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✨✧ DelfonicsDidn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)/Down Is Up, Up Is Down ... 7-inch
Philly Groove, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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DelfonicsReady Or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love)/Somebody Loves You ... 7-inch
Philly Groove, 1968. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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DelfonicsSound Of Sexy Soul ... CD
Buddah/Philly Groove, 1969. Used ... $6.99
A groundbreaking album of vocal group soul – right from the first note! The record kicks off with the sublime "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" – which starts with fierce stepping strings that are actually funky, then soars into some of the best harmonies the group ever put to record, superbly arranged by the great Thom Bell, who also wrote the track. As the album progresses, the sound expands further to encompass many elements that would become the blueprint for vocal groups over the next few years – like twangy electric sitar, cascading orchestrations, and pinched lead vocals that take a lot more chances than most group singers had been taking for years! There's still a bit of a 60s soul sound to some of the cuts, but the album's a watershed – not only for Thom Bell and the group, but for harmony soul as well! Titles include "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "My New Love", "Loving Him", "With These Hands", "Somebody Loves You", and "Everytime I See My Baby". CD

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✨✧ DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You/Can't Get Over Losing You ... 7-inch
Philly Groove, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the all-time classics by the Delfonics, pressed up on an original Philly Groove 45! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philly Groove/FTG, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". 5 bonus tracks: "Can't Get Over Losing You" (7" version), You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine" (7" version plus a version w/intro), "Loving Him" and "Funny Feeling". CD
 
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Society Hill OrchestraPhilly Classics Vol 1 ... CD
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy ... $5.99 15.99
New takes on Philly soul classics – served up by maestro Butch Ingram, who's been making the city a musical powerhouse for decades! Butch borrows more from the old school Sigma Studios approach than on his own work from back in the day – but the instrumentation also includes some more contemporary touches, especially on keyboards – shifting the overall sound a bit more towards modern R&B styles, while still keeping plenty of roots in the older Philly mode! As you might guess, most tracks here are older Philadelphia classics – mostly done as instrumentals, with a smooth jazz finish – but with space for some occasional vocals here and there. Titles include "Back Stabbers", "Let's Groove", "Where Are All My Friends", "When Will I See You Again", "My Love Don't Come Easy", "Me & Mrs Jones", and "The Love I Lost". CD

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✨✧ Philly Joe Jones with Johnny GriffinDameronia – Look Stop & Listen ... LP
Uptown, 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer second album from Philly Joe Jones' Dameronia project – a group dedicated to playing the music of Tadd Dameron, but with a soaring swing that's very much Jones' own groove! The tunes are all classics by Tadd, presented with the kind of forward-thinking charts that Dameron first got noticed for during the bop years – played here by an excellent group of creative modernists, including Johnny Griffin on tenor, Frank Wess on alto and flute, Charles Davis on tenor and flute, Benny Powell on trombone, Walter Davis on piano, Cecil Payne on baritone, and the excellent Virgil Jones on trumpet. All players are seasoned veterans by the time of this date, but come together with all the crisp freshness of their early years on the scene – a great testament to Jones' sharp leadership of the ensemble, as you'll hear on tunes that include "Our Delight", "Focus", "Choose Now", "If You Could See Me Now", "Loop Stop & Listen", and "Theme Of No Repeat". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesPhilly Joe's Beat ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
A stunner! Philly Joe's Beat is a beautiful bit of modernist hardbop by the drummer. Philly Joe pounds away with his usual clarity and groove, but the real treat is an unexpected appearance by the great Bill Barron, who plays tenor on the session. Barron's tenor is amazingly precise, and filled with far-reaching concepts, economically trimmed to fit into some nice tight solos. Tracks include "Muse Rapture", "Lori", "Dear Old Stockholm", "Salt Peanuts", "Got To Take Another Chance", and "That's Earl Brother". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Atlantic StarrAtlantic Starr (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. Used ... $9.99
The first album by Atlantic Starr – a tight set of modern soul tunes with a very different feel than their later work! Part of the credit goes to Bobby Eli – who arranged and produced the set, giving it a feel that's almost late Philly – tight, sophisticated, and right on the money at all the best points! There's a number of sweet mellow ballads with lead vocals by Sharon Bryant, and other tracks that groove in an uptempo way that points towards more of the group's 80s work – a great mix of modes that makes for a really well-developed album right out of the gate. Titles include "Gimme Your Lovin", "The Love I Never Had", "Visions", "Keep It Comin", "Stand Up", "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "We Got It Together", and "Being In Love With You Is So Much Fun". CD features a bonus track – "Stand Up (single version)". CD
(Still sealed with the hype sticker.)

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Black IceI Judge The Funk ... CD
Transcontinent/Traffic, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
A lost bit of ensemble funk from the end of the 70s – served up in a mix of bass-heavy club and boogie styles! The group have a rolling groove that's a bit like some of the work by Instant Funk or other clubby funk acts – but the overall feel is a bit tighter and more small group-oriented, even though the end result is as tight and professional as anything coming out on some of the bigger labels at the time – making for a great mix of indie and mainstream funky club styles! Our favorite cuts may actually be the mellower ones – which have some great soul harmonies – but even the uptempo tracks are pretty nice, with a strong Philly-inspired sound overall – and titles include "Postcard Love Affair", "My Fantasy", "Push", "There You Go", "Fantasize", "I Judge The Funk", and "You're Always on My Mind". CD

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Black Seeds/Sound TrekUnited States Army Special Services Agency Europe Presents The Winners Of The Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1972. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
A pretty darn cool little record – even if it is a bunch of cover versions! As the title proclaims, the set presents the winners of a US Army competition for its members stationed in Europe in the early 70s – one that chose The Black Seeds for side one of the album, and Sound Trek for side two! The Black Seeds are a sweet harmony group with a really heartbreaking feel – very much in the New Jersey/Philly mode, and sounding great on a number of roughly-done covers that include "Go Outside In The Rain", "Black Magic Woman", "Do Your Thing", "Backstabbers", and "Ain't No Sunshine". The Sound Trek are a bit more groove-oriented – kicking off their set with an instrumental reading of "Kool & The Gang", but then rolling into a batch of vocal soul covers that include "Walking In The Rain", ", "Coldest Days Of My Life", "I Love Everything About You" and more. CD
Also available United States Army Special Services Agency Europe Presents The Winners Of The Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services ... CD 6.99

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Black Seeds/Sound TrekUnited States Army Special Services Agency Europe Presents The Winners Of The Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99 14.98
A pretty darn cool little record – even if it is a bunch of cover versions! As the title proclaims, the set presents the winners of a US Army competition for its members stationed in Europe in the early 70s – one that chose The Black Seeds for side one of the album, and Sound Trek for side two! The Black Seeds are a sweet harmony group with a really heartbreaking feel – very much in the New Jersey/Philly mode, and sounding great on a number of roughly-done covers that include "Go Outside In The Rain", "Black Magic Woman", "Do Your Thing", "Backstabbers", and "Ain't No Sunshine". The Sound Trek are a bit more groove-oriented – kicking off their set with an instrumental reading of "Kool & The Gang", but then rolling into a batch of vocal soul covers that include "Walking In The Rain", ", "Coldest Days Of My Life", "I Love Everything About You" and more. CD
Also available United States Army Special Services Agency Europe Presents The Winners Of The Second Annual Original Magnificent Special Services ... CD 4.99

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Brenda & The TabulationsI Keep Coming Back For More ... CD
Chocolate City/Reel Music, 1977. Used ... $4.99
Sublime second generation soul from Brenda & The Tabulations – a sweet set of Philly grooves, recorded at Sigma sound with help from Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and John Davis! The album's every bit as groove-heavy as you'd expect from work by those dancefloor heavyweights – and the record's a great change from the earlier style of Brenda and the group – more positive and progressive, yet still with a few of the fragile ballads that first got them noticed! There's a great sense of class and poise to the record – a progression from the early years that's similar to that which many other Philly artists experienced with Gamble & Huff – almost more surprising here, given that sometimes a Casablanca record didn't come out with the same sort of care. Titles include "Superstar", "Home To Myself", "I Keep Coming Back For More", "Let's Go All The Way Down", "Leave Me Alone", and "Everybody's Fool". CD also features a bonus 12" mix of "Let's Go All The Way Down" – and an excellent Reel Music job of mastering and liner notes! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterDee Dee Bridgewater (1976)/Just Family/Bad For Me/Dee Dee Bridgewater (1980) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Four great albums from Dee Dee Bridgewatwer – a hell of a jazz singer, and also a great soul talent too! First up is a self-titled set from 1976 – Dee Dee Bridgewater's first album as a soul singer – recorded a few years after she first broke on the scene as a righteous jazz vocalist on hip early 70s classics! The sound here is different than the material Bridgewater started with, but still plenty great from a soul perspective – tightly-crafted, sophisticated work that features both uptempo and mellow cuts – in a mode that's quite similar to the Columbia work of Marlena Shaw – another former jazz vocalist who made a 70s shift to soul. Production is by Gene Page, Jerry Wexler, and Stephen Scheaffer – and the set was recorded in a variety of different setting that spin out over the course of the tracks. We're most partial to the mellow cuts – which trip along with some great spacey edges – and titles include a great version of "He's Gone", plus "My Prayer", "You Saved Me", "Goin Through The Motions", "It Ain't Easy", and "Every Man Wants Another Man's Woman". Just Family is a sweet funky fusion album that Dee Dee recorded for Elektra in the late 70s. The set was produced by Stanley Clarke, and has a soul/fusion sound that's not that different than his own work of the time, and which works very well with Dee Dee's sweet vocal approach. Players include Bobby Lyle, Ronnie Foster, George Duke, and other strong 70s fusion players – and overall, the record's probably Dee Dee's best non straight jazz album of the 70s. Tracks include "Sweet Rain", "Open Up Your Eyes", "Just Family", "Melody Maker", and "Children Are The Spirit (Of The World)". Bad For Me is one of Dee Dee Bridgewater's standout sets as a soul singer in the 70s – a mode that's quite different than the sound of Bridgewater you may know from her mostly-jazz career – but one that gets plenty of sharp help from the great George Duke! Duke produced the set – and really knows how to balance Dee Dee's jazz roots with some of the modern soul impulses of the set – letting her really soar on some mellower moments, while hewing to the groove on the more upbeat cuts – which may well be some of the strongest on the album. Throughout it all, Bridgewater is a model of care and class – very different than most mainstream R&B singers of the time – and titles include "Streetsinger", "For the Girls", "Love Won't Let Me Go", "Back Of Your Mind", and "Is This What The Feeling Gets". Last up is the second self-titled Dee Dee Bridgewater album, from 1980 – recorded during a brief break from jazz at the end of the 70s, and done with some sweetly grooving from Thom Bell! The sound here's a bit like that of some of the later Philly International work from the same stretch – a maturing style that still has a bit of the earlier groove in place, yet which also takes on a more sophisticated approach, especially on the mellower cuts and ballads. In a way, the format's a bit like that used for Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman at the time – and like those singers, Dee Dee seems to work best here when she's got a nice gentle groove to bring out the jazzier inflections in her voice! Titles include "When You're In Love", "That's The Way Love Should Feel", "Give In To Love", "Lonely Disco Dancer", "One In A Million Guy", and "Jody (Whoever You Are)". CD

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here with a strong sense of personality that really sets the album apart from other female disco albums of the era. One of the greatest examples of this is her stunning "Runaway Love" – which has a bad-rapping, almost Marlena Shaw-esque monologue in the middle – but other tracks are equally nice, and include "Gypsy Lady", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Broadway Gypsy Lady", "You Are You Are", and "I Feel Like Falling In Love Again". Arrangements are by Gil Askey – who also produced the set in collaboration with Curtis Mayfield! CD features the bonus tracks "Runaway Love (12" mix)", "Gypsy Lady (12" mix)", and "If My Friends Could See Me Now (12" mix)". CD

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Miles DavisMilestones (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1958. Used ... $11.99
One of our 50s favorites by Miles Davis – and a record that offers the same twin-sax sound as his classic Kind Of Blue – with both John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley working alongside Miles in the group! Rhythm here is by the Prestige-era trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – but it's the two saxophonists who really help Davis shape the feel of the record, pushing things past the initial Coltrane/Davis groove with a really wonderful sense of space and sound! Titles include the classic "Milestones", plus "Two Bass Hit", "Dr Jeckyll", and "Sid's Ahead". CD
(Out of print Master Sound pressing.)

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DelfonicsSuper Hits ... CD
Sony/BMG, Early 70s. New Copy ... $2.99 7.99
Legendary early 70s Philly Groove recordings by the Delfonics – all of them tiny little masterpieces of 70s group soul harmony! The band were one of the best of the decade, and they have an amazing talent for making their vocals come together with a real edge, hitting lots of strange notes and weird chord changes that end up sounding fantastic together. Titles include "Hey Love", "Trying To Make A Fool Of Me", "Walk Right Up To The Sun", "Tell Me This Is A Dream", "La La Means I Love You", and the huge hit "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)". CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandBlack Talk! (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, 1970. Used ... $6.99
A pivotal album in the development of the use of the Hammond organ in jazz – and Charles Earland's first exposure to a large audience! Durign the 60s, Charles was bumping around the Philly scene quite a bit – and recorded some small group indie sides that first gave a glimpse of his unique sound on the organ. But with this record, Earland really broke out wide – and hit a huge audience that made him one of the most in-demand players of the early 70s! The Earland touch is summed up perfectly here – a really fluid approach to the keys that shakes loose the clunkier styles of older Hammond players, and goes for a tightened-up groove that puts equal emphasis on rhythm and melodic improvisation – in a way that's always made Charles' records some of the best jazz dancers to come out of Prestige. Earland has an amazing way of completely transforming a tune – taking a familiar melody, but riffing on it extensively – slowly expanding it through almost modal progressions – until the tune opens up into a long extended jazzy groove! Proof of this is the album's sublime 11 minute version of "More Today Than Yesterday" – a solid stepper that never gets old – and other tunes include "Black Talk", "The Mighty Burner", "Here Comes Charlie", and "Aquarius". Oh, and players include Virgil Jones, Houston Person, Melvin Sparks, and Idris Muhammed – an all-star lineup, but tightly guided by Charles as if they were his own working group! CD

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

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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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Al Hudson & the Soul PartnersEspecially For You/Cherish (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99
Two fantastic early albums by Al Hudson – working here with his initial group, The Soul Partners! First up is Especially For You – a record that's kind of a first chapter to all the excellent work by One Way to come – even though Al's not using that group name at this time! The record's got this cool, classy vibe – an update of an earlier Detroit soul mode, and one that maybe followed that city's shift a few years later than 70s soul changes in Philly during the decade – and handled with a similar blend of groovers and mellow cuts! The vibe is similar to the great shift The Dramatics were making on ABC Records at the time – and Al and the group work here with production by Al Perkins and arrangements by Jimmy Roach. Titles include "Baby Let Me Love You", "I Got A Notion You Got The Motion", "Real Love", "You're So Wonderful", and "Trying To Prove My Love". Cherish is a funky soul classic from Al Hudson and the Soul Partners – a second full length set, and one that really has Hudson finding his groove! The rhythms are funkier than before – thanks to strong work on bass from Kevin McCord, who also joins Al a bit on vocals – in a mode that still continues the group's strong work on midtempo numbers, but also maybe answers a 70s disco wave with more of a Detroit funk overall! Great work from the group that would later turn into One Way – with titles that include "Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled, & Fell", "If You Get Caught", "If You Feel Like Dancing", and "I Like Everything About You". CD also features bonus tracks – "Feelings (7" version)" and "If You Feel Like Dancin (12" version)". CD

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Instant FunkInstant Funk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "I Got My Mind Made Up (orig single)", "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Bobby Guttadoro 12" mix)", and "Dark Vader (Pat Stapley 12" mix)". CD

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Love UnlimitedLove Unlimited – The Uni, MCA, & 20th Century Records Singles 1972 to 1975 ... CD
Universal, Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic selection of work from one of the hippest girl groups of the 70s – the mighty Love Unlimited trio, three singers who all worked under the genius of Barry White in his prime! Unlike other girl trios of the time, who often used an older soul mode refitted with disco grooves – sometimes acting more like a chorus than a lead act – Love Unlimited always brought their full vocal strengths to play, and do a fantastic job here working in modes that rival some of the best male harmony groups of the early 70s – especially the sweet soul groups from New Jersey, New York, and Philly. And yes, Barry does kick up the groove a bit at times, but even then things are usually more in a midtempo mode, not a disco one – which makes for tremendous sounds throughout. This is the first-ever proper collection of the girls' singles from the early 70s – and titles include "Oh Love Well We Finally Made It", "Fragile Handle With Care", "Are You Sure", "I Should Have Known", "Is It Really True Boy Is It Me", "Walkin In The Rain With The One I Love", "Under The Influence Of Love", "It May Be Winter Outside", "I Love You So Never Gonna Let You Go", "I Belong To You", "So Nice To Hear", "People Of Tomorrow Are The Children Of Today", and "Share A Little Love In Your Heart". CD

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LutherIt's Good For The Soul (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Cotillion, 1976. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Beautiful uptempo Philly stuff from Luther Vandross, back when he managed to make stuff with a disco groove, but that also had the feel of a great soul record. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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MagnumFully Loaded (colored vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Jamie, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... On August 29, 2020
A killer album of funk and soul! The group's got a nice warm sound, with lots of Fender Rhodes and mellow basslines – and they move between sweet ballad soul and sinister funky instrumentals! Best of all, though, they've got a great organ player who keeps putting in these nicely produced licks that get all flanged-out in a very groovy way! Includes the monster funk track "Evolution" – a seminal piece of Philly hard soul – plus the cuts "Funky Junky", "Witch Doctor's Brew", "Natural Juices", and "It's The Music That Makes Us Do It". (Note: Record Store Day 2020 has been rescheduled to separate special release days of August 29, September 26 and October 24. The specific release date for each previously announced title is yet to be announced and subject to change. Titles are in limited supply – and will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on August 29, September 26 and October 24 only if it is safe and responsible to open the store, with Covid-19 shelter in place orders no longer in place. Items will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online after 12pm Central on release day.) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Fully Loaded ... CD 12.99

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MFSBLove Is The Message (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $12.99
A key moment for the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and the first album to feature the MFSB backing group as a solo act on their own! The ensemble were responsible for key sounds on countless soul singles of the time – yet also find a way to soar beautifully on their own – in a sweet instrumental groove that matches the strength of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, and which was definitely a key inspiration for the sound of the Salsoul Orchestra! There's definitely a bit of early disco in the mix, but the style's more uptempo east coast overall – that pre-disco groove that was going down in the clubs – with larger strings added to a core group of funky rhythm players. Gamble & Huff production make the whole thing sparkle, and arrangements are by Vince Montana, Bobby Martin, and Jack Faith – on titles that include "Love Is The Message", "Cheaper To Keep Her", "TSOP", "Zack's Fanfare", "Touch Me In The Morning", and "My One & Only Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Love Is The Message (single version – with Three Degrees)", "TSOP (with Three Degrees)", and "Love Is The Message (Tom Moulton mix)". CD

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✨✧ MFSBLove Is The Message – Best Of MFSB ... CD
Philadelphia International/Legacy, 1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Groundbreaking work, and a killer piece of Philly groove! MFSB were a large conglomeration of studio players who graced some of the first big Philly hits in the 70s, and here they break out on their own in a remarkable set of pre-disco tunes that form the blueprint for the rest of the 70s dancefloor action. The set pulls tracks from most of the band's best albums of the 70s – mixing uptempo numbers with other cuts that have a surprisingly sly approach to jazzy soul. Includes the classic "TSOP", which was also the theme to Soul Train, plus a great version of "Cheaper To Keep Her", the very familiar "Love Is The Message", "Zach's Fanfare", "Freddie's Dead", "Philadelphia Freedom", "Sexy", "Poinciana", "My Mood", and "TLC". 16 cuts in all! CD

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✨✧ Blue MitchellBlue Soul (Keepnews collection with bonus tracks) ... CD
Riverside, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A strong early winner from Blue – recorded with an all-star group that includes Curtis Fuller, Jimmy Heath, Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Mitchell's not necessarily the leader – Benny Golson and Jimmy Heath handled the arrangements – but the group overall is great, and the set has a nice mix of lyricality and hard bop groove. 9 numbers in all, including "Minor Vamp", "The Head", "Top Shelf", "Blue Soul", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Park Avenue Petite", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "Nica's Dream", and "Waverly Street". Contains 3 bonus tracks; "Mirror Vamp (take one)", "Park Avenue Petite (take one)" and "Blue Soul (take two)". CD
(Tray card is missing one spine.)

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Montana Orchestra/Goody GoodyHeavy Vibes ... CD
Unidisc, Late 70s. Used ... $18.99
The great Vince Montana was one of the strongest forces in the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and he was not only an excellent vibist whose instrumentation can be heard on countless LPs, but also one heck of an arranger, with a real talent for a soulful groove. Montana's work was head and shoulders above most disco of the time, and included strong elements of funk, and a real concern for jazzy phrasing that kept things real. This 12 track CD features cuts by Montana's orchestra, his sextet, and 2 by the excellent combo Goody Goody – a studio project of Vince's that only ever cut one LP on Atlantic. Many tracks feature Vince's vibes work over tight clubby grooves – and titles include "Heavy Vibes" (in 3 mixes), "#1 Dee Jay", "Let Me Work On You", "Ride Like The Wind", "Another Start", and "Lover's Magic". CD
(Out of print, booklet has some writing in pen.)

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Jackie MooreThis Time Baby/Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1979. Very Good ... $4.99
The a-side to this single is a solid club slammer from Jackie Moore – way different than her earlier southern soul work, and done here with a sweet Philly groove from producer Bobby Eli! The track burns and builds for a full seven minutes – really picking up steam but never going too far – and setting Jackie's vocals up as strong enough to rival any other club divas of the time! Great hook too! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Jackie MooreThis Time Baby/Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love ... 12-inch
Columbia/CBS (UK), 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The a-side to this single is a solid club slammer from Jackie Moore – way different than her earlier southern soul work, and done here with a sweet Philly groove from producer Bobby Eli! The track burns and builds for a full seven minutes – really picking up steam but never going too far – and setting Jackie's vocals up as strong enough to rival any other club divas of the time! Great hook too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(UK pressing in a stickered CBS sleeve – a great copy!)

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Phineas NewbornWorld Of Piano ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The sound here is really tremendous – boldly leaping forth from the keys with a strength that's really surprising – but still sensitive enough to slide in a few more contemplative notes when the moment calls – sometimes while Newborn is still racing down the keys at breakneck speed! Rhythm on both sides is great – with Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones on side one, and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes on side two – and titles include "Cheryl", "Manteca", "Oleo", "Daahoud", "Cabu", and "For Carl". CD

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O'JaysPeace/Don't You Know A True Love (When You See One) ... 7-inch
Astroscope, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Pre-Philly O'Jays, but "Peace" is a socially conscious stormer that hints at their later semi-political work. The real treat, though, is "Don't You Know". The cut's got a hard soul groove, and is a different b-side than we usually see for this 45! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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O'JaysTravelin At The Speed Of Thought ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
Nice Philly work by the O'Jays – one of their key "second period" albums, and a lost little gem filled with great harmony soul tracks. The political agenda of early 70s Philly albums is mostly gone, and the group's returned to themes of love and romance – often done in a strident uptempo groove, but sounding best on the mellower numbers. Titles include "We're All In This Thing Together", "Let's Spend Some Time Together", "Work ON Me", and "So Glad I Got You Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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OrlonsBest Of The Orlons ... LP
Cameo/London (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Three girls and a guy – and one of the greatest 60s soul groups to ever come out of Philly! Although they started out mostly in a girl group mode, The Orlons soon expanded their sound into a harder range of soul-based work – really picking up steam on the Philly scene, and pushing their once sweet style into a deeper groove that went onto have a big influence on lots of other local soul groups for years to come. Rosetta Hightower's lead vocals are especially great on these tunes, and she's got a rougher, rumbling sort of quality that almost pushes some tracks into Exciters territory. Titles include "Wah Watusi", "South Street", "Crossfire", "Not Me", "The Conservative", "Don't Hang Up", "Shimmy Shimmy", "Rules Of Love", and "Envy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono UK pressing!)

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassHeaven Only Knows ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Teddy Pendergrass' last album for Philly International – showcasing a warmer Teddy than ever before – one who glides along with a majestic, mature approach to his music – in a way that shows that Pendergrass was as good an interpreter of ballads and mellow cuts as he formerly was of more club-driven tunes. A few tracks on the album still hit a nice midtempo groove, but there's a mellower feel here overall – one that has the aging Teddy setting a sound that other singers would steal heavily in the decade to come. Titles include "Just Because You're Mine", "Crazy About Your Love", "Judge For Yourself", "Life Is For Living", "Heaven Only Knows", and "Don't Ever Stop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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R&R Soul Orchestra90 To Nothing/See I Made Up In My Mind ... 7-inch
It's Soul Time, 2020. New Copy ... $9.99 12.00
There's no R&R for these guys – as they're clearly working overtime to refine and improve their groove – which is even better here than on their last single! "90 To Nothing" has a tight rhythm core that could have been lifted from the Philly scene of the 70s – peppered with horns that let the whole thing rise to the top – while the vocals really continue the upbeat spirit of the tune! "See I Made Up My Mind" is sharp and funky too – with more of an early 80s clubby vibe, but still plenty warm – already great, then soaring to the skies when the female lead comes into the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sonny RollinsNewk's Time ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $4.99
About as classic as you can get for Sonny Rollins during the 50s – from the cover right down to the incredible solos on the set! The album's got Rollins really stretching out – still not finding the freer trio mode of his Vanguard session, but still bringing in plenty of fresh ideas in both his phrasing and the construction of his tunes – way more than just the roots of his (still excellent) years as a boppish player. The group's nice and loose – with Wynton Kelly on soulful piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all able to snap into a groove when needed, but also letting Rollins really lay back into a solo too. Titles include the sublime "Asiatic Raes", plus "Namely You", "Tune Up", "Wonderful Wonderful", and "Blues For Philly Joe". If you've ever needed a record to convince you how great Rollins is, this might just be the one! CD
(Out of print.)

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SpinnersCan't Shake This Feeling ... LP
Atlantic, 1981. Very Good ... $0.99
The Spinners really sparkle here – thanks to some tight 80s groove production from the team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas – a pair who really help the group find some great new territory on the record! All the soaring soul of the group's 70s Philly work is still in place – but the overall sound is a bit more adult at points – kind of hitting that 80s modern soul mode that some of the other east coast artists were going for as the disco years died down – a great move for The Spinners, even if it kept them away from the charts a bit (and in fact, maybe that's the strongest aspect of the album – a great sleeper that really begs for rediscovery all these many years later!) Hubert Eaves and Harry Whitaker both play some great keyboards on the set – and titles include "Can't Shake This Feelin", "Knack For Me", "You Go Your Way", "Love Connection", "Didn't I Blow Your Mind", and "Got To Be Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tracklist sticker, a promo stamp, some wear, and staining.)

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ThompsonsMessage (Froz1 edit)/I'll Always Love You ... 7-inch
BCW, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
One of the best cuts from this hip Philly soul group – given a slight edit by Froz1, who makes things even funkier! The tune's got this chugging groove and deeper soul group lyrics – almost like early BT Express meeting Norman Whitfield Temptations – but all with a nicely rough Philly edge! The flipside is a love tune, but still delivered with that superdope style that makes the group so great! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Timeless LegendSynchronized (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Escrow/Passion (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... On August 29, 2020
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". (Note: Record Store Day 2020 has been rescheduled to separate special release days of August 29, September 26 and October 24. The specific release date for each previously announced title is yet to be announced and subject to change. Titles are in limited supply – and will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on August 29, September 26 and October 24 only if it is safe and responsible to open the store, with Covid-19 shelter in place orders no longer in place. Items will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online after 12pm Central on release day.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies.)

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TrammpsTrammps III ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Sealed ... $7.99
The record's so hot, it set fire to the model's shoulder on the cover – and for good reason, too – given the strengths of the Trammps on the Philly Groove scene of the 70s! Many acts tried to copy their sound, but few did it this well – a legendary Philly group who were first out of the gate with the new club style of the 70s – a perfect blend older east coast harmonies and all the best instrumentation that Sigma Sound had to offer – work by the core quintet of Earl Young, Harold Wade, Robert Upchurch, Jimmy Ellis, and Stanley Wade – but a true collaborative effort between wonderful musicians, the production team of Baker Harris & Young, and even master mixer Tom Mouton. There's plenty of great groovers in a Philly disco mode – but our favorite track is the mellowest – "Seasons For Girls", which is a beautiful smooth mellow stepper, one that runs for 8 minutes long, with some excellent harmony vocals. Other titles are great, and include "Love Per Hour", "The Night The Lights Went Out", "People Of The World, Rise", and "Living The Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dexter WanselWhat The World Is Coming To ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Brilliant work from Philly arranger Dexter Wansel – an album that moves the focus back to soul a bit more than on his Life On Mars set, but which also keeps in plenty of jazzy touches! Dexter's groove here is similar to the best work he did with other Philly vocalists in the same time – and the set features guest vocals from Jean Carn and Terri Wells, sliding into a warmly soulful realm on the mellower tracks, and stepping out with a fully jazzed up groove on the more upbeat numbers. Titles include "What The World Is Coming To", "Dreams Of Tomorrow", "Holdin On", "Dance With Me Tonight", "Disco Lights", and "Prelude #1". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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WhispersWhisper In Your Ear/Whispers/Imagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of classic albums from The Whispers – with bonus tracks too! On the first set, the mighty group does way more here than just Whisper in your ear – as they're completely on top of their game, ending the 70s with a wickedly sharp sound that would help them stand strong for years to come! The group started in fragile harmony soul modes, grew with confidence in the 70s, hit a bit of a dancefloor mode – and here step off with this mature style that's totally wonderful – the best of all worlds together as one – shaped by arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Gene Page, and Keni Burke! Titles include "Whisper In Your Ear", "Homemade Lovin'", "If I Don't Get Your Love", "Love At Its Best", "Can't Do Without Love", and "Pretty Lady". The 1979 Whispers album was one of a few to bear the group's name as its title – and it's also one of our favorite albums by The Whispers – a later gem with some really great songs, and a sound that shows the group strongly moving into hit territory! In some way, the album's almost a return to the mellow harmony soul of the group's roots – slowing down the pace from the disco years to craft some extremely great ballads and midtempo numbers. There's still a bunch of great club tracks too – like the classic "And The Beat Goes On" – but in a way, our favorite tracks are the mellower ones, like "Lady", "I Love You", and the sublime, "A Song For Donny", a tribute to the late Donny Hathaway, written around the music of his classic "This Christmas". On Imagination, the group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". Bonus tracks include an instrumental of "Song For Donny" – plus 7" mixes of "Can't Do Without Love", "Can You Do The Boogie", "And The Beat Goes On", "It's A Love Thing", and "I Can Make It Better". CD

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Deniece WilliamsNiecy (picture disc) ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Totally great work from Deniece Williams – still mostly free from the tinny pop of later years, and done in a solidly soulful style at Sigma Sound, with arrangements and production from the mighty Thom Bell! The groove is almost an update of 70s Philly, with traces of the maturing mellow side of Williams – all wrapped up with a good degree of confidence on the vocals, but enough tenderness to remind us of the greatness of Williams' roots. Deniece at her early 80s best! Titles include "I Believe In Miracles", "Waiting By The Hotline", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Love Notes", "How Does It Feel", "Now Is The Time For Love", "Waiting" and "A Part Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack WilsonTwo Sides Of Jack Wilson ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
Pianist Jack Wilson is one of our favorite underdiscovered talents of the 60's – and we treasure all of the albums we can find by him. His lyrical writing and playing are extremely refreshing, and he manages to spin out long free lines on the piano, while also still keeping a very soulful groove. This mid 60's recording for Atlantic features Wilson in a trio with Philly Joe Jones and Leroy Vinnegar, and the record is divided up into "2 sides" – one fast, and one slow. The fast side has Wilson playing a bit more boppishly than usual – on tracks like his own "Kinta" and "Good Time Joe", and Bud Powell's "Glass Enclosure". The slow side is more of our favorite, and features some very nice reditions of material like "The Good Life" and "Once Upon A Summertime". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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VariousAfrican Disco – Deep Disco From 1970s Africa ... CD
Nascente (UK), 1970s. Used ... $18.99
A fresh take on the African sound of the 70s – a compilation that focuses more on the club-oriented tracks of the scene, and less on the harder funkier tunes that have showed up in abundance on recent compilations. The feel here is tighter and smoother than work by Fela and some of the others of the Afro Funk era – more aimed at the dancefloors, and done with a style that borrows heavily from Philly and New York scenes of the mid 70s. There's still loads of great instrumentation on the tracks – burning in a style that owes a lot to earlier African crossover groups, and which is more of a refinement of the funk sound than a completely separate approach. The nicely-priced set was put together by Adrian Gibson of Jazz Cafe, with a keen ear towards the tunes that would make a London crowd move – and titles include "Ashewo Ara" by Kabbala, "Advice From Father" by Buari, "Get That Groove In" by Blo, "Zombie" by Ephraim Uzomechina Nzeka, "Money Is The Root Of Evil" by Dan Boadi, "The Way It Used To Be" by Pacific Express, "Afro Disco Beat" by Tony Allen, "Kaoule Woman" by Malinga Five, and "AIE (A'mwana)" by Black Blood. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSound Of Philadelphia – A Tribute To Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Vol 2 ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A mighty tribute to the duo who put Philly soul at the top of the game in the 70s – legendary producers/writers/label owners Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – all given their full due by a host of artists from the contemporary Philadelphia underground, including some who recorded for the pair back in the day! The set features lots of production work from Butch Ingram, in a style that's similar to his other recent projects on the Society Hill label – music that takes the older Philly soul spirit into the contemporary generation, but all without losing any of the care or class of the earlier days. Almost all the songs were written by the Gamble & Huff duo – and titles on this second volume include "Let's Groove" by People's Choice, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Jean Carne, "I Should Be Your Lover" by The Legendary Bluenotes featuring Sugarbear, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Flash, "Free Love" by Jean Carne, "I Wanna Know Your Name" by People's Choice, "Dance Turned Into A Romance" by Vicki Austin, "Let's Make A Baby" by The Illusions, "I'll Always Love My Mama" by Tony Strong & The Philly Soul, and "Cowboys To Girl" by Philly Cream. CD

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VariousSound Of Philadelphia Vol 1 ... LP
Philadelphia International/Sony (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A sweet little set of classic 70s Philly – an excellent collection of music that came from the groundbreaking label Philadelphia International – who forever changed the face of soul music in the 70s! There's nothing too obscure or offbeat here – and instead, the collection focuses mostly on the massive crossover tracks produced by the pair back in the day – the landmark soul that not only redefined the sound of Philly, but also the 70s as well! And while most of this material has been on the market often over the years, it's still pretty darn nice to see it all clustered together in one place. Most titles are the full-length album versions – and titles include "Let's Groove" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "Show You The Way To Go" by The Jacksons, "When Will I See You Again" by Three Degrees, "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead, "TSOP" by MFSB, "Wake Up Everybody" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Jean Carn, "The Sweetest Pain" by Dexter Wansel, "Nights Over Egypt" by The Jones Girls, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Reed, "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me" by Teddy Pendergrass, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Me & Mrs Jones" by Billy Paul, and "Love Train" by The O'Jays. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $4.99
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. CD

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsHere I Go Again/A World Without Music ... 7-inch
Atlantic, Late 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work by Archie Bell & The Drells from their time with Gamble & Huff – some of their greatest work ever! "Here I Go Again" is a really wonderful tune – a track that starts slow, with a hint of electric sitar, then skips into a swinging Philly groove that's totally wonderful – taken to the skies on some great harmonies, and raspy lead vocals from Archie! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has light wear and some marker.)

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✨✧ Black IceI Judge The Funk ... CD
Transcontinent/Traffic, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost bit of ensemble funk from the end of the 70s – served up in a mix of bass-heavy club and boogie styles! The group have a rolling groove that's a bit like some of the work by Instant Funk or other clubby funk acts – but the overall feel is a bit tighter and more small group-oriented, even though the end result is as tight and professional as anything coming out on some of the bigger labels at the time – making for a great mix of indie and mainstream funky club styles! Our favorite cuts may actually be the mellower ones – which have some great soul harmonies – but even the uptempo tracks are pretty nice, with a strong Philly-inspired sound overall – and titles include "Postcard Love Affair", "My Fantasy", "Push", "There You Go", "Fantasize", "I Judge The Funk", and "You're Always on My Mind". CD
(Digipack is wavy from moisture and has a stain in one corner.)
Also available I Judge The Funk ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Brenda & The TabulationsI Keep Coming Back For More ... LP
Chocolate City, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime second generation soul from Brenda & The Tabulations – a sweet set of Philly grooves, recorded at Sigma sound with help from Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and John Davis! The album's every bit as groove-heavy as you'd expect from work by those dancefloor heavyweights – and the record's a great change from the earlier style of Brenda and the group – more positive and progressive, yet still with a few of the fragile ballads that first got them noticed! There's a great sense of class and poise to the record – a progression from the early years that's similar to that which many other Philly artists experienced with Gamble & Huff – almost more surprising here, given that sometimes a Casablanca record didn't come out with the same sort of care. Titles include "Superstar", "Home To Myself", "I Keep Coming Back For More", "Let's Go All The Way Down", "Leave Me Alone", and "Everybody's Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available I Keep Coming Back For More ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Donald ByrdCat Walk ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic soul jazz material from trumpeter Donald Byrd – one of his most sinister (and most rare) albums for Blue Note! The group's a quintet, with frequent bandmate Pepper Adams on baritone, Duke Pearson on piano, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all grooving with some of the tightness heard on other Adams/Byrd dates, but also a warmer, more open-ended approach to the music, especially on the solos! The tracks slink along with a dark little groove – and although Pearson's piano is often sweetly lyrical, it also has a nice hard sound that works well with the sharp-edged horn lines of Byrd and Adams. The album's very much in the vein of the pair's work on the Warwick label during the same time – and with excellent compositions that include "Say You're Mine", "Duke's Mixture", "The Cat Walk", and "Hello Bright Sunflower". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s black b pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Chosen FewTrojan Albums Collection (Hit After Hit/Everybody Plays The Fool/Chosen Few In Miami/bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from this fantastic group – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Hit After Hit – a tremendous album that has The Chosen Few stepping out to match some of the best American harmony soul groups of the early 70s – vocals you might hear from The Moments or Delfonics, but tuned towards rhythms that are much more Kingston than New Jersey or Philly! Yet there's also a few funky moments too – a rare element that really shows how the group could change things up from some of their Jamaican contemporaries, on titles that include a version of the "Shaft" theme, plus "You're A Big Girl Now", "Everybody Plays The Fool", "Melting Pot", "Ebony Eyes", "Do Your Thing", "People Make The World Go Round", and "I'm Sorry". Everybody Plays The Fool is a record that's as much an early 70s reggae set as it is a strong bit of east coast soul – Kingston rhythms mixed with fantastic harmonies that maybe echo more of the East Coast group soul modes than some of the earlier Jamaican groups of the 60s! The choice of material also echoes that quality too – as The Chosen Few take on older soul classics, remade for a reggae market – mixed with a few original tracks of their own. Titles include "My Thing", "Reggae Stuff", "I Second That Emotion", "Make Way For The Young Folks", "La La At The End", and "Tears Of A Clown". Chosen Few In Miami is legendary soul from The Chosen Few – a group who were as much a 70s soul outfit as they were a reggae group! This album's the group's greatest – recorded in Miami with classic TK funky production from King Sporty, who also seems to be backing them up on most of the set. There's certainly a reggae feel to the album at times, but the group's harmonies are much more in an American soul vein – and Sporty's super-dope backings use plenty of wah-wah guitar, electric keys, and that burning, bubbling Miami soul groove that made so many of the TK albums from the time so great! Titles include the stone funky classic "Funky Buttercup", plus "Wandering", "Candy I'm So Doggone Mixed Up", "Why Can't We Live", "Drift Away", "I Am A Man", and "Hit Me With Music". 2CD set also features 11 more bonus tracks – including related work by Lloyd Charmers Selection! CD

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✨✧ Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now ... LP
Curtom, 1978. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here with a strong sense of personality that really sets the album apart from other female disco albums of the era. One of the greatest examples of this is her stunning "Runaway Love" – which has a bad-rapping, almost Marlena Shaw-esque monologue in the middle – but other tracks are equally nice, and include "Gypsy Lady", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Broadway Gypsy Lady", "You Are You Are", and "I Feel Like Falling In Love Again". Arrangements are by Gil Askey – who also produced the set in collaboration with Curtis Mayfield! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available If My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Yusef LateefLive Session – Dedication Series Vol XIII ... LP
ABC/Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most amazing work that Yusef Lateef ever recorded! All tracks were recorded on June 26, 1964 – at Pep's Lounge in Philly, and the group's a hard-wailing batch of soulful players that are one of the tightest that Lateef ever worked with! The 2LP set features Lateef's incredible Live At Pep's album on disc one, plus a full disc of other material that was recorded during the same set, but not issued until the time of this 1978 release. Some of the tracks have since appeared on CD – but combined with the Club Date LP issued around the same time, this set forms kind of a trilogy of material from that fantastic date. The group features some amazing piano from Mike Nock – vamping and grooving along at a pace that brings out the best in Lateef's reeds and the shimmering trumpet of Richard Williams – and the record combines all of Lateef's exotic work on flute and saxes with a groove that you'll hardly hear on other albums. Titles include "Listen To The Wind", "Number Seven", "Twelve Tone Blues", "The Magnolia Triangle", "The Weaver", and "Sister Mamie". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee McDonaldSweet Magic ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost bit of modern soul from New Jersey – sweet, mellow, and with a groove that's very much in the Philly indie mode of the late 70s! Not much is known about Lee, but the album's got that laidback, late nite groove that makes indie soul so great – professional in intent, but handled with an honest simplicity that makes the record a bit more compelling than most of its contemporaries. Contains a version of "We've Only Just Begun" that's so great it's got to be heard to be believed – completely different than the original, done with jazzy conga flourishes that really open up the groove. Other tracks include "Gotta Get Home", "Sweet Magic", "Slow Down", "Let's Play Luck", and "Show Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBe For Real – The PIR Recordings 1972 to 1975 (I Miss You/Black & Blue/To Be True/Wake Up Everybody/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection – four classic Philly International albums from this legendary group – plus a CD of bonus material too! First up is I Miss You – a groundbreaking record that forever changed the course for male soul music in the 70s – a set that has the young Teddy Pendergrass fronting the Blue Notes with a sound that's completely sublime – a mix of rough and smooth, personal and polished – which really pushed the music forward strongly for generations! The strength of the record really comes through in these amazing long tracks that have Teddy speaking, then singing – "I Miss You" and "Be For Real" – delivering a message of mature, masculine power – very much in keeping with the new values that Philly International were putting forth. The whole album's great, though – a sophisticated soul masterpiece, with the tracks "Ebony Woman", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", and "Let It Be You". Next is Black & Blue – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony of soul, and one that takes arrangements from Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Vince Montana – and wraps the vocals up in a soaring, righteous sort of feel! The rougher, more personal Teddy Pendergrass style of I Miss You is folded a bit more into the harmonies of the rest of the group here – and the result is a powerful wave of soul that pushes The Blue Notes right to the top of the pack. The album features classics like "The Love I Lost" and "Is There A Place For Me" – plus other nice material like "Concentrate On Me", "It All Depends On You", and "I'm Weak For You". To Be True is one of the legendary classics from the Philly International years of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a time when the group was featuring the tremendous lead vocals of the great Teddy Pendergrass! The set's a stunner all the way through – one of the best Philly mixes of smooth, professional backings and deeply personal lyrics – as Teddy soars to the top of the mix with his excellent leads, and gets excellent support from the rest of the Blue Notes on harmonies – but also steps aside to make a bit of space to introduce singer Sharon Paige on one cut, who'd have a greater role in the group in years to come. The songwriting, production, and other Sigma Studios touches are sublime – and titles include "Hope That We Can Get Together Soon", "Where Are All My Friends", "Bad Luck", "To Be True", "Nobody Could Take Your Place", and "All Because Of A Woman". On Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. CD3 features bonus tracks – some of them nice and long – titles that include "I Miss You (live)", "Everybody's Talkin", "Bad Luck (Tom Moulton mix)", "Don't Leave Me This Way (Tom Moulton mix)", "The Love I Lost (live)", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now (live)". CD

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✨✧ O'JaysBack Stabbers ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1972. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoulstatus! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! CD

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✨✧ ShakeMusic Is The Only Way We Can Communicate ... CD
Guess, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great overlooked funk bands of the late 70s Virginia scene – a tight little combo with a warm style that's just right for the dancefloor! The VA groove of the time was a different take on the styles being used up north in Philly and New York – as the groups were often more traditionally funk-based, especially in their instrumentation – but played in a mode that was upbeat and soaring, perfectly suited for the disco-era dancefloor, yet handled with the sincerity of an indie soul group. Shake communicate a heck of a lot in their music – moving through some great original tunes written by producer Lenis Guess, done with some nicely personal touches that maintain the indie spirit of the set, even though the group's overall sound is tightly professional. Titles include "Shake", "Lost In Space", "Try My Love Tonight", "Two People Working Together", "Music Is The Only Way I Can Communicate", "Goodbye My Love Goodbye", and "Misery's Chant/I Was In Love With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dionne WarwickLove At First Sight ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The final Warner Brothers album from Dionne Warwick – and a smooth, sophisticated affair done with full arrangements from Michael Omartian! The sound's still not as pop disco as you might expect from the time, and Dionne's gentle vocals are often cast in backings that step along nicely with a mellow, midtempo groove – one that's a bit like some of the best Philly soul of the period, yet still with a bit more California polish overall. The album works surprisingly well as a soul record – and really puts Warwick in the company of a whole generation of younger singers who'd risen above her by this point in the 70s. Titles include "One Thing On My Mind", "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away", "Livin It Up Is Startin To Get Me Down", "Since You Stayed Here", "A Long Way To Go", and "Keepin My Head Above Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsNiecy ... CD
Columbia/Reel Music, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Totally great work from Deniece Williams – still mostly free from the tinny pop of later years, and done in a solidly soulful style at Sigma Sound, with arrangements and production from the mighty Thom Bell! The groove is almost an update of 70s Philly, with traces of the maturing mellow side of Williams – all wrapped up with a good degree of confidence on the vocals, but enough tenderness to remind us of the greatness of Williams' roots. Deniece at her early 80s best! Titles include "I Believe In Miracles", "Waiting By The Hotline", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Love Notes", "How Does It Feel", "Now Is The Time For Love", "Waiting" and "A Part Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny WilliamsSlow Motion (part 1)/Shall We Gather By The Water ... 7-inch
Philadelphia International, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky funky Philly! Not only is this single one of the most obscure on Philadelphia International, it's also one of the hardest – as Johnny sounds more like a Memphis or Macon soul singer than anyone who ever recorded in the city of Brotherly Love. "Slow Motion" begins with pounding tribal drums, and Johnny shouting out in kind of an Otis Redding mode – before organ and horns come in and make the whole groove nice and funky. Really nice stuff – and we wish we knew more about him! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousNew Breed R&B – Saturday Night Special ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Raw soul from the 60s – not the polished sounds of Motown, or the smoother grooves of the Philly studios – but instead work by artists who might have recorded R&B during the decade before, and who still work here with a fair bit of grit in their grooves! The shift is a bit like that which James Brown made between the 50s and 60s – and that includes the occasional funky groove here and there – mixed with really powerful vocals right upfront, and a hard-wailing instrumental backdrop that really matches the energy of the singers! Occasional hints of blues float into the mix here and there, but the music is hardly blues at all – just rare soul gems pulled from labels that include Galaxy, Carnival, Chant, Modern, and many others – including a number of tracks unissued at the time, and seven that appear here for the first time ever. Titles include "Compact Baby" by Rob Robinson, "I'll Never Do It Again" by The Corvairs, "Every Saturday Night" by Aaron Collins & The Teen Queens, "Your Yah Yah Is Gone" by The Tren Teens, "Turn The Lamps Down Low" by Pat Garvis, "Family Man" by Slim & The Twilights, "Purty Lil Mama" by Freddie Williams, "Triple Zero" by Esko Wallace, "Love Must Be Taboo" by Tony Clarke, "The Long John" by Jarvis Jackson, and "Head Doctor" by Gay Meadows. CD

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✨✧ Jean CarnWhen I Find You Love ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Sublime smooth soul from Jean Carn – who by this point has really honed her act into a polished one, perfect for the rising modern soul groove of late Philly. The record features production by Jerry Butler, Dexter Wansel, and Eddie Levert – but Jean unites the whole thing with her mature sense of poise, and her warm and loving vocals on classic cuts like "My Love Don't Come Easy", "Was That All It Was", and "When I Find You Love". A real gem – and another winner for one of soul music's greatest ladies! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneBlue Train (The Ultimate Blue Train edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
John Coltrane's classic – and only – recording as a leader for Blue Note! The album's no throwaway date, though – as it stands strongly with both Coltrane's other label work of the time, and with the best of the late 50s Blue Note scene – a time when the label was really cooking at full strength! The groove here is a bit harder, heavier, and hardbop-inflected than some of Trane's late 50s sides with Red Garland – thanks to a lineup that features Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's a crisp modern edge to the record that really holds up beautifully – even after years of play – and titles include "Blue Train, "Locomotion", "Moment's Notice", and "Lazy Bird". This edition includes alternate takes of "Blue Train" and "Lazy Bird"! CD

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✨✧ Garland GreenJust Loving You/Nothing Can Take You From Me ... 7-inch
Spring, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Obscure mid period material from Garland! "Just Loving You" is a really wonderful number – midtempo, in kind of a Spinners Philly groove, which is a perfect match for Garland's slightly breaking vocals, crackling with that warm honesty that really makes the track sparkle! The flip's nice, too, and features a very tasty spokey bluesy kind of vocal, of the sort that Garland still does in a live show. And if you've heard that voice, you know it's a killer! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Spring sleeve, with jukebox strips.)

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✨✧ Grace JonesPortfolio ... LP
Island, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A landmark little record from Grace Jones – a set that started off as one of those "hey, let's see if this model can sing" sort of records – but which has gone onto become an enduring classic! Most of the tunes are older ones, but they're remade with a soaring Sigma Sound groove by the best in Philly – taking sometimes-cloying lyrics and pushing them into hipper disco territory for the 70s – all with that odd wink and subtle sense of irony that would emerge more clearly in Jones' later records. Tom Moulton produced and mixed, and titles include "I Need A Man", "La Vie En Rose", "Sorry", "Tomorrow", "What I Did For Love", and "Send In The Clowns". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stuck gatefold.)

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassIt's Time For Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A mellow stunner in the legendary Teddy Pendergrass solo run for Philly International – and a set that's every bit as perfect as the rest of Teddy's classics from the time! There's few folks we'd trust more with a mellow groove than Teddy P – and on a set like this, he's totally at the top of his game – almost single-handedly wrapping up all the best mellow soul elements forged in the 70s, then putting them out in a fresh, mature sound that's all his own – one that still has vocals that's deeper than just about anyone else working at the time, yet which also comes across with a smoothly seductive feel that's as powerful now as it was a few decades back! Definitely the standard for male ballad soul of the 80s – with cuts that include "I Can't Live Without Your Love", "You Must Live On", "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone", "Nine Times Out Of Ten", and "Keep On Lovin Me". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ SpinnersBest Of The Spinners (Motown) ... LP
Motown, 1973. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just a "best of" – as the record is more like a full Spinners album for Motown – issued as a way of bringing together some of the best singles the group recorded for the label! The work's not really hits – at least not at the level of the group's later fame on Atlantic – and instead the set is a key illustration of the group's Detroit roots, with a soaring Motown groove mixed with their sublime harmonies – a style that's often forgotten, given their big move to Philly styles in the 70s! The whole thing's great – about as killer as you can get for Motown group soul – and titles include their classic "It's A Shame" – plus "Oooh Child", "Truly Yours", "We'll Have It Made", and "I'll Always Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ TrammpsLegendary Zing Album ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The first full album cut by The Trammps – and a landmark bit of Philly club sounds! The group had already been grooving the burgeoning east coast disco scene for years, which is why the album's called The Legendary Zing Album (the group's version of "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" was a big early hit, and supposedly led people to ask for a "Zing" album.) The whole thing's got a massive Harris-Baker-Young sound – with that sweet groove that the trio were pioneering in Philly, a mixture of small combo grooving with strings added in at just the right points. The Trammps themselves add in some great harmonies – never overwhelmed by the full sound of the grooves, singing very much in a Spinners mode on cuts like "Pray All You Sinners", "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart", "Rubber Band", and "Hold Back The Night". The album also features two great instrumentals – "Tom's Song" and "Penguin At The Big Apple" – both of which have that sweeeeet Norman Harris guitar! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terri WellsJust Like Dreamin ... LP
Philly World, 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Modern Philly soul from Terri Wells – a really great set that's right in the best mode of the city's sweet 80s groove scene! Terri previously sang with Dexter Wansel, and in the group People's Choice – but she's got more than enough power to hold the focus on her own – a nicely balanced vocal approach that fits in well with the midtempo and mellow 80s structure of the tunes! Although an indie set, the production is right up there with top mainstream soul – and titles include "Who's That Stranger", "Just Like Dreamin", "I'm Givin All My Love", "Falling Leaves", "Can't Stop", and "I Already Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on London.)

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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsNiecy ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Totally great work from Deniece Williams – still mostly free from the tinny pop of later years, and done in a solidly soulful style at Sigma Sound, with arrangements and production from the mighty Thom Bell! The groove is almost an update of 70s Philly, with traces of the maturing mellow side of Williams – all wrapped up with a good degree of confidence on the vocals, but enough tenderness to remind us of the greatness of Williams' roots. Deniece at her early 80s best! Titles include "I Believe In Miracles", "Waiting By The Hotline", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Love Notes", "How Does It Feel", "Now Is The Time For Love", "Waiting" and "A Part Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Funky BrownThese Songs Will Last Forever ... CD
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from Funky Brown – an artist who's more soul-based than you'd guess from his name, and who works here in the hippest Miami modes of the mid 70s! The album's got this warm glow that's mighty nice – even smoother and more mature than some of the Timmy Thomas work of the time – with plenty of keyboards from Harold Butler alongside Brown's sweet vocals – in ways that mix together bits of Miami soul with currents from bigger 70s names on the Philly scene, and maybe even a bit of Barry White! Paul Khouri arranged and produced, and definitely has a way with a midtempo groove – and titles include "Nice & Slow", "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine", "Let's Make A Baby", "Sharing The Night Together", "For The Love Of You", and "Kiss & Say Goodbye". CD

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✨✧ Miles DavisMilestones (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our 50s favorites by Miles Davis – and a record that offers the same twin-sax sound as his classic Kind Of Blue – with both John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley working alongside Miles in the group! Rhythm here is by the Prestige-era trio of Red Garland on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – but it's the two saxophonists who really help Davis shape the feel of the record, pushing things past the initial Coltrane/Davis groove with a really wonderful sense of space and sound! Titles include the classic "Milestones", plus "Two Bass Hit", "Dr Jeckyll", and "Sid's Ahead". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – alternate takes of "Milestones", "Straight No Chaser", and "Two Bass Hit". CD

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✨✧ Dexter WanselCaptured (with bonus track) ... CD
Virgin/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Dexter Wansel – a mid 80s set recorded after his famous albums for Philly International, and a record that offers a nice transition of his earlier groove! The set's got a keyboard-heavy vibe – similar to the mode that Wansel brought to the studio in the late 70s, but with a different 80s spin overall – especially given the use of drum programs in most of the rhythms, and a mix of other instruments from electric sources as well. Yet given Dexter's ear for a tune, the whole thing comes together with a nice degree of warmth, and a sense of soul that's deeper than you'd expect – especially given that Virgin Records were clearly trying for a crossover hit on this one. There's some great vocals on the leadoff track by The Jones Girls – and other vocals are by Meeta Gajjar, Dr Pearl Williams Jones, and Cynthia Biggs El – who co-wrote most of the record with Wansel. Titles include "Captured", "Do What You Wanna Do", "Nam", "In The Wind", "East Meets West", "Heart On The Line", "Conversations", "Turn Me On", and "Year Of Living Dangerously". CD also features a bonus 12" mix of "Captured". CD

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✨✧ VariousJoey Negro – 2019 Essentials ... CD
Z Records (UK), 2019. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A heavy duty set of remixes from the great Joey Negro – a collection that's very much in the spirit of his Remixed With Love series – in that it features Joey's own soulful take on a variety of different dancefloor grooves! As with that series, many of the tracks here are older club classics, reworked for the 21st Century – but there's also some more contemporary recordings, which fall in perfectly with the spirit of the groove – because, as always with Joey, there's a strong love of the classic sound of soulful club going on, no matter what the source – so that the whole thing rises to the top with some of the best energy of the late disco and early house music generation! Titles include "Do You Love Me (Joey Negro ext voc mix)" by Mistura with Angela Johnson, "Can't Live Without Your Love (Joey Negro space disco mix)" by TAmiko Jones, "K-Jee (Joey Negro Philly World mix)" by AC Soul Symphony, "We Go Together (Joey Negro club)" by Raquel Rodriguez, "Dancin 2020 (Joey Negro's ext rebuild)" by Doug Wills, "Everyman (Joey Negro's Salsoul strut)" by Double Exposure, "Together (Joey Negro tribute to Randy Muller)" by Lakeshore Commission, "Fly Away" by Crakazat, "Rescue Me (Joey Negro's in full swing rmx)" by Sunkids feat Chance, "Cathedrals (Joey Negro ext disco)" by DC LaRue, "You're Gonna Want Me Back (Joey Negro disco blend)" by Delia Renee, "Shake (Dr Packer re-shake)" by Foreal People, and "Gotta Keep Pushin (Grant Nelson rmx)" by Z Factor. CD

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✨✧ Gloria GaynorNever Can Say Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/BBR (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria's not entirely in full blown disco-diva mode yet, and works here with a soaring Philly-styled groove – of the sort you'd hear with groups like First Choice or Three Degrees – almost grounded a bit in earlier female soul, especially in the vocals and overall changes in the grooves – yet sparkled up plenty with some fuller, richer 70s arrangements. Those are handled by Norman Harris and Harold Wheeler – who do plenty to warm up the production by Meco – and the set includes the stunning 6 minute version of Gloria's big hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin", "We Belong Together", "Real Good People", "Honey Bee", and "Reach Out I'll Be There". CD features lots of bonus tracks, too – "Honeybee (Columbia single version)", "Honey Bee (MGM single version)", "All It Took Boy Was Losing You", "Come Tonight", "Never Can Say Goodbye (single version)", "Reach Out I'll Be There (single version)", and "We Just Can't Make It". CD

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✨✧ MFSBPhiladelphia Freedom/Summertime ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great 2-fer set – one that brings together albums that feature MSFB at the height of their mid 70s powers! Philadelphia Freedom is a very big crossover moment for the Philly sound, and one of the biggest hits by the studio combo that drove the big Gamble/Huff hits of the 70s! The record's a great batch of smooth Philly instrumentals – not really disco, although the tracks certainly crossed over there – more uptempo soul, with the same bouncy sound heard on the vocal hits of the label – a majestic Philly International groove, carefully classy, but still damn soulful too! Includes lots of familiar cuts – like "Zach's Fanfare", "Get Down With The Philly Sound", "Brothers & Sisters", and "South Philly". Summertime is quite possibly our favorite album from MFSB – the legendary Philly instrumental group from the 70s! The record's completely sublime all the way through – and is perhaps the most perfect illustration of that subtle blend of funk, soul, and disco that makes the group so great – a sound that was copied by others like Salsoul Orchestra or Instant Funk, but almost never done as perfectly as on this sweet little set! The album's got some chorus vocals on a few cuts, but mostly hangs out in an instrumental mix of Philly rhythms, jazzy solo moments, and some soaring strings that really help fill up the groove. There's a definite summer theme going on – and titles include the great McFadden & Whitehead "Summertime And I'm Feelin Mellow", plus "We Got The Time", "Hot Summer Nights", "Picnic In the Park", and "Sunnin & Funnin". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul/War Of The Gods ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Two ultra-hip albums from Billy Paul – back to back in a single set! First up is 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul – a record that features Billy Paul at the height of his powers – able to capture the ears of the crossover audience, yet still stay very strongly on message – all with this righteous power that maybe makes Billy one of the hippest mainstream soul stars of the 70s! Gamble & Huff are at the helm, and arrangements at Sigma Sound are by Lenny Pakula, Norman Harris, and Bobby Martin – but throughout the whole thing, it's Billy's delivery that really sends the record over the top – the new sense of maturity he brings to the huge hit "Me & Mrs Jones", the funky vibe of "Am I Black Enough For You", and the wealth of great work on tracks that include "I'm Gonna Make It This Time", "I'm Just A Prisoner", "Brown Baby", and "Let's Stay Together". A masterpiece of sophisticated soul that not only had Billy crossing over big, but which opened whole new doors in the market for black male singers! War Of The Gods is a stone treasure from one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s – and a set you'll regularly find in the coolest of record collections from back in the day! Billy Paul was always one of the hippest talents on Philly International – mixing together soul and jazz influences with a deeper sense of spirituality, and long experience as a sophisticated vocalist. This album's one of his most sublime efforts – kind of a quasi-spiritual record with a similar high-concept approach to some of Marvin Gaye's work from the same time – really righteous, in ways that the Philly label didn't always hit – and which really goes past even most of Billy's already hip previous efforts. Gamble and Huff produced and wrote most of the record – including the two long tracks that make up side one, "I See The Light" and "War Of The Gods", the latter of which starts out slow and moody, then breaks out into a club groove. Other titles include the more standard soul tune "The Whole Town's Talking", plus "Thanks For Saving My Life" and "Peace Holy Peace". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ TrammpsLegendary Zing Album (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Elemental (Spain), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The first full album cut by The Trammps – and a landmark bit of Philly club sounds! The group had already been grooving the burgeoning east coast disco scene for years, which is why the album's called The Legendary Zing Album (the group's version of "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart" was a big early hit, and supposedly led people to ask for a "Zing" album.) The whole thing's got a massive Harris-Baker-Young sound – with that sweet groove that the trio were pioneering in Philly, a mixture of small combo grooving with strings added in at just the right points. The Trammps themselves add in some great harmonies – never overwhelmed by the full sound of the grooves, singing very much in a Spinners mode on cuts like "Pray All You Sinners", "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart", "Rubber Band", and "Hold Back The Night". The album also features two great instrumentals – "Tom's Song" and "Penguin At The Big Apple" – both of which have that sweeeeet Norman Harris guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Al WilsonCount The Days ... LP
Roadshow, 1979. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Al Wilson grooves it beautifully here – years away from any of his big early hits, but still bubbling over with all the warmth and soul we always love in his music! There's a groove that's definitely rooted in Philly – and which is carried off with much more of a mid 70s vibe than you'd guess from the date of the record – just a touch of mainstream disco at times, with more of a focus on the upbeat soul styles that were first coming from Sigma Sound before the club sound of the decade got too commercial. Titles include "Earthquake", "Is This The End", "Since I'm Without You", "Tomorrow's Sun", "You Got It", and "Count The Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on RCA. Cover has a hype sticker.)
 
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King Britt/Philadelphia ExperimentKing Britt Presents Philadelphia Experiment Remixed ... CD
Ropeadope, 2002. Used ... $6.99
An incredible record – far greater than we even expected! The setup is simple: King Britt and his crew remix the tapes from 2001's experimental jazz jam session by a trio of fellow Philadelphians – drummer Ahmir Thompson (The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri Caine. Britt's really blown his top here – taking the original album (great in its own right), and turning it into a set of cosmic grooves that bear almost no relation to the initial work, yet still keep its soulful heart. The depth of the project is stunning – way more than just simple remix tricks, and a whole new level of expression that shows why Philly is fast becoming the music capitol of the 21st Century. Includes work by Rob Yancey, Charlie Dark, Phillip Charles, Oba Funke, Vikter Duplaix, The Randy Weston Experience, DJ Ghe, and Britt himself – with titles that include "South Street", "Paul Edwards The Orange Line (lle lfe)", "(Re)Moved (Oba Funke Far Re-Moved dub)", "Diamond Street", "Philadelphia Experiment (rmx)", "Delaware Avenue", "Miles Hit (Rob Life mix)", "Broad & Cecil B Moore", "Brown Street", and "Groover The III (the theme to massagejawn.com)". CD

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Gary CrissRio De Janeiro (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Disco tunes with a Brazilian spirit – recorded in Philly by Gary Criss, but with all the sunny finish of Copacabana! The tunes were all arranged by John Davis – and have this soaring style that's really great – a mighty vibe that grabs onto all the best Davis energy and moves the grooves strongly – almost in a way that doesn't even need Gary's vocals! Most tunes have a lot of great conga work – which brings an early bottom to the tunes, especially amidst Criss' smoother vocals and the soaring strings in the arrangements – balancing things out in a surprisingly great way. Titles include "The Lady Is Latin", "Amazon Queen", "Rio De Janeiro", "The Girl From Ipanema", and "My Rio Lady". CD features bonus tracks – "Rio De Janeiro (Tom Moulton 12" mix)", "Rio De Janeiro (Richie Rivera 12" mix)", "Brazilian Nights (12" mix)", "Amazon Queen (12" mix)", "Rio De Janeiro (single version)", and "Brazilian Nights (single version)". CD

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EbonysNation Time/I Believe ... 7-inch
Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Two nice ones from the Ebonys' rare years at Philly International. "Nation Time" is an O'Jays-esque political soul groover – of the "stand up and be counted" vein. "I Believe" is a reworking of the old Frankie Laine pop hit, transformed here into a surprisingly successful soul number. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Art FarmerBrass Shout/Aztec Suite ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, 1959. Used ... $8.99
An amazing 2-in-1 CD – filled with sublime work from the mighty Art Farmer! First up is Brass Shout – a great little album by this wonderful trumpeter – and one that we passed up for years because we were afraid of the words "brass" and "shout" in the title! If you're a Farmer fan, though, don't worry about this being some sort of snoozy "bold n brassy" session – because it's a much more subtle record, and features some excellent lead solos by Farmer, set amidst a larger group arranged wonderfully by Benny Golson! Golson brings a great sense of balance to the album – mixing some larger horn passages with soulfully snapping rhythms, all at a level that still allows plenty of space for Farmer to solo sweetly on trumpet. Other players on the record include Lee Morgan on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone, Percy Heath on bass, and either Philly Joe Jones or Elvin Jones on drums – and titles include "Minor Vamp", "Nica's Dream", "Stella By Starlight", "Moanin", "April In Paris", and "Five Spot After Dark". Aztec Suite is a rare Latin outing from trumpeter Art Farmer – one that has him working with the mighty Cuban arranger Chico O'Farrill! The grooves here are hardly "Aztec", as Chico brings a hip postwar vibe to the session – a blend of American jazz and Latin rhythms that's totally great, and played by an all-star array of players conducted by Al Cohn! Side one of the record features the extended "Aztec Suite" – an ambitious number that begins with modern moments that are somewhere in a space between Stan Kenton and Ralph Burns' experiments of this nature, but which always has Farmer's trumpet as the center focus. Side two features tracks that are a bit more conventional Latin jazz – still played by the bigger group, but with an even stronger sense of swing! Titles include "Aztec Suite", "Heat Wave", "Drume Negrita", "Alone Together", "Woody N You", and "Delirio". CD
(Out of print.)

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Glenn LewisDon't You Forget It (voc, inst, tv track, acapella) ... 12-inch
Epic, 2001. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $4.99
Smooth R&B from Glenn – produced by Andre Harris with a nice Philly bounce. Lifted from the Red Star compilation – and a tasty bit of NuSoul that will fit in nicely with other recent grooves from the Philly scene! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear and an index sticker.)

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LTDSomething To Love/Togetherness/Devotion/Shine On ... CD
A&M/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99
4 classic records from LTD on 2CDs! Something To Love is a great little groover with arrangements by Philly Soul maestro Bobby Martin – who mixes together funk, club grooves, and smooth soul. Jeffrey Osborne's vocals really shine on this one, too! Osborne's emerging strongly in the mellow soul mode on Togetherness, too – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other". Devotion is one of LTD's biggest from the 70s – a sweet mix of mellow soul and boogie. Shine On features more solid boogie sounds – with the group still grooving beautifully in their best late 70s mode at the cusp of the next decade! 37 tracks on a 2CD set that compiles their last few years of the 70s! "Back In Love Again", "Stay With Me", "We Party Hearty", "Material Things", "Age Of The Showdown", "Stranger", "Share My Love", "Say That You'll Be Mine", "One On One", and "Dance N Sing N", "You Gave Me Love", "Lovers Everywhere", "Holding On", "Jam", "Don't Stop Loving Me Now", and "Let's All Live & Give Together", "Don'tcha Know", "Shine On", "Where Did We Go Wrong", "Getaway", "Lady Love" and more. CD

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People's ChoiceBoogie Down USA ... LP
TSOP, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
One of the most successful albums cut by People's Choice during the 70s – and a record that shows them making the same progression from funk to disco as other groups of the time, like BT Express. Yet despite the easily imagined disco that the title might indicate, the album's actually got some great soul tracks – filled with the heavy Philly soul of earlier days, stretched out a bit more professionally thanks to production help from Gamble & Huff. Frankie Brunson's great on vocals and keyboards, and the band grooves hard and tight on most of the album. Tracks include "Do It Any Way You Wanna", "Mickey D's", "Party Is A Groovy Thing", "Don't Send Me Away", and "I'm Leaving You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lou RawlsWhen You Hear Lou, You've Heard It All ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The move to Philly International did wonders for Lou's career – and there's no denying that the smooth soul sound of Gamble and Huff worked perfectly with his rich vocal style! The "classy" setting took Lou to a whole new level, while also providing a good force for his still-soulful vocals to work a lot harder than in earlier years. This album's got a few of Lou's best tracks from the era – including the semi-hit "Lady Love", and the nice groover "Dollar Green". Other titles include "That Would Do It For Me", "There Will Be Love", "Trade Winds", and "I Wish It Were Yesterday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Bunny SiglerI've Always Wanted To Sing – Not Just Write Songs (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The title's a bit strange – given that Bunny Sigler started out as a soul singer in the late 60s, and continued to record well into the 70s too – yet it's also a reminder that by the time of this set, Sigler had become a real powerhouse on the Philly club scene – working as a producer and arranger for a host of other artists too! All that strong work comes to bear on this album – done by Bunny in close collaboration with Instant Funk, who provide lots of sharp-edged grooves that are heavy on guitar – and a nice change from the usual disco modes of the time. Tunes are clubby, but have lots of funk in the rhythms too – and titles include "Let's Get Freaky Now", "Simple Things You Do", "Cry My Eyes Out", "By The Way You Dance", "Glad To Be Your Lover", and "I'm Funkin You Tonight". CD features bonus tracks – "By The Way You Dance (orig Bobby DJ Guttadoro 12" mix)", "By The Way You Dance (unreleased Larry Levan mix)", "By The Way You Dance (Tom Moulton 12" mix)", "By The Way You Dance (single)", and "Glad To Be Your Lover (orig Bobby DJ Guttadoro 12" mix)". CD
(Part of the Salsoul Records Original Master Collecion!)

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Tommy Stewart & OthersMake Happy Music ... CD
FTG, Late 70s. Used ... $6.99
Killer grooves from the legendary Tommy Stewart – one of the funkiest producers on the Atlanta scene of the 70s – as you'll hear in this batch of wonderful tracks! Tommy's well-known for work under his own name – but this set also features some of his best productions for other artists too – a really unified batch of groovers that moves from mellow steppers through some tighter, more funky-based cuts too. The whole package is a delight – a look into a musical world that never got as much exposure as some of the scenes up in New York or Philly, but which certainly rivaled both of them for top-quality grooves. There's some great notes with the CD – telling the tale of Stewart's career, and that of partner Marlin McNicholls – and the package features cuts that include "Pay The Price" by Stevo, "Messin Around" by The Spirit Of Atlanta, "Que Pasa" by The Final Approach, "Big Fat Juicy Fun" by Hambone, "Let's Boogie At The Disco" by 3rd World Band, "Cream De Coco" by Disco Strut, "Fulton County Line" by Tommy Stewart, "Cosmic Funk" by Mad Dog Fire Department, "Party Night" by Stevo, "Dancing Down The Avenue" by Sherman Hunter, and the classic club cuts "Make Happy Music" and "Bump & Hustle Music" by Tommy Stewart. CD

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Eugene WildeEugene Wilde ... LP
Philly World, 1984. Sealed ... $9.99
Sweet indie soul from Eugene Wilde – his first album for the all-good Philly World label, one of the best Philly imprints to emerge after Gamble & Huff! The sound here is right in a modern 80s mode – lean upbeat grooves on some cuts, but especially great ballads on others – warm, laidback tracks that really seem to be Eugene's strongest suit – although we'll also admit that we've always been partial to Philly ballads! Cuts include "Lately", "Let Her Feel It", "Gold", "Chey Chey Kule", "Gotta Get You Home Tonight", and "Just Be Good To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ LTDSomething To Love ... LP
A&M, 1977. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little groover from LTD – and a set that's got everything coming together perfectly in the mix! The set features arrangements from Philly Soul maestro Bobby Martin – who brings together this wonderful blend of styles – funk, smoother soul elements, and the kind of upbeat, clubby grooves that really worked well for the group – but at a level that also really set them apart from most of the disco generation. Jeffrey Osborne's vocals really shine on this one, too – and the record includes the cuts "Back In Love Again", "Stay With Me", "We Party Hearty", "Material Things", and "Age Of The Showdown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Lou RawlsAll Things In Time ... CD
Philadelphia International/Intermusic (Spain), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer – and one of our favorite Philly International albums ever! This is the album that broke Lou Rawls back into the mainstream for the smooth 70s – retuning his incredible voice with waves of soul and strings in the Gamble & Huff tradition – and giving him a whole new voice than on his Capitol recordings! The album will forever be remembered for the seminal single "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" – but it's filled with other great bits, including"Groovy People", a wonderful jazzy groover, and "You're The One", and "Lets Fall In Love All Over Again". CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Three DegreesStrategy – Our Tribute To Philadelphia ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This legendary trio of singers go back to their Philly Soul roots of the 70s – and come across surprisingly well in the process! We'll be the first to admit that we were a bit wary, given the cover and length of time since the group's classic releases – but Three Degrees really step up strongly here, thanks in part to some tight core arrangements that reprise the best Philly sound of the 70s, without ever trying too hard to update the style or give things a too-contemporary twist! The arrangements aren't credited, but production is by Buzz Amato, who also works in the backing group – and the grooves have a warm blend of funky currents and strings that really fit the reworkings of "Love Train", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Strategy", "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now", "You'll Never Find Another Love", "Me & Mr Jones", and "TSOP". CD

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✨✧ TymesTymes Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great album from the revived 70s version of The Tymes – a group who draw on a long legacy of harmonies in Philly soul, and who work here in a setting that really brings out their best! The whole record was produced and directed by Billy Jackson – and it's got a Philly/New York studio feel that pushes the group way past the simplicity of their earlier hits – some great arrangements from Richie Rome that echo some of the best Sigma Sound styles of the time, and which let the quintet vocals really soar out in a mix of uptempo grooves and even better midtempo moments. Titles include "To The Max", "If I Can't Make You Smile", "It's Cool", "God's Gonna Punish You", "Only Your Love", "Goin Through The Motions", and the sweet stepper "Hypnotized". CD features two bonus tracks – single mixes of "Only Your Love" and "God's Gonna Punish You". CD

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✨✧ Black IceBlack Ice ... CD
HDM, Late 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
A heavy groover from Black Ice – an old school harmony act at the core, but working here in a sweet clubby mode for the 70s! The approach is quite similar to the best group soul coming from Philly at the time – with some wicked upbeat numbers that step along beautifully – not Sigma-bred, but with a similar blend of tight rhythms on the bottom, soaring strings on the top, and funky instrumentation in the middle – more than enough to really get the vocal interplay going between the group's five members! Arrangements are by Ray Jackson – and the set also features a few nice mellower numbers to round out the sound – including the great stepper "The Wine Is Bitter (But The Grapes Are Sweet)" – alongside other tracks that include "Shakedown", "Blind Over You", "Touch", "Girl That's What I Call Love", "I Want You Back", and "Making Love In The Rain". CD
 
 
 



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