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Universal (Japan), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever seen – a wonderful blend of contemporary cuts and overlooked gems from the past 40 years – including some excellent gems from the 80s that have never gotten the right sort of exposure! There's some real treasures on here – ... CD (Holiday Music)
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One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy
An unassuming cover, but a set that's got a really colorful batch of rare Chicago soul – including a number of never-issued tracks from the legendary One-Der-Ful Records! The label was one of the true indie greats in Chicago back in the 60s – almost as much a force for local soul as ... CD (Soul)
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Cosmos Nucleus
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy
Carlos Garnett really finds his own sound here – and steps into a wonderful blend of funky riffs, spiritual styles, and more – all in one of the most ambitious albums he cut during the 70s! There's a really expansive blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation going on here – ... CD (Jazz)
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Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy
We're not sure we've ever heard other albums with pianist Theo Hill as a leader – but after this sweet little set, we'll definitely be on the lookout! Hill has a really great vision here – not just another live date for his piano and combo, but a wonderful showcase for his new ideas in ... CD (Jazz)
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Ethiopian Knights
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Sweet electric funk – in a very trippy style! Before Donald Byrd hooked up with Larry Mizell and started recording his smooth fusion grooves of the mid 70's, he recorded this gem – kind of a "lost" album that has Donald working in an open-ended electric sound – one that' ... CD (Jazz)
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Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy
A pair of funky classics – back to back on a single CD! Composite Truth is one of the greatest records ever from Mandrill – a set that has the group tightening things up and getting even more funky than on their first few records, but with a vibe that's still nicely loose and ... CD (Soul)
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Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Brazilian grooves that sound a lot more American than you might expect – a great run of funky club cuts that are dripping with plenty of soul and jazzy instrumentation! These tracks may hail from Brazil, but they have a vibe that really shows the growing Brazilian love of American soul at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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International Anthem, 2014. New Copy
Beautifully meditative sounds from the great Rob Mazurek – a record that almost takes him into Eno ambient territory, but with a richer, more spiritual sound overall! The album features one long track based around a single note on Rob's cornet – blended with sublime organ from Mikel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy
A rock-solid set from tenorist Ian Hendrickson-Smith – a player who already wowed us with his previous Live At Smalls date, which had him stepping out as a strong jazz player from his funk work in the Dap-Kings – and an artist who sounds even more confident and mature on this follow-up ... CD (Jazz)
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Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy
The coolest record so far from this totally great combo – a live recording done on the home turf of the Greg Foat Group – the Playboy Club in London! The retro venue really fits the slinky, sexy vibe of the group's music – and although we already loved these guys before, this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Blue Note, 1952. New Copy (reissue)
Brilliant early work by Miles Davis – some of his first truly important sessions to appear under his own name, and material that's awash with new ideas and bold inspirations! The Miles heard here is a bit more straight bop than Davis a few years later on Prestige – but that's not a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy
Beautiful work from pianist Spike Wilner – an artist we already respect for his tireless work running the Live At Smalls series – and one that we've grown to love even more for the fresh new sound of this wonderful record! Spike's always had a way of linking styles and generations with ... CD (Jazz)
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Warner/Aleph, 1973. New Copy
A classic to end all classics – and the record that showed the world that the kung fu genre could be every bit as funky as American crime and action films! Lalo Schifrin's at the height of his powers on this set – working in a blend of raw guitars, rolling bass, and choppy rhythms that ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Two versions of a great track by Joe McPhee – both of which have the saxophonist laying out some surprisingly soulful sounds! If you only know Joe from his later avant years, you'll be stunned to hear McPhee here – as "Cosmic Love" has Joe spinning out this soulful saxophone ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Way more than just another collection of 70s disco – as the folks at Soul Jazz have really gone all-out for this one, and turned up a range of tremendous cuts from the underground! None of these tracks were disco hits at the time, and instead they're the sort of numbers that only bubbled far ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Wax Poetics, 2014. New Copy
Blondie at their hip hop best – standing strong in front of a graffitied wall, in an issue that also has big article on the group with lots of rare photos – plus features on Budos Band, Eddie Senay, Marsha Ambrosius, SZA, Onyx, Raekwon, and funky drummer Harvey Scales! There's also an ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Soul & Creation
Pao (Austria), 2007. New Copy
Great work from trombonist Raul De Souza – a sweet blend of jazz, soul, and his Brazilian roots – and kind of a small combo outing that recreates the magic of some of his best records from the 70s! The vibe is nicely laidback – small group instrumentation, without too much in the ... CD (Jazz)
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Le Dejeuner Sur L'Herbe
Verve/Aartrud (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful wonderful set from the British jazz scene of the late 60s – beautifully inventive large ensemble material, done under the direction of Neil Ardley – and featuring some of the best British jazz musicians of the time! The group's a showcase not only for creative young talent ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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SSJ (Japan), 1990. New Copy
One of the last performances that Stan Getz ever recorded, before departing our planet all too soon – a wonderful live date done at Ventura College in December of 1990, with a sharp quartet that features Frank Strazzeri on piano! Like some of the other material from this newly-revived time ... CD (Jazz)
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Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1969. New Copy
An incredible album from one of the grooviest Brazilian talents at the end of the 60s – a key force in moving small combo bossa sounds into much more complicated territory! The set's awash in all the best Brazilian elements of the time – filled with jazzy grooves, Fender Rhodes ... CD (Brazil)
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Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A great one from Grant Green – a subtly modern album hiding under a title stolen from a Beatles' song – and one of the mid 60s gems he cut with organist Larry Young! The group features the trio of Young, Green, and Elvin Jones – a dancing combination that pushes the organ/guitar ... CD (Jazz)
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Parade
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sunshine Pop genius from The Parade – a wonderfully groovy LA trio that included Murray MacLeod of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends! The Parade works with a sound that's very similar to Nichols' classic group – a sing-song blend of harmony pop vocals that's completely ... CD (Rock)
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Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP box set
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Just Another Christmas Song/Big Bulbs
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
It's hardly just another Christmas song – at least with Sharon Jones singing the lead, and the Dap-Kings providing some great funky backup! And instead, this cut may well rise to the top of your Holiday listening pile – as Sharon blends her usual mode with a warmer, more festive vibe ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Holiday Music)
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Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy
A trio of rare records from Janko Nilovic – all packaged together in one box set! First up is Pop Impressions – hardly pop at all – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from ... CD (Sound Library)
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Yep Roc, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
An incredible tribute to the legendary Arthur Russell – and maybe one of the coolest collections so far in the Red Hot series! The package features new work dedicated to Russell and born from his tremendous influence in a range of different styles – from club to experimental to ... CD (Rock)
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Live In London 1971
Discobertas (Brazil), 1971. New Copy 2CD
Really stunning stuff – a never-heard live performance from early 70s London – one that features Gilberto Gil in exile, working alongside the great Gal Costa! The album's got a lean, stripped-down feel – similar acoustic instrumentation to both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso's ... CD (Brazil)
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Our Man Flint/In Like Flint
MGM/Intrada, 1966/1967. New Copy
A pair of spy spoof gems – back to back on a single CD! First up is Our Man Flint, which features excellent soundtrack work by Jerry Goldsmith – possibly his greatest ever! Jerry's usually a bit staid with some of his scores – but working here on the soundtrack to this James ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Dois
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy
The second album from Batida, and even more crackling than the first – bristling beats, bubbling electronics, and a strongly Brazilian undercurrent – all blended together in the best contemporary styles we've been hearing from the Soundway label of late! Vocals are by a shifting lineup ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Pao, 2003. New Copy
Great small combo work from Archie Shepp – still somewhere in the territory of his return to tradition in the late 70s, but played with a tremendously adventurous tone throughout! The group here features Amina Claudine Myers on some wonderfully expressive piano – an element that gives ... CD (Jazz)
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DRG, 2014. New Copy
A tremendous tribute to 100 years of Dorival Caymmi – the legendary Brazilian singer/songwriter who helped pave the way for bossa nova, Tropicalia, and so many other sounds to come! Unlike the beautiful 90th birthday album for Caymmi, in which he was still alive and able to participate ... CD (Brazil)
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Silk Rhodes
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy
Lean, indeed silky sounds from Silk Rhodes – a Baltimore duo who put a pretty wonderful contemporary spin 70s funky soul influences, as filtered through 80s boogie and electro and hip hop beatcraft. If that doesn't sound all that original as described, you really outta give this a listen, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Living Together
A&M (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Quite possibly the greatest moment ever for Burt Bacharach – and that's saying a heck of a lot, considering the greatness of all of his work! The record's a slightly-overlooked gem from Burt's 70s years – a record that steps off the compressed sophistication of his best 60s work for ... CD (Now Sound)
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ABC (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Man, we gotta ask – why don't they make records like this anymore? Alan Copeland was the vocal arranger for the Modernaires during some of the group's classic years – and when the group up and left the Red Skelton Show, where they'd been working during the 60s, Copeland created his own ... CD (Vocalists)
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Ugly Things, 2014. New Copy
Another wonderful issue from Ugly Things – massive in scope at 176 pages in all – with articles that include an interview with Kinks legend Dave Davies, plus long features on Crime, Blue Cheer, The Golden Dawn, Dust, and The Screamers – plus more on Lester Bangs, Elton Motello, ... Magazine (Magazines)
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A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A standout early set from The Merry Go Round – a classic A&M set that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with introspective folksy touches – and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style! There's a depth here that reminds us of our ... CD (Rock)
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Mint/SSJ (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A great little set from pianist Al Haig – recorded in the 60s, and showing a tremendous growth since his early years! The feel of the set is very different than the Al we knew back in the early 50s – much more lyrical and open-ended, a mixture of blue notes and bossa influences, gently ... CD (Jazz)
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Love Apparatus
Empire, 2014. New Copy
Warm love and plenty of soul from Jesse Bokyins – an artist who keeps on perfecting his craft more and more with each new record – to create a special place in soul that's very much his own! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, but with these very trippy touches – and the whole ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Caught In The Act
Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Wicked early funk from The Commodores – a group that spent so much time on pop ballads in later years, it's hard to believe they could be this sharp and hard-edged! There's plenty of that bass-heavy style that would later dominate many Motown combos at the end of the 70s – but the ... CD (Soul)
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Follow Me (plus bonus track)
Uni/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of our favorite 60s surf soundtracks ever – an amazing blend of Stu Phillips orchestrations with some key vocal moments from the trio of Dino Desi & Billy! The album's got a wonderful theme – "Thru Spray Colored Glasses" – sung initially by the trio, then served ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Willie Rodriguez Swings
Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Stunning sounds from Willie Rodriguez – easily one of the hardest, heaviest leaders on the 60s scene in New York! The record is a live one, but has the focus and intensity of Willie's best studio work for Fonseca – red hot grooves that are a fusion of Willie's Puerto Rican roots with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin)
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Possible Musics – Fourth World Vol 1
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1980. New Copy
Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... CD (Rock)
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Gently Unfamiliar
Tzadik, 2014. New Copy
Beautiful piano work from Karl Berger – an artist we first came to love for his groundbreaking work on vibes, but who also sounds really wonderful on the acoustic piano too! Maybe it's his experience with vibes, but Berger has a way of hitting the keys so that the notes ring out in this ... CD (Jazz)
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Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Incredible work from pianist Duke Pearson – a darkly-tinged album of grooves that surpasses all his other gems for Blue Note! The record showcases some great work from Bobby Hutcherson – slid into the mix in a really sly way, so that his jazzy vibes color all the tunes with an edgey ... CD (Jazz)
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A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Always-great work from lovely French singer Claudine Longet – a vocalist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of! This one's another sublime blend of French 60s pop and sunny A&M production – arranged to perfection by the great Nick DeCaro, with touches that deepen ... CD (Vocalists)
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Live Stuff
Warner (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A nice little live set from Stuff – one that's recorded in Tokyo, with a groove that's a bit more open than their better-known New York live album from a few years later! The sound's somewhat rougher than the Stuff studio sessions, but in a good way – one that shows that the combo can ... CD (Soul)
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Tabernakel
Atco (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Guitarist Jan Akkerman bridges many worlds here – deftly stepping between spare acoustic guitar modes and some much more dynamic electric ones – but all with a sense of care and vision that really makes the record come together! The set begins with a few themes from John Dowland, ... CD (Jazz)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Funky Delicacies, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A collection of ultra-rare material from the mighty Black Merda and affiliates – the legendary funk group who mixed in plenty of Hendrix-styled guitar to their grooves – resulting in sound that few other groups can touch! The "Psych Funk" title is very well put – given ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Stax, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A classic batch of Christmas tunes from the vaults of Stax Records – material from the It's Christmas Time Again album, plus bonus tracks too! The label's legendary Memphis soul and blues artists deliver a wonderful batch of tunes that includes some original compositions that have since gone ... LP, Vinyl record album (Holiday Music)
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Cha Cha Cha
World Circuit, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Landmark recordings from Cuban singer Abelardo Barroso – one of the most expressive voices on the Havana scene – both before and after the revolution! Barroso is heard here in he company of Orquesta Sensacion – a great group with a very rhythmic vibe, and a style that's often in ... CD (Latin)
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Still Music, Late 80s/2014. New Copy 2CD
Rare tracks from the glory days of Chicago house – most of which were never issued at the time, mixed with current tracks that have a very vintage feel! The collection brings to light some real gems that certainly match – if not top – the best Chicago cuts, especially work from ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Here & Now (UK), 2014. New Copy
A funky compilation of sorts – but one that features almost all contemporary recordings done in the best styles of older UK sound library funk! ATA are actually a current studio, put together by the guys behind the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra – a group we normally know for more Afro Funk- ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A legendary label that you may know for its deep soul and blues-drenched work of the 60s – served up here with a special focus on the imprint's funkier tracks and groovers! The Goldband studios were down in Louisiana, not far from New Orleans – but the styles here aren't just the usual ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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A&M (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Completely charming sounds from We Five – a second full length set for A&M Records, and one that really has the group growing past their simple folksy roots! There's a wonderful interplay of voices going on here – styles borrowed a bit from male/female jazz and soul vocal groups of ... CD (Rock)
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A&M (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of the few albums as an artist from the great Nick De Caro – one of the hipper arrangers of the 60s, best known for his collaborations with Claudine Longet on A&M! Nick's a very subtle genius – one who can work firmly inside the mainstream, but also bring something different to ... CD (Now Sound)
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Sweet Freaks
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Beautiful Life
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
A heartbreaking project from saxophonist Jimmy Greene – dedicated to his daughter, who was caught in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school. Instead of focusing on the tragedy that struck his family, Greene instead chooses to celebrate the wonderful, but too-short life of his ... CD (Jazz)
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Festival/Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
A very cool collection of work from the Australian scene of the 70s – most of which we'd never heard before! This material isn't totally underground – but given the separation of space between Melbourne and the rest of the world at the time, the collection is an under-tapped vein of ... CD (Rock)
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Light In The Attic, Mid 60s/1970s/Mid 80s. New Copy 2CDs
A pretty amazing collection of rare work from the Native American underground – not the late 60s/early 70s records that tried to cash in on growing pride for the Native American scene, but obscure Canadian sides that represent a rich array of sounds we've never heard before! The styles here ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Def Jam, 1990. New Copy 2CD (reissue)
The mindblowing third album from Public Enemy – their second straight up masterpiece in a row – a more densely-layered effort than anything they'd down before or since! Agitprop lyricism laced with soundbite samples from myriad sources that get the point over nearly as fiecely as Chuck' ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Columbia/Now Sounds (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
A really well-done collection of work from The Goldebriars – the sublime harmony folk ensemble that was the key pre-Millennium project from Cali pop genius Curt Boettcher! The style here is both timeless and firmly tied to the 60s – a beautiful blend of male and female vocals in the ... CD (Rock)
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Teenage Head
Kama Sutra/Norton, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe the best-remembered album ever from the all-great Flaming Groovies – and a set with a classic cover image that really lives up to the music! The Groovies have an unusual blend of old school rocking with hipper post-60s sensibilities – almost their own faux-retro sound to rival ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Sookie
Disques D'Esperance/African Road Trip (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A really great bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – recorded by a group with relatively obscure origins, but a pretty heavy duty sound! The album's a project from Jo Bisso, who later went onto some great Afro-styled club fame – but this set is much more deep funk overall – with lots ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
Really great work from Patrick Fitzgerald – one of the more surprising talents of the late 70s UK punk scene – and one of the most charming as well! Fitzgerald was raised in East London, and has a heavily accented style – one that really adds a lot to the sense of feeling and ... CD (Rock)
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Verve, 1969. New Copy 6CD
The incredible third album from The Velvet Underground – and maybe our favorite of all their albums together – even though this one is far less weird or experimental than the rest! After their initial foray with Nico, and their bombastic sonic experiments on White Light/White Heat, the ... CD (Rock)
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Plectrumelectrum
Warner, 2014. New Copy
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, ... CD (Soul)
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Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy
Sweet Bollywood funk – great edits of two tracks from the Bombay Disco 2 compilation – both of which really extend the groove! The legendary Asha Bhosle sings on "Jab Chaye" – a tune with soaring strings, heavy drums, and a killer sort of snap in the rhythms – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Global Grooves)
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Portia Monique
Reel People (France), 2014. New Copy
A hell of a debut from Portia Monique – a singer who gets very strong support here from Reel People – who are very much at the top of their game too! The record's a bit like a Reel People album, but a lot more soulful up top – as Portia's vocals have this rich, righteous feel ... CD (New Grooves)
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Def Jam, 1988. New Copy 2CD & DVD
The massive second album by PE – and the one where where the hit their full creative stride, and their politics and philosphy hit at full force – moving Public Enemy from an imposing threat to both the hip hop and pop music status quo to a straight up cultural phenomenon! There's ... CD (Hip Hop)
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University Of Central Arkansas, 2014. New Copy Magazine & CD
A stunning Southern Music issue of Oxford American – one that takes a look at the scene in the state of Texas – through a whole range of styles and subject matter! The prose is superb, as always – definitely a cut above the usual music writing – and the issue manages to ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Sublime Frequencies, 2014. New Copy
Great field recordings from Southeast Asia – material recorded during local festivals or ceremonies, with an overall focus on the event as much as the music within! Each track is relatively long, and titled by location, not artist – and instrumental moments are mixed with spoken bits, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Linear Labs, 2009. New Copy
The note-perfect funky musical score to blacksploitation homage/spoof Black Dynamite – and an honest and true tribute to the originators of the genre from composer & performer Adrian Younge! We absolutely love that Younge doesn't go for a comic take on the style, and shows a true feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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One On One
Warner/Varese, 1977. New Copy
Surprisingly great sounds from Seals & Crofts – a 70s soundtrack project, and one that maybe has an even better vibe than some of their normal records of the time! The music here is handled by Charles Fox – who we love for so much other soundtrack work of the time, including some ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Blue Note, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
"New York is now" – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Positive Intensity
CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... CD (Jazz)
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Two Headed Freap
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... CD (Jazz)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Music from outer space, but sounds with an origin on planet earth – all recorded during that late 50s/early 60s stretch when so many folks were experimenting with new modes of expression in the studio! The tracks here are a mix of rockers and more offbeat instrumental ones – great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Warner, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The more stylistically sprawling of the 2 albums Prince released upon returning to Warner Brothers in 2014 – nicely recalling some of his better later 80s and early 90s material, post-Sign O The Times craft – but still moving forward, as opposed to reliving past glories! Art Official ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Blue Note, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Wicked early work from Milt Jackson – a record that's got a lot more of an edge than some of his later work with the Modern Jazz Quartet – a near-perfect modernist bop sound that's every bit the best side of Blue Note in the early 50s! The groups here are really great – one a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Mess Hall
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
Striking improvisations from the trio of Joe Morris on guitar, Steve Lantner on keyboards, and Jerome Dupree on bass – working here on material that's composed on the spot during performance, but which has a surprising sense of structure at times! Both Morris and Lantner use cycles of sound ... CD (Jazz)
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Touch Sensitive (UK), 2014. New Copy
One of the darkest soundtracks we've ever heard from David Holmes – presented here as one single long piece of music, put together almost as an audio collage that evokes all the tension and black mood of the film 71! Holmes really stretches himself strongly here – and goes for these ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Tabu (UK), 1978. New Copy
An ambitious set of funky jazz tunes from Lalo Schifrin – cut in the clubby style of some of his later CTI work, but also done with some interesting instrumental flourishes from track to track – which gives the album some of the depth of his soundtrack work of the 70s! The album's got ... CD (Jazz)
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Ancient Afrika/Shout (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... CD (Jazz)
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Sublime Frequencies, 2014. New Copy
The ethnographic recording is alive and well in the hands of Sublime Frequencies – the contemporary imprint that's come to rival older giants like Folkways or Nonesuch for its presentation of sounds from around the globe! This time around, we're taken to local spaces in Bengal – both ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Pop Impressions
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Nothing pop about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Warner (Australia), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs
A smooth set of grooves from the 70s – just the kind of cool compressed pop that used to fill the 70s AM radio airwaves when we were kids – and which sounds even better in a hip compilation like this! The package doesn't go for easy hits – and instead digs deep into the treasure ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Harmless (UK), 1985. New Copy
A lost 80s album from Barbara Pennington – a singer we normally associate more with the disco generation, but who's still very strong here on a Record Shack session with Ian Levine! The style is still clubby, but slows things down a bit more from the disco years – a snapping 80s vibe ... CD (Soul)
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Gearbox (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Africa Avenue
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy
One of the freshest psych albums we've heard in years – a set that gets all the right sort of 60s touches just perfect – but which also has a more contemporary vibe at times too! There's no paisley underground weakness going on, nor any simple mod 60s cliches – and instead these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Super America
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Not a record from America, but instead one of the standout gems from the legendary Montparnasse 2000 sound library series in the 70s – filled with funky grooves from the madman Janko Nilovic! The set's got Nilovic really working at his best – still quite jazzy at the core, but bringing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
A stunning performance of this key composition from Karlheinz Stockhausen – one that uses two pianos, both with very different sounds, plus electronics as well – all working together in this progression of notes and tones that may well be some of Stockhausen's most beautiful work! The ... CD (Out Sound)
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Hung Up On You (with bonus tracks)
Pride/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
A gem of a record from the great Billy Butler – brother of better-known Jerry from the Chicago scene, and maybe best known for his northern soul work of the 60s – but a hell of a great artist here in a rare group soul date from the 70s! Billy's lead vocals are supported by the Infinity ... CD (Soul)
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Gift Of Song
A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Late work by The Sandpipers – the smooth vocal trio who were one of A&M's greatest pop acts in the 60s! This obscure set is from 1971 – and has the boys singing to a bit more of an electric LA sound, produced to perfection by Bones Howe, and featuring work by LA studio gods Hal ... CD (Vocalists)
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Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD
Two rare albums from this great Brazilian singer – packaged here with three more CDs that offer up a wealth of rare music too – all to make the best reissue collection we've ever seen on Maysa! Maysa's a rich-voiced singer with a style that predates bossa nova, but also found a great ... CD (Brazil)
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Blue Note, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal recordings from Thelonious Monk – noteworthy not only for the pianist's commitment to a modernist bop ideal, but also for his integration in the growing collection of top-level jazz players on the New York scene. The work's notable also for the fact that Monk's playing in group ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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On The Eighth Day
Kapp (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Seven guys and gals, coming together in harmony pop brilliance – thanks to a great set of arrangements from the legendary Artie Butler! In a world of soundalike groups in the 60s, The Eighth Day really stand out – working in a batch of all-original material here, one that uses folk, ... CD (Rock)
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Sweet September
AVA/VSOP, 1963. New Copy
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with ... CD (Jazz)
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Escape From Witchtropolis
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy
A spooky little cover, and a spooky sort of sound to match – a great variation on synth-heavy rock modes – with strong echoes both of the early 80s post-punk generation, and of some of the best horror soundtracks of the time! Alex Cuervo plays all the instrumentation himself – ... CD (Rock)
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Me About You
Imperial (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sophisticated Jackie at her best – working with great arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Nick DeCaro – both cats from the California scene we can really trust for "cut-above" pop work like this – music that goes way past the simple sounds of DeShannon's start – ... CD (Rock)
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TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from the legendary TK Records family of labels – home to some of the coolest, grooviest music from Miami in the 70s – plus more grooves from other sources too! The package focuses on a style that was definitely TK's strongest suit at the time – their wonderful way ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Discobertas (Brazil), 1972. New Copy 2CD
A stunning live set from Jorge Mautner – and maybe a record that's even better than some of his studio albums of the time! Jorge's a stunning talent here – a great inheritor of the experiments put forth during the Tropicalia movement, but also able to work with some of the rootsier, ... CD (Brazil)
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Gifted & Black
Canyon, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Don't confuse this set with Young Gifted & Black – which got much wider circulation – as the session's a cool indie date from the early 70s, recorded in a moody studio mode with arrangements by Monk Higgins! There's a bit of strings in the background, which colors in the tunes with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists)
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Tropicoso
Nacional, 2014. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.98
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Tartaglian Theorem
Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sweet and dreamy instrumental pop from John Andrews Tartaglia – an arranger we only know from a few late 60s sides at Capitol Records – all of which are pretty great! Tartaglia's got a style that's still heavy in mainstream 60s easy modes, but borrows a fair bit from the generation of ... CD (Now Sound)
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Placebo (1973) (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal sounds from Placebo – one of the hippest electric groups going on the European scene of the early 70s, thanks to some great keyboards and electronics from the legendary Marc Moulin! Placebo's sound here is a unique approach to funky jazz – one that certainly draws from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Lost Love (10 inch LP)
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
One of the few albums ever cut by 50s singer Paula Castle – a really great vocalist with a sound that matches the best Bethlehem records work of her labelmate, Chris Connor! Castle's got a nicely-composed approach to singing – never too flowery or overdone, yet also never too cool, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists)
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Heavenly Sweetness (France), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Really hypnotic sounds from Ethiopian singer Kassa Tessema – heard here on two records from the 70s, both of which have a very ancient feel! Kassa has this very deep sound in his voice – a range that really goes down right to the bottom, with less of the higher tones of other Ethiopian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Paramount/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy
One of the later albums cut by the Brady Bunch crew – a bit towards the end run of the show, and with a feel that's arguably hipper than some of their other records! The arrangements are by Al Capp, and have a nice bass bounce at the bottom – almost hitting a light funk style at times, ... CD (Rock)
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Placebo (1974) (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy
One of the most spiritual, soulful albums ever from the great Charles Earland – a set that's almost his answer to the keyboard styles of Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – and done with a very spiritual vibe! We love Earland on Hammond – but here he also plays Fender Rhodes, ... CD (Jazz)
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Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... CD (Vocalists)
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New Song
Motema, 2014. New Copy
Soaring spiritual sounds from bassis Omer Avital – a musician we love more and more with each new record, and one who only seems to be honing his vision even more strongly over recent years! The material is all original by Avital – performed by a core quintet that features sparkling ... CD (Jazz)
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Soul Saviour Stew (with download)
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy
There's no reverend here – despite the name of the group – but the set is one smokingly righteous set of funky instrumentals – more than enough to send us to the heavens with its stunning sense of spirit! The group's a lean one, with an especially strong focus on Hammond and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Jazz Haus (Germany), 1957/1962. New Copy
Tony Scott in two different settings – caught right around the cusp of the 60s, which was a pivotal point in his career! The first half of the record features 1957 material from Germany – tracks that already have Scott moving out with a freer, looser style of clarinet than his earlier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 9 CDs
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Say Somethin
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy
A great Canadian soul singer – and one that we'd rank right up there with the contemporary best from the American underground! Dawn Pemberton's got a great approach here – sliding into the record in a very personal, subtle way (without any sort of "intro" track either – ... CD (Neo Soul)
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RCA/Sony, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 9CD
A treasure trove of work from the great Henry Mancini – a very cool package that not only includes some of his biggest soundtracks of the 60s, but also features a number of more obscure gems as well! The package features 9CDs, but 18 full albums in all – and titles include The Pink ... CD (Soundtracks)
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We Could Be Flying
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... CD (Vocalists)
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BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
The long lost first album from Rodion GA – the legendary electronic music pioneer from the Romanian scene of the 70s – equally talented as Cluster, Eno, or some of the best German forces of the time – but far more obscure, given the Iron Curtain of the time! The music is a heady ... CD (Rock)
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Reprise/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4LP
The Reprise Records run of Captain Beefheart – presented here in a special package that also features a full album of never-issued rare material as well! Beefheart at Reprise was a real high point – as the Captain was still full of all the primal, gritty elements of the previous years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Cambria/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy
Very hip vocal work from singer Janet Lawson – an under-discovered vocalist with a very groovy sound! Janet's got a soaring, breezy feel that's a bit like some of the best Bay Area or European work from a few years before – inflected with some Brazilian influences, but also delivered ... CD (Vocalists)
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Spread Of The Future
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy
A funky fusion classic from the 70s – totally great work from Chocolate Jam Company, a hip little group headed up by percussionist Leon Ndugu Chancler! The core sound is soul, but there's plenty of fusion touches as well – thanks to a great lineup of players that includes Oscar ... CD (Soul)
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Radio Retaliation
ESL, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
No radio retaliation here, as Thievery Corporation are miles from the airwaves – working in their own unique blend of a globe's worth of grooves! The sound here is every bit as lush and full as before – a mix of classic funky elements, exotic instrumentation, and a few contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Fire Eater
Prestige (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing ... CD (Jazz)
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Honest Jons (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 x 10 inch LP
Timeless vocal work from Ogoya Nengo and her Dodo Women's group – an Kenyan ensemble with a really creative approach to their work! The dodo style refers to traditional music used for entertainment at weddings and festivals – but the voices have this really complex quality that's way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Mark IV
Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same ... CD (Soul)
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Lone Rider
Artist/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1972. New Copy
Some of the coolest use of trombone in jazz we've ever heard – a set that features multiple musicians on the instrument, but in ways that are different than any similar projects from the 50s or 60s! The style here is very loose and open, and the record steps along beautifully with electric ... CD (Jazz)
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Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Last Judgment
Tzadik, 2014. New Copy
Heady heady work from John Zorn – part of his Moonchild series of projects, and done with the same great group as the album In Sacred Blood! Like that set, there's a weird blend of jazz and spiritual modes going on here – a sound that's more forward-moving than some of Zorn's more ... CD (Jazz)
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Improvisations For Theremin & Piano
Butterscotch, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Really beautiful sounds – and a record that's far more haunting than you might expect! The record's not just piano notes alongside sci fi sound effects – and instead has this really subtle use of theremin, so that the instrument almost comes across more like a cello, or acoustic bass ... CD (Out Sound)
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Jamaican Recordings (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A great collection of underground dub tracks from late 70s Jamaica – the kind of limited-run dubplates that would circulate between some of the bigger sound systems on the scene, and offer up radically trippy versions of better-known tunes! The set is heavy on echo and slow-stepping rhythms ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Into Life
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy
Maybe the best album so far from Mathias Landaeus – a wonderful pianist, and one we've dug for years for his excellent albums on the Moserobie label – working here at a level that has so many things going on at once, the end result is far different from the usual piano trio album! ... CD (Jazz)
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Cosmic Game
ESL, 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Dynamic Sounds/BBE (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy (pic cover)
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Polydor/Because (France), 1978. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
One of the coolest club projects of the 70s – a set of tracks based around the keyboards of Don Ray, but handled with lots of electronic disco touches from Cerrone! The pair are great arrangers on their own, but together they really make some magic – kind of a leaner take on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Sign Of The Myth (with download)
Roaratorio, 1973. New Copy
Tremendous work from Sun Ra – a studio recording from the early 70s, never issued before – but done around the same groundbreaking time as his few bits of new material for the Impulse label! The Arkestra is really reaching out here – ruminating with an intensity that demands to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Avonmore
BMG, 2014. New Copy
Bryan Ferry, still going strong after all these years – and finding a new sort of sweet space that really seems to make the most of his aging vocal approach! Ferry's still very much in the best modes of his excellent solo records – especially the gems of the late 70s and early 80s ... CD (Rock)
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Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
No room for squares with grooves this great – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Columbia/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy
A wonderful post-Millenium project from godlike California producers Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher – working together here as Sagittarius, and getting help from a whole host of LA hipsters too! The work has a dreamy Sunshine Pop vibe all the way through – even more gentle and personal ... CD (Rock)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1976. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
The fantastic first album by Cerrone – a landmark disco record that features the 16 minute long "Love In C Minor" – a swirling bit of strings, beats, and female voices – one of those tunes that forever went onto change the face of dance music in the 70s! Cerrone really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever heard – a massive amount of rare funk and soul tunes – all with a special seasonal bent! These aren't just soul covers of Holiday hits, or spiritual numbers either – but all-new tunes that bring a whole new sound to the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Holiday Music)
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Hills Of Hollywood, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A totally great set that goes way beyond the few familiar sounds we know from the legendary Eden Ahbez – the strange mystical figure who was to LA exotic music what Moondog was to the sounds of the streets of New York! The set steps around Eden's one and only album for Del-Fi – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound)
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy
Keep the party going all night long – with another great set of grooves from this long-running series! The music here is similar to the other collections on the PTG/Vinyl Masterpiece label – a strong focus in the best sounds of the 80s – not the underground work or indie sides ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Sire/Drastic Plastic, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
Legendary late 80s industrial rock from Ministry! They had been moving step-by-step into more aggro territory with each successive effort, but The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste was their biggest leap to date, and pretty much sets the template for the heavy sound that they'd be known for for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Mellotronen (Sweden), 1971. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a rare Swedish film – noteworthy not just for the end result, but for the lineup of people who were part of the process! The movie itself starred rising soul star Johnny Nash – in the lead in a tale about interracial romance – and although Johnny sings on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
A really great jazz-based Christmas album – one that's done in the best style of vintage gems like Jingle Bell Jazz or God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen – with an equally great blend of instrumental and vocal artists throughout! The package highlights some of the best artists on the Mack ... CD (Holiday Music)
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EM/Paradise Bangkok (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Dream Sequence (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Roundtable (Australia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
The most mindblowing work we've ever heard from guitarist Amancio D'Silva – a really freewheeling blend of jazz and Indian music, and a set that goes far beyond most of his other albums! The album definitely lives up to the dream sequence promised by the title – as it features one long ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy
You might need to be a Diddley diehard to know it, given the pretty hokey early 60s Beach Party cover photo – get past that and what you'll find is a rowdy, rumbling and completely incredible live album from Bo! It features material captured on a 2 night stand at The Beach Club in Myrtle ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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They Live
Death Waltz (UK), 1988. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Amazing work from John Carpenter – still a dedicated soundtrack composer long into his film career – and always a master of spare, spooky electronics! The instrumentation here is a bit evolved from some of his earliest classics – different keyboards and electronics developed ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Cuneiform, 2014. New Copy
CD...$15.99 17.98 (LP)
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... CD (Jazz)
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Cache/Finders Keepers (UK), 1980s. New Copy
Rare underground sounds from Germany in the 80s – unique 4-track home recordings that are low-fi and fringe-y, but also oddly tuneful and compelling! You can pretty much discard any preconceived notions of what you might expect from 80s underground Germany – there's hardly a strobe-lit ... CD (Rock)
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Fonit H602/603
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best ... CD (Jazz)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
CD...$21.99 22.99 (LP)
Deeply spiritual jazz from the American underground of the 20th century – music that sits in a perfect space between straight jazz and more avant garde material – always reaching out in this really soaring, searching sort of way – but never too outside or free! Rhythms are at the ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A tight remix of "Knicks" from the instant classic Pinata – one of the finest straight-up hip hop records Madlib has produced in years, thanks in no small part to the furious Freddie Gibbs rhyme skills! Guests in the "Knicks" remix include Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Trunk (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Weird and wonderful work from the enigmatic Bruce Lacey – a character whose life and ideals are as compelling as his music! This package is really the first to ever do Lacey justice – and it brings together a rich range of electronic explorations and a few more acoustic improvisations ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1977. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
Cerrone's second album – a swirling mix of disco beats and strings that follows very clearly on the spirit of his landmark first one! Like that album, this one's got a title track that runs well over 15 minutes long – building in a slowly dancing way that says everything about European ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Escandalo
Schema (Italy), 1972. New Copy Gatefold
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat underneath ... CD (Latin)
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Dust To Digital, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2CDs & Book
An incredible portrait of the legendary Parchman Farm – legendary for its poor treatment of prisoners at a level that continued the slave legacy in America long into the 20th Century! The stunning package features vintage Alan Lomax recordings of music made at the prison, in a book that's ... CD (Blues)
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Boogie Chillun
Fantasy, Early 60s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Sublime live work from John Lee Hooker – a set that features the legend on solo guitar and vocals, but recorded at a level that's even crisper and more personal than some of his other albums from the time! The performance is clearly pitched more towards the folk blues audience of the time, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1976/1977. New Copy 3LP & 3CD (reissue)
A wonderful package – a very limited set that includes the first three albums from Cerrone, with bonus CD versions as well! First up is Love In C Minor – the fantastic first album by Cerrone – a landmark disco record that features the 16 minute long "Love In C Minor" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Jona Che Visse Nella Balena
Beat (Italy), 1993. New Copy
A later soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, but one with a great old school mode – part of that return to smaller scoring styles that the maestro brought to his European work in later years! The music is often relatively gentle and intimate, and features spare passages on chimes, guitar, or ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Trialogue
Sunday (Germany), 2014. New Copy
Really spare, really beautiful sounds from the great Bugge Wesseltoft – working here on acoustic piano, alongside electronics from Henrik Schwarz and bass from Dan Berglund – a trio setting that's every bit as moody as Bugge's solo music on his own! The sound shapes are very murky at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Love Child (plus bonus CD)
Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin)
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Mellotronen (Sweden), 1971. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a rare Swedish film – noteworthy not just for the end result, but for the lineup of people who were part of the process! The movie itself starred rising soul star Johnny Nash – in the lead in a tale about interracial romance – and although Johnny sings on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Burnt Offering
Daptone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Hell On Earth
Loud/Get On Down, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
While the other standouts of the class of '95 like Nas, Jay Z and AZ drifted towards the Escobar/Gambino/Cristal style, Mobb Deep avoided that trendy hopping trap in this tight follow-up to their legendary Imfamous debut! Their subject matter may not have evolved or expanded too much beyond what ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Don Blackman
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend ... CD (Soul)
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Movement
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
Plenty of movement from the great Gerardo Frisina – a set that's awash in all the Latin and modal elements we've always loved in his music – and a record that filled with jazzy touches throughout! Rhythms are both live and programmed – but even the latter have a very spontaneous ... CD (New Grooves)
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Columbia, 1967. New Copy 6CD & Book
CD...$126.99 149.98
Dylan & The Band's legendary Basement Tapes – those amazing late 60s Woodstock recordings – finally available after all these years in a definitive, officially-sanctioned box set for the first time ever! The original 1975 LP version was (and still is) an incredible sampler of the ... CD (Rock)
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Columbia/Now Sounds (UK), 1966. New Copy
The breakout album for The Cryan Shames – a wonderfully groovy harmony pop combo from the 60s – one with a sound that's very much the best Sunshine Pop of LA, even though these guys hail from our hometown of Chicago! The vocals come together with a really magical feel – sometimes ... CD (Rock)
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Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil)
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Standing Tall
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
A great debut from Imaani – the soulful singer who's made some great music with Incognito in recent years! The cover's got a shoutout from Bluey on the front – but the music has a nicely different vibe than Imaani's music with Incognito, as she works here with studio talent Kevin Leo, ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Truth & Soul, 2005. New Copy 2CD
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for ... CD (Rock)
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Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
It's like a Christmas wish come true – a fantastic album of Holiday music, all sung by the soulful Maysa Leak! We've loved Maysa's vocals for years – from her work in Incognito to her long run of solo albums – but she grabs us all over again with the style of this set – a ... CD (Holiday Music)
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Posi tone, 2014. New Copy
The "libations" in the title here is very well-placed – as pianist Art Hirahara has a wonderfully warm, welcoming quality right from the very first note – not a sound that's cliched or commercial, but an oddly festive feel in the way he approaches the piano – a sound ... CD (Jazz)
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White Goddess
Kapp/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy (reissue)
An exotica classic from the great Frank Hunter – an arranger who worked in many other formats in the 50s and 60s – but who's really left his mark with this haunting little record! The instrumentation is quite unique – as Hunter blends electric sounds from an ondionline with core ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound)
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Ethio Jazz (180 gram vinyl)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early ... CD (Jazz)
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Monastic Trio
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Gal Costa (1969)
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... CD (Brazil)
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Atlantic/Tummy Touch, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... CD (Soul)
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Thought Of You
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and ... CD (Jazz)

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