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Masabumi KikuchiHanamichi – The Final Studio Recording ... CD
Red Hook, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The last recordings ever made by legendary Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – an artist we first came to love for his albums of the 60s and 70s – and who's still incredibly powerful here in his final years! The feel of the record is different than you might expect – Kikuchi is playing solo, with a great sense of space in his sound – almost as if as he's matured, he's realized that he can do a lot more with less – definitely the case as he chooses these unusual notes to embellish some very special readings of the tunes! The sound is like solo Paul Bley at his best, with maybe a current of Steve Kuhn in such a mode too – although Masabumi is clearly his own spirit, as you'll hear on titles that include "Summertime", "Ramona", "Little Abi", "Improvisation", and two variations on "My Favorite Things". CD
Also available Hanamichi – The Final Studio Recording ... LP 21.99

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Masabumi KikuchiHanamichi – The Final Studio Recording ... LP
Red Hook, 2021. New Copy ... $21.99 23.99
The last recordings ever made by legendary Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – an artist we first came to love for his albums of the 60s and 70s – and who's still incredibly powerful here in his final years! The feel of the record is different than you might expect – Kikuchi is playing solo, with a great sense of space in his sound – almost as if as he's matured, he's realized that he can do a lot more with less – definitely the case as he chooses these unusual notes to embellish some very special readings of the tunes! The sound is like solo Paul Bley at his best, with maybe a current of Steve Kuhn in such a mode too – although Masabumi is clearly his own spirit, as you'll hear on titles that include "Summertime", "Ramona", "Little Abi", "Improvisation", and two variations on "My Favorite Things". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hanamichi – The Final Studio Recording ... CD 15.99
 
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Jakob BroBay Of Rainbows ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2018. Used ... $12.99
The title's a great one for this album by guitarist Jakob Bro – as his sense of sound is often so full of colors, it's easy to imagine the place named in the title! Although Bro's also got maybe more emphasis on the bluer side of the spectrum in his music – not as in blues, but in the more melancholy modes that sometimes seem to fit just right in the ECM approach – a mode that has Bro maybe emerging as one of the label's strongest proponents in recent years! The set was recorded live, but with a very intimate feel – the airy, open guitar of Bro given subtle support from Thomas Morgan on bass and Joey Baron on drums – on titles that include "Mild", "Red Hook", "Copenhagen", "Dug", and "Evening Song". CD

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy (plus Sing Baby Sing) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Storyville/Muzak (Japan), 1955. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Two rare Storyville albums from the tremendous vocal team of Jackie & Roy – back to back in a single set! First up is the self titled Jackie & Roy – one of the first albums ever from the team of Jackie Caine and Roy Kral – and one of the best, too! The album's got a relaxed, open-ended approach to jazz vocals that already carries all the hallmarks of the Jackie & Roy style – wordless scatting on some tunes, playful lyrical interplay on others, and a focus on Jackie's ballad talents on some of the gentler numbers – all wrapped up in small combo backing that's sensitive, creative, and modern – yet never in a way that overwhelms the vocals. It's hard to match the poise, class, and cleverness of this one – and the album easily set a new standard for vocal jazz in the 50s! Titles include a few great early tunes by Tommy Wolf – the songwriter who would become so important for the pair – and backing is by Roy on piano, Barney Kessel on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Titles include "Let's Take A Walk Around The Block", "You Smell So Good", "Listen Little Girl", "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most", "Bill's Bit", "Dahuud", "I Wish I Were In Love Again", and "Lover". Sing Baby Sing is sublime work from the duo of Jackie & Roy – a guy/gal vocal team, but one with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! Both Jackie Cain and Roy Kral sing – and Roy also plays a mean piano, and writes a fair bit of the tunes too – really lively numbers that show off the bop-styled techniques they developed while working with Charlie Ventura – but with hipper, groovier lyrics – of the sort that are a key precursor to folks like Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg! Instrumentation on the set is great, too – a small combo with guitar from either Joe Rumero or Barry Galbraith – served up in a really great mix of tunes that includes "Season In The Sun", "Slowly", "Cheerful Little Earful", "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". CD

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✨✧ Laura LeeRip Off/Two Lovely Pillows ... 7-inch
Hot Wax, Early 70s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little soul number from Laura! "Rip Off" has got a strong party groove to it, and an approach and hook that remind us of "Clean Up Woman", which the song is probably some sort of an answer to! Very catchy, and one of Laura's most memorable numbers, next to "Crumbs Off The Table". "Two Lovely Pillows" is a sadder track, taken at a dramatic but slow pace – and is a nice number about lost love. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red & orange label pressing.)

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✨✧ LovelitesMy Baby Loves Me/The Way That You Treat Me Baby ... 7-inch
Lovelite, Early 70s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful soul from one of Chicago's greatest lost groups! "My Baby Loves Me" is an excellent female harmony track, with a great hook, and a really nice sound. The flip's very nice, too – and the single's one of the rare few on the short-lived Lovelite imprint! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue label "Patti Hamilton On Vocal" pressing with red hearts. Labels have initials in marker and a vintage sale sticker.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinThis Girl's In Love With You ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Given that Atlantic's big claim to fame with Aretha was that they took her from being a supper club jazz singer and made her a hard soul act, we've always been a bit surprised at the way they chose to hook her up with some Bacharach tunes after her first few sides – giving her a classier uptown sound to mix with the deeper southern style that broke her out big. This album's a great example of how Aretha can mix the two styles – as it features the title rendition of "This Girl's In Love With You", and great versions of "Dark End Of The Street" and "Sit Down & Cry", and the sublime "Call Me", which is a perfect blend of the two styles in one song. And oddly, the "classier" material was recorded down in Miami, Atlantic's new home for soul in the south. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Chaz JankelGlad To Know You – The Chaz Jankel Anthology 1980 to 1986 (Chaz Jankel/Chazanova/Chazablanc/Looking At You/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1980s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A full package of work from the great Chaz Jankel – the keyboardist/composer who first rose to fame with Ian Dury & The Blockheads, but who went onto make some even better work on his own! Jankel's the guy responsible for the great groove on some of the best Dury classics – and when he went solo, he moved even more into funk and soul territory – drawing strongly on influences from American club, and cutting some great records that managed to cross over big on these shores! There's a relatively lean, clean sound to most of these grooves – early 80s beats and keyboards, with some nicely uncluttered vocals – but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation, which sometimes has a bit of a fusiony feel – but still that strong sense of a hook that made Chaz so great at the time, and which kept things true to form as these records moved over the course of his strong early 80s run. The set features the full albums Chas Jankel, Chasanova Questionnaire, Chazablanca, and Looking At You – plus a 12 track set of remixes and rarities – very important, as some of Jankel's work circulated most strongly on the 12" single scene of the early 80s. 48 tracks in all – titles that include "Just A Thought", "Ai No Corrida", "No 1", "3,000,000 Synths", "Questionnaire", "Thank You Very Much", "109", "Without You", "Johnny Funk", "You're My Occupation", "Am I Honest With Myself Really", and lots more cuts – plus a big booklet of notes! CD
 
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✨✧ Paul KellyHooked, Hogtied & Collared ... LP
Warner, 1974. Sealed ... $19.99
One of our favorite albums ever from soul singer Paul Kelly – an overlooked talent who was given a great 70s run by Warner Brothers, but never fully got his due! Paul's got roots in southern soul, but works here in a slightly modern mode too – with production from Buddy Killen that ties together strong strands of styles, but also helps Kelly find a fresh voice of his own. Things are nicely smooth at times, but still firmly in a deep soul vibe – almost a precursor to territory that Lew Kirton would explore a few years later, but without as much of a groove. The mellower cuts are wonderful – maybe some of the best that Kelly ever recorded – and titles include "You Make Me Tremble", "I Believe I Can", "Holding On For Dear Life", "Try My Love", and "Hooked Hogtied & Collared". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Fountains Of WayneWelcome Interstate Managers (red vinyl pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Virgin/Real Gone, 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 38.99
Super-catchy work from Fountains Of Wayne – a record full of anthemic moments, harder rockers, and the sort of sweeter moments that made these guys such a pop powerhouse back in the day! There's no denying the hooks and crossover power of the set – on titles that include "Stacy's Mom", "Halley's Waitress", "Mexican Wine", "No Better Place", "Hackensack", "Bought For A Song", "Supercollider", "Yours & Mine", "Hey Julie", and "Little Red Light". Limited pressing also includes the bonus track "Elevator Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Quantities extremely limited!)

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OvationsHooked On A Feeling ... LP
MGM, 1972. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Some of the warmest Memphis soul ever recorded – a really classic set from The Ovations, done in a style that's really unique! The vibe here is different from the sound of Stax, as lead singer Louis Williams has a lot of Sam Cooke in his style – a warmly bubbling quality that's as personal as it is polished, and which is set up here with some buoyant backings that glide along wonderfully – still with enough depth to show the Memphis roots of the group, but in ways that really get past some of the cliches that were starting to hit that scene. Dan Greer handled production, and is no doubt due credit for the album's quality – and titles include a classic version of "Hooked On a Feeling", plus "One In A Million", "Take It From One Who Knows", "Touching Me", "So Nice To Be Loved By You", "You'll Never Know", and "Don't Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and small peel spots on the front and back. Labels have a bit of marker.)

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VariousTotally Wired & Illicit Grooves – Acid Jazz – The Birth Of A Scene 1987 to 1990 ... CD
Acid Jazz/BGP (UK), Late 80s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Tremendous grooves from the earliest (and best) years of the acid jazz scene – all recorded at a time when London was exploding with sounds from the 60s and 70s, and turning out some of the hippest music on the planet! Although the term "acid jazz" was soon mishandled and mis-managed here in the US, the earliest days of the movement were really a tremendous time in London – a period when folks returned to the core elements that made funk, jazz, and soul great – and shook off all of the too-electric and too-stiff modes that had crept in during the 80s! Most of the work here is in a really spare, stripped-down funky mode – a cross between soul jazz of the 60s and blacksploitation funk of the 70s, with possibly a few more contemporary elements thrown into the mix. And in these years way before the current deep funk revival, what's even more important is the way these songs were produced – with a warmth that other groups hadn't had in years, and a real love of the way these tracks might have sounded in older studios a few decades before. The package contains a number of key rare singles from the Acid Jazz label, other album tracks, and even a few classics that had a big influence on the London scene. Titles include the rare pre-Acid Jazz single "Got To Give" by The Brand New Heavies, the sublime "Rejoice In Righteousness" by Bukky Leo Quintet, and the tracks "Cut & Run" by Lay Zee Muthas, "Like A Gun" by King Truman, "The Killer" by Night Trains, "People Get Ready" by The Brand New Heavies, "Haw Right Now" by Patrice Rushen, "Earthly Powers" by Man Called Adam, "Mr PC" by Snowboy, "Spinning Wheel" by New Jersey Kings, "Let The Good Times Roll" by The Quiet Boys, and "Mighty Mouse" by Caesar Frazier. Loads of great notes too – a really detailed look at the London scene at the end of the 80s! CD

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✨✧ Frederick "MC Count" LintonI'm Somebody Else's Guy (voc, dub) ... 12-inch
Vinyl Dreams, 1984. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
In the tradition of "Heartbeat", which was also cut in a straight vocal club and a hip hop version by the West End label, Frederick Linton does a rap version of Jocelyn Brown's classic "Somebody Else's Guy" for the Vinyl Dreams label, handling the song in a bouncy old school way that picks up the hook nicely, yet takes the song into a hip hop mode. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DevoFreedom Of Choice (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner/Rhino, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The era that catapulted cult heroes Devo into pop culture history – with bubblier synths, catchier hooks, and crazier multimedia shenanigans than ever before from these pioneers of the video era – and time capsule pop angle aside, it's still one of the best and most innovate albums of its time! It's pretty hard to imagine the early 80s without Devo, but the group and this record is just as amazing decades later, since there was never anyone else like them! Includes "Girl U Want", "It's Not Right", "Whip It", "Freedom Of Coice", "Cold War", "Don't You Know", "Gates Of Steel" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Rhino 2020 Start Your Ear Off Right limited pressing. Brick & mortar exclusive – on white colored vinyl!)
Also available Freedom Of Choice ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Rolling StonesExile On Main Street (remastered 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Virgin/Universal, 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbling Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2010 remastered version on 180 gram vinyl.)
Also available Exile On Main Street (deluxe 2CD edition) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Freda PayneBand Of Gold (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A landmark album from Freda Payne! Freda had been knocking around a bit as a more jazz-oriented singer, and had cut one album for Impulse and one for MGM before this one – but when she hooked up with the hitmaking Holland-Dozier-Holland team for this record, her career really went over the top! The team take Payne's deep soulful voice away from the sophisticated pop of earlier years, and hook it up with a mix of fuzzy Detroit soul and sweeter southern styles. The album includes loads of great cuts – most notably the sublime crossover hit "Band of Gold", but also plenty of other lesser-known gems, like "The Easiest Way to Fall", "Unhooked Generation", "Deeper and Deeper", and "This Girl Is a Woman Now". Her best by far! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terry CallierHidden Conversations ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2009. Used ... $14.99
Jazzy folk soul survivor Terry Callier returns to Mr Bongo with Hidden Conversations – with Terry's soul searching lyricism, warm vocals, and mood setting acoustic guitar paired with laidback production by trip hop pioneer Robert Del Naha of Massive Attack! The styles work pretty well together – Terry's way with a song and his performances are built ready to soar, even at their most stripped down and spare, and his voice and guitar are leading lights of the production, over spacey keys and trippy beats. Terry sings, speaks, scats, and tells stories wonderfully, and we're as proud as ever to have him as our Chicago-to-the-cosmos soul sage! Titles include "Wings", "Sunset Boulevard", "Hidden Conversations", "The Hood I Left Behind", "Once I Dreamed Of Heaven", "Fool Em I Fool R U", "Rice And Beans – Grace", "Jessie And Alice", "John Lee Hooker" and "Live With Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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ChangeEverything & More – The Complete Collection 1980 to 2019 (Glow Of Love/Miracles/Sharing Your Love/This Is Your Time/Change Of Heart/Turn On Your Radio/Love 4 Love) (7CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1980s. New Copy 7CD ... $64.99 69.99
A huge batch of work from Change – all the group's classic albums from the 80s, plus some great work from later years too – all with bonus tracks added to most of the records! First up is Glow Of Love – the classic debut from Change – and the start of an amazing run of groovers in the early 80s! The set's got a tight, jazzy feel throughout – a stripped-down approach to disco modes, with the same focus on the basslines that you'd find in work by Chic – but a style that's almost even more instrumentally focused overall, given the great range of studio players who worked on the set. Yet there's also some key vocal moments, too – work by Luther Vandross that really helps make some of the best tracks sparkle, and which went onto catapult Vandross into a rich solo career on his own. Next is Miracles – a brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw. Sharing Your Love is sweet modern soul from this great group – one of the brightest points in major label soul during the early 80s! Change, ironically, is a group that went through a number of line-up changes, even in their prime – with the tight, clubby, yet genuinely soulful production a constant. This record is made all the better for the beautifully soulful dual lead vocals of James Robinson and Deborah Cooper. The tracks have deeply layered live instrumentation – keyboards, guitar, percussion, horns and strings – blended seamlessly with early 80s production touches. This Is Your Love is an overlooked set from Change – a record that possibly wasn't as hit-worthy as some of their previous efforts – yet one that still had the group very much at the top of their game! By this point, Change had really evolved past being just a studio project, into a rock-solid soul group with a definite ear for a groove – particularly the tight, lean sort of rhythms that percolated in the post-Chic era – making a perfect fit for the slightly jazzy production of the record. Bassbits and beats drive most of the rhythms, but there's still a nice degree of warmth – and vocals are handled by Deborah Cooper, James Robinson, Rick Brennan, and Timmy Allen – who each seem to get their moment in the spotlight, furthering the well-rounded sound of the record. Next is Change Of Heart – a game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the tunes and produced most of the album, which is front-loaded with some of the best of them. Turn On Your Radio is not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow to midtempo mode – all topped with vocals from male and female members of the group! Change still have a great way with a hook here – an approach to soul that's tight and professional, yet not nearly as cloying as some of the chart-climbing acts of their generation. And as before, the keyboards are almost as great as the vocals – with slight jazzy inflections that warm up the tunes nicely! Last up is Love 4 Love – a 2018 comeback for Change – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the best parts of the group's earlier music, but also updates the sound a bit – in the way that a combo like Incognito or Brand New Heavies were updating older soul music back in the 90s, by grabbing all the strongest parts of the past, and fusing them into a fresh lean groove. The songs are upbeat, positive, and full of the kind of catchy hooks that Change always did so well! Box set features 78 tracks in all – with bonus tracks added to most albums! CD

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En VogueFunky Divas ... CD
Atlantic/East West, 1992. Used ... $2.99
Funky Divas is right – as this classic album by En Vogue is one that had the group really redefining the sound of girl group soul for a whole new generation! The girls do a wonderful job of blending together hip hop beats and warmer mainstream soul – at a level that marked one of the key bridges between R&B and hip hop in the 90s – almost making the group kind of a trans-generational healing force in African American music. After all these years the beats are still pretty great, and the vocals even better – and titles include "My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Free Your Mind", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Give It UpTurn It Loose", "Hooked On Your Love", "Love Don't Love You", "This Is Your Life", "Desire", "Hip Hop Lover", and "It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings". CD
(Columbia House pressing.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsTouch ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good ... $4.99
Gladys Knight & The Pips sounding fresh and revitalized for the 80s on Touch from '81 – a batch of tunes both produced and penned by Ashford & Simpson! It's a pretty sweet mix of clean grooving, smoothed out soul gems and others with some strings and kind of bigger arrangements that look back a bit on earlier years. With Nick & Valerie at the helm, you can rest assured some hugely memorable hooks and glorious choruses are going to be big part of joyful soul here, and that does ring true! Titles include "I Will Fight", "If That'll Make You Happy", "Baby, Baby Don't Waste My Time", "A Friend Of Mine", "Love Was Made For Two", "God Is", "Reach High", "I Will Survive" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Bobby LyleGenie ... CD
Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real difference, though, is the album's sweet soulful production from Wayne Henderson – who hooks in the best bits of Bobby's sound, and fuses them with a modern soul-styled groove that creates the same blend of jazz and R&B that you'd get on some of Eddie Henderson's best records from the time, or some of the best Ronnie Foster work on Columbia from a few years later. Bobby's keyboards are capable of hitting both a soulful groove and a deep jazzy vibe – and the record's got a rich palette of tunes that never fail to amaze us! Titles include "Mother Nile", "You Think Of Her", "The Genie", "Pisces", "Magic Ride" and "Night Breeze". CD

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MatchmakersBubble Gum A Go Go (pink vinyl pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Sundazed, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Fantastic pop from The Matchmakers – a group who only went by that name on some of their records – as they were more of a studio project from UK producers Mark Wirtz and Kris Ife, and also issued work as The Guards, Fickle Finger, Krimson Kake, Happy Confusion, Cellophane Mop, Father's Brown, and Astronaut Alan & The Planets! Yet despite all those many names – which all appear here in the credits for the songs – the group had a unified sound in their unabashed love of a good hook, and the genius production they received on their tunes – often in that groundbreaking style you'll know from other Wirtz work of the 60s, with a compressed quality that's a strong precursor to the direction UK rock production would take in the 70s – peppered with just a touch of the American bubble gum pop sound of the time. Titles include "Fantastic Fair", "Turn Me On"," Two Timing Man", "Wooly Wooly Watsgong", "Tell Me A Secret", "Goody Goody Goody", "Cellophane Mary Jane", and "This Time It Must Be Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(On pink vinyl and includes bubble gum!)

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Meli'sa MorganDo Me Baby (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A Capitol classic from Meli'sa Morgan – filled with sweet 80s grooves, and delivered with a style that's nicely lighter than some of her contemporaries! Morgan can still manage a nice hook when she wants, but the album's also got her working as a richer soul artist overall – eschewing the obvious chart territory of other 80s female singers, and stepping back to hit some great midtempo modes that really let her open up with amazing vocals! The mode's almost a female take on the quiet storm style at its best moments – and titles include "Now Or Never", "Lies", "Fool's Paradise", "Heart Breaking Decision", "Do You Still Love Me", and "I'll Give It When I Want It". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Do Me Baby (US 12" single)", "Do Me Baby (interlude – inst)", "Deeper Love (ext rmx)", "Deeper Love (dub)", "Fool's Paradise (paradise mix)", "Fool's Paradise (single)", and "Getting To Know You Better (12" mix)". CD

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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PleasureJoyous ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Joyous grooves indeed – the second album by this legendary 70s jazzy soul outfit – and a landmark album in the Fantasy Records Bay Area funk mode! The record will forever be remembered for the cut "Joyous" – a monster groover with a killer hook, strong funky playing, and a searing tenor solo that wails for about a minute before the vocals even come in! Wayne Henderson produced the record – and it's very much in the mode of work that he was doing for other groups at Fantasy, but also sounds a bit like later jazz funk groups, such as Breakwater or Smoke – tight, but never uptight – funky, but never with the kind of grit you'd find in the indie underground. The vocals are a bit in the Average White Band mode, and the instrumental playing is top-shelf all the way – a monster mix that's possibly carried off better here than on any other album by the group! The album includes 2 instrumentals, "Selim" and "Sassafras Girl", as well as the vocal tracks "Tune In", "Let Me Be The One", and "Can't Turn You Loose". CD

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Rockin BerriesIn Town/Life Is Just A Bowl Of Berries (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
BGO (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.99
A huge amount of material from The Rockin Berries – one of the great almost-rans of the UK scene in the 60s – a group who should have stormed our shores during the British Invasion, but somehow got left off the boat! The group's got everything shared by all their best contemporaries – a great way with a tune, an ear for a catchy hook, and a way of mixing harmonized vocals with harder rocking moments at a level that means that there's plenty at the core, and the combo need no sweetening up in the studio! They also have two lead singers – Clive Lea and Geoff Turton – who sound great when harmonizing together, and can also split off and really let the group cover a nice range of material. Both of the albums here were produced by Brit sound maestro John Schroeder – Rockin Berries In Town and Life Is Just A Bowl Of Berries – and the set also features 36 more bonus tracks from singles and EP releases at the time – 60 tracks in all! CD

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 34.98
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donna SummerI'm A Rainbow ... CD
Mercury, 1996. Used ... $8.99
One of the best Donna Summer albums in years – a set that has her reunited with the production team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, who really seem to help her rediscover her strengths! The album's not any sort of easy retro-disco outing, but Moroder and Bellotte really get back to that driving, dramatic style that made Summer such a force in the early days – her way of really sending a tune over the top with her approach to the lyrics, especially the hooks – set here to some more contemporary instrumentation that shows that the trio weren't just a phenomenon of the disco generation. Titles include "Brooklyn", "I Believe In You", "True Love Survives", "Melanie", "Leave Me Alone", "Highway Runner", "Romeo", "I Need Time", "End Of The Week", "I'm A Rainbow", "Back Where You Belong", and "To Turn The Stone". CD
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SupremesReflections ... LP
Motown, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the later Supremes albums with Diana Ross as the headliner – and the final Supremes album with Holland-Dozier-Holland pulling the strings – and led of by the incredible title track! "Reflections" is a straight up incredible tune – one of those late 60s Motown production that allowed some of the sunshine and leftfield touches of the Pet Sounds era bubble underneath – and the huge, glorious chorus you'll be humming forever. Load of the slowbuilding hooks on this one – with tracks that include "Forever Came Today", "I Can't Make It Alone", "In And Out Of Love", "Bah-Bah-Bah", "What The World Need Now Is Love", "Up, Up And Away", "Then", "Misery Makes It's Home In My Heart" and "Ode To Billy Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Includes the Motown inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and aging, small cutout hole, and some fraying at the spine.)

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Lennie TristanoLennie Tristano/New Tristano ... CD
Atlantic, 1955/1961. Used ... $3.99
A double-length set of work from one of the greatest pianists of the 50s – both of his Atlantic albums together on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Lennie Tristano, from 1955 – darkly imaginative work from the great Tristano – and one of the few full albums he ever cut as a leader! The record features the incredible track "Turkish Mambo" – which has Tristano overdubbed 3 times in this dark modal way that's totally amazing, and which will hook you into his playing immediately! A number of other tracks feature a quartet with Lee Konitz – always a good match for Tristano – and a few others have a great trio that's completed by Peter Ind and Jeff Morton. Tracks include "Requiem", "East 32nd", "You Go To My Head", and "Line Up". New Tristano is an incredible record by Lenny – one that features him playing solo piano, but in a way that's so inventive, so creative, so pyrotechnic, that Atlantic Records had to include text on the back cover saying "No use is made of multi-tracking, over-dubbing, or tape-speeding." The album's also one of the last (the last?) that Lennie ever cut – and although many other players are kind of faltering in last sessions like this, Lennie's sounding better than ever – ready to take on a realm of new challenges in the 60s. Titles include "Love Lines", "G Minor Complex", "Becoming", and "Deliberation". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gino VannelliPauper In Paradise ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 About September 24, 2021
By this point in his career, Gino Vannelli was hardly a Pauper In Paradise – and with the perm in his hair, and shaggy rug on his chest, he was every bit the wealthy 70s modern man in his looks! But despite that mismatch, the album's a great one – mainstream pop with a surprising degree of soul – a blend that few others could hit this well and still retain a bit of credibility, but Gino seems to make it all work out quite well. Side one features some shorter hook-heavy tracks arranged by Gino and brother Joe – and side two features a longer suite done with Don Sebesky leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – one that really soars with some great Sebesky touches at times! Titles include "Black & Blue", "A Song & Dance", "Mardi Gras", "Valleys Of Valhalla", "The Surest Things Can Change", and "One Night With You". CD
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Gino VannelliPauper In Paradise ... LP
A&M, 1977. Very Good+ ... $1.99
By this point in his career, Gino Vannelli was hardly a Pauper In Paradise – and with the perm in his hair, and shaggy rug on his chest, he was every bit the wealthy 70s modern man in his looks! But despite that mismatch, the album's a great one – mainstream pop with a surprising degree of soul – a blend that few others could hit this well and still retain a bit of credibility, but Gino seems to make it all work out quite well. Side one features some shorter hook-heavy tracks arranged by Gino and brother Joe – and side two features a longer suite done with Don Sebesky leading the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – one that really soars with some great Sebesky touches at times! Titles include "Black & Blue", "A Song & Dance", "Mardi Gras", "Valleys Of Valhalla", "The Surest Things Can Change", and "One Night With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Roland P YoungHearsay/I-Land ... LP
Flow Chart/Palto Flats, 1984/1987. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
Roland P Young is reclining on the cover, in an image that's almost a sketch for a major label release by one of the UK singers of the new romantic years – and at some level, that's almost the vibe for the entire set here – a nicely lean take on more popular modes of the time, delivered with plenty of craft and charm from this underground artist! Roland's not afraid to serve up a catchy hook and go for a tune that could cross over big – but the lean production of the record gives the whole thing a vibe that's more in the territory of the cold wave scene – although Young is a lot warmer at the core. Some cuts feature additional vocals from Risa Young – and the LP features the rare EP releases I-Land and Hearsay – with titles that include "Victim", "Go Away", "Don't Make Me Wait", "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away", "It Hurts So Bad", "Different Package", and "Edge Of Disaster". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBorn To Be Together – The Songs Of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the 60s – featured here in a great mix of soul, rock, and vocal numbers from the time – including a fair number of unusual versions of hits from the team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil! Weil's got a style that's sometimes a bit deeper than her contemporaries – and when mixed with Barry's strong sense of punch in a tune, has a way of bringing some surprising sophistication to pop music – little emotive moments that peek out from more hook-heavy numbers – but all without ever sounding lachrymose or overblown. As part of that quality, lots of these tunes have some great New York-styled production – that uptown balance of emotion and class – and as with other titles in Ace's excellent songwriter series, the notes alone are almost worth the price of admission – given all the historical detail, cultural commentary, and cool images. Titles include "New World Coming" by Mama Cass, "Love Is Only Sleeping" by The Monkees, "Angelica" by Scott Walker, "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" by Gene Pitney, "Love Him" by Doris Day, "Good Good Lovin" by Bobby Hebb, "You Baby" by Len Barry, "Born To Be Together" by The Ronettes, "This Is A Love Song" by Bill Medley, "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by The Happenings, "Shape Of Things To Come" by Slade, and "Proud" by Johnny Crawford. CD

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✨✧ VariousForge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
Rare psychedelia from all over the world – rock, soul, funk and astral folk – styles flowing cohesively on a single compilation thanks to the killer melodies, hard drums & percussion, and the impeccable taste of the Now Again/Stones Throw team! Forge Your Own Chains, simply put, is one of the best ever compilations of its kind. A few of the tracks have been reissued in some capacity and have recognizable names to rare psych and funk collectors – it's to Now Again's credit that they're going for a great experience rather than simply compiling the deepest, darkest rarities – but that said, all this stuff is obscure in the grand scheme and totally amazing. It features tracks from the US, Colombia, Sweden, Iran, Nigeria and beyond – tracks by Ofege, East Of Underground, DR Hooker, Baby Grandmothers, Ana Y Jaime, The Strangers and more. Amazing, hard grooving psychedelia for obscure rock and rare beat diggers alike! Titles include "Song Of A Sinner" by Top Drawer, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by East Of Underground, "Forge Your Own Chains" by DR Hooker, ""Don't You Feel Me" by Damon, "Two To Make A Pair" by The Strangers, "It's Not Easy" by Ofege, "Somebody's Calling My Name" by Baby Grandmothers and more. 15 tracks in all. CD
Also available Forge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ VariousForge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99 28.98
Rare psychedelia from all over the world – rock, soul, funk and astral folk – styles flowing cohesively on a single compilation thanks to the killer melodies, hard drums & percussion, and the impeccable taste of the Now Again/Stones Throw team! Forge Your Own Chains, simply put, is one of the best ever compilations of its kind. A few of the tracks have been reissued in some capacity and have recognizable names to rare psych and funk collectors – it's to Now Again's credit that they're going for a great experience rather than simply compiling the deepest, darkest rarities – but that said, all this stuff is obscure in the grand scheme and totally amazing. It features tracks from the US, Colombia, Sweden, Iran, Nigeria and beyond – tracks by Ofege, East Of Underground, DR Hooker, Baby Grandmothers, Ana Y Jaime, The Strangers and more. Amazing, hard grooving psychedelia for obscure rock and rare beat diggers alike! Titles include "Song Of A Sinner" by Top Drawer, "Smiling Faces Sometimes" by East Of Underground, "Forge Your Own Chains" by DR Hooker, ""Don't You Feel Me" by Damon, "Two To Make A Pair" by The Strangers, "It's Not Easy" by Ofege, "Somebody's Calling My Name" by Baby Grandmothers and more. 15 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Forge Your Own Chains – Heavy Psychedelic Ballads and Dirges 1968 to 1974 ... CD 7.99

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VariousGet On Board The Soul Train – The Sound Of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1 (8CDs w/book & bonus 12 inch) ... CD
United Souls/Philadelphia International (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 8CD, book & bonus 12" single ... $139.99 149.99
An incredible tribute to the genius of the Philadelphia Records label – a box set that features CDs of eight important records on the imprint, plus a bonus 12" single, a 48 page book, a poster, and a numbered certificate too! Includes the records: Billy Paul/Going East – an amazing blend of soul, jazz, and a soaring sense of spiritualism that's not only rare for Billy Paul – but which makes the record sound different than any other Philly International LP from the time! Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes/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! O'Jays/Back Stabbers – a landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoul status! Billy Paul/360 Degrees Of Billy Paul – a set 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! Dick Jenson is the rare self-titled album from blue-eyed soul singer Dick Jensen – a set that has the obscure vocalist working with top-shelf talent in the Gamble & Huff team. Intruders/Save The Children is a classic album from this incredible Philly soul group! The Intruders were one of the first groups to work with the Gamble/Huff team – and their sides for the team from the 60s have an amazingly professional approach to harmony soul, never afraid to hit a good hook or go for a strong image to sell a song, yet still quite raw and honest in the vocal department, where things really matter. The self-titled MFSB record is a seminal album by this legendary Philly instrumental group – essentially the house band at Sigma Studios, and an incredible ensemble filled with top-shelf musicians! The sound here is virtually the blueprint for Philly soul of the 70s – a blend of wickedly tight rhythms and fuller orchestrations – served up in a way that's never sleepy, never overdone – and which has a careful balance that none of the group's imitators could match! Billy Paul/Ebony Woman is an amazing early album from Billy Paul – the start of a rich career of sophisticated soul, and a record that really put Paul on the map right away – making him one of the most soulful interpreters of song in the 70s! Also includes a 12" single – with versions of "Back Stabbers" done by both The O'Jays and MFSB. CD
(50th Anniversary Edition!)

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VariousRockets Of Love – Power Pop Gems From The 70s, 80s, & 90s ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
That's the great Cheap Trick on the cover – an image that gives you a very good idea of what you'll find inside – the kind of cool, catchy tunes that group mastered in the 70s – served up here by a really surprising range of artists from later years too! The "power pop" here is the key – as tunes are filled with hooks, and could certainly hit the charts – but also lie in that special space between punk, new wave, and early indie modes – heard here on cuts that run for a lot longer than the best-known power pop years of the late 70s and early 80s. The territory's a nice change from the usual Ace Records mode – and the set features 24 tracks that include "The Popular Girl" by Martin Newell, "I Need You" by The Wonders, "Whatever Happened To Fun" by Candy, "It's You Tonight" by The Flashcubes, "Foolish" by DM3, "Mary Anne" by Marshall Crenshaw, "Modern Man" by 4 Out Of 5 Doctors, "Winter In The Hamptons" by Josh Rouse, "I Wanna Be A Teen Again" by Tom Foolery, "Rocket O Love" by The Knack, "Never To Come Again" by Brad Jones, "Had To Make You Mine" by Cheap Trick, "Storybook" by The Blow Pops, and "Hearts In Her Eyes" by The Records. CD

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisMother Nature's Son ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums of all time – an incredible reworking of tunes by The Beatles, done in collaboration with Cadet Records studio maestro Charles Stepney – who brings in some amazing arrangements and production styles to the record! The tunes are familiar, but the versions here definitely aren't – as Stepney really pulls them apart and puts them back together with a great range of new elements – sometimes a bit of electronics, sometimes funky drums, and often the kind of deep-bottomed, Chicago soul-styled grooves that Chess/Cadet was hooking up to its best players in the late 60s. Ramsey plays both acoustic and electric piano, and the album is easily one of his (and Stepney's) most brilliant moments in the studio! Titles include "Back In USSR", "Julia", "Sexy Sadie", "Dear Prudence", and "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me & My Monkey". Funky, spacey, and totally great! CD
(Out of print, 2011 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Jeannie ReynoldsCherries, Bananas & Other Fine Things ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Jeannie Reynolds – and her lasting contribution to underground soul! Jeannie's vocals are nice and deep – with hints of southern diva phrasing, filtered through some of the tighter soul styles coming out of Chicago and other points north at the time! Detroit talents LJ Reynolds, Tony Hester, and Don Davis produce – save for one song by Michael Henderson – and the big highlight is the slow groover "The Fruit Song", a sly seductive stepper of a track, with rolling congas, sweeping strings, and a very catchy hook from Jeannie. That number runs for about 7 minutes long – and the album also includes a number of nice shorter cuts, like "I've Still Got My Pride", "The Feelin' Ain't There", and "You Want To Get Your Hands On A Woman" – all wonderful numbers that will have you loving Jeannie as one of your favorite new discoveries in 70s soul! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the Casablanca inner sleeve. Cover has edge wear, partially unglued top seam, and lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Smoke CityI Really Want You/In A World Of Fantasy ... 12-inch
BBC America, 1984. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice work from Smoke City – one of those few 80s groups that seemed to have a timeless sound that was never fettered by the overwrought studio touches of the time! "I Really Want You" is a nice groover – never too fast, or too disco, but just in the right pace to keep up with the very catchy vocal hook. "World Of Fantasy" is a slower, smoother cut – but one that still comes across nicely. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Tasha ThomasShoot Me (With Your Love) (voc, inst) (Atlantic pressing) ... 12-inch
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal groover from Tasha Thomas – her most-remembered track and a catchy club number that glides along nicely! The disco groove is offset by some nice spacey production on the vocals, a good pop-styled hook, and some vamping guitar and nice percussion bits that are our favorite aspect of the tune! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Atlantic/Atco Disco sleeve, with light wear. Label has a small sticker.)

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✨✧ AntibalasWhere The Gods Are At Peace ... LP
Daptone, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys – but this time around, there's an urgency that really grabs us – maybe because of the political climate in which the set was recorded, or maybe just because these guys always keep growing and maturing, where so many other similar combos are just content to stick in the same territory. The lead vocals by Duke Amayo are incredible – with a righteous power that demands to be heard – and the horns are more creative and colorful than ever, with some fantastic solos on the album's very long tracks. And of course, the grooves are great – that blend of riffing guitars and percussion that Antibalas have updated from 70s Afro Funk – on titles that include the three-part "Tombstown" suite, plus "Hook & Crook" and "Gold Rush". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ FoundationsFoundations – The Pye Records As, Bs, & Eps ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Most folks know The Foundations for one big crossover hit that still gets a lot of oldies radio play – but the group have a heck of a lot more to offer than that, as you'll hear in this wonderful collection that not only features all their 7" single releases from the UK, but also includes later solo material from the group's lead singer, Clem Curtis! The group were initially a bunch of British lads inspired by the sound of Motown, and they hooked up with Curtis, a singer from Trinidad – who really gave them the sound they wanted in the lead, and helped further the important identity of the group as a mixed-race act. Their sound is wonderfully tight – kind of a small group take on the larger studio majesty of Detroit soul – but with some nice British touches too, and a great sense of songwriting that gave the group plenty of original material along the way – a good deal of which you'll hear on this set. The 2CD package features 39 single tracks by The Foundations – including "Back On My Feet Again", "Come On Back To Me", "I Can Take Or Leave Your Loving", "Am I Grooving You", "New Direction", "Jerking The Dog", "Baby Now That I've Found You", "In The Bad Bad Old Days", "Born To Live Born To Die", "Solomon Grundy", "Till Night Brought Day", "Waiting On The Shores Of Nowhere", and "Build Me Up Buttercup". Also includes mid 70s solo work by Clem Curtis – five more tracks that include "Point Of No Return", "Time Alone Will Tell", "Mountain Over The Hill", and "I've Never Found A Girl". CD

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✨✧ Merle HaggardMama Tried ... LP
Capitol, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the highest moments of genius from the great Merle Haggard – a set that kicks off with the incredible title hit, then keeps on staying strong all the way through! Merle's still in his early Capitol themes here – with lots of songs about regret, loss, and times of mistakes – served up on some classic tunes from the pen of the man himself, plus others by some of his cooler contemporaries! The minute the guitar rings out at the start of "Mama Tried", we're hooked all over again – then hold fast for a wonderful set of tunes that include "Run Em Off", "In The Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)", "I Could Have Gone Right", "Teach Me To Forget", and "Too Many Bridges To Cross Over" – plus one of our all-time favorites, "Little Ole Wine Drinker Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Steve ReichFour Organs/Phase Patterns ... CD
Superior Viaduct, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant minimal work from Steve Reich – pre-fame performances that really get to the core of minimalist composition from the start of the movement – played by a hip small group of musicians that includes Reich, Steve Chambers, Art Murphy, and Philip Glass! "Four Organs" is a wonderful combination of the instruments mentioned in the title – coming together with a cool drone-building quality, and driven by some very slight, soft rhythms on maracas – very cool, and relatively spare – but with a compelling sound that definitely shows that Reich and his contemporaries were onto a whole new groove. "Phase Patterns" has organs again - and is a slow, subtle exploration of Reich's early ideas on patterns of phase shifting – delivered here in a spare, stark, simple way that really hooks you into his musical ideas, in ways that some of the larger concept records sometimes fail to do. CD

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✨✧ XLos Angeles ... LP
Slash/Fat Possum, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest records to ever come out of the west coast punk scene at the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – incredibly well-penned and well-played – at a level that instantly leaves behind so many of its contemporaries! The themes of the tunes are fantastic – sung by Exene Cervenka and John Doe – as little tales of lust, greed, compromise, and decay – all set to the fantastic drums of DJ Bonebrake and the searing guitar of the great Billy Zoom! The quartet are amazing together – never missing a beat as they rip through classics that include "Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not", "Johnny Hit & Run Pauline", "Soul Kitchen", "Nausea", "Los Angeles", and "Sex & Dying In High Society". LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 remastered version.)

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✨✧ Young Ones Of GuyanaYoung Ones Of Guyana On Tour/Reunion ... CD
BBE (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of albums from this Guyana group – both recorded overseas, and with a really unique sort of vibe! Young Ones Of Guyana On Tour was recorded in 1970, while the group was in London – at the legendary Landsdowne Studios, home to some really groundbreaking jazz at the time – a location that must have left some sort of imprint on the combo, as they work here in a mix of different styles that includes soul, Latin, and even Jamaican modes – often using strong lead guitar upfront, usually peppered with very cool Farfisa organ lines too. Many of the cuts are instrumentals, and some are vocals – and the mix reminds us a lot of the sorts of variety you'd get on a late 60s rocksteady album. Titles include "Liquidator", "Monkey Man", "Express Way", "Love Can Make You Happy", "No More Heartaches", and "Meditation". Reunion was recorded in Toronto in 1973 – after the group took a hiatus from recording for a bit, to reemerge here with a style that's definitely matured for the time! The organ has shifted from Farfisa to Hammond, but still used in these nice lean lines – and the vocals are more prominent, and maybe more soulful too – especially when the group take on some American soul tracks from the time. Titles include "Guitar Man", "Hooked On Me", "Poppa Joe", "Oh Girl", "If Loving You Is Wrong", "Suriname", "Ain't No Sunshine", and "Lean On Me". CD

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✨✧ VariousBlues Masters Vol 7 – Blues Revival ... CD
Rhino, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Jimmy Reed, Mississippi John Hurt, Dave 'Snaker' Ray, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Son House, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Otis Spann, Slim Harpo, Sonny Boy Williamson, John Mayall's Blues Beakers, Albert King, Canned Heat and BB King. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Idle RaceBirthday Party (2CD version – mono/stereo with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/Grapefruit (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A classic album from Idle Race – an incredible pre-ELO, pre-Move group that featured some amazing work from a young Jeff Lynne! The music is a great mix of trippy and catchy styles – and in a way, the work here is almost more ELO than some of the earliest albums issued by that band a few years later – which was sometimes a bit heavier overall. Instead, Idle Race almost work in a 60s version of the pop-styled groove that Lynne would bring to ELO during their mighty mid 70s run – with a great flair for catchy hooks, and a style of production that was in the same flanged-out, cross-speaker compressed mode that would become the Jeff Lynne trademark in years to come (think especially "Mr Blue Sky" or "Diary Of Horace Wimp"). Titles include "On With The Show", "Sitting In My Tree", "I Like My Toys", "The Birthday", "The Skeleton & The Roundabout", "End Of The Road", and "The Lady Who Said She Could Fly". Great 2CD pressing – with the full 13 track album in both stereo and mono – plus bonus material that includes "Here We Go Round The Lemon Tree", "My Father's Son", "Imposers Of Life's Magazine", "Sitting In My Tree (alt)", "Lucky Man (alt)", "Days Of The Broken Arrows", "Worn Red Carpet", and "Follow Me Follow (alt)". CD

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Don BlackmanDon Blackman ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". CD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)

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Blue FeatherCall Me Up/Let's Funk Tonight (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) (2021 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $24.99
Blue Feather may look a bit hokey on the cover, but they sound really wonderful on the record – a sweet, smooth, funky group who were one of the best on the scene in the early 80s! The vibe here is a lot like the best Brit funk of the period – all these riffing guitars, warm keyboards, and bumping basslines on "Call Me Up" – fitting the catchy lyrics wonderfully, and setting things up for some very cool keyboard sounds too! "Let's Funk Tonight" definitely lives up to the title – a super-groovy tune that runs for almost 10 minutes in length – hook-heavy lyrics upfront, but lots of room for bass solos and all these cool spacey keyboard sounds too – so much so that the tune is more instrumental than vocal! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(40th Anniversary Edition individually numbered limited to 750 – on heavyweight transparent blue vinyl!)

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Jimmy Giuffre1961 (Fusion/Thesis) ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1961. Used 2CD ... $24.99
2 amazing albums from the 2nd version of the Jimmy Giuffre 3! After working with his first combo of Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Hall during the late 50s, Giuffre hooked up with a pair of younger modernists – Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – reintroducing the piano and bass to his trio format, instruments that had been previously missing because Giuffre wanted to explore the possibilities of melodic composition freed from rhythmic constraints. With this trio, Giuffre was still working in that mode – as you'll hear on Bley and Swallow's incredibly free playing. The group's performances are not free jazz by any means, but they're a key link in that tradition – as Giuffre and crew do an excellent job of creating unconventional compositions, most of which feel like little sculptures in sound. There's a total of 20 tracks on 2CDs – and titles include "Cry, Want", "Trudgin", "Jesus Maria", "Ictus", "Sonic", "Whirrrrr", "The Gamut", "Herb & Ictus", and "Flight". Both records originally available on Verve, now repackaged by ECM. CD
(Out of print.)

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Green DayNimrod ... LP
Reprise/Rhino, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
Green Day as in command of killer hooks and stomping choruses as ever! Nimrod was bit underappreciated by longtime fans growing weary of Green Day's aging process towards the late 90s, but it's got a well earned and slowly built reputation as a fan favorite nowadays. With the formula of unapologetically appropriated craft well in place – proudly working in the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" school of pop punk – there's some pretty smart and honest vulnerability in the lyrics, with the fellas well aware that getting older doing what they do is a tricky thing to pull off. Given that they're as popular as ever deep in the next millennium, they clearly got it right! Includes "Nice Guys Finish Last", "Hitchin' A Ride", "Redundant", "All The Time", "Jinx", "Reject", "King For A Day", "Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Chaka KhanCK ... LP
Warner, 1988. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A sweet 80s groover from Chaka Khan – one that features a fair bit of beats and bassline – thanks to tight production from Prince, Chris Jasper, and Russ Titelman! Russ is actually the man behind most of the set – and he really shows off his great talent for a hook-heavy soul tune – keeping things relatively electro overall, but always letting Chaka be the star of the show with her wonderfully warm vocals – still soaring out every bit as much as in her previous work with Arif Mardin, and maybe even more essential in this setting! Titles include "Soul Talkin", "Sticky Wicked", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Make It Last", "I'll Be Around", and "Signed Sealed Delivered". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ KraftwerkAutobahn ... CD
Kling Klang/Mute, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A groundbreaking record from Kraftwerk – a set that unified the 70s worlds of analogue electronics and prog rock – yet somehow managed to set the scene for a whole new sound to come! The album's a treasure all the way through – slow-building, and with beautiful bubbling moments that have these surprisingly simple hooks – heard to best effect in the album's classic title cut "Autobahn" – but echoed nicely through the album's other longer tracks too – "Kometenmelodie 1 &2", "Mitternacht", and "Morgenspaziergang". CD
(2009 remastered edition – includes slipcase.)
Also available Autobahn (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ MaxwellNow (brown vinyl pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 2001. New Copy (reissue)... On November 26, 2021
Maxwell's third LP, and he just keeps getting better. His songwriting skills have become more finely honed, and the arrangements and general feel still maintain his warm, retro modern vibe. We never tire of his soulful vocals, and music that references classics like the Isleys, Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware or Leroy Hutson without ever having to resort to aping them or sampling their hooks. 12 tracks, including "Getting To Know Ya", "Lifetime", "Changed", "For Lovers Only", "Temporary Nite", "Silently", "Symptom Unkown" and "Now/At The Party". (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Saturday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 26. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited "Root Beer" brown vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ PrincePurple Rain ... LP
Warner, 1984. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly catchy tunes that are still delivered with a nice funky undercurrent. The whole Prince family is at the top of their game at this point – and titles include "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy", "I Would Die 4 U", "When Doves Cry", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve and poster!)
Also available Purple Rain (deluxe expanded edition – 3CDs/DVD) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ PrincePurple Rain (deluxe expanded edition – 3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Warner, 1984. Used 3CDs/DVD ... $22.99
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly catchy tunes that are still delivered with a nice funky undercurrent. The whole Prince family is at the top of their game at this point – and titles include "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy", "I Would Die 4 U", "When Doves Cry", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". This fantastic 3CD/DVD version features a completely new 2015 Paisley Park remaster of the album, done by Prince – plus a full CD that features unreleased songs and tracks from the vaults – with titles that include "Katrina's Paper Dolls", "We Can F**k", "Father's Song", "Possessed", "Computer Blue (hallway speech version)", "Love & Sex", "The Dance Electric", "Our Destiny/Roadhouse Garden", "Wonderful Ass", "Velvet Kitty Cat", and "Electric Intercourse (studio version)". CD3 features lots of rare single edits and non-LP b-sides – with tracks that include "Erotic City", "Let's Go Crazy (special dance mix)", "17 Days (edit)", "Baby I'm A Star (edit)", "I Would Die 4 U (extended)", "Another Lonely Christmas (extended)", "Take Me With U (edit)", "God (edit)", "When Doves Cry (7" edit)", and "God (inst)". DVD features a never-issued concert performance, recorded at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in March of 1985 – with 19 songs in all! CD

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Rolling StonesExile On Main Street (deluxe 2CD edition) ... CD
Virgin/Universal, 1972. Used 2CD ... $19.99
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbling Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. 2CD deluxe remastered edition includes a bonus disc with 10 previously unreleased tracks that were recorded in the Exile era, some finished up specifically for this release. Bonus tracks include "Pass The Wine", "Plundered My Soul", "Dancing In The Light", "Following The River", "So Divine (Aladdin Story)", alternate takes of "Loving Cup" and "Soul Survivor" and more! CD
(Out of print. Includes bonus interview disc!!!)

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Talib Kweli feat Mary J BligeI Try (radio, inst, LP, LP inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Rawkus/Interscope, 2004. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The first single from Kweli's Beautiful Struggle – a weepy slow jam produced by Kanye West, and featuring a strong chorus by Mary J Blige! Mary is what really makes this single a winner. This isn't simply one of those myriad A-list guest spots in which the diva comes into the studio, breathes a line into the make that's then looped over and over for the hook. Mary treats this one the a real soulful effort, which couldn't go down better thanks to Kanye's soul-trained approach, and Talib's laid back wisdom. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Three DegreesGold (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Crimson (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $11.99
A great collection of work from the Three Degrees – a female soul group who really found a way to move the music forward after the girl group years of the 60s! The trio had recorded previously, in a somewhat more standard style of Philly soul – but during the 70s they hooked up with the studio genius of Gamble & Huff, and managed to make some really amazing music that forever helped transform the style of female soul on the dancefloor! Their vocals are a perfect match for the soaring strings and lively rhythms of the Philly International groove – and the cuts are as sweet as they are grooving – a magical balance that few other groups could strike this well. This 3CD set is overflowing with great work – two tracks of regular cuts for Philly International, including work with MFSB – and a full CD with 10 more rare tracks – longer versions, single cuts, and live material. 40 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dirty Ol Man", "Woman In Love", "The Runner", "Jump The Gun", "Golden Lady", "Red Light", "Out Of Love Again", "Bodycheck", "Magic In The Air", "TSOP", "Love Is The Message", "Take Good Care Of Yourself", "La Chanson Populaire", "Giving Up Giving In", "My Simple Heart", "Free Ride (live)", "Starlight (long version)", "The Runner (extra long version)", "Love Train (live)", "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me (live)", and "Living For The City/For The Love Of Money (live)". CD

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✨✧ Ice CubeAmeriKKKa's Most Wanted/Kill At Will ... CD
Priority, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hard-nosed, funky masterpiece from Ice Cube – who hooks up with Bomb Squad for the incredible production! When Ice Cube left NWA he took a lot of the more sobering lyrical aspects of that landmark crew with him, and with the addition of the Bomb Squad's cut & paste rhythms and jackhammer funk, and a bit of new ally Chuck D's social muckraking skills, he created one of the greatest hip hop albums of the 90s. Ice Cube at his solo peak! ! Features the unbeatable title track, "A Gangsta's Fairytale", "Better Off Dead", "Endangered Species" with Chuck D, "Turn Off The Radio", "Who's The Mack?", "To Come Here", "Once Upon A Time In The Projects" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ IntrudersCowboys To Girls/Turn The Hands Of Time ... 7-inch
Gamble, Late 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff from this great Philly group! "Cowboys To Girls" is probably the group's biggest track from the old days – with a loping hook that's as sweet as it is catchy! "Turn The Hands Of Time" is wonderful too – with a strident driving groove, punctuated with vibes, and featuring some incredible harmonies that really send the message of the cut! Bobby Martin arranged both cuts – and did a fantastic job! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Mick JacksonWeekend (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Atco, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great remake of the Wet Willie hit – one that's got a soaring, strutting clubby feel that's totally wonderful! The tune's a superb anthem from the old days – and although the hook's a bit commercial, it still sounds plenty great to us after all these years! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Atlantic Disco sleeve. Sleeve and labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ Shirley JonesDo You Get Enough Love (love mix, voc)/We Can Work It Out ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1986. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great number from Shirley Jones' solo career for Philly after the breakup of The Jones Girls – a sweetly smooth stepper penned by Bunny Sigler, and done with a warmly building hook that's totally great! "We Can Work It Out" isn't the Beatles' tune, but it's also nothing special either – a bit poppy overall. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ PrincePurple Rain ... CD
Warner, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly catchy tunes that are still delivered with a nice funky undercurrent. The whole Prince family is at the top of their game at this point – and titles include "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy", "I Would Die 4 U", "When Doves Cry", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". CD
Also available Purple Rain (deluxe expanded edition – 3CDs/DVD) ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Rolling StonesExile On Main Street ... LP
Rolling Stones, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbling Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(UK 180 gram half speed mastered pressing. Includes the postcards and printed inner sleeves.)
Also available Exile On Main Street (deluxe 2CD edition) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireSpirit/That's The Way Of The World (SACD multi-channel disc) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classics from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! First up is Spirit – a big hit for the group – and a great album of smooth funky soul! Spirit is a perfect example of the way that Earth Wind & Fire could tighten things up, yet still keep them real – holding onto the deeply spiritual side that first made them great – but also focusing their energy towards a wider audience that showed their influence for years! Of course, with Charles Stepney helping out on production, it's hard to miss – and he's one of the few cats who could handle a blend like this so well. The compression in the band's playing is impeccable – with just the right mix of spacey spiritualism, sophisticated jazzy playing, and a straight ahead love of the soulful hook. Includes the instrumentals "Biyo" and "Departure", plus the vocal tracks "Earth Wind & Fire","Burnin Bush", "Spirit", "Imagination", and "Getaway", all produced to perfection by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! That's The Way Of The World may be Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, and Afrocentric jazz – all expertly handled by the great Charles Stepney, who still has the same rich talent for blending styles that he had while working at Chess/Cadet during the glory days of the late 60s. Some of these songs have been played to death (and covered so much) over the years that it's often easy to forget what a crowning moment this was for former underground soul heroes Earth, Wind & Fire – but we'll never cease to be amazed at the power of their mid-70s work, and this album's the best of the best. Titles include "Shining Star", "That's The Way Of The World", "Reasons", "Africano", "See The Light", and "Happy Feelin". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ GypsyComes A Time – The United Artists Recordings (Gypsy/Brenda & The Rattlesnake/bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The full United Artists recordings of this enigmatic group – two full albums, and a bonus single too! First up is the self-titled Gypsy – work by a group who shouldn't be confused with the American act of the same name, even though their sound definitely has some influence from the rootsier sound of our scene at the same time! Acoustic and electric guitar lines mix up nicely, and the group often harmonize the lyrics between the singers – with a sinister edge at times that's a nice surprise, and an unusual approach that's nicely hard to peg – almost as if these guys took a jar full of familiar influences, shook it up, and poured out a special brew of their own. Titles include "Turning Wheel", "I Want To Be Beside You", "Standing Alone Feel So Bad", "Pony Ride", "Keep On Trying", and "What Makes A Man A Man". Brenda & The Rattlesnake has the group changing their lineup slightly, and their sound a bit more – really tightening things up on both the guitars and the vocals – which have this really wonderful focus that's produced strongly with a nice current of fuzz at the edges. There's a sense of compression that marks some of the more mainstream British work of the period, but these guys are hardly pop at all – maybe just a bit more hard rocking than before, but still very much their own bag. Titles include "Change Your Mind", "Shame", "Who's Cheating", "Brand New Car", "Midnight Fighter", and "Let's Roll". 2CD set features detailed notes, and the bonus single "Changes Coming" and "Don't Cry On Me". CD

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

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✨✧ Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most monumental debuts in rock history – a record that hit the world like a led zeppelin, and left an impression for years to come! Led Zeppelin pretty much took over rock right from the beginning – which isn't too surprising, given that Jimmy Page had an in-demand guitar heavy for years already – but the power of this debut is still astonishing after all these years – a blistering blend of bluesy roots, psych fuzz, and razor-sharp instrumental dexterity! The whole thing's a gem – and titles include "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You" "You Shook Me", "Dazed And Confused", "Your Time Is Gonna Come", "Black Mountain Side", and "I Can't Quit You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy vinyl – and remastered by Jimmy Page too!)
Also available Led Zeppelin (deluxe 2CD edition) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ James BrownIt's A Mother (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Culture Factory, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out grooves as the album rolls on will pull you even further into the fold. Most tracks roll on with that improvised studio jamming style that James was hitting at the time – a pre-JBs mode that's not as long as later years, but which still makes you feel that there probably was plenty more recorded on the dates that didn't make it into the two-part versions of the tracks! And although James is singing on most numbers, the real focus is more on the band – hitting hard, vamping sharp, and grooving massively under shouted calls and directions from Brown. Titles include two great instrumentals – "Popcorn With a Feeling" and "Top of the Stack" – plus "Little Groove Maker Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Mother Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Mashed Potato Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Any Day Now", "You're Still Out Of Sight", and "I'm Shook" – as well as the great mellower number "If I Ruled The World" – redone here as an African-American anthem of pride and power! CD
(Limited edition.)

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✨✧ Donald ByrdEthiopian Knights (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style, and very different than the later funky fusion from trumpeter Donald Byrd! Before Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70s – on records like Blackbyrd and Street Lady – he recorded this gem, kind of a "lost" album that has Donald working in an open-ended electric sound – one that's clearly inspired by the experiments of Miles Davis, but which has a generally funkier feel overall! The tracks are very long – with lots of spiraling keyboard and trumpet solos – and the hip players on the set include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, David T Walker on guitar, Harold Land on tenor, and Joe Sample on organ – a very cool combo that's got a cross between The Crusaders and the Hutcherson/Land quintet! We love the tracks on this set – especially "The Emperor" and "The Little Rasti", which are both over 15 minutes long, and have a haunting spacey sound that's a departure from Donald's usual work! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Heaven Bound with Tony ScottiHeaven Bound With Tony Scotti (aka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do) ... LP
MGM, 1972. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Pure AM radio pop from the glory days of MGM! Pop impresario Tony Scotti was one of the harmony vocalists who comprised Heaven Bound – and he produced the album with a sweet sound that's part late Beach Boys, part 70s Four Seasons, and part LA electric soundtrack. The record's got some real charms, and plenty of breathy 70s pop song hooks. Includes versions of Neil Young's "On The Way Home" and The Beatles' "I Will" – plus "He'd Rather Have The Rain", "I Kept On Loving You", "Five Hundred Miles", and "Come Run With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label promo. Cover has a split spine, a DJ sticker, and light surface wear.)
 
 
 



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