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Vine Sisters & FamilyThere's A Blessing Over The Hill ... LP
Church Door, 1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some titles underlined in pen on the back.)

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✨✧ Har Mar SuperstarBody Request (album, smitty & vine remix, dlxhipnowpopmix, dlxdreamydub, mount sims shadisko mix, dlxnicemix, dlxhipnowpopdub, nonplus hollywood mix) ... 12-inch
Record Collection, 2004. Near Mint- 2x12" ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ VariousFree Soul Meets P-Vine Jazz ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare jazz gems from the 60s and 70s – all tracks from albums that have been reissued on the P-Vine label in recent years, but pulled together with an especially groovy focus for the Free Soul series! Most of these tunes are upbeat and very lively, and the strong presence of jazz vocals really links the style of the collection to the more familiar soul-based Free Soul titles – although a number of these tracks really stretch out into more spiritual jazz territory too! The CD features over 80 minutes of music – all of them great – and titles include "You've Got To Have Freedom" by Pharoah Sanders, "On A Clear Day" by Fred Johnson, "The One Who Needs You" by Vince Andrews, "Moves" by Doug Hammond, "Attica" by The Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe, "Sack Full Of Dreams" by Paul Humphrey, "He Loves You" by Janice Borla, "Feel Like Making Love" by Meta Roos, "Common Ground" by Judy Roberts, and "Dancing & Singing" by Billy Wooten. CD

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✨✧ Elizabeth King & The Gospel SoulsD-Vine Spirituals Recordings ... CD
D-Vine/Bible & Tire, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of work from Elizabeth King – a gospel singer who never reached the same sort of fame as singers who moved into the secular world – but one who's got a vocal power that would have made her a star, had she chosen such a move! The tunes here all feature King singing with tight small combo backing in a very rhythmic mode, and with strong support from a male backing group – who offer up this great call/response energy to Elizabeth's lead – which only seems to drive the music even further forward with its power! The tracks were all recorded in Memphis in 1972 – and titles include "Can't Do Nothing", "I Found Him", "This Man", "I'll Fly Way", "I Heard The Voice", "Stretch Out", and "Down Here Waiting". CD

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✨✧ John CaleDying On The Vine/Everytime The Dog's Bark ... 12-inch
Beggars Banquet (UK), 1985. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
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African Music MachineBlack Water Gold (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Soul Power/P-Vine (Japan), 1972/1974. New Copy ... $22.99
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ grooves, tight choppy guitar riffs, and punchy horn blasts – almost with the African elements promised in the title, but served up with a deeper funk sound all the way through! In a way, the group's a bit like Cymande or some of the other 70s hybrid ensembles – yet they've got a lot less dub, a much more direct funky groove, and plety of raw southern elements in the mix as well! This is the funky 45 material we first cut our teeth on back in the day – and the original singles are legendary! Includes massive cuts like "Black Water Gold (Pearl)", "A Girl In France", "Never Name A Baby (Before It's Born), "Making Nassau Fruit Drink", "Camel Time", "The Dapp", "Tropical", and "Mr. Brown". CD

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AfriqueSoul Makossa ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that situation – kind of a quickie project issued by Mainstream Records to cash in on the hit – but it's also an amazing bit of lost funk, and a record that's lasted for years in the hearts of beatheads! The group's a studio combo headed by Richard Fritz – and includes funky drummer Paul Humphrey, organist Charles Kynard, and guitarist David T Walker – all players we can trust to keep things groovy. The record does include a version of "Soul Makossa" that's pretty great – but even better is the breakbeat classic "House Of The Rising Funk", apparently the same version of the track that was issued on a 45 under the name The Chubukos. Other nice ones include "Kissing My Love", "Hot Mud", "Get It", "Hot Doggin", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD

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✨✧ Johnny AlfInedito – A Bossa De Johnny Alf ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1991. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare work from Brazilian bossa nova legend Johnny Alf – recorded in his later years, but with a stripped-down sound that makes the whole thing sound pretty darn classic overall! Half the set is studio material, half is recorded live – and all the tracks were never issued at the time, which makes the whole thing a great discovery of unreleased gems that provide a strong addition to Johnny's catalog of famous records! Alf plays piano, and occasionally sings a bit – and both recordings features bass, drums, and guitar – plus some nice use of sax and flute – on titles that include "Bar Da Praia", "Ceu E Mar", "Plexus/Rapaz De Bem", "Meiga Presenca", "Sintonia", "Matinal", "E Ai", "Convite", and "Quero Amanhecer". CD

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AlfonzoAlfonzo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Larc/P-Vine (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $24.99
Alfonzo's kicking back on the cover – posing a bit like Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller – a record that's maybe a pretty good comparison for the sound of this rare set too! The tunes are upbeat, catchy, and perfectly fit for the lightly crackling style of Alfonzo's vocals – often nice and funky down at the core, with basslines that bump along, but never overwhelm – leaving plenty of room for Alfonzo's warm charms in the grooves! Clay McMurray produced, arranged, and recorded the album – and he's got a hell of an ear throughout – really making the kind of music that would have gotten Alfonzo Jones to the top of the charts, if the whole thing had got wider exposure. Titles include "Change The World", "Girl You Are The One", "Don't Stop This Feeling", "Your Booty Makes Me Moody", "Ready For Your Love", and a great cover of "Low Down". CD

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Roman AndrenJuanita & Beyond – Live Studio Sessions ... CD
Ajabu/P-Vine (Japan), 2008. Used ... $6.99
Incredible work from Roman Andren – a genre-defying set that's filled with warmth, soul, and imagination – all recorded live in the studio with a really organic feel! The music's a cross between a few different jazz, Afro, and Latin modes – played by a group that features Roman on Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, with tenor, flute, trumpet, guitar, and some especially great rhythms – lively percussion that brings a bit of a Latin or Brazilian flavor to the music at points, and pushes the set with some great club jazz energy. There's a bit of vocals on the record too – sung by Susanne Ottebring or Miriam Aida – and Fredrik Kronkvist also plays a bit of guest alto sax too. The whole thing's wonderful – a warmly seductive album that really grabs us from the get-go – filled with wonderful tunes that include "Long Ago & Far Far Away", "Felaflight", "Nawana", "Bumblebee", "Let's Live Forever Love", "It's Nice", and "O Mundo E Seu". CD
(Out of print digipack pressing – in great shape with obi!)

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B Baker Chocolate CoB Baker Chocolate Co ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue Note or Fantasy in the mid 70s – a quality that's especially strong on the vocal tracks on the set – one of which features Lew Kirton in the lead! The players are all totally top-shelf – and include Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff on keyboards, John Faddis and Marvin Stamm on trumpets, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – and the set's got a beautiful balance that few other records like this can match. Lew Kirton sings on "It's Where You're Coming From", and "Dreamer" features Gene Scott – and instrumental tracks include the funky classic "Snowblower", plus "Carousel" and "Spirit Level". CD

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BalladsConfessing The Feeling ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $19.99
Sweet harmonies and soaring vocals – a sublime collection of 70s work by The Ballads! The group here are a bit more polished than on their earlier singles – but still sounding wonderful overall, and miles from some of the more commercial soul of the time! The rhythms have picked up a bit more than before, but most of the grooves are still on the gentler side of the spectrum – and feature the kind of well-crafted vocals that first got the group noticed in the decade before. A number of cuts show an obvious 70s Philly influence – not unexpected, yet handled in a way that still sounds great for the group. Titles include "Wait", "Baby I'm For Real", "Three Times", "Confessing The Feeling", "Loving You Isn't Enough", "Dizzy World", "What Will Be Will Be", "Will You Be Here", "Sure Feel Like Love", and "Butterfly". CD

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BalladsGift Of Love ... CD
Venture/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
West coast harmony soul genius – a full early album of work by The Ballads – a sweet soul group who really live up to their name! The tracks here are all mellow soul with a near-perfect quality – vocals that step and slide together in a gentle, heartfelt sort of way – never too slick, and always with a heartbreaking sound that rivals some of the better-known east coast examples of the genre. Production is by Willie Hutch, Leon Ware, and Clarence Paul – and the album's a super-rare effort from the mostly-singles Venture label – with tracks that include "Good Bless Our Love", "You're The One", "I Love You Yeah", "The Gift Of Love", "Weakspot", "Hey Diddle Diddle", and "Goodnight My Love". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Right Track (parts 1 & 2)", "I Can't See Your Love", "Do It Now", "I Love You Yeah", and "I Hope I Never Fall In Love". CD

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Gloria BarnesUptown (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality to the instrumentation overall – supposedly handled by Lee Moses and The Ohio Players – the latter of whom wrote a few of the songs too! The album's one of the few on Maple – and in a way, it's almost a female soul counterpart to the Lee Moses record on the same label – done in a similar mix of rootsy modes and east coast indie soul – occasionally sweet at points, but mostly deep soul overall. Titles include "Gotta Get Away", "I Found Myself", "Old Before My Time", "I'll Go All The Way", "She Wants A Stand In", and "You Don't Mean It". CD

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✨✧ Fontella BassFree (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Paula/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Very righteous work from Fontella Bass – an album done after her time at Chess Records, and after her work in Paris with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a heartfelt, southern soul mode that's totally great! Fontella's back working with producer Oliver Sain, who first brought her fame back in the 60s – but the sound is a bit more sophisticated than before, drenched with roots from gospel and country soul, but also inflected with some of the more righteous modes of the early 70s, too. Fontella's vocals are incredible – with a range that should have made her one of the leading ladies of soul in the 70s – and titles include "To Be Free", "I Need Love", "Wiping Tears", "Hold On this Time", "Talking About Freedom", and "My God My Freedom My Home". 4 bonus tracks on this CD edition: "It Sure Is Good", "I'm Leaving The Choice To You", "Home Wrecker" and "It's Hard To Get Back In". CD

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Black AceBlack Ace (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, with almost an unworldly feel at points – and accompanied by vocals on most tracks. Titles include "Drink On Little Girl", "Bad Times Stomp", "Farther Along", "Evil Woman", "Fore Day Creep", "Little Augie", and "Golden Slipper". CD also features a stunning 11 bonus tracks – including "Ace's Guitar Breakdown", "Beer Drinking Woman", "Hitch Hiking Woman", "Lowing Heifer", "Christmas Time Blues", and "Whiskey & Women". CD

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Brand New HeaviesLive At The Soul Kitchen, Gothenburg ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. Used ... $22.99
A great little live set from Brand New Heavies – the kind of record that reminds us that, even after the space of 25 years, these guys are still one of the best funky soul groups on the planet! The set's an unusual one, in that N'Dea Davenport makes a surprise return to the lead with the group – as part of a last minute scheduling issue for the show in Sweden – and it's great to hear her taking on some of the classic songs in a different way, all backed by the razor-sharp instrumentation that's always made the group so great. The energy grows nicely as the set moves on – and titles include "Never Stop", "For The Dancers", "Brother Sister", "Gimme One Of Those", "You Are The Universe", "Dream Come True", "Spend Some Time", "Dream On Dreamer", and "Midnight At The Oasis". CD
Also available Live At The Soul Kitchen, Gothenburg ... CD 26.99

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Brand New HeaviesLive At The Soul Kitchen, Gothenburg ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $26.99
A great little live set from Brand New Heavies – the kind of record that reminds us that, even after the space of 25 years, these guys are still one of the best funky soul groups on the planet! The set's an unusual one, in that N'Dea Davenport makes a surprise return to the lead with the group – as part of a last minute scheduling issue for the show in Sweden – and it's great to hear her taking on some of the classic songs in a different way, all backed by the razor-sharp instrumentation that's always made the group so great. The energy grows nicely as the set moves on – and titles include "Never Stop", "For The Dancers", "Brother Sister", "Gimme One Of Those", "You Are The Universe", "Dream Come True", "Spend Some Time", "Dream On Dreamer", and "Midnight At The Oasis". CD
Also available Live At The Soul Kitchen, Gothenburg ... CD 22.99

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Brighter Side Of DarknessLove Jones ... CD
20th Century/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $19.99
A tremendous bit of harmony soul from Chicago – one of the few cases where the Windy City really gave the east coast a run for its money – and the landmark album from teen soul quartet Brighter Side Of Darkness! Although young, Brighter Side managed to bring a depth to their work that was way more than kiddie soul – a heartfelt, heartbreaking quality that was all adult, no matter how youthful the themes – and their vocals are a perfect contrast to the fuller arrangements from producers Clarence Johnson and Johnny Cameron. The set contains the group's classic "Love Jones", still one of the best fragile harmony tracks of the early 70s – plus loads of other great numbers like "I Owe You Love", "I'm A Loser", "Just A Little Bit", and a superb remake of "Summer Ride". CD

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Jimmy Briscoe & The Little BeaversMy Ebony Princess ... CD
Pi Kappa/P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $18.99
An east coast harmony classic from Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers – a sweetly-voiced young soul group with a really positive sound! Jimmy and the group have a groove that's more mature than some of the other young soul acts to emerge in the wake of the Jackson Five – and the tracks on the set are a great balance of gentle ballads and more forceful numbers, done in modes that share a lot with some of the best New Jersey groups of the time, particularly those on the All-Platinum label. Production is full and rich – never too much so overpower the vocals, but with some wonderfully chosen instrumental touches from maestro Paul Kyser – but it's Jimmy's heartbreaking vocals that really drive the set. Titles include "My Ebony Princess", "I Only Feel This Way When I'm With You", "Theme From Forever", "Where Were You", "Pack Up", "My Fallen Angel", "Together", and "Country to the City". CD

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Johnny BristolBristol's Creme (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
An excellent smooth soul groover from Johnny Bristol! The album has Johnny stepping into a more sophisticated groove than he used on his early 70s albums for MGM – mixing together styles that sound a lot like those used by artists like Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware at the time, a mix of well-produced backings with just the right touch of strings, keyboards, and tight rhythms. Johnny's voice has a bit rootsier quality than you might be used to for this sort of album – which makes for an even more unique sound, especially on the mellower cuts. Tracks include "Do It To My Mind", "Have Yourself A Good Time Thinkin' Bout The Good Times", "You Turned Me On To Love", "I Sho Like Groovin' With Ya", and "She Came Into My Life". Nice one! CD

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Johnny BristolStrangers (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Excellent smooth soul from Johnny Bristol – working here in territory that's a lot more sophisticated than his earlier work, in the same vein as smooth modern soul singers like Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, or Prince Phillip Mitchell! The album's got a sweet warm feel – and the richness of the songwriting and vocals make us wonder why Johnny wasn't a bigger star on his own – because each new track is a gem, and the album's got a quality level to match the best of the biggest names of the 70s! However, it's also gems like this that keep us digging through the history of soul music – looking under the surface of the big stars to find excellent work from "almost rans" like Johnny! Cuts include "Strangers In The Dark Corners", "I'm Waiting On Love", "When The Fire Is Burning", "If You Ever Need Somebody", "You Can't Have Love (Without Complications)", and "She's So Amazing". CD

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Bulljun & El BarrioBulljun & El Barrio 2016 ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2006. Used ... $9.99
A pretty sweet mix of beats, funky samples, and Latin elements – all mixed together with almost a Tru Thoughts or Melting Pot Music sort of approach! The groove here is extremely upbeat and joyous – and most tracks step around in hard funky midtempo rhythms – assembled in the studio, but coming off with a nice sense of liveness in the way the tunes unfold! Bits of mixing further the more organic nature of the set – and despite the programming of the rhythms, the overall grooves are plenty pleasing – thanks to a good amount of acoustic source material. Titles include "Lil Mo Coke", "El Barrio Blues", "Theme From Full Time Playboy", "Sho' Nuff", "Eternal Reflection", "On The Memory Lane", and "Daddy's Sex Beat #69". CD
(Out of print.)

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Camera SoulExistence ... CD
Extra Smooth/P-Vine (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
A great little group – and one with a wonderful talent for bringing together soulful styles in a really catchy way – using bits of funk, ala the Brand New Heavies – but also not afraid to go for a tighter hook, too – in a way that reminds of some of our favorite Japanese-only recordings by Swing Out Sister or Workshy! As with both of those groups, there's a great female singer in the lead – the lovely Maria Enrica Lotesoriere, who also wrote all the lyrics – and arrangements are handled by keyboardist Pippo Lombardo, whose sweet keys really hold together the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Colorado Sky", "Another Smile", "One More Chance", "In The City", "What I Deserve", and "Existence". CD

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Conte CandoliLittle Band Big Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $22.99
An incredible record – and the kind of rare LA bop session that got totally lost because it was never packaged properly! This obscure set was issued by the Crown label under a number of names – both the Conte Candoli All Stars and Vince Guaraldi – and the group includes Conte Candoli, Buddy Collette, Vince Guaraldi, Leroy Vinnegar, and Stan Levey – all playing with a fantastically tight and incredibly soulful bop groove, of the sort you always hear them credited for, but which you can never find on any of their snoozy more famous records. Vince Guaraldi plays some incredibly soulful piano, in a manner that's very different than his Fantasy recordings – and he's playing here with a killer group of LA players who deliver some of their finest recorded work! Trust us, the session's a gem – and it's one of those you can put on and surprise your friends, and yourself! Tracks include "Muggin The Minor", "Mambo Diane", "Macedonia", and "Little David". CD

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ChocolateclayChocolateclay (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cat/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
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. CD

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Buddy ColletteBossa Nova (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $19.99
A really cool bit of bossa jazz from reedman Buddy Collette – an artist who's not as well associated with the genre as Stan Getz or Paul Desmond – but who really cooks nicely here! The setting is relatively lean and groovy – with guitar from Howard Roberts, bass from Mel Pollan, and percussion from Leo Acosta and Darias – both of whom bring a nice sort of west coast vibe to the set, one that's different from some of the Verve bossa modes of the time. Jim Helms handled the arrangements, with a nice airy sort of mode – and Buddy plays both tenor and flute, on titles that include "Nao Pode Ser", "Porque De Moras", "A Pele Do Marfin", "A Meie Noite", "Samba Da Tartaruga", and "Amor Levado". CD

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Joyce CoolingCameo ... CD
Nucleus/P-Vine (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $19.99
A breezy jazz vocal classic from the San Francisco scene of the 80s! Joyce Cooling plays guitar in a mellow jazzy way – a bit influenced by Brazilian fusion, and a bit by the CTI/Kudu styles of the mid 70s – warm and soulful, with a flowing, glowing kind of style that actually even reminds us a bit of Brazilian singer Joyce during the same period. And although Cooling's sounded a bit smooth in recent years, this album's got a nicely indie feel – a stripped-down set of grooves that's held up wonderfully over the years – and which still may be the best thing she ever recorded! Other instrumentation includes keyboards and lots of percussion – and titles include "It's You", "Ve", "The Way Out", "It's On You", and "It's Time I Do". CD

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Cortijo Y Su Combo Con Ismael RiveraCortijo En New York ... CD
Gema/P-Vine (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $29.99
Cortijo in New York – making for a classic meeting of Puerto Rican and Nuyorican sounds – with plenty of help from the young Ismael Rivera! Rhythms are tight throughout – very fierce and full, showing the new energy of the younger generation that Cortijo helped get going at the time – and horns still have some echoes of 50s modes, but are looser, and bring in plenty of jazz elements too – showing a lot more soul than a record like this might have had a decade before! Titles include "Cucala", "A Bailar Bambule", "Bella Mujer", "La Critica", "Mi Caballito", "Chambeleque", and "Ton Ton Canelo". CD

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Cortijo Y Su ComboFiesta Boricua (with bonus track) ... CD
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $29.99
That's a pretty festive pig roast taking place on the cover of this one – and the band's got an equally festive groove to match! The set bristles with all the sharp energy we love from the early Cortijo albums – a tight, percussion-heavy approach to Latin grooves – one that's a rougher contrast to some of the polish on the New York scene of the early 60s – speared through with soulful vocals from a young Ismael Rivera! The album's a cracker throughout – filled with lively tracks that never seem to let up the groove – and titles include a great Latin jazz version of "Volare", plus "Oriza", "Que Le Paso?", "Mofongo Pelao", and "Solavaya". CD features the bonus track "Yayabo". CD

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Cortijo Y Su ComboQuitate De La Via, Perico (with bonus track) ... CD
Rumba/P-Vine (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $29.99
Classic material from Cortijo's legendary combo with Ismael Rivera on vocals – one of the first records to really showcase the great sounds coming from the Puerto Rican scene in the early 60s! Rhythms are plenty lively – as Cortijo's group has the same sharp focus as the early Joe Cuba Sextet – a really strong emphasis on rhythms that can always be depended on to keep things moving. Rivera's singing is excellent to – with that nascent soul that would come into focus much more sharply in the late 60s, as countless other Latin vocalists really picked up the Puerto Rican sound! Titles include "Cortijito", "El Trompo", "Bomba Carambomba", "El Chivo", "El Pajaro Chogui", "Caramelo Santo", "Piedras En Mi Camino" and "Perico". CD features the bonus track "Druma Cuyi". CD

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CoultrainAdventures Of Seymour Liberty (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Juju Dust/P-Vine (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $22.99
Spacey soul from Coultrain – an up-and-coming singer from the St Louis scene, and one with a really unique sort of sound! The album's a wonderful debut effort – far more mature and complex than you might expect, with a really cosmic feel that's somewhere between 70s spacey soul and some of the more future-thinking work from the recent Detroit scene – yet all put together with a sense of timing and phrasing that's clearly Coultrain's own! Rhythms range from mellow and straightforward, to more complicated and angular – and Coultrain's voice is often great enough on its own, but sometimes sounds even better with a bit of flanged-out production. Titles include "Green", "Lilac Tree", "Screw", "Girl Of My Dreams", "Swimmin In The Stars", "Lost In Translation", "Playin Catch Up", "Self Pity", "Who R U", and "Endangered Species". CD

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Diabolical LibertiesDance Floors Of England ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2016. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Includes obi.)

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Lady DonliEnjoy Your Life ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
The cover's got the look of a vintage set from the West African scene of the early 80s – and Lady Donli steps out here with an equally classic mode at times – but the set's also very contemporary at others, and really grabs our attention right away! The Lady's got a great style – mixing her own great vocals with rhythms that are heavy on acoustic percussion, but also have some great keyboards and other electric elements too – all nice and lean, and wrapped together with soul-drenched energy that maybe makes the set one of our favorite Afro funky titles in recent years! There's an occasional kick in the rhythms, but the tracks aren't straight club numbers either – as they really hold onto a funky core, and come together with a vibe that sets Lady Donli apart from the rest – and balance things out with some mellower numbers in English that feel more like contemporary Cali soul. The whole thing is really fresh, and with a true sort of universal soul that's so different than other records of this nature – on titles that include "Classic", "Bite The Dust", "With The Kindness", "Good Time", "Boomerang", "Answers", "Zaman Lafiya", "Around", "The Forbidden", and "Never Ending". CD

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". CD

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Family CircleFamily Circle (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sky Disc/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $24.99
A lost harmony soul treasure – by an obscure family group from the Newark scene! The Family Circle have a fantastic style that mixes together sweet and deep soul styles into a darkly tinged approach that we'd rank with the best harmony soul of the early 70s – similar to work from bigger New Jersey groups, like The Moments or Whatnauts – but with an interesting twist too, given the mix of male and female vocals.. Nearly every track on the album is an original tune – conducted with baroque arrangements by George Andrews, and delivered with a near-perfect approach that makes this album a real treasure all the way through – not a soul record that's great because it's rare, but just a great album all the way through. Titles include "Change", "If You Really Want To Make It", "Loving You Makes The World Go Round", "I Hope You Really Love Me", "Mariya", and "La La So Lucky". CD
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52nd StreetScrapple To The Apple ... CD
Inner City/P-Vine (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $28.99
An auspicious name, but an intimate little record – one served up by the vocal duo of Wendy Simon and Eric Shaw – in a mode that's a fair bit like work from Jackie & Roy, but a bit more bop-oriented as well! The pair do a great job of riffing together on the upbeat numbers – trading lines in a horn-inspired vocalese way – and just like Jackie, Wendy steps out herself on a few of the more intimate numbers. Titles include some well-chosen tunes like "Miss Harper Goes Bizarre", "Love Webster's Definition", "Coconut Grove", and "I've Got Just About Everything" – plus versions of "Symphony Sid", "Everybody's Boppin", "My Favorite Things", and "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House". CD
(Part of the "Lounge At Break Dawn" series!)

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulsom Now (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
Very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the latter of whom does a surprisingly great job on giving up a sharper edge than we remember in his other work. About half the set's straight blues, but the half that's not is nice and funky – including the "Tramp" follow-up "I'm A Drifter", a nice cover of "Funky Broadway", and the cut "Let's Go Get Stoned". Other titles include "Feel So Bad", "I Cried", "The Letter", "Tomorrow", and "Mellow Together". CD features 2 bonus tracks too – "Blues Pain" and "I Wanna Spend Christmas With You". CD

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Lowell FulsomSoul (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $22.99
The title gets it right here – as the album's as much a soul effort as a blues one – and is a nice change from the sound of Lowell's earlier years! There's still plenty of grit in the grooves here – and even with the front cover proclamation, the album's still one that's best filed in the blues racks – but the album does show a great mixing of modes that was common for some of the west coast releases on the Kent label at the time – the kind of south LA blend of sounds from the east mingled with the 60s changes going on in its own community. Lowell's vocals have a hard-bitten edge that's totally great, and instrumentation includes some heavy piano and guitar, plus some of the heavier rhythms that point towards his famous Tramp sound to come. The album has a pretty nice soulful feel – a bit rootsy, but also with some urban electric touches that go nicely with Lowell's vocals – and titles include "Shattered Dreams", "Talkin Woman", "Black Nights", "Sittin Here Thinkin", "Every Time It Rains", and "My Aching Back". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Strange Feeling" and "Trouble I'm In". CD

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Lowell FulsomTramp (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $23.99
One of THE all time classics of funky blues – a record built around Lowell's huge single "Tramp" – a massive tune that spawned a whole generation of answer tunes! "Tramp" kicks off the set with a stone break that's worth the price of the album – then Lowell slides into some tunes that have a bit more of a conventional bluesy approach, mixed with a few other nice cuts that get a bit funky too! A rough-edged classic that really stands out – and which has made Fulsom one of the better-collected bluesmen of the beathead crowd. In addition to "Tramp", other tracks include "Two Way Wishin", "Back Door Key", "Year Of 29", "Pico", "Goin' Home", and "Black Nights". Includes 2 bonus tracks – "Tramp (take 1)" and "Year Of 29 (alt take)". CD

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Lowell FulsonComplete Kent Recordings 1964 to 1968 (4CD set) ... CD
Kent/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 4CD ... $76.99
Funky blues and plenty of soul – a massive 4CD set that not only features the complete 60s recordings done by Lowell Fulson for the Kent label, but which also includes a fair bit of rarities and unreleased material! If you're a fan of funky soul, you've probably heard Lowell's classic "Tramp" – a cut sampled heavily in early hip hop years, and still one of the best blends of blues and funk you'll ever hear – a mode that Fulson explored heavily on the Kent label, after a long initial career recording for Chess, Modern, and other labels. The sense of rhythm on most of these cuts is great – and Lowell's got a nicely sinister vibe to his vocals, too – often matched with guitar that more than keeps up his blues chops, but which also has plenty of funky touches as well. The first 2CDs in the set features released material for Kent – 51 tracks – then CD3 features 23 more unreleased rare tracks and remixes, and CD4 features 22 more alternate takes and other unissued numbers – a huge batch of material in a really wonderful package! CD

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Roy GainesRoy Gaines With Crusaders Crew ... LP
Red Lightnin/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Not Roy Gaines with The Crusaders – but actually with the Crusading Crew – a cool combo with Barry Finnerty on rhythm guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with insert.)

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Governor's State University Jazz BandGovernor's State University Jazz Band Live (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Governor's State University/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful album of obscure jazz recordings from the Chicago scene of the 70s – way more than just the usual school band record, as the tracks here are mostly originals, and performed by a very inventive group of musicians! Governor's State University was a very hip place at the time – a public college at the end of the main train line running through the south side of Chicago – which made the school a place of great opportunity and expression for the city's African-American community. Rather than a junior college, GSU had higher levels of learning – and had an especially strong jazz program, as you'll hear in this set – which features both sextet performances and work by a larger ensemble – both imbued with some of the best creative legacy of the Chicago scene. Things never go far outside, but there's definitely a deeper understanding of musical reaches taking place here – and the core quartet features Walter Henderson on cornet, John Pate on piano, Eugene Vineyard on tenor, Ronald Askew on guitar, Jeff Simon on bass, and Curtis Prince on drums. These players are in the larger group – which also features William Howell and Gerald Myrow on trombones, Vincent Carter and Steele Seales on saxes, and Kenneth Brass and Melvin Williams on trumpets. Titles include "Crabmeat", "Song For Suzanne", "Keishaz", "Give It One", "Listen Here", and "Spanish Samba". CD

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

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Heaven & EarthI Can't Seem To Forget You ... CD
GEC/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $19.99
The classic first LP by this stellar Chicago harmony group – and a monster! Heaven & Earth had a wonderful falsetto harmony sound that reminds us a lot of east coast winners like Blue Magic or The Stylistics – and like some of the best east coast groups, this group's vocals work equally well on slow ballads or faster uptempo numbers, both of which are handled extremely well on the record by producer Clarence Johnson. The bulk of the arrangements on the record were done by Tom Tom 84 – one of Chicago's true soul geniuses, and in perfect form on this record. The whole thing's amazingly well put together for an indie soul group album – and is a sure indication of the group's later fame on Mercury. Titles include "Nature's Miracle", "The Message", "I'll Always Love You", "Let Me Back In", and "I Can't Seem To Forget You". CD

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Ron Henderson & Choice Of ColorsSoul Junction (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Choice Cut/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $29.99
A stone classic from Ron Henderson and his excellent Choice Of Colors group – maybe one of the hippest soul acts in North Carolina during the 70s – and one who are certainly different than the groups of that scene who were trying more for a groove that would please vacationers on the coast! Instead, Henderson's a mellow soul genius – with elements in his music that maybe rivals some of the better-known work of artists like Bobby Wilson or Leroy Hutson – but which also has some Jersey/Philly elements at times, too – especially when the rest of the group harmonizes along with Ron's lead! The set features two Allen Toussaint remakes, and the rest is original material by Henderson – titles that include "I'll Be Around", "The Real Thing", "Love Is Gone", "Real Men Can't Be Wrong", "What About Love", "Mary Green", and "Problem Child". CD features bonus tracks too – "Gemini Lady", "Goodbye My Love", and "Bad Sign", in both vocal and instrumental versions. CD
(Part of the excellent Groove-Diggers series!)

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Patrick Henry & The Liberation BandLoving U – The Best Of Patrick Henry & The Liberation Band ... CD
Mardi Gras/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 90s. New Copy ... $22.99
Mighty nice work from an overlooked soul group – a combo from the 90s who released a handful of records at the time, but who have a vibe that's much more like some of our favorite groups from the end of the 60s! There's a nicely bubbling vibe to some cuts – kind of the groove that you might hear from Archie Bell & The Drells, but a bit leaner and more laidback at times – and Patrick Henry has a style that crackles nicely around the edges on the groovers, maybe with some of the charms of a young Tyrone Davis or Jesse James – although with a deeper, more personal vibe on the mellow cuts – which balance with the upbeat tracks in a really great way – fleshing out the group's music to make the whole thing feel like some vintage lost gem from the southern scene. CD features 18 tracks in all, pulled from three rare albums by the group – titles that include "Loving U", "Good Loving", "LB Blues", "How Lucky Can I Get", "Come & Get It", "U Cheating", "I'm Leaving U", "Something About You", "Free Me", "The Train", and "I Could Make It Better". CD

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Joe HoustonLimbo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Way more than the cheapo fad record you might guess from the title – thanks to some wonderfully soulful tenor from Joe Houston! The setting's almost more Latin than limbo – a mode that really works perfectly with Houston's horn – driving the big-toned sound strongly right up from the bottom – and letting Joe have some nice freedom to stretch out with solos over the top! Given that Houston was already mixing Chicano elements with his R&B groove in the 50s, the approach is a natural – as you'll hear on "Limbo Organ", "Limbo Lou", "Out On A Limbo", "La La Limbo", "Limbo Stick", and "Rockin The Limbo". CD

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Takeshi Inomata & Sound LimitedSounds Of Sound Limited (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. Used ... $29.99
A killer funky group from early 70s Japan – a slightly large ensemble, but one with some really heavy drums at the bottom – plus some great use of organ and electric guitar! There's a tight brace of horns at the top – flute, tenor, trumpets, and trombone – but the rhythms are what really drive the record, and give the whole thing a sometimes-funky, always-groovy quality that never lets up! The mode is almost soundtrack funk at times – jazz, but filled with some rich colors and expansive tones too – and there's a sophistication here that really rewards repeated listenings, but never gets in the way of the groovier moments too. Titles include "Theme Mustache", "Tak's Tune", "Joint", "Monster", "Lullaby For Yuh", and "Scotland Scene". CD
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Weldon IrvineTime Capsule (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Nodlew/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the most beautiful records to come out of the early 70s – a tremendous indie effort from a young Weldon Irvine! Irvine put this album together as sort of a musical "time capsule" of his generation – an effort to capture the era's thoughts, feelings, and emotions through a mix of music, vocals, and a few spoken bits – all woven together in a way that changes moods nicely, but always keeps the same righteously spiritual vibe! Weldon plays keys that are both electric and acoustic throughout – and he's joined by a very hip batch of players who include Jimmy Owens, Lenny White, Alex Blake, George Cables, and others – all working here in a very rough-edged and soulful mode. Titles include the classic break track "Bananas", the sweet vocal number "Deja Vu",and the soul classic "Feelin' Mellow" – also covered by Fatback Band, but even better here in the original! Other tracks include "Soul Sisters", "Watergate Don't Bug Me", "Spontaneous Interaction", and "I Am". CD
Also available Time Capsule (180 gram pressing) ... LP 34.99

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Jazz LiberatorzClin D'Oeil ... CD
Kif/P-Vine (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the hippest French albums we've heard in years – a laidback blend of hip hop and jazz that really lives up to the cover's homage to the legendary Black Jazz label! The Jazz Liberatorz have a great way with a groove – a style that's openly flowing and instrumentally jazzy – a bit like the vibe we first came to love in Tribe Called Quest, but almost even better given that much of the instrumentation is played live! Most tracks have warm keyboards rolling along with the beats – and the rhythms are often gently acoustic in nature, with a depth of soul that sets these guys apart from most of their contemporaries. Guests on the record include J Sands, Lizz Fields, Sadat X, Apani B Fly, Fat Lip, and T Love – and titles include "Indonesia", "The Process", "Genius At Work", "I Am Hip Hop", "Ease My Mind", "Clin D'Oeil", "The Return", and "Speak The Language". CD

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Benjamin JephtaEvolution Of An Undefined ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. Used ... $14.99
A fantastic album from Benjamin Jephta – and one that's maybe a bit different than some of his other recent work too! There's a more electric vibe to the set – maybe because Benjamin plays organ and keyboards, in addition to bass – and the music has this wonderful flow that's a bit like the Blue Note generation that's arisen in the wake of Robert Glasper – kind of this new 21st Century spirituality – a bit more compact than before, but extremely powerful in its conception! The group features additional keyboards from Kyle Shepherd and Bokani Dyer – plus guitar from Keenan Ahrends, trumpet from Marcus Wyatt, and tenor from Sisonke Xonti – plus guest vocals from Jitsvinger and Eden Myrrh. Titles include "Still I Rise (revisited)", "Dear Mr Hodge", "Evolution", "Song For Ellen Pakkies", "The Path", and "Identity". CD
(Still sealed with obi.)

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Ivan Boogaloo Joe JonesSweetback ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $24.99
A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka label, and never really got into proper circulation at the time – making it one of THE indie jazz funk classics of the 70s! The album's actually one of Boogaloo's best – and has a rougher edge than his Prestige albums – heard to great effect on the two standout funky cuts, "Sweetback" and "Confusion" – both of which are stunners that feature Jones really ripping away on the guitar! The whole set's nice, though – and other tracks include "You've Got It Bad Girl", "Trouble In Mind", and "Jamaica Farewell". CD
(Reissued with the original cover!)

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Kashmere Stage BandKashmere Stage Band Plays Originals (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
An all-original set from the Kashmere Stage Band – one of the funkiest combos going in early 70s Texas! The album features a range of tunes written by bandleader Conrad Johnson – all hard-hitting numbers that take off from the group's roots as a funkier high school band, and which show their evolution into an even more jazz-inflected outfit! The sound here is very much in the mode of blacksploitation soundtrack work – as the compositions are filled with light and color, and have a richness that goes far beyond funky 45 work – but a groove that's stone cold all the way through. Titles include "Thunder Soul", "Do You Dig It Man", "Kashmere", "Head Wiggle", and "All Praises". CD

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Kashmere Stage BandOur Thing (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Kashmere Records/P-Vine (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $24.99
A bold statement from the Kashmere Stage Band – who've definitely got their own "thing" here right from the start – one of the coolest, grooviest, funkiest sounds you'll ever hear from a band of young kids in school! These guys easily match the hippest players in much more mature ensembles – and often even have a vibe that sounds a lot like the best blacksploitation funk of the time, or some of the funky big band work from overseas – driven on by a really strong sense of rhythm, and marked with some wonderful solos on tenor, trumpet, alto sax, and piano – plus great guitar from Johnny Reason! Titles include great remakes of "Burning Spear" and "Ode To Billie Joe" – plus "Boss City", "Take Five", "Summertime", and "Misty". CD

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Lew KirtonTalk To Me ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $24.99
An excellent 2nd album from Lew Kirton – a bit smoother than his first one, but still with that great mellow soul sound that we dig so much! Lew's a strong singer in a tradition that includes Leroy Hutson and Leon Ware – sweetly grooving in a warm and mellow style, but also kicking things up a bit more for this set with some touches of 80s groove! The songwriting is especially nice, and Lew's firmly in control of the session at a level that was becoming increasingly rare for male singers at the time. Titles include "Just Can't Get Enough", "Talk To Me", "Always Will", "I Can't Live Without You", "Got To Find Somebody To Love", and "Here's My Love (Come & Get It)". CD

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Karin KrogCloud Line Blue (Japanese pressing) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99
Incredible work from Scandinavian singer Karin Krog! Although Krog began her career as a straight jazz vocalist, she cut a number of records in the 70's that had her pushing into a cool territory that was a lot more progressive, and which had some great Euro-fusion touches – like the sorts you'd find on classic MPS recordings. This session, recorded under the guidance of John Surman, has Krog's icy Scandinavian voice in moody settings of moog and electric keyboards, plus some spacey soprano work by Surman. The album's filled with excellent spacey soundscapes that have Surman soloing nicely on reeds, and which have Krog singing in a style that will bring to mind the radiator song from Eraserhead. Titles include "New Spring", "Alone Song", "Edge Piece", "Empty Streets", "Eyeless In Movement", and "Cloud Line Blue". CD
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Lewis ConnectionLewis Connection (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Rare funk from the same Minneapolis scene that gave the world Prince – a legendary indie set from the end of the 70s, put together by Lewis brothers Pierre and Andre! Despite their French names, the duo have a mighty American groove on the set – a wicked approach to funk that's very much in the best ensemble mode of the period – but leaner too, given the smaller lineup, and relatively sparse production – which makes most of the record bristle like some rare boogie 45! Vocals are by the brothers, plus female singer Barbara Bolar, and later Prince-mate Sonny Thompson – and Prince himself even adds in some slight magic to one cut on the set. Titles include "Dynamic Duo", "Got To Be Something", "Get Up", "Higher", "Feel Good To Ya", and "Mr G". (And for the record, the group's name on the cover was originally the Lewis Conection – but our spell checker has the title listed with the regular spelling!) CD

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Sven LibaekSolar Flares (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Peer/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
Sublime sound library work from mid 70s Australia – one of the greatest records ever from soundtrack genius Sven Libaek, done in collaboration with a host of the greatest Aussie jazz players of the time! The groove here is laidback, but funky – almost dreamy at times, in the manner of a sweet Italian soundtrack – but also with a flowing groove that seems to draw both from bossa nova and west coast jazz of previous years, yet turn these influences into a whole new sound entirely. Most of the tunes are small combo, and feature reeds from Don Burrows and Erroll Buddle, guitar from George Golla, and vibes from the amazing John Sangster – all wrapped up by Sven with an approach that's almost effortless at times – never too forced, nor too slick – and a fair bit different than music of this type coming from other hemispheres in the 70s! Titles include "Solar Flares", "Stella Maris", "Lift Off", "Destination Omega 3", "Space Walk", "Meteoric Rain", "Quasars", "No Flowers On Venus", and "In Nebular Orbit". CD

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Johny LouisIn Crowd (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $19.99
Hard soulful grooves from an obscure little combo – that of west coast pianist Johnny Louis, working here on a set that's clearly designed to challenge the 60s fame of the Ramsey Louis Trio! The record's got a very similar approach – highly rhythmic, very soulful piano lines that are heavy on the left hand – which fits perfectly with the album's jumping grooves – handled by a bassist and drummer who are definitely not as fluid as Eldee Young and Redd Holt – but who more than make up for that fact with a lot of drive and enthusiasm! Titles include "Cherry Pie", "Big Talk", "The Lunch Bunch", "Blues For Me", "Lonesome Me", "You Know I Love You", and "Rock Me Baby". CD

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Arnie Love & The LovelettesInvisible Wind – The Tap Recordings ... CD
Tap/P-Vine (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
A full album of work from Arnie Love – an artist we first discovered on the Don't Stop collection from Numero, served up here in a deeper collection of his work for the Tap Recordings label! Arnie's grooves here are mostly aimed at the dancefloor – a tight bit of boogie or funk on the upbeat numbers, mixed with some mellower modern soul elements on the set's few ballads – mostly produced with a good sense of warmth that always keeps things from getting too cold! The Lovelettes sing backing vocals on most tracks, but Arnie's soulful lead is what really holds our interest – and the set features two previously unissued tracks appearing here for the first time. Titles include "Lover's Quarrel", "Breakout", "Invisible Wind", "Stop & Make Up Your Mind", "Heaven Really Knows", "We Had Enough", and "Me Myself & I". CD

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LuiLui (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maui Surf/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $24.99
A rare bit of soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – and like some of the best of the genre, a record that's definitely got some influence from the warm Cali soul scene of the time, but which also brings plenty of its own style to play! The guitar lines have a nicely chromatic vibe, maybe more influenced by jazz than usual – and the vocals are recorded with this echoey quality that's not a slick as some other Hawaiian soul of the time, and which maybe recreates some of the vibe of the group's live performances at the clubs along the shore in Maui at the time. A few cuts definitely have a strong island flavor – and titles include "My Lover", "Paniolo Country", "Oh Oh", "Beyond The Reef", "People's Happiness", "Missy", and "Hawaiian Wedding Song". CD

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Barbara LynnMovin On A Groove – Blues & Soul Situation (with bonus track) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $19.99
Barbara Lynn was one of the all-time female soul greats of the 60s – a really strong, independent artist who was more than just a singer – as she also played guitar on her records and wrote a fair bit of her own material too – a quality that really set Barbara apart from the pack, and helped her continue making great music for many years longer than most of her contemporaries! That legacy definitely continues here – in a really wonderful set that was recorded at the start of the century, but with a nicely stripped-down vibe, and a lean quality that really keeps all of Barbara's best deep soul styles in place! There's none of the too-lofty arrangements or the overblown attempts to be "authentic" that sometimes happen when an older soul singer comes into a contemporary studio – just clear, focused work by a southern soul legend, still sounding her best. Titles include "He Ain't Gonna Do Right", "You Don't Sleep At Night", "Matt's Hat", "I'll Suffer", "Sugar Coated Love", "I'm A Good Woman", "He Ain't Gonna Do Right", and "I'm Not Doing Nothing Wrong". CD features the bonus track "Watch The One". CD

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Made In BrasilNosso Segundo Disco ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1976. Used ... $18.99
The second album by Made In Brasil – a great San Francisco combo from the 70s, with a flair for jazzy Brazilian tunes that's every bit as great as groups from Rio or Sao Paulo at the time! The group at this point features keyboardist Claudio Medeiros – who really adds a lot to their sound with his tight work on organ, clavinet, and electric piano! The tracks have a much more expansive sound than before – jazzily grooving in the Brazilian fusion mode of the 70s, touched with all the brightness of the west coast scene. Titles include "Circles", "A Briza", "Slick", "Madalena", "Salt Song", "Carinhoso", and "Ponteio/Asa Branca". CD
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Haki R Madhubuti/Afrikan Liberation Arts EnsembleRise Vision Comin ... CD
Rise/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
A legendary album of spoken word and spiritual jazz – put together by The Institute of Positive Education in Chicago, and featuring wisdom and knowledge from the legendary Haki R Madhubuti! The album alternates shorter vocal/musical tracks with longer ones that are pure post-Coltrane jazz – played by a group that includes Wallace Roney on trumpet, Byron Harrison on guitar, and Rufus Wright on piano – all working with saxophonist Agyei Akoto, who's also the music director of the set. There's an incredibly positive feel to the set – one that tackles the issues of the time, but which does so with a sense of optimism that's extremely rare today – and which is part of the real charm of the album. Titles include "Talking Stick", "Rise Vision Coming", "Black Man", and "Walk The Way Of The New World". CD

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Mama's GunCheap Hotel ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. Used ... $6.99
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Toussaint McCallNothing Takes The Place Of You ... CD
Ronn/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
An amazing collection of work from Toussaint McCall – a set that finally gives this classic soul singer his due! McCall stands as one of the best southern soul singers of his time – and one who's often painfully overshadowed by the better known singers on Atlantic and the larger labels. His hit "Nothing Takes The Place Of You" is well known as a soul classic – but Toussaint recorded a number of other tracks during the 60s, nearly all of them as sublime as that hit! This 24 track package is oddly one of the first times that this work has been properly collected together – and the compilation is a much-needed look at Toussaint's incredible soul talents. Trust us, you'll be playing this one again and again – right next to your Dave Godin Deep Soul volumes, or your James Carr reissues! Titles include "Nothing Takes The Place of You", "One Table Away", "What Part Do I Play", "That's Life", "Shimmy", "The Toussaint Shuffle", "I'm Gonna Make Me A Woman", "I'll Do It For You", "The Title Escapes Me", "Step By Step", and "All For A Love Like You". CD

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Mulatu And OthersEthiopian Modern Instrumentals Hits (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
L'Arome/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
Mad grooves from the Ethiopian scene of the 70s – featuring work by the enigmatic Mulatu, plus some of the other extra-cool artists on that country's groundbreaking soul and funk scene! Mulatu plays Fender Rhodes and organ on his tracks – grooving with a slow, snakey approach that's almost a bit like the work of Sun Ra, but which also has distinct African touches. The sound here is quite different than the Nigerian funky work of the 70s – much more laidback and open-ended, with less American influences, and a really unique approach! Titles include "Yekermo Se", "Yegele Tezeta", "Munaye", "Metche Dershe", "Kasalefkut Hulu", and "Tezeta" by Mulatu Astatque; "Heywete" and "Bemgnot Alnorem" by Bahta Gebre Heywet; and "Yetesfa Tezeta" by Tesfa-Maryam Kidane. CD

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Mulatu Astatke Featuring Fekade Amde MaskalEthio Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
L'Arome/P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $26.99
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who had the money and cash to get their hands on the work. The music's got a strange, other-worldly feel – a mix of bass-heavy dubby rhythms and spaced-out jazzy solos played on saxophone and electric piano – all coming together in a unique style that will blow your mind! Titles include "Yekatit", "Nesanet", "Sabye", "Ykermo Sew", "Asmarina", "Gubelye", "Dewel", and "Ene Alantchi Alnorem". CD

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100% Pure PoisonComing Right At You (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Soul Brother/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the rarest soul records of the 70s – recorded in Germany by a bunch of American servicemen on leave, but with a sound that's right out of the Chicago or Detroit groove of the pre-disco years! The group's great with both the funky and soulful material – hitting hard with monster groovers like "Holes In My Shoes" and the jazzy break classic "Windy C", and keeping it sweet and mellow on ballads like "My Little Someone" and "Boarding Pass". The album's got a great sound overall – almost like some of the jazzy soul albums on Fantasy from the mid 70s – and the quality of the vocals and instrumentation is great throughout. Titles include "I Love You", "Bet You Say You Want To Make It With Me", "No More City, No More Country", and "You Keep Me Coming Back". CD

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Osaka MonaurailLive In Spain (CD & DVD) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2009. Used CD & DVD ... $19.99
Japan's grooviest combo – hitting hard in a special European set! Given the amount of mod rhythms coming from Spain these days, it's no surprise that Osaka Monaurail finds a very enthusiastic audience to work with – a crowd that's clearly going wild for the group's mix of 60s soul and 70s funk instrumental modes! The set's definitely pitched a bit more towards the 60s modes they've been exploring in recent years, but the live setting still makes for some harder-edged funk too – the kind of gritty edges we first loved in their music, mixed with a new sense of sophistication in their larger charts. Titles include some great originals – "Groovy Groovy Groovy", "Quicksand", "Down & Out", "Jam 1976", and "New New Type Thing" – plus versions of "Walk On By", "Get Ready", "Message To Love", "Ain't It Funky Now", and "Eyesight". Also features a DVD with more material from the European live tour – over 50 minutes of cuts that include "Down & Out", "If You're Doin It Keep On Doin It", "New New Type Thing", "Groovy Groovy Groovy", and "Double Up Now". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe PassBetter Days ... CD
Gwyn/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
Quite possibly the funkiest record ever made by guitarist Joe Pass – a real surprise from an artist we mostly know for his mellower and straight ahead work! The style here is tight electric funk, almost in a Groove Merchant sort of way – and given Joe's heavy use of hollow-body guitar on the record, and the warm chromatic hues in his tone, the style's a fair bit like O'Donel Levy on his 70s classics from the same era. Bassist Carol Kaye had a hand in putting together the record, and there's a similar feel here to her own best grooves – tight, studio-oriented work – but never slick or too commercial! Other players include Joe Sample on keyboards, Paul Humphrey on drums, Tom Scott on sax and flute, and JJ Johnson on trombone – and despite the presence of these heavyweights, the record has a nicely soulful sound that's more indie grit than major label funk! CD adds some bonus tracks to the original record – and features 18 titles that include "Free Sample", "Better Days", "Head Start", "It's Too Late", "Gotcha", "Alison", "The Preacher", "Bass Blues", "Burning Spear", "Slick Cat", "Flying Down To Baja", and "Love Is". CD

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People's Pleasure with Alive & WellDo You Hear Me Talkin To You (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Brownstone/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
A very cool combo from the LA scene of the 70s – a tight funky group, topped with two female soul singers – all working together in a style that's got a wonderful mixture of warmer edges and grittier sounds at the core! The two female singers really give the set a unique vibe – as they help bring focus to the instrumentation of the group, with a lot more presence than the usual throw-in female vocals of the time – hardly the backing chorus mode of a disco record, and instead a great balance to the sharp guitar lines and keyboards from the musicians! We've not heard of any of the players in any other setting, but they're very good – clearly able to handle jazz if they want, but aimed here towards a sophisticated funk style that's equally great on the mellow steppers as it is on the more upbeat tracks. Titles include "Heavenly Feeling", "World Full Of People", "Do You Hear Me Talking To You", "Dreaming Our Lives Away", "A Thank You Song", "Fantasies & Dreams", and "I'd Like To Stay". CD features a bonus 7" mix of "I'd Like To Stay". CD
(Part of the excellent Groove Diggers series!)

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Placebo (Marc Moulin)Placebo (1973) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
Seminal sounds from Placebo – one of the hippest electric groups going on the European scene of the early 70s, thanks to some great keyboards and electronics from the legendary Marc Moulin! Placebo's sound here is a unique approach to funky jazz – one that certainly draws from the electric modes of the American scene, and without any of the jamming elements of other Euro fusion groups – but there's also a touch of rockish inflection at points too – especially in the way the rhythms have a tightly pulsating groove. There's none of the indulgence of prog, but there's definitely a lineage going on somewhere in the mix too – and in addition to Moulin's keyboards, the group also features great horns from Nick Fissette, Alex Socrier, and Richard Rousselet. Titles include "Bolkwush", "Temse", "Balek", "Phalene", "Re-Union", and "Only Nineteen". CD

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Placebo (Marc Moulin)Placebo (1974) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EMI/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European equivalent of Herbie Hancock – especially in the way he can spaciously explore a groove! But there's other great elements to the music too – some tight funky rhythms, great horn parts, and some wicked guitar from fusion legend Philip Catherine – whose snakey lines bring a quality to the record that was in place on Placebo's first outing. Titles include "NW", "Plotseling", "Hop Hop", "Tanga", "Stomp", and "Dag Madam Merci". CD
Also available Placebo (1974) (180 gram vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Placebo/Sadi Quartet/Rene ThomasLive In Bruxelles – Jazz In Belgium – Three Days In April (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $26.99
Rare work from the legendary funky group Placebo – recorded live here in a set that also features contributions from two other great Belgian acts too! Placebo dominate the first half of the record – and turn in a hard-driving performance that's heavy on Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin – who has this way of playing that makes his keyboard lines all nice and chunky, and a perfect fit for the funky drums and tight horns on the tunes! The group's a septet, with two trumpets, two saxes, bass, and drums – all kicking out a great groove for the Rhodes, on tunes that include "Showbiz Suite", "Only Nineteen", and "Planes". Next up is strongly soulful work from vibist Fats Sadi – a player you might know from his 60s work on MPS and in the Clarke Boland Big Band – sounding great here in a quartet mode, with piano, bass and drums – ringing out out strongly on tunes that include "Burgos", "Gigi's Pad", and "Gospel Time". Last up is guitarist Rene Thomas – a player whose best-known work is from the 50s Parisian scene. Rene still sounds great here – and actually plays with a harder tone and more freewheeling vibe – in a trio with bass and drums, on the titles "Blue Tempo", "My Wife Maria", and "Chega Da Saudade". CD

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Roy PorterGeneration (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1994. New Copy ... $24.99
The last album ever recorded by funky drummer Roy Porter – and a really unique set that seeks to combine his older grooves from the 70s with contemporary elements from the 90s hip hop scene! The approach is a lot better than you might expect, and has lots of the best true school elements firmly in place – no surprise, given that most of the tracks are built from Porter's complicated rhythms and sophisticated electric grooves, pulled almost straight from his original albums – with rhymes added by Houston Blue, Ded To The World, and Big Born. Plus, the set's also got some instrumental numbers that hold very strongly in the old Roy Porter mode – killer cuts "Slaughterhouse", "Wave", "Dopetifvity", and "Mr RP & Me" – next to vocal cuts that include "Generation", "Slaughterhouse", and "Mysticali Fix". CD

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Roy PorterIn A Groove (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $26.99
A really fantastic collection of work from the legendary LA drummer Roy Porter – initially a figure in that city's bebop scene, but an artist who continued to work on the fringes over the years – including some great soul and funk work in the 60s and 70s! This set's from the mid 80s, but collects gems from Roy's best years – lots of self-released material that has his drums sounding raw and funky, with plenty of breaks in the mix, and a monstrous batch of funky instrumentation over the top! The set also includes a great version of "Lonesome Mood", a moody track with vocals by Rex Middleton's Hi-Fi's that was later recorded by Friends of Distinction, but which sounds even better in this original – plus the track "In A Groove", a straighter jazz number, and funky gems "Panama", "Hip City", "Drums For Daryl", "Party Time", and both vocal and instrumental versions of "Jessica". CD also features some related bonus tracks too – "Panama" and "Where There's A Will There's A Way" by George Holmes & Roy Porter Sound Machine, "The Road Ahead" and "I Need You So" by soul singer Jay T, and the cuts "Lonesome Mood", "Summer Night", and "Drums For Daryl (parts 1 & 2)", all pulled from 7" singles. CD

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Roy PorterJessica (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
A wonderful mix of soul jazz, funky rhythms, and even more experimental moments – a truly tremendous effort from LA drummer Roy Porter, and the first set issued under the name of his Sound Machine group! The groove here is really unconventional – filled with unusual timings, phrasings, and changes that push it way beyond more familiar jazz funk of Prestige, Fantasy, or CTI – yet still all very much in the pocket, with a righteously soulful vibe that's incredible! The cover's inspired by Roy's son's love of motocross – and one number even features a bit of motorcycle sound effects along with the grooves! The rest of the tracks are heavier on the horns, and feature some wonderful arrangements that are filled with soul and style – always a bit edgey, and never too slick or straightforward. Titles include the classics "Funky Twitch" and "Hip City", plus "Drums for Daryl", "Ooh-La-La", and the legendary "Jessica", a really beautiful number! CD

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Bobby PowellIn Time ... CD
Whit/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99
Deep deep deep soul from Bobby Powell – featuring tracks from his late 60s years at the Jewel and Whit labels, all cut in a super-tuff backwoods Louisiana style! The material shows Bobby at his best – stepping out in a rough vocal mode that's backed up by some raw arrangements that keep proceedings at a pretty rootsy level. A few cuts hit kind of a 70s funk groove, but overall, the main feel of the set is steeped in southern soul and R&B influences. 30 tracks in all – the best set of this material we've ever seen – with tracks that include "Question 71", "Our Love", "Cry To Me", "Hold My Hand", "Have A Heart", "Funky Broadway 69", "Into My Own Thing", "I Care", "I'm Not Going To Cry Over Spilt Milk", "The Bells", "Stay In Bed", "I'm Gonna Leave You", "Done Got Over", and "That Little Girl Of Mine". CD

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Precious Lo'sToo Cool For Love ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
Sweet electro soul from the Precious Lo's – a duo who have a great stripped-down sound, but who manage to really make things sparkle with their vocals in tandem! The instrumentation is nice and lean – beats, basslines, and keyboards – certainly raised in the 80s, but with a more conventional sparkle too – especially in the way the lyrics can play with the keyboards in a really tuneful way, at a level that reminds us of some of our favorite records from the group Talc from a few years before. Titles include "Night Ridin", "Without You", "Still The Same (BusCrates 16 bit ensemble rmx)", "Too Cool For Love", "More Than Friends", "Problems", "Right Time For Us", "Fly Away (Tyler Smith rmx)", and "This Is Love (Circle Research rmx)". CD

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Sun RaLive at Montreux (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... $29.99
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "Gods Of A Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". CD

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Sun Ra & His Solar ArkestraI Roam The Cosmos (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Art Yard/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $26.99
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first time on any record – folded together with bits of "Astro Black" and "Discipline 27 II" – in a wonderfully extended single musical performance – stretching for 51 minutes long, and filled with righteous vocal moments alongside some great solos too! The groove is great – kind of a slow dipping and turning rhythm – showcasing recitations by June Tyson and Sun Ra – with lots of room for soulful work from Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Davis on alto, John Gilmore on tenor, Kwame Hadi and Akh Tal Ebah on trumpets, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone – plus lots of drums and percussion. Really beautiful stuff – as deeply spiritual as the best of the Impulse Records artists, circa 1972 – and appearing here for the first time ever! CD

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Meta RoosMeta Roos & Nippe Sylwes Band (1978) ... CD
Click/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
Breezy electric vocals from 70s Sweden – a great little record that's heavy on electric piano and organ, and which features some sublime vocals from singer Meta Roos! The record does a great job of blending influences from bossa nova and sophisticated American soul – in a style that manages to draw on some of the bigger songwriters of the time, but which makes the work come across with a fresh sound of its own – thanks to creatively grooving arrangements from keyboardist Nippe Sylwen! Sylwen's keys dominate the music almost as much as Meta's warm vocals – and titles include great versions of "Zazueira", "Feel Like Makin Love", "For Peace & Love", "Oh Lori", "Here We Are Falling In Love Again", "You've Got A Friend", and "Street Walking Women". CD

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Royal FlushHot Spot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GEC/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $20.99
A rare funky gem from the Chicago scene in the pre-house years – but a set that also might be a crucial bridge between the city's 70s soul and the underground clubs that would soon give the world a new groove! The group have plenty of funk elements in the mix – kind of a tightened-up version of P-Funk at times, with lots of bass in the mix – and all these cool moogy keyboard touches – topped by vocals from the group – who often have a call to action sort of vibe, really urging on the groove! The record's definitely too hardcore to have gotten much national radio play – sharper and more wicked than the major label funk of the time – and the use of female vocals in the mix also have a very different vibe than in disco, too – a quality that's hard to describe, but which really stands out. The set features some arrangements by Floyd Morris and Tom Tom 84 – two mighty legends in the Chicago soul scene – and titles include "Doin' It To Def", which has sort of a "We Will Rock You" intro, plus "Hot Spot", "Grab Your Sexy Baby", and "Funk Power". CD features three bonus tracks by the related Jerline & Friends (Jerline Shelton is one of the singers in Royal Flush) – titles that include "Tell Me How Long", "We Need Each Other", and "Got To Let You Know". CD

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Jorge Lopez RuizBronca Buenos Aires (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $26.99
A great set from Argentinean jazz bassist Jorge Lopez Ruiz – funky, cinematic big band swing and choral arrangements! The set is a four piece suite based on the writings of Jose Tcherkaski, featuring arrangements that range from big band with heavy horns and strings and a very late 60s/early 70s soundtrack feel, to intimate solo work from players that include Chivo Borraro on tenor sax and Fernando Gelbard on piano. It features spoken word bits that at a listen feel a lot like a 60s new wave film narration! It's got a lot of sweeping, cinematic funk things going on – for great kinda early 70s soundtrack jazz vibe! Tracks include "La Ciudad Vacia", "Relatos", "Amor Buenos Aires" and "Brono Buenos Aires". Special bonus – this excellent version features instrumental takes of all the tracks on the album – without the spoken bits – plus a French version of "Rogne Buenos Aires". CD

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Oliver SainSt Louis Breakdown – The Best of Oliver Sain ... CD
Sain Sound/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
Killer instrumental funk from the mighty Oliver Sain – one of the hippest cats to ever work the St Louis scene! The package features most of the best cuts from Sain's years at Abet Records, plus some tasty indie moments too – a really tremendous assortment of his sax-heavy grooves, brought together in a package that's overstuffed with greatness! Styles range from heavy funk to some of the more boogie-oriented styles that Sain did later in the 70s – and they've all got a mighty sharp edge, and lots of soul sax work that easily rivals the best that King Curtis, Joe Thomas, or other ebony godfathers had to offer. Titles include the massive sample cut "On The Hill" – plus "St Louis Breakdown", "Comin Down Soul", "Feel Like Dancin", "African Walk", "The Prayer", "Country Funk", "Night Time", "Mr King & Mr Jordan", "20-75", "Strollin", "Party Hearty", "Booty Bumpin", "Soul Serenade", "Scratch My Back", "London Express", and "Going Back To Memphis". CD

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Smif-N-WessunDah Shinin' (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wreck/P-Vine (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $29.99
Classic Boot Camp hip hop from the Clik's peak era – with timeless production by Da Beatminerz. Stark, hard hitting beats of forthright rhymes from the heart of the mid 90s – such a classic era for hip hop in general, and this one strands strong even in such impeccable company! It might even sound better in hindsight than it did back in the day, given with wealth of classics that came out of the hip hop class of '95, you could be forgiven for overlooking it a bit in hindsight, but this genuinely up there with Liquid Swords, Cuban Linx, The Infamous Mobb Deep and the rest of the best. Includes "Timz N Hood Check", "Wrektime", Wontime", "Sound Bwoy Bureill", "Bucktown", and "Home Sweet Home" – making good use of Roy Ayers "We Live In Brooklyn", and "Let's Git It On". Includes the bonus tracks "Wreckonize (rmx vo)" and "Headz Ain't REdee". CD

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Jimmy SmithDon Gardner Trio Featuring Jimmy Smith & Bill Davis (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Crown/P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... $22.99
An early moment of greatness for Jimmy Smith – an album that features his young, raw Hammond in the combo of Don Gardner – with a groove that's part jazz, part soul, and part R&B! The Smith of this era bears much more of a link to some of the first organ jazzers of the 50s – players like Wild Bill Davis or even Count Basie – especially given that most of these cuts are short and vamping, with less of the longer solos you'd hear on Jimmy's early Blue Note work. According to the title, Bill's also featured on some of these tracks – but as usual with Crown, the notes aren't great – so it's a bit hard to tell what's what. We can say, though, that the whole thing is mighty nice – rough-edged early soul jazz, with lots of cool twists and turns on the Hammond, guitar, and tenor! Titles include "Hands Off", "Hobo", "Paradise Found", "You Feel It", "More Soul", "Good Rockin", and "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie". CD

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Sons & Daughters Of LiteLet The Sun Shine In (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Luv N' Haight/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $24.99
Beautiful material from this legendary Bay Area soul jazz combo! The Sons & Daughters of Lite have an incredibly spiritual sound – one that sounds sort of like the best groups on the Strata East label, with touches of Roy Ayers or James Mason-esque soulfulness, but with a little less polish. Many of the cuts have sweet female vocals in the lead – with backing that includes vibe, electric piano, tenor, alto, and percussion by Babatunde. The record's a great one if you dig spiritual jazz funk – along the lines of Gary Bartz, The Pharoahs, or Oneness Of Juju – the sort of spiritual, soulful combo that still really sends us to the heavens! Titles include the classic mellow groover "Let The Sun Shine In", plus "Fly Away", "Operation Feed Yourself", "Darkuman Junktion", and "Ju Ju's Door". CD
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Soul GenerationBeyond Body & Soul ... CD
Ebony Sound/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
A masterpiece of east coast vocal group soul – one of the best independent harmony albums of the early 70s! Soul Generation had a fantastic approach – a style that was both sweet and tough at the same time, done with slight gangster/pimp touches that set them apart from some of the other more fragile groups of their era. The album's produced and arranged to perfection by Stan Vincent – and nearly every single cut on the record is an instant classic. Starts out with the incredible "Super Fine" – one of our favorite harmony tracks of all time – then rolls into "That's The Way It's Got To Be (Body & Soul)", "Black Man", "Black Man", "Million Dollars", and "In Your Way". CD features 4 bonus tracks too – "Mandingo Woman", "I Wonder What She's Doin", "Key To Your Heart", and "Praying For A Miracle". CD

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Rod St. JamesHas Anybody Seen The Superstar ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
A beautiful album of free soul tracks – with a mixture of sweet 70s soul and slightly folksy rock, in a blend that's hard to describe, but really wonderful! We'd shelve this one next to Alzo & Udine, Ellen McIlwaine, Batteaux, and other obscure early 70s crossover artists who never made the big time – and like them, Rod St James is a brilliant talent who really deserves wider recognition, even within the realm of soul collectors. The album features all original compositions by Rod, with arrangements crafted with the help of Cash McCall – and titles include "Has Anybody Seen The Superstar?", "Wandering Minstrel", "Mr Coffey", "Now Is The Time", "Pisces Child", "Born To Ride The Restless Wind", and "Let It Shine". CD

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Sonny StittWhen Sonny Blows Blue ... CD
Jamal/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $26.99
A sweetly funky little set from Sonny Stitt – one of his hippest albums ever, and a rare date cut for Ahmad Jamal's short-lived record label! The sound here is a great combination of the late 60s tone that Sonny forged on other east coast indies – and some of the hipper, more open rhythms he'd later hit on the Jazz Masters label in Detroit on his work with Eddie Russ – a sound that's quite unique, and which is a fair bit different than the funk-based Stitt dates for Prestige around the same time. Players here are quite unusual too – Herbie Hancock on piano, organ, and Fender Rhodes – plus Ted Sommer on vibes, and guitar by either Gene Bertoncini, Howard Collins, or John Pizzarelli – depending on the track. Rhythm is by Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on drums – and the arrangements by Dave Ward have a nicely fresh approach to soul jazz – one that really keeps things interesting throughout! Titles include "Sunny", "My Idea", "Jason's Blues", "Out Of This World", "Opus 1", "When Sonny Blows Blue", and "Mac Arthur Park". CD

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Jackie StoudemireGuilty – The Tap Recordings ... CD
Tap/P-Vine (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Rare Tap Recordings material from Jackie Stoudemire – including two tracks appearing here for the first time ever! Tap's singles are all pretty darn rare, and like most of the world, we first discovered Jackie's work on the Don't Stop compilation from Numero – which offered up rarities from the label's archives. This set pushes further than that one, and offers up the first full album of Stoudemire's music – a great batch of dancefloor numbers served up in a soulful space between early 80s club and some of the hipper indie work of the time – never too polished, and often with some great touches of funk or spacier sounds in the mix. Jackie's vocals are a bit laidback at times, but in a way that's a nice change from the obvious club diva mode – more relaxed, as you might find in some rare soul sides from the 70s – although with more of a modern soul approach overall. Titles include "Running", "Half Step Closer", "Invisible Wind", "Run Away Hide From Love", "Guilty", "Dancing", "The Two Of Us", and "I Know That You Will Be There". CD

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Sugar BillySuper Duper Love ... CD
Fast Track/P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A classic indie cooker from Sugar Billy – a bit funky, a bit clubby – and a really great batch of grooves done in a pre-disco mode! The tracks are all pretty darn upbeat – somewhat warmer than the funk of Fatback or Kool & The Gang, but still with a nicely rough-edged feel overall – one that mixes snapping rhythms with Billy's slightly raspy vocals – all in a groove that's somewhat unique, and which is almost a hybrid of southern soul modes and some of the indie styles bubbling out of the New York scene in the early 70s. Arrangements are by Jimmy Roach, who definitely helps the group groove – and a young Marcus Belgrave is actually in the group on Trumpet! Titles include the classic "Super Duper Love (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Treat Me Like You Don't Know Me", "Love Bug", "Sugar Pie", "Too Much Too Soon", and "Believe In Me". CD also features a great bonus track – the single-only "Freak & You Shall Find", presented in the long version! CD

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Mike & Brenda SuttonDon't Hold Back ... CD
SAM/P-Vine (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $22.99
A great set of duet soul from Mike and Brenda Sutton – done very much in the best Ashford & Simpson mode of a few years before, and following a similar career path themselves – given that the Suttons had also written songs for bigger Motown acts in the 70s! There's a warm glow to the set that's really nice – an honest soulful component that makes the record one of the real standouts in the Sam Records catalog from the time – way more of a well-paced soul record than a dancefloor affair, even though the album does feature a few breakout tracks for the clubs. Titles include the old school styled "Sophisticated Lover", plus "Don't Hold Back", "All Worth Loving For", "All Night, All Day", and "We'll Make It". CD

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Timeless LegendSynchronized (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pendulum/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
A strange name for a group that hardly stood the test of time – but a great record that's well worth discovering! Timeless Legend were a young soul group from Columbus Ohio in the mid 70s – and on this rare LP, they've got a sweet little style that's every bit as great as that of bigger acts of the time – sometimes as fragile as New Jersey male groups, other times as tight as the best from Philly! The group's really got their harmonies down well – shifting easily from sweet ballads to more upbeat numbers, working in a mellow 70s style that's made the album a lost treasure for soul collectors for years. Every cut's a winner – all original material handled with a professionalism and soulful care that makes for a very solid record overall! Titles include "Checking You Out", "Baby Don't Do This To Me", "You're The Best Thing", "Lonely Man", and "Ghost Of Love". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Everybody Disco (parts 1 & 2)", "Do You Love Me", "You're The One", and "I Was Born To Love You (part 2)". CD
Also available Synchronized (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 26.99

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Today's Latin ProjectToday's Latin Project (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Discomate/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $26.99
A walearic classic from the Japanese scene of the early 80s – a set that's definitely got some of the Latin elements promised in the title, but which also resonates strongly with some of the more electronic modes of the time! The tunes are instrumental, and often a bit jazzy – but also have keyboards and rhythms that might have been borrowed from city pop or some of the electro crossover acts of the time – rooted with acoustic percussion at the core, and lots of horn parts that keep up the Latin themes! The whole thing's got a nice sparkle – a bit fusion, but more than that too – and titles include "Jungle Drums", "Siboney", "El Cumbanchero", "Hindu", "Danza Lucumi", and "Pygmy Land". CD

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Topics & FriendsGiving Up (Japanese paper sleeve edition) (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $28.99
Killer lost vocal group material from the New York scene of the early 70s! The Topics were one of the few groups working under the management of Bruce Clarke – a similar figure to other 70s' group promoters/producers, like George Kerr. They issued one rare album in 1974 – this totally rare title Giving Up. The stuff's a bit obscure, but if you dig sweet sweet soul from the 70s, it's a must! This great P-Vine edition features additional tracks by The Electras, Marion Butler and Loreli – and includes 17 tracks in all. Titles include "Bookin Up'', "At Last It's Over", "Giving Up", "God & You", and "Your Love Comes Slower Than Never" and more by the Topics – plus "What Is Love" and "Am I Ever Gonna See My Baby Again" by Marion Butler, "Another Man's Woman" and "Nothing In The World" by The Electras, "God And You" by Loreli and "Everbody's Got A Good Thing" by Loreli with Empress Kilpatrick. CD

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Touch Of ClassLove Means Everything (aka I'm In Heaven) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Stack O Hits/P-Vine (Japan), 1976/1981. New Copy ... $22.99
A killer little soul group who recorded with John "Monster" Davis in the mid 70s – really soaring with a groove that rivals some of their bigger contemporaries on the east coast group scene! Touch Of Class sing in a style that's sometimes fragile, but often more suited to the soaring grooves that Davis gives them on the album – a mode that's partly disco, partly pop, and which should have been as huge as any of their Philly or New York contemporaries. There's a "slightly different" feel to the record that we really like – and tracks include "Love Means Everything", "Anything", "One Half As Much", "Love Me Tonight", "I'm In Heaven", and "You Got To Know Better". And just for the record, this appears to be the same record as I'm In Heaven, issued on the Midland label in 1976 – but it's presented here on another label with a date of 1981. CD
 
 
 



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