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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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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
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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
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
  • 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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  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram) The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram) Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (180 Gram)

    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
    $19.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
  • The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Living Legend - The Baby Huey Story (Colored Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)

    Colored Vinyl


    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
    $19.99
    Colored Vinyl LP -Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Roots Roots Quick View

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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
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Roots (Colored Vinyl) Roots (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Roots (Colored Vinyl)

    Colored Vinyl


    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
    $19.99
    Colored Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
  • Pilgrim Pilgrim Quick View

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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
  • The Electric Lady The Electric Lady Quick View

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    The Electric Lady

    As she began the audacious task of following up on her acclaimed debut LP The ArchAndroid - an album that topped critic's lists in 2010 all over the world - she took along some trusty, brave companions: the original music producers of The ArchAndroid, Nate Rocket Wonder and Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Productions. And together they crafted a new strain of jamming music they called ish. In the hip hop community, ish is a euphemism for the profane four-letter word for excrement, but as MonĂ¡e explains, they set out, like proverbial alchemists, to turn lesser substances into gold.


    This entire project was produced by Wonder & Lightning. We set out to make a soundtrack for the Obama era, something that spoke to the beautiful, majestic and revolutionary times that we're living in. The musical language we're speaking now is called ish. In the African-American community, we've been turning left-overs (like chitlins) and social depredation (like poverty) into delicacies and fine art for years. So we just set out to turn the rubbish all around us into something beautiful. Ish is the bowtie on the funk.


    From the sound of The Electric Lady, ish is an urgent and dangerous form of dance music, rebel music that forces one to fight, jam, and fall in love. Like on The ArchAndroid, the sonic textures of the album are varied, and the past and present come together to explode and create a mind-blowing future for pop and soul music. For example, wondrous strings reminiscent of Curtis Mayfield and Bernard Herrmann orchestrations abound, Hendrixian guitar solos soar, Outkast-like raps float over punk rock riffs; defiant socially-conscious lyrics extol the virtues of soul-searching and fighting for change, while the funk simply melts your speakers: 808s boom and Prince-like synthesizers squiggle in your earhole, making it veritably impossible to just sit still.

    LP 1
    1. Suite IV: Electric Overture
    2. Givin Em What They Love
    3. Q.U.E.E.N.
    4. Electric Lady
    5. Good Morning Midnight
    6. PrimeTime
    7. We Were Rock n' Roll
    8. The Chrome Shoppe
    9. Dance Apocalyptic
    10. Look Into My Eyes


    LP 2
    11. Suite V: Electric Overture
    12. It's Code
    13. Ghetto Woman
    14. Our Favorite Fugitive
    15. Victory
    16. Can't Live Without Your Love
    17. Sally Ride
    18. Dorothy Dandridge Eyes
    19. What an Experience

    Janelle Monae
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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