AQUARIUS RECORDS SOUL FUNK

album cover CHECKER, CHUBBY Goes Psychedelic (Underground Masters) cd 21.00
When you think deep soulful psychedelic tinged rock the first name that probably does NOT come to mind is Chubby Checker. But guess what, he did in fact brew up a totally potent batch of psych rock burners that somehow slipped completely under the radar.
Apparently Chubby was living in Holland in 1971 when he hooked up with some eccentric and unknown hippie rockers who all seemed to be smoking some seriously good stuff and together they recorded this batch of seriously scorching tracks! Forget everything you know about Chubby Checker. This is not « The Twist », or the golden-oldies or a novelty come-back with the Fat Boys in the ’80s. This is impassioned psychedelic rock killer with deep grooves and a super emotional and intense vocal delivery from Chubby. Every time we play this in the store someone thinks it’s some rare Hendrix track or an unreleased Arthur Lee gem or some amazing group like Black Merda finally being resurrected. In fact just about all of these songs could have appeared on any of the recent spate of psych reissue comps that we have fallen so in love with (Nuggets, Cherrystones), and actually we were given our first sneak peak into this secret world of Chubby Checker a few years back on the great collection Mr. Toytown Presents Vol. 2: Nightmares at Toby’s Shop. We never thought we’d finally hear the whole disc, heck, we didn’t even think there -was- a whole disc. Turns out there was, now on cd as Goes Psychedelic though it was originally released on some budget labels variously under the titles New Revelation and Chequered.
There are some mind blowing songs here. Songs that aren’t just cool cause it’s neat and weird and interesting that they are actually being sung by Chubby Checker but songs that stand on their own two feet and grab your and shake you and sound so damn good! What’s also so cool about this recording is that 9 of the 11 songs were actually written by Chubby, so it’s not like some hip producer just grabbed a bunch of great songs and slapped his name and voice on them. He shows such an amazing range, from scorching stingers (« Love Tunnel ») to druggy cookers (« Stoned In The Bathroom ») to darkly solemn tales (« He Died »). What an absolute surprise of a record! We haven’t been able to stop playing it since it arrived to AQ. We’re completely addicted! And we think you will be too.
MPEG Stream: « Love Tunnel »
MPEG Stream: « How Does It Feel »
MPEG Stream: « Goodbye Victoria »

album cover COFFEY, DENNIS Big City Funk (Vampisoul) cd 17.98
It should come as no surprise that on his extensive musical resume Dennis Coffey can boast to scoring blaxploitation films as well as session playing on numerous Motown records and other soul and funk outings from his hometown of Detroit. Big City Funk compiles tracks from his four studio albums released on the Sussex label over the years 1971-’74. His fried and fiery delivery of instrumental funk has been a mainstay with crate diggers forever. In fact over the years he’s been sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and LL Cool J. When he’s on, his tracks are on fire, reminding us at times of such disparate sounds as the Childrens Television Workshop and groups like Stark Reality. The overall sound and feeling of Coffey’s songs would make the perfect soundtrack for a wild cop car chase or for those soft focus slow tease moments in classic ’70s porn. Really fun and oh so ’70s!
MPEG Stream: « Son Of Scorpio »
MPEG Stream: « Outrageous »

album cover COFFEY, DENNIS Big City Funk (Vampisoul) lp 19.98
It should come as no surprise that on his extensive musical resume Dennis Coffey can boast to scoring blaxploitation films as well as session playing on numerous Motown records and other soul and funk outings from his hometown of Detroit. Big City Funk compiles tracks from his four studio albums released on the Sussex label over the years 1971-’74. His fried and fiery delivery of instrumental funk has been a mainstay with crate diggers forever. In fact over the years he’s been sampled by the likes of the Beastie Boys, Public Enemy and LL Cool J. When he’s on, his tracks are on fire, reminding us at times of such disparate sounds as the Childrens Television Workshop and groups like Stark Reality. The overall sound and feeling of Coffey’s songs would make the perfect soundtrack for a wild cop car chase or for those soft focus slow tease moments in classic ’70s porn. Really fun and oh so ’70s!
MPEG Stream: « Son Of Scorpio »
MPEG Stream: « Outrageous »

COLLINS, BOOTSY Anthology (Rhino) 2cd 30.00
’70s/’80s funk icon Bootsy gets a double cd best of set courtesy Rhino, 25 cuts of psychoticbumpschoolin’ from the Bootzilla. Includes personal fave « Mug Push ». Would-be funkateers lacking these tracks need to rectify that lapse immediately.
« Got the munchies… for your chocolate star »???

album cover COOKE, SAM Night Beat (Sony BMG) cd 17.98
This is the kind of record that makes it hard to listen to anything else. This is Sam Cooke at his artistic peak! Of course the vocals are some of the best recorded male vox of all time. The instrumentation is superb and still fresh sounding with folks like Billy Preston creating the perfect layer for Cooke’s voice to lay on top of and seep into our veins like only he could. « Night Beat » is the moodiest album he ever made and one that you can tell was definitely meant to be heard as an album and not just a platform for singles. When Cooke’s voice firsts greets us on the opener « Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen » it’s impossible not to be struck by the urgency, the poignancy, the meaning oozing from his heart and soul. It’s a record that you have to listen to alone at night for the first time to totally appreciate. And then it will be there for you at any time of day. With Cooke singing songs about this mean mean world we all have to live through and the ways we all try to survive, the emotional depth and clarity is so stunning. While he’s usually not thought of in this kind of company we think playing this alongside Cat Power’s Moon Pix and Bonnie Prince Billy’s I See A Darkness would make for a perfect triple bill of deep rooted emotional poignancy. You gotta have this!
MPEG Stream: « Nobody Knows The Trouble I’m In »
MPEG Stream: « Mean Old World »
MPEG Stream: « Little Red Rooster »

album cover COPELAND, RUTH Gimme Shelter: The Invictus Sessions (Sanctuary / Castle) cd 17.98
Along with having Parliment’s Osmium back in stock, we also just got this related disc by back-in-the-day Parliament collaborator Ruth Copeland. Actually, this is the second time we’ve listed this, but it’s a different edition than what we had before. And boy, we never realized until now how hot Ms. Copeland was! (Or that she was British, and white!) The photos on this new package clued us in.
Anyway, wow! Two great rare early 70’s funk-soul-folk-gospel records on one disc. Ms. Copeland wrote 3 or four songs from and sang on the first Parliament album, Osmium, and George Clinton, Eddie Hazel and the gang backed her up for these two solo albums [Self Portrait & I Am What I Am], resulting in some revelatory acid-funk-rock jams new to these ears. Her voice is often soft and folky, so don’t expect anything nearing Clinton’s yowlin’ growl. Eclectic stuff, there’s a few sappy ballads, but even those are kinda fun and balanced by the hard rockin’ Funkadelic-style gems. Even the Rolling Stones covers are pretty killer.
MPEG Stream: « Your Love Been So Good To Me »

album cover COVAY, DON & JEFFERSON LEMON BLUES BAND House Of Blue Lights (Sepia Tone) cd 13.98
From this legend who’s had songs recorded by everyone from Aretha Franklin to the Rolling Stones, comes this soulful southern blues, both in the form of haunting dirges and plenty of rollickin’ uptempo numbers. Originally issued in 1969.
RealAudio clip: « Mad Dog Blues »
RealAudio clip: « the Blues Dont Knock »

album cover DAKTARIS Soul Explosion (Daptone) cd 14.98
Fela Kuti lovers take note! This is one of the best post-Fela Kuti inspired Afro beat records of the last decade for sure. Originally released in ’98 just a year after Fela passed away, this was sadly the one and only album released by The Daktaris. Melding Afro beat, soul and funk with total perfection these are songs that make you walk with better posture and with total purpose. They pay homage to their heroes with amazing renditions of James Brown’s « Give It Up Turnit Loose » as well as the aforementioned Fela Kuti’s « Upside Down. » Like Antibalas this was a group carrying the flame that Fela lit with total devotion and a commitment to his spirit. Polyrhythms that will make your body shake, your heart race, and you’ll be smiling all over. Good stuff!
MPEG Stream: « Musicawa Silt »
MPEG Stream: « Upside Down »

album cover DAKTARIS, THE Soul Explosion (Daptone) lp 15.98
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Fela Kuti lovers take note! This is one of the best post-Fela Kuti inspired Afro beat records of the last decade for sure. Originally released in ’98 just a year after Fela passed away, this was sadly the one and only album released by The Daktaris. Melding Afro beat, soul and funk with total perfection these are songs that make you walk with better posture and with total purpose. They pay homage to their heroes with amazing renditions of James Brown’s « Give It Up Turnit Loose » as well as the aforementioned Fela Kuti’s « Upside Down. » Like Antibalas this was a group carrying the flame that Fela lit with total devotion and a commitment to his spirit. Polyrhythms that will make your body shake, your heart race, and you’ll be smiling all over. Good stuff!
MPEG Stream: « Musicawa Silt »
MPEG Stream: « Upside Down »

album cover DAVIS, BETTY Nasty Gal (MPC Ltd.) cd 21.00
Reissue of 1975’s « Nasty Gal », the third album by Betty (ex-wife of Miles) Davis. We already praised the sexy funk of the first two recently reissued Davis discs on the last AQ-list, and this one is more of the same, maybe a little more « rock » than before. We have to fault MPC though for including absolutely no liner notes at all — there’s not even any musician credits, which at least the first two reissues had.

DAVIS, BETTY Nasty Gal (MPC Ltd.) lp 12.98
Finally reissued on cd last year were these three albums by Miles Davis’ funky ex-wife, who should be famous in her own right for the tough, heavy duty ’70s funk she waxed on those records. Now they’re available, briefly, as LPs once again, but we’ve only got a couple of each and don’t think we’ll be able to get more (they’re limited or something), so you’d better hurry on down if you want to get down with Betty on vinyl.
Reissue of 1975’s « Nasty Gal », Betty Davis’ third album of sexy funk. This one is more of the same, maybe a little more « rock » than before. Slightly less essential than the others.

DAVIS, BETTY s/t (MPC Ltd.) cd 21.00
For all aficionados of the Funk, here’s cause for celebration! The long-awaited cd reissues of these early ’70s albums by Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles (famously, the subject « They Say I’m Different »‘s second track, « He Was A Big Freak »)! Betty belts out her lowdown lyrics over some super heavy funk grooves, kinda like a rawer version of Lyn Collins backed not by the JBs but by the swampier P-Funk band. Betty doesn’t hold back and her band does their best to match her attitude. Both records (her third, « Nasty Girl », still awaits reissue but should soon be making the scene) are the quote unquote bomb. The self-titled one is her 1973 debut, and features jams like « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up » and « Game Is My Middle Name ». Larry Graham’s the bassist, and Neal Schon (!) appears on guitar. The follow-up, « They Say I’m Different », continued Betty’s Afrodelic party, with guests Buddy Miles and others, and made the list of « 100 Records That Set The World On Fire » in The Wire magazine a few years back. Tough, sexy funk classics unearthed, don’t miss ’em!
RealAudio clip: « Anti Love Song »
RealAudio clip: « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up »

album cover DAVIS, BETTY s/t (Light In The Attic) cd 14.98
Finally this essential slab of raw classic funk get the proper, deluxe, loving reissue treatment it always deserved. Most importantly, unlike some of the previous versions, this is absolutely legit, so all the money goes straight to Ms Davis.
New super fancy digipak packaging with extra photos and liner notes, a huge booklet, and fancy glittery metallic printing. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s even a bunch of bonus tracks!!For all aficionados of the Funk, here’s cause for celebration! The long-awaited cd reissues of these early ’70s albums by Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles (famously, the subject « They Say I’m Different »‘s second track, « He Was A Big Freak »)! Betty belts out her lowdown lyrics over some super heavy funk grooves, kinda like a rawer version of Lyn Collins backed not by the JBs but by the swampier P-Funk band (or on s/t Sly Stone’s kick ass rhythm section!). Betty doesn’t hold back and her band does their best to match her attitude. Both records (her third, « Nasty Girl », still awaits an official reissue but should hopefully soon be making the scene) are the quote unquote bomb. The self-titled one is her 1973 debut, and features jams like « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up » and « Game Is My Middle Name ». Larry Graham’s the bassist, and Neal Schon (!) appears on guitar. The follow-up, « They Say I’m Different », continued Betty’s Afrodelic party, with guests Buddy Miles and others, and made the list of « 100 Records That Set The World On Fire » in The Wire magazine a few years back. Tough, sexy funk classics unearthed, don’t miss ’em!
The Three bonus tracks here are all unreleased, « Come Take Me », « You Won’t See Me In The Morning » and « I Will Take That Ride »!! Ooooh yeah!
MPEG Stream: « Anti Love Song »
MPEG Stream:  » Game Is My Middle Name »
MPEG Stream: « Come Take Me »

DAVIS, BETTY s/t (MPC Ltd.) lp 12.98
Finally reissued on cd last year were these three albums by Miles Davis’ funky ex-wife, who should be famous in her own right for the tough, heavy duty ’70s funk she waxed on those records. Now they’re available, briefly, as LPs once again, but we’ve only got a couple of each and don’t think we’ll be able to get more (they’re limited or something), so you’d better hurry on down if you want to get down with Betty on vinyl.
For all aficionados of the Funk, here’s cause for celebration! Betty belts out her lowdown lyrics over some super heavy funk grooves, kinda like a rawer version of Lyn Collins backed not by the JBs but by the swampier P-Funk band. Betty doesn’t hold back and her band does their best to match her attitude. This self-titled one is her 1973 debut, and features jams like « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up » and « Game Is My Middle Name ». Larry Graham’s the bassist, and Neal Schon (!) appears on guitar.
RealAudio clip: « Anti Love Song »
RealAudio clip: « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up »

album cover DAVIS, BETTY They Say I’m Different (MPC Ltd.) cd 21.00
For all aficionados of the Funk, here’s cause for celebration! The long-awaited cd reissues of these early ’70s albums by Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles (famously, the subject « They Say I’m Different »‘s second track, « He Was A Big Freak »)! Betty belts out her lowdown lyrics over some super heavy funk grooves, kinda like a rawer version of Lyn Collins backed not by the JBs but by the swampier P-Funk band. Betty doesn’t hold back and her band does their best to match her attitude. Both records (her third, « Nasty Girl », still awaits reissue but should soon be making the scene) are the quote unquote bomb. The self-titled one is her 1973 debut, and features jams like « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up » and « Game Is My Middle Name ». Larry Graham’s the bassist, and Neal Schon (!) appears on guitar. The follow-up, « They Say I’m Different », continued Betty’s Afrodelic party, with guests Buddy Miles and others, and made the list of « 100 Records That Set The World On Fire » in The Wire magazine a few years back. Tough, sexy funk classics unearthed, don’t miss ’em!
RealAudio clip: « He Was A Big Freak »
RealAudio clip: « 70’s Blues »

album cover DAVIS, BETTY They Say I’m Different (Light In The attic) cd 14.98
Finally this essential slab of raw classic funk get the proper, deluxe, loving reissue treatment it always deserved. Most importantly, unlike some of the previous versions, this is absolutely legit, so all the money goes straight to Ms Davis.
New super fancy digipak packaging with extra photos and liner notes, a huge booklet, and fancy glittery metallic printing. And as if that weren’t enough, there’s even a bunch of bonus tracks!!For all aficionados of the Funk, here’s cause for celebration! The long-awaited cd reissues of these early ’70s albums by Betty Davis, ex-wife of Miles (famously, the subject « They Say I’m Different »‘s second track, « He Was A Big Freak »)! Betty belts out her lowdown lyrics over some super heavy funk grooves, kinda like a rawer version of Lyn Collins backed not by the JBs but by the swampier P-Funk band (or on s/t Sly Stone’s kick ass rhythm section!). Betty doesn’t hold back and her band does their best to match her attitude. Both records (her third, « Nasty Girl », still awaits an official reissue but should hopefully soon be making the scene) are the quote unquote bomb. The self-titled one is her 1973 debut, and features jams like « If I’m In Luck I Might Get Picked Up » and « Game Is My Middle Name ». Larry Graham’s the bassist, and Neal Schon (!) appears on guitar. The follow-up, « They Say I’m Different », continued Betty’s Afrodelic party, with guests Buddy Miles and others, and made the list of « 100 Records That Set The World On Fire » in The Wire magazine a few years back. Tough, sexy funk classics unearthed, don’t miss ’em!
The 4 bonus tracks on They Say I’m Different are previously unreleased rough mixes from the original sessions!
MPEG Stream: « Shoop-B-Doop And Cop Him »
MPEG Stream: « He Was A Big Freak »
MPEG Stream: « Your Mama Wants Ya Back »

DAVIS, BETTY They Say I’m Different (MPC Ltd.) lp 14.98
Finally reissued on cd last year were these three albums by Miles Davis’ funky ex-wife, who should be famous in her own right for the tough, heavy duty ’70s funk she waxed on those records. Now they’re available, briefly, as LPs once again, but we’ve only got a couple of each and don’t think we’ll be able to get more (they’re limited or something), so you’d better hurry on down if you want to get down with Betty on vinyl.
Her second album, « They Say I’m Different », continued Betty’s Afrodelic party, with guests Buddy Miles and others, and made the list of « 100 Records That Set The World On Fire » in The Wire magazine a few years back. And it features a song specifically about ex-husband Miles, « He Was A Big Freak »!
RealAudio clip: « He Was A Big Freak »
RealAudio clip: « 70’s Blues »

album cover DELLS, THE Sing Dionne Warwick’s Greatest Hits (Dusty Groove) cd 13.98
While these are songs that Dionne Warwick made famous this 1972 album could have easily been called The Dells sing Burt Bacharach as these were all songs that Bacharach wrote for Dionne. With the great producer Charles Stepney (Rotary Connection, Chess Records, Ramsey Lewis, etc.) at the helms adding his dynamic touch on arrangements complete with a full string section and a tight funk band featuring members of The Pharoahs. The Dells managed to breathe new and exciting life into songs that have been covered many times. As romantic and majestic as Bacharach originally dreamed them but with a little more raw soul underneath it all. One of the finest moments for this long standing classic Chicago soul outfit.
MPEG Stream: « Walk On By »
MPEG Stream: « I Don’t Know What To Do With Myself »

DESTINY’S CHILD Survivor (Columbia) cd 17.98
No doubt you’ve at least heard ‘Survivor’, and you’ve most definitely heard the Charlie’s Angels song. And unfortunately, outside of a track or two, those happen to be the best songs on the record. So while it is a good record, it maybe doesn’t measure up to the last one. Windy loves it, and thinks it actually might be better than the last one. But Allan and Andee are yet to be convinced. Heads up for the Stevie Nicks sample on one of the other great tracks ‘Booty-licious’.

DESTINY’S CHILD The Writing’s On The Wall (Columbia) cd 16.98
We actually toyed with the idea of making this ‘record of the week’ (indie-rock cred be damned!) on the strength of their top-ten single ‘Bills Bills Bills’ alone (I saw the video for this at a friend’s house and it was almost enough to make me want to sign up for cable! I mean the music, not just their outfits). That song, and a couple of others like it certainly make this a record that all those down with the the last, ex-cel-lent TLC disc will love. Indeed, the intro to TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ is all over this album. True, there’s a few of those obligatory urban r&b slow jams that you’ll probably want to fast forward past (unless you’re in the right ‘mood’), but the rest is well worth it. Guest appearance from Missy Elliott.

album cover DESTINY’S CHILD This Is The Remix (Sony) cd 17.98
Everyone knows (or should know) that with the apparent cessation of recording/performing by TLC (the R+B band EVERYONE liked, even my ‘metalhead’ housemate Josh loves ‘Fanmail’) that Destiny’s Child is the only R+B group that really and truly matters. They look great. They sound great. Their songs are great. Catchy, funky, funny, with huge wicked beats and gorgeous vocal harmonies. And if you have MTV or go to clubs, you’ve probably been hearing all these crazy versions of Destiny’s Child songs that weren’t on the record when you got it home. This remix record solves that problem. While ‘the remix record’, in most cases has become less about offering a different and unique take on a song and more about self promotion and career advancement and ends up being ultimately pointless, this one is actually pretty cool, with some drastically different versions, from the hip hopped version of « Jumpin’ Jumpin' » with rapping from Lil Bow Wow, Da Brat and Jermaine Dupri to the slow-jam blissed out Timbaland version of ‘Say My Name’. Nice.
RealAudio clip: « Jumpin’, Jumpin’ (Remix extended version)(Featuring Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and Lil Bow Wow) »
RealAudio clip: « Say My Name (Timbaland Remix) »

DJ MILO The Wild Bunch: Story of A Sound System (Strut) cd 17.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The Wild Bunch was Bristol, England’s legendary sound system some of who’s members went on to form the now both legendary and hugely successful Massive Attack. While Mushroom and Daddy G. both went on to become the core members of Massive attack, it was Milo and Nellee who started and were the bedrock of The Wild Bunch. The group moved quickly from packing house parties with their primitive DJ setup, to becoming one of the most popular sound systems in the country. The crew took cues from Jamaican sound systems and insured their competitive edge by hunting down and spinning the rarest of the rarest tracks for their exclusive use — one of their earliest conquests was an ultra rare copy of « Wild Style Breaks », an instrumental collection from the hip hop movie Wild Style. Their efforts were greatly enhanced by Daddy G. who, while working in a record store, would hide the hottest new 12″s behind the counter and not sell them to anyone else he thought might be a DJ. This disc is, in a sense, an attempt to recreate a Wild Bunch set. The tracks — Thelma Houston’s « You Used To Hold Me So Tight », Spoonie Gee’s « Love Rap », Knights of the Turntables’ « Techno Scratch », Cameo’s « It’s Serious » for starters — were all picked and mixed by Milo who, despite the fact that his name has faded into obscurity, is generally considered to have been not only the heart and soul of The Wild Bunch, but a catalyst for the eventual formation of Massive Attack. The nicest thing about the collection is that, as segues between many tracks, Milo has included live snippets of between song ambience (lots of whistles and air horns!) from actual Wild Bunch performances, so the set almost sounds like the real deal.
RealAudio clip: SPOONIE GEE « Love Rap »
RealAudio clip: NEWCLEUS « Jam On Revenge »
RealAudio clip: WILD BUNCH « Look of Love, the »

DJ MILO The Wild Bunch: Story of A Sound System (Strut) 2lp 18.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
The Wild Bunch was Bristol, England’s legendary sound system some of who’s members went on to form the now both legendary and hugely successful Massive Attack. While Mushroom and Daddy G. both went on to become the core members of Massive attack, it was Milo and Nellee who started and were the bedrock of The Wild Bunch. The group moved quickly from packing house parties with their primitive DJ setup, to becoming one of the most popular sound systems in the country. The crew took cues from Jamaican sound systems and insured their competitive edge by hunting down and spinning the rarest of the rarest tracks for their exclusive use — one of their earliest conquests was an ultra rare copy of « Wild Style Breaks », an instrumental collection from the hip hop movie Wild Style. Their efforts were greatly enhanced by Daddy G. who, while working in a record store, would hide the hottest new 12″s behind the counter and not sell them to anyone else he thought might be a DJ. This disc is, in a sense, an attempt to recreate a Wild Bunch set. The tracks — Thelma Houston’s « You Used To Hold Me So Tight », Spoonie Gee’s « Love Rap », Knights of the Turntables’ « Techno Scratch », Cameo’s « It’s Serious » for starters — were all picked and mixed by Milo who, despite the fact that his name has faded into obscurity, is generally considered to have been not only the heart and soul of The Wild Bunch, but a catalyst for the eventual formation of Massive Attack. The nicest thing about the collection is that, as segues between many tracks, Milo has included live snippets of between song ambience (lots of whistles and air horns!) from actual Wild Bunch performances, so the set almost sounds like the real deal.

album cover EAST OF UNDERGROUND s/t (Wax Poetics) cd 13.98
Talk about obscure funk unearthed, this one takes the cake! East Of Underground were a group of US Army servicemen stationed in Germany who recorded an amazing record of Soul and Funk covers in 1971 in the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt. Who knew there was a soul counterpart to the beloved Monks. Comprised of covers of tracks by folks like Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Funkadelic, this isn’t merely some servicemen who worshiped the soul and funk greats of the time, these guys had major talent of their own. Vocal melodies delivered with sweet perfection, tight and gritty instrumentation and a sense of ease and conviction that’s usually absent in cover songs. Only one known copy of the original LP was kept by the Army but luckily it was hunted down and used as the master for this disc, which marks the first release on the new musical wing of Wax Poetics, the amazing magazine dedicated to all things soul and funk. A pretty great way to start their record label as East Of Underground oozes with charisma and killer chops.
MPEG Stream: « I Want To Take You Higher »
MPEG Stream: « (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go »
MPEG Stream: « Walk On By »

album cover EAST OF UNDERGROUND s/t (Wax Poetics) lp 16.98
Talk about obscure funk unearthed, this one takes the cake! East Of Underground were a group of US Army servicemen stationed in Germany who recorded an amazing record of Soul and Funk covers in 1971 in the Armed Forces Network studios in Frankfurt. Who knew there was a soul counterpart to the beloved Monks. Comprised of covers of tracks by folks like Sly & The Family Stone, Curtis Mayfield, and Funkadelic, this isn’t merely some servicemen who worshiped the soul and funk greats of the time, these guys had major talent of their own. Vocal melodies delivered with sweet perfection, tight and gritty instrumentation and a sense of ease and conviction that’s usually absent in cover songs. Only one known copy of the original LP was kept by the Army but luckily it was hunted down and used as the master for this disc, which marks the first release on the new musical wing of Wax Poetics, the amazing magazine dedicated to all things soul and funk. A pretty great way to start their record label as East Of Underground oozes with charisma and killer chops.
MPEG Stream: « I Want To Take You Higher »
MPEG Stream: « (Don’t Worry) If There’s A Hell Below, We’re All Going To Go »
MPEG Stream: « Walk On By »

album cover EBONY RHYTHM BAND Soul Heart Transplant: The LAMP Sessions (Stones Throw / Now-Again) cd 14.98
Superstar DJs/collectors Peanut Butter Wolf and Egon from the Stones Throw/Now-Again label are back with another from-the-vaults ’70s funk find: Indianapolis’ Ebony Rhythm Band, who recorded the cuts found here circa 1969-70. You heard a taster on the The Funky 16 Corners compilation. Now here’s all the eleven tracks that have been unearthed from the ERB. Mostly instrumental funk from pretty hot band with rock/psych influences, who were also heavily into The Meters. They do some funky, soul-jazz cover versions of pop/rock hits of the era (including « Light My Fire » and « Sunshine Of My Love ») but the highlights might be the ERB’s originals, including their winning tune from an anti-drug music contest entitled « Drugs Ain’t Cool » (reportedly performed live with all band members stoned and, I guess, uncool). Comes with with extensive, illustrated liner notes in the thick cd booklet. Along with the recently released/reviewed Midwest Funk compilation, definite proof of how the funk once flourished in the fly-over states, not that any was necessarily needed.
MPEG Stream: « Drugs Ain’t Cool »

album cover ESG A South Bronx Story 2 (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Rarities discs from most bands usually seem superfluous or at the very least only for their most obsessed fans, but when it comes to ESG, we’ll gladly take any kind of extra material we can get!
If you don’t already own the first volume of A South Bronx Story we hereby demand that you stop reading this and get it right away! It’s an all time AQ favorite that you can still hear blasting in the store all the time, and it’s one of those records that just about everyone we’ve ever played it for has totally fallen head over heels for. Volume 2 features lots of alternative mixes, b-sides and unreleased tracks, from their early days all the way up until their more present incarnation. The day this arrived we of course immediately threw it on and every single person in the store at one point or another made their way up to the counter to find out what was playing. It was so cool because they were all folks who don’t normally gravitate toward dance minded music, but their ears obviously knew that this was the real deal, and no matter what your regular sonic inclinations may be, it’s pretty much impossible not to be swept up by the wholly unique sounds of ESG. Highly recommended!
MPEG Stream: « Bam Bam Jam »
MPEG Stream: « Earn It »
MPEG Stream: « Like This »

album cover ESG Come Away With ESG (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
With a brand new record released earlier this year and their first ever live show here in SF, it’s for sure been nonstop ESG fever here at AQ. We could probably write the longest most glowing review ever of that live show but suffice to say it was a mind blowing experience which we aren’t soon going to forget.
When ESG were on tour last year in Japan they realized that people were spending hundreds of dollars to get their hands on their rare second album called Come Away With ESG, so they asked Soul Jazz to reissue it and now here it is, all gussied up and at a nice price. Originally released in 1983 on 99 Records, the great NY underground label that also put out records by folks like Glen Branca, Bush Tetras, Liquid Liquid, etc. While the bulk of these songs can be found on the great A South Bronx Story collection it’s still so thrilling and a little mind blowing to understand how an entire album can actually sound like the best greatest hits album you’ve ever heard. Pretty much hands down the best dance music made in this quarter century. ESG have been sampled on countless hip-hop records, helping to inspire an entire generation of forward minded dance/punk/dub/funk artists, and have thus continued to keep their vision alive and well. For those who already have A South Bronx story there are a few absolute gems on here not included on that collection. And for those who don’t have any ESG yet in their collection, get this right away!!!
MPEG Stream: « You Make No Sense »
MPEG Stream: « The Beat »

album cover ESG Keep On Moving (Soul Jazz) cd 21.00
Little did ESG know, 20 years ago, when they first hit New Yorkers with their dub influenced, soul fired, minimalist funk, proto-hip-hop sound that they would impact future generations of post-punk dance minded music makers all over the globe. From Le Tigre to Tussle, M.I.A. to LCD Soundsystem, Erase Errata to Peaches, the influence of the Scroggin sisters has been felt in a HUGE way. In 2000 the world finally got to hear their prescient sound when Soul Jazz released A South Bronx Story, a killer collection of their, until that point, quite obscure recordings. Which in case you missed school that day, is absolutely an essential record for any music lover. What’s so great and unique about ESG is their ability to cross, blur and erase genre lines. Sounding more minimal n’ stripped down than ever, ESG show that subtlety can be the greatest weapon when you want folks to keep moving. We like their new moves and as always AQ loves our ESG!
MPEG Stream: « Keep On Moving »
MPEG Stream: « Purely Physical »

album cover ESG Keep On Moving (Soul Jazz) 2lp 24.00
Little did ESG know, 20 years ago, when they first hit New Yorkers with their dub influenced, soul fired, minimalist funk, proto-hip-hop sound that they would impact future generations of post-punk dance minded music makers all over the globe. From Le Tigre to Tussle, M.I.A. to LCD Soundsystem, Erase Errata to Peaches, the influence of the Scroggin sisters has been felt in a HUGE way. In 2000 the world finally got to hear their prescient sound when Soul Jazz released A South Bronx Story, a killer collection of their, until that point, quite obscure recordings. Which in case you missed school that day, is absolutely an essential record for any music lover. What’s so great and unique about ESG is their ability to cross, blur and erase genre lines. Sounding more minimal n’ stripped down than ever, ESG show that subtlety can be the greatest weapon when you want folks to keep moving. We like their new moves and as always AQ loves our ESG!
MPEG Stream: « Keep On Moving »
MPEG Stream: « Purely Physical »

album cover FIELDS, LEE Problems (Soul Fire) cd 14.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
God DAMN! Lee Fields has SOUL, ladies and gentlemen, and just in case a couple decades of watered down, completely non-visceral R&B has made you forget exactly what that means, let this record remind you. He’s got the funk and the pride like James Brown, the smooove moves like Isaac Hayes, and he’s here to spread the love and the grooves straight from the gut. And it feels sooo good! Mr. Fields has been making funk records since the seventies, many of which are highly sought-after collectables. Respected in the funk community, he earned the nickname « Little J.B. » for good reason, but he’s definitely got his own thang going on — plus, when was the last relevant record from the godfather of soul? Uh huh, exactly. Enter Lee, who has been making kick ass heavy funk records with the Soul Providers and Sugarman Three as well as recording under his own name for the excellent nuveau rare groove label Soul Fire (kin to Daptone in the recent funk 45 resurgence). This will set fire to your behind, make sweet love to you, then give you advice on how to keep your woman. OK, the last part may be ill advised, but when Lee Fields brings it on with such sincerity it’s hard not to believe in him.
RealAudio clip: « Problems »

album cover FIXX, TORI Marry Me (A.C.R.O.N.Y.M.) cd ep 5.98
The newest release by Matt Wobensmith’s A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. label — following his last release by LA « gayngsta » rapper Deadlee.
Matt: « You probably won’t want to carry my latest release. »
AQ: « Why not? »
Matt: « It’s too R&B for you. It’s not indie rock or experimental or a recording of elephants. »
AQ: « We like R&B. »
Matt: « It’s not avant garde enough. »
AQ: « We could still carry it. »
Matt: « What if I lied and told you that — instead of being a release by an amazing rapper who sounds like Q-Tip — it was really a concept record built from samples of Lightning Bolt or the sound of earthworms burrowing to the surface of the earth or the sound of monkeys playing drones? »
AQ: « We’d probably carry it. »
Matt: « Well, it’s not. It’s a straight-up R&B, Prince-influenced gay hip hop jam about gay marriage. »
AQ: « Just bring us some. »
MPEG Stream: « Marry Me »
MPEG Stream: « Fa Que »

FUNKADELIC America Eats Its Young (Westbound) cd 17.98

FUNKADELIC Cosmic Slop (Westbound) cd 17.98

FUNKADELIC Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow (Westbound) cd 17.98
The funk equivalent to the Stooges’ « Funhouse »! Very very LSD etc. damaged funk-rock, weirder even than it is funky. The second album from the Funkadelic.

FUNKADELIC Live (Westbound) cd 17.98
UK import of this early live P-Funk document. Live in Michigan, Sept. 12th, 1971. Of course, pretty great!

FUNKADELIC Maggot Brain (Westbound) cd 17.98

FUNKADELIC s/t (Westbound) cd 17.98
1971 debut from Detroit’s psychedelic freak-funk-rock army, led by chief funkateer George Clinton. Amazing, essential shit. Swampy, soulful, good ol’ FUNK. If you need to find out more, well, track one is for you: « Mommy, What’s A Funkadelic? »

FUNKADELIC Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On (Westbound) cd 17.98

GAP BAND Greatest Hits (PolyGram) cd 6.98
Ten booty-shaking disco funk hits for a bargain price! Includes « Steppin’ (Out) », « Humpin' », « Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) », and the incredible P-Funk worship of « I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up And Dance (Oops) ». There’s a couple of smooth soul ballads as well, but for the most part this is dancefloor dynamite. A damn good excuse to have a party.

GIFT OF GAB, THE 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up (Quannum) cd 14.98

album cover GINA X PERFORMANCE Nice Mover (LTM) cd 19.98
You should have seen some of us jumping with joy (literally!) when we finally got this in stock a few weeks back. And we wanted to list it immediately but it’s take us until now to get enough copies! Gina X Performance were a totally ahead of their time electro-pop outfit outta Germany who formed at the end of the 1970’s. Nice Mover was their first and best album. Essentially the collaboration between Zeus B. Held, a musician and producer who was getting way bored with the stale world of rock at the time and was seeking to create some cold, dark and sexy electronic based music, and his perfect partner in crime Gina Kikoine, who had a background in art-history and was leaning heavily toward the avant-garde. Together they sounded like Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk hooking up with Grace Jones in the middle of the night at a dark seedy club in Berlin. Such the perfect late night record for those nights that you are feelin’ a lil’ dirty, a lil’ sassy and lot up to no good.
When Pam in mailorder heard this for the first time she thought it sounded like the best kind of « slutty dracula-music! » or the soundtrack to early ’80s cult-favorite Liquid Sky. Gina X were the prototype of riot grrl and electroclash. Musically it’s that gettin’ you so hot by being so cold, with Gina singing queer-positive lyrics about gender bending. there’s even a song dedicated to Quentin Crisp. You can’t help but hear Gina X Performance in the sounds that would come almost 25 years after from the likes of Tracy & The Plastics, Chicks On Speed, Goldfrapp, Adult, Solex, and Ladytron. Also if you loved that great So Young But So Cold comp as much as we do then this is pretty essential listening as well! Those of us who DJ know that sometimes all you have to do is put on « Nice Mover » or « No G.D.M. » and immediately all the wild and sexy dancers will hit the dancefloor all flushed and feverish!
MPEG Stream: « Nice Mover »
MPEG Stream: « No G.D.M. »
MPEG Stream: « Be A Boy »

album cover GNARLS BARKLEY St. Elsewhere (Downtown) cd 17.98
When we first heard of the strangely monikered Gnarls Barkley, they already had a number one hit in the UK and had the biggest downloaded single ever with the track « Crazy ». Normally, we don’t always pay much attention to popular hit singles, but something about the name made us curious. So we checked it out and need we say it, our minds were blown!! A stab of cool, infectious, minor key, soul-pop groove that conks you over the head with an anvil or a piano until you’re seeing stars and little birdies, just like in the cartoons! Of course, when we found out Gnarls Barkley was in fact Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo (ex-Goodie Mob), it all made a bit more sense. But even with such talent, we assumed the single would be a one-off and heck, we’d be fine with that, cuz that track was just so perfect. Then, lo and behold, a full length CD shows up on our counter. Would it be just as exciting and mind blowing as the single? Hells Yes!!! St. Elsewhere is a strange and often silly pastiche of soul, pop, funk, hip hop, and gospel with nods to Wilson Pickett, Undisputed Truth, Marvin Gaye, and crazily enough Violent Femmes (they cover « Gone Daddy Gone »). But even with their influences showing bright and clear, they put it all together in their own unique crazy fun and groovy way. Less sleazy than Andre 3000’s Love Below, but sipping from the same funky bottle. Expect to hear this one all summer long.
MPEG Stream: « Crazy »
MPEG Stream: « Smiley Faces »

album cover GNARLS BARKLEY St. Elsewhere – Deluxe Edition (Downtown / Atlantic) cd+dvd 27.00
We’re really getting tired of this new trend of reissuing a record after it’s only been out for a few months. Drives us nuts. What’s worse is that they seem to always have cool stuff that we totally want. Argh. If they could just include that stuff the first time around… Anyway, THE smash hit of the year, Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo’s Gnarls Barkley gets the deluxe reissue treatment and it’s a doozy, so much so that we all find ourselves wanting to buy it all over again. New super swanky packaging, with a badass 3-D lenticular cover and a HUGE booklet, but more importantly, two live tracks, one from Top Of The Pops, the other from Later With Jools Holland, and 4 videos, two of which we’ve seen and are completely amazing. If you’re a fan, it’s probably sort of essential, and if you somehow managed to not buy this yet, now’s the time to get it, with all the bells and whistles! In case, you’ve been living in a cave or under a rock, here’s what we had to say about the ubiquitous St. Elsewhere:
When we first heard of the strangely monikered Gnarls Barkley, they already had a number one hit in the UK and had the biggest downloaded single ever with the track « Crazy ». Normally, we don’t always pay much attention to popular hit singles, but something about the name made us curious. So we checked it out and need we say it, our minds were blown!! A stab of cool, infectious, minor key, soul-pop groove that conks you over the head with an anvil or a piano until you’re seeing stars and little birdies, just like in the cartoons! Of course, when we found out Gnarls Barkley was in fact Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo (ex-Goodie Mob), it all made a bit more sense. But even with such talent, we assumed the single would be a one-off and heck, we’d be fine with that, cuz that track was just so perfect. Then, lo and behold, a full length CD shows up on our counter. Would it be just as exciting and mind blowing as the single? Hells Yes!!! St. Elsewhere is a strange and often silly pastiche of soul, pop, funk, hip hop, and gospel with nods to Wilson Pickett, Undisputed Truth, Marvin Gaye, and crazily enough Violent Femmes (they cover « Gone Daddy Gone »). But even with their influences showing bright and clear, they put it all together in their own unique crazy fun and groovy way. Less sleazy than Andre 3000’s Love Below, but sipping from the same funky bottle. Expect to hear this one all summer long (actually, you should probably expect to hear this one fooooooorrreeeeeeeevvvvvvveeeeeeer!).
MPEG Stream: « Crazy »
MPEG Stream: « Smiley Faces »

album cover GRAY, MACY Big (Geffen) cd 14.98
Big is the fourth studio full length from Ms Macy. Heck, that title could very well fit any one of this slightly unhinged soul pop singer’s albums. It features guest appearances by Natalie Cole, Fergie, Nas, Justin Timberlake and Will.i.am. Big, slick and groovy, would you expect anything less?!

GRAY, MACY The Id (Epic) cd 16.98

album cover GRAY, MACY The Trouble With Being Myself (Epic) cd 17.98

GURU Jazzmatazz: Streetsoul cd 16.98
A new installment in the popular hip hop and soul jazz crossover series created by Gangstarr’s Guru. Featuring Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, Kelis, The Roots, Herbie Hancock, Les Nubians, and more.

album cover HARLEY, RUFUS Re-Creation Of The Gods (Transparency) cd 15.98
THIS IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT OR OTHERWISE UNAVAILABLE TO US AT THE MOMENT, SO PLEASE DO NOT ORDER IT. SORRY.
Reissue of a rare 1972 album. (All right, we’re listening, tell us more…) Free jazz improv. (Ok, we’re interested, except for Jim who’s not into jazz.) Funky grooves. (Still sounds good… except you’ve lost Andee, he doesn’t dig the funk.) BAGPIPES! (Whoa?! Really? Maybe Andee and Jim are back in the fold. Bagpipes?)
Yep, bagpipes. And a lot of groovy, jazzy funk laid down by organ, bass and drums. And, at one point, there’s a baby crying. Ok, this IS still way too jazzy fusiony funky for Andee or Jim, but Allan’s digging it. Just imagine a Scottish highlander trying to fit in with a jivey ’70s urban nightclub jazz scene. It works. Rufus ain’t blowin’ the bagpipes continuously (he also grooves on electric soprano sax), but there are certainly way more BPs than you’d normally hear on a jazz/funk album! Understandable, then, the « legendary » status of this record, now reissued on cd with a 10 minute bonus track.
And oh yeah, dude’s playing AMERICAN FLAG bagpipes in the picture on the front cover.
MPEG Stream: « The Crack »
MPEG Stream: « Nobody Knows The Trouble Us People Done Seen »

album cover HARRIS, BETTY The Lost Soul Queen (Aim) cd 16.98
No doubt one of the most underrated soul singers of all time! In a more just world Betty Harris’ name would be as well known in every household as Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick and Sam Cooke. The first time we came across Betty Harris was on the amazing 45 « Cry To Me », one of the most beautiful, devastating yet somehow soothing songs we’ve ever heard! The kind of song that gives you goosebumps that don’t ever go away. The kind of song that you play over and over and over until totally wearing out that 30 year old piece of vinyl. So of course we were always hungry to find more Betty Harris and luckily the Aim label put together this wonderful collection of her otherwise impossible to find songs (believe us we have been digging in all sorts of soul shops trying to find more 45’s with no luck). No one hit wonder, every single one of these songs punches with an emotional weight and a fiery passion that rings oh so true! Harris grew up in the church as both her parents were ministers/missionaries and at the age of 10 she was leading a 125 voice choir! But it was not the church where Betty felt her heart belonged but instead it was the world of Rhythm & Blues and the road which seemed to be calling her. She studied and toured with Big Maybelle in the 1950’s and then in the 60’s she formed an amazing partnership with Alan Toussaint, one of the best songwriters and producers of the last half century (The Meters, Lee Dorsey, Etta James, The Band) and together they created some of the richest, deepest, hard hitting soul. With the recent uncovering of great lost soul by labels like the Numero Group and Soul Jazz there is an exciting wave of attention being paid to great soul of the past. We hope that this legendary soul queen finally gets the attention and respect she so deserves!
MPEG Stream: « Cry To Me »
MPEG Stream: « I’ll Be A Liar »
MPEG Stream: « I’m Evil Tonight »

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