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✨✧ VariousGone Story 1957 to 1964 – Classic R&B, Rock N' Roll, Doo Wop & Pop ... CD
West Side (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from the Dubs, the Teardrops, the Carter Rays, Gary Dale, Jackie Dee, the Kings, Cab Calloway, Johnny Rivers, Carl Hammel, Joe Antel, the Trickles, the Excels, Ral Donner, Johnny Jack & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousAladdin & Imperial R&B Vocal Group Magic – Vol 3 (CDr pressing) ... CD
Cedar/Aladdin/Imperial, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes 28 tracks from The Monitors, Bees, Feathers, Mac Burney & The Four Jacks, The Scholars, Velvetones, Crystals, Shades, Five Keys and more! CD
(CDr pressing. Please note the disc label has ink smudges around the outer edge.)

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✨✧ Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 5 – 1967 to 1968 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1967/1968. 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 5 is overflowing with goodies – titles that include "Soul Power" and "Sly Girl" by Derek Martin, "Tryin To Reach My Goal" and "Sufferin City" by Johnny Copeland, "What's Going To Happen To Me" by Jeanne & The Darlings, "Thank You Baby For Loving Me" and "I Can't Live Without You" by Soul Brothers Six, "That Kind Of Lovin" and "She's About A Mover" by Otis Clay, "The One You Can't Have All By Yourself" by Shirley Walton, "Can't Find No Happiness" and "A Great Big Thing" by Barbara Brown, "Somebody Needs You" and "Baby What You Got" by Darrell Banks, "Please Operator" by Tony & Tyrone, "Ain't Got No Girl" by William Bell, "Let Me Down Easy" by Alvin Robinson, "Whatcha Gonna Do About It" by Ben E King & Dee Dee Sharp. "Don't Get Caught" by Mable John, "Here I Am" by Linda Lyndell, "It's You For Me" by The Amazers, and "Need Your Love So Bad" by Solomon Burke. CD

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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

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✨✧ VariousHammond Heroes – 60s R&B Organ Grooves ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of 60s Hammond organ groovers – and from sources you might not normally expect! Given the fame of jazz players on the instrument – like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff – it's easy to forget how many rock and roll groups were also playing the Hammond in the 60s – clearly inspired by the work of Smith, McGriff, and others – but taking the instrument into a unique pre-fusion world that blended together rock, soul, jazz, and funk! And while much of the groups' work on organ was often overlooked alongside their more famous vocals, this set really corrects that fact by bringing together an all-instrumental lineup – 23 tracks pulled from lost albums and singles from some of the best of the British scene at the time – the cream of the crop of the beat group generation who were so influenced by American soul and jazz! Titles include "Stevie's Groove" by Spender Davis Group, "Jumping Jack Flash" by Wynder K Frog, "Zoom Widge & Wag" by Bobby Graham, "Working Out" by Dave Davani, "Adventures Of A Young Organ" by Ten Years After, "Jive Samba" by Remo Four, "Horses Cellar" by Peddlers, "Zoot's Sermon" by Zoot Money, "Critic's Choice" by Alan Price Set, and "Impressions Of Oliver" by Herd. 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 ... 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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✨✧ VariousLaughin At The Blues – A Hilarious & Scurrilous Collection Of R&B & Comedy Like You've Never Heard! ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1940s/1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jumpin' rhythm & blues tunes and jivin' vocals from an amazing cast – late 40s and 50s sides from a slew of cats and ladies that would go on to greener (and in some cases blue and dirty) pastures in the 60s & funky funky 70s! Perhaps the coolest thing about Laughin' At The Blues are the rare tunes from Redd Foxx, Rudy Ray Moore and Sammy Davis Jr – early bits from Foxx and Rudy that find these guys as genuinely strong singers – but still in a comical mode. You also get benchmark work from Slim Galliard, Babs Gonzales, Pearl Bailey, Scatman Crothers and more. 27 tracks in all: "Shame on You" and "Redd Foxx Blues" by Redd Foxx, "Open The Door, Richard (Parts 1 & 2)" by Dusty Fletcher, "Who Put The Benzedrine" by Harry "The Hipster" Gibson, "Eatin' With The Boogie" by Slim Galliard, "House Rent Party" and "She's Just Right For Me" by Babs Gonzales, "Papa" by Scatman Crothers, "She Ain't No Saint" by Spirits Of Rhythm", "The Buggy Ride" and "I'm Mad With You" by Rudy Ray Moore, "I'm Gonna Whale On You" by Little Arthur Matthews, "Let's Drink Some Whisky" by Al Jackson, "Gotta Great Big Shovel" by Shorty Muggins (later known as Sammy Davis Jr!!!), "Dial That Telephone (Parts 1 & 2)" by Effie Smith, "Henry (Yes My Love" by Thelma Baxter: and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 6 – 1968 to 1969 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1968/1969. 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. This 6th volume is overflowing with funk and soul goodies – and titles include "Baby Hold On (part 1)" and "Sound Of The Witch Doctor" by The Mohawks, "Getting The Corners" and "What Good Am I" by TSU Tornadoes, "He Ain't Gonna Do Right" and "Love Ain't Never Hurt Nobody" by Barbara Lyn, "You Got Quality" and "Have A Heart Girl" by Willie Hatcher, "Night After Night" and "The Love That I Needed" by The Blendells, "I Want A Home In The Country" and "I Don't Want To Play No More" by The Demotrons, "Where Did I Go Wrong" by The Embers, "Shipwrecked" and "Sock It To Yourself" by Jerry Williams, "I've Fallen In Love" and "You Are The Circus" by C & The Shells, "Gambler's Blues" by Otis Rush, "Standing On The Mountain" by Percy Sledge, "Crying Won't Help Me Now" and "No Other Girl" by Delorise Berry, "Stone Soul Candidate" and "Don't Be No Drag" by Tony Alvon & The Belaires, "Til I Can't Take It Anymore" by Ben E King, "Soul Sister Brown Sugar" by Sam & Dave, "Part Time Lover" by Clarence Reid, and "Twenty Four Hours" and "Shake A Hand" by Toby Lark. CD

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✨✧ VariousAce Records Sampler Vol 1 – Blues & R&B ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of 50s blues and R&B – all great tracks that go way beyond the ordinary, and which are packaged here at a very nice little price! The set provides a great look at the kind of high-quality reissue work Ace has been doing in the realm of R&B – a genre that the company probably handles better than anyone else! CD features 20 tracks in all – with titles that include "Hey Dr Kinsey" by Big Duke Henderson, "Hand In Hand" by Elmore James, "Going Mad" by Sanders King, "Root Beer Sizzle Sazzle Sizzle" by Three Bits Of Rhythm, "Boogie In The Park"b y Joe Hill Louis, "You're An Old Lady" by Drifting Slim, "Twistin The Strings" by Ike Turner, and "Central Rocks" by The Great Gates. CD

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VariousGreatest Hits Of Classic R&B (3CD boxset) ... CD
Universal/Compass, 1960s/1970s. Used 3 CDs ... $6.99
Music from Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Temptations, the Jackson 5, James Brown, Fontella Bass, the Miracles, Sam & Dave, the Four Tops, Mary Wells, the Contours & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rufus ThomasSun Years Plus – His R&B Recordings 1949 to 1956 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work from Rufus Thomas – rollicking rhythm & blues sides he cut for Sun Records early on in the pre-rock & roll years – plus more early work cut for the Star Talent, Meteor, Chess and Bullet labels! Given the soul genius that Rufus would later cut for Stax, it's not terribly surprising that his early work is a bit overlooked, but it's great stuff that's worth catching up on – with lots of jumpin' r&b, some slow rolling and gritty tunes, teary-eyed soul and bleary-eyed blues! Bear Family has put together a beautiful package with a thick booklet of notes and photos, with 29 rare tracks: "I'll Be A Good Boy", "I'm So Worried", "Who's That Chick", "Beer Bottle Boogie", "Why Did You Deegee?", "Juanita", "Married Woman", "Bear Cat (The Answer To Hound Dog)", "Tiger Man (King Of The Jungle)", "The Easy Livin' Plan", "I'm Steady Holdin' On" and more. CD

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✨✧ Various500 Atlantic R&B & Soul Singles Vol 4 – 1966/1967 ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1966/1967. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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 ... Out Of Stock
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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VariousBillboard Hot R&B Hits 1987 ... CD
Rhino, 1987. Used ... $4.99
Music from Jody Watley, Club Nouveau, Roger, Levert, Stephanie Mills, Force MDs, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Freddie Jackson, Angela Winbush & Cameo. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBillboard Hot R&B Hits 1981 ... CD
Rhino, 1981. Used ... $4.99
Music from Earth Wind & Fire, Grover Washington Jr, Ray Parker Jr & Raydio, the Four Tops, Stacy Lattisaw, Yarbrough & Peoples, Gap Band, Everlyn King, Chaka Khan & Roger. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBest Of Gotham R&B ... CD
Gotham/Krazy Kat (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $14.99
Music from Roy Milton's Solid Senders, the Jones Boys, Jesse Price, Jimmy Rushing, Lil Armstrong, Johnny Sparrow, Cats & the Fiddle, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, JB Summers, Bill Jennings, Leo Parker more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousHave Yourself A Swingin Little Christmas – 27 Jazz & R&B Chestnuts For Your Holiday Season ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The ghost of Christmas past comes back to haunt us – but in the grooviest way possible, thanks to a fab selection of old school Holiday tunes from the folks at Bear Family! The music here is mostly from the 40s and 50s – and is mostly vocal overall, sung by artists who move through jazz, R&B, and pop vocal styles – often putting an extra sort of punch in a Christmas tune, with the kind of upbeat, optimistic quality that was often the best part of mainstream postwar music! There's few folks we'd trust more than Bear Family for a collection like this – and they do a great job, serving up 27 classic tunes that include "Merry Christmas Baby" by Lionel Hampton, "Here Comes Santa Claus" by The Mills Brothers, "Christmas Island" by The Andrews Sisters, "I Need A Man For Xmas" by Thelma Cooper, "What Will Santa Claus Say" by Louis Prima, "The Christmas Spell" by Peggy Lee, "Dig That Crazy Santa Claus" by Ralph Marterie, "Frosty The Snowman" by Perry Como, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by The Ames Brothers, "Let It Snow" by Les Brown, "The Man With The Bag" by Kay Starr, "Swingin Them Jingle Bells" by Fats Waller, "Christmas Boogie" by Sugar Chile Robinson, and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Johnny Mercer. CD

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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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ VariousChampions Of R&B ... CD
SPV (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Contemporary work from the Nashville scene – all of it recorded as part of the revived Champion label, with a focus on older singers who made some classic Tennessee soul and blues back in the 60s and 70s! Much of the music here has a very faithful presentation – production that's lean and stripped down, with relatively few contemporary elements – and a way of really letting the lead artist shine in the spotlight! Titles include "The Monkey Song" and "We Got A Secret" by Charles Walker, "One More Chance" and "No End To The Blues" by James Nixon, "Run & Hide" by Roscoe Shelton, "It Tears Me Up" and "My Mistakes" by Freddie Waters, "The Door Is Still Open" and "A Fool's Advice" by Earl Gaines, "Girlfriend Blues" by Johnny Jones, "I'm Going Home" by Herbert Hunter, and "Baby Kiss Me Again" by Clifford Curry. CD
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✨✧ VariousMirage Records Soul & Funk Collection Vol 3 ... CD
Mirage/FTG, Early 80s. Used ... $5.99
A third set of grooves from the vaults of 80s club soul and funk merchants Mirage Records – a genuinely deep generator for some of more soulful dance club soul sounds of the decade! The set is packed with great numbers – r&b fused with synthy bits, laidback jams, a taste or two of old school party rap and more – including some alternate 12" mixes that let the jams linger on a bit longer. 80s grooves from an increasingly exciting series – with tracks by First Love, The Spinners, Blue Magic, TS Monk and many more! 15 tracks in all: "Can I Be With You Tonight" by First Love, "Pickin Up Pieces" (12" mix) by Brenda K Starr, "Show Me Your Magic" by The Spinners, Smoothin Groovin" by Ingram, "My Toot Toot" (extended cut) by Jean Knight, "Break Dance Party" by Break Machine and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Revelation Records 1959 to 1962 ... CD
Narroway, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 19.98
A treasure trove of gospel from the New York scene – all recorded for the Revelation Records imprint – a partner label to Bobby Robinson's legendary Fire & Fury labels! Given Robinson's strong ear for early soul, R&B, and blues, there's a lot of rootsy power in these recordings – a way of producing both the vocals and instrumental passages in styles that definitely showcase Revelation's importance during these key birth of soul years – with lots of modes that would end up in secular soul a few years later! The CD's overflowing with gems that are sure to please both soul and gospel fans – 27 tracks that include "Guide Me" by The Soul Finders, "Sinner Like Me" by Christine Clark, "I Want To Go Home" by Drexall Singers, "If I Live Right" by Five Singing Stars, "Prodigal Son" by Mighty Gians, "I Know Who Holds Tomorrow" by Dr Coleman & Her Gospel Singers, "Pick Up Your Bed" by Twilight Gospel Singers, and "I've Got A Home" by Holy Wonders. CD

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✨✧ Patrice RushenPizzazz ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1979. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work from Patrice Rushen – one of the records that not only helped break her out of the jazz funk ghetto, and right into the mainstream – but a set that also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s! Rushen sings as well as plays keyboards – and really pushes the use of jazzy elements that would take R&B to the next level – almost inventing the 80s groove sound in the process! The whole thing's a totally sweet mix of funk and soul, tightened up to get everything in the door at the same time – and titles include "Givin It Up Is Givin Up", "Call On me", "Haven't You Heard", and "Let The Music Take Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Heavy D & The BoyzLiving Large. . . ... CD
Uptown/MCA, 1987. Used ... $9.99
The epitome of crossover rap, but also a shining example of hoiw to do it well, from the era before hip hop held it's own on the charts against commercial R&B. Produced by Teddy Riley the hit "Overweight Lover In The House" plus "Money Earnin' Mount Vernon", "Here We Go", "On The Dance Floor", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", "Nike", "Chunky But Funky", and "Dedicated". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ George BensonWalkin To New Orleans ... CD
Provogue, 2019. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Guitar legend George Benson pays tribute to the music of New Orleans – and also hearkens back to his earliest years in R&B, before he rose to jazz fame in the 60s! George sings as much as he plays guitar here – working in a tight combo that's heavy on soul styles – and most tunes are remakes of Nola classics, mixed with some other Chuck Berry songs, done in a more contemporary mode. The set's a fair bit grittier than most of Benson's recent recordings, and also has a tight horn section too – on titles that include "You Can't Catch Me", "Ain't That A Shame", "Blue Monday", "How You've Changed", "Walking To New Orleans", "I Hear You Knocking", and "Havana Moon". CD

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✨✧ King Britt presents Sylk 130Re-Members Only ... CD
Ovum/Six Degrees, 2001. Used ... $3.99
The latest from this hip producer, and an album that's got a cool sound that's 2 parts underground soul, and 3 parts mid 80s R&B – complete with guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Martin Fry, Kathy Sledge, Alma Horton, Grover Washington Jr, and Trugoy of De La Soul. In a way, this is the kind of modern R&B album that we always looked for back in the 80s, but rarely found put together so well. King Britt's production is enough to hold together the mad vision of the set – and the melange of guest stars comes out sounding remarkably coherent in the end. Titles include "Cobbs Creek", "Skipping Stones", "One & Only", "Romeo's Fate", "Incident On A Couch", "All The Way Live", "'84 Fantastik", and "Beauty Of Machines". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryBack On Indiana Avenue – The Carroll DeCamp Recordings ... CD
Resonance, Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.99
Really fantastic early work from guitar genius Wes Montgomery – a series of live recordings from his Indianapolis roots – done at a level that's quite different than his bigger records of the 60s! Even at this early age, Wes is already a chromatic master – able to get sounds out of his guitar that are so different than most of his contemporaries – playing in a small combo mode on most tracks, but with less of the R&B influence than most postwar guitarists. Instead, Montgomery is pure jazz all the way through, but also without that too-clean tone that some folks were going for – just a great focus on color and open, honest tone – in the company of musicians who include Carl Perkins and Buddy Montgomery on piano, Mel Rhyne on Hammond, Monk Montgomery on bass, David Baker on trombone, and David Young on tenor. Those last two players only make a few appearances – as most groups are horn-less, which gives Wes even more solo space – on titles that include "Four", "Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea", "It's You Or No One", "Ecaroh", "Sandu", "Whisper Not", "Four On Six", "Mr Walker", "Round Midnight", "West Coast Blues", "Tune Up", "So What", and "The End Of A Love Affair". 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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✨✧ Louis JordanLet The Good Times Roll – The Complete US Decca Recordings 1938 to 1954 (8CD + LP version) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. Used 8CD & LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Like Louis Jordan? This set will make you very very happy! This beautiful box contains 8 CD's plus an seven track LP recorded with Ella Fitzgerald – the total of Jordan's excellent work for the Decca label, recorded during the years 1938 to 1954, when he was clearly at his best – and one of the most compelling singers of the late swing/early R&B years. The sides are amazing – and our ears never tire, despite the wealth of material, as Jordan's inventive style, both on vocals and tenor, grows as the years go by, always touched with a deep soulful groove, and a twinkling sense of humor that kept on showing the world how to party! Much of this work has never been reissued before – and the set features a wonderful 12" booklet, with the full Louis Jordan story, loads and loads of great images in color and black and white, and full details on all the sides in the set. We can't even begin to name all the tunes here – so let us just say that if you're looking for one of Jordan's classic sides, it's probably in the box, along with dozens of other great tunes you've probably never heard before! CD
(Box has light shelf wear and two split corners secured with tape. Booklet has some wear on the cover and light waviness from long storage – inner pages are crisp and clean. Please note Disc 8 has a mark on side label that does not affect play side.)

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✨✧ Butterfield Blues BandButterfield Blues Band Live ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A smoking live set from the Butterfield Blues Band – and like all the group's work, as much of a jazz and soul album as a blues one! Butterfield drew his inspiration from the Chicago bluesmen, it's true – but his style also has plenty of echoes of New Orleans soul, Memphis R&B, and other strands of American work – in a mode that's quite similar to some of the changes that were going on in the British beat group scene at the end of the 60s. The lineup here features some really nice touches on sax from Trevor Lawrence and Gene Dinwiddie – and the live setting only seems to loosen all the players up even more than usual, and let them hit a few nice funky moments. Titles include "Get Together Again", "Love Disease", "The Boxer", "No Amount Of Loving", "Driftin & Driftin", "Number Nine", and "Born Under A Bad Sign". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tribe Called QuestBeats, Rhymes & Life ... CD
Jive, 1996. Used ... $3.99
Beats, Rhymes & Life – crucial aspects of Tribe Called Quest and hip hop in general – and the fourth album by the inimitable Tribe! After a couple or three years of down time following Midnight Marauders, the Tribe returned with this extra stripped down sound, collaborating with Jay Dee and the Ummah. Titles include "Jam", the r&b crossover ready "Stressed Out" feat Faith Evans, "Motivators", the great "Phony Rappers", and "Keep It Moving", "Word Play", "The Pressure", "Word Play" and much more. CD

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✨✧ VariousBaton Label – Sol's Story ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Baton may not be as well-remembered as Chess, Vee Jay, Old Town, or King – but back in the 50s, the small company was one of the greatest indies working on the New York R&B scene – a treasure trove of music by a select group of artists. Baton was headed by Sol Rabinowitz (hence the title of this set) – a man trained with a good ear for the best of the up-and-coming, and who often recorded work that had a much more deeply soulful sound than you'd expect for New York scene at the time. Sol tells his own story in the notes – and the CD features 28 tracks in all, with titles that include "Each Day", "Easy Easy Baby", "My Tearful Heart", and "You're Mine" by Ann Cole; "Lonely Nights", "Oo Wee", and "Gone Gone Gone" by The Hearts; "Hard Times" by Noble "Thin Man" Watts; "I Remember", "TV Baby", and "I Told Them" by The Suburbans; "A Thousand Stars", "For Sentimental Reasons", and "Deep Down Inside" by The Rivileers; "The Things I Love" by The Fidelitys; "I Remember Dear" by The Mello Maids; and "Careless Love" by The Pilgrims. CD

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✨✧ Dee ClarkYou're Looking Good/Hold On ... CD
Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 rare albums by this overlooked Chicago soul singer! Dee Clark was one of the city's best in the early years of soul – with a vocal ability that encompassed a wide range of styles, from deep soul to mellow ballads, with more than enough left over to puch up a few pop or R&B numbers. The set brings together 22 tracks from 2 rare LPs, many written by Dee himself. Titles include "You're Looking Good", "Kangaroo Hop", "Wondering", "Gloria", "Come To California", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Hold On", "Raindrops", "Cindy", "Your Friends", "I Want To Love You", "24 Boyfriends", and "Always Together". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousKatanga/Ahbe Casabe – Mo Blues & Rhythm, Popcorn, Exotica, & Tittyshakers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
The "exotic" in the title is certainly well-placed – as many of these tracks take a familiar instrument, and use it in a slightly unusual way – a saxophone, piano, electric guitar, or something else – often set to grooves that start out in an R&B, early rock, or jazz-based style, but move into much groovier territory too! Some of these numbers have the spirit of the cuts we love in the Jukebox Mambo series – and others draw in elements of postwar Latin or exotica styles – while still keeping things pretty soulful overall! CD brings together material from the long-deleted Katanga and Ahbe Casabe 10" vinyl releases – with tracks that include "Nene Aman" by Artie Barsamian, "Green Onions" by Claus Ogerman, "Classie's Whip"b y Classie Ballou, "Cleopatra Kick" by Jack LaForge, "Lucky Is My Name" by Bruce Cloud, "They Took John Away" by Steve Arlen, "Shadow Street" by Kip Tyler, "Cleopatra" by Jamie Coe, "Katanga" by Ike Turner, "Lucky Me" by Chance Hallyday, "Ahbe Casabe" by Marti Barris, and "Thirteen Women & One Man" by Dickie Thompson – plus two bonus tracks "Riddle Of The Papawhos" by Danny Staton and "Pu Chun Ga (Sweet One)" by Elena Madera. CD

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Eddie HendersonFor All We Know ... CD
Furthermore, 2010. Used ... $12.99
The lyrical side of Eddie Henderson – laid out beautifully in a lovely quartet recording that also features John Scofield on guitar! The album's mix of trumpet and guitar is extremely haunting – and Eddie hits a warm note that's mighty nice – almost a nod back towards some of his 70s modes, yet without any R&B touches – pure jazz all the way, couched in Scofield's strong tone – with added support from Doug Weiss on bass and Billy Drummond on drums. The album's a great balance to some of Eddie's other work in recent years – a great reminder of this side of his talents, on titles that include "Be Cool", "Missing Miles", "Popo", "By Myself", "Sand Storm", "Cantaloupe Island", and "Jitterbug Waltz". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gilberto GilLuar – A Gente Precisa Ver O Luar (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1981. New Copy ... About May 5, 2019
Sweetly soulful work from Gilberto Gil – an album that almost has him in the same sort of R&B-inspired territory as Marcos Valle's early 80s albums! Instrumentation includes a fair bit of keyboards and electric rhythms – all put together quite nicely by Gil, Lincoln Olivetti, and Liminha – with a style that borrows heavily from American soul of the time, yet still keeps enough of Gil's own spirit intact. The album's supposedly dedicated to John Lennon – but given the sound, that's more of a side note than anything else. Titles include "Morena", written with Cassiano, plus "Cores Vivas", "Cara Cara", "Axe Baba", "Palco", "Lente Do Amor", and "Se Eu Quiser Falar Com Deus". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Coracoes A Mil (inst)" and "Marcha Da Tietagem". CD

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✨✧ Rudy Ray MooreHully Gully Fever ... CD
Norton, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Think Rudy Ray Moore was only the king of 70s raunch? Think again – as Rudy has a heck of a long career, one that stretches back to the R&B years of the 50s! This set does a great job of looking back at that under-documented period of Rudy's career – and features a wonderful batch of obscure tunes that rank with some of the best hard-hitting R&B vocal work of the time. The feel here is like 50s King work by Wynonie Harris, or Detroit Fortune recordings by Andre Williams – heavy vocals, tight combo backing, and a fierce sound that pushes past the easy R&B hits of the day. The set's packed with special bits – including some rare radio spots – and comes complete with a really wonderful set of notes based on interviews with Rudy! Titles include "I'm Mad With You", "Ring A Ling Dong", "The Buggy Ride", "Driveway Blues", "My Soul", "So Good To Me", "My Baby", "Hully Gully Papa", "Rally In The Valley", "Baby That's Why I'm Your Fool", "Don't Go No Farther", and "Let Me Come Home". CD

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Herbie HancockMagic Windows ... CD
Columbia (France), 1981. Used ... $14.99
A great little soul album from Herbie Hancock – but one that's often lost in the valleys between his bigger hits of the time! The record was cut in the space right before Herbie's big "Rockit" success – and it's a sweet bit of funky fusion that has a good dose of R&B in the mix – similar to other records from Hancock's Columbia label keyboardist contemporaries – like Rodney Franklin, Webster Lewis, or Charles Earland! All orchestrations are performed by Herbie on a host of keyboards and synthesizers, and just about every cut has vocals – from singers who include Sylvester, Gavin Christopher, and The Waters. But even with this soul component, Herbie still keeps things jazzy – using a good bit of keyboards to open up the tunes in the middle, and hitting hard on all numbers with that classic Hancock approach to funk! Titles include "Magic Number", "Tonight's The Night", "Everybody's Broke", "Help Yourself", and "Satisfied With Love". CD
(Out of print EU digipack pressing – in great shape!)

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JamIn The City ... CD
Polydor (UK), 1977. Used ... $6.99
The classic opening salvo from The Jam! In The City finds the band in prime form right out of the, already blending their love of 60s beat and R&B with fast, infectious energy of first wave punk rock. They stood out from the pack tremendously back in the day, and that uniqueness kept the best of their records from ever aging a day – it's as icredible as ever! Includes "In The City", "I've Changed My Address", "Slow Down", "I Got In Time", "Away From The Numbers", their mod punk riff on Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme", "In The City", "Sounds From The Street", "Non-Stop Dancing", "Time For Truth" and more. CD
(Remastered edition.)

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Teddy PendergrassJoy ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... $4.99
A definite joy from the legendary Teddy Pendergrass – a late 80s album, but one that manages to still stay in all the best territory of his classic early solo work! Like a rare few from his generation, Teddy never gets overwhelmed by some heavier R&B production – that more beat/bottom heavy style used in the late 80s – and instead, he almost takes the mode as a challenge to push his vocals even more –reminding all the younger singers that he's still very much the top of the heap, and able to open up with a tremendous range, and really sending the tunes home. Tracks include "Joy", "2 AM", "Good To You", "Love is The Power", "Can We Be Lovers", and "I'm Ready". CD

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Human ZooHuman Zoo ... CD
Cicadelic, 1970. New Copy ... $3.99
Suburban LA psychedelia from the dawn of the 70s – the rare self-titled album from The Human Zoo! The Human Zoo started out as The Circus, eventually cutting this underappreciated album for Accent Records. Even in a freewheeling, anything goes era of Cali rock, The Human Zoo have a pretty far reaching vibe – from stripped down guitar based garage psyche, to more of a pummeling, fuzzed out take on blue eyed R&B, to looser, roomier grooves. Titles include "IT's Got To Be", "Na-Na", "Funny", "Late To My Resurrection", "Stone Sassy Fox", "The Human Zoo", "The Time Was Over" and more. CD

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✨✧ George BensonBreezin (SACD) ... CD
Warner/Audio Fidelity, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print, Hybrid SACD pressing.)

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✨✧ FantasticsMighty Righteous ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard grooving throwback funk, mod jazz, and 60s r&b flourishes from the mighty Fantastics – a pretty deft mix of instrumental funk & soul with a mastery of classic styles! The core combo features organ & piano from Greg Boraman, who has roots in fellow UK funk combo the Soul Destroyers and has also sat in with compatriots Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviors – so the pedigree is there – plus Pete Collision on guitar, Raydn Hutner on bass and James Rule on the kit. Guests include Mark Norton on sax and flute, Matt Wilding on congas, and UK soul vocalists Noel McCoy on "Soul Child". Great stuff – and another feather in the cap of modern funk & soul flag wavers at Freestyle Records! Other tracks include "Don't Follow Leaders", "Nine Lives", The Doctor Is In", "Kinshasa Five", "Mighty Righteous", "Soul Sucka" and "Blue Sunday". The CD version also includes the track "The White Out", not on the vinyl version. CD
(Out of print.)

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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 ... $12.99
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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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VariousHow Is The Air Up There – 80 Mod, Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets From Down Under (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
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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Mar-KeysLast Night!/Do The Pop Eye ... CD
Stax, 1961/1962. Used ... $8.99
The birth of the Memphis instrumental sound – finally reissued after all these years! This set brings together the first two albums ever recorded by The Mar-Keys – an instrumental combo who worked for Stax Records, and were really the label's first big hit in that field, scoring big with the single "Last Night" years before Booker T & The MGs or the Bar Kays started hitting the charts. The group was a unique assemblage of musicians from both sides of the Memphis tracks – coming together in the studio with a hard-wailing mix of soul, rock, and R&B. The set's got a total of 24 tracks in all – with titles that include "Morning After", "Night Before", "About Noon", "Hold It", "Last Night", "Pop Eye Stroll", "Sweet P Crawl", "Sailor Man Waltz", "Too Pooped To Pop Eye", and "Sit Still". CD

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✨✧ Sergio MendesOceano ... CD
Verve, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great return to form for Sergio Mendes – a set that's possibly his most Brazilian-styled album in more than a decade – and one that's done in that great blend of Brazil and soul that Mendes was doing so well back in the early 70s! There's plenty of Portuguese lyrics here – no attempt to cross over to a mainstream audience – and guests on the record include Simone, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, and Hermeto Pascoal – all of whom contribute key elements to really emphasize the roots in Sergio's sound. And while there's still elements from R&B in the mix, they're often used sparingly – in just the right way to warm up the tunes – and by this point in time, almost illustrate the way that Sergio's crossover efforts of decades back ended up influencing MPB in Brazil. Titles include "Anos Dourados", "Madalena", "Puzzle Of Hearts", "Capivara", "Anjo De Mim", "Rio De Janeiro", "Trilhos Urbanos", "Holografia Olodum", and "Un Oceano Di Silenzi". CD
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✨✧ VariousMo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We really love all the different volumes in the Mod Jazz series from Kent Records – they've been instrumental to our musical education over the years – so we're always happy to have "Mo", especially with a collection this great! The material comes from a number of different indies from the 60s – and the style here is definitely mod, in that hip mix of R&B, soul, and jazz that was brewing on the London scene back in the day – but which was always best delivered by American artists like this! The music bristles with heavy tenor, Hammond organ, scratchy guitar, and the occasional well-belted vocal – and the whole thing feels like finding a jukebox full of carefully-selected 45s in some lost southside tavern. 22 tracks in all – including "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Cholo" by Brown Brothers of Soul, "Soul Jam" by Booker T & The MGs, "Money" by Freddie Roach, "Mission Impossible" by Johnny Gilliam, "Spider Man" by Freddie McCoy, "You Win I Lose" by Little Johnny Taylor, "You Can't Sit Down" by Chris Colombo, "Eyesight To The Blind" by Mose Allison, "My Train" by Merl Saunders, "Brother Ray" by Willis Jackson, and "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones. CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsNeither One Of Us ... CD
SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one of the 70s best interpreters of mellow ballads. This album's more than proof that Knight had plenty of staying power, and the title hit "Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)" went onto become one of the decade's biggest mellow soul tracks. It's backed up here by a number of nice tracks that have a harder soul sound, and which are arranged by some of Motown's best talents of the early 70s. Titles include "It's Gotta Be That Way", "This Child Needs Its Father", "And This Is Love", "Don't It Make You Feel Guilty", and a cover of "Who Is She To You". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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VariousMod Jazz Rides Again ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Sammy Davis Jr is looking pretty darn hip on the cover – and all the artists inside are sounding pretty darn hip as well – coming together during the glory days of soul jazz, at a time when blues, vocals, and R&B were also criss-crossing into other styles too! There's an upbeat, soul-drenched, ultra-cool vibe to the whole thing – not too-familiar retro jazz numbers, but instead a wealth of rare cuts that often come from the sort of 7" singles that change hands for big money in the funky 45 underground, next to obscure album cuts too – mixed with the kind of unreleased material that the Ace/Kent label has always done such a good job of digging up! The package explodes with groovy musical delights – and titles include "What Is love" by Bobby Jenkins, "Out House" by Eddie Bridges & His Lowriders, "Empire City" by Gene Walker & The Combo, "Pushin The Button Of Soul" by Hank Jacobs, "Fat Man" by Montego Joe, "The Bold" by Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks, "Hey Mrs Jones" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Poppa Nickel" by The Tempo Rhythms, "Sherry's Party" by Ray Johnson, "Hot Tamale Man" by Harold Betters, "Shank & Grits" by Ray Shanklin, "Pluckin" by Jimmy Mayes & The Soul Breed, "East 24th Ave" by Billy Graham & The Escalators, and "Do The Thing" by Gate Wesley. CD

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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James BrownTry Me! ... CD
Polydor, 1959. Used ... $9.99
Massive early work by James Brown – one of his first few albums for King, and a soulful delight that hits plenty hard all the way through! The sound here is razor-sharp – still very much in the R&B mode that Brown began in the 50s, but already showing this sense of edge and tightness that would really set James apart from the pack – an approach that works equally well on the ballads and groovers! The set, of course, includes the massive early hit "Try Me" – plus "Strange Things Happen", "Fine Old Foxy Self", "Gonna Try", "There Must Be A Reason", and "I Won't Plead No More". Loads of great early raw R&B tracks by James – with a very heavy soul sound! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Little Junior ParkerLittle Junior Parker Rocks ... CD
Duke/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard-wailing work from the mighty Junior Parker – the singer raised in Memphis, matured in Texas – and a huge force in the transition from blues to soul at the start of the 60s! As you'd guess by the title, the set brings together all Junior's harder-hitting numbers – work recorded for Duke Records over a span of just over ten years – with roots in grittier blues and R&B, but often given that special Duke touch that could add in more sophisticated elements without ever dimming the fire of the singer. The first three tracks on the set are Parker's earliest – recorded for Sun – and the package covers plenty of ground at the Duke label, with a total of 31 tracks in all, and a great set of notes. Titles include "Dangerous Woman", You're On My Mind", "The Next Time", "Driving Wheel", "Barefoot Rock", "Peaches", "My Dolly Bee", "That's My Baby", "Please Baby Blues", "I Wanna Ramble", "Mary Jo", "Annie Get Your Yo Yo", "Seven Days", "Crying For My Baby", "Yonders Wall", and his seminal recording of "Mystery Train". CD

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VariousCole Slaw Music Club – A Rhythm & Blues Revue ... CD
Cree (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 24.99
Hard-grooving R&B from a host of hip talents from the 50s – music that's a bit blues, a bit jazz, and which goes past the obvious tunes you'd usually find on a collection like this! The cuts were chosen by the folks at the Cole Slaw Club in Germany – a specialist spot to step to old school grooves like these – and the sounds are a very cool mix of jukebox jive, groovy instrumentals, and some deeper-voiced tunes that really give the collection a lot of depth! The collection's not afraid to step between different genres in search of a swinging groove – in the best Bear Family/Cree Records style – and titles include "I Changed My Mind Jack" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Spider In The Web" by The Dooley Sisters, "Big John" by Richard Berry, "The Sneak" by Jimmy Oliver's Orchestra, "Salome Twist" by The Carroll Brothers, "Talk About Me" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Sugar Diabetes" by Eddie Banks, "Stolen Love" by Miss Lavell, "Sweet Little Love Like You" by Al Brown & The Tune Toppers, "Dance Of The Goony Bird" by Pat Miller, "Summertime" by Sylvia Mora, and "My Old Man" by Buddy & Ella Johnson. CD

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✨✧ Shuggie Otis & OthersIn Session – Great Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Goldenlane/Blues Spectrum, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pretty great overview of work that Shuggie Otis recorded while working in the studios at the Blues Spectrum label during the 70s – mostly backing up other singers in a series of sessions recorded by his dad Johnny Otis. The Blues Spectrum label was notable in that it featured work by a number of lost greats who'd been important in R&B in the 40s and 50s on the west coast, but who'd not made it into the recording studios in a number of years. Otis Sr got them back, recording for his Blues Spectrum label – and often gave their music a hipper, more 70s-styled sound – an effort that was clearly helped by the presence of Shuggie! The package for this one is great – with a good set of notes on the label and sessions, and images of the covers of the old albums too. Titles include "Driftin Blues" and "Big Legged Woman" by Charles Brown, "Shake Rattle & Roll" and "TV Mama" by Big Joe Turner, "Willie & The Hand Jive" and "Country Girl" by Johnny Otis, "Trackin Machine" and "Doin It" by Richard Berry, "Choo Choo Boogie" and "I Got The Walkin Blues" by Louis Jordan, "Chicken Shack Boogie" by Amos Milburn, "I'm The Midnight Creeper" and "Sugar" by Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and "I Got A Big Fat Mama" and "Information Blues" by Roy Milton. CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ CrusadersGroove Crusade ... CD
Blue Thumb, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some of the smoothest funky jazz ever recorded – and a great set of classic 70s tracks by the legendary Crusaders! By the time of these recordings, the group had already performed on countless soul jazz sides of their own, and moved from the 60s into the 70s with a tight brand of groove that was their very own. The group had no trouble crossing the borders between soul, jazz, and R&B – and effortlessly mixed funky rhythms, tight solos, sweet vocals, and impeccable production into a sound that still holds up magically today. This 11 track set features some of the group's best work from their ABC/Blue Thumb years – tunes that include "Street Life", "Way Back Home", "Creole", "Scratch", "Greasy Spoon", "Free As The Wind", "So Far Away", "I Felt The Love", and "Put It Where You Want It". CD
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✨✧ VariousStraight To Watts – The Central Avenue Scene 1951 to 1954 – Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A deep dig into the Watts scene in LA during the postwar years – an incredibly interesting scene – as sounds from the south came into play with the newly-hip modes of the west coast – all with a beautiful blend of jazz, blues, vocal, and instrumental styles! Many of the cuts have a bit of the hard rhythm & blues, and transplanted southern roots that you'd expect from tunes of the time, but even more have the kind of nearly-frenzied, rebellious spirit that went on to be called rock & roll – wrapped up here in a killer collection that's filled with rare singles and unreleased tracks. Titles include "Fish Man" by Gene Phillips, The Monkey" by Duchess, "T Town Mambo" by Ernie Fields, "Oh How The Geese Did Fly" by Jack McVea, "Motor Head Baby" by Chuck Higgins, "Ridin Mighty High" by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, "Hot Dog That Made Him Mad" by Palmer, "A Soul Without A Name" by Frankie Erwin, and the incredible "House Of Blue Lights" by Rozelle Gayle – kind of a mixture of R&B and comedy, served up in a track that's over 7 minutes long! CD

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James BrownPlease Please Please ... CD
Polydor, 1959. Used ... $5.99
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, it's got a sheer raw unbridled screaming sound that forever changed the face of soul music. The rest of the album's in a similar mode – and has plenty of great numbers that evoke a similar sound, including the obvious follow-up "No, No, No, No", plus "That's When I Lost My Heart", "Chonnie On Chon", "Hold My Baby's Hand", and "Tell Me What I Did Wrong". CD
Also available Please Please Please ... CD 13.99

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Teddy EdwardsSunset Eyes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1959/1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Teddy Edwards at the height of his powers – packing a tight, soulful punch that made him one of the most popular players on the west coast in the early 60s – and a great link between earlier R&B tenorists and the leaner sound of 60s jazz! Edwards has a nice gutbuckety tone at times – the qualities you might hear from Hank Crawford or David Newman in the way they blended their sounds – but the overall feel is leaner and cleaner, too – not many cliches, and a kind of straightforward sound that really shows the new inroads that the LA soul jazz scene was making at the time. The set features a shifting lineup – piano from Amos Trice, Joe Castro, and Ronnie Ball – bass from Leroy Vinnegar and Ben Tucker – and drums from Al Levitt and Billy Higgins – on titles that include a whopping batch of originals like "Teddy's Tune", "Tempo De Blues", "Vintage '57", "Sunset Eyes", and "Takin Off". Plus, this CD's got some great notes, excellent packaging, and even includes 3 unreleased bonus cuts! CD
(Out of print, West Coast Classics limited edition pressing – includes domestic obi.)

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✨✧ VariousEarly Soul ... CD
Acrobat (UK), Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from the New York scene of the early 60s – an assortment of singles that go past the ordinary, and which capture the scene during its key shift from R&B to soul! The work on the set is pulled from a variety of smaller labels – Newtown, Beltone, Warwick, Gold Eagle, and Double L – and although some of the artists in the set are ones you'll recognize, they're often heard here on more obscure numbers that we really appreciate! There's a rough-edge quality on many numbers, sitting alongside some sweeter uptown arrangements on other tunes – and the set features a total of 19 tracks in all – with titles that include "Push Mr Pride Aside" by Chuck Jackson, "Wild Child" by Esther Phillips, "Darling Take Me Back" and "I Don't Care" by Ted Taylor, "Keep Loving Me" by Shirley & Lee, "Twistin Pneumonia" by The Genies, "Nag" by The Halos, "If You Need Me" and "It's Too Late" by Wilson Pickett, and "Down The Aisle" by The Bluebelles. CD

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✨✧ Freddie RoachBrown Sugar ... CD
Blue Note/Water, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
Smoking work on Hammond from Freddie Roach – a key player in the Blue Note lineup of the 60s, and a strong link between the label's soul jazz and modern sides! The sound here is a really beautiful one – partly in the organ/tenor mode forged by Baby Face Willette and John Patton in their early recordings for Blue Note, but also stretching out in that way that started to show up in Patton's later work, and in the seminal work from the time by Larry Young. Freddie's touch on the keys is really opening up here – clearly driven by some more original ideas that help push the album past the more R&B influenced sound of some of his earlier work. Players on the set include Joe Henderson on tenor, Eddie Wright on guitar, and Clarence Johnston on drums – and title cuts include "Brown Sugar", plus "All Night Long", "Have You Ever Had The Blues", and "The Right Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDaisy/Tiger Records Story – Everybody Come Clap Your Hands!! ... CD
Sundazed, Early/Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing batch of lost soul tracks – fantastic all the way through! The album features tracks pulled from the short-lived Daisy and Tiger Records label – an imprint run by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller in the years they were moving away from Atlantic Records. And while you think you might know Lieber & Stoller for their early R&B and R n R hits, the sound here is solid 60s soul – with a depth and quality that easily matches the best of Atlantic at the same time, and in fact maybe passes it for sheer quality overall! A number of the tracks have a rootsy New Orleans soul feel, others have a sweet New York uptown quality – and all of them are unified by extremely strong vocal performances and a real talent for hitting a lyric home! Titles include "The Bossa Nova" and "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, "Something You Got" and "Searchin" by Alvin Robinson, "Go Now" and "It Sounds Like My Baby" by Bessie Banks, "It's Mighty Nice" and "Payin" by The Lovejoys, "I Won't Be Me Any More" by Vic Donna, "He Ain't No Angel" by Leola & the Lovejoys, "Big Bad World" by Cathy Saint, and "Here I Am" by The Tams. Insanely great – and a must for any fan of 60s soul – with 25 tracks in all, great sound, and great notes! CD
(Out of print.)

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John TropeaTo Touch You Again ... CD
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... About May 15, 2019
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets on the record, inspiring his own guitar work onto strong new levels! There's a sense of focus here that seems to even go beyond John's first 2 albums as a leader – and the whole thing's nicely unified with a laidback groove and an R&B-inspired approach to electric jazz. Titles include "Livin In The Jungle", "In This Time", "Look What They've Done To My Song", "You're My Every Need", and "Yours Next To Mine". CD

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VariousAce Records Sampler Vol 2 – Doo Wop & Rock N Roll ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99
Not your usual set of oldies – because in the hands of Ace Records, "rock n roll" and "doo wop" become completely new terms! The package goes way beyond simple hits and famous numbers – and offers up a great batch of unusual tunes from the less-known end of the musical spectrum during the big rock n roll years of the late 50s – forgotten numbers from both R&B singers and rockers, often served up in styles that are a fair bit rawer than material making the charts at the time. Titles include "That's Show Biz" by Dale Wright & The Wright Guys, "Rock Everybody" by The Teen Queens, "Let's Rock N Roll" by The Cadets, "Wild Bird" by The Jive-A-Tones, "59 Volvo" by Vernon Green & The Medallions, "Shortnin Bread Rock" by Etta Jones, "We're Gonna Rock N Roll" by Joe Houston, "The Rock A Round" by Paul Peek, "Cold Heart" by The Penguins, "You Cheated" by The Slades, and "Honey Love" by The Jayos. 20 tracks in all! CD

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VariousAce 30th Birthday Sampler – Soul & Funk ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $3.99
Rare soul and heavy funk – all served up by one of the greatest labels going! It's hard to believe that Ace Records got their start some short 30 years ago – because for most of that time, we've come to trust the label more than anyone else for taking us back to the best older music of the 20th century. And while Ace was initially known for their reissue work in the R&B and rock n roll fields, over the past decade or so, the company's really taken center stage in funk and soul – with dozens and dozens of great CDs that have become huge Dusty Groove sellers over the years. This 20 track set is a low-priced dip into the best that Ace has to offer in the funk and soul fields – and honestly, although most of this stuff was issued elsewhere on Ace, the collection's still got a freshness that matches most of their full-priced CDs. Titles include "Brother Ratt" by Dave Hamilton, "Make Me Yours" by Betty Swann, "Hey Stoney Face" by Mary Love, "Too Much For You" by Bobby Angelle, "I'll See You In Hell First" by Phillip Mitchell, "Peace Love Not War" by Johnny King & Fatback Band, "Careful Man" by John Edwards, "Soul Feeling (part 1)" by Eddy Giles, "Got To Get Me A Job" by Ann Alford, and "I Can't Take It Any More" by The Persians. CD

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✨✧ Bobby WoodI'm A Fool For Loving You – The Complete 60s Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Bobby Wood – a real unsung force in the Memphis scene of the 60s, and one who's got the same ability to step effortlessly between rock and country as some of the bigger names that he was brushing shoulders with at the time! This package may well be the first to ever give Bobby his due – as it brings together early singles for Sun Records, material from his rare album for Joy, later singles for Mala and unreleased tracks, and his 60s-ending gems for MGM – which have a nicely mature vibe. Like some of his Memphis contemporaries, Wood seems to have been raised with a strong influence from R&B, blues, and early country – and the Sun Studios were a perfect place to get a start with that approach, which he then takes through lots of other 60s interactions, including important time with Chips Moman at the American Sound Studios. The 2CD set appears to feature all the tracks from Bobby's albums for Joy and MGM, singles for other labels – and even a number of unreleased tracks from right before the MGM years – 44 tracks in all – with titles that include "Mary", "Say It's Not You", "My Last Date", "Show Me", "I'd Rather Forgive You", "Who's The Fool Now", "Everybody's Searching", "Human Emotions", "I Still Hurt Just The Same", "Bed Of Roses", "Cry Cry Cry", "Miss You", "Lavender Blue", "Lincoln Park Inn", "Break My Mind", "You're Gonna See", "Do Darlin", "I'm A Fool For Loving You", "This Time", "Until You Go", and "I'm Your Used To Be". CD

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✨✧ En VogueBorn To Sing (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Cherry Red (UK), 1990. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from the ladies who helped redirect R&B during the 90s! Sure, En Vogue were chart toppers for many years – but they also were some of the first female singers to really use the changes in hip hop production to work out a more solid approach to soul music – heavy beats at the bottom that make their music a perfect fit for a younger soul audience who were raised on equal parts hip hop – but more than enough of the class and care to still appeal to an older audience as well. The vocals are wonderful – strong and proud – and titles include the huge hits "Hold On" and "Lies" – plus "Time Goes On", "Strange", "You Don't Have To Worry", "Don't Go", "Luv Lines", "Part Of Me", and "Party". 2 CD version is overflowing with bonus tracks – including "Waitin On You", "Silent Nite (Holiday edit)", "Mover", "National Anthem", "You Don't Have To Worry (radio)", "Lies (avant garde edit)", "You Don't Have To Worry (UK edit)", "Hold On (ext version)", "Lies (extended avant garde)", "Strange (house rmx)", "Silent Nite (long holiday mix)", "Hold On (hip hop rmx)", "Time Goes On (dance rmx)", "Lies (Kwame's bone age rmx)", "Hold On (dub)", "Lies (new jack rmx)", and "You Don't Have To Worry (lo cal mix)". CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandComin To You Live/Earland's Jam/Street Themes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of great albums from organist Charles Earland – presented here with great bonus tracks too! First up is Comin To You Live – one of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a style that's still A-OK with us! The groove here is greatly helped out by arrangements from Tom Washington, Weldon Irvine, and Marcus Miller – all great talents for mixing soul into Earland's jazzier keyboards – yet in a way that still keeps all of the best elements intact! Many of the tracks feature vocals, but in a gently soulful way that glides in nicely alongside the keys – and speaking of keys, Charles plays Fender Rhodes and Arp here in addition to his usual organ. Titles include "Coming To You Live", "Spend The Night With Me", "Take Me To Heaven", "Cornbread", "Good Question", "Zee Funkin Space", and "I Will Never Tell". Earland's Jam is filled with stellar grooves from Charles Earland – a great mix of jazz, soul, and funk – put together in a way that's quite different from his previous records on Prestige or Mercury Records! The sound here is tight 80s soul – put together by Tom Tom Washington, who gives the whole thing a sophisticated Chicago vibe – and one that matches Charles' sweet keyboard solos with wickedly sharp rhythms, and some occasional vocal bits too. Singers include Larry Blackmon, TC Campell, and Charles himself – but there's still a focus that seems to be more on the instrumentation overall – served up with some mighty nice organ lines from Earland. Titles include "The Only One", "Marcia's Waltz", "You Belong To Me", "Never Knew Love Like This Before", "Guilty", "Laser Lips", "Earland's Jam", and "Animal". Earland's Street Themes is a great little groover from keyboardist Charles Earland – and an album that definitely lives up to its title! There's plenty of street sounds going on here – lots of modern R&B modes that echo the changing styles of early 80s soul music, especially on the east coast! And as part of that, there's a good deal of vocals on the record, alongside Charles' keyboards – work by singers who include Larry Hancock, Bruce Gray, and Sheryl Kendrick – each of whom adds plenty to the record, working over jazzy grooves nicely scored by Earland. Titles include "Be My Lady", "Take Me Away", "Feels So Good To Me", "Burning Devotion", "Tell Me What It Is", and "Go All The Way". Bonus tracks include "Phire", "Intergalactic Love Song", "We All Live In The Jungle", "Coming To You Live (7" mix)", and "Let The Music Play (12" mix)". CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsOn & On – The Buddah/Columbia Anthology ... CD (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Two great chapters of work from this legendary soul group – one that started out in the late 50s with an R&B vibe, rose to great fame on Motown, then really hit their stride on the material featured on this set! Gladys was always a great singer, but she really seemed to move onto greatness in the 70s – especially on the Buddah Records material that begins this collection – music that has the group moving past familiar group soul modes, to a sophisticated territory that really let Knight become the sort of diva that nobody would have expected a few years before! There's a richness in her voice that's really wonderful – and that continues strongly on the second half, which collects material for Columbia Records – including some great mellow groovers, and even a few hits from later years too. Package features 37 tracks in all – and titles include "The Way We Were/Try To Remember", "On & On", "To Be Invisible", "The Need To Be", "Little Bit Of Love", "The Makings Of You", "Make Yours A Happy Home (alt mix)", "Come Back & Finish What You Started", "Midnight Train To Georgia", "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Landlord", "Taste Of Bitter Love", "I Will Fight", "Bourgie Bourgie", "Save The Overtime", "Hero", "Kiss Away The Pain", "You're Number One", "Seconds", "Add It Up", "I Will Fight", and "Still Such A Thing". CD

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Andre WilliamsThat's All I Need ... CD
Bloodshot, 2010. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Andre Williams gives us what we need – a timeless & rollickingly pulpy rock & soul set with a great group of Detroit musicians – our favorite from the legendary Mr Williams in years! There's a forthright sincerity to the songs that's wonderful and that growly quality in Andre's voice has never been better served in his past decade or so of releases. There's a conversational tone to his singing that's remarkably effective, too. Serious without sacrificing the somewhat seedy charm of his later years and the band brings the right mix of spare r&b, rock and garage. It includes members of Detroit's Dirtbombs and other area legends, producer and guitar player Matthew Smith, and, holy s**t – that's Dennis Coffey totally killing it on electric guitar! Titles include "My Time Will Come", "America", "Just Call Me", "Tricks", "When Love Shoots You In The Foot", "Tricks", "Cigarettes And My Old Lady", "Too Light To Fight" and more. CD
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✨✧ Milt JacksonPlenty, Plenty Soul ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
Plenty plenty soul here – as Milt Jackson's moving away from the Modern Jazz Quartet, and working with a great group of players that really expand his sound! The session's a bit like some of Milt's soul jazz work for Riverside and other labels – in that it's got rhythms, timings, and solos that all are much more gutbuckety than you'd expect from the other side of his career – a real nod towards the nascent soul jazz sound in the late 50s, served up with lots of undercurrents from R&B and gospel in the mix. Side one features players that include Ronnie Peters on alto sax, Frank Foster on tenor, and Sahib Shihab on baritone – plus Horace Silver on piano – and Silver makes a return appearance on side two, alongside a group that includes Lucky Thompson on tenor and Joe Newman on trumpet. Titles include "Plenty, Plenty Soul", "Boogity Boogity", "Heartstrings", "Sermonette", "The Spirit Feel", "Ignunt Oil", and "Blues At Twilight". CD
(Original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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Edna McGriffStart Movin In My Direction – The Bell Recordings Plus – 1954 to 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... About April 1, 2019 (delayed)
A rare set of work from New York singer Edna McGriff – a vocalist who'd recorded more famously with Sonny Til of The Orioles, and with frequent partner, tenorist Buddy Lucas – but who's heard here on a strong batch of sides for the small indie Bell Records! The music ranges from raw R&B to some surprisingly well-polished numbers – with backings by the groups of Sy Oliver, Jimmy Caroll, and others – in modes that show McGriff as a singer strong enough to tackle just about anything that came her way! Our favorite sides here are those which have a pre-soul sort of vibe, but there's others with a more conventional backing group, and a few that have a surprisingly great crossover mode that sits on both sides of the late 50s rock and roll fence. The package is very well done, with full notes in Edna's 50s years, some great photos, and even a discography – and the CD features 29 tracks that include "Oh Joe", "Confidential", "The Fool", "I Can't Love You Enough", "Mr Lee", "I Get The Feeling", "Mambo Baby", "Sad Sad Sad", "Burning Bridges", "Sunday", "How Long Will It Take", and "No Change". CD

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Al SearsSear-iously ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... About March 20, 2019 (delayed)
Heavy tenor from Big Al Sears – a player who rose to fame in the Duke Ellington group of the 40s, but really exploded as a solo act in the following decade! The set's a great overview of Sears loud-blown work of the 50s – and brings together material recorded for labels that include Coral, RCA, Herald, and Groove – including a number of unissued tracks that sound every bit as great as the more familiar singles! Some of the work is straighter jazz, other tunes have more of the raw power and tenor tricks you'd hear from Big Jay McNeely or some of the more R&B-oriented players of the period. Sidemen on the dates include Budd Johnson and Sam The Man Taylor on tenors, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Harold Baker on trumpet, and Mickey Baker on guitar – and some of the tracks here have vocals as well. Titles include "Easy Ernie", "Huffin & Puffin", "Shake Hands", "Brown Boy", "125th Street New York", "Here's The Beat", "Great Googa Mooga", "Rock & Roll Ball", "Love Call", and "Come A Runnin". 25 tracks in all, with full session details. CD

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✨✧ Ray CharlesRay Charles In Antibes 1961 (with bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic vintage performance from the legendary Ray Charles – his first concert outside the US, spread out over four different nights at the Antibes Festival in France in 1961! This package brings together the full performance for the first time ever – not only including material from all four nights that Ray played the festival, but also bonus tracks that feature Charles on piano with other singers too. The tunes are a nice mix of the jazzier style of the last few Atlantic albums, with some of the more familiar R&B of Ray's 50s singles – and titles include "Lil Darlin", "The Story", "Georgia On My Mind", "What'd I Say", "My Bonnie", "One Mint Julep", "Hornful Soul", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Tell The Truth", "I Wonder", and "With You On My Mind". Bonus tracks feature material with Lula Reed, Joe Turner, Tommy Ridgely, and Guitar Slim – and the 4CD set features 61 tracks in all. CD

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BirdsCollector's Guide To Rare British Birds ... CD
Deram/Decca, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99
Late 60s grooves from The Birds – the British Birds, not the American Byrds – featuring young Ronnie Wood! This collection brings together all four of The Birds extremely rare 1964-1965 Decca singles, along with ten unreleased demos, alternate takes, and unissued rarities. They never made a proper album in their day, but the singles are really great – brilliant British rockin' R&B that's on par with their far more legendary contemporaries – certainly an amazing precursor to The Faces and others! Titles include "You're On My Mind", "You Don't Love Me (You Don't Care)", "Next In Line", "No Good Without You Baby", "Daddy Daddy", "How Can It Be"he previously unissued "Run Run Run" and "Good Times" and much more. 18 tracks in all. CD

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Five StarFive Star Luxury – The Definitive Anthology 1984 to 1991 (9CD/DVD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Demon (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 9CD & DVD ... $76.99 91.99
An insane amount of material from British 80s soul heroes Five Star – a group who always seem to have an upbeat, catchy sort of vibe – one that holds strong in their music from the early 80s years up through all the changes in R&B at the start of the 90s! This package not only features every single album the group ever recorded, but also features lots of unusual bonus tracks, 12" single mixes, and other material too – 131 tracks in all, and that doesn't include the material on the DVD – all packaged in a very cool 12" square book-style cover, filled with pages of notes and images too. Albums include Luxury Of Life, Silk & Steel, Between The Lines, Rock The World, Five Star, and Shine – and there's three more CDs that just feature 7" and 12" single mixes too. Maybe most interesting are the bonus tracks added to the albums – as many aren't remixes of LP tracks, but instead include unusual material like "The Man", "Have A Good Time", "Forever Yours", "Stone Court", "Love Games", "Pure Energy", "First Avenue", "I'm Gonna Make This A Night You Will Never Forget", "I Like The Way You Dance", "Don't Stop", "The Mews", "Sweetest Innocence", and "Sound Sweet". DVD features 27 videos for songs throughout the group's career – a massive package of music videos! CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region 0.)

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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersMr Rhythm & Blues (aka Finger Poppin' Time) ... CD
King, Late 50s. Used ... $8.99
Killer early stuff from Hank – when he was just about the size of a bratty kid, and he had a voice on him that would stop a train! Loads of shoutin R&B tunes, including "The Coffee Grind", "I Love You So-o-o", "Don't Go, I Love You", "Look At Little Sister", and the hit "Finger Poppin Time". CD
(Out of print late 80's Highland Music pressing.)

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VariousLas Vegas Grind Vol 7 ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Jazzman Records takes over the legendary Las Vegas Grind series – and does a fantastic job of coming up with the kind of really raunchy tracks that always made the collections so great! When this series first came out, it really blew our mind – because although we knew plenty of older tracks from the glory days of the indie 7" single, we'd never heard work this raw or gritty – tunes that are often equal parts rock and R&B, often with a hard-vamping style that must have been perfect for a stripper to go into her grind! Not that this music is anything like older "strip" records, though – as we're sure that all the tracks here were cut by guys who were hoping to top the charts with the next big thing – but whose heavy sound and gritty groove forever damned their songs to the world of rare record collectors. Fortunately, Jazzman are on the case, and have done a fantastic job of picking just the right tracks to continue the Las Vegas Grind legacy – titles that include "I'd Rather Swish Than Fight" by B Bubbha, "Gay Poppa's Cha Cha" by Gay Poppa, "She Said" by Frank Scott, "Blo Jangs" by The Savoys, "El Pato" by Los Virreyes, "Fat Man" by Louie & The Fat Men, "The Beard" by The Abstracts, "Sneaky Pete" by UBs Group, "Gemini Rock" by The Original Spacemen, "Sneakin Away" by The Y-Dells, "Shirley" by Little Louie & The Finger Cymbals, and "Braggin" by Bob Moore & The Temps. CD

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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD

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Etta JamesMiss Etta James – The Complete Modern & Kent Recordings ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99 19.99
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years before hooking up with that label, she recorded some smoking R&B work for the Kent and Modern labels – really hard-hitting stuff that often had a rawer, earthier quality than any of her later recordings. Even at this early date in Etta's career, she had a voice that wouldn't quit – easily blowing away more established R&B singers like Laverne Baker or Ruth Brown – and tearing it up with some great small combo backings and a production style that really let her do her thing. Collection features 42 tracks in all – with tracks that include "The Wallflower", "Fools We Mortals Be", "Baby Baby Every Night", "Sunshine Of Love", "How Big A Fool", "Dance With Me Henry", "Nobody Loves You Like Me", "Don't You Remember", "We're In Love", "I Hope You're Satisfied", "Come What May", "Market Place", "Shortnin Bread Rock", "My One & Only", "I'm A Fool", "Hey Henry", and "That's All". CD

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✨✧ LaVern BakerSoul On Fire – Best Of Lavern Baker ... CD
Atlantic, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Plenty of fire here – a killer batch of R&B classics from the 50s, all sung by the pre-soul powerhouse Lavern Baker! Baker's material was some of the best Atlantic Records cut back in the day – the kind of genre-defining singles that forever changed the sound of the female voice in popular music – bold, proud, loud, and a key force in setting the scene for 60s soul. The package features 20 tracks in all – including "I Cried A Tear", "Jim Dandy", "Play It Fair", "Bop Ting A Ling", "Tweedle Dee", "Soul On Fire", "Tomorrow Night", "Still", "Get Up Get Up", "My Happiness Forever", "That's All I Need", "Whipper Snapper", and "I Waited Too Long". CD

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Yusef LateefAutophysiopsychic ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1977. Used ... $8.99
A strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef – a bit of a change from his other 70s records, but pretty nice too! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on five long tracks that have a decidedly R&B-ish current – that Kudu/CTI vibe, stretched out in arrangements by the great Dave Matthews – the maestro who maybe made the second greatest contribution to CTI charts after Bob James! Lateef plays tenor, soprano sax, flute, shenhai, and even vocalizes a bit – and Art Farmer also gets in lots of solos on flugelhorn – in a lineup that also includes Cliff Carter on keyboards, Gary King on bass, and Eric Gale on guitar. Titles include "Robot Man", "YL", "Communication", and "Look On The Right Side". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithGot My Mojo Workin'/Hoochie Cooche Man ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although he was the consummate high-class hipster at the start of his career, for some reason Jimmy Smith seemed to hit a forced sort of rootsy style about halfway through his years at Verve. The style worked well for him, even if it sometimes languished in bluesy tones that seemed a bit forced – and on this album, his basic trio of Grady Tate and Kenny Burrell are augmented by arrangements by Oliver Nelson. Nelson keeps things from getting too hokey, and Jimmy's organ lines are free and sharp on the best cuts. Titles include "Mustard Greens", "Hobson's Hop", "Got My Mojo Workin", and "High Heel Sneakers". Jimmy pays tribute to an earlier generation of R&B – in a hard-wailing set of soul jazz, done with backings from the legendary Oliver Nelson! A few tracks feature vocals by Jimmy, in a rough bluesy style, and others have some harmonica by Buddy Lucas – in a raspy, hard-wailing mode that still fits in nicely with the jazzier style of the album. Jimmy's organ is right up front on most numbers – recorded with that full, dynamic sound that makes so many of his Verve albums a treasure – and the best numbers have a more contemporary 60s groove alongside the older bluesy roots. Grady Tate plays drums – surprisingly funky at times – and other players include Melba Liston and Tom McIntosh on trombones, Billy Butler on guitar, Bob Cranshaw on Fender bass, and Joe Newman on trumpet. Titles include "Hi Heel Sneakers", "TNT", "Boom Boom", "Ain't That Just Like A Woman", and "One Mint Julep". CD
(Out of print.)

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Leo ParkerRollin With Leo ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... $8.99
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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✨✧ Charlie RichCharlie Rocks ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Charlie Rich rocks – and in ways you might never expect, if you only know his later country pop hits – because the singer was one of the rising stars on Sun Records during the early days, and has a voice and talent that might even go head to head with the young Elvis Presley! Charlie's vocals here are amazing – with a range that's mindblowing, and every bit as much influence from R&B and jazz as his famous labelmate – perhaps even more of the latter, which gives Rich this inherent sense of inflection that even makes familiar tunes sound amazing. Yet there's a lot more going on here than familiar tunes – as the 31 track set brings together all the best bits from his early Sun years, plus key RCA and Smash Records material too – all rockers, with titles that include "Whirlwind", "Philadelphia Baby", "Big Man", "Little Woman Friend Of Mine", "Break Up", "That's My Way", "The Ways Of A Woman In Love", "Big Boss Man", "Stop Thief", "Goodbye Mary Anne", "You Made A Hit", "Popcorn Polly", "Gentle As A Lamb", "Charlie's Boogie", "That's Rich", "Rebound", "Lonely Weekends", "Midnight Blues", "Yes Ma'am", and "I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water". CD

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✨✧ Sonny BurgessClassic Recordings – 1956 to 1959 ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An insane collection of work from the great Sonny Burgess – easily one of the rawest artists to ever record for the legendary Sun Records – and that's saying a lot, given his late 50s contemporaries on the label! Sonny's not just wild from a rockabilly perspective, he also feels like he's just completely wild from a personal one – steeped in equal influences from country and R&B, and wound up and let go here in the studio – often with vocals that feel as if they're ready to blow the speakers off the wall in the legendary studio of Sam Phillips! In order to show the full genius that went into these tracks, the set also features some unusual false starts and undubbed versions too – along with a very big booklet of notes that has all the details on the sessions behind these gems. Titles include "We Wanna Boogie", "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It", "Sweet Misery", "Oh Mama", "Truckin Down The Avenue", "Find My Baby For Me", "Mr Blues", "Feelin Good", "Always Will", "Please Listen To Me", "Daddy Blues", "Fannie Brown", "Life's Too Short To Live", "Red Headed Woman", "The Prisoner's Song", "Thunderbird", "Itchy", "Mama Loochie", "A Kiss Goodnite", "Smoochin Jill", "My Baby Loves Me", "Sadie's Back In Town", and "You're Not The One For Me". 57 tracks in all! CD

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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VariousRockin The Groove – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 25.99
A massive amount of great groovers from the Groove Records subsidiary of RCA in the 50s – home to a hotbed of R&B, early soul, and other killer cuts from the postwar underground of the 45 rpm single! Nobody's ever dug so deeply into the Groove catalog before – and Bear Family have done a wonderful job of unearthing rare nuggets we've never heard before, and mixing them with other Groove gems that are still mostly on the obscure side of the 50s R&B spectrum – all to make a killer assortment that has plenty of greatness to offer, even if you've already got lots of jump blues and R&B in your collection! The music is as lively as the look of the package – and the booklet features over 60 pages of track by track notes on the selections – 35 titles that include "Charmaine" by Frank Brunson, "Big Foot Mammy" by Paul Williams, "Where Is Joe" by Emmett Hobson, "Doo Ba Dee" by Maymie Watts, "Shake Till I'm Shook" by Beverly Wright, "Love Ya Like Crazy" by Chris Powell & The Blue Flames, "A Little Boy's Dream" by George Benson, "Bye By Baby" by Clayton Love, "Hoodoo" by Roy Gaines, "Right Now" by Zilla Mays, and "My Head Goes Round" by Oscar Black. CD

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VariousGroovin The Blues – When Groove Was More Than Just A Habit ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 25.99
Killer blues from RCA Records' Groove subsidiary – home to its roughest, rawest work in the 50s – and a treasure trove of under-discovered gems! And although these tracks are mostly blues at the core, they often step forth with the power of more upbeat R&B – as artists you might normally associate with more down home sounds get a nice sort of crackle and pop in the Groove Records setting – often just through some slight touches in the backing instrumentation and arrangements, which update their modes to a great mid 50s, soul-drenched vibe! Bear Family have done a great job with the track list here – and have unearthed a number of tracks we've never heard from this stretch on the label – 33 titles that include "Wait Till Next Year Baby" by Big Connie, "I Took You In Baby" by Sonny Terry, "Tain't Right" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Love Blues" by Clayton Love, "No Nice" by Buddy Lucas, "The Ups" by Champion Jack Dupree, "Goin Back Home" by Cousin Leroy, "You've Been Good To Everybody" by The Du Droppers, "Won't You Forgive Me" by Little Tommy Brown, "I'll Life My Life Alone" by Oscar Black & Sue Allen, and "Beantown Boogie" by Bertrice Reading. CD

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Ben E KingRise Of Ben E King – 1959 to 1963 ... CD
Atlantic/Contrast, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
A set that does a great job of opening up the early years of this wonderful soul singer – a collection that not only features Ben E King's initial solo classics, but also his incredible lead work with The Drifters – plus a pair of rare duets with Atlantic Records' R&B powerhouse Lavern Baker! King in The Drifters is wonderful – a different voice than previous star Clyde McPhatter, and one who really humanized the group – even when they were hitting a newer groove for the 60s soul generation – and Ben continued that mature, sophisticated style in his own music too – tracks that are able to sound heartbreaking, but completely in charge of their emotions too. King's maybe least familiar on the two duets with Baker – "A Help Each Other Romance" and "How Often" – but those cuts are also a great demonstration of his range as well. Other titles include "Dance With Me", "I Count The Tears", "Oh My Love", "Amor", "Young Boy Blues", "First Taste Of Love", "Brace Yourself", "Too Bad", "Don't Drive Me Away", "Walking In The Footsteps Of A Fool", "Tell Daddy", and "I'm Standing By". CD

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✨✧ Stanley ClarkeModern Man/I Wanna Play For You ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1978/1979. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Stanley Clarke at the height of his powers – two 70s classics back to back on CD! Modern Man is a bit more high concept than before for Stanley Clarke – almost a suite of sorts, but one that still has some great standout tunes in the mix! Although Clarke used to bring his higher concepts to bear in the space of a single song, this one's more of a full exploration of the character in the title – served up at the best moments with more soul than on previous albums from Stanley, some nicely tuneful tracks that almost get a bit funky at points. There's a bit of vocals on the record – courtesy of Dee Dee Bridgewater and others – and guests include Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Harvey Mason, Tom Scott, and Airto. Titles include "More Hot Fun", "Slow Dance", "He Lives On", "Dayride", "Got To Find My Own Place", "Closing Statement", and "A Serious Occasion". I Wanna Play For You is a wickedly funky album from Stanley Clarke – perhaps his most fully-formed album of the Columbia years, and a set that really brings together his jazz and soul styles! There's a definite R&B vibe going on, but it's also one that's still quite heavy on bass work from Stanley – a groove that's not far from Bootsy Collins at times, but perhaps with a bit more jazz inflections. Jamming is kept to a minimum, which is fine by us – and the album's filled with really tuneful tunes that have an almost George Duke-like appeal. Guests include Tom Scott and Stan Getz on saxes, George Duke on piano, Harvey Mason and Steve Gadd on drums, and Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals. Titles include "I Wanna Play For You", "Just A Feeling", "Strange Weather", "My Greatest Hits", "School Days", and "Blues For Mingus". CD

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FunkadelicFirst Ya Gotta Shake The Gate (3CD set) ... CD
C Kunspyruhzy, 2015. Used 3 CDs ... $14.99
Leave it to George Clinton to keep on being productive over all these years – so much so that even after we haven't heard from Funkadelic for awhile, George hits us with a full 3CDs' worth of new material! The sound and style here continues that extrapolation of older P-Funk with newer modes that Clinton's been doing during recent revival modes – an approach that updates his older funk with touches from hip hop and contemporary R&B, but always at a level that still keeps that older Clinton spirit alive and well! And as usual, George has plenty of friends and longtime associates on board to help create a very collaborative sound – including Sly Stone, El DeBarge, Sidney Barnes, Fred Wesley, Garry Shider, and other legends from the P-Funk universe. Titles include "Baby Like Fonkin It Up", "If I Didn't Love You", "I Mo B Yodog Fo Eva", "First Ya Gotta Shake The Gate", "Roller Rink", "Jolen", "Dirty Queen", "You Can't Unring The Bell", "The Naz", and "Yellow Light". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shirley & LeeShirley & Lee – The Legendary Masters – Vol 1 ... CD
Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $12.99
Twenty classic late 50s R&B tracks from the New Orleans team of Shirley & Lee! 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. Booklet has a sticker remnant.)

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