Heading downstairs for this week's USED VINYL ALERT, we have a very cool collection that centers on older R&B, soul, blues and jazz this week, mostly sourced from our recent trips to the Carolinas. Being as lots of these records were dug up halfway across the country, there's a lot of cool titles here we've never seen before! We've had lots of fun flipping through these all week.

On the soul front, check out titles from the Impressions, Otis Redding, Brook Benton, Jackie Wilson, Gladys Knight, Margie Joseph, Edwin Starr, Sam Cooke, Archie Bell, Donna Summer, Ike & Tina, the Chambers Brothers, Parliament, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Hank Ballard, Linda Jones, Al Green, and Michael Jackson. 

Some great jazz this week rolls in from Jimmy Smith, Wes Montgomery, Horace Silver, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Yusef Lateef and Cecil Taylor!

On the bluesier end of things we have Lightning Slim, Little Caesar, Allen Toussaint, Joe Turner, John Lee Hooker, Bobby Bland, Odetta, Cisco Houston, Muddy Waters, Champion Jack Dupree, and BB King.

Plenty more fills in all the connections in this collection, including a slew of early doo wop LPs, some 80s funk, and several compelling gospel albums. We have a lot of calypso and steel drum records, plus reggae from names like Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff. Hip hop runs the gamut from the Geto Boys and Young MC, to Whodini, the Fat Boys, and Kid N Play, to Lil Louis, Schooly D and Trick Daddy.

We've got some popular classics this week from Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, David Bowie, Prince, Tom Waits, Fleetwood Mac, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and John Lennon. Hard rock and head rock comes from The Seeds, Rhinoceros, the Troggs, the Monkees, Slade, Mother Hen, Magma, Scorpions, Bob Seger, Kiss, Moby Grape, John Martyn, Mount Rushmore, and the Music Machine. 80s punk and wave comes from some great names like the Ramones, the Specials, Depeche Mode, Devo, the Residents, Roxy Music, Spandau Ballet, Squeeze, the Dead Kennedys, the Clash and the Gun Club!

We have new arrivals in the 7-inch department as well: lots of indie, experimental and punk 45s, plus some Beatles/Stones/Floyd jams, plus some unusual train sound 45s. Choo choo yall.

We wrap up with a cool spread of more recently released LPs, from names like the White Stripes, Alabama Shakes, Pallbearer, Green Day, Bleached, the Waterboys, Spoon, Quilt, Frankie Rose, Downtown Boys, Crystal Stilts, Gayngs, Helen, Fleet Foxes, Midlake, Franz Ferdinand, Imperial Teen, and M83!