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Idris Muhammad
Power of Soul, 1974, Music on Vinyl

Drummer and king of funk grooves Idris Muhammad is joined by an all-star collection on this incredible recording - Bob James, Grover Washington Jr. and Randy Brecker among others! This Music on Vinyl exclusive is a limited edition of 1500 individually numbered copies on translucent yellow coloured vinyl available to our Vinyl Wings members! To this day, we've yet to hear an album as uniquely groovy as this one - the best way to describe it is a deeply spacey jazz odyssey!

Otis Redding
Sings Soul Ballads, 1965, Music on Vinyl

Otis Redding's second album features an incredible collection of soul classics we've come to love as well as some lesser known gems! Backed by the incredible Stax house band Booker T & The M.Gs, the album sounds tight and is a must-have in any Soul collection!

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
Just Coolin, 2020, Blue Note

This never-before-released studio album by Blakey was recorded in 1959 in Rudy Van Gelder's living room studio in New Jersey. An absolutely smokin' session which featured a short-lived but equally incredible line-up of The Jazz Messengers - Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, Bobby Timmons and Jymie Merritt. An awesome addition to our member's jazz shelves which we can't wait for you to hear!

Frank Zappa
Hot Rats, 1969, UMC

Hot Rats was Zappa's first recording project after the dissolution of the Mothers of Invention. This incredible album really displayed Zappa's creativity and ability on the guitar, not to mention his overall wackiness! Former band member Captain Beefheart delivers awesome vocals for one of the tracks on what is otherwise an instrumental album described by Zappa himself as "a movie for your ears".

John Lee Hooker
Never Get Out of These Blues Alive, 1972, Music on Vinyl

The absolute master of the blues John Lee Hooker recorded this album within just two days in 1971, working together with young stars Van Morrison and Steve Miller, among others. John takes centre stage delivering the hard edged blues he's known for, whilst giving his fellow musicians enough space to jam along - just like we like to hear!

Blue Oyster Cult
Fire of Unknown Origin, 1981, Music on Vinyl

After a lacklustre few albums, Blue Oyster Cult brought back their successful writers team including musician Patti Smith and dark-fantasy writer Michael Moorcock. This would be the final studio album with the band's original line-up for seven years and it certainly feels like they put everything into this one - a landmark piece in the band's awesome history!

Big Brother & The Holding Company
Cheap Thrills, 1968, Music on Vinyl

One of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1968 by press and public, Cheap Thrills met every expectation and then some! A truly classic album and an important part of Rock history, this album is a time capsule for one of rock's most distinguished singers - Janis Joplin.

Buddy Guy & Junior Wells
Play the Blues, 1972, Music on Vinyl

This southern-style, Rhythm & Blues album was recorded in the Miami Criteria Studios in the second half of 1970. This is probably the best recordings Guy & Wells ever made, sounding clean and smooth - an excellent album from two masters of the blues!

Permanent Vacation, 1987, UMC

Following a temporary break-up and subsequent reunion of the band in the early 80s, Aerosmith's ninth studio album Permanent Vacation would regain the band their popularity with electric numbers including Dude (Looks like a Lady) and the beautiful Angel.

Ramsey Lewis
Sun Goddess, 1974, Music on Vinyl

Produced by Ramsey Lewis himself along with Teo Macero and Maurice White (Earth Wind & Fire), Sun Goddess will pull you into a mystical funk world within the first 30 seconds of playing. One of the most feel-good records we've played in a while - this one's perfect for a warm July afternoon!

Soul Finger, 1967, Music on Vinyl

Soul Finger is the debut album of the Bar-Kays, who were tutored by various members of Booker T. & the M.G.'s. The instrumental album is super energetic and funky, and will certainly be a hit soundtrack to your next summer barbecue or gathering! 

Horace Silver Quintet
Doin’ the Thing at the Village Gate, 1961, Blue Note

Recorded in May 1961 live at the Village Gate, NYC, this is Horace Silver's only live album for Blue Note and is a funky soul-jazz classic. An absolutely steaming set which will have you jumping - it's definitely a must-have in your jazz collection!