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    Curtis is the debut album by American soul/funk artist Curtis Mayfield, released in September 1970. Produced by Mayfield, it was released on his own label Curtom Records. The musical styles of Curtis moved further away from the pop-soul sounds of Mayfield's previous group The Impressions and featured more of a funk and psychedelia inspired sound. The album's subject matter incorporates political and social concerns of the time.


    Curtis sold well at the time charting at number one on the Billboard Black albums (for five nonconsecutive weeks) and number nineteen on the Billboard Pop albums charts. Only the single (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go charted. Curtis receives very high praise from modern day critics with Bruce Eder of Allmusic commenting that the record is ...practically the Sgt. Pepper's album of '70s soul...

    1. If There Is A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go
    2. The Other Side Of Town
    3. Wild And Free
    4. The Makings Of You
    5. Miss Black America
    6. Move On Up
    7. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
    8. Give It Up
    Curtis Mayfield
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    There's A Riot Goin' On (45 RPM)

    Ranked 99/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Sly And The Family Stone There's A Riot Goin' On 180 gram 45RPM 2LP from ORG Music


    Inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999 & Ranked #99 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    More than four decades after they first stormed the Pop and R&B charts in the winter of 1968 with "Dance To the Music" - a groundbreaking jam that has the distinction of being chosen for the Grammy Hall Of Fame, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock, and Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time - the music of Sly and the Family Stone is more vital than ever.


    The band's catalog (every single composition penned by Sylvester Stewart aka Sly Stone) includes their three career-defining RIAA gold Billboard #1 Pop/ #1 R&B smashes, "Everyday People," "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Again)" and "Family Affair," and their signature Top 40 hits that began with "Dance To the Music" and went on to include "Stand!," "Hot Fun In the Summertime," "Runnin' Away," "If You Want Me To Stay," "Time For Livin', and more.


    Those songs not only inspired an era of youthful rebellion and independence, but also had a potent effect on the course of modern music in general. A dazzling fusion of psychedelic rock, soul, gospel, jazz, and Latin flavors, Sly's music brought the next step - funk - to a disparate populace of hip artists. From Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, to the halls of Motown and George Clinton's P-Funk, from Michael Jackson and Curtis Mayfield, down the line to Bob Marley, the Isley Brothers, Prince, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arrested Development, the Black Eyed Peas, the Roots, OutKast and on and on, Sly's DNA is traceable to every cell of the musical stratosphere.


    Since it took almost two years to make, the fifth album by bonafide superstars Sly and the Family Stone had everyone salivating in anticipation. Needless to say, Sly did not disappoint! 1971's There's A Riot Goin' On finds the Bay Area-based genius getting funkier than ever before, even as his artistic vision becomes progressively darker. Some may have been disappointed that Sly didn't simply re-create the chart successes of earlier singles, but who can argue with the flat-out brilliance of turning recent big hit Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) on its head to create the mind-boggling Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa.


    Two of this hypnotic album's best tunes Family Affair and Runnin' Away were gigantic chart hits, and There's A Riot Goin' On hit #1 Pop/ #1 R&B within a few weeks of its release in November, proving beyond any shadow of a doubt that Sly Stone could totally deliver the goods! A transformative masterpiece, There's A Riot Goin' On was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, and is ranked #99 on Rolling Stone magazine's '500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.'

    Luv N' Haight

    Just Like A Baby

    Poet

    Family Affair

    Africa Talks To You The Asphalt Jungle

    There's A Riot Goin' On
    Brave & Strong

    (You Caught Me) Smilin'

    Time

    Spaced Cowboy

    Runnin' Away

    Thank You For Talking To Me Africa
    Sly & The Family Stone
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    Roots (180 Gram)

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    Curtis Mayfield's visionary album, a landmark creation every bit as compelling and as far-reaching in its musical and extra-musical goals as Marvin Gaye's contemporary What's Goin' On. Opening on the hit Get Down, the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent -- yet driving -- soul sounds heard up to that time. Mayfield's growing musical ambitions, first manifested on the Curtis album, and his more sophisticated political sensibilities, presented with a lot of raw power on Curtis Live!, are pulled together here in a new, richer studio language, embodied in extended song structures (Underground), idealistic yet lyrically dazzling anthems (We Got to Have Peace, Keep On Keeping On, and, best of all, the soaring Beautiful Brother of Mine), and impassioned blues (Now You're Gone). The music is even bolder than the material on the Curtis album, with Mayfield expanding his instrumental range to the level of a veritable soul orchestra; and the recording is better realized, as Mayfield, with that album and a tour behind him, shows a degree of confidence that only a handful of soul artists of this era could have mustered. -- Bruce Eder

    Side 1
    1. Get Down
    2. Keep on Keeping On
    3. Underground
    4. We Got To Have Peace
    Side 2
    5. Brother of Mine
    6. Now You're Gone
    7. Love to Kee You in my Mind
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Curtis

    Curtis is the debut album by American soul/funk artist Curtis Mayfield, released in September 1970. Produced by Mayfield, it was released on his own label Curtom Records. The musical styles of Curtis moved further away from the pop-soul sounds of Mayfield's previous group The Impressions and featured more of a funk and psychedelia inspired sound. The album's subject matter incorporates political and social concerns of the time.


    Curtis sold well at the time charting at number one on the Billboard Black albums (for five nonconsecutive weeks) and number nineteen on the Billboard Pop albums charts. Only the single (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go charted. Curtis receives very high praise from modern day critics with Bruce Eder of Allmusic commenting that the record is ...practically the Sgt. Pepper's album of '70s soul...

    1. If There Is A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go
    2. The Other Side Of Town
    3. Wild And Free
    4. The Makings Of You
    5. Miss Black America
    6. Move On Up
    7. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
    8. Give It Up
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Curtis

    Released in 1970 Curtis is the debut album by American soul/funk artist, and former lead singer of The Impressions, Curtis Mayfield. Released on his own label Curtom Records and also self-produced this debut was very much a solo project building on
    Mayfield's personal experiences.


    It moved away from the pop soul sounds of The Impressions and featured much more of a funk and psychedelic inspired sound. It was a powerful musical statement which covered many social and political concerns of the time, most famously in the single 'Move On Up' which would later be covered and sampled by many future artists including The Jam and Kanye West.

    1. (Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go
    2. The Other Side of Town
    3. The Makings of You
    4. We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue
    5. Move On Up (Extended Version)
    6. Miss Black America
    7. Wild and Free
    8. Give It Up
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Super Fly

    Ranked 69/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Arguably the best and most notorious of the blaxploitation films of the '70s, starring Ron O'Neal as a Harlem drug dealer out to make one last big score before he cleans up his act for good. You could say Curtis Mayfield's accompanying landmark 1972 soundtrack is the real star here though. Superfly is a gripping morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, the absolute zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting.

    Little Child Runnin' Wild
    Pusherman
    Freddie's Dead
    Junkie Chase
    Give Me Your Love
    Eddie You Should Know Better
    No Thing On Me
    Think
    Superfly
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Roots (Colored Vinyl)

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    Curtis Mayfield's visionary album, a landmark creation every bit as compelling and as far-reaching in its musical and extra-musical goals as Marvin Gaye's contemporary What's Goin' On. Opening on the hit Get Down, the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent -- yet driving -- soul sounds heard up to that time. Mayfield's growing musical ambitions, first manifested on the Curtis album, and his more sophisticated political sensibilities, presented with a lot of raw power on Curtis Live!, are pulled together here in a new, richer studio language, embodied in extended song structures (Underground), idealistic yet lyrically dazzling anthems (We Got to Have Peace, Keep On Keeping On, and, best of all, the soaring Beautiful Brother of Mine), and impassioned blues (Now You're Gone). The music is even bolder than the material on the Curtis album, with Mayfield expanding his instrumental range to the level of a veritable soul orchestra; and the recording is better realized, as Mayfield, with that album and a tour behind him, shows a degree of confidence that only a handful of soul artists of this era could have mustered. -- Bruce Eder

    Side 1

    1. Get Down
    2. Keep on Keeping On
    3. Underground
    4. We Got To Have Peace
    Side 2

    5. Brother of Mine
    6. Now You're Gone
    7. Love to Kee You in my Mind

    Curtis Mayfield
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    Roots

    Curtis Mayfield's visionary album, a landmark creation every bit as compelling and as far-reaching in its musical and extra-musical goals as Marvin Gaye's contemporary What's Goin' On. Opening on the hit Get Down, the album soars on some of the sweetest and most eloquent -- yet driving -- soul sounds heard up to that time. Mayfield's growing musical ambitions, first manifested on the Curtis album, and his more sophisticated political sensibilities, presented with a lot of raw power on Curtis Live!, are pulled together here in a new, richer studio language, embodied in extended song structures (Underground), idealistic yet lyrically dazzling anthems (We Got to Have Peace, Keep On Keeping On, and, best of all, the soaring Beautiful Brother of Mine), and impassioned blues (Now You're Gone). The music is even bolder than the material on the Curtis album, with Mayfield expanding his instrumental range to the level of a veritable soul orchestra; and the recording is better realized, as Mayfield, with that album and a tour behind him, shows a degree of confidence that only a handful of soul artists of this era could have mustered. -- Bruce Eder
    Side 1

    1. Get Down
    2. Keep on Keeping On
    3. Underground
    4. We Got To Have Peace
    Side 2

    5. Brother of Mine
    6. Now You're Gone
    7. Love to Kee You in my Mind

    Curtis Mayfield
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    Super Fly

    Ranked 69/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Arguably the best and most notorious of the blaxploitation films of the '70s, starring Ron O'Neal as a Harlem drug dealer out to make one last big score before he cleans up his act for good. You could say Curtis Mayfield's accompanying landmark 1972 soundtrack is the real star here though. Superfly is a gripping morality tale set to funky grooves and plaintive vocals, the absolute zenith of Mayfield's socially aware songwriting.

    Little Child Runnin' Wild
    Pusherman
    Freddie's Dead
    Junkie Chase
    Give Me Your Love
    Eddie You Should Know Better
    No Thing On Me
    Think
    Superfly
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Make The Road By Walking

    The Menahan Street Band is a collaboration of musicians from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, El Michels Affair, Antibalas and the Budos Band, brought together by musician/producer Thomas Brenneck (Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Budos Band, Amy Winehouse) to record hits in the bedroom of his Menahan St. apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn. With influences reaching beyond the funk/soul/afrobeat architecture of their own projects with the more ethereal realms of Curtis Mayfield and Mulatu Astatke, the Menahan Street Band creates a unique new instrumental soul sound that is as raw as it is lush.
    1. Make the Road by Walking
    2. Tired of Fighting
    3. Home Again!
    4. Montego Sunset
    5. Karina
    6. Traitor
    7. Contender
    8. Birds
    9. Esma
    10. Going the Distance [From Rocky]
    Menahan Street Band
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  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story

    Baby Huey's only album, released after his untimely death, is titled The Living Legend with good reason. He was legendary in his appearance, a 400-pound man with a penchant for flamboyant clothing and crowned by a woolly Afro, a look that is best illustrated by one of several rare photos included in the Water Records edition that shows our man in a wide-lapeled polka-dot shirt with a lime-green jacket.


    Beyond his unusual appearance, though, he was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. Nowhere on Living Legend is his range more apparent than the opening track, Listen to Me, where listeners are introduced to both the enigma of Baby Huey and his diamond-tough psychedelic funk backing band, the Baby Sitters. The high-energy instrumental workout Mama Get Yourself Together is worthy of the J.B.'s and a hazy, spiraling ten-minute rendition of Sam Cooke's chestnut A Change Is Going to Come confirms that the Baby Sitters could hold their own with Blood, Sweat & Tears.


    Further lore that catapults The Living Legend from good to great: the production was helmed by Curtis Mayfield, reason enough to make it near essential, and is highlighted by three of his compositions, Mighty Mighty, which Mayfield and the Impressions recorded a few years earlier; Running, a classic Mayfield cut that can only be heard here ripped to glorious bits by a band that is trying to let every member solo; and Hard Times, which Mayfield himself would revisit on his 1975 album There's No Place Like America Today, although Baby Huey's razor-edged reading remains the definitive version -- no small caveat considering Mayfield not only wrote the tune, but could rightfully be considered one of the architects of soul to boot.

    Listen to Me
    Mama Get Yourself Together
    A Change is Gonna Come
    Mighty Mighty
    Hard Times
    California Dreamin'
    Running
    One Dragon Two Dragon
    Baby Huey
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  • Into Morning (On Sale) Into Morning (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Into Morning (On Sale)

    Released in 1976, Into Morning is the debut recording from trumpeter, Charles "Cha Cha" Shaw. Incorporating elements of spiritual free jazz and post-bop, this is a beautiful session from an under-heralded talent who recorded with the likes of John Coltrane, Curtis Mayfield, Rashied Ali, and more. Lovingly reissued on vinyl in an exact replica of the original packaging.
    1. Eternal
    2. K.Z.
    3. Jugetty
    4. Super Silk
    Charles Cha Cha Shaw
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    Telling The Truth

    Over the course of eight years, The Numero Group has journeyed to scads of tiny island nations in search of rare and previously unknown recordings. This time we kept it a little closer to home, unearthing a soul-folk curiosity on the one-stop light cay of Nantucket. By no means a thriving musical community in the 70s or otherwise, the limerick-inducing isle played home to Greenwich Village folk singer Willie Wright for a few years, producing his second and final album in the process.



    Born of Harlem doo-wop roots and refined by Boston's counterculture scene, Wright arrived in Nantucket in 1976 well worn by two decades of street corner and club performing, eager to make the easy money only a private yacht clientele could guarantee. Trapped on the island over winter, a set of original songs poured into his cover-heavy set. Tales of Wright's native roots, straight life, his abandoned four children, and the many women he had known flooded his loose leaf notebook before finally being set to tape in New York the following spring.



    Tracked with George Buzzy Bragg and Herry Jensen (of Skull Snaps and Jimmy Castor Bunch fame, respectively) in one day with minimal overdubs, Telling The Truth was, and would remain, Willie Wright's brightest and most inspired moment. Sold from the trunk of a car and from a handful of resort stages, the humble album disappeared into the collections and garages of Nantucket tourists, taking what was left of a near-30-year career along with it.



    Available for the first time since 1977, this expanded edition of Telling The Truth gathers Wright's lone 45 and only original composition from his first LP to tell the definitive Willie Wright story. The deluxe LP edition includes a replica 7 of his cover of Curtis Mayfield's Right On For The Darkness with his original Africa on the flip.

    1. Hello, Music People Of The World
    2. Nantucket Island
    3. Lady Of The Year
    4. I'm So Happy Now
    5. In The Beauty Of The Night
    6. Love Is Expensive
    7. Okay, Once Again
    8. Jackie's Song
    9. Son, Don't Let Life Pass You By
    10. Indian Reservation
    11. Dressing For The Occasion
    12. It's Only Life, That's All
    13. Right On For The Darkness
    14. Africa
    15. Lack Of Education
    Willie Wright
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    Live

    Donny Hathaway had one of the strongest voices in Soul, both in mere vocal prowess and in his lyrical abilities. The Ghetto, one of his most beloved songs, is on par with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (incidentally also a famous cover by Hathaway, as featured on this Live album) or Curtis Mayfield's Move On Up.


    1972's Live cemented Hathaway's reputation as one of the forerunners of Soul, giving wonderful Jazzed-up interpretations (two of them running over the 10-minute mark) of classics. Hathaway plays with the audiences of the Troubadour in Hollywood and the Bitter End in New York like a preacher from the pulpit; their call-and-response is one of the elements that makes this album a classic of epic proportions.

    1. What's Goin' On
    2. The Ghetto
    3. Hey Girl
    4. You've Got A Friend
    5. Little Ghetto Boy
    6. We're Still Friends
    7. Jealous Guy
    8. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)
    Donny Hathaway
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    Give Me Your Love

    Barbara Mason becomes a woman on this Buddah release. No longer the love-struck teen who hit with Oh How It Hurts, Girls Have Feelings, and Sad, Sad Girl, the new Barbara makes the rules and gives the ultimatums. She unleashes a sensuous contralto on Bed And Board, Curtis Mayfield's Give Me Your Love, and a rekindled Yes I'm Already. And is marvelous on You Cans Be With the One You Don't Love, a lamenting ballad that Barbara creams.

    - Andrew Hamilton (All Music Guide)
    1. Yes I'm Ready
    2. When I Fall In Love

    3. Everything I Own

    4. Let Me In Your Life

    5. Bed And Board
    6. Who Will You Hurt Next
    7. You Can Be With The One You Don't Love

    8. Out Of This World
    9. Give Me Your Love
    Barbara Mason
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  • Feel Good (Pure Pleasure) Feel Good (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Feel Good (Pure Pleasure)

    Feel Good, not Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, is the sound of early-'70s pimping - even when the tempo slows down, which happens rarely, it's for a slow blues grind, not a ballad, and songs like Tina's Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid) make no apologies for mythologizing pimps. This results in a supremely sleazy, utterly addictive record, one that's relentless in its rhythms and fearless in its funk as Ike lays down nasty rock & roll guitar - check his solos on Feel Good, where he's as elastic as rubber - and Tina tears it up with pure, unbridled passion. Feel Good is quintessentially '70s - the fuzztoned funk practically conjures up platform shoes and mile-wide collars - but it doesn't belong to any one sound, it casually draws from Southern soul, James Brown funk, black pride, Superfly style and juke joint R&B, a sound that is uniquely identified with Ike & Tina. And while this contains no flat-out classics like Nutbush City Limits or Proud Mary as an album Feel Good undoubtedly ranks among their very best: it's a non-stop party.



    Musicians:



    • Ike Turner, Tina Turner (vocal) & band




    Recording: March 1972 by Barry Keene, Ike Turner and Jim Saunders at Bolic Sound, Los Angeles

    Production: Gerhard Augustin and Ike Turner



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Chopper
    2. Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)
    3. Feel Good
    4. I Like It
    5. If You Can Hully Gully (I Can Hully Gully Too)
    6. Black Coffee
    7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
    8. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
    9. You Better Think Of Something
    10. Bolic
    Ike & Tina Turner
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    Head Hunters


    Mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith


    Stoughton Printing Old-Style Deluxe Film-Lamination Tip-On Jacket


    Plated and Pressed at Quality Record Pressings!


    There are few artists in the music industry who have had more influence on acoustic and electronic jazz and R&B than Herbie Hancock.


    In 1963, Miles Davis invited Hancock to join the Miles Davis Quintet. During his five years with Davis, Herbie recorded many classics with the jazz legend including ESP, Nefertiti and Sorcerer, and later on he made appearances on Davis' groundbreaking In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew.


    Hancock's own solo career blossomed on Blue Note, with classic albums including Maiden Voyage, Empyrean Isles and Speak Like a Child. After leaving Davis' fold, Herbie put together a new band called The Headhunters and, in 1973, recorded Head Hunters. Head Hunters was a pivotal point in Hancock's career, bringing him into the vanguard of jazz fusion. Hancock had pushed avant-garde boundaries on his own albums and with Miles Davis, but he had never devoted himself to the groove as he did on Head Hunters. Drawing heavily from Sly Stone, Curtis Mayfield and James Brown, Hancock developed deeply funky, even gritty, rhythms over which he soloed on electric synthesizers, bringing the instrument to the forefront in jazz. It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken).


    Jazz purists, of course, decried the experiments at the time, but Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital four decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul and hip-hop.

    1. Chameleon
    2. Watermelon Man
    3. Sly
    4. Vein Melter
    Herbie Hancock
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    Curtis

    Curtis is the debut album by American soul/funk artist Curtis Mayfield, released in September 1970. Produced by Mayfield, it was released on his own label Curtom Records. The musical styles of Curtis moved further away from the pop-soul sounds of Mayfield's previous group The Impressions and featured more of a funk and psychedelia inspired sound. The album's subject matter incorporates political and social concerns of the time.


    Curtis sold well at the time charting at number one on the Billboard Black albums (for five nonconsecutive weeks) and number nineteen on the Billboard Pop albums charts. Only the single (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go charted. Curtis receives very high praise from modern day critics with Bruce Eder of Allmusic commenting that the record is ...practically the Sgt. Pepper's album of '70s soul...

    1. If There Is A Hell Below We're All Gonna Go
    2. The Other Side Of Town
    3. Wild And Free
    4. The Makings Of You
    5. Miss Black America
    6. Move On Up
    7. We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
    8. Give It Up
    Curtis Mayfield
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    Extraordinary Light

    Ben Fields is bringing a style of introspective songwriting pioneered by artists like Nick Drake and Van Morrison back into the mainstream. A stylistic homogeny of Harry Nilsson, The Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, and Lowell George gives his debut album, Extraordinary Light (out on June 17), a sound that defined an era.
    1. Extraordinary Light
    2. Matilda
    3. Swede
    4. Fragile Little Heart
    5. Worry
    6. Mostly, He Says
    7. Everything
    8. See You In the Morning Caroline
    9. Sleep Through December
    10. So Stolen By Your Ghost
    Ben Fields
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    Watch The Throne (Picture Disc)

    Music icons and pop culture visionaries Jay-Z and Kanye West have inspired each other to new heights with their collaboration on Watch The Throne recorded in person at various locations around the world. Over a year in the making and a truly global affair, the duo recorded in London and Bath in the U.K., Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Paris and New York City. The album has already been heralded a masterpiece and features production from the likes of RZA, The Neptunes and Kanye's longtime collaborator Mike Dean. The short list of featured artists includes Frank Ocean, Beyonce, Curtis Mayfield and Mr. Hudson while lead track Otis, brilliantly samples Otis Redding's Try A Little Tenderness.
    LP1
    1. No Church In The World (ft. Frank Ocean)
    2. Lift Off (ft. Beyonce)
    3. Niggas In Paris
    4. Otis (ft. otis Redding)
    5. Gotta Have It
    6. New Day
    7. That's My Bitch
    8. Welcome To The Jungle


    LP2
    1. Who Gon Stop Me
    2. Murder To Excellence
    3. Made In America (ft. Frank Ocean)
    4. Why I Love You (ft. Frank Ocean)
    5. Illest Motherfucker Alive
    6. H.A.M.
    7. Primetime

    Jay-Z & Kanye West
    $139.99
    Vinyl LP Picture Disc - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label Quick View

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    King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label

    On Cleveland's late '60s gospel scene, the BOS label was the refined, professional ying to Boddie's lo-fi yang, galloping to the fore bearing a torch for Curtis Mayfield's robe-wearing roots. Founded by gospel impresario James Bullard, BOS is the first chapter in story that includes stints producing major spiritual albums for the Birthright, Roadshow, and Word labels. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch's Way Out concern, running the devotional wing of Cleveland's largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out's soulful flavor in the process. Compiled here are BOS's less traditional moments-12 bridges between FM R&B and AM sermons from a time when those worlds were splitting apart.
    1. Sensational Saints - The War Is Over
    2. Trumplettes - My Life Will Be Sweeter
    3. Mighty Imperials - Unity
    4. Trumpelettes - I've Been To The Top Of The Mountain
    5. Mighty Imperials - We Need Him Now
    6. Sensational Saint - Walk Through The Valley
    7. BOS Singers - Move Satan
    8. Capitalaires - Glory, Glory
    9. Southern Echoes - Why Am I Treated So Bad
    10. Philip Brown The Friendly Seven - I Had A Talk
    11. Trumpelettes - You Don't Know My Trouble
    12. Southern Echoes - Burden Down
    Various Artists
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Girl Don't Care The Girl Don't Care Quick View

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    The Girl Don't Care

    One of Chandler's best, chock full of midtempo grooves, succulent ballads and jump tunes like Good Times. Curtis Mayfield's Nothing Can Stop Me is spiced with punchy horns and choral backing vocals for Gene to play his cool, swaggering tenor against. The pain in his voice is undeniable on Here Come the Tears, where he literally cries the agonizing lyrics. He gets philosophical on The Girl Don't Care, an intense ballad that always seems too short. This could almost pass for a greatest-hits LP, since at least six of the selections were released as A-sides. Fool for You, as well as the others mentioned above, got their share of plays on soul stations, and all should have been bigger hits. The B-sides occupy most of side two and are just a couple of notches below the plug sides. It's amazing how overlooked and under appreciated these gems were.


    - Andrew Hamilton (All Music Guide)

    1. Nothing Can Stop Me
    2. You Can't Hurt Me No More
    3. (I'm Just A) Fool For You
    4. Here Come The Tears
    5. (Gonna Be) Good Times
    6. The Girl Don't Care
    7. To Choose
    8. Bet You Never Thought
    9. Baby That's Love
    10. Buddy Ain't It A Shame
    11. No One Can Love You (Like I Do)
    12. My Love
    Gene Chandler
    $14.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Get Lifted Get Lifted Quick View

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    Get Lifted

    Printed Innersleeves


    John Legend rose to fame in the mid noughties, after making a name for himself as guest musician for Lauryn Hill, Slum Village and Kanye West among others. When Kanye started his own label G.O.O.D. (Getting Out Our Dreams), Get Lifted would be the first release to see the light.


    Resembling a style made popular in the '70s by Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, Quincy Jones and Bill Withers, Legend knows his chops and delivers an all-time classic R&B album ready for the new millennium.


    Original vinyl copies of Get Lifted fetch top dollar, which makes a reissue of this title more than welcome for Soul and Hip Hop fans.

    LP1
    1. Prelude
    2. Let's Get Lifted
    3. Used To Love U Alright
    4. She Don't Have To Know
    5. Number One (featuring Kanye West)
    6. I Can Change (featuring Snoop Dogg)


    LP2
    1. Ordinary People Stay With You
    2. Let's Get Lifted Again
    3. So High
    4. Refuge (When It's Cold Outside)
    5. It Don't Have To Change (featuring The Stephens Family)
    6. Live It Up (featuring Miri Ben-Ari)

    John Legend
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Pilgrim

    Eric Clapton has metamorphosed from tie-dyed guitar god for a mostly male congregation to Armani-clad crooner and chart-certified ladies' man, yet it misses the point to focus on that transition without considering '90s forays into blues (on From The Cradle, his brilliant 1994 live-in-the-studio homage), techno, and the silky contemporary R&B of Change The World. Pilgrim, his first studio album of new songs since Journeyman, reflects all these facets in his most ambitious, and certainly darkest solo project. Its title isn't casual: These are elliptical meditations on the ravages of time, as preoccupied with matters of the spirit as affairs of the heart. My Father's Eyes opens the song cycle with allusions to the traumatic death of toddler son Conor (the inspiration for '92's poignant Tears In Heaven), while the title song adopts the fevered, falsetto vocal style of Curtis Mayfield to riveting effect. Coproducer Simon Climie sculpts electronic orchestrations and favors clipped synth rhythms, while Clapton himself largely eschews his once dominant, climactic electric solos for restrained but potent acoustic filigree, staccato riffs, and fluid rhythm work, letting loose with a rougher, more biting edge on the squalling She's Gone. --Sam Surtherland
    LP 1
    1. My Father's Eyes
    2. River Of Tears
    3. Pilgrim
    4. Broken Hearted
    5. One Chance
    6. Circus


    LP 2
    1. Going Down Slow
    2. Fall Like Rain
    3. Born In Time
    4. Sick & Tired
    5. Needs His Woman
    6. She's Gone
    7. You Were There
    8. Inside Of Me

    Eric Clapton
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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