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Willie MitchellHit Sound of Willie Mitchell ... LP
Hi Records, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Funky Willie Mitchell at his best – "hit sound" to be sure, but one that still has plenty of grit in the grooves! The record's one from that stretch when Willie was working in a style that was more funky 45 than anything else – trumpet-heavy instrumentals that seem to take some good inspiration from his Memphis neighbors The Bar-Kays, especially at their early Soul Finger best! Titles are mostly hits, but redone with a gritty Memphis 60s soul sound – and tracks include "Sticks & Stones", "So Rare", "Land Of A Thousand Dances", "Mercy", "Treat Her Right", "When A Man Loves A Woman", and "Searching For My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has light wear and a center split in the spine.)

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Willie MitchellOoh Baby You Turn Me On (aka Soul Serenade) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Raw Memphis style soul instrumentals from trumpeter/arranger Willie Mitchell and the Hi Records crew – a pretty fascinating chapter in the prime Hi Records story! Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On was also released under the title Soul Serenede at one point, and it's really a showcase for some tight, short instrumental tracks, with a groove that's a lot rawer than the Hi material that Willie would produce later in the 70s. In fact, the album overall is a righteous batch of Memphis funk – with a sound that would make Stax pretty darn proud! Titles include "Ooh Baby, You Turn Me On", "Soul Finger", "Slippin & Sliddin", "Willie's Mood", "Sunny", "Pearl Time", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Pearl Time", "Toddlin" and more. CD

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Willie MitchellSolid Soul ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the set's a solid batch of soulful instrumentals all the way through – one of our favorites from the great Willie Mitchell! Willie's got a lot more bite here than on some of his famous warmer productions in the 70s – a gritty Memphis soul instrumental style that's pretty close to the best of its kind over at Stax Records – complete with tight, punchy drums on the bottom – and a sweet mix of organ, tenor, guitar, and trumpet in the lead! Nothing's ever too forced, and there's a groove that's laidback, but right on the money – on titles that include "San Ho Zay", "Monkey Jump", "Strawberry Solo", "Hideaway", "Up Hard", "The Horse", and "Grazing In The Grass". CD

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✨✧ Willie MitchellIt's Dance Time ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's Dance Time, Memphis style – thanks to a hip album of instrumentals from the great Willie Mitchell! This one's actually a bit rougher around the edges than some of Willie's other work, with strong guitar and groovy organ, very much in a Booker T & The MGs mode! The tracks groove along with a sound that's more Stax than Hi – which is ok by us, as the feel is nicely raw and raunchy! Titles include "Morning After", "Buster Browne", "Poinciana", "Twine Time", "Apple Jack", and "Wiggle Rock", "Fever", "Woodchopper's Bal" and more. CD
 
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Otis ClayHi Records Single Collection ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A great slice of work from Chicago soul singer Otis Clay – a collection of his 70s singles for the Hi Records label – a number of which never appeared on his albums at the time! Clay's work was some of the best male soul on the label next to Al Green – and he received a similar careful treatment in the studio from producer Willie Mitchell – who made Clay's vocals come across with a richness that really topped his earlier singles from the Windy City! This package features some great numbers that were originally issued only as 45s – including "It Was Jealousy", "You Can't Escape The Hands Of Love", "Let Me Be The One", "Brand New Thing", "I Didn't Know The Meaning Of Pain", "If I Could Reach Out", "You Did Something To Me", "You Hurt Me For The Last Time", "Show Place", and "Baby Jane" – plus some other great tracks too! CD

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Al GreenCall Me ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Al Green, 1973 – what could be better? The king of Memphis soul is at the height of his powers here – working in a setting that yielded less chart hits than some of his other albums for Hi Records, but which is still as sublime as the rest – thanks to an undeniable studio magic guided by Willie Mitchell! The sound is full, but never slick or smooth – and Al's vocals are tremendous throughout (but honestly, did you expect anything less?) Titles include "Call Me (Come Back Home)", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "Funny How Time Slips Away", and the beautiful "Have You Been Making Out OK?" CD
Also available Call Me ... LP 11.99

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Al GreenCall Me ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Very Good ... $11.99
Al Green, 1973 – what could be better? The king of Memphis soul is at the height of his powers here – working in a setting that yielded less chart hits than some of his other albums for Hi Records, but which is still as sublime as the rest – thanks to an undeniable studio magic guided by Willie Mitchell! The sound is full, but never slick or smooth – and Al's vocals are tremendous throughout (but honestly, did you expect anything less?) Titles include "Call Me (Come Back Home)", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "Funny How Time Slips Away", and the beautiful "Have You Been Making Out OK?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear. Label has some pen and a label sticker.)
Also available Call Me ... CD 6.99

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Al GreenFree Soul – The Treasure Of Al Green ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Over 80 minutes of magic from the great Al Green – a special entry into the Japanese-only series of Free Soul collections! The series often mixes together great tracks from different artists, but this volume features only music from the godlike Al himself – a warm, mellow blend of Memphis soul nuggets – and one that mixes together classic Hi Records hits with some lesser-known gems from Green! Willie Mitchell's great production really ties the whole thing together – as does the wonderful work of Free Soul maestro Toru Hashimoto, who still has one of the greatest ears for grooves we've ever heard. Titles include "Full Of Fire", "Let's Stay Together", "You Ought To Be With Me", "Love", "Take Me To The River", "Sha La La", "Love & Happiness", "Love Ritual", "So Good to Be Here", "Loving You", "Your Love Is Like The Morning Sun", "King Of All", "Look What You Done For Me", and "I Think It's For The Feeling". CD

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Al GreenFull Of Fire ... LP
Hi Records, 1976. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Al GreenLet's Stay Together (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 15.99
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the modes that were happening up north either. Instead, Al lays things out with this stunningly mature style – sexy, but never overdone – confident, but never in a swaggering way – with a really special flow that comes from the great Willie Mitchell's talents in the studio, but an edge that's Green at his secular best. The album's got a lasting appeal that's made it a favorite for generations – both a key introduction to soul, but also a treasured favorite for longtime collectors – and never every track's a gem – from the classic "Let's Stay Together", through a set list that includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "So You're Leaving", and "What Is This Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album

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Al GreenLivin For You ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Sealed ... $28.99
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound that kicks back and lets the soul flow magically – never forcing things at all, nor taking them into the sort of easy hit territory that would have been a temptation at this point. And if anything, the album's a wonderful exercise in understatement – the kind of gently flowing soul that Green virtually invented at the time, and which few other singers could hope to match! Titles include the excellent "Let's Get Married", plus "Livin For You", "Free At Last", "Home Again", "So Good To Be Here", and "Beware" – all original tracks written by Green! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Al GreenLove Ritual ... LP
Hi Records, 1978. Sealed ... $16.99
A selection of earlier Al Green numbers issued here at the end of the 70s – with new mixing by Willie Mitchell, who'd produced all the original sides. Titles include "Love Ritual", which is a nice groover – plus "Glory Glory", "Let It Shine", "Keep Me Cryin", "Oh Me Oh My", "I Tried To Tell Myself", and "Smile A Little Bit More". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed! There's some light dust under the shrinkwrap, but the cover is fine overall.)

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Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love ... LP
Hi Records, 1973. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson's raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend here is great – as Johnson's trademark crackle is still very much in place, but the production by Willie Mitchell really helps give him a lot of focus too – especially on some of the more heartfelt numbers, which come across here with a sensual force that Syl might never have hit on his own. Syl wrote a number of the tracks himself too – and titles include "I'm Yours", "Feelin' Frisky", "I Hate I Walked Away", "Wind Blow Her Back My Way", "I Let A Good Girl Go", and "The Love You Left Behind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some stains at the top, a promo sticker, and some pen on back.)

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Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here highlight that vibe, but she and producer/arranger Mitchell bring in a few more dancefloor ready soul numbers, too. Titles include "You Gonna Make Me Cry", "When I'm In Your Arms", "If This Is Heaven", "I'm So Thankful","Games" and "Boy I Gotta Have You". CD

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Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... LP
Hi Records, 1977. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here highlight that vibe, but she and producer/arranger Mitchell bring in a few more dancefloor ready soul numbers, too. Titles include "You Gonna Make Me Cry", "When I'm In Your Arms", "If This Is Heaven", "I'm So Thankful","Games" and "Boy I Gotta Have You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ann PeeblesStraight From The Heart ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Ann Peebles sings straight from the heart on this classic early set for Hi Records – a record that's to female vocals what Al Green's work of the time meant to male soul! As with Green's Hi Records of the time, Willie Mitchell is firmly in charge of production and backings – working with that warmly glowing Memphis soul style that carved whole new territory in soul music for the 70s – a maturing and mellowing of earlier southern modes, in a way that helps Peebles hit some fresh and uncliched sounds with her vocals. At a time when so many other singers were trying to copy Aretha, Ann's approach is mighty fresh – as you'll hear on tracks that include "I Take What I Want", "Slipped Tripped & Fell In Love", "What You Laid On Me", "Trouble Heartaches & Sadness", "99 Pounds", "I've Been There Before", and "Somebody's On Your Case". CD

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Ann PeeblesTellin' It ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
It's the mid 70s, but Ann's still very much in classic form – with thanks to arrangements and production by Willie Mitchell and backing by Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, and James Mitchell – and sultry, soulful vocals from Ann! There's a bit more of a groove-oriented production style here than before – but it comes off very nicely, and works wonders with Ann's deeply burning vocal approach. This album stands up stronger next to it's predecessor, the great I Can't Stand The Rain album, better than we remembered – we're glad to tell that! Titles include "Come To Mama", "I Don't Lend My Man", "Love Played A Game", "Beware", "It Was Jealosy", "Doctor Love Power", and "Put Yourself In My Place" and more. CD

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OV WrightBottom Line ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Great work from OV Wright – one of the few singers who was still strongly carrying the Hi Records torch at the end of the 70s! Although Wright had sometimes been bluesier in the past, his late 70s Hi sides have a much mellower, mature sort of feel – a ripening of the seeds in his Backbeat label work, taken to nice new heights at Hi in the hands of Willie Mitchell. Mitchell's backings have a feel that's somewhat like his work with Al Green, but OV's style of singing is completely different – not as overtly sexy, but really personal in approach. Titles include "That's The Way I Feel About Cha", "A Little More Time", "I Don't Know Why", "No Easy Way To Say Goodbye", "Let's Straighten It Out", and "The Bottom Line". CD

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OV WrightInto Something (Can't Shake Loose) ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that's got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and you've got a good idea of the feel of this one – a perfect setting for OV's massive talent, and a great way for him to reach out to a wider audience too! The sound is impeccable – about as classic as you can get for Hi – and titles include a number of great Willie Mitchell originals – including "I Feel Love Growin", "The Time We Have", and "You Gotta Have Love". The set also includes a nice version of "Trying To Live My Life Without You", too! CD

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OV WrightNickel & A Nail & Ace Of Spades ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, Late 60s. Used ... $18.99
A beautiful early record from OV Wright – recorded with stone Memphis production by Willie Mitchell, and a beautiful sound that's more open and relaxed than some of Wright's other records – not as tightly "fixed" or polished as his other work, no matter how great that might be! As the title implies, the album features 2 of OV's biggest early hits – "Nickel & A Nail" and "Ace Of Spades" – both of which are great numbers followed up here by other cuts that include "Don't Let My Baby Ride", "He Made Woman For Man", "Eight Men Four Women", "Don't Take It Away", and "Afflicted". Lavish Reel Music label production includes great remastering, excellent liner notes, and lots of great images and label shots! CD
(Out of print – and still sealed!)

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VariousReggie Young – Session Guitar Star ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A huge overview of greatness from guitarist Reggie Young – a musician who's remembered not only for a few key records of his own, but also for countless dates in the Tennessee studios of the 60s and 70s, where he helped transform the records of others with his talents! The package here features Reggie on every single track – adding guitar parts to a surprising variety of musical styles, including some classic southern soul that comes as a great surprise – because most folks usually think of Young in terms of his work for country music giants! The package is a great follow-up to the reissues that Ace Records has done of Reggie's own records – and features very detailed notes, with information on all the many and unusual tracks that feature Young's talents within. Titles include "Rock N Roll" by Sonny Curtis, "Touch Of The Blues" by Bobby Blue Bland, "Meet Me In Church" by Solomon Burke, "Don't Forget About Me" by Dusty Springfield, "Slip Slip Slippin In" by Eddie Bond & His Stompers, "Dream Baby" by Jerry & Reggie, "I'm Movin On" by The Box Tops, "The Champion (part 1)" by Willie Mitchell, "In The Pocket" by King Curtis & The King Pins, "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray, "I Think I'll Just Stay Here & Drink" by Merle Haggard, "Victim Of Life's Circumstances" by Delbert McClinton, "Lover Please" by Billy Swan, "Morning Glory" by James & Bobby Purify, "Where Do We Go From Here" by Waylon Jennings, "Whenever You Come Around" by Little Milton, and "More Love" by James Carr. CD

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VariousRockin Rhythm & Blues From Memphis Vol 2 ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
An excellent assortment of rare soul from 60s Memphis – most of it from the great House Of The Blues label – an early contemporary of Stax Records, and almost a precursor to the later soul sound of Hi Records too – given that Willie Mitchell features in a fair bit of the singles collected on this set! The style's nice and raw – definitely with the R&B elements promised in the title, but already more directed to the soul styles that Memphis would pioneer in the 60s – especially at the level in which the city was at such a unique crossroads of the south! Rural blues elements get electrified, and folded into a mix of both solo and group styles, sometimes with an early current of funk – in a smashing set of 21 tracks that includes "I Believe To My Soul" by Bill Yates, "Search No More" by Jimmy Dotson, "Thirty Five Thirty" by Willie Mitchell, "Soul House" by Ed Pauling & The Exciters, "No Fooling Around" by Del Monte, "Good Grip" by Daddy Goodloe, "Sooner Or Later" by Larry Birdsong, "Catch That Teardrop" by Five Royales, "Don't Break My Heart" by Roy Brown, "Please Wait" by Charles Jammer, "Fee Bee" by Billy Adams, "Bowleg Twist" by Gene Bowlegs Miller, and "Squeeze Me" by The Aristocrats. CD

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✨✧ Don BryantPrecious Soul ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant's got a sound here that's still firmly in the Hi style forged by Willie Mitchell – who produces this set – but there's also some nicely rougher edges too, a sound that's almost more Stax than Hi – and which certainly features a bit of a nod to Wilson Pickett down in Muscle Shoals – not exactly funk, but with some nice grit in the grooves! The whole thing's great – and titles include "Try Me", "Cry Baby", "Funky Broadway", "Soul Man", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "She's Looking Good", and "Slip Away". CD

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You (expanded & remastered) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years! The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". CD features new remastering – and bonus tracks "Ride Sally Ride", "True Love", and "I'm Standing By". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Al GreenI'm Still In Love With You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Warm wonderfulness from the great Al Green – a record that may have a pale-looking cover, but a set that's one of Green's most deeply soulful albums ever! There's a grace and a glow to the set right from the very first note – that really unique presentation and performance that makes these early 70s Green albums such enduring treasures – and so unlike anything else that's ever come since, no matter how many folks were influenced by Al's sound! The production is perfect – with Al helping Willie Mitchell at the helm, as they balance together the richness of the instrumentation with core elements in the rhythms – on titles that include Al's stone classic "Love & Happiness", plus "I'm Still In Love With You", "I'm Glad You're Mine", "What A Wonderful Thing Love Is", "Look What You Done For Me", and his great remake of Kris Kristofferson's "For The Good Times" – a country/soul classic if there ever was one! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together ... LP
Hi Records, 1972. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the modes that were happening up north either. Instead, Al lays things out with this stunningly mature style – sexy, but never overdone – confident, but never in a swaggering way – with a really special flow that comes from the great Willie Mitchell's talents in the studio, but an edge that's Green at his secular best. The album's got a lasting appeal that's made it a favorite for generations – both a key introduction to soul, but also a treasured favorite for longtime collectors – and every track's a gem – from the classic "Let's Stay Together", through a set list that includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "So You're Leaving", and "What Is This Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Hi pressing, still sealed in clean shrink!)
Also available Let's Stay Together (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Al GreenLet's Stay Together (Right Stuff pressing) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the modes that were happening up north either. Instead, Al lays things out with this stunningly mature style – sexy, but never overdone – confident, but never in a swaggering way – with a really special flow that comes from the great Willie Mitchell's talents in the studio, but an edge that's Green at his secular best. The album's got a lasting appeal that's made it a favorite for generations – both a key introduction to soul, but also a treasured favorite for longtime collectors – and never every track's a gem – from the classic "Let's Stay Together", through a set list that includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "So You're Leaving", and "What Is This Feeling". CD
Also available Let's Stay Together (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonTotal Explosion ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD

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✨✧ Night Blooming JazzmenFreedom Jazz Dance ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's Night Blooming Jazzmen, not "Jasmine" – the name of one of the coolest projects to ever come from the hands of Leonard Feather! Sure, Feather presented some stiffer acts in his earlier years, but this group definitely isn't one of them – as they're an all-star, all-soul combo who soar with effortless ease – really wrapping themselves in the best styles created by the Mainstream label in the early 70s, and maybe even topping some of their own work as leaders too! The record features loads of wonderful work on trumpet from Blue Mitchell – plus soaring reeds from Ernie Watts and Lew Tabackin – as well as smoking Hammond from Charles Kynard, guitar from Freddie Robinson and Joe Pass, drums from Stix Hooper and Paul Humphrey, and funky percussion from Willie Bobo and Chino Valdes. Tracks are long, very groovy, and filled with great solos – and titles include a hard-swinging version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", which begins with a bouncing bass sample that we totally love – plus "Countin My Tears", "Heavy Hearted Blues", "Rio", "All This & Heaven Too", and "Twelve Tone Blues". CD
(Includes obi.)

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

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

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✨✧ OV WrightMemphis Unlimited ... CD
Back Beat/Reel Music, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OV Wright at the top of his game – working here with classic Memphis production from Willie Mitchell, and a sound that should have knocked Al Green right off of the charts! Wright's vocals have a rougher edge than Al's, and the record's really dripping with deep soul feeling – a slow-burning energy that's perfectly handled by Mitchell, in ways that echo some of OV's bluesier roots, but keeps things in the more sophisticated Memphis modes of the 70s. The balance is perfect, and instrumentation is handled by a batch of Hi Records regulars – including the Memphis Horns with Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love. Wright really rises to the occasion for the whole album, and the set's arguably better than any of his later work for Hi – although that stuff is all pretty darn wonderful too! Titles include "I've Been Searching", "Lost In The Shuffle", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", "Ghetto Child", "You Must Believe In Yourself", and "I'm Going Home". Beautiful reissue pressing too – with deep notes on the music, details of the session, vintage images, and even an OV Wright Discography too! CD
(Out of print – and still sealed!)

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✨✧ OV WrightWe're Still Together ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
OV Wright's getting a bit smooth, but still sounding great – working here with really full backings from Willie Mitchell, at a level that's a bit more upbeat than his previous album at Hi Records! There's a bit more of a groove on these tunes, but most are still miles from the dancefloor – still in that time-tested OV Wright style, with echoes of earlier Memphis eras in the background, but a tighter, more mature approach upfront. Given the date of the record, the overall sound is surprising – more mid 70s Hi Records than anything else – but that's also the charm of the set, and proof that Hi could still hold strong when other labels were moving forward, perhaps a bit too quickly. Titles include "Mirror Of My Soul", "I'm Gonna Stay", "It's Cold Without Your Love", "We're Still Together", and "I Found Peace". CD

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✨✧ VariousHi Records Rarities Vol 1 – Dancin & Steppin – Hitchhike To Heartbreak Road ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think you know Hi Records? Guess again – because this sublime set of rarities has way more Memphis soul than just the work of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Willie Mitchell! The special package features lots of lesser-known cuts from the vaults of Hi – including a fair bit of upbeat singles that showcase more of a dancefloor soul side of the legendary imprint – music that's still got a fair bit of deep soul in the vocals, but which also shows a bit more Memphis snap in the rhythms – a great mixing of modes that lies in a space that's somewhere between Northern and Southern soul standards of the time. There's a huge amount of tracks here we'd somehow missed over the years – and titles include "Stepchild" by Venice, "So Good To Me" by George Jackson, "Help Yourself" by 5 Royals, "Farmer John" by Four Kings, "Hitchhike To Heartbreak Road" by Bobo Mr Soul, "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Henry Shed, "Frankenstein Walk" by Gene Miller, "I Want To Be There" by The Four Kings, "We've Got Everything" by T 99, "Hard Luck" by Bobby McClure, "Still Around" by James Fry, and "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by Ebony Web. CD

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✨✧ Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Al GreenLivin For You ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard to go wrong with Al Green at this point – 1973, when the mighty one was at the height of his secular soul powers – and when the sweetly compressed production style of Willie Mitchell just couldn't miss! There's a homey, earthy feel to the record that's really great – a sound that kicks back and lets the soul flow magically – never forcing things at all, nor taking them into the sort of easy hit territory that would have been a temptation at this point. And if anything, the album's a wonderful exercise in understatement – the kind of gently flowing soul that Green virtually invented at the time, and which few other singers could hope to match! Titles include the excellent "Let's Get Married", plus "Livin For You", "Free At Last", "Home Again", "So Good To Be Here", and "Beware" – all original tracks written by Green! CD
Also available Livin For You ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonBack For A Taste Of Your Love ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson's raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend here is great – as Johnson's trademark crackle is still very much in place, but the production by Willie Mitchell really helps give him a lot of focus too – especially on some of the more heartfelt numbers, which come across here with a sensual force that Syl might never have hit on his own. Syl wrote a number of the tracks himself too – and titles include "I'm Yours", "Feelin' Frisky", "I Hate I Walked Away", "Wind Blow Her Back My Way", "I Let A Good Girl Go", and "The Love You Left Behind". CD
Also available Back For A Taste Of Your Love ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Mike Reed, edCity Was Yellow – Chicago Jazz & Improvised Music 1980-2010 ... Book
Mike Reed, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful book on the Chicago jazz scene, and the things that make it really special – not the Windy City world of years back – when Ramsey Lewis and other big names were dominating things – but Chicago in more recent years, when the city has been a non-stop hotbed of continuous creative activity! Musician Mike Reed is the guiding force here – himself a key part of the growth of the past decade or two – and the presentation is very unique, with a short essay on a key musician, accompanied by a photo, then also a piece of music by the artist – transcribed on full sheet music, scoring a key contribution – in a way that makes the large volume both a history book and a book of sheet music as well. Entries are by key critical forces on the Chicago scene – John Corbett, Peter Margasak, John Litweiler, Neil Tesser, and others – and the presentation is as beautiful as the sounds it seeks to document. Entries include sections on Nicole Mitchell, Jason Adasiewicz, Ken Vandermark, Jeff Parker, Von Freeman, Mantana Roberts, Willie Pickens, and many others – and the book is oversize, 154 pages, softcover, and in two-tone color throughout. Book

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✨✧ VariousHi Records Rarities Vol 3 – Tender & Mellow – Any Way The Wind Blows ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hi Records way past the hits – served up here in a wonderful batch of rare singles that go way past the obvious numbers you may know from the label! Most of the cuts have this mellow groove that's mighty nice – not totally laidback, but kind of slow-stepping in a style that takes off from the usual Willie Mitchell territory – and has different elements with each of the many singers in the set – a lineup that includes many folks you may not have known worked for the label! Deep soul pervades, but the approach often has some of those modern mellow elements that were coming into hipper southern scenes in the mid 70s – a great maturation that really comes through in a track selection that includes "I Must Be Losin You" by Willie Clayton, "Satisfactorize Your Mind" by Africano, "Now That I've Found You" by The Masqueraders, "Trying To Live My Life Without You" by Venice, "What Do You Mean" by Gene Miller, "He's Got It" by Known Facts, "Baby Love" by Gene Anderson, "Any Ways The Wind Blows" by Erma Coffee, "What Made You Change" by Eddie McGhee, and "When The Battle Is Over" by The Joint Venture. CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesPart Time Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great litle early album from Ann Peebles – rawer than most of her more familiar stuff, with a gutbuckety soul quality that really keeps things fresh! We always love Ann's work, but in these early years she has a deep soul vibe that few other singers can touch – a level that easily rivals Aretha Franklin, but has more real southern roots – and which is handled here by the Hi Records sound. Willie Mitchell produced and arranged (of course!), and the record's got some sweet backing vocals by Rhodes, Chalmers, & Rhodes – very much in a Sweet Inspirations mode, but again maybe a bit deeper too. Tracks include a funky remake of The Isleys' "It's Your Thing", plus "Solid Foundation", "Crazy About You Baby", "Give Me Some Credit", and "Generation Gap Between Us". CD

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✨✧ Quiet EleganceQuiet Elegance – The Hi Records Single Collection ... CD
Hi Records/Solid (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The complete Hi Records singles of Quiet Elegance – a great 70s soul female trio formed by two former members of The Glories, and one of Martha & The Vandellas – who recorded for Hi with some mighty great production work from Willie Mitchell! The girls have a style that's similar to Willie's work with Al Green on the first batch of tunes – and which then opens into more of an Emotions-like style on later tracks – all the while sticking to a strong female harmony sound that never falls into the cloying style of other girl groups of the time. This is great stuff – the kind of lost soul that needs further discovering – and the package also includes three unreleased recordings and some alternate mixes too. Titles include "I Need Love", "I'm Afraid Of Losing You", "Mama Said", "I Need Love", "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", "Roots Of Love", "After You", "How's Your Love Life?", and "Tired Of Being Alone". CD

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✨✧ VariousHi Records Rarities Vol 4 – Slow & Deep – Sweetness Ain't Sweet No More ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hi Records goes nice and deep – not just in a deep soul style, but in a setting that also showcases some of the lesser-known talents who recorded for the legendary Memphis soul label! The package is overstuffed with rare goodies from the vaults of Hi – 26 tracks that include a fair bit of really obscure gems from the Memphis scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a motherlode of music that's almost like digging into some of the deeper reaches of the Stax/Volt single collections! There's a few more familiar names here, but we really treasure the more obscure artists – who come together in a very unified collection of laidback, mellow-grooving, deep soul numbers. Titles include "Mama's Boy" by James Fry, "Sweetness Ain't Sweet No More" by T99, "Is It Over" by David Duke, "Say Yes To Love" by Willie Clayton, "I Love Her" by Willie Walker, "I Wanna Share Everything" by Teacher's Edition, "Wake Up Fool" by Masqueraders, "I'm Gonna Wait" by George Jackson, "Hey Little Girl" by Norm West, "Charlie Tuttle" by Sam Mosley, "Back To You" by Jean Plum, "She's My Woman" by Bobo Mr Soul, "That's The Man Is For" by Phillip Mitchell, and "Be Good To You" by Jimmy Mack. CD

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✨✧ VariousShaolin Soul Episodes 1, 2, & 3 (3CD set) ... CD
Because/Import (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A special 3CD collection – one that brings together the first three volumes of Shaolin Soul – a great series inspired by the inventive approach the Wu-Tang Clan brought to the world of hip hop samples – that great sense of sound that had them going for tunes that had way more to offer than just a funky drum break! Instead, these classic soul tracks are overflowing with amazing musical elements – not just the great vocals of the singers or amazing energy of the grooves – but also some instrumental and production twists that really keep things interesting – and which have always made this series a standout. The set features 62 tracks in all – and titles include "Trouble, Heartaches, & Sadness" by Ann Peebles, "Let's Straighten It Out" by OV Wright, "I'll Never Grow Up" by The Charmels, "Mellow Mood" by Barry White, "In The Rain" by The Dramatics, "After Laughter" by Wendy Rene, "The Way We Were" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Children Don't Get Weary" by Booker T & The MGs with Judy Clay, "Little Ghetto Boy (live)" by Donny Hathaway, "Could I Be Falling In Love" by Syl Johnson, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Lyn Collins, "I Hear The Love Chimes" by Syl Johnson, "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" by Ann Peebles, "It's Over" by Eddie Holman, "Maybe Tomorrow" by Jackson 5, "Honey Bee" by The New Birth, "I Keep Asking You Questions" by Black Ivory, "Gone The Promises Of Yesterday" by The Mad Lads, "I Got The" by Labbi Siffre, "I've Been Watching You" by Southside Movement, "Why Marry" by The Sweet Inspirations, "You're Getting Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds, "Come Go With Me" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Simply Beautiful" by Al Green, "I'm His Wife" by Ann Sexton, "Takin It" by The Rimshots, "Gypsy Woman" by The Persuasions, "You Roam When You Don't Get It At Home" by The Sweet Inspirations, "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" by Bobby Bland, "Groovin On My Baby's Love" by Freddie Waters, "How Can You Say Goodbye" by Sidney Joe Qualls, "If" by Jackie Moore, "Creation (epilogue)" by Jimmy Castor, "Tune Up" by The Dramatics, "It Ain't Long Enough" by Judy Clay, "Mercy Mercy Mercy" by Willie Mitchell, "In My Heart" by Barbara & The Browns, and "Hang On Sloopy (single version)" by David Porter. CD

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✨✧ Al GreenBelle Album ... LP
Hi Records, 1977. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar – stepping out from under the protective wing of Willie Mitchell, and doing a surprisingly great job overall! Al does get a bit of help in the studio – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says that the record is "something new" – but as we've come to learn from all the other Al Green records we've loved over the years, the man himself is more than enough to make the record wonderful – with vocals that are unbeatable at this point in his career! Titles include "All N All", "Belle", "Loving You", "Georgia Boy", "Feels Like Summer" and "Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some peeling along the bottom.)
 
 
 



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