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50 Years Of Funk & Soul: Live At The Fox Theater, Oakland, CA, June 2018 (CD)

50 Years of Funk & Soul: Live at the Fox Theater captures legendary soul-funk-R&B outfit Tower of Power with no-holds-barred victory lap concerts in Oakland, CA over two nights in June 2018. These historic, career-spanning performances include special guests Chester Thompson, Lenny Pickett, Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia, Bruce Conte, and Ray Greene.

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Chilombo (CD)

Jhené Aiko's third studio album Chilombo ranges from soul-searching sweetness to slinky R&B to down-and-dirty swaggering, all of which works with her hushed, sensual voice. There are plenty of '90s throwback R&B vibes here with updated production. "Born Tired" is a gently uplifting track with a lovely melody and "None of Your Concern" is reminiscent of something by Toni Braxton or her contemporaries, but with less melodrama. Then there's the highly explicit -- but sweetly sung -- "P*$$Y FAIRY," which features a video full of Aaliyah-style dancing.

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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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