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Gold vinyl reissue edition of the landmark third album from the heavily sampled Jazz pianist. An 81-year-old white dude from Missouri probably doesn’t sound very Hip Hop, but if it weren’t for Bob, many of the genre's classics wouldn’t exist.

Originally released in ‘74, Bob’s third album features the all-time classic ‘Nautilus’, which has been sampled by just about everyone, including Run DMC, Slick Rick, Eric B & Rakim, Ghostface Killah, A Tribe Called Quest, the list is endless.

Those instantly recognisable keys and shuffled beats are certainly not the only track worth digging out here, though. Bob’s unique style is second to none; he’s part lounge lizard ( heard on the stunning version of ‘Feel Like Making Love’), part ‘Dirty Harry-esque soundtrack’. Accompanied by his superb backing band, this is Jazz Funk royalty, smoking jackets required.

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Sean is based in Manchester; his favourite artists include James Brown, MF Doom, The National, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Eric B & Rakim, Aretha Franklin, Serge Gainsbourg, John Lennon and Public Enemy. Sean has also been a promoter, DJ and a failed musician. Nowadays he resides in the Northern Quarter of Manchester and is a vinyl junkie, sneaker collector and MCFC fan.

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