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✨✧ Joe BataanCall My Name (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2005. New Copy ... $20.99
Joe Bataan is alive and well – and to our ears, the king of Latin Soul is sounding better than he has in decades! This tasty little set really takes us back to Joe's classic work for Fania – but it's also got a slightly different twist – one that shows a new younger appreciation of the funk side of Joe's work that wasn't always able to come to the forefront in earlier years. Joe recorded the album at the Daptone Studios in New York – so the sound of the set is spot-on all the way through – perfectly recorded to bring out the soul in Joe's music, and handled with some great touches that make the instrumentation as wonderful as Joe's classic-styled vocals! And even more than that, there's also a heck of great new songs on the set – tunes that follow very strongly in the spirit of Joe's older classics, but which have a freshness that makes the album a totally essential part of Joe's catalog. Titles include "Chevere Que Chevere", "Keep The Change", "Call My Name", "Chick A Boom", "I'm The Fool (parts 1 & 2)", "Cycles Of You", "Secret Girl My Superfraud", and "Ernestine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Los DestellosSicodelicos (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $29.99
A killer compilation of late 60s & 70s tunes by Peruvian cumbia combo Los Destellos – leaning on the psychedelia inspired sounds from their earlier years! The sound is rooted in cumbia rhythms and electric guitar – but it nimble and spindly of heavily fuzzed out – with a more varied Latin instrumental ensemble mode that deftly layers in elements of psych beat, garage rock and other hard grooving styles. 20 tracks on 2LPs, including "Guajira Sicodelica", "Natalia", "La Fatidica", "Frenetica Guajira", "Pasion Oriental", "El Oasis", "Constellation", "A Patricia", "Boogaloo De Los Destellos", "El Marcianito", "Linda Chiquilina", "Cumbia Del Desierto", "Volando Alto" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Los RevolucionariosLos Revolucionarios (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Costeno/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A salsa album, but one with some rootsier touches too – almost a bridge between two generations of Colombian music, and maybe some urban and rural modes too! There's really inventive work on both saxes and organ – instruments often used with odd tones, but driven forward strongly by the tight percussion on the set – which is pretty darn great on every number, and really takes off on the descarga track at the end of the album! Titles include "Bajo El Palo E Mango", "Perdoname Leandro", "Salsa De Monte Adentro", "La Mezcla", "Toro Barcino", "Los Carasucias", and "Esa Mulata". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Los SupremosAtiza Y Ataja (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
A triple-time killer from the Colombian scene at the start of the 70s – one of those rare gems on Discos Fuentes that had the label setting a new sort of fire on its own, in comparison to the New York Latin generation! In addition to the cumbia tracks you might expect, the set's also got some killer guaguanco and descarga tracks – super-jazzy, and filled with lively interplay between the percussion at the core, and the criss-crossing of piano, tenor, and trumpet on the top! Peter Scott handles the vocals with Piper Diaz – and titles include "Hacha Y Machete", "El Mico", "Atiza Y Atala", "Ven A Colombia", "Cali Querido", "Guaguaco Supremo", and "El Cuento". LP, Vinyl record album

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MaxaynMaxayn ... LP
Capricorn/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99
The debut album from Maxayn – a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! Like both of those artists, Maxayn isn't afraid to use an electric guitar when she wants – which puts her music somewhere in the territory of groups like The Bar-Kays and Black Nasty, and the way they could blend rock influences with funk and soul! No surprise, Maxayn's bandmates here include two members of Buddy Miles' group – who really help keep things deep – providing a massive foundation for the lady's incredible vocals. Titles include covers of the Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and "Gimme Shelter" – plus the original tunes "Trying For Days", "Jam For Jack", "Song", and "Doing Nothing Nothing Doing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Maxayn ... LP 34.99

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Robert Y Su BandaSoy La Ley (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Zeida/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A killer bit of salsa from the Colombian scene of the 70s – every bit as hard-driving and soulful as the best work coming from New York at the time! Robert's got a mighty tight combo for the set – heavy on percussion, which criss-crosses in these fast-moving lines – really setting up the groove first, often with just a bit of basslines lacing them together – as horns then step in next to the soulful vocals, and really help the whole thing soar to the skies! The vocals are fantastic – with this righteous, yearning quality that almost reminds us of classic Hector Lavoe – and titles include "El Mulato", "Soy La Ley", "Aquel Senor", "Mi Carino No Espera", "Preso Y Sin Sentencia", "Son Candela", and "En La Inmensa Soledad". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michi Sarmiento Y Su Combo BravoSalsa Con Monte (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973. New Copy ... $20.99
Michi Sarmiento looks like a complete badass on the cover of this rare 70s album – and his group sounds completely badass as well – thanks to the wonderful mixing of modes that sometimes happened at the Disco Fuentes label! There's a loose vibe here that's quite different than New York Latin of the time – certainly an awareness of sounds up north, but recorded in this genre-stepping, rhythm-shifting way that also seems to echo more of the recording styles of the early decade before – with plenty of echo and other elements that only seem to further the intensity of the sound! Titles include "Viramundo", "Salsa Con Monte", "Olaya", "Me Enganaste", "Rosy", "La Vara Santa", "San Patricio", "Manue", "Se Apago", and "La Rumba Se Acabo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCumbia Beat Vol 1 – Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966 to 1976 ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $31.99
Peruvian grooves from the mid 60s to mid 70s – guitar based numbers with tropical strains of merengue, guaracha, rumba and cumbia steeped psychedelia, garage beat and other cross cultural elements! Like a lot of the great music happening around the world in the period, the musicians of Peru were blending regional traditions and folk elements with global ideas in really fresh and exciting ways! The tropical guitarists bring in new innovations from the rock realm for incredible, unclassifable sounds! A killer collection of Peruvian cumbia! Titles include "El Avison" by Silvestre Montez Y Sus Guantanameros, "Viento" by Grupo Celeste", "Cumbia Pop" by Los Beltons, " Arre Caballito" by Manzanita Y Su Conjunto, "La Ardillita" by Los Destellos, "Beteando" by Los Beta 5, "Mujer Hilandera" by Juaneco Y Su Combo, "Malambo" by Los Diablos Rojos, "Liliana" by Los Demonios Del Mantaro and more. 25 tracks on 2LPs. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCumbia Beat Vol 2 – Tropical Sounds From Peru 1966 to 1983 ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $31.99
A superior second volume of tropical cumbia from Vampi Soul – and a more expansive set than the first one, too! The vast majority the the great stuff here comes from the psych and immediate post-psych years– and it has the tripped-out sounds to show for it – but those are anchored nicely, by feverish percussion and tight tropical rhythms. Beyond that are some some great wah wah guitar, trippy organs, Moog and synth grooves – for a really great sound! This volume is also pretty heavy with instrumentals, but there's some standout vocal tunes, too – with numbers by Los Destellos, Compay Quinto, Los Yungas, Grupo Celeste, Juaneco Y Su Combo, Los Demonios Del Mantaro, Los Ecos, Los Beta 5, Los Orientales De Paramonga and many more. Comes with a nice little booklet of photos, with notes in both Spanish and English. 34 tracks including "Mi Choza, Mi Chacra Y Mi Mujer" by Manzanita, "Boogaloo Del Perro" by Los Destellos, "Baila Flaquita Baila" by Los Ecos, "Illimana" by Los 5 Palomiullas, "Recordando A Fachin" by Juaneco Y Su Combo, "Sin Exito" by Grupo Celeste, "Selva, Selva" by Juanaco Y Su Combo, "Colegiala" by Los Ilusionistas, "El Panadero" by Los Beta 5, "Peti Pan" by Los Demonios Del Mantaro and many more. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCumbia Beat Vol 3 – 21 Peruvian Tropical Gems ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $18.99
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, but the overall execution is very strongly in the modes put forth by Peruvian labels and producers at the time – often with great use of echo, especially in the guitar lines and keyboards – which make things sound very different than anything coming from Colombia or New York at the time! Yet there's also plenty of salsa elements at play here, too – the kind of percussive interplay that might be driving a Cuban or Puerto Rican combo – but nicely different in this setting too. Titles include "Chola Ingrata" by Los Ecos, "Manzana Verde" by Los Tantos, "El Saltamontes" by Silvestre Montez Y Sus Guantanameros, "La Manzanita" by Los Gitanos, "Descarga Oriental" by Los Orientales De Paramonga, "Larga Espera" by Los Sanders De Nana, "Lamento Moyobambino" by Sonido Verde De Moyobamba, and "La Narajadita" by Grupo Siglo XX. CD
Also available Cumbia Beat Vol 3 – 21 Peruvian Tropical Gems ... LP 31.99

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VariousCumbia Beat Vol 3 – 21 Peruvian Tropical Gems ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $31.99
A smoking third volume in this mighty look at the Peruvian cumbia scene of the 70s – music that often shares the same blend of guitar, percussion, and keyboards that makes some of the chica grooves from that time so great! The music here maybe owes a bit more to Latin sounds from up north, but the overall execution is very strongly in the modes put forth by Peruvian labels and producers at the time – often with great use of echo, especially in the guitar lines and keyboards – which make things sound very different than anything coming from Colombia or New York at the time! Yet there's also plenty of salsa elements at play here, too – the kind of percussive interplay that might be driving a Cuban or Puerto Rican combo – but nicely different in this setting too. Titles include "Chola Ingrata" by Los Ecos, "Manzana Verde" by Los Tantos, "El Saltamontes" by Silvestre Montez Y Sus Guantanameros, "La Manzanita" by Los Gitanos, "Descarga Oriental" by Los Orientales De Paramonga, "Larga Espera" by Los Sanders De Nana, "Lamento Moyobambino" by Sonido Verde De Moyobamba, and "La Narajadita" by Grupo Siglo XX. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cumbia Beat Vol 3 – 21 Peruvian Tropical Gems ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Tita Duval Y El Nuevo Ritmo De Bobby ReyCumbias Internacionales (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cumbia record with a very unusual groove – served up by Argentine star couple Tita Duval and Roberto Rey, who were both living in Colombia during the 70s – where they clearly felt free to mess with lots of the usual modes of the local style! The record's definitely a cumbia set in its rhythms – but instrumentation and other elements change up nicely throughout – so there might be moogy keyboards on one track, a weird Varitone sax on another, and all these other groovy, funky touches that come into play over the course of the very cool record – a sense of musical freedom that hardly made the record a hit at the time, but which makes it plenty darn great all these many years later. Titles include "Safari Safari", "Zombie Rock", "Batukacuto", "A Mi Modo", "Claudia", "La Cumbia Mujer", "Noche De Cumbia", and "Hombre Pobre". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sexteto MiramarSalsa Mi Hermana (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sexteto Miramar are putting plenty of salsa on their seafood on the cover – and they're also putting plenty in their music, too – as they work with a tight combo mode that owes a lot to the Joe Cuba Sextet of the mid 60s, and which also borrows a bit of Latin Soul from the New York scene too! The percussion is great throughout, and there's lots of vibes on the record too – which gives the whole thing the jazzy sophistication of some of Louie Ramirez's best recordings of the 60s, as the vibes ring out to color the grooves in all these wonderful ways! The whole record's got this lively small group feel that's right up there with the best mid 60s work on Fania, Cotique, and Alegre – and titles include "El Invierno", "El Gato", "Mambo Flamenco", "Salsa Boogaloo", "Mi Hermana", "Aprietame", and "Cuando Sali De Cuba". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Rhythm MakersSoul On Your Side (180 gram vinyl) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Vigor/Octave (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Funky madness from the legendary Rhythm Makers – a dancefloor combo with a really incredible groove! The group has an approach that's a lot like Kool & The Gang at their best, or like some of the best mid 70s albums by the Kay Gees or Fatback – lots of bass at the bottom, very tight vamping by the band, and a wikki-wikki funky sound that's totally great! Many of the tracks on the set make good use of moog or keyboards – never too much, but just the right dose to spook things up a bit – and although many of the cuts have vocals, the overall focus is still in the instrumentation – which always comes across pretty darn great, and which is played with incredible precision throughout! The combo later morphed into GQ, but they've got a much rawer sound here – and titles include "Can You Feel It (parts 1 & 2)", "You Better Believe It", "Soul On Your Side", "Zone", "Funk N You", and "Street Dreamin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 200 copies.)

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✨✧ Ray BryantMadison Time ... LP
Columbia, 1960. Very Good ... $9.99
An incredible album – a super-hit for Ray, and unlike anything else he ever did! The album's based around the groove of the classic Madison dance – a darkly turning rhythm that's laid down by Ray with some heavy-handed work on piano that's really outta site! The group on the set's a jazz one, but they're grooving and vamping in a tightly soulful mode that's perfect for the dancefloor – and players include Harry Edison, Bill English, Buddy Tate, and Al Grey. But even better is Eddie Morrison, who "calls" the dances by shouting out moves as the tunes go on! Eddie's voice really gives the set an amazing edge – as heard on the classic "Madison Time", served up here in 2 parts – and on tracks that include "Hit It (parts 1 & 2)", "Young Buddy", "Centerpiece", and "Split T (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)

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Takeshi Inomata & Sound LimitedInnocent Canon ... CD
King (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi Inomata – and it's almost a fusion of earlier 60s funky band jazz with some of the more tripped-out modes of the jazz rock era. Vamping rhythms and full-on organs are undercut by wiggy guitar parts and soaring organ lines – all augmented by spoken Japanese passages, sound effects, and production styles that abstract out some instruments into very unusual modes. There's plenty of soulful and funky moments throughout – and titles include "The Death Of Janis", "Child & I", "Blue", "Alone", and "Go For Nothing". CD
(SHM-CD pressing.)

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Milton James & The Creators/KenardMy Lonely Feeling/What Did You Gain By That ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Stone funky soul from Milton James & The Creators – a tune that's got this vamping, stomping vibe that feels like it was laid down by The Ramsey Lewis trio of the mid 60s – topped with great interplay between Milt and the group! The flipside features "What Did You Gain By That" – a tune by the even more obscure Kenard, and one that has this fast funky groove that's pre-disco, with some strong deep soul touches on the vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Syl JohnsonTotal Explosion ... LP
Hi Records, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A wicked explosion from the legendary Syl Johnson – one of his smoking sets for Hi Records – done with solid soulful help from Willie Mitchell! Mitchell's familiar Memphis groove is firmly in place here – tightly compressed rhythms and horns, vamping perfectly for Syl's raw vocals – and the set also seems to feature Johnson smoking some grooves on harmonica too – but in a way that's still a lot more soul than blues! There's a few great funky moments on the set – a nice reminder of the Twinight years – and tracks include "I Only Have Love", "Take Me To The River", "Bustin Up Or Busin Out", "'Bout To Make Me Leave Home", "That's Just My Luck", "It Ain't Easy", "Steppin Out", and "Watch What You Do To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram UK Pure Pleasure pressing.)

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King CurtisInstant Groove/Get Ready ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1969/1970. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A pair of classics from one of the best saxophonists in soul music – back to back on a single CD! First up is an Instant Groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping number that pushed funk further into the mainstream back in the day – and lots of the rest of the album follows suit, by bringing in some of the rougher King Curtis edges that usually only showed up on b-sides of 45s – while other full albums usually focused on sweeter sounds. There's a few of those here too – but even those tracks have a looser, more personal feel than before – not as much "perfect" soul sax, and a bit more grit. Arrangements are by Arif Mardin and King Curtis – and Duane Allman plays guiter on some cuts! Titles include "The Weight", "Sing A Simple Song", "Instant Groove", "Hey Jude", "Games People Play", "La Jeanne", and "Foot Pattin". Get Ready is sly soul from the great King Curtis – one of his last albums ever, and one of his best as well! There's a hip sort of edge to the record that's different from the Curtis groove of the mid 60s – less standard soul instrumental covers, and a much more righteous feel overall – part of the vibe that King had been crafting for others in the late 60s Atlantic studios, and partly the funky undercurrents that would often only show up on some of his 45 releases for the label! The backing group here is really great – with rhythm work from Eddie Hinton on guitar, Barry Beckett on keyboards, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums – and solo moments from Cornell Dupree on lead guitar, and both Joe Newman and Ernie Royal on trumpets. King produced the record himself, and one cut features slightly different instrumentation – with organ by Jimmy Smith and piano by Richard Tee. Titles include "Floatin", "Sugar Foot", "Soulin", "Teasin", "Let It Be", "Someday We'll Be Together", "Something", and "Promenade". CD

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StuffStuff ... LP
Just Sunshine/Warner, 1976. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Tight funky fusion from Stuff – the stellar debut by the soul jazz supergroup – filled with groovy electric keys, rubbery basslines and tightly vamping guitar! The sound is warm and groovy throughout – sophisticated funk on some tunes, and slightly looser and soulful on others – with some indelible leads in spots, but it's really more about the ensemble groove! The allstar players for this first effort features both Cornell Dupree and Eric Gale on guitars, drums & percussion by Steve Gadd & Christopher Parker, bass & percussion by Gordon Edwards, and keys by Richard Tee. Titles include "Foots", "(Do You) Want Some Of This) "Sun Song", "My Sweetness", "How Long Will It Last", "Happy Farms", "Foots", and "Looking For The Juice". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Isley BrothersHeat Is On ... LP
T Neck, 1975. Very Good- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great mix of heavy funk and sweeter ballads from the Isley Brothers – and a record that's filled with two-part tracks that really let them stretch out and groove! The tunes have a bit more bass and keyboards than before – an approach that's even more electric than Isley funk of a few years back, and which steps out in some tightly vamping rhythms that still crackle with plenty of warmth and soul – especially on the mellower numbers, which dominate side two of the record, and really make this one worth having! Mellow tracks include "For The Love Of You (parts 1 & 2)", "Sensuality (parts 1 & 2)", and "Make Me Say It Again (parts 1 & 2)" – and funkier numbers include "Fight The Power (parts 1 & 2)", "The Heat Is On (parts 1 & 2)", and "Hope You Feel Better Love (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Richard Groove HolmesOnsaya Joy ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever cut by organist Richard Groove Holmes – and a set that's worth it alone for the massive title track! Groove soars right out of the gate on that one – taking up most of side one with help from a vamping trio of guitar and drums – while he delivers this stretched-out, hard-burning solo that almost seems to take a page out of the book of the younger Charles Earland – but also stands as a great reminder of the fresh, soulful genius that Holmes brought to the Hammond in the 60s! In addition to "Onsaya Joy", other tracks are a bit more straightforward, but no less soulful – and titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Song For My Father", and a remake of "Misty". CD
(Part of the Flying Dutchman 1000 Master Collection!)

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✨✧ Alzo & UdineC'mon & Join Us! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wild & beautiful! This album's impossible to describe accurately, and it's the only record we've ever seen by the enigmatic Latin-tinged duo Alzo & Udine! The groove has a tight jangly feel, with nice lows, very catchy hooks, and amazing vocals from Alzo & Udine that kind of feel like Mel & Tim mixed with Joe Bataan mixed with The Young Rascals mixed with Jose Feliciano – if you need a comparison! The vocals are laid over spare arrangements that feature bass, guitar, and conga – vamping away in sort of a folk/soul groove – and although the overall approach is quite spare, the quality of the music is heavenly. At some level, the album had to have been a mistake – as it's got a whimsy and honesty that would never have gotten it on the charts – but that's exactly why we love it so much. Titles include "Something's Going", "C'Mon & Join Us", "This Room", "Want Your Love", "Hey Hey Hey, She's OK", and "Define". CD features two bonus tracks – "Hot Time In The City" and "All Of My Lovin". CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)

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✨✧ Takeshi Inomata & Sound LimitedInnocent Canon ... CD
King (Japan), 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
Nothing innocent about this record – because the groove is hard and heavy, wild and trippy – a really heady brew of funky jazz and more psychedelic influences – all recorded with some weird sounds in the background too! The album's a great one from Japanese groove pioneer Takeshi Inomata – and it's almost a fusion of earlier 60s funky band jazz with some of the more tripped-out modes of the jazz rock era. Vamping rhythms and full-on organs are undercut by wiggy guitar parts and soaring organ lines – all augmented by spoken Japanese passages, sound effects, and production styles that abstract out some instruments into very unusual modes. There's plenty of soulful and funky moments throughout – and titles include "The Death Of Janis", "Child & I", "Blue", "Alone", and "Go For Nothing". CD
(SHM-CD pressing – includes obi!)
Also available Innocent Canon ... CD 16.99

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Count BasieGreen Onions/Hang On Sloopy ... 7-inch
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
The Count takes on some 60s soul numbers – and the results are great! "Green Onions" is done here with piano instead of organ – over a slow-stepping, very sly groove that's got a real Soul Cargo sort of feel! "Hang On Sloopy" has almost a Ramsey Lewis groove at times – one that puts the bass and drums right up front, and has Count vamping around on piano next to some funky flute! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strip.)

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Francois De RoubaixDaughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Butler (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.98
One of the spookiest soundtracks ever crafted by one of our favorite film composers of all time! Francois DeRoubaix always had this amazing style to his music – unlike anyone else, especially in the way he could blend together spare acoustic elements and unusual sonic and electronic touches! There's a very intimate feel to the record – almost as if Francois is performing most of the sounds in the studio himself – balancing a guitar line with a keyboard fill, a bowed bass bit with drums, soaring strings with trumpet, and so on – occasionally hitting some funky touches that really keep things interesting – and which makes some of DeRoubaix best work on a par with the genius of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier! Titles include "The Countess Kiss", "Phantom Organ & Piano", "Pursuit On The Dunes Of Ostend", "Accident & Cymbalum", "Love On The Rails", "Red Lips", "Ballad In Bruges", and "The Dunes Of Ostend Flagellation". Also features two bonus tracks not used in the film – "Dracula 68 Woodstock" and "The Bruges Band". CD also features three bonus remixes – of "Ilona's Jazz", "Le Rap Des Levres Rouges", and "La Nuit Souls La Mer" – plus the bonus song "Vampire". CD
Also available Daughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 26.99

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EmotionsSo I Can Love You ... LP
Volt, 1970. Very Good ... $19.99
One of two albums the Emotions cut for Stax/Volt – both much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, deep, and soulful, with a real no-nonsense approach that opens up the vocals and sets up plenty of tasty hooks. Features the organ-heavy "So I Can Love You", the slightly-funky "Got To Be The Man", and the tracks "Going On Strike", "I Found My Man", and "The Best Part Of A Love Affair". But the best track is "I Like It" – which has this amazing intro that begins with a tight drumbreak, rolling over some descending basslines, then vamping into some horn flourishes before the vocals come in! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Volt pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $11.99
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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Grupo MagneticoPositivo ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
An album recorded in Scotland, but done with all the strong fire as some of our favorite Latin classics from the New York scene! These guys are fantastic, right from the start – tight percussion, mighty sharp horns, and this great use of Fender Rhodes that recalls those late 70s moments when Mongo Santamaria was employing the keyboard to such great effect – further enriching the jazzy currents in the music, while the rest of the combo comes down hard with plenty of soul! There's a few Spanish Harlem touches in the lyrics – but most of the set is percussively salsa, and super-strong throughout. Titles include "Vulcano V El Gato", "Hermanos Latinos", "Bailalo Y Muevelo", "Somos Latinos", "Enciendelo", "The Sun From Above", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and "Vampiras". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie RussFresh Out! ... CD
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99 22.99
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano sax by Larry Nozero – and a vibe that's a lot more laidback than standard funk, or even more mainstream jazz funk too – a sweet open groove that's mighty nice all the way through! The album's really a showcase for Nozero and Russ' solos – trading back and forth effortlessly over long tunes that roll along in a sweet electric-tinged groove – long vamping rhythms that really seem to drive both players onto new heights. Titles include Russ' classic "The Lope Song", a great version of "Hill Where The Lord Hides", and the tracks "Shamading", "Watergate Blues", and "All But Blind". CD
Also available Fresh Out! (with download) ... LP 24.99

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Eddie RussFresh Out! (with download) ... LP
Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A landmark bit of indie funk from the 70s – one of the few records cut by Detroit keyboardist Eddie Russ, and easily the best! The album features Russ going to town on electric piano – working with a hip combo called The Mixed Bag, which features some wicked work on flute and soprano sax by Larry Nozero – and a vibe that's a lot more laidback than standard funk, or even more mainstream jazz funk too – a sweet open groove that's mighty nice all the way through! The album's really a showcase for Nozero and Russ' solos – trading back and forth effortlessly over long tunes that roll along in a sweet electric-tinged groove – long vamping rhythms that really seem to drive both players onto new heights. Titles include Russ' classic "The Lope Song", a great version of "Hill Where The Lord Hides", and the tracks "Shamading", "Watergate Blues", and "All But Blind". LP, Vinyl record album
(First 1000 copies pressed on limited edition colored vinyl. Includes download.)
Also available Fresh Out! ... CD 9.99

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Joe ThomasMake Your Move ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet clubby grooving from Joe Thomas – a set that has the Ebony Godfather smoothing his groove a bit for the disco years of the late 70s, but still keeping things plenty soulful throughout! Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) arranged and conducted the album, and he brings in some added vocals to the session – starting most tunes with a bit of singing before the instrumentalists get to solo in the grooves. The approach still works plenty darn well, though – and there's some great numbers here that slide in a bit of moogy vamping, in a way that's somewhat like some of Thomas' previous Ebony Godfather records. Titles include the funky "Caught You Lying Again", the smooth stepper "Let Me Be The One", and the tracks "Sugar Smack", "Get On Back", "Make Your Move", and "Your Love Is So Good To Me". CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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Weather ReportTale Spinnin ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful title for a beautiful little record – one that really does have Weather Report spinning out musical tales in sound – with a free-flowing and soulful sense of energy! The groove's definitely tighter than the earlier years, but it's never slick – and Joe Zawinul handled the overall orchestrations for the record, with an approach that's often highly rhythmic, vamping, and building up nicely as the tunes roll on. There's definitely some echoes here of Wayne Shorter's love of Brazilian music – although represented in a relatively subtle way – and Ndugu Chancler's working with the group here on drums and percussion. Titles include "Man In The Green Shirt", "Lusitanos", "Badia", and "Freezing Fire". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffMain Squeeze ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest albums ever from Jimmy McGriff – a hard-wailing session that's filled with plenty of cooking lines on the organ, and a few especially funky tracks! The groove here is tight, short, and very sharp – strongly in the mode of other post-Sue sessions by McGriff – like The Worm or other Groove Merchant sides – with a style that's often much more focused than Jimmy's earlier years, and strongly turned towards the rhythms of the tunes! A few numbers are more familiar soul jazz, but these are nicely offset by the harder funk numbers of the record – like the romping, stomping break classic "The Main Squeeze", the totally groovy "The Worm Turns", and the fast-vamping "GMI". The group features Jimmy Ponder on guitar and Connie Lester on alto sax – and other titles include "The Sermon", "Stella By Starlight", and "The Blues Train To Georgia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Ikebe ShakedownIkebe Shakedown (plus download) ... LP
Ubiquity, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The much anticipated full length debut of Brooklyn Afro Funk and psych soul-influenced combo Ikebe Shakedown – following up their tight, promising EP on the Colemine label with an excellent self-titled set on Ubiquity! One of our favorite things about Ikebe Shakedown's style is the way they blend signature elements of classic Afro Funk and soul with more broadly influenced grooves. Heavy horns and pummeling drums, vamping guitar licks and elastic basslines are prominent and funky – but they work with more measured and spaced out material, too. It's roomy enough to let the individual musicianship shine, and the production is really great. Includes ""Tujumba", "Kumasi Walk", "No Name Bar", "Tame The Beats", "Don't Contradict", "Refuge", "In Circles", "Asa-Sa", "The Hold Up", "The Viking" and "Five Points". 10 tracks on the vinyl. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a code for full MP3 download.)

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✨✧ Blue MitchellBlue's Blues ... CD
Mainstream/Solid (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet soulful work from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – a set that has him working with a slightly large group of players, but in a style that's always very much in the groove! There's a nice electric undercurrent to the record throughout – sometimes in the instrumentation from other players, sometimes in the overall way the grooves are put together – which gives the record a quality that's almost like a funky soundtrack at the best moments! The lineup is a bit weird, too – with Joe Sample on keyboards, Freddy Robinson on guitar, Herman Riley on tenor and flute, and even John Mayall on harmonica – playing with a vamping funky edge on a few tunes! The title track – "Blues Blues" – is a great little jazzy break number, and other tracks include "Granite & Concrete", "Casa Blues", and "I Didn't Ask To Be". CD

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✨✧ Teddy EdwardsNothin But The Truth! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great stuff – and one of the groovier Teddy Edwards sessions from the 60s! The group's a sextet – with Walter Davis piano, Paul Chambers bass, Billy Higgins drums, Phil Orlando guitar, and Montego Joe on congas and bongos. The band grooves in a soul jazz vamping mode – darkly tinged, with a bit of that Blue Note style of expression – and over the top. Edwards plays some wonderful solos, raspy in tone, with a nice edge to his tenor, slurred out in some gutbuckety playing that's very much in the pocket! Titles include "Brazilian Skies", "Lovin It, Lovin It", "Nothin But The Truth", and "On The Street Where You Live". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Beverly McKaySay It With Feeling/Conscience ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Deep soul from Old Town Records – two overlooked 60s gems from Beverly McKay! "Say It With Feeling" definitely lives up to its title – with a bumping, blasting groove from the horns and drums – which is then given this raspy power by Beverly's lead vocals! "Conscience" is even cooler – a track that has McKay struggling with herself in a monologue that gets a bit interior at times – but which is always given this great vamping groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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