The best of the early RCA years – with "Everybody's A Star", "20th Century Man", "Alcohol", "Skin & Bone", "Face In The Crowd", "Muswell Hillbilly", "Celluloid Heroes", and "Sitting In My Hotel". (Rock) CD
Pre-Muswell Hillbillies, but taking a turn towards the folksier and rootsier sound that they used in their first few albums of the 70s. The strength here is that the band is still working off the lean style forged on Village Green Preservation Society – and most of the cuts have a great ... (Rock) read moreCD
Kazushige Kinoshita, Masahiko Okura & M Ezaki —
Kenon ... CD Creative Sources (Portugal), 2005. Used ...
A key early album from reedman Roland Kirk – at set that really has him strongly finding his voice in jazz, and transforming most of modern music in the process! The set's a perfect illustration of the way that Roland could swing with soul, yet still reach out with bold new ideas too – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Includes 6 tracks, "Sweet Fire", "Make Me A Pallet On The Floor", "Volumteer Slavery", "You Did It, You Did It", "Satin Doll", and "Charlie Parker Medley". Kirk plays tenor, manzello, and flute with Ron Burtom on piano, Vernon Martin on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A strange and tasty little album that Roland Kirk made with organist Jack McDuff in the early 60s – one of his few outings in such a format, and a smoking little session that almost makes us wish he'd cut more of them! The format is relatively simple – with lots of interplay between ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the sharper-edged sessions on the GRP label at the start of the 90s – a self-titled set from keyboardist Kenny Kirkland, who's mostly working here in a stripped-down acoustic mode! The lineup changes a bit from track to track – and in addition to Kenny on keys, the set also ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nice reissue of Lew's Just Arrived album – repackaged here to include the single "Heaven In The Afternoon"! Although Lew Kirton recorded in the early 80s (mostly) he had a sound and style that made him one of the last great soul singers of the 70s. This long-overdue reissue of his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Although Gladys Knight & The Pips didn't cut their first recordings or their biggest recordings for Motown, they did still do a pretty nice job at the label – as you'll hear on this nice set that brings together a nice batch of their best tracks. Includes their original version of "I ... (Soul) read moreCD
11 tracks from Gladys & crew – recorded during their glory days at Motown! Includes the tracks "All I Need Is Time", "Your Old Standby", "I Wish It Would Rain", "Signed Gladys", "One Less Bell To Answer", "I Hate Myself For Loving ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mark Knopfler —
Cal ... CD Vertigo (Germany), 1984. Used ...
A cool European set from Lee Konitz – quite different than some of his other material recorded overseas at the time, with a swinging, upbeat feel that's totally great! The group's a nonet – a large ensemble that features Lee on alto and soprano sax, with Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Kimmy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Lee Konitz & Peggy Stern —
Lunasea ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1992. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A sweet CD of sax titan Lee Konitz's work for the Italian Soul Note label from the early 90s – with pianist Peggy Stern sharing the marquee. (Jazz) CD
(Out of print. Official pressing.)
Lee Konitz, Don Friedman, & Attila Zoller —
Thingin ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 1995. Used ...
A sublime meeting of three incredibly well-matched players – all artists who worked together in various formations back in the 60s, but waited another 30 years to record here as a trio! There's an airiness that really uniques all the artists in the trio – a sense of space and grace ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A group with a sound like no other – one that features home-made electronics and amplification, and an array of highly-percussive instrumentation that includes thumb pianos, megaphones, microphones, and old car parts! Konono's been making this music for the past 25 years – working in ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print!)
Kool & The Gang —
Sweat ... CD Mercury, 1989. Used ...
Prime, hard hitting Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – a killer collection of their pioneering, classic cuts from the Cold Chillin' era! The MC & DJ duo was plenty popular in this period – which essentially covers '89-'92 – but they're one of those combos whose influences on east ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Unreleased tracks from Kool Keith circa '93 '94 – with beats and production by Kutmasta Kurt, many made in collaboration with Dan The Automator – the genesis of the classic Sex Style record that didn't appear for a couple more years! Kurt's beats are funky bedrock excellence, and Keith' ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
19 tracks in all, with less outer space themes and more porn imagery from yet another of Kool Keith's personalities. Tracks include "Sex Style", "Don't Crush It", "Make Up Your Mind", "Sly We Fly", "Plastic World", "Regular Girl", "Th ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
One of the best recent grooves we've heard from Kraftwerk – a snapping little number that really takes us back to the Tour De France days! As usual, the group handles their sound the best – and our favorite here is probably the "Kling Klang Dynamix" – although we can ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Late 80s east coast hip hop fromNew Jersey's Krown Rulers – a tight old school LP that's self produced by the Ruler,s with some help from across the river by Dave from Philly's Tuff Crew. Like the Tuff Crew, this one's on the harder hitting edge of the late 80s sound – the beats kick ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A key album in the 90s revival of Afro Funk – a seminal set from Fela's first famous son! The album's got a really nice edge throughout – and offers a mixture of older Afro Funk modes with some slight contemporary elements – bits of electronics and occasional programmed rhythms, ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Harri Kuusijarvi Koutus —
Koutus ... CD Siba (Finland), 2014. Used ...
One of the few albums that drummer Pete LaRoca ever made as a leader – and a gem through and through! LaRoca had a touch on the drums that was unlike anyone else – free, but never "out" – and in a flowing, progressive style that pointed the way towards the sound of jazz ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
An interesting compilation of work by Labelle – in that instead of just dipping into the group's excellent early albums for Warner, it also includes tracks from their years at RCA and Epic. The Warner material is the real highlight here, though – as it shows a side of the group that's ... (Soul) read moreCD
By the time of her big hit "Lady Marmalade" in the mid 70s, Patti Labelle – and group-mates Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash – had been knocking around for many years cutting records. Their style was always interesting – especially as Labelle moved from simple girl group ... (Soul) read moreCD
Tracks include the title cut, "No Shorts", "Get With Da Wickedness (Flow Like That) (orig & rmx)", "Rough Rugged & Raw" feat Snoop & Dat N*gga Daz, "Raw Deal", "Big Bad Lady", "Super Supreme", "Sho Shot", and "Bre ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
How can we even begin to describe the genius of Lambert Hendricks and Ross? The group was a jazz vocal supergroup that merged three talents that had already made a big name in the bebop vocalese field – Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, and the lovely Annie Ross – and the project was an ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Lambert, Hendricks & Ross —
Swingers! ... CD World Pacific/EMI/Manhattan, 1958. Used ...
One of the rarest albums ever recorded by the hiply swinging vocal trio of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, and Annie Ross – a live session from 1958, with backing by a group that includes Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, and Jim Hall. The feel here is really wonderful – a lot less hokey than on ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s – and really helping to define the Chicago sound that would rise to even greater heights later in the decade! This 16 track set is a ... (Soul) read moreCD