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Wheedle's Groove: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987In 2004, the first volume of Wheedle's Groove shone a light on the formerly unheralded soul scene in 1960s and '70s Seattle, followed by a new album in 2008, and then an award winning feature-length documentary film. The on-going Wheedle's Groove series continues to present a vast chapter of the city's musical heritage that has little to do with long-haired rock dudes with guitars. No - in the world of Wheedle's Groove, platform shoes and pimp hats were the order of the day.
But unlike Volume I, Seattle's soul scene did not stop in 1975. A new volume, Wheedle's Groove Vol. II, documents the period from 1972 to 1987, when funk was superseded by disco and modern soul. Heading into the '80s, artists in the Emerald City caught wind of the hip-hop and electro scenes that were growing in bigger cities across America, and gave the music their own distinct spin.
As the years unfurl in the tracks of Wheedle's Groove Volume II, so does the recent history of American music, the songs tracing technological changes and social change, and music's move from the club to disco as live bands moved aside for DJs. Witness Septimus, on the cusp of both, blending a live drummer with a Roland drum machine and cutting 'Here I Go Again' on a disco-friendly 12" single.
Separated from the major centers of soul music, Seattle was a scene that developed out of the gaze of the mainstream music industry, but one that moved just as fast. As John Studamire of the band Priceless remembers, "A lot of the groups around town would have to incorporate that disco sound or you'd sound totally dated."
Seattle's size and location had a great effect on its sound. Artists on the scene were accustomed to playing small, discreetly segregated club shows and pressing short runs of 45s for local radio stations. Touring happened mostly on a regional scale and artists popped up in a variety of different bands. Fans of Volume I will recognize some familiar names here: Robbie Hill's Family Affair turn in the soul-jazz gem 'Don't Give Up' and Cold, Bold & Together present the undeniable vocal beauty of 'Let's Backtrack.'
Compiled and sequenced by Seattle's DJ Supreme La Rock, this 18-track compilation will also introduce you to the long-forgotten blue-eyed soul boy Don Brown ('Don't Lose Your Love') and frustrated talents Push, overlooked for record deals on account of singer "Big Joe" Erickson's larger-than-life heft ('You Turn Me On'). There's Frederick Robinson III and his gospel-funk protest tune 'Love One Another', Tony Benton of Teleclere being Seattle's answer to Prince ('Steal Your Love') and Seattle Mariners baseball star Lenny Randle recording a tribute to their infamous stadium.1. Epicentre - Get Off The Phone
2. Priceless - Love In Your Life
3. Don Brown - Don't Lose Your Love
4. Deuce featuring Clevon - Your Love Is Fine (Lovin' Fine)
5. Push - You Turn Me On (Portland Session)
6. Seattle Pure Dynamite - I Wonder Love
7. Septimus - Here I Go Again
8. Priceless - Look At Me
9. Lenny Randle & Ballplayers featuring Rashawna - Kingdome
10. Malik Din - Trouble In Mind
11. Romel Westwood - I'm Through With You
12. Teleclere - Steal Your Love
13. Steppen Stones - Darlin Oh Darlin
14. Cold, Bold & Together - Let's Backtrack
15. Unfinished Business - Holding On
16. Frederick Robinson III - Love One Another
17. Bernadette Bascom - I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love
18. Robbie Hill's Family Affair - Don't Give Up$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Whatcha See Is Whatcha GetThe Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchy horn arrangement and some of the best fuzztone guitar heard on a hit record since the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction. The Afro-Cuban-flavored Get up and Get Down followed it into the R&B Top 20, and the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album followed them both. It was the third hit off of the album, In the Rain, a delicate ballad that was issued separately as a single in early 1972, topping the R&B charts and reaching number five on the pop charts, that solidified the group's reputation and elevated them to the front rank of '70s soul acts. The album showcased the group equally well doing up-tempo dance numbers (Mary Don't Cha Wanna) and ballads (Thank You for Your Love, Fall in Love, Lady Love), melding very attractive vocals to arrangements that instantly grabbed the listener, all of it pulled together by songwriter/producer Tony Hester. Even the lesser material, such as Gimme Some (Good Soul Music) -- on which Hester knew that one minute and 34 seconds was all that was needed to make its point -- were so attractive and rousing that they easily carried their portion of the album, whose short running time was its only flaw. All of the members, from Willie Ford's powerful bass to Ron Banks' airy falsetto, were presented to best advantage, but none more so than William Wee Gee Howard's lead vocals; ironically, this would be Howard's only completed album with the group, and their only album for two years to come because of the accompanying personnel problems. Still, it's a match for any soul album of its era.
- Bruce Eder (All Music)1. Get Up And Get Down
2. Thank You For Your Love
3. Hot Pants In The Summertime
4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
5. In The Rain
6. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)
7. Fall In Love, Lady Love
8. Mary Don't Cha Wanna$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Al Green Greatest HitsRanked 52/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early '70s. Greatest Hits epitomizes that trademark sound with 10 of the R&B legends' all-time classics.1. Tired Of Being Alone
2. Call Me (Come Back Home)
3. I'm Still In Love With You
4. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
5. Love And Happiness
6. Let's Stay Together
7. I Can't Get Next To You
8. You Ought To Be With Me
9. Look What You Done For Me
10. Let's Get Married$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sour Soul (Instrumentals) (Awaiting Repress)Sought after instrumentals for critically acclaimed album Sour Soul, by Toronto jazz/hip-hop band BADBADNOTGOOD and Staten Island rap champ Ghostface Killah. Inspired by 1960s and 70s music and taking inspiration from the recording techniques and production of that era , they embrace live instrumentation and zero sampling. BBNG with producer Frank Dukes created a dramatic, cinematic musical staging for Ghostface's vivid storytelling and this is the first and only time the instrumentals will be available as a standalone album.1. Mono
2. Sour Soul
3. Six Degrees ft. Danny Brown
4. Gunshowers ft. Elzhi
5. Stark's Reality
6. Tone's Rap
7. Mind Playing Tricks On Me
8. Street Knowledge ft. Tree
9. Ray Gun ft. DOOM
10. Nuggets of Wisdom
12. Experience$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Best Of Trojan Soul Reggae Vol. 11 of 15 brand new compilation LP's celebrating the re-launch of Trojan Records; The influence of African American music on the development of the Jamaican recording industry is evidenced by music issued on the island during the late 60's and early 70's; Hundreds of Rock Steady and Reggae interpretations of Soul classics were released; Features Al Brown ("Here I Am Baby (Come and Take Me)"), The Chosen Few ("Theme from 'Shaft'), The Techniques ("I Wish It Would Rain"), & more.1. What Does It Take To Win Your Love (Alton Ellis)
2. Here I Am Baby (Come And Take Me) (Al Brown)
3. Rescue Me (Judy Mowatt)
4. Riding For A Fall (Derrick Harriott)
5. Sitting In The Park (Slim Smith)
6. Put Yourself In My Place (Delroy Wilson)
7. Shaft (The Chosen Few)
8. I Wish It Would Rain (The Techniques)
9. Private Number (Bob & Marcia)
10. Sister Big Stuff (John Holt)
11. Ain't No Sunshine (Horace Andy)
12. Ride Your Pony (Dave Barker)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eccentric Soul: The Young DisciplesThough there are currently dozens of small labels dedicated to unearthing and reissuing forgotten soul recordings from the `60s and `70s, few of them can compete with Chicago's Numero label, whose ECCENTRIC SOUL releases serve not just as fine collections of rare soul, but as miniature history lessons that throw light on forgotten corners of the American experience. Where previous ECCENTRIC SOUL volumes have documented the vibrant independent soul scenes that flourished in Miami, Chicago, and Detroit, THE YOUNG DISCIPLES album collects the output of St Louis' Merry and Gateway labels. The Young Disciples band accompanies talented and heretofore unknown young singers like LaVel Moore and Dauphin Jackson on a series of sides ranging from hard driving southern funk to impassioned torch songs.1. The World Is Changing - Moore
2. Crumbs from the Table - Merry
3. Third Flight - Merry
4. Tears - Merry
5. Checking Myself - Ludy
6. I'm Not Afraid of Love - Ludy
7. Anyone or Anything - Merry
8. Girls Girls Girls - Merry
9. I Love You - Williams
10. Hard Hard - Ludy
11. Country Loving Country Style - Matthews
12. It's Not Your Business - Matthews
13. People - Ludy
14. Would You Rather - Ludy
15. Love Love Love - Conrad
16. Choose Me - Merry
17. Outside of Memphis - Merry
18. That's a Good Reason - Matthews
19. I'm Your Man - WIlliams
20. Bang Bang Bang - Merry
21. Homeboy - Merry$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike LenaburgEccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg chronicles Phoenix, Arizona's off- Funky Broadway scene that happened while Dyke and his Blazers were setting national charts on fire in the late '60s/early '70s. Covering Tejano psych, flute funk, both horny soul and horny kid soul, cackling R&B, deep ballads, and fist-fight doowop, Lenaburg channeled that wrong side of the desert sound to a dozen 45s for the Mighty, Darlene, Homogenized Sound, Ramco and Out of Sight imprints.
Although listing these totally obscure groups is an exercise in futility, Numero has anyway; Michael Liggins, the Super Souls, We The People, Ronnie Whitehead, Small Paul, the Soulsations, Lon Rogers, the Soul Blenders, Sheila Jack, Clarence Townes and the Newlyweds.
Five years since Numero's initial CD release, Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg finally makes it back to its intended format as a deluxe double LP. This 180g Loaded To The Gills edition features 10 bonus tracks, scores of new photographs and new liner notes, all housed in a heavy gatefold jacket.1. Too Good To Be True - Lon Rogers & The Soul Blenders
2. Standing On The Corner - Michael Liggins
3. Loaded To The Gills - Michael Liggins & The Super Souls
4. I've Got To Have You - Sheila Jack
5. Black And Beautiful - Michael Liggins
6. Out Of Breath - Ronnie Whitehead
7. Broadway Shing-A-Ling Pt. 1 - Soulsations
8. Function Underground - We The People
9. Blending Soul - Soul Blenders
10. My Girl Is A Soul Girl - Lon Rogers & Soul Blenders
11. Loaded Back - Michael Liggins & The Super Souls
12. People, Open Your Eyes And See - We The People
13. Cold Feet - Ronnie Whitehead
14. Funky Nightclub - Soulsations
15. Begging You - Ronnie Whitehead
16. There's Gonna Be Some Crying - Small Paul
17. The Quarrel - Newlyweds$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
True Soul: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax (Box Set)Complete Anthology Including All 32 Rare And Unreleased 60s And 70s Soul, Funk, Disco And Party-rap Cuts From The True Soul Vaults
10 Page Full Color Booklet Including Never Before Seen Photos, Extensive Liner Notes And A Candid Interview Between Producer Eothen Egon Alapatt And Lee Anthony
All Tracks Remastered From The Original Master Tapes
60's and 70's Soul, Funk, Disco, Party-Rap and Boogie from Arkansas's Legendary Independent Label the final installment presented as an all inclusive 4xLP Anthology.
Now-Again Records, in association with label-owner Lee Anthony, is proud to present the release of True Soul: Deep Sounds from the Left of Stax, a collection of rare and unreleased funk and soul music from the fabled Arkansas indie. Over twelve years in the making, this anthology presented over the course of two volumes of CD/DVDs and one four-LP box set seeks to establish True Soul's rightful place within America's funk and soul pantheon.
As much as this set is about the adventurous, always-funky and oh-so-rare recordings that True Soul made possible, it is also about Anthony, the man. A true, American up-from-the-bootstraps story, Anthony's is one in which his frontiersman's entrepreneurial spirit and vision remains undeterred as he sets up black-owned businesses in a post-Jim Crow South and succeeds in capturing recordings from the high water mark of America's funk and soul movement.
Anthony's story intertwines with the renowned Sam Philips an early mentor and patron and Memphis's Al Bell and Willie Mitchell with whom Anthony collaborated as he tried to cultivate Little Rock's funk and soul in the shadow of Stax and Hi Records. This anthology will make influence amongst the history of southern funk and soul is transparent, as his story of how he helped turn a stranded road band into the Gap Band.
This comprehensive True Soul Records anthology including a 10-page, booklet chock full of photos, ephemera and extensive liner notes - not only carries the rare distributed funk and soul 45s that led the likes of renowned collectors DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to Lee Anthony's door in search of Anthony's fabled treasure chest, but also includes previously unreleased boogie, disco and party rap recorded in True Soul's early-80's twilight. You can find this all contained in a one of a kind 4xLP boxset, with each sleeve donning the True Soul logo that Anthony held so dear.1. Thomas East - 'Slipping Around (45 Version)'
2. Albert Smith - 'Come Together'
3. John Craig - 'Doing My Own Thing'
4. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Wheezin'
5. The Conspiracy - 'I Believe (Our Love Has Gone Away)'
6. Ren Smith - 'Smog (Full Version)'
7. Thomas East - 'Sister Funk (Original, Full Version)'
8. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Funky Football'
9. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Psychedelic Hot Pants (Full Version)'
10. Classsic Funk - 'Hard Times'
11. The Right Track - 'I Gotta Move With The Groove'
12. The Conspiracy - 'Conspiracy'
13. Thomas East - 'Funky Music'
14. The Conspiracy - 'The Real Thing'
15. The Leaders - '(It's A) Rat Race'
16. Thomas East - ''Follow The Rainbow (Alternate Mix)'
17. Albert Smith - 'The Thrill Is Gone'
18. Thomas East - 'Just A Trip'
19. Larry Davis - 'Down Home Funk (Full Version)'
20. The Right Track - 'You For Me And Me For You'
21. Thomas East - 'Sister Funk' (instrumental)
22. Classic Funk - 'The Funk's Gonna Fly'
23. York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six - 'Thank You'
24. The Right Track - 'Maybe Yes, Maybe No'
25. Portrait - 'Love You For Now On'
26. The Leaders - '(It's A) Rat Race (Vocal)'
27. John Craig - 'I Don't Want To Do It'
28. John Craig - 'Doing My Own Thing (Interlude)'
29. Portrait - 'Springtime Smile'
30. Le'Chance - 'Get Down'
31. Le'Chance - 'Gigolo'
32. Soul Mind And Body - 'I Took Your Love (To Be True) (Full Version)'
$69.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Eccentric Soul: The Forte LabelIn 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown's touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor's Forte label back at full fighting strength. She'd calmed aching crowds the day after MLK's death, and she'd lived the life, despite its rigors-to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including "I've Lived The Life" and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," which made national rounds in 1972.
By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who'd stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago's RCA studios on "Baby Be Good." In '68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding "Give Me Love." Progressing in the middle '70s, Everyday People got "Super Black" on Forte's pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco funk with Sharon Revoal's "Reaching for Our Star."
Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman's work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans
detailing all iterations of Forte's logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike-though what moves "The Hen" required remains anyone's guess.LP1
1. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
2. Lee Harris - I'm Gonna Get Your Thing
3. Tear Drops - I'm Gonna Get You
4. Louis Chachere - The Hen Part 1
5. The Fantasticks - Cry Night And Day
6. Marva W Taylor - I've Lived The Life
7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Mini Mini Afro Twist
8.Tony Ashley & the Delicates - I'll Never Be Satisfied
9. The Rayons - You Confuse Me Baby
10. The Four Darlings - Baby Your Love Is Amazing
11. Lee Harris - Lookin' Good
12. Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
13: Gene Williams - Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
14. Everyday People - Is It Really That Bad
1. The Rayons - Baby Be Good
2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates - All Along I've Loved You
3. Lee Harris - I've Got To Have Somebody's Love
4. Everyday People - Super Black
5. James Whitney - With Fun In My Life
6. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
7. Marva W Taylor - Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
8. Four Darlings - Give Me Love
9. Unknown Artist - Dearest Lover
10. Fantasticks - Live And Let Live
11. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Ya Gotta Be Doing It
12. Lee Harris - Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
13. Tear Drops - Don't Fade Away
14. Marva Whitney & Ellis "Gripey" Taylor - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Chocolate & CheeseWeen's fourth album, originally released in 1994, is perhaps their finest moment, a brilliant mix of twisted humor and pure pop genius. Ween draw influence from smooth 70s soul, psych, soft rock, spaghetti westerns, country, funk, indie-rock and more to the point where each song is a spot-on take on a different genre with their silliness being the uniting element. An outsider-pop classic.1. Take Me Away
2. Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
3. Freedom of '76
4. I Can't Put My Finger on It
5. A Tear for Eddie
6. Roses Are Free
7. Baby Bitch
8. Mister Would You Please Help My Pony? -
9. Drifter in the Dark
10. Voodoo Lady
11. Joppa Road
13. Buenas Tardes Amigo
14. The H.I.V. Song
15. What Deaner Was Talkin' About
16. Don't Shit Where You Eat$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Chocolate & CheeseBrown and Yellow Colored Vinyl
Ween's fourth album, originally released in 1994, is perhaps their finest moment, a brilliant mix of twisted humor and pure pop genius. Ween draw influence from smooth 70s soul, psych, soft rock, spaghetti westerns, country, funk, indie-rock and more to the point where each song is a spot-on take on a different genre with their silliness being the uniting element. An outsider-pop classic reissued on individual brown & yellow vinyl.1. Take Me Away
2. Spinal Meningitis (Got Me Down)
3. Freedom of '76
4. I Can't Put My Finger on It
5. A Tear for Eddie
6. Roses Are Free
7. Baby Bitch
8. Mister Would You Please Help My Pony? -
9. Drifter in the Dark
10. Voodoo Lady
11. Joppa Road
13. Buenas Tardes Amigo
14. The H.I.V. Song
15. What Deaner Was Talkin' About
16. Don't Shit Where You Eat$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stubborn HeartStubborn Heart's self titled debut of stunning and surprisingly poignant electronic soul emotes heartbreak over broken beats and dark, atmospheric space. The clean, ghostly production coalesces with Luca Santucci's mournful vocal to positively ooze a bruised melancholy.
Equally inspired by 80's and 90's electronic music and 60's and 70's soul, Stubborn Heart never lose their passion for good pop music - everything from Hall & Oates to Timbaland. Recent comparisons have been drawn with the XX, Sbtrkt, James Blake and Four Tet.1. Penetrate
2. Better Than This
3. Two Times A Maybe
5. It's Not That Easy
6. Starting Block
8. Head On
9. To Catch A Spark
10. Need Someone$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Headphone MasterpieceCody Chesnut's debut album, The Headphone Masterpiece, is what all pop/rock/soul/R&B/hip-hop hybrids should be: good, raw, fun, and funky. Chesnutt mixes '60s-style rock with '70s soul and '90s hip-hop and R&B in an eclectic celebration of sound. This lo-fi gem was recorded in his bedroom and sounds like it; it's essentially a 36-track musical diary. He sings testosterone-driven songs of passion and tender tales of mental anguish with equal abandon. He plays almost all of the instruments and sings most of the vocals, and he's often out of tune and off-key, but that only adds to the pure emotion and recklessness of the album.1. Magic In A Mortal Minute
2. With Me In Mind
3. Upstarts In A Blowout
4. Boylife In America
5. Bitch, Im Broke
6. Serve This Royalty
7. The Seed
8. Enough Of Nothing
9. Setting The System
10. The Most Beautiful Shame
11. Smoke And Love
13. No One Will
14. Batman vs.Blackman
15. Up In the Treehouse
16. Cant Get No Betta
17. Shes Still Here
18. Can we Teach Each Other
19. The World Is Coming To My Party
20. Brother With An Ego
21. War Between The Sexes
22. The Make Up
23. Out Of Nowhere
24. Family On Blast
25. My Women, My Guitars
26. Somebodys Parent
27. When I Find Time
28. Eric Burdon
29. Jucin The Dark
30. On A Joyride
32. So Much Beauty In The Subconcious
33. Daddys Baby
34. If We Dont Disagree
35. Looking Good In Leather
36. 6 Seconds$25.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Freedom Is FreeChicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early '70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Angeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they're making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free, their third album and ATO Records debut.1. Passed You By
2. Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)
3. Angel Child
4. Freedom Is Free
5. La Jura (Prelude)
6. La Jura
7. Flecha Al Sol
9. Right Off The Back
11. The Taker Story
12. Area C$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-FAN-5899xSons Of Truth
A Message From The GhettoThe Sons of Truth crossed religious subject matter with a supremely grooving 70s-funk flair and released one masterful album for the Stax subsidiary Gospel Truth, 1972's A Message From The Ghetto. Don't be fooled by the down-and-out vibe of the album cover - between the sweet-soul tinged vocal harmonies and the wah-wah-laced grooves, the Sons of Truth cover all the bases, turning in a well-rounded set of uplifting soul music no matter how you slice it.1. Son Of The Deacon
2. I Feel Good
3. Close To Him
4. The Ghetto
5. Give It Up
6. It's You (You're The One)
7. Call On Him
8. He's All We Need
9. God Help Us All
10. With Jesus You're Free
11. Don't Know Where Were Headed
12. God Bless The Children$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mama's GunMama's Gun is the second studio album by Neo Soul singer Erykah Badu, released in 2000. Recorded at Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the album incorporates Funk, Soul and Jazz styles. Covering themes of insecurity, social issues and personal relationships, Badu delivered a highly intimate and personal album that reached Platinum two months after its release. Mama's Gun features substantial contributions from several members of the Soulquarians outfit, of which Badu was a member. It also features guests such as soul singer Betty Wright and trumpeter Roy Hargrove.
The album contains the single Bag Lady which, with its colorful, artsy music video, shot to #1 on the R&B charts, and also into the Top 10 on the billboard charts. Bag Lady was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. Also the song Didn't Cha Know? was nominated for Best R&B Song.
Rolling Stone magazine applauded her for taking chances the way Stevie Wonder or Nina Simone did in their prime and went on to say she has taken her art to the next level. Entertainment Weekly called the album a '70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth-funk sound that wouldn't be out of place on a CTI record.LP1
1. Penitentiary Philosophy
2. Didn't Cha Know
3. My Life
4. ... & On
6. Hey Sugah
8. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)
9. A.d. 2000
1. Orange Moon
2. In Love With You
3. Bag Lady
4. Time's A Wastin
5. Green Eyes$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
City LifeCity Life, arguably The Blackbyrds' best album, hit #1 on the Billboard Jazz Chart and #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart upon its original release in 1975.
Produced by legendary jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd, the album showcases The Blackbyrd's' unique jazz-funk crossover sound and includes the runaway
hits Happy Music and Rock Creek Park, which stand even today as pinnacles of the '70s jazz-funk movement. A testament to its lasting appeal, Rock
Creek Park from the City Life album has been sampled numerous times by groups such as De La Soul, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, N.W.A,
Massive Attack, Ice Cube, Heavy D, Nas and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Tone Loc and most recently, Wiz Khalifa. This often-sublime album
is primed for rediscovery by fans of '70s funk, soul, jazz and fusion.1. Rock Creek Park
2. Thankful 'Bout Yourself
3. City Life
4. All I Ask
5. Happy Music
6. Love So Fine
7. Flying High
8. Hash Aand Eggs$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stone Rollin'Stone Rollin' is the fifth studio album from Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq. Known for defying the confines of working within one genre, this standard bearer for old school R&B returns with a new release that celebrates the classic sounds of 60s and 70s soul with a futuristic twist.
Featuring ten new tracks, Stone Rollin is the follow up to Saadiqs 2008 solo album The Way I See It, which boasted four Billboard R&B chart singles and was nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Album. Recorded at his studio complex the Blakeslee Recording Company in Los Angeles, Raphael Saadiq played bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and even drums on most of the tracks.
Opening with the stomping Heart Attack, the albums other standout cuts include the stunning Go To Hell, featuring his studio squad of musicians who are melodically complimented by an angelic choir, the evocative Dixieland number Day Dreams, featuring Robert Randolph who plays steel guitar on the track, and Just Dont, which includes a guest appearance from one of Saadiqs indie rock favorites Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon). Also making an appearance on that same song is one of Saadiqs idols Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire), who plays piano and contributes an epic Moog solo.1. Heart Attack
2. Go To Hell
4. Over You
5. Stone Rollin'
6. Day Dreams
7. Movin' Down The Line
8. Just Don't
9. Good Man
10. The Answer$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unfinished BusinessProduced by legendary trumpeter Donald Byrd, Unfinished Business, originally released in 1976, features the core group of keyboardist Kevin Toney,
guitarist Orville Saunders, bassist Joe Hall and drummer Keith Kiligo, with saxophonist and flautist Wesley Jackson. A toe-tapping synthesis of all that
was happening in Black music in 1970s electronic jazz, funk and hard swinging R&B, Unfinished Business serves up more of the irresistible formula that
the band struck gold with on their previous album, City Life. A must-have for fans of classic '70s funk, soul, and danceable groove.1. Time Is Movin'
2. In Life
3. Enter In
4. You've Got That Something
5. Party Land
7. Unfinished Business$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waiter: You Vultures!Debut album. Portugal the Man is an Alaskan band living in Portland. their soulful indie rock blends influences from the ever seminal sounds of early 70's rock, R&B, and vintage soul with the latest innovations in melodious experimentation (drum machines, programming, sampling). They push the boundaries of contemporary music and the album is filled with social commentary and alliteration. for fans of Flaming Lips, Blind Redhead and Portishead.1. How the Leopard Got It's Spots
2. Gold Fronts
3. Stables and Chairs
4. AKA M80 the Wolf
5. Marching with 6
9. Bad, Bad Levi Brown
10. Kill Me. The King
12. Horse Warming Party
13. Guns. Guns Guns$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The In Sound From Way OutOriginally released through the Beastie Boys' French fan club, The In Sound From Way Out! is a collection of the
group's funky instrumentals from Check Your Head and Ill Communication, with a couple of new tracks thrown in.
The Beasties have a flair for loose, gritty funk and soul-jazz, and the stuttering, greasy keyboards of Money Mark
give the music an extra edge -- he helps make the music sound as authentic as anything from the early '70s.1. Ricky's Theme
2. Groove Holmes
4. Son Of Neckbone
5. Bobo On The Corner
6. In 3's
7. Eugene's Lament
8. Futterman's Rule
12. Drinkin' Wine$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Check Your HeadSome albums define an era, a place, a certain time in one's life. The Beastie Boys Check Your Head practically defined the summer of 1992 for those who were wary of the mainstreaming of rap and the insurgency of grunge. It was here that MCA, Adrock and Mike D. created a musical montage that defied genre, one with the swagger of punk and the rootsy earthiness of early-'70s soul-jazz, all layered with a hip-hop consciousness. Lo-fi, garagy, guitar-riff-loaded tracks like Pass Da Mic and Gratitude made it clear that the Beasties could be taken as serious musical forces, even innovators. Yet they still brilliantly tempered the proceedings with romps like Professor Booty and Funky Boss. One of the best albums of the '90's, Check Your Head was a turning point for the band and the genesis of a new musical hybrid. Reissued here on Limited Edition Double 180g Vinyl.1. Jimmy James
2. Funky Boss
3. Pass the Mic
5. Lighten Up
6. Finger Lickin' Good
7. So What'cha Want
8. Biz Vs. The Nuge
9. Time for Livin'
10. Something's Got to Give
11. Blue Nun
12. Stand Together
15. Groove Holmes
16. Live at P.J.'s
17. Mark on the Bus
18. Professor Booty
19. In 3's
20. NamastÉ$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Best of Donny Hathaway
The Donny Hathaway/friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Celebrate The Soulful Singer & Songwriter's Greatest Hits
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso From The Original ATCO Records Tapes.
Featuring The Rare Appearances Of This Christmas And You Were Meant For Me On Vinyl.
Featuring Chart Topping Duets With Roberta Flack
Donny Hathaway will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the
70's soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed songwriters during his
short lifetime. Thanks to today's respect and care given to his music by a whole new
generation of musicians and fans, Donny Hathaway forever reigns as one of soul's
pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him,
Donny had the necessary ingredients of a stellar voice/musicianship and songwriting
acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres
Donny Hathaway created some of the greatest sides ever for ATCO, where he
spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music
In 1978, Donny was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled
The Best of Donny Hathaway. This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles
and stellar album staples, most of them featuring Joel Dorn, Billy Cobham, Arif Mardin,
Jerry Wexler, Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, King Curtis, Doc Gibbs and Cornell Dupree,
continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four
The Best of Donny Hathaway features a heavy menu of his finest moments like
the funk infused The Ghetto, the definitive balladry of Leon Russell's A Song For You,
and of course his duet chart topper with Roberta Flack Where Is The Love, which truly
opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.
Even more classics abound as you'll hear the only vinyl release versions of
his beautiful last top charting r&b ballad You Were Meant For Me and his standard
holiday gem This Christmas. The fine LP also includes one of the more poignant songs
of our time Someday We'll All Be Free which is truly a milestone song for this artist.
This 1978 Greatest Hits LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that
is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of Donny Hathaway. Mastered impeccably
from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso at Friday Music
Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic
heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also included the original artwork
elements by Sandi Young, the classic illustration of Donny Hathaway by Norman
Green, as well as the original back cover studio session information not seen in LP
cover form in years!
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original
pioneering soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson
Pickett and others, we feel this stunning Donny Hathaway 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock
audiophile vinyl fans.
Take It From Me .Someday We'll All Be Free1. You Were Meant For Me
2. A Song For You
3. You've Got A Friend (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
4. Someday We'll All Be Free
5. Giving Up
6. Where Is The Love (Donny Hathaway & Roberta Flack)
7. The Ghetto
8. Valdez In The Country
9. This Christmas$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
It's Like ThisThis lovely set of intimately arranged and meticulously recorded covers, originally issued in 2000, is precisely the kind of semi-obscure album in need of a quality all-analog reissueThe superbly natural sound produced by this record is what spending big bucks on an audio system is all about. Set the volume appropriately and Ms. Jones'll draw you into the studio for a personal song recitalThis is one to savor. Music = 9/11; Sound = 10/11 Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com
this effort from 2000 shows Jones conjuring such magic with the material that she deserves as much attention for reworking standards as do Carly Simon or Linda Ronstadt. Kicking off with Steely Dan's 'Show Biz Kids,' and with appearances by Joe Jackson and Ben Folds, among the highpoints is the Beatles' 'For No One' that ranks as among the finest Beatles cover ever. And considering that they number in the tens of thousands, that's about as high as praise gets. Recording = 5/5; Performances = 5/5 Album of the Month Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, April 2008
The Rickie Lee Jones 45rpm is AWESOME UNREAL AMAZING!!! I have to get a backup copy. I'll play this one to death. Danny Kaey, Positive-Feedback Online
Not since Billie Holiday has there been a vocalist who so completely transforms a song into her own. On It's Like This, eclectic folkie Rickie Lee Jones envelops standards, showtunes, '70s soul, and even slick jazz-rock, interpreting them with her familiar childlike, breathy shouts. In a very similar vein as 1991's Pop Pop, Jones pulls together a collection of diverse songs from throughout the 20th century and gives them a sparse, fragile spin, kind of like Diana Krall and Bjork sharing coffee at an all-night diner. Produced by Bruce Brody (who has also worked with Maria McKee and Bette Midler), this album is really a showcase for the dynamic vocalist - her voice pitching and yawing like a sloop far out at sea. Several notable artists scatter themselves unobtrusively throughout the album like Joe Jackson, Ben Folds, John Pizzarelli, and Taj Mahal; each lend a subtle bass line or harmony vocal, cautiously not stepping on any of Jones' delicate lines.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Show Biz Kids
2. Trouble Man
3. For No One
5. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
6. On The Street Where You Live
7. I Can't Get Started
8. Up A Lazy River
9. Someone To Watch Over Me
11. One Hand, One Heart$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now