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Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 1 – 1962 to 1967 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP ... $37.99 39.99 On September 3, 2021
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working at Stax Records during the glory days of the Memphis soul scene, The MGs were able to come up with a whole new approach – tight, focused, and very sharp – not entirely funky, but not far off either – usually just with a scratchy guitar line to tighten up the rhythm, and Booker's fantastic lines on the organ to set up the tune! The group recorded a number of classic albums for Stax, but they maybe shone most on their singles – especially the b-sides, which were where they really had fun. (And trivia – "Green Onions", their biggest hit, was originally a b-side!) The set features the first run of their Stax singles – 29 tracks in all, with lots of unusual instrumentals next to the hits – titles that include "My Sweet Potato", "Booker Loo", "Aw Mercy", "Home Grown", "Big Train", "Chinese Checkers", "MG Party", "Soul Dressing", "Tic Tac Toe", "Mo Onions", "Behave Yourself", "Slim Jenkins Place", "Winter Wonderland", "Hip Hug Her", "Red Beans & Rice", "Can't Be Still", "Terrible Thing", "Outrage", "Boot Leg", "Fannie Mae", "Summertime", "Winter Snow", and of course, "Green Onions". LP, Vinyl record album
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Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 2 – 1968 to 1974 ... CD
Stax/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99 On September 3, 2021
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Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 2 – 1968 to 1974 (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Stax/Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $37.99 39.99 On September 3, 2021
... LP, Vinyl record album
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Booker T & The MGs/The Mar KeysStax Instrumentals – Previously Unissued Tracks ... CD
Stax, 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
25 rare tracks from the Memphis scene – 60s instrumentals by The Mar-Keys and Booker T & the MGs that have never been issued before! The Stax label is well known as the home to a wealth of famous soul singers – including Rufus Thomas, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, and many many more – but perhaps the greatest contribution the label ever made was its contribution to soul record instrumentation. The label was fortunate to have 2 great house bands – Booker T & The MGs and the Mar-Keys – both of whom had a stripped down soulful approach that helped take the raw R&B groove of the 50s, and filter it into the more sophisticated soul sound of the 60s. And while both of the groups released plenty of albums and singles under their own name for Stax, they also spent so much time in the studios that they left behind a wealth of great unissued material – some of it even better than their official releases, due to the laidback and relaxed nature of the sessions. This great CD brings together over two dozen tracks by the two groups – none of which have been issued before, all of which are packaged here with great sound and notes that finally do the material justice. Titles by Booker T & The MGs include "Weird Stomp", "Slidin", "Good Groove", "Let's Go", "Consumption", "The Bo Vitch", "Three Leaf Clover", "Lawn Party", "Ain't It", and "Funky Folks Cha Cha". Titles by the Mar-Keys include "Peppy", "Gigglin", "Raw Hide", "Tighten Up", "Saucy", "Sassy", "The Floyd", "Settle Down", and "Blue Peanut". CD

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Mark RibowskyDreams To Remember – Otis Redding, Stax Records & The Transformation Of Southern Soul (hardcover) ... Book
Liveright, 2015. New Copy ... $5.99 27.95
A hefty book on the great Otis Redding – one of the best soul singers of all time, even though he left this planet all too soon! Redding's career on record was less than a decade long, but marked by a huge amount of work – not just time in the studio, with the legendary Stax Records – but also countless hours on the road, where Otis honed his talents and perfected his craft – while additionally putting both himself and his talents at risk. Author Mark Ribowsky looks at these years in wonderful depth – mostly with a focus on Redding, but also a strong look at Stax as well – as the partnership between the two was one of the most important in soul music at the time, and continues to have an impact all these many years later. Book is 366 pages, with copious notes at the end – hardcover, and with some black and white images. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Staple SingersCome Go With Me – The Stax Collection (Soul Folk In Action/We'll Get Over/Staple Swingers/Be Altitude/Be What You Are/City In The Sky/rarities) (7CD set) ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7CD ... $53.99 59.99
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded previously for Vee Jay, Epic, and other labels – but when the group hit Stax, at a time when the label was newly set free in the late 60s, the mix of forces really turned out to create something special – message-oriented soul music that drew on the strength of the group's gospel experience, but delivered themes that were every bit as righteous from a secular perspective too – all set to music from the great studio forces who were making Stax so wonderful at the time! This set features six full albums, all from the original tapes – Soul Folk In Action, We'll Get Over, Staple Swingers, Be Altitude Respect Yourself, Be What You Are, and City In The Sky – plus a special Singles Live & More album of bonus tracks! Bonus tracks include "Stay With Us", "Brand New Day", "Walking In Water Over Your Head", "I Got To Be Myself", "Oh La De Da", and "Trippin On Your Love" – plus Live At Wattstax recordings of "I'll Take You There", "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Are You Sure", and "I Like The Things About Me". Comes in a heavy box, with all original album sleeves, remastered from the original tapes. CD

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Rufus ThomasFunkiest Man – The Stax Funk Sessions 1967 to 1975 ... LP
Stax/Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $22.99 24.99
The funkiest man? Could well be – and this set will more than support that case! By the time of these recordings, Rufus Thomas was already a legendary figure in the Memphis scene – an aging R&B star that also worked on radio and did a fair bit of promotion for other artists, including daughter Carla. At the end of the 60s, Stax brought him into the studio with the idea of pumping up his sound a bit – adding in some of the newer funky styles, which proved to be a perfect fit for Rufus' rough-hewn style of vocals. Tracks on the set feature a number of classic singles from these years, plus a few unissued numbers – with an all funky track list that includes "Funkiest Man Alive", "Give Me The Green Light", "Itch & Scratch", "Turn Your Damper Down", "Funky Hot Grits", "I'm Getting Better", "Sophisticated Sissy", "Funky Mississippi", "Git On Up & Do It", "The Breakdown (part 1)", "Push & Pull (part 1)", "Do The Double Bump", "Funky Robot (part 1)", "Memphis Train 75", and "Funky Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousStax Of Funk Vol 2 – More Funky Truth ... CD
Stax/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A mountain of funk from one of the greatest soul labels of all time! Stax is known round the world over for their soulful work – by singers like Otis Redding or Carla Thomas, and instrumental tunes by Booker T & The MGs – but the label was also quite a funky powerhouse – especially as the 60s drew to a close, and the management of the company got a lot hipper, and a heck of a lot more musically open-minded! This killer batch of tracks features 21 numbers from those days – including many obscure and funky tunes that only ever came out on singles, or which were recorded by artists that never made it as big as Stax stars from earlier years. The result of all that obscurity is an extremely fresh selection of tracks – plenty of down-n-dirty funky 45 numbers, played by hip Memphis combos, and featuring some really deep soul vocals. Titles include "Dark Skin Woman" by Sir Mack Rice, "Ain't No Sin" by John Kasandra, "Bump & Boogie" by The Wrecking Crew, "Shame On The Family Name" by Calvin Scott, "Cool Strut" by Bernie Hayes, "Bump Mean" by Sir Mack Rice, "Soul Machine" by Reggie Milner, "How Can You Mistreat The One You Love" by Katie Love, "Cold Blooded" by The Bar Kays, "Do The Side Saddle" by Rufus Thomas, "Stay Away From That Monkey" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Them Hot Pants" by Lee Sain, "Devil In A Man" by Stu Gardner, "Circuits Overloaded" by Inez Foxx, "From Toys To Boys" by The Emotions, "Got It Together (parts 1 & 2)" by Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five, and "Crosscut Saw" by Albert King. CD

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VariousTop Of The Stax – Twenty Greatest Hits ... CD
Stax, 1970s. Used ... $4.99
A set that's overflowing with greatness from the legendary Stax Records – a set that features both early material later owned by Atlantic, as well as later hits from the Fantasy empire – making for a package that truly runs the scope of the legendary label, and which features 20 of their biggest hits. Titles include Sam & Dave "Hold On, I'm Coming", The Staple Singers "Respect Yourself" and "I'll Take You There", Carla Thomas "B-A-B-Y", Shirley Brown "Woman To Woman", The Soul Children "I'll Be The Other Woman", Eddie Floyd "Knock On Wood", Johnnie Taylor "Cheaper To Keep Her" and "Who's Making Love", Little Milton "That's What Love Will Make You Do", William Bell "I Forgot To Be Your Lover", Jean Knight "Mr Big Stuff", Booker T & The MGs "Green onions", Rufus Thomas "(Do The) Push & Pull", Mel & Tim "Starting All Over Again", the Dramatics "In The Rain", the Emotions "So I Can Love You", Otis Redding "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay", Frederick Knight "I've Been Lonely" and Isaac Hayes "Theme From Shaft". CD

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✨✧ VariousComplete Stax/Volt Singles 1959 to 1968 (9CD box set) ... CD
Stax/Volt/Atlantic, 1950s. Used 9 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is it! A pretty darn complete document of one of the greatest soul labels of all time – put together in a wonderful box with a book on the label that's almost as great as the music on the 9CDs in the set! This one established a new standard for box sets when it was issued in 1991, and it was the first time you could really get a clear picture of the great work of Stax without spending a lifetime tracking down obscure singles. A portion of this work will be familiar to you – as it includes classic tunes by the likes of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd, The Bar-Kays, Booker T & The MGs, Rufus Thomas, Carla Thomas, William Bell, and others – but there's also a wealth of amazing soul by artists who recorded for Stax and Volt, yet never made it big on the charts, and never cut full albums for the label. Just a small amount of these folks include The Memphis Nomads, Jeanne & The Darlings, Derek Martin, Barbara & The Browns, Eddie Jefferson, The Tonettes, Macy Skipper, The Premiers, Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads, Ruby Johnson, Bobby Wilson, Eddie Purrell, Sir Mack Rice, and many others. A lifetime of listening in one box – and an essential set if you dig 60s soul! This is the nicely compact jewel case version – 9CDs in a box that's roughly 6" square. CD
(Out of print. Outer box has a crushed and torn corner and is priced accordingly. Book and inside contents are nice!)

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✨✧ VariousEverybody Makes A Mistake – Stax Southern Soul Vol 2 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep dive into the vaults of the legendary Stax Records – the Memphis label who helped usher in a whole new sound in soul music during the 60s, and was still going strong in the early part of the 70s! In the final years, Stax was hitting big with a number of stars, but also recording a bit more than they got the chance to issue at the time – all top-quality work, often with the key songwriters and studio talent behind the hits – some of which was lost to the sands of time, due to financial troubles in the label's last few years. Yet those rare gems live again here – as Ace/Kent do a superb job of dipping into the legacy of rare and unreleased material from this period – a good deal of which shows Stax moving the bar even further, by advancing the styles of southern soul with newly sophisticated modes. If you know the last few Soul Children records on Stax, you'll get the vibe here – spun out on a great run of 20 tracks that include "I'm Too Old To Play" by Jimmy Hughes, "How Can I Win Your Love" by Eddie Floyd, "I'm Tired" by Mavis Staples, "Come Get From Me (parts 1 & 2)" by David Porter, "You Need Love" by Chuck Brooks, "Ain't No Way" by Shirley Brown, "Did You Hear Yourself (part 1)" by Randy Brown & Company, "Ain't Nobody Like My Baby" by Lee Sain, "I'll Do Anything For Your Love (single edit)" by William Bell, "Standing In The Safety Zone" by Soul Children, "We've Got Love On Our Side" by Bettye Crutcher, "Guilty Of Loving You" by Veda Brown, "Let's Make A Deal" by Frederick Knight, and "A Smile Can't Hide A Broken Heart" by Ollie & The Nightingales. CD

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✨✧ VariousOther Side Of The Trax – Stax/Volt 45rpm Rarities 1964 to 1968 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stax Records turned out plenty of hits in the 60s – but the Memphis label was also a non-stop powerhouse of recording, and cut countless sides that were every bit as great as their hits, but never fully got their due! This collection brings together a huge amount of those gems – 24 rare Stax singles, none of which have ever been reissued – which makes this package a treasure trove of under-discovered Memphis soul, even if you've got some other Stax/Volt sets in your collection! A number of these tracks are early numbers by artists who'd break bigger on Stax later in the 60s – and others are by singers you might not know at all, but who were key to helping the label form its sound at the time – as their top-shelf team of writers and studio talents made these obscure singles every bit as great as their work for bigger artists. Titles include "I Need Somebody" by Johnny Daye, "Separation" by Carla Thomas, "Under My Nose" by Eddie Floyd, "Here I Am" by Lynda Lyndell, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "The Big Dipper" by Sir Issac & The Do Dads, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "Beach Bash" by The Mar-Kays, "You Belong To Her" by Barbara & The Browns, "Strange Things" by Johnny Taylor, and "This Kind Of Woman" by Ivory Joe Hunter. CD

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✨✧ VariousStax Of Funk – The Funky Truth ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky genius from the legendary Stax studios! During the 60s, Stax was well known for their work in the soul music field – turning out hit singles by the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others – but after 1968, when the label finished their deal with Atlantic, they really started getting down and dirty, and hitting on all burners in the funk department. This tasty set features 21 tracks from those exiting years –many of them only ever issued on singles, and a few of them by some of the label's more famous LP artists – but all of them with a nice Memphis funky groove! Titles include "Turn Your Damper Down" by Rufus Thomas, "Broadway Freeze" by Harvey Scales, "Life Is Funky" by Round Robin Monopoly, "The Dryer" by Roy Lee Johnson, "She's My Old Lady Too" by Lee Sain, "Slipped & Tripped" by The Sweet Inspirations, "Brothers & Sisters" by Kim Weston, "Movin Dancer" by Bobby Holley, "Eli's Pork Chop" by Little Sonny, "A Man Never Knows" by Chris & Shack, "Grab A Handful" by Art Jerry Miller, "I'll Kill A Brick (About My Man)" by Hot Sauce, "Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone" by Inez Foxx, "Sock Soul" by The Bar Kays, and "Getting Funky Round Here" by Black Nasty! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Elvis PresleyElvis At Stax (3CD set) ... CD
RCA, 1973. Used 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really unique moment in pop music history – tracks recorded in a 1973 stretch when Elvis Presley was working at the legendary Stax Records studios in Memphis – home to a huge amount of great soul and funk over the years, and a place where Presley cut some of his best studio work of the 70s! The original masters were issued in a very unassuming way – spread out over a number of albums, and presented in a way that virtually ignored this key criss-crossing of Memphis sounds – but this excellent package finally does the sessions some justice – by bringing them together with proper studio and recording details, as a very unified studio album from Elvis! The music isn't as funk or soul-based as you might expect – although there are a few soulful tunes in the set – and the musicians are more the usual bag backing Presley, instead of Stax giants, like The Bar-Kays – but the quality of the work is undeniable, and it's finally great to get a proper picture of the Stax sessions like this. 3CD set fetaures a massive 55 tracks – with all the masters from 1973, plus outtakes from the sessions too – all rapped up in a 7" square box with a special 40 page book. Titles include "Promised Land", "Raised On Rock", "If You Talk In Your Sleep", "I've Got A Thing About You Baby", "Help Me", "It's Midnight (take 7", "My Boy (take 1)", "Three Corn Patches (take 14)", "Find Out What's Happening (takes 7 & 8)", "You Asked Me To (take 3A)", "Spanish Eyes (take 2)", "Talk About The Good Times (take 3)", "For Ol Times Sake (take 4)", and "Loving Arms (take 2)". CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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✨✧ VariousMojo Presents Stax Soul Power – The Ultimate Memphis Soul Party ... CD
Mojo (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs, the Staple Singers, Rufus Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, the Dramatics, Albert King, Little Milton, William Bell, Isaac Hayes, Carla Thomas, and more. CD
(Artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsComplete Stax Singles Vol 1 – 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working at Stax Records during the glory days of the Memphis soul scene, The MGs were able to come up with a whole new approach – tight, focused, and very sharp – not entirely funky, but not far off either – usually just with a scratchy guitar line to tighten up the rhythm, and Booker's fantastic lines on the organ to set up the tune! The group recorded a number of classic albums for Stax, but they maybe shone most on their singles – especially the b-sides, which were where they really had fun. (And trivia – "Green Onions", their biggest hit, was originally a b-side!) The set features the first run of their Stax singles – 29 tracks in all, with lots of unusual instrumentals next to the hits – titles that include "My Sweet Potato", "Booker Loo", "Aw Mercy", "Home Grown", "Big Train", "Chinese Checkers", "MG Party", "Soul Dressing", "Tic Tac Toe", "Mo Onions", "Behave Yourself", "Slim Jenkins Place", "Winter Wonderland", "Hip Hug Her", "Red Beans & Rice", "Can't Be Still", "Terrible Thing", "Outrage", "Boot Leg", "Fannie Mae", "Summertime", "Winter Snow", and of course, "Green Onions". CD
 
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William BellEveryday Will Be Like A Holiday/Ain't Got No Girl ... 7-inch
Stax, 1967. Very Good ... $7.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsDoin' Our Thing ... CD
Stax/Rhino, 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Booker T & The MGs – definitely doing their thing on this late 60s cooker – and moving their instrumental sound into a whole new range than before! The album has a very groovy feel – nice and tight, with especially great organ and guitar lines – often tuned towards 60s hits by other soul artists, but reworked strongly by the group's wonderful rhythms, and turned into a really cooking batch of Memphis soul instrumentals! There's a few key original tunes on the set – like the title track "Doin Our Thing" – and the cuts "I Can Dig It" and "Blue On Green" – but the covers are equally great, and include versions of "Ode To Billie Joe", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Expressway To Your Heart", and "Let's Go Get Stoned". CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker T & The MGsHip Hug-Her (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". LP, Vinyl record album

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Booker T & The MGsSoul Party ... CD
Stax/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
A rare European-only collection of work by Booker T & The MGs – and one that features a fair bit of live material, too – 7 of the album's 12 tracks – which almost makes the whole thing stand out like some obscure live record from the group! There's a definite sense of sear to the live cuts that moves way past the studio material – a sharp edge that has some heavier drumming and lots of dark edges on the guitar and organ parts – still played with all the tightness of the group's famous singles, but maybe some of the headier styles you'd guess from their image on the cover. Live cuts include "Outrage", Booker Loo", "Gimme Some Lovin", "Tic Tac Toe", "Hip Hug Her", and "Greeen Onions" – and studio tracks include "Mo Onions", "My Sweet Potato", "Chinese Checkers", and "One Mint Julep". CD

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Booker T & The MGsVery Best Of Booker T & The MGs ... CD
Rhino/Stax, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still sends shivers down our spine! The set's got 16 tracks than run the gamut of the group's years at Stax – including "Green Onions", "Soul Dressing", "Boot-Leg", "Hip Hug Her", "Mo Onions", "Soul Limbo", "My Sweet Potato", "Slim Jenkins Place", "Time Is Tight", "Slum Baby", and the amazing jazzer "Melting Pot". CD

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Shirley BrownWoman To Woman/Yes Sir Brother ... 7-inch
Truth/Stax, 1974. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The birth of a genre! "Woman To Woman" is an incredible tune with an archetypal lyric – Shirley's digging through her old man's pockets, finds a phone number, calls it and confronts his girlfriend – all in a long monologue at the beginning, which then runs into a great vocal bit! Simply incredible – and never gets old – and the start of a legendary answer song cycle! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing.)

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Delaney & BonnieIt's Been A Long Time Coming (double a-side single) ... 7-inch
Stax, 1968. Very Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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Eddie FloydBaby Lay Your Head Down (Gently On My Bed) ... LP
Stax, 1973. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A great mix of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and LA modes from Eddie Floyd – working here with help from Al Bell and Al Jackson in the studio, but also handling a fair bit of the proceedings himself! Titles include "Something To Write Home About", "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Heart", "I Wanna Do Things For You", "The Highwayman", "I Hear Footsteps", "Check Me Out", and "Lay Your Loving On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a few small staple holes.)

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Isaac HayesHotbed ... LP
Stax, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $16.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is bent a bit at the corners.)

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Isaac HayesShaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Stax/Craft, 1971. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! 2CD version is overflowing with bonus material – 22 tracks that are pulled from the film score recordings, not the separate studio sessions issued on record – with titles that include "Shaft's Cab Ride/Shaft Enter's Building", "Shaft's First Fight", "Bumpy's Lament (film version)", "No Name Bar (film version)", "Shaft's Pain", "Rescue/The End Theme", "Do Your Thing (film version)", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", and "Cafe Regio's (film version)". CD
(Digipach has some edgewear and a sticker over the barcode.)
Also available Shaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 22.99

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Isaac HayesShaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Stax/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99 24.99
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! 2CD version is overflowing with bonus material – 22 tracks that are pulled from the film score recordings, not the separate studio sessions issued on record – with titles that include "Shaft's Cab Ride/Shaft Enter's Building", "Shaft's First Fight", "Bumpy's Lament (film version)", "No Name Bar (film version)", "Shaft's Pain", "Rescue/The End Theme", "Do Your Thing (film version)", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", and "Cafe Regio's (film version)". CD
Also available Shaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 14.99

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Ernie HinesElectrified ... LP
We Produce/Stax, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album's got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The Temprees, with an undercurrent of super-dope arrangements, and Ernie's lead vocals right up front in the mix! There's a bit of strings on the set, and most tracks have some sort of harmony support behind Hines' lead – a vibe that's a bit different, and maybe almost more east coast than the usual Stax set. Arrangements are by Wardell Quezquerque, Dale Warren, Lester Snell, and Tom Nixon – and both The Bar Kays and The MGs play on the record. Titles include the sample classic "Our Generation" – plus "Electrified Love", "Sugar Plum", "Change Is Gonna Come", "Your Love (Is All I Need)", and "Come On Y'All". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Lee HookerThat's Where It's At! ... LP
Stax, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
A fantastic pairing of soulful talents – the legendary John Lee Hooker on the mighty Stax Records – in a set that's a real standout in the career of both! The vibe here is different than the usual sound of Stax – not a Memphis-ized John Lee Hooker, but instead the kind of stripped-down session that the singer had done for other labels in his early years – given a very faithful presentation here by producer Henry Stone (who himself might well be the third important force at work on the set!) Tracks are mostly short – apart from one eight minute jam – and Hooker's got that raw, raspy bite that still makes him one of the all-time greats. Titles include "Teachin' The Blues", "Goin To Louisiana","I Need You", "My Love Comes Down For You", "Please Don't Go", "I Just Don't Know", "Slow & Easy", "Two White Horses", "Feel So Bad", and "Grinder Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy Lee Johnson & The VillagersRoy Lee Johnson & The Villagers ... CD
Stax/BGP (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely self-contained unit, with a lot of focus on the rhythm section – but they also get some great help here from the Memphis Horns, who blow over the top beautifully, and add a nicely soulful vibe to the record! Drums are nice and hard – and titles include the killer "The Dryer (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Razorback Circus", "Robot", "Midnight At Riley's", "Don't Tell Me Nothing About My Woman", "Patch It Up", and "I'll Be Your Doctor Man". CD

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John KasandraTrue Genius ... LP
Respect/Stax, 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A mixed up bag of styles – like all of Kasandra's work from the time – kind of a concept soul album mixed with a showier style, and bits of jazz and vocal-based material. Imagine Lou Rawls letting down his hair during the Capitol years – and you've got only part of the picture – as Kasandra raps a bit, sings a bit, and tells it like it T-I-S! Titles include "Good Whiskey & Bad Women", "Love Will Never Go Out Of Style", "My Home", "I'll Take Time", "Love Consultation", "Ain't I Good?", "The Other Brother", and "That Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has one bumped corner, but is nice overall.)

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Frederick KnightI've Been Lonely For So Long (limited edition LP sleeve pressing) ... CD
Stax/Culture Factory (France), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
A lasting 70s classic from Frederick Knight – easily his best-remembered album, thanks to the legendary title track! The set's got a slow-burning, deeply soulful feel all the way through – one that takes Knight's high-end vocals, and backs them with some bottom-burning instrumentation that certainly owes something to the Muscle Shoals sound, but which comes off in a way that's a bit more organic, and less in the trademark style of the time. Organ features heavily on most numbers – matching Knight's vocals with a bubbling energy that cooks things up nicely – and tracks include the classic "I've Been Lonely For So Long" , plus "Trouble", "Now That I've Found You", "This Is My Song Of Love To You", "I Let Me Chance Go By", and "Your Love's All Over Me". CD

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Staple SingersBest Of The Staple Singers ... CD
Stax, Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
Classic work by one of the greatest gospel/soul groups ever! A very righteous vibe pervades, and the harmonies soar right out of church into the neighborhood – on tracks that include "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Oh La De Da", "The Weight", "Touch A Hand, Make A Friend", "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay", and "You've Got To Earn It". CD
(CRC pressing.)

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Staple SingersIf You're Ready (Come Go With Me)/Love Comes In All Colors ... 7-inch
Stax, 1973. Very Good ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Carla ThomasDime A Dozen/I Want You Back ... 7-inch
Stax, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Light blue label pressing.)

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Carla ThomasSweet Sweetheart – The American Studios Sessions & More ... CD
Stax (UK), Mid 60s/1970. New Copy ... $16.99 22.99
A huge batch of unreleased work by Stax Records diva Carla Thomas – one full album recorded with producer Chips Moman, and a whole batch of unissued mid 60s singles too! The Moman album is sublime – and has Carla in this warmer, more mature style that's quite a change not only from her earlier girl soul singles for Stax, but also from her late 60s work for the label too – a kind of depth that really comes through in Moman's careful studio handling, which brings out a sensitivity that we almost never hear in Thomas this well – a vibe that could have really pushed Carla out to a much bigger audience, had the set been released. Titles on the album include "Heaven Help The Non Believer", "Heavy Load", "I Loved You Like I Love My Very Life", "I'm Getting Closer To You", "To Love Somebody", "I Think I Love You Again", and "Sweet Sweetheart". Next are a dozen more singles recorded by Stax in the years before – excellent work that has Thomas trying on a few different styles – some southern, some more in tune with girl soul from the New York and Philly scenes! Carla's vocals have that great, fresh quality that made her a hit right from the start – and titles include "Try Me", "Just Kiss Your Pillow", "Stop By here", "Give It A Try (demo)", "Good Good Lovin (slow version)", "Love Is Sure Hard Sometimes", and "Crying All By Myself (take 2)". CD

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Leon WareMoonride ... CD
Stax, 2008. Used ... $5.99
New material from one of our favorite soul artists ever – a laidback set of mellow soul tunes that's pure Leon Ware all the way through! The style is almost a contemporary update of Ware's classic Musical Massage for Motown in the 70s – a slinky, sensuous set of tracks, delivered in a space that's far from cliches that can sometimes hold back this sort of music – very firmly in the hands of one of its true originators, still going strong after all these years! The professional placement of the record is a nice contrast to some of Leon's more home-made efforts of recent years – and although things are tight, they're never commercially slick – just smooth, mellow, and flowing with that amazing Ware-styled sound. Titles include "Just Take Your Time", "Loceans", "Hold Tight", "I Never Loved So Much", "A Whisper Away", "To Serve You", "Soon", "Urban Nights", and "From Inside", which features guest keys by Amp Fiddler! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – and there's a nice criss-crossing of artists going on here – so that you'll get some gospel singers moving into very soulful territory, and some soul artists trying their hand at music that's a bit more righteous overall! And while albums by The Rance Allen Group on the label have been reissued over the years, this is the first time anyone's pulled together the much more obscure 45s – which gives us a much bigger picture of the label at work. The set features 34 tracks in all – and titles include "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" by Reverend W Bernard Avant, "He's Mine" by Jacqui Verdell, "At The Feet Of The Master" by Blue Aquarius, "I'm A Child Of The King" by The People's Choir Of Operation Push, "Reflections" by Louise McCord, "We're The Salt Of The Earth" by Rance Allen Group, "Ride Out The Storm" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "If The Shoe Fits Wear It" by The 21st Century, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Rev Maceo Woods, "Hot Line To Jesus" by Rance Allen Group, "I Got The Vibes" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "Consider Me" by Terry Lynn Community Choir, "Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas, and "Do It Yourself" by Jimmy Jones. CD

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✨✧ Bar-KaysMoney Talks ... LP
Stax, 1978. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Bar-Kays' last album for Stax – most likely recorded in earlier years – and a surprisingly funky set that still holds onto the group of the group's earlier 70s work, while also pointing the way towards the future! The overall sound isn't nearly as slick as in the Mercury years, and the album still makes good use of heavy guitar on the grooves, as well as some of the jazzier instrumental flourishes (especially on trumpet) that set the group apart from the rest of the funky pack. Tracks are all quite long, and still heavily focused on funk – and titles include "Holy Ghost", in two versions, plus "Monster", "Feelin Alright", "Mean Mistreater", and "Money Talks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging. Label on Side 2 has a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsSoul Limbo (70s pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1968. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very hip work from Booker T & The MGs – an album that has them standing out under a pier by the ocean on the cover – clearly a long way from their Memphis roots! The sound here still has a good dose of those roots, though – but it also shows them picking up some hipper rhythmic touches too – heard most famously on the title tune, "Soul Limbo" – which is a great number to signal the more open styles in the group's approach. Other hip originals on the set include "Heads Or Tails" and "Over Easy" – and the record also sports some great covers that include "La La Means I Love You", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Hang Em High", which they do in a nice western vein! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ DramaticsBest Of The Dramatics ... CD
Volt/Stax, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer collection of work by The Dramatics – featuring their greatest tracks from the early Stax years – seminal work that helped redefine the group soul sound of the 70s! There's a great blend of southern and east coast harmony modes here – and the package is filled with the group's best moments from their Stax/Volt albums – mostly from the first two releases. CD features 16 titles that include "Toast To The Fool", "Highway From Heaven", "And I Panicked", "I Dedicate My Life To You", "Fell For You", "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", "Get Up & Get Down", "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain", "In The Rain", and "The Devil Is Dope". Who could ask for more? CD

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✨✧ DramaticsDramatic Experience ... CD
Stax, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic early work from The Dramatics – an amazing blend of sweet soul harmony vocals, Memphis soul production, and some other-worldly songwriting that far surpasses later work of the group. This album's one of the band's most righteous, with a mixture of Curtom-type message cuts and sweeter love songs – and it includes the cuts "The Devil is Dope", "Beware of the Man (With The Candy In His Hand)", "Jim, What's Wrong With Him?", and "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain". Stellar soul sound, with a vibe that's unlike a lot of other stuff on the Stax/Volt label! Includes the bonus track "Stand Up Clap You Hands". CD

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✨✧ DramaticsWhatcha See Is Whatcha Get ... LP
Stax/Volt, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album by The Dramatics – with a harder funkier sound than you'll find on most of their other records of the time – a gritty gem from the group's early years, and a record that really deserves its placement on the Stax label! The record has the group moving into a post-Temptations style of righteous soul – grooving hard with a really heavy bottom on funky numbers like "Get Up and Get Down" and "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", and even dropping a bit of a drug reference on the cut "Marry Don't Cha Wanna" – one of those messed-up lyric numbers we'd expect from a Latin Soul group! But the album's also got a sweet side too – as it features the amazing ballad cut "In The Rain", which has some of the most amazing production you'll ever find on the Stax label – harmony work that rivals the greatness of the east coast scene of the time. Other tracks include "Gimme Some", "Thank You For Your Love", and "Hot Pants In The Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, edge wear, small flecks of paint, and a light peeled spot on front.)

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✨✧ Eddie FloydYou've Got To Have Eddie ... LP
Stax, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice one from Eddie – straight and hard, in that sophisticated Memphis mode that he used in his post 1968 albums. Steve Cropper arranged and produced, and the record shows Cropper's ability to keep expanding with the Stax sound – working in strings and larger backings amidst the usual southern soul grooves. Titles include "Long Line Rider", "Satisfy My Hunger", "Seagull", "I Sowed Love", "Don't Tell Your Mama", and "If You're Gonna Do It (Don't Get Caught)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging, a small sticker spot, some splitting in the top seam held with a piece of clear tape, and splitting in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! CD features 2 bonus tracks – shorter single edits of "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". CD

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✨✧ Albert KingI'll Play The Blues For You ... LP
Stax, 1972. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet electric blues from Albert King – recorded with some great full production, in a burning Memphis style that's got plenty of soul in the mix as well! The set's got a quality level that takes it past some of the cliche-ridden blues of the time – really soulful overall, with a sound that comes straight from the heart, and avoids any of the easy tricks that could mar such a session – proof that music like this could really sparkle in the hands of Stax Records – especially when the backing instrumentation features The Bar-Kays and Memphis Horns! Titles include "High Cost Of Loving", "Little Brother", "I'll Play The Blues For You (parts 1 & 2)", "Breaking Up Somebody's Home", "Angel Of Mercy", and "I'll Be Doggone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Albert KingLive Wire/Blues Power ... CD
Stax, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of blues power here – a searing live set recorded by Albert King before a very enthusiastic crowd at the Fillmore in the late 60s! The album's filled with lots of King's sharp-edged guitar lines – searing with a bit more soul than your usual bluesman, possibly in part because the backing group's so tight! At times, there's almost a bit of funk in the mix – given that the rhythm section romps it up pretty strongly – and the record stands nicely apart from some of the blues cliches that were creeping into the mix at the time. Titles include the 10 minute workout "Blues Power" – plus "Watermelon Man", "Night Stomp", "Blues At Sunrise", "Please Love Me", and "Look Out". CD

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✨✧ Albert King with Stevie Ray VaughanIn Session ... CD
Stax, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ Otis ReddingOtis Redding Live In Europe ... LP
Stax, 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little live set – recorded overseas, but with a really classic 60s southern soul sound overall! Stax always did a pretty good job of shopping its big artists overseas – where they met with extremely enthusiastic response, as you'll hear in this classic live album recorded by Otis Redding! The basic structure of the songs is very similar in time and presentation to the studio versions – but the band is very lively, many numbers are taken at faster tempos, and Otis is working himself to death to please the screaming crowd. Titles include "Day Tripper", "Try A Little Tenderness", "Respect", "Can't Turn You Loose", "My Girl", and "Shake". LP, Vinyl record album
(German stereo Atco pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, some waviness from gloss separation on the back and a name in pen on the back and labels.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersLove Is Plentiful/Heavy Makes You Happy (Sha-Na-Boom Boom) ... 7-inch
Stax, 1970. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Staple SingersMy Main Man/Who Made The Man ... 7-inch
Stax, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(2:12 version of "My Main Man".)

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✨✧ Angie StoneArt Of Love & War ... CD
Stax, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Stax debut of Angie Stone – a new setting for the singer, and one that really helps her freshen up her groove! Although a contemporary soul diva, Angie's definitely in classic territory here – maybe not the space of Stax from the 60s and 70s, but a rock-solid sound overall, and more than enough to help us renew our faith in her work! The backings are simple, but never too commercial – tightly stepping beats on the bottom that bounce Angie up over the top, but never push her vocals too far. And as before, some of the best moments have an almost-spoken sort of quality – a way of unfolding out a tune that's very real and natural. Guests include Betty Wright and James Ingram, and titles include "Take Everything In", "Sometimes", "Make It Last", "Here We Go Again", "Baby", "My People", "Half A Chance", "Go Back To Your Life", "Wait For Me", "Pop Pop", and "Happy Being Me". CD

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorOne Step Beyond ... LP
Stax, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest covers of Johnnie Taylor's early years on Stax Records – and some pretty great music to match! The album's got a wicked funky blues groove – with production by Don Davis that hangs nicely on both the hard edges and mellower moments – really showing Taylor's development as a singer on Stax. Titles include the classic "Jody's Got Your Girl & Gone", which started a slew of "answer songs" – plus "I Don't Wanna Lose You (parts 1 & 2)", "Party Life", "Fool Like Me", and "I Am Somebody (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape remnants along the inside of the opening.)

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorRaw Blues ... LP
Stax, 1969. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Stax stuff from Johnnie, with great arrangements that mix blues and soul, and which offer a perfect backing to his soulful voice. Al Jackson produced the session, and the track list includes "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "That Bone", "That's Where It's At", and "You Can't Keep A Good Man Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, mostly on back.)

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✨✧ Rufus ThomasFunky Chicken (Do The Funky Chicken plus bonus tracks!) ... CD
Stax, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great version of the classic Rufus Thomas album Do The Funky Chicken – presented here with lots of bonus tracks from singles! The core record is one of Rufus' best from the 70s – a key record from his comeback years, and one that has him trading in his older R&B mode for a harder, funkier Memphis groove! Rufus was 52 at the time, but thanks to a never-dying fire, and some great youthful arrangements, the set crackles with a raw intensity that put him at the top of the funky Stax for the time! The set includes the massive comeback hit "Funky Chicken", plus a sublime remake of "Sixty Minute Man" – done in a slow and funky mode that rolls on for lover 7 minutes in all! Other tracks include "Soul Food", "Rufus Rastus Johnson Brown", "Turn Your Damper Down", and remakes of "The Preacher & The Bear" and "Bearcat". Plus, the CD also features a bonus 7 tracks from singles at the time – work that's almost even funkier, on titles that include "Itch & Scratch (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky Way", "So Hard To Get Along With", "Funky Mississippi", and "Boogie Ain't Nuttin (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ 24 - Carat BlackGhetto – Misfortune's Wealth (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The one-time obscure, now straight-up classic funky soul record by 24-Carat Black! This beautiful LP was released by Stax in the early 70s, but somehow got lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, it was rediscovered by the international groove community in the years to come, and it's been at the top of everyone's playlist (and want list) ever since! This is sort of a politically conscious mini-opera, or suite, with 8 tracks of spiritual funk and soul, all strung together in a righteous package that's as perfectly-conceived as you could imagine for an independent soul release from the 70s. You've probably heard at least one sample from this album – maybe from the cuts "Brown-Baggin", "Food Stamps", or the title cut "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth", a great sample cut – but the whole album's great, and it totally deserves its massive reputation! LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 remastered edition – in tip-on sleeve.)

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✨✧ EmotionsSo I Can Love You/Untouched ... CD
Stax, 1969/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 early classics by The Emotions – back to back on one CD! So I Can Love You is much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, deep, and soulful, with a real no-nonsense approach that opens up the vocals and sets up plenty of tasty hooks. Features the organ-heavy "So I Can Love You", the slightly-funky "Got To Be The Man", and the tracks "Going On Strike", "I Found My Man", and "The Best Part Of A Love Affair". But the best track is "I Like It" – which has this amazing intro that begins with a tight drumbreak, rolling over some descending basslines, then vamping into some horn flourishes before the vocals come in! On Untouched, the group are getting some extra heavy production from Ronnie Williams and David Porter – who bring a darker side to their sound, coming up with heavy soul grooves that really open them up. The classic example of this is the stellar cut "Blind Alley" – a famous sample from years back, and a wonderful funk tune on its own. Other tracks include "Boss Love Maker", "Love Ain't Easy Onesided", "Show Me How", "Love is The Hardest Thing To Find", and "Boy I Need You". CD

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✨✧ Isaac HayesHot Buttered Soul ... CD
Stax, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that for all the years Ike was working away on other folks' songs for Stax, he was carefully cooking up his own style of soul that would forever change the way we think about the music. Back in 1969, the album must have blown more than a few minds for its incredibly baroque approach to soul music – taking common elements like strings, piano, and funky rhythms, and stretching them out into long waves of sound that cycle over and over, working a sly subtle magic along with Ike's super-sexy vocals, and his monologue-heavy approach to popular tunes. The album features incredible remakes of pop hits "Walk On By" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" – both of which run for over 10 minutes, and which completely transform the songs into something way more than simple radio fodder. Also features the psychedelic soul masterpiece "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", which has this crazy funky piano, and a messed-up sound that would make even George Clinton weep! CD
(CRC pressing.)

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✨✧ Little MiltonBlues N Soul ... LP
Stax, 1974. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
Baaad bluesy work from Little Milton – one of his killers for Stax, and a record that's equally heavy on the soul tip too! There's a strong Memphis vibe going on here – thanks to arrangements from James Mitchell, and backings from the Memphis Horns – who really do a good job of filling in the sound, to take things past the straighter blues mode of Milton's guitar. The vocals are great – raspy, and almost southern soul more than blues – and titles include "You're No Good", "Woman Across The River", "Behind Closed Doors", "Worried Dreamer", and "Hard Luck Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stained corner.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersBe What You Are ... LP
Stax, 1973. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Warmly grooving 70s soul from The Staple Singers – recorded in a fuller Memphis mode that's miles from their gospel roots, but still plenty darn nice! The style here is very much in keeping with the hit Staples mode of the time – righteous, full, but still nice and earthy at the bottom – a beautiful blending of the group's one male and three female vocals – served up with some slight electric touches in the rhythms. Tracks are tight and catchy, but never poppy – and titles include "If You're Ready", an obvious follow up to "I'll Take You There" – plus "Tellin Lies", "Love Comes In All Colors", "Drown Yourself", "I Ain't Raisin No Sand", and a nice version of "Grandma's Hands". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Staple SingersCity In The Sky ... LP
Stax, 1974. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The Staple Singers are cooking on all burners at this point – and it's hard to stop them with that much power – a soaring, searing sort of energy that definitely earns them a place in the sky! The set's a totally strong batch of gospelly soul tracks – produced by Al Bell with that great early 70s Stax deep soul sound – at a point that's still without the sort of cliche that might hold back material of this type in later years. Instrumentation is by Clayton Ivey on Hammond, Barry Beckett on keyboards, and Jimmy Johnson and Eddie Hinton on guitar – and titles include "Getting Too Big For Your Britches", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "Something Ain't Right", "My Main Man", "Blood Pressure", "Who Made The Man", "Back Road Into Town", and "If It Ain't One Thing It's Another". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersRespect Yourself – The Best Of The Staple Singers ... CD
Stax (UK), Early 70s/1987. Used ... Out Of Stock
20 tracks of their classic gospel cum soul tracks for Stax from the late 60s and early 70s. A very righteous vibe pervades, and the harmonies soar right out of church into the neighborhood. Tracks include "Respect Yourself", "Got To Be Some Changes", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "This World", "Long Walk To DC", "City In the Sky", and "Slow Train". Lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Staple SingersVery Best Of The Staple Singers ... CD
Stax, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic work by one of the greatest gospel/soul groups ever! A very righteous vibe pervades, and the harmonies soar right out of church into the neighborhood – on tracks that include "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Oh La De Da", "Brand New Day", "Touch A Hand, Make A Friend", "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay", and "You've Got To Earn It" – 20 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Sweet InspirationsEstelle, Myrna & Sylvia (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax, 1967/1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great back-to-basics set for the Sweet Inspirations – now working here as the trio of Estelle Brown, Myrna Smith, and Sylvia Shamwell – and working with David Porter in a strongly Memphis mode! The arrangements on the set are a bit more ambitious than usual for Stax at the time – and feature added strings and horns on many numbers, plus core backings by the Ebony Web group. The sound is rootsy at times, and spiritual at others – and titles include "Emergency", "Why Marry", "Wishes & Dishes", "Pity Yourself", and "Slipped & Tripped". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Sweet Inspiration" and "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... CD
Stax, 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly tight rhythm lines – more than enough to make this set a standout in the collection of any beat digger! Includes the massive "Melting Pot" – an oft-sampled jam that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus "LA Jazz Song", which features amazingly tight guitar work from Steve Cropper, and the nice cuts "Fuquawi" and "Chicken Pox". Other titles include "Back Home", "Sunny Monday", and "Hi Ride". CD

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsSoul Men ... CD
Stax, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's like a dream come true! This CD contains 25 tracks of unreleased Booker T & The MGs material, cut during their classic years at Stax during the 60s, but never issued until the release of this CD! The tracks on the CD are all cover versions of other 60s tunes – "hip hits", if you will – but the group does as great a job as always with the material, taking each tune and investing it with a keen Memphis soul groove, thanks to Steve Cropper's raunchy guitar and Booker T's excellent organ! Titles include "Baby, Scratch My Back", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Day Tripper", "On A Saturday Night", "Spoonful", "Soul Man", "Downtown", "The Letter", and "Raunchy". Sounds like filler material – but it's great stuff by this classic instrumental group! CD
(This album also issued in the UK as Play the Hip Hits.)

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✨✧ DramaticsWhatcha See Is Whatcha Get ... LP
Stax/Volt, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album by The Dramatics – with a harder funkier sound than you'll find on most of their other records of the time – a gritty gem from the group's early years, and a record that really deserves its placement on the Stax label! The record has the group moving into a post-Temptations style of righteous soul – grooving hard with a really heavy bottom on funky numbers like "Get Up and Get Down" and "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", and even dropping a bit of a drug reference on the cut "Marry Don't Cha Wanna" – one of those messed-up lyric numbers we'd expect from a Latin Soul group! But the album's also got a sweet side too – as it features the amazing ballad cut "In The Rain", which has some of the most amazing production you'll ever find on the Stax label – harmony work that rivals the greatness of the east coast scene of the time. Other tracks include "Gimme Some", "Thank You For Your Love", and "Hot Pants In The Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Isaac HayesShaft (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, he did the inconceivable, as the album was one of the first times a pop musician had scored, not just sung on, an entire soundtrack. Plus, the soundtrack's super-huge – running as a double-length batch of tracks that was a rarity for the often-slim soundtrack market. Includes many great funky numbers – both vocal and instrumental – including "Theme from Shaft", "Cafe Regio's", "Walk from Regio's", "Bumpy's Lament", and "Do Your Thing", in the nice 19 minute long version! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Shaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 22.99
Shaft (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Isaac HayesSpirit Of Memphis – 1962 to 1976 (4CD set – plus bonus 7 inch single) ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4CD & 7 inch ... Out Of Stock
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, alongside page after page of vintage photos and other cool images, too. And inside some of the pages are 4 super-cool CDs – each of which has a different theme that further exposes Ike's genius! CD1 is titled "Soul Songwriter Soul Producer" – and features two dozen tracks that Hayes handled for Stax/Volt – material by The Astors, Danny White, David Porter, Floyd Newman, Johnnie Taylor, Charlie Rich, Judy Clay, The Charmels, Soul Children, Billy Eckstine, The Emotions, Ruby Johnson, and others. CD2 is titled "Volt & Enterprise Singles" – and features all the 7" tracks released by Isaac Hayes during his time on those labels – including two tracks done as a duet with David Porter, two more as Sir Isaac & The Do-Dads, and even a rare Radio Spot too! Things really get interesting on CD3, titled "Cover Man" – which features those cool, long extrapolations of other folks' songs that Hayes pioneered on his albums – but included here with unreleased material too. There's a great never-heard take on "Windows Of The World" – plus unreleased PUSH Black Expo material from 1970 – live takes on "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Just Want To Make Love To You/Rock Me Baby", "I Stand Accused", and "Stormy Monday". CD4 is maybe the coolest of the bunch – titled "Jam Master", with those long grooves that Ike did in the studio while putting together records. Almost all the tracks on CD4 are previously unissued – including "You've Made Me So Very Happy", "Black Militant's Place", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Do Your Thing (extended jam)", "Groove A Thon (extended jam)", and "Hung Up On My Baby (extended jam)". And if all that isn't enough, the set even comes with a cool 7" replica of Ike's first single for the Youngstown label – "Laura We're On Our First Go-Round". CD

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✨✧ Roy Lee Johnson & The VillagersRoy Lee Johnson & The Villagers ... LP
Stax, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely self-contained unit, with a lot of focus on the rhythm section – but they also get some great help here from the Memphis Horns, who blow over the top beautifully, and add a nicely soulful vibe to the record! Drums are nice and hard – and titles include the killer "The Dryer (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Razorback Circus", "Robot", "Midnight At Riley's", "Don't Tell Me Nothing About My Woman", "Patch It Up", and "I'll Be Your Doctor Man". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ MasqueradersEverybody Wanna Live On ... CD
Hot Buttered Soul/Stax (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic mid 70s sounds from The Masqueraders! Everybody Wanna Live On may very well be the best album ever by this sweet southern vocal group – produced and arranged by Isaac Hayes, who'd always had a big hand in the group's sound. The record's got a style that reminds us of mid 70s Manhattans, but perhaps with more of an edge on some of the vocals, especially on the more uptempo tracks. Includes the great cut "Please Don't Try (To Take Me Away To The Sky)", with a nice electric piano groove and funky vocals, plus "(Call Me) The Traveling Man", "Sweet Sweetning", "Baby It's You", "Everybody Wanna Live On", and "Your Sweet Love Is A Blessing". CD

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✨✧ Skin AlleyTwo Quid Deal ... LP
Stax, 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A tremendously great album on Stax – even if it's by a non-Memphis group, and one of the few rock albums issued by the label! Two Quid Deal was the 3rd album by UK jazz rockers Skin Alley – but its license to Stax made pretty good sense at the time, given how many tracks here have a funky undercurrent – and are using some hip organ, flute, and guitar touches that rival some of the most creative work on the label! There's a definite rock sound throughout, but the instrumentation is plenty funky and gets nice and complicated – especially on the more instrumental moments. Tracks include "So Glad", "Graveyard Shuffle", "Bad Words & Evil People", "Sun Music", "The Demagogue", "Skin Valley Serenade", and "Nick's Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout hole in the top left corner.)

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✨✧ Sons of TruthMessage From The Ghetto (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax/Craft, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by Stax Records – from the title of the record, to the cover, to the grooves laid down by the group! The album was originally issued on Truth – the gospel subsidiary of Stax – and while it does have a bit of a spiritual component, the group's also plenty darn funky too – and the record has a feel that's far more secular than most other gospel records of the time! In fact, the whole thing may well stand as one of the best mainstream examples of the funky gospel genre of the 70s – one of the few records of this type issued on a slightly bigger label, even though the set still is something of a rarity! There's plenty of fuzzy guitar and electric piano in the mix – and the religion in the song lyrics is fairly buried in most cuts, and the overall approach is more one of general spiritualism and humanity, than it is preachy and churchy. Tracks include "The Ghetto", "Son Of The Deacon", "Give It Up", "God Bless The Children", and "He's All We Need". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Melvin Van PeeblesSweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the most fantastic soundtracks of the 70s – and maybe even of all time – thanks to a non-stop blast of insane styles and grooves – all quite different than other blacksploitation records of the time! For this, his masterpiece film, Melvin Van Peebles composed a non-stop collage of crazy sounds and funky jams, played by himself and a very young Earth, Wind, & Fire – then pasted together in a pastiche of music, dialogue, and sound effects that serve as an audio document of the film! If you've ever seen the movie – and even if you haven't – you'll find that the soundtrack works as a 40 minute version of the film, shifting back and forth with a loose narrative progression. Of course, the real appeal is the funky music – and you'll hear more than enough of that on tracks like "Sweetback's Theme", "Hoppin John", "Come On Fee", and "Sweetback Getting it Uptight". LP, Vinyl record album
(A really beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, cut at Ardent Studios in Memphis – in a heavy gatefold cover with new notes too!)

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✨✧ VariousGospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection (3LP set) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – and there's a nice criss-crossing of artists going on here – so that you'll get some gospel singers moving into very soulful territory, and some soul artists trying their hand at music that's a bit more righteous overall! And while albums by The Rance Allen Group on the label have been reissued over the years, this is the first time anyone's pulled together the much more obscure 45s – which gives us a much bigger picture of the label at work. The set features 34 tracks in all – and titles include "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" by Reverend W Bernard Avant, "He's Mine" by Jacqui Verdell, "At The Feet Of The Master" by Blue Aquarius, "I'm A Child Of The King" by The People's Choir Of Operation Push, "Reflections" by Louise McCord, "We're The Salt Of The Earth" by Rance Allen Group, "Ride Out The Storm" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "If The Shoe Fits Wear It" by The 21st Century, "Magnificent Sanctuary Band" by Rev Maceo Woods, "Hot Line To Jesus" by Rance Allen Group, "I Got The Vibes" by Joshie Jo Armstead, "Consider Me" by Terry Lynn Community Choir, "Keep My Baby Warm" by Charles May & Annette May Thomas, and "Do It Yourself" by Jimmy Jones. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gospel Truth – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD 18.99
 
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Ben AtkinsPatchouli (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Enterprise/Big Pink (South Korea), 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.99
An unusual rock record issued by the Enterprise imprint of Stax Records – the same one that released the Isaac Hayes albums at the time, and maybe a good choice for Ben Atkins, given some of the soulful currents in his music! The ramshackle cottage on the front is maybe a good indication of the spirit here – a southern vibe that easily mixes soulful inspiration with more rock-based songwriting and instrumentation – recorded both at Muscle Shoals and at the Stax Studios, with work from Barry Beckett on keyboards, Roger Hawkins on drums, and Wayne Perkins on guitar. Ben's got a very distinct vocal approach – one that's all his own, and which nicely doesn't sound like he's trying to cop anyone else's game – and the set includes tunes by Bettye Crutcher, Dan Penn, and Bobby Manuel – the last of whom produced and arranged the set. Titles include "Good Times Are Coming", "Smokestack Lightnin/Brighter Side Of It All", "That Brings Me Down", "Solid Ground", "I Love This Song", "Shine On", "Holding On To Friends", and "A Long Way To Go". CD

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✨✧ Black NastyTalking To The People (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
Excellent heavy funk from Stax! Black Nasty were one of the heaviest groups on the label – with a rock-solid guitar-based groove that went even farther than the Bar-Kays, who were no slouch in the guitar department themselves! The grooves are all slow to midtempo, with the band coming down hard on the downbeats, jamming away in a style that sounds more like heavy Detroit Westbound than sweetly soulful Memphis. Most all cuts have vocals – sung in a shouting style by the band that works well with the tripped-out hooks of the songs. This was the only album the band ever cut, but it's become a fast favorite among those who like their funk raw. Tracks include "We're Doin Our Thing", "Rushin Sea", "Booger The Hooker", "Black Nasty Boogie", "Nasty Soul", and "Getting Funky Round Here". LP, Vinyl record album

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J BlackfootCity Slicker (Edge) ... LP
Edge, 1983. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Later material cut by this great singer from the Soul Children. The tracks are produced by Homer Banks, and still have a very strong sound, even though the style's a bit more modern than Blackfoot's classic work. Writing is by Betty Crutcher, Homer Banks, and Chuck Brooks – and in a way, the album's sort of an early 80s updating of the early 70s Stax sound. Titles include "Taxi", "The Way Of The City", "Street Girl", "All Because of What You Did To Me", and "Where Is Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 80s pressing.)

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J BlackfootCity-Slicker (photo cover) ... LP
Sound Town, 1983. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Later material cut by this great singer from the Soul Children. The tracks are produced by Homer Banks, and still have a very strong sound, even though the style's a bit more modern than Blackfoot's classic work. Writing is by Betty Crutcher, Homer Banks, and Chuck Brooks – and in a way, the album's sort of an early 80s updating of the early 70s Stax sound. Titles include "Taxi", "The Way Of The City", "Street Girl", "All Because of What You Did To Me", and "Where Is Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Booker T & The MGsUniversal Language ... LP
Elektra, 1977. Sealed ... $24.99
A sweet sweet set of electric 70s funk – recorded by Booker T during a brief, but well-needed reunion with the MGs! The sound here is quite different than Stax-era MGs – as Booker plays a range of keyboards, not just organ – and the grooves have these great jazz funk touches at the bottom – almost a CTI vibe at times, but packed with the tighter energy you'd expect from the group! Steve Cropper's guitar is great – super-fine, and razor-sharp – really helping cut a nice edge on the cuts – over bass from Donald Duck Dunn and drums from Willie Hall, who's the only new member of the group. In a way, the album feels like mid 70s efforts from Johnny Hammond or Jimmy Smith – sweetly soaring on a let-loose 70s vibe. Titles include the funky break track "Grab Bag", plus "Sticky Stuff", "Moto Cross", "Tie Stick", and "Space Nuts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly shopworn, with sticker remnants on front and partially cracked opening. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Bill DoggettHonky Tonk A-La Mod! ... LP
Roulette, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The soulful Hammond of Bill Doggett gets a sweet shift for the 60s – hitting a mod jazz mode that Bill no doubt inspired by his groundbreaking work of the 50s! The groove here is nicely snapping – in a space between soul instrumental work and jazz, with lots of tight guitar from Billy Butler and Chuck Rainey alongside Doggett's organ lines – plus work from a young Jimmy Castor too! The set's got reprises of a few of Doggett's classics – like "Honky Tonk" and "Hold It" – but the sound has a lot more of a groovy 60s feel than his sessions for King – and the Hammond is nice and lean, with less of the stops-open, "roller skate" sound that made some of the older sessions sound a bit dated. Production is great – very much informed by the best of 60s soul on Atlantic or Stax – and titles include "Bueno", "C'Mon Git It", "Booga Man", "Ko Ko", "Mr. Man", and "Doctor Joy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican Tico pressing. Cover has a center split on the spine.)

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Lorraine EllisonStay With Me ... LP
Warner, 1969. Very Good+ ... $28.99
Deep deep soul from Lorraine Ellison – a record that already shows quite a bit of growth from her earlier Warner Brothers recordings – and a new sense of hipness as well! There's definitely an influence here of the sound of Stax and Atlantic Records at the end of the 60s – all focused through the excellent production and songwriting of Jerry Ragovoy, who's a key influence on the record – and who really helps make it one of Lorraine's greatest moments ever! If you've ever wanted to dig Lorraine Ellison, this is definitely the place to start – as it's an album we'd easily stack next to the best from any of our favorite female deep soul singers. Tracks include the classic "Stay With Me", plus "I Want To Be Loved", "Heart Be Still", "You Don't Know Nothing About Love", and "The Hurt Came Back Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some light wear, a tiny bit of seam splitting, and a small sticker in a bottom corner.)

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✨✧ EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". Next is Rejoice – a huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". Sunbeam is great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". Come Into Our World has the sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new level that really unlocked some deeply spiritual power in their vocals! And sure, the approach also yielded the group plenty of hits – but for good reason, too – given the classic quality and all-great nature of a set like this. Maurice White produced, and the lineup is filled with plenty of Earth Wind & Fire players too – working with some great arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Wade Marcus, and others. Tunes are balanced between clubby numbers and some nice midtempo moments – and titles include "Where Is Your Love", "Cause I Love You", "Come Into My World", "On & On", "I Should Be Dancing", "Layed Back", and "Yes I Am". New Affair has The Emotions breaking free a bit from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick it up nicely in a blend of snapping bassy club tracks and mellower cuts that sweetly sway with their great vocals! Loads of wonderful tracks – and an album not to miss! Titles include "Turn It Out", "There'll Never Be Another Moment", "Now That I Know", "Love Lies", "When You Gonna Wake Up", and "Here You Come Again". 3CD set features 8 bonus tracks – including "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix", "Don't Ask My Neighbors (single version)", "I Should Be Dancin (single version)", "My Baby Dance", "Changes", "Where Is Your Love (single version)", and "Flowers (single version)". CD

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✨✧ EmotionsRejoice ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Sealed ... $7.99
A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls miles from their rougher, rootsier soul of the Stax/Volt years – yet like all the best EWF records of the time, the sound is also plenty soulful, with lots of righteous undercurrents. The album includes the group's wonderful track "Don't Ask My Neighbors", a heavenly tune that builds on a long tradition of sweet female soul from Chicago; the super-huge "Best Of My Love", a hit on dancefloors and radios for years to come – and many other nice numbers like "Blessed", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", and "Key To My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing in a barcode cover, still sealed with Nice Price sticker and some light seepage stains at the top.)

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EmotionsSo I Can Love You ... LP
Volt, 1970. Near Mint- ... $59.99
One of two albums the Emotions cut for Stax/Volt – both much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, deep, and soulful, with a real no-nonsense approach that opens up the vocals and sets up plenty of tasty hooks. Features the organ-heavy "So I Can Love You", the slightly-funky "Got To Be The Man", and the tracks "Going On Strike", "I Found My Man", and "The Best Part Of A Love Affair". But the best track is "I Like It" – which has this amazing intro that begins with a tight drumbreak, rolling over some descending basslines, then vamping into some horn flourishes before the vocals come in! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Volt pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Johnnie FriersonHave You Been Good To Yourself (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1990. New Copy ... $26.99 28.99
Raw and riveting gospel-folk-soul from Johnnie Frierson – only ever issued as a self-released cassette before this vital re-discovery by Light In The Attic! Johnnie is one of the vital, though relatively unknown voices in the Stax/Volt universe, working with a his sister Wendy Rene and in the group The Drapels in the late 60s, before going to Viet Nam and being pretty quite in the proceeding years. The songs Have You Been Good To Yourself and raw and direct, but anything but simple – just voice and guitar, but carrying such a depth of feeling. Truly wonderful stuff! Includes "Have You Been Good To Yourself", "Heavenly Father, You've Been Good", "Miracles", "Out Here On Your Word", "You Were Sent To This World", "Woke Up This Morning" and "Trust In The Lord". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing.)

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Wynder K FrogSunshine Super Frog (with bonus track) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 30.98
A record with a Donovan reference in the title, but a much more mod set overall – thanks to searing Hammond work from organist Mick Weaver, who was maybe one of the hippest London cats on his instrument at the time! The tunes draw equally from the Hammond soul jazz of artists like Jimmy Smith or Jimmy McGriff, and from the soul instrumental style of the time – particularly the grooves of Stax and Atlantic Records – and the deft work on the keys of the organ show that you hardly need a singer to make these records groove. Titles include "I Feel So Bad", "Blues For A Frog", "Hold On I'm Coming", "Incense", "Feel It", "Dancin Pain", "Mercy", and "Somebody Help Me". Features four bonus tracks – "Turn On Your Lovelight", "Zooming", "I'm A Man", and "Henry's Panter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with bonus track!)

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Isaac HayesBlack Moses (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Baroquely beautiful work from the Stax soul master – one of Isaac Hayes' heaviest albums of the 70s – and a record so massive, they needed 2LPs to contain the whole thing! The record's a culmination of the rich, full style of soulful arranging that Hayes had pioneered in his early solo work at Stax – a sound that's incredibly rich, filled with added voices and instrumentation, but totally dominated by Ike in a powerful, masculine approach to soul. Some tunes are familiar – like the album's versions of "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Close To You", "Going In Circles", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Need To Belong To Someone" – but they're all completely transformed here by Hayes with a bad-rapping, personal mode that's totally great. Album also features some great "Ike's Rap" cuts too! Great reissue – super-heavy vinyl, and the original fold-out cover design! LP, Vinyl record album

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Isaac HayesTo Be Continued ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of Isaac Hayes early 70s classics for Stax Records – a perfectly conceived masterpiece of baroque soul that builds and builds as the set goes on! Ike heads up the instrumentation on electric piano, vibes, and plenty of percussion – but he's also getting strong support here from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra – who bring in a cool sort of depth to the record, and almost make it come off like some badass blacksploitation soundtrack! But the difference here is that the tracks are all long and drawn out – quite sophisticated stuff that often has Hayes extrapolating from a few basic lyrics, and moving into some bad-rapping territory of his own. Titles include the killer funky "Ike's Mood I", plus an incredible long version of "The Look Of Love", done in such a way that transforms the song into a prayer of darkness! Other tracks include "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "Runnin Out Of Fools", and "Our Day Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow logo label pressing.)

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Loleatta HollowayCry To Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Aware/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $24.99
A wonderful album of southern soul from Loleatta Holloway! The record was her last in the deep soul mode – and it's a gem that should have made her as big as her later disco records – a really well-crafted extension of styles that Stax and Atlantic had done in the 60s, but given a smoother, more sophisticated vibe for the 70s! The record was produced by Floyd Smith, and it's got some of the most sophisticated production we've heard on a southern diva album from the 70s – with instrumentation that still boggles us with its brilliance. Case in point is the amazing cut "Cry To Me", which has these insane banks of "weeping" guitar that send chills down our spine! The cut was written by Sam Dees, who also penned some other fine material for the album – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "Just Be True To Me", "Something About The Way I Feel", and a cover of Ruby Andrews' "Casanova". Features two bonus tracks – "Bring It On Up" and the unreleased "This Man's Arms". CD

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✨✧ Loleatta HollowayLoleatta/Cry To Me ... CD
Aware/Kent (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Two wonderful albums from Loleatta Holloway – both a strong full-length document of her early genius in the Atlanta studios! First up is the Loleatta album from 1973 – and if you only know Loleatta Holloway as a disco singer, you'll be really amazed at this debut album – because Loleatta emerges first as deep soul singer with a strong southern vibe – very much in the mode the Atlanta scene did best, before picking up the pace a bit more as the 70s moved on! There's a mellow, blue sort of vibe to the record – but still plenty of that pride and power that made Holloway an equally great singer on an upbeat tune – served up here on tunes by Sam Dees, Ashford & Simpson, and other hip songwriters of the period – set to strong arrangements by Mike Terry, who does a great job of bringing out the lady at her best. Titles include "We Did It", "Mother Of Shame", "Only A Fool", "So Can I", "Our Love", and "Love Woke Me Up". Cry To Me is a wonderful album of southern soul from Loleatta Holloway! The record was her last in the deep soul mode – and it's a gem that should have made her as big as her later disco records – a really well-crafted extension of styles that Stax and Atlantic had done in the 60s, but given a smoother, more sophisticated vibe for the 70s! The record was produced by Floyd Smith, and it's got some of the most sophisticated production we've heard on a southern diva album from the 70s – with instrumentation that still boggles us with its brilliance. Case in point is the amazing cut "Cry To Me", which has these insane banks of "weeping" guitar that send chills down our spine! The cut was written by Sam Dees, who also penned some other fine material for the album – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "Just Be True To Me", "Something About The Way I Feel", and a cover of Ruby Andrews' "Casanova". CD

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IdBig Time Operators ... LP
Festival/Blank (Australia), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
An Australian group with plenty of soul – a 60s combo that lives in the same R&B and soul-inspired sounds that you'd find on the London scene at the same time! These guys have a mighty tight rhythm section – with drums that really create a nice current of funk on many numbers, and which mean that when these guys want to dabble in the styles of Atlantic or Stax Records, they certainly have the chops! Yet there's also some more fuzz on the guitar and a few trippy elements in the production – which remind us that they're a rock combo, too – but one who really knows how to groove, on titles that include "You Got Me Hummin", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Watch Out", "Big Time Operator", "Sister's Got A Boyfriend", "Devil Got My Woman", and "Feel Awright". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsSoul Of A Woman (with download) ... LP
Daptone, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
The fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the Bushwick Philharmonic – a small ensemble of strings who really help elevate the music to classic status! If you're worried that the strings might soften the sound, the very first note of the record will put your mind at rest – as will the heavy drums that mark just about every track, and keep things hard and funky throughout. If anyone ever doubted that the Daptone label was our modern equivalent of Stax Records or Atlantic, this will certainly be the set to change their mind – and will also stand forever as a bittersweet reminder of all the greatness that Sharon Jones gave us over the years. Titles include "Searching For A New Day", "Rumors", "Matter Of Time", "Sail On", "Just Give Me Your Time", "Come & Be A Winner", "Call On God", and "These Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsJust Dropped In To See What Condition Our Rendition Is In ... CD
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Rare work from Sharon Jones – and a record that's a bit different than some of her other work for the Daptone label! The set features the group doing cover versions of tracks by other artists – some that appeared as singles over the years, others commissioned for projects, and a few that never saw the light of day at all – brought together here to make a unique posthumous album from Sharon and the Dap-Kings! If you know the tightness of the group, and Jones' classic style of soul vocals, you'll know you're in for a treat – a bit like when Otis Redding might have taken on a familiar tune for Stax – in a lineup that includes "Inspiration Information", "Take Me With U", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "Signed Sealed Delivered", "Just Dropped In", "Giving Up", "Rescue Me", "In The Bush", "It Hurts To Be Alone", and "Trespasser". CD
Also available Just Dropped In To See What Condition Our Rendition Is In ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Sharon Jones & The Dap-KingsJust Dropped In To See What Condition Our Rendition Is In ... LP
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Rare work from Sharon Jones – and a record that's a bit different than some of her other work for the Daptone label! The set features the group doing cover versions of tracks by other artists – some that appeared as singles over the years, others commissioned for projects, and a few that never saw the light of day at all – brought together here to make a unique posthumous album from Sharon and the Dap-Kings! If you know the tightness of the group, and Jones' classic style of soul vocals, you'll know you're in for a treat – a bit like when Otis Redding might have taken on a familiar tune for Stax – in a lineup that includes "Inspiration Information", "Take Me With U", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "Signed Sealed Delivered", "Just Dropped In", "Giving Up", "Rescue Me", "In The Bush", "It Hurts To Be Alone", and "Trespasser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Just Dropped In To See What Condition Our Rendition Is In ... CD 12.99

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Jimmy LewisTotally Involved (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hotlanta/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums of southern soul from the 70s – a set we'd put right up there next to the Soul Children albums on Stax, or the new sound that was brewing up down at Malaco! Jimmy Lewis is an artist who never fully got his due – but he wrote and produced the whole set, at a level that matches his talents with underground contemporaries like Sam Dees or George Jackson – as Jimmy's got an equally great sound, with a mix of emotive currents and more mature expression. The songwriting and overall sound is impeccable – a treasure through and through – and titles include "It Ain't What's On The Woman", "Is That Any Way To Treat A Lady", "That Won't Stop Me From Loving You", "Thank You", "There Ain't Man That Can't Be Caught", "Help Me Understand You", and "Go On Live Your Life". CD features four bonus tracks – "When You Get A Little Give A Little", "Three Into Two Won't Go", "Careful Man", and "She's Gone". CD

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Barbara MasonLove's The Thing ... LP
Buddah, 1975. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around Shirley Brown's hit song "Woman To Woman". On this southern-tinged album, Barbara answer's Shirley's hit with the cut "From His Woman To You" – in which "the other woman" calls back the snooping wife, and tells her how much control she's really got over her husband! The cut was one of Barbara's biggest from the time, and the whole album's got a similar feel – almost Stax-like in quality, with production by Don Davis. Plus, a fair bit of the songs even seem to contribute to the "other woman/his woman" theme – including "Shackin Up", "So He's Yours Now", "(He Wants) The Two of Us", and "(There's) One Man Between Us". All this makes for a great album – one with a sophisticated approach to loving and living – content that gives Barbara one of her best albums ever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the Buddah inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout notch, in great shape othewise!)

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Eric MercuryLove Is Taking Over ... LP
Enterprise, 1973. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet slightly funky soul, recorded by Mercury at Muscle Shoals, and with the more baroque production that Stax was using on its Enterprise label. Includes the tracks "Black Woman", "Take A Walk Down My Street", " The Bridge We Cross Over", "Love Is Taking Over", "You Got To Live Right", "Sweet Sara", and "You Got To Give A Damn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a split top seam with a bit of clear tape and a half split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ MinitsFollow Your Heart – The Sound Of Memphis Recordings ... CD
Sounds Of Memphis/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Beautiful female soul from The Minits – a three piece group that recorded just a few singles for the the Sounds Of Memphis label – with a dozen great songs pulled together for this excellent compilation from Kent UK, many of which were never issued before now! Ultimately, there were far too few female soul stars coming out of Memphis with popularity anywhere near the levels of the male stars, and fewer still on labels other than Stax or Hi – and the dozen tracks here make a very strong case for The Minits, who should have busted out hugely. The set is light on ballads and skews towards dancefloor ready rhythms and pop soul of the best kind, with genuine soul! It includes their great Sounds Of Memphis singles and several tracks that were left in the vaults and only recently discovered. Titles include "Lover Boy", "Still A Part Of Me", "Last Mile Of The Way", "Pullin'", "Natural Reaction", "If You Don't Like My Apples (Don't Shake The Tree)", "Follow Your Heart" and more. CD
 
 
 



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