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✨✧ Franco AmbrosettiJazz Portrait Of Franco Ambrosetti (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Right Tempo (Italy), 1965/1996. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
All-star Italian jazz session featuring a quartet with Franco Ambrosetti on trumpet, Franco D'Andrea on piano, and Giorgio Azzolini on bass. The focus is on Ambrosetti's trumpet, and he solos with a sparkling sound on tracks like "Blue In Green", "Minority", "Like Someone In Love", and "Enriquete". Recorded in 1965 in Italy, with a brilliant sound, and some razor sharp solos by Ambrosetti. Although his 70's recordings have been more easily available, this early session has always been darn tough to find. This sharply packaged reissue includes 8 extra bonus cuts that weren't on the original LP, too! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Tyrone DavisTurning Point! ... LP
Dakar, 1975. Very Good ... $3.99
One of Tyrone Davis' last albums for Dakar – and a great one too – issued in 1976 before the demise of that label, and Tyrone's big move to Columbia Records! Tyrone's still working strongly here in that great Chicago mix of smooth and rough – a sound first forged on his early Dakar hits, and carried through strongly here by arrangers Tom Tom and James Mack – who still keep a lot of the indie elements that made Davis' music for Dakar great right from the start. The centerpiece of the album is the title track "Turning Point", and it's situated in a set of other nice tunes, a number of which have that smoothed-out feel that Tyrone brought to his work in the late 70s. Includes a remake of "Turn Back The Hands Of Time" (done at a nice ballad tempo), plus "It's So Good (To Be Home With You)", "Saving My Love For You", and "I Can't Bump" (parts 1 & 2). LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a split bottom seam and a cutout notch.)

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Diego FrabettiInterno 41 ... CD
Alfa (Italy), 2019. New Copy ... $18.99
We'll be honest in saying that we'd never heard the music of trumpeter Diego Frabetti before this album, and only picked it up because it features Fender Rhodes from Danny Grissett – but after the first few notes, we were in love right away – and really love the sound of both Frabetti and his group on the session! Grissett is a key part of the set, and also plays some great acoustic piano as well – and the combo also features Barend Middelhof on tenor, Davide Brillante on guitar, Stefano Senni on bass, and Nicola Angelucci on drums – again, all players who are new to us, and who work together beautifully here with a strong sense of cohesion that really comes through in the colors of the sound! Frabetti's got a voice that's right on the money, and never overdone – and the balance of trumpet, tenor, guitar, and keyboards is wonderful throughout – on titles that include "Maestro Up Tempo", "Melamia", "Stessi Occhi", "Ciclico", "Piogge", and "Interno 41". CD

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GQGQ Two ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1980. Used ... $9.99
Completely sublime grooves from GQ – a second set that's almost even better than their first – thanks to perfect production, and wicked rhythms that are right on the money, track after track! The group start the set with a flurry of upbeat grooves that really show the full potential of ensemble funk at the end of the 70s – tight cuts that steer far from any disco or dancefloor cliches, and which have a bass-heavy sound that's completely infectious! Then, they flip things over with an equally great batch of ballads – mellow cuts that show that the group can handled the slower side of the tempo scale too – a perfect balance that really earns them the class you'd guess from a name like GQ. The set features a killer remake of Billy Stewart's "Sitting In The Park", plus the cuts "Standing Ovation", "Is It Cool", "Someday In Your Life", "Lies", "GQ Down", "Don't Stop This Feeling", and "Reason For The Season". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tubby HayesTubby Hayes & The Jazz Couriers Featuring Ronnie Scott (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Tempo/Sawano (Japan), 1957. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Hard wailing hardbop from one of the greatest players of the postwar European scene – the mighty tenor talent Tubby Hayes, heard hear in the company of his frequent late 50s partner Ronnie Scott! The album's one of the best the pair ever cut together – twin tenors on most tracks, but also a bit of vibes from Hayes as well – used sparingly, but at just the right points to color in some deeper sounds on the set. The rhythm section is great – with Terry Shannon on piano, Phil Bates on bass, Bill Eyden on drums – and trumpeter Jimmy Deuchar joins the quintet on 2 of the album's 8 tracks, making for a somewhat fuller sound at points. Hayes' solos alone are worth the price of admission – as perfectly-crafted as Sonny Rollins at this point in his career – and titles include "Plebus", "On A Misty Night", "Reunion", "Through The Night Roard The Overland Express", "Oh My", "Royal Ascot", and "A Foggy Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful – and includes insert too!)

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James Hunter SixI Don't Wanna Be Without You/I Got Eyes ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $5.99
Raw soul from the James Hunter Six – right up there the best of his recordings for Daptone! "I Don't Wanna Be Without You" is stripped down really nicely, letting James's sweetly gritty voice carry the vibe, as it should for an intimate song, but it's backed by the coolest vintage organ sound we've heard in a while, some perfect horns and percussion. "I Got Eyes" ups the tempo a bit on the flip, and it's another great tune with a solid hook, and even more impressive vocals. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Quarteto 004Retrato Em Branco E Preto ... CD
Ritmos Codil/Discobertas (Brazil), Mid 60s. New Copy ... About July 15, 2019
A wonderful rare bossa classic! Quarteto 004 is a super-hip group with a sound that mixes bossa instrumentation and vocal harmonies – in a style that's similar to Tamba Trio, but with vocals that are much more complex, and which really push the range of the genre. The style is simply wonderful – and according to the notes, Jobim had a hand in a lot of the arrangements! The whole thing's soaringly beautiful – right up there with the best of the best mid 60s bossa albums – with titles that include "Viagem", "E Tarde", "Cancao Do Encontro", "Retrato Em Branco E Preto", "Bom Tempo", "Vou Te Contar", "Samba Do Perdao", and "Moca". CD

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Slick RickArt Of Storytelling ... CD
Def Jam, 1999. Used ... $1.99
To our ears, the best Slick Rick LP since his classic first LP from way back when. Nice laid back mid-tempo production throughout. "The Art of Storytelling" is right, with lots of the short stories he's known for. And the numerous guest appearances really work (including Raekwon, Nas, Canibus, Outcast) with the guest MC's adapting their style to Slick Rick's, rather than just doing they're usual material – even Snoop sounds dope on "Unify." As a bonus, there's three live tracks with Doug E. Fresh, including "The Show" and "La Di Da Di." Stand out tracks include "I Own America parts I and II", "Kill Niggaz", "Frozen" with Raekwon, "I Own America", "Why Why Why". CD

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✨✧ NirvanaMTV Unplugged In New York ... LP
Geffen, 1994. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nirvana's classic session for MTV's Unplugged – slowing down the tempo and stripping away the feedback and squalling electric guitars of their early 90s classics – as well as showing Kurt Cobain's command of cover tunes! This is a set that blew expectations right out of the water. It shows the essence of the great Cobain songwriting, as well has his gift for interpreting others – drawing parallels from Bowie, The Meat Puppets to traditional folk and blues. Amazing! Includes "About A Girl", "The Man Who Sold The World", "Where Did You Sleep Last Night", "Lake Of Fire", "All Apologies", "Dumb", "Polly" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram vinyl.)

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✨✧ Lo BorgesRio Da Lua ... CD
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Lo Borges – the legendary Brazilian singer that we've loved since his first "corner club" work with Milton Nascimento in the 70s – and who looks as if he hasn't aged a bit in the photo included with the album! Borges was always one of the strongest Brazilian songwriters of his generation – and a sophisticated, subtle singer whose approach was always just right for his words – an approach that hasn't changed a bit, as Lo works here with older musical partner Nelson Angelo, whose help was so important on his first self-titled album from 1972! Backing is by a small group, nicely under-produced – and all songs are originals by Borges and Angelo, with titles that include "Rio Da Lua", "Profeta, "No Caminho", "Em Outras Cancoes", "Foto 3 x 4", "Antes Do Tempo", and "Partimos". CD
 
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✨✧ Lamont DozierRight There ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of Lamont Dozier's biggest albums of the 70s – a sweet debut for Warner Brothers, but one that still keeps all the best elements of his ABC albums firmly intact! Arrangements are still by Lamont and McKinley Jackson – who really know how to help Dozier find that tightness brewed up in the Detroit scene, while also pushing things further with some upbeat grooves that really find new territory too! Dozier's vocals are great – that slightly less than perfect style that always makes his work sound so personal and meaningful next to some of his slicker 70s contemporaries – a really appealing style that always has his 70s records at the top of our listening stack. Titles include "Joy", "Groovin On a Natural High", "Right There", "With A Little Bit Of Mending (We Could Be As Good As New)", "Ain't Never Loved Nobody", and a great remake of "It's the Same Old Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinGet It Right ... CD
Arista, 1983. Used ... $4.99
A real standout from Aretha Franklin's years on Arista – a set produced by Luther Vandross, with a soaring groove that really opens Aretha up nicely! Luther's more in the mode here of his 70s club productions than his 80s hits – that warm, midtempo vibe that's full of lush moments, but never in ways that are cloyingly commercial. Franklin's vocals light up the tunes in the way that Luther's own might do – really soaring out beautifully in this setting. Titles include "I Got Your Love", "Giving In", "Get It Right", "Pretender", "Every Girl", "I Wish It Would Rain", and "Better Friends Than Lovers". CD
(Out of print.)

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Piero PiccioniRight Or Wrong/Once & Again ... 7-inch
Four Flies (Italy), 1971. New Copy (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
Two tracks from the soundtrack to Dopo Di Che Uccide Il Maschio E Lo Divora – on 45 for the first time ever! "Right Or Wrong" has a fantastic slow funk bassline – stepping at a great midtempo pace, while strings sweep and soar around the edges, and this echoey piano line holds strong in the middle! "Once & Again" is more slow funk, but in a different way – as there's a cool female vocal in the lead, which really gives the whole thing a slinky, sexy sort of groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 399 – in sleeves that are varied!)

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Betty WrightBetty Wright Live ... LP
Alston/TK, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
A fantastic live album from the great Betty Wright – and one of the few recorded documents of the way that classic soul singers would evolve the nature of their songs in a concert setting! Betty's recording for Alston/TK here, but the mode she uses is one that would grace countless performances to come from lots of her southern soul contemporaries, including many who would end up recording for Malaco in the 80s – this warmly personal, all-entertainment approach that really heightens the spirit of the singer way past their familiar songs and lyrics. Betty does some great monologue bits on the album – the most famous of which is on her 8 minute take of "Tonight Is The Night" – hugely superior to the studio version. There's also a great "Clean Up Woman Medley", in which betty sings that song and mixes it with bits of other 70s songs over the course of 11 minutes – showing that she's the one and only clean up woman! Other tracks include "Where Is The Love", "You Can't See For Lookin", "Lovin Is Really My Game", and "A Song For You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Betty WrightMother Wit ... CD
Ms B/Vision, 1987. Used ... $7.99
Betty's on her own here – producing herself, arranging all the tracks, and even issuing the material on her own Ms B label – and you know what? She does a pretty great job! The album's a pretty decent batch of smooth modern soul numbers – and avoids most of the cliches that Betty's late 60s soul contemporaries were falling into at the time, especially when recording on smaller labels. Sure, there's a few duds on here – but you'd expect that from the vintage, and the real surprise is the way that the smoother mellow numbers like "No Pain, No Gain" and "After The Pain" come across. Other titles include "Miami Groove", "Say It Again", "Love Days", "Fakin Moves", and "Unsolicited Advice". CD
(Out of print.)

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Betty Wright & The RootsBetty Wright – The Movie (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
S Curve/Expansion (UK), 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Amazing, simply amazing – and a record that's way more than we were expecting! The Roots team up here with legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright – in music that comes from a film project, but which really stands up brilliantly on its own – as a record that may well be Betty's best recording in decades! Questlove helped Betty with production, and the sound is a brilliant update on that 70s Miami Funk mode that first brought Wright to fame – lots of lean, snakey, TK-styled grooves – played by Roots members with a slight ear towards contemporary modes, but a damn keen appreciation for 70s soul all the way through! And although the set features a few famous guests – Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone, and Lenny Williams – it's Wright who really blows our mind here – a hell of a singer after all these years, nestled in a perfect set of tunes to make her sparkle all over again. Titles include "Old Songs", "Real Woman", "In The Middle Of The Game", "Surrender", "Grapes On A Vine", "So Long So Wrong", "You & Me Leroy", "Look Around", and "Hollywould". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies! First time on LP!)

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Si ZentnerRight Here Right Now – The Big Mod Sound Of Si Zentner & His Orchestra ... LP
Liberty, 1967. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A mod swinger from bandleader Si Zentner – a talent who's always ready to groove with the times – which in this case means that he's got a sweet 60s style that's mighty darn nice! Si's band is a big one, but they've got a lean Liberty Records feel here – really moving nicely over a range of contemporary numbers that are somewhere between jazz and pop instrumentals – probably more of the former, given all the great horn arrangements on the set! Titles include "Sunny", "My Girl", "Double Whammy", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Soul Machine", "I'm On My Way", and "Skootchy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 2 – Righteous Are The Sons & Daughters Of Jah ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Deep deep sounds from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking off with a new sense of pride and power – not just the roots reggae elements that were hitting big on the global circuit, but also a much richer sense of politics and social action! The work here represents a strong change for the Studio One crowd – who might have been more occupied with simpler themes a few years before, but who – like their American contemporaries – were picking up a new sense of mission as the 70s moved on – using their strong sense of placement to really push a richer agenda with their music! The package is great – every bit as ear-opening as the first volume in the series, and put together with the usual Soul Jazz strong sense of track selection and attention to detail notes. Titles include "Happy People" by Jackie Mittoo, "Calling" by Willie Williams, "Natty Gone" by The Manchesters, "Be A Man" by The Heptones, "Sir D Special" by Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars, "God I God I Say" by Keith Wilson, "Adis A Wa Wa" by Bobby Kaphat & The New Establishment, "Freedom Fighter" by Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension, "Zion" by High Charles, "Let Freedom Reign" by Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari, "Sing A New Song" by Peter Boggs, and "Daughters Of Zion" by Prince Lincoln. CD
Also available Studio One – Black Man's Pride 2 – Righteous Are The Sons & Daughters Of Jah ... LP 19.99

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VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 2 – Righteous Are The Sons & Daughters Of Jah ... LP
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99 29.99
Deep deep sounds from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking off with a new sense of pride and power – not just the roots reggae elements that were hitting big on the global circuit, but also a much richer sense of politics and social action! The work here represents a strong change for the Studio One crowd – who might have been more occupied with simpler themes a few years before, but who – like their American contemporaries – were picking up a new sense of mission as the 70s moved on – using their strong sense of placement to really push a richer agenda with their music! The package is great – every bit as ear-opening as the first volume in the series, and put together with the usual Soul Jazz strong sense of track selection and attention to detail notes. Titles include "Happy People" by Jackie Mittoo, "Calling" by Willie Williams, "Natty Gone" by The Manchesters, "Be A Man" by The Heptones, "Sir D Special" by Roland Alphonso & Brentford All Stars, "God I God I Say" by Keith Wilson, "Adis A Wa Wa" by Bobby Kaphat & The New Establishment, "Freedom Fighter" by Ernest Wilson & The Sound Dimension, "Zion" by High Charles, "Let Freedom Reign" by Mystic Revelations Of Rastafari, "Sing A New Song" by Peter Boggs, and "Daughters Of Zion" by Prince Lincoln. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Poor Righteous TeachersRock Dis Funky Joint (on fire rmx, on fire inst, album, radio edit, midnight croon) ... 12-inch
Profile, 1990. Very Good- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early 90's mid-tempo production from Tony D. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has ring & edge wear and an unglued top seam. Label has a sticker.)

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✨✧ FrightnrsNothing More To Say (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Frightnrs have plenty more to say here – and they say it in a really sharp-edged approximation of older rocksteady modes! The group are contemporary, but like the best acts on Daptone, they've got an instantly classic feel – thanks to instrumentation and production that take us right back to late 60s Kingston, but with some of the sharper funky currents we've come to expect from the label! And while The Frightnrs may pitch themselves as an old school reggae act, they're also one that have a heavy dose of soul – almost a late night New Jersey current to their music at times – as if the All Platinum/Stang label put out their own version of Jamaican soul. The approach is great, and very unique – and titles include "Hey Brother", "Gotta Find A Way", "What Have I Done", "Nothing More To Say", "All My Tears", "Purple", "Dispute", and "Till Then". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Soul II Soul5 Classic Albums (Club Classics Vol 1/New Dacade Vol 2/Volume 3 – Just Right/Volume 4 – Believe/Time For Change) (5CD set) ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), 1990s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive legacy in soul music – served up here in one great little set – with the first five albums by Soul II Soul, all presented in tiny little LP-styled sleeves! It's hard to deny the power of the group at the time – and even all these many years later, we're amazed at how well these albums hold up – as the first two here had such a huge influence on American soul music, you might expect the sound to be old hat by now! Yet Jazzie B was still one of the first guys to successfully mix hip hop rhythms and modern soul production – at a level that was far less forced than American experiments of the mid 80s – and which found a way to carry all the hip underground love of soul and jazz from the British scene over to the American mainstream. Even the later albums here are still head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries – and beyond the classics, the whole package here is ripe for rediscovery! CD

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Erykah BaduBaduizm ... LP
MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah tries to forge new ground for soul music, but does it by taking a few steps backwards – not into retro modes, but more in a way that focuses on the core vocal, songcraft, and right instrumentation that can make a special soul record such a standout. She does a great job of both avoiding easy commercial paths, or some of the temptations to embrace other then-contemporary genres – which has made the work of some of her colleagues seem a bit dated. The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's worth of jazz, soul, and gospel influences – but works a groove in a stripped-down and forward-thinking mode that sets the pace for countless Neo Soul singers to come! Titles include "Certainly (Flipped It)", "Next Lifetime (radio)", "On & On", "Appletree", "No Love", "4 Leaf Clover", and "Sometimes (mix #9)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erykah BaduMama's Gun ... LP
Motown, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a set that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really focusing in on that amazing vocal style that made the singer such a unique talent – and which always had edges that were sharper, and runs that were deeper, than some of her contemporaries who might be able to trick a phrase with a bit of spirit, but never deliver the whole thing in the way that Badu can! Themes are both personal and hinting at her political turns to come – and titles include "Kiss Me On My Neck", "Didn't Cha Know", "My Life", "AD 2000", "Bag Lady", "In Love With You", and "Booty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing in a stickered sleeve, with a bent corner and small peeled spot.)

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Duck BakerSpinning Song – Duck Baker Plays The Music Of Herbie Nichols (180 gram red vinyl presing) ... LP
Avant/Triple Point, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Guitarist Duck Baker takes on the music of Herbie Nichols – the sometime-overlooked modernist of the postwar years, a player that some folks rank right up there with Thelonious Monk – later given his due with a run of revival projects like this! Nichols' music sounds very different here – less of the sharp percussive angles that a piano might create – and almost more warmly chromatic, through the acoustic guitar readings of the tunes by Baker – himself a very creative player, and really setting himself apart from some of his contemporaries with this project. The album's got equal appeal to both fans of Herbie's mid-century modernism, and the decades of creative acoustic guitar solo material that came before Baker's rise – work by John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and others. Titles include "117th Street", "Portrait Of Ucha", "House Party Starting", "Nick At T's", and "Spinning Song". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray BarrettoTogether ... LP
Fania, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An early 70s killer from Ray – recorded right in the same era as most of his best albums! The feel here is strongly in the salsa mode – as Ray steps effortlessly from the Latin Soul era into a whole new decade of musical magic. And like the best of his 60s work, Ray's salsa cooks at a level that's far hotter than most of his contemporaries – with lots and lots of incredibly tight percussion, impeccable instrumentation, and even a more soulful approach to the vocals than usual. The album's got a short Latin soul groover called "Together", which has tight bass and a very catchy lyric; an extended Latin jazz version of "Tin Tin Deo", with some incredible piano that goes way way out over the groove; and plenty of other great Latin numbers, like "Invitacion Al Son", "Vive Y Vacila", "De Donde Vengo", and "Hipocresia y Falsedad". LP, Vinyl record album

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Regina BelleShow Me The Way – The Columbia Anthology ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A great collection of work from Regina Belle – one that features a number of remixes, singles, and collaborations – as well as the album tracks that made her one of the most rock-solid female soul singers at the end of the 80s! At some level, Regina's a singer from another time – the kind of vocalist with a soaring, powerful style that would have been right at home in both the club styles and mellower modes of the 70s – but which also makes for a great match here in an assortment of catchy tunes, quiet storm numbers, and some great midtempo charmers. Given the more electric instrumentation often used in these productions, the richness of Belle's voice really helps ground these tunes – and the package features a total of 29 tracks that include "Love TKO", "You Got The Love (rmx)", "Show Me The Way", "Please Be Mine", "After The Love Has Lost Its Shine", "How Could You Do It To Me (rmx)", "Good Lovin", "Make It Like It Was", "I'll Be Around", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "So Many Tears (cool mix)", "Someday We'll All Be Free/Save The Children", "Interlude/Passion", and "Do You Wanna Get Serious" – plus duets "Better Together" with Johnny Mathis, "I Can't Imagine" with Peabo Bryson, and "All I Want Is Forever" by JT Taylor. CD

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Ed BickertEd Bickert (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Muzak (Japan), 1975. Used ... $23.99
A sweet little set from Candian guitarist Ed Bickert – a record that's filled with amazing tones and colors, and which sparkles brightly from the very first note! The date's a trio outing – with Don Thompson on bass and Terry Clarke on drums – but Bickert's playing gives the whole thing a quality that's very different than any sort of traditional jazz guitar set like this – thanks to a style that shows a knowledge of 70s innovators like Pat Martino and John Abercrombie, but a sense of soul that keeps the whole thing nice and solid – in a very classic way. The set's got an airy feel, but is deeply grounded too – and at times, Bickert almost seems to echo the unique phrasing of his Canadian contemporary Sonny Greenwich. Titles include "Where Are You", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Manha De Carnaval". CD
(Out of print. SHM-CD pressing. Includes obi.)

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Mario Biondi & The High Five QuintetHandful Of Soul (special edition with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club jazz mode of the contemporary European scene – with all-acoustic instrumentation, and rhythms that move along at a really great dancefloor pace! Mario's vocals are really unique too – with a little rasp that catches slightly, and really brings a timeless quality to his voice – mixing personal feeling into the lively numbers on the album, with an unexpected depth that really makes the album stand out from similar sessions of this type! There's echoes of hip vocal jazz work from years past by artists like The Peddlers, Bobby Cole, or Mark Murphy – and titles include "A Child Runs Free", "No Mercy For Me", "This Is What You Are", "I Can't Keep From Cryin Sometimes", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "Handful Of Soul", "On A Clear Day", "Never Die", "No Trouble On The Mountain", "Slow Hot Wind", and "Gig". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the full album!)

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Black Art Jazz CollectiveArmor Of Pride ... CD
High Note, 2018. Used ... $6.99
A set that's bursting with every bit as much of the fantastic energy you might expect from the lineup – a bold sextet that features Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton III on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vicente Archer on piano, and Johnathan Blake on drums – all coming together here in a righteous message that's even stronger than the sum of its parts! All titles are originals, and have this progressive, soaring vibe – spiritual, but not in a mellow way – and instead very much up to date in terms of contemporary jazz expression, thanks to the individual strengths of the soloists – who feel completely unified throughout. Titles include "Armor Of Pride", "When Will We Learn", "Black Art", "Pretty", "The Spin Doctor", and "Awuraa Amma". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersDrum Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1956/1957. Near Mint- ... $33.99
An incredible early experimental album from Art Blakey – one of the first to feature him in expanded percussion format! Side one of the album features the extended "Drum Suite" – a set of 3 tracks ("The Sacrifice", "Cubano Chant", and "Oscalypso") that has Blakey and Jo Jones on drums, joined by Sabu Martinez on bongos and Charles Wright on tympani and gong. Ray Bryant snakes some soulful piano through the set and Oscar Pettiford is on bass and cello – and the overall feeling of the side is similar to some of Blakey's work in the format for Blue Note – like the albums Afro-Drum Orgy or Holiday for Percussion. Side two has straight hard bop, played by Blakey's 1957 combo that included Jackie McLean and Bill Hardman – and the group grooves hard on a classic reading of "Nica's Tempo", plus the cuts "D's Dilemma" and "Just For Marty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 180 gram Impex pressing, limited edition #1137/2500.)

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Bob & GeneIf This World Were Mine (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 18.99
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great funk and soul musicians from the local scene – with a sound that's fresh, fragile, and deeply personal. Many numbers have a slow, sad quality that's right up there with some of the best harmony soul of the time – a wispy late nite kind of sound that's captured perfectly here, with just the right balance of roughness and sweet. Other numbers get a bit more upbeat, and almost a bit funky – showing the pair to have a bit more punch than some of their contemporaries, and a sometimes sunny sound that really sparkles amidst the darkness. Most of the work here was recorded in the late 60s, but never released – making this the first-ever album by the group. And as a bonus note of trivia, Bob here is none other than Bobby Nunn – who went onto record under his own name, and did a lot of great work in the LA scene of the 70s! Titles include "Gotta Find A Way", "Your Name", "It Won't Go", "I Can Be Cool", "Sailboat", "Interlude", "Which Love", "Don't Leave Me Girl", "You Gave Me Love", and a great cover of "If This World Were Mine". Includes the bonus tracks "It's Not What You Know" and "I Really Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Lo BorgesLo Borges (1972) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
EMI/Polysom (Brazil), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An incredible album from Lo Borges – one of the best singer/songwriters on the Brazilian scene of the 70s! Borges first burst into the spotlight for his work on the Club Da Esquina album by Milton Nascimento – and his work as part of Milton's "corner club" really helped shape the style of the more famous singer. Yet Borges is almost an equally great talent on his own – with a soaring, soulful approach that's every bit as great as the best Nascimento material from the period – and recorded in a wonderfully similar spirit! The sound here is completely sublime right from the start – music that moves us, even if we can't understand the language of the lyrics – like some of the best work by Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. There's maybe a bit more guitar than on some of the Milton Nascimento work of the period – but used in a fuzzy way that slides in nicely with some of the jazzy phrasing of the instrumentation – which is delivered with help from key contemporaries who include Beto Guedes, Nelson Angelo, Toninho Horta, and Tenorio Jr. The songwriting is amazing – and titles include "Cancao Postal", "Voce Fica Melhor Assim", "Nao Foi Nada", "Calibre", "Faca Seu Jogo", "Toda Essa Agua", "Pensa Voce", "Como O Machando", and "Aos Baroes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus lyric insert too!)

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Brewer & ShipleyWeeds ... CD
Kama Sutra/Elemental (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $7.99
The duo of Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley are mostly remembered for their one big radio hit – but the pair have a wonderful sound that's ripe for rediscovery – right up there with much more frequently-lauded contemporaries from the west coast scene! The pair harmonize in this great post-folk style – acoustic guitars mixed with lots of other grooviness in the instrumentation – never too roots rock, and instead bouncing around with a lot more canyon coolness – which keeps things really interesting all the way through! The duo perform a great version of Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To", with tablas for percussion – and other titles include "Lady Like You", "Rise Up", "Boomerang", "People Love Each Other", "Oh Sweet Lady", and "Pig's Head". CD
(Limited edition!)

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Gary Burton & Stephane GrappelliParis Encounter ... CD
Atlantic/Label M, 1969. Used ... $9.99
Quite a surprising pairing of talents – and a set that shows that at in the right settings, Stephane Grappelli's still got plenty of modern moments! The core group is really that of vibist Gary Burton – with Steve Swallow on electric bass and Bill Goodwin on drums – both players with an open, spacious feel that's quite different than the usual rhythm group for a Grappelli record – which really opens up the legendary violinist, and has him stretching out wonderfully – especially on some of the more contemporary numbers. Burton's vibes are great at this point – sharp toned, yet incredibly warm too – and titles include "Daphne", "Blue In Green", "Sweet Rain", "Coquette", and "Arpege". CD
(Out of print. Cover differs slightly from that shown.)

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Billy Butler & Infinity/Lady LeeWhatever's Fair/Simple Things ... 7-inch
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $5.99 9.98
Two great cuts from the Pride Records label – both hip and funky! "Whatever's Fair" is one of the best-remembered numbers from the Infinity recordings with Billy Butler – work that's got all the soaring soul of his 60s Chicago work, but a more righteous vibe too! "Simple Things" is by Lady Lee – and has this really cool intro that's almost watery – shimmering keyboard, guitar, and bass parts tied up together – to set this hip, jazzy current for her beautiful midtempo vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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CaliforniansEarly Morning Sun – 60s Harmony Pop Produced By Irving Martin ... CD
Teensville, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The Californians are liars, at least when it comes to their name – as the group hail from mid 60s England, and not the sunny west coast – but we can more than forgive them that fib, given that their music here is so downright groovy! Their name's not a complete mistake, as the group clearly love the harmony vocal sound of the Sunshine Pop generation – especially The Beach Boys – and, like British contemporaries Harmony Grass, they do a fantastic job here of transplanting the best Wilson Brothers modes over to the UK – serving up harmonies that are very much in the best mode of that famous group right around their Pet Sounds years! There's no Brian Wilson at the helm, so the production maybe isn't as revolutionary – but the songs are great, and the vocals even better – on titles that include "Out In The Sun", "What Love Can Do", "Follow Me", "Golden Apples", "Little Ship With A Red Sail", "You've Got Your Troubles", "Early Morning Sun", "Weep No More", "Sad Old Song", "The Cooks Of Cake & Kindness", and "The Sound". CD also features more great related tracks by Paul Craig, Royalty, Sight & Sound, Finders Keepers, and The Tony Jackson Group. CD

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Stanley ClarkeSchool Days ... CD
Columbia, 1976. Used ... $3.99
A massive hit for Stanley Clarke – a record that has him reigning in some of his wilder elements a bit, and going for a groove that's right in the pocket! There's a definite soul fusion influence going on here – Clarke trying to hit the same groove as some of his contemporaries, and doing a pretty good job of it in the process. Still, the album's never as polished as efforts like this on Blue Note or Elektra – just a bit more focused than before, but in a really good way. David Sancious and Chick Corea both play keyboards on the set – and tracks include "School Days", "Hot Fun", "Desert Song", "The Dancer", and "Quiet Afternoon". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Merry ClaytonMerry Clayton ... LP
Ode/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Righteous and rocking soul from Merry Clayton – a record that really helped put the singer on the map during the 70s! Merry had roots in a few different strands of music, and was always a bit different than some of her straighter soul contemporaries – a quality that really comes through here in the album's great arrangements from heavyweights Jerry Peters, Carole King, and Billy Preston – each of whom bring some slightly different flavors to Clayton's vocals! The Crusaders and jazz legend Curtis Amy provide instrumental support – with a nicely varied vibe that has occasional rock currents mixed in with deeper soul. Some of our favorite tracks include a hip Leon Ware tune called "Whatever", a nice cover of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands", and Jerry Peters "Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely" – and other titles include "Southern Man", "Same Old Story", "Walk On In", and "A Song For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1200 – on maroon vinyl!)

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Ornette ColemanFree Jazz ... LP
Atlantic, 1961. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
The title gets it right – as the album's easily the closest thing to free jazz that Ornette Coleman ever recorded – an album-length improvisation played by a "double quartet" that's overflowing with classic players! The style here is a fair bit like John Coltrane's Ascension album for Impulse – and like that one, the session features Ornette and his contemporaries really stretching out – blowing like never heard before on record, and working in a highly unstructured setting! Other players include Eric Dolphy on bass clarinet, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Scott LaFaro on bass – alongside regular group members Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Charlie Haden on bass, and both Ed Blackwell and Billy Higgins on drums. One long track – just titled "Free Jazz"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing in the die-cut cover. Vinyl is in great shape, but cover has yellowing from age, gloss peeling, and a missing edge at the die cut.)

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Con Funk ShunFever/Electric Lady ... CD
Mercury/Cherry Red (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy ... $12.99
80s magic from Con Funk Shun – a pair of albums back to back! Fever is one of the sweetest-grooving albums ever from Con Funk Shun – proof that the group was almost better when they tightened things up a bit! The set was produced by Deodato at the height of his hit-making soul powers – and it's got a sharpness that really helps bring the Con Funk Shun groove into focus – a style that's not nearly as commercial as Deodato's work with Kool & The Gang, but which shares a similar blend of jazz and modern soul elements! Most tracks groove nicely, even some of the mellower ones – and Deodato's got a perfect balance in the sound of the set – keyboards, beats, and bass all in the right places, with plenty of soulful vocals flowing warmly over the top. Titles include "Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold", "Hard Lovin", "If I'm Your Lover", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Indiscreet Sweet", and "Baby I'm Hooked". Electric Lady is a relatively beat-heavy set from Con Funk Shun – one that has them moving into some of the same spaces as their ensemble funk contemporaries, and using a bit more programmed rhythms than before! Given their pedigree with grooves, the group still manages to keep things soulful – and the album's still got the group at their funky best – and is definitely not in the vein of some of the more commercial work of this type from the mid 80s. Lead vocals are mostly by Michael Cooper, and titles include "Turn The Music Up", "Electric Lady", "Don't Go", "Circle Of Love", "Pretty Lady", "Tell Me What You're Gonna Do", and "I'm Leaving Baby". CD

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✨✧ Joey DeFrancescoProject Freedom (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mack Avenue, 2017. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Joey DeFrancesco's been giving us albums for many years now, and he never fails to deliver something that's right on the money – as is the case with this tight quartet session with his People combo! Joey's touch on the keys of the Hammond is amazing – and there are all these unusual inflections and shadings throughout – of the sort that few players can do while still keeping their groove – and as always, Joey's sense of space and timing is what really makes the album sparkle, and set him apart from so many of his contemporaries. At a spot or two, DeFrancesco also picks up the trumpet, which he blows overdubbed over his keys – and the rest of the group features warmly understated work from Troy Roberts on tenor and soprano sax, plus Dan Wilson on guitar and Jason Brown on drums – on titles that include "So Near So Far", "Peace Bridge", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Stand Up", "Project Freedom", and "The Unifier". LP, Vinyl record album

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DelfonicsDelfonics/Tell Me This Is A Dream ... CD
Philly Groove/Kent (UK), 1970/1972. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Sublime soul through and through – 2 classics from The Delfonics, back to back on a single CD! First up is self-titled record The Delfonics – the third album in an amazing early run from The Delfonics – the kind of work that set a whole new standard for group soul in the 70s! A number of the tracks here had already risen to fame before the album's release as singles – and these are mixed with some additional tracks that are woven together in a near-perfect symphony of sound! The mighty Thom Bell arranged most of the numbers here – save for 2 by Anthony Dorsey – and the group's heavenly harmonies are in amazing form on both mellow ballads and a few more righteous numbers. Titles include "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time", "Funny Feeling", "Over & Over", "Baby I Love You", "When You Get Right Down To It", "Delfonics Theme", "Trying To Make A Fool Of Me", "I Gave To You", "Down Is Up Up Is Down", and "Think About Me". Tell Me This Is A Dream has The Delfonics just getting better and better! The longer the group recorded, the more they picked up this strange spacey quality that pushed them past some of their contemporaries of the early 70s. And on an album like this, they prove that they're way more than just Thom Bell puppets by showing that they have a rich talent for a wide variety of complicated arrangements that really push the vocal group sound of the 70s. They take many stylistic risks, coming up with really sinister new harmonies, and always managing to stay clear of the cliches that buried some of their mates on the charts. Bell still arranges some of the material, but the record also features work by Norman Harris and Caldwell MacMillan, who did the real genius work on the record. This masterpiece includes the sublime "Hey, Love", plus "Walk Right Up to the Sun", "I'm A Man", "Too Late", "Love You Till I Die", "Looking for a Girl", and "Round & Round". CD

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DuncansGonna Stay In Love ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A real charmer from The Duncan Sisters – a set that's got a cool, classy vibe right from the start – and this great mode that mixes some older female harmony styles with more contemporary grooves – creating a nice sense of balance throughout! Our favorite cuts are the mellow numbers – which have the duo hit this kind of glow as they come together over gentle grooves – but their style seems equally well suited to the album's more upbeat cuts, too – which still echo some of the best female disco styles of the 70s. Production is tight, but never in a commercial way – and the album's a bit different than the usual Malaco outing of the time – but in a good way. Titles include "Gonna Stay In Love", "Let Me Be", "Communication", "Take The Heat", "If This Ain't Love", and "Lovin You Baby". CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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Electric PrunesI Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Reprise, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
An early moment of genius from The Electric Prunes – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were a cut above their contemporaries, and why Warner really backed them strongly right from the start! There's a depth here that rivals some of the group's Sunset Strip contemporaries – and although David Axelrod's not working with them on the record, there's still lots of dark corners and sharp edges – really thoughtful sounds that are spun out wonderfully on fuzzy guitars and organ, with some nicely subtle drums in the rear. Tracks include "I Has Too Much To Dream (Last Night)", "Try Me On For Size", "Get Me To the World On Time", "About A Quarter To Nine", and "Luvin". LP, Vinyl record album

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Exile OneExile One (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Disques Debs/Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 29.98
The fantastic first album from Exile One – a group who recorded more mainstream work in Paris later in their career – but who really sound fierce and funky here right at the start! The sound is lean, stripped-down, and a lot more aimed towards American soul than you'd guess from their Caribbean roots – especially on those tracks where group leader Gordon Henderson really stretches out and shows off both his deep and funky soul chops! There's a few cuts here that have more familiar Caribbean elements, but even those come across with a tighter, rawer sound than most of the group's contemporaries – which makes this debut a real 70s standout all the way through. Titles include "Funky Crookie", "Don't Bite The Hand", "Which One Is Me Home", "Miss Tomorrow", "If You Turn Your Back", and "Where's The World Gettin To". LP, Vinyl record album
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Roberta FlackOasis ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Roberta Flack sounding freshly inspired in the late 80s – her first new album in years – and it's a really strong one! The first thing that jumps out at us is how wonderful her voice continues to be –she's recognizable from the first syllable, and it's right it home with a contemporary sound – though classical soul-inclined – thanks to smart production and arrangements by Marcus Miller, Jerry Hey and Michael Omartian. There's a little bit of a tropical vibe in couple places – hence the title – especially the opening and closing tunes "Oasis" and "(His Name) Brazil" – and other cuts include the nice and hooky Ashford & Simpson tune "Uh-Uh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)", plus "All Caught Up In Love", "Shock To My System", "You Who Brought Me Love", "And So It Goes", "Something Magic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Aretha FranklinJump To It ... LP
Arista, 1982. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Aretha's grooving sweetly on a record that's produced by Luther Vandross – and a damn strong one, too! Aretha wasn't the first, or the last classic soul singer to embrace the modern sounds of the early 80s, but relatively few outshined their younger peers as brilliantly as Aretha does here. She's great on this one! There's plenty of space in the arrangements for Aretha to do her thing – emoting naturally, improvising some of the vocals, and really just knocking it out of the park. Luther's production shows ample love and respect for the previous generation of soul, while still sounding right at home in '82 – with some timeless ballads along with contemporary chart-ready groovers. Titles include "Jump To It", "Love Me Right", "If She Don't Want Your Lovin'", "This Is For Real", "It's Just Your Love", "I Want To Make It Up To You" and "It's Just Your Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
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Carlos GarnettLet This Melody Ring On ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the post-Coltrane generation – mixing electric and acoustic instrumentation with compelling rhythmic changes – and often letting in a bit of vocals as well. Most of the music here is instrumental – with Garnett on tenor and baritone sax, plus the great Hubert Eaves on keyboards and Reggie Lucas on guitar – but some tracks also feature very nice vocals from Prema, a female singer who takes up the same sort of role you might find Dee Dee Bridgewater doing with Connors, or Jean Carn with husband Doug. The blend is wonderful, and the vocals really help give the musical message some weight when the come into the mix – and titles include "Panama Roots", "Senor Trane", "Samba Serenade", and "Ghetto Jungle". CD

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Don GibsonLegend In My Own Time ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
A killer collection that really gets right to the heart of the genius of the young Don Gibson – a singer who was raised up during the early years of rock (as you might guess form his hair on the cover) – but who was steadfastly country in his delivery, as part of a legacy that went on to touch decades of younger artists for years to come! Don's pictured with his guitar on the cover, which is key – as he handles the instrument with a deftness and strength that really shapes these tunes – almost at a level that has him coming across as a rocker at times, but often balanced by gentler rhythmic modes that allow his mellifluous vocals to spin out majestically in the lead. To us, Don's always a lot groovier than contemporaries like Johnny Horton or Marty Robbins – and we hope you'll agree after hearing these 26 tunes that include "Sea Of Heartbreak", "Blue Blue Day", "Look Who's Blue", "Give Myself A Party", "Who Cares", "Lonesome Old House", "Don't Tell Me Your Troubles", "Far Far Away", "Sweet Dreams", "I'm Crying Inside", "I Can Mend Your Broken Heart", "Lonesome Number One", "If You Don't Know It", "Bad Bad Day", "Sittin Here Cryin", "Oh Lonesome Me", and "I Can't Stop Loving You". CD

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Tompall GlaserOutlaw (Tompall & His Outlaw Band/The Wonder Of It All) ... CD
ABC/Bear Family (Germany), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 24.99
Forget any of the hoke you might expect from the term "outlaw" used in country music – as records like this really help get at the genius shift that took place at the time! First up is the album Tompall & His Outlaw Band – seminal 70s sounds from the great Tompall Glaser – a figure who maybe came a bit later to the outlaw tag than some of his contemporaries, but who definitely summed up the music with a record like this! For years, Glaser was one of these background figures on the Nashville scene – smarter than most, and more talented than many too – finally able to find his voice with music like this, in the same generation that had Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings really getting the setting they deserved. Tom didn't write most of these songs, but he really makes them his own – thanks in part to his backing band, who have great sympathy for the man himself, and keep things in the right sort of small group, non-commercial mode throughout. Titles include "Drinking Them Beers", "What Are We Doin With The Rest Of Our Lives", "It Never Crossed My Mind", "The Bad Times", "Easy On My Mind", and "My Mother Was A Lady". The Wonder Of It All came out in the same year of 1977, and features Glaser in very similar space – working great magic with tunes of his own, plus some by his hip contemporaries – but all with a core vibe that really holds strong to everything that had made country music great, but which was lost by many at the time. Titles include "It'll Be Her", "Storms Never Last", "You Can Have Her", "Release Me", "Let My Fingers Do The Walking", and "My Life Would Make A Damn Good Country Song". CD

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Joe HaganSticky Fingers – The Life & Times Of Jann Wenner & Rolling Stone Magazine (hardcover) ... Book
Canongate (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 32.00
A mighty tribute to the legendary Jann Wenner – a humble editor by trade, but one who forever shaped the world of rock music and journalism with his magazine Rolling Stone! Wenner came along at just the right time to be able to provide just the right platform for a new sort of writer, and showcase a new sort of music – and the accomplishments of Rolling Stone were many back in the early days! The journey wasn't without a few bumps – and the book details all of Wenner's work and struggles to get things going and keep moving forward – with plenty of details about his strong supporting cast as well. The author spent countless hours with Jann to get his story, and also interviews dozens of other contemporaries for the book – Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Keith Richards, and many more – and the hefty volume is 546 pages, hardcover, with some black and white images. Book

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Herbie HancockMagic Windows ... CD
Columbia (France), 1981. Used ... $9.99
A great little soul album from Herbie Hancock – but one that's often lost in the valleys between his bigger hits of the time! The record was cut in the space right before Herbie's big "Rockit" success – and it's a sweet bit of funky fusion that has a good dose of R&B in the mix – similar to other records from Hancock's Columbia label keyboardist contemporaries – like Rodney Franklin, Webster Lewis, or Charles Earland! All orchestrations are performed by Herbie on a host of keyboards and synthesizers, and just about every cut has vocals – from singers who include Sylvester, Gavin Christopher, and The Waters. But even with this soul component, Herbie still keeps things jazzy – using a good bit of keyboards to open up the tunes in the middle, and hitting hard on all numbers with that classic Hancock approach to funk! Titles include "Magic Number", "Tonight's The Night", "Everybody's Broke", "Help Yourself", and "Satisfied With Love". CD
(Out of print EU digipack pressing – in great shape!)

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Betty HarrisLost Queen Of New Orleans Soul ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
The title certainly gets it right – as Betty Harris is a hell of a soul singer, but has always been "lost" when it comes to the radio charts and history books! Don't let that hold you back, though – because Harris is one of those artists who bring a smile to your face from the very first time you hear her sing – then have you going back to her work again and again over the years! Betty's a lot funkier than some of her female contemporaries on the southern soul scene – thanks in part to work on these cuts by producer Allen Toussaint, and sometime backing by The Meters – two forces that make these late 60s recordings a huge precursor to better-known female funk – including work from Aretha Franklin on up through Sharon Jones. Harris was one of the first to tread that territory, and still is one of the best – and the folks at Soul Jazz have given us one of the best collections we've ever seen of her music. Most tracks are from rare Sansu label singles – and titles include "Mean Man", "Ride Your Pony", "Show It", "Bad Luck", "Trouble With My Lover", "Nearer To You", "All I Want Is You", "There's A Break In The Road", "12 Red Roses", "What A Said Feeling", "What'd I Do Wrong", and "I Don't Wanna Hear It". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hil St. SoulSOULidified ... CD
Shanachie, 2006. Used ... $7.99
The best album so far from UK vocalist Hil St Soul – the kind of record that could blow her into the American mainstream, and easily rival the best work on these shores! There's an unabashedly catchy feel to most of the tunes here – a hook-heavy approach that really sends each tune home nicely, and seems to focus Hil's vocals even more than before – but not in a way that's too commercial or "easy", just right on the money from the very first note, at a level that's far beyond even her earlier albums! Dwele makes a guest appearance here on one track, but honestly we're happy enough with Hil on her own – because the lady can sing, and sing with confidence – a fully blown soul diva ready to take on the rest of her contemporaries! Titles include "Hey Boy", "Sweet On You", "Better Days", "It's OK", "Can We Spend Some Time Together", "Baby Come Over", and "One Of A Kind". CD

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Gillian HillsZou Bisou Bisou – Tout En Francais – The Ye Ye Years 1960 to 1965 ... CD
Barclay/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99 19.98
Totally groovy work from French singer Gillian Hills – an artist who was initially best known for her work in film, thanks to movies like Beat Girl or Les Liaisons Dangereuses – but one who grew to become one of the cooler singers in Parisian pop during the 60s! Gillian's work here is a great bridge between two generations of chanteuses – a bit early in the "yeh yeh" years of French pop, but still done with all the grooves and jerky rhythms of that scene – but also maybe slightly more expressive at times, in a way that has Hills bringing her acting charisma to the music! Arrangements are often nicely jazzy, but in playful 60s ways – kind of the epitome of the bright, bubbly vibe of the French pop world of the period – and since most of Hills' work from the period was issued on 7" singles and EP releases, not full albums, the music here is a lot more obscure than that of contemporaries like Sylvie Vartan or Francoise Hardy. Titles include "Tut Tut Tut", "Cha Cha Stop", "Je Partirai", "Tu Mens", "Ma Premiere Cigarette", "Un Petit Baiser", "Ne T'En Fais Pas", "C'Est Le Garcon", "Rien N'Est Change", "Maintenant Il Telephone", "Les Jolis Coeurs", "Le Paradis Pour Toit", "Qui A Su", and "Oublie". CD

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IamabeenieFor My Sanity ... LP
First Word (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $16.99
The title's a reference to the process of recording the album – which was almost a therapeutic effort by Iamabeenie at the end of the day – a way to respond to the troubles and terrors of our time, with music that has a righteous mission to uplift and heal! The set was recorded on the contemporary LA scene, and has a mix of hip hop-inspired production and jazzy instrumentation – with contributions from a lineup that includes Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano and keyboards, Rasheeda Ali on flute, James Poyser on grand piano, and Jimetta Rose and Muhsinah on vocals. Titles include "Advent", "Moonwinder", "Fourteen Missing", "An Empty Vessel", "Down The Street From Peace", "Nothing To Lose But Our Chains", and "For My Sanity". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jermaine JacksonLet's Get Serious ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet solo grooves from Jermaine Jackson – and a record that shows he was one of the brothers who really had something to offer on the solo tip! The album's got a bouncy, ebullient groove right from the start – upbeat and positive, and really coming off the best Jackson's tip of the late 70s years – yet focused more strongly into Jermaine's solid lead. As a result, the album's got some stellar midtempo numbers that glow with an unexpected degree of warmth – partly due to some help on production from Stevie Wonder. Titles include "Let's Get Serious", "Where Are You Now", "You Got To Hurry Girl", "Your Supposed To Keep Your Love For Me" and "Feelin' Free". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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KrystolPassion From A Woman ... LP
Epic, 1986. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy grooves! At points, there's almost a retro vibe – as if an older girl trio mode's being revived for a new 80s scene – but with a definite contemporary spin. There's a decidedly commercial appeal to the sound – but Krystol were also never too overplayed back in the day, which makes the album a nice discovery – and a great surprise when you start digging through all the potential singles on the set. Tracks include "Love Attack", "Passion From A Woman", "He's So Jive", "Baby Make Up Your Mind", "Scared Single", and "Precious Precious". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole and a bent corner.)

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✨✧ Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioClose But No Cigar ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99
An organ trio, and one with plenty of soul – romping drums, riffing guitar, and some mighty sweet work on the Hammond by Delvon Lamarr! This is the first we've ever heard of the group, but they're rock solid and right on the money – working with a lean, hard style that's completely classic, but also a bit contemporary too – maybe swinging in the best sort of space between the Jack McDuff Quartet of the 60s and the Sugarman Three group of Desco Records fame! David McGraw handles the drums with a clear love of funk, and Jimmy James is wonderfully wicked on guitar – never trying to dominate too much, as there's no need – given how much he brings to the overall groove. Delvon's a hell of an organist too – the kind that knows that a little can often go much farther than a lot when handling the electric keys – which he does to set up some sweet solos on cuts that include "Ain't It Funky", "Al Greenery", "Can I Change My Mind", "Walk On By", "Between The Mustard & The Mayo", "Raymond Brings The Greens", and "Little Booker T". CD

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Webster LewisLet Me Be The One ... LP
Epic, 1981. Very Good ... $3.99
A jazzy soul masterpiece from Webster Lewis – light years away from the rougher funk he cut at the start of the 70s! The album's beautifully put together – almost perfect at all points, at a level that we'd rank right up there with the best work by Leroy Hutson, Roy Ayers, or other contemporary maestros in the studio. Unlike some of the more commercial artists of his generation – who also came to soul through jazz – Webster doesn't push the hooks too hard, nor try too much for a hit. And instead, he's more than happy to stay in his own righteous space – with a sound that's smooth, but never slick – tight, but not uptight. He's got some great help on the record – including keyboards from Herbie Hancock and Skip Scarborough, guitar from David T Walker, and percussion from Willie Bobo – all of whom keep things cool. Vocals are handled by a number of singers, including Webster himself – and titles include "Bout The Love", "Let Me Be The One", "Love Won't Harm No One", "El Bobo", "Kemo Kemo", "A Quiet Thing", and "Flying High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear along the opening and a stained corner.)

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✨✧ LifestyleLifestyle ... LP
Rollers, 1977. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An obscure harmony group from the early 70s (we only know them from this one album) – with a great sound that's right up there in the New Jersey/Philly mode. Production is by Billy Jackson – who does a good job with the uptempo numbers (recorded at Sigma Sound), but even better with the sweet smooth ballads, which easily rank with the best work of supergroups like The Manhattans or The Delfonics. Includes a great ballad, "I'm Going to Love You Girl", with deep vocal lead by Jerry Ferguson – plus the tracks "Love Can Make You Cry", "This Dream", "Katrina", "Trying to Make it Up to You" and "Tell Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and wear.)

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✨✧ Barbara LynnI'm A Good Woman/I Don't Want A Playboy ... 7-inch
Soul Brother (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
A pair of incredible late 60s gems from Barbara Lynn – together on a funky 45! "I'm A Good Woman" is one of Barbara Lynn's greatest tunes ever – a hard soul groover with a massive bottom beat – guitar riffing with the rhythms, and some totally righteous vocals from Barbara on top! "I Don't Want A Playboy" is a midtempo cut with a really unique guitar groove, but as cool as that is, there's no stealing the show from Barbara's soulful vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Warne MarshWinds Of Marsh (aka Jazz Of Two Cities) ... LP
Imperial, 1956. Very Good+ ... $54.99
A killer set of 50s modern jazz – a bridge between the east coast small combo style of New York, and the cooler sound of the west in LA – hence the two cities in the title! The album's one of the best early moments from tenorist Warne Marsh – a set that ranks right up there with his best Atlantic material from the same stretch – and which has him blowing alongside additional tenor from Ted Brown – in a manner that's a lot like Ted's classic album on Vanguard! The rhythm section has a nice sense of space and modern charm – with Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums – but the real star is Marsh out front – blowing in a mode that's clear, clean, and simple, but with an edge that was missing from most of his contemporaries! Titles include "Smog Eyes", "Quintessence", "Jazz Of Two Cities", "I Never Knew", and "Lover Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual stereo pressing of an earlier 10" date!)

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Curtis MayfieldHeartbeat ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Sealed ... $11.99
A real dancefloor set from Curtis – recorded with some sweet Philly production from the likes of Norman Harris and Bunny Sigler – in the sweeping, soaring, strings-heavy mode of the Philly disco records of the time! And yes, this isn't classic Curtis from the righteous years – but the surprising thing is how well his voice really holds up in the tracks – coming through with a strength that's fresh and surprising, given some of his disco contemporaries, and sounding pretty darn nice overall, thanks to some tight arrangements by the likes of Fred Wesley, Norman Harris, and Gil Askey. Linda Clifford does a duet with Curtis on "Between You Baby & Me", and the other cuts include "Victory", "Tell Me Tell Me", "You're So Good To Me", "You Better Stop", and "Over The Hump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with hype sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Curtis MayfieldLove Is The Place ... CD
Boardwalk, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Great post-Curtom work from Curtis Mayfield – a set recorded in LA, not Chicago – with the mighty Gene Page at the helm! The style here isn't that different from the later Curtom years – more in the side of love and life than some of the more righteous themes of Curtis' earlier solo records – and Page proves to be a surprisingly good choice for the album, as he really hits the right sort of groove to keep Mayfield on track. There's a few faster tunes here, but most of the work is in a mellow or midtempo mode – just the right pace for Curtis' maturing vocals. Titles include "Come Free Your People", "Love Is The Place", "Babydoll", "She Don't Let Nobody", "Just Ease My Mind", and "You Mean Everything To Me". CD

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MazeWe Are One ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Completely killer work from Frankie Beverly & Maze – captured here at the height of their power, with that amazing blend of Frankie's lead vocals and the group's tight instrumentation – all at a level that so many others tried to copy, but never got this right! The sense of unity in the title really comes through in the music – a proud, progressive approach to contemporary R&B that always made Maze one of the more positive acts of their time – even if the message was played in a more subtle way than earlier groups in the 70s. At some level, Maze are picking up the torch that Earth Wind & Fire were dropping a bit by this point – but with an even more charismatic singer in the lead – and just the right blend of acoustic and electric elements in the instrumentation. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "I Wanna Thank You", "Love Is The Key", "We Are One", "Right On Time", "Never Let You Down", and "Metropolis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is still in the shrinkwrap, with a hype sticker. Includes printed inner sleeve.)

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Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyreForces & Feelings (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Delmark, 1970. Used ... $8.99
Righteous work from a young Kalaparusha – easily one of the most spiritual players of his generation in the Chicago AACM – and a player who seems to single-handedly point the way towards the sound of jazz in the 70s! This crucially overlooked album is a tremendous musical statement – a key bridge between the avant experiments of the 60s ESP and Impulse Records artists, and the looser, freer sounds that would emerge in the loft jazz scene of the 70s. McIntyre's got a warmth and organic approach to the music that's a fair bit different than some of his Chicago contemporaries – a sense of open-handed exploration that allows equal space from all collaborators – almost reviving the spirit of the "new thing" generation, but with the bolder sense of freedoms that were just beginning to emerge in jazz. Kalaparusha plays tenor, clarinet, flute, and bells – and other players on the date include Fred Hopkins on bass, Sarnie Garrett on guitar, and Wesley Tyus on drums – plus Rita Omolokun on vocals, singing wordlessly on a few tracks. Titles include "Behold God's Sunshine", "Fifteen Or Sixteen", "Ananda", "Twenty One Lines", and "Sun Spots". CD features 2 previously unissued bonus tracks – alternates of "Ananda" and "Behold God's Sunshine". CD

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Mourning A BLKstarGarner Poems ... CD
Electric Cowbell, 2018. New Copy ... $5.99
A fantastically righteous set – a blend of funk and politics that we haven't heard done this well since the 70s – even though the whole record is aimed at dealing with contemporary issues – as you might guess from the title's reference to the late Eric Garner! The set's dedicated to Garner and other victims of brutality – and the group have a sound that's partly in the rich current of bottom-heavy funk of years back – ala Norman Whitfield's work with the Temptations, or maybe even Fuji – mixed with more contemporary elements that seem to further the contemplative aspects of some of the best songs! These guys are a perfect bridge between generations – and a great reminder that, despite the passage of decades, so many issues still haunt us today as they did decades ago. Titles include "Sense Of An Ending", "Three Stars Collide", "Emancipation", "Anti Anthem", "Destiny Skies", "Harlem River", "Bullet", and "2020". CD

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Mr ConfuseOnly A Man ... CD
Confunktion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $8.99
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight and funky – definitely classic deep funk, but with some contemporary currents too – plenty of horns in the mix, and leadership in the group from Mark Figge – who blows tenor and flute, and also handles Fender Rhodes as well. Titles include "Gain Station", "Rush Zone", "Same Old Game", "Only A Man", "The Turnaround", "Only Rainbows", "Can't Be No Crime", and "Cranberry Dream". CD
Also available Only A Man ... LP 14.99

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Mr ConfuseOnly A Man ... LP
Confunktion (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight and funky – definitely classic deep funk, but with some contemporary currents too – plenty of horns in the mix, and leadership in the group from Mark Figge – who blows tenor and flute, and also handles Fender Rhodes as well. Titles include "Gain Station", "Rush Zone", "Same Old Game", "Only A Man", "The Turnaround", "Only Rainbows", "Can't Be No Crime", and "Cranberry Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Only A Man ... CD 8.99

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9th CreationMellow Music/Step Ahead ... 7-inch
Past Due, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Most folks know 9th Creation as a heavy funk band, but they're also pretty darn great on mellower moments too – working in all the complexity of their funky arrangements, but with a laidback vibe that's maybe even more impressive! "Mellow Music" definitely has that right sort of special balance – and it's backed here by "Step Ahead", which is more uptempo, and has a lot of cool keyboard elements – all given even more of a groove by producer Pat Gleeson! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
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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Ulysses Owens JrSongs Of Freedom – The Music of Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, & Joni Mitchell ... CD
Resilience, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Key proof that great songs never get old – and maybe even more, that the political messages of yesterday still have plenty of power today! Drummer Ulysses Owens mines the righteous territory of the 60s and 70s here – bringing together songs originally performed by Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, and Joni Mitchell – all with a fresher, more contemporary approach that resonates surprisingly strongly – especially given the superb vocals on the album by Rene Marie, Theo Bleckmann, Alicia Olatuja, and Joanna Majoko! You'll no doubt know some of these songs – and most of the originals have been inspiring us for many years – but Owens finds a great way to open them up and make them sound even more vibrant, working with a group that also includes Allyn Johnson on Fender Rhodes and Hammond, David Rosenthal on guitars, and Reuben Rogers on bass. Titles include "Balm In Gilead", "Borderline", "Driva Man", "Baltimore", "Everything Must Change", "Freedom Day", "Be My Husband", "Mississippi Goddamn", and "Both Sides Now". CD

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Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club (second pressing) ... LP
Gamble/Philadelphia International, 1968. Very Good ... $2.99
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the same time – in a way that really shows some of the deeper strains in Billy's style. Billy's singing with a small piano trio, and his voice is rich and soulful in a way that you don't always get on his later recordings – quite powerful even with limited backings, at a level that really blows us away. The set's nearly all covers, but Billy's interpretations are fantastic, and he turns the tracks into something completely different than you're used to – in the same way that Nina Simone and Isaac Hayes were doing at the time with contemporary hits. Tracks include "Bluesette", "That's Life", "Feelin' Good", "Just In Time", and the Kenny Gamble original, "Missing You". LP, Vinyl record album
(2nd pressing on Philly Int'l. Cover has wear and a sticker spot.)

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Skinny PelembeDreaming Is Dead Now ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of sound that makes his voice just part of the whole – almost as if he's absorbed some of the late 80s Brit psych production styles, then found a way to move things into a more contemporary soul approach! Yet Pelembe's approach is very personal, too – these songs that are very much his own, with a fresh perspective that's as interesting as his music. Titles include "Laxxmi Flying", "Gonna Buy A Car Today", "No Blacks No Dogs No Irish", "My Love Is Burning Down", "Ten Four Goodnight", "Without A Doubtful Shadow", and "Dreaming Is Dead Now". CD
Also available Dreaming Is Dead Now ... LP 18.99

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Skinny PelembeDreaming Is Dead Now ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of sound that makes his voice just part of the whole – almost as if he's absorbed some of the late 80s Brit psych production styles, then found a way to move things into a more contemporary soul approach! Yet Pelembe's approach is very personal, too – these songs that are very much his own, with a fresh perspective that's as interesting as his music. Titles include "Laxxmi Flying", "Gonna Buy A Car Today", "No Blacks No Dogs No Irish", "My Love Is Burning Down", "Ten Four Goodnight", "Without A Doubtful Shadow", and "Dreaming Is Dead Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ People's ChoiceWe Got The Rhythm ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good ... $2.99
People's Choice have the rhythm – as they did right from the very start, when they were first cutting records as a late 60s funk combo in Philly! The style here is more late 70s club, handled with perfection by the team of Gamble & Huff – but the PC approach is still a lot more funk than some of their contemporaries – with lots of sharp, live rhythms at the bottom of the grooves – and plenty of sweet keyboards from leader Frankie Brunson! Brunson sings a bit too, but the group seem to balance out the sound with lots of instrumental moments – and titles include "Here We Go Again", "Jam Jam Jam", "We Got The Rhythm", "Cold Blooded & Downright Funky", and "Opus De Funk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have pen. Cover has a large name in marker, light wear, and some pen.)

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Enrico RavaEasy Living ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2004. Used ... $9.99
A nicely mature album from trumpeter Enrico Rava – one that really explores the space between the notes, and which has Rava in the company of a very well-matched quintet! Enrico always had a sense of "less is more" in his horn, right from the start – but that quality only blossomed even more strongly over the course of years – to a point where his leadership seemed to inspire his best contemporaries to find the perfect sort of balance in which to work. That's definitely the case here – on a record that draws subtle, but powerful sounds from a lineup that includes Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Stefano Bollani on piano, Rosario Bonaccorso on bass, and Roberto Gatto on drums. Tracks include the great title reworking of "Easy Living" – plus "Cromosomi", "Hornette & The Drums Thing", "Blancasnow", "Algir Dalbughi", "Drops", and "Traveling Night". CD
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Enrico RavaEasy Living ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2004. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A nicely mature album from trumpeter Enrico Rava – one that really explores the space between the notes, and which has Rava in the company of a very well-matched quintet! Enrico always had a sense of "less is more" in his horn, right from the start – but that quality only blossomed even more strongly over the course of years – to a point where his leadership seemed to inspire his best contemporaries to find the perfect sort of balance in which to work. That's definitely the case here – on a record that draws subtle, but powerful sounds from a lineup that includes Gianluca Petrella on trombone, Stefano Bollani on piano, Rosario Bonaccorso on bass, and Roberto Gatto on drums. Tracks include the great title reworking of "Easy Living" – plus "Cromosomi", "Hornette & The Drums Thing", "Blancasnow", "Algir Dalbughi", "Drops", and "Traveling Night". CD
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Jerry ReedExplores Guitar Country/Cookin/Georgia Sunshine/Me & Jerry ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A really wonderful collection of work from the great Jerry Reed – some more obscure albums than his bigger hits, which makes for a really fresh selection of music throughout! Explores Guitar Country is maybe one of the rootsier efforts during the early RCA years of Jerry Reed – a set that definitely lives up to the "guitar country" promised in the title, as his strong command of the instrument is right up front in the mix – often on these midtempo numbers that sound perfect with his style! Jerry sings a bit, but his guitar is almost the strongest voice on the record – nicely unadorned, especially for RCA at the time – on titles that include "Bluegrass With Guts", "Are You From Dixie", "Wayfarin Stranger", "Barbara Allen", "In The Pines", "Swarmin", and "A Worried Man". Cookin has Jerry Reed reaching for some of the groovier material that would bring him great fame – but the songs are also balanced with some slightly folksy currents, maybe a bit like the late 60s work of Waylon Jennings – with some surprising commentary from time to time, and a richness of feeling that wasn't always allowed Jerry in some of his more famous, joke-heavy moments. Titles include "Turn It Around In Your Mind", "How Many Tomorrows", "Sometimes Feelin", "Plastic Saddle", "Alabama Jubilee", and "My Next Impersonation". Georgia Sunshine is a record that has Jerry Reed really hitting that formula that would make for some big albums in the 70s – a mix of witty, upbeat numbers and some occasional deeper moments – many of which are featured here in songs penned by Jerry himself! The set features the big hit "Amos Moses" – plus "Good Friends & Neighbors", "Talk About The Good Times", "Preacher & The Bear", "Georgia Sunshine", "That's All Part Of Losing", and "Dream Sweet Dreams About Me". Me & Jerry is a great duet album with Chet Atkins – a set that showcases the super-strong guitar talents of both musicians – very different in sound and style, but perfectly matched on a strong set of instrumentals! The tunes are mostly familiar, but nicely fresh in this setting – with lots of creativity from both musicians – and titles include "Tennessee Stud", "Wreck Of The John B", "Nut Sundae", "Stump Water", "Cannonball Rag", and "The January February March". CD

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John RenbournUnpentangled – The Sixties Albums (There You Go/John Renbourn/Bert & John/Another Monday/Watch The Stars/Sir John A Lot Of/bonus tracks) (6CD set) ... CD
Transatlantic/Cherry Tree (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 6CD ... $32.99
A treasure trove of greatness from British folk rock legend John Renbourn – all of his late 60s solo work, done before moving on to greater fame in Pentangle! First up is There You Go – a rare one from singer Dorris Henderson and future Pentangle founder John Rensbourn! Florida born, LA raised singer Dorris Henderson moved to London in 1965 and was soon singing London's folk clubs, where she met Rensbourn. A solid mix of traditionals and then contemporary folk songs – stripped down and honest takes on "Saly Free And Easy", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "Mr Tamborine Man", "Going To Memphis", Something Lonesome", "Mist On The Mountain" and more. This edition includes bonus tracks from a rare 45 – "Hangman" and "Leaves That Are Green". Next is the self-titled John Renbourn from 1965 – a set that would not only establish John's legacy for years to come, but also have a very strong impact upon the role of the guitar on the British scene too! The album's definitely in a mode that owes something to an American folk legacy – but it also really breaks from the past with unusual phrasings and colorings in Renbourn's guitar – certainly with an ear towards ancient English modes, but also at once very fresh and contemporary – a strong precursor to the waves of new acoustic talents that would flow from the UK a few years later, but maybe even more revolutionary – given that John's mostly just working here with his guitar and voice. Bert Jansch adds guitar to a few tracks – and titles include "Song", "Down On The Barge", "Plainsong", "Judy", "Beth's Blues", "Blue Bones", "Train Tune", "Winter Is Gone", and "Noah & Rabbit". Bert & John is a hell of a collaboration between British legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn – both working here together to completely redefine the sound of their music for the generation to come! This one album may well hold all the sense of subtle power and possibility that was about to flower in the Brit movement often known as "acid folk" – that reworking of older aesthetics with modern conceptions, and doing so mostly with their work on acoustic guitar – quite a feat, given the stripped-down instrumentation of the set! Bert sings a bit – in that incredible style of his – but the real attraction here is the guitar interplay, which is always fresh, never hokey, neither familiar American folk nor forced singer-songwriter backup material. Titles include a wonderful reworking of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – plus "Red's Favourite", "Orlando", "Soho", "Piano Tune", "East Wind", "After The Dance", and "The Time Has Come". Another Monday is maybe the most obscure album in the collection – a set that is mostly instrumental, with some completely fantastic work by Renbourn on guitar – but which also features a bit of guest vocals from singer Jacqui McShee – whose warmer presence next to John really makes for a nice pairing. The album's as powerful as it is subtle, really beautiful in its sense of variety – with titles that include "Buffalo", "One For William", "Lost Lover Blues", "Another Monday", "Day At The Seaside", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", and "Waltz". Watch The Stars is another great collaboration with Dorris Henderson – an American singer, but one who moved to London in the 60s – where she cut this rare gem with guitarist John Renbourn! The album's got a righteous vibe that's hipper than the usual folk set – with some traditional tunes and some contemporary material – recorded with that amazing phrasing that made Renbourn's guitar so distinct right from the start, with lots of those jazzy currents we love so much – and which really fit the creative vocal approach of Henderson! Dorris also plays some autoharp, and there's a bit of bass in the backings – although overall the main focus here is on Renbourn's guitar and Henderson's vocals. Titles include "Come Up Horsey", "God Bless The Child", "Watch The Stars", "30 Days In Jail", "Mosaic Patterns", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "There's Anger In This Land". Sir John A Lot Of is perhaps one of the best-known albums from British guitar legend John Renbourn – as it was issued widely in the US, and kept in print for a surprisingly long time over the years! The approach here is slightly different than Renbourn's previous records – a bit in the image presented by the cover, although with maybe not as slavish a sound – as John just uses the whole thing to go a bit more ancient than before, in ways that echo the time travel that the whole British folk scene was taking as the 70s approached. The tunes are done in ways that are really beautiful – still lots of the incredible guitar work that made Renbourn such a standout on the scene – plus flute from jazzman Ray Warleigh, who's very different here than usual – and spare use of finger cymbals, African drums, and glockenspiel by Terry Cox. Titles include "Morgana", "Transfusion", "The Trees They Do Grow High", "Sweet Potato", "Seven Up", and "White Fishes". 6CD box features all records in original artwork sleeves, with a booklet of notes – and bonus tracks that include "Message To Pretty", "The Waggoner's Lad", "Lucky Thirteen", "Blues Run The Game", "The Wildest Pig In Captivity (alt)", "Can't Keep From Crying", "Transfusion (alt)", and "The Leaves Are Green". CD

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✨✧ Willie RosarioInfinito (remastered edition) ... CD
Inca/Fania, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A standout session from Willie Rosario – an album that has him introducing singer Junior Toledo, who really makes the record sparkle with his vocals! The grooves here are in those warmly jazzy styles that kept Rosario on top well into the 80s – an approach to salsa that has a bit more brightness and optimism than some of Willie's contemporaries, but never in a way that's too slick or commercial. The horn charts are great – full of color, tone, and life – and they really do a great job of pushing Toledo's vocals over the top. The album features guest guitar from Vinnie Bell and vibes from Louie Ramirez – and titles include "Arrepentios Pecadores", "Juventud Siglo", "Soy Rumbero", "Lagrimas Y Tristeza", "Last Tango In Paris", "Amigo De Que", and "Todo Y Nana". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie RussSee The Light ... LP
Monument/Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A beautiful album of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. This album's one of Eddie's best – and it's got a smoothly produced soul jazz sound that's almost a takeoff on the style of Smith's excellent records for Flying Dutchman – but a bit cooler overall, and with a great feel that links back to Russ' years in the Detroit scene. Tracks are uptempo and jazzy, with a strongly soulful vibe that features lots of electric keyboard work over the top of fast dancing rhythms. A few cuts have sweet female soul backup vocals, and additional instrumentation includes trumpet, sax, and guitar. Tracks include "Zaius", "Salem Avenue", "Poko Nose", and "See The Light". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available See the Light ... LP 49.99

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✨✧ Eddie RussSee the Light ... LP
Monument, 1976. Very Good ... $49.99
A beautiful album of spacey jazz funk! Eddie Russ was a 70s keyboard genius – right up there with Lonnie Liston Smith and Herbie Hancock in our book, although he never reached the fame of either of those players. This album's one of Eddie's best – and it's got a smoothly produced soul jazz sound that's almost a takeoff on the style of Smith's excellent records for Flying Dutchman – but a bit cooler overall, and with a great feel that links back to Russ' years in the Detroit scene. Tracks are uptempo and jazzy, with a strongly soulful vibe that features lots of electric keyboard work over the top of fast dancing rhythms. A few cuts have sweet female soul backup vocals, and additional instrumentation includes trumpet, sax, and guitar. Tracks include "Zaius", "Salem Avenue", "Poko Nose", and "See The Light". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has light wear.)
Also available See The Light ... LP 18.99

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SeedsSeeds ... LP
GNP, 1966. Very Good+ ... $84.99
A groundbreaking debut from The Seeds – one of those albums that seemed to come out of nowhere back in the 60s, then went onto have an undeniable influence on music for decades to come! The music is gritty and garagey right from the start – but also has a sinister focus that really sets the group apart from some of their contemporaries – a knowing way of putting the whole thing over that makes the whole thing way more than just a happy accident! Vocals are by leader Sky Saxon, and the set features some classic ripping guitars from Jan Savage – and also has great use of piano and melodica – in a mode that's a bit like some of the more rock-oriented work by Love, but a bit looser and more garagey. Titles include "No Escape", "Try To Understand", "Girl I Want You", "Lose Your Mind", "Evil Hoodoo", and the searing classic "Pushin Too Hard". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing, original label design with "I Can't Seem To Make You Mind", with a later B 14630 matrix, still in the shrink including blue & white inner sleeve.)

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Jimmy SmithGot My Mojo Workin'/Hoochie Cooche Man ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Although he was the consummate high-class hipster at the start of his career, for some reason Jimmy Smith seemed to hit a forced sort of rootsy style about halfway through his years at Verve. The style worked well for him, even if it sometimes languished in bluesy tones that seemed a bit forced – and on this album, his basic trio of Grady Tate and Kenny Burrell are augmented by arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Nelson keeps things from getting too hokey, and Jimmy's organ lines are free and sharp on the best cuts. Titles include "Mustard Greens", "Hobson's Hop", "Got My Mojo Workin", and "High Heel Sneakers". Jimmy pays tribute to an earlier generation of R&B – in a hard-wailing set of soul jazz, done with backings from the legendary Oliver Nelson! A few tracks feature vocals by Jimmy, in a rough bluesy style, and others have some harmonica by Buddy Lucas – in a raspy, hard-wailing mode that still fits in nicely with the jazzier style of the album. Jimmy's organ is right up front on most numbers – recorded with that full, dynamic sound that makes so many of his Verve albums a treasure – and the best numbers have a more contemporary 60s groove alongside the older bluesy roots. Grady Tate plays drums – surprisingly funky at times – and other players include Melba Liston and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Billy Butler on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on Fender bass, and Joe Newman on trumpet. Titles include "Hi Heel Sneakers", "TNT", "Boom Boom", "Ain't That Just Like A Woman", and "One Mint Julep". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Got My Mojo Workin' ... LP 5.99

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Jimmy SmithHoochie Coochie Man ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Jimmy pays tribute to an earlier generation of R&B – in a hard-wailing set of soul jazz, done with backings from the legendary Oliver Nelson! A few tracks feature vocals by Jimmy, in a rough bluesy style, and others have some harmonica by Buddy Lucas – in a raspy, hard-wailing mode that still fits in nicely with the jazzier style of the album. Jimmy's organ is right up front on most numbers – recorded with that full, dynamic sound that makes so many of his Verve albums a treasure – and the best numbers have a more contemporary 60s groove alongside the older bluesy roots. Grady Tate plays drums – surprisingly funky at times – and other players include Melba Liston and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Billy Butler on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on Fender bass, and Joe Newman on trumpet. Titles include "Hi Heel Sneakers", "TNT", "Boom Boom", "Ain't That Just Like A Woman", and "One Mint Julep". LP, Vinyl record album
(In fantastic shape!)

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SpacearkSpaceark Is ... CD
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Great work from Spaceark – a funky soul combo who are much more firmly grounded on earth than their name or cover art might make you expect! The record's got this fantastic glow right from the start – really well-played instrumentation that has lots of jazzy currents – to support beautifully soulful vocals that make the whole thing wonderful from start to finish! There's harmonies on some tracks – almost giving the set the vibe of a great midtempo group soul record – but other moments push up the jazzier currents, with a warmth that's almost in Roy Ayers or James Mason territory. Wonderful all the way through – with titles that include "Sexy Lady", "Phantom Lover", "Each Song", "Sweet Hitch Hiker", "Take Her Out Dancing", and "Ja More Mon A More". CD
Also available Spaceark Is ... LP 23.99

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SpacearkSpaceark Is ... LP
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Great work from Spaceark – a funky soul combo who are much more firmly grounded on earth than their name or cover art might make you expect! The record's got this fantastic glow right from the start – really well-played instrumentation that has lots of jazzy currents – to support beautifully soulful vocals that make the whole thing wonderful from start to finish! There's harmonies on some tracks – almost giving the set the vibe of a great midtempo group soul record – but other moments push up the jazzier currents, with a warmth that's almost in Roy Ayers or James Mason territory. Wonderful all the way through – with titles that include "Sexy Lady", "Phantom Lover", "Each Song", "Sweet Hitch Hiker", "Take Her Out Dancing", and "Ja More Mon A More". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spaceark Is ... CD 10.99

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StarpointKeep On It ... LP
Chocolate City, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Excellent work from Starpoint – the kind of all-solid album that easily marks them as one of the most soulful groups of the boogie generation! There's a depth here that goes way beyond simple bass-heavy grooves for the dancefloor – a sound that picks a fair bit up from the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the early 70s, and manages to keep some jazzy touches and righteous undercurrents going on – even when the tunes themselves have simpler themes overall. Renee Diggs' lead vocals are especially wonderful – crackling with a warmth that's a nice change from the usual belting club diva mode of the period, and which ties together the rest of the group through the strength of her presence. Rhythms are nicely varied too – with some key ballads sitting nicely next to more uptempo numbers – making for a well-rounded album that's extremely well put together! Titles include "I Just Want To Be Your Lover", "For You", "Keep On It", "We're Into Love", "Starpoint's Here Tonight", and the excellent but too short "Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and lightly bent corners.)

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Stylistics5 Classic Albums (Stylistics/Stylistics 2/Let's Put It All Together/From The Mountain/Thank You Baby)(5CD set) ... CD
Avco/Spectrum (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful set of work from one of the greatest vocal groups of the 70s – presented here in a package that features five full albums, all in little LP-styled sleeves! The first two albums might well be the blueprint for sweet soul in years to come – the legendary Stylistics and Stylistics 2 – records that managed to bridge heartbreaking soul with more righteous currents of social consciousness, at a level that's still extremely relevant all these many years later. The other records to follow are slightly less classic, but still a strong cut above most of the group's contemporaries – and are overflowing with mellow soul gems that never get old. There's a special feature to this package, too – given its British nature – in that the cover of Stylistics 2 is different than the "black fist" cover in the US, with a very different image of the group used for the UK – and the album From The Mountain is actually their record Heavy – but presented here with a different title and cover for the UK. 48 tracks in all – including "Betcha By Golly Wow", "People Make The World Go Round", "Children Of The Night", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", "You're Right As Rain", "Pieces", "Love Is The Answer", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "Star On A TV Show", "Heavy Fallin Out", "Thank You Baby", "Tears & Souvenirs", "I'm Stone In Love With You", "You Are Everything", "Stop Look Listen", "You're A Big Girl Now", "It's Too Late", "Break Up To Make Up", "Doin The Streets", and lots lots more! CD

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Tangerine DreamPink Years Albums (Electronic Meditation/Alpha Centauri/Zeit/Atem) (4CD set) ... CD
Ohr/Reactive (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99
For great albums from Tangerine Dream – each packaged here in tiny LP sleeves, with a small poster too! Electronic Meditation has a title that's a perfect summation of the way that Tangerine Dream approached their music – and it also really describes what made them so unique at the time! Rather than try to push the boundaries of electronics with a sense of force or urgency, the trio of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze, and Conrad Schnitzler really take their time – working inside an abandoned factory to create the sounds for this initial debut – acting as their own producers, too – really starting the strong legacy of German experimental recordings of the 70s, in which the studio was as important as the instruments themselves! Given that Schulze would later work in Ash Ra Tempel and on his own famous records – and Schnitzler soon formed Kluster – there's a lot of genesis going on here. But the whole thing's also pretty darn great on its own, even without the history – and has a much darker edge than some later work by Tangerine Dream. Titles include "Genesis", "Journey Through A Burning Brain", "Resurrection", "Ashes To Ashes", and "Cold Smoke". Alpha Centauri is pure genius from Tangerine Dream – a record that came out right at the start of the 70s, and immediately cemented the group's reputation as one of the most inventive electronic acts of the decade! The tracks are long and spacious here – very much in the territory of some of the group's Krautrock contemporaries, but with more of a sense of openness, and patience – as they never rush things at all, while layering together their unique blends of guitar, organ, percussion, flute, and anything else they can think of – even a coffee machine! Chris Franke handles the electronics, but Steve Schroyder abstracts them with "several echo machines" – while Edgar Froese helps them all remember to keep things tuneful at times. Tracks include "Sunrise In The Third System", "Fly & Collision Off Comas Sola", and the side-long "Alpha Centauri". Zeit is one of the moodiest early albums from Tangerine Dream – a record that really lives up to the eclipse on the cover! There's maybe more "bottom" here than some of their other work – swirling shadows that resonate with some of the more isolated sounds – almost as if the group is trying to invent the 4AD production style, years ahead of its time! Titles include "Birth Of The Liquide Plejades", "Nebulous Dawn", "Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities", and "Zeit". Atem has long tracks that maybe bring a stronger current of noise to the music of Tangerine Dream – a set that follows the longer abstractions of the Zeit album, but with even weirder elements too! The sound isn't exactly pre-industrial, but also isn't far off either – and titles include "Atem", "Fauna Geni", "Circulation Of Events", and "Wahn". CD

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Jr Thomas & The VolcanosRockstone ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $6.99 13.98
A sweet second album from Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – a contemporary group, but one who get the sound of late 60s Kingston just right! These guys are to reggae and rocksteady what the Dap-Kings are to classic funk – younger modern artists who are completely devoted to finding the right style of performance and production to hit the sorts of great grooves that just about nobody makes anymore! The Colemine label has been a bastion of contemporary funk acts of top quality – and The Volcanos are a perfect fit with their sound too – vintage for the present, and more proof that some of the best sounds around can be found when you're willing to go back in time. Titles include "Mr Harriott", "What A Shame", "Chin Up", "Till You're Gone", "Rockstone", "Brian Wilson", "Cold Smiles, and "Forever". CD

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Yan TreggerDucks & Drakes ... CD
BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An underground funky gem – one that never made it past the collections of the elite sound library audience in the 70s – but which is well deserving of global acclaim! Yan Tregger works here in this style that's every bit as funky as his contemporaries on bigger library labels, but which also shows a strong love of club music too – not straight disco, at least not in any sort of "easy" way – but a real ear for just the right sort of basslines, keyboard parts, and uptempo rhythms to keep things moving throughout! Given the all-instrumental approach, think of this set as a jazzy take on clubby grooves – or maybe an instrumental funk record for the clubs – with great cuts that include "The Girl In The Gold", "Dawn & Darkness", "Friend Island", "The Last Girl", "Haunting Refrain", "Girls Will Be Girls", and "The Way Of All Flesh". CD

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Ike TurnerEdge ... LP
Fantasy, 1980. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the last Ike Turner albums to contain lead vocals by Tina – a set from the start of the 80s, issued right before Tina hit that huge solo career on her own! Tina's vocals come in early and are in very much in fine form – more in the mode she'd use on records to come than her sound back in the day, but lacking nothing at all in terms of her phrasing – even when Ike and the group take on tunes by some of the pair's contemporaries like Bill Withers, Shirley Caesar, and Elton John! Side two has Ike stepping into the vocal spotlight – a shift that may well have come from the rift between the two at the time – but his appearance is actually a great thing, and maybe creates a bit of freshness as he works here to front the Home Grown Funk band. Those tunes have more of an 80s funk approach – often with heavy basslines – and Ike tunes include "Lum Dum", "Party Vibes", "No Other Woman", and "I Can't Believe" – while Tina titles include "Lean On Me", "Use Me", "Shame Shame Shame", "Philadelphia Freedom", and "Only Women Bleed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, ring & edge wear, sticker spot, and is bent a bit along the opening.)

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Vaudou GameOtodi ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
Man, these guys just keep getting better and better – and this smoker of an album really rewards all the faith we've had in Vaudou Game right from the start! The album was recorded in Togo, with a sharp funky style that partly echoes the James Brown Band of the late 60s – but also has more contemporary elements at times – which mix together wonderfully with the heavy drums, monstrous basslines, and riffing guitar! A few tunes move into more 70s Afro club modes, with equally great handling – yet these guys are never one of those slavish bands who seek to recreate the exact sound of the past, and instead have found a fresh voice that's completely their own. Vocals are sometimes solo, sometimes chanted by the group – and there's a rock-solid approach to the whole thing – on titles that include "Not Guilty", "Bassa Bassa", "Something Is Wrong", "Anniversaire", "Tata Fatigue", "Lucie", "Pas La Peine", "Tassi", "Sens Interdit", and "Roberto". CD

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Cecile VernyFear & Faith ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 2014. Used ... $4.99
A wonderfully strong set from singer Cecile Verny – thanks to a backing combo who's as proud and bold as her vocals! Often, a singer like this never gets the sort of groove she deserves – sometimes lost amidst some fuller R&B arrangements, or under-whelmed by trippier abstract sounds. But Cecile's in a great groove right from the start – one that comes from a trio with some mighty tight bass and drums – never funky, but forceful – at a level that kicks the whole thing up from the bottom, and resonates strongly with the mix of acoustic piano and keyboards. Cecile sings mostly in English, but does a bit of French as well – and the record's a contemporary gem that could sit proudly next to your best work from Gregory Porter or Gretchen Parlatto. Titles include "The Wild Heart Of The Earth", "Lord Have Mercy", "Humming", "Seule Toute Seule", "Time To Let You Go", and "They Ask How I'm Feeling". CD

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Leon WareInside Is Love ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1979. Used ... $34.99
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and totally right on the money here – serving up some wicked midtempo grooves that sparkle way more than most of his contemporaries – and which even rise above most of the other work on TK records at the time! Ware wrote and produced the whole set himself – with that masterful studio approach that first rose to prominence on Marvin Gaye's album I Want You – and like that classic set, the whole thing here is great – never a clunker or a bit of filler at all. Titles include the great "What's Your Name" – an extremely catchy two-step number, with a hook that will ring in your head long after the track is over – and other cuts include "Inside Is Love", "Try It Out", "Club Sashay", "Inside Your Love", and "Love Is A Simple Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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Nancy WilsonNancy Wilson Show ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
Early proof that Nancy Wilson was definitely on the right track with her career – a tremendous little live date recorded without any of the schmaltz or overdone showmanship of her contemporaries! Although the setting is the Cocoanut Grove, Nancy often makes us feel like she's putting over the tunes in a much smaller venue – working in an up-close, personal way that's really wonderful – almost telling stories with the lyrics on the tunes, and always singing, but making her vocals feel more like conversation. Ronnell Bright did some great backings for the performance – and titles include "Fireworks", "Ten Good Years", "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Don't Talk Just Sing", "You Can Have Him", and "The Music That Makes Me Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label stereo pressing.)
 
 
 



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