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VariousR&B Scene – 25 R&B Classics From The Decca Vaults (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP ... On April 13, 2019 (delayed)
The British love of R&B in the 60s is no secret – thanks to the early work of The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and other chart-topping groups of the time. But here, that side of British music is explored in much greater depth – and served up in an assortment of lesser-known work from the time, with more than enough documentation to show that British R&B wasn't just a phenomenon confined to a handful of groups! The package is one of the best in the Decca "scene" series – and brings together 25 rare gems from the UK mid 60s years – most of which were never issued in the US, and all of which are offered up with great notes on the music, and vintage photos of the artists. Titles include "Keep Me Covered" by The Frays, "Louie Louie Go Home" by Davie Jones & The King Bees, "Anytime At All" by The Fairies, "You're On My Mind" by The Birds, "Cross My Heart" by The Exotics, "Blue Beat" by The Beazers, "King Lonely The Blue" by The Emeralds, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" by Pauls Disciples, and "Can I Get A Witness" by Steve Aldo. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDoing The Natural Thing 2 – Mo Psychedlic, Country, Garage, Soul, & Shaking R&B Obscurities ... LP
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Funky country, twangy soul, and lots more strangeness – a set that definitely lives up to everything it promises on the cover – and maybe even gives you a bit more too! The collection's from the same folks who gave us the excellent Funky Country series – and there's a very similar vibe going on here – music that's maybe got the sharp punch of late 60s swamp rock, but more funky elements at the core – and often some of the weirdness in production and instrumental styles that you might have found over at the Shelby Singleton studios. Titles on this second volume include "I Feel Good" by The Corrupters, "Girl Of Mine" by Soul Trippers, "I'm Movin On" by LA Jones, "Movin" by Bitter Creek, "The Hunter" by Lucky Evans, "Pull Me Up" by BC Worman, "Narrow Road" by Goober Myers, "I See A Picture" by Larry Van Barringer, and "The One Thing That Mama Can't Give You" by Judy Hunt. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousInstrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.99
Funky funky funky – way more so than you might think from the hokey title! The set's overflowing with rare instrumentals pulled from the indie label and funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – very much in the spirit of the Super Funk compilations on BGP, but almost harder-hitting, as the groove's completely without vocals overall – and the range of material is even more obscure than some of the usual BGP/Ace bits! The combos on the set range from rocking R&B combos to early funky jazz outfits – and the recording quality on most of these tracks is nice and rough and ready – with just the right edge to send over these cuts even more! Titles include "More Soul" by Ron Buford, "Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax" by Detroit City Limits, "Chocolate Cherry" by Joe Tex Band, "Humpin" by Frank Armstrong & The Stingers, "Stokin" by Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones, "Thing" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sundance (part 1)" by Lorenzo Holden, "Put Your Weight On It (part 1)" by Fillmore Street Soul Rebellion, "Roly Poly Mickey Lolich" by The Fans, and "Bad On Bad" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousDoing The Natural Thing – Psychedlic, Country, Garage, Soul, & Shaking R&B Obscurities ... LP
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky country, twangy soul, and lots more strangeness – a set that definitely lives up to everything it promises on the cover – and maybe even gives you a bit more too! The collection's from the same folks who gave us the excellent Funky Country series – and there's a very similar vibe going on here – music that's maybe got the sharp punch of late 60s swamp rock, but more funky elements at the core – and often some of the weirdness in production and instrumental styles that you might have found over at the Shelby Singleton studios. Titles include "Headman" by Obrey Wilson, "Doing The Natural Thing" by LA Jones, "Elvira" by Ansley Fleetwood & The Surprises, "I Wanna Know" by Gary Von, "Kiss Of Fire" by Leo Krokos, "Seasons" by Wayne Richards, "They Call It Soul" by Randall Gray, and "Crawdad Hole" by Denver Affair. LP, Vinyl record album

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Maxwell DavisFather Of West Coast R&B ... LP
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
Great work from one of the strongest tenorists wailing on the west coast R&B scene of the 50s – and a force who did some work as an arranger and bandleader for the scene too! The set features Davis on tracks recorded under his own name – and with Lloyd Glenn and Gene Phillips! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStill Groove Jumping – 16 Classic Rockin R&B Tracks From RCA's Groove Label ... LP
RCA/Detour (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A cool collection of work from RCA's great Groove subsidiary in the 50s – home to some excellent R&B singles that were a far cry from the label's mainstream pop of the time! These cuts easily stand head to head with anything on labels like Atlantic or King at the time – and the collection unearths a whole host of tracks we'd never heard before – some rough and blusey, some with a tighter edge that's definitely at the best level of the pre-soul generation! The bluesy numbers are especially great – recorded at a level you'd never expect from RCA, at least not since the 30s – and often have these raw guitar lines that ring out like something you might hear from the Chess studios at the time. The set features great notes, with session details on the tracks – and titles include "High Low Jack" by Buddy Lucas, "Down To The Bottom" and "You Better Heed My Warning" by Larry Dale, "All My Life" by Roy Guitar Gaines, "Peek A Boo" by Mr Bear, "Rockin With Red" by Piano Red, "Drink Up" by The Du Droppers, "Country Boy" by Tiny Kennedy, "She's Got No Hair" by Arthur Crudup, and "When I Got Married" by Champion Jack Dupree. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousNew Breed R&B ... LP
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not the usual old school R&B – but a sweet batch of cuts from a time when the music was taking on a new style in the soul generation – as older artists and younger singers moved gritty vocals into a range of great new grooves – much of which were a real precursor to the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Years later, we'd probably call these cuts deep soul – although the grooves are more upbeat than the usual numbers of that style, and often romp around in ways that have stronger ties to funk or boogaloo soul – with mighty strong vocals that really sock a heavy punch. Tracks include "I Say I Love You" by Johnny Guitar Watson, "Oh Baby Don't You Weep" by Luther Ingram, "Man Is A Mean Thing" by Barbara Perry, "Double Locks" by Johnny Gosey, "Long Gone Baby" by BB King, "You're Supreme" by Sterling Magee, and "I'm The Man" by Albert Washington & the Kings. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousPlanet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Planet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults ... CD 12.99
 
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Margie DayI'll Get A Deal ... LP
Mr R&B (Sweden), Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
Great early work from Margie Day – a singer most folks know as a soul star in the 60s – working here more in an R&B mode with backings from the groups of Paul Williams and The Griffin Brothers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Rosco GordonKeep On Doggin' ... LP
Mr R&B (Sweden), 1950s/1960s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
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✨✧ Otis ClayOnly Way Is Up ... LP
Blues R&B, 1982. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Later work from Otis Clay, but also one of his greatest albums ever! The record features him with some fuller arrangements than usual – in less of a bluesy mode than during the Hi years, with a smooth sound that really brings out a whole new side of his style. The set was recorded in Chicago for the Japanese market – and the arrangements are by Benjamin Wright, Bill McFarland, and Clay himself. Includes the massive groover "The Only Way Is Up", an anthemic modern dancefloor number that later yielded a bit hit for Yazz – plus the tracks "Cheatin In The Next Room", "All I Need Is You", "Special Kind Of Love", "Messin With My Mind", "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", and "Check It Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Big Time SarahUndecided ... LP
Blues R&B, 1985. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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✨✧ KashifCondition Of The Heart ... LP
Arista, 1985. Near Mint- ... $2.99
An 80s soul classic from Kashif – an artist who really helped transform R&B at the time, all without the benefit of a last name! The album's completely arranged and produced by Kashif himself – cementing the reputation he'd begun working behind other artists in the earlier part of the decade before going onto greater fame as a solo act on his own – a rock-solid approach to soul music that bristles with the best innovations of the 80s soul generation. Most tunes are heavy on beats, but use them in just the right ways – and keyboards provide a good amount of the rest of the instrumentation, but fleshed out strongly so that they work well next to the vocals. Tunes are a nicely balanced blend of mature male soul and some slightly catchier groovers – and titles include "Botha Botha", "Dancing In The Dark", "Movie Song", "Say You Love Me", "Stay The Night", and "Condition Of The Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and hype sticker.)

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DriftersRockin' & Driftin' ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $33.99
One of the first full albums by the legendary Drifters – all early material cut for Atlantic Records in the immediate years after Clyde McPhatter left the group, and the quintet opened up into a wonderful second chapter of their career! Some tunes still have that raspy lead vocal standout that McPhatter provided, but lots of others have an even more integrated harmony approach – always swinging and impeccably put together, at a level that made these guys one of the key groups to transition from R&B to soul! Production is wonderful – very much in the best raw Atlantic R&B style of the 50s – and titles include "Adorable", "It Was A Tear", "Ruby Baby", "Drip Drop", "Hypnotized", "Yodee Yodee", and "Soldier Of Fortune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with AT etch. Cover is lightly discolored from age and slightly bent at the top seam, still looks great with minimal wear!)

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✨✧ Sonny Boy WilliamsonReal Folk Blues ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... $39.99
Not as folksy as you might think from the title – thanks to a really powerful presentation by Sonny Boy Williamson! The style here has echoes of Bo Diddley or Jimmy Reed's sense of rhythm – a more upbeat and electrified Chicago approach than Chess was serving up a decade before – obviously influenced by the strength of R&B, but also still presented with a sound that's stripped-down and raw enough to be called blues. Players on the sessions include Matt Murphy and Luther Tucker on guitars, Willie Dixon on bass, Otis Spann on piano, and Lafayette Leake on organ – and titles include "One Way Out", "Too Young To Die", "Trust My Baby", "Peach Tree", "Down Child", "Bring It On Home", "Too Old To Think", and "Got To Move". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s stereo pressing – with blue shaded label and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Little Willie JohnFever ... LP
King, Late 50s. Good+ ... $99.99
A seminal album from the legendary Little Willie John – one of the greatest singers in the pre-soul years, and a strong influence on James Brown as well! The cover's quite unassuming – from that time when the growing R&B album market somehow didn't like to feature a black face on the cover – but despite a rather medical look, the album's got a raw edge throughout – Willie's incredible vocals handled with killer King Records production – keeping things nice and strong throughout! Titles include Willie's famous version of "Fever" – which set the scene for countless other R&B grooves over the years – plus "All Around The World", "My Nerves", "Dinner Date", "Do Something For Me", "I'm Stickin With You Baby", and "Young Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, no crown, with deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear, aging, clear tape on the seams and spine, and a name in marker on back.)

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✨✧ Jack McDuffScreamin' ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Good+ ... $7.99
A real killer from Brother Jack McDuff – one of his first truly great albums, and a record that has him breaking from the sleepier R&B organ sound of the 50s – into the leaner, cleaner mode of the 60s! The album's one of the first to have him playing with the incredible drummer Joe Dukes – who gives the grooves plenty of weird twists and turns – that trademark McDuff approach to rhythm that would really set him apart from other organ players. The rest of the group features Leo Wright on alto sax and Kenny Burrell on guitar – both great players here, and not always heard with Jack. Titles include an early take on "Soulful Drums", plus the cuts "After Hours", "Screamin", and "He's A Real Gone Guy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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✨✧ Raul De SouzaTil Tomorrow Comes ... LP
Capitol/EMI, 1979. Very Good ... $3.99
Brazilian trombonist Raul De Souza was one of the best players to grace Capitol's late 70s move into smooth R&B-tinged fusion – and this record features some nice arrangements by Arthur Wright, in the same style that was used on other De Souza albums from around the time. The tracks are tightly produced, and mix in occasional vocal backing along with jazzy soloing. Titles include "Up & At It", "Self Sealing", "Pleasurize", "Fe No Me Nol", and "Til Tomorrow comes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ En VogueBorn To Sing ... LP
Atlantic, 1990. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear along the opening. Labels have a name in marker.)

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

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✨✧ Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine (40th anniversary yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever – and also one of his deepest, too! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo – and the amazing energy of the rest of the group too. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Trio (1981) ... LP
Columbia (Japan), 1981. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A brilliant Japanese-only album from Herbie – quite different than his US work at the time! Although the Herbie in America in 1981 was very heavily involved in electric keyboard work and more R&B-oriented styles of expression – this Japanese-recorded Herbie's an all-acoustic one, working here in a great trio with Ron Carter and Tony Williams, grooving nicely on some long lyrically soulful tracks! The record's straight and sweet – and Herbie's work on piano is stunning – easily flowing with inventive solos that never cease to delight. And the warm accompaniment he gets from Carter and Williams really make the album sparkle – easily the best sort of session of its sort you'll find from the time. Titles include "Stablemates", "Dolphin Dance", "A Slight Smile", and "La Maison Goree". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Joe Sample & David T WalkerSwing Street Cafe ... LP
MCA, 1981. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprising turn towards the past for these two fusion heavyweights – a set that has both Joe Sample and David T Walker reprising a host of older R&B classics! The album was handled by the Crusaders' production team, and it's still got a few elements of that side of the spectrum – but the set is mostly stripped-down and spontaneous, with an attempted rootsy feel overall – at least from the perspective of the early 80s jazz funk mainstream. The main focus is on Sample's keyboards and Walker's guitar – and there's a bit of horns mixed in with the tunes as well, but never too much. Titles include "Honky Tonk", "After Hours", "Rockhouse", "Next Time U See Me", and "Hallelujah I Love Her So". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jack McDuffLive It Up ... LP
Sugar Hill, 1984. Near Mint- ... $2.99
An overlooked bit of soul from Brother Jack McDuff – an obscure session cut for the mostly-rap Sugarhill label in the mid 80s, and one that has some great touches! The record takes the sound of McDuff's 70s playing, and filters into a bit of R&B-styled arrangements – making for a style that might have been used at Columbia or Mercury, during some of those late 70s crossover jazz/soul sessions at the time. And while some might resent the intrusion of mainstream soul influences on the set, we really love it – and appreciate the fact that McDuff can always come out on top. His keyboards still sound excellent on the set, and some of the best tracks on here have a really nice mellow soul approach that makes us think that he could have really broken big had he cut this sort of session for a larger label. Includes the smooth mellow stepper "I'm Gonna Live", a great remake of "Killer Joe", a new version of McDuff's "Real Good'in", and the tracks "Free For All" and "Gospel Left". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bent corners and is slightly wavy from moisture.)

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✨✧ EmotionsFlowers ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy McGriffOne Of Mine ... LP
Sue, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tightly grooving, jukebox thumping, hard wailing organ jazz from the great Jimmy McGriff – one of his best albums for the Sue label! Jimmy's got a sound here that's a lot rawer than earlier work – especially on the album's originals, like "Spindletop", "One Of Mine", "Blip Time", "Gospel Time", and "The Last Minute" – nice little numbers that cross the bridge between R&B and soul jazz with that heavy approach that always made Jimmy a favorite on the small combo lounge jazz scene of the time. Other tracks include "Teach Me Tonight", "Moonlight In Vermont", and "Broadway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange label pressing with deep groove and Bell Sound stamp. Cover has clear tape along most of the top seam.)

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✨✧ Cheryl LynnPreppie ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard to believe that a preppie look could ever be associated with a soul singer, but by the time of this 1983, the preppie craze had spread so much that it actually provided Cheryl Lynn a nice way to update her style! There's nothing preppie about the music, though – and the record's a great batch of cuts that show how much Cheryl influenced the soul sound of the early 80s, especially at a time when Columbia was putting out so many strong R&B acts – stepping forth with a tight, mature groove that's totally wonderful – definitely a standard-setting sound that so many other female singers tried to match! Includes the cuts "Encore", "Fool A Fool", "Fix It", "Change The Channel", "Preppie", and "Life's Too Short". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Etta JamesHer Greatest Sides Vol 1 ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Raw and raunchy R&B by Etta James – cut during her prime years at Chess. 14 tracks in all, including "Tell Mama", "Something's Got A Hold On Me", "Pushover", "Only Time Will Tell", "Stop The Wedding", "Security", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Trust In Me", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "My Dearest Darling", "At Last", "Waiting For Charlie To Come Home", "All I Could Do Was Cry" and "Fool That I Am". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Isley BrothersSoul Shout! ... LP
Pickwick/Scepter, Early 60s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later Pickwick issue of some of the more raw, early R&B sides the Isleys cut for Scepter, including "Twist And Shout", "Hold On Baby", "You Better Come Home", "Right Now" and "Never Leave Me Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is aged and shopworn, with sticker remnants and some tears.)

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & 125th Street NYCWords Sounds Colors & Shapes ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A definite soul based session for Donald Byrd – and that's saying a lot here, because his previous decade's worth of work had all had some sort of R&B focus! The main force behind the set here is Isaac Hayes – who's producing, arranging, and playing most of the keyboards on the album. Oddly, Ike's not singing at all – and vocals are instead handled by Rose Williams, Diane Davis, Pat Lewis, and Myra Walker – plus the Hot Buttered Soul group on backing vocals. Most tunes have such a strong vocal focus that Byrd's horn gets far less solo space than before – but overall, the album's still got a nice mix of funky jazz and modern soul, and grooves a lot better than most other efforts of this nature from the time. Great, long overlooked grooves from Byrd! Titles include "Sexy Dancer", "Midnight", "High Energy", "Star Trippin", "Forbidden Love", and "Everyday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining.)

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TimeWhat Time Is It? ... LP
Warner, 1982. Very Good ... $6.99
The second essential LP from the Time that would solidify Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' position as a force to be dealt within commercial R&B for years to come, cut during the early 80s, when Minneapolis seemed like it was exploding at the seams with great music. With Morris Day's nice extended dance cut "The Walk" featuring a nice popping beat, plus the excellent and very Prince sounding slow jam "Gigolo's Get Lonely Too" and the percolating pre-New Jack funk of "777-9311". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and some residue on the back.)

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Wynonie HarrisMr Blues Is Coming To Town ... LP
Route 66 (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good ... $7.99
Great work from this raw R&B legend – one of the grittiest, nastiest singers of his time! Bill Doggett plays on some of the cuts – and tracks include "Drinkin By Myself", "Sittin On It All The Time", "A Love Untrue", "Wine, Wine, Sweet Wine", "Fishtail Blues", and "Bite Again, Bite Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has aged tape on all seams.)

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✨✧ Michel'leMichel'le ... LP
Ruthless/Atco, 1989. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dre's second, and more successful venture into R&B (counting World Class Wreckin' Crew, of course). With a number of very well received pop R&B numbers, including "No More Lies", "Nicety", "Something In My Heart" and 'Keep Watchin'". 11 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a partially unglued top seam.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonNew Vintage ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maynard really grooves it up on this one – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryBack On Indiana Avenue – The Carroll DeCamp Recordings (180 gram pressing) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Resonance, Late 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition – on 180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI!)
Also available Back On Indiana Avenue – The Carroll DeCamp Recordings ... CD 22.99

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✨✧ Patrice RushenPizzazz ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Blue MitchellStratosonic Nuances ... LP
RCA, 1975. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album recorded for RCA during the time when they were making a number of great funky jazz sessions that had a good fusion R&B feel. Clarence McDonald plays some cool synth and clavinet, and David T. Walker lays down some nice guitar riffs. Includes a good version of "Creepin", plus Barry White's "Satin Soul", and "Bump It", which was written by Blue. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and some marker.)

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James BrownPlays James Brown Today & Yesterday ... LP
Smash, 1965. Very Good- ... $5.99
Funky instrumentals – with James on organ, grooving hard in a raw 60s R&B mode! Lots of the tracks are versions of James' big 60s hits – like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (parts 1 & 2)", "Try Me", and "Out of Sight" – but there are also some jazzier tracks, like "Song for My Father" and "Sidewinder", and a great version of the classic Billy Butler tune "Hold It", always a favorite for us! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Georgie FameShorty ... LP
Epic, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An excellent little album from British vocalist Georgie Fame – one that has him moving way past the simple beat group sound of his roots, into a sophisticated style that mixes jazz vocalizing, hard grooving, and lots of rock/R&B influences! Georgie's still got his Mose Allison-inspired vocal style, but the band behind him is a lot more open-ended, and grooves along freely in these great organ riffing rhythms – open-ended and very swinging on some numbers, but in a way that's different from Fame's rougher-edged roots. Titles include "Oliver's Gone", "Somebody Stole My Thunder", "Fully Booked", "Inside Story", and "Seventh Son". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and is lightly stained at the bottom.)

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✨✧ VariousLas Vegas Grind Vol 7 ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Las Vegas Grind Vol 7 ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ James BrownLive At The Apollo ... LP
King, 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings – and soul music too! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – the sort of show that really set his fans on fire – but they also went out of their way to record and re-record the audience, creating a wonderful interplay on the record between James and the crowd. The result is the stuff of legend – and the record's filled with loads of nice tracks like "I'll Go Crazy", "Try Me", "I Don't Mind", "Lost Someone", "Think", "Night Train", and the massive medley featuring "Please Please Please/You've Got The Power/I Found Someone/Why Do You Do Me/I Want You So Bad/I Love You Yes I Do/Strange Things Happen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing w/o crown, in the "No 1 R&B Star of 1962" cover with ad back, still in the shrink!)

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Miles DavisYou're Under Arrest ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Sweeter studio Miles Davis from the 80s – a record that takes the 70s electric experiments and fuses them into a sound that's got a lot more R&B influence than before! The style is a bit poppy at times, but never in a way that's too slick – and often, Davis is using his muted trumpet to state lines boldly in ways that still have a greater sense of depth and craft than most of his contemporaries. A few tracks show some of the gritty New York rock/funk trend of the time, while others are lighter and more lyrical – and titles include covers of "Time After Time" and "Human Nature" – Miles' attempt to find standards in contemporary pop – plus the tracks "Katia", "You're Under Arrest", "Ms Morrisine", and "One Phone Call/Street Scenes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, promo stamp, and some aging.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoCan You Feel It ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful territory for Atlantic Records – on an album that mixes his Latin roots with warmer soul backings that have the same sort of full, rich sound of the best Atlantic R&B of the time. Ray's conga is still part of the sound – especially on the funkier cuts – but the album's also got some strong soul vocals, too – sung by Prince Phillip Mitchell on one of the album's best cuts, and by Cissy Houston and Googie Coppola on a few others. Tracks include "Sting Ray", "Can You Feel It", "What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From", "Stargazer", and "Confrontation". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Regina BelleAll By Myself ... LP
Columbia, 1987. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet debut from soul singer Regina Belle – a nice dose of class and sophistication in the world of mid 80s R&B! Regina's got a well-developed style right from the start – the kind of poise that you might hear from someone like Phyllis Hyman, especially on the mellower cuts – with nice undercurrents of jazz that really help send the whole thing home – and really keep the album away from cloying commercial styles too! The set features some mighty nice instrumental elements alongside the vocals – including keyboards from Dexter Wansel and alto from Don Myrick – and titles include "Show Me The Way", "Intimate Relations", "Gotta Give It Up", "So Many Tears", "Please Be Mine", and "You Got The Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Dr JohnGris Gris (mono version – on colored vinyl) ... LP
Atco/Jackpot, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
The great Dr John at his freaky deaky best – working here in a mindblowing mix of New Orleans roots and late 60s psych – all served up in some heady studio space and instrumental touches! The sound's unlike anything that ever went before – and is way better here than on some of John's later, straighter material – clearly the work of years of creative genius, as the Doctor, Mac Rebennack, draws on both his heritage from the Crescent City, and his years of work in the underground rock scene in LA! Harold Batiste handled the arrangements – and the record really paves the way for so many famous LA/New Orleans albums to come in the 70s – but never with results this mindblowingly trippy. The tracks are wild, funky, and messed-up New Orleans R&B filtered through a heavy dose of psychedelics – and titles include "Mama Roux", "Croker Courtbullion", "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya", and the original version of "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered from the original 1968 mono mix, and pressed at RTI on colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Ghalib GhallabMilestone In My Life ... LP
Shabazz, 1985. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ghalib was a huge favorite on the Chicago scene in the 80s – and this album of smooth jazzy tracks is a great example of why he hit so big! The record takes off from a late 70s approach to R&B-tinged fusion – blending keyboards and some occasional vocals into a style that recalls later work from Rodney Franklin and Bobby Lyle. Ghalib wrote all the tracks on the album – save for a cover of George Duke's "Brazilian Love Affair" – and titles include "Minnesota Lites", "Prego", "Milestone In My Life", and "Doctor G". LP, Vinyl record album

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En VogueFunky Divas ... LP
Atlantic, 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
Funky Divas is right – as this classic album by En Vogue is one that had the group really redefining the sound of girl group soul for a whole new generation! The girls do a wonderful job of blending together hip hop beats and warmer mainstream soul – at a level that marked one of the key bridges between R&B and hip hop in the 90s – almost making the group kind of a trans-generational healing force in African American music. After all these years the beats are still pretty great, and the vocals even better – and titles include "My Lovin (You're Never Gonna Get It)", "Free Your Mind", "Giving Him Something He Can Feel", "Give It UpTurn It Loose", "Hooked On Your Love", "Love Don't Love You", "This Is Your Life", "Desire", "Hip Hop Lover", and "It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James BrownIt's a Man's Man's Man's World ... LP
King/Universal, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts have a punch that few others could match – making for a record that feels mighty darn unified, despite the stretch of time between a few of the recordings. Titles include the funky gems "Ain't That a Groove (pts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Is It Yes or Is It No", and James' great version of "The Bells" that's always been one of our favorites – plus Just You & Me", "I Love You Yes I Do", "Come Over Here", and "I Don't Mind". The cover also comes with an "autographed" photo of James on the back with the text "James Brown Fans – Frame This 8 x 10 Picture" – and an image that says "Soul Brother #1 Is Peeking At You Thru The Key Hole"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Crazy World Of Arthur BrownCrazy World Of Arthur Brown ... LP
Track, 1968. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wild, far reaching psychedelic rock kaleidoscope from Arthur Brown and his Crazy World! The sounds range from wailing organs and heavy drum backed bigness, to more of a tightly grooving r&b garage influenced trip as the core backdrop – with vocals ranging from falsetto freakouts to rambling speak singing craziness and bursts of brass. Nothing's predictable from one passage to the next, but the group sets a heady groove before it all gets freaky, and they find it again before insanity sets in. Titles include "Prelude-Nightmare", "Fire", "Come & Buy", "Spontaneous Apple Creation", "Child Of My Kingdom", "I Put A Spell On You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label track pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ MazeWe Are One ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Completely killer work from Frankie Beverly & Maze – captured here at the height of their power, with that amazing blend of Frankie's lead vocals and the group's tight instrumentation – all at a level that so many others tried to copy, but never got this right! The sense of unity in the title really comes through in the music – a proud, progressive approach to contemporary R&B that always made Maze one of the more positive acts of their time – even if the message was played in a more subtle way than earlier groups in the 70s. At some level, Maze are picking up the torch that Earth Wind & Fire were dropping a bit by this point – but with an even more charismatic singer in the lead – and just the right blend of acoustic and electric elements in the instrumentation. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "I Wanna Thank You", "Love Is The Key", "We Are One", "Right On Time", "Never Let You Down", and "Metropolis". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve.)
Also available We Are One ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Louis JordanSomebody Up There Digs Me ... LP
Wing/Mercury, 1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Somebody up there digs Louis Jordan – and we do too – thanks to the searing sound of these Mercury Records sides from the 50s! The approach here is a bit more rocking and R&B-influenced than Jordan's initial material – and Louis goes back to some classics, reworks their groove, and shows everyone that although he's one of the originators, he can still do it better than most! Sax lines and searing guitar parts really infuse the grooves with a lot of soul – and Jordan himself is impeccably charming and pretty darn groovy throughout! Titles include "Run Joe", "Early In The Morning", "Caldonia", "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Beware Brother Beware", "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town", and "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover is discolored from age, with oxidation under the gloss.)

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✨✧ Tim BuckleyGreetings From LA ... LP
Warner/Straight, 1972. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later effort from Tim Buckley with a bigger sound and more of a straight ahead approach – with a big nod in the groove direction and some R&B creeping in! In lesser hands, Greetings From LA could be considered more of a "commercial" album than the unpredictable stylistic variances of Tim's earlier records, but his vocals and depth of passion keeps it a riveting experience. Rolling boogie piano, some vamping organ, groovy strings, and even some female chorus backing vocals bring elements of 70s soul and juke joint sounds into the mix – while Buckley's emoting is on par with earlier work – even if some of the lyrics are kind of on the bawdy side. Includes "Move With Me", "Get On Top", "Sweet Surrender", "Night Hawkin'", "Devil Eyes", "Hong Kong Bar" and "Make It Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Burbank label pressing in a non-gatefold cover, with unglued seams and some small stains on front.)

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✨✧ Marlena ShawLove Is In Flight ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1988. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked bit of 80s soul from Marlena Shaw – and a mostly R&B-based album, despite it's appearance on Verve! Although the date is late, Marlena's still keeping the same vibe going that she used in her late 70s work for Columbia – a sophisticated mix of soul and jazz, handled here with an approach that's still got all of the class of earlier years, and which comes across a lot more warmly than you might expect for the time! Titles include "This Time", "With You", "I Must Be In Love", "Loving You", "I'll Remember You", and "Before You Know It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a hype sticker and a gold promo stamp.)

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Benny GolsonI'm Always Dancin' To The Music ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Very Good- ... $7.99
Great stuff from Benny Golson! Sure, the record features Benny's tenor set amidst some sweeter R&B arrangements – but the formula works nicely, and is Benny's lost bid to capture some of the same sort of modern soul excitement than Donald Byrd was getting in the 70s. Titles include the dancefloor classic "I'm Always Dancin' to the Music", the funky version of "Blues March", and the sweet cover of "Don't Ask My Neighbors". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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Roy BrownLaughing But Crying – Legendary Recordings 1947 to 1959 ... LP
Route 66 (Sweden), Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent work from the legendary Roy Brown – just the kind of straight-talking R&B that made him one of the greats! 16 tracks in all – including some killer King Records singles! LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe TurnerBig Joe Turner's Greatest Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Some of the greatest work ever from this Kansas City singer – material from that 50s stretch when he was reinventing himself as an R&B giant on Atlantic Records – exploding with new energy, and a fair bit of nasty lyrics too! Cuts include "Honey Hush", "Crawdad Hole", "The Chicken And The Hawk", "Hide & Seek", "Flip Flop And Fly", and lots lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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VariousDeep In The Soul Of Texas ... LP
Home Cooking, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
An excellent collection of raw Southern soul and R&B from Texas, with 13 tracks in all: Al TNT Braggs "So Used To Having You Around (parts 1 & 2)", Ernie K Doe "The Boomerang", OV Wright "To You I Shall Cling", the Soul Brothers "Mustang Sally", Gashead "Why Do You Treat Me Like A Tramp", Ivory Joe Hunter "Working On Me", Joe Hughes "The Shoe Shy", Oscar Perry "I Found True Love" and "Just Above A Whisper", the Citations "Don't You Worry, Don't You Cry" and "That's What It Is" and Joe Medwick "I Cried" and "Nearer To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing – pre Collectables!)

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

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✨✧ George BensonBreezin (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and small seam splits.)

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✨✧ Houston PersonPure Pleasure ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Slicker than usual for Houston Person, but still a pretty nice album of tighly produced R&B-oriented jazz. The group includes a lot of hip players, like Cecil Bridgewater, Paul Griffin, and Bruce Nazarian – and the record has arrangements by Jimmy Roach. Tracks are long, and titles include "Deja Vu", "Pure Pleasure", "Inseparable", and "Dancing Feet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some pen.)

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (80s pressing) ... LP
Trio/All Art (Japan), 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on All Art, including the insert. Vinyl just has a light sleeve mark. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousBuzzsaw Joint Cut 5 – Sophisticated Savage ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare, raw tracks in the best sort of mode we've come to expect from the Stag-O-Lee label – the kind of sounds we've really been digging on their 10" vinyl compilations, but presented here in support of the Buzzsaw Joint club night in London! The tracks are all from the start of the 60s, and all from rare pieces of 45rpm vinyl – work by artists working in a rough blend of blues, R&B, swamp rock, and other rough-edged styles from the time. Titles on this 5th volume include "Jungle Love" by Bill Springer, "Look What You Do To Me" by Stick Evans, "Desert Caravan" by The Starfires, "Zei Gezunt" by Don Schraier Rocktet, "Toot Over" by Blues Blenders, "Get Lost" by The Metallics, "Hawaiian People Eater" by Jimmy Uke & His Islanders, "Certingly I Do" by Doodie Woo, "El Lobo" by The Demons, and "Screw Driver" by Rhythmaires. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leo ParkerRollin With Leo ... LP
Blue Note, 1961. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe SampleRainbow Seeker ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great album of tightly produced R&B-tinged fusion, headed up by keyboardist Joe Sample, riding high here on the fame of The Crusaders. The other members of the group drop in on the album, and the whole thing's very similar to their best work from the late 70s – but with more of a focus on keyboards. Titles include "Rainbow Seeker", "Fly With The Wings Of Love", "In All My Wildest Dreams", and the classic "There Are Many Stops Along The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Rusty BryantFire Eater ... LP
Prestige, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing tunes that's forever been one of the must-haves of the early 70s jazz funk scene! Idris Muhammad's on drums, Wilbert Longmire's on guitar, and the organ work is split between Leon Spencer and Bill Mason, both monstrously great talents, with a propensity for open-stopped hard-wailing playing! Titles include "Fire Eater", "The Hooker", "Mister S", and "Free At Last". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Fire Eater ... LP 49.99

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HolliesHear! Here! ... LP
Imperial, 1965. Near Mint- ... $29.99
The second album of Brit Invasion greatness from The Hollies – the reworked US version of their album Hollies that came out in the UK – armed with more original material than their earlier LP, but the group's skillful way with songs penned by others – including Curtis Mayfield & Roy Orbison as great as any of their peers! From raw rockers with impeccable harmonies, to very well done R&B styled numbers, it all sounds great! Titles include "I'm Alive", "Very Last Day", "Down The Line", "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Too Many People" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove, still in the shrink, including the Imperial inner sleeve. Shrinkwrap is torn half way at the bottom.)

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Illinois JacquetIllinois Jacquet & His Tenor Sax ... LP
Aladdin, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An excellent LP collection of Jacquet's early work for the Aladdin label – hard-grooving numbers cut on the heels of his fame with the Lionel Hampton group, a mixture of swing, bop, and a bit of R&B. Titles include "Sahara Heat", "Illinois Blows The Blues", "Goofin Off", "Flying Home (parts 1 & 2)", "Throw It Out Of Your Mind Baby", "For Europeans Only", "Jivin With Jack The Bellboy", and "It's Wild". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing – heavy cover and nice vinyl! Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassJoy ... LP
Elektra, 1988. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink with hype sticker, includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Joy ... CD 4.99

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing in a black & white barcode cover.)

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✨✧ Rare EarthGet Ready ... LP
Rare Earth, 1969. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The first really major album from Rare Earth – issued on their own self-named subsidiary of Motown! The set's a perfect blend of the rich undercurrents of the heady Detroit scene of the late 60s – at one level a tripped-out rock record with styles that almost hint at MC5, at another level a batch of blue-eyed funky soul, with keen appreciation for the grooves coming out of the headier end of the Motor City indie spectrum! There's lots of tripped-out guitar work on the set – reminiscent of contemporary work by Dennis Coffey and George Clinton – mixed with a Mitch Ryder, R&B-inspired vocal style that actually comes across pretty darn well. Added to this is the group's flat-out ability to jam – showcased best in the side-long title cut "Get Ready" – a massive jammer which runs for nearly 22 minutes, and takes up all of side two! Other tracks include "Train To Nowhere", "Magic Key", "Tobacco Road", and "In Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Arnett CobbSizzlin' ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Arnett Cobb's definitely sizzlin on this classic album for Prestige – a stripped-down quartet setting that features his bold tenor sax right up front in the mix, cutting deeply on a half dozen well-recorded tracks! The sound here is simple, soulful, and completely effective – very much in the mode of labelmate Gene Ammons, but perhaps a bit earthier overall – not R&B honking, but almost on the verge at times. Backing is by Red Garland on piano, George Tucker on bass, and JC Moses on drums – and titles include "Sizzlin", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Black Velvet", and "Blue Sermon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear and some smudges on back.)

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✨✧ Chubby CheckerLet's Twist Again ... LP
Cameo, 1961. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A title that seems to take off from Chubby Checker's bit trademark hit, but the overall groove is a lot better than you might expect – set for twisting, sure, but in a nicely rough and ready style that's almost equal parts soul and R&B! Some tunes are familiar, but twist-ified – and others are standout originals that really make the album sparkle. Titles include "The Ray Charles-ton", "Dance A Long", "Takes Two To Tango", "Continental Walk", "The Jet", "I Could Have Danced All Night", and "Peanut Butter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ VariousLegendary Wild Rockers 5 – Compiled By Keb Darge & Little Edith ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gritty grooves all the way through – all pulled from rare 45s from the early days of rock and R&B – often heavy on guitars, with a fair bit of instrumentals overall! The mix of modes is exactly what's promised in the title – sounds that start in rockabilly and end in surf, all hand-picked by the mighty Keb Darge, who first found his calling in funk – with lots of help from his musical soulmate Little Edith – a pair of great ears who really know how to move way past the hits and obvious work from this generation! Just about every cut here is super-rare – no overplayed oldies here – and titles include "Twisted Fender" by Jonnie & The Cyclones, "Later On" by The Dynamics, "Neb's Tune" by Ahab & The Wailers, "Ramblin On" by The Thunderballs, "Maybelline" by Ron Haydock & The Boppers, "Panther Pounce" by The Jesters, "Swing Bop Boogie" by Alvis Wayne, "Teenage Ball" by Elroy Dietzel, and "Don't Be Gone Long" by Bob Doss. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RationalsRationals ... LP
Crewe, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The one-and-only full length by Ann Arbor, MI combo The Rationals! The group comes from that fertile regional rock scene that also spawned The Stooges & MC5 – and while The Rationals rock out with primal abandon in moments, they also carry a much more soulful R&B influenced vibe than some of their more notorious peers. There's bits of bluesy psych in the mix, too, and it's most certainly a worthy gem from a prime period for the outlying Motor City scene. Includes "Barefootin'", "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me", "Guitar Army", "Deep Red", "Sunset", "Glowin'", "Handbags And Gladrags", "Ha Ha" and more LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Vinyl has small clusters of marks on "Barefootin" and "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me", none of which affect play. Cover has light wear.)

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Moody BluesMagnificent Moodies ... LP
Decca (UK), 1965. Near Mint- ... $29.99
An incredible first album from The Moody Blues – way way different than any of their later high-concept work, and much more in the best soul and R&B-drenched material of the UK mod scene of the time! A number of cuts here are remakes of American soul tracks – including their stellar take on "Go Now" – and like some of the Moodies' best contemporaries, like Manfred Mann, the group really transform the material – and don't just offer up blue-eyed takes on the tunes. Instead, there's a free sense of play with the material – leanings that are definitely rockish on the solos, even though the overall vibe is quite soulful – and done with this tightly compressed style that's perfect for the vocals of the young Denny Laine – with a vibe that's further expanded by some nice use of echo in the production. Surprisingly wonderful – and very different than "Knights In White Satin" – with titles that include "Go Now", "I'll Go Crazy", "True Story", "Can't Nobody Love You", "I've Got A Dream", and "Let Me Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s mono UK red label pressing with boxed logo, matrix ending in 2A/1A. Cover has some sticker remnants and is slightly wavy from moisture.)

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Eddie ChambleeChamblee Music ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Lively R&B-tinged jazz material from this legendary Chicago tenorist! Chamblee was Dinah Washington's husband, and she brought him to the Mercury label for a few tasty sesssions in the late 50s, most recorded under her supervision. This session features great Chicago players, like Richard Evans, Julain Priester, Jack Wilson, and Charles Davis – and the tracks include "Chamblee Special", "Flat Beer", "At Your Beck & Call", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono blue label Emarcy pressing with drummer logo and deep groove. Cover has a small bit of tape.)

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✨✧ Urbie GreenFox ... LP
CTI, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Smooth and silky jazz funk from trombonist Urbie Green – a record that's much more in a mainstream R&B fusion mode than his earlier work – yet also arranged by David Matthews in a soulful style that still keeps things pretty real on the best cuts! The group's a good one for the mellow groove of the material – and includes Mike Mainieri on keyboards, Eric Gale on guitar, Jeremy Steig on flute, and Toots Thielemans laying down a bit of harmonica – all kicking back in classic 70s CTI styles. Titles include the nice modal groover "Mertensia", plus "Manteca", "Foxglove Suite", "Another Star", and "Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen inside the gatefold.)

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Jackie WilsonHigher & Higher ... LP
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... About April 26, 2019
A wonderful little album from Jackie Wilson – one that helped him redefine his sound and save his career! Jackie's earlier work for Brunswick was a mish-mash of styles that ranged from raw R&B to smooth supper-club jazz to silly novelty numbers, all of which had gotten pretty stale by the mid 60s. Elsewhere at Brunswick, though, things were really popping during the time – as Carl Davis was turning the label's Chicago offices into a hotbed of soul, forged in the newer hipper styles of the Chisoul scene. Davis got Wilson into the Chicago scene for this album – had him working with arranger Sonny Sanders and director Gerald Sims – to create a wonderful batch of strident soul tunes that perfectly embody the loping Chisoul groove that was Davis' real legacy in soul music during the 60s. The prime example of this is the title cut "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher" – which became a runaway hit that put Wilson back on the map I the soul business. The rest of the album's just as great, though, and includes loads of solid numbers like "Soulville", "I've Lost You", "Those Heartaches", and "I'm The One To Do It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last (swirl colored vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Argo/Chess/Jackpot, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again and again over the years – but the whole record's wonderful, and handled with this new level of soul sophistication by arranger Riley Hampton – the great Chicago talent who'd reach similar heights in his charts for singers that include Lorez Alexandria and Walter Jackson. Hampton's dark use of strings brings out a whole new side of James' brilliance – a quality that raised Etta James up out of the R&B ghetto, and forever put her into the legions of legendary 60s soul stars! Titles include the perennial classic "At Last", plus "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Tough Mary", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Anything To Say You're Mine", and "Trust In Me". Includes 4 bonus tracks – "My Heart Cries", "Spoonful", "It's A Crying Shame", and "If I Can't Have You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple swirl colored vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ George BensonBreezin ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Little MiltonGrits Ain't Groceries (Live – Stax) ... LP
Stax, 1972/1984. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A smoldering live set from Little Milton, recorded by Stax when they were staging the legendary Wattstax concerts in LA! Milton didn't make the stadium bill, but like a lot of other Stax artists, brought the funk to the West Coast at a smaller venue the same night, and that set is captured here, though not issued for over a decade! The group features Milton's horn-augmented urban blues setup, and pops in his trademark funky, soulful mode that really let him crossover to audiences more into the predominant R&B and soul sound not just in LA, but nationwide! He stretches out nicely on half a dozen cuts, including "Let Me Down Easy", "Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around The World)", "Blind Man", "I Can't Quit You Baby", "That's What Love Will Make You Do" and "Walking The Back Streets And Crying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Labels have some pen.)

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✨✧ Karyn WhiteKaryn White ... LP
Warner, 1988. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A classic debut from Karyn White – a soul singer who'd already helped breathe some new life into the career of fusion maestro Jeff Lorber before this record – and who steps into the set as a fully-formed talent, ready to take the world of mainstream soul by storm! The set features classic handling from LA & Babyface – who wrote and produced about two thirds of the set, and bring Karyn that hitmaking, full-on modern R&B style that was their big calling card at the time – a quality that really helped White cross over with the record, which ended up in lot more homes than anyone might have expected. Steve Harvey and Jeff Lorber handle some other tracks – and titles include "Superwoman", "Family Man", "Slow Down", "The Way You Love Me", "Love Saw It", "One Wish", "Don't Mess With Me", and "Secret Rendezvous". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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PrinceControversy ... LP
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Classic Prince – an album that signaled an end to the first part of Prince's storied career, leaning heavily on his fascination with new wave, mixed with the r&b grooves and 70s funk of his earliest LPs. Prince is definitely in a transitional mode here, the easy politics of the punk era – "Ronnie Talk To Russia", "Controversy" – are less controversial than Prince's frank sexuality on the record – best heard on tracks like "Jack U Off", "Do Me, Baby", and "Sexuality" – but the unbeatable pop groove of the title cut definitely points the way to Prince's big chart success to come. LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has a shop sticker on back.)

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Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Me Right ... LP
Scepter, 1965. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A hard hard rocker from Roy Head and his Traits – jamming in that burning blend of Texas roots and country soul that always made Roy so great! The sound here is a bit more rock-oriented than some of Roy's other albums – almost rockabilly at times – but it's also clear that he's getting lots of influence from soul and R&B, especially in his choice of tracks. Titles include vocal and instrumental versions of Jimmy McCracklin's "Get Back", plus "Convicted", "Night Train", "My Babe", "Just A Little Bit", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Jack McDuffHoneydripper ... LP
Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the records that put a young Brother Jack McDuff on the map – and a perfect example of the rougher R&B roots that first emerged in his early work on the Hammond! The session's got a much more down-n-dirty feel than some of McDuff's tighter 60s quartet work – and offers a nice bridge between 50s use of the organ in R&B, and the growing soul jazz take on the instrument that McDuff was helping to forge at the time. The group's a real cooker too – with some great work on guitar by a young Grant Green, smoking tenor from Jimmy Forrest, and lyrically dancing drums from the great Ben Dixon. Titles include the great original "Whap!", plus versions of "I Want A Little Girl" and "The Honeydripper" – and an excellent reading of Henry Mancini's "Mr Lucky", virtually worth the price of the record alone! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $12.99
Raw, ragged, rough, and ready – killer early work by Bo Diddley, clearly in a class by itself! The Bo Diddley groove isn't blues, isn't soul, and isn't R&B – it's instead a mad blend of rhythm, scratchy guitar, and spontaneously playful vocals that few other singers could ever hope to touch. This 14 track set features some of Bo's best Chicago work from the late 50s – including "Who Do You Love", "Say Man", "Bo's Bounce", "Crackin Up", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Pretty Thing", "Bring It To Jerome", and "Diddley Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Plas JohnsonRockin With The Plas – The Capitol Singles ... LP
Capitol (France), Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Heavy tenor work from the great Plas Johnson – a musician you know from countless session work, heard here on some great Capitol R&B singles from the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
(1982 French pressing.)

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Dianne ReevesDianne Reeves ... LP
Blue Note, 1987. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An amazing moment for singer Dianne Reeves – the first in a long line of excellent records for the Blue Note label – and a wonderfully tight blend of jazz and soul, put together at a level that instantly pushed Reeves into the territory of previous giants like Phyllis Hyman and Marlena Shaw! Like both of those singers, Dianne's got roots in jazz, but also pushes towards more of an R&B vibe at times – but never in a way that's commercially aimed at the charts, especially in comparison to some of her contemporaries. There's a really rich feel to the whole album – thanks to help from George Duke, who produced and played keyboards – alongside other musicians like Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Titles include "Chan's Song (Never Said)", "I'm OK", "Sky Islands", "Harvest Time", "Yesterdays", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(With Blue Note inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Patrice RushenPrelusion ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great set from Patrice Rushen – very different than her later R&B work from the 80s! The record's her first, and at the time, Patrice was much more of a jazz artist – working here with a cool west coast set of players (Joe Henderson on tenor, Hadley Caliman on alto and soprano, and Oscar Brashear on trumpet), playing a range of keyboards, from acoustic and electric piano, to ARP, and clavinet. The tracks are long, and have a wonderfully composed soul jazz vibe – feeling a heck of a lot like work on labels like Strata East, deeply dipping into a soulful bag that's solid and real, with no fakery or tricks to make the mood happen. Includes the nice moogy groover "Puttered Bopcorn", plus "Shortie's Portion", "7/73", and "Haw Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ras G & The Afrikan Space ProgramStargate Music ... LP
Leaving, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Perhaps the farthest reaching set of cosmic hip hop instrumentals from Ras G yet! Stargate Music takes flight from a rawly experimental beginning – static-y beats, chimes, a bit of keys and a manipulated vocal sample – but you know it's set to blast off into the blissfully funky cosmos and that it does! The mix of spacey atmosphere, funky bass grooves and other unpredictable rhythmic elements keep it compelling and unpredictable, but a love of funk, soul & R&B keeps it human and emotional however abstract. Includes "Water Broken *The Opening Of The Stargate", "Is It Lust Or Love", "The Great Return (Racing Seed)", "Primordial Water Formations" (I & II), "Infinite Possibilities", "Quest To Find Anu Stargate"" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Miracles/Mary Wells/Barrett Strong/Singin SammyTamla Special No 1 ... LP
Tamla/Motown, 1961. Very Good- ... $3.99
A nice selection from the early years of Motown, showcasing some of the great Motor City soul talent that would go on to make the label one of the greatest movers in the R&B and pop world! 10 numbers in all, including "Money" and "Oh I Apologize" by Barrett Strong; "Way Over There", "Shop Around", "Depend On Me" and "Who's Loving You" by the Miracles; "Bye Bye Baby" and "Please Forgive Me" by Mary Wells; and "That's Why I Love You So Much" and "Oh! Lover" by Singin' Sammy & Sherri. LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing. Cover has modearate wear and some splitting.)

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Van MorrisonHis Band & Street Choir ... LP
Warner, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the great albums from Van Morrison during that incredible peak period – and a record that stands out as a less emotionally fraught effort after the heavy mood of Astral Weeks and the super far-reaching Moondance albums. Here Van concentrates a bit more on his love of R&B, but still with some soaring touches. Titles include the unshakable classic "Domino", plus "Crazy Face", "I've Been Working", "Blue Money", "Virgo Clowns", "Gypsy Queen", "Street Choir" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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EnchantmentUtopia ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good ... $14.99
A sweet sweet groover from Enchantment – and a record that may well be the group's greatest moment in the 80s! There's a tightness here that goes beyond the sound of Enchantment in previous years – yet the sound is also still pretty underground too – more electro soul than chart R&B, thanks to excellent use of keyboards and basslines – and a strong focus on the kind of heavy bottom groove that kept these guys spinning strong on the dancefloors, even when they weren't cracking radio as much. A few mellower numbers recall their great strength with a ballad – and show that their vocals can still open up beautifully when needed – and the whole thing's got a well-balanced groove that's kept the record strong for years. Titles include "Here's Your Chance", "Give It Up", "Come Be My Lover", "Don't Fight The Feeling", "I'm Dreaming", and "Gotta Find A Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Cesar CostaLa Historia De Tommy ... LP
Dimsa (Mexico), 1960s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Actor & singer Cesar Costa's La Historia De Tommy – a fairly grandly orchestrated, sweeping set of tunes that we thing was cut in the early-to-mid 60s – with styles ranging from lush pop to teen dance styled numbers! It's all done with Cesar's charisma, with instrumentation ranging from groovy string-laden numbers to sax punctuated R&B, to lightly swinging gems. A groover from a Mexican star working in timeless, boundaryless pop groove. Titles include "La Historia De Tommy", "The Para Dos", "Bethilde", "Laura", "Historia De Me Amor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican pressing on Orfeon. Cover has clear tape on the seams and spine.)

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VariousToo Much Rockin ... LP
Wendi (Australia), Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Not Rockin so much as R&B – great material by Chuck Higgins, Little Marie Allen, The Capitals, Pastels, Porgy & The Monarchs, The Electras, Ray Sharpe, Dean & Jean, Young Jessie, Thurston Harris, The Blue Jays, and Joe Boot & The Fabulous Winds! LP, Vinyl record album

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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the first albums to ever bear the name of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars – a well-chosen moniker for a record to feature the talents of leading 50s west coasters like Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Shelly Manne, Milt Bernhardt, and Herb Geller. The format here is a bit more freewheeling than some other Lighthouse sessions – as the mood changes up from track to track – offering up some great Latin on a few tunes (one with Jack Costanzo and another with Carlos Vidal on percussion), a bit of R&B tenor wailing, and some more of the usual Four Brothers-styled horn lines. Titles include "Mambo Los Feliz", "Jazz Invention", "Witch Doctor", "Swing Shift", "Snap The Whip", "Mexican Passport", and "Viva Zapata No 1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove and Lighthouse logo. Cover has a split spine, ring & edge wear, and Demonstration Copy/Not For Sale stamps. Label has a Demonstration Copy stamp.)

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Jimmy McGriffGreat Jimmy McGriff ... LP
Sunset, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
After McGriff had become more established as a name on the Soul Jazz scene in the 60s, Sunset pulled together this compilation of some of the best singles and album cuts from Jimmy's days at the Sue label. Most of the cuts here are more raw and bluesy than his later work for Groove Merchant and other labels, and have a good raunchy R&B organ sound to them. 10 tracks in all, all McGriff originals: "Bump De Bump", "Turn Blue", "Sho Nuff", "MG Blues", "There'll Never Be Another You", "One Of Mine", "Kiko", "Broadway", "All About My Girl" and "Hello Betty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, small seam splits, and a name in marker on front.)

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DriftersSave The Last Dance For Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Very Good- ... $7.99
Sublime mid-period work from The Drifters – a record cut when the group was working with the team of Lieber & Stoller, who revamped their sound into a sweetly soulful groove that really set the scene for the New York uptown sound of the 60s! The tracks here often have a lilting little rhythm at the bottom – just enough to get thing stepping along in a mode that's sweeter, and arguably more sophisticated than the group's earlier R&B work. And the overall sound is so great, we hardly miss Clyde McPhatter or Ben E King – because the rest of the group has a nicely unified sound. Tracks include "Nobody But Me", "Room Full Of Tears", "No Sweet Lovin", "Jackpot", "Sweets For My Sweet", and more! Also includes the great early Bacharach track "Mexican Divorce"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover and label have a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Johnny AceMemorial Album ... LP
Duke, Early 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only full album from Johnny Ace – a key figure in the Memphis scene of the 50s, and one of the first great casualties of rock and roll! Johnny was one of the first singers to record for the legendary Duke label, and worked in a mode that helped transform the smoother style of the west coast postwar R&B singers into a rougher, rawer mode that would pave the way for Memphis soul in years to come. And although Johnny died a tragic early death (and partially because of it), the impact of his work was tremendous, even in the few short years for which he recorded for Duke – leading to countless posthumous collections, mostly illegitimate, which often presented Johnny's work in less-than-superior conditions. This set is still the best – and features 12 tracks that Ace recorded for the Duke label. Titles include "How Can You Be So Mean", "My Song", "The Clock", "Cross My Heart", "Anymore", "Don't You Know", "Saving My Love For You", "So Lonely", and "Pledging My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing.)
 
 
 



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