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Gloria BarnesUptown (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality to the instrumentation overall – supposedly handled by Lee Moses and The Ohio Players – the latter of whom wrote a few of the songs too! The album's one of the few on Maple – and in a way, it's almost a female soul counterpart to the Lee Moses record on the same label – done in a similar mix of rootsy modes and east coast indie soul – occasionally sweet at points, but mostly deep soul overall. Titles include "Gotta Get Away", "I Found Myself", "Old Before My Time", "I'll Go All The Way", "She Wants A Stand In", and "You Don't Mean It". CD

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Ron CarterUptown Conversation (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Embryo/Atlantic (Japan), 1970. Used Gatefold ... $24.99
A beautiful album by Ron Carter – and quite rare, too! The record features a group that's got a nice 70s modal soul jazz sound – with players that include Herbie Hancock on acoustic and electric piano, Hubert Laws on flute, Sam Brown on guitar, and both Billy Cobham and Grady Tate on drums – all working in sweet small group mode alongside Carter's excellent work on acoustic and Fender bass. The sound is sometimes spacey, sometimes groovy – and marks a key chapter in Carter's career, one that has him stepping out of the background into a great role as a leader – setting the stage for many more albums to come in the 70s! Titles include the very funky "Uptown Conversation", plus the tracks "Half A Row", "Doom", "Little Waltz", "Ten Strings" and "Einbahnstrasse". Very soulful, with a stone mellow moody groove! CD
(Out of print, 2005 pressing in a beautiful gatefold sleeve – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Dick Wellstood & Cliff JacksonUptown & Lowdown ... CD
Prestige, 1954/1961. Used ... $11.99
A selection of trad numbers from pianists Dick Wellstood and Cliff Jackson – recorded over a few different dates, and presented here in a great CD package! The first few tracks on the set – "Yacht Club Swing", "Brush Lightly", and "Blook's Dues" – feature Wellstood with a 1961 group that includes Herman Autry on trumpet and Gene Sedric on clarinet and tenor. Next are an album's worth of duet performances from 1954 – featuring Wellstood on piano and Tommy Benford on drums – on titles that include "Closed Mouth Blues", "The Shout", "Mule Walk", and "Oh Baby Whatcha Doing To Me". And last are a handful of Cliff Jackson tracks from 1961 – with Ed Allen on trumpet and Rudy Powell on clarinet, on versions of "The Sheik Of Araby", "I Found A New Baby", and "Blues In Englewood Cliffs". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ George BensonIt's Uptown (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1966/1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's hard wailing organ jazz of the same time. George is working with a group that features a young Lonnie Smith on organ, plus Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on sax, and Charlie Persip on drums – all tightly coming together, and jamming hard on the album's short cooking tracks. Tracks include "Clockwise", "Jaguar", "Hello Birdie", and "Bullfight". Plus, the CD adds five bonus tracks, including "Sideman", "Minor Chant", and the previously unreleased "J.H. Bossa Nova" and "Clockwise (Alternate Take)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... LP
Columbia, 1952. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye Masterworks pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear with clear tape over the seams)

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✨✧ MetersUptown Rulers! – Live On The Queen Mary ... CD
Rhino, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Andre PrevinUptown ... CD
Telarc, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The trio of pianist Andre Previn, guitarist Mundell Lowe, and bassist Ray Brown work through standards by Duke Ellington and Harold Arlen. CD

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✨✧ VariousHello Heartbreaker – Uptown Soul From Scepter, Wand, & Musicor ... CD
Playback, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep deep look at the New York soul powerhouse trio of labels Scepter, Wand, & Musicor – maybe best known for their big 60s recordings by Dionne Warwick and Chuck Jackson – but a trilogy of labels with a much deeper commitment to soul overall! This excellent package brings together 28 tracks in all, most of them obscure singles from some of the lesser-known artists to record for the family of labels – but still done with that rich production style that was known as uptown soul – full arrangements, and a strong mix of strings with rhythms – but in a way that still lets the deeper currents of the singers come to the forefront of the mix! The approach is very different than music from Detroit and Chicago at the time, and was really maybe the greatest calling card for New York soul during the time – served up beautifully here, in a collection that features 14 tracks that appear on CD for the first time ever. Titles include "Two Stupid Feet" by The Tabs, "Cry Me A River" by Marie Knight, "Brother Where Are You" by The Demotrons, "Dearly Beloved" by Jack Montgomery, "Accept Me" by The Diplomats, "Turn Back The Time" by Judy Clay, "Hey Child I Love You" by JJ Barnes, "A Thousand Rivers" by Roscoe Robinson, "My Only Prayer" by Lois Lane, "Through A Long & Sleepless Night (alt)" by Jimmy Radcliffe, "In Between Tears" by Lenny Miles, and "She's Gone" by Tony Drake. CD

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✨✧ VariousUptown Saturday Night – Automatic ... CD
Sony/Time Life, 1970s/1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Mtume, Luther Vandross, Raydio, the Pointer Sisters, Aretha Franklin, Five Star, Evelyn King, Teena Marine, Earth, Wind & Fire, the O' Jays, the Isley Brothers, Dionne Warwick, Melba Moore, Heatwave & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Michael HurleyHi Fi Snock Uptown (LP style sleeve) ... CD
Raccoon/Future Days, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Raw & rambling folk sounds from Michael Hurly – recorded in early '72 – some of his better material of the era, living up to if not surpassing his Armchair Boogie of a couple years earlier! Michael's in seemingly amiable spirit here on some tunes, and standing on shakier ground or in scarier waters at other points, with some country rock tinged jams and weirdo troubadour numbers. Titles include "Blue Driver", "Water Train", "The Sun Is Slowly Sinking", "I'm Worried, I'm Worried", "In Florida", "Lilly Pads Upon The Pond", "Trinidad" and more. CD
(Deluxe gatefold tip-on CD sleeve.)
 
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✨✧ Mary J BligeWhat's The 411? (25th anniversary edition) ... LP
Uptown/MCA, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The landmark debut of Mary J Blige – a record that not only did a great job of blending underground hip hop and mainstream soul sensibilities – but maybe also opened the door for the Neo Soul revolution to come! Mary comes on here with a fresh new vision in female soul – one that's informed by the youth and upfront energy of the hip hop female MCs that preceded her – but with a depth that also makes Blige sort of the new Aretha Franklin for the end of the century – a deep soul singer, but one who's equally at home in the streets and the studio. Important production is by a young Sean Combs – some of his first great work on record – and the set also features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Little Shawn, Grand Puba, Erick Sermon, and CL Smooth. Titles include "Real Love", "Sweet Thing", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "What's The 411", "I Don't Want To Do Anything", "Changes I've Been Going Through", "Slow Down", and "My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(25th Anniversary pressing – first time as a 2LP set!)

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Allen EagerIn The Land Of OO-Bla-Dee – 1947 to 1953 ... CD
Uptown, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Slipcover is included but has some edgewear.)

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Father MCFather's Day ... CD
Uptown/MCA, 1990. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, booklet has a light stain.)

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GuySpend The Night (extended, dub, radio edit, Teddy's rap, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1989. Near Mint- ... $3.99
"Spend The Night" is lifted from Guy's first album, and pumped up a bit by Teddy Riley – who adds in some great New Jack beats with a really sinister dark edge. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an MCA sleeve.)

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✨✧ JodeciCome & Talk To Me (radio rmx, inst, hip hop version) ... 12-inch
Uptown, 1992. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(NOTE – Comes in plain sleeve, not the cover pictured.)

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JodeciFeenin' (radio, E Double gets bizzy, E Double gets biz-e-r, get busy inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1995. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Remixed by Erick Sermon. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Uptown sleeve.)

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JodeciGet On Up (album) (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Uptown, 1995. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Uptown sleeve.)

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✨✧ JodeciLet's Go Through The Motions (radio, inst, intro radio) ... 12-inch
Uptown, 1993. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Budd Johnson & Phil WoodsOle Dude & The Fundance Kid ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A silly title, but one of those great Uptown albums from the 80s – a real back to basics set that features strong tenor from Budd Johnson and smoking alto from Phil Woods! The group also features Richard Wyands on piano, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear in the top left corner.)

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Don Joseph featuring Al CohnOne Of A Kind ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A nice small combo date – done in the best Uptown Records way – understated, but nicely strong all the way through! Don Joseph blows cornet – in a combo that features Al Cohn on tenor, Bill Triglia on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Joey Baron on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Charlie ParkerMontreal 1953 ... CD
Uptown, 1953. Used ... $9.99
... CD

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✨✧ Soul IV RealCandy Rain (lp, heavy d & trackmasterz mix, swing of things corona mix, big daddy/go-go mix) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1994. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Uptown sleeve.)

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✨✧ Joe Thomas/Jay McShannBlowin' In From KC ... LP
Uptown, 1983. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Thomas and McShann play with Dicky Harris on trombone, Johnny Grimes on trumpet, Haywood Henry on baritone, George Duvivier on bass, and Oliver Jackson and Jackie Williams on drums. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pepper AdamsLive At Fat Tuesday's ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
A great small group date that really shows the depth of Pepper Adams' playing in these years – with Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Clint Houston on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums! Titles include "Conjuration", "Diabolique II", "Dr Deep", and "Dobbin/Tis". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Philly Joe JonesTo Tadd With Love ... LP
Uptown, 1982. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A great project from Philly Joe Jones' Dameronia group – with trumpet from Johnny Coles, alto from Frank Wess, baritone from Cecil Payne, tenor from Charles Davis, and piano from Walter Davis Jr! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dodo MarmarosaOn The Coast 1945 to 1947 & 1952 ... CD
Uptown, Mid 40s/1952. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Many great slices of work from the early years of pianist Dodo Marmarosa – actually the only years that had Dodo really shining in the limelight – as he made only a handful of rare recordings between 1953 and 1961! Yet these sides are equally rare – as the set brings together obscure 78rpm singles, sometimes with Dodo as the leader, sometimes working with other groups – and also includes a fair bit of rare broadcast material too, really tracing a great evolution of Marmarosa's style over a few short years! The package is overflowing with material – far more than for us to mention in just a few short notes – but we can tell you that it includes Atomic Records 78rpm releases under the name of the Dodo Marmarosa Quartet with Lucky Thompson on tenor, the Dodo Marmarosa Trio, Lyle Griffin & His Orchestra, and the Barney Kessel All Stars – plus Down Beat label 78s by the Lucky Thompson Quartet with Marmarosa on piano, Irra Records material by singer Miss Danna, and Encore Records work by Ray Linn & His Orchestra. There's also MacGregor transcription tracks by the Dodo Marmarosa Trio, Jubilee Transcriptions by the Just Jazz All Stars with Howard McGhee on trumpet, and radio broadcast material by Boyd Raeburn All-Stars, Viven Garry Trio, and Lucky Thompson Quartet – all featuring Marmarosa. The set mostly features mid-40s work – but ends with two long tracks recorded at the Lighthouse in 1952 – with Dodo in a group that also includes Shorty Rogers on trumpet, Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Cooper on tenors, and Milt Bernhart on trombone. CD

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✨✧ JR Monterose & Tommy FlanaganAnd A Little Pleasure ... LP
Uptown, 1981. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Stunning duets between JR Monterose and Tommy Flanagan – a record that we love not so much for Flanagan's lyrical accompaniment on piano (however great), but for Monterose's beautiful blowing in such an unfettered setting! There's a gentle grace to JR's horn on the set – both tenor and soprano – a sense of interpretation that opens up magically with tones and feelings that are extremely captivating – fragile, yet soulful – and always beautifully blown. Titles include "Theme For Ernie", "Vinnie's Pad", "Twelve Tone Tune", "Never Let Me Go", "Con Alma", "Pain & Suffering And A Little Pleasure", and "Central Park West". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Don Sickler/Jimmy Heath/Cedar Walton/Ron Carter/BiMusic Of Kenny Dorham ... LP
Uptown, 1984. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A real surprise – and a record we come back to again and again! Sickler's trumpet has a nicely different feel than Kenny Dorham's – and the group's got some especially nice tenor from Jimmy Heath – supported by rhythm from Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Frank Wess & Johnny ColesTwo At The Top ... LP
Uptown, 1983. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Two older players, cooking together beautifully on this early 80s session – and both hitting a vibe that almost makes the set smoke like some rare 60s gem on Blue Note! Frank Wess plays both tenor and alto sax – both of them extremely deep and soulful – with these open, thoughtful solos that almost show more imagination and maturity than in the early days – and also a swinging vibe that's undeniably great. Trumpeter Johnny Coles turns out to be a perfect partner for the session – and manages to mix his sweeter tones with some of his more modern phrasing too – in ways that make the album a treasure trove of unexpectedly great surprises – loads of illuminated passages that keep us coming back again and again over the years. The rhythm section is a good reason for the strength of the set too – and features Kenny Barron on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – on titles that include "Celia", "Minority", "An Oscar For Oscar", "Ill Wind", "Morning Star", and "Whistle Stop". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Burt Bacharach (composer)Always Something There – A Burt Bacharach Collector's Anthology 1952 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rare Bacharach galore – an assortment of under-reissued tracks all penned by the mighty Burt – most of which are from the heyday of 60s uptown soul! Despite the 1952 in the date range on the title, almost all the tunes here are from the mid 60s – that time when Bacharach was writing new tunes like a demon, and getting most of them recorded by a range of great talents on the New York scene. Singers are a good mix of soul, pop, rock, and vocal artists – and although the material was done for a variety of different labels, there's a relatively unified feel – thanks to that snapping syncopation that Burt always brought to work like this. CD features 26 titles in all – including "How About" by Della Reese, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "I Wake Up Crying" by Del Shannon, "I Looked For You" by Charlie Gracie, "That's Not The Answer" by Vi Velasco, "More Time To Be With You" by Brook Benton, "Three Friends" by The Turbans, "Move It On The Backbeat" by Burt & The Backbeats, "You're Telling Our Secrets" by Dee Clark, "Thirty Miles Of Railroad Track" by The Hammond Brothers, "The Story Of My Life" by Big Al Downing, "Made In Paris" by Trini Lopez, "Rain From The Skies" by Adam Wade, and "True Love Never Runs Smooth" by Don & Juan. CD

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Cicero BlakeSee What Tomorrow Brings/Don't Do This To Me ... 7-inch
Success, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A wonderful single from the deep soul genius Cicero Blake! "See What Tomorrow" has a lilting groove – almost uptown, but with rawer midwestern elements – and the hook is a compelling riff on the future, sung by Cicero in a style that's similar to Garnet Mimms, with a mix of sweet and hard styles in the same breath. The flip's just as great – and has a strong shouted quality, in a mellow mid-tempo Ben E King-ish groove. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has moderate peeling.)

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Freddy ButlerWith A Dab Of Soul ... CD
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some rootsy touches, especially on the vocals, mixed with production that's tight and focused – which really gives the album a lot of swing! Instrumentation includes some nice use of vibes and piano, and the album also features some great early compositions by Nick Ashford. Titles include "This Thing", "You'd Better Get Hip Girl", "Never Let Love Go", and "I Fell In Love". CD
Also available With A Dab Of Soul ... LP 13.99

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Freddy ButlerWith A Dab Of Soul ... LP
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some rootsy touches, especially on the vocals, mixed with production that's tight and focused – which really gives the album a lot of swing! Instrumentation includes some nice use of vibes and piano, and the album also features some great early compositions by Nick Ashford. Titles include "This Thing", "You'd Better Get Hip Girl", "Never Let Love Go", and "I Fell In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available With A Dab Of Soul ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Sam CookeLive At Harlem Square Club, 1963 ... CD
RCA, 1963. Used ... $8.99
One of the definitive Sam Cooke recordings of the 60s – never issued at the time, but one of the crucial sides that's provided a later look at his brilliance from the time. The session was recorded at the same vintage as Sam Cooke At The Copa – another live record that was issued during the 60s, and which some claim caused the repression of this one, a much livelier, harder, and soulful session, recorded way uptown, at the Harlem Square Club. The Sam you hear here is a much harder soul artist than the one at the Copa – working his way through some great versions of tracks that include "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Feel It", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "Nothing Can Change This Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Denise & Abe/Arthur AlexanderAin't That Lovin/You Better Listen To Me ... 7-inch
Westbound/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Two rare tracks – back to back on a sweet 45! Denise & Abe duet together on "Ain't That Lovin" – a tune that almost has a Norman Whitfield sort of current at the bottom – which gives the whole thing a vibe that's even hipper than the usual sould duo mode! Southern soul legend Arthur Alexander makes a surprising appearance on "You Better Listen To Me" – a nice cut that mixes his deep soul vocals with some sweet uptown soul production – almost like a Scepter/Wand sort of cut! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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GalacticRuckus ... CD
Sanctuary, 2003. Used ... $7.99
Galactic get some heavy production from Dan The Automator – really chunking up their groove with lots of bass on the bottom and plenty of low-end sounds! The approach isn't really hip hop, but it does give the group's homegrown funk approach a sound that fits more closely next to modern sample records in the crates – but the real appeal of the record is the way it manages to do this while still holding a lot of appeal for fans of instrumental funk. Titles include "The Moil", "Bongo Joe", "Bittersweet", "Doomed", "The Beast", "Kid Kenner", and "Uptown Odyssey". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Barry GordonWorld Is Mine – The Pop Recordings 1964 to 1971 ... CD
Teensville (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Surprising pop treasures from Barry Gordon – a singer who cracked the charts when very young, with a novelty Christmas hit – and also a young actor in a mix of films and TV shows – yet here, a strong singer of pop material – with a wonderfully huge legacy that finally gets proper release on this CD! Barry's voice goes through some nice changes over these years – echoing some Brill Building uptown soul modes at some points, more conventionally poppy at others, and then picking up both strands of folk rock and UK-influenced styles as the 60s move on – a great range that only gets better as the CD moves on. Gordon also increasingly wrote more of his own material, too – especially towards the end of the disc, which features the full lineup from his 1971 Capitol concept album Pieces Of Time. Titles include "The Days Of Pearly Spencer", "Instant Replay Yesterday", "The House That Love Built", "Let Me Try", "Go Back Little Tear", "True Love Can Never Die", "Talk Talk Talk", "A House Built On Sand", "You Are Young", "Conversation", and "Josephine Christopher". CD

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Herbie HancockHarlem Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Quartet (Spain), 1989. New Copy ... $24.99
A really wonderful jazz soundtrack by Herbie Hancock – recorded at the end of the 80s, a decade when Herbie was spending a lot of time on keyboards – but with a rock-solid older jazz vibe that really fits the vintage Harlem setting of the film! The music mixes larger arrangements with tighter piano tracks – the latter of which echo some of the hipper 30s styles of jazz from uptown, mixed with a few later elements of shading and tone – balanced out by larger charts at times conducted by Garnett Brown, who opens up Herbie's compositions in a really nice way. There's no players listed in the notes, but we assume that Hancock is on piano – and titles include "Dominique Seduces", "Snaggletooth Gambles", "Young Quick With Cigs", "Quick To Bed Quick To Rise", "Making A Deposit", and "Exploding Pitty Pat's". CD also features some bonus straight jazz tunes, mostly Duke Ellington numbers – including "It Don't Mean A Thing", "Sophisticated Lady", "Mood Indigo", and "The Gal From Joe's". CD

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Har-You Percussion GroupHar-You Percussion Group ... CD
ESP/CuBop, 1995. New Copy ... $5.99 15.98
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an effort to get kids involved in music uptown – spearheaded by Montego Joe, whose guidance in the set is greatly appreciated! There's a strong Latin Soul vibe running through the set – but one that's different than Joe's other work, a bit more rootsy at times, given all the percussion in the lineup – but warmed up nicely with bits of guitar, trumpet, and alto sax. The album's filled with great groovers – including the classic "Welcome To The Party", and the amazing "Oua-Train" jazz cut, which has a slightly spiritual feel. Other tracks include "Feed Me Good", "Barrets Bag", "Tico", "Ngoma", and "Santa Cruz". CD

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Freddie HughesSend My Baby Back (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Fantastic! This is the kind of soul that we still collect vinyl for and are all the more thrilled to see officially reissued by careful curators such as those at Kent UK! Freddie Hughes is one of the great lost voices of the 60s, and this sparkling album of soulful tunes is a real gem – loaded up here with incredible bonus tracks recorded in earlier duo sessions! He's not the same singer as the Freddie Hughes from Chicago – and he hailed from San Francisco, a very unlikely source for such great soul music. The session was recorded with Lonnie Hewitt (Cal Tjader's funky piano player) in SF – but it's got that perfect New York Wand/Scepter "deep soul meets uptown" sound. The tracks are mostly written by Hughes or Hewitt – and they are all pretty amazing, filled with hooks that just don't quit, and some heartbreaking verses that match the work of writers like Curtis Mayfield or Garland Green. Titles include "Send My Baby Back", "He's No Good", "Tonight I'm Gonna See My Baby", "You're My Everything", "Natural Man" (the Aretha classic remodeled for a male perspective) and "I Gotta Keep My Bluff In" and bonus tracks "Love Can't Be Understood" and "My Baby Came Back". Earlier in the decade, Freddie sang in San Francisco duos Casanova II with Wylie Trass and The Soul Brothers with Ken Pleasants. This CD includes "Maybe They're Right", "Love's Philosophy", "I Was A Fool" and "We Got To Keep On" by Casanova II, plus "Let Our Love Go On", "Love's Philosophy" (Pts 1 & 2), "Where's My Baby" and more by The Soul Brothers, many previously unreleased. One more bonus track: "Do The Philly" on the Music City label, credited to The Music City All Stars. CD

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Chuck Jackson & Maxine BrownSaying Something ... LP
Wand, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Wand's two best vocalists both team up in a tasty set of duets that are a nice counterpoint to some of the other male/female teams of the 60s. Why? Well, because Wand's beautiful uptown production gives both of the singers a more sophisticated edge than you'd hear in some of the other, more kiddie male/female duets from the time. Titles include "Never Had It So Good", "Something You Got", "I Need You So", "Don't Go", "Cause We're In Love", and "We Find Him Guilty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole, but is nice overall!)

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Deon JacksonLove Makes The World Go Round ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1966. Used ... $9.99
Great stuff from one of our favorite soul vocalists of the 60s! We love Deon Jackson – we love his sweetly honest vocal style, we love his songs, and we love the great production he gets from the legendary Ollie McLaughlin! This album is the only one he ever cut – and it's a masterpiece all the way through! Ollie's production mixes some wonderful lilting qualities with rollicking hard soul – it's a far-reaching approach that works incredibly well with Deon's unique approach to the vocals! Includes the super-hit "Love Makes The World Go Round" and a charming uptown soul take on "King Of The Road", plus "Come Back Home", "1-2-3", "You Said You Love Me", "SOS", "Love Is What You Make It" and "Hush Little Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ben E KingHere Comes The Night ... LP
Edsel (UK), Mid 60s/1984. Near Mint- ... $5.99
An excellent compilation that brings together some of Ben's harder to find "uptown soul" singles from his middle period Atlantic recordings. This one's way better than any of the "best of" comps of Ben's work, and it really shows how great a soul singer he was apart from his hit material – and it's filled with gems like "River Of Tears", "The Record", "Here Comes The Night", "On The Horizon", and "Yes". The notes are great, too, and the whole thing's the sort of priceless UK soul reissue that we'd love to see more of these days! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Snorre Kirk with Stephen RileyTangerine Rhapsody ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2019. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo provides these rhythms that are more than interesting enough on their own, and which really expand once Riley's magic comes into the mix! Also, all tunes are originals by Kirk, which makes for an even fresher set than the usual outing with a classic-styled tenorist – and the group features Magnus Hjorth on piano and Anders Fjelsted on bass – plus guest tenor from Jan Harbeck on two tracks too. Tiles include "Tangerine Rhapsody", "Blues Jump", "West Indian Fever", "Festival Grease", and "Uptown Swing Theme". CD
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Snorre Kirk with Stephen RileyTangerine Rhapsody ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99 19.99
Drummer Snorre Kirk has a great musical partner here – tenorist Stephen Riley, who blows with this warm, raspy tone that takes us back to classic Ben Webster in the postwar years! The pace of most tunes is nicely laidback, but never in a way that's too sloppy or loose – as Kirk's combo provides these rhythms that are more than interesting enough on their own, and which really expand once Riley's magic comes into the mix! Also, all tunes are originals by Kirk, which makes for an even fresher set than the usual outing with a classic-styled tenorist – and the group features Magnus Hjorth on piano and Anders Fjelsted on bass – plus guest tenor from Jan Harbeck on two tracks too. Tiles include "Tangerine Rhapsody", "Blues Jump", "West Indian Fever", "Festival Grease", and "Uptown Swing Theme". CD

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Barbara LewisBaby, I'm Yours/I Say Love ... 7-inch
Atlantic, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
Beautiful uptown soul by Barbara Lewis, and a track we've heard a million times, but still love to death! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Little EvaLoco-Motion ... LP
Dimension, 1962. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Not just a key record from the lovely Little Eva, but also a key moment for the young Carole King – who co-wrote the record, conducted the group, and also did the arrangements with help from Claus Ogerman! If you know the title hit, you'll know the groove here – a great raw take on 60s female soul – unpolished, unadorned, and nicely raw right from the start – a quality that makes Eva's music quite different from Motown at the time, even though over the years her hit is often lumped in with some of the biggest from the Motor City. The album's got a rock-solid, New York sort of approach – some standout groovers, some even better weepies, and a sense of confidence that makes us wonder what the heck kept Eva from ever becoming a bigger star over the years. Titles include "The Loco-Motion", plus "Some Kinda Wonderful", "Run To Her", "Down Home", "Uptown", "Up On The Roof", and "Will You Love Me Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small purple label UK stereo pressing.)

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Machito & His Afro Cuban OrchestraVacation At The Concord ... LP
Coral, 1958. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A great document of the crossover between the New York Latin scene and the Catskills – the upstate resort community that was as important to the Latin groups as the uptown clubs! Like many groups of the period, Machito's found a heck of a lot of work in the Catskills during the 50s – most notably at the Concord Resort, paid tribute to by this set – which includes photos of famous Concord staffers that include swimming instructor Buster Crabbe and golf pro Jimmy Demarest! But apart from that gimmicky approach, the album's actually a strong one for Machito – showing the kind of grooves that helped his 50s group cross over big – a mix of mambo and early cha cha tracks that include "Patricia", "Guaglione", "Torero", "Cha Cha Cha Loco", "Cotillon Mambo", and "Mambo La Concord". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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Junior ManceHarlem Lullaby ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
Popular soul jazz piano work from Junior Mance – who's playing here in a semi-traditional style that fits the evocative title of the album. Most of the cuts feature Mance in a trio – wither with Gene Taylor or Bob Cunningham on bass, and Ray Lucas or Alan Dawson on drums. There's two cool tracks in which Mance plays harpsichord – the cuts "The Uptown" and "Cootin" – and these have a nice edgey vibe that makes them stand apart from other tracks like "Harlem Lullaby", "That Mellow Feeling", and "I'm Falling For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Junior ManceSoulful Piano Of Junior Mance ... LP
Jazzland, 1960. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Tight tight tight trio material from Junior Mance – a player who'd been around for a number of years before the soul jazz wave of the early 60s, but who really found his sound at the time of this set! The sound here is sharp, but never too over the top – not the fierce left-hand soul jazz that sometimes got cliched from other players, but a mode that allows for plenty of free lines on the right, but always in a way that comes back to a rhythmic groove. The trio features Ben Tucker on bass and Bobby Thomas on drums – and titles include "Main Stem", "The Uptown", "Ralph's New Blues", and "Swingmatism". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese Victor pressing, with obi and insert.)

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Jacob MillerWho Say Jah No Dread ... LP
Greensleeves, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 16.98
Beautiful sounds from the mighty Jacob Miller – material recorded with Augustus Pablo in the years before Miller went onto greater fame in Inner Circle – and with a rootsy vibe that's still extremely powerful all these many years later! Pablo's at the height of his talents here – able to hit just the best righteous modes, but without ever going over the top – at a level that seems completely effortless, and which really empowers the message in Miller's vocals! The set's overflowing with gems – and titles include "Keep On Knocking", "Each One Teach One", "Who Say Jah No Dread", "False Rasta", "Baby I Love You So", and "Girl Named Pat" – plus the dubs "Knocking Version", "Hungry Town Skank", "King Tubby Meet Rockers Uptown", "Jah Dread", "Each One Teach One Version", and "Girl Named Pat Version". LP, Vinyl record album

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Garnet MimmsCry Baby/Warm & Soulful ... CD
BGO/United Artists (UK), 1963/1966. New Copy ... $8.99
2 brilliant albums from Garnet Mimms – one of the greatest soul singers of the 60s, and an artist you can never have enough of! Garnet's albums from the 60s are all great – and unlike his contemporaries, he always recorded full LPs with all great songs, a wealth of original material, and not a bit of filler. This means that the set's got 26 tracks that may well be a "best of" for Garnet – as each track sparkles as much as the next, with Garnet's roughly-hewn vocals stretching out over sweet uptown arrangements by Jerry Ragovoy and Garry Sherman. We couldn't hope for a better batch of 60s soul tunes – and titles include "Don't Change Your Heart", "Looking For You", "It's Just A Matter Of Time", "One Girl", "Baby Don't You Weep", "So Close", "Anytime You Want Me", "There Goes My Baby", "A Little Bit Of Soap", "Quiet Place", "Cry To Me", "Until You Were Gone", "Anytime You Want Me", "Thinkin", and "Prove it To Me". CD

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McKinley MitchellComplete Malaco Collection ... CD
Waldoxy, Mid 70s. Used ... $5.99
The complete Malaco recordings of McKinley Mitchell – an excellent singer/songwriter whose work was a key part of the southern scene in the 70s, but who rarely ever gets his due! McKinley had a really unique voice that shared some of the warmth of northern singers – including a few of the uptown crowd of the late 60s – but he also worked in a mode that was much bluesier, with more of the traces of the burgeoning Jackson scene, of which these recordings were a part during the 70s. The set features the full tracks from McKinley's one album for the label, plus singles – with a total of 16 tracks that include "When It Rains It Pours", "Open House At My House", "The Town I Live In", "The End Of The Rainbow", "Same Old Dream", "Slave For Your Love", and "Follow The Wind". CD

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107th Street Stickball TeamSaboreando – Pot Full Of Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dorado/BGP (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Lost grooves from Spanish Harlem – an incredible set of Latin Soul from The 107th Street Stickball Team! With a name like that, the group certainly aren't as well-remembered as contemporaries like Joe Bataan or Willie Colon, but they've got a soulful groove that definitely fits the style of the time – a sweet uptown blend of Harlem soul and Latin rhythms – with the same blend of sweet soul ballads and uptempo groovers you'd find on some of Bataan's classic albums for Fania Records! Bobby Marin put the whole album together, with a tight groove that's very similar to his work for Speed Records – played here by a group that includes Orlando Marin, Louie Ramirez, Ozzie Torrens, and Joey Pastrana – all kings of Latin Soul at the time! Vocalists include Butch Johnson and Danny Agosto – but there's a real group feel to the record, with lots of harmonies behind the lead – the kind of streetcorner soul you might have heard while catching a stickball game on one of the side streets up north of Harlem. Titles include "Toma Guajira", "Look To Me", "You Put A Hurt In My Heart", "Rhythm & Soul", "Mojo Shingaling", "Barbara With The Kooky Eyes", "Tell Her I Love Her", and "Let Me Do My Thing". CD features 3 bonus tracks by The Nitty Sextet, all previously unissued – "Nitty Boo Boo", "Something New", and "Say Listen". CD

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Roy OrbisonAll Time Greatest Hits Of Roy Orbison ... LP
Monument, 1960s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
Titles include "Candy Man", "Only The Lonely", "Running Scared", "Love Hurts", "Leah", "In Dreams", "Uptown", "Mean Woman Blues", "Pretty Paper", "Oh Pretty Woman", and lots lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK black label pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear, with small center splits in the bottom seams.)

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Augustus PabloEl Rockers ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Essential! One wonders why when the original King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown album is so heavy, that you'd want another dub version, but one spin of this special reissue package and you'll be convinced. Altogether different dubs and versions of many of the same rhythm cuts as that watershed dub LP only prove that the whole concept of "versioning", and cutting multiple dubs of the same rhythms (usually to service selectors and sound systems who needed unique tracks) was pure genius on the part of Jamaican producers. Add that to the sheer weight of the rhythms used here, and you've got a formula for a potent set! Once again, the producers at Pressure Sounds have dug up some beautiful gems, finding unique versions of H. Swaby's melodica dancing over thundering Rockers' rhythms and taking a dip now and again in a bucket of reverb & echoplex. Insightful liner notes and a beautiful sleeve complete this package of 17 massive instrumental tracks, including "Black Gunn", "New Style", "El Rockers", "Skanking Easy", "Tribalist" and "Cassava Piece". CD

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PassportOceanliner ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
The famous fusion combo hits the 80s with a mighty sweet sound – a style that adapts some of their older electric modes of the previous years with a slight shift in instrumentation and groove! All the core elements are still very much in place – especially the work on reeds and keys by the mighty Klaus Doldinger – but there's a bit less rock-jamming, and maybe more of that soundtrack-styled fusion approach that other groups were using at the time – a shift that's partly in place thanks to some rhythm programs alongside standard drums. Titles include "Departure", "Allegory", "Uptown Rendezvous", "Scope", "Seaside", and "Oceanliner". CD

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Lucky PetersonI'm Ready ... CD
Verve, 1992. Used ... $3.99
Lucky Peterson on guitar, Hammond, and Wurlitzer piano – with a bit of work from The Uptown Horns, and guest work from Illinois Jacquet on tenor on one track. CD

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PrinceUltimate ... CD
Warner, 1980s/1990s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A refresher collection of prime Prince – the biggest hits from the Warner and Paisley Park eras – including the long versions of the some of the best 80s and early 90s cuts! The first disc is a straight up greatest hits collection, starting with "I Wanna Be Your Lover" from the self titled LP and ending with "My Name Is Prince from the "Love Symbol" album – and includes many of the biggest hits in between! Other tracks include "Uptown", "Controversy", "1999", "Delirious", "When Doves Cry", "Purple Rain", "Sign O' The Times", "Gett Off", "Nothing Compares 2 U", and more. Disc 2 includes 11 remixes and/or alternate versions of other essential hits that do not appear on the first CD – including the longer original 12" versions, and similarly extended numbers – carrying everything great about the album versions, and giving you more! Tracks include "Let's Go Crazy (special dance mix)", "Little Red Corvette (dance remix)", "Pop Life (fresh dance mix)", "Rasperry Beret (12" version)", "U Got The Look (long look)", "Theives In The Temple (remix)" and "Cream (NPG mix)". 28 tracks on 2CDs! CD

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Vivian ReedYours Until Tomorrow – The Epic Years ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A much-needed look at the early work of Vivian Reed – a singer who got the chance to release a handful of full length albums in the disco generation, but one who sounds even better here right at the start of her career! The beautiful package brings together rare single sides and LP tracks that Vivian cut for Epic Records in the late 60s and early 70s – music that has the vocalist really hitting the full, deep range of her talents – in settings that maybe begin with familiar uptown soul modes, but soon step off into some even more righteous territory! A range of top-shelf talents help Reed out in the studio – as the cuts feature arrangements by Van McCoy, Jimmy Wisner, Thom Bell, Bobby Martin, and Herb Bernstein – all of whom really find a way to unlock Vivian's vocals and really let them soar. Even the familiar tunes take on a new sort of vibe here – great soulful readings that are quite different than the originals – on titles that include "Missing You", "Shape Of Things To Come", "Don't Close The Door On Me", "I Feel The Earth Move", "Lean On Me", "Mama Open The Door", "Baby Baby", "I", "Yours Until Tomorrow", "I Wanna Be Free", "Look The Other Way", "Down Here On The Ground", "Walk On My Side", and "Then I'll Be Over You". CD

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ShirellesFoolish Little Girl/It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World ... CD
Scepter/Ace (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Two Shirelles albums from 1963 – back to back on a single CD! Foolish Little Girl is a great little album – one that has The Shirelles mixing their deep soul vocals with some sweeter uptown arrangements produced by the great Luther Dixon – for a trademark sound that put the Scepter label on the map. There's a few uptempo numbers that border on the sock radio soul of the time, but most of the stuff's got a right in the pocket groove – much deeper soul than you might expect! The record's also got some nice lesser-known New York tracks that make it well worthwhile – and titles include "Abra Ka Dabra", "Hard Times", "Foolish Little Girl", "I Didn't Mean To Hurt You", "Talk Is Cheap", and "Don't Say Goodnight & Mean Goodbye". Mad Mad World is an odd little record by The Shirelles – a set that almost looks like a soundtrack for the hit film listed in the title, but one that stands strongly next to the group's other great albums of the early 60s! The record boasts a very groovy version the "Mad Mad World" theme, sung by the girls in a number of different languages – and although that version wasn't in the film, the set does include 2 tracks that were used in the movie – "31 Flavors" and "You Satisfy My Soul" – both very groovy, upbeat soul numbers. Other tracks are equally great too – and titles include "Boys", "20th Century Rock & Roll", "Everybody's Going Mad", and "Love On The Moon". CD

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ShirellesShirelles Swing The Most ... LP
Pricewise, 1964. Very Good ... $6.99
Beautiful stuff from one of the most soulful 60s pop girl groups – and proof that The Shirelles were always a cut above! The record's a great batch of hard to find songs by the group – including some great Goffin/King numbers – recorded with some surprisingly raw vocals that definitely keep The Shirelles more on the soul side of the spectrum than the pop one – set to some soaring uptown soul arrangements that are totally great! Titles include the classic hit "Oh No, Not My Baby", plus "Get Rid Of Him", "His Lips Get In The Way", "A Girl Is Not A Girl", "Please Go Away", "Lonesome Native Girl", "What Does A Girl Do", and "What A Sweet Thing That Was". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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ShirellesSwing The Most/Hear & Now ... CD
Ace (UK), 1964. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Two albums that were originally put together at a time when The Shirelles were away from the studio – but material that easily stands as some of their best work of the 60s! Swing The Most is beautiful stuff from one of the most soulful 60s pop girl groups – and proof that The Shirelles were always a cut above! The record's a great batch of hard to find songs by the group – including some great Goffin/King numbers – recorded with some surprisingly raw vocals that definitely keep The Shirelles more on the soul side of the spectrum than the pop one – set to some soaring uptown soul arrangements that are totally great! Titles include the classic hit "Oh No, Not My Baby", plus "Get Rid Of Him", "His Lips Get In The Way", "A Girl Is Not A Girl", "Please Go Away", "Lonesome Native Girl", "What Does A Girl Do", and "What A Sweet Thing That Was". Hear & Now is a set that was issued by the Pricewise budget subsidiary of Scepter Records – but one that also features some great lesser-known work by The Shirelles – material that was still unreleased at the time of this LP, mixed here with some bigger hits to round things out nicely! The groove is right up there with other Shirelles work of the time – upbeat, soulful, and definitely setting a new standard for girl group soul. Titles include "Sha La La", "Maybe Tonight", "Tonight You're Gonna Fall In Love With Me", "Not for All The Money", "Lost Love", and "Time Will Tell". CD features some great notes on this unique point in the group's career – with details on their struggle with Scepter Records too. CD

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StrokeStroke ... CD
Mirage/FTG (France), 1985. Used ... $14.99
The bass gets plenty of stroke on this mid 80s set – a record that hangs somewhere between 80s groove and Prince-era funk – but with a bit of quiet storm feel at times too! The tunes are pretty lean, not nearly as excessive as they could be – and often, a key instrumental element really helps set the scene from the start – making for a simple, but effective hook into a song. Overall, Stroke's got a sound that's a lot classier than their name – definitely one of those 80s groups that should have risen a lot higher than some of the bigger chart acts of the era. Titles include "All Night", "Take Me Back", "Tell Me", "Uptown", "Just Let Me Luv You", and "Stroke". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Stroke ... LP 6.99

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StrokeStroke ... LP
Omni, 1985. Near Mint- ... $6.99
The bass gets plenty of stroke on this mid 80s set – a record that hangs somewhere between 80s groove and Prince-era funk – but with a bit of quiet storm feel at times too! The tunes are pretty lean, not nearly as excessive as they could be – and often, a key instrumental element really helps set the scene from the start – making for a simple, but effective hook into a song. Overall, Stroke's got a sound that's a lot classier than their name – definitely one of those 80s groups that should have risen a lot higher than some of the bigger chart acts of the era. Titles include "All Night", "Take Me Back", "Tell Me", "Uptown", "Just Let Me Luv You", and "Stroke". LP, Vinyl record album
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SupremesSupremes Sing Country Western & Pop ... LP
Motown, 1965. Very Good ... $6.99
A strange twist for the girls – not really because the material's country, but because the tunes selected are the kind of country tunes that would often be done in kind of a deep soul mode. There's still a sparkling quality on the album – and the girls' approach to the tunes is less Ivory Joe Hunter country soul than it is Brook Benton uptown style. Still, it's quite a different album for the Supremes – and surprisingly nice! Titles include "Funny How Time Slips Away", "My Heart Can't Take it No More", "Tears In Vain", "Sunset", "You Need Me", and "It Makes No Difference Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Taiwanese pressing, in aa slightly different cover.)

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Howard TateGet It While You Can ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good ... $29.99
Howard Tate is one of the most overlooked soul singers of the late 60's – and this is his only album from that decade! Part of the problem was probably that he recorded for Verve, a label that didn't really put its soul catalog that well (even though the label cut some excellent uptown sides in the late 60s.) Don't let the label fool you, though, because this is prime soul material, with Jerry Ragovoy doing the production, and Howard singing a great mix of hard soul and smoother uptown sounds. Tracks include "Part-Time Love", "Get It While You Can", "Baby, I Love You", "How Come My Bull Dog Don't Bark", and "Look At Granny Run Run", which is kind of goofy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and some light stains on back.)

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Carla ThomasGee Whiz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Warner/Music On Vinyl (Spain), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
The first album from Carla Thomas – and one of the first full statements from the burgeoning Stax Records scene of the early 60s! Carla was part of the Stax scene almost from the start – thanks in part to the fact that her father was Rufus Thomas – and she scored big with her own original composition "Gee Whiz, Look At His Eyes" – a single so successful that Stax let Atlantic handle the first full album by Carla, instead of issuing it themselves. The record's got a much sweeter sound than some of Carla's later work – with an approach that's almost uptown soul, and which sets Carla's little girl vocal style amidst fuller arrangements that have a lot of "classy" overtones. The result is a classic bit of 60s soul – and the album features some great original tracks that include "Gee Whiz", "It Ain't Me", "For You", and "A Love Of My Own" – plus versions of "Your Love", "To The Aisle", and "A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Mel TormeComin' Home Baby/Mel Torme Sings Sunday In New York ... CD
WEA (UK), 1962/1963. Used ... $11.99
2 of Mel Torme's grooviest albums! Comin Home Baby is one of Mel's hippest of the 60s – a shift towards more swinging material after some of his mellower work for other labels. There's a bit of electric piano in the mix, and plenty of that Atlantic records pop/soul jazz approach, similar to tunes by Herbie Mann at the same time, but with vocals. Titles include "Hi Fly", "Comin Home Baby", "Dat Dere", "Sidney's Soliloquy", and "Moanin". Sings Sunday In New York is another brilliant effort – and a record that's as much a loving tribute to New York as any you'll ever buy! Kind of funny, too, because in Mel's California Suite, there's all this stuff about how lousy New York is – but by the time of this early 60s recording, Mel's clearly repented, and he's doing a wonderful job with material like "Let Me Off Uptown", "Autumn In New York", "New York, New York", "Manhattan", and one of the greatest versions of "Sunday In New York" you'll ever hear! Great arrangements, too – with a nice touch of jazz! CD
(Out of print, includes original slipcase.)

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Dee Dee WarwickFoolish Fool (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Excellent work from Dee Dee Warwick – Dionne's more soulful sister, and a heck of a singer! The record's got a mix of uptown soul production and deeper soul styles, with a sophisticated style that reminds us of Chicago work by singers like Joann Garrett, Marlena Shaw, or Ruby Andrews – totally tight and sophisticated up top, but with a nice kick on the bottom that really deepens up the groove! The sound is really wide-ranging – similar to what you might find on Shaw's Cadet albums from the time – and production is by some top shelf talents throughout – including Lou Courtney to Ed Townsend to Jerry Ross to Gamble & Huff – all of whom leave their own impressions on the record. Titles include "Foolish Fool", "You Taught Me To Love", "Thank God", "That's Not Love", "Thank You Love", and "When Love Slips Away". Great bonus tracks from singles, too – including "Ring Of Bright Water", "Next Time You Fall In Love", "All The Love That Went To Waste", "I Who Have Nothing", and "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do". CD

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Lenny Welch/OC SmithCadences – The Early Recordings 1957 to 1962 ... CD
Cadence/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 13.99
Early work from two different singers – each featured here on rare singles for the Cadence Records label! First up is Lenny Welch – a singer with a voice that's as smooth as butter, and a key link between some of the more pop-oriented vocalists of the 50s, and the new generation of 60s "icemen" like Jerry Butler and Chuck Jackson! Like those two, Lenny's got a great way of putting over a sad tune with just the right balance of emotion – never too overdone, nor self-indulgent – but perfectly poised with a nicely mature quality. And Lenny's also a great singer on a more upbeat number – a surprisingly rocking vocalist when he wants to be, as you'll hear on some of the more groove-oriented titles on this set – tunes that have a classy early soul approach, one that's almost a bit like uptown soul of a few years later. CD features 19 Welch titles – including "Rocket To The Moon", "I'd Like To Know", "Darlin", "You Don't Know Me", "Pony Time", "You Can Have Her", "Mama Don't You Hit That Boy", "Taste Of Honey", "Congratulations Baby", and "The Last Star Of Evening". The bigger surprise here is OC Smith – recording her as Ocie Smith – years before his big country soul hits at the end of the 60s, and in a style that's as cool and classy as Lenny Welch, but maybe a bit more rocking too – with nice use of electric bass at the core of larger arrangements, and a nice sense of rhythm that often brings in a bit of jukebox mambo or popcorn soul. CD features 6 titles by Ocie Smith – including "Lighthouse", "Bad Man Of Missouri", "Forbidden Fruit", "If You Don't Love Me", "Too Many", and "Slow Walk". CD

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VariousBorn To Be Together – The Songs Of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the greatest songwriting partnerships of the 60s – featured here in a great mix of soul, rock, and vocal numbers from the time – including a fair number of unusual versions of hits from the team of Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil! Weil's got a style that's sometimes a bit deeper than her contemporaries – and when mixed with Barry's strong sense of punch in a tune, has a way of bringing some surprising sophistication to pop music – little emotive moments that peek out from more hook-heavy numbers – but all without ever sounding lachrymose or overblown. As part of that quality, lots of these tunes have some great New York-styled production – that uptown balance of emotion and class – and as with other titles in Ace's excellent songwriter series, the notes alone are almost worth the price of admission – given all the historical detail, cultural commentary, and cool images. Titles include "New World Coming" by Mama Cass, "Love Is Only Sleeping" by The Monkees, "Angelica" by Scott Walker, "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love" by Gene Pitney, "Love Him" by Doris Day, "Good Good Lovin" by Bobby Hebb, "You Baby" by Len Barry, "Born To Be Together" by The Ronettes, "This Is A Love Song" by Bill Medley, "Make Your Own Kind Of Music" by The Happenings, "Shape Of Things To Come" by Slade, and "Proud" by Johnny Crawford. CD

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VariousDance The Latin – Swingin' Mambos, Soulful Salsa & Funky Rhythms From The Hip Latin Dancefloors Of New York City ... CD
Fania/Jazzman (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
The vaults of Fania Records, plumbed by the Jazzman crew – all in a double-strength approach to Latin grooves! The wealth of great music on Fania, Tico, and related labels is well-known to Latin groovers worldwide – but the Jazzman crew have managed to bring a nicely fresh perspective to the labels here – going for cuts that show the labels' appeal to the funky 45 underground, thanks to a healthy dose of soul, jazz, and funk in the mix! Most of these numbers represent the cream of the crop of the New York scene of the late 60s and early 70s – not the mainstream one, but the side that was bubbling under uptown – as influences from Spanish Harlem mixed in nicely with older influences from Cuba and Puerto Rico. CD features 18 tracks in all – most of the numbers that were previously on the expensive 7" box sets that were part of the Fania/Jazzman project – and the set also features all the original notes on each tune too. Titles include "Doug's Room" by Mauricio Smith, "Come An Get It" by Eddie Palmieri & Cal Tjader, "Soana" by Noro Morales, "Hit The Bongo" by Tito Puente, "Geronimo" by Bobby Valentin, "Fever" by La Lupe, "Soul Drummers" by Ray Barretto, "Black Brothers" by Tito Puente, "Mambomongo" by Mongo Santamaria, "Camel Walk" by The Latinaires, "Tighten Up" by Al Escobar, "I Got The Feeling" by Chollo, "Use It Before You Lose It" by Bobby Valentin, and "Never Learned To Dance" by Harvey Averne. CD

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VariousHVW8 Presents Music Is My Art ... CD
HVW8/Ubiquity, 2005. Used ... $4.99
An ultra-hip collection of tunes from Ubiquity – all hand-picked by the HVW8 art installation team, and featuring a gamut of groundbreaking urban styles! There's a nice midtempo bounce to the whole package – as hip hop, house, and abstract grooves all come into play through the team's wonderful track selection. And although a few of these tracks have appeared elsewhere, most of them appear to be exclusives and unreleased material! Titles include "To Serve With Love" by Black Spade, "The Hop" by Radio City featuring Bajka, "Blue Jay" by Owusu & Hannibal, "Your Love" by Plantlife featuring Dana Deadly, "Rise Up" by John Arnold with Paul Randolph, "Bruqwah" by Seiji, "Blue Miles" by DJ Language with Lindsey Caldwell, "It's Alright" by Kingsbread featuring Steve Spacek, "Higher" by J-Boogie, "Tambores Te Llaman" by Osunlade, and "Uptown" by Rich Medina. CD
(Still sealed.)

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VariousRiddim Come Forward – DJ Spooky In Fine Style ... CD
Trojan (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
Tha Subliminal Kid leaves the pseudo-intellectual business behind and comes correct with a tight and right mix of bad, bold licks! Spooky takes a turn at his Jamaican heritage with this sweet double disc set, featuring one disc of mixed tracks, and a second with the tracks left all to their own. The mixed set covers all flavors of Jamaican music, from heavy roots, to unstoppable dancehall tracks, deep dubs, easy lovers rock and snapping rock steady cuts, while the unmixed disc pulls out an extra nice selection of entirely different numbers than the mix, but hitting all points too! 72 numbers in all, the first disc includes "Woman Of The Ghetto" by Phyllis Dillon, "Green Onions" by Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, "Deep River" by Aston Family Man Barrett, "Rough Rider" by Lloydie & The Lowbites, "Drum Rock" by the Upsetters, "Jah Jah Me No Born Yah" by Cornell Campbell, "Lock Jaw" by Dave Barker, "I'm Going Down For The Last Time" by the Chosen Few, "Out Of Order Dub" by Prince Jammy & The Aggrovator, "Wolf In Sheeps Clothing" by Big Youth, "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" by Augustus Pablo, "Lambs Bread Herb" by Tommy McCook, "Garvey Mead Dub" by the Blackbeard All Stars and "Awesome Dub" by King Tubby & the African Brothers, plus "Sit Dung Pon De Wall" by Mutabaruka, "Melody Maker" by Keith Hudson, "Three Piece Suit & Thing" by Trinity, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Horace Andy, "Black Panta" by the Upsetters, "Dub Of The Traveller" by Scientist, "Children At Play" by Marcia Griffiths, "One Armed Boxer" by Lee Perry and "Dread On The Mountain top" by Tappa Zukie on the unmixed disc, plus lots, lots more! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. CD
Also available Soul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP 18.99

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VariousSoul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... LP
Fania/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 24.99
One of the hippest sets we've ever seen on Spanish Harlem – a collection that goes way past the Latin Soul hits, to dig deep in the uptown underground at the end of the 60s! The package is compiled with gems from the Fania catalog, but rally moves past the obvious – going for some of the more obscure artists who recorded singles for some of the smaller Fania-held labels – and often focusing on tunes that drew more from late 60s soul and funk than they did from any Latin rhythms of the time. The singers are especially wonderful – and often hit a vibe that's right up there with some of Joe Bataan's best of the period – richly soulful, but often deeply personal too – never as polished as chart soul, and often showing a grittier, more realistic style that's totally great – especially when mixed with instrumentation as tight as this! Titles include "Reflections Of My Life" by 125th Street Candy Store, "On Old Broadway" by 107th Street Stickball Team, "Don't Be Afraid" by Lebron Brothers, "Central Park" by Harvey Averne Dozen, "Heaven" by Tito Ramos, "Your Smile" by Parris, "Some Lonely Heart" by Ronnie Marks, "There's No Girl" by Olivieri, "Maria Maria" by King Nando, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Nitty Boo Boo" by The Nitty Sextette, "Lonely Has Been My Day" by Ralphie & The Latin Lovers, "I'm Gonna Leave You" by Russell Cohen & The New Yorkers, and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Ralfi Pagan. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Of Spanish Harlem – Beautiful Soul Music From The Heart Of New York's Spanish Harlem ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Joe BataanAfrofilipino (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing crossover moment of the 70s Latin scene! During the 60s Joe Bataan had been experimenting with the many different mode of Latin Soul – crossing over styles in a way that not only reflected his complicated roots, but which also tried to break Latin music out of the small uptown market it was getting locked into. On the album before this one, Joe coined the term Salsoul, which he used to describe his unique mix of salsa and soul – which on this record also gets a bit of an infusion of disco, which was a brilliant move by Joe, and broke the album out of the ghetto, onto dancefloors around the world. The centerpiece of the record is Joe's funky cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic "The Bottle" – but just about every track is great, and there's loads of excellent titles like "Chico & The Man", "Women Don't Want To Love Me", "X-Rated Symphony", "When You're Down (Funky Mambo)", and remakes of older Latin Soul tunes "What Good Is A Castle" and "Ordinary Guy". CD features bonus tracks – "What Good Is A Castle (parts 1 & 2)", "Ordinary Guy", and "Women Don't Want To Love Me". CD
(Part of the Salsoul Records Original Master Collecion!)

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✨✧ Luther Johnson with Muddy Waters Blues BandCome On Home ... LP
Douglas, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wild guitar from Luther Johnson – an obscure earlier session recorded with a nicely gritty feel, and a fair bit of funk in the rhythms too! The group's billed as the Muddy Waters Blues Band – and Muddy appears to be on the record, although the notes are a bit lean – and the album features a number of great instrumentals, with really ripping guitar solos – plus a few vocal tracks too. The record's got a raw sound that's more of a Delmark Chicago blues vibe than a Chess Records one – and titles include "Top Of The Boogaloo", "Sting It", "Natural Wig", "Blues For Hippies", "Remember Me", "Snake", and "Sad Day Uptown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, edge wear, and some scrapes near the spine.)

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✨✧ Ben E KingSpanish Harlem ... LP
Atco, Early 60s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Ben E King! Forget that you've heard the title track a million times, because the album's a treasure all the way through – packed with beautiful tunes arranged and produced by the Lieber-Stoller tune, in that mix of baion rhythms that they were crafting in the uptown studios for the Drifters during the early 60s. The leadoff cut is the amazing "Amor", a lightly grooving number that should have been massive – and just about every other cut is a similar Latin-tinged number. Titles include "Come Closer To Me", "Sway", "Love Me, Love Me", "Frenesi", "Souvenir Of Mexico", and "Basame Mucho". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Roy OrbisonAll Time Greatest Hits Of Roy Orbison ... CD
CBS, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Candy Man", "Only The Lonely", "Running Scared", "Love Hurts", "Leah", "In Dreams", "Uptown", "Mean Woman Blues", "Pretty Paper", "Oh Pretty Woman", and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ McCoy TynerInner Voices ... LP
Milestone, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautifully full session from McCoy Tyner – one recorded with added horns and voices, and very much in the mode of some of Horce Silver's best 70s experiments for Blue Note! The sound is as bold, dynamic, and soulful as other Tyner albums from the time – and the added elements really help create a unique feeling – horn parts that underscore the power of Tyner's piano, and wordless vocals that rise to the skies, with a feel similar to Donald Byrd or Max Roach sessions like this – but with a bit more 70s vibe overall. Other players include Earl Klugh on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – and solos are by Jon Faddis on trumpet, Alex Foster on tenor, and Charles Stephens on trombone. Titles include "For Tomorrow", "Opus", "Festival In Bahia", "Rotunda", and "Uptown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has ringwear.)

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✨✧ Grover WashingtonGrover Live ... CD
Lightyear, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late live material from Grover Washington – previously unreleased, and proof that the saxophone master was still plenty darn soulful towards the end of his career! The instrumentation reminds us a bit of Grover's early 80s dates for Elektra – a bit more keyboard driven than some of his 70s material, yet still put together with that unmistakable Washington charm – that great ear for space and soul that always made Grover's records stand out from most of his fusion contemporaries. Washington plays his familiar tenor and soprano, plus a bit of alto and baritone as well – and titles include "Take Five", "Mystical Force", "Winelight", "Sassy Stew", "Uptown", "Mr Magic", "Let It Flow", and a cool Medley of hits. CD

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✨✧ Jackie WilsonJackie Wilson At The Copa ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jackie Wilson takes over the Copa – bringing his early soul styles to the New York elite – but a few years before The Supremes and other Motown artists got their chance! The album's got Wilson acting with great poise and grace, but still losing none of his vocal power at all – soaring, stretching on some numbers that begin with familiar standards, then move into more of Wilson's hits – kind of a progression from uptown to the party crowd over the course of the set. Sy Oliver handles the backings, and brings in some nice jazzy elements at times – and titles include "A Perfect Day", "Love For Sale", "Lonely Teardrops", "Doggin Around", "To Be Loved", "The Way I Am", and "I Love Them All". CD

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✨✧ VariousBert Berns Story Vol 2 – Mr Success 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Key years in the Bert Berns story – that magical mid 60s period when Berns was coming up with some killer soul sides, and a few famous rockers too! The sound here is tremendous – kind of a "wall of sound" to New York soul – that marvelous style that's also known as uptown soul, for its careful production and sense of class. Some of the most important Berns moments are collected here, alongside lesser-known gems that really round out the sound – including 8 tracks appearing on CD for the first time, which should be plenty to peak the interest of any 60s soul collectors (as if the great Ace notes and package weren't enough!) Production is wonderful throughout, and the set list features some killer Atlantic/Atco singles – plus other gems from smaller indies of the period – cuts that include "Mojo Mama" by Don Varner, "No One Could Ever Love You" by Freddie Scott, "Show Me Your Monkey" by Kenny Hamber, "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" by Solomon Burke, "It Was Easier To Hurt Her" by Garnett Mimms, "I Went Out With My Baby Tonight" by Moses K & The Prophets, "Run Mascara" by The Exciters, "Cry No More" by Ben E King, "Mr Success" by Bobby Harris, "Gone Gone" by Roy C, "Better Not Believe Him" by Barbara Lewis, "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison, "I Got To Go Back" by Otis Redding, "If I Would Marry You" by Tammy Montgomery, and "Come On Girl" by The Knight Brothers. CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground ... CD
Strut (UK), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. CD

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✨✧ VariousDon't Believe The Hype! – 80s Underground Rap ... CD
Rhino, 1980s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Public Enemy, MC Shan, De La Soul, Just Ice, Biz Markie with The Inhuman Orchestra, Marley Marl featuring Master Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane, Schoolly-D, Roxanne Shante, the Jungle Brothers, Chubb Rock featuring Hitman Howie Tee, Uptown & Chill Rob G. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Main IngredientAll Time Greatest Hits ... CD
RCA, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Although this set was recorded early in the history of the Main Ingredient's career, it also compiles tracks from their strongest period – which means that nearly every track's a winner, and all are graced by smooth uptown soul arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux. Includes their seminal AM radio hit "Everybody Plays The Fool", plus "Black Seeds Keep On Growing", "Spinning Around (I Must Be Falling In Love)", "Make It With You", "I'm So Proud", "I'm Better Off Without You", "You've Got To Take It (If You Want It)", "Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)", "You've Been My Inspiration", and "No Tears (In The End)". CD
(Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Freddie ScottMr Heartache – The Best Of The Columbia Recordings Plus ... CD
Columbia/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive soul from Freddie Scott – exactly the kind of set that has us wondering why he wasn't a bigger star back in the 60s! Freddie's style is very mature – never too polished, yet totally put-together – in a way that rivals other 60s male greats like Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson – both of whom are a good comparison for the sophisticated vibe that Scott's going for in his music here! Backings have a strong uptown soul mode – but also allow a lot of space for Freddie's own expressions, so that the strings really lay back, and the orchestrations never get in the way of his bad self – a perfect balance, thanks to the work of arrangers Garry Sherman, Belford Hendricks, and Robert Mersey. CD features material from Freddie's Columbia LP and singles, plus some Shout Records tracks too – a total of 23 numbers that include "Forget Me If You Can", "Just One Love", "I'm Too Far Gone", "My Arms Aren't Strong Enough", "Lonely Man", "Giving You My Heart", "Blow Wind", "One Heartache Too Many", "Let It Be Me", "For Your Love", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "There Goes My Heart". CD

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✨✧ TryadIf Only You Believe In Lovin' ... LP
Del Val, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really obscure set from the early 70s east coast scene – much more the kind of record you might expect to hear from the rockies at the time, if not farther west – as this trio's got a warm sound that mixes harmony vocals with acoustic guitars – very post-folk, and with a headier style overall – yet not nearly as polished as some of the LA acts who were hitting similar territory at the time! The tunes are all originals, and have this dark current underneath brighter moments – again maybe the best legacy of the post-folk years – and the guitars sparkle with these cool chromes that are different than acoustic backing might have been a few years before. Titles include "Spider Song", "Something Sweet In Dying", "Uptown Suburb Alley", "Columbia Tavern", "I'm Wonderin How I Ever Got That Way", and "Eulogy/Raga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet of notes too.)

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✨✧ VariousDisco (Not Disco) – Left Field Disco Classics From The New York Underground (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2000. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection – an important re-investigation of the unusual mix of sounds and styles on the New York scene in the years after disco – a time when funk, punk, hip hop, and art were all colliding at once – providing a really fresh antidote to the staid sounds of Studio 54! The "disco" in the title should be taken lightly – as these cuts didn't play at the slick uptown dance spots – but were instead the soundtrack for the cool spots happening downtown, as the previous loft culture morphed into clubs, in this very special blend of the energy of CBGB and the underground soulful dancefloors. The set list is filled with classics from this time – and titles include "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Tell You Today (voc)" by Loose Joints, "Walking On Thin Ice (re-edit)" by Yoko Ono, "Over & Over" by Material, "Spasticus Autisticus (version)" by Ian Dury & The Seven Seas Players, "Kiss Me Again (original edit)" by Dinosaur, "Move" by Nicky Siano, "School Bell/Tree House" by Indian Ocean, "I Walk" by Don Cherry, "Voices Inside My Head" by Common Sense, and "Wheel Me Out" by Was Not Was. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

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✨✧ Roy BuddStone Killer (2 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
A special double 7" package of one of the darkest Roy Budd scores ever – designed to accompany a brutal police film starring Charles Bronson! The main theme has a nice electronic sound that's kind of like the "Mystery Movie" theme from the 70s – then the score moves into some nicely moody regions that feature spare Fender Rhodes riffs underpinned by dark orchestral scoring! Occasional beats and jazzy rhythms move into the picture from time to time, and this 2 x 7" single set features seven cuts – "Main Title", "On The Trail", "Too Late", "Down Uptown", "Final Capture", "The Old Precinct", and "On The Move". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Har-You Percussion GroupHar-You Percussion Group ... LP
ESP/CuBop, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A legendary bit of Latin from the New York scene of the 60s – recorded by a host of youthful players working under the direction of percussionist Montego Joe! The group's name is a contraction of "Harlem Youth" – a program in which all players participated, as part of an effort to get kids involved in music uptown – spearheaded by Montego Joe, whose guidance in the set is greatly appreciated! There's a strong Latin Soul vibe running through the set – but one that's different than Joe's other work, a bit more rootsy at times, given all the percussion in the lineup – but warmed up nicely with bits of guitar, trumpet, and alto sax. The album's filled with great groovers – including the classic "Welcome To The Party Jam", and the amazing "Oua-Train" jazz cut, which has a slightly spiritual feel. Other tracks include "Feed Me Good", "Barrets Bag", "Tico", "Ngoma", and "Santa Cruz". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Har-You Percussion Group ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Max Romeo & The UpsettersWar Ina Babylon (purple vinyl pressing) ... LP
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Essential stuff, whether you're a fan of roots reggae, Jamaican soul or the otherworldly antics of the Upsetter! Though you might not know it from some of the bitter rebukes Scratch later laid to wax against him, Romeo was clearly his favorite son when it came to vocalists, and got the prodigal treatment when it came to the choice of rhythms to voice. A monumental effort on both their parts, this album continues to amaze us with every spin, Romeo's soulful inflections matched perfectly to the dark, swampy Black Ark grooves. Include "War Ina Babylon", "Chase The Devil", "Stealin'", "One Step Forward", "Smile Out Of Style", "Uptown Babies", "Tan And See", "Smokey Room" and "Norman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies on violet colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ VariousThis Is It – More From The Van McCoy Songbook 1962 to 1977 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If you only know Van McCoy from his big disco hit of the 70s, then you've got plenty to learn – because the man was very active in soul music during the decade before – a great singer, and a hugely productive songwriter whose tunes provided material for many other big names of his time! Van's tunes often have a great mix of soul and sophistication – a classy approach that's sometimes dubbed uptown soul, and which balances deeply heartfelt vocals with stepping grooves and just the right subtle use of larger backings – all in a way that perfectly enhances the special qualities of the lyrics. That approach is used often here, amidst a few other cuts that echo northern or deep soul modes – all brought together with the usual fantastic Ace Records notes, packaging, and sound quality. Titles include "Hard Way To Go" by The Exciters, "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" by Sandi Sheldon, "Lost & Found" by Kenny Carlton, "If I Don't Love You" by The Choice Four, "Mister DJ" by Francine Barker, "Touch My Heart" by The Vonnettes, "Just In The Nick Of Time" by Toni Lamarr, "Abracadabra" by Erma Franklin, "Baby I Miss You" by The Spellbinders, "I Wanna Love You So Bad" by Bobby Reed, "The Sweetest Thing This Side Of Heaven" by Chris Bartley, "This Is It" by Melba Moore, "Baby Don't Change Your Mind" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Memories & Souvenirs" by Laura Greene, and "Show A Little Appreciation" by The Ad Libs. CD

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✨✧ Cilla BlackSher-oo/Modern Priscilla (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1968/1978. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A pair of EMI classics from Cilla Black – separated by the space of a decade, and filled in with 21 more bonus tracks too! First up is Sher-oo – fantastic work from Cilla Black – only her third full length album, but a set that already has the singer growing way past some of her British female contemporaries of the 60s! There's still a bit of the uptown soul of Cilla's roots – the dark-stepping groove that always served her so well – but there's also a wider range of song styles and arrangements, with a majestic flow that really does great things with Black's incredible vocal approach. Johnny Harris and Johnny Scott both had a hand in putting the charts together – and the set also features the classic "Step Inside My Love", written for Cilla by Lennon & McCartney. Other tracks include "Yo Yo", "Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me", "Misty Roses", "Something's Gotten A Hold Of My Heart", "Follow The Path Of The Stars", and "What The World Needs Now". Modern Priscilla is a record that takes Cilla Black in an unusual direction – a set that has her moving into more disco modes overall, but still keeping things relatively special, thanks to strong production work from Mike Hurst, and a track selection of unusual material! Given that Black's vocals always had a lot more range than some of the mainstream disco singers of the European scene, she fits right in – and manages to turn out a few gentler tracks amidst all the funkier upbeat numbers. As mentioned, the set features a huge number of bonus tracks – including "This Time I'm In It For Love", "Songs", "Follow", "Silly Boy (Paul Hulme mix)", "From Now On", "Work Is A Four Letter Word (film version)", "Step Inside My Love (almighty 12" definitive mix)", "M'Innamoro", "Step Inside Love (first take)", and "All My Love". CD

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✨✧ Tommy HuntNew Neighborhood/I'm Lonely For You ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The magnificent voice of Tommy Hunt is in a perfect setting here – stepping strings over a great uptown soul groove – cool and classy, but also pretty darn catchy – putting Hunt in the same sort of territory as Chuck Jackson or Jerry Butler on their best mid 60s groovers! The cut appears here on vinyl for the first time – as does the flipside, the great "I'm Lonely For You" – which has the best mix of groovy and melancholy that we love in Tommy's music! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Jackie ShaneAny Other Way/Sticks & Stones ... 7-inch
Sue/Numero, 1962. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Out Of Stock
Two fantastic tracks from Jackie Shane! "Any Other Way" is a great mix of deep soul vocals with an uptown sort of vibe – a tune that's got this slow-stepping bassline that burns at the bottom, while piano tinkles and horns come up at the end – but all in a mode that's cool and restrained, to let Jackie's lead sound tremendous! "Sticks & Stones" is more of a groover – romping with an R&B rawness, but also maybe a very early example of female funk! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ HesitationsSoul Superman ... LP
Kapp, 1967. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album of uptown soul – and quite possibly the best full LP ever by this sublime 60s harmony combo! There's a really righteous approach to most of the material, taking the material way past the simple pop soul approach you might expect from the title – and over the course of the album's 12 tracks, the range of vocals is incredible. Not only that, there's a heck of a lot of great writing on the set – and from what we can tell, nearly every number is exclusive to this set. Titles include "Soul Superman", "You'll Never Know", "She Won't Come Back", "Soul Kind Of Love", "I'll Be Right There", "Wait A Minute", and "I'm Not Build That Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo – nice and clean. Cover has a hint of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)
 
 
 



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