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✨✧ VariousR&B Scene – 25 R&B Classics From The Decca Vaults ... LP
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... About April 13, 2019
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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Maxwell DavisFather Of West Coast R&B ... LP
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
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- ... $16.99
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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VariousDoing The Natural Thing – Psychedlic, Country, Garage, Soul, & Shaking R&B Obscurities ... LP
PTR (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About February 15, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousWest Coast Guitar Greats – Anthology Of Virtuoso West Coast Blues & R&B Guitarists (1948 - 1959) ... LP
Moonshine (UK), Late 40s/1950s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes selections from Jimmy Nolen, Pee Wee Crayton, Gen Phillips, and others. 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 ... Just Sold Out!
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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✨✧ VariousNew Breed R&B ... LP
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 ... Temporarily 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
 
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✨✧ Johnny DollarJD's Blues ... LP
Blues R&B, 1986. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Otis ClayOnly Way Is Up ... LP
Blues R&B, 1982. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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- ... $6.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy BrownSaturday Nite ... LP
Mr R&B (Sweden), 1950s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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(80s pressing. Cover has a bit of marker on back.)
 
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✨✧ Alexander O'NealHearsay ... LP
Tabu, 1987. Very Good ... $0.99
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's own life and experience, and that feel is definitely augmented by the spontaneous, conversational feel of the intros and links – a really nice contrast to the wonderfully tight R&B production from the superteam of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Of course, lots of these tracks also struck big as singles for Alexander – proof that the cuts are more than strong enough to stand on their own – yet taken over the course of the whole album, with all the extra bits, the whole thing really sounds great. Titles include "Hearsay", "The Lovers", "Fake", "Criticize", "Crying Overtime", and "Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ PrinceControversy ... LP
Warner, 1981. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Missing the poster. Cover is still in the shrinkwrap, with a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Chuck Brown & The Soul SearchersAny Other Way To Go? ... LP
Rhythm Attack (Germany), 1987. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A later Go-Go effort from the legendary Chuck Brown – quite different from his Soul Searchers work, but very much in the best spirit of DC Go-Go material of the time! Like some of the more famous sets of this type, there's a very live, spontaneous feel to the whole record – lots of tight instrumentation from the group – played with a style that's clearly an 80s transformation of funk – as the group work their way through endless riffs and references from a history of 20th Century soul, R&B, and jazz. The record's almost got the same non-stop feel of an old Go-Go gig – and titles include "Run Joe", "Stormy Monday", "Family Affair", "Do That Stuff", "Go-Go Drug Free" and "Be Bumpin Fresh". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy EldridgeLittle Jazz (Jazz Legacy) ... LP
Inner City, 1950. Sealed ... $4.99
There's nothing little about the talents of Roy Eldridge on the trumpet – as you'll hear in this hip set of tracks from the start of the 50s – material recorded in Paris with help from some great American sidemen! Half the tracks feature Roy's trumpet in a quintet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Dick Hyman on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Ed Shaughnessy on drums – grooving in the relaxed, swing-based style that you'd expect from Eldridge's 50s work on Verve. Roy sings just a bit on the set – scatting alongside the lead vocals from Anita Love on a version of "It Don't Mean A Thing" – and singing a duet with Anita on the R&B-ish "Ain't No Flies On Me". Other tracks include "King David", "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams", and "The Man I Love". Remaining tracks are also from Paris in June of 1950 – and feature Gerry Wiggins on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – on instrumental tunes that include "Wild Driver", "Easter Parade", "If I Had You", "Nuts", and "Goliath Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a Best Entertainment Value sticker. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Toots & The MaytalsFunky Kingston (Island version) ... LP
Island/Mango, 1971. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Masterful early 70s reggae from Toots & The Maytals – released first in 1971, and first reissued with this killer tracklist a few years later into the 70s – and flat out classic! The reggae rhythms are steeped in raw soul and R&B for truly distinctive vibe. Breezy Caribbean sounds that meld with heavy soul for an overall vibe that paved the way for most massively popular reggae music of all time. It does get much more wonderful than this, folks! The Island version essentially pairs up material from the original Funky Kingston release with alternate numbers from the In The Dark LP – and titles include the incredible "Time Tough", "Pomp And Pride", "Funky Kingston" and "Pressure Drop", cool covers of "Louie Louie" and Country Roads", ""Sailin' On" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mango/Island pressing. Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Big MaybelleBig Maybelle – The Okeh Sessions ... LP
Okeh/Columbia, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A bit blues, a bit jazz – and a singer with a style unto her own – the amazing Big Maybelle, one of the greatest artists to record for Okeh Records in the 50s! This well-done collection pulls together every single Maybelle recorded for the R&B powerhouse back in the day – a motherlode of great work that easily puts her right up there with Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown as one of the great female singers of the 50s. The package features a whopping 22 tracks in all – including many bits that get lost between the tracks in some of the too-sifted collections of her work from the time. Titles include "Maybelle's Blues", "Hair Dressin Women", "My Big Mistake", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "So Good To My Baby", "Gabbin Blues", "You'll Never Know", and "New Kind Of Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Herbie HancockSunlight ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Very Good ... $6.99
An overlooked little gem in Herbie Hancock's 70s catalog – and a sweet set of funky tunes that adds an R&B edge to the Headhunters sound! Herbie's playing a heck of a lot of keys on the set – from Arp to moog to Rhodes, and everything in between – but the album never gets too crazy, and has a really nice laidback soulful approach that grooves along wonderfully on a small number of very extended tunes! Other players include Headhunters stalwarts Paul Jackson on bass, Bennie Maupin on reeds, Patrick Gleeson on electronics, and Bill Summers on drums – and Herbie does some cool singing through the keyboards in a spacey voice that's really great! Titles include "Good Question", "Sunlight", "Come Running To Me", "I Thought It Was You", and "No Means Yes". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear and a tracklist sticker.)

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✨✧ James BrownBest Of James Brown ... LP
Polydor, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice package that covers a good range of King-era material – from early R&B soul numbers, to late 60s early funk tracks. Titles include "Say It Loud", "Sex Machine", "There Was A Time", "Lost Someone", "It's A Man's World", "Popcorn", "Hot Pants", and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen on back.)

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✨✧ Jesse BelvinBut Not Forgotten ... LP
United, Early 50s. Very Good ... $1.99
Jesse was one of the greats – and he would have been as huge as Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, or Ray Charles, had he not died a tragic early death in the late 50s. This album collects some of his great polished R&B tracks from the early and mid 50s, recorded in LA, and a perfect progression from the postwar styles laid down by Nat Cole and Charles Brown. Titles include "Girl of My Dreams", "My Desire", "I'm In Love", "I'll Mess You Up", and "Once Upon A Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ruth BrownBlack Is Brown & Brown Is Beautiful ... LP
Skye, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hip little set from Ruth Brown – miles away from her earlier R&B for Atlantic, and much more in the adult, righteous, and contemporary mode you'd expect from the title! The session's one of the key sides from the late 60s Skye Records catalog – and like others on the label, it features Gary McFarland production, and some great small group backings by a group that includes Richard Tee on organ, Billy Butler on guitar, and Herbie Lovelle on drums. Ruth's trials and tribulations are listed in detail inside the notes – and the record was one of the first re-discovery efforts that Brown undertook – a session that was trying to help her pay her dues, and expose her to the same sort of audiences that were lapping up Aretha Franklin at the time, but not giving as much attention to older singers. Tracks are a mix of (then) contemporary numbers and updated older tunes – with titles that include "Yesterday", "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Lookin Back", "Try Me & See", "Miss Brown's Blues", "My Prayer", and "This Bitter Earth". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sonny Stitt with Brother Jack McDuffNother Fu'ther ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Very Good ... $14.99
Stitt & McDuff in a very tasty set of organ/tenor grooves, played with that style that Prestige was finally beginning to perfect in the early 60s, as it let these organ combos shake off their 50's R&B sound, and start to hit a straighter jazz groove. Art Taylor's on drums, Eddie Diehl's on guitar, and Ray Barretto lopes along behind on congas. Titles include "Thirty Three, Ninety Six", "Nuther Fu'Ther", "Ringin' In", and "Pam Ain't Blue". Great cover, too – with Stitt in some very heavy-duty shades, looking very tuff! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with Van Gelder stamp, in the white "Nuther Fu'ther" cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Butterfield Blues BandButterfield Blues Band Live ... LP
Elektra, 1970. Used 2LP Gatefold ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring wear.)

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✨✧ SpanielsSpaniels – 16 Soulful Serenades ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from one of the strongest vocal groups to ever come out of the Chicago scene! The Spaniels burst upon the scene in the mid 50s recording for the Vee Jay label with a sophisticated harmony sound that was a lot stronger than some of their contemporaries on the east coast. The group had an amazing way with a ballad, but could also groove in a hard rolling R&B style too. This set features 16 of their best from the 50s – including 4 previously unissued numbers! Titles include "You're Gonna Cry", "I Know", "I'll Be Waiting", "I'm Gonna Thank Him", "These Three Words", "Jessie Mae", "100 Years From Today", and "Everyone's Laughing". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Screamin' Jay HawkinsWhat That Is ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Screamin Jay Hawkins caught at the height of one of his first "revival" periods – the late 60s, when he was opening for the Rolling Stones, and popping out of the same sort of coffin pictured on the cover! The style of the record takes the older R&B mode of Hawkins' 50s singles, and maybe gives it a bit more of a kick with some of the younger blues generation – but in a way that only seems to open up his music more than before. The album was recorded live in a Hollywood club, where Hawkins was clearly trying out the act that was winning him appeal with the new crowds – and players include Lyle Ritz on bass, Plas Johnson on tenor, Earl Palmer on drums, and even a bit of piano from Grahame Bond. Titles include "Ask Him", "Thing Called Woman", "Dig", "I'm Lonely", "What That Is", "Constipation Blues", and "Feast Of The Mau Mau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Earl KlughEarl Klugh ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sweet debut from guitarist Earl Klugh – a player whose sound went onto dominate late 70s fusion in a big big way! Klugh's clearly stepping here into a space allowed by George Benson at the time – a blend of jazz and R&B that's warmer and mellower than work previously done on Blue Note in the decade (or on CTI and Kudu for that matter) – one that's less focused on rhythm than it is on tone, and the kind of setting that allows Earl to shine wonderfully. There's a lot less of the cheesiness here that would hurt Klugh's later albums, and the overall presentation is nicely retrained – arranged by Dave Grusin at a time when he still knew how to bring a good deal of soul into a session, avoiding cliche and letting the soloist step forth unmarred. Other players include Lee Ritenour, Harvey Mason, and Grusin himself – and Klugh plays both electric and acoustic guitar, on tunes that include "Angelina", "Slippin In The Back Door", "Vonetta", "Waltz For Debby", and "Wind & The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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✨✧ Gene AmmonsGene Ammons Story – The 78 Era ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent overview of Ammons' early years at Prestige – back when he was recording mostly 78s for the label, and king of the jukebox scene! The sides vary between bop, swing, and a bit of rougher R&B styled tunes – and players include Sonny Stitt, Duke Jordan, Benny Green, Bill Massey, Matthew Gee, and Junior Mance. The feel of the material is similar to Ammons' sides for Chess at the time, but a bit tighter overall – and the set includes 30 tracks in all. Titles include "Back In Your Own Backyard", "Easy Glide", "Walkin", "Chabootie", "Bye Bye", "Archie", "Ammons Boogie", "Jug", "Wow", "Blue & Sentimental", "When I Dream Of You", "A Lover Is Blue", and "Sock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, a sticker spot, and light wear.)

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonIs It Still Good To Ya ... LP
Warner, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers – writing, singing, and producing their own work in a now-established tradition of sophisticated soul and uptempo grooves! What they had not done to this point was produce a number of big hits for themselves, and that tide started to turn this this excellent album that's among their best ever! Includes a number of singles that would help them begin to break through to later huge chart success, which was by now richly earned. Titles include "Is It Good To You", "Ain't It A Shame", "It Seems To Hang On", "Flashback", "The Debt Is Settled", and "Get Up And Do Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Force MDsChillin' ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early crossover classic from Tommy Boy – and one of the first albums to mix together hip hop and mainstream R&B! As you can guess from the cover, there's more of the latter going on than the former – as Force MDs were really more of a sweeter soul group than a crew from the streets – but the overall look of the group and their presentation of the material makes a definite nod to the old school scene of their Tommy Boy contemporaries, and a few of the tracks in the set feature production that's a bit more hip hop than soul. Titles include "One Plus One", "Here I Go Again", "Uh Oh!", "Chillin'", "Force MD's Meet The Fat Boys", "Tender Love", "Will You Be My Girlfriend", and "Walking On Air". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Googie & Tom CoppolaShine The Light Of Love ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good ... $19.99
Soaring soul from Googie and Tom Coppola – much more of an R&B-inflected album than their earlier rock work in the group Air – sublimely produced with help from Jerry Peters, who brings in a sweet LA groove! Googie's vocals are especially great – with a higher-pitch Minnie Riperton-esque sort of feel at points – and the rhythms, while upbeat, never get too over the top – leaving some great space for the sort of offbeat midtempo numbers that Peters always does so well. The album's got some nice jazzy touches and a sublime, sophisticated approach to the overall sound that's very crisply executed without succumbing to commercial gloss. "Joyous Flame" is a sought after, late night mellow groover, this set also includes "Broken Wings", "Missing Love", "Family Of Man", "Everything Is Coming To The Light", and "Shine The Light Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Flora PurimThat's What She Said ... LP
Milestone, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
One of Flora Purim's last albums for Milestone – and much less of a straight Brazilian fusion session than some of her other records – more in the soul style she'd explore in years to come! Flora's singing in English a bit more than before, and some of the tunes have a nice dose of R&B in the mix – sliding in nicely with fusion-inspired instrumentation from a lineup of players that includes George Duke on keyboards, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, Alphonso Johnson on bass, and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Flora's vocals are as heavenly as ever – and she soars over the top of the tunes with all the grace of her earlier sessions! Titles include "Look Into His Eyes", "Juicy", "What Can I Say", "That's What She Said", and "You Are My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Larry WilliamsHere's Larry Williams ... LP
Specialty, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rollicking R&B from the great Larry Williams – a collection of Specialty Records classics, served up with an intensity that matches that of Little Richard at the time! Titles include "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", "Bony Morone", "Little School Girl", "Short Fat Fannie", "Make A Little Love", "Hootchy Koo", and "Lawdy Miss Clawdy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesTell Mama (180 gram – gold vinyl mono pressing) ... LP
Cadet/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 23.99
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary Fame Studios lineup that included Barry Beckett on organ, Charles Chalmers on tenor, and Roger Hawkins on drums – all coming together with the great Rick Hall at the production helm! Etta's back in hard-belting R&B-tinged territory here – a bit more sophisticated than the 50s, with a good mix of hard soul numbers and ballads, opening up in some southern territory that really suits her well. Titles include "The Same Rope", "Watch Dog", "Tell Mama", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Just A Little Bit", and "Don't Lose Your Good Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
Also available Tell Mama – Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Ruth BrownRockin' With Ruth ... LP
Atlantic/Charly (UK), 1950s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Classic 50s Atlantic R&B from Ruth Brown! Titles include "Oh What A Dream", "Don't Deceive Me", "Papa Daddy", "I Can't Hear A Word You Say", "Daddy Daddy", "5 10 15 Hours", "Teardrops From My Eyes", and "Love Contest". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small rip in the opening.)

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✨✧ Bo DiddleyHis Greatest Sides ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ AnimalsAnimalism ... LP
MGM, 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Pure burning soul from The Animals – a nicely stripped-down set that revels in older R&B styles – cooked up with a version of the group that features Dave Rowberry on Hammond and lots of screaming vocals from Eric B! The original Animals vibe is opened up a bit more with some heavier sounds that reflect the change of moves at the time – but overall, the tracks are mostly shortish and respectful to the roots that inspired the group – in a way that helps bring together music from a range of different sources. Titles include versions of Fred Neil's "Other Side Of Life", Zappa's "All Night Long", Sam Cooke's "Shake", Donovan's "Hey Gyp", and Ray Charles' "Hit The Road Jack" – plus "Smoke Stack Lightning", "Rock Me Baby", "Outcast", "Louisiana Blues", and "Going Down Slow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ TroopAttitude ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Chuckii Booker, Gerald Levert and Dallas Austin all take turns producing on Troop's second album of commercial R&B. Includes "That's My Attitude", "Spread My Wings", "All I Do Is Think Of You", "Another Lover", "I'm Not Souped", "I Will Always Love you" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Etta JamesAt Last ... LP
Argo, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderfully sophisticated soul from Etta James – a real departure from the raw shouting R&B of earlier years, and perfectly set to sparkling arrangements by the great Riley Hampton (who'd had similar success with Walter Jackson, Lorez Alexandria, and other Chicago soul stars.) 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label 70s pressing on Cadet, in a slightly different cover which has a cut corner and some wear.)

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✨✧ EquaticsDoin It!!!! ... LP
Now Again, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no names on the back you recognize or even anything indicating where or when it's from. Then you take a spin and it's the real thing from the get go! The production is nice and raw but not ragged, and a funky vibe that groups today emulate but just can't recapture. This set's mid 70s R&B, mostly instrumental but with a few vocal numbers, all nicely done up in a very groovy, funky fashion. There's a couple of nice covers, like their Isaac Hayes-ish take on "Walk On By" and a nice rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", but the rest of the set's mostly originals, like "Merry-Go-Round" and some nice raggedy instrumentals like "What They Doin?", "Santana" done up in parts 1 and 2 (maybe on a 45 somewhere. . .), "Cisco Fare" and the jazzy "The Touch Of You". Amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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

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✨✧ Eddie VinsonCherry Red Blues ... LP
King, Late 50s/Late 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $6.99
Nice King compilation of earlier material by Eddie Cleanhead Vinson – featuring plenty of cuts you won't find in any other format. Vinson's got a jazzier style than most of the 50's R&B singers, and he also plays some tasty alto with a good raw edge, which keeps the tracks exciting. Titles include "Featherbed Mama", "Person To Person", "My Big Brass Bed Is Gone", "I Need You Tonight", "Cherry Red", "Kidney Stew", and "Ashes On My Pillow". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lorez AlexandriaAlexandria The Great ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
A beautiful album from Lorez Alexanderia – one of her two excellent sessions for Impulse! The record was cut after Lorez recorded some great sides for the Argo label – and it works off the strength of those sides, taking her unique vocal approach, forged in R&B, but smoothed by jazz, into a whole new level of expression! The backing is great – small combo, with featured musicians who include Bunk Shank and Paul Horn on reeds, and Victor Feldman and Wynton Kelly on piano – all working with moody, soulful arrangements that are a perfect accompaniment to Lorez' beautiful voice. Includes the cuts "Get Me To The Church On Time", "Satin Doll", "Show Me", "The Best Is Yet to Come", "I'm Through With Love", and 5 more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label ABC pressing. Cover has some wear and light staining.)

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✨✧ Jack McDuffScreamin' ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Very Good ... $9.99
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
(Blue label pressing.)

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✨✧ Chuck WillisMy Story – Roy Gaines & Chuck Willis (5LP set) ... LP
Official (Germany), Mid 50s. Near Mint- 5LPs ... $29.99
The biggest collection we've ever seen to feature the work of the great Chuck Willis – one of the key R&B singers of the 50s, and one of the first to pass away all too soon! The set features all of Chuck's 50s recordings up to his death in 1958 – including material for Columbia and Atlantic, with 70 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet, and box is in nice shape.)

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Louis JordanRockin & Jivin 1956/1957 Vol 1 ... LP
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
The first volume in this great series that brings together the complete Mercury Recordings from the later years of this R&B great – including some never-issued tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRare Blues Girls From King ... LP
King/Sing (Denmark), Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A killer collection of female R&B from the legendary King Records – with a fair bit of relatively obscure material – by Mickey Champion, Valerie Carr, Fluffy Hunter, Sarah McLawler, Lorranine Lester, Mildred Anderson, Flo Garvin, Dorothy Ellis, Lil Greenwood, Aletra Hampton, and even a young Sugar Pie DeSanto! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GuyGuy ... LP
MCA/Uptown, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone cold classic from Teddy Riley! Forget what you might think about the cliches of New Jack Swing, because this record is a landmark of modern soul, one of the freshest R&B albums from the 80s, and it still sounds great today. After starting things out with Wrecks N Effect, Riley moved over to Guy – who really made his hip-hop heavy New Jack sound work great, because they had much better vocal chops than earlier groups, and they could fuse a tight harmony to the funky sound in style that not only got them loads of airplay (and record sales!), but which inspired a whole generation of American soul. This first album's their best, and it includes lots of nice smooth jammers – like "Spend The Night", "Piece of My Love", "Teddy's Jam", "Groove Me", and "Goodbye Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a wrinkled corner.)
Also available Guy ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ VariousJumpin The Blues Vol 1 ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Loads of great jazz and R&B from Decca, Coral, and related labels – with work by Stomp Gordon, Cecil Payne, Willie Brown, Good Lewis, Harold Burrage, Doles Dickens, Buddy Johnson, Joey Thomas, and Clay Braddy! LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee RitenourRit/2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A nice mix of 80s groove and jazzy fusion – served up by one of the few players who could make such a set come off so well! Lee Ritenour's fusion work of the 70s always had a fair dose of R&B in the mix – but by the time of this set, he had moved even more strongly into a modern soul-based mode of jazz – one that he clearly helped to influence with his initial work, and which he still rode over strongly with the well-selling Rit series of albums for Elektra. Players on the set include Harvey Mason and Tom Scott – and about 2/3 of the album's tracks feature vocals by Eric Tagg. Titles include "Malibu", "Cross My Heart", "Promises Promises", "Dreamwalkin", "Keep It Alive", "A Fantasy", and "Tied Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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VariousSoul Years 1948 to 1973 – Atlantic Records 25th Anniversary ... LP
Atlantic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
Not just soul, but lots of R&B too – work by Betty Wright, Joe Turner, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave, Stick McGhee, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, The Chords, Solomon Burke, and lots of others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a cool fold-out inside the gatefold. Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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✨✧ EU/Phyllis Hyman/Kenny Barron/Bill Lee/& OthersSchool Daze ... LP
Manhattan, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Like any Spike Lee soundtrack from the 80s, this one's a mix of many different styles – with some straight-out pop tracks, like EU's hit "Da Butt", or a number of throwaway 80s R&B tracks by lost groups. The best moments, as usual, are the jazzy ones – like Phyllis Hyman's sweet "Be One", Bill Lee's spiritual "Wake Up Suite", and Kenny Barron & Terence Blanchard's duet on "One Little Acorn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ ColosseumThose Who Are About To Die Salute You ... LP
ABC/Dunhill, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz rock masterpiece from Colosseum – the kind of record that the British scene could do far far better than any American group at the time! The set is a sweet blend of late beat group grooving – using the heavy R&B-influenced guitar and organ styles of earlier years, and working them into a more open-ended, more improvisational approach that had a surprising amount of soul! Most cuts have vocals, but the instrumentation is what really dominates the set – especially on the sweet organ work from Dave Greenslade, and the always-great sax work by Dick Heckstall-Smith. Titles include the funky "Debut", and the cuts "Walking In The Park", "Plenty Hard Lick", "The Road She Walked Before", "Mandarin" and "Those About To Die". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label ABC/Dunhill pressing.)

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✨✧ TeaseTease (Epic) ... LP
Epic, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lean, mid 80s pop soul and funk from Tease – funky and nicely thumping work from a group that features singer and songwriter Kipper Jones! Kipper would go on to bigger and brighter prospects as a hit songwriter for other artists, but, both of Tease's self-titled sets in the 80s – this one for Epic, and an earlier effort for RCA – are both unjustly slept and and stand up pretty strongly with better remembered R&B albums from the period. Some of the album reminds us of the funkier pop soul sounds coming out of Minneapolis in the mid 80s, though Tease came together from the west coast scene at the time – with beats, keys, synth, bass and soulful vocals driving it. Nice stuff that's well worth checking out! Includes "The Note", "Better Wild (Than Mild)", "Firestarter", "Body Heat", "Total Control", "Soft Music", "Baby Be Mine" and "I Wish You Were Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine (40th anniversary yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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Aretha FranklinElectrifying Aretha Franklin ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Sealed ... $13.99
Pretty great stuff by Aretha – despite what the pro-Atlantic Records books say! The record is one of the first she cut with John Hammond at Columbia, and although it's not in the classic soul mode of the Atlantic sessions, it's a darn nice batch of bluesy jazz tracks that would still stand the test of time well if people weren't so hung up on the propaganda that plays down the Columbia years. Backings are by Richard Wess on most tracks, and at times Aretha's voice is recorded with a nice echoey touch that gives the material almost an R&B-ish feel. Titles include "Rough Lover", "You Made Me Love You", "It's So Heartbreakin", "Nobody Like You", "I Told You So", and "Just For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing, sealed. Cover is shopworn.)

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OsibisaOjah Awake ... LP
Island, 1976. Very Good- ... $1.99
Osibisa's smoothing things up a bit by this point – going for a groove that's partially African-inspired, but which also has some mainstream Caribbean touches, and an overall approach that uses more mainstream R&B styles than on some of their previous records. The sound isn't bad, though, and the best numbers have a smooth jazzy kind of groove setting things up – almost an African take on the Fantasy Records sound, with a sunny Sunday afternoon sort of feel. Titles include "Dance The Body Music", "Cherryfield", "The Warrior", "Flying Bird", "Sakabo", and "Keep On Trying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker in the top left.)

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Mar-KeysLast Night ... LP
Stax/Atlantic, 1961. Very Good- ... $29.99
The birth of the Memphis instrumental sound – a classic album from The Mar-Keys, who were one of the leading early groups on Stax! 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 – a great bridge between Memphis Stax and the sound of Atlantic Records in the 60s. Titles are all pretty playful, and feature lots of sax and organ lines – on tunes that include "Night Before", "Morning After", "About Noon", "Hold It", "Last Night", "Sticks & Stones", and "One Degree North". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with AT etch, includes Atlantic inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersWill The Circle Be Unbroken? (Vee Jay) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Possibly the closest thing to an early "hit" the Staple Singers ever had – an album that starts off with their classic rendition of "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", an instantly timeless tune penned by Roebuck Staples! The group's quite young at this point, and is a quintet with three female voices and two male – all supported by only a bit of guitar and gentle percussion on most numbers, in a way that makes the group often sound a lot more R&B-oriented than typical gospel! There's a raw quality to the album that's totally great – and apart from "Will The Circle Be Unbroken", the album features lots more originals by Roebuck Staples, including "Let's Go Home", "Downward Road", "Pray On", "Don't Knock", and "Don't Drive Me Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Trip pressing.)

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CashflowCashflow ... LP
Atlanta/Mercury, 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Mid 80s funky soul from Cashflow – a rare one cut for the Atlanta label, and produced by Larry Blackmon – a group R&B effort that seamlessly combines the club ready soul, funk, 80s rap influences and otherwise tightly thumping grooves Blackmon worked with at the time! Cashflow had a hit with "Mine All Mine", but the rest of the record is nearly as nice as that one – post electro, keyboard heavy synth soul & funk production with group vocals that range from quite strong lead and backing vocals – plus a Larry Blackmon rap in the middle of "Party Freak", a cut that works nicely in the She's Strange era Cameo mold! Other tracks include "Can't Let Love Pass Us By", "Spending Money", "Reach Out", "I Need Your Love" and "It's Just A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two cutout marks.)

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✨✧ Jack McDuffLive It Up ... LP
Sugar Hill, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 light wear and a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Rare EarthGet Ready ... LP
Rare Earth, 1969. Used ... Temporarily 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.)

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✨✧ Gladys Knight & The PipsSilk N Soul ... LP
SOUL, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Silk N Soul – a perfect summation of the genius of Gladys Knight on Motown – moving past the rougher R&B of the earlier singles on other labels, into a deep/sweet mode that really sets that stage for some of her best success! The album kicks off with Gladys' version of "I Wish It Would Rain" – one that's different from, but equally great as, the more famous recording of the tune by The Tempations – and then the album rolls into a mixture of 60s hits, both Motown and otherwise, all done by the group with a really unique approach on the best numbers. Titles include "Every Little Bit Hurts", "You're My Everything", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Groovin", "Baby I Need Your Lovin", and "Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Rusty BryantUntil It's Time For You To Go ... LP
Prestige, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A richly soulful album from tenor giant Rusty Bryant – and a set that mixes his older Prestige Records mode with the larger electric styles of the CTI generation! The group's bigger than on most of Bryant's other records of the time – some larger charts arranged by Horace Ott, who had a lot of background in soul and R&B, and brings all of those elements to work nicely on the grooves. Rusty's still out front soloing nicely – in a manner that recalls Stanley Turrentine on CTI or Hank Crawford on Kudu – and other players include Ott himself on keyboards, Wilbur Baxcomb on bass, George Devens on vibes, David Spinozza on guitar, and Bernard Purdie on drums. Funky cuts include "The Hump Bump" and "Ga Gang Gang Goong" – and other titles include "Draggin The Line", "Red Eye Special", and "Troubles". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs & Band ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early blue eyed soul work from Boz Scaggs – an album that's got a lot more rootsy touches than some of his bigger crossover hits! At one level, the album seems to have a Bay Area-styled approach – genre-blending soul, R&B, and rock influences into a sound that proudly steps forth without any care for categorization. But at another, Boz already displays a keen ear for a sweeter soul track – and comes across nicely with a compressed AOR mellow groove on the album's best tracks. The set was put together with a lot of heavy production work and investment (despite a homey "hey we're just the band" sort of cover image) – illustrating the fact that CBS clearly already saw a lot of promise in Boz – and titles include "Monkey Time", "Flames Of Love", "You're So Good", "Here To Stay", and the nicely funky "Why Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a small sticker.)

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James BrownShowtime ... LP
Smash, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the odder James Brown records from the 60s – as it includes 11 studio tracks with overdubbed audience. James was under contract with King at the same time, and couldn't record new vocal material for Smash – so the record doesn't contain any JB originals, but covers of Louis Jordan style songs like "Caldonia", "Evil", "Nobody Here But Us Chickens". Certainly not The Godfather's funkiest moment, but proof that he could still swing in a hard R&B groove with the right backing. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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James BrownJames Brown Sings Out Of Sight ... LP
Smash, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any new original vocal material for Smash – apart from the title track "Out Of Sight", which had already been snuck on the market, and which is a sinister funky track built along the same lines as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (not on this album.) Apart from that track, the rest of the material on the record is more traditional R&B and pop stuff – sung by James in a strong soul style. Titles include "Somethin Else", "Nature Boy", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Wanna Be Around", "I Got You", and "Good Rockin Tonight". The liner notes are great, too – with some pretty interesting information on Brown's career, and African-American politics. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Vi ReddBird Call (Solid State) ... LP
Solid State, 1963/1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent bit of early 60s soulbop – and one of two rare albums ever cut by the obscure female alto player Vi Redd, one of the few women sax players of her generation to get recorded! The album's got an easygoing groove that's mighty nice – a touch of R&B at times, but not nearly as much as you'd hear on Redd's other record for Atlantic – thanks to a sensitive jazz-based presentation by a group that also features a young Roy Ayers on vibes, making his first-ever appearance on record! Other players include Herb Ellis on guitar and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Kansas Lawrence on trumpet, who's clearly a bigger-name player working under another name. Vi sings on the record, in addition to playing alto sax – in this laidback way that's a bit like Trudy Pitts – and although the record's billed as a tribute to Charlie Parker, it's got a lot more going on than that! Tracks include "Summertime", "Old Folks", "Just Friends", "Now's The Time", "Anthropology", and "Cool Blues Perhaps". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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OrlonsDown Memory Lane With The Orlons ... LP
Cameo, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
The Orlons recreate the sound of yesteryear – singing a dozen older doo wop and R&B hits, but taking the tunes in their own sweet mixture of male and female voices! The backings are a bit sparer than on other Orlons albums of the 60s – and really allow the vocals to come forward nicely – giving a soulful update to a set of tunes that include "Sea Cruise", "Little Star", "Tonight Tonight", "Come Go With Me", "You Cheated", "Deserie", and "Stranded In The Jungle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover is in nice shape.)

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Johnny Hammond SmithTalk That Talk ... LP
Prestige/New Jazz, 1960. Very Good ... $24.99
Subtle early magic from Johnny Hammond Smith – the kind of sweet organ jazz set that really set Smith apart from his contemporaries in the 60s! There's a slightly offbeat vibe here that's hard to peg, but which already marks Hammond as one of the more inventive players of his generation – never content to just rehash R&B modes for jazz organ, and instead really exploratory in terms of timings and phrasings – using his instrument to great effect in a hip combo that features George Tucker on bass, Art Taylor on drums, and Ray Barretto on congas – plus some excellent tenor from Oliver Nelson on three tracks! Titles include "Talk That Talk", "Bennie's Diggin", "Portrait Of Jennie", "An Affair To Remember", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Riptide", "Misty", and "Minors Allowed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some wear at the opening.)

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Buddy GuyI Was Walking Through The Woods ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Buddy Guy reached much bigger fame on later labels, but he sounds pretty darn great here in a set of early recordings done for Chess – all sides recorded in the first half of the 60s, when Buddy represented one of the best talents in a new generation of bluesmen rising up in Chicago! The style here is tighter and a bit more urban than some of the Chess work of the 50s – less rootsy overall, with saxophone often sliding next to the guitar – in a wickedly soulful mode that's got elements of R&B in the mix. Titles include "My Time After A While", "Ten Years Ago", "Watch Yourself", "Stone Crazy", "I Found A True Love", "First Time I Met The Blues", and "No Lie". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Original Chess Masters pressing. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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En VogueBorn To Sing ... LP
Atlantic, 1990. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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, and the crossover strength of early classics like "Hold On" and "Lies" are more than proof of that! This album features both of those gems – plus "Time Goes On", "Don't Go", "Luv Lines", "Part Of Me", and "Party". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner.)

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BabyfaceLovers (balloon cover) ... LP
Solar, 1986. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The beginning of an empire! This was the first solo album cut by the now-famous Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds – cut after years of work in the music business that included stints in the groups Manchild and The Deele, and lots of production work for other LA soul acts. The record's kind of a rougher version of the modern R&B style that you'll know from Babyface's big hits of the early 90s – more in the style of some of the Solar Records acts of the early 80s, and some of the other big keyboard/bass pedal bands on the market at the time. The real contribution, though, is Kenny's ability to infuse the whole thing with soul – taking these tinny little tracks and making them come out kind of sweet, not only through his famous production, but through his faltering vocal style, which is about the most honest-sounding aspect of the record. Titles include "Lovers", "Marry Mack", "If We Try", "Take Your Time", and a cover of "You Make Me Feel Brand New". LP, Vinyl record album

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Andrae Crouch & The DisciplesTake Me Back ... LP
Light, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $4.99
Groovy gospel soul from Andrae Crouch & The Disciples – the kind of soulful set that helped the group crossover to all kinds of audiences. You won't forget this is a gospel set, but there's all kinds of nice influences creeping in here, from AOR pop to mainstream R&B, with a kind of sunny uplifting feel throughout! Titles include "Take Me Back", "The Sweet Love Of Jesus", "Tell Them", "All I Can Say", "Oh Savior", "Praises", "It Ain't No New Thing", "They Shall Be Mine", "Just Like He Said He Would", "I'll Stil Love You", and "You Can Depend On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ KashifCondition Of The Heart ... LP
Arista, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
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.)

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Wilbert HarrisonLet's Work Together ... LP
Sue, 1969. Very Good ... $7.99
Kind of a "revival" record for Wilbert – cut during the big R&B comeback years of the late 60s, recorded with a sound that's almost rawer than his original 50s work! The style is pretty laidback and more bluesy than you'd expect – Wilbert working with a small combo that features rough guitar and harmonica, singing sad little versions of tunes that include "Let's Work Together", "Blue Monday", "Soul Rattler", "Stagger Lee", "Stand By Me", and "Tropical Shakedown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some stains at the bottom.)

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Johnny Otis & OthersJohnny Otis Show Live At Monterey ... LP
Epic, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Johnny's very much in his "revival" mode here – dipping back to his earlier R&B roots, and working with a host of famous older blues singers. The set's got vocals by Roy Milton, Roy Brown, Esther Phillips, Mighty Mouth Evans, Ivory Joe Hunter, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, Margie Evans, and Big Joe Turner – and even though Shuggie Otis is on the album, the whole thing's a pretty bluesy affair overall. Titles include "Shuggie's Boogie", "Plastic Man", "Margie's Boogie", "Baby You Don't Know", "Little Esther's Blues", "RM Blues", "Goin Back To LA", "Willie & The Hand Jive", and "Since I Met You Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the top seams.)

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Little Jr ParkerBlues Man ... LP
Minit, 1969. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A tasty album of hard bluesy tracks from Little Jr Parker – set to arrangements by Horace Ott, and very much in an older mode than the vintage of the album would imply. The tracks on the set have a late 50s hip R&B style – similar to late work by Louis Jordan, or some of the Duke sides by Bobby Blue Bland. Jr's voice is rawer than either of theirs – but the smoothness of the instrumentation provides a nice contrast with the singing, and gives the tracks a strong feel. Titles include "In The Dark", "I Found A Good Thing", "I Just Got To Know", "Drivin Wheel", and "Get Away Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some ring & edge wear, and small splits in the bottom seam.)

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Orioles, Moonglows, FlamingosJump Children ... LP
Vee Jay/Charly (UK), Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A smoking set of upbeat R&B material – featuring great tracks from three seminal vocal groups of the 50s! Titles include "Jump Children (Vooit Vooit)", "Cross Over The Bridge", "Golden Teardrops", and "Someday, Someway" all by The Flamingos. Some of the Orioles' tracks are "Live It Up", "Fools Will Be Fools", "I Just Got Lucky" and "Never Leave My Baby". The Moonglows' songs include "Baby Please", "Ooh Rockin Daddy", "219 Train", and "Whistle My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck WillisHis Greatest Recordings ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/1971. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
Before he died an early, untimely death, Chuck Willis cut some fantastic R&B sides for Atlantic in the late 50s. This nice set brings together most of the best material from that time, inlcuding hits like "C. C. Rider" and "Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes" – plus lesser-known material (which we like better), like "My Crying Eyes", "Thunder & Lightning", "From the Bottom Of My Heart", and "That Train Is Gone". Also includes the stellar "What Am I Living For", which we could hear a hundred times in a row! LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Guitar WatsonJohnny Guitar Watson (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
King/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Killer work from one of the all-time greats – even if it only represents a small slice of his music! Unlike James Brown, Little Willie John, or the 5 Royales – Johnny Guitar Watson only spent a brief bit of his career at King Records – but his work for that legendary imprint was more than enough to make him one of the leading lights of R&B music in the second half of the 50s! The King approach is perfect for all the brashness that Watson had in his youth – not just on those massively sinister vocals and famous guitar – but also that sense of self and nice dash of wit that always set him apart from the rest! Titles include "Highway 60", "Gangster Of Love", "Broke & Lonely", "Those Lonely Lonely Feelings", "Posin", and "That's The Chance You've Got To Take". LP, Vinyl record album
(On colored vinyl!)

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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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Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. Vinyl Part 1 is a 3LP set that focuses on the earliest years – with a total of 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Chicago USA" by The Nu Sounds, "I'm Coming Home" by Billie Hawkins, "Softalk" by Sun Ra, "Demon's Lullaby" by Le Sun Ra, "It's Christmas Time" by The Qualities, "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" by Yochanan, "Bye Bye" by The Cosmic Rays, "October" by Sun Ra, "Adventur In Space" by Sun Ra, "Back In Your Own Backyard" by Hattie Randolph, "The Sun One" by Yochanan, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, "The Sun Man Speaks" by Yochanan, "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" by The Cosmic Rays, "Last Call For Love" by Billie Hawkins, and "Super Blonde" by Sun Ra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)

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Nancy WilsonWelcome To My Love ... LP
Capitol, 1967. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Nancy Wilson gets some great help here from Oliver Nelson – whose solid arrangements make the record one of our favorites from Wilson's early Capitol years! There's a feel here that's a bit earthier and bluesier than some of Wilson's other albums – a mode that's a nice extension of the post-R&B sound that Ray Charles was forging, but done with more of the class and sophistication you'd expect from Nancy. Nelson still uses a fair bit of strings in the mix, and although the pace is often gentle, there's an undercurrent to the record that keeps things soulful and strong! The set features a great reading of "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", plus versions of "Why Try To Change Me Now", "You Don't Know Me", "Ode To Billie Joe", and "May I Come In?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has a FREE punch-out in one corner.)

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✨✧ Willis JacksonBlue Gator ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive early Prestige set from tenorist Willis Jackson – and just the kind of record that set him firmly in the soul jazz camp for the 60s! By the time of the set, Jackson had already won plenty of fame for his R&B-tinged work – but here, he stretches out a bit more, and really gets creative on his solos – working with a very hip group that includes Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar – both players making a similar shift in their music at the time. The tracks are lively, recorded with a bold, loud tone, and have lots of those great open-mouthed tones from Jackson – quite possibly a good reason for his "Gator" nickname! Tracks include "Blue Gator", "East Breeze", "The Gator Jumps", and "Try A Little Tenderness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Ben SidranLittle Kiss In The Night ... LP
Arista, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our all-time favorites from the great Ben Sidran – thanks to a strong dose of fusion in the mix! The grooves here are somehow a bit sharper than the few Sidran records before – with a quality that almost reminds us of Fantasy Records soul from the mid 70s, or some of the best jazz-tinged R&B sets of the time – all linked back nicely to Ben's rootsier elements from the start. As always, Sidran's got some really top-shelf musicians on board to help him find his groove – including Phil Woods on alto sax, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Arthur Adams on guitar – and arrangements on many numbers are by Mike Melvoin, who sounds even funkier here than we'd expect. There's a great instrumental on the set called "The Cadillac Kid", which has a nice hard fusion groove – and other cuts include "Face Your Fears", "Doing You", and "Moose The Mooch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout mark, some light wear, and one bumped corner.)

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✨✧ LevertBig Throwdown ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge breakthrough from Levert – the group's third album, and a record that's filled with some really top-shelf R&B for the time! The tracks are a great transition in soul styles – classic harmony vocal sounds, produced with a slowjam style that's totally great – a bit like quiet storm of the 80s, but with more of a street edge overall! The mellowest moments are the best ones – and titles include "Casanova", "Throwdown", "My Forever Love", "In N Out", "Temptation", and "Don't U Think It's Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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 pressing on MCA in a black & white cover.)

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Tiny BradshawI'm A Hi Ballin Daddy ... LP
Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Killer early work from Tiny Bradshaw – a key link in the worlds of swing and R&B! Loads of hard-wailing numbers – from a cat who's still one of our favorite from this scene. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hal SingerRent Party ... LP
Savoy, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of early work by tenor giant Hal Singer – a wonderful player who recorded for Savoy during the late 40s and early 50s, and whose work was a key part of the shift from swing-based tenor work to R&B. The set brings together 16 tracks that were only ever issued on 78s – and which really haven't been reissued properly since this mid 80s album – complete with great notes and session information. Titles include "Hot Rod", "Crossroads", "Hound's Tooth", "Hometown", "Cornbread", "Swing Shift", "Rice & Red Beans", and "Rent Party". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a small corner cut.)

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Fred Parris & The SatinsFred Parris & The Satins ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Very Good ... $4.99
The Five Satins were always one of the classiest groups of the doo wop era – and they really continue that legacy here in a wonderful set of modern soul tracks from the early 80s – a record that's got all the careful poise and polish of other excellent Elektra soul albums from the same period! Lead singer Fred Parris is firmly out front – and the group's a quartet – but the approach here draws on older harmony strengths, and works things through a sweet set of contemporary R&B charts – very groovy sounds that are light years away from the style of the group back in the 60s! Titles include the great stepper "Let Me Be The Last One", an excellent version of "Didn't I Blow Your Mind", and the cuts "Loving You Would Be The Sweetest Thing", "I'll Be Seeing You", and "Breaking Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar ... LP
Arista, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the record's a similar shift to well-produced R&B as Michael Henderson or Norman Connor's work from the same time – a soaring, fluid groove that's still supported by solid jazz instrumentation, but which also has a nice dose of soul in the mix! Players here are a real all-star lineup – with talents that include Dorothy Ashby, George Benson, Ronnie Foster, Bob James, and Phil Upchurch – and most cuts have vocals, by The Waters and others. But possibly best of all is the production – which is by Harvey, and really wonderful – sophisticated and smooth, but never slick – a really careful balance that really puts him right up there with Norman Connors or Roy Ayers! Titles include "Pack Up Your Bags", "Till You Take My Love", "Funk In A Mason Jar", "What's Going On", "Set It Free", "Space Cadets" and "Freedom Either Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and a cut corner.)

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Tony Toni ToneWho? ... LP
Wing, 1988. Very Good ... $3.99
The first LP from Tony Toni Tone – and a landmark in crossover R&B! The set is a great one throughout – tightly produced, but with a sense of charm that seemed to be missing at the time from other groups – especially male groups who got a bit blown off course during the quiet storm years. The youthful trio bring a new sort of energy back to male group soul – a sound that's not yet as heavy on the harmonies as it would be in later years, but which still gets things nicely back to basics. Titles include the huge single "Little Walter" – a true benchmark for the Rahael Saadiq empire – plus the tracks "Baby Doll", "For The Love Of You", "Pain", "Love Struck", "Who's Lovin You", and "Not Gonna Cry For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Tony Toni ToneRevival ... LP
Wing, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early work from one of the most defining early 90s R&B combos. The CD's around in used stores everywhere, but the vinyl's not nearly as plentiful. Includes the tracks "Oakland Stroke", "Feels Good", and their cover of "It Never Rains (In Southern California)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and bumped corner.)

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Joe TurnerBoss Of The Blues – Joe Turner Sings Kansas City Jazz ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Joe Turner returns to his roots, and lays down a fairly straight set of bluesy tunes from the old days of the Kansas City scene – done with a small jazz combo that includes work by Joe Newman, Lawrence Brown, Pete Brown, and Pete Johnson! After the raw hard R&B of Joe's bigger hit sides for Atlantic, the album's a compelling change – a reminder that Turner had roots that went much deeper than his rock and roll fame – and a depth of delivery that would keep his career strong, long after some of his 50s R&B contemporaries faded! The mix of modes – R&B and jazz – is a bit like some of the later Ray Charles albums on Atlantic – and tracks include "Low Down Dog", "Roll Em Pete", "Cherry Red", "How Long Blues", and "Morning Glories". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 2 – 1962 to 1991 (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. This limited part 2 of the vinyl set features wonderful tracks from later years – including "The Blue Set", "Space Loneliness", "State Street", "Love In Outer Space", "Mayan Temple", "Quest", "Rough House Blues", "Journey To Saturn", "Blues On Planet Mars", "The Bridge", "Rocket #9", "The Perfect Man", "Outer Space Plateau", "Extensions", "Orbitration In Blue", "A Blue One", "Big City Blue", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Saturn Moon", "Disco 2021", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "I Am The Instrument", "Cosmic Drama", "Nuclear War", "Hell #1", and "Cosmo-Extensions" – plus the tracks "Tell Her To Come On Home" and "I'm Making Believe" by Little Mack. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
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
(Missing inner sleeve.)
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine (40th anniversary yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. Vinyl Part 1 is a 3LP set that focuses on the earliest years – with a total of 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Chicago USA" by The Nu Sounds, "I'm Coming Home" by Billie Hawkins, "Softalk" by Sun Ra, "Demon's Lullaby" by Le Sun Ra, "It's Christmas Time" by The Qualities, "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" by Yochanan, "Bye Bye" by The Cosmic Rays, "October" by Sun Ra, "Adventur In Space" by Sun Ra, "Back In Your Own Backyard" by Hattie Randolph, "The Sun One" by Yochanan, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, "The Sun Man Speaks" by Yochanan, "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" by The Cosmic Rays, "Last Call For Love" by Billie Hawkins, and "Super Blonde" by Sun Ra. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Singles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set – with download) ... LP 32.99

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VariousNorthern Soul Story Vol 1 – The Twisted Wheel ... LP
Sony/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $49.99
Volume 1 of this incredible series – a treasure trove of 60s soul, all of it music that played big at the legendary Twisted Wheel! The club was one of the early hotbeds of Northern Soul activity in the UK – and the cuts here have a raw-edged, hard-grooving quality that showcases the mix of R&B and soul that was first going down in the scene – pulled together from a range of smaller label 45s, and presented by Ian Dewhirst with track-by-track notes, and some good memories from years back as well! Titles include "Hide & Go Seek" by Bunker Hill, "That's What I Want To Know" by James Carr, "No Sad Songs" by Oscar Toney, "My Elusive Dreams" by Moses & Joshua Dillard, "A Little Bit Of Something" by Little Richard, "It's The Beat" by Major Lance, "Look What You've Done To My Heart" by Shirley & The Shirelles, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban & The In-Men, "Magic Potion" by Lou Johnson, "I Need Your Love So Desperately" by Peaches & Herb, "Breakin Down The Walls Of Heartache" by The Bandwagon, "Everybody's Going To The Love-In" by Bob Brady & The Con-Chords, and "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" by Sandi Sheldon. 25 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on purple vinyl.)

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VariousOriginal Gold Soul ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
A pretty great collection – filled with early R&B, jump blues, and vocal group material on Mercury Records! Includes work by The Penguins, Joe Liggins, Buddy Johnson, Louis Jordan, Eddie Chamblee, Arthur Prysock, Ruth Brown, Clyde McPhatter, Cannonball Adderley, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy McCracklin, and others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a few spots of tape, and some pen.)
 
 
 



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