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VariousJubilee & Josie R&B Vocal Groups Vol 3 ... CD
Sequel (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $2.99
Includes tracks by The Limelighters, The Majors, The Cadillacs, The Cookies, The King Toppers, The Angelettes, The Bluenotes, and The Emanons. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousJubilee & Josie R&B Vocal Groups Vol 5 ... CD
Sequel (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $2.99
Includes tracks by The Ovations, The Chaperones, The Orioles, The Emeralds, The Passions, and The Bob Knight Four. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousWelcome To The Club – Tough Blues & R&B Shuffles From Chicago's West Side ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of work from the underside of the Chicago recording scene of the 60s – tracks from the rougher, bluesier west side scene of the time! The work on the set comes from the Federal/King catalog, and not from Chicago labels – and most of it was produced by Sonny Thompson, in a style that's like his own R&B work, which always played big with Chicago crowds during the period. Most of the tunes date from the early 60s, but follow in modes that have lots of rougher 50s touches – often recorded with some nice echoey production that does a really great job of bringing out the looser spirit of the work. Titles include "I Resign From Your Love" and "Well Oh Well" by Syl Johnson, "Gibble Gobble" and "Got A Feelin" by Willie Wright & The Sparklers, "You're Welcome To The Club" and "When You Move You Lose" by Lee Shot Williams, "Twist Like This" and "I Was Gone" by Eddie Clearwater, "How Long Has It Been" by Jesse Anderson, and "I'm Tired Of Being Tossed Around" by Danny Overbea. CD

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VariousDynamite R&B – 15 Slammin', Screamin' And Hard Groovin' Shouters From The 1960s Rhythm & Blues Era ... CD
Sound Of Soul (Germany), Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
A bit of soul, a bit of blues, and lots of those rare early 60s numbers that seemed to pull together lots of different genres at once! The vocals have a mix of gospel and blues inspirations, the rhythms are often jazzy, but with some complex touches – and the lead singers have an undeniable sense of power that really knocks most of these tunes right out of the park! The whole thing's a great set if you dig your soul on the rougher side of the spectrum – and tracks include "Pitter Patter" by Freddie Butler, "Belly Rub" by Tab Smith Trio, "I'm Gonna Try" by Carol Fran, "What Have You Heard" by Terry Sinclair, "Don't Freeze On Me" by Jessie May, "You Need To Fall In Love" by Little Jimmy Ray, "Go Away With Me" by Hollis Dixon & The Keynotes, "Can't Do Without You" by Dusty Wilson, "Love" by Rudy Lambert, and "He's The One That Rings My Bell" by Sherri Taylor. CD

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VariousAcross The Tracks Vol 2 – More Nashville R&B & Rock N' Roll ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
The city of Nashville's not just known for country music – as the Tennessee scene has always been a hotbed for other styles too – as you'll hear in this killer collection of R&B, vocal group material, and early soul! As with the first volume, the track selection is really revelatory – pulled from the Champion/Calvert family of labels, which often didn't get much exposure on a nationwide level in the 50s – and handled with the usual Ace Records ear for great sound and detailed notes on the music – which almost makes the whole thing feel like a special history package on this under-documented scene – but one with music that's every bit as vibrant today as it was when first recorded! The set's got 30 tracks in all – including rare work by artists who'd break bigger later for other labels – and titles include "Love Me A Long Long Time" by Ted Jarrett, "Rent's Too High" by Cliff Butler, "Three Times Seven" by Larry Butler, "If Things Don't Change" by Gene Allison, "Blue Night" by Jimmy beck, "Lord You Know" by The Fairfield Four, "No Fool No More" by Charles Walker & The Daffodils, "Six Days A Week" by The Kinglets, "Real Good Man" by Murfreesboro, "The Same Thing" by Arthur Adams, "Love You So" by Earl Gaines, and "It's Almost Sundown" by Roscoe Shelton. CD

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✨✧ VariousUltimate R&B Christmas Vol 1 ... CD
Right Stuff, 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Music from Lou Rawls, Nat King Cole, Charles Brown, Booket T & the MGs, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Al Green, Freddie Jackson, James Brown, the Jackson 5 & more. CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ VariousBoogie Woogie Santa Claus – Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1945 to 1949 ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Postwar Christmas tunes – all from that great moment when blues and jazz were coming together in the early days of R&B! Most of these tracks are upbeat, groovy, and plenty festive – that new sort of warmth and celebratory vibe that seemed to hit Christmas music in the postwar years – and there's also a few tracks that are a bit more spare and gritty, hearkening back to earlier Christmas blues material of the pre-war years. The package features lots of tunes we'd never heard before – and is especially great if you dig jump blues and R&B! Titles include "New Year's Eve Blues" by Smokey Hogg, "Jingle Bells" by Leo Watson, "Xmas Blues" by Harmon Ray, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mable Scott, "Santa Claus Blues" by Champion Jack Dupree, "Bring That Cadillac Back" by Harry Crafton, "How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Lonely Christmas" by The Orioles, "Christmas Time Blues" by Boll Weevil, "Christmas Spirits" by Julia Lee, "Christmas Time" by Little T Bone, "I Want A Present For Christmas" by JB Summers, and "Love For Christmas" by Felix Gross. CD

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VariousTrumpet Masters Vol 3 – Red Hot Kisses – R&B Classics From Memphis, Jackson, & St. Louis ... CD
Collectables, 1950s. Used ... $7.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Various24 Greatest R&B Christmas Hits ... CD
King/Gusto, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Few folks did 50s R&B better than the legendary King Records – and when it came to Christmas music, the label was pretty darn great at that, too! This cool package brings together a range of King Records Christmas gems from back in the day, mixed with a few choice cuts from other indie labels – all in a sweet set that includes a few instrumentals, a bit of blues, and lots of the hard-wailing vocal numbers that made King so great! Titles include "Silent Night" by Bill Doggett, "Christmas Time For Everybody But Me" by Hank Ballard, "Christmas In Heaven" by Billy Ward & The Dominoes, "Lonesome Christmas (part 1)" by Lowell Fulson, "Christmas Tears" by Freddie King, "Jingle Bells" by Bill Doggett, "I Hear Christmas Bells" by Freddie King, "Christmas Blues" by Gatemouth Moore, "How I Hate To See Christmas Come Around" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Mabel Scott, "Christmas Comes But Once A Year" by Amos Milburn, "Santa Claus Is Coming" by Hank Ballard, "The First Noel" by Galatian Singers, "Frosty The Snowman" by Trailblazers, and "Twinkle Twinkle Christmas Star" by Lillian Brooks. CD

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✨✧ VariousSurefire Hits On Central Avenue – The South Central R&B Scene ... CD
Ace (UK), 1940s/1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic overview of the LA scene at the end of the 40s and into the 50s – seminal R&B work that made the city one of the greatest sources of music at the time! Before WWII, LA's recorded output was nothing much to speak of – but after the end of the war, the city really exploded as a host of small labels brought the rest of the nation work by the rich array of jazz, soul, and blues talents in the scene that had slowly been building with wartime migration from points south. The LA approach was a lot more sophisticated than that of other scenes – as audiences from previous down-home locales sought a hipper, cooler style to emphasize their new mode of living in the bigger city. Every track on here's a classic – and although you may have heard a few before, we've never seen an overview like this done so well! Titles include "Get Out Of The Car" by Richard Berry, "The Honeydripper" by Joe Liggins, "You Won't Let Me Go" by Johnny Moore, "Once There Lived A Fool" by Jimmy Grissom, "Decon's Hop" by Big Jay McNeely, "Ookey Ook" by The Penguins, "Heaven & Paradise" by Don Julian & The Meadowlarks, "Mary Lou" by Young Jessie, "Three Hours Past Midnight" by Johnny Guitar Watson, and "Pachuko Hop" by Chuck Higgins. 26 tracks in all! CD

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VariousNew Breed R&B – Soulful 60s Blues For Today's Dancers ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
Not the usual old school R&B – but a sweet batch of cuts from a time when the music was taking on a new style in the soul generation – as older artists and younger singers moved gritty vocals into a range of great new grooves – much of which were a real precursor to the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Years later, we'd probably call these cuts deep soul – although the grooves are more upbeat than the usual numbers of that style, and often romp around in ways that have stronger ties to funk or boogaloo soul – with mighty strong vocals that really sock a heavy punch. The set features 24 great cuts in all – many from the Modern and Kent Records labels of the mid 60s – with titles that include "The New Breed" by Jimmy Holiday, "Let Your Hair Down" by Arthur Adams, "Find Another Woman" by Willie Headen, "Move A Little Closer" by Mary Love, "Take Off Your Shoes" by Booker T Averhart & The Mustangs, "Stuffed Peppers (aka Humpin)" by Frank Armstrong, "New Figure" by King Solomon, "Tired Of Walkin" by Little Joe Hinton, and "I've Been Hurt So Many Times" by Larry Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousMr Santa Claus (Bring Me My Baby) – Classic Soul & R&B Christmas Cuts 1961 to 1963 ... CD
Contrast, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great Christmas tunes from the early years of soul music – tracks that have their roots in the R&B Christmas modes of the 50s, but also burst out in great new directions too! Some of the tracks feature harmony groups, others feature single artists – and in addition to some of the bluer sounds of the season, there's lots of titles here that sparkle with a newly festive vibe – that upbeat style that you'd also hear on dancefloor soul singles of the period. There's plenty of unfamiliar numbers here – which makes the set a delight to our ears – and titles include "Santa Claus Is Coming" by The Midnighters, "Don't Cry For Me This Xmas" by The Marcels, "New Year Greeting" by Gene McDaniels, "I'll Stay Home" by The Jaynells, "Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Kim Weston, "I Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva, "Mr Santa Claus" by Nathaniel Mayer, "Merry Christmas Darling" by The Uniques, "White Christmas" by Darlene Love, "Drive Slow" by Johnny Flamingo, "Christmas Time" by Jan Bradley, "Blue Holiday" by The Shirelles, "Merry Christmas Darling" by Poppa Hop, and "Christmas Greeting" by Gene McDaniels. CD

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✨✧ VariousBlues For Christmas - Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1956 to 1961 ... CD
Contrast, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title might be Blues For Christmas, but lots of these tunes are pretty bright and jumpy, too – a nice mix of 50s R&B and early soul styles, served up here in a mighty sweet little package that's a great antidote to some of too-familiar Christmas collections on the market! Most of the artists are names you'll know already – especially if you've got some 50s blues in your collection – but the setting is mighty fresh, and the tunes together spin out for a nicely extended batch of Holiday listening that goes way past the obvious! Titles include "Oh Holy Night" by The Blue Notes, "Christmas Letter" by La Fets & Kitty, "Christmas In Jail" by The Youngsters, "Christmas Time (part 1)" by Jimmy McCracklin, "Can This Be Christmas" by Eddie Floyd & The Falcons, "Rock & Roll Santa Claus" by Huey Smith & The Clowns, "Christmas Celebration" by BB King, "Christmas Tears" by Freddy King, "Rock & Roll Santa Claus" by Babs Gonzales, "When Was Jesus Born" by Marian Williams, "After New Years Eve" by The Heartbeats, "It's Christmas Time" by Marvin & Johnny, and "Santa" by Lightnin Hopkins. CD

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✨✧ VariousDig That Crazy Santa Claus – Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1953 to 1956 ... CD
Contrast, Mid 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw Holiday tunes from the 50s R&B years – tracks that mix together blues and jazz, secular and spiritual, and melancholy and celebratory themes – all in a great batch of songs pulled from vintage singles of the time! About half the acts here are groups – and include both doo wop and gospel groups – mixed with other artists that are either hip jazz singers or more familiar bluesmen – each delivering a special sort of sound for the season! The set list is every bit as great here as on the other volumes in the series – and titles include "We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo" by Big John Greer, "Chincy Old Scrooge" by Phil Moore, "Christmas In Heaven" by The Dominoes, "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Oscar McLollie, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by The Pilgrim Travelers, "Santa Claus Boogie" by The Voices, "A Cool Cool Christmas" by The Sabers, "Rock Around The Christmas Tree" by Big Bud, "Rockin & Rollin With Santa Claus" by the Hepsters, "Trim Your Tree" by Jimmy Butler, "It's Christmas Time" by The Castelles, "Cowboy Santa Claus" by Bill Lacey, and "A Christmas Prayer" by The Penguins. CD

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✨✧ VariousMr Santa's Boogie – Classic R&B/Blues Christmas Cuts 1949 to 1953 ... CD
Contrast, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A Christmas collection, postwar-style – served up here in a mix of vintage singles that include rare doo wop, jazz, and blues-based recordings! This series is a totally great one – we love all the titles in the collection – and like the rest, this volume features a stellar choice of cuts that really go beyond the obvious, while still keeping the Christmas spirit alive and well! In other words, these aren't just obscure tunes that might not get things right – they're very well-selected selections that really balance out the best sort of Holiday moods for the season. Titles include "Christmas Blues" by Larry Darnell, "I Need A Man" by Thelma Cooper, "Far Away Blues" by Johnny Otis, "Lonesome Christmas (part 1)" by Lowell Fulson, "All I Want For Christmas" by The Larks, "Hello Santa Claus" by Cecil Gant, "No Room At The In" by The Fairfield Four, "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus" by Sonny Parker, "Jingle Jangle Jump" by Gladys Bentley with Dexter Gordon, "Christmas Boogie" by Sugar Chile Robinson, and "It's Christmas Time" by The Five Keys. CD

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VariousMidnite Blues Party – Classic Blues, Soul, Rockers & R&B From The 1950s & 1960s ... CD
Electro Fi, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $12.99
Includes tracks by Nite Riders, Bob Reed, Little Grier, Bobby Long, Don Hollinger, Sonny Harper, Jim Sweeney, Baby Huey, Jay Lewis, and Luther Thomas. CD
(Out of print.)

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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 ... $10.99 18.99
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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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 2 – 1965 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $48.99
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. This volume features a whopping 50 tracks – with titles that include "King Of Love" by The Admirals, "Let Our Love Go On" by Music City Soul Brothers, "More Of The Jerk" by Bobby Harris, "Free For All" by The Barracudas, "Can't See You When I Want To" by David Porter, "Sweet Thing" by Gorgeous George, "Peepin" by Solomon Burke, "Ad For Love" by Lee Jackson, "The Record" by Ben E King, "Give You What I Got" by Wendy Rene, "Thank You John" by Willie Tee, "My Lover" by Barbara & The Browns, "It's Just A Matter Of Time" by Merle Spears, "Fancy Free" by Mary Wells, "You Make A Strong Girl Weak" by The Premiers, "Don't Stop Now" by William Bell, "Let's Go Get Stoned" by The Coasters, "Thank You For Helping Me See The Light" by Ted Taylor, "Just One More Day" by Otis Redding, "Do The Duck" by The Autographs, "Boss" by King Curtis, "Try Me Again" by Ted Taylor, "Every Night I See Your Face" by The Music City Soul Brothers, "I Don't Want Trouble" by Barbara & The Browns, "Keep Your Mouth Shut" by Lee Jackson, "It's Nice To Know You" by Rosetta Johnson, and "Dedicated To You" by Willie Tee. CD

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 1 – 1964/1965 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $48.99
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. First volume features 50 great tracks that include "Baby Girl (part 1)" by Titus Turner, "Please Don't Leave Me" by The Drapels, "That's The Way That It Goes" by Bobby Marchan, "Mary Lou You Can Do The Bumble Bee" by Deanie Parker, "Gotta Find A Way" by Theresa Lindsay, "One More Chance" by Doris Troy, "Daddy Woo Woo" by The Vibrations, "Slumber Party" by The Van Dells, "Someday We're Gonna Love Again" by Barbara Lewis, "Reconsider Baby" by Al King, "Shake Up" by The Cobras, "Uh Oh I'm In Love Again" by Eddie Jefferson, "That's When It Hurts" by Ben E King, "Don't Make Something Out Of Nothing" by William Bell, "You Never Know How Much I Love You" by Oscar Mack, "Closer To My Baby" by Dorothy Williams, "The Last Girl" by The Isley Brothers, "Don't Leave Me" by The Crume Brothers, "Bashful Guitar" by Johnny Jenkins, "Take The Boy Out Of The Country" by Linda Jones, "I'm Gonna Run Away From You" by Tami Lynn, "Wild One" by The Coasters, "Yes I Do" by Solomon Burke, "Something In My Eye" by Music City Soul Brothers, "Young Man" by The Drapels, "Watchdog" by Dorothy Williams, "Romance In The Dark" by Jimmy Ricks, "Please Be Honest With Me" by Barbara & The Browns, "I'm Taking Back My Love" by Linda Jones, "Young & Foolish" by Wendy Rene, "My Girl Sloopy" by The Vibrations, "I Want To Get Married" by Rufus Thomas, "I Left There Running Because Walking Was Much Too Slow" by Chuck Bradford, and "Big Party" by Barbara & The Browns. CD

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✨✧ Roy Rogers & Norton BuffaloR&B ... CD
Blind Pig, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
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✨✧ John Lee HookerDon't You Remember Me? ... CD
Charly R&B (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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CoastersCharlie Brown ... CD
Mr R&B, 1950s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Memphis SlimRockin' The Blues ... CD
Charly R&B (UK), Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Ron IsleyMr I ... CD
Def Jam, 2010. Used ... $4.99
Savvy contemporary soul from the unstoppable Ron Isley – sounding fresh and of the here and now on Def Jam, with a nod to the classic soul groove he helped pioneer! Mr I's emotive soul groove sounds as good here as it has in years, and there's some pretty effective material here, bridging the post millennium soul production vibe classic reverence, and with Ron out front, how could they not? Solid work from a king of American soul & R&B. Titles include "Take It How You Want It", "No More", "If I Lose My Woman", "Put Your Money On Me" feat TI, "Dance For Me", "You've Got A Friend" feat Aretha Franklin, "I Need You", "Supposed To Do" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gino VannelliNightwalker ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. Used ... $9.99
Gino Vannelli still going strong well into the 80s – hitting this sweet blend of soul, rock, and crossover vibes – all in a style he virtually invented for himself in the 70s! The long perm look may have kept Gino out of crates in later years, but there's a top-quality feel to the record that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – a subtle sense of drama that's often undercut with a sense of soul, in ways that made Gino an undeniable influence on blue-eyed singers in years to come – as well as on a whole generation of R&B ballad singers too. Titles include "Santa Rosa", "Put The Weight On My Shoulders", "Stay With Me", "Sally", "Seek & You Shall Find", and "Living Inside Myself". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousModern Vocal Groups Vol 6 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $11.99
A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 6 moves a bit into the early soul years – and features 24 tracks that include "This Heart Of Mine" by Curley Williams, "B Bomb Baby" by The Jewels, "LFMST Blues" by The Meadowlarks, "Sweet Thing" by The Rams, "Maybe I'm Wrong" by Bobby Sanders, "If Love Was Money" by Tony Allen & The Wanderers, "Love Can Do Most Everything" by The Cadets, "Dear One" by Marvin & Johnny, "One More Kiss" by The Senders, "Always On My Mind" by The A-Rabs, "Crazy Feeling" by Etta James, and "She's A Flirt" by The Jewels. CD

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✨✧ SpisekSpisek ... CD
GAD (Poland), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Great funky fusion from the Polish scene of the 70s – served up by a group who only recorded briefly, but who created some great tracks in the process! These guys aren't in the rock fusion mode – although they seem to have roots in that scene – as there's a warmth here that gets beyond some of the too-jamming fusion work of the period, and which instead has a quality that links Spisek to some of the more R&B-influenced material of the time – particularly some of the sounds coming from artists like Herbie Hancock, who they give a nod to on the first track on the set – and there's also some cop show-like soundtrack elements to the grooves. There are vocals on three tracks in Polish – but most of the focus is on the instrumentation, which includes keyboards, tenor, trombone, and trumpet. Titles include "Powodz", "Hallo Herbie", "Taniec Ognia", "Szalone Serca", "Koziorozec I Panna", and "Mannix W Warszawie". 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 ... $22.99
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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✨✧ Gene SimmonsJumpin Gene Simmons ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1964. Used ... $14.99
Great early work from the first Gene Simmons – not the guy who sang for Kiss in the 70s, but an earlier rocking singer from the south! Gene's probably best known for the classic Halloween hit "Haunted House" – which kicks off this record – but he's a great rocker from that 60s southern scene that didn't really care where they drew their inspiration from – a bit of R&B, a bit of country, maybe even a bit of soul – all wrapped together in a tightly snapping groove that might have been more rockabilly were it recorded five years before – but which here comes on with a sweet small combo, almost small club vibe – ala Bill Black's work for Hi. Titles include "Hotel Happiness", "Haunted House", "You Can Have Her", "The Green Door", "Comin Down With Love", "Don't Let Go", and "Slippin & Slidin". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Johnny GriffinGrab This! ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really obscure little session from tenorist Johnny Griffin – and one of his few dates from the time cut with an organist – in this case the up-and-coming LA player Paul Bryant! Bryant's probably best known for his cookers with Curtis Amy, and he hits a similar mode here – by bringing a strong R&B inflection to the album, and offering Griffin a setting that's a bit less hardbop than some of his other Riverside albums of the time! The rest of the group features Joe Pass on guitar, Jimmy Bond on bass, and Doug Sides on drums – and titles include "Cherry Float", "These Foolish Things", "63rd Street Theme", "Grab This", and "Offering Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Skatalites & FriendsSkatalites & Friends At Randy's ... CD
VP, 1960s. Used ... $6.99
Excellent work from the earliest years of The Skatalites – a time when the group were one of the sharpest things going in Jamaican music, and also added musical support to a number of singers as well! This killer collection brings together the hippest singles from the combo – work that's very different than some of the sounds of their revival years – with a fresh, youthful quality that effortlessly mixes influences from R&B and jazz with the nascent Jamaican grooves of blue beat and ska! Most tunes here are instrumentals by the group, but there's also a few vocal tracks too – and titles include "Rum Bumpers" by John & Alton, "Home Home Home" by Ken & Stranger, "Mouth A Massy" by Alton Ellis, "Portrait Of My Love" by Baba Brooks, and "John & James" by The Maytals – plus "Black Joe", "Hello Mother", "Malcolm X", "Collie Bud", and "Baby Elephant Walk" by The Skatalites. CD

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✨✧ Freddie RoachDown To Earth (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous album from organist Freddie Roach – arguably his best record ever for Blue Note, and a really wonderful session! The set's got Freddie opening up in a slightly hipper groove than on some of his more R&B-influenced sides – working with a quartet that includes Percy France on tenor, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Tracks are longish, with some really great rhythms – and show Freddie moving past straight Hammond grooving, into a more righteous mode that would emerge even more on his albums for Prestige. 6 tracks in all, and the titles include "De Bug", "Ahm Miz", "Althea Soon", and "Lion Down". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kimiko KasaiRound & Round ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare set from Japanese vocalist Kimiko Kasai – one recorded in America, but only issued in Japan – and featuring a set of tunes with English language lyrics, all done in a great mix of jazz, disco, and R&B! Herbie Hancock makes a great guest appearance on the set's funky remake of "Chameleon" – and other key players include Paul Jackson, Cedar Walton, Bill Summers, Benny Maupin, and The Waters – all of whom contribute to give the session a warm California vibe. Other tracks include "Chain Reaction", "The Rest Of My Life", "Chain Reaction", "Don't Forget You Are", and "And It All Goes Round & Round". CD

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsBeautiful Friendship – The Kudu Anthology 1971 to 1975 ... CD
Kudu/ (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Great work from a fantastic time in the career of singer Esther Phillips – a point when she brought her soulful style to the CTI/Kudu Records label – and cut some of the best material of her career! Esther had already been making records for quite some time before these sides – early R&B work as Little Esther Phillips in the 50s, and 60s soul for Atlantic – but the sweet electric funk of Kudu really helped her find a fresh new groove – one that matched the freedoms she was finding with her vocals, but in a way that still let her keep that sharp edge that was always her trademark in soul! The blend of modes here is incredible – unlike anyone before or since – to a point where Esther might well have been the funky jazz generation's version of Billie Holiday. The music is wonderful, too – with arrangements from top-shelf jazz and funk musicians who include Pee Wee Ellis, Joe Beck, David Matthews, and Don Sebesky – all of whom use instrumentation from other hip players working for CTI at the time. This huge collection brings together loads of the best album cuts, key singles, a few special live numbers, and other gems from these years – 33 tracks that include "Scarred Knees", "Baby I'm For Real", "From A Whisper To A Scream", "Cherry Red", "Alone Again Naturally", "I've Never Found A Man", "Let Me In Your Life", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "Black Eyed Blues", "Justified", "Too Many Roads", "Can't Trust Your Neighbor With Your Baby", "You Could Have Had Me Baby", "Disposable Society", "Fever", "Turn Around Look At Me", "Magic's In The Air", "Boy I Really Tied One On", "All the Way Down", "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do", and "You're Coming Home". CD

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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 ... $11.99
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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✨✧ 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 ... $11.99
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 ... $11.99
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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✨✧ VariousLooking Back – 80 Mod, Freakbeat, & Swinging London Nuggets – Compiled By Paul Weller (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Fantastic work from a time when the London scene was heavy on influences from American soul, blues, and R&B – and sought to turn the best elements of that music into something new and unique! Some of the groups here are ones that you'll recognize from later years and greater fame, others are early combos that featured later stars, and still others are wonderful groups you've been lost to the shifting sands of time – but who really show the fantastic edge that the British scene had in the mid 60s! Lots of this work has the mod vibe you'd expect from the title, but there's also some fuzzier moments too – and the package is a hell of a deal at this great price! 80 tracks in all – with titles that include "Looking Back" by Spencer Davis, "I Don't Need Your Kind" by The Rockin Vickers, "Done Me Wrong" by The Couriers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Looky, Looky" by The Brothers Grimm, "Kangaroo" by Hoagy Benson, "Reviewing The Situation" Jacki Bond, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, You Can't Be Serious" by The Mirage, "Jak D'Or" by Episode Six, "Until My Baby Comes Home" by The Mojos, "Hush" by Kris Ife, "Take It Easy" by Sugar Simone, "Yes I Do" by Ram John Holder, "Take Away" by The Couriers, "I'll Be Doggone" by Glen Ingram, "Ace Of Clubs" by The Knave, "Last Night" by Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen, "Baby Do You Know What You're Doing" by Arthur Brown Set, "Please Go" by The Trekkas, and "Tough She Says" by The In Crowd. CD

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Rolling Stones12 x 5 (remastered version) ... CD
London/Abkco, Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
Essentially early Stones! 12 X 5 is The Rolling Stones at a very early, hard grooving peak, way back in '64. It's ground breaking stuff, in they they truly pave the way for so much of the soul, blues and R&B loving Anglos to come out of the Brit and US scenes in the months and years to come. It's a covers-heavy set, given that they were just beginning to do doing original material at this early point – and the tracks include the Jagger/Richards penned "Good Times, Bad Times", "Congradulations" and "Grown Up Wrong" – plus "Time Is On My Side", "Around And Around", "2120 South Michigan Avenue", "Susie Q" and more. CD
Also available 12 x 5 ... LP 19.99

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John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker Presents His House Rent Boogie ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
With music this great, it's hard to imagine John Lee Hooker ever having to throw a rent party – because the sounds here should have made him a superstar right from the start! The package is a wonderful collection of raw, early cuts that Hooker recorded for the Modern label in LA – a number of which are previously unissued, and all of which together capture John at that amazing point when he'd really discovered his sound – that way of melding spare work on electric guitar with his own growling vocals – in a mode that so many others might try to steal in the future, but which is at its early prime here. Some cuts feature small combo backings, which gives a bit of a sophisticated LA R&B vibe to the work – while others are very spare, and mostly just feature Hooker's vocals and great guitar. Some of the bigger songs on the set are presented in rare alternates, with key musical differences – and titles include "I Got Eyes For You", "Blue Bird Blues", "I'm In The Mood", "House Rent Boogie", "Key To The Highway", "Build Myself A Cave", "Hug & Squeeze", "Baby You Ain't No Good", "I'm Ready", "Taxi Driver", "You Receive Me", and "I Tried Hard". CD

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T Bone WalkerT Bone Blues ... CD
Atlantic, Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
Later work from T-Bone, but very much in the style of his best R&B work! The album features small group backings that do the best to bring out the jazzier side of T-Bone's style – one that was a direct influence on countless jazz funk guitarists in later years – and players include Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer, Lloyd Glenn, and Barney Kessell playing some second guitar. Titles include "T Bone Blues", "Papa Ain't Salty", "Two Bones & A Pick", "Mean Old World", "T Bone Shuffle", and "Blues For Marili". CD
(Out of print.)
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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithThat Good Feelin (That Good Feelin/All Soul) ... CD
New Jazz/Prestige, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet double-header from Johnny Hammond Smith – 2 early albums on a single CD! All Soul is one of the hardest to find albums by Johnny Hammond Smith – a sweet set of easy-going grooves, with a wonderful late night soul jazz approach! The feel here is very much in the mode of work by Jimmy Smith from the time – grooving by a rhythm group that includes Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Leo Stevens on drums, and freely styled solos by Johnny over the top! Titles include "Easy Like", "All Soul", "Secret Love", and "Sweet Cookies". That Good Feelin features some very early work as a leader from Hammond hero Johnny Hammond Smith! There's a slight R&B undercurrent on some of the cuts – that formative organ sound before the smoother styles of the 60s soul jazz years – and Smith's got help from Thornel Schwartz on guitar, who'd played famously with another Smith – Jimmy – plus George Tucker on bass and Leo Stevens on drums. Titles include the originals "Puddin" and "That Good Feelin" – plus "My Funny Valentine", "I'll Remember April", and "Billie's Bounce". CD

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✨✧ VariousNight Train To Nashville Vol 2 – Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945 to 1970 ... CD
Lost Highway, Late 40s/1950s/1960s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little follow-up to the first Night Train To Nashville set – and like that one, a great collection of R&B and soul from the Nashville scene of the postwar years! Nashville's certainly better known as a source for country music, but the city's location at the crossroads of the south, along with its top-level recording facilities, also made it a key site for soul and blues at one time. And while the Nashville sound isn't as unified as that of Memphis or Muscle Shoals, that also makes for a good deal of variety on the set – especially given that the tracks included span a period of 25 years. 2CD set features a total of 38 tracks that include "Boogie Woogie Jockey" by Jimmy Sweeney, "31 E Blues" by Billie McAllister, "I'm Coming Home" by The Neptunes, "She Can Rock" by Little Ike, "OK So What" by Freddie North, "You Better Change" by Hal & Jean, "Don't Pity Me" by Herbert Hunter, "Next To Me" by Clyde McPhatter, "Soldier Of Love" by Arthur Alexander, "Don't You Forget That You're My Baby" by The Spidells, "Screamin & Shoutin" by The Fabulettes, "You Keep Me Hangin On" by Joe Simon, and "Right On Time" by Jimmy Church. CD
(Out of print.)

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