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✨✧ VariousPlanet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Planet Mod is a pretty groovy place – a spot in the solar system where rock, blues, and soul effortlessly blend together – thanks to the mighty talents of the legendary producer Shel Talmy! The set here is a great dip into the farther reaches of Talmy's records of the 60s – way past the hits, to show the kind of magic that really made the studio genius such a key force in developing the sound of London at the time – often with a fair bit of influence from America, but in a way that was already shifting into fresh British modes for the new audiences overseas. As always with Ace, the package and presentation are stunning – and the set even features some rare tracks that truly come from the vaults, mixed with other obscure singles, and supported with a great deal of notes. 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Mai Lee" by John Lee Hooker, "Don't Let It Be" by The Tribe, "Goodbye Girl" by The Preachers, "Goodbye So Long" by The Soul Brothers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Life's Too Good To Waste" by Tony Christie & The Trackers, "Stone Crazy" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Too Much Of A Woman" by The Corduroys, "Have You Ever Had The Blues (alt take)" by Ray Gates, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by John Lee's Groundhogs, "Unto Us (demo version)" by The New Breed, and "Think" by The Total. CD
Also available Planet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults (180 gram pressing) ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ VariousTrojan Jamaican R&B Box Set (3CD set) ... CD
Trojan, 1970s. Used 3 CDs ... $24.99
Soulful, grooving Jamaican R&B – fifty tracks worth from the deep, deep Trojan vaults, and at an unbeatable price! Includes Derrick Harriott "I Won't Cry", Duke Reid's All Stars "What Makes Honey", Laurel Aitken "Low Down Dirty Girl", The Mellowlarks "Album Of Memory", The Jiving Juniors "Lollipop Girl", Derrick & Patsy "Oh My Love", The Blues Busters "Lost My Baby", The Magic Notes "Rosabel", Jimmy Cliff "Dearest Beverly" and Owen Gray "Midnight track", plus many, many more. . . CD
(Out of print, box has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ VariousRare Chicago R&B Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Lake, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
25 tracks from Lou Mac, Rudy Green & Orchestra, Eddy Ward & his band, Leon Tarver, Schoolboy Porter & his School Boys, Stomp Gordon & his orchestra, Rudy Green, Danny Overbea with King Kolax & orchestra & more. CD
(Out of print, CDr release.)

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✨✧ WhoThirty Years Of Maximum R&B (4CD box set) ... CD
MCA, 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD

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✨✧ VariousMore Mellow Cats & Kittens – Hot R&B & Cool Blues 1946 to 1952 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent music from that postwar stretch when it seemed like all the genres were wonderfully unstable – and so may different sounds and styles were coming into contact with each other! This set serves up a brilliant batch of genre-crossing sounds from the LA scene at the time – music that isn't quite jazz, isn't really blues, maybe hints at R&B to come – yet which somehow bristles with the best that all those styles had to offer – and a lot more too! The work here is all from the stunningly deep catalog of Modern Records – and the collection features 15 tracks that have never been issued before – all documenting the wonderful wealth of fresh styles coming out of LA at the time. The work here has echoes of bop, swing, and lots of soulful modes to come – and titles include "Yas Yas Yas" by Three Bits Of Rhythm, "Bardu's Boogie" by Bardu Ali, "Just Got Back" by Jimmy Grissom, "How Long" by Kitty Stevenson, "Bacon Blues" by Clarence Williams, "Cake Jumps" by Al Cake Wichard, "Goodnight Wherever You Are" by The Scamps, "Lazy Daisy" by The Noc-Tunes, "Sister Kool Breeze" by Jake Porter, "Billboard Special" by tiny Webb, "Looky Ploot" by Emmitt Slay & His Slayriders, "Going Home Blues" by Hootie McShann, "Your Red Wagon" by Butch Stone, and "Jive I Like" by Pearl Traylor. CD

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✨✧ VariousCatch The Windy City Harmonizers – Unreleased & Rare Chicago R&B Vocal Groups ... CD
Cedar/Power Vine (UK), 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from the Encores, the Dozier Boys, the Moonglows, the Quintones, the Four Tops, the Ravens, the Moonlighters, the Larks, The Clouds, the Zeniths, the Bayou Boys & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousParrot Records R&B Story ... CD
Parrot/Hot, 1950s. Used ... $14.99
25 tracks from this rare Chicago label – home to some of the city's hippest R&B during the 50s! There's a huge amount of great vocal group material on the set – and titles include "Salty Dog" by Marvin Phillips, "White Cliffs Of Dover" by The Pelicans, "Jukebox Shuffle" by Lowell Fulson, "Slow Down" by Lou Mac, "Wee Wee Baby" by 5 Thrills, "All I Want" by 5 Chances, "Newlywed" by The Orchids, "I Can't Forget" by The Rocketts, "Mr Fine" by Mabel Scott, "Anna Marie" by Marvin Phillips. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousR&B Confidential No 1 – The Flair Label ... CD
Flair/Virgin, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Mercy Dee, Robbie Robinson with the Blinky Allen Orchestra, Big Duke Henderson & his Orchestra, Ike Turner Orchestra, Elmore James & the Broomdusters, the Dreamers, James Reed, the Dixie Blues Boys, Matt Cockrell & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousTwin Cities Funk & Soul – Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St Paul 1964 to 1979 ... CD
Secret Stash, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Rare soul from Minneapolis – a surprisingly great source for grooves in the years before Prince and Morris Day! Turns out, the Twin Cities were already funky, way before the Purple One came into being – as you'll hear in this wealth of rare singles from the late 60s on up through the 70s – all of them mighty darn soulful, and most of them pretty dang funky as well! The wealth of work is really surprisingly – with strong echoes of styles going on in the Chicago and Detroit scenes at the time, but maybe even more surprising, given that Minneapolis/St Paul didn't have nearly the same amount of resources. The package is easily one of the best ever done by the Secret Stash label – a set that really ups the level of their reissues – with a motherlode of killer cuts that include "Love Me Leave Me" by The Valdons, "Sweet Smell Of Perfume" by Maurice McKinnies & The Champions, "Work Your Flapper (part 1)" by Jackie Harris & The Champions, "She's A Whole Lot's A Woman" by Mojo & His Chi 4, "I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More" by Willie Walker, "Save Me" by Wanda Davis, "Saxophone Disco" by Morris Wilson, "Honey From The Bee" by Willie & The Bumblebees, "The Max" by Prophets Of Peace, "Get Up" by The Lewis Connection, and "Rusty McDusty" by Morris Wilson. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousR&B's Lost & Found ... CD
Thump, Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Tracks from GQ, Linda Lewis, Heatwave, The Notations, The Stylistics, The Moments, Jackie Ross and more. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousMercury R&B 1946 to 1962 ... CD
Mercury, Mid 40s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Features Dinah Washington, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Roy Byrd, Buddy & Ella Johnson, Louis Jordan, and Clyde McPhatter. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousOn With The Jive – 1950s R&B From Dolphin's Of Hollywood Vol 1 ... CD
Hollywood/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Great work from one of the hippest record stores of all time – the legendary Dolphin's of Hollywood, home to some of the best R&B on the west coast scene in the 50s! The work here was all originally produced by John Dolphin for his Recorded In Hollywood label – a small imprint run out of the shop, but one that featured R&B and jazz that was every bit as great as that coming from bigger labels at the time. The titles here are all rare alternates and odd takes – compiled by Billy Vera, who first unearthed the stash of John Dolphin's tapes for Specialty Records at the end of the 80s. Vera's track selection here nicely complements other previously-released versions of Dolphin material – in that it includes some great oddities, and also even includes some great notes on the store and the scene at the time. CD features 25 tracks – all previously unissued – with titles that include "Dolphin's Theme" and "Rock Bottom" by Red Callender, "Hang Your Tears Out To Dry" and "My Love Comes Tumbling Down" by Jesse Belvin, "Pee Wee's Blues" and "Crying & Walking" by Pee Wee Crayton, "Easy Money" and "Papa" by Scatman Crothers, "Three Men In My Life" and "Tall Tan Baby" by Maggie Jacquet, "Cadillac Baby" by Little Caesar, "Baby Doll" by Marvin Phillips, "Atomic Baby" by Linda Hayes, and "The Blues Has Got Me" by an Unknown Vocalist – and even a "Dolphin's Radio Jingle" by Dick Huggy Boy Hugg! CD

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VariousGettin Funky – The Birth Of New Orleans R&B (4CD set) ... CD
Proper (UK), Late 40s/1950. Used 4 CDs ... $11.99
Includes tracks by Professor Longhair, Archibald, Dave Bartholomew, Smiley Lewis, Roy Brown, Fats Domino and many more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 4 – 1966/1967 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966/1967. New Copy 2CD ... $49.99
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles – including some on the other imprints associated with the company – some by names we never even knew recorded for the label, others by bigger names, but represented here by obscure material that goes way past their hits – and which is ultra cool because of that. There's also a fair bit more deep soul than you might expect from the usual Atlantic mix – tremendous vocals, and often in less hit-heavy modes – which makes the whole thing a great revelation – and just one more reason to bow down and give even more expect to one of the key companies who helped soul music find a home in the 60s. Plus – as if that's not enough – the whole thing comes in a very cool 7" gatefold package – which emphasizes the from-singles nature of the collection. Volume 4 is filled with 50 rare tracks – loads of uncommon Atlantic singles, including some from their 50s partners – with cuts that include "Bye Bye Baby" by Ella Washington, "Sleep Good Tonight" by Sam & Dave, "What Am I Gonna Do" by Dee Dee Sharp, "Book Of Memories" by Percy Wiggins, "I've Got That Feelin" by Darrell Banks, "Let's Go Steady" by Arthur Conley, "Let Me Down Slow" by Bobby Wilson, "These Simple Reasons" by The Mad Lads, "Cool Pearl" by The Capitols, "Happiness" by The Ambassadors, "That Man Of Mine" by Jean & The Darlings, "One Plus One" by William Bell, "Left Over Love" by Mable John, "Get Down" by Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds, "All On A Sunny Day" by Deon Jackson, "Sentimental Reasons" by Percy Wiggins, "Feels Good" by Bobby Wilson, "Bigger & Better" by Mable John, "I'll Be Loving You" by Soul Brothers Six, "Greasy Spoon" by Rufus Thomas, "Don't Say Maybe Baby" by The Capitols, "I'm So Proud Of My Baby" by The Ambassadors, "She Knows What To Do For Me" by Ben E King, "I Gotta Have My Baby's Love" by Sir Mack Rice, "Loveitis" by Harvey Scales, "Love Comes & Goes" by Arthur Conley, "The Grass Always Seems Greener" by Ella Washington, and "Behind Every Great Man There's A Woman" by Percy Sledge. CD

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 3 – 1965/1966 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965/1966. New Copy 2CD ... $49.99
Think you know the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s? Think again – because this stunning series opens the vault to a huge amount of rare treasures from the legendary label! The package is amazing – and offers up rare tracks that were mostly only issued by Atlantic on singles – including some on the other imprints associated with the company – some by names we never even knew recorded for the label, others by bigger names, but represented here by obscure material that goes way past their hits – and which is ultra cool because of that. There's also a fair bit more deep soul than you might expect from the usual Atlantic mix – tremendous vocals, and often in less hit-heavy modes – which makes the whole thing a great revelation – and just one more reason to bow down and give even more expect to one of the key companies who helped soul music find a home in the 60s. Plus – as if that's not enough – the whole thing comes in a very cool 7" gatefold package – which emphasizes the from-singles nature of the collection. Volume 3 is overflowing with amazing sounds from the heart of the 60s – rare 45rpm tracks by Atlantic stars, Stax artists, and a few lesser-knowns too. Titles include "Hello Stranger" by The Capitols, "Help Me (parts 1 & 2)" by Ray Sharpe, "Long Distance Love" by Ted Taylor, "Lonely Soldier" by Mike Williams, "How Can You Babysit A Man" by Ned Towns, "Keep Looking" by Solomon Bourke, "I'm Sorry" by Fred Lowrey, "Please Uncle Sam" by The Charmels, "Share What You Got" by William Bell, "Reputation" by The Four Shells, "Me & My Baby" by Mary Wells, "Got No One" by The Delcardos, "Weak Spot" by Ruby Johnson, "Good Love Bad Love" by Eddie Floyd, "Bingo" by Ned Towns, "I Had A Dream" by Johnny Taylor, "I Can't Take It" by Ray Sharpe, "You Can't Love Them All" by The Drifters, "Believe It Or Not" by Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers, "Patch My Heart" by The Mad Lads, "She's The One I Love" by The Delcardos, "Find Me Somebody" by Bobby Womack, "Hello Stranger" by The Capitols, "So Much Love" by Ben E King, "Help The Bear" by Ted Taylor, and "I Feel A Sin Coming On" by Solomon Burke. CD

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✨✧ VariousStompin' At The Savoy – The Ultimate Anthology Of Groundbreaking R&B Classics From The Original Indie Label 1944 to 1961 (4CD set) ... CD
Savoy, 1940s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Music from Hot Lips Page, the Pete Brown Quintet, the Toppers, Big Joe Turner, Albinia Jones, Billy Eckstine, Slim Gaillard, the Hal Singer Sextet, the Ravens, Brownie McGhee, King Carl, Johnny Otis Quintet & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 6 – 1968 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), New Copy ... About April 11, 2018 (delayed)
... CD

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 5 – 1967 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), New Copy ... About April 10, 2018 (delayed)
... CD

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✨✧ VariousBattle Of Hastings Street – Raw Detroit Blues & R&B From Joe's Record Shop 1949 to 1954 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very rootsy blues from the Motor City scene of the postwar years – work that almost sounds more Delta than Detroit – thanks to the primitive recording setting in the back of Joe's Record Shop! The work here is a really unique representation of blues in a northern setting at the time – and although some of the tunes have styles that might have been at home on Chess Records, most of them are looser and earthier. About half the material was issued on King/DeLuxe Records back in the day, but a good number of titles here are previously unissued too – and as with all Ace releases, there's loads of great notes, photos, and historical information on the music! Titles include "Up Boy" by Johnny Wright, "Vacation Blues" by Johnny Howard, "Soft Pillow" by Joe Weaver & His Blue Notes, "Hello Miss Jessie Lee" by Eddie Burns, "Eva Lee" by James Walton, "Time For My Lovin To Be Done" by Eddie Kirkland, "New York Central" by Robert Richard, "I Was In St Louis" by Johnny Wright, and "Wigwam Woman" by Robert Richard. CD
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✨✧ Luther AllisonSweet Home Chicago ... CD
Charly R&B, 1976. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDial Story Vol 1 ... CD
Dial/Charly R&B (UK), 1960s-Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
26 songs from Joe Tex, Paul Kelly, Chris Harris, Bobby Marchan, Magnificent Seven, Annette Snell & King Floyd. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave BartholomewIn The Alley ... CD
Charly R&B (UK), Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CoastersCharlie Brown ... CD
Mr R&B, 1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Bull Moose JacksonBad Man Jackson – A Proper Introduction To Bull Moose Jackson ... CD
Proper (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Heavy tenor sax and wonderful vocals from the great Bull Moose Jackson – a key figure in the transition from swing to R&B! As these classic sides will attest, Jackson was a heck of a talent on the tenor sax, and could blow with the best of the hard-wailers of the early 50s – but could also lay down a lyric with the same sort of wit and sparkle as Louis Jordan on his best Tympany Five recordings! The tracks on the set appear mostly to be recorded for the King label, and are packaged nicely with full session information on each number – and a total of 26 tracks that include "Hodge Podge", "Hold Him Joe", "Buffalo Shuffle", "Three Bones", "Shorty's Got To Go", "I Know Who Threw The Water In The Well", "Sneaky Pete", "I Want A Bowlegged Woman", and Jackson's classic "Big Ten Inch Record". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleComplete Okeh Sessions 1952 to 1955 ... CD
Okeh/Sony, Mid 50s. Used ... $3.99
A bit blues, a bit jazz – and a singer with a style unto her own – the amazing Big Maybelle, one of the greatest artists to record for Okeh Records in the 50s! This well-done collection pulls together every single Maybelle recorded for the R&B powerhouse back in the day – a motherlode of great work that easily puts her right up there with Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown as one of the great female singers of the 50s. The package features a whopping 26 tracks in all – including many bits that get lost between the tracks in some of the too-sifted collections of her work from the time. Titles include "Maybelle's Blues", "New Kind Of Mambo", "Hair Dressin Women", "My Big Mistake", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "So Good To My Baby", "Gabbin Blues", "You'll Never Know", "The Other Night", and "Such A Cutie". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ VariousChicago Deep ... CD
Ronn/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s/1985. Used ... $18.99
Chicago's plenty deep – something we've known for years, being Windy City lifers ourselves – but this set really gets at the special sound of the city's blues scene – especially some of the overlooked hybrids that were coming out of the underground in the 70s and 80s! At that time, Chicago was swelling with a fresh influx of folks from the south – new listeners in the blues scene who were also raised on southern soul and older R&B – and who brought up a different mode than some of the electric styles of the 50s and 60s that are more commonly associated with Chicago. The work here is a great illustration of that change – produced by the Jewel/Ronn label with a mode that would work equally well for southern soul, and often served up in a mode that's far from some of the cliches that were chomping down on the more college-bound blues scene of the period. The CD features the whole Blues Boy album by Artie White – with cuts that include "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Warm Room", "Leaning Tree", "I Need Someone", and "Turned Out" – plus other singles that include "Dip My Dipper" and "Be Good To Me" by Cicero Blake, "Good Thing (parts 1 & 2)" by Casey Jones, "Just Another Man" and "I'm Tired Of These Changes" by Isaac Taylor, "Checking Out" and "Baby Baby" by Lee Shot Williams, and "Sitting On The Banks Of The River" and "Can't Let You Go" by Billy Perry. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousJesus Rocked The Jukebox – Small Group Black Gospel 1951 to 1965 ... CD
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early doo wop, but rise the lyrics towards more heavenly aims – while often imbuing the tunes with lots of earthy energy! All the tracks here are from the Vee Jay and Specialty Records labels – and in the case of Vee Jay especially, the well-chosen selection of tracks provides a long-overdue focus to tunes that have mostly been reissued for the spiritual market, and haven't gotten the kind of exposure in the soul scene that they've needed over the years! This collection really corrects that – handled by the excellent Craft division of Concord who've been giving us some great Stax reissues – and the package is overflowing with rare singles, a total of 40 tracks in all – accompanied by great notes in a really well-done package. Titles include "Let Jesus Lead You" by The Detroiters, "Let Me Ride" by The Staple Singers, "Ananais" by The Chosen Gospel Singers, "Wade In The Water" by Harmonizing Four, "This May Be The Last Time" by The Original Five Blind Boys, "Just Another Day" by Soul Stirrers, "I Am So Glad" by Patterson Singers, "I Dreamed Heaven Was Like This" by Highway QCs, "Move Upstairs" by The Gable-Airs, "Angels Watching Over Me" by The Detroiters, "The Lord's Prayer" by Swan Silvertones, "Sinner Run To Jesus (take 1)" by Soul Stirrers, and "People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing" by Original Blind Boys. CD

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✨✧ VariousKeb Darge & Cut Chemist Present The Dark Side – 30 Sixties Garage Punk & Psyche Monsters ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
One of the coolest collections we've heard from Keb Darge in years – not the funk and soul he first gave us when he started putting compilations together, nor the rockabilly and R&B from more recent years – and instead a fantastic array of rare late 60s garage rock and freaky fuzz singles! The set's tone in collaboration with Cut Chemist – another DJ we'd never expect to know this music so well – and together, the pair turn their talent for rare record digging to an arena that never seems to get old – the under-underground of the pre-hippy years, with a stunning selection of tracks by artists who worked in the deep shadows beneath bigger acts like Count Five, The Seeds, or Standells. Half the record is collected by Cut Chemist, the other by Keb – and the package features a whopping 30 tracks in all, most of which we'd never heard before! Titles include "Cry" by The Malibus, "Cuttin Grass" by Caretakers Of Deception, "Project Blue" by The Banshees, "Slander" by Ty Wagner, "Suzy Creamcheese" by Teddy & His Patches, "Nowadays People" by Captain Crunch & The Crew, "Go On Leave" by Red Beard & The Pirates, "In & Out" by Larry & The Blue Notes, "Why Am I Alone"by The Choab, "Can It Be" by The Savoys, "Modman" by The Spacemen, "Baby Go" by The Avantes, "Just Let Me Be" by The Outsiders, and "Come On Baby & Stick Around" by Al's Untouchables. CD
Also available Keb Darge & Cut Chemist Present The Dark Side – 30 Sixties Garage Punk & Psyche Monsters ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Patrice RushenWatch Out! ... CD
Arista, 1987. Used ... $1.99
Patrice Rushen in a crisp 80s soul mode! Watch Out finds Patrice really cutting down the keyboards in favor of stronger vocals right out front – breaking all the rules, as the title of second song tells it – and it works really well! Most of the arrangements, synth and drum programming are by Patrice herself, and she has a more sure-footed control of the era's R&B style than we remembered! The title track is fantastic, with a tight synth funk undercurrent and hooky, insistent vocals from Patrice – facets that carry throughout the album – plus strong ballads in "Somewhere" and "Till She's Out Of Your Mind". Patrice's only album for Arista – and it's a nice one! Other tracks include "All My Love", "Anything Can Happen", "Burnin", "Breakin All The Rules" and "Come Back To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBlues For Dootsie – The Blue & Dootone Sides ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... $9.99
A treasure trove of rare postwar blues from the west coast – material cut for Dootsie Williams, best known as the head of the seminal Dootone label in LA! The set offers both tracks from Dootone and Williams' rarer imprint Blue – the latter of which existed from the late 40s into the early 50s, and featured a fair bit of excellent material done in the more laidback bluesy mode of LA after the war – styles popularized by Charles Brown, Cecil Gant, and others – echoed strongly in many of the performances here. As the set rolls on into the later 50s, some of the tracks pick up a bit more of an R&B sound – but the work is still relatively unified here, thanks to a good focus on the more blues-based work on Dootone. 30 tracks in all, plus some really great notes – all at the usual high Ace level! Titles include "Rent Day" by Stormy Herman, "Richmond Blues" by Betty Hall Jones, "West Coast Baby" by Johnny Taylor & His Mellow 5, "I Got A Country Girl" by Bobby Nunn, "Everybody's Jumpin Tonight" by Dootsie Williams & His Rhythm Kings with Joe Turner, "You'd Better Come Home Baby" by Violet Hall, "The Hole In The Wall" by Cleo Brown, "Are You Ready To Go Steady" by Paul Monday, and "Katy Lee" by Fats Gaines. CD

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✨✧ FlairsUltimate Flairs ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... $9.99
Stormin 50s material by one of our favorite west coast 50s groups – the mighty Flairs, a key group in the pre-soul sound of R&B – and one that featured some stunning vocals by Cornel Gunter, Richard Berry, and Young Jessie Belvin! This well-done compilation is the best collection of the group's work we've ever seen – and brings together 29 titles from their years on the Flair and RPM labels – including many hard to find singles, and related material by groups names that include The Chimes, The Rams, The Hunters, The Five Hearts, and The Whips. Great notes and excellent sound throughout – and a total of 29 tunes that include "She Wants To Rock", "Down At Haydens", "Rabbit On A Log", "Tell Me You Love Me", "Baby Wants", "Getting High", "Love Me Love Me Love Me", "Hold Me Thrill Me Chill Me", "Sweet Thing", "Lonesome Desert", "Real Good Lovin", and "I Want You To Be Mine". CD

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✨✧ Jun FukamachiSpiral Steps ... CD
Kitty/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jun Fukamachi has plenty of keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Clavinet, minimoog, and many more – using them all to great effect amidst tight funky backings by a lineup that also includes work from The Brecker Brothers and trombonist Barry Rogers! The set's in the more soul-based side of fusion for the 70s – but also has a vibe that's a bit different than some of the more R&B-drenched work of the Japanese scene – maybe more keyboard-forward, but still quite grooving – not as quirky as some of Jun's later records. The set also features some guitar from Kazumi Watanabe and bass from Anthony Jackson – and titles include "Spiral Steps", "In The Holiday Groove", "Taft 1082", and "Scoto Phonobine". CD

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✨✧ Barry WhiteMan Is Back! ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
The title's got it right – because the Man is definitely back, although in a completely different way than before! Barry White works here in a setting that's nice and lean – those soul changes that came about during them more electric 80s years, but also given that start-of-90s spin that had a deeper sense of soul returning to the music – thanks to innovations by Soul II Soul, Terry Riley, and other groundbreaking talents! There's a vibe that definitely resonates with the younger R&B generation of the time – funky, but in a completely different way than 70s Barry White – and the singer's vocals fit tremendously well amidst the very catchy grooves. Tracks include "Super Lover", "Don't Let Go", "Love's Interlude/Good Night My Love", "I Wanna Do It Good To Ya", "It's Getting Harder All The Time", and "Responsible". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Junior Mance Trio & Eric AlexanderGroovin' Blues (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
M&I/Pony Canyon (Japan), 2000. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The blues are definitely grooving here – delivered from a strong soul jazz perspective, thanks to the mighty piano of Junior Mance, the sharp drums of Idris Muhammad, and the well-focused bass of Chip Jackson! In fact, the trio's so great at the start, we're almost surprised when tenorist Eric Alexander makes a few appearances on the record – using his deep-toned tenor to flesh out the sound even more, and maybe even unlock a bit more lyricism in Junior's piano! The tunes are a nice mix of jazz standards and postwar R&B numbers, which keeps things interesting – and titles include "Lonely Avenue", "Blues In The Closet", "Blueberry Hill", "Night Train", "I Got My Mojo Workin", "All Blues", and "Bag's Groove". CD
(Junior Mance 90th Anniversary edition!)

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✨✧ Ike & Tina TurnerWorkin' Together (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... About September 19, 2018
A nicely pivotal album by Ike & Tina Turner – one that has them still retaining some of the earthiness of earlier years, yet also honing their groove for the crossover audience that was digging them big at the end of the 60s! The best results of this shift is the increasing funk component in their music – a move away from R&B into a tighter 60s groove, one that often featured very strong guitar parts in its best incarnation. The set includes the classic "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter", plus "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", "Let It Be", "Goodbye So Long", "You Can Have It", "The Way You Love Me", "Get Back", and "Workin Together". CD
Also available Workin' Together ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ VariousAmbience – 63 Nuggets From The Cramps Record Vault – Further Inhalations In The Smog Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not the kind of easygoing sounds you'd usually expect from a record with the word "ambience" in the title – as these tracks are plenty raw, mighty greasy, and very much in the best spirit of the kind of sounds we're used to hearing on any collection that bears the name of The Cramps! As with that group's own music, the styles here are pulled from the deepest, darkest reaches of the early rock and roll years – not just music in that genre, but also a weird and wonderful collection of instrumentals, soul tracks, R&B singles, and other modes – working together here in an explosive array of music that goes way past any simple expectations you might have of the period! 63 tracks in all – with titles that include "The Dancing Katydids" by The Myrogens, "Rattle Shakin Mama" by Mel McGonnigle, "Choo Choo" by The Cables, "Rigor Mortis" by The Gravestone Four, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Ron Feuer, "Intoxica" by The Revels, "My Hot Mama" by The Sabres, "Shame On You Miss Lindy" by Benn Joe Zeppa, "I Was A Teenage Creature" by Lord Lutehr, "House Party" by The Party Rockers, "Deep River Blues" by Gene Maltais, "Rumble Rock" by Kip Tyler, "I'm Packin" by Belly Devroe & The Devilaires, and "Move Alone" by Johnny & The Baa Baas. CD

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Rare Mod – 60 Prime Cuts Of 60s Underground Rhythm N Blues, Psych & Soul (3CD set) ... CD
Acid Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from the British scene of the 60s – a big box of rare tracks from that first mod movement in the UK – a time when the young sound of London burst forth in ways of soul, psych, garage, and R&B! This 60-track package brings together some of the most stunning tracks from the Rare Mod CD series – and as with that great run, this album features a fair bit of material that was either not released at the time, or which was very obscure even then – and as such, it goes way way farther than some of the major label collections that sometimes fly the mod banner, but usually just feature overplayed oldies! That's not the case with this one, as you'll find a huge amount of music here to discover – even if you bough mod singles back in the day, or have been plumbing other compilations over the years. Titles include "In The Midnight Hour" by Kenny Bernard & the Wranglers, "I Like What I'm Trying To Do" by Waywood Ellis, "I'm A Man" by The Top Six, "Keep Me Covered" by The Frays, "New Directions" by Dave Anthony's Moods, "Sing A Simple Song" by The Ossie Layne Show, "Two Can Make It Together" by Tony & Tandy, "Hello Blinkers" by The Blinkers, "Holding On" by Geno Washington, "Marching Off To War" by Richard Kent Style, "Wait For Me" by Fleur De Lys, "Soul Sister Brown Sugar" by Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, "Road Runner" by Syd's Crowd, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" by The Clique, "So Bad" by Steve Howe, and "This Old Heart Of Mine" by Donnie Elbert. CD

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✨✧ Ronnie LawsFever ... CD
Blue Note, 1976. Used ... $14.99
An album that's smoother than some of Ronnie's earlier work, and perhaps without the same dark edge – but still a nice batch of soulful fusion tunes, with production by Wayne Henderson, in his classic 70s At-Home Productions mode! By that, we mean that a number of the tracks have a good stepping feel that mixes standout jazz solos with smoother backings – in a way that still keeps a lot of soul, but which also takes on kind of an R&B finish. Titles include "Let's Keep it Together", "Captain Midnite", "Night Breeze", and "Stay Still". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousStompin' 25 – 22 More Jump Blues Obscurities! ... CD
Stompin, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
These Stompin sets never get old – and this 25th volume proves that the series is still going strong, long into the second decade of its existence! This set shows that there's still plenty of great bits out there to be discovered – and if you dig 50s R&B and some of the harder sounds of early soul, you'll more than get your money's worth in this 22 track collection of tunes! Titles include "Have You Seen My Baby" by Choker Campbell, "Wineo" by Bill Walker, "It's A Shame" by Dottie Johnson, "Yes I Know" by Margie Anderson, "Down By The Woodshed" by Baby Doll, "Back From Korea" by Rose Brown & Jimmie Harris, "Skillet's Gonna Fry" by Edith Mackey, "Looka Here Mattie Bee" by Emmett Hobson, "Miss Good Blues" by Mamie Thomas, and "Cadillac Baby" by Tangerine. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousStompin' 24 – 22 Crazed Rhythm' N' Blues Pounders! ... CD
Stompin, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... $10.99
Raw grooves from one of the greatest series going – always a trusted source for hard to find R&B and early soul numbers! This 22 track set definitely lives up to the high quality of previous Stompin volumes – with a range of excellent numbers we've never seen elsewhere, and well-informed notes that go way beyond the usual cheapo package of the rarities market. Titles include "Till The Cows Come Home" by Kitty Noble, "Jack Rabbit" by Icky Renrut, "Hear Me Now" by Billy Lamont, "Prancing" by Billy Peek, "Alley Rat" by King Coleman, "Boogie Chillun" by The Nitehawks, "Possum Belly Overalls" by June Bateman, "Honey Baby" by Baby Cortez, "Louise" by Teddy Reynolds, "Tom Cat" by Big Mama Thornton, and "Louisiana Hop" by Tabby Thomas. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBattleground Korea – Songs & Sounds Of America's Forgotten War (4CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 4CD ... $112.99 129.99
A totally wonderful package – and one that will have you throwing away all the Vietnam Rock compilations you have in your collection! This set unearths a massive amount of music that was created during the Korean war – filled with themes of sadness and loss that most folks wouldn't ascribe to wartime music until a decade later – the kinds of songs that represent a really sharp change from the patriotic, triumphant songs that were usually written in previous wartime situations. The variety of music is wonderful, and served up in the best Bear Family tradition – with a surprisingly strong amount of rare blues material, mixed with hillbilly cuts, gospel, R&B material, and other styles too – almost all of it nicely away from the mainstream! The overall package is wonderful, too – a heavy, oversized hardcover book – 160 pages that offer up track-by-track notes on the music, with full color photos, label scans, and lots more vivid images. The book alone is almost worth the price – but you also get 4CDs, with 121 tracks by artists who include Dave Bartholomew, Lightnin Hopkins, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, The Revelers, Jimmie Osborne, Arthur Crudup, Ray Snead, Edna McGriff, Hank Penny, Jean Shepard, Emmit Slay, Sherman Blues Johnson & His Clouds Of Joy, Billy Mize, Elton Britt, Steve Rogers, Oscar Brand, JB Lenoir, Delmore Brothers, Ernest Tubb, The Gospel Pilgrims, Fats Domino, Max Bailey, BB King, and many more! CD

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Shirley BrownFire & Ice ... CD
Malaco, 1989. Used ... $6.99
A great later set from Shirley Brown – an artist you might know best for her Stax work of the 70s, but who sounds wonderful here in a completely different mode! The album was done for Malaco at the end of the 80s, but it's got a vibe that's much more contemporary R&B than some of the label's other offerings – less bluesy soul, and more this cool, classy approach to soul music that really offers a new showcase for Shirley's great vocals. A number of tracks have a sweet new jack groove – which works surprisingly well for Brown – and titles include "King Size Love", "Silent Treatment", "What Cha Gonna Do When The Money Runs Out", "Tell Me Something Good", "Take Me To Your Heart", and "Anticipation". CD
(Out of print.)

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CenterfoldCenterfold ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1988. Used ... $6.99
Bright, bubbly soul from Centerfield – the 80s soul duo of Keni Towns and Phil Jones – who both sing and play most of the instrumentation on the set! The sound's not as lean as you might expect for a duo album – thanks to the addition of some studio help too – but the overall approach has lots of that tight 80s soul punch in the rhythms, with some especially explosive moments in the rhythms – that point when hip hop beats started influencing mainstream R&B, although more in an electro soul mode on some cuts. Titles include "Party Rebels", "Earth Jam", "I Didn't Know", "Head Over Heels", "Admit It", and a version of "Shoe Shoe Shine". CD

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Isaac HayesGreatest Hit Singles ... CD
Stax, 1970s. Used ... $4.99
An album that pretty much needs no introduction, as it's largely evident from the title. Just ion case you were wondering though, this is quite a batch of heavy soul and protoypical funk. A dozen essential 70s R&B gems, as released on singles, including "Walk On By", "Do Your Thing", "Shaft", "Joy (part 1)", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "I Stand Accused", "The Look Of Love" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". CD

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Mary J BligeReflections (A Retrospective) ... CD
Geffen, 2006. Used ... $2.99
As the subtitle says, a retrospective of the queen of hip hop soul's street and radio friendly commercial R&B with 15 tracks in all, including a few songs that were new at the time of the collection: "Reflections (I Remember)", "We Ride (I See The Future)", "You Know", "King & Queen" with John Legend, "No More Drama", "Family Affair", "Real Love", "No One Will Do", "Be Without You", "I'm Going Down", "911", "My Life '06", "Not Gon' Cry", "Be Happy" and "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By (Razor Sharp mix feat. Method Man)". CD

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✨✧ High FashionFeelin Lucky/Make Up Your Mind ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1982/1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of gems from High Fashion – back to back on a single CD! Feelin Lucky is an 80s groove classic – and a killer bit of Captiol Records soul from High fashion! Of all US major labels, Capitol was probably putting out the best soul in the early 80s – and this is a tight modern batch of up-tempo tracks, right up there with other contemporary classics on the label, like work by BB&Q Band, Taste Of Honey, and TS Monk! The tunes all manage to have a great groove without sounding cheesy – thanks to some nice jazzy touches in the arrangements, good hooks in the songs, and some great soulful vocals. Very, very nice – and nearly every cut's a winner! Tracks include "Feelin Lucky Lately", "Next To You", "Hold On", "When The Lover Strikes", "I Want To Be Your Everything", and "You're the Winner". Make Up Your Mind offers up more sweet modern soul tracks from High Fashion – a short-lived combo who cut a few high quality sides for Capitol at the beginning of the 80s, part of that imprint's strong commitment to R&B at the time. The group here features lead vocals by Alyson Williams, caught at a very young point in her career, plus other leads by Eric McClinton, who's on most of the best tracks on the set. At their best, the group hits a smooth stepping modern sound that's really nice – a toned-down approach for the clubs, infused with a bit of quiet storm soul. Titles include "Show Me", "A Little More Time", "Pump On The Pipe", "Just A Little More Love", "Love", and "Make Up Your Mind". CD

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Lou RawlsBlack & Blue/Tobacco Road ... CD
Capitol, 1962/1963. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 early Capitol classics by Lou Rawls – back to back on one CD, and perfectly paired throughout! Black and Blues is quite possibly the first truly great Lou Rawls album for Capitol – an all-out swinging jazz session done with arrangements by Onzy Matthews, in a mode that firmly helped put the Lou Rawls sound on the map! The tracks are mostly older numbers from a long lineage of blues and R&B – but with hipper 60s touches by Matthews in the backings, Lou really swings the work into a whole new territory – moving older, clunky compositions into more adult, more mature modes that aren't nearly as sad or downtrodden as their roots! Titles include "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water", "Roll Em Pete", "Kansas City", "World Of Trouble", "Trouble In Mind", "Strange Fruit", and "Six Cold Feet Of Ground". Tobacco Road was a real breakthrough for Lou – a set that again paired him with arranger Onzy Matthews, and which even more deeply explored the unique space between jazz, soul, and the blues that became Rawls' prime territory back in the 60s! Matthews' backings are hip and jazzy throughout – filled with bold horn touches from players that include Lou Blackburn, Curtis Amy, Sonny Criss, and even Horace Tapscott – who's playing trombone here instead of his more familiar piano. Ray Crawford's guitar underscores a good number of the tracks here with that clean, lean, single-note style of his – but Lou is the clear star throughout with his deeply-voiced lyrics of older familiar tunes. Titles include his landmark reworking of "Tobacco Road", plus "Summertime", "Stormy Weather", "Rocking Chair", "Ol Man River", "St Louis Blues", and "Sentimental Journey". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" and the previously unissued "Gloomy Sunday". CD

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James BrownCold Sweat (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King (Japan), 1967. Used ... $24.99
A stone classic from Brother James – a wonderful 60s album that not only includes the incredible title track – one of James' best groovers from the time – but a set that also showcases his talents in so many other styles too! There's a few wonderful ballads – but completely recast by James into songs of pride and power – and some older R&B-styled numbers that hearken back to his earliest years at King – all of which makes for a really rich demonstration of that unique James Brown energy that nobody else in the 60s could ever hope to touch! The Godfather's vocals burst out nicely with some wonderfully soulful overtones, no matter what the tune – and titles include "Fever", "Good Rockin Tonight", "Back Stabbin", "Mona Lisa", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Nature Boy" and "I Want To Be Around" – as well as "Cold Sweat (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roy BrownGood Rockin Brown – The King & Deluxe Acetate Sides ... CD
King/Ace (UK), 1947. Used ... $8.99
Some of the greatest work from the early years of R&B – all presented here with incredible sound, in a collection that also includes 17 never-issued tracks! Roy Brown's music for King Records is the stuff of legend – some of the rawest, raunchiest, most hard-swinging material of the time – on a par with the label's classics by Tiny Bradshaw and Wynonie Harris, but maybe even better overall! And while Roy scored plenty of hits with King, he also spent a hell of a lot of time in the studio during the year 1947, too – recording a number of songs that never made it onto singles – all of which are presented here with stunning sound – as Ace Records went back to the original acetates for all the recordings in the package. Titles include "Lolly Pop Mama", "Special Lesson No 1", "Bye Baby Bye", "I'm The Man Who Sings The Blues", "Farm Town Gal", "My Mama's Boy Friend", "Long About Midnight", "The Gal's Drunk Again", "Whose Hat Is That", and "Looking For A Woman". CD

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✨✧ EnchantmentUtopia (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/CBS (Japan), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet sweet groover from Enchantment – and a record that may well be the group's greatest moment in the 80s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond the sound of Enchantment in previous years – yet the sound is also still pretty underground too – more electro soul than chart R&B, thanks to excellent use of keyboards and basslines – and a strong focus on the kind of heavy bottom groove that kept these guys spinning strong on the dancefloors, even when they weren't cracking radio as much. A few mellower numbers recall their great strength with a ballad – and show that their vocals can still open up beautifully when needed – and the whole thing's got a well-balanced groove that's kept the record strong for years. Titles include "Here's Your Chance", "Give It Up", "Come Be My Lover", "Don't Fight The Feeling", "I'm Dreaming", and "Gotta Find A Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Enchanted Lady", "Adora", and "I Know Your Hot Spot". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Leo ParkerRollin With Leo (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $11.99
One of those great "never was" Blue Note sessions – recorded in the 60s, but never issued until years later – even though the label had assigned it a cover, title, and catalog number! The album was the last session by baritone sax player Leo Parker – a bop and R&B legend who sadly passed along at the young age of 36, but left a really rich legacy of music. Parker has a way with the baritone that's almost as lean as a tenorist – blowing the horn with sharp, well-placed notes that really make this session cook – somewhere in the R&B-influenced territory of Don Wilkerson's work on Blue Note. Other players include the great Dave Burns on trumpet – always a welcome presence on any date – plus Bill Swindell on tenor sax, Johnny Acea on piano, Al Lucas or Stan Conover on bass, and Wilbert Hogan or Purnell Rice on drums. Tracks include "The Lion's Roar", "Rollin With Leo", "Jumpin Leo", "Talkin The Blues", "Mad Lad Returns", and Illinois Jacquet's "Music Hall Beat". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lorez AlexandriaAlexandria The Great/More Of The Great Lorez Alexandria ... CD
Impulse, 1964/1965. Used ... $16.99
Fantastic work by the great Lorez Alexandria – a 2-in-1 CD that brings together both of her rare albums for the Impulse label! Lorez The Great was recorded after Lorez cut some great sides for the Argo label in the early 60s – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her unique vocal approach, forged in R&B, but smoothed by jazz, into a whole new level of expression. The backing's by musicians like Bud Shank, Wynton Kelly, Victor Feldman, and Paul Horn, and the arrangements are nice and moody, and are a perfect accompaniment to Lorez' beautiful voice. Includes the cuts "Get Me To The Church On Time", "Satin Doll", "Show Me", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "I'm Through With Love" and 5 others. More Of The Great has Lorez in a perfect setting – with sophisticated backing that really lets her take charge, and direct the songs tightly with her incredibly soulful voice. The set's a wonderful blend of jazz and soul styles, with bits of bossa running through the mix – and vocals that are handled in that lightly groovy style that's always made Lorez so great! The album features a great bossa rendition of "O Barquinho", plus the cuts "Dancing On The Ceiling", "Once", "Angel Eyes", "No More", and "That Far Away Look". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ CadillacsBest Of The Cadillacs ... CD
Remember (Belgium), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
17 tracks of their goofy doo wop stuff from the 50's, including hits like "Gloria" and "Speedoo", plus other tracks like "Zoom", "Peek A Boo", and "My Girl Friend". Sort of a mix between the Coasters and other sweeter groups, with the kind of sound that made east coast R&B radio hum in the 50's. CD
(Out of print.)

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BeyonceLemonade (CD/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 2016. Used CD & DVD ... $6.99
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise – certainly darker, and deeper than anything we've heard before from the singer – almost her own move into some of the territory that D'Angelo hit in recent years, although with a more mainstream R&B construction to some of the tunes. The record features guest work from Jack White, Kendrick Lamarr, The Weeknd, and James Blake – but Beyonce is clearly the main focus throughout – on titles that include "Pray You Catch Me", "Daddy Lessons", "Forward", "6 Inch", "Don't Hurt Yourself", "Hold UP", "Freedom", "All Night", and "Formation". Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade companion film! CD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)
Also available Lemonade (180 gram colored vinyl – with bonus download) ... LP 29.99

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George BensonBreezin ... CD
Warner, 1976. Used ... $2.99
A super huge hit for George – the record that took him from being a funky jazz guitarist into an R&B superstar! The album features George playing and singing over arrangements by Claus Ogerman – some of Ogerman's best of the 70s, ones that mix together his trademark pillow of sound with a slightly funky bounce. The result is incredible – and the album is filled with loads of great songs – including George's excellent version of Bobby Womack's "Breezin", the hit version of "This Masquerade", and the cuts "So This Is Love", "Six To Four", and "Affirmation". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ VariousOkeh Jazz ... CD
Okeh/Epic, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of obscure jazz and R&B instrumental sides from the great Okeh label of the 50s – including some excellent stormers from Chicago! Little Johnny Griffin checks in with "For Dancers Only", "Flyin Home", and "Chicago Riffin", and the first two cuts feature vocals by Babs Gonzales! Other tracks include "Money Is Honey" and "I Want A Big Butter & Egg Man" by Mary Ann McCall; "Dig This Menu Please" and "Red's Mambo", two fantastic R&B tunes from trumpeter Red Rodney; and "Smooth Sailin", "Walkin Home", and "Whispering", all by Arnett Cobb, and included here with some other nice tunes that rank with some of Cobb's best work. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBeat Generation – L'Anthologie Musicale – Hep Cats, Hipsters, & Beatniks 1936 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $19.99 29.99
A really cool set that looks at the rise of late 50s beatnik culture from a variety of different styles – not just the jazz and poetry that marked that scene's biggest contribution to music – but also the wealth of modes that inspired those years too! The 3CD package features a stunning 57 titles in all – and begins in the late 30s with hard-edged small combo work and jive-heavy vocal tracks – then runs past WWII to include some bebop, R&B, and very cool vocal numbers – before moving into Greenwich Village classic sounds in a mix of spoken word, jazz poetry, and even a bit of folk! The booklet is filled with notes and history in both English and French – and titles include "The Beat Generation" by Bob McFadden, "High School Drag" by Phillipa Fallon, "The Nazz" by Lord Buckley, "American Haikus" by Jack Kerouac & Al Cohn, "Route 66" by Bobby Troup, "Gator Tail (part 2)" by Cootie Williams, "Rock & Roll" by Wild Bill Moore, "Killin Jive" by Cats & The Fiddle, "You'se A Viper" by Stuff Smith, "Scrapple From The Apple" by Les Double Six, "Kookie's Mad Pad" by Ed Byrnes, "So What" by Eddie Jefferson, "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg, "I Sing Of Olaf" by Roger Steffans, "Say Man" by Bo Diddley, "Shulie A Bop" by Sarah Vaughan, and "The Rocket Ship Show" by Jocko Henderson. CD

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✨✧ Amos MilburnBlues & Boogie – His Greatest Hits ... CD
Aladdin/Sequel (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
23 classics from the Aladdin Records years of Amos Milburn – archetypal tracks that set the stage for soul and R&B in years to come – with lots of hard-drinking numbers in the mix! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bob Marley & The WailersClimb The Ladder ... CD
Studio One/Heartbeat, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Long before Bob Marley became the dreadlocked poster boy for roots and reggae culture worldwide, he was a clean cut soul singer deliver rollicking ska hits for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. This terrific compilation collects a batch of tremendous dance numbers all snapping Jamaican R&B and ska, from the era when Jamaican dancehalls moved to the ska sound! 17 tracks in all, including "Dancing Shoes", "(I'm Gonna) Put It On", "Lonesome Track", "Climb The Ladder", "Love Won't Be Mine This Way", "Dreamland", "Lemon Tree", "Wings Of A Dove", "Sinner man", "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Sunday Morning", "I Made A Mistake", "I Don't Need Your Love", "Donna", "The Jerk" and "Just In Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Larry WilliamsThat Larry Williams – The Resurrection Of Funk ... CD
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare funk album from west coast legend Larry Williams – very different than his heavy R&B of the late 50s, or the brief soul comeback he had with Johnny Guitar Watson in the 60s – and instead a heavy groover with a trippy Cali sound! The record's got a sharp groove right from the start – a vibe that's a bit similar to some of the best Johnny Watson funk of the period – a slight jazzy undercurrent in the instrumentation, with wicked guitar and keyboard bits dancing around each other in the rhythms – often mixed with vocals that have a cool sort of electric feel, and topped with some great horn work from Fred Wesley on trombone and Maceo Parker on alto sax! Rudy Copeland plays keyboards on the album alongside Williams, the the set's got a bit of the feel of Rudy's lost Funky Blindman set – and in a way, also echoes the best strutting, sexy modes of Bootsy Collins too. The album's a surprising gem all the way through – a real lost chapter in Larry's career, and the kind of set that might have broken bigger, had he not died mysteriously a few years later. Titles include "Funky Force", "The Resurrection Of Funk", "One Thing Or The Other", "ATS Express", "How Can I Believe", and "Can't Dance To The Music (If It Ain't Got Funky Rhythm)". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Hot Lips PageAfter Hours In Harlem ... CD
High Note, 1940/1941. Used ... $6.99
A really great live selection of recordings – featuring some early work by Thelonious Monk, and this amazing sound that shows what a key link Hot Lips Page was between earlier eras of jazz and the postwar worlds of bebop and R&B! CD

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Johnnie RayCry (5CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. Used 5CDs ... $48.99
Important work from one of the most unusual singers of the 50s – a voice that came on strong, and won equal attention from pop, jazz, and R&B audiences – served up here in a massive set of his early recordings for Columbia Records! Johnnie Ray is sometimes better known for his troubles with alcohol, sexual identity, and tragic deafness – but at the heart of the man is his music, and it's stunning to hear it all in one place like this. As usual with Bear Family, there's lots more to make the box great too – including two live albums, soundtrack material, and even duets with Doris Day and Frankie Laine – all packaged with a big hardcover booklet of notes, too! CD

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✨✧ Frankie LaineThat Lucky Old Sun (6CD set/pic disc) ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think what you want about Frankie Laine – he's a tremendous singer with a voice that's unlike anyone else in the mid-century years! This package features all of Frankie's earliest work – from a time when he was as likely to place on the R&B charts as the pop charts – material from his years at Bel-Tone, Atlas, and Mercury Records! The set also features a heavy book that's full of rare images, and a very cool 10" picture disc too! CD

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Eddie VinsonEddie Vinson Sings (Cleanhead's Back In Town) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1958. Used ... $3.99
Classic King R&B material from Vinson, featuring some great backing by a surprising amount of jazz players! The album includes playing by Frank Foster, Joe Newman, Charlie Rouse, Ed Thigpen, Freddie Green, Paul Quinichette, and Nat Pierce – and the sound owes a lot to Joe Turner's work with Basie. Titles include "Cherry Red", "That's The Way To Treat Your Woman", "Kidney Stew", "Hold It Right There", and "Your Baby Ain't Sweet Like Mine". Plus the CD reissue includes the following bonus tracks in stereo: "Trouble In Mind", "Kidney Stew", and "Hold It Right There". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBirth Of Soul Vol 1 ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
The first volume of a really special series of soul compilations – titles that are specially chosen to look at those key years when the genre was first getting started – coming together out of strands of postwar jazz, blues, R&B, and gospel – into the kind of music that really blossomed big in the 60s! The set pulls together tracks from a number of different directions – work from the east, the south, and Chicago – all of which represent the shift from R&B to the soul sound that dominated in the 60s, with a careful focus on formative tracks that really set a new standard that others took up and ran with in later years – including some of the artists who are also part of this set! Tracks include "You'll Lose A Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn, "Mockingbird" by Inez & Charlie Foxx, "Cry Baby" by Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters, "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me" by The Tams, "Merrry-Go-Round" by Marv Johnson, "Hey Girl" by Freddie Scott, "Part Time Love" by Little Johnny Taylor, "Gypsy Woman" by The Impressions, "You're Not The Guy For Me" by Ernestine Anderson, "Oh My Angel" by Bertha Tillman, "Daddy Rollin Stone" by Derek Martin, and "I Do" by The Marvelows. CD
(Booklet has some light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousChess Uptown Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The cooler, classier sound of Chess Records in the 60s – the side of Chicago soul that really showed that the Windy City was onto something special Sure, Chess gave the world plenty of blues and R&B, but the label also really helped open the door to a special side of soul music – the heady brew of new sounds that were coming from Chicago – in the hands of arrangers like Richard Evans, Johnny Pate, and Phil Wright – plus tracks recorded farther in the field, but which found a perfect home at Chess Records – as the label was able to balance the deep soul styles of the singers with some of the richer styles used in the backings and production! Yet all the while things still kept on with a nice groove – the kind of stepping sounds that got Chicago soul dancefloors going, and which still made them special well into the 21st Century – thanks to killer cuts like these. The whole thing's a really well-chosen batch of soul that goes way beyond simple Chess Records hits – and titles include "Jerk & Twine" by Jackie Ross, "Oh What A Feeling" by James Phelps, "Go Away Little Boy" by Marlena Shaw, "The Soul Of A Man" by Fontella Bass, "I Had A Talk With My Man" by Mitty Collier, "So Much Love" by Maurice & Mac, "Here You Come Running" by Sugar Pie De Santo, "Nothing But You" by The Chessmen, "Wear It On Our Face" by The Dells, "I Believe She Will" by Eddie & Ernie, "Sitting In The Park" by Billy Stewart, and "It Ain't No Big Thing" by The Radiants. Also includes the amazing instrumental "Two In The Morning" by Spooners Crowd – a killer cut from Fame Studios! CD

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VariousBrown Sugar – Original Soundtrack ... CD
MCA/UMG Soundtracks, 2002. Used ... $2.99
An assortment of work by some of the better hip hop and R&B artists on Universal – all designed to accompany the film Brown Sugar! One of the story's themes is a love of hip hop that lasts for decades, and the quality of the music here is better than most pop hip hop soundtracks – with work by The Roots, Mos Def, Hi Tek, Black Star, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and others. Titles include "Brown Sugar" by Mos Def with Faith Evans, "Bring Your Heart" by Angie Stone, "Love Of My Life" by Erykah Badu with Common, "Brown Sugar (raw)" by Black Star, "Easy Conversation" by Jill Scott, "Paid In Full (7 minutes of madness Coldcut rmx)" by Eric B & Rakim, "You Make Life So Good" by Rahsaan Patterson, "No One Knows Her Name" by Hi Tek, "Act Too (rmx)" by The Roots, "Never Been" by Mary J Blige, and "Brown Sugar (fine)" by Mos Def. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousZodiac Steppers Vol 3 – Never Too Late ... CD
Zodiac, 1970s/1980s. Used ... $9.99
A nice batch of hard to find tracks tailor made for the Chicago Steppers soul scene! The "zodiac" in the title is a bit of a misnomer, because the set's just plain soul and R&B tracks that play big in Chicago – and the main focus is simply on more modern-oriented material that gets spun by the city's underground DJs. There's 15 cuts in all – and titles include "Never Too Late" by The Whispers, "Body Fusion" by Starvue, "Move No Mountain" by Soul II Soul, "The Joneses (MLK remix)" by The Temptations, "Love, Love, Love" by JR Bailey, "Since I Lost You" by Jimmy Ruffin, "Since I Lost You" by Gladys Knight, "Long Hot Summer (extended)" by Style Council, "I'm Dreaming" by Enchantment, and "When Will My Love Be Right" by Robert Winters. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBrian's Imaginary Jukebox – Discreet Ruminations & Oblique 45s ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The "Brian" in the title is Brian Eno – as you might guess from that image from Another Green World in the middle of the cover – but the sound of this set is quite different than what you might expect! CD1 imagines the sounds that Eno would talk about informing the music of his youth – tracks that showed up often on jukeboxes stocked to service visiting American GIs, which meant that the were full of raw soul, R&B, and even a bit of jazz – elements that most folks wouldn't tie to Eno, but which you can definitely hear here in arranging and production elements that would show up on his early solo vocal music, and some of the Roxy Music sounds too. Titles include work by The Tokens, Paradons, Lafayettes, Little Willie John, Dinah Washington, Ernie K Doe, Raymond Scott, The Cosmic Rays, Moondog, and Leadbelly. CD2 features more modern moments – a mix of avant jazz, early electronics, and 20th century compositions that tie a more direct link to the ambient universe – titles that include "Dream" by John Cage, "Come Back To Earth With Me" by Louis & Bebe Barron, "Atmospheres (excerpt)" by Gyorgy Ligeti, "Sleepy Time" by Raymond Scott, "Fordommelse" by Elsa Marie Pade, "Rhythmic Variations 1" by Daphne Oram, "Low Speed (excerpt)" by Otto Lueninng, "Ignition" by Tom Dissevelt, "Ectoplasm" by Raymond Scott, and "The Bewitched (Scene 1)" by Harry Partcy. CD

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VariousHow Is The Air Up There – 80 Mod, Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from the New Zealand scene of the late 60s – music recorded quite far from the streets of London, but which crackles with all the best mod and freakbeat elements of that city's underground at the time! The music here is a stunning revelation – sounds recorded almost in obscurity, given the nation's isolation – but completely on fire in terms of the instrumentation, vocal delivery, and overall conception – and, honestly, maybe even more crackling overall than Australian work of the period, which maybe sometimes tried to hard to copy sounds up north! Instead, these guys are completely original, completely on fire, and working with a quality level that matches the best Brit work of the period – while having its very own spirit. 3CD set features a massive 80 tracks in all – a huge introduction to the period, along with an equally massive book of notes – filled with images of the rare records, and lots of information on the music. Titles include "All Night Worker" by The Newsounds, "Got Love" by Tom Thumb, "I'm Your Witch Doctor" by Chants R&B, "Living It Down" by The Deep Set, "Anything You Like" by Spectres, "Turn To Stone" by Concrete Lamb, "Rescue Me" by The Librettos, "Jump Back" by the La De Da's, "Never Ever" by The Action, "Security" by The Pleazers, "Don't Wanna Be Lonely Anymore" by The Bluestars, "Lost Woman" by The Clevedonaires, "Little Miss Rhythm & Blues" by Judge Wayne, "Baby Doll" by Grim LTD, and lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ Don WilkersonComplete Blue Note Sessions (Preach Brother/Elder Don/Shoutin) ... CD
Blue Note, Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue reissue of the three Blue Note albums recorded by tenor sax giant Don Wilkerson! Wilkerson's one of the lesser-known artists to record for the label – a deep-throated Texas tenorman with a style that's a bit more R&B influenced than other Blue Note artists. The label took this huge talent, and set it up in some perfectly-conceived settings, inflecting Wilkerson's rootsiness with some of the soul jazz modernism of players like Grant Green, John Patton, Sonny Clark, and Ben Dixon. The set features all the tracks from the albums Elder Don, Preach Brother, and Shoutin – and titles include "Jeanie Weenie", "Lone Star Shuffle", "Drawin A Tip", "Movin Out", "Happy Johnny", "Sweet Cake", "Scrappy", "Pigeon Peas", and "Dem Tambourines". 18 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print original CD pressing – not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Joe HolidayHoliday For Jazz (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1953/1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the rare few albums cut by 50s tenor star Joe Holiday – and a gem of a session that has him fronting a larger group, blowing lean well-cut solos on a number of very hip original tunes! The group's a large one, but the sound's still quite tight and swinging – a great follow-up to Joe's previous recordings on Prestige, showing an even more mature side of his talents. Holiday's got a great tone here – slightly echoey in its own right, and almost with some of the presence of bolder tenor players in the R&B world – yet still all jazz all the way through. Other players on the sessions include Thad Jones, Blue Mitchell, and Art Farmer on trumpets; Eddie Bert on trombone; Cecil Payne on baritone sax; and Duke Jordan on piano – and some of the arrangements are by Hal Mitchell. Titles are all originals by Joe – and include "Mimi The Champ", "Hello To You", "Opening Night", "Timmy's Tune", "Cousin Nino", "Skeetie", and "Tiny Mite". Added to the core album is the additional 10" date – Joe Holiday & His Band – recorded in 1953 with Eddie Bert on trombone and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet, and featuring tracks that include "Cotton Candy", "And Now It Is Love", and "Martha's Harp". CD

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✨✧ Mongo SantamariaAfro-Indio/A La Carte ... CD
Vaya/Nascente (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s funk from Mongo Santamaria – two of his albums for the Vaya label, back to back on one remastered CD! Afro Indio is a killer album of 70's Latin Funk – with a sound that's right in the NuYorican groove! The album has a tight set of electric fusiony arrangements – with work by Justo Almario, Marty Sheller, and William Allen – all strong players that really add a lot to Mongo's already well developed sense of Latin Soul. Includes a funky cover of "Lady Marmalade", plus "Funk Down", "Mambo Mongo", "The Promised Land", "Creepin", and "Funk Up". A La Carte continues the groove – and goes a bit more towards the R&B fusion mode – taking Mongo's Latin rhythms and infusing them with electric instrumentation to really make them cook! The sound is great, and the album grooves in a crackling dancefloor style that holds up well through all of the tracks. Titles include "Nada Mas", "Smiling Brown Eyes", "Asika", "Guajiro", "Hey You Sexy Thing", and "It Feels So Good". 17 tracks in all! CD
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VariousMake Mine Mondo – Fuzzed Out Garage Bands, Manic Instrumentalists, Wayward Rockabillies – From The Eccentric Dore Label ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Wild & wooly early singles from the vaults of Dore Records – a fabled LA label who released some of the craziest singles to come out of the LA scene from the late 50s-mid 60s – which we've never seen compiled before! Dore would go on to make tremendous waves in the west coast soul scene later on, but in the earlier and crazier days of the LA recording industry, things were a little more freewheeling. A lot of these tunes have undercurrents of early rock and R&B – bleary sax, frenzied drumming and manic vocals if not in seedy instrumental mode – plus elements lifted from exotica records, early garage & proto-psych, even some B-movie inspired nuggets. It's fueled by hard-grooving musicianship, too, it's no mere novelty compilation. Fun, groovy stuff! Includes "Gorilla Hunt" by The Altecs, "The Mad Scientist" by The Zanies, "Midnight Star" by The Brentwoods, "Yes, Master!" by The Whips, "My Baby's Barefoot" by The Syndicate, "Boogie Woogie Feeling" by Tony Casanova, "Midnight Beach Party" by Johnny Z, "It's No Use" by Basil & The Baroques, "Haight (In Haight-Ashbury) Street" by Opus Five and more. 28 tracks in all. CD

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VariousVee Jay Rhythm & Blues – The Early Years Part 2 ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $8.99
A sparkling mix of R&B and vocal group numbers from the legendary Vee Jay Records – the home to some of Chicago's greatest talents of the 50s! The set features a number of big hits, but (even better) also includes some tasty rare numbers by some of the label's lesser-known (but excellent) acts. Titles include "Kiss Me" by The El Cincos, "The Pleasure Is All Mine" by Billy The Kid Emerson, "Miss You My Dear" by The Capers, "When I Call On You" by The Kool Gents, "Don't Leave Me" by The Magnificents, "I'm Pleading Just For You" by Larry Birdsong, "My Only Love" by The Spaniels, "Come On Home" by The Lyrics, "Second Hand Love" by Pee Wee Crayton, and "A Spare Man" by Priscilla Bowman. CD
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✨✧ VariousStarday Custom Series #500-675 – Rockabilly, Country, Hillbilly, & Gospel – 1953 to 1957 (10 CD set) ... CD
Starday/Be! (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy 10CD ... Out Of Stock
An amazing look at a very underground strain of music during the postwar years – the now-legendary "custom" series at Starday Records – a system by which individuals could send in their own music and get them pressed up on a limited run! Other labels offered such a service, but Starday has probably become the most famous over the years – partly because if the music was deemed worthy, the label would sign the artist themselves – and partly because there were hundreds of singles that came through the process that were hard-burning gems at the time! Given Starday's usual roster, there's a fair bit of hillbilly, country, and rockabilly in the mix – but the scope of sounds also includes a bit of R&B, gospel, and other styles too – all brought together here for the first time ever, in a comprehensive box that looks at the first five years of the series. Many singles were pressed with their own label names, which makes this package way more than just Starday label rarities – and artists hailed from all over the country, including many who never saw the light of day after these records. The full history of the series is told in the massive hardcover book – which lists each record individually, with label scans, recording information, and photos and bios of the artists. The huge book is almost worth it alone for any fan of this period of music – but the set also comes with 10 CDs that present each single in chronological order – 312 songs, and a heck of a lot of rare music, all done up beautifully! CD

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✨✧ Shuggie OtisInspiration Information ... CD
Epic/Luaka Bop, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. For this album, though, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day". Plus, this reissue features 4 tracks from Shuggie's Freedom Flight LP – including his original version of "Strawberry Letter 23", and "Sweet Thang", "Freedom Flight", and "Ice Cold Daydream". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousKing Vocal Groups Vol 1 – Ooh Bop Sha Boo ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $12.99
Ace Records socks another one out of the park – by serving up a wealth of under-exposed doo wop and group soul gems from the deep catalogues of King Records! In case you didn't know, King Records – with its subsidiaries like Federal and Deluxe – was one of the coolest labels for soulful styles in the 50s and 60s – the original home to James Brown, but a much bigger powerhouse, with a strong ear to the group for the best up-and-coming talent! And while King's got a huge reputation for solo singers in the fields of blues, soul, and R&B – the label seemed to also have an especially great ear for vocal groups – which it often recorded with a bit more edge than some of the labels on the east coast. This set is a great testament to that talent – as it's filled with rare singles from groups who include the pre-Motown Temptations, The Guytones, The Federals, The Pyramids, The Chanters, The Tenderfoots, The Strangers, The Hurricanes and tons of others! The styles run from sly, romantic doo wop harmony – to hard-driving sock soul – and there's also some nice currents of deepness in the vocal approach. The set's got the usual stellar Ace presentation – great sound and copious notes – and 24 titles that include "Ooh Bop Sha Boo" by The Guytones, "Come Go With Me" by Federals, "Deep In My Heart For You", I Need Your Tenderness" by The Chanters, "My Angel" by The Californians, "Who Knows You Do" by The Swallows, "The Story Of My Heart", by The Mascots, "Blue Flowers" by The Swallows, "Ask Me" by Kenny Martin, "Roach's Rock" by The Temptations, and "Tell Me That You're Mine" by The Five Jets. CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinIn The Beginning – The World Of Aretha Franklin 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet overview of the early years of Aretha Franklin's career – her formative days at Columbia Records, when she was working in a variety of styles before heading over to bigger fame at Atlantic! Even at this early stage, Aretha's one hell of a singer – and, despite what folks who listen to Jerry Wexler might say, this early Columbia work is pretty darn amazing throughout – steeped in a number of different modes, with bits of jazz, R&B, and early soul sewn together beautifully throughout. The double-length set is filled with key early moments from Aretha – and titles include "Don't Cry Baby", "Lee Cross", "Skylark", "One Step Ahead", "Evil Gal Blues", "Take A Look", "Runnin Out Of Fools", "People", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "Take It Like You Give It". CD

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VariousOriginal Blues/Risque Blues – My Big 10 Inch – Original King Recordings ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.98
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In the case of these tracks, the singers often hit some fairly suggestive material – often hidden in early 50s innuendo, but barely so – with a vibe that's often nastier than even the most hardcore rockabilly sounds to come! The music here has its roots in blues, but is inflected with plenty of jazz, and the presence of the singers often point the way towards soul music – especially the James Brown crowd that would later rise at the same label. Titles on this volume include "I Want My Fanny Brown" by Wynonie Harris, "My Name Ain't Annie" by Linda Hayes, "Smooth Slow & Easy" by The Drivers, "Sure Cure For The Blues" by The 4 Jacks, "Annie Had A Baby" by Hank Ballard, "That's What You're Doing To Me" by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, "My Big Ten Inch" by Bull Moose Jackson, "Shake Em Up Baby" by Roy Brown, and "Work With Me Annie" by Hank Ballard. CD

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Wynonie HarrisGood Rocking Tonight – Best Of The Best ... CD
Federal/King, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.99
Some of the best R&B you could ever buy! Wynonie Harris was one of the all-time greats – a raw, raunchy, hard-rockin singer who was getting into more trouble with the law, ladies, and booze than most 70s rock groups combined! Wynonie's songs for King are the stuff that kick-started rock and roll – and even from today's perspective, they're still gosh darn hard-rolling, filled with subject matter like drinkin, gamblin, and sleepin around that you'll be hard-pressed to beat in most gangster hip hop albums. And on top of it all, Wynonie's got one hell of a sense of humor, put over the top perfectly by his great swinging vocal style. This set features 10 tracks that set the world on fire at the time, and which still sound pretty great all these many years later – "Sittin On It All The Time", "All She Wants To Do Is Rock", "I Like My Baby's Pudding", "Bloodshot Eyes", "Lovin Machine", "Good Morning Judge", and "I Want My Fanny Brown". CD

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Googie Rene ComboWham Bam! – The Best Of The Googie Rene Combo ... CD
Class/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rough and funky piano from Googie Rene – one of the hippest cats on the LA scene of the 50s and 60s! Googie first got his start laying down boogie-styled R&B numbers, but as the 60s moved in, Googie moved onto a whole new batch of grooves – picking up bits of beatnik jazz, soundtrack themes, and even early funky combo grooving! This excellent set's one of the first to look at Googie's genius – and pulls together a host of hard-hitting piano based numbers – originally recorded for the tiny Class and Rendezvous labels, and spanning the decade from 1956 to 1966. 26 tracks in all, with titles that give you a great idea of the grooves – "Wiggle Tail (parts 1 & 2)", "Skumbo", "Bossa Baby", "Flapjacks (parts 1 & 2)", "Sunrise", "The Slide (parts 1 & 2)", "Smokey Joe's La La", "Chica Boo", "Mercy Mercy", and "Soul Zone". CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandThird Degree Burn ... CD
Milestone, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice later set from the mighty burner, after he returned to the more bluesy organ based format from the more R&B and fusion inflected sets he'd released throughout the late 70s and early 80s. Though the rough edges are a bit more smoothed out on some of the numbers than we'd care for, the group's composed of really solid players including Grover Washington, David Newman and Bobby Broom, and the majority of the set cooks nicely, on numbers like the title track, "Cosmic Phriends", "Don't Be So Mean Arlene" and "The Way You Make Me Feel". CD

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✨✧ TimeWhat Time Is It? ... CD
Warner, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second essential LP from the Time that would solidify Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' position as a force to be dealt within commercial R&B for years to come, cut during the early 80s, when Minneapolis seemed like it was exploding at the seams with great music. With Morris Day's nice extended dance cut "The Walk" featuring a nice popping beat, plus the excellent and very Prince sounding slow jam "Gigolo's Get Lonely Too" and the percolating pre-New Jack funk of "777-9311". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Duke/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD
Also available Two Steps From The Blues ... CD 3.99

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Five KeysDream On ... CD
Charly, Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
Wonderful doo wop work from The Five Keys – pulled from their classic sides of the early 50s, some of the best vocal group material recorded at the time! The group were always a few notches above their contemporaries – and sing with a style there that's a wonderful blend of early harmony and R&B-styled vocals, produced to perfection, with an impeccable studio approach that's much better than most other doo wop sides from the time. Titles include "Dream On", "Dancing Senorita", "I Burned Your Letter", "How Can I Forget You", "Will You", "Wrapped In A Dream", "Bimbo", "Girl You Better Stop It", "Now I Know I Love You", and "Valley Of Love". 24 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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Professor LonghairFess – The Professor Longhair Anthology ... CD
Rhino, 1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Fantastic work from this mighty figure in New Orleans music – loads of Atlantic Records classics, mixed with other material too – and even some early R&B material when the Professor recorded under the name of Roy Byrd! All that, and a great bookloet of notes. CD
(Out of print. Box and book in great shape!)

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✨✧ Sun RaSingles ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Mid 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A totally essential 2 CD set that brings together a huge amount of singles that were recorded by Sun Ra and others for his legendary Saturn label! As you probably know, the albums that were recorded for Saturn were rare enough – but the singles on the label were even rarer, and some of them were pressed in batches as small as 75 copies! The material is a very strange mix of jazz, soul, doo wop, and R&B – but it's all got the off-kilter Sun Ra twist to it, and the music is a key slice in the independent history of underground jazz pioneered by Ra & The Arkestra. You'll hear plenty of stuff by Ra (including the legendary "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman") – and you'll also get stuff by Lacy Gibson, The Cosmic Rays, The Nu Sounds, Yochannan, and The Qualities. Annotated with 36 pages of detailed notes, written by 4 different Ra experts – and a treat for collectors and novices alike! CD

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VariousThis Is Trojan Boss Reggae – The Original Tighten Up Explosion ... CD
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
Boss reggae from the early years of Trojan Records – and a fair bit of rocksteady and other grooves as well! The tracks here are all nice and raw, and showcase that hard-hitting sound that always made Trojan one of the hippest labels on the scene – an imprint directed by the London underground in new sounds from Jamaica, which were often chosen by the British scene for their resonance with earlier mod interest in soul, jazz, and R&B! As such, there's plenty of late 60s cuts here that bubble over with heavy organ lines, riffing guitar, soulful vocals, and lots of bad-stepping rhythms – as you'll hear on this 50 track set of classics that includes "Wet Dream" by Max Romeo, "Skinhead Moonstomp" by Symarip, "One Way Love" by The Coloured Raisins, "Su Su Su" by The Pioneers, "Pepper Pot" by Count Matchuki & Randy's All Stars, "I'm A King" by The Ethiopians, "Tribute To Ramses" by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, "Don't Play That Song" by Derrick Morgan, "The Same Things" by The Gaylads, "Strong Man" by The Hot Rod All Stars, "She Caught The Train" by Ray Martell, "Honey Don't Go" by Winston Francis, "Family Man" by Big L, "Man A Wail" by The Young Souls, and lots lots more! CD

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... CD
Duke/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... $3.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD
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MazeWe Are One ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
Completely killer work from Frankie Beverly & Maze – captured here at the height of their power, with that amazing blend of Frankie's lead vocals and the group's tight instrumentation – all at a level that so many others tried to copy, but never got this right! The sense of unity in the title really comes through in the music – a proud, progressive approach to contemporary R&B that always made Maze one of the more positive acts of their time – even if the message was played in a more subtle way than earlier groups in the 70s. At some level, Maze are picking up the torch that Earth Wind & Fire were dropping a bit by this point – but with an even more charismatic singer in the lead – and just the right blend of acoustic and electric elements in the instrumentation. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "I Wanna Thank You", "Love Is The Key", "We Are One", "Right On Time", "Never Let You Down", and "Metropolis". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available We Are One ... LP 8.99

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Jef Gilson & Hal SingerSoul Of Africa (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Le Chant Du Monde/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99
A groundbreaking set of work from the team of Jef Gilson and Hal Singer – a uniquely cross-cultural session recorded in the Paris scene of the 70s, and easily some of the best work ever from both musicians! Singer's probably best remembered on these shores for his older R&B tenor work of the 50s – but sometime during the 60s, he moved over to Paris, where he cut some mighty great music – including the legendary Paris Soul Food album, which predates this one by a few years. Gilson was always a great artist on the French scene – a modern pianist whose work of the 60s was always fresh and new, and a player who moved into more of a world jazz sensibility as the 70s approached. Together, both players work some real magic here – deep soul from Singers tenor, sharper tones from Gilson's piano – and a range of weird and wonderful notes from other players who include Bernard Lubat on vibes, Jacky Samson on bass, Frank Raholison on drums, and both Del Rabenja and Gerard Rakotoarivony on percussion – really helping the record live up to its "Africa" title! Samson's bass is especially amazing – roundly-toned, and incredibly soulful – as much so as his legendary work with Marco DiMarco, but pitched slightly differently here – and titles include "The High Life", "Liberation", "Mother Africa", "Chant Inca", and "Garvey's Strut". Plus, as an added bonus the CD also features 2 incredible earlier tracks by Gilson – material recorded with Lloyd Miller back in the 60s – playing "micro organ" and balaphon, with a sound that's almost even more haunting than the main album. Other players include "Pierre Caron on tenor and Alain Tabar-Nouval on alto – and titles include "Le Grand Bidou" and "Fable Of Gutenberg". CD

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George DukeGuardian Of The Light (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1983. Used ... $12.99
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that when it's done in his masterful R&B-fusion-funk approach! George sings on all cuts, but he also gets some stellar vocal assistance from Jeffrey Osborne, Portia Griffin, and Patti Austin. The record also has some surprisingly sweet mellow moments that bring a deeper level of spacey soul to the out-there concept – those laidback lines that George could always do better than anyone else! Titles include "Born To Love You", "You Are The Light", "Reach Out", "Give Me Your Love", "Stand", "Soon", and "Fly Away". 3 bonus tracks on this FTG CD edition: "Reach Out (12" Version)", "Celebrate (Instrumental)" and "Brazilian Love Affair". CD

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VariousTaste Of Doo Wop Vol 3 ... CD
Vee Jay, Late 50s. Used ... $12.99
The third installment in one of the greatest doo wop series we've ever heard – a really wonderful collection of material recorded for Vee Jay Records in Chicago – but one that goes way past the hits, to include a flurry of rare 78 and 45rpm singles that were among some of the label's best R&B group material! This well-annotated 25 track set is overflowing with goodies – and titles include "Ozeta" and "Rosebud" by The Magnificents, "Be Mine" by Preston Jackson & The Rhythm Aces, "Sugar Girl" by The Orioles, "The Convention" and "I'm Gonna Be Glad" by The Delegates, "Time Makes You Change" and "Dance Dance Dance" by The Dells, "I Pray For Your Love" by Danny Cobb with the Magnificents, "A Rose For My Darling" by The Eldorados, "I Wonder Why" and "That's My Sugar" by The Rhythm Aces, "I'll Pray For You" by The Midnighters, and "My Only Love" and "Stop" by The Lyrics & The Falcons. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBanana Split For My Baby – 33 Gems From The Good Old Summertime ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
The sounds of summer in the years before the Beach Boys and surf music – songs that proclaim the glory of the warmest months of the year, but in raunchy styles from the early years of rock and roll! Artists run the gamut from rockabilly singers, to R&B groups, to some surprisingly strong contributions from more pop-oriented acts – and as with other Bear Family packages of this nature, the whole thing is plenty playful – put together with a good deal of wit in the song choices and presentation! Titles include "Sunday Barbecue" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "The Sun Is Shining" by Elmore James, "Banana Split For My Baby" by Louis Prima, "Summer's Coming (demo)" by Ronnie Dawson, "Strollin On The Beach" by The Hollywood Flames, "Beach Time" by Roger Smith, "Suntan Tattoo" by The Valiants & Sandy Vale, "Summertime Love" by Roy Head & The Traits, "Beach Comber" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Night Theme' by The Mark II, "Moonlight Swim" by Nick Noble, "26 Miles" by The Four Preps, "Sunglasses After Dark" by Dwight Whitey Pullen, "Summertime Rock" by Rodney & The Blazers, and "The Big Beach Party" by The Jades with Pacer's Music. CD

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Ray AnthonyRock Around The Rock Pile ... CD
Capitol/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Plenty of folks jumped on the rock and roll bandwagon in the 50s, and most of them slid right off – but somehow trumpeter Ray Anthony managed to do a better job than most – as you'll hear here on this great collection of Capitol recordings from the postwar years! It might be Capitol to credit as much as Anthony – as the label always did great recordings that helped artists make a slight shift into groovier modes – country singers to rockabilly, vocalists to R&B – and in this case, a jazz leader into romping territory that shared plenty with those modes and the new sound of rock and roll! The tracks here stretch back to the start of the 50s, but mostly cluster together in the second half of the decade – when Anthony's young band more than adapted to rhythms borrowed from the jump blues bands of a few years before – and still found a way of adding some great touches of their own. Tunes are about half vocal, half instrumental – with Anthony providing the lead trumpet solos, and a bit of vocals – but other singing from Med Flory and The Skyliners. Arrangements are pretty great – handled by Don Simpson, George Williams, and Dick Reynolds – and as usual with Bear Family, the package is as great as the music inside. 28 tracks in all – and titles include "Rock Around The Rock Pile", "Be Bop Baby", "Jailhouse Rock", "The Girl Can't Help It", "Mr Anthony's Boogie", "Houseparty Hop", "The Fox", "Night Train", "Twist & Rock Around The Clock", "Rock Umba", and "Peter Gunn Theme". CD

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VariousMagnificent – 62 Classics From The Cramps' Insane Collection – Long Gone In The World Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
They're not lying about the title of this one – as the set is both "magnificent", and "insane" – an incredible array of offbeat singles from a time when it seemed like just about everybody and their pop had a small record label – and were able to turn out some really mad music that still defies description or categorization all these many years later! Given the Cramps' name on the set, there's a definite current of raunch rock here – but the music also opens up into so many different modes – from R&B, to novelty numbers, to hillbilly sounds, space age instrumentals, fuzz guitar jams, and lots lots more! The whole thing is every bit as wonderful as the previous versions in the series – and titles include "Bila" by Versatones, "The Blob" by The Five Blobs, "Oo Ee" by Ric Cartey, "Little Girl" by John & Jackie, "Wait Up Baby" by The Duals "You're Gone Baby" by Jimmy Lloyd, "Ghost Train" by The Electro-Tones, "Ghost Satellite" by Bob & Jerry, "Real Wild Child" by Ivan, "The UT" by The Sparkles, "The Heel" by Kay Martin, "Flip Top Box" by Dicky Doo & The Don'ts, "Hold It" by Buddy Starr & The Starliners, "Teen Twist" by Buddy Miller, and "The Chase (part 2)" by The Camelots. CD

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✨✧ Various61 Classics From The Cramps' Crazy Collection – Deeper Into The World Of Incredibly Strange Music ... CD
Righteous (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great sounds pulled from the famous record collection of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy – a really mad mix of rock instrumentals, hillbilly thumpers, R&B scorchers, and exotic platters – all brought together as a wonderful demonstration of just how wild the indie record scene was at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s! The music here never sticks to one single genre – and the songs explode with really inventive new ideas – not just wild early production twists, and lots of sweet electrified instrumentation – but also some very unusual song conceptions that remind us just how much inventiveness people were trying to cram into the space of a 45rpm platter! Titles include "Noisy Village" by Bob McFadden & Dor, "Fender Bender" by The Original Starfires, "Cast Iron Arm" by Peanuts Wilson, "Blue Train" by Betty McQuade, "Come On Little Mama" by Ray Harris, "Chickie Run" by Homer Dennison, "Boss" by The Dial Tones, "Froggy" by Denny Dell & The Trends, "99 Chicks" by Ron Haydock, "Knee Socks" by The Ideals, "Sweet Woman" by Edwin Bruce, "Let Er Roll" by Sid King & The Five Strings, "Baby Brother" by Bill Carter, Gang Warr" by Gene Maltais, "Rotten Cocksuckers Ball" by The Clovers, and lots lots more! CD

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Roy BrownGood Rocking Tonight – The Best Of Roy Brown ... CD
King/Rhino, Early 50s. Used ... $4.99
Although Roy Brown had a slightly softer edge than some of his King R&B contemporaries – he could definitely rock and wail when he wanted to, as you'll hear on this CD! The folks at Rhino have done a good job of digging through Roy's work at King, pulling together 18 tracks that have a fierce Wynonnie Harris-ish sound to them – no surprise, as King often had Brown and Harris splitting "Battle Of The Blues" albums together! Tracks include "Black Diamond", "Mighty Might Man", "Rockin At Midnight", "Cadillac Baby", "Hard Luck Blues", "Bar Room Blues", "Big Town", "Gal From Kokomo", "Beautician Blues", and the original version of "Good Rockin Tonight", which is a lot rawer than you'd expect! CD
(Out of print.)

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Little Willie JohnSure Things ... CD
King, 1961. Used ... $7.99
It's always a sure thing when we see the name of Little Willie John on the cover of a record – a sure thing that the music's going to be great, the vocals sublime, and the whole thing a non-stop package of raw early soul! Willie's a singer who recorded for King Records during the same early years as James Brown and Hank Ballard – and his tremendous talents were part of that label's trio of genius at the time – a genius that, for Willie, got cut too short due to some time behind bars – a later legacy that's maybe always informed people's understanding of his music. Yet even without that back story, the sounds here are amazing on their own – extremely powerful, and a great fusion of earlier R&B modes with the growing soul styles to come – cut right to the bone with stellar King production. Titles include "My Love Is", "I Like To See My Baby", "Walk Slow", "The Very Thought Of You", "Loving Care", "You Hurt Me", "I'm Shakin", "A Cottage For Sale", and "There's A Difference". CD
(Out of print.)

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