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GermsLive At The Starwood Dec 3, 1980 ... LP
Slash/Run Out Groove, 1980. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
The last live stand of The Germs – capturing the band's raw, caterwauling ferocity, underappreciated musicianship behindDarby Crash's feral howls and sly humor – just 4 days before Darby's death. Given the band's well earned reputation for utter chaos, the most stunning thing about this particular recording is how lightning fast brilliant the band is. Don't mistake that statement for polished professionalism. This is The Germs after all, they sound like they might fall apart at any moment – especially given Darby's antics – but Lorna Doom's and Don Bolles's pummeling rhythms and Pat Smear's ferocious guitars are a lot tighter than they were a couple years earlier, though not at the expense of caustic energy. Darby's between songs banter pleading for a beer or lightly berating the crowd are almost lighthearted at times, so you might not guess he was headed for a final self-inflected crash just a few days later. 22 tracks on 2LPs: "Circle One", "Manimal", "Caught In My Eye", "No God", "Strange Notes", "What We Do Is Secret", "Media Blitz", "Communist Eyes", "Let's Pretend", "Lexicon Devil", "Shut Down (Annililation Man)", "Public Image", "We Must Bleed", "Richie Dagger's Crime" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – individually numbered and limited to 1970 copies.)

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Brad MehldauLive In Tokyo (3LP 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nonesuch/Run Out Groove, 2004. New Copy 3LP Trifold ... Just Sold Out!
Great longform piano work from Brad Mehldau – a set of solo material recorded live in Tokyo, with a number of very long tracks that really push past the sound of his trio material! In fact, we might even say that some of these numbers have more of an edge overall too – this odd current of darkness that we don't usually associate with Mehldau, and which really makes the record a standout. Titles include a great reading of the Nick Drake tune "River Man", plus "Monk's Dream", "Alfie", "Paranoid Android", "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover", "My Heart Stood Still", "Roses Blue", "Things Behind The Sun", and "Waltz Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition 15th Anniverary pressing from Run Out Groove on 3LP 180 gram vinyl!)

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Sonny StittLone Wolf – The Roost Alternatives (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Run Out Groove, Mid 50s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
Fantastic material from Sonny Stitt – alternate takes of sides that may well be some of our favorites from the bop sax legend – issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The material here was recorded for the Roost label after Stitt's famous initial run on Prestige Records – and at Roost, Sonny found a new sort of confidence, and developed this ability to spin out a strong, meaningful solo with effortless ease – blowing both tenor and alto sax with a maturity that set the standard for so many other musicians. Stitt's not as well-remembered today as he should be, but this work is fantastic – and Sonny is in the company of Hank Jones and Dolo Coker on piano, Freddie Green on guitar, Wendell Marshall and Edgar Willis on bass, and Shadow Wilson and Jo Jones on drums. Titles include alternate takes of "Blues For Yard", "Harlem Nocturne", "Engos The Bloos", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Sonny's Bunny", "They Say It's Wonderful", and "Why Do I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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✨✧ Lou JohnsonSweet Southern Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cotillion/Run Out Groove, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible bit of southern soul – and one of the few records ever by deep soul singer Lou Johnson! The masterpiece was recorded at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, at a time when the outfit was at the height of its powers – capturing Lou with a sweet-burning style that matches (if not betters) the best by Otis Redding or James Carr from the same period. Each song is a treasure, handled by Lou as if it were his own, and transformed completely by the amazing setting of the recording. Titles include "Tears Tears Tears", "Don't Play That Song", "People In Love", "It's In The Wind", "Rock Me Baby", and "I Can't Change". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressing – in a heavy cover! Run Out Groove pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – limited to 898 copies worldwide!)

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✨✧ Tony Joe WhiteSwamp Music – Monument Rarities (3LP – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Monument/Run Out Groove, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from one of the coolest cats to ever cut a record – the amazing Tony Joe White – a southern singer with a rockish approach, but one that was equally drenched in funk and soul as well! Tony cut some key albums for Monument Records at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s – every one of which is a classic – but he also worked hard in the studios to achieve his fantastically sharp sound, and left behind a lot of unreleased material that's every bit as great as his albums for Monument too! This 3LP set is the first time that many of these cuts are issued on vinyl – alternate mixes and unreleased tracks that first saw the light of day on the now-deleted Tony Joe White box set – long-overdue in this funky format. Titles include "Ten More Miles To Louisiana", "Let The Party Roll On", "Boom Boom (long)", "I Protest", "A Man Can Only Stand Just So Much Pain", "Toil & Trouble (early version)", "It's Not What You Got It's How You Use It (alt take)", "Prison Song", "Tobacco Road/Dead End Street", "Ballad of Hollis Brown", "Mississippi Delta", "Hey Jude", "I Can't Stand It", and "Gospel Singer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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✨✧ Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend (limited edition) ... LP
Curtom/Run Out Groove, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition! Beautiful pressing – with a heavy tip-on cover.)
Also available Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Beau BrummelsBradley's Barn (2LP deluxe edition – colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner/Run Out Groove, 1967. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A crucial album in the sound of late 60s Warner – recorded by west coasters The Beau Brummels in the heart of Tennessee, at the legendary studios of country producer Owen Bradley! This meeting of west and country is fantastic – a really incredible extension of earlier folksy rock styles forged by Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and others – handled with incredible care, and a style that's equally honest and ironic – but coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – one of those rare few albums that somehow draws from a wealth of inspiration, but manages to make something completely standout in the process – almost a Feelies/Good Earth for its own generation! Tremendous stuff – and titles include "Jessica", "Bless You California", "I'm A Sleeper", "Little Bird", "Turn Around", and "An Added Attraction". Very cool double LP reissue – with loads of bonus tracks that include "Long Black Veil", "Confessions (demo)", "High There", "Deep Water (alt version)", "Love Can Fall A Long Way Down (alt mix)", "Bittersweet", "Jessica (alt version)", "Tan Oak Tree", "Just A Little Bit Of Lovin (demo)", "I Love You Mama (alt version)", "I'll Be Your Baby (alt version)", and "Lift Me (alt take)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 3000 copies on multi colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ Gary LourisVagabonds (180 gram deluxe edition – with bonus LP) ... LP
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 2008. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An underappreciated solo effort from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks – bringing in a bit of the warm harmonies and countyish charm of his better known band, but ultimately with more of a breezy 70s California singer-songwriter folk rock atmosphere! Gary's voice out front solo gives it an intimate feel even with a top notch production, courtesy of Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes, and backing vocals with voices as big as Robinson, Susannah Hoffs and Jenny Lewis on the sessions. Titles include "True Blue", "Omaha Nights", "She Only Calls Me On Sundays", "We'll Get By", "Black Grass", "I Wanna Get High", "Meandering", "DC Blues" and more. This epic 10 year anniversary version from Run Out Groove includes a bonus LP out takes & demos, plus the Acoustic Vagabonds EP – 11 extra tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MorphineYes (plus bonus LP –180 gram vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A seedy, noirish, vintage R&B-fueled 90s alt rock classic from Morphine – their third straight great album in a hell of a strong run! If they hit their peak on Good, they're still riding it out here for sure – yes, indeed. They always had a way of pairing primitivist R&B influences with compelling songcraft, but there's a confidence level here that's above and beyond, and Sandman is bringing some surprisingly tender melodies into into the grimey rhythms, bleating sax and sly humor at this point. Includes "Honey White", "Scratch", "Radar", "Yes", "Super Sex", "Gone For Good", "Free Love" and more. This epic Run Out Groove version includes a bonus LP of bonus tracks and alternate material – with rare alternate tracks from the Japanese release, single sides and live tracks! 22 tracks on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Grooves Cornerstones pressing – on high quality double 180 gram vinyl – in a tip-on sleeve. Limited to 3500 copies.)
 
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Dennis BovellMek It Run ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some vintage tapes, and go to work in the studio of Mad Professor – to turn each number into a dub-heavy masterpiece! The sound is wonderful – still very much indebted to the original basslines, but stretched out much more fully too – with spacey sounds all over the place, really abstracted instrumentation, and the kind of groove that reminds us that they still do make dubs this great – as long as you know where to look. Titles include "Princess Dub", "In The Mix", "Afreecan", "Binghi Man", "Dub Code", "Burden", "After The Storm", "Wallpaper Eraser", "Mek It Run (Run Rasta Run)", and "Floods Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lowell FulsomMan On The Run ... LP
Jewel/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $23.99
Great Jewel Records material – and Lowell Fullsom's working in territory that's got a lot of rootsy, almost southern blues in the mix – but which still cracks out at times with his hipper, more funk-tuned groove! There's a few tracks on here that hearken towards the "Tramp" groove from his Kent years – like "Lady In The Rain" and "Sleeper" – both of which have a nicely funky undercurrent and vamping guitar that really snaps along with the rhythm. Other numbers have a straighter blues feel, but one that still has a sinister approach that goes way past cliches for the college crowd – showing Lowell to be firmly in charge, no matter what the setting. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsEast Broadway Run Down ... CD
Impulse, 1966. Used ... $7.99
One of the most free-wheeling Sonny Rollins albums of the 60s – an album that features some very long, extended tracks that really break out from some of the straighter moments of Sonny's mid-60s recordings! The title track is an incredible 20 minute workout – one that almost feels improvised, but which is never too free – always pulsating with a killer groove from the drums of Elvin Jones and bass of Jimmy Garrison – and featuring the trumpet of Freddie Hubbard in the frontline with Rollins' tenor – blowing with quite an edge throughout! Side two features "Blessing In Disguise" – which is equally adventurous – plus a surprisingly moody take on "We Kiss in a Shadow". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ LTJ X-PerienceI Don't Want This Groove To Ever End ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album in years from LTJ X-Perience – one of the few funky acts that got things going on the Italian scene in the generation before Schema Records! LTJ are a key link between the Italian sound of the 80s and the later growth into bold new styles – and this album definitely seems to show that mix – as it's very spare, with lots of straightforward grooves that run towards the slower end of the house music spectrum! In fact, the set's almost more house than anything LTJ X-Perience have ever done in the past – a surprising change, but one that almost goes back to the Italian roots that spawned them – yet without too much of the overblown energy of the Italo Disco years. Titles include "Sound Machine", "Time Has Been Now", "I Love You", "Organ Mind", "Black Gold", "Turn Me On", "Always In The Mood", and "I Don't Want This Groove To Ever End". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousWheedle's Groove – Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-75 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funk from Seattle? Hardly seems likely – but prepare to be amazed! The funky reissuers at Light In The Attic, in collaboration with Mr Supreme, have unearthed a treasure trove of rare singles and groovers for the set – all obscure local recordings from the Emerald City scene, most of which never made it past the Pacific Northwest to the national charts. Back in the day, Seattle was a real cross-cultural hotbed – filled with folks who'd picked up and moved out from points east, settling in the Central District, working for Boeing, and reveling in the freedom of the new city to find their own groove. This set does a great job of documenting the flowering of eastern-styled funk in Seattle's growing scene of the late 60s – and features a range of tracks that run from deep funk to hard soul, sock-boogaloo, and even a bit of hard-handed piano jazz! The package features a great set of notes on the music, and a long set list that includes "Louie Louie" by The Topics, "Brighter Tomorrow" by Soul Swingers, "This Is Me" by Cookin Bag, "Bold Soul Sister Bold Soul Brother" by Black On White Affair, "Cissy Strut" by Johnny Lewis Trio, "Stop Losing Your Chances" by Cold Bold & Together, "I Just Want To Be" by Robbie Hill, "Wheedle's Groove" by Annakonda, "Hey Jude" by Overton Berry Trio, and "A Little Love Affair" by Patrinell Staten. CD

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Roy AyersLet's Do It ... LP
Polydor, 1978. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one minute with a funky groove on the bottom, then sliding into some slinkier laidback styles that are equally great. William Allen handles the arrangements with Roy, and does the strings himself – and also plays some monstrous bass on most numbers, which really brings up the rhythms from the bottom! Titles include the killer groovers "Sweet Tears", "When Is Real Real", "Let's Do It", and "Freaky Deaky" – and the warm mellow cuts "You Came Into My Life", "Kiss", and "Melody Maker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed innner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Baker Gurvitz ArmySince Beginning – The Albums 1974 to 1976 (Baker Gurvitz Army/Elysian Encounter/Hearts On Fire/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Atco/Esoteric (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
If this is the army, sign us up – because these guys make the Kiss Army look like a bunch of wussies! Ginger Baker's at it again in post-Cream years – rocking harder than on some of his own funky albums, but also keeping a jazzy edge that makes for some pretty nice tracks on the self-titled Baker Gurvitz Army album – which has Ginger joining up with Adrian Gurvitz on guitar and vocals, and Paul Gurvitz on bass and more vocals too. The album's got a strong power trio vibe – augmented by some nice keyboard touches around the edges – really making things sparkle nicely on most tracks. One of the best of these is the moodily grooving "Inside Of Me", which steps along with a slinky style that we really dig. Other tracks have a more full on feel, and vocals, of course, but there's still some nice mellow moments in the set – and titles include "Mad Jack", "4 Phil", "Since Beginning", and "Memory Lane". On Elysian Encounter, The Baker Gurvitz Army maybe sounds better than on their debut – partly because Ginger Baker and the Gurvitz brothers have really found their groove – but also because there's some great keyboard work on the set from Peter Lemer, who you might know from earlier jazz work too! Ginger's really wailing on drums and percussion – in a way that's somewhat different than both Cream, and his own records too – and those searing guitar lines from Adrian Gurvitz really help give the whole album a great sense of focus and power! Titles include "People", "The Key", "The Gambler", "The Dreamer", "The Hustler", and "The Artist". Hearts On Fire is the last album in the legendary run of records from Ginger Baker and the brothers Adrian and Paul Gurvitz – a heck of a power trio, but one that comes across in a very different way than Baker's famous work in Cream! If anything, Ginger's drums have more of a funk current than before – a really powerful driving force at the bottom, while Adrian riffs around all over the top and edges of the tunes with these well-crafted guitar lines that don't even need a solo to find their voice – wickedly emphasizing the vocals on tunes that include "Flying In & Out Of Stardom", "Neon Lights", "Mystery", "Thirsty For The Blues", "My Mind Is Healing", and "Smiling". CD features all albums in their original artwork, a small fold-out poster, and bonus tracks that include "Memory Lane (live)", "People (live)", "Freedom (live)", and "Wotever It Is (live)". CD

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BohannonVery Best Of Bohannon – Funky, Wicked, & Smooth ... CD
Rhino, Mid 70s. Used ... $9.99
Hamilton Bohannon was completely unique in the world of soul and funk. He had a tight uptempo style that was sort of pre-disco and club oriented, yet which also had lots of choppy elements that made the groove a lot different than other artists of his time. Hard to pin down, but this selection of 14 tracks will give you more than enough of a good picture of his work – especially as it includes many rare gems, like "Foot Stompin Music", "South African Man", "Run It On Down Mr DJ", "Bohannon's Beat", and "You're The One". Also features his wonderful smooth steppin classic "Thoughts And Wishes", but we think the mix on here is different from the one on the original album. CD
(Out of print.)

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Brecker BrothersBrecker Brothers ... CD
Arista/One Way, 1975. Used ... $14.99
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the spotlight! The duo have a great lineup here – equally well-skilled contemporaries who include Don Grolnick on keyboards, David Sanborn on alto, Harvey Mason on drums, and Will Lee on bass – all working in a mode that's soulful fusion throughout, with just a bit of vocals at a few points, but mostly instrumental overall. The whole thing's got an approach that's smooth and tight, but never in a slick way – a groove that still sits wonderfully well after all these years! Titles include "Sneakin Up Behind You", "Rocks", "Levitate", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "A Creature Of Many Faces", and "DBB". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Brecker Brothers ... LP 6.99

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James Brown, Vicki Anderson, Baby Lloyd, & OthersJames Brown Show ... LP
Smash, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
James Brown plays organ on this one, but it's mostly an effort to showcase various other artists that he was producing at the time, and who traveled with him on the road. Includes cuts by Baby Lloyd, The Jewels, James Crawford, and a young Vicki Anderson. This stuff was cut years before the People label was formed, but it's the same sort of effort by James Brown. And he and Nat Jones arranged most of the stuff. Song titles include "Strung Out" by James Crawford, "Stop And Think It Over" by James Crawford, "This Is My Story" by the Jewels and "Nowhere To Run" by Vicki Anderson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Bill Cosby (aka Badfoot Brown)Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band ... CD
Uni/Dusty Groove, 1971. Used ... $7.99
A funky masterpiece from Bill Cosby – hardly the sort of record you might expect from all of his years on mainstream TV! This set was cut back when Bill was a much hipper cat on the LA scene – and it was the start of a brief all-instrumental run with his Badfoot Brown ensemble – a group who's not named in the notes on the record, but who offer up some seriously funky grooves! Bill supposedly plays keyboards himself – some really mad electric piano that's often repetitive, cyclical, and really hypnotic – a tripped-out style that's more funk than jazz, and which is easily one of the best parts of the record. But the rhythms are great too – equally hypnotic, and build up from bass, organ, guitar, and this whomping sort of drum part – echoing strongly in the background and really bringing a spooky feel to the set. Side one includes the amazing "Martin's Funeral" – sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest, and a 15 minute jam that's inspired by the funeral of Martin Luther King. Side two features "Hybish Shybish", an even longer track that's sort of an improvised jazz game – and which features tripped-out instrumental trading that's simply amazing. The whole record is really mindblowing – a messed-up jam session that's well worth the legend that's been built up around it over the years – and we're hard-pressed to think of another album like it! And as a special bonus, the package features these really long notes written by Bill Cosby himself – words that are as unusual as the music, and a side of him that's hardly been shown again. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dazz BandKeep It Live ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
Dazz Band keep it plenty live on this early 80s gem – a killer set from the group's hit run for Motown! The set's got a bouncy groove that's very much in the best Motown funk style at the time – lots of bass at the bottom, and plenty tight on production – but never as smooth or commercial as work from a few years later. The group balance things out well with a few mellower cuts – numbers that still have some sort of a groove, but one that's a bit more laidback, and which shows they're not just a funk-driven outfit. Titles include the massive hit "Let It Whip" – plus "Gamble With My Love", "Just Can't Wait 'Till The Night", "Shake What You Got", "Keep It Live", and "Let Me Love You Until". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)
Also available Keep It Live (with bonus track) ... CD 9.99

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Dazz BandKeep It Live (with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1982. Used ... $9.99
Dazz Band keep it plenty live on this early 80s gem – a killer set from the group's hit run for Motown! The set's got a bouncy groove that's very much in the best Motown funk style at the time – lots of bass at the bottom, and plenty tight on production – but never as smooth or commercial as work from a few years later. The group balance things out well with a few mellower cuts – numbers that still have some sort of a groove, but one that's a bit more laidback, and which shows they're not just a funk-driven outfit. Titles include the massive hit "Let It Whip" – plus "Gamble With My Love", "Just Can't Wait 'Till The Night", "Shake What You Got", "Keep It Live", and "Let Me Love You Until". CD also features the bonus track "Let It Whip (12" version)". CD
(Out of print – includes 12" mix of "Let It Whip" which is not available on the recent Japanese pressing.)
Also available Keep It Live ... CD 9.99

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DelfonicsDelfonics ... CD
Buddah/Philly Groove, 1970. Used ... $6.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Delfonics ... LP 19.99

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Alejandro EscovedoWith These Hands (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Run Out Groove/Ryko, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... On December 13, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla/Things Ain't What They Used To Be ... CD
Reprise, 1969/1971. Used ... $2.99
2 of Ella Fitzgerald's grooviest albums – back to back on one CD! First up is Ella, from 1969 – the kind of record that marked a really nice change from Fitzgerald's staid work for Verve in years past! The setting here is bouncy and mod – a great mixture of jazz, soul, and bits of late 60s Brit Easy – no surprise, given that the sessions were recorded in London, with arrangements from maestros John Cameron and Mike Vickers! And while a few Ella purists might complain about the record, we totally dig it – and find it to be very similar to her excellent MPS album from the same stretch – a whole new sound for a singer with the range to take on anything! Titles include "Get Ready", "Yellow Man", "I Wonder Why", "Savoy Truffle", "Open Your Window", "Knock On Wood", "Got To Get You Into My Life", and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game". Things Ain't What They Used To Be is great too – a surprising groover that features Gerald Wilson backing Ella with a great blend of soul, jazz, and bossa styles! By the time of the session, Wilson had honed his craft on a strong run of 60s albums for Pacific Jazz – creating a trademark groove that pushes all instruments in the group tightly together, while allowing just the right breakout modes for soloists like Dennis Budimir or Harold Land to spice things up alongside Ella's vocals. Nearly every track on the album has a nice little bounce at the bottom, and even older chestnuts are strongly transformed into a much later, groovier sound for the set. Titles include "Sunny", "Mas Que Nada", "Man & A Woman", "Manteca", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ FlockFlock ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Very Good ... $1.99
Far-reaching sounds from The Flock – a group who were maybe one of the best American acts at the end of the 60s to blend trippy rock with the big new wave of jazz fusion! These guys definitely use horns in a way that link them to the chunky groove of early work by Chicago or Blood Sweat & Tears – but they're also clearly going for a more long-haired vibe, too – especially when they open up on some acoustic stringed instrumentation – such as 12-string guitar or violin, both of which are handled by Jerry Goodman in a really great way! These instruments really shape some of the sound of the set – especially the violin when it's used in these freewheeling passages that might give Jean-Luc Ponty a run for his money – but there's also a core, tight soulful sound that balances things out nicely – as does some of the heavy drums and fuzzy guitar! Titles include "Clown", "I Am The Tall Tree", "Store Bought Store Thought", and "Truth" – plus a very cool funky cover of The Kinks' "Tired Of Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a strip of tape on the spine, a mark from sticker removal, and some aging.)

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Gap BandGap Band VI (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1984. Used ... $9.99
A tight groover from The Gap Band – already past the "V" in their classic run of 80s albums, and still very might at the top of their game! The core trio work here with sweet production from Lonnie Simmons – a pairing that continues to set the group up above most of their competition, and give them a groove that goes way past the obvious. Mellow cuts stand out as strongly as upbeat ones – and if anything, the mellow groovers are the best! Titles include "The Sun Don't Shine Everyday", "Weak Spot", "Video Junkie", "Beep A Freak", "Don't You Leave Me", "Disrespect", "I Believe", and "I Found My Baby". CD features bonus tracks – "Beep A Freak (12" long version)", "I Found My Baby (12" club/dance mix)", "Disrespect (12" club mix)", "Beep A Freak (12" special dance mix)", and "I Found My Baby (12" rmx with breakdown)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gap BandGap Band VI/Gap Band VII (with bonus tracks) ... CD
BGO (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Electro-steeped funky soul from The Gap Band – a pair of mid 80s classic LPs in a 2CD set with bonus tracks! They're already past the "V" in their classic run of 80s albums at this point, and still very much at the top of their game. The core trio work with sweet production from Lonnie Simmons on VI – a pairing that continues to set the group up above most of their competition, and give them a groove that goes way past the obvious. Mellow cuts stand out as strongly as upbeat ones – and if anything, the mellow groovers are the best! Titles include "The Sun Don't Shine Everyday", "Weak Spot", "Video Junkie", "Beep A Freak", "Don't You Leave Me", "Disrespect", "I Believe", and "I Found My Baby". VII is an equally great gem – augmented by some more electro touches that definitely keep things fresh – and we mean that in the best mid-80s use of the word! A bit of an old school influence comes into the vocals at points – showing their strength with the kind of catchy chorus that works great with a bassy groove. Titles include a great ballad reworking of "Going In Circles" – plus the groovers "Lil Red Funkin Hood", "Automatic Brain", "Desire", "Bumpin Gum People", and "I Know We'll Make It". The 2CDs include 11 bonus tracks too – heavy on 12" club mixes and remixes! CD

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GayladsFire & Rain (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Doctor Bird (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $12.99
The title track is the big hit by James Taylor – but don't hold that against The Gaylads, as the trio make the tune very much their own – as they do with all the fantastic material in this set! The group work here with superb production from Leslie Kong – slow-burning rocksteady with a subtle groove – which really lets the fantastic harmonies of the trio soar right out front – in that mode that had acts like The Gaylads really giving American soul vocal groups a run for their money at the end of the 60s! The whole thing's got a nicely laidback groove, and a subtle current of righteousness – on titles that include "Tell The Children The Truth", "Fire & Rain", "Something Is Wrong Somewhere", "Peace Love & Understanding", "There's A Fire", and "Someday I Will Be Free". CD also features 13 more bonus tracks – other Leslie Kong singles by the group – with titles that include "My Jamaican Girl", "This Time I Won't Hurt You", "Cold & Lonely Night", "Young Gifted & Black", "ABC Reggae", and "I'll Be Yours". CD

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Gloria GaynorNever Can Say Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MGM/BBR (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $12.99
The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria's not entirely in full blown disco-diva mode yet, and works here with a soaring Philly-styled groove – of the sort you'd hear with groups like First Choice or Three Degrees – almost grounded a bit in earlier female soul, especially in the vocals and overall changes in the grooves – yet sparkled up plenty with some fuller, richer 70s arrangements. Those are handled by Norman Harris and Harold Wheeler – who do plenty to warm up the production by Meco – and the set includes the stunning 6 minute version of Gloria's big hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin", "We Belong Together", "Real Good People", "Honey Bee", and "Reach Out I'll Be There". CD features lots of bonus tracks, too – "Honeybee (Columbia single version)", "Honey Bee (MGM single version)", "All It Took Boy Was Losing You", "Come Tonight", "Never Can Say Goodbye (single version)", "Reach Out I'll Be There (single version)", and "We Just Can't Make It". CD

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✨✧ Johnny HammondWild Horses Rock Steady ... LP
Kudu, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Excellent Kudu work from one of the greatest organists of the 70s – a player who really stretched out and opened up his groove during the decade! Johnny Hammond was also known as Johnny Hammond Smith back in the 60s – but by the time of his legendary run at Kudu/CTI, he'd hit a much different groove – working with tight soulful arrangements that really set him loose to run away on the keyboards – and hitting a lean, mean sound that was light years from his playing of the decade before. Arrangements here are by Bob James – with a super-dope style that's wonderful – kind of at the start of the mode that Hammond would hit with Larry Mizell – but also more of the harder, straight forward soul jazz of his Prestige years. Titles include versions of "Wild Horses" and "Rock Steady" – plus a groovy version of "Peace Train", featuring a long solo by Harold Vick! LP, Vinyl record album

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HeatwaveCentral Heating ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $8.99
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Luther IngramIf Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right ... LP
Koko, 1972. Very Good ... $3.99
Wonderful mellow soul from Luther Ingram – and a record that gave the south one of its greatest soul anthems of the 70s! "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" is one of those genre-defining tunes – a slow-burning track that shows a new level of maturity for southern soul in the 70s – sweetly sad vocals from Luther right out front of the mix, supported with bubbling backings that ooze sex throughout – and a message of pride in the face of love that had an undeniable impact on a whole generation. The rest of the album's equally great – done with slightly fuller backings at times, and a more familiar Memphis soul groove at others – a perfect showcase for the mighty talents of Ingram at this high point of his career. In addition to "If Loving You Is Wrong", other titles include "Dying & Crying", "I Remember", "I Can't Stop", "Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away", and "I'll Be Your Shelter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the photo. Cover has light wear.)

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Michael JacksonOff The Wall ... LP
Epic, 1979. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
Michael, if only you'd stayed at this level! This 1979 solo album by Michael is a killer batch of soul grooves – one of his best moments ever, and a crowning cap to a stellar 70s run – both as a younger solo act, and with the whole Jackson family! Quincy Jones produced, and the album's got a funky undercurrent that's really stunning – clubby, yet plenty darn soulful, with a wickedly sly groove that others would try to copy for years, but never fully match. Titles include seminal groovers like "Rock With You", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", "Working Day And Night", "Girlfriend", "Off The Wall", "Burn This Disco Out" and more. Amazing amazing amazing work from the to-be-coronated King Of Pop! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued seam and some light wear.)

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Michael JacksonOff The Wall (special edition) ... CD
Epic/Legacy, 1979. Used ... $4.99
Michael, if only you'd stayed at this level! This 1979 solo album by Michael is a killer batch of soul grooves – one of best moments ever, and a crowning cap to a stellar 70s run – both as a younger solo act, and with the whole Jackson family! Quincy Jones produced, and the album's got a funky undercurrent that's really stunning – clubby, yet plenty darn soulful, with a wickedly sly groove that others would try to copy for years, but never fully match. Titles include seminal groovers like "Rock With You", "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", "Working Day And Night", "Girlfriend", "Off The Wall", "Burn This Disco Out" and more. Amazing amazing amazing work from the to-be-coronated King Of Pop! CD features some cool bonus tracks – voice-overs from Quincy Jones, plus interview bits, and demos of "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" and "Workin Day & Night". CD

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✨✧ Bob JamesTwo ... LP
CTI, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that's a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in a groove that's never too slick or too overproduced – as happened with some of his later records on the Tappan Zee imprint. Here, James is still a master of space and sound – using the Fender Rhodes with bell-like tones to craft some key grooves that are still having an amazing impact today, more than 30 years after the album was initially recorded! There's a darkness here that we totally love – and tracks include the legendary "Take Me To The Mardi Gras", which has been sampled by Run DMC and loads of others – plus"The Golden Apple", "I Feel A Song", "You're As Right As Rain", "Farandole", and "Dream Journey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has a few gloss bubbles.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so many other groups could never get this right – evolved amazingly here from the early soul years of the group's origins. The approach of the set is lean and smooth, yet turns out to be a perfect fit for the maturing Knight/Pips sound – a mode that still keeps them right out in front of the pack, with a great mix of grooving and sophistication. Titles include "Save The Overtime (For Me)", "Heaven Sent", "When You're Far Away", "Just Be My Lover", "Don't Make Me Run Away", "Ain't No Greater Love", "O La De Da", "You're Number One", and the longstanding classic "Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)". CD

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Timo Lassy & Teppo MakynenTimo Lassy & Teppo Makynen ... CD
WeJazz (Finland), 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
Music that you'd hardly expect, if you only know the more groove-oriented side of saxophonist Timo Lassy – the sounds he's given us from the Ricky-Tick years onwards – because this album is straight jazz overall, and a relatively improvised one at that! The album shows off a whole different side of Timo's talents – one we didn't know he had at all, and which really shine out here a lot more strongly than on some of his records with more programmed rhythms – thanks in no small part to the really creative efforts of drummer Teppo Makynen, who duets here with Lassy on tracks that really run the gamut – not free jazz overall, but certainly with a similar spirit – all inside, often rhythmic, but with much looser, more open, and wonderfully expressive solos than we've ever heard from Timo. Teppo's great, too – very creative on the drum kit as a whole, with lots of cool percussive effects – on titles that include "Fallow", "Goldenrod", "Aero", "Kobi", "Heliotrope", "Dark Cyan", "Firebrick", "Resolution Blue", "Catawba", and "Liberty (part 1)". CD
Also available Timo Lassy & Teppo Makynen (includes download) ... LP 22.99

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Timo Lassy & Teppo MakynenTimo Lassy & Teppo Makynen (includes download) ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2019. New Copy ... $22.99
Music that you'd hardly expect, if you only know the more groove-oriented side of saxophonist Timo Lassy – the sounds he's given us from the Ricky-Tick years onwards – because this album is straight jazz overall, and a relatively improvised one at that! The album shows off a whole different side of Timo's talents – one we didn't know he had at all, and which really shine out here a lot more strongly than on some of his records with more programmed rhythms – thanks in no small part to the really creative efforts of drummer Teppo Makynen, who duets here with Lassy on tracks that really run the gamut – not free jazz overall, but certainly with a similar spirit – all inside, often rhythmic, but with much looser, more open, and wonderfully expressive solos than we've ever heard from Timo. Teppo's great, too – very creative on the drum kit as a whole, with lots of cool percussive effects – on titles that include "Fallow", "Goldenrod", "Aero", "Kobi", "Heliotrope", "Dark Cyan", "Firebrick", "Resolution Blue", "Catawba", and "Liberty (part 1)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Timo Lassy & Teppo Makynen ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Tim MaiaTim Maia (1977) ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound here that's totally great – one that shows that Maia's work was hardly just some happy cross-cultural accident, and instead the careful work of an artist who was out to challenge the best American soul acts of the time! There's a warm little groove to most of the tracks – tripping along lightly in the vein of some of our favorite US mellow soul from the mid 70s – an approach that's mostly soul, but with some funky undercurrents – and often smooth, but never cloying or overly commercial. Titles include "Ride Twist & Roll", "Flores Belas", "Let It All Hang Out", "Sem Voce", "E Necessario", "Leva O Meu Blue", "Pense Menos", and "Musica Para Betinha". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nigel MartinezSo Good ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... $3.99
R&B studio guru Nigel Martinez put together this excellent set of modern soul tracks with a great approach that mixes tight professionalism with the kind of indie soul groove that keeps things fresh, and which prevents the session from falling into the cliches of other albums of this sort. Includes the nice stepper's track "Everlasting", plus other nice originals like "Hold Onto Me", "Special Way", "Dreams Come True", and "Who Can I Run To". CD
(Out of print.)

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Makaya McCravenWhere We Come From (Chicago x London Mixtape) ... LP
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... $21.99 22.99
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the studio – but this time around, he really pushes that approach to the forefront – working in a mode that really lives up to the "mixtape" of the title – but which also still has everything that we love from his other records too! Makaya's on drums – and plays with a massively heavy groove – and he plays here with some of the leading lights of the contemporary London scene – Soweto Kinch and Nubya Garcia on saxes, Joe Armon Jones on Fender Rhodes, Kamaal Williams on keyboards, and Theon Cross on tuba – in amazing performance activity which is then brought home to Chicago, where the music gets additional remix and overdub help from LeFto, Don Leisure, Earl Jeffers, Ben LaMar Gay, Emma Jean Thackray, Quiet Dawn, and Lexus Blondin. Clearly, Makaya's one hell of a collaborative spirit – yet he also manages to make this record his boldest personal statement to date – as you'll hear on titles that include "Halls", "Suite For Artis Gilmore", "Ox Tales", "The Bounce", "Oracle", "Run Dem", "Too Shy", and "Drums & Bruk & Feel The Vibe". LP, Vinyl record album

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MorphineGood (expanded 180 gram vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 1993. New Copy 2LP ... On January 17, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP edition with tip-on sleeve. Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal ... LP
Tabu, 1985. Near Mint- ... $13.99
The start of a legendary run for vocalist Alexander O'Neal – and a set that really helped redefine the sound of male soul in the 80s! O'Neal got his start in an early version of The Time, and he's working here with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – but the sound of the record is way deeper than all of those references put together – a careful, classy set that definitely lives up to the vintage look of Alexander on the cover! Jam and Lewis play tightly in the group, handling most of the key instrumentation – often with a restrained style that's quite different than their pumping hits, which lets O'Neal's great vocals flow out with an undeniably soulful power. Rhythms often hit the best sort of groove for Alexander's style – which sounds best in a mellow or midtempo mode – and the set's filled with classics, including "A Broken Heart Can Mend", "If You Were Here Tonight", "Innocent", "What's Missing", "You Were Meant To Be My Lady", and "Look At Us Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... About December 4, 2019
The start of a legendary run for vocalist Alexander O'Neal – and a set that really helped redefine the sound of male soul in the 80s! O'Neal got his start in an early version of The Time, and he's working here with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – but the sound of the record is way deeper than all of those references put together – a careful, classy set that definitely lives up to the vintage look of Alexander on the cover! Jam and Lewis play tightly in the group, handling most of the key instrumentation – often with a restrained style that's quite different than their pumping hits, which lets O'Neal's great vocals flow out with an undeniably soulful power. Rhythms often hit the best sort of groove for Alexander's style – which sounds best in a mellow or midtempo mode – and the set's filled with classics, including "A Broken Heart Can Mend", "If You Were Here Tonight", "Innocent", "What's Missing", "You Were Meant To Be My Lady", and "Look At Us Now". CD features bonus tracks – "Are You The One", "Innocent", "If You Were Here Tonight (soft version)", "You Were Meant To Be My Lady (ext dance rmx)", and "What's Missing (rmx)". CD
Also available Alexander O'Neal ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Ohio PlayersHoney/Contradiction ... CD
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1975/1976. Used ... $9.99
Two albums from The Ohio Players – on a single CD! First up is Honey, one of the best albums the Ohio Players cut during the years at Mercury! Most folks go for their big hit "Love Rollercoaster", but we've always been partial to the smooth, mellow funky track "Sweet Sticky Thing", served up here in the cool long version, which has a groove that builds and builds. Also includes "Honey", "Fopp", "Let's Love", "Ain't Givin' Up No Ground" and "Alone". Contradiction is an overlooked gem from the group – but cut right at their height! The album's got a smooth and slinky finish that has the band tightening up a lot– going for a compressed spacey soul sound on some of the album's mellower numbers, in a style that's equally as mindblowing as their heavier funk. This approach makes for some really nicely tripped-out tunes that have some nice jazzy touches – expanding the group's sound way past the hits, into some complicated grooves that are plenty darn nice! Titles include "Contradiction", "Who'd She Coo?", "Far East Mississippi", "Tell The Truth", "My Life", "Bi-Centennial", and "My Ladies Run Me Crazy". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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Freda PaynePayne & Pleasure ... CD
ABC/Reel Music, 1974. Used ... $13.99
Genius work from Freda Payne – a set recorded after her bigger fame years for Invictus/Hot Wax – but a record that's done with an even deeper feel overall! The album features some key contributions from Lamont Dozier – who wasn't credited on the original record, due to his continuing contract with HDH – and his bold, righteous approach in the studio is definitely felt here – as he gives Freda the same great groove he'd hit on his own ABC albums! As with those, McKinley Jackson handles the arrangements – which work perfectly with the punctuated groove of Dozier's production – and Payne really sparkles in the setting, stretching out with these magnificent vocals that go way beyond what you might expect. The tunes are impeccable – as well-written as those on other Dozier projects of the time – loads of original numbers that include "Didn't I Tell You", "It's Yours To Have", "I Get Carried Away", "Run For Your Life", "Shadows On The Wall", and "Don't Wanna Be Left Out" – plus versions of "A Song For You" and "I Won't Last A Day". CD
(Out of print.)

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Peppermint RainbowWill You Be Staying After Sunday ... LP
Decca, 1969. Sealed ... $12.99
A wonderful bit of sunshine pop from the very obscure Peppermint Rainbow – a male/female harmony group with a sound that was a lot like the Mamas & Papas – blending folk rock and sweet pop into a really sunny groove! The album's worth it alone for the massive title track – "Will You Be Staying After Sunday", a tune that's got a sad undercurrent that seems to single-handedly dismantle all of the sexual freedom offered by the late 60s with a one sentence confession of the emotionality that was also attached. Other tracks are also nice – and include "Don't Wake Me Up In The Morning Michael", "Run Like The Devil", "I Found Out I Was A Woman", and "Walking In Different Circles" – most of which were written by arranger/producer Paul Leka. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed with a sticker or two.)

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Sam PhillipsFan Dance (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Nonesuch/Run Out Groove, 2001. New Copy ... On February 14, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". CD

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Andre Previn & His PalsGigi ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Andre Previn's got some very hip pals here – drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell – both frequent partners during the late 50s, especially on this classic run of jazz-Broadway records for Contemporary! The spirit here is very much like that of the famous My Fair Lady date made by the trio – a strong extrapolation of familiar tunes from a hit show – taken way out into instrumental jazz territory – with less thought of the core melody, and more focus on the tunes use as vehicles for jazz improvisation. Previn's piano has hardly sounded better – and more creative, both in tone and timing – an inspiration that certainly comes from Manne's inventive drum work – and titles include "Aunt Alicia's March", "I Remember It Well", "The Parisians", "She Is Not Thinking Of Me", "Thank Heaven For Little Girls", and "A Toujours". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging on the spine.)

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✨✧ Ray PricePlease Don't Leave Me ... CD
Southern Routes, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
A really wonderful collection of work by the great Ray Price – a very well-chosen selection of tracks that focuses strongly on his excellent early days, and avoids some of the softer sounds of later years! The Ray heard here is the kind of the honky tonks – working in a midtempo groove that's perfect for blue-tinged vocals – often underscored by steel guitar lines that have a similarly melancholy vibe! This isn't standard weepy country – as Price puts himself out there, but never caves in completely – honest in his feelings, but with his own sense of pride as well. 28 tracks in all – including "Wasted Words", "I've Just Destroyed The World", "Big Shoes", "Heartaches By The Number", "I'll Be There", "The Same Old Me", "It's All Your Fault", "Bubbles In My Beer", "Pride", "The Wild Side Of Life", "Crazy Arms", "Run Boy", "Kissing Your Picture", "Bright Lights & Blonde Haired Women", and "Please Don't Leave Me". CD

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Steve ReidRhythmatism (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $29.99 32.99
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing of 1000 – on colored vinyl!)

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Salt N PepaSalt With A Deadly Pepa ... LP
Next Plateau, 1988. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Salt N Pepa still in their best early mode – working with Hurby Luv Bug, and turning out tunes with a nice sort of indie-level street charm! Although countless others copped the poppy hip hop groove of the pair at the time, Salt N Pepa were still the first, and still managed to do it best – striking a nice balance between girlish themes and some of the harder-edge hip hop of the Luv Bug posse. Tracks include "Spinderella's Not A Fella", "I Like It Like That", "Let The Rhythm Run (remix)", "Shake Your Thing" featuring E.U., "Hyped On The Mic", "I Gotcha", "Get Up Everybody", and more . LP, Vinyl record album

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Sahib ShihabSahib's Jazz Party (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Debut/Black Lion (Japan), 1963. Used ... $19.99
One of the first European recordings from Sahib Shihab – a classic set that's the start of an amazing 60s run on the continent! Shihab here is quite different than his American dates of the 50s – bolder, and blowing with a really open, fluid sort of groove that marks a great development in his sound – using baritone sax, soprano, and flute – a range of instruments that really creates a wide range of feeling in the set! The performance is a live one, and the group is great too – with Allen Botschinsky on flugelhorn, Ole Molin on guitar, Niles Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and both Alex Riel and Bjarne Rostvold on drums. Rhythms are a key part of the set – really free and open, setting the scene for Sahib's modal genius to come – and titles include "47th Blues", "Billy Boy", and the 3-part track "Conversations". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Charade", "Not Yet" and "Someday My Prince Will Come". CD
(Out of print, includes obi!)

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✨✧ Yma SumacQuintessence (Voice Of The Xtaby/Legend Of The Sun Virgin/Flahooley/Mambo/Inca Taqui/Legend Of The Jivaro/Fuego Del Ande) (3CD set) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1950s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
A huge run of records from Yma Sumac – presented here in a box that collects just about everything she recorded for Capitol Records in the 50s! First up is Voice Of The Xtaby – legendary vocal work from the postwar years – some of the earliest recordings from the enigmatic Yma Sumac – an artist whose records really laid the groundwork for an entire generation of exotica records to come! Sumac's authenticity has been debated over the years – but there's no denying that she's got this incredible vocal range – a many-octave approach that almost makes her sound like a human theremin – as she works with exotic backings from Les Baxter to offer up a take on Peruvian roots, styled towards a 50s bachelor pad listener! Titles include "Xtaby", "Wayra", "Taita Inty", "Monos", and "Tumpa". Legend Of The Sun is early work from Yma Sumac – with that moody mix of other worldly vocals and semi-Latin instrumentation that made her a popular one with the early exotic crowd. Yma runs up and down the vocal scale, while Moises Vivanco leads the band in a set of crashing dramatic orchestrations with a Peruvian feel. Tracks include "Sunray Surita", "Mamallayi", "No Es Vida", "Ccori Canastitay", and "Kon Tiki". The package features selections from the album Flahooley – one of the more obscure Yma Sumac albums from the 50s – a Broadway production with a larger cast – and much more of a musical than Sumac's other records. Yma really stands out in the show, though – singing a few special numbers with music by Moises Vivanco – but the rest is familiar Broadway modes of the early 50s, penned by Sammy Fain & EY Harburg. Sumac titles include "Najala's Song Of Joy", "Najala's Lament", and "Come Back Little Genie Birds". Mambo is quite possibly our favorite album ever by the enigmatic Yma Sumac – thanks to some lively arrangements by Billy May, who gives the set a swinging jazzy groove! As you might guess from the cover, the style here is more in a Latin jazz mode than some of Yma's other more ethereal work – and that style turns out to be a wonderful fit for Sumac's incredible vocals – creating a batch of driving tunes that swing nicely, yet still have a spooky exotic sound on the top! Titles include "Bo Mambo", "Taki Rari", "Goomba Boomba", "Malambo No 1", and "Five Bottles Mambo". Inca Taqui is an early 10" LP – on which Yma Sumac sings chants of the Andes – and authentic or not, the sound's pretty darn great! The record's in the same format as her other early work for Capitol – tunes written by Moises Vivanco, who also conducts the backings in a dramatic early 50s style that's perfect for Yma's wonderful voice! And whether or not these tunes are actually the ones that all the cats in Peru were singing up in the mountains, they still sound pretty darn great as a key part of postwar exotica! Titles include "Incachao", "Llulla Mak'Ta", "Chuncho", "K'Arawi", and "Cumbe-Maita". Legend Of The Jivaro is one of Yma's more "historical" records – and the notes say that the album is "the rare plum of authenticity". We don't know if we'd go that far, but we can tell you that the record features Yma performing songs of the legendary Jivaro headhunters! Supposedly, Yma learned them in her "South American jungle-home", but we keep wondering why the headhunters took the time to teach her, when they could have been shrinking her head. Tracks include "Yawar", "Shou Condor", "Aullay", "Sumac Soratena", and "Hampi". Last up is Fuego Del Ande – one of the most obscure albums by vocalist Yma Sumac – and one of the most compelling too! The album has Yma working in the Andean style of her earlier 10" albums for Capitol – working with Moises Vivanco on a set of tunes that have a much more traditional and almost folkloric style than some of her work with Les Baxter. Titles include "Clamor", "Dale Que Dale", "Llora Corazon", "Gallito Caliente", "La Molina", and "Flor De Canela". CD

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Johnny Guitar WatsonReal Mother For Ya ... LP
DJM, 1977. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Johnny Guitar Watson at the top of his game – working here in a sublime mix of funk, blues, and soul – all crafted into a groove that was uniquely Watson's own! Johnny may have started the 70s in relative obscurity – down from some hit work in the 50s and 60s – but by the time of this set, he was back on top, and working in a confident groove that few others from his older era could ever hope to achieve! There's a youthful sense of sex and soul that run through the entire set – an effortlessly slinky groove that never goes too over the top in the funk department, and which makes just the right use of electric instrumentation and tripped-out production, but never gets too wrapped up in either – and often comes off with some great jazzy touches as well. Titles include the anthemic "Real Mother For Ya", plus "Your Love Is My Love", "The Real Deal", "Tarzan", "I Wanna Thank You", and "Lover Jones". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ WhoMagic Bus ... LP
Decca, 1968. Near Mint- ... $29.99
The Who may look like they're tripping things out a bit with the cover and title to this one – clearly a nod to the Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles – but the groove here is tight, right, and pretty darn mod all the way through – very much in the spirit of the group's earlier albums on Decca! The tracks are all short, and still feature strong influences from soul and R&B – but they also show a great talent for sneaking in spookier bits or more complicated parts too – odd musical elements that might have their roots in older R&B, but which here are turned towards a more mature expression of the group's earlier idiom – really pointing the way towards some of their more ambitious projects in coming years! Titles include "Magic Bus", "Doctor Doctor", "Someone's Coming", "Our Love Was Is", "Call Me Lightning", "Pictures Of Lily", "Bucket T", "Run Run Run", and "Disguises". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Jackie WilsonGold (3CD set) ... CD
Brunswick/Crimson (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 3CD ... $9.99
A spectacular run of music from the great Jackie Wilson – a 3CD set that features 60 tracks in all – with a heavy dose of both of Jackie's chapters in soul music for the Brunswick label! Wilson started out recording for Brunswick in New York – where he brought a new level of power to the pre-soul years, learned from his roots in R&B – but fused into a more sophisticated style that had a huge impact on many others to rise in soul during the 60s! Then, during the middle of that decade, he moved over to work in Chicago – where help from Carl Davis and other key Brunswick talents gave Wilson's magnificent vocals a whole new groove – and a way to keep on going strongly all the way to the 70s. This great set documents all those years, and is overflowing with great cuts – titles that include "3 Days 1 Hour 30 Minutes", "Soul Galore", "New Girl In Town", "You Left The Fire Burning", "I Can Feel Those Vibrations This Love Is Real", "Just Be Sincere", "Love Uprising", "Whatcha Gonna Do About Love", "You Brought About A Change In Me", "Just Call My Name", "To Make A Big Man Cry", "No Pity In The Naked City", "I Get The Sweetest Feeling", "Reet Petite", "Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher & Higher", "The New Breed", "Light My Fire", "The Tear Of The Year", "Talk That Talk", and "Doggin Around". Also includes duet material – "Shake A Hand" and "I Found Love" with Linda Hopkins, "Chain Gang" and "Uptight" with Count Basie, and "Don't Burn No Bridges" with The Chi-Lites. CD

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself ... CD
Warner (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $6.99
A masterpiece of messed-up LA funk – and one of the crowning moments in the career of Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Charles and crew do an excellent job with all the tracks – most of which are more open ended than some of their earlier ones, and run on for longer than usual with some good trippy instrumental moments that really stretch out the groove from their funky 45 days. The album includes the stoner funk classic "High As Apple Pie", done here in two "slices", plus the classic "Express Yourself", a monster number that still sounds great every time we hear it – even though it's been used on commercials and sampled plenty of times over the years! Other tracks include "I'm Aware", "Road Without An End", and "Tell Me What You Want Me To Do". CD

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Young Holt TrioWack Wack – The Best Of Young Holt ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $16.99
Fantastic work from one of the funkiest rhythm sections ever – the team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac Redd Holt! Young and Holt first came to fame working with Ramsey Lewis on a string of classic Chicago soul jazz outings for Chess – but by the mid 60s, the duo took off on their own, and moved over to Brunswick Records to cut a fantastic run of soul instrumental albums that rivaled Ramsey's own work at the time! Working with a variety of different piano players, as well as larger soul-based orchestrations, the pair cut a great sound for themselves – a groove that mixed up jazz and soul, and which was surprisingly popular with the record buyers at the time. Think of this as an instrumental take on the same sound that Brunswick was cooking up with The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, and others – but also imagine that groove expanded out with just a touch of jazz as well. CD features 21 tracks in all – and is easily the greatest "best of" we've seen of the Young Holt years on Brunswick. Titles include "Dig Her Walk", "Orient", "The Look Of Love", "Strangers In The Night", "California Montage", "Young & Holtful", "Soulful Strut", "Yon Gimme Thum", "Light My Fire", "Just Ain't No Love", and "Baby Your Light Is Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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ZappVibe ... CD
Warner/Reprise, 1989. Used ... $0.99
A set that's late in the classic Zapp run from the 80s, but a record that's still very much head and shoulders above the competition – including the many acts who were trying to cop Roger Troutman's groove, but never got things this right! There's still plenty of bass at the bottom, re-fitted to more of a late 80s funk mode – and some of the trickier turns have the group really serving up that link to P-Funk that's always made them so great – and at a level that maybe even George Clinton couldn't even match at the time. Vocoder bits continue that great Zapp vocal legacy too – used in sparing amounts, but still a wonderful touch – and titles include "Ooh Baby Baby", "I Play The Talk Box", "Fire", "Been This Way Before", "Back To Bass-iks", "Ain't The Thing To Do", "Rock Star", "Jesse Jackson", and "Jake E Stanstill". CD
(Out of print, small sticker remnant on booklet cover.)

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VariousDiminishing Treasures ... CD
Rum Drunk, 1980s. Used ... $5.99
A prime set of rare, unedited, remastered hip hop obscurities from the 80s – and a great batch of some of the source material for DJ Shadow's vaunted Diminishing Returns set! It's a great listen all the way through, with numbers that touch on 80s electro soul, DJ party rockers, and old school hip hop groove – most of it from much deeper reservoirs than those drained for run of the mill hip hop comps! Tracks include "What Are We Gonna Do" by Ultimate 3 MC's, "Non-Stop" by Sweet Trio, "Kato-B" by Shawn Brown, "Lady L Neets Enanon" by Emanon, "You Can't Win" by The Brothers, "School's Out" by Almighty El-Cee", "Style Wars" by Hijack, "Price Is Right" by MC Price And DJ Trouble and more! CD

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✨✧ Gloria GaynorNever Can Say Goodbye ... LP
MGM, 1975. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria's not entirely in full blown disco-diva mode yet, and works here with a soaring Philly-styled groove – of the sort you'd hear with groups like First Choice or Three Degrees – almost grounded a bit in earlier female soul, especially in the vocals and overall changes in the grooves – yet sparkled up plenty with some fuller, richer 70s arrangements. Those are handled by Norman Harris and Harold Wheeler – who do plenty to warm up the production by Meco – and the set includes the stunning 6 minute version of Gloria's big hit "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "All I Need Is Your Sweet Lovin", "We Belong Together", "Real Good People", "Honey Bee", and "Reach Out I'll Be There". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Never Can Say Goodbye (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Latin Percussion Jazz EnsembleJust Like Magic (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures/Bomba (Japan), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer set of percussion-heavy Latin jazz tracks – one that brings together two different generations of Latin Jazz, working here in a stripped-down groove that's totally wonderful! The album's a real stunner from the legendary late 70s run of the Latin Percussion label – the imprint started to showcase the kinds of music that best fit its wide line of instruments – played here by an amazing lineup that includes Tito Puente on timbales and vibes, Patato Valdez on congas and shekere, Eddie Martinez on piano and Fender Rhodes, Johnny Rodriguez Jr on bongo and guiro, Steve Berrios on drums, and Rene Lopez on trumpet. Rhythms are at the core of each tune – and many numbers start out in the spare style of the label's drum solo records, then warm things up with a bit of added instrumentation. There's just a bit of vocals at a few points – sung by Nancy O'Neill & Jeanette Rodriguez – and titles include "Bernie's Tune", "Latin Funk", "Tito & Patato", "The Opener", "Afro Mood", "Talking Skins", and "Martinez Blues". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenWhere We Come From (Chicago x London Mixtape) ... CD
International Anthem, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Makaya McCraven pushes his unique jazz genius even further – by serving up a completely groundbreaking remix of live jazz performance on the London scene! McCraven's already stood out from the pack in the way that he breaks down jazz norms by playing with a recorded performance later in the studio – but this time around, he really pushes that approach to the forefront – working in a mode that really lives up to the "mixtape" of the title – but which also still has everything that we love from his other records too! Makaya's on drums – and plays with a massively heavy groove – and he plays here with some of the leading lights of the contemporary London scene – Soweto Kinch and Nubya Garcia on saxes, Joe Armon Jones on Fender Rhodes, Kamaal Williams on keyboards, and Theon Cross on tuba – in amazing performance activity which is then brought home to Chicago, where the music gets additional remix and overdub help from LeFto, Don Leisure, Earl Jeffers, Ben LaMar Gay, Emma Jean Thackray, Quiet Dawn, and Lexus Blondin. Clearly, Makaya's one hell of a collaborative spirit – yet he also manages to make this record his boldest personal statement to date – as you'll hear on titles that include "Halls", "Suite For Artis Gilmore", "Ox Tales", "The Bounce", "Oracle", "Run Dem", "Too Shy", and "Drums & Bruk & Feel The Vibe". CD
Also available Where We Come From (Chicago x London Mixtape) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ One WayLady ... LP
MCA, 1984. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from the ever-strong years of One Way – that early 80s run when the group kept on putting out great records! The vibe's changed up a bit from before, but that's one of the things that makes One Way so great – that they were kind of an evolutionary act, always drawing the best from the members of the ensemble at the time – and keeping things dynamic so their sound kept growing along with their listeners! Kevin McCord's the main force here – writing, arranging, and producing most of the set – and giving things a groove that's tight, but never as commercial as other 80s soul acts were hitting at the time. Titles include "Don't Stop", "Mr Groove", "Dynomite", "Can't Get Enough Of Your Love", "Smile", and "If You Only Knew". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and a gold MCA stamp.)

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✨✧ Ray Parker Jr & RaydioWoman Needs Love ... LP
Arista, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of Ray Parker's big hit run of the 80s – a set that has the Raydio group stripped down to just a duo behind Ray, and Parker very firmly out in the lead on vocals! The title hit's a smooth standard that's kept on going for many years – just the kind of cut that crossed Ray over to a big audience that would hang on for most of the decade – but the record still has plenty of the funkier soul touches that bear the Raydio name, including some tight rhythms from drummer Ollie E Brown, who also co-produced part of the set with Ray. Some tunes are a bit softer than before, but never too mellow – and titles include "A Woman Needs Love Just Like You Do", "So Into You", "It's Your Night", "Still In The Groove", "That Old Song", "Old Pro", and "You Can't Fight What You Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Steve ReidRhythmatism ... CD
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". CD
Also available Rhythmatism (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ StarcrostStarcrost ... CD
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible bit of funky fusion from the Texas scene of the 70s – a record that's unlike anything else we've ever heard from the Lone Star state, and which still sounds plenty fresh all these many years later! Starcrost have a sound that mixes jazzy riffing with great female lead vocals – sung in a style that's a bit soulful, but which also has a fair bit of jazz in the mix too – a blend that was much more common for some of the Bay Area groups of the 70s, particularly some of those recording for Fantasy Records. The vibe here is a bit like Pleasure at times – fusion focused into a funkily grooving mode – and the playing is superb throughout – never cliched, never too over the top, and never filled with too-jamming styles that could slow down the groove! There's a great balance between breeziness and all-out grooving that keeps the whole album fresh throughout – a quality that was hardly ever done this well on albums by bigger groups of the period. Titles include "Flow", "Quicksand", "Catharsis", "False Paradise", "Getting Going", "Funky Little Home", and "Da Ba O" – plus the unreleased tracks "I've Got A Plan" and "Run". CD

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✨✧ Talking HeadsSpeaking In Tongues (CD & DVD pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sire, 1983. Used CD & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Byrne brings his love of funk and soul to the forefront – tightening things up a bit from before, but still staying strongly in a classic Talking Heads groove! The record's possibly the last of the group's initial classic run, and has a surprisingly soulful feel at times – a hybrid of early 80s funk and club modes, played by guests who include Wally Badarou on synth, Bernie Worrell on keyboards, and Steve Scales and David Van Tieghem on percussion. Nona Hendryx sings a bit of backing vocals too – and Byrne really steps up to the grooves without ever going too far over the top. Titles include "Burning Down The House", "Making Flippy Floppy", "Girlfriend Is Better", "Slippery People", "I Get Wild/Wild Gravity", "Swamp", "Moon Rocks", "Pull Up The Roots", and "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Two Note Swivel (unfinished outtake)" & "Burning Down The House (alternate version)" plus videos for "Burning Down The House" & "This Must Be The Place" – and the DVD features high resolution 5.1 Surround mix of the original album plus a photo gallery and bonus videos! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Speaking In Tongues ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ Uptown Funk Empire (Patchworks)Empire Strikes Back ... LP
Soul Lab (France), 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet funky project from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's filled with lots of 70s funk elements, but which keeps up the groove we've come to love in all of his previous Patchworks projects! There's a great blend here between live funk instrumentation and dancefloor direction – almost a return to the drenched-in-classics sounds we first came to love in the French scene over a decade ago, which have been lost in recent years by some of the too-trashy artists out there – only to be reclaimed wonderfully by Bruno in a record like this! The grooves run a gamut that includes spiritual jazz, funky club, and a bit of boogie – but all done with a style that's lean enough to be dubbed deep funk at some moments too – a much wider palette of sounds than you'd get from other funky artists working today – but handled beautifully by Hovart, with a really deep understanding of a wide range of music from years back. Vocals are by Noel McKoy, Janice & Ange, and Juan Rozoff – and titles include great versions of "Celestial Blues" and "You've Got To Have Freedom", both quite different than the originals – plus the cuts "Boogie", "Now", "We Stand At The Back Of The Bus", "I Used to Spend My Time", and "No One Gonna Stop Us Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPeople's Potential Family Album ... CD
Peoples Potential, 1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing rare soul from the 80s – most of it so obscure, it hardly got any circulation at the time! The package was put together by Peoples Potential – that ultra-hip label that's dedicated to finding funk so rare, few folks have ever heard it before – including unreleased nuggets by obscure local acts around the country, most of whom never got any notice outside their immediate region! Because of that, the set's an amazing discovery in music – filled with tremendous little cuts we'd never have stumbled upon otherwise – wicked groovers that are heavy in boogie influences, but also run a nice spectrum of 80s groove – with some occasional old school influences thrown into the mix as well. Almost all tracks are uptempo, and there's a nicely low-fi aesthetic that unites all these cuts from disparate sources – titles that include "Tasty Tune" by Minority Band, "Universal Language" by Ballplayers, "Get The Feelin" by TMS, "Time To Throw Down" by JPs Force, "Hold That Groove" by Jim Bennett, "Candy Man" by Caprice, "Mizz Mean" by Saavy, "You Know I Love You" by George Smallwood, "All Party People" by Mix-O-Rap, "By My Side" by Checker Kabb, "Rejuvenate The Funk" by Satellite Band, "Funky Beat" by Crunch, and "Message In The Music" by Initials. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gato BarbieriEl Pampero ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – and really stretching out in this amazingly spiritual way – quite different than some of his more mainstream playing in later years, and his freer sounds of the 60s. The group features Pretty Purdie on drums, Sonny Morgan and Na-Na on percussion, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Lonnie Liston Smith on piano – and Smith lays out these modal spiraling lines that really work wonders with a groove – and Gato solos over them in searing ripping blasts of sound, never going too far out, but hitting that great soulful mode that made Sanders' best work so great. Titles include "El Pampero", "Mi Buenos Aires Querido", and "El Arreiro" – and all tracks are long. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Rodney FranklinEndless Flight ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Rodney Franklin never let us down during his entire run for Columbia – and like his others for the label, this set's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and fusion – smoothed together nicely, but never in a way that's slick or commercial! Franklin's got a keen ear that lets him sit on both sides of the fence wonderfully – in a way that so many other players tried in later years, but never managed to do without losing their groove or selling out too much. Part of the strength of the album is the way that it mixes together acoustic and electric keys from track to track – deepening the spirit of the album through a good sense of pacing and mood, and also offsetting vocal tracks with some key instrumental numbers. Tom Washington produced and heavily helped in the arrangements – and titles include "Vibrations", "Benetta", "Cancion Para Mi Mama", "Dance Tonight", "Endless Flight", "Return To The Source", "Mensaje De Dios", and a surprisingly great funky take on "Hill Street Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole and some sticker remnants on front. Hype sticker has some peeling.)

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✨✧ Stephanie MillsTantalizingly Hot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Caroline (UK), 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real classic from Stephanie Mills – a record that has the singer finding a whole new groove for the 80s, while still holding onto that magnificent vocal approach that made her great right from the start! Mills gets some key help on production here from both the team of Ashford & Simpson and Mtume & Reggie Lucas – who help bring in some of their own modes to the record, in order to flesh out some of the core production work from Stephanie herself! And while the familiar groovers are always welcome, we love best the mellow cuts here – some midtempo numbers that have a nicely tripping style that really works well for the singer. Titles include "You Can't Run From My Love", "True Love Don't Come Easy", "I Can't Give Back The Love I Feel For You", "Your Love Is Always New", and "Ole Love". CD features two bonus tracks – "Wailin" and "You Can't Run From My Love (12" mix)". CD

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✨✧ Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP
Colemine, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Young-Holt UnlimitedJust A Melody ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of a great run of grooves from the legendary team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Redd Holt – a smoking batch of instrumentals done in the best Chicago soul style of the time! Young and Holt got their start in the early trio of Ramsey Lewis – but here, they've fully expanded to their "Unlimited" mode with larger backings from Sonny Sanders and Willie Henderson – which often feature a tippling soulful piano out front of some larger Chicago soul charts with a mighty nice groove. The album follows their hit Soulful Strut set, and has a very similar feel – with a mix of instrumental readings of soul hits, and a few sweet originals too. Titles include the standout cut "Young and Holtful", a great cover of "Light My Fire", which has been sampled more than once over the years – and the tracks "When I'm Not Around", "I Wish You Love", "Just A Melody", "Gotta Find Me A Lover", and "Give It Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bar-KaysAs One/Nightcruising/Propositions/Dangerous ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding great – thanks to a matured outlook on their music, one that has them fitting nicely alongside some of their Mercury ensemble funk contemporaries – but in ways that still make them stand out from the pack! Titles include "Body Fever", "As One", "Say It Through Love", "Open Your Heart", "Deliver Us", and "Take The Time To Love Somebody". Nightcruising is a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". Propositions is a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". Dangerous has a tighter sound than before for The Bar-Kays – that lean approach to funky grooves that some of their contemporaries were hitting as the 80s moved on – yet still served up here by the full ensemble with a relatively fresh feel overall. Amidst the beats and keyboards, there's still lots of nice funky inflections on bass and guitar – often handled in a skittish mode that energizes things nicely, especially alongside the more electro-styled vocals. The vibe of the record is definitely in keeping with the cover – but in the best way possible – and titles include "Dangerous", "Dirty Dancer", "Make Believe Lover", "Freakshow On The Dance Floor", and "Sexomatic". CD

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✨✧ Doug Snyder and Bob ThompsonDaily Dance ... CD
Lion, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hypnotic and frenzied instrumental sounds from the early 70s – heavy rhythms and fuzzy walls of guitar from Bob Thompson and Doug Snyder – a masterful piece of avant rock! Daily Dance is one of those records that's so far ahead of the pack stylistically, you can hardly believe it was made when it was. The songs are long and roll out in a way that makes it clear the players are unafraid of noise, but it's wholly riveting and finds a real groove – they set up their own dynamics and they work well within them. The duo does more with electric fuzz, echoes, and pounding rhythms than all too few boundless artists dared to even attempt – and it's a record that you could have easily convinced us was produced at some point in the 80s, 90s, or 00s rock underground had we not been informed it was from early 70s southern Ohio! Timeless, original and exciting stuff. Includes "Daily Dance", "Living With The Crocodiles", "Time Overlaps Itself", "Soul And Universe", "Hit And Run", "Truth Is A Pathless Land" and "Teenage Emergency". CD

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✨✧ HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
Epic, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". CD
Also available Central Heating ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Tim MaiaTim Maia (1977) ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
70s soul from Brazil – and a tremendously strong effort from the legendary Tim Maia! This record was Tim's first after an initial run on Polydor – and it shows Maia tightening up his groove even more, but still avoiding the slicker sounds of later years. There's a really focused sound here that's totally great – one that shows that Maia's work was hardly just some happy cross-cultural accident, and instead the careful work of an artist who was out to challenge the best American soul acts of the time! There's a warm little groove to most of the tracks – tripping along lightly in the vein of some of our favorite US mellow soul from the mid 70s – an approach that's mostly soul, but with some funky undercurrents – and often smooth, but never cloying or overly commercial. Titles include "Ride Twist & Roll", "Flores Belas", "Let It All Hang Out", "Sem Voce", "E Necessario", "Leva O Meu Blue", "Pense Menos", and "Musica Para Betinha". CD
Also available Tim Maia (1977) ... LP 20.99
 
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✨✧ Olympic RunnersPut The Music Where Your Mouth Is ... LP
London, 1974. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Some of the funkiest grooves recorded in the UK during the early 70s – the wicked first album by the Olympic Runners, a group who almost got their start by accident! The combo was booked to back up bluesman Jimmy Dawkins for a one-off session in London – but worked together so well in the studio, jamming before Dawkins showed up, that they decided to make it a go with a groove of their own – and this fantastic funky album is the result! The tracks are all instrumental, mostly short and midtempo – with tight changes, lots of guitar and keyboards, and a vibe that's almost in the spirit of Average White Band – but grittier and funkier overall. The title cut – "Put The Music Where Your Mouth Is" – begins with this riffed bass part that's virtually a blueprint for the BDP generation of samples – and other cuts include "Everyone A Winner", "Do it Over", "Taco Toes", "Grab It", "Sproutin Out", "Just Once Is Enough", and "Be My Main Squeeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and some wear.)

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✨✧ Olympic RunnersPut The Music Where Your Mouth Is/Do It Over ... 7-inch
London, 1974. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An old school break from way back! "Put the Music" begins with this riffed bass guitar part – rumbling a bit as the notes fall on each other, chugging in a style that was a huge inspiration for the BDP sound! "Do it Over" is a pretty nice one too – with a clavinet groove that chops along in a smooth funky mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Mono promo. Label has some pen.)

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Oxford AmericanOxford American No 107 – Annual Southern Music Issue (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
University Of Central Arkansas, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99
A fascinating look at the music of South Carolina – served up here in the tremendous annual style of the Oxford American! As with other editions of this fantastic series (21 years in the running!), the scope of subjects included is as wide as the manner of presentation – a mixture of essays, articles, interviews, artwork, and fiction – on artists who either started in South Carolina, or helped transform the sound of the state – a lineup that includes Dizzy Gillespie, Eartha Kitt, Esquerita, Toro Y Moi, The Marshall Tucker Band, Dr Ronald McNair, Reverend Gary Davis, Linda Martell, Ranky Tanky, and others. Contributors include Melvin Gibbs, Ciona Rouse, Dave Tompkins, David Ramsey, Zandria F Robinson, Jon Kirby, Nikky Finney, Lauren Du Grav, Marshall Chapman, Eric Crawford, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and others – and as always, the issue comes with a great CD – 24 tracks by artists who include Alice Wine, Ranky Tanky, Moon Pie, Charlie McAlister, Ann Sexton, The Poplin Family, Genius Productions, Carleen & The Groovers, Marshall Chapman, Linda Martell, Uncle Walt's Band, Reverend Gary Davis, and others. Magazine

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✨✧ Gordon Staples & The String ThingStrung Out ... CD
Motown/Reel Music, 1970. Used ... $14.99
A damn funky record – way more so than you might expect from the "string" in the title! The group's kind of an answer to the Soulful Strings ensemble headed by Richard Evans for Cadet/Concept in Chicago – and like that group, it mixes up funky rhythms with some sweet large orchestrations – in a style that's almost a precursor of blacksploitation funk to come in the 70s! Paul Riser handles arrangements – very much in the same spirit of Evans – and he picks up a hip Motown groove that bridges sweeping soul and gritty funk – all played to perfection by an ensemble led by Gordon Staples, and featuring players from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! There's lots of funky nuggets in the set – and titles include excellent originals like "Strung Out", "Toonie", and "Sounds of the Zodiac" – plus "The April Fools", "The Look Of Love", "Get Down", "If Your Love Were Mine", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "From A Heart That's True To Only You". Beautiful high-quality reissue – of a record that's darn hard to find on wax! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBrunswick & Dakar 12" Singles Collection Vol 3 ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
Wonderful work from the later years of Brunswick Records – a time when the company briefly re-emerged as a surprising force on the hipper dancefloors of the time – thanks to a great run of funky club, soulful disco, and seminal boogie tracks! Brunswick didn't issue many albums at the time – and they were quite far from their hit years of the early 70s – but their 12" output from the period is wonderful, and way more than just the usual throwaway work for the discos – done with a real sense of quality, and a devotion to both funk and soul undercurrents that really keep things strong. Titles on this great 3rd volume include "Don't Say Goodnight" and "Love Me Today" by First Love, instrumental and vocal versions of "I Wanna Boogie With You" by Charlie Singleton & Stargasm, "Jammin Big Guitar" and "Rockin Big Guitar" by Vaughan Mason, vocal and instrumental versions of "Word Up" by Legacy, vocal and instrumental versions of "Gimme The Funk" by Charade, "Rock The House (parts 1 & 2)" by Elite, and the fantastic groover "You Are The One" by AM/FM. CD

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VariousBrunswick Bubblers – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brunswick/Octave (Japan), New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
The legendary Gilles Peterson turns his magical ears to the catalog of Brunswick Records – and comes up with some of the label's hippest tunes of the 60s and 70s! Brunswick is best known for its famous soul hits of the late 60s and early 70s, but Peterson goes much deeper to come up with overlooked gems that are then laid out in a way that really makes them resonate strongly together – at a level that really illustrates the unified groove of the label! Brunswick often worked with a tight array of producers, arrangers, and session players – and Peterson finds key links between these tunes, often in surprising places – which makes the collection a real delight once you start stepping through it. Titles include "Keep On Dancing" by Bohannon, "Inner City Blues" by The Chi-Lites, "Harlem" by Willie Henderson, "This Is The Lost Generation" by The Lost Generation, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Gregory James Edition, "Light My Fire" by Jackie Wilson, "Disco Boogie" by Total Eclipse, "Will I Find Love" by Gene Chandler, "This Love Is Real" by Dana Valery, and "Go With Love" by Barbara Acklin. CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinRunnin' Out Of Fools ... LP
Columbia, 1964. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The birth of Aretha Franklin's soulful sound – a real change from the jazzier sound of her first two albums for Columbia, and a set that really shows some great sides of her talents! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks, who creates an uptown-styled sort of sound – one that has fuller strings and a bit of backing vocals, but also a nice little groove at the bottom – territory that's somewhere between the country soul of the early 60s, and some of the tighter New York soul that was on the rise. Aretha's vocals are great – heartbreaking one minute, proud and righteous the next – and the album's proof that she was always a wonderful singer, no matter what the setting. Titles include "Mockingbird", "Walk On By", "How Glad I Am", "I Can't Wait Until I See My Baby's Face", "Runnin' Out Of Fools", and "One Room Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing.)

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✨✧ James MoodyRunning The Gamut ... LP
Scepter, 1964. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mindblowing album from James Moody – of the sort that opens up a whole new facet of his career! The record takes off from Moody's early 60s work for Chess – his post-bop recordings that started displaying a deeper side of his musical consciousness – and which occasionally featured work by composer/arranger Tom McIntosh. McIntosh's presence is felt very strongly here – as he produced the whole session, and contributed a few tracks – working in the Nola Penthouse studios at a level of hipness we never would have expected! Moody plays tenor, alto, and flute – working with a really great group that includes Patti brown on piano, Albert Heath on drums, Reggie Workman on bass, and Thad Jones on trumpet – and the scope of the work is far beyond anything you'd expect! The record's got a stunning early funk track by Edward Bland – "If You Grin You're In", which features a tripped-out organ line mostly just holding one note – while drums pound hard, and Moody blows it over the top – all set to this flattened production that makes the whole thing sound really eerie! Other great tracks include the loping groover "Capers", the wonderfully moody flute number "Wayward Plaint" (written by Dennis Sandole, of the oft-overlooked Sandole Brothers), and the tracks "Em Prean Shore" and "Buster's Last Stand". Tremendous throughout – and completely essential, whether you already like Moody or not! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ ModulationsIt's Rough Out Here ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A righteous group soul classic from the 70s – the one and only album from The Modulations, and a lasting classic that almost beats the multiple album runs of some of their contemporaries! The group's a southern harmony quartet at their core, but they also get some really great backings on the set – a Philly vibe that really matches the best work from the Gamble & Huff stable, but with more of an indie vibe too – fitting for the Buddah Records placement of the set. The record features studio help from Norman Harris, Vince Montana, and Bobby Eli – whose work on the record helps link the style to the righteous grooves of groups like Soul Generation or True Reflection – both a good comparison to The Modulations too! Titles include "It's Rough Out Here", "I Found Love At Last", "Those Were The Best Days Of My Life", and "I'll Always Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has wear on the bottom seam and spine.)

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✨✧ Simpson UniquityRunning Away (funky vibes, Diplomats Of Soul dub) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great remake of one of the biggest cuts ever from the legendary Roy Ayers – done here with a version that's got even more vibes than the original! In fact, the core groove is very much like the Ayers recording, but the cut soon moves into loads of jazzy vibes – and also has a great bass breakdown in the middle! The flipside takes out the initial burst vibes, but keeps all the grooves intact – and brings in some sweet jazzy keyboard work from Diplomats Of Soul, then brings back in the vibes! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Brecker BrothersBrecker Brothers ... LP
Arista, 1975. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the spotlight! The duo have a great lineup here – equally well-skilled contemporaries who include Don Grolnick on keyboards, David Sanborn on alto, Harvey Mason on drums, and Will Lee on bass – all working in a mode that's soulful fusion throughout, with just a bit of vocals at a few points, but mostly instrumental overall. The whole thing's got an approach that's smooth and tight, but never in a slick way – a groove that still sits wonderfully well after all these years! Titles include "Sneakin Up Behind You", "Rocks", "Levitate", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "A Creature Of Many Faces", and "DBB". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Brecker Brothers ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & Kenny BurrellAll Night Long ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $9.99
Sublime late 50s hardbop – recorded in the best Prestige blowing session mode! The record has an incredibly open-ended feel – as you might probably guess from the track "All Night Long", which runs for all of side one, and gives all the players included plenty of room to work out their best solo moments! Members of the group here include Kenny Burrell on guitar, Hank Mobley on tenor, Jerome Richardson on flute and tenor, Donald Byrd on trumpet, and Mal Waldron on piano – really holding the whole thing together with his dark lines on the keys! The groove is laidback, but never sloppy – and the spaciousness of side one is matched by 3 shorter tracks on side two – "Boo Lu", "Flickers", and "Little Hankie". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jerry Cole/101 StringsAstro Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000 (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Alshire/Modern Harmonic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99 14.99
An absolute treasure of tripped-out, space age symphonic funk from 101 Strings! On this set the undocumented group of session players run through a whole bunch of spacey cuts, complete with fuzzed out electric guitar and sitar, weird period electronics, and more than a few funky drum breaks. It's the kind of record that could only be born of the late 60s scene – filled with huge, stratospheric string charts that soar with pure classical chops, as filtered through the groovy, anything-goes era of late 60s space age grooves. The tracks are as groovy as the titles, which include "Re-Entry to Mog", "Bad Trip Back to '69", "Trippin On Lunar O7", Where Were You In 1982?" and "A Disappointing Love With A Desensitized Robot". CD

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Johnny ColonPortrait Of Johnny ... LP
Cotique, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A stunning portrait of one of the best young artists on the New York Latin scene at the end of the 60s! Johnny Colon initially cooked up a groove with a run of some really important Latin Soul albums – and here, as the 70s come on, he's moving into smoking salsa territory with all the youthful energy of his earlier work! There's a really dark edge to the tracks – lots of downturning blue notes on piano and trombone, making for a sound that's tremendously compelling. The album includes 2 great mambo tracks – "New York Mambo" and "Retorno Del Mambo" – plus the groovers "Son Montuno", "Guajira y Tambor", and "Ya Yi Ki". LP, Vinyl record album

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EsquivelLas Tandas De Juan Garcia Esquivel ... LP
RCA (Mexico), Mid 50s. Good+ ... $29.99
Holy cow! A rare early Esquivel album, recorded in Mexico in the years before he came to the US! The record shows Esquivel's roots in the post-swing era, leading a big band that runs through everything from moody standards to souped up "rock & roll" material. The setting appears to be a fake "live one", with a pseudo-echoey announcer, and lots of added trick applause between tracks. While not as wild as his US albums, this one definitely has some nice moments, and Juan Garcia's early experiments come out in full force on a number of tracks that feature firey Latin rhythms, blaring horns, and even a few occasional "wow-wow!" vocal bits. Tracks include "Goya Universidad", "Bailando Sabras", "Politecnico Rock n Roll", "No Seas Asi", and "Tren Nocturno". Juan Garcia's on the front, too – in a very dopey looking tuxedo! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams held with several staples.)

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Fantastic Johnny CBoogaloo Down Broadway ... LP
Phil-LA Of Soul, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
A funky soul classic from the Fantastic Johnny C – a hard and heavy Philadelphia winner from the end of the 60s, and the kind of record that really gave Stax and Atlantic a run for their money! Johnny C's working here with some great hard soul production from Jesse James – grooving in a way that's heavy on the back beat – following in the style of similar late 60s work from Wilson Pickett and Dyke & The Blazers. Like Dyke, Johnny's album has a rolling groove that's a great precursor to funk in years to come – and like Wilson, Johnny's vocals are very on top of the mix – shoutin' and beltin' all the way through, in a really solid sock-soul groove! Titles include the hit "Boogaloo Down Broadway", plus "Cool Broadway, "Got What You Need", "Baby I Need You", "Shout Bamalama", and "The Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Vinyl has some marks that click a bit on"Shout Bamalama" and "Baby I Need You". Cover has light wear, some seam splitting, and DJ Copy stamp on back.)

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Maryann Farra & Satin SoulNever Gonna Leave You (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
A 70s indie club classic – and the only album we've ever seen from Maryann Farra & Satin Soul! The group have a sound that's equal parts Brunswick Chicago soul and New York early disco groove – a combination that's brought out even more by the production talents of disco maestro Tony Valor and Chi-soul genius Eugene Record! The tunes groove along in a really rich style of arrangement – often using sweeping strings over tighter rhythms – sometimes hitting the loping midtempo groove you'd expect from Brunswick records at the time, yet also going for some of the faster, freer rhythms that were cropping up on the east coast indies of the time. Some tracks have a tight dancefloor feel – like "Never Gonna Leave You", "Do Those Little Things", and "Just A Little Timing" – while others have a beautiful soul groove – like "You Got To Be The One" and "Living In The Footsteps of Another Girl" – which both have a sound that feels like it was lifted from a lost Barbara Acklin or Chi-Lites album! The set also includes a female soul remake of "Stoned Out Of My Mind" that's almost worth the price of the record alone! CD also features a bonus cut – the single version of "Never Gonna Leave You". CD

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Grant GreenSunday Mornin' (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Slow Down Sounds, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... On November 29, 2019
A beautiful little session from one of the greatest guitarists ever! While we've always sort of resented Blue Note's tendency to "churchify" Grant Green on some albums – giving his guitar a gospelly groove that wasn't really his strongest point, and which seemed to be there to appeal to the white liberals in the record market – we actually really dig this one! The record's a beautifully spare set of tracks – played by a quartet that has Kenny Drew's piano matching lines with Green's strung-out single-note solos. The groove is pretty hard, and the recording quality keeps the whole thing nice and lively. Titles include "Sunday Mornin", "Come Sunrise", "Exodus", and "Freedom March". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl with tip-on sleeve – pressed at RTI!)
 
 
 



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