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Grandmaster FreshhDe American Dream (street, radio) ... 12-inch
Street Beat, 1985. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousRed Hot Trip Hop ... CD
Street Beat, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks from 4 Hero, Bass Trip, DJ Boom, DJ Icey, E-Go Trip, Beat Dominator, and Noel Sanger. CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
 
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BeatnutsDo You Believe? (clean, street, inst, accapella)/Give Me Tha Ass (clean, street, inst, accapella)/Bonus Beats ... 12-inch
Relativity, 1997. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $19.99
A rare moment of introspect from The Beatnuts on "Do You Believe?" but right back into regular party mode with "Give Me Tha Ass" on the flip. The bonus beat is a short Dorothy Ashby (?) loop. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a cut corner, splash stains, and light wear.)

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Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2010. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... On June 17, 2022
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation of rare African material) with some additional mixing from J Rocc – based on rare African vinyl. The sound is pure Madlib/Beat Konducta heady hip hop funk – recognizable as being spun from and inspired by African material, and impeccably so, with that instantly identifiable, exploratory Madlib sonic stamp. He looks far beyond Afrobeat and funk sources, with some raw funk rock beats, psych, garage and more with some trippy vocal samples – and he's building up from blueprints records originally pressed all over Africa – Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Botswana and Ivory Coast. But too much mention of the source material risks making this sound like a compilation or a mix set, when it's Madlib all the way! Titles include "Motherland", "Raw Introduction To Afreaka", "Warrior's Theme", "Street Hustler", "Afritonic" (Pts 1 & 2), "Tradition", "Blackfire", "Obtaive", "Mtima", "African Bounce", "Freedom Play", "Natural Sound Waves", "Unika (Outro)" and many more. 37 tracks on the vinyl version. LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited! Deep purple" vinyl pressing.)

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VariousCatacombs – Temple Street, Wolverhampton 1968 to 1974 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Charly (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
Sublime 60s soul singles – upbeat, grooving, and brought together in support of legendary UK club The Catacombs – an early hotbed for the Northern Soul scene! The package is heavy on notes and images from the club – but even if you've never set foot in the UK, or on a dancefloor, you'll still find plenty here to love – a searing batch of 28 gems from the late 60s – most of them pretty darn rare, and usually with an edge that's a lot rawer than mainstream work of the time! The Catacombs seemed to pick the cuts that still held onto some of the sharper qualities of the earliest years of soul – less smooth groovers and more gritty tracks that really make this batch stand out. Titles include "Try A Little Harder" by The Fi-Dels, "What Is This" by Bobby Womack, "Suffering City" by Johnny & Lilly, "Psychedelic Soul" by Saxie Russell, "Do Me Like You Do Me" by John Williams & The Tick Tocks, "The Wrong Girl" by The Showmen, "Every Beat Of My Heart" by The Du-Ettes, "Michael" by The CODs, "Chinatown" by Victor Knight, "House Of Heartaches" by The Neptunes, "Love Time" by Kelly Brothers, "I've Got To Have Your Love" by Mill Evans, "The Touch Of Venus" by Sandy Wynns, "If You Ask Me" by Jerry Williams, and "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone" by The Ad Libs. CD

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✨✧ VariousCatacombs – Temple Street, Wolverhampton 1968 to 1974 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Charly (UK), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime 60s soul singles – upbeat, grooving, and brought together in support of legendary UK club The Catacombs – an early hotbed for the Northern Soul scene! The package is heavy on notes and images from the club – but even if you've never set foot in the UK, or on a dancefloor, you'll still find plenty here to love – a searing batch of 28 gems from the late 60s – most of them pretty darn rare, and usually with an edge that's a lot rawer than mainstream work of the time! The Catacombs seemed to pick the cuts that still held onto some of the sharper qualities of the earliest years of soul – less smooth groovers and more gritty tracks that really make this batch stand out. Titles include "Try A Little Harder" by The Fi-Dels, "What Is This" by Bobby Womack, "Suffering City" by Johnny & Lilly, "Psychedelic Soul" by Saxie Russell, "Do Me Like You Do Me" by John Williams & The Tick Tocks, "The Wrong Girl" by The Showmen, "Every Beat Of My Heart" by The Du-Ettes, "Michael" by The CODs, "Chinatown" by Victor Knight, "House Of Heartaches" by The Neptunes, "Love Time" by Kelly Brothers, "I've Got To Have Your Love" by Mill Evans, "The Touch Of Venus" by Sandy Wynns, "If You Ask Me" by Jerry Williams, and "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone" by The Ad Libs. CD
Also available Catacombs – Temple Street, Wolverhampton 1968 to 1974 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD 9.99

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (metallic silver vinyl pressing) ... LP
B-Boy, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.99 On June 3, 2022
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". LP, Vinyl record album
(RSD Essentials pressing. Quantities pressed on demand and strictly limited!) This item will not be delivered to you before Friday, June 3.

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James BrownGravity (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scotti Bros/Big Break (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – and the record sports guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Steve Winwood, and Stevie Ray Vaughan – and although the production is a bit stiff at points, there's some undeniable quality in James that still makes some nice moments shine through! Titles include "Gravity", "Let's Get Personal", "How Do You Stop", "Living In America", "Goliath", "Repeat The Beat", and "Return To Me". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "Living In America (12" R&B dance)", "Living In America (inst)", "Living In America (soundtrack version)", "Gravity (12" ext)", "Goliath (12" message house mix)", "Gravity (single)", and "How Do You Stop (12" ext)". CD

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Doug HammondEllipse ... LP
Idibib/Manufactured, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Quite possibly the rarest album ever from this great percussionist – and one of the most intimate, too – given that the record only features Doug Hammond on drums, percussion, and piano – alongside flute from Karen Joseph! The percussion alone is great, and handled by Doug with a really cool style – most likely multi-tracked, so that he's also adding some voice and piano to the percussion and drums – sometimes with very rhythmic, earthy pulses – sometimes a lot more offbeat and outside! And although Joseph plays on the record, there's a lot more solo percussion moments throughout – which almost has Hammond in territory of work by artists like Andrew Cyrille or Milford Graves. That comparison is a key acknowledgement of the sometimes-overlooked genius that Hammond brought to the New York scene in the 70s – as we think you'll agree when hearing tracks that include "East 14th Street", "Concentric Dream", "Warm Up", "Funk Beat From The Motherland", "Night Of Sand", "Apple Birdleg March", and "Prayer From The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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JoseHood N***** (dirty, clean, tv, inst) ... 12-inch
Highlife, Late 90s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Obscure NY street rap with a beat that samples "The Edge", slightly souped up compared to Dr Dre's "Next Episode". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousBreakin' – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor, 1984. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Sure, maybe Breakin wasn't the most accurate, most faithful portrait of life on the streets in the early 80s – but the film was a great breakout moment for hip hop culture in the mainstream, and also helped sell the new style with a heavy dose of soul! The real stars here are Ollie & Jerry – who deliver two of the album's best tracks – "Breakin There's No Stoppin Us" and "Showdown" – but the set's also got some other great 80s soul and funk tracks – including "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Freakshow On The Dance Floor" by The Bar-Kays, the smooth club hit "99 1/2" by Carol Lynn Townes, "Body Work" by Hot Streak, "Street People" by Fire Fox, "Heart Of The Beat" by 3V, and "Reckless" by Chris "The Glove" Taylor – featuring vocals by a young Ice T! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with "53" labels. Cover has light wear and is bent just a bit at the spine.)

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VariousBreakin' – Original Soundtrack (clear vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Polydor/Get On Down, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
Sure, maybe Breakin wasn't the most accurate, most faithful portrait of life on the streets in the early 80s – but the film was a great breakout moment for hip hop culture in the mainstream, and also helped sell the new style with a heavy dose of soul! The real stars here are Ollie & Jerry – who deliver two of the album's best tracks – "Breakin There's No Stoppin Us" and "Showdown" – but the set's also got some other great 80s soul and funk tracks – including "Ain't Nobody" by Rufus & Chaka Khan, "Freakshow On The Dance Floor" by The Bar-Kays, the smooth club hit "99 1/2" by Carol Lynn Townes, "Body Work" by Hot Streak, "Street People" by Fire Fox, "Heart Of The Beat" by 3V, and "Reckless" by Chris "The Glove" Taylor – featuring vocals by a young Ice T! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on "Coke Bottle" clear vinyl!)

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Pandora's Box ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A searing collection of work from the tiny Garland Record label – most of which was not issued at the time, but which together presents the label as a powerhouse of newly-minted hard rock from the Northwest scene! This package definitely blows away previous collections of work on the label – and has a very different vibe too, as you might guess from the Kiss-style makeup of the group who play on the cover! For some reason, only three of these cuts saw the light of day at the end of the 60s – which makes the whole thing a wonderfully rich discovery – full of the kind of raw, rare, hard rock treasures you usually find on more metal-centric labels. Titles include "Back Street Queen" and "Slave Driver" by Eclipse, "Stone Mountain" by The Other Side, "They'll Pass Me By" and "Day Dreams II" by Messick, "Don't Be A Fool" by Inner Circle, "Thor's Hammer" by Loyal Opposition, "Hey Joe" by Zero End, and "Don't Want To Be Alone" by High Voltage. CD

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✨✧ Kool G Rap & NasFast Life (original, acapella, inst)/It's A Shame (soul mix, soul inst, da butcher's mix, da butcher's inst) ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1995. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Queens represent! G Rap and then youngblood Nas trade bars over a breezy beat by Buckwild, each with their own verse at first and then line by line by the end, chock full of their signature introspective street life gems! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousSock It To 'Em Soul – 60's Club Soul Classics From The Vaults Of Atlantic, Atco, Loma, Reprise, Stax & Warner Bros Records 1963-1968 ... CD
WEA (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sockin soul galore – a killer set of 60s singles and album tracks from the vaults of Atlantic and Warner Brothers! The set's a stunner – filled with hard-grooving numbers that offer a nice rootsy take on uptempo soul – rougher than Northern, but with a similar punched-up sound and strong emphasis on the beat. A number of the tracks on the set are hits or familiar numbers – but sound great here next more obscure numbers, all laid together back to back – in a way that makes sure that the energy level never lets up! Titles include "Knucklehead" by The Bar-Kays, "Funky Street" by Arthur Conley, "Sock It To Em JB (parts 1 & 2)" by Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers, "Don't Fight It" by Wilson Pickett, "Pata Pata" by Miriam Makeba, "Stupidity" by Solomon Burke, "Some Kind Of Wonderful" by Soul Brothers Six, "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Sho Nuff" by JJ Jackson, "Candy" by The Astors, "My Sweet Potato" by Booker T & The MGs, "Walkin Up A One Way Street" by Willie Tee, and "Bella Delena" by The Marketts. 30 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chicago Experiment (Makaya McCraven, Jeff Parker, & Others)Chicago Experiment ... CD
Ropeadope, 2022. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Chicago finally gets its due – in this great series that previously gave us the Philadelphia Experiment and Detroit Experiment projects! This time around, though, the lineup is even more top-shelf – filled with the kind of artists who really make us proud to be part of the Windy City – many of them players with slightly different styles and approaches, which is what makes the record such a great break from the usual! Pianist Greg Spero heads up the group, and the septet features work from Makaya McCraven on drums, Jeff Parker on guitar, Joel Ross on vibes, Marquis Hill on trumpet, Darryl Jones on bass, and Irvin Pierce on tenor – working together with a style that's nicely unified, and which has some of the soulful currents of other projects in this series from Ropeadope. That mode is maybe a bit different than you're used to hearing from McCraven, is a perfect showcase for the more soulful side of Parker's talents, and is right on the money for Marquis Hill – on tunes that include "The Chant", "Sizzle Reel", "Cloud Jam", "Always Be", "Double Take", "Maxwell Street", "For Too", "Straight Shooter", and "Tiny Beat". CD

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✨✧ Count FivePsychotic Revelation – The Ultimate Count Five ... CD
Double Shot/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A psych masterpiece – expanded! Count Five only ever recorded one album – the legendary 1966 Psychotic Reaction, an instantly powerful blend of fuzzy guitars, burn-out organ, and urgent rhythms – as important to the sound of Northern California as early Love records were to the sound of LA! The record alone is more than worth revisiting, but this tasty reissue package ups the ante to 24 tracks from the original 12 – including non-LP singles, unissued tracks, and even some early bits and demos. Plus, the whole thing's packaged with a huge booklet of notes on the group – getting way past the myths spread about them by Lester Bangs, and letting the members of the group tell their own short-lived story. Titles include "Double Decker Bus", "Contrast", "You Must Believe Me", "Psychotic Reaction", "The World", "She's Fine", "The Morning After", "Mailman", "Enchanted Flowers", "Revelation In Slow Motion", "Out In The Street", and "People Hear What I Say". CD

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalCount 'Em 88 ... LP
Argo, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
That's right, count 'em – 88 keys on the piano in all, and Ahmad does a pretty good job of hitting them all in this early album of piano virtuosity! The album's amazing – set the pace for a whole new generation of piano expressiveness, with a cool and earthy approach that also still has quite a bit of poise. The group features Walter Perkins on drums and Israel Crosby on bass – fantastic rhythm players both of them, giving the album a pulsating live that goes way beyond the simple format of the tunes! Titles include "Beat Out One", "Jim Love Sue", "Maryam", "Volga Boatman", and "Green Dolphin Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label stimulated stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Mistura PuraBlue Bus ... LP
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Mistura Pura, aka Federica Grappasonni, is as much of a vinyl collector as a producer and musician – and that depth of musical interest really comes through in this double length set! The tracks have lots of elements that draw on styles from the 60s and 70s – but the beats are often quicker, and the overall sound a bit clubbier – yet still has a vibe that's very original overall, and which hardly sounds like easy remix remakes of tracks from back in the day! There's lots of live instrumentation throughout – Fender Rhodes, Hammond, acoustic bass, flute, tenor, and plenty of percussion – all reworked by Federica, who adds in more percussion and keyboards too. Titles include "Midnight For Tommy", "Artistry In Rhythm (Mistura Pura rework)", "Stop Into The Bossa", "Summer Breeze", "Puerto Rican Blues (Mistura Pura rework)", "Street Beat", "African Circles", and "A Prayer For Odara". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Prince Billy Mahdi WrightYou Got Dat Wright (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Raenii/P-Vine (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful bit of lost spiritual soul jazz from Chicago – recorded in the early 80s, but with a progressive and righteous feel that's very much in the 70s Strata East vein! The group's led by Billy Mahdi on tenor, soprano, and flute – and features Corky McClerkin on piano, Eldee Young on bass, and Dave Baldwin on sax. But the real treat on the set is a trio of female singers that augment some of the best tracks – singing in a slightly off-beat style that is somewhere between Oneness Of Juju and Ramp. And in fact, Oneness of Juju are a good comparison here – as the album's got a lot of tracks that are kind of like that group's tighter jazz dance, less Afro-inspired numbers. Includes the spiritual classics "Tune Weaver" and "Summer Love" – plus "Love Dream", "79th Street Blues", and "Excuse Me". CD
(Prat of the excellent Groove Diggers series!)
 
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VariousBeale Street Beats – Home Of The Blues Vol 1 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Home Of The Blues/Bear Family (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy ... $25.99 29.99
Great work from the Memphis scene of the early 60s, served up here by one of the city's smaller independent labels – not Stax, Sun, or Hi Records – but the much smaller Home Of The Blues, an important imprint who helped bridge the worlds of R&B and soul at the start of the 60s! At some level, the company owes a lot to King Records – as they carried forth a legacy of that company's R&B work, and also picked up a few of its artists too – while also moving things forward into more soul-based modes, with help from a young Willie Mitchell – who worked for Home Of The Blues in the studio before moving onto greater fame at HI! Titles on this first set are some great nuggets from the HOTB vaults – titles that include "You're So Hard To Pleas" by Willie Cobbs, "Rocking All The Time" by Roy Brown, "Teenage Letter" by Billy Lee Riley, "Goofball" by The 5 Royales, "Sugar Baby" by Roy Brown, "Thirty Five Thirty" by Willie Mitchell, "Little Schoolgirl" by Larry Birdsong, "Home Of The Blues" by Sammy Lawhorn, and "Search No More" by Jimmy Dotson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool 10" package!)

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✨✧ VariousBeale Street Beats – Home Of The Blues Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), New Copy ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Norio MaedaHappy Mama On Green Dolphin Street ... LP
Offbeat (Japan), 1976. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A live set from Japanese pianist Norio Maeda – working here with Yasuo Arakawa on bass and Takeshi Inomata on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Miss JonesDon't Front (soul mix, soul mix amazin' flow, 8th street mob mix, just my beats mix, just my voice mix, much mix) ... 12-inch
Step Sun, 1994. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear.)

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Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $18.99
A really wonderful Chess/Cadet session from the 60s – not the bop-styled record you might expect from the 52nd Street reference in the title! Instead, the whole thing's more of a cool Chicago take on soul jazz – with these great large arrangements from Richard Evans, backing strong solos in the lead from guitarist Kenny Burrell – sounding wonderful here, almost in a Verve Records 60s mode – floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat, all very groovy! Side one features the extended "Suite For Guitar & Orchestra" – and side two features "I Want My Baby Back", "Soulero", "Con Alma", and "Blues Fuse". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – part of the Kenny Burrell 90th Anniversary Collection!)

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DavGive Me Sommore (Get Down) (radio, street, acapella) ... 12-inch
Slammin, Mid 90s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Production "assistance" by the Beatminerz. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)

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DominatrixDominatrix Sleeps Tonight (main, chants, Dominant mix, Beat Me) ... 12-inch
Streetwise, 1984. Very Good (pic cover)... $11.99
One of our favorite tunes from the old school – a beautiful blend of vocoder vocals, sinister keyboards, and some cool splashy beats! This one ties it all together – the sound of the streets, the experiments of the import scene, and the changing energy in the clubs – all with a perfect blend of moods, and that wicked "D-d-d-d-d-d-ominatrix" chant! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(German pressing. Cover has some wear, light staining, a bit of marker and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Kenny BurrellOde To 52nd Street ... LP
Cadet, 1967. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful Chess/Cadet session from the 60s – not the bop-styled record you might expect from the 52nd Street reference in the title! Instead, the whole thing's more of a cool Chicago take on soul jazz – with these great large arrangements from Richard Evans, backing strong solos in the lead from guitarist Kenny Burrell – sounding wonderful here, almost in a Verve Records 60s mode – floating over the top of a variety of material, both mellow and upbeat, all very groovy! Side one features the extended "Suite For Guitar & Orchestra" – and side two features "I Want My Baby Back", "Soulero", "Con Alma", and "Blues Fuse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Maulawi/Fito FosterStreet Rap (DJ Amir & Re.decay jazz reconstructed rmx)/Salsa (DJ Dez salsa rmx) ... 12-inch
Strata/BBE (UK), 2021. New Copy (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great reworking of this funky bit of Detroit 70s jazz from Maulawi – originally issued on Strata Records in the 70s, and taken apart and put back together in a nice long mix from DJ Amir! The cut's got these chanted vocals that are great – straight at first, then re-cut as the groove stretches out and a few more contemporary touches are added to the jazzy instrumentation! On the flipside, DJ Dez takes on the cut "Salsa" by Fito Foster – pushing up the beats a bit more, but still letting all the classic salsa warmth of the vocals and instrumentation flow out of the grooves! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ MadlibPinata Beats ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight-shooting, street lingo-slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's just leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats than on some the more freeform Madlib projects. We wouldn't dream of fronting on Freddie Gibbs' impeccable rhymes on the vocal version, but these moody instros are incredible, on par with Madlib's best work. Titles include "High", "Bomb", "Robes", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real", "Uno", "Pinata" and more. CD

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✨✧ NasStreet's Disciple ... CD
Sony, 2004. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Beats by LES, Chucky Thompson and Salaam Remi, with guests Olu Dara, Kelis, Ludacris, Doug E Fresh, Busta Rhymes, Maxwell, and others. Titles include "Nazareth Savage", "American Way", "These Are Out Heroes", "Disciple", 'Rest OF My Life", "Suicide bounce", "Streets Disciple", "Unauthorized Biography Of Rakim", "Remember The Times", "The Makings Of A Perfect B****", "Bridging The Gap" and 'War". CD
(Out of print. Limited edition poster not included.)

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Cypress HillCypress Hill ... CD
Columbia/Ruffhouse, 1991. Used ... $6.99
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock, considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. Titles include "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", and "Psychobeatbuckdown". CD

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DMXExodus ... CD
Def Jam, 2021. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A posthumous album from the mighty DMX – mirroring his career in way, from rugged and raging street anthems to soulful confessions and pleas to family. Exodus is heavy on guests appearances – and under the circumstances that feels right and fitting, to give this legendary voice the stars-studded sendoff he deserves – with one time rivals Nas and Jay-Z teaming up as show of respect, and appearances by Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Westside Gunn and more. Includes "That's My Dog", "Bath Salts", "Dongs Out", "Hold Me Down", "Skyscrapers", "Hood Blues", "Take Control", "Letter To My Son (Call Your Father)", "Prayer" and more. CD

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TashanChasin' A Dream ... LP
Def Jam, 1986. Sealed ... $13.99
A Def Jam classic from Tashan – and a record that really helped bridge the gap between male soul and hip hop in the 80s! The style's still as warm and soulful as most of Tashan's contemporaries, but the record definitely shows a bit of street soul in the rhythms too – often just a bit gentle, but prefacing the changes that would come more strongly in the next decade – an aspect that really made this one stand out from the rest! Tashan's vocals are in a classic romantic mode, but often set to beats that provide a nice contrast and a good sort of punch – a definite Def Jam mode that's famously heard on the title track. Titles include "Ooh We Baby", "So Much In Love", "I Don't Ever", "Love Is", "Read My Mind", "If Words Can Express", "Chasin A Dream", and "Strung Out On You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original copy, with a hype sticker and cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Boogie Down ProductionsGhetto Music: The Blueprint of Hip Hop ... CD
Jive, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Boogie Down Productions circa '89 – with prime street poetry from KRS, perfectly raw beats and overall peak end of the 80s production! Blueprint is an apt title for a couple reasons – the beats aren't what we'd call spare, but they're raw and unvarnished – a perfect framework for KRS's clear, concise and tough rhymes. It's also the blueprint for some of the best, toughest, street conscious hip hop to come. It's a unique snapshot of the time, too, coming at the crossroads of hip hop's rise from the 80s streets to the mainstream, with KRS One standing for realness right there at the brink. Includes "Jack Of Spades", "The Blueprint", "You Must Learn", "Who Protects Us From You?", "Why Is That?", "Breath Control", and "Bo! Bo! Bo!". CD
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✨✧ J DillaJay Love Japan (deluxe version) ... CD
Operation Unknown, 2007. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Uncut, full version Jay Love Japan – one of the best of the early posthumous Dilla releases – originally slated exclusively for the Japanese market! This is Dilla in a mostly uptempo vibe, with soulful strings and vocal samples and blunt, snapping beats. There are a couple vocal appearances from Detroit fellows – Baatin of Slum Village and Ta'Raach – plus additional scratch work in a couple spots by Exile and and Ricci Rucker. Includes a short intro, "Yesterday", "Say It" feat Ta'Raach and scratches by Exile, "Oh Oh", "First Time" feat Baatin and scratches by Tha Ruckazoid, "In The Streets", "Feel The Beats", "Believe In God", "Can't You See" and "Say It". 2016 CD version includes 11 tracks in all! CD
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✨✧ DMXExodus ... LP
Def Jam, 2021. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A posthumous album from the mighty DMX – mirroring his career in way, from rugged and raging street anthems to soulful confessions and pleas to family. Exodus is heavy on guests appearances – and under the circumstances that feels right and fitting, to give this legendary voice the stars-studded sendoff he deserves – with one time rivals Nas and Jay-Z teaming up as show of respect, and appearances by Snoop Dogg, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Wayne & Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys, Westside Gunn and more. Includes "That's My Dog", "Bath Salts", "Dongs Out", "Hold Me Down", "Skyscrapers", "Hood Blues", "Take Control", "Letter To My Son (Call Your Father)", "Prayer" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Cypress HillCypress Hill (6 X 7 inch box set – with booklet) ... 7-inch
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy 6 x 7 inch box set (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock, considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. Titles include "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", and "Psychobeatbuckdown". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(30th Annivesary 7 inch box set edition – with extensive booklet and a premium red foil outer box!)

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✨✧ Frank N Dank48 Hours (2CD edition – with instrumentals) ... CD
Digi Pop/Delicious Vinyl, 2003. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
The timeless sounding underground classic debut of Frank-N-Dank – which is a strong first full length statement for the duo – and a significant milestone in the J Dilla production canon! It has more of a straight up, street ready rhyme style than was typical for Dilla productions at the time – with smoky, pulsing production and unpredictable beats. The rhymes are stronger than we gave 'em credit for a decade or so back – and the raw electro funky bounce provided by Dilla really opened us up to how diverse his style could be outside of the jazzy/funky/soul beats he'd laid down in the preceding couple of years! Tracks include "Rite Bites", "Street Life", "Pimp Strut", "Where The Parties At?", "All Seasons", "Take Dem Clothes Off" and more. This 2013 version features a second disc with Dilla's instrumentals. CD

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

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✨✧ Cypress HillCypress Hill (25th Anniversary Skull) ... CD
Columbia/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cypress Hill's debut masterpiece – one of the biggest and best first albums in 90s hip hop! There's little we can add to the canon when it comes to describing this album's impact, but it's still pretty revelatory. Like other west coast rap heavies of the time, Cypress Hill documents real world street violence with a darkly comic sensibility, redefined usage of the word "blunt" forever more, and simply delivered one of the most influential rap (or rock, considering the astonishing crossover success) albums of the decade. Titles include "How I Could Just Kill A Man", "Hand On The Pump", "Hole In The Head", "Real Estate", "Stoned Is The Way Of The Walk", "Phunky Feel One", "Pigs", "Latin Lingo", "Something For The Blunted", and "Psychobeatbuckdown". CD
(Please Note – these copies have a few light marks from shipping. This is only on the outer box, and the contents are still beautiful!)


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Public EnemyPower To The People And The Beats – Public Enemy's Greatest Hits (blood red & black smoke vinyl pressing) ... LP
Def Jam, Late 80s/1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 39.99
Public Enemy at the height of their power – all the best cuts from their early years on Def Jam Records – from a time when they were really helping expand the scope and political power of hip hop! The group were essential in taking the music from the parties in the streets to the issues that really mattered to the people who were listening – and even after all these years, it's impossible to deny the impact and power of these cuts – many of which deal with issues that still haven't been resolved all these many decades later! Every track is a gem – and titles include "You're Gonna Get Yours", "Public Enemy #1", "Rebel Without A Pause", "Bring The Noise", "Don't Believe The Hype", "Prophets Of Rage", "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos", "Fight The Power", "Welcome To The Terrordome", "911 Is A Joke", "Brothers Gonna Work It Out", "Can't Truss It", "Can't Do Nuttin For Ya Man", "Hazy Shade Of Criminal", "Shut 'Em Down", "By The Time I Get To Arizona", and "He Got Game". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl in the US – indie exclusive!)

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VariousHalcyon Days – 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
Strawberry (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $21.99 38.99
A really well-titled compilation – one that gets at the special mix of music that was happening in the London mod scene of the 60s – a blend of styles that's way different than was going on here in the US at the time! There's certainly some bigger names on the collection – but the real appeal is the way those artists mix with others that never crossed the Atlantic back in the day – jazz singers, blues artists, ska/rocksteady singers, and even some UK soul artists who round out the collection and really help make a bridge between different styles! Most tunes are upbeat and pretty darn groovy – supported by a big booklet of notes that offers details on every one of the 87 artists within – a large lineup that includes Duffy Power, Richard Kent Style, Ronnie Jones, Zoot Money, Trendbender Band, Barry St John, The Chantelles, Bo Street Runners, Mark Wirtz, Rainbow Ffolly, Katch 22, Heinz, The In Crowd, Belfast Gypsies, Kevin King Lear, Artwoods, Pretty Things, Creation, David Bowie, Barney J Barnes, Rupert & The Red Devils, Andy Ellison, Plastic Penny, Australian Playboys, The Shame, Truly Smith, The Alan Bown, and many others. CD

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VariousI Love To See You Strut – More 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
Strawberry (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
A huge collection of cuts from a time when the UK scene was overflowing with influences from American soul – styles that you might know from some of the big crossover hits that charted on our side of the Atlantic – but which run much much deeper overall, as you'll hear in this stunning collection of hard-grooving cuts! The whole thing is a mix of mod rock styles with American soul, R&B, and jazz influences – plenty of heavy drums, organ solos, tenor lines, and raw vocals from a wide variety of artists – all of whom sound surprisingly great here together in the company of each other! Even if you think you know the UK scene from this period, you might still find plenty to discover here – in a set of 85 tracks by artists who include The Remo Four, The Action, Plastic Penny, The Ministry Of Sound, Fire, The Eyes, Koobas, The Voice, Drag Set, Terry Reid, The Birds, Linda Hoyle, Carl Douglas & The Stampede, Dr K's Blues Band, The Takers, Bo Street Runners, Zoot Money, Johnny & John, The Artwoods, Downliners Sect, Jimmy Royal & The Hawks, Ronnie Jones, The Fingers, Trendbender Band, The Scots Of St James, Colin Cook, The Favourite Sons, VIPs, Graham Bond, and even a young David Bowie. CD

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✨✧ VariousBlue Break Beats 2 ... CD
Blue Note, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection of grooves that first came to light in the 90s – one that had the Blue Note label digging back in their catalog and completely re-thinking their approach to reissues – given the new popularity of jazz in the hip hop sample world! As you'd guess from the title, the music here is very strongly oriented in the mode of "breaks", or tracks that were sampled for later hip hop and club recordings – classic jazz tunes from the glory days of Blue Note that have gone onto live again, thanks to the keen ears and inventive work of more contemporary DJs and producers. After all these years, The Blue Breakbeats series still stands as one of the best illustrations of the funkier side of the label – and titles on this second volume include "Orange Peel" by Reuben Wilson, "Higga Boom" by Gene Harris, "Jasper Country Man" by Bobby Humphrey, "Good Humor Man" by Blue Mitchell, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Grant Green, "The Kumquat Kids" by Eddie Henderson, "The Phantom" by Duke Pearson, "Spinning Wheel" by Lonnie Smith, "Ummh" by Bobby Hutcherson, "The Worm" by Jimmy McGriff, "The Caterpiller" by Lou Donaldson, "Pot Belly" by Lou Donaldson, "Beale Street" by Donald Byrd, "Viva Tirado" by Gerald Wilson, and "Street Lady" by Donald Byrd. CD
(Out of print – and includes a "Don't Boost Our Loops" insert from the Capitol Legal Department!)

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✨✧ Laurent FintoniBedroom Beats & B-Sides – Instrumental Hip-Hop & Electronic Music At The Turn Of The Century ... Book
Velocity, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hip hop was born on the streets of the South Bronx – but as the years went on, budgets changed, equipment evolved, and the music moved into some much more private spaces of creation – a rich legacy of homegrown production that's very well-documented in this book! The shift was key – as labels weren't always willing to spend the right sort of money for studio time for groundbreaking artists – and others weren't willing to play the games of the music industry, and were much more content to create on their own – a shift that's a bit like that of the rise of the singer/songwriter in rock at the end of the 60s – but with implications here that also touched many other styles of music as well. The book is an unusual presentation of the history – which is mostly told on an artist-by-artist basis, but to show an evolution in styles and sound – brought together with over 100 interviews and deep research that takes things far from the limelight of hip hop and dance music of the 90s and 00s. Softcover, 388 pages. Book

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BB & Q BandGenie (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
The last true classic from the masters of the 80s groove genre – a post-Capitol effort for Elektra, but one that's still awash in great keyboards and snapping electro beats! Some of the jazzier sound from the past is gone here, but in its place is a leaner, cleaner sound that's still a fair bit more compelling than most work by the group's contemporaries! Nearly all tracks snap along with rhythms that are nicely placed between the street and the dancefloor – never gimmicky and never too cloying, and tightly focused enough to make the most of the hooks in the vocals. Lots of DX7 on the album, and more than a few numbers have a great sort of breakdance vibe. Tracks include "Riccochet" and "Dreamer" – both remixed by Shep Pettibone –"On The Shelf", "Genie", "Main Attraction", and "Don't Force It". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "Dreamer (no 1 rmx)", "Main Attraction (finest rmx)", "Dreamer (Shep's dream version)", "Riccochet (Ben Liebrand mix)", and "Dreamer (Shep Pettibone long voc version)". CD

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BohannonSummertime Groove ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 About June 22, 2022
One of the biggest and best albums ever for Hamilton Bohannon – filled with quirky rhythms and really unusual grooves! Bohannon was one of the key forces in setting the scene for disco in the early 70s – and by the time the rest of the country was hitting the dancefloor in the middle part of decade, he was still moving forward, into a whole new realm of groove! The tracks on this set have some really mad rhythms – skittish and scattered, still with a dancefloor approach, but with lots of odd touches that set them apart from the rest of the pack. A key example of this is the great tune "Me & The Gang", which has this off-key piano loping out over chunky beats – but the whole thing's great, with a lot more of a sly edge than you'd expect from the cover. Titles include "Summertime Groove", "The Street Dance", "Let's Start The Dance", "Listen To The Children Play", and "I Wonder Why". CD

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David BowieDavid Bowie (mono version – picture disc) ... LP
Deram/Republic, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $31.99 35.99
Genius, pure genius from a young David Bowie – an album that we've always treasured as much as Ziggy Stardust! This set's pre-Hunky Dory, pre-Space Oddity – and it's an amazing little record that's almost completely devoid of guitars – instead using weird woodwinds (lots of oboe!), soaring strings, and offbeat orchestrations to carry off the tunes – all of which are as weird, mad, and wonderful as anything Bowie wrote in later years! The subject matter of the songs is almost a dark reflection of the picture postcard England that you'd find in work by The Kinks – the local pederast, weird guy who lives with his mum, old military geezer who can't get out of the past, cross-dressing soldiers, a gravedigger about to meet his death, and hip Londoners gallivanting all over town – all delivered with a sharpness that's stunning. We honestly think the record is flawless – incredibly complicated instrumentally, but incredibly groovy too – with all the edge you'll always love in Bowie, but in a fresh young flavor too. Years back, as young Bowie-heads, we always passed this one by – assuming it was unformed early roughness – but it's not, and is an incredible album that would have been more than enough for any other artist to build a career on. Titles include "Uncle Arthur", "Sell Me A Coat", "Rubber Band", "Love You Till Tuesday", "There Is A Happy Land", "When I Live My Dream", "Maids Of Bond Street", "We Are Hungry Men", "She's Got Medals", and "Please Mr Gravedigger". LP, Vinyl record album

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Klein & MBODe-Ja-Vu (aka First) ... CD
Phoenix/Klein & MBO (Italy), 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Early 80s club genius from the Italian scene – a full length set by a studio project who managed to take the world with a wonderful mix of beats, basslines, and keyboard lines! There's also female vocals on most tracks – almost more of an afterthought at time – very different than a disco singer might have sounded a few years before, as the lyrics really just urge on the grooves – which are perfect for both a breakdance scene, and an NYC street soul mode! The rhythms are heavy on early drum machine work and synth lines – and titles include the fantastic instrumental "MBO Theme", the hit "Dirty Talk", and the cuts "The Big Apple", "I Love You", "Wonderful", and "De Ja Vu". CD

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ShalamarHeartbreak (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. Used ... $18.99
Very catchy work from Shalamar – a trio who were one of the most hit-oriented acts in the Solar Records stable – but who really hit their crossover heights on this mid 80s set! The group draw heavily on rock and pop modes for the beats and basslines of the set – making that sort of shift that Deniece Williams and some other contemporaries were hitting at the time – maybe inspired a bit by the success of Thriller, or just following their own muse in search of a way to update their sound! Titles include "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)", "My Girl Loves Me", "Deceiver", and "Whenever You Need Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Dancing In The Streets (12" Jellybean rmx)", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills (12" special mix)", "My Girl Loves Me (12" ext rmx)", "Amnesia (12" edit)", and "Dancing In The Sheets (inst)". CD
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VariousBossa Do Morro ... CD
Man/Universal (Germany), 2008. Used ... $14.99
A killer update on the sound of the bossa – one that takes older Brazilian recordings, and updates them with a bit of a baile funk bottom! The approach is still gentle enough to preserve the sensitive sound of the 60s originals – but rhythmic enough to appeal to anyone digging the contemporary baile funk groove – thanks to turntable work, added basslines, electronics, and some gritty beats pulled from the streets! Things never get too over the top, and the balance here is really beautiful – one we hardly would have expected to come off this well, although the album is a co-production of the Man Records team, who've brought us other great Brazilian work in the past. Titles include "Sambura (DJ Amazing Clay baile funk rmx)" by Luiz Bonfa & Maria Toledo, "Discussao (DJ Bolao & MC Gringo rmx)" by Sylvia Telles, "Berimbau (DJ Nazz & Ernani Maldonado funk mix)" by Rosinha De Valenca, "Desafinato (DJ Nazz & Erani Madonado rmx)" by Joao Gilberto, "Macumba (DJ Dinho & DJ Fu rmx)" by Rubens Bassini & Chico Batera, "Agua De Beber (DJ Edgar rmx)" by Tom Jobim, "Embolada (DJ Dinho & DJ Fu rmx)" by Luiz Bonfa, "Barquinho (DJ Marrentinho rmx)" by Fernanda Meirelles, and "Insensatez (DJ Edgar rmx)" by Klaus Doldinger. CD

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VariousCan You Feel It Vol 2 – Modern Soul, Disco, & Boogie 1976 to 1984 ... CD
Tramp (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99
A killer collection of upbeat soul and dancefloor grooves – and one that goes way way deeper than even the hippest collections of disco rarities! The Tramp label has given us plenty of great funk collections over the years – and with this set, they turn their well-trained ear towards the world of obscure club and disco singles – not just American rarities, but some great gems from around the world – all presented as a completely fresh collection of groove-heavy numbers, most of which are completely new to our ears! The compilation features detailed notes on each selection – which is great, because most are so obscure, we knew nothing about them at all – and titles include "Put The Music In Your Ear" by Cirt Gill & The Jam A Ditty Band, "Love Me" by Mr Maurice, "Dear Wendy" by Dancer, "Lover's Fantasy" by Phoenix, "Medicine Man" by Grayson Street, "The Wrong Side Of Me" by The Fantastic Shakers, "Bump & Run" by Harry Hann, "Meltdown" by Maxwell, "Godzilla" by Mabin Brothers Band, "Can You Feel It" by Gangbusters, "Love Me" by Mr Maurice, "In Orbit" by Ambros Seelos Orchestr, and "Disco Jiver" by Tony Swamy & The Band Of Executives. CD

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✨✧ VariousGreg Belson's Divine Disco Vol 2 – Obscure Gospel Disco 1979 to 1987 ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A pretty fantastic selection of rare disco tracks from the American underground – all of them infused with a spiritual message, but served up with grooves that go head to head with some of the best underground club of the time! The mix of positive energy and upbeat grooves is wonderful – and if you've ever heard the Clark Sisters club classic "You Brought The Sunshine", then you'll definitely know the spirit of these tunes! If you're worried about the message being one that you're not into, don't – because there's sort of a universal spirit going on here – one that gets past conventions of the church, and which really goes for a general uplifting message that's totally great – almost a precursor to some of the positive house in more recent decades. And speaking of house, there's less of that here than you'd expect – as most of the instrumentation and production are strongly in the best New York underground modes from the disco years – with less of any 80s or electro soul elements. Titles include "I Believe" by Calvin B Rhone, "Imitations" by Johnson Family Gospel Singers, "Change" by Wisdom, "On That Other Shore" by Harrison Jones & The Voices Of Harmony, "I've Been Converted" by The Converters, "Ain't No Way To Do Wrong" by New Creation, "Take It To The Streets" by Prophecy, "Let The Lord Come In Your Life" by Wisdom, "Keep The Fire" by Paradise, and "Jesus Is On The Mainline" by Mr Jesse R McGuire. CD

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VariousLet's Dance Records – Mike Macharello & Duane Thamm Jr – Chicago 1983 to 1985 ... CD
Let's Dance/Still Music, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $15.99
A cool collection from the earliest years of the Chicago house music scene – a time when the city's grooves were maybe as beholden to the styles from overseas as they were the new vibe going on in the Windy City! Lots of these tracks have heavier beats than basslines, and almost reflect some of the ways that New York street soul was using drum machines in the years after hip hop got going – but there's also an approach that shows that strong Chicago love of import dance records from the UK, Italy, and beyond – with modes that were borrowed strongly, then reshaped to make the more familiar grooves that influenced generations to come. As with other Still Music projects, the package is as much a history lesson as a music compilation – a great look into a tiny little label, with detailed notes, and tracks that include "Jump Trax Mix Down" by Duane Thamm Jr, "Single Girl (voc)" by Knight Action with Sedenia, "R-Trax (special mix)" by Knight Action, "Crazy Or Not (inst)" by Mike Tomaselli, "Nobody (club mix)" by Joey O & Out Of Control, "I Like That In You (dub)" by Belinda Hoover, "Crazy Or Not (virgin)" by Mike Tomaselli, "R-Trax/D-Rail (single dance mix)" by Knight Action featuring Sedenia, and "Jump Trax Mix Up" by Duane Thamm Jr. CD

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VariousSampled Soul ... LP
Wagram (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $33.99 34.99
A nice range of soul tracks that have been sampled over the years – titles that were snipped for beats and breaks by artists who include Outkast, Kanye West, House Of Pain, Moby, Kendrick Lamar, and others – served up here in their entirety! These aren't just 70s soul classics either, as there's some good surprises in the mix – which makes the whole thing a bit more interesting than usual – a mix of 21 cuts that includes "Tiden Flyver" by Boom Clap Bachelors, "Open Your Eyes" by Bobby Caldwell, "Something's Got A Hold Of Me" by Etta James, "Coffee Cold" by Galt MacDermot, "It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney, "Walking Down Lonely Street" by Joe Simon, "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell, "Come To Me" by Johnny Mathis, "I Hate I Walked Away" by Syl Johnson, "Trouble So Hard" by Vera Hall, "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas, "Parce Que Tu Crois" by Charles Aznavour, and "Good Times" by The Persuasions. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousYou Can't Sit Down – Cameo/Parkway Dance Crazes 1958 to 1964 (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) (2022 Record Store Day Drop) ... LP
Cameo/Abkco, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP ... On June 18, 2022
A great set of groovers from the Cameo/Parkway label – a company that gave the world the biggest twist record of the 60s, but which also was perfectly poised to deliver all sorts of other upbeat tracks as well! The label was in Philly – a huge dance town in the early days of soul and rock – and the set list here is filled with the kind of cuts that were Philadelphia's answer to the rising sound of Motown – the roots of the Northern Soul sound that would be followed by soul collectors for decades! These aren't novelty hits, but upbeat cuts that groove plenty – most by soul artists, a few by pop singers – but all given the kind of tight instrumentation and strong studio handling that made the Philly scene such a standout. 22 tracks in all – including "Shimmy Shimmy" and "The Wah Watusi" by The Orlons, "Bristol Stomp" and "You Can't Sit Down" by the Dovells, "Mashed Potato Time" and "Do The Bird" by Dee Dee Sharp, "The 81" by Candy & The Kisses, "The Mash" by Tony Young & The Hippies, "Mexican Hat Rock" by The Applejacks, "Baby Do The Frog" by The Dardenelles, "The Swim (part 1)" by The Marlins, "Slow Twistin" by Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp, "The Third House" by Bobby Rydell, "When You Dance" by The Turbans, "Everybody South Street" by The Taffys, "The Popeye Waddle" by Don Covay, and yes, "The Twist" by Chubby Checker. (Note: This item is not for sale online until 7:00am on Sunday, June 19. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Saturday, June 18. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after 7:00am on June 19 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavyweight yellow vinyl pressing – plays at 45rpm for great sound!)

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✨✧ Blahzay BlahzayBlah Blah Blah ... LP
Mercury/Tuff Kong, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Initially the only album ever issued by Blahzay Blahzay – a set that came out right in the middle of a real golden age of 90s hip hop – and right up there with some of the best of the New York scene! Outloud handles the lyrics, PF Cuttin delivers the beats and scratches – and the whole thing's got the kind of rock-solid, double-length quality of some of the best Payday releases of the same time – just the right balance between street toughness and a more thoughtful current that balances things out – really tempering any of the posturing on some of the cuts – that special subtle style the east coast could do so well in contrast to rising scenes west. Titles include "Danger (parts 1 & 2)", "Blah Blah Blah", "Don't Let This Rap Sh*t Fool You", "Pain I Feel", "Posse Jumpa", "Sendin Dem Back", "Long Winded", "Jackpot", and "Good Cop Bad Cop". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Keith MurrayMost Beautifullest Thing In This World ... CD
Jive, 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Keith Murray's finest moment, introducing the word to his mic skills, the most complex of the Def Squad MC's. Erick Sermon provides the bottom heavy east coast funk style on the beat side. Includes the single that got everyone open on Keith "The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World", plus "Get Lifted", "Dip Dip Di", "Take It To the Streetz", "Herb Is Pumpin'", "Sychosymatic", "How's That", "Escapism", "Bom Bom Zee", "Danger", "Straight Loonie" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode here – thanks to production by Willie Mitchell – but there's also a deeper groove overall, a stronger burning bottom, and an all-soul sound to most tracks that goes way beyond simple cliches of southern soul. Ann's vocals are tremendous throughout – sometimes sweet, sometimes mean – and titles include the sublime "I Can't Stand The Rain", plus "Run Run Run", "One Way Street", "You Keep Me Hangin On", and "If We Can't Trust Each Other". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lou RawlsLou Rawls Live! (Capitol) ... LP
Capitol, 1966. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums to ever sum up the genius of Lou Rawls in the 60s – a brilliant live set put together with the talents of David Axelrod! The record perfectly captures the easy-going soul of Rawls in the early years – a natural approach to his music that made him one of the best singers of his genre at the time, and which comes out especially strong in the album's upbeat monologues, which are often delivered by Lou with musical accompaniment, then leap strongly into the lyrics of a tune. Backing is by a small jazzy combo that includes Herb Ellis on guitar and the great rhythm team of Jimmy Bond on bass and Earl Palmer on drums – both of whom bring a nice little groove to most of the album's numbers. Titles include "Street Corner Hustler's Blues/World Of Trouble", "Southside Blues/Tobacco Road", "The Shadow of Your Smile", "In The Evening When The Sun Goes Down", "I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good", and "The Girl From Ipanema". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Royal HouseCan You Party (club, inst, orig mix) ... 12-inch
Idlers, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the crowning moments of house music from the 80s – and arguably the greatest thing that Todd Terry ever did! The record's got some incredible washes of sound – coming together in a barrage of beats and keyboards that propelled Terry from out of the underground, into the cars of just about everyone on the street in the summer of 1988! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label pressing with Warlock rim text in an Idlers sleeve. Label has BPM written in pen.)

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✨✧ Giulianio SorginiLiving Dead At The Manchester Morgue ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool soundtrack with a very unusual history – part of a brief sub-genre of films that were created during a time when the Italian and Spanish scene were doing their version of British horror and mystery! As such, the album does a great job of mixing groovy styles that you'd know from Italian films with some of the darker modes of gothic horror – these deeper tones and starker moments that are then offset by more upbeat and jazzy passages in a really great way! The strings can move between offbeat/atonal and more traditional – and there's also some very nice use of echoey percussion too. Titles include "Surreal", "Trance", "John Dalton Street", "The Living Dead", "Mysterious Country", "The Torment Of The Dead", and "Aggression". CD
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ VariousDaptone Gold (deluxe gold foil jacket plus 11X 13 poster, sticker & full MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones Christmas song) ... LP
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, be it funky instrumentals, gritty raw soul, with bits of Afrobeat and more. Daptone Gold includes some standard bearing label classics, rarities and previously unreleased tracks – incredible stuff from Binky Griptite, The Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields, Menahan Streetband, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Antibalas. 23 tracks in all: a funky introduction and more from Binky Griptite, "Could Have Been" by Lee Fields, "Che Che Cole Makosa" by Antibalas feat Mayra Vega, "Nervous Like Me" by the Dap-Kings, "I Need You To Hold My Hand" Cynthia Langston & The Gospel Queens, "Stranded In Your Love" by Sharon Jones & Lee Fields and more. Incredible stuff, and a totally essential overview if this your first Daptone Purchase or fiftieth! LP, Vinyl record album
(The vinyl package is excellent – with a gold foil gatefold sleeve, full color 11 X 13 poster, a Daptone sticker, and full album MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Christmas song that's not on the physical release!)

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✨✧ Brooklyn DreamsBrooklyn Dreams ... LP
Casablanca/Millennium, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Sweet blue-eyed club from Brooklyn Dreams – a trio who take some of the stronger vocal harmonies of mainstream 70s pop, and fuse them with some upbeat grooves for the dancefloor! The group's sound is pretty great – compressed, warm, and quite soulful – without any too-commercial overtones – and arrangements that range from mellow to uptempo, always with a sense of feeling that's way more than just quickly-penned club charts. Titles include "Music Harmony & Rhythm", "Don't Fight The Feeling", "Another Night At The Tango", "On The Corner", "Street Dance", "Hollywood Circles", and "Baby You're The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ LaToya JacksonMy Special Love ... LP
Polydor, 1981. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Long before Janet Jackson hit the spotlight, sister LaToya was the leading female star of the Jackson family – really stepping out with a great sort of sound on an early record like this! LaToya works with warm production from Ollie Jackson – an early 80s groovemeister who was doing great things to help people push past the sound of disco from a few years before – including picking up a few beats from the streets, which he uses nicely here to help Jackson advance her sound! The music has some poppy currents at times – no surprise for any member of the family – but LaToya also slinks out with her own nicely soulful take on the lyrics, making the record one of the real standouts in her catalog. Titles include "Stay The Night", "Fill You Up", "Giving You Up", "Love Song", "Summertime With You", "Love Song", and "I Don't Want You To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and bent corners.)

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✨✧ Jay-ZIn My Lifetime, Vol 1 ... LP
Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 1997. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Jay Z's second LP, the one right before he adopted the "hot"/Swizz Beats sound. Like the first LP, there's a good mix of more hip hop tracks like "Streets Is Watching", "Friend Or Foe '98", "Rap Game/Crack Game" and even the more radio friendly are still kinda dope, like "A Million & One Questions" and "Who You Wit". Plus a few nice old school samples, like Funky 4+1's "Rockin' It" on "Always Be My Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pink FairiesPolydor Years (Never Never Land/What A Bunch Of Sweeties/Kings Of Oblivion/with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Floating World (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of key albums from the Pink Fairies – served up with lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Never Never Land – the fantastic debut of the Pink Fairies – easily one of the shaggiest, headiest bands on the UK scene at the start of the 70s – and a group who rose from the ashes of the equally important Deviants! The record's an unusual mishmash of modes – a set that confidently swaggers between psych, hard rock, and maybe even a bit of proto-punk – very confident in its approach, and coolly compressed in the production, but never in the slick style that would dominate British rock more strongly in the mid 70s. The Fairies aren't afraid to let their freak flag fly, but they're also clearly moving past hippiedom too – on titles that include "War Girl", "Do It", "Say You Love Me", "Tack One Side Two", "Thor", "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout", and "The Dream Is Just Beginning". What A Bunch Of Sweeties is filled with freaky fuzz from the Pink Fairies – a seminal UK group who were maybe trapped in a space between late psych and early glam – and somehow equally important to both! There's lots going on in the set – modes that are as offbeat as styles put forth by The Fugs in the late 60s, but a lot sharper overall from a musical perspective – especially in the way the group uses great guitar work and a few catchy numbers to sew the whole thing together – on titles that include "Portobello Shuffle", "Marilyn", "Pigs Of Uranus", "Walk Don't Run", "X-Ray", "I Went Up I Went Down", and "I Saw Her Standing There". Kings Of Oblivion is maybe the most fully-formed album from the legendary Pink Fairies – and a set that's got some really searing guitar from Larry Wallis – a melodic genius whose sound really holds things together, and gives the group a stronger focus than ever before! The guitar lines seem to bring out and amplify all the ideas the group were going for before – and maybe give the group a sense of darkness that they never fully reached – not hard rock cliche, but this tightness that's also completely individual – maybe like early Thin Lizzy at their best, yet in a completely different way. Titles include "I Wish I Was A Girl", "City Kids", "When's The Fun Begin", "Chromium Plating", "Street Urchin", and "Chamber Maid". Bonus tracks include "Going Down", "Walk Don't Run (first version)", "War Girl (alt mix)", "The Snake", "Do It (single mix)", "Uncle Harry's Last Freakout (alt mix)", "Well Well Well (alt mix)", "City Kids (alt)", and "Hold On (single)". CD

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✨✧ SaultUntitled (Rise) ... LP
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently clubby, but very soulful throughout – with a lot more warmth than you might guess from the 4AD-styled look of the cover! Titles include "Scary Times", "No Black Violins In London", "You Know It Ain't", "Free", "Street Fighter, "Rise", "Fearless", and "The Beginning & The End". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SecessionTouch (parts 3 & 4) ... 12-inch
Beggars Banquet (UK), 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A classic from the post-punk, post-disco days of the early 80s – and a stunning reminder of just how much that cold Factory Records sound crossed over in the old days! The cut's past New Order, part New York underground – and it's got a hook that's pretty darn catchy, even if the beats are kind of cold and forbidding. Produced by John Rocca, with a nice Streetwise electro groove! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain sleeve. Label on Part 4 has a small BPM sticker.)

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✨✧ VariousBang The Box – The Lost Story Of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987 to 1988 ... LP
Still Music, Late 80s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Bang the box – a classic battle cry from the glory days of Chicago house – summed up here perfectly with a stack of tracks from the short-lived AKA Music label! The package follows strongly in the mode of Still Music's Kill Yourself Dancing set – and like that one, it offers up a really great look at a tiny label from the Windy City club scene – an imprint who cut some key tracks that barely made it out of the midwest, but which really helped to shape the house-heavy rhythms that went onto inspire countless artists in years to come! AKA only issued records for two short years in the mid 80s – but they really helped push some of the leaner, cleaner Chicago house modes that were bursting into the limelight in the acid years – those cool keyboards and dark beats that still stand out as some of the best elements from the classic years. The notes do a great job of telling the story from the perspective of the clubs and the streets – and titles include "Rock It" by Matt Warren & Michaelangelo, "Bang The Box (bang the house mix)" by Matt Warren, "Take Me Higher (ultimate acid mix" by Nexus 6, "Lost In The World" by Michaelangelo, "The Music's Got Me (club mix)" by Team, "Pleasure Dome (house mix)" by Modern Mechanical Music, "Don't Bring Back Memories" by Matt Warren & Michaelangelo, and "Alternative House" by Michaelangelo. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBoombox 2 – Early Independent Hip Hop, Electro, & Disco Rap 1979 to 1983 (3LP set – with bonus download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
The real sound of the old school, and the best beats from the streets – the kind of early underground hip hop tracks that still sound wonderful after all these years! These are tracks from the earliest years of the style – when funk was as much a part of the music as lyrics – and tracks were often surprisingly long, and spun out in the best sort of party mode – with an excellent focus on funky drum breaks and basslines, matched by lyrics from youthful crews and MCs that set the standard for countless artists to come! As with the first volume, the track selection here is wonderful – a mix of key classics from the Harlem and South Bronx scenes, plus some overlooked gems that are well-worth discovering – all wrapped up with the usual top-shelf attention to detail we've come to expect from Soul Jazz Records! The package features loads of great notes and photos – and titles include "Maximus Party" by TJ Swann & Pee Wee Mel, "Death Rap" by Margo's Kool Out Crew, "Lookin Good" by Eddie Cheba, "One Time Two Time Blow Your Mind" by MC Rock Lovely, "Let's Rock" by Harlem World Crew, "School Days" by Busy Bee, "Ah That's The Joint" by Kool DJ AJ, "Dancin Party People" by Little Skarsky, "Young Ladies" by Lonnie Love, "Rappin Partee Groove" by Rappers Rapp Group, "The People's Message Take Two" by Terry Lewis & Wild Flower, "Shake Your Body" by Manujothi, "Dr Ice Rap" by Zoot II, and "Rock The Message Rap" by Grand Master Chilly T & Stevie G. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHey Ho Guaguanco – Rare & Unissued Salsa Jams From The Speed & Fonseca Catalog 1968/1969 Vol 1 ... LP
Speed/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic tracks from two ultra-rare labels from the New York scene – the Latin Soul empire Speed Records, and the super-tight Fonseca label – which provided a real mainline to Puerto Rican grooves at the time! Both labels cut some of the hardest-hitting Latin tracks of the time – music that was often rawer and more unbridled than material for other indies, like Tico or Fania – and the tracks here are from some of the obscure albums issued by both imprints, and some even-rare 7" singles – all with an upbeat groove, and a sound that's much more the Latin groove of the streets uptown, instead of the bigger ballrooms down in midtown. Titles include "Descarga Los Bravos" by Kent Gomez, "Asi Asi Descarga" by Mike Hernandez & Su Sonora Casino, "El Bembe" by Terrible Frankie Nieves, "Milton's Jala Jala" by Milton Zapata, "Palos Bravos De St John" by Orquesta Oliveri, "Yemaja" by Kent Gomez, "Palacio Descarga" by Danny Palacios, and "Melao Melaito" by Orquesta Oliveri. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bobby BlandCome Fly With Me/I Feel Good I Feel Fine/Sweet Vibrations/Try Me I'm Real ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Four fantastic albums from Bobby Bland – all brought together in a single package for the first time! First up is Come Fly With Me – great work from Bobby Blue Bland – one of the few artists to rise up at the end of the 50s, and still find a way to chart their own path forward in soul with fresh material like this! Bobby's voice is still incredible here, and he works with production from Al Bell and Monk Higgins, the latter of whom arranged – in this cool style that's a bit like some of the territory that Tyrone Davis was taking on at Columbia Records during the second half of the 70s – fuller arrangements that bring some sophisticated soul touches to the music, but in ways that never lose the core of Bobby's genius! Titles include "Lady Lonely", "Night Games", "You Can Count On Me", "Love To See You Smile", "Come Fly With Me", and "To Be Friends". The next album is I Feel Good I Feel Fine – and Bobby Bland sounds pretty good too – thanks to arrangements from the great Monk Higgins, who does a perfect job of mixing Bland's trademark vocals with some sweet late 70s arrangements! The sound is upbeat, but never in a cliched disco mode – more in the territory that you'd hear Johnnie Taylor using over at Columbia Records – maybe a good comparison, given the Memphis roots that both artists shared – as both also evolved a lot to shift their sound with the changing modes of the time. And as with Johnnie, Bobby never loses the core that makes him great – as you'll hear on titles that include "Tit For Tat", "Soon As The Weather Breaks", "In His Eyes", "Someone To Belong To", "I Feel Good I Feel Fine", and "Little Mama". Sweet Vibrations is a real gem from the start of the 80s – arranged by Monk Higgins, who co-produced the set with Al Bell – a duo who'd already given Bobby some great records before, but who really knock it out of the park with this one. There's an extra-special quality going on here – maybe a slight reintroduction of blues roots, but still with a very contemporary spirit – set up to superb backings throughout. Titles include "Soul With A Flavor", "Hollywood Woman", "You'd Be A Millionaire", "Sweet Vibrator", "Special Kind Of Fool", and "A Real Woman Is What It Takes". Try Me I'm Real is record with a title that certainly fits the bill – as the amazing voice of Bobby Bland is as real here as it ever was, and blended with superbly soulful backings that take the singer's sound forward for a whole new generation! Some of Bobby's contemporaries were content to just stick in a straight blues mode – but Bland really grew and developed a lot as an artist, thanks in part to Monk Higgins and Al Bell – who are both at the production helm of the record, and balance the bluesy roots of Bobby with some richer soul backings that really knock the whole thing out of the park! We love Bobby Blue Bland during his early Duke Records years – but we love him equally as much for music like this, on titles that include "But I Do", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Givin Up The Streets For Love", "A Song For You My Son", "Just You Just Me", and "Love Is Where It's At". CD

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✨✧ Hoodoo FushimiKenka Oyaji ... LP
180g (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Pretty great work from Hoodoo Fushimi – a one-man show who provides plenty of hip hop-inspired beats, breaks, and keyboard lines – served up on assortment of instruments recorded in his own home studio in the 80s! To say that the record is straight hip hop might be a stretch – as there's plenty of electro soul elements too – and Hoodoo almost seems to act more like his vocals are an afterthought to all of his really creative work on Casio, Roland, and Yamaha keyboards – amidst other odd elements that include turntable scratches, shamisen, and even some "obnoxious noises" too! Titles are all in Japanese, as are the lyrics – but there's a really great vibe to the whole set that makes it feel like the whole thing was crafted for a New York b-boy to break on the streets of Shibuya. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousEquidity Funk – Hard To Find Gems From The Vaults Of P&P Records ... CD
P&P, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure what "equidity" means – but the grooves here are so great, we're hardly going to ask for a definition! The package is filled with plenty of the funk promised in the title – but often in ways that are really odd and offbeat – just what you'd expect from a mighty trip through the legendary P&P Records archives! Notes are a bit spare, but most tracks here appear to be from the late 70s and early 80s – mixing earlier funk modes with bits of club and old school hip hop – the latter of which makes for some of the best numbers here, cuts that really step out with a street party sort of feel. Titles include "Robot Dance" by Marvin Wright, "New York Computer Break Dance" by Stax, "Game Of Life (inst" by Lavara & E Mallison, "Gangster Rock" by Little Starsky, "Anyway I Can" by Milton Floyd, "Pound For Pound" by Le'O Roy, "Robot Dance" by Milton Wright, "Disco Hop" by Fly Guy, "Equidity Funk" by Mistafide, "Funk Rap (inst)" by Ikim & Bacardi, "This Is The Way To Break Dance" by Super Coper & Clarence Breaker, and "Let's Do It" by Jesse Gee. CD

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✨✧ VariousLet's Make Some Music – Sunshine, Soft, & Studio Pop 1966 to 1970 ... CD
Teensville (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely wonderful collection – filled with groovy tunes from the late 60s that we never would have discovered otherwise – overflowing with upbeat rhythms, harmony vocals, and the kind of warm pop rock glow that you'll know from the generation of Sunshine Pop! Think of this work as in the territory beyond the Beach Boys and early Bee Gees – sometimes fully orchestrated, sometimes with leaner arrangements – partly inspired by Cali modes of the mid 60s, but also taken to new, more sophisticated territory too! We always think we know territory like this very well, but the Teensville label always blows us away with their sense of fresh discovery – served up here on 33 tracks that include "Wind Up Chimes" by Jimmy Carter & The Broken Pieces, "Never Fade Away" by We In A Nutshell, "So Glad We Made It" by Graham Chapman, "Definitely Dixie" by Chain Reaction, "5:30 Plane" by Picardy, "The Skeleton On The Roundabout" by Kevin McCann, "Town Called Love" by Friend & Lover, "The Pleasure Of Her Company" by Chuck Woolery, "143rd Street Please Driver" by The Eighteenth Edition, "Roses & Rainbows" by The Unforscene, "You" by Byzantine Empire, "Autumn" by The Majority, "Every Boy In The Crowd" by Christopher, and "Early Morning Blues & Greens" by Sue Raney. CD

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✨✧ VariousSampled Soul ... LP
Wagram (France), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A nice range of soul tracks that have been sampled over the years – titles that were snipped for beats and breaks by artists who include Outkast, Kanye West, House Of Pain, Moby, Kendrick Lamar, and others – served up here in their entirety! These aren't just 70s soul classics either, as there's some good surprises in the mix – which makes the whole thing a bit more interesting than usual – a mix of 21 cuts that includes "Tiden Flyver" by Boom Clap Bachelors, "Open Your Eyes" by Bobby Caldwell, "Something's Got A Hold Of Me" by Etta James, "Coffee Cold" by Galt MacDermot, "It's My Thing" by Marva Whitney, "Walking Down Lonely Street" by Joe Simon, "Mellow Mellow Right On" by Lowrell, "Come To Me" by Johnny Mathis, "I Hate I Walked Away" by Syl Johnson, "Trouble So Hard" by Vera Hall, "Why Can't We Live Together" by Timmy Thomas, "Parce Que Tu Crois" by Charles Aznavour, and "Good Times" by The Persuasions. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sampled Soul ... LP 33.99

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✨✧ Richie ColeCool C ... LP
Muse, 1981. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Richie Cole looks a bit hokey on the cover, but really sounds great on the album – a cooking early 80s date for Muse Records, and one with some surprising large group touches! Cole's alto is set up in a core quartet with Himiko Kikuchi on piano – but there's also a fuller horn section and percussion group in the background – one that pushes some of the upbeat tunes along with a great sense of soul, and a quality that nicely underscores the edge in Richie's horn. Titles include "Blue Bossa", "Autumn Leaves", "Cool C", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Back To Bop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ SaultUntitled (Rise) ... CD
Forever Living Originals (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record with an unassuming cover, but with a deeply soulful sound that comes across right away – a spare blend of simple beats and well-crafted basslines, topped with vocals that almost seem like they're trying hard not to get in the way of the groove! The approach is great – gently clubby, but very soulful throughout – with a lot more warmth than you might guess from the 4AD-styled look of the cover! Titles include "Scary Times", "No Black Violins In London", "You Know It Ain't", "Free", "Street Fighter, "Rise", "Fearless", and "The Beginning & The End". CD

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✨✧ SurpriseBelieve Me ... LP
Beau Monde (France), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked bit of 80s electro soul – one that's heavy on Yamaha keyboards and beats, but which was also recorded in Gabon – which gives the whole record a very different sound than New York material of the time! The rhythms are definitely in the funky soul side of the spectrum, but have different inflections and directions than big city beats from the street – maybe more complexity at points, but also a willingness to step back and allow some spots of bluesier inflections in the other instrumentation, which is mostly guitar – an instrument that has less of a rhythmic role here than on the usual soul album. Titles include "Butter Fly", "Ogoue", "We Gonna Have Some Fun", "Believe Me", "Back To LBV", and "Will Be The Only One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousGood As Gold – Artefacts Of The Apple Era 1967 to 1975 (5CD set) ... CD
Apple/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A fascinating look at the farther reaches of the Apple Records empire during its ill-fated run – not the familiar records by non-Beatle artists, like Badfinger or Billy Preston – but instead a wide range of really surprising artists, who all had relationships to the Apple empire in very different ways! CD1 features Lost Sessions & Singles – material recorded during the earliest days of the Apple imprint, but which never saw the light of day at the time – some overlooked gems by Brute Force, Grapefruit, Timon, Contact, Mortimer, and Drew & Dy. CDs 2 and 3 are maybe some fo the best known parts of the pie – singles and other cuts that were issued at the time, but which are still pretty darn obscure – work by Danny Kalb & Stefan Grossman, The Misunderstood, Turquoise, Joker, Coconut, Gallagher & Lyle, The Perishers, Rawlings & Huckstep, The Cups, Coconut Mushroom, The U, Focal Point, and others too! CD4 features work recorded at the upgraded Apple studios in the early 70s – tracks by Linda Lewis, Pagliaro, Tim Hardin, Fanny, Contact, Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Stealers Wheel, Badfinger, John Howard, Tony Hazzard, and Mike McGear. And CD5 features The Ghosts Of Baker Street – some of the material recorded as demos in the very early Apple studio – cuts by Barry Alexander, Robert & Miles Priestley, Focal Point, Jackie Lomax, Drew & Dry, Jack Hollingshead, and George Alexander. CD comes with a huge booklet of notes to open up these very lost recordings – and the whole thing features a massive 107 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousWith Love – A Pot Of Flowers (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Beat (UK), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet sampling of late 60s psyche from the American underground – a collection of work by different groups who represent some of the most obscure artists on the Mainstream label at the time – fleshed out here with a slew of bonus tracks that more than doubles the running time of the original album! The work here is all generally pretty hard rocking – heavy on guitars, with lots of fuzz – sometimes in support of sweeter-styled lyrics and a dreamier, more melodic feel, other times set to darker and more hallucinatory themes. The 12 original album tracks include "Hungry Women" and "No Me Tomorrow" by Euphoria, "Wind Dream" and "Baby Dear" by The Wildflower, "My Dear & Kind Sir" and "I Think I'm Down" by The Harbinger Complex, and "Walking Down The Road" and "Streetcar" by The Other Side. There's a stunning 13 bonus tracks (!!!) – mono single versions of Wild Flower, Otherside, Euphoria and Harbinger Complex tracks and mid 60s cuts by alternate Mainstream & Brent combos The New Dawn, The Word, The Ban, Thee Unusuals and The Ariel! Includes "Slave Of Desire" by New Dawn, "Now It's Over" and "So Little Time" by The Word, "Place Of Sin" by The Word, "I Could Go On" by Thee Unusuals and more. Includes a 24-page booklet with group histories and other notes. Killer! CD
 
 
 



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