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Poor Righteous TeachersEasy Star (Mister Doo dancehall rmx, Doo dancehall dub, Mister Doo easy stepper rmx, album, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Profile, 1992. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Profile sleeve.)

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Poor Righteous TeachersHoly Intellect ... LP
Profile, 1990. Near Mint- ... $19.99
The classic debut of Poor Righteous Teachers – a creative benchmark for the Five Percenter movement – and one best records to come from the dawn of the 90s hip hop scene! Tight group rap of the highest dawn of caliber – with a distinct approach, courtesy of leader and lyricist Wise Intelligent. He is both! Genuine intellect on display, but it's playful and accessible, too, with timeless blueprint production all the way. Includes "Rock Dis Funky Joint", "Time To Say Peace", "Can I Start This?", "Butt Naked Booty Bless", "Shakiyla", "Strictly Ghetto", "Holy Trinity", "Style Dropped/Lesson Taught", "Word From The Wise", "Poor Righteous Teachers" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – White label promo in a plain white sleeve.)

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Righteous BrothersThis Is New ... LP
Moonglow, 1965. Sealed ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)

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Righteous BrothersGo Ahead & Cry ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Righteous BrothersYou've Lost That Lovin Feelin ... LP
Philles, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has some edge wear.)

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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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✨✧ Poor Righteous TeachersHoly Intellect ... LP
Profile, 1990. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The classic debut of Poor Righteous Teachers – a creative benchmark for the Five Percenter movement – and one best records to come from the dawn of the 90s hip hop scene! Tight group rap of the highest caliber – with a distinct approach, courtesy of leader and lyricist Wise Intelligent. He is both those words! Genuine intellect on display, but it's playful and accessible, too, with timeless blueprint production all the way. Includes "Rock Dis Funky Joint", "Time To Say Peace", "Can I Start This?", "Butt Naked Booty Bless", "Shakiyla", "Strictly Ghetto", "Holy Trinity", "Style Dropped/Lesson Taught", "Word From The Wise", "Poor Righteous Teachers" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Holy Intellect ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Sisters Of RighteousIs My Lovin' Too Slow (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
King, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A very obscure James Brown-produced single for King – and one that showcases this little-known female vocal group. The track's kind of an easy soul weeper, with a mellow loping groove, and vocals that are in the Dee Dee Warwick camp. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a King sleeve.)

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✨✧ Righteous BrothersSayin' Somethin' ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "On This Side Of Goodbye", "Don't Fight It", "Yes Indeed", "Harlem Shuffle", "Along Came Jones", "My Girl", and "Jimmy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Harvey MandelRighteous (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Purple Pyramid, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99 14.98
A very nice set of electric guitar groovers from a young Harvey Mandel! The record has less of the trippy dippy feel of Harvey's later albums – and instead has some nice tight jazzy arrangements with his soulful guitar soloing over the top. There's a lot going on stylistically here without it ever going too far all over the map, getting off to a great start with the psych-blues-jazz groove of the title track, followed by a nice cover of Nat Adderley's "Jive Samba", and stays on a high level from there. and Abe "Voco" Kesh produced the record and it features horn & string arrangements by Shorty Rogers. Other tracks include "Poontang", "Boo Bee Doo", "Summer Sequence", "Short's Stuff", and "Just A Hair More". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ VariousStudio One – Black Man's Pride 2 – Righteous Are The Sons & Daughters Of Jah ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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Beaver & KrauseIn A Wild Sanctuary/Gandharva/All Good Men ... CD
Warner/Righteous (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of classics from this electronic duo – all brought together in a single set! First up is In A Wild Sanctuary – one of the best records ever from Beaver and Krause – largely because there's not so much noodling! This one features the pair on moog and organ, with help from Dave Grusin on piano, Milt Holland on percussion, Howard Roberts on guitar, and Bud Shank on reeds. The sound isn't jazz at all – but more a mix of spacey grooves and bubbling bits, with much more of a song-like structure than on other records. There's a few nice cuts here that almost hit a groove, and even when they don't, they still have a nice stripped down moogy sound that's very pleasing. Titles include "Spaced", "Salute To The Vanishing Bald Eagle", "People's Park", "Walking Green Algae Blues", and "Another Part Of Time". Gandharva is a cool mixture of rock and electronics – a perfect example of the Beaver & Krause team at their best! The ensemble on this one is bigger than usual, and the players includes jazz musicians like Mike Bloomfield, Gerry Mulligan, and Howard Roberts – but Beaver & Krause still play a lot of moog, though, and the songs are pretty groovy – although a little short. Side 2 was recorded at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Titles include "Soft/White", "Walkin By The River", "Walkin", "Nine Moons In Alaska", "Bright Shadows", and "Short Film For David". All Good Men is a higher concept album than usual for the team of Beaver & Krause – a record that still features plenty of cool moog and electronics by the pair, but which also has them teamed up with arranger Jimmie Haskell in a set of tunes that mixes older themes with original numbers! A fair bit of tracks here have vocals – either by Krause, or by female vocalists Cris Williamson, Adrienne Anderson, or Elisabeth Wilson – plus the "celestial choir" on a few tracks. There's a hearkening back here that's a bit confused at some moments – mixing Scott Joplin with the then-common apology to Native American mode – but things sound best on the original numbers, which have picked up a groove a bit more than before, and even have some nice warmer tones we really like. Titles include the spacey spinner "Between The Sun & The Rain", plus "Loves Of Col Evol", "Sweet Williams", "Bluebird Canyon Stomp", "Looking Back Now", "Child Of Morning Sun", and "All Good Men". CD

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Goldie HillDon't Send Me No More Roses ... CD
Righteous (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
Some of the best early heartbreaking country numbers you're likely to hear – the hugely underappreciated earlier records cut by singer Goldie Hill in the 50s – work the influenced some of the very best female honky tonk singers of 50s, 60s & 70s – but Goldie still doesn't get the credit she deserves for it! The tunes are full of heartbreak and sadness, par for the course for the much of the post Hank Williams singers of the scene, but it's done her with a sweet tenderness, and a perceptive truthfulness in her tone – it's impossible to imagine Loretta Lynn doing what she did in the 60s & 70s if Goldie didn't get there first! Titles include "Call Off The Wedding", "Don't Send No More Roses", "Waiting For A Letter", "I'm The Loneliest Gal In Town", "Fickle Heart", "Why Talk To My Heart", "I'm Yesterday's Girl", "Miss You So", "Please Don't Betray Me", "Young At Heart", "Say Big Boy", "Treat Me Kind" and "Why Don't You Let Me". CD

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Zoot MoneyTransition ... CD
Columbia/Righteous (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $3.99
A wonderful set from Zoot Money – a solo project, away from his big band – recorded with a soulful groove that's right up there with the best 60s work by Georgie Fame! That's no surprise, though, given that Money and Fame were both key parts of the Brit scene of the time – absorbing the best elements of American soul and jazz vocals, and turning them into something entirely unique – a bit mod at points, with British inflections, but in ways that were always very different than the rockers of the generation who were busy mining American blues. Money's vocals have a very Fame-like rasp here – incredibly charming, especially amidst the record's hip blend of jazz and rock instrumentation, with some key trippy touches at points. Titles include "Soma", "What Cha Gonna Do Bout It", "Deadline", "Just A Passing Phase", "Coffee Song", "Let The Music Make You Happy", and "Problem Child". CD

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Various61 Classics From The Cramps' Crazy Collection – Deeper Into The World Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99
Great sounds pulled from the famous record collection of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy – a really mad mix of rock instrumentals, hillbilly thumpers, R&B scorchers, and exotic platters – all brought together as a wonderful demonstration of just how wild the indie record scene was at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s! The music here never sticks to one single genre – and the songs explode with really inventive new ideas – not just wild early production twists, and lots of sweet electrified instrumentation – but also some very unusual song conceptions that remind us just how much inventiveness people were trying to cram into the space of a 45rpm platter! Titles include "Noisy Village" by Bob McFadden & Dor, "Fender Bender" by The Original Starfires, "Cast Iron Arm" by Peanuts Wilson, "Blue Train" by Betty McQuade, "Come On Little Mama" by Ray Harris, "Chickie Run" by Homer Dennison, "Boss" by The Dial Tones, "Froggy" by Denny Dell & The Trends, "99 Chicks" by Ron Haydock, "Knee Socks" by The Ideals, "Sweet Woman" by Edwin Bruce, "Let Er Roll" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Baby Brother" by Bill Carter, Gang Warr" by Gene Maltais, "Rotten Cocksuckers Ball" by The Clovers, and lots lots more! CD

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VariousDestination Crampsville – The Finest In Demented Rock & Roll, Rabid Rockabilly, & JD Pop ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
We're always happy to take a trip to Crampsville – as the journey means that we not only get to live within the world of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, we also get to discover a huge amount of obscure singles from the glory days of the indie 45! The Cramps built their music on building blocks like these – weird, obscure tunes from the late 50s and early 60s – often leaping across genres in a single tune – mixing rock and R&B, slinky lounge with gritty sleaze, and always exploding with the kind of energy that never could have lasted past the few minutes of music that fit on a 7" record. The set's very much in the great mode of other Righteous Cramps-inspired titles – and features 52 tracks that include "Love Slave" by Bart Mattson, "She'll Never Let Him Go" by Gin Gillette, "Little Joe" by Jack Day, "I'm Blue" by The Ikettes, "Chicken Rock" by Scott Wood & His Band, "Big Foot" by Googie Rene, "The Tingle" by Jackie Weaver, "She's Mine" by Johnny Strickland, "I Got School" by Scott Miller, "Stop At The Hop" by Don Eee, "Rock & Roll Fever" by Gene Ray, "The Gorilla Walk" by Sascha Burland, "The Cat" by Rod Willis, "Watch Your Step" by Bobby Parker, and "I'm Buggin Out Little Baby" by Donny Lee Moore. CD

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VariousJukebox In Crampsville – 60 Way Out Tunes At A Dime Apiece ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Mad music that you might never have heard otherwise – the fantastic fifth installment in this excellent series inspired by The Cramps – and maybe the deepest-digging so far! There's no holds barred here – both in the source of the material, and the style – and the main criteria just seems to be finding tracks that are as way-out and wild as possible – almost all of which are pulled from the 45rpm underground of the late 50s and early 60s! The "jukebox" in the title is well-placed – as most of these cuts are mad rompers that would really liven up a nightclub – but we also can't imagine there ever being any jukebox as hip as this one, to bring all these fantastic singles together. Titles include "Icky Poo" by The Nomads, "Pimples & Braces" by Ric Gary, "Fling" by The Phaetons, "Laffin Beatnik" by Johnny Beeman, "Bop Crazy Baby" by Vern Pullens, "Boom Stix" by Curley & The Jades, "Cannibal Stew" by Jerry & Mel, "Talk About A Party" by Lee Braun, "Mad Gass" by The Royal Teens, "Mama's Place" by Bing Day, "Mo Taters" by The Earthworms, "I'm The Wolfman" by Round Robin, "A Logger's Wife" by Buzz Martin, and "Strollie Bun" by The Blonde Bomber. CD

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VariousLux & Ivy Dig The Beatniks – A Collection Of Finger Lickin Grooves, Deep Thinking Diatribes, & Exploitation 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), New Copy 2CD ... About August 15, 2019
... CD

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✨✧ VariousLux & Ivy's Good For Nothin Tunes – The Wild, The Weird, & The Wang Dang Doodlin ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Nicely nasty tunes from the generation that inspired the music of The Cramps – that massive underworld of 45rpm and 78rpm singles in the 50s and early 60s – recorded at a time when just about anything was fair game to capture in the studio! The styles here vary as much as the huge selection of tracks on the set – which features 50 rare singles you'll likely not find otherwise, all put together with a wonderful sense of surprise that really keeps things interesting all the way through! Titles include "Dead" by The Poets, "Knees Shakin" by Don Terry, "Don't Cut Out On Me" by Tender Slim, "Big Dog Little Dog" by Harvey Hurt, "Green Front Boogie" by The Del-Tones, "It Took An Older Woman" by Jimmie Dawson, "Good For Nothin" by Scott Engel, "Long Black Shiny Car" by Mike Page, "Vampira" by Bobby Bare, "What Is Fisterris" by The Joker, "Domino" by The Savoys, "I Was A Teenage Monster" by The Keynotes, "Hunger Is From" by Ken Nordine, and "The Fuzz" by Grady Martin. CD

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VariousMagnificent – 62 Classics From The Cramps' Insane Collection – Long Gone In The World Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
They're not lying about the title of this one – as the set is both "magnificent", and "insane" – an incredible array of offbeat singles from a time when it seemed like just about everybody and their pop had a small record label – and were able to turn out some really mad music that still defies description or categorization all these many years later! Given the Cramps' name on the set, there's a definite current of raunch rock here – but the music also opens up into so many different modes – from R&B, to novelty numbers, to hillbilly sounds, space age instrumentals, fuzz guitar jams, and lots lots more! The whole thing is every bit as wonderful as the previous versions in the series – and titles include "Bila" by Versatones, "The Blob" by The Five Blobs, "Oo Ee" by Ric Cartey, "Little Girl" by John & Jackie, "Wait Up Baby" by The Duals "You're Gone Baby" by Jimmy Lloyd, "Ghost Train" by The Electro-Tones, "Ghost Satellite" by Bob & Jerry, "Real Wild Child" by Ivan, "The UT" by The Sparkles, "The Heel" by Kay Martin, "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts, "Hold It" by Buddy Starr & The Starliners, "Teen Twist" by Buddy Miller, and "The Chase (part 2)" by The Camelots. CD

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VariousShe Devil – Original Soundtrack – Filmed In Glorious Crampovision ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
A great little collection done in the best "mondo" mode – which means that it brings together weird, raw tracks from the early years of rock and soul – and mixes them with some great spoken snippets from B-Movie films of the time! The approach is a bit of a variation on the other Cramps Jukebox titles from this label – still a similar great blend of weird, offbeat, and unusual tracks from the glory days of the 45rpm underground – but also put together in a way that gives them a slight cinematic bent, and also ties them to lurid images on the screen. Titles include "Motorcycle Millie" by Garrett Williams, "You Been Torturing Me" by Four Young Men, "Trouble" by Jackie Dee, "If You Can't Rock Me" by Debbie Stevens, "She's A Going Jessie" by Andy Starr, "I Thought I Told You About Them" by Marie Knight, "Nag" by The Halos, "Killer" by Sparkle Moore, "Don't Be Mad" by Don Feger, "Don't Bug Me Baby" by Milton Allen, "Scorpion" by The Carnations, "I'm Gonna Tell On You" by George Fleming, and "Enough Man" by Bobby Christian. CD

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✨✧ VariousAmbience – 63 Nuggets From The Cramps Record Vault – Further Inhalations In The Smog Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Not the kind of easygoing sounds you'd usually expect from a record with the word "ambience" in the title – as these tracks are plenty raw, mighty greasy, and very much in the best spirit of the kind of sounds we're used to hearing on any collection that bears the name of The Cramps! As with that group's own music, the styles here are pulled from the deepest, darkest reaches of the early rock and roll years – not just music in that genre, but also a weird and wonderful collection of instrumentals, soul tracks, R&B singles, and other modes – working together here in an explosive array of music that goes way past any simple expectations you might have of the period! 63 tracks in all – with titles that include "The Dancing Katydids" by The Myrogens, "Rattle Shakin Mama" by Mel McGonnigle, "Choo Choo" by The Cables, "Rigor Mortis" by The Gravestone Four, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Ron Feuer, "Intoxica" by The Revels, "My Hot Mama" by The Sabres, "Shame On You Miss Lindy" by Benn Joe Zeppa, "I Was A Teenage Creature" by Lord Lutehr, "House Party" by The Party Rockers, "Deep River Blues" by Gene Maltais, "Rumble Rock" by Kip Tyler, "I'm Packin" by Belly Devroe & The Devilaires, and "Move Alone" by Johnny & The Baa Baas. CD
 
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George Adams/Don Pullen QuartetLife Line ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong outing from this key post-Mingus collaboration – and a record that really shows both Don Pullen and George Adams really coming into their own! Pullen's piano can have plenty of edges, as can Adams' tenor – but there's also some warmer, lyrical moments that really round things out – kind of a balance between righteous energy and deeper quietude that the musicians might have learned during their time with Charles Mingus – taken to a logical small group extension here. Adams also plays a bit of flute, which is especially nice – and the group also includes Cameron Brown on bass and Dannie Richmond on drums. Titles include "The Great Escape Or Run John Henry Run", "Seriously Speaking", "Soft Seas", and "Protection". CD

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Cannonball AdderleyPrice You Got To Pay To Be Free ... LP
Capitol, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
Fantastic work from the massive electric years of the Cannonball Adderley Quintet – one of the group's last records to feature the keyboards of Joe Zawinul – and also one of the heaviest from the time! The set's a double-length gem that presents the group in an open live setting – one that really displays the full charm of their approach at the time, and that wonderfully crowd-winning mode that made Cannon a key act at this time for rock and soul audiences too! Adderley raps a bit at key points, and brings some righteous energy to the concert – while the rest of the group follow up with performances that really send the whole thing home – Nat Adderley on cornet, Zawinul on Fender Rhodes and piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums. Cannon plays some soprano sax, in addition to his familiar alto – and titles include "Alto Sex", "Lonesome Stranger", "Wild Cat Pee", "Soul Virgo", "Painted Desert", "Directions", "Pra Dizer Adeus", "Rumplestiltskin", "Price You Got To Pay To Be Free", "Esquisition", "Get Up Off Your Knees", "Down In Black Bottom", and "The Scene". Produced by David Axelrod too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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Cannonball AdderleySoul Zodiac ... LP
Capitol, 1972. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
One of the coolest, baddest, funkiest albums Cannonball Adderley ever recorded – a massive suite of tunes based on the signs of the Zodiac, produced to perfection by David Axelrod, and featuring some hip recitations from the mighty Rick Holmes! The double-length set is completely compelling all the way through – a darkly brooding batch of funky jazz that shows a strong Miles Davis electric influence at points, thanks to Nat Adderley's spacey trumpet lines, Mike Deasy's trippy guitar, and George Duke's excellent keyboards! Other tracks are a bit more laidback, fitting the mood of their respective signs – and overall, the whole thing slips and slides wonderfully from cut to cut – taking you through the star signs with a really righteous, soulful approach. Titles include "Cancer", "Sagittarius", "Pisces", "Aquarius", "Capricorn", "Virgo", "Taurus", "Aries", "Libra", and a special "Introduction". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Ambrose AkinmusireOrigami Harvest ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Maybe the first album by Ambrose Akinmusire to carry a parental advisory warning on the front – and for good reason, too – as there's a powerful message here that really goes beyond the style of his previous albums! The set's clearly a product of the Trump moment – with rhymes by Kool AD, and songs that are more righteous than we ever would have expected from Akinmusire a few years before – built around his own trumpet and occasional words, the keyboards and piano of Sam Harris, and fantastic use of strings from the Mivos Quartet – whose contributions shade in the jazz moments with a power that's similar to the use of strings on some of the early Spike Lee soundtracks. The titles alone will give you an idea of the album's approach – "A Blooming Bloodfruit In A Hoodie", "Free White & 21", "The Lingering Velocity Of The Dead's Ambitions", "Miracle & Streetfight", and "Americana/The Garden Waits For You To Watch Her Wilderness". CD

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AmnestyFree Your Mind – The 700 West Sessions ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, but also a grittier, more guitar-based groove at times too – one that rumbles heavily at the bottom of the rhythms, with a sound that's like Norman Whitfield-era Motown, taken to much greater extremes! There's actually a lot more Detroit going on in the work than Indy – but the horns also have a jazzier, more open-ended quality too – not just parts penned for simple funky rhythms, but ones that show some influence from the more righteous side of the jazz spectrum. The material was all recorded on two dates in 1973 – but only issued here for the first time – and together, the tracks are a great example of a hip group from the underground, really letting loose with a great sense of freedom. There's some vocals on the record, but almost more of a focus on the instrumentation overall – and titles include "Can I Help You", "Love Fades", "Trouble Will Remain", "We've Come A Long Way", "Liberty", "Mister President", "Free Your Mind", "We Have Love", and "Lord Help Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Available again after a a few years out of print!)

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AntibalasWhere The Gods Are At Peace ... CD
Daptone, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
Maybe the most searing album we've ever heard from Antibalas – a set that's completely on fire from the very first note, both musically and politically – and which burns with an intensity that seems to blow away all their previous music! Make no mistake, we've always loved these guys – but this time around, there's an urgency that really grabs us – maybe because of the political climate in which the set was recorded, or maybe just because these guys always keep growing and maturing, where so many other similar combos are just content to stick in the same territory. The lead vocals by Duke Amayo are incredible – with a righteous power that demands to be heard – and the horns are more creative and colorful than ever, with some fantastic solos on the album's very long tracks. And of course, the grooves are great – that blend of riffing guitars and percussion that Antibalas have updated from 70s Afro Funk – on titles that include the three-part "Tombstown" suite, plus "Hook & Crook" and "Gold Rush". CD

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India ArieTestimony Vol 2 – Love & Politics ... LP
Soulbird/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $7.99 29.98
Chapter two, and an even deeper set than India Arie's first Testimony album – a record that shows a lot of growth in India's music, and a style that's even more mature and righteous than before! Arie's acoustic guitar is a key part of the instrumentation, and the album features a fair bit of mellower tracks too – so that there's a sense of intimacy in the music that's really great – the perfect setting for India's positive thinking and spiritual growth, which is documented somewhat in her copious notes inside the album's booklet! Most tunes have a warm glow, but one that's never smooth or commercial – and guests on the album include Musiq Soulchild, Gramps Morgan, Dobet Gnahore, and Terrell Carter. Titles include "Long Goodbye", "Chocolate High", "Ghetto", "Therapy", "River Rise", "Pearls", "Better Way", "Yellow", and "He Heals Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot)

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David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 31.98
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the environment, circa 1970 – with beautiful arrangements in the best Axelrod tradition – performed by a large group of jazz players who mixes vibes, guitars, and off-kilter reeds – augmented by a group of singers who perform some of the lyrics of the set, most of which are adapted from the Old Testament and from Navajo legends! The record's broken into two long suites – "The Warnings" and "The Signs" – and the whole thing blends together in a spacey, other-worldly mix of heavy arrangements and trippy grooves! Amazing package – includes a full bonus LP of instrumental versions, appearing here for the first time ever – plus a huge 28 page booklet of notes and images! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus instrumentals LP and 28-page booklet.)
Also available Earth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (with bonus instrumentals album) ... CD 9.99

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David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (with bonus instrumentals album) ... CD
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the environment, circa 1970 – with beautiful arrangements in the best Axelrod tradition – performed by a large group of jazz players who mixes vibes, guitars, and off-kilter reeds – augmented by a group of singers who perform some of the lyrics of the set, most of which are adapted from the Old Testament and from Navajo legends! The record's broken into two long suites – "The Warnings" and "The Signs" – and the whole thing blends together in a spacey, other-worldly mix of heavy arrangements and trippy grooves! Amazing package – includes a full bonus LP of instrumental versions, appearing here for the first time ever – plus a huge 32 page booklet of notes and images! CD
Also available Earth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment ... LP 28.99

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Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever – and also one of his deepest, too! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo – and the amazing energy of the rest of the group too. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with PRC etch. Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersStoned Soul Picnic ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An early album as a leader from the great Roy Ayers – a set that captures the vibes man at a time when he'd been working on the west coast soul jazz scene, and was stepping into even greater fame in the group of Herbie Mann! Yet this set is definitely Roy's own – kind of an introduction to the more righteous sounds he'd pursue in the 70s, set up in an instrumental mode with great help from Herbie Hancock on piano, Gary Bartz on alto, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, and Hubert Laws on flute – all ultra-hip players who really bring a lot to the record! And despite the colorful cover, and its reference of a pop hit, there's a much deeper vibe going on here – on titles that include a great version of Jobim's "Wave" – done like we've never heard it before – plus the original cuts "What The People Say", "Lil's Paradise", and "A Rose For Cindy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing.)

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BagsHey Girl/Beautiful Birds ... 7-inch
It's Soul Time, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Two fantastic tracks from Bags – a sweet soul group who recorded briefly for the GSF label at the start of the 70s! "Hey Girl" is prime east coast group material – with this sweetly-flowing lead that feels like some of the best Larry Sanders work of the time – warm, but righteous too – and "Beautiful Birds" has even more harmonies upfront in the mix – soaring out with a massive groove that almost feels the The Temptations during their psychedelic soul years! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(We're told this pressing is nearly sold out...get it while it's gettable!)

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Amina BarakaAmina Baraka & The Red Microphone ... CD
ESP, 2017. Used ... $3.99
Amina Baraka's holding a megaphone on the cover, but she hardly needs it at all – given the righteous power of her voice on this album – still completely amazing after all these years! The album follows in the best tradition of work started by Amiri Baraka back in the 60s – a mixture of spoken knowledge and avant jazz, with backing by a group that includes Ras Moshe Burnett on tenor and flute, Rocco John Iacavone on curved soprano sax and piano, John Pietaro on drums and percussion, and Laurie Towers on bass. The approach is wonderful – and the record really feels like some lost underground relic of the 70s, the sort that the ESP label might have issued back in the day. Titles include "The Fascist", "Time Step", "The Spirit Of Billy BAng", "For Margaret Walker Alexander", and "Afro American Child". CD

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Ray BarrettoMessage ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
One of Ray Barretto's hardest-hitting salsa albums of the 70s – a raw set of grooves that's got Ray moving away from the playfulness of the Latin Soul years, into a more righteous mode that's easily guessed at from the title of the set! The vibe here is very straightforward – with Ray coming down hard on conga, and working with a group that features Adalberto Santiago on lead vocals, plus Orestes Vilato on timbales, Andy Gonzalez on bass, and Luis Cruz on piano. The sound is spare and raw – and titles include the wonderfully echoey tune "O Elefante", with some great elephant-like work on trumpet – plus "Con El Cimarron", "Se Traba", "Arrepientete", and "Te Traigo Mi Son". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sathima Bea Benjamin with Dollar BrandAfrican Songbird (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sun/Matsuli (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
One of the coolest albums ever from vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin – and a set that really shows her strong ties to the South African jazz scene of the 70s! The album was done in close collaboration with husband Dollar Brand – who turns in some sublime arrangements for the record, which stand as some of his greatest music of the time – tracks that stretch out and reach forth with a sense of soul and spirit that goes way beyond the usual – and which also really set fire to Benjamin's vocals as well! The tunes all feature original lyrics by Sathima, and have this powerful, righteous quality that we've hardly ever heard expressed this well on other records – and instrumentation features work by a great lineup that includes Billy Brooks on trumpet, Basil Coetzee on flute and tenor, Louis Spears on bass, and Dollar Brand himself on piano. Titles include the very long classic "Africa" – plus "Music" and "African Songbird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry BergonziSeven Rays ... CD
Savant, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 16.98
One of the hippest albums we've ever heard from tenorist Jerry Bergonzi, and one of the most beautiful too – a suite of tracks all based around the "seven rays" concept of spirituality – working together to provide a wonderfully righteous setting for Jerry's horn! Bergonzi has always been great, but in recent years, he seems to have deepened his tone even more – mixing a raspy edge with that always-fluid sense of improvisation – beautifully augmented here by the work of Phil Grenadier on trumpet, Carl Winther on piano, Johnny Aman on bass, and Anders Morgan on drums. Bergonzi is fantastic throughout – really hitting a Joe Henderson level of imagination – and titles include "Magnetism", "Creation", "Knowledge", "Sun Worship Ritual", "Devotion", and "Order". CD

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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
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Blacks & BluesChains/A Toast To The People ... 7-inch
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Two rare tracks from a group that once featured Gil Scott-Heron – recording here for Flying Dutchman after Gil was signed to the label as a solo act! "Chains" is fantastic – a slow-burning, nicely righteous track with plenty of soul – and "A Toast To The People" has this loping groove with a slight current of funk, and a blue mood that feels lifted from Gil's first few records! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Charles BradleyBlack Velvet ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The great Charles Bradley left this planet all too soon – and although we've got this final album of music to enjoy, it's only a partial consolation for Bradley's early departure! The set's maybe a bit like some of the albums of Otis Redding material that were issued after his passing – in that there's some cuts here that were singles, mixed with unissued songs that really show Bradley on top of his game – working strongly with the Menehan Street Band at a level that really has us wanting more! Some of these tunes have a sharply righteous vibe – maybe even more edge than before from Charles – which makes the whole thing not just a completely essential addition to his catalog, but also a way of pointing towards a future that might have been. Titles include "Can't Fight The Feeling", "Luv Jones", "I Feel A Change", "Black Velvet", "Fly Little Girl", "Victim Of Love (electric version)", "Slip Away", and "Heart Of Gold". CD

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Charles BradleyBlack Velvet (limited edition box set with bonus EP, slipmat & book) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... $44.99 47.99
The great Charles Bradley left this planet all too soon – and although we've got this final album of music to enjoy, it's only a partial consolation for Bradley's early departure! The set's maybe a bit like some of the albums of Otis Redding material that were issued after his passing – in that there's some cuts here that were singles, mixed with unissued songs that really show Bradley on top of his game – working strongly with the Menehan Street Band at a level that really has us wanting more! Some of these tunes have a sharply righteous vibe – maybe even more edge than before from Charles – which makes the whole thing not just a completely essential addition to his catalog, but also a way of pointing towards a future that might have been. Titles include "Can't Fight The Feeling", "Luv Jones", "I Feel A Change", "Black Velvet", "Fly Little Girl", "Victim Of Love (electric version)", "Slip Away", and "Heart Of Gold". This version features a heavy velvet box, a business card, a black velvet slipmat, a photo book, inner sleeves – and a bonus EP, with the five bonus tracks "Message From Charles", plus stripped-down mixes of "Loving You Baby", "How Long", "Strictly Reserved For You", and "The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressing – with bonus EP, "Black Velvet" slipmack, business card, book and download – all in a black velvet covered box!)

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Julius BrockingtonPraise Him ... LP
ALA, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Wonderful work from Julius Brockington – an artist that we know best from his early 70s funk albums, but who is working here in a gospel mode, with the Julius Brockington Ensemble – a very hip group of singers, with a righteous 70s approach to the music. The feel is almost in the mode of Voices Of East Harlem, Sweet Inspirations, or other similar secular/gospel groups – with a deeply soulful approach to the music that pushes past standard styles of gospel, and borrows a lot from soul music in the arrangements. Titles include "If It's His Will", "Day By Day", "Going Up Yonder", "Sinner's Prayer", and "Always Be By My Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly stained corner.)

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✨✧ Dennis BrownJust Dennis/Deep Down (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of albums from the great Dennis Brown – issued here along with 20 bonus tracks too! First up is Just Dennis – a hell of a debut from Dennis Brown – his first album as "just Dennis", and a soulful classic that really stands out from the pack! Just the first few notes of the record will remind you that Brown was easily one of the most impressive singers of his generation – a powerfully charismatic talent who brought a whole new level of soul to reggae, and one who could also write some great material as well! Niney The Observer produced the set to perfection – with a crisp crackle that really suits Dennis well – and titles include the hits "Westbound Train", "No More Will I Roam", "Cassandra", and "Conqueror" – plus "Run Too Tuff", "Africa", "Yagga, Yagga (You'll Suffer)", and "Show Us The Way". Next is Deep Down – a great little record – the follow-up to Dennis Brown's debut on Trojan, but a record that hardly ever saw much circulation back in the day! The production is handled by Niney The Observer, and has this righteous quality that really matches Dennis' message in his music – slow-stepping, head-nodding, and always with the kind of measured patience to see things through to the end – a complete delight when topped with Brown's fantastic vocals. Titles include "So Long", "Voice Of My Father", "Tribulation", "Shame", "Say Mama Say", "God Bless My Soul", and "Open The Gate". Bonus tracks include some collaborations with Big Youth, I Roy, Dillinger, and others – and titles include "Blood Son", "Wolf & Leopard (ext)", "Take A Trip To Zion", "Here I Come", "Flat Foot Hustling", "Jah Come Here", "My Time", "Six Dead & Nineteen Go To Jail", "Give A Helping Hand", "Why Must I", "Rock With Me", and "Africa (ext)". CD

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James BrownLove Power Peace – Live At The Olympia Paris 1971 ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost treasure from James Brown & The JBs – a vintage live performance from the early 70s, and one that captures the group at the height of their powers! The format here is very similar to the excellent Revolution Of The Mind set – a totally funky, totally righteous live performance that has James and the group even more energized than in the studio – working with the kind of razor-sharp intensity that made them a legendary funk act – leaping from tune to tune with nary a break at all! Bobby Byrd acts as the MC, and joins James for a bit of vocals – and the group at this point still includes Bootsy Collins on bass, plus loads of great guitar from Catfish Collins, and Fred Wesley on trombone and Jabo Starks on drums. Dave Matthews handled some of the arrangements – and titles include "Soul Power", "Sex Machine", "Bewildered", "It's A New Day", "Ain't It Funky Now", "Brother Rapp", "Super Bad", "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You/I Got The Feelin". CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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James BrownThere It Is ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Raw power and righteous energy from James Brown – a set that still has all the best funk elements of his longer-form albums of the time, but which also packs an even stronger political message too! The vibe of the record is clear from the image on the cover – the most powerful since Payback – and James is even more focused in the lyrics, which bite harder than some of his other commentary of the period – while still allowing the JBs plenty of room to serve up some heavy funk in the process! Titles include the classics "Public Enemy #1" and "King Heroin", both hard soul political tracks – and the funkier side of The Godfather is represented by the killer cuts "Talkin Loud & Sayin Nothing" and James own version of "I Need Help" (which was also recorded by Bobby Byrd). The album also includes a great duet with Vicki Anderson on "Who Am I", the excellent title cut "There It Is", and a surprisingly nice version of "Never Can Say Goodbye" – as well as the single "I'm A Greedy Man". CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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Burning SpearReggae Greats ... LP
Island/Mango, Mid 70s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A dozen classic tracks from Burning Spear, with Winston Rodney delivering a righteous roots message over some of the most thunderous riddims cut during reggae's golden age! One of the Reggae Greats series of compilations Island put together and released in the early 80s, when many of these tracks are getting harder and harder to find on vinyl, unless you count dodgy Jamaican pressings. With "Door Peep", "Slavery Days", "Lion", "Black Disciples", "Man In The Hills", "Tradition", "Throw Down Your Arms","Social Living", "Marcus Garvey", "Dry & Heavy", "Black Wa-Da-Da (Invasion)" and "The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 1 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this first album include Matana Roberts and Capt Kirk Douglas – and titles include "Mazzafrique", "If There's A Hell Below", "Sandpiper", "Kirk Bit My Hand", "Crazy In The Dark", "The Crepescularium", "Wretched Of The Earth Page 88", and "4.29.92". CD

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 2 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this second album include JS Williams and Abby Dobson – and titles include "Jungle Fauvre", "Funky Rich Medina", "Driva Man", "All Fall Down", "Night In Tunisia Sorta", "Screamin Arthur Jafa", "Held In Faith", "That Bent Arc Be Slow", and "Somebody To Love You". CD

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Burnt Sugar ArkestraTwentieth Anniversary Mixtapes – Groiddest Shizznits Vol 3 ... CD
Avantgroidd, 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic 20th anniversary celebration of Burnt Sugar – one of the most righteous, forward-thinking ensembles of the past few decades – some of the first proponents of a 21st Century sound that now seems to be flowing from many other corners! Yet these guys are still unlike anyone else we can think of – maybe a jazz ensemble at the core, but one that's keenly aware of soul, funk, and hip hop – and not afraid to allow any of those elements equal play in their music – almost as if Duke Ellington grew up in the 90s, listening to electric Miles Davis, Tribe Called Quest, and Curtis Mayfield – then found a way to expand larger musical ideas based on influences that diverse. Greg Tate founded the group, and directs with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson – and this series of three CDs is dedicated to bringing back some of the group's best work, much of which has gone out of print in recent years. Guests on this third volume include Vijay Iyer, Matana Roberts, Anti-Pop Consortium, Jeremiah Abia, and others – and titles include "God Is Black", "Black Fros Black Gold", "Young Frankenstank", "Sleep Is The Cousin Of Def", "Mack Jarrett", "Chains & Water", "The Name Is Blunt Sonny Blount", "Spartacus Free The Slaves", and "A Blood Sample From Erroll Garner". CD

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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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Vinette Carroll/Alex BradfordDon't Bother Me I Can't Cope ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Sealed ... $4.99
Pretty righteous stuff – with some vocals from Alex Bradford and other gospel singers – on cuts that nicely skirt the secular and spiritual! Produced by Jerry Ragovoy, with titles that include "Love Power", "I Gotta Keep Movin", "Good Vibrations", "Fighting For Pharoah", and "So Little Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is aged. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ John Carter & Bobby BradfordFlight For Four ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Spectacular work from one of the most groundbreaking groups of its time – the legendary John Carter/Bobby Bradford Quartet – quite possibly the hippest thing going in the LA scene of the late 60s! The group includes Carter on alto and tenor, Bradford on trumpet – working together in these amazing lines that have both players running off together in a style that's free, but often quite rhythmic – spurred on to move past the new freedoms unlocked by the Ornette Coleman group a few years before! Yet the vibe here is very different than Ornette, too – given the bold, righteous power that comes through in the voices of both players – working here at a level that seems to blow away just about anything else going on in the American avant garde at the time. The group has just two more players to round out its amazing sound – Tom Williamson on bass, and Bruz Freeman (brother of Von and George!) on drums – and all tracks are long and free, yet also fragile and intimate – with an almost painterly sense of beauty and emotion that stands in stark contrast to much of the avant work of the time coming out of the east coast. Titles include "Domino", "Abstractions For Three Lovers", "Woman", and "The Second Set". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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Chosen BrothersMarch Down Babylon Dub/Version ... 12-inch
Wackie's, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A mighty righteous dub from the Chosen Brothers, but one that keeps the spirit of their lyrics nicely intact – even when there's a cool pause in the middle, and you hear the tape rewind to make things a bit wilder! The drums are up a bit more on the version cut – more snare, but maybe even a mellower groove overall – and no vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)I Am The Greatest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1963. New Copy ... $3.99
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort that would come to prominence even more strongly during the 70s, as Ali's fame and press presence rose. There's a brashness to his presentation that's totally great, and almost a precursor to more righteous male performance in 60s soul – and the titles of the tunes kind of say it all, and include "The Knockout", "I Have Written A Drama He Said Playfully", "Funny You Should Ask", "I Am The Greatest", and "I Am The Double Greatest". Plus, the CD features 3 bonus tracks – including a version of "Stand By Me"! CD

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Tom ClayWhat The World Needs Now Is Love ... LP
MoWest, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A bit goofy, but a pretty compelling record issued on Motown's MoWest subsidiary. Tom Clay creates these groovy tracks that mix popular soul instrumentals (arranged by Gene Page and Artie Butler) with recitations that have a very righteous political feel. The single on the record, "What The World Needs Now/Abraham, Martin, & John", features Clay asking kids what prejudice is, while militaristic sound effects and JFK speeches creep in and out of the mix. The rest of the album continues this powerful kind of soundscape experiment, and it's actually a pretty resonant work that still holds up nicely today. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, notch, and small peeled spot.)

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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 ColemanFriends and Neighbors - Ornette Live At Prince Street ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $49.99
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Ornette Coleman – and a set that's very different than some of his other work for different labels – particularly his better-known material for Blue Note and Atlantic! The album's got a righteous feel that's right up there in the best spirit of the Flying Dutchman label of the early 70s – a mode that's still on the far reaches of avant jazz that Ornette explored on earlier sessions – but which also has a warmer, almost more spiritual quality at times too. The core group features legendary partners Charlie Haden on bass, Dewey Redman on tenor, and Ed Blackwell on drums – but part of the record features an unnamed group of "Friends & Neighbors", who join in on the title cut with this collaborative spirit that really sets the tone for the whole record. Coleman plays trumpet and violin in addition to his usual alto sax – and titles include the mindblowing two part "Friends & Neighbors", plus "Let's Play", "Long Time No See", "Forgotten Songs", and "Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some surface wear, light aging, and some gloss wrinkles in front.)

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CollocutorInstead (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
On The Corner (UK), 2014. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99 31.98
A gem of a record that came out at a time when the UK scene was just beginning to explode with a whole new wave of jazz energy – and a set that's ripe for rediscovery even a few years later! Collocutor are a smallish group – just a septet – but they play with a righteous majesty that recalls the work of older spiritual jazz ensembles – this sense of power and vision that comes through right away in their music, and which continues throughout the entire record – making the whole thing one hell of a rich musical statement! Things are mostly in the spiritual jazz spectrum, but go outside a bit from time to time – and there seems to be some echo and other production elements used to expand the sound slightly, but never in a gimmicky way. The group play with plenty of percussion at the core, plus tenor from Josephine Davies, trumpet from Simon Finch, guitar from Marco Piccioni, and flute, baritone, and soprano sax from Tamar Osborn. Titles include "Gozo", "Elephant Room", "Instead", "Agama", and "Archaic Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie ColonCosa Nuestra (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fania (France), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 22.98
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun pose on the cover – a no-nonsense salsa groove that's overflowing with righteous pride and youthful energy – consciously aware of its new direction, and not afraid to show it! The album features the classic dancefloor groover "Che Che Cole", plus the tracks "Lo Me Llores Mas", "Sonero Mayor", "Sangrigorda", "Ausencia", and "Te Conozco". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alice ColtraneEternity ... LP
Warner/Antarctica Starts Here, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
Seminal 70s work from one of the most righteous jazz musicians ever! On this set, Alice Coltrane moves past the rawer spiritual sound of her Impulse albums – working with a more focused vision and an approach to jazz that takes her way past the identity of just being "Mrs Coltrane", into territory that's a more perfect expression of her spiritual vision. The approach calls for more ambitious orchestrations, yet never in a way that overwhelms the jazz basis of the music – and Alice herself is on Fender Rhodes, organ, and harp – working with players who include Fred Jackson and Hubert Laws on reeds, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, George Bohannon on trombone, Charlie Haden on bass, Ben Riley on drums, and Armando Peraza on congas. Titles include "Spiritual Eternal", "Om Supreme", "Morning Workshop", "Wisdom Eye", and "Los Caballos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Norman ConnorsDark Of Light (Buddah) ... LP
Buddah, 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Early genius from drummer Norman Connors – a sensational bit of righteous soul jazz – right up there with the best work on Strata East and Black Jazz from the time! The sound here is full, soulful, and spiritual – as Connors heads up a large ensemble that includes luminaries like Herbie Hancock, Eddie Henderson, Gary Bartz, Carlos Garnett, Buster Williams, and Dee Dee Bridgewater – all working together in a formation that's free spirited, yet tightly unified – often at a level that's even stronger than their own recordings! The album mixes a few longer tracks with shorter numbers – in a mode that reminds us a lot of Garnett's classic Black Love album – and titles include "Song For Rosa", "Black Lightnin", "Dark Of Light", "Butterfly Dreams", and "Laughter". LP, Vinyl record album

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CymandeBra/The Message ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $12.99 13.98
Two funky killers on a reissue 45! Cymande's "Bra" is a dub-heavy classic – rolling along at a compelling midtempo groove, with scattershot bass and drums, and these cool flanged out rasta vocals that make the cut super-righteous! "The Message" is probably the group's most famous cut – a trippy little number with a catchy rollicking groove that's pumped up by organ. Sampled famously, too – which means that you'll recognize it immediately! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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CymandeFug/Brothers On The Slide ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $12.99 13.98
Stone genius from the legendary Cymande! "Fug" is a tune with this amazing bassline and riffing guitar – all deep and complicated at the start, then opening up even more as the tune moves on – with great percussion, and this stop/start approach to the groove that's really wonderful – amplified strongly with the completely righteous vocals! Speaking of righteous, "Brothers On The Slide" is one of the group's best known, most-used cuts – one that you'll go "oh, I know that one" upon hearing – as it's got this badass vibe that's almost like Curtis Mayfield on Curtom! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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CymandeSimple Act Of Faith ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
The first album in many years from Cymande – that ultra-cool British group who gave us a run of great funk records in the 70s! The style here is surprisingly faithful to the original Cymande sound – especially the basslines, which have this head-nodding, slow-grooving style that's really wonderful – as the tunes are laced with keyboards, guitar, reeds, and lots of tight percussion! The message in the music is every bit as strong as before – maybe even more so, as the group seems to have a proud, righteous approach that they didn't have back in the day – and the whole thing was produced by John Schroeder, the Brit maestro who worked with Cymande at their start. Titles include "Sea Of Tears", "All Or Nothing", "Do It", "No Weeping", and "Everybody's Doing Alright". CD

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Tyrone DavisTurn Back The Hands Of Time ... LP
Dakar/Demon (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... About June 28, 2019 (delayed)
The second album from Chicago soul legend Tyrone Davis – and every bit as wonderful as his first! Like that set, this one bounces along on a wave of well cast Chisoul arrangements – penned by Tom Washington and Willie Henderson, with a great mix of the sweet and the rough – bubbling under with a heavier rhythm than you might expect for such a session. The whole set skips along with a sound that's totally tight, but also plenty darn righteous – and Tyrone's voice crackles with honesty and feeling on the album's entire set list. Tracks include the mega-hit "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", plus "Undying Love", "If It's Love That You're After", "I Keep Coming Back", and "Let Me Back In". LP, Vinyl record album

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DelfonicsDelfonics ... LP
Philly Groove, 1970. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear and a bit of waviness.)

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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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Descendants Of Mike & PhoebeSpirit Speaks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the most unique albums on the Strata East label – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the creative energies flowing through that legendary jazz outlet! Descendents Of Mike & Phoebe is a righteous little project put together by Spike Lee's father, Bill Lee, and his brothers and sisters (Cliff Lee, Grace Lee Mims, and Consuela Lee Moorhead) – working here in a group named after their slave ancestors, who are paid tribute in a beautifully flowing batch of tunes! Lee's round, warm bass tones are firmly at the head of the group on most numbers – recorded at a similar level to his excellent work with Clifford Jordan on Strata East during the same time – and other instrumentation includes piano from Consuela, flugelhorn from Cliff, and percussion from Sonny Brown and Billy Higgins – all used in a wonderfully evocative style that's even better than some of Lee's later soundtrack work. A few numbers feature vocals from Grace – singing wordlessly and with a really heavenly sort of quality – and together, the whole group have a undeniable sense of power and majesty, yet also one that's touched by a really personal sense of poetry too. Titles include a great version of Lee's "Coltrane", which was more famously recorded with Clifford Jordan – plus "Chick Chick", "Attica", "Too Little, Too Late", "Boll Weevil", "Don't Be A Stranger", and "Well Done, Weldon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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Julie DexterDexterity ... CD
Ketch A Vibe, 2002. Used ... $6.99
The long-awaited debut album from Julie Dexter – one of our favorite soul singers of the past decade! The album kicks off where Julie's excellent Peace Of Mind ep left off – a mix of underground American soul with British 21st Century influences – cosmic production, dubby undertones, and some incredibly righteous vocals! The record's an instant classic all the way through – intimate and ambitious at the same time, sweetly soulful but never cloying, and a fantastic full album from a singer who will be looming large on our radar screen over the next few years. 14 tracks in all – with titles that include "I Dream", "How Can You Feel", "What Do I Do", "Love", "Faith", "Walk With Me", "Ketch A Vibe", "Moving On", and "Judgement Day". CD
(Booklet cover appears to be signed by the artist and inscribed to the previous owner.)

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Don DeGrate DelegationI Wanna Be Ready ... LP
AVI, 1979. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Righteous work, with a clubby undercurrent – featuring bass by Jesse Boyce, who also did arrangements with keyboardist Stan Harper! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small seam splits and some masking tape remnants on front.)

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Down To The BoneClassic Album Series (From Manhattan To Staten/Urban Grooves/Spread The Word – with bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – given that the music of Down To The Bone was perfect for the groove of the Chicago steppers scene in the 90s! The group are a bit jazz, a bit soul, and have this chunky funky rhythm at the bottom that shows their roots in the British scene – maybe a mix of electric jazz modes with inspirations from artists like Soul II Soul or the James Taylor Quartet – taken to a style that's slightly tighter overall. There's a fair bit of programming in the rhythms, mixed with live instrumentation from group members – and titles include the classic "Staten Island Groove", plus "Muesli Brown", "Savour The Flavour", "Brooklyn Heights", "3 Days In Manhattan", "Carlito's Way", "On The Corner Of Darcy Street", and "17 Mile Drive". Urban Grooves is the second album from Down To The Bone – and a set that really continues the vibe of their debut – a mix of programmed funky rhythms and liver jazz instrumentation – all awash in a groove that really helped them cross over big on both sides of the Atlantic! The production is tight, but looser than smooth jazz of the time – and the record's got more than a few strong keyboard and saxophone solos to offset its rhythmic patterns, which often draw heavily from the best styles of the British soul scene in the late 80s and early 90s. Titles include "A Little Touch Of Soul", "Phat City Hustler", "Joy Is A Good Groove", "Bump N Hustle", "To The Bone", "The Zodiac", and "Urban Jazz". Spread The Word is the overlooked third album from Down To The Bone – a set that maybe didn't take the world by storm as much as their first two, but which still has the group very much in fine formation! All the best previous elements are in place here – that strong mix of funky jazz instrumentation with contemporary rhythmic production – almost a blend of some of the funkier club styles of the time with more mainstream fusion, at a level that made these guys both a hit on the dancefloors and for kicking back at the crib! Titles include "The Backburner", "Righteous Reeds", "Sound As A Pound", "Bridgeport Boogie", "The Lowdown", and "Black Choice". 3CD set features all albums in small LP-style jackets – and bonus tracks include "Deja Vu", "Concrete Jungle", "Staten Island Groove (live studio version)", and "Brooklyn Heights (live studio version)". CD

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Kenny DrewUndercurrent ... CD
Blue Note/EMI, 1960. Used ... $7.99
One of the greatest albums ever by pianist Kenny Drew – a record that's as noteworthy for the contributions of the sidemen as it is for the efforts of the leader! Drew's a player who often worked mostly in trio formats – but here, he's hitting hard with a righteous Blue Note power – thanks to the presence of Hank Mobley on tenor and Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, both of whom really give the record an edge! Drew's lyrical sensibilities are shifted to darker, more modern moments at times – and the rest of the group features Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. An essential addition to the Blue Note legacy of Mobley and Hubbard – and the set's filled with original tunes by Kenny, including "The Pot's On", "Undercurrent", "Funk-Cosity", and "Lion's Den". CD

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George DukeFaces In Reflection (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 29.99
Killer keyboards from the legendary George Duke – and one of his most righteous albums for the MPS label! The album's a spectacular set that showcases both sides of Duke's genius at the time – his spacey, soulful approach to a laidback tune – and his more jamming styles on the harder cuts! Instrumentation is somewhat spare – just keyboards and piano from George, who also sings a bit – plus Ndugu Chancler on drums and John Heard on bass – both playing with a freely creative energy that's definitely motivated by Duke. There's a beautiful mix of electricity and acoustic warmth on the set – never too forced, and clearly an inspiration for countless players in years to come – maybe even more so than Herbie Hancock's work of the time. Drums are great too – and snap tightly for plenty of nice breaks on the set – which are in turn augmented by mellower keys from Duke, who also sings with a sweetly electric soul style. Titles include "Capricorn", "The Opening", "Psychosomatic Dung", "North Beach", "Faces In Reflection", "Maria Tres Filhos", and "Da Somba". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nancy DupreeGhetto Reality ... LP
Folkways/Mississippi, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 21.99
Kind of silly – but also pretty darn hip! Nancy Dupree was one of the most righteous music teachers you could ever have – and here, she's working with some young kids from the rough side of Rochester, in an album of simple tunes that have a surprisingly soulful edge to them. Nancy plays piano, and the kids sing either solo or in ensemble format. The record's got a starkness that's extremely compelling, and it's a lot stronger than we expected, even if it's not like some of the funky stuff on the Folkways label. Includes a song called "James Brown" that has all the kids making grunts and groans ala 60s James, then singing about his shift from a process to an afro! Other titles include "I Want", "What Do I Have?", "Bag Snatchin", and "Docta King". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl and cover – feels a lot like the original!)

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Frankie Dymon JrLet It Out – Poems In Words And Music ... CD
Gorilla Musik (Germany), 1971. New Copy ... $4.99
Not Frankie Lymon, but Frankie Dymon – a US expatriate who works here with some funky prog backings! Dymon delivers hip, soulful poetry in English – often with a bit of a dark edge – and the instrumentation features guitar, piano, and organ – all familiar elements, but produced with an eerie, abstract feel by the legendary Conny Plank, who really brings in a strong sense of space to the set! While the album's got a degree of righteous power, it's different than American efforts of this type – much more heady, and trippy overall – US themes and concerns abstracted out in the newer freedoms of the European scene. All music was composed by guitarist Adam Reichel, who spearheads the project – and titles include "Wait N*gger Wait", "The City", "Aftermyth", "Soul Sister Angela", "In The Same Bag", and "Judy". CD

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Charles EarlandInfant Eyes ... LP
Muse, 1979. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An overlooked Hammond slammer from Charles Earland – cut at a time when he was working on more electric keyboards for other labels. The set's a killer all the way through – very much in the best early 70s Prestige Records mode – with long tracks that really jam, and a lineup that also includes Melvin Sparks or Jimmy Ponder on guitar, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Frank Wess on tenor and flute. Righteous originals, like "The Thang" and "We Are Not Alone", plus a nice cover of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining along the opening.)

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Earth Wind & FireHead To The Sky ... CD
Columbia, 1973. Used ... $6.99
A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that's simply breathless! "Keep Your Head To The Sky" is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; "Zanzibar" is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo's famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and "Evil" is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band's sonic and legal trademark over the years! Other titles include "The World's A Masquerade", "Clover", and "Build Your Nest". CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Earth Wind & FireLast Days & Time ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
Earth Wind & Fire's first album for Columbia Records – the start of a really legendary run during the 70s! The sound here is a bit tighter than their first two for Warner Brothers – a groove that has funk and soul taking a bit more precedence over the jazz of their roots – but all in a blend that's completely fresh and unique, and which takes all the righteous energy of the past, and focuses it here even more strongly! And while the groovers are great, there's also a few sweet numbers that are almost even better – some slightly mellow tracks that don't hit that commercial ballad sound of the group's later years – and which almost have an earthy, organic feel overall. The whole thing's tremendous – truly essential work by the group at their best – and titles include "I'd Rather Have You", "They Don't See", "Make It With You", "Remember The Children", "Mom", "Power", and "Time Is On Your Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker in the top left corner.)

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EmotionsRejoice (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl!)

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EmotionsSunbeam ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner ... LP
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About August 20, 2019
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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Ensemble Al-SalaamSojourner (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. Used ... $19.99
Sublime spiritual jazz from Strata East – one of the label's rarest recordings, and one of its hippest too! The set has an incredibly righteous feel – a blend of keyboards, saxes, guitar, percussion, and vocals that steps off with a very deep feel – one that's heavy on the best post-Coltrane modes of expression in jazz, and which really takes advantage of the freedoms of the Strata setting to open up the sound in really beautiful ways! Beatrice Parker handles the vocals, with a very warm and spiritual style that's not unlike some of the early, righteous recordings by Dee Dee Bridgewater – and other group members include Khaliq Abdul Al Rouf on saxes, Bevin Turnbull on keyboards, Mashujaa Aliye Salamu on guitar, Leroy Seals on bass, and Fred Kwaku Crawley on a host of hip percussion instruments. There's a slight undercurrent of funk on a few tunes, but most tracks are focused more in a soaring, spiritual groove – with titles that include "Circles", "The Sojourner", "Peace (Salaam)", "Traces Of Trane", "Ecstasy", "Music Is Nothing But A Prayer", and "Malika". CD
(Out of print.)

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Yvonne FairBitch Is Black ... CD
Tamla (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the righteous vocal lead of singers like Davis, Maxayn, or a rare few others – and which gets support here from some really full, rich production from Norman Whitfield! Whitfield brings in bits of strings alongside the heavier bass, drums, and keyboards – and makes for a unique mix that almost goes a bit southern soul, while still staying in the hipper styles of 70s Motown – letting Yvonne get a bit personal on a few tear-jerking numbers, and come wailing back with full force on the funkier ones. Titles include the classics "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On" and "It Should Have Been Me" – plus "Let Your Hair Down", "Love Ain't No Toy", "Tell Me Something Good", "It's Bad For Me To See You", "Stay A Little Longer", and "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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Family Daptone/100 Knights OrchestraHey Brother (Do Unto Others)/Soul Fugue (limited clear vinyl pressing) ... 7-inch
Daptone, 2019. New Copy ... $6.99
A fantastic bit of soul from the Daptone Family – a tune that has this mellow funk groove that almost takes us back to William DeVaughan – but which has these mighty righteous vocals from Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, and Sharon Jones! The flipside is a completely different side of the Daptone spectrum – this bold, brassy instrumental that could well be the leadoff for a hip Daptone take on older soundtrack styles! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition Daptone Authorized Dealer exclusive version on clear vinyl!)

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Fantastic FourAlvin Stone – The Birth & Death Of A Gangster ... LP
20th Century/Westbound, 1975. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Classic work from Fantastic Four – who are really hitting their stride vocally, moving into a whole new sound from their work in the late 60s. The groove is a mix of 70s harmony soul and early Westbound disco – and the longish tracks get quite involved, both vocally and arrangement-wise. The title cut – "Alvin Stone (Birth & Death Of A Gangster)" – is a righteous post-Temps soul track, and the album's got lots of other nice ones, like "Let This Moment Last Forever", "County Line", and "My Love Won't Stop at Nothing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split spine and a peeled spot in the top right corner.)

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✨✧ Roberta FlackBlue Lights In The Basement ... CD
Atlantic, 1977. Used ... $8.99
A sweet 70s classic from Roberta Flack – recorded with a mellow jazzy undercurrent that really fits the spirit of the title! The set's a bit more varied in moods than some of Flack's previous Atlantic efforts – showing a stretching of wings from Roberta, but still very much in some righteous territory overall – given that Eugene McDaniels is overseeing the record on production. Arrangements are by Harry Whittaker, Hugh McCrackin, Leon Pendarvis, and Roberta herself – and instrumentation is warmly electric, yet never too slick to wash away the deeper soul of Flack's vocals. Titles include "The Closer I Get To You", "Why Don't You Move In With Me", "Love Is The Healing", "Soul Deep", "Where I'll Find You", "25th Of Last December", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "Fine Fine Day". CD
(Out of print earlier US pressing.)

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Roberta FlackChapter Two ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... $4.99
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club pressing, with red and green Broadway label. Cover has light wear.)

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Four TopsStill Waters Run Deep/Changing Times ... CD
Motown (UK), 1970. Used ... $28.99
Brilliant stuff – and 2 of the best late 60s albums by the 4 Tops, back to back! Still Waters was possibly the last big hit that the Four Tops ever cut for Motown – and proof that they could still turn out strong material, as was later proven by their work at ABC. The title cut – "Still Waters (Run Deep)" – is one of those always enjoyable, surprisingly sophisticated little pop soul tunes – and the record features a lot of other nice moments like "Love Is The Answer", "Reflections", "I Wish I Were Your Mirror", "Bring Me Together", and a reprise of "Still Waters". Nice use of moog, too! Changing Times is a very hip album from the Four Tops – cut with kind of a political/social edge, and a heavy vibe that was similar to what the Temptations had been using on some of their important albums for Motown at the end of the 60s. In fact, this one's got so much of that righteous Temps vibe that we wonder if the big boys at Motown didn't say to the Four Tops, "Hey, why don't you do an album like them?" Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Jimmy Roach – and the record begins with a melange of sound effects and odd sounds, before sliding into the socially-conscious "In These Changing Times". However, the group still retains their wonderfully sweet vocal edge, and even though the political agenda's up front on the album, they still come through strongest on the sweeter and more love-oriented songs. Titles include "Right Before My Eyes", "Something's Tearing At The Edges Of Time", "Sing A Song Of Yesterday", and a medley of "Long & Winding Road" and "In These Changing Times". CD
(Out of print, includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ FuturesCastles in the Sky ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Very Good ... $19.99
Soaring soul from The Futures – a Philly group who'd already worked for years in the underground before cracking the racks with this debut LP in 1975 – schooled strongly in their best vocal modes from previous singles, and ready to unleash the best side of their sound on the world! The set's got a perfectly put-together style that's much more like some of the Philly vocal work on Atlantic of Philadelphia International at the time – although also not as commercial, thanks to a righteous undercurrent in the group's presentation and overall aesthetic – hinted at by their image on the cover! Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who also echo a bit of Detroit styles too – particularly the righteous blend of The Temptations towards the end of their Motown years. The Futures are equally great on mellow cuts and stormers – and titles include Castles", "Do Unto Others", "Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction)", "I Had A Dream", "Love Will Be Around Forever", and "Super Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and some very light wear.)
Also available Castles in the Sky (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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FuturesCastles in the Sky (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1975. New Copy ... $9.99 10.98
Soaring soul from The Futures – a Philly group who'd already worked for years in the underground before cracking the racks with this debut LP in 1975 – schooled strongly in their best vocal modes from previous singles, and ready to unleash the best side of their sound on the world! The set's got a perfectly put-together style that's much more like some of the Philly vocal work on Atlantic of Philadelphia International at the time – although also not as commercial, thanks to a righteous undercurrent in the group's presentation and overall aesthetic – hinted at by their image on the cover! Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who also echo a bit of Detroit styles too – particularly the righteous blend of The Temptations towards the end of their Motown years. The Futures are equally great on mellow cuts and stormers – and titles include Castles", "Do Unto Others", "Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction)", "I Had A Dream", "Love Will Be Around Forever", and "Super Love". Plus, the CD features 7 bonus tracks – duets with Barbara Mason on "We Got Each Other" and "Make It Last" – plus "No One Could Compare", "Grade A Woman", "The Way Of A Woman In Love", "Castles (single version)", and "You Better Be Certain". CD
Also available Castles in the Sky ... LP 19.99

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Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... About August 14, 2019
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". CD

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✨✧ Marvin GayeYou're The Man ... LP
Motown, 1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A mindblowing collection of work from Marvin Gaye – tracks recorded in the space right after What's Going On – many of which were never issued at the time! All this incredible material from 1972 has been brought together to create a stunning double-length album – one that features a few tracks that only ever saw issue as 45s back in the day, others that only later turned up as bonus tracks on CDs or box sets, and still others that appear here for the first time ever – all to show the incredible talents that Marvin was working with during this incredibly fruitful time in his career! Much of the material has the same righteous, socially-conscious spirit as What's Going On – and, if anything, the whole set provides a much-needed missing link between that album and the more sensual territory of Let's Get It On. There's definitely some of the spirit of that later album in place here too, as well as the instrumental complexity that Gaye would display on his soundtrack for Trouble Man – and the set even features a few Christmas tunes too. Titles include two versions of "You're The Man" – a killer 45 cut that we've loved for years – plus "Piece Of Clay", "I'm Gonna Give You Respect", "Try It You'll Like It", "You Are That Special One", "We Can Make It Baby", "My Last Chance", "Symphony", "I'd Give My Life For You", "Woman Of The World", "The World Is Rated X", "Where Are We Going", "I Want To Come Home For Christmas", "I'm Going Home (Move)", and the killer "Checking Out (Double Clutch)" – one of the funkiest tunes that Marvin ever recorded! LP, Vinyl record album

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Beverly Glenn-CopelandBeverly Copeland ... LP
CBC/Return To Analog (Canada), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Completely sublime work from Beverly Glenn Copeland – a really unique artist who's almost a genre unto herself – and who sings here in a mix of folk, jazz, and soul – maybe resonant with work at the time by Terry Callier or Nina Simone, but every bit as individual as the best from those two giants too! The performance was recorded by CBC at a key moment in Beverly's career – after a time she'd spent on the scene in Montreal, really soaking up different influences and exploring musical pathways away from her American roots – to a point where she emerges here as a very righteous, yet very personal singer – clearly not immediately interested in chart success, even though she's got the power of a young Roberta Flack. Titles include "Northwind", "Swords Of Gold", "Don't Despair", "Nothing Beautiful", "Song From Beads", "Untitled", "Interval", "Reflections", and "Durocher". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockHeadhunters ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Very Good ... $24.99
A seminal jazz funk session of the 70s – Herbie Hancock's legendary meeting with The Headhunters, and a killer batch of tunes that really gave the combo their name! Herbie's playing a wide range of keys here – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp – but almost even better is the work from the rest of the group – including Bennie Maupin on soprano and tenor sax, Paul Jackson on bass, Harvey Mason on drums, and Bill Summers on percussion! The earthier elements of the rhythm players really keep Herbie on track – bringing him back to the planet from previous trips into space, and helping him hit an all-solid, all-righteous funky groove! Titles include a great remake of "Watermelon Man", the classic original recording of "Chameleon", and the cuts "Vein Melter" and "Sly" – all nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockSextant (SACD multi-channel) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $18.99
An incredible record – and virtually the blueprint for countless other keyboard records to come! At the height of his 70s powers, Herbie really takes off into space with this set – moving away from more commercial music, and hitting a groove that's totally righteous, totally electric, and completely mindblowing! The album's got a bit of a Headhunters vibe, but it also veers off into some very wild analogue electronics too – a mix of Fender Rhodes, clavinet, melotron, and echoplex processing – augmented by additional work on Arp from Patrick Gleeson. Other players on the set include Bennie Maupin on reeds, Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Hart on drums – and the great Buck Clarke rounds out the combo on percussion. The album only features three long tracks – "Rain Dance", "Hidden Shadows", and "Hornets" – but all of them are killers! CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Harlem River DriveHarlem River Drive ... LP
Roulette/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
A legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are then given a new sort of push in this era of strong Latin pride and new opportunities for the youthful scene in New York! The grooves are all nice and long – with plenty of hard jamming, Latin rhythms, funky solos, and even soulful lyrics in English – sung with a very righteous, positive message that's kept the album at the top of the stacks for years. Eddie Palmeri plays piano and directs the group – and titles include "Seeds Of Life", "Harlem River Drive", and "Idle Hands". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rufus HarleyBagpipe Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good- ... $7.99
An amazing record, from an amazing player – the mighty Rufus Harley, heard here on tenor, flute, and soprano sax – as well as bagpipes, his "trademark" instrument! Don't be put off by the bagpipes, though, because Harley plays in a righteous soul jazz groove, and uses the instrument more like a Coltrane-ish reed soloing vehicle, with sheets of hard blown sound, than he does as a corny Scottish sounding one. His playing is great, and he's recorded here with a great group of obscure Detroit musicians who play with a style that hints at the later stuff to come on the Tribe label – Oliver Collins on piano, James Glenn on bass, and Billy Abner on drums. The LP includes the cuts "Bagpipe Blues", "Sportin", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "Chim Chim Cheree", "Kerry Dancers", and "More". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing.)
 
 
 



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