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Amanda AmbroseLaughing ... LP
BeeGee, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Ok, we'll admit that most of this album is kind of weak – and Amanda's a sort of Nina Simone wanna-be – but there are a few nice songs on here with a pretty good groove! Both "Sad Songs" and "That's It" have some great arrangements that mix complicated guitar/bass/drum parts into a nice mix that feels a bit like late 60s Capitol funky soul. Amanda's vocals are still a bit off – but there's at least some nice moments to sample! LP, Vinyl record album

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Shirley BasseyLove, Life & Feelings ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A serious British session arranged and conducted by Arthur Greenslade – done in a mood that's often mellow, and which has more dark corners than we'd expect from Shirley – a sad-tinged sound that often features a bit of organ brewing down in the low range of the sound spectrum. Bassey's vocals are surprisingly well suited to the setting, and there's a restraint here that really helps her take one of her best new steps in years – one that's perhaps a bit too late in her career to really make a difference, but which would have really done wonders at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Alone Again Naturally", "Midnight Blue", "Isn't It A Shame", "What I Did For Love", "Born To Lose", "The Hungry Years", "The Way I Want To Touch You", and "You've Made Me So Very Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Tony Bennett & Bill EvansTogether Again ... LP
Improv, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great second pairing of this hip team – further proof that Tony Bennett was a hell of a jazz singer when he wanted to be! Titles include "You're Nearer", "Lonely Girl", "You Must Believe In Spring", "Two Lonely People", and "The Bad & The Beautiful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Vikki CarrFirst Time Ever I Saw Your Face (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A bit 70s album for Vikki Carr – and one that really shows a newer, sexier style for the singer! The backings are lush, but never sleepy – wrapped up with the kind of ornate sensuality of the cover image – which Vikki matches perfectly with notes that are well-formed, and understatedly mature – amidst a set of songs that really sum up the new "adult" modes of the time. Backings are mostly by All Capps – who's even more impressive here than usual – especially in his blend of acoustic and electric elements – and titles include "Without You", "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "The Summer Knows", "Speak Softly Love", "Song Sung Blue", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Brian's Song", and "The Way Of Love". CD features 9 bonus tracks – including "I Don't Want A Sometimes Man", "Reflections", "Let The Band Play On", "The Big Hurt", and "Call My Heart Your Home". CD

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Betty CarterBetty Carter Album ... LP
Bet Car, Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The genius of Betty Carter knows no bounds – and this album's a perfect illustration of that fact! The record is one of the few that Betty released on her own label – working in near obscurity at a time when she really wanted to break from the BS of the bigger companies, and the staid approach they were using towards vocal jazz. This set is one of Betty's most freewheeling – performed with trio lineups that include players like Onaje Alan Gumbs, Buster Williams, and Louis Hayes – really stretching things out past the simple "piano trio meets standards with singer" that you might hear on other records. The best illustration of the style is the amazing track "Sounds" – a 7 minute workout that has the trio and Betty cutting loose, taking jazz vocals a million miles past Ella or Billie or any other singer. Most other tracks are originals – and beautiful ones too – and titles include "What Is It", "I Can't Help It", "We Tried", "Happy", and "Tight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Rosemary Clooney & Perez PradoTouch Of Tabasco – Plus! ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), 1959. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
A surprisingly great little Latin set from Rosemary Clooney – one that makes us want to forgive her for all her pop takes on the genre in the early 50s! Backings here are by Perez Prado, who really brings a nice degree of "zing" to the session – kicking things up with that trademark Prado groove, providing a jagged sense of rhythm to the record – a nice contrast to Rosemary's sweeter vocals. The style's a bit like some of Tito Puente's sessions with Abbe Lane from the same stretch – but is arguably even better, because Clooney's really one heck of a great singer in this setting! Titles include "Corazon De Melon", "Like A Woman", "Mack The Knife", and "Cu Cu Ru Cu Cu Paloma". Bear Family's edition is terrific, too – with nearly a half hour's worth of bonus material: "Amor", "Summertime Love", "Sania" (Perez Prado only) and more. CD

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Earl ColemanLove Songs ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A great return to form for vocalist Earl Coleman – a singer who'd recorded earlier in the bop years, but who makes a rare 60s appearance here on a soulful set for Atlantic Records! Coleman's got a rich voice that's somewhere between Johnny Hartman and Billy Eckstine – with a great range that really goes deep when it wants, yet still has a fluid sensibility that's definitely jazz more than anything else. Billy Taylor's on the record on piano, and leads the combo on most numbers – but the set also features some nice arrangements from Frank Foster and Tom McIntosh, both of whom really keep things interesting. Titles include "Charade", "When Did You Leave Heaven", "I Wish I Knew", "Day In the Life Of a Fool", and "I Won't Tell A Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a DJ Copy sticker.)

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Billy EckstineStormy ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Think what you might about Mr. B, but this is a sweet soulful album of dreamy pop songs, produced and arranged by Isaac Hayes, with a similar sound to some of the work from the same time by Grady Tate. Billy's voice is as deep and round as always, and the newer backing brings a nice quality to his sound that you don't get from other albums. The Bar-Kays did the rhythm backup, and the album also includes some larger string arrangements. Titles include "I Wanna Be Your Baby", "The Luckiest Man In The World", "Stormy", and "Name Of My Sorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a piece of clear tape on the spine.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess (2LP version) ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – but unlike most, this is less of a cash-in affair, and really takes Gershwin's music on its own – serving it up with that newly serious style that Verve was hitting with some artists, especially Ella, in the latter half of the 50s. Most tracks have relatively full backings – strings and jazz orchestrations – and the double-length set features 15 tracks that include "Buzzard Song", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "My Man's Gone Now", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "What You Want Wid Bess", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", and "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc stereo pressing with deep groove and book! Vinyl has some marks that click on Side 1. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Four FreshmenDifferent Strokes ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Sublime 60s work from The Four Freshmen – a record that's very different than their 50s classics, but in a wonderful way! The Freshmen had had a key influence on the sound of sunshine pop in the 60s – a fact that was often noted by Brian Wilson, who'd wanted the Beach Boys to sound like the Freshmen in the early days – and by other groups, who'd said that the group's harmonies were a key factor in their sound. Here, the Freshmen get a chance to turn the tables, and sing in a groovy groovy style that's almost an older jazz harmony approximation of the sunshine pop sound. For the set, they've got some great arrangements by Mike Melvoin, who also produced the record – and they come off with some excellent versions of tunes that include "Everyday People", "Hey Jude", "I Will Wait For You", "Bitter Honey", "A Man & A Woman", "Faces", and "It's Not Unusual". LP, Vinyl record album

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Connie FrancisWhat The World Needs Now – Connie Francis Sings Burt Bacharach ... LP
MGM, 1968. Sealed ... $11.99
Connie's sounding a lot groovier here than in earlier years – thanks to a hip set of tunes from Burt Bacharach, arranged to perfection by the great Claus Ogerman! Claus really gets the right sort of groove down for the record – one that still keeps the airiness of Burt's writing in place, yet which also helps control the emotion of Connie's vocal style, which could otherwise dominate the tunes a bit too much and blow them to pieces. The combination is still a potentially toxic one, but it comes off nicely overall – especially on numbers that are slightly more from the fringes of the Bacharach cannon. Titles include "Trains And Boats And Planes", "Wanting Things", "Wishin and Hopin", "Walk On By", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "Magic Moments/Blue On Blue", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "Promises Promises". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Lee HazlewoodFriday's Child (aka Houston) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/1972, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
The wit and wisdom of Lee Hazlewood – served up here on one of his stunning sessions for Reprise Records from the 60s! Lee's music really finds its own space on this set – a mode that's neither rock nor country nor folk – but which definitely borrows all the best elements from those styles at the time – then cooks them up into its own sort of Hazlewood-esque blend – with Lee's special take on the world and those who inhabit it. The liner notes promise "different songs about different people who don't know the difference" – and although Lee's using a bit of twang here, to give the music a kind of homespun feel – the overall presentation is as biting and prescient as anything else coming from the LA scene of the time. Titles include "Friday's Child", "The Fool", "Four Kinds Of Lonely", "Sally Was A Good Old Girl", "Real Live Fool", "Since You're Gone", and his version of "Houston" – which became a big hit for Dean Martin. LP, Vinyl record album

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Al HibblerAfter The Lights Go Down Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1950/1951/1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
One of the greatest albums ever from the mighty Al Hibbler – a record that's filled with subtle power and deeper soul – and which really has Al working at the height of his vocal talents! Although Hibbler recorded often before this in the 50s, this session seems to have a specially magic feel – the kind of album in which all elements gel together perfectly – almost to Al's career what Two Steps From The Blues was to Bobby Bland. And like that other classic, there's a mix here of jazz and blues that's really unique – instantly timeless, and still quite powerful today. Titles include "Tell Me", "Travelin Light", "Dedicated To You", "You Will Be Mine", "Song Of The Wanderer", "If I Knew You Were There", and "The Blues Came Falling Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black Long Playing Unbreakable logo label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side one, tracks 1-4.)

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Billie HolidayLady In Satin (limited Millennium edition) ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... $6.99
One of Billie's last recordings, and an incredibly striking batch of songs arranged by Ray Ellis with a sad, fragile ege that's perfect for the style of her later work. Billie's voice is faltering, but in a way that only makes the songs sound more personal and more compelling – and although most of the tunes on the set are standards, Billie's presentation of them completely transforms the numbers, and we can bet you'll never heard these songs the same way again after hearing this album! Titles include "Violets For Your Furs", "You've Changed", "But Beautiful", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "I'll Be Around", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". CD
(Numbered, limited edtion pressing. In an LP style sleeve.)

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Damita JoThis One's For Me ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
This record was arranged by Billy Byers and Al Cohn and the orchestra was conducted by Byers and Quincy Jones. This is a collection of songs that were apparently some of Jo's personal favorites and she "[wanted to sing them] only because I love them" as declared in the liner notes. The tracks include "A Good Man Is Hard To Find", "Since I Fell For You", "In The Dark", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Speak To Me Of Love", and "Besame Mucho". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a spot of old tape on the spine with a small rip, and a small ink stamp on the back.)

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Sheila JordanPortrait Of Sheila (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of the only two vocal jazz albums that the Blue Note label ever recorded – and a haunting batch of tracks from a young Sheila Jordan! The style here is quite different than that of Jordan's later, more experimental records – and this early session shows her as an extremely talented young vocalist, with a unique approach that adds a sparkling modernist touch to familiar tunes – yet which still keeps things in a relatively more straightforward fashion. There's a great mixing of older and newer visions in the set – not just in Jordan's vocals, but also in the small combo backing by the trio of Barry Galbraith on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Denzil Best on drums. Titles include great versions of "Baltimore Oriole", "Dat Dere", and "Hum Drum Blues" – plus the tunes "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Am I Blue", "Laugh Clown Laugh", and "Who Can I Turn To?". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lena MartellSomeone New Someone Blue/Decca Singles ... CD
Decca/Vocalion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Early work from British vocalist Lena Martell – a full Decca album, plus a batch of rare singles as well! The Someone New set is amazing – recorded with jazzy backings from Johnny Keating, in ways that are quite different than other British girl singers of the time – much more adult, and sophisticated – with a blend of jazz and strings that's completely sublime, and presented here with a really sparkling sort of sound! Lena's especially great at the mellow ballads that dominate the set – tunes served up with shimmering arrangements from Keating, and a style that's kind of a 60s update on 50s modern large group work from the US. Titles include "Comes Love", "Where Is Love", "You're Free", "Something Simple", "Too Soon", "There'll Never Be Another You", "Lost In The Stars", and "I'm A Fool To Want You". The set also features 9 singles – recorded in the years 1964 through 1971 – the latter of which are especially nice, and show Lena really shining in some full, adult pop modes. These tunes include "For The Love Of Him", "I Would Marry Spring", "I'm Going Home", "The World Of A Child", "Now", "It's Another World", and "All Cried Out". CD

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New Cecile McLorin SalvantWoman Child ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2013. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
A sublime debut from the up-and-coming Cecile McLorin Salvant – a fresh new jazz singer with really rich roots – and a vocalist who's equally at home with both contemporary styles, and modes from the earliest years of jazz! There's a really complex approach to this record – both stylistically and referentially – and Salvant wants to show right from the start that she's a force to be reckoned with – a singer who can resonate with the best of the contemporary jazz underground, yet one who's got a special attention to creative roots as well. The tunes are a really surprising blend of well-chosen nuggets and a few original numbers – and Cecile gets some killer backing from a creative quartet that features Aaron Diehl on piano and Rodney Whitaker on bass. Cecile's got a sound that's right up there with the best work by Dee Dee Bridgewater or Carmen Lundy in recent years – yet an approach that's definitely all her own as well! Titles include "Baby Have Pity On Me", "Woman Child", "Nobody", "Le Front Cache Sur Tes Genoux", "You Bring Out The Savage In Me", and "Deep Dark Blue". CD

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Carmen McRaeI Want You ... LP
Mainstream, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $2.99
A gorgeous and lush batch of material cut with an orchestra led by Peter Matz and Don Sebesky – with a surprisingly intimate feel! The strings soar, but the percussion is fairly spare and often a little bit off kilter – while Carmen emphasizes her phrasing and more earthy tendencies with any empty histrionics! Titles include "In Love In Vain", "Don't Ever Leave Me", "Too Good", "My Reverie", "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "And I Love Him", and "Winter In May". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Mark MurphyHip Parade ... LP
Capitol, 1960. Very Good ... $7.99
A real turning point in the career of singer Mark Murphy – a great session for Capitol from 1960, done with creative arrangements from Bill Holman, and a sound that opens up strongly from Murphy's Decca years! In a way, the record is one of the first times that Murphy really got to do what he wanted to on record – and working with Holman, he really opens up in the inventive, expressive modes that would mark the Murphy sound of later years – a style that was light years ahead of other male singers in jazz! Some tracks have small combo backings, others have big band, and a few feature support from a larger chorus – but throughout the entire set it's clear that Mark's not just a run of the mill pop singer on Capitol, and can sing here with a level of jazz that few others on the label ever matched! Titles include "Firefly", "Lonesome Town", "Catch A Falling Star", "All The Way", "Venus", "Send For Me", and "Personality". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with promo sticker. Cover has half split seams and some pen on back.)

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Arthur PrysockAll My Life (with bonus track) ... CD
Old Town/Big Break (UK), 1976. Used ... $8.99
A great 70s move for Arthur Prysock – and an overlooked disco treasure that sits somewhere between the work of Barry White with Love Unlimited Orchestra, and the best Lou Rawls grooves for Philly International! Prysock's voice has lost none of its depth over the years – and here, instead of jazzy ballads, Arthur's working with some great midtempo grooves put together by John Davis – who produced and arranged, and gives the album all the full clubby depth of his own records with the Monster Orchestra! The mix of groove and grace, baritone and bump, soul and sophistication is all mighty great territory for Prysock – and titles include "When Love Is New", "One Broken Heart", "All My Life", "Love Makin Love To You", "I Wantcha Baby", and "All I Need Is You Tonight". Features a bonus single mix of "When Love Is New". CD

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Dianne ReevesBeautiful Life ... CD
Concord, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Dianne Reeves has always stood right on the balance between jazz and soul music – and although some of her more recent efforts have tended towards more of a classic torchy mode, this time around she's right back in the soulful territory we love best! The album's got help from a great array of guest talents – including Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spaulding, Sean Jones, George Duke, Robert Glasper, and Lalah Hathaway – all of whom add in subtle bits, yet still let Dianne stay very strongly in the lead as she graces the tunes with her wonderful sense of timing and flow. Most titles are remakes of great older soul tunes – and tracks include "I Want You", "Feels So Good", "Dreams", "Cold", "Waiting IN Vain", "Wild Rose", "Tango", "Unconditional Love", and "Long Road Ahead". CD

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New Annie Ross/Christopher LogueLoguerhythms – Songs From The Establishment (plus Red Bird & bonus tracks) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, and returned to her native UK – with words penned by offbeat poet Christopher Logue, and set to music by the combo of drummer Tony Kinsey! The tunes are playful, creative, and just the kind of unusual material that brings out the best in Annie Ross – that amazing spirit she first unlocked with a song like "Twisted", and which she continued with LHR – making the album one of her finest. Titles include "Bellini", "The Ass Song", "The General", "Things", "Go To The Wall", and "Western Ladies". Christopher Logue takes center stage on Red Bird – an album that mixes his spoken poetry with jazzy sounds from the Tony Kinsey Quintet – a very unusual mix, given Logue's style of elocution! The poet speaks with a slightly whimsical sound that's great for the material – mixed with gentle sounds on tenor, trumpet, and vibes – on titles that include "Steep Gloom Among Pine Trees", "Drunk As Drunk On Turpentine", "Tonight I Write Sadly", and "Sometimes It's Like You're Dead". The CD also features 8 more tracks with Annie Ross solo – "Everytime", "The Way You Look Tonight", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "The Song Is You". CD

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New Nina SimoneSings The Blues ... LP
RCA, 1967. Sealed ... $89.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s stereo pressing!)

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Frank Sinatra & Count BasieIt Might As Well Be Swing ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of Sinatra's greatest records ever – pure genius all the way through! Frank's backed here by the orchestra of Count Basie, with some incredible arrangements by Quincy Jones that really have a jazzy, syncopated kick to them. The move seems to be an unintentional way of covering for Frank's slightly failing pipes – but it also picks up on a seminal beat change in 60s pop, the same sort of gentle snapping groove that you'd find in the best work by Bacharach, a shift that really infuses Frank's vocals with a whole new sound, one that shows that he's ready to keep on growing and growing after being stuck in a Nelson Riddle rut. All tracks are superb – hip 60s pop and showtunes, like "I Believe In You", "Fly Me To the Moon", "More", "The Good Life", "Wives & Lovers", and "I Wanna Be Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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New Four King CousinsIntroducing The Four King Cousins ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
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 got a really unified sound that links together harmonies from Sunshine Pop and a bit of the loping styles that were showing up in mainstream easy at the time – a sublime blend of vocals and lightly snapping rhythms that's totally outta site! All tracks are covers, but done in really wonderful versions – and tunes include the great Roger Nichols track "I Fell", plus "Love So Fine", "God Only Knows", "California Nights", "This Girl's In Love With You", and "I Wanna Be Free". CD

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New Claudine LongetClaudine ... CD
A&M (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply perfect, on this first LP – set to lightly groovy arrangements by the great Nick DeCaro, gliding through a host of tunes that encompasses some of the grooviest hits of the decade – from soundtrack numbers to bossa tunes to familiar numbers that sparkle anew with Claudine's brilliance! Titles include "A Man and A Woman", "Wanderlove", "Meditation", "My Guy", "Sunrise Sunset", "A Felicidade", and "Hello Hello". CD

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New Chris MontezMore I See You – Call Me ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode that makes us want to be driving down Highway 101 with the top down, AM radio blasting out all of Chris' early singles at once! Chris' real genius here is the way that he takes standards and pop tunes – and, working with Herb, crafts them into a whole new sound – stripped down, streamlined, and perfect for the 60s! Titles include "One Note Samba", "The More I See You", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Call Me", "Hey Baby", and "Little White Lies". CD

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New Sue RaneySongs For A Raney Day ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Around December 3, 2014
A fantastic album by this obscure vocalist – one of the first in a great run of work recorded by Sue Raney on the west coast scene! This session has Sue sounding a fair bit like Chris Connor or June Christy – often a bit icy, and sometimes sweet – but without some of the fuller modes on her later records. The album's got surprisingly understated arrangements by Billy May that have a nice jazzy edge – and Raney's vocals have all the wistful qualities you might guess from the title and cover! Titles include "A Blossom Fell", "Impossible", "I Get The Blues When It Rains", "My Prayer", "Wanna Laugh?", "Rain On The Roof", and "Blue Tears". CD

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Eydie GormeEydie Gorme Vamps The Roaring 20s ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly great album from Eydie Gorme – quite different than you might expect from the cover! Normally, we'd cringe at the idea of a "roaring 20s" set of tunes – but Eydie really does a great job with the material – taking tunes from a few decades before, and reworking them with a more modern, jazz-based approach – done with plenty of help on backings from Don Costa! Gorme's young vocals are great with the material – and the set features some surprisingly nice versions of "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin Along", "Button Up Your Overcoat", "Chicago", and "Singin In The Rain" – plus "Let's Do It", "My Buddy", and "My Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, with a sticker on the back.)