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Aretha Franklin

Yeah [Colored Vinyl] [Limited Edition] [180 Gram] (Purp) (Hol)

Vinyl: $36.99 Buy

180 gram audiophile vinyl. Seventh studio album by the Queen of Soul. Recorded live at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. Featuring "Misty", "If I Had a Hammer", "There Is No Greater Love" and many more. Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on purple coloured vinyl. The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin released her seventh studio album Yeah!!! in 1965. The album was recorded live at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Clyde Otis. Yeah!!! features "Misty", "If I Had a Hammer" and "There Is No Greater Love" amongst others.
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Aretha Franklin

Unforgettable: A Tribute To Dinah Washington [Limited Edition]

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180 gram audiophile vinyl. Fifth studio album by the Queen of Soul. Recorded at New York's Columbia Studios and produced by Robert Mersey. Featuring "What a Diff'rence a Day Made", "Unforgettable", "This Bitter Earth" & "Cold, Cold Heart". Limited edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on crystal clear vinyl. Dinah Washington has been cited as "the most popular black female recording artist of the 1950s". The jazz vocalist passed away in December 1963 at the age of 39. Just a few months after, in February 1964, Aretha Franklin released her fifth studio album Unforgettable - A Tribute to Dinah Washington.
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Wooden Glass

Wooden Glass Recorded Live

Vinyl: $57.98 PREORDER

Billy Wooten is a vibraphonist and percussionist from Indianapolis who also participated in 'Grant Green / Visions', which was released from Blue Note, and 'Richard Evans / Dealing With Hard Times,' among other things.This is a legendary live recording from Billy Wooten and his band 'The Wooden Glass,' as played in 1972. The CD edition has sold more than 10,000 copies, and now this masterpiece of jazz-funk live albums is finally here on vinyl! Comes with an OBI-strip.
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Thee Sinseers

What's His Name (Random [Colored Vinyl]

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On limited "random" colored vinyl. Thee Sinseers are the premier band in Southern California's souldies scene and their new single "What's His Name" represents what's the come from the future-household-name Joey Quiñones' mind. He produces, writes, and plays nearly everything you hear on recordings of Thee Sinseers. So enjoy this sweet slice of soul from Joey and co. It certainly won't be the last time you hear his name!
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Aretha Franklin

Sparkle [SYEOR 2022 Limited Edition Crystal Clear LP]

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The 1976 Warner Bros Motion Picture Sparkle features a soundtrack created by two Soul giants Aretha and Curtis. Whilst the movie stars - Irene Cara and Lonette McKee (primarily) - sang the songs on the film, Sparkle (Music From The Warner Bros. Motion Picture)'' features the Queen of Soul herself 'Aretha Franklin', accompanied by composer and producer Curtis Mayfield recorded at his Curtom studio in Chicago. It will be pressed on LP - for the first time since its original release in 1976 - on a Crystal Clear vinyl. SIDE A 01 Sparkle 02 Something He Can Feel 03 Hooked on Your Love 04 Look into Your Heart SIDE B 01 I Get High 02 Jump To It 03 Loving You Baby 04 Rock with Me

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Sam Cooke

Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Clear LP]

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Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 is a career-spanning, 31-track collection of music pioneer Sam Cookes greatest works. This collection presents tracks from Cookes gospel and early R&B career, pop/soul hits from the Specialty and RCA labels and combined them with the cream of the masters that are part of his own company, Tracey Records. Includes comprehensive liner notes by Peter Guralnick as well as detailed musician credits. Limited Edition Indie Exclusive 2 LP on 180-gram clear vinyl.

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Plus

Plus [Colored Vinyl] [Clear Vinyl]

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Limited clear vinyl LP pressing. Exclusive pressing on clear vinyl of this holy grail of European progressive jazz-funk featuring players from Marc Moulin's Placebo/Sam Suffy, and El Chicles/Nico Gomez crew... or as someone says on Discogs: 'HOLY GRAIL! A Funk Jazzy classic record. Deep groove with a deep bass and powerful horns. Excellent from start to finish. KILLER!!!' If you prefer a more restrained description, there is also this: 'New pressing of the highly sought-after and very expensive Belgian jazz-funk-rock LP from 1972. Featuring members of Marc Moulin's Placebo and Sam Suffy line-ups.' All of this leads us to the same conclusion - this is an album well worth investigating if you like funky grooves
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Ripple

Ripple (2021 Remastering)

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Japanese-only pressing features 2021 remastering. Ultra-Vybe.
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Beale Street Beats 2: Soul House / Various (10in)

Beale Street Beats 2: Soul House / Various (10in)

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Memphis, Tennessee: large urban metropolis on the Mississippi River, home to such legendary record labels as Sun, Stax, Hi Records and... Home Of The Blues! On two single high-quality 25cm LPs, Bear Family Recordsr presents an overview of the creative years of this underrated label that released great rhythm 'n' blues, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll throughout the early 1960s. Volume 2 with a focus on the label's rhythm 'n' blues and soul sides. This LP delivers rare tunes that are hard to find on the original format, recordings by Jimmy Dotson, Willie Cobbs, Ed Pauling and the '5' Royales, among others. The 12-page colored folder includes extensive liner notes by Chicago music expert Bill Dahl, with photos from the label archives. Memphis-based Home of the Blues Records cooked up more than it's share of blistering singles during it's all-too-brief early '60s lifespan. Headed by Ruben Cherry (owner of a famous record store of the same handle on Beale Street where Elvis and Johnny Cash shopped) and his aunt, Celia G. Camp, HOTB specialized in tough, horn-driven Memphis R&B tightly arranged by it's house bandleader, trumpeter Willie Mitchell. It's talent roster was split between veteran stars (Roy Brown, The '5' Royales) and big-voiced obscurities that included New Orleans emigre Dave Dixon and Charles James, whose infectious rendition of One Mint Julep for HOTB's affiliated Zab logo is one of the myriad highlights of Bear Family's 10-inch vinyl LP 'Soul House.' The '5"'Royales' Catch That Teardrop and Willie Cobbs' original You Don't Love Me (later revived by The Allman Brothers) are here as well, along with hard-to-find gems by Jimmy Dotson, Billy Adams, and Bill Yates. The instrumental title track is a dazzling showcase for Royales guitarist Lowman Pauling's slashing fretwork
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Kem

Love Always Wins [Deluxe]

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Deluxe edition. Love Always Wins is the sixth studio album by Kem. It was originally released by Motown Records in August 2020, his first full-length project in six years.
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Eddie Hazel

Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs

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If your circle of friends includes any guitar players, take this little test. Ask them if they are familiar with Eddie Hazel's Game, Dames and Guitar Thangs. Chances are their eyes will widen, followed by an exclamation something like 'I thought I was the only one who knew about that record!' Indeed, knowledge of this relatively obscure album is something of a secret handshake among axe men, because the guitar work on it is flat-out incredible. But then, you had to be a bad mutha to be in a band with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell and the rest of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership, and that's where a 17 year-old Eddie Hazel found himself in 1967, as the new guitar player in the Parliaments. Over the next ten years, Hazel would become an instrumental mainstay in PFunk, most notably on Fender Strat showcases like 'Maggot Brain' and 'Dollar Bill,' which he co-wrote. By the time he recorded this album in 1977, however, Hazel was out of the band, beset by personal problems that led to his premature demise in 1992 and which also explain at least in part why this album never reached commercial lift-off. All of the aforementioned PFunk notables are here, along with the Brides of Funkenstein on vocals, but this is Eddie's show, as he let's loose with one coruscating, psychedelic funk lead after another over a mixture of George Clinton-penned originals and covers of 'California Dreamin' and 'I Want You (She's So Heavy).' And now you can get Game in two different ways: on CD with liner notes by former Minister of Information for PFunk, Tom Vickers, or on LP in an electric blue vinyl edition!
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WARDELL PIPER

Wardell Piper (Mod)

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Wilbert Harrison

Kansas City (Mod)

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Johnny Adams

Love Letters: The Hits And Rarities

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Rene & Rene

Magic Of Rene & Rene (Mod)

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Cassietta George

I Must Tell Jesus (Mod)

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Stokley

Sankofa (Mod)

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Stokley's "Sankofa" the sophomore album offering from the 2x Grammy Nominated Sonic Healer. Including Billboard #1 hit "SHE.. ", Rush Ft. H. E. R. , Billboard Top 10's Vibrant Ft. Snoop Dogg and Cascade Ft. The Bonfyre along with Woman ft KiDi and much more. TRACKLISTING: 1. Sankofa - past 2. Vibrant (feat. Snoop Dogg) 3. Cafe (feat. Wale) 4. She (Extended) 5. Vudoo 6. Clouds (feat. Shakespeare!) 7. Homecoming interlude 8. Cascade (feat. The Bonfyre) 9. Rush (feat. H. E. R. ) 10. Sankofa - present 11. Recipe 12. Woman (feat. KiDi) 13. Cascade-Lvrs Quarrel (Remix) 14. Trinkutsi interlude 15. Verbalize: Jeopardy (feat. Snoop Dogg) 16. Slip 17. Lost 18. Sankofa.
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Percy Mayfield

Walking On A Tightrope (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

Vinyl: $29.99 Buy

Singer and songwriter Percy Mayfield is one of the giants of 1950s R&B. He was also the favoured songwriter of Ray Charles who handed him 'Hit The Road Jack' and 'At The Club'. 'Walking on a Tightrope' is his only album for Brunswick originally released in 1969. This is the first time ever this album has been reissued. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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This Is Lowrider Soul Vol 2 / Various

This Is Lowrider Soul Vol 2 / Various (Uk)

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It's been almost three years since Sean Hampsey and the Southern (California) Soul Spinners created "This Is Lowrider Soul" for Kent Records, and the ensuing acclaim and enjoyment have made this second volume essential. Only three artists are repeated, which shows the depth of the genre, and two of those - Barbara Mason with her Philly slow-burners and Lee Williams & the Cymbals' fantastic East Coast harmonies - epitomise the Lowrider soul sound between them. The Lovers are also featured again, providing sweet soul from the Pacific coast. A big talking point will be the previously unissued ballad 'Can't Nobody' from Detroit's top vocal group Brothers Of Soul, which they cut for Galaxy in 1969. That was the year in which the more obscure Mark-Keys, from the same city, offered their re-interpretation of J. T. Rhythm's 'My Sweet Baby'. Detroit also provides the Perfections' tour de force 'Don't Take Your Love From Me', a Jack Ashford gem from the previous year, and harmony was still strong in the city in 1972 when the Houston Outlaws' 'What Am I Going To Do' was released by Westbound. It failed to gain the acclaim it deserved - until now, currently one of the most sought-after and expensive Detroit sides on the Lowrider collectors' scene. Philadelphia also specialised in this sound as the 60s turned into the 70s, and the Ethics' 'Sad Sad Story' is a classic of it's kind, in a similar vein to the offerings of Little Ben & the Cheers, the Vanguards and Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr; mid-Western groups trying to capture that same soulful feeling. Though the artists on this CD are overwhelmingly male, when the girls hit it right the effect is stunning - as with the Sparkels' rarity 'Try Love (One More Time)'. Another pricey original 45 is the Hyperions' West Coast-recorded and released 'Believe In Me'. It was hardly known until the Northern Soul A-side was flipped out of curiosity. Three tracks were rescued from the tape vaults and released on Kent CDs in the late noughties. East Coast stalwart Benny Gordon's protégés the Exceptions, New York outfit the Radiations and Los Angeles' very own Magicians all deliver accomplished and ready-to-hear soul ballads. It is testament to the depth of talent in black America in the soul era, that they were deemed surplus to requirements at the time.
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El Michels Affair

Stack The Deck B/W Things Done Changed

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Big Crown Records is proud to present this rock solid two-sider from El Michels Affair. This 7" is part of a new Big Crown X El Oms collaboration that includes a custom deck of playing cards and a t shirt series illustrated by El Oms. The labels of this 45 are pulled from some of the King & Queen illustrations contained in the deck.To go with this project, El Michels teamed up again with Bobby Oroza for the A side tune which plays along with the collab theme called "Stack The Deck". These two proved their chemistry on 2020's "Reasons" which became a fast favorite around the globe. This time El Michels comes with a heavier more orchestrated track that Bobby finds the perfect groove on as he plays up the gamble of love.The B side is a speaker smashing cover of the late, great, Notorious B.I.G.'s "Things Done Changed" from his Ready To Die album. El Michels Affair stays close to the tone of the original Easy Mo Bee production but makes it their own with their signature horns and cinematic grit.45 and playing cards are being sold separately
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This Love Was Real: La Vocal Groups 1959-1964

This Love Was Real: La Vocal Groups 1959-1964 (Uk)

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We explore the later years of Los Angeles' doo wop scene from sources that have never previously been digitalised from master tape. We have found master tapes of very rare and expensive doo wop recordings in the vaults of Doré, Era, Gary Paxton, Kent Harris and George Motola in particular. Most of these great tracks have only previously been heard on badly reproduced bootleg releases. Three tracks have never been heard before. One is a Class recording by Adolph Jacobs, of which noted LA vocal group writer Steve Propes says, "The Coasters' Billy Guy and Carl Gardner were singing with Bobby Day on Jacobs' session for Class Records", which makes it a historically important track, as well as a great record. Of similar interest to doo wop fans is an unheard number from Arthur Lee Maye - the greatest of all the singing sportsmen - from his 1958 'Pounding' Cash session, complete with vocal group. The Pharoahs' beautiful 'Here Comes The Rain' has only a basic instrumental backing, but the superb singing makes it a very worthy release. Another Gary Paxton-produced track has only been heard under the incorrect group name of the Sesames on a bootleg EP; it is actually Bobby Sheen with a group covering the Interludes' 1962 King release. Super-rarities include the Showcases' magnificent 1964 Galaxy release '(This Love) Was Real', the Heartbreakers' Markay single 'Since You've Been Gone', the Cezannes' 'Pardon Me', the Tabs' 'Never Forget' on Noble and Carlton Beck's (of the Shields) 'The Girl I Left Behind' Troy offering. Most are classic 50s ballads but there are some R&B-oriented numbers such as Kent Harris' group the Valaquans' 'Jolly Green Giant' Rayco 45, the Creators' quirky 'Drafted, Volunteered, Enlisted', released on Dootone in 1961, and the scarce and imaginative Emberglows' Doré single 'Sack And Chemise Gang Fight' - all have Coasters influences with their novelty and humour. Several of the acts would go on to record through the soul era - Dorothy Berry, Morris Chestnut (here as James Washington Lee); the Individuals' James Leon Moore went on to be a Youngheart and, of course, Danny Stewart would lead the groundbreaking Sly & The Family Stone. Sleeve notes are from Steve Propes and Alec Palao to further map this city's important musical history.
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Mickey And Sylvia

Singles & Albums Collection 1952-62

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They were one of the few boy/girl duos to make an impact in the R&B, rock 'n' roll and pop markets during the rock 'n' roll era, and occupy an interesting niche in the history of the genre. This substantial and fairly comprehensive overview of their output during the primary period of the career provides an entertaining showcase for their distinctive style and talents.
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The Brkn Record

The Architecture Of Oppression Part 1 [Indie Exclusive limited Edition Red LP]

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The Brkn Record is a new project led and produced by Jake Ferguson, the co-founder and bass player for the UK's foundational deep jazz outfit the Heliocentrics. With fellow Heliocentrics co-founder and legendary drummer Malcolm Catto, Ferguson has been a regular collaborator with globally recognised artists including Archie Shepp, Mulatu Astatke, Melvin Van Peebles, Orlando Julius and many others. The Architecture of Oppression Part 1 represents Ferguson's debut as a bandleader and orchestrator, and manifests as a committed and soulful response to ongoing and systemic anti-black racism, social oppression and state violence both at home in London and across the globe. Combining poetry, testimony and song with rich and cinematic backdrops, Ferguson has produced a sui generis sound that conjures flavours of Arthur Verocai, Ennio Morricone, classic library productions, Madlib-style deep-jazz beat science, and psychedelic soul. With bandmate Malcolm Catto on drums, Ferguson draws on their long years of collaborative experience in the Heliocentrics to build an album of striking texture and depth.
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Whispers

Dore Singles (Mod)

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Carol Douglas

Come Into My Life (Mod)

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Doris Duke

I'm A Loser (Mod)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips

Letter Full Of Tears

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Warlock

Warlock (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

Vinyl: $29.99 Buy

Warlock is a super rare funk/rock release on the Holland Dozier Holland's label Music Merchant. Influenced by Funkadelic and MC5, this is the first time ever this album has been reissued on vinyl since it's release in 1972. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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Total Eclipse

Great Combination (Blk) (Ofgv) (Uk)

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The Total Eclipse are a New York funk and soul eight piece originally from Jamaica. 1976 album was released on the obscure Brunswick label BRC subsidiary. This is the first time 'A Great Combination' has ever been reissued. Pressed on 140g black vinyl with original artwork and printed inner sleeve.
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Henry, Joshua

Grow

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BMG Grow - Joshua Henry - Three-time Tony nominee and GRAMMY-nominee Joshua Henry announced his debut album 'Grow' via BMG. This album is a kaleidoscopic spectrum of sounds that showcases Joshua's powerhouse vocals and versatile talents.
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Fana Hues

Hues [Indie Exclusive Limited Edition Opaque White LP]

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When singer-songwriter Fana Hues was a child, illness took away her voice for almost five years. "I had scarlet fever, tonsillitis, and strep throat at the same time," recalls the 25-year-old from Pasadena, CA, about the years she spent yearning to sing-years her mother, a dancer and healer, spent concocting natural medicines and elixirs that would eventually restore her voice. A challenging and humbling experience, Fana's period of near voicelessness led her to appreciate the power of healing, and to realize her purpose as a musician at a young age. The sonically-sprawling collection of tracks weaves moody trances with funky bass lines and delicate strings, landing cohesively as a thorough reflection on the complexity of human emotion. "I thought it was super important for me as a black woman to be open about that because so many times I feel like I'm not allowed to express my emotions." In Fana's words, "I'm kind of all over the place, but there's always a method to the madness; it's all centered; it all has a purpose."
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Kenny Lattimore

Here To Stay

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Hailed by the New York Times as a "modern soul man," Kenny Lattimore, the singer behind the hits "Never Too Busy", "For You", and the Michael Jordan hype song "Day's Like This" is back with a new album for the first time in 4 years. CD Digi-Pak.
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Aretha Franklin

Her Ultimate Collection [180-Gram Red Colored Vinyl]

Vinyl: $29.99 Buy

Limited 180gm red colored vinyl LP pressing.
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El Michels Affair

The Abominable EP [Indie Exclusive Yeti Baby Blue Vinyl]

Vinyl: $22.98 Buy

El Michels Affair follows up the massive success of their full length Yeti Season with The Abominable EP. A collection of unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and instrumentals from the Yeti Season recording sessions.EMA's blending their signature cinematic soul sound with influences from Turkish Funk and the grittiest of Bollywood soundtracks yielded an instant classic The Fader calls "a carnival of dusty funk and soul".The EP starts off with the unreleased gem "Messy Grass" whose synth intro, peppered with distant yeti cries, gives way to a tremendous backing track that Tamer Pinarbasi's Qanun dances over. On "Cham Cham" EMA invites Piya Malik to the microphone again to share her styled storytelling vocals over the instrumental track from Yeti Season's "Perfect Harmony". Where some of the tunes on the EP have vocals added, some of them have them removed letting the band take center stage; "Poison Song", "Uncut Gem", "Smoked", and "Progress" are all instrumen- tal here giving them a wholly different energy than the vocal versions.The EP is being released with two different covers, each one has two paintings from different Ghanaian mobile cinema artists commissioned through Chicago's Deadly Prey Gallery and are interpretations of the original album artwork. One version is paintings by Stoger and Heavy J, who also contributed cover paintings to the Return To The 37th Chamber album. The other version of the cover is two paintings by Teshie and Farkira.
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Various Artists

I'm Back! Family & Friends / Various

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The funktastic 2011 album by legendary funk master Sly Stone featuring incredible new versions of Sly's biggest hits recorded with rock n' roll royalty!Features brand new renditions of the all-time classics "Dance To the Music," "Everyday People," "Family Affair," "Thank You (Falentinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" and much more PLUS 3 previously unreleased tracks!Includes a host of well-known guests such as Ray Manzarek (The Doors), Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson (Heart), Jeff Beck, Carmine Appice and others!Previously available as CLP4800
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Tink

Gift & A Curse (Red & White Candy Cane Cornetto)

Vinyl: $21.98 Buy

Initially released digitally on Christmas Day 2020 as a surprise gift to her fans, Tink's "A Gift and a Curse" was met with wide praise from fans and virtually every outlet. Celebrating the one year anniversary, Tink continues the holiday tradition with a limited edition exclusive pressing for her ride-or-dies. In keeping true to it's title, A Gift and a Curse delivers themes of heartbreak, love, and all that goes in between.
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