A mixed bag – with production by Prince Paul, Cool V, Mister Cee, and Andre Booth. Tracks include "Cause I Can Do It Right", "No Damn Good", "Dance With The Devil", "It's Hard Being The Kane", "Put Your Weight On It", "Mr Pitiful", ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The 2 great albums by Big Star – back-to-back on CD! #1 Record is simply one of the best rock albums of the 70s – partly remembered as a defining moment in power pop, but to us there's a depth of emotion here that goes way beyond chords and choruses, and sinks into our very souls every ... (Rock) read moreCD
Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet —
Box ... CD New World, 1996. Used ....
The third album from Japanese soul singer Bird – sounding lovelier here than ever before! Bird produced the whole album herself – and it's a fantastic blend of strings, beats, acoustic guitar, and her wonderful vocals. The sound here is even stronger than before – "Gokujo&qu ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A very nice set of avant synth sounds from The Bird Show Band – featuring Ben Vida on Moog Voyager and some of the most adventurous accompaniment a guy could ask for – including Jim Baker on ARP 2600, Josh Abrams on acoustic bass and a pair of Tortoise players on drums, John Herndon and ... (Rock) read moreCD
Jeb Bishop/Dave Rempis/Nate McBride/Tim Daisy —
Engines ... CD Okka Disk, 2007. Used ....
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A sharp-edged Chicago quartet – made up of key players of the underground scene of the past decade or so – including Jeb Bishop on trombone, Dave Rempis on saxes, Nate McBride on bass, and Tim Daisy on drums! The sound here is forceful, but nicely restrained – not nearly as free ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Black Ivory —
Then & Now ... CD Panoramic (France), 1984. Used ....
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Later work from Black Ivory – but still plenty darn great – and a record that hits nicely on both upbeat groovers and mellow ballads! Given that Leroy Burgess had moved on well before the time of this record, we're not sure who's driving the train – but the album is a good update ... (Soul) read moreCD
Huge! Dark, heavy – an album of mythical proportions, and that's a lot to say for a mainstream LP! It would be hard to imagine the modern rock landscape without this album or group, who provided the template for so much music to follow, and the soundtrack to many bong-fueled excursions to ... (Rock) read moreCD
NIA ... CD Quannum, 2000. Used ....
The MC Gift of Gab serves your ears melodic, driving, challenging wordplay at it's best on this album from the Quannum Projects label out of the Bay Area, who brought you DJ Shadow and Latyrx. The jazzy, soulful, reflective, bouncing music is entirely produced by DJ Chief Xcel and features cameos ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records ... (Soul) read moreCD
Wil Blades may be a younger player on the Hammond – but he hits the organ here like a seasoned pro from the soul jazz years of the 60s! The album's got the same well-crafted, all-classic sound we've come to love in other releases by the Doodlin label – a Hammond-centric session that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A lost classic from Art Blakey – quite different from some of his Blue Note work! The album's a very swinging mid 60s session, noteworthy for the presence of John Gilmore, recording here in one of his few appearances away from Sun Ra. Gilmore wails on tenor, and he sounds great next to Lee ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most obscure mid 60s sides by Blakey – and a great one! The record features a strangely-chosen lineup of the Jazz Messengers that includes Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Lucky Thompson, and John Hicks. Thompson's in his very soulful "just returned from Europe" phase, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic early set featuring the Jazz Messengers back when the group still included Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, and Kenny Dorham. Hard hard hard bop, cracklin' with energy, and a great example of the kind of playing that made the group an instant success. Tracks on this second volume include " ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A killer album – one of Art Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides, and a blinding set of hard-driving jazz that well earns its title! The group is one of Blakey's pre-Timmons/Morgan/Shorter ones – with Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Spanky DeBrest on bass, and Sam Dockery ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Historic material from the early days of the Jazz Messengers! This 1954 session was recorded at the legendary Birdland nightclub, and it features the first incarnation of the Jazz Messengers, when the group included Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, and Horace Silver. Although this version of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
To us, most of Bobby's early Duke albums would serve fine as "best of" sets in and of themselves – so great is his work for that label during this period! This one's a pretty great sampling of his genius – that unique blend of blues and soul that still makes Bobby's work ... (Blues) read moreCD
Early early work by Paul Bley – years before he picked up the synthesizer, and years before he became the moody modernist he was in the 70s! The album's a relatively straight batch of tracks, but does have a touch of modernism – an early example of the sharp sounds that Bley would ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Paul Bley, Evan Parker & Barre Phillips —
Time Will Tell ... CD ECM (Germany), 1995. Used ....
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The queen of hip hop soul takes it back to the gutter with guest spots by Jay-Z and P-Diddy on "Love & Life", 50 Cent on "Let Me Be The One", and Method Man on "Love @ 1st Sight", but overall this one has Mary in a better mood than the last album! You've probably ... (Soul) read moreCD
The roots of the new soul... Mary J's first, and still her best, 12 tracks in all including "Real Love", "Sweet Thing", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "What's The 411?", "I Don't Want To Do Anything", "Change ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great later album from Bloodstone – recorded after their initial classics for London, but in a sweet and mellow soul mode that's totally outta site! Part of the strength of the set is the mighty Al Johnson – who provides arrangements here that push the group firmly into a more modern ... (Soul) read moreCD
Early work from Blowfly – 2 sides of live material that capture him at his best – rolling from one song into another in a string of dirty jokes, off-color references, and parodies of some of the biggest songs of the 70s! The language here is completely unbridled – very very ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great little old school release from Bon Rock – a group that's best known for a flurry of crossover singles on the In The Mix label, stepping out here on their only full LP! The record's got a really great mix of electro, street soul, and hip hop – grooves that are heavy on beats, ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the coolest Compost sets we've heard in a long time – a stunning batch of work that really lives up to its title! While there's a bit of jazz here, the overall style is more cinematic than anything else – with strong echoes of 60s and 70s European soundtrack modes, served up ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
One of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary& ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A different sort of sound for Booker T – working here not with the MGs, but with backing from the Drive By Truckers, and a fair bit of guitar from Neil Young! The album's still heavy on the sorts of organ lines we love in Booker's work stretching back to the early 60s years at Stax Records ... (Soul) read moreCD
Rock-solid work from Booker T & The MGs – a collection filled with classic grooves recorded for Stax Records, a motherlode of Memphis soul instrumentals from the 60s through the start of the 70s! The package features both Atlantic and Fantasy-owned material, so it covers the full MGs ... (Soul) read moreCD
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still ... (Soul) read moreCD
Way Out ... CD Temporary Residence, 2010. Used ....
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One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great follow-up to Will Boulware's classic 70s fusion session Crystal Green – recorded with a new Rainbow group, one that features Will Lee on bass, Steve Gadd on drums, Michael Brecker and Bob Berg on tenor, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Jon Werking on synthesizers. The feel is amazingly ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The brilliant consummation of Bowie's late 70s years in Berlin – a record that showed he could take the experiments in sound he was crafting with Brian Eno, and turn them back into the kind of creepily catchy rock tunes that first made him a legend! Eno's help on the record is still quite ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Thin White Duke turns to the east – and gets a whole new sound with help from Brian Eno! The album is an amazing departure from some of David Bowie's previous work – a set that's sparer, more spacious, and which is often instrumental – quite a statement, given Bowie's ... (Rock) read moreCD
A surprising organ/tenor gem from the 90s – and a really standout set in the career of Don Braden! The set's on a major label, but it's got a soulfully produced groove that makes it feel like some of the best soul jazz on the Muse imprint – really open and flowing, with a sound that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful tribute to the genius of trombonist/arranger Melba Liston – and a set that doesn't just copy her music, but really opens up a whole new spirit from its inspiration! Reedman Geof Bradfield composed all the tracks in the set, and puts things together with a spirit that's not unlike ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pretty great album of mellow jazz tracks – recorded in a very spare setting that has trumpeter Ruby Braff playing with pianist Ellis Larkins, and no other accompaniment! The setting's quite unusual for the time, and it makes for a relaxed intimate meeting between two strong talents that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A well-fitting title for this sweet little set – a record that mixes together jazz, samba, and bossa styles wonderfully – with Cristina Braga on both vocals and harp, and backing from a tight little combo! Bassist Ricardo Medeiros put the grooves together for the set – and he's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A classic lost album that has the Brand New Heavies backing up an assortment of great hip hoppers, including Main Source, The Pharcyde, Black Sheep, Kool G Rap, Gang Starr, and Masta Ace. Filled with good cuts that mix hip hop and live jazzy playing, and includes the titles "Who Makes The ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD