Ruby (CD)

Nobody makes music quite like Macy Gray. Ruby is the raspy-voiced singer’s tenth album and it’s packed with her signature smart, vivacious brand of retro-tinged R&B/soul. Lead single “Sugar Daddy” is a fittingly sweet and seductive walk through the candy shop — it’s a sophisticated, innuendo-laced late night jam. Also of note is guitarist Gary Clark Jr.’s appearance on the excellent “Buddha.” There’s something for everyone here, from uplifting, feel good strummers to lush throwback soul and jazz to outspoken, politically topical ballads.

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Greatest Hits [180 Gram Vinyl] (LP)

The fact that Al Green's Greatest Hits, first released in 1975, continues to be reissued is testament alone to the timeless appeal of the legendary soul artist. There isn't a single weak track among these ten classy-meets-sultry songs, starting off with the enduring "Tired of Being Alone" and making its way to the epic "Let's Stay Together." With his inimitable voice and songwriting, it's the perfect addition to any vinyl collection.

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Step Up (CD)

Step Up serves as the unreleased second half of Tower of Power's 2018 album, Soul Side of Town. The group's longlasting big band funk sound excels on the energetic tracks, “The Story of You and I” and “Any Excuse Will Do." Current frontman Marcus Scott delivers socially conscious and witty lyrics on the latter as well as "If It's Tea, Give Me Coffee." The legendary Tower of Power never fails to deliver a fun blast of funk, despite their 50+ years of playing music.

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