRP sessions from the same time! Titles include "Alto Man", "Let's Stay Together", "Redliner", "A Little Song For You", "Charlie's Backbeat", "Rome Tones", and "Blow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, some pen, and large letters in marker on both sides. Labels have some pen.)

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Jackie MooreSweet Charlie Babe ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A classic set of 70s crossover deep soul – recorded in the mode of similar work by Betty Wright or Laura Lee, and done with a similar mix of raw southern vocals and tighter production! About half the work was handled by the team of Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro – working in the Criteria Studios in Miami to give Jackie a sound that's similar to Shapiro's work with Millie Jackson. The other half was produced in Philly, by the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Tony Bell, and Phil Hurt – who give Jackie a warm, gliding, sweet 70s Philly groove! And although you might think that this Philly/Miami split would make for a mixed bag of tunes, the album's surprisingly unified – and in a way, does plenty to link together the growing dancefloor scenes in both cities. Titles include "Willpower", "Both Ends Against The Middle", "Time", "Something In A Look", "Clean Up Your Own Yard", "If", and "Darling Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker & Buddy De FrancoGene Norman Presents Gerry Mulligan With Chet Baker – Special Added Attraction Buddy De Franco ... LP
GNP, Late 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Side one of this album features the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Mulligan on baritone sax, Chet Baker on trumpet, Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker playing drums. Tracks include "Varsity Drag", "Speak Low", "Half Nelson", "Lady Bird", "Love Me Or Leave Me", and Mulligan's "Swing House". Side two features the Buddy De Franco Quartet with De Franco on clarinet, Kenny Drew on piano, Eugene Wright on bass and Art Blakey on drums. They are also joined by the Herman McCoy Swing Choir. All of the tracks include "star" in the title such as "Star Eyes", "Stella By Starlight", De Franco's "Star Sapphire", "Handful Of Stars", and Blakey's "Star Of Africa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue GNP label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has light wear and a small split in the top seam.)

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Sun RaDiscipline 27-II (with bonus track) ... CD
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible – from the spiritual soul jazz of "Pan Afro", to the lightly grooving June Tyson vocals of "Neptune", to the extended suite "Discipline 27-II", a stretched-out spacey number with vocal "dramatizing" by Ra, Tyson, Ruth Wright, and Judith Holton. That track's a particularly great one, with the kind of spiritual resonance behind the spacey approach that rarely comes through as strongly on other albums – but the whole set is wonderful, and judging how reminscient of it some of the best, similarly-minded underground jazz is decades later – the whole thing is an amazing testament to how strong Ra's influence is today. Reissued here on CD for the first time ever – with a bonus "Untitled Outtake". CD

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✨✧ TavaresSupercharged ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A classic batch of modern soul from this seminal 70s vocal group! By this point in their career, Tavares have already had great fame on both the radio and dancefloor charts – moving effortlessly between sweet harmony tracks and soaring disco grooves – maybe one of the few earlier groups who could make a shift so effortlessly, all without ever loosing the depth of their vocals! This set has the group working in a mature mode that falls out equally well on both side of the fence – with arrangements by Bobby Colomby, David Foster, and Benjamin Wright, and tracks that include "Bad Times", "I Don't Want You Anymore", "Paradise", "Why Can't We Fall In Love", and "I Can't Go On Living Without You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonCan't Take My Eyes Off Of You ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good ... $3.99
A really great album from Nancy Wilson – a set that still has her working with the jazzy undercurrents of her best 60s work for Capitol Records – yet also moving into some hipper, more sophisticated soul styles too! There's a really strong adult vibe to the record – not that Nancy didn't have one before, but this time around there's even more sense of personality and experiential depth that really comes through in the choice of songs – and in Wilson's wonderful treatment of them. Tunes that might be stiff in the hands of someone else are really transformed here – with added thanks to Phil Wright for great arrangements on the record. Titles include a version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", Burt Bacharach's obscure "Waitin For Charlie To Come Home", and the tracks "Trip With Me", "This Girl Is A Woman Now", "Mixed Up Girl", and "Words & Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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Bobby WomackHome Is Where The Heart Is ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Very Good ... $5.99
An exceptional album from Bobby Womack's years at Columbia Records – and a record that brings together smooth and roosty styles wonderfully! When Womack moved to Columbia, he was doing it at a time when a number of other older deep soul artists (Johnny Taylor, Betty Wright, Tyrone Davis) were making the shift – pulling their sound out of the indie ghetto, and going for a more sophisticated approach that expanded their style without dampening their spirit! In the case of Bobby, the shift was perhaps near perfect – as the raspy Womack vocals are still wonderfully in place, but the increasingly great choice of songs, warmer style of arrangements, and completely professional presentation of the material really helps push Bobby to the next level. Material was recorded in both Muscle Shoals and LA – and the set includes some great Womack originals, plus a few more great numbers by Prince Phillip Mitchell! Titles include "Home Is Where The Heart Is", "Something For My Head", "A Little Bit Salty", "How Long", "Standing In the Safety Zone", and "One More Chance On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has initials in marker.)

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Eldee YoungJust For Kicks – Eldee Young & Co ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good ... $12.99
An early solo album cut by Eldee Young, back in the days when he was Ramsey Lewis' bassist, and before he formed the Young-Holt trio. The record's a good example of the strong humor that Eldee would later display in the Young-Holt group, and it's got a great batch of groovy tracks that have a tight soulful sound, with lots of nice tricks and surprises. The group includes Leo Wright, Mal Waldron, Redd Holt, and Richard Evans, who plays bass on some tracks while Eldee picks up the cello. The album's got a great version of Oscar Brown's "Mr. Kicks", plsu the tracks "Just For Kicks", "Truly", "Big Brother", and "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", done in a very groovy way! LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label pressing with deep groove. Cover has notations in pen on the back.)

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VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues – 1947-1974 (8 CD box set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 8CDs ... $59.99
Here it is, the mother of them all! The set's got 8CDs worth of killer soul, funk, and Rhythm & Blues – all culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! Although this sort of set usually tends to be a bit simplistic, this box actually features a beautiful mix of tracks, lots of which are hard to get in any format. It's a lot to go through, but it's worth the trip – and this LP version just about never shows up anymore! We can't even begin to list the tracks here, there's 203(!) of them in all, but some of the artists include the Bar Kays, the Beginning of the End, Archie Bell & The Drells, Ruth Brown, Solomon Burke, the Capitols, Clarence Carter, the Chords, the Cookies, Don Covay, King Curtis, Tyrone Davis, the Drifters, Roberta Flack, King Floyd, Aretha Franklin, Major Harris, Donny Hathaway, the Ikettes, Willis Jackson, Nat Kendricks & The Swans, Barabra Lewis,the Mar-keys, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, Stick McGhee, Otis & Carla, the Persuaders, Percy Sledge, The Spinners, Willie Tee, Joe Tex, Chuck WIllis, Betty Wright and loads more! CD
(Out of print! Box has some light wear, but the book and rest of package is in great shape.)

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VariousAwon Ojise Olorun – Popular Music In Yorubaland 1931 to 1952 ... CD
Savannahphone (UK), 1930s/1940s/Early 50s. Used ... $18.99
Rare work from the earliest days of the Nigerian recording industry – pulled from the archives of the British Library, and beautifully presented in one overstuffed package! The set illustrates the wide range of styles bubbling under in Nigeria in the territory of the older Yoruba tribe – a mix of spare percussion numbers, Muslim sakara music, and some especially great guitar-based numbers that really point the way towards more modern developments in African music. The package features English translations of lyrics for all tunes, and a total of 19 titles that inlcude "Omo Layemi" by Lasisi Layemi, "The 5 Nigerian RAF" by Akanbi Wright, "Arise L'Afrika" by Aiyeke & His Orchestra, "Eiye Je Eiye Mu" by Amusa Elo, "Oduduwa" by Rafiu Bankole, "Nola Kolade" by Yesufu Olatunji, and "Orin Faji" by Abibus Oluwa. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBaby I've Got It – More Motown Girls – More Rare Treats From Motown's Female Roster, Including 16 Previously Unissued Gems ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
A stunning selection of female soul from Motown – all of it rare, and much of it previously unreleased! The set is a great reminder not only of how much we still have to learn about the biggest soul label in the motor city – but also of the exceptional quality that Motown brought to their recordings – so much so that even long-unissued tracks like these can easily stand with the biggest hits from other 60s soul labels! The package is wonderful if you dig female soul – and maybe even if you just like vintage soul in general – and in addition to rare cuts by big Motown names, you'll also hear some lesser-knowns that show the way the company was always trying to reach out for new talent in the fertile world of Detroit music. As usual, Ace has provided very detailed notes that offer as much history as information on the music – and the CD features 24 titles that include "It's Been A Long Time Happenin" by Rita Wright, "There Are Things" by Ann Bogan, "It's Crazy Baby" by Liz Lands, "Baby I've Got It" by Brenda Holloway, "Honey Don't Leave Me" by The Lewis Sisters, "It's All Right" by LaBrenda Ben, "When Someone's Good To You" by Oma Page, "In My Heart I Know It's Right" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Sweet Talkin Guy" by The Marvelettes, "Cookie Boy" by Thelma Brown, "I Up & Think Of You" by Kim Weston, "There Was" by The Lollipops, "Keep Away" by Little Lisa, "Playboy (first version)" by The Marvelettes, "I Know You Don't Love Me No More (orig mix)" by Yvonne Fair, "In Your Heart" by Patrice Holloway, "You've Got Possibilities" by Barbara McNair, and "Bad News" by LaBrenda Ben. CD

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VariousMotown 7s Box Vol 4 – Rare & Unreleased Vinyl (7 x 7 inch box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Motown/Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch ... $69.99 92.99
The vinyl debut of 14 rare gems from Motown – all cuts that were only dug up much later than the time at which they were recorded – and which made brief appearances on a variety of different CD reissues over the past decade or so – but appear here on vinyl for the first time ever! Like most of the Motown music from back in the day, these tracks are total gems – and only didn't make it out for release because the label had so much greatness going on. Yet that shouldn't stop them from becoming excellent singles all these many years later – finally showing up in the format. This limited package follows in the same great spirit as the other Motown 7" box sets from the UK – and titles include "That World I Live In" by David Ruffin, "Baby A Go Go" by Barbara McNair, "Share A Little Love With Me" by The Monitors, "Don't Stop Loving Me" by Ivy Jo Hunter, "Sometimes I Have To Cry" by The Contours, "Sweet Thing" by Marvin Gaye, "Baby Come Home To Me" by Shorty Long, "Ain't You Glad You Chose Love" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Give In You Just Can't Win" by Tammi Terrell, "I Ain't Going Nowhere" by Thelma Houston, "Don't Be Afraid" by Bobby Taylor, "Can't Hold The Feeling Back" by Brenda Holloway, "Tell Me How To Forget A True Love" by The Spinners, and "Since You Came Back" by Rita Wright. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes bonus download of all tracks!)

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VariousSamples Outta LA – Soul ... CD
Playoff (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
Classic cuts from the 70s – all of which have been used as hip hop samples over the years, but which sound even better here when served up on their own! The collection's only partly a sample set – but really just stands strongly as a great batch of perfect tracks from back in the day – the kind of funky, righteous, and mellow-grooving numbers that made the 70s such a great decade for soul music – a point when the music hit such new heights and fresh styles, its power keeps on influencing the sound of new recordings in the 21st Century! Titles include "The Boogie Back" by Roy Ayers, "Easin In" by Edwin Starr, "Intimate Friends" by Eddie Kendricks, "Do Like I Do" by Smokey Robinson, "Star In The Ghetto" by Average White Band & Ben E King, "Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart" by Clarence Reid, "Players Balling" by Ohio Players, "I'm Gonna Love You A Little Bit More" by Barry White, "Little Ghetto Boy" by Donny Hathaway, "I Get Lifted" by George McCrae, and "Express Yourself" by Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Band. CD

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VariousSoul On The Real Side #8 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic 70s soul – not the big hits from back in the day, and not disco numbers either – but a really well-chosen batch of the kinds of tracks that most folks have missed over the years! There's a warm, upbeat feel to the whole set – tunes that are uplifting, but also have some deeper currents too – that special slice of 70s soul that grabs you right away, and leaves you feeling wonderful for long after you've given it a listen! This is the kind of work that we're plenty proud to showcase at Dusty Groove – and titles include "Overdose Of Joy" by Eugene Record, "Come Back Strong" by Sam Dees, "I'd Like To See More Of You" by The Mob, "Sad Girl" by Carol Anderson, "You Ain't Sayin Nothin New" by Virgil Henry, "Am I The Same Girl" by Salena Jones, "Save Your Love For Me" by Vivian Reed, "Standing Room Only" by Helene & The Brookside Orchestra, "Midnight Affair" by Sandra Wright, "It Really Hurts Me Girl" by The Carstairs, "Take This Hurt Off Me" by Big John Hamilton, "Promise To Myself" by Tony Borders, and "This Could Be The Night" by RB Hudmon. CD

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✨✧ Tom BrowneMagic ... LP
Arista/GRP, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key bit of jazz funk from trumpeter Tom Browne – still grooving strong here, with a sublime mix of modern soul, funky jazz, and some of the 80s groove touches that showed up on the best GRP titles from the time! The album's got a smooth compressed groove – kind of post-Donald Byrd, with Tom taking solos over the top of most tracks, and occasional vocals , wither from a backing group, or an assortment of different lead singers. Players on the set include Bernard Wright, Dave Grusin, Bobby Broom, and Marcus Miller – and tracks include "I Know", "Midnight Interlude", "Let's Dance", "Night Wind", "Making Plans", "Thighs Hihg", and "Magic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Dave BrubeckAngel Eyes ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful later work by the Dave Brubeck Quartet – an overlooked gem from their 60s Columbia sessions, and an album that features interpretations of tunes written by the great Matt Dennis! Dennis had a way with a tune that often put dark corners in the back of lovely melodies – and this subtle sense of emotion is a perfect foil for the understated talents of Paul Desmond's alto work on the set. Brubeck himself is nice too – less trick-oriented than usual, in a way that lets us focus on the colors of his tone – and drummer Joe Morello and bassist Eugene Wright are in top form, as usual. Titles include "Violets For Your Furs", "Let's Get Away From It All", "Little Man With The Candy Cigar", "Will You Still Be Mine", and "Everything Happens To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Red GarlandLil Darlin ... LP
Status, Late 50s/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Obscure live session by the lovely soul jazz pianist Red Garland – recorded live at an unspecified time, at The Prelude nightclub in Harlem. Red's leading a trio that includes Jimmy Roswer on bass and Specs Wright on drums – and the tracks are very long, with a nice laidback feel to them. Titles include "Lil Darlin", "Blues In The Closet", and "We Kiss In A Shadow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Al GreyNight Song ... LP
Argo, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few fantastic collaborations between trombonist Al Grey and tenor saxophonist Billy Mitchell – made even better by some work on vibes from a young Bobby Hutcherson! The groove here is earthy and bluesy – quite a different setting than Hutcherson's modernist sides for Blue Note, and a really unique little groove that makes equal use of the tenor, trombone, and vibes in the frontline. And while Grey and Mitchell have their roots in more famous bigger bands, they work together here with a playful lyricism that's really amazing – a unique approach to their music that made the group one of the most striking of the time. Other players include Dave Burns on trumpet, Earl Washington on piano, Otis Candy Finch on drums, and Herman Wright on bass – plus a bit of conga from Phil Thomas. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "Laughing Tonight", "Through For The Night", "Blues In The Night", "Stardust", and "Night & Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole and some wear.)

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✨✧ Donna Summer & OthersThank God It's Friday – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Used 2LP + 12" ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge disco cash-in moment of the 70s – but a great one too, and a strong illustration of the power that Casablanca Records had in both the clubs and charts at the time! The movie and record were both a bit over-pressed upon release, but they nonetheless stand as a great snapshot of the way that funky soul had taken over the clubs during the disco generation – giving showcase to a whole host of new young artists, and exposing lots of mainstream listeners to soul music at a level they wouldn't have touched a few years before! Donna Summer was one of Casablanca's big acts at the time – and she really dominates the record with her classic rendition of "Last Dance", plus tracks "With Your Love" and a disco remake of "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus". Both other cuts are strong too – and include "Lovin, Livin, & Givin" by Diana Ross, "Too Hot Ta Trot" by The Commodores, "Disco Queen" by Paul Jabara, "Leatherman's Theme" by Wright Bros Flying Machine, "Floyd's Theme" by Natural Juices, and "Find My Way" by Cameo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeves. Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonSon Of A Preacher Man ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderfully groovy album from Nancy Wilson – filled with hip jazzy touches and lots of bouncy soul – in that sweet blend that was a perfect fit for the style of late 60s Capitol Records! Nancy really steps out from some of her more staid modes here – swinging a groove with some bad-rapping late 60s styles, yet still also reminding us that she's a sophisticated lady on some of the record's more adult tracks too. Arrangements are by the trio of Jimmy Jones, Phil Wright, and Joe Parnello – each of whom bring a different feel to the record, and help create a strong sense of variety amongst tracks that include "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Make The World Go Away", "I Made You This Way", "Husbands & Wives", "Mr Walker It's Over", "Almost Persuaded", and "Got It Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonMF Horn 3 ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Funky funky Maynard – and a sweet set of electric big band jazz that's got plenty of nice moments! The album features a core rhythm group that really goes to town – jamming in sort of a Clarke-Boland sort of way, with lots of propulsive changes that create a full-on and often funky groove – as Maynard and other horns blow like mad over the top, sending the album into screaming, soaring grooves that almost never let up. The record was Maynard's first US effort in a long time – and was produced by Teo Macero with a very electric-conscious sound that further enforced the hipness of the music! Titles include "Pochahontas", "Awright Awright", "Nice N Juicy", "SOMF", and "Mother Fingers". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (3LP set) ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1973. New Copy 3LP Trifold ... Out Of Stock
The only thing better than small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie is live small combo work from Dizzy Gillespie – as the legendary trumpeter really takes off in a concert setting! This excellent German set from the late 70s is a great case in point – as the tracks are long and flowing, and really show the imaginative solo style that Dizzy can have when let loose in such a format – served up here at a level that's even groovier than some of his American live dates of the same time! The group gets nice and funky at times – with guitar from Rodney Jones as both a key rhythmic and melodic element, and bass from Benjamin brown, who seems to be playing electric – all given tight, sharp work on drums from Mickey Roker. Leo Wright joins the group on alto for four of the album's 13 tracks – and titles include "Unicorn", "Sunshine", "Brother K", "Blues", "Olinga", "The Land Of Milk & Honey", and the massively funky "Diddy Wa Diddy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dizzy Gillespie Quartet – At Onkel PO's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Dave PikeLimbo Carnival (Japanese pressing) ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
Don't let the "limbo" in the title put you off – because this isn't some early 60s gimmick session, designed to cash in on a dance craze – and instead, it's a wonderful early Latin set from the great vibist Dave Pike! In fact, given the strength of the grooves here, it would be plenty darn hard to do any limbo action to this one – because the rhythms are bouncy, modal, and very very groovy – served up by Pike on vibes, in a lineup that includes Ray Barretto on conga, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Leo Wright on flute and alto – plus a few other straight jazz players like Jimmy Raney on guitar and Tommy Flanagan on piano. Tracks include "Mambo Bounce", "Matilda", "Cattin Latin", "St. Thomas", and a strange groovy version of "La Bamba". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Prince JammyPrince Jammy In Lion Dub Style ... LP
Jammy's/VP, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "lion style" is, but we can definitely say that the album's heavy on dub – a darkly bubbling masterpiece with Prince Jammy at the controls – crafting his magic to grooves by a top-shelf set of Kingston musicians! Winston Wright plays lots of keyboards – organ, clavinet, and even some harpsichord – and the real energy of the rhythms come from the young Sly & Robbie – very much in their prime here, without some of those later modes when they were trying to recopy themselves for the mainstream. Chinna Smith throws in lots of riffing guitar to the echoey brilliance – and titles include "No Bride", "Jammy's In The Arena", "Black Trap", "The Big Apple", "Rough Voyage", "Uhru Express", "King Forever", "Tiger Dub" and "Mystic Feelings". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Larry Williams & Johnny WatsonTwo For The Price Of One (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Okeh, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sock-soul set of material from Larry Williams and Johnny Watson – and one that really updates their older groove for the Northern Soul generation! The album's pretty amazing – hardly anything you might expect from any of Williams' earlier work, and drenched in the charms that Johnny Watson discovered in the 60s, and expanded in the 70s – but set to rhythms that are as hard-grooving from a soul perspective as any of the best work on the Okeh label at the time! Arrangements are by Arthur Wright and Melvin Jernigan, who hit a very natural vibe that lets Larry and Johnny trade lines back and forth wonderfully – in a very personal, almost spontaneous way that's very different than better-known male soul duos of the 60s – and the record is a key lost link in Watson's career, one that really lets you hear him tightening things up before his superstar years of the 70s. Titles include the killer classic "Two For The Price Of One" – plus "Too Late", "Aint' Gonna Move", "Keep On Lovin' You", "Takin No Chances", "A Quitter Never Wins", and "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch". Features great bonus tracks too – including the Johnny/Larry single cuts "Nobody" and "Find Yourself Someone To Love" CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousFunky Country – Country Funk, Garage Soul, & Some Swinging R&B Oddities (with bonus download) ... LP
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's maybe more funk than country – but we mean that in the best possible way! The grooves here are hard and heavy – at a level that hardly needs a love of Nashville for admission – as most of the best elements in the grooves are pulled from funk and soul – and include heavy drums, riffing guitar, and super-strong basslines – all played by blue-eyed groups who might have hit some twang in their other material, but who are right on the money here! Some numbers get a bit trippy while sounding funky – and it might be best to think of the package as more in the rock funk mode overall. Titles include "Flower Child" by Bo Jack, "Lorraine" by Terry Clark, "Undying Love" by Bust, "Lucille" by Hope Inc, "All Of My Life" by Jack Kane, "Fast David & The Wolfpack" by The Embers, "Polk Salad Annie" by Manson Manuel Express, "Stone Born Country Boy" by Big Jim Cartwright, "Mississippi Delta" by Steve Kathy & The Sha-onas, and "Mountain Chops" by Cal Collins Trio. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ ChocolateclayChocolateclay ... LP
Cat, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet Miami funk from the team of George "Chocolate" Perry and Clay Cropper – one of the rarest TK albums from the time, and also one of the funkiest too! The sound here is slightly polished, but never too much – a bit more in the sound of bigger Florida groups, like Miami, with a tight groove overall, but still enough sharper funky bits on the edges! George plays bass and Clay handles guitar and keyboards – and the vocals seem to be sung by both parties, often in that slightly-flanged Miami style of the time. Titles include "My Uncle Funky", "Sweet Mary", "Cream Is Rising To The Top", and "Two Different Worlds" – plus the excellent mellow soul track "Free (I'll Always Be)", which has a nice sweet sound in the same vein as work by Milton Wright. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ethiopian & His All-StarsReturn Of Jack Sparrow ... CD
Nighthawk/Omnivore, 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not a film appearance by Johnny Depp, but instead a sweet later album from Leonard "Ethiopian" Dillon – formerly the leader of the legendary Ethiopians trio from Jamaica, and working here with a top-shelf group from back in the day! The set was put together by the small Nighthawk label in the US, but it's got a surprisingly great sound overall – thanks to musical contributions from Lyn Taitt on lead guitar, Winston Wright on keyboards, and Jackie Jackson on bass – all to support Dillon's lead on the album's laidback grooves. Titles include "Slender Thread", "Straight On Rastafari", "I Need Someone", "Are You Loving Me", and "Mother's Tender Care" – plus a remake of the classic "Train To Skaville". Also includes version tracks and bonus material – 20 titles in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousLegacy Of Funk (3CD set) ... CD
Sony (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set of funky club cuts from the late 70s and early 80s – music that's definitely on the funkier side of the disco spectrum, and which also does a nice job of covering ground from the time before and after the big dancefloor explosion too! This isn't gritty funk, of the funky 45 variety – but instead the tighter, sharper, more mainstream modes that came into play as the 70s moved on – still played by musicians who were at the top of their game, and recorded in ways that allowed all the sharpness of the music to find a new sort of groove! The package includes a few never-issued mixes – including "That's What You Get For Being Polite (DJ Reverent P edit)" by The Jacksons, "Looking Up To You (DJ Reverent P edit)" by Michael Wycoff, "So You Wanna Stay Down (DJ Reverend P edit)" by The Isley Brothers, and "Rockin After Midnight (DJ Reverend P edit)" by Marvin Gaye – plus the cuts "Till You Take My Love (12" mix)" by Harvey Mason, "Love Is Always On Your Mind (12" mix)" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Brazilian Love Affair" by George Duke, "Dazz (Dazz disco mix)" by Brick, "Joy To Have Your Love" by Patti LaBelle, "Remote Control" by The Reddings, "Play That Funky Music White Boy" by Wild Cherry, "Haboglabotribin" by Bernard Wright, "Get It Right" by Aretha Franklin, "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis, "The Groove" by Rodney Franklin, "I've Had Enough" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Hurry Up & Wait" by The Isley Brothers, "Coming To You Live" by Charles Earland, "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs, "Funkin For Jamaica" by Tom Browne, "Risin To The Top" by Keni Burke, and "Do It Any Way You Wanna (Tom Moulton mix)" by People's Choice. CD

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✨✧ VariousNorthern & Rare Soul Collector Vol 2 ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rarer-than-rare tracks from the glory days of the Northern Soul scene – a set that features some tracks that weren't originally issued on 7" singles, and others that circulated amongst DJs with fake labels on the wax! Yet the rarity isn't the main appeal here, it's the music – soaring, uptempo soul of the best possible kind – the kind of lost cuts that go way past Motown, and way past hit soul of the 60s – showing off singers who really hit their stride when they're away from the limelight, including a few who were hitting bigger fame a few years before. Titles include "Don't Start None" by The Mayfield Singers, "Gotta Get Closer To My Love" by The Show Stoppers, "I'm In Love With Your Daughter" by Thee Enchanters, "Not My Girl" by The Platters, "You're The Dream" by Roscoe Shelton, "Nothing Can Stop Me" by Major Lance, "What's With This Loneliness" by Chuck Jackson, "I'll Always Need You" by Len Barry, "That Lonely Night" by George Jackson, "Fell In Love" by Oscar Wright, and "Try Me For Your New Love" by Junior McCants. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dyke & The BlazersWe Got More Soul – The Ultimate Broadway Funk ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The best collection we've ever seen of the work of funky soul legends Dyke & The Blazers – a double-length set that features full, unedited versions of their classics – plus a whopping batch of previously unreleased tunes! Dyke & The Blazers had a groove that was mighty solid back in the late 60s – a hard-vamping, tightly rhythmic groove that easily matched the best early funk of the time from Charles Wright, Sly Stone, or James Brown – and which was often served up with a rougher edge, and an overall sound that was a lot more dangerous! However, many of the group's singles really trimmed down their performances – shaving off key instrumental moments that are lovingly re-attached here, and combining them with some even rarer tracks that never saw the light of day back in the 60s. The whole thing's amazing – and this 2LP set features 18 tracks that include "Black Boy", "Stuff", "Moon", "Booga Jivin", "Runaway People", "Funky Broadway Time (parts 1 & 2)", "Swamp Walk", "Extra Funk", "Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man", "Soul Cake", "She Knows It", "Let's Do It Together", "Bring It On Back", "Funky Walk (parts 1 & 2)", and "Triple Funk". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie MittooStriker Showcase ... CD
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Massive music from Hammond legend Jackie Mittoo – working here over a host of dubby rhythms recorded by Bunny Striker Lee – in a set that's overflowing with great instrumentals! Jackie plays plenty of Hammond – as you've heard on his contributions to countless other Jamaican albums over the years – but he also picks up a very cool Solins string machine, and handles a few other keyboards too – all in a setting that features rhythms from Sly & Robbie, plus piano from Ansel Collins and Winston Wright, and some nice guitar lines from Chinna Smith! And while some of this material has been reissued over the years, this may well be the master package – as it features great sound, and a whopping 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "The Sniper", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Super Charge", "Death Trap", "Earthquake", "Atom Sounds", "Clean Up The Arena", "The Thriller", "A Rocking Sensation", "Merry Go Round", "Disco Jack", "Channel One CRash", and "Brain Mark". CD

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✨✧ VariousBattle Of Hastings Street – Raw Detroit Blues & R&B From Joe's Record Shop 1949 to 1954 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very rootsy blues from the Motor City scene of the postwar years – work that almost sounds more Delta than Detroit – thanks to the primitive recording setting in the back of Joe's Record Shop! The work here is a really unique representation of blues in a northern setting at the time – and although some of the tunes have styles that might have been at home on Chess Records, most of them are looser and earthier. About half the material was issued on King/DeLuxe Records back in the day, but a good number of titles here are previously unissued too – and as with all Ace releases, there's loads of great notes, photos, and historical information on the music! Titles include "Up Boy" by Johnny Wright, "Vacation Blues" by Johnny Howard, "Soft Pillow" by Joe Weaver & His Blue Notes, "Hello Miss Jessie Lee" by Eddie Burns, "Eva Lee" by James Walton, "Time For My Lovin To Be Done" by Eddie Kirkland, "New York Central" by Robert Richard, "I Was In St Louis" by Johnny Wright, and "Wigwam Woman" by Robert Richard. CD

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✨✧ Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
Alston, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Bernard WrightFunky Beat (long, short) ... 12-inch
Arista, 1983. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Nice one from Bernard! "Funky Beat" was one of his big breakdance cuts, with a sweet choppy electro groove – and a very different approach than his earlier funk work! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some pen.)

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Bernard WrightNard ... LP
Arista/GRP, 1981. Very Good ... $24.99
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. And despite what you might think about the crap that Grusin headed up later in the 80s, the early days of the GRP label were amazing years for jazz funk. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Great all the way through, though – and a record that still delights us year after year! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker, unglued top & bottom seams, with a cut corner)

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✨✧ Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Funky Beat is his second album – an 80s groove electro classic that's quite different than his first LP! It takes Bernard firmly into a b-boy jazz mode – working keyboards, bass, and drum programs into a groove that's farther reaching and more soulful than anything that Herbie Hancock was doing at the time. And as with his first album, Bernard's got plenty of great help on this one – as the record features work by Weldon Irvine, Lenny White, Dave Grusin, and others. The album includes some great Weldon Irvine compositions – like a remake of "Mr Clean", and the sweet vocal numbers "Won't You Let Me Love You" and "Keep On Doing That Right Thing", both of them warm wonderful tunes that stand with the best work on the album! Also includes a straight jazz version of "Joy Spring", and the breakin' tracks "Funky Beat", "Get Your Lover Back", "Video Generation", and "Move Your Body". CD

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Betty WrightBetty Wright ... LP
Epic, 1981. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Wonderfully mature work from Miami soul legend Betty Wright – one of her overlooked albums recorded for Columbia Records, after big 70s fame at the TK label – and a set that has Betty mixing all her deep soul roots with a tighter, more sophisticated groove! Most of the album was handled by Andre Fischer, of Rufus fame – although Stevie Wonder and Richard Dimples Fields also put together one cut each – and there's a sweet jazzy soul to some of the best numbers that really makes Betty sound great – a mode that's nicely tripping along, with a groove that allows her to really be free and stretch out with her vocals. There's maybe a few moments that echo the late TK years – but go places that those records never would – and titles include "Give A Smile", "I Come to You", "Make Me Love the Rain", "What Are You Going To Do With It", and "Body Slang". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has large letters in marker on both sides, some pen, and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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Betty WrightDanger High Voltage ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About July 18, 2018
Massive music from Betty Wright – an album that really has her coming into her own – and showing the world how great Miami soul can be, when it's done this right! The album's overflowing with key help from TK legends like Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, Steve Alaimo, and KC – all of whom bring in a cool shifting set of grooves to really expand Betty's style – still with all the charm of her early hits, yet also showing a classy, sophisticated side that we never would have expected before – a vibe that's even more powerful than Gwen McCrae on her albums from the time. Titles include the classic "Tonight's the Night" – made famous in a later live take, but done here in the original studio version – plus the tracks "Show Your Girl", "Where Is The Love", "Everybody Was Rockin", "Love Don't Grow On A Love Tree", "Don't Thank Me Baby Thank Yourself", and "Shoorah Shoorah". CD

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Betty WrightExplosion! ... LP
Alston, 1976. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Betty Wright explodes with soul on this sweet 70s classic – really stretching out past the simpler grooves of her roots, and showing the world she's got more than enough talent to be one of the standout soul divas of her generation! The record's also a great illustration of the way that Miami soul was growing up at the time, too – and sparkles with Willie Clarke production that help balance some of the new smoother modes with Betty's core down-home energy – captured perfectly here with a quality that makes the record southern enough to appeal to longtime fans, yet hip enough to get plenty of play up north too. Vocals get nice and complicated at times, almost jazzy with a Rufus/Chaka touch – and titles include "Do Right Girl", "I Think I'd Better Think About It", "Smother Me With Love", "Open The Door To Your Heart", "Life", "If I Ever Do Wrong", and "Don't Forget To Say I Love You Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself ... LP
Warner, 1970. Very Good ... $24.99
A masterpiece of messed-up LA funk – and one of the crowning moments in the career of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Charles and crew do an excellent job with all the tracks – most of which are more open ended than some of their earlier ones, and run on for longer than usual with some good trippy instrumental moments that really stretch out the groove from their funky 45 days. The album includes the stoner funk classic "High As Apple Pie", done here in two "slices", plus the classic "Express Yourself", a monster number that still sounds great every time we hear it – even though it's been used on commercials and sampled plenty of times over the years! Other tracks include "I'm Aware", "Love Land", and "I Got Love" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moisture stains and a rip along the bottom seam.)

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Gary WrightTouch And Gone ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Leo WrightSoul Talk ... LP
Vortex, 1963. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A rare soul jazz session from alto saxophonist Leo Wright – a player that we mostly know from his bossa work of the early 60s! The session's extremely noteworthy as being one of the few to feature female organist Gloria Coleman – a player with whom Wright worked on her classic 1963 date Soul Sisters, and who returns here in a very similar hard-wailing sax-and-organ mode! Wright's work on alto is incredibly deep – with a sharper bite than much of his other 60s sessions, and a gutsy down-n-dirty quality that makes the record feel like one of the best organ jazz albums at the time from Prestige. Coleman's approach to the Hammond is great too – freely skipping around with a liberated sense of rhythm, in a way that matches Wright's every twist and turn with ease – and throws a few of its own into the mix as well! The group's completed by Kenny Burrell on guitar (also sounding harder here than usual!) and Frankie Dunlop on drums – and titles include some fresh originals "Poopsie's Minor", "State Trooper", "Blue Leo", "Blues Fanfare", and "Soul Talk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark and a small bit of wrinkling in the laminate, but this is a very nice copy overall.)

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Lizz WrightGrace ... CD
Concord, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any other instrumentation at all – a factor that Henry clearly acknowledges, as he uses the rootsy guitar and Hammond to just shade things in around the edges, while mostly letting Lizz shine center stage on her almost-timeless presentation of the lyrics! Bassist David Piltch may well be the secret hero of the record – as his acoustic instrument really matches the depth of Wright, and does a great job of shifting with each tune – guiding the proceedings, but never overwhelming them at all. Titles include remakes of "Southern Nights", "Stars Fell On Alabama", "Wash Me Clean", "What Would I Do Without You", and "Grace" – plus the original "All the Way Here". CD

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Sandra WrightWounded Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost southern soul album from the 70s – recorded down at Muscle Shoals by singer Sandra Wright, and originally intended for release on Stax Records – but never issued at the time! Sandra's a great singer – deep soul, but with a touch of class, too – and the approach here shows that maturing Muscle Shoals sound, recorded at the Broadway Studio by David Johnson – at a level that's a bit in the Ann Sexton side of the spectrum – a sparkling, sophisticated feel that almost reminds us of the best female soul coming from Detroit or Chicago at the time, but with a slightly deeper range. Stax issued a few singles, but never issued the full album – which makes this one even more of a treasure for collectors of that time! Titles include "Wounded Woman", "The Sha-La Bandit", "Midnight Affair", "I Come Running Back", "I'm Not Strong Enough To Love You Again", "Please Don't Say Goodbye", and "A Man Can't Be A Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John WrightLast Amen ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the most obscure album in that excellent 60s run that Chicago pianist John Wright cut for Prestige Records – and the last one too! Features Eugene Taylor on bass and Walter McCants on drums – on titles that include "Sheba", "Les I Can't", "The Last Amen", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has a half split top seam, a center split in the spine, very small split in the bottom seam, and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Bernard WrightNard ... LP
Arista/GRP (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. And despite what you might think about the crap that Grusin headed up later in the 80s, the early days of the GRP label were amazing years for jazz funk. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Great all the way through, though – and a record that still delights us year after year! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nard ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Betty WrightHard To Stop ... LP
Alston, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A deep soul classic from Betty Wright – one of her earliest albums of the 70s, and a Miami soul landmark that was one of the greatest female southern soul records of the time! Although Betty was well known for her earlier hit "Clean Up Woman", she didn't give into that fame – and keeps things mighty real on this set by working in a slow-burning deep soul mode. The vibe is nice and laidback, with plenty of mellow keyboard touches, subdued horn passages, and round, full sound served up to perfection by producers Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. Titles include "Sweet Wonder", "Gimme Back My Man", "Who'll Be the Fool", "If You Think You've Got Soul", "It's Hard to Stop", and "The Experts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in great shape! Cover has one small cutout mark and an unglued top seam – but cover is really beautiful otherwise.)

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Gene AmmonsJug Sessions ... LP
Mercury, Late 40s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
A double LP set pulled together in the mid 70s of Jug's bluesy bop sides cut in the late 40s for Mercury. Sidemen include Junior Mance, Albert Ammons, Israel Crosby, Gene Wright and lesser known Chicago locals like Wes Landers, Leo Blevins, Jess Miller and Ernest McDonald. As you'd expect the blowing is is nice and soulful, but nice and concise with the shorter takes that groups were doing in the era for the recording formats of the day. 28 numbers in all, including "Concentration", "Red Top", "Idaho", "Shufflin The Boogie", "McDougal's Sprout", "Hold That Money", "Shermanski", "Harold The Fox", "Jeet Jet", "Odd-En-Dow", "Going For The Okey Doak", 'Blowing The Family Jewels", "Dues In Blues", "Daddy Sauce's Airlines", "ABdullah's Fiesta", "Brother Jug's Sermon" and "Little Slam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate waviness & moisture stains throughout.)

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Black Knight (James Knight & The Butlers)Black Knight ... CD
Cat/Virgorian, Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 11.99
An excellent bit of southern funk – very much in the early mode of Little Beaver, but with a sound that's even harder! James Knight is The Black Knight – leading a tight little combo with a raw funky 45 sound, heavy on the horns for backing, but with James' guitar right up front in the mix, jamming hard in a way that would have made Hendrix proud! The tracks are a mix of heavy funk numbers and more tripped-out jams – and Knight's vocals remind us a bit of Charles Wright in the old days, blaring out of the speakers with a bit of distortion and lots of soul, really driving home the quality of the songs. Titles include "Fantasy World", "Save Me", "Flyin High", "Funky Cat", "Uncle Joe", "Cotton Candy", and "Just My Love For You". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyOrgy In Rhythm Volume 1 ... LP
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A true orgy in rhythm from Art Blakey – a set that not only features his drums next to the kit of Art Taylor, but which also adds in a bevy of other percussionists – including Sabu Martinez, Patato Valdez, and Jose Valentine! Joe Jones and Specs Wright also bring in additional jazz drums – making for more drummers than you might even find in a high school band – all working together with amazing qualities in sound, sometimes even melodic amidst all of the rhythms. Lighter lyrical touches are provided by Herbie Mann's flute, and Ray Bryant throws in some great lines on piano – underscoring the grooves in a nice way. Titles on this first volume include "Buhaina Chant", "Split Skins", and "Toffi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Cover has a split spine, small splits in the top seam, some gloss peeling around the edges, and overall aging.)

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Art BlakeyOrgy In Rhythm Volumes 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $15.99
A true orgy in rhythm from Art Blakey – a set that not only features his drums next to the kit of Art Taylor, but which also adds in a bevy of other percussionists – including Sabu Martinez, Patato Valdez, and Jose Valentine! Joe Jones and Specs Wright also bring in additional jazz drums – making for more drummers than you might even find in a high school band – all working together with amazing qualities in sound, sometimes even melodic amidst all of the rhythms. Lighter lyrical touches are provided by Herbie Mann's flute, and Ray Bryant throws in some great lines on piano – underscoring the grooves in a nice way. Both original volumes are super-tough to find on LP, and this cool CD brings them both together as a single release, for a total of 8 long tracks that includes "Elephant Walk", "Amuck", "Ya Ya", "Abdallah's Delight", "Split Skins", "Buhania Chant", and "Toffi". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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