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Classic albums on Vinyl

To mark National Album Day we spotlighted a range of classic albums across a multitude of styles on Vinyl. You can see the titles at the links below [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-soul-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-60s-and-southern-soul-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-funk-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-50s-and-60s-jazz-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-33-blue-note-choice-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-countdown-33-90s-00s-new-soul-rb-and-hip-hop-choice-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-reggae-albums"] [feature name="national-album-day-world-music"] [feature name="national-album-day-rock-bands"] [feature name="national-album-day-rock-singers-albums"]
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All time classic albums

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50 shades of soul and jazz!

We are delighted to offer 50 Recently released or Reissued CD albums at a special price of £9.99 each while stocks last, until midnight 15th February 2015. There are many great albums in the offer including our album of 2014 Jarrod Lawson, Soul Togetherness 2014, 3 albums from Gregory Porter and many more seductive Soul and Jazz records to get you in the mood. These albums would make great  Valentines day gifts, so tie up a bargain while they are on offer. Laurence
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The Story of Funk – classic albums

I hope that you saw the superb programme about the Story of Funk-One nation under a groove on BBC4 on Friday night. If you missed it you should be able to catch it on the I Player this week. There was some great footage of James Brown , Sly and the Family Stone , Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament/Funkadelic and others along with a good narrative from Soweto Kinch. Also if you haven't already seen it, the Get on Up film about James Brown's life is well worth seeing at the cinema. We have updated our Classic Funk albums feature...
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The genius of Nimbus, the legend of Black Jazz

These beautifully crafted deep Spiritual Jazz albums display a music which has a serene quality to touch and uplift your spirits.  The Black Jazz and Strata labels from the 70's and Nimbus West from the early 80's released Jazz records of an incredible standard which have been remastered and reissued on CD. As many of the tracks are long pieces that build from long intros its difficult to fully appreciate from the soundclips but please check them out . You can here them in more detail in our store.
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Classic albums: 70s Soul

Skip text, jump to albums >> My first introduction to Soul music was Arthur Conley’s ‘Sweet Soul Music’ in 1967. 60’s Soul had an exciting raw sound to it, and many great tracks were recorded in this decade. The 1970’s brought more sophistication and better productions to Soul Music. The soulful vocals backed by strings horns and great arrangements with lyrics that could relate to, made 70’s Soul probably the most incredible period of music for me personally. The range of emotions that I got from this music and the vocals could put you on a supernatural high, make you...
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Classic albums: Funk

Skip text, jump to albums >> FUNK – WHERE IT STARTED FOR ME Funk was where it all started as far as I was concerned - it was the first ‘black’ music that got to me. My elder brother Laurence had gotten into Soul a few years earlier, but sixties Soul (Motown, Stax etc) and Northern Soul was not my thing then. When Laurence started playing Funk that was it. I was hooked. Funk had that edge and flow to it. It was the jazzy bassline, the naggingly infectious rhythm guitar riffs and the tight horns. It was all those...
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Classic albums: Smooth Jazz

Skip text, jump to albums >> THE SMOOTH JAZZ PHENOMENA Few things have created as much controversy within the Jazz world in the last twenty years or so than Smooth Jazz.  Many contend that Smooth Jazz is not Jazz at all and is really instrumental RnB.  The absence of improvisation and the fairly strict adherence to the melody are undoubtedly characteristics of the music.  The musicianship is however of a high quality and many of its protagionists are amongst contemporary Jazz’s finest.  Then there is the song writing which in the cases of the likes of Peter White and Brian...