The second Souls of Mischief LP. We aren't entirely certain what happened here, but subsequent indie releases from the Souls and Hiero in general have captured the energy and inventiveness of 93 Til Infinity, so we're guessing the group was at a bit of a creative crossroads with this effort. ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A very nice little album – and one that moves way past the gimmicky nature that you might guess from the title! The Sun Ra influence is obvious – as it seems natural for the Chicago-based players to show a bit of respect to what's gone before them in the city. The Funkadelic twist ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Maybe the greatest record so far from the lovely Esperanza Spalding – a set that has her moving farther from jazz, into a wonderfully warm style of soul music overall! The mix of modes is exquisite – a blend of Spalding's jazz-trained vocals with some beautiful arrangements that ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Heavy funk from Speedometer – a UK power-combo who've really grown their sound over the years! This one's the group's first full-length effort, and it's a really kickin little record with even more to offer than their great 45s! The group's expanded their lineup to feature some great horn ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Brilliant stuff from D Charles Speer & The Helix – elevating loose honky tonk and country rock into a boundlessly creative realm! The musicianship is excellent and confident, but as far from fussy as can be – and they have a way of effortlessly recalling decades of regional ... (Rock) read moreCD
Alexander Skip Spence —
Oar ... CD Sundazed, 1968. Used ....
Great reissue! This one contains all of Skip Spence's hard to find 1968 solo album for Columbia – plus a huge amount of bonus and rare tracks. There's a total of 22 cuts in all – including "Cripple Creek", "Broken Heart", "War In Peace", "This Time ... (Rock) read moreCD
You can't get anymore classic 70s soul than this! Once the Spinners moved to Atlantic, hooked up with the Philly soul of Thom Bell, their career really took off – as you'll hear on this all-hit set of tracks that virtually defines the sound of AM radio soul. Titles include "One Of A ... (Soul) read moreCD
Another fine release from the not-so-dirty, but wholly soulful south! Largely produced by 9th Wonder, with work by Khrysis & DJ Resident. Guests include Jean Grae, LEGACY, and Supastition. Includes a bonus CD of instrumentals! Tracks include "Sun Splash", "Bobb'n Ya Head" ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Spontaneous Music Ensemble —
Frameworks ... CD Emanem (UK), 1968/1971/1973. Used ....
(Out of print.)
Dusty Springfield —
Anthology ... CD Mercury/Chronicles, 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used 3CD ....
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase. Barcode has a cutout mark.)
Bruce Springsteen —
18 Tracks ... CD Columbia, 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ....
Mavis Staples makes a big nod here to the indie underground that have really helped support her recent comeback – working with production from Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who also contributed new songs to the record – alongside Alan Sparhawk of Low, and the legendary Nick Lowe too! The ... (Soul) read moreCD
Stark Reality —
Now ... CD Stones Throw, 1969. Used ....
One of the most tripped-out albums of funk you'll ever buy – a rare treasure with a very unusual history! The Stark Reality were a cool little combo formed to work on public television in Boston in the late 60s – and the combo featured some heavy guitars, fuzzed-up vibes, and some ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Excellent early work from Candi Staton – recorded for Rick Hall's famous Fame studios in Muscle Shoals! The tracks here are quite different than some of Candi's later, more famous work – very much in the best deep soul tradition of singers like Ann Sexton, Betty Harris, or Ann Peebles ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first album from Steely Dan, and already a leading light in the world of 70s rock! The album's got a bit less of the polish of later years, but is still filled with gems – the kind of tunes that nobody ever seemed to pen before, and which few other groups could match later – ... (Rock) read moreCD
The last album in the classic run of Steely Dan – the final taste we'd have of the group until their surprising revival in the 90s! Gaucho picks up beautifully where Aja left off – warmly produced with a deep undercurrent of jazz, but perhaps a bit more down to earth feel at times too ... (Rock) read moreCD
Brilliant work from Jason Stein – a Chicago player who's been making some mighty waves on the avant scene of late, and who really comes into his own with this album! Stein's part of the new generation of avant Chicagoans – players who have a strong knowledge of free jazz, but also opt ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Moodier music than you might guess from the lush image on the cover – a really evocative mix of acoustic and electronic elements – filtered together in ways that lie somewhere between the world/jazz experiments of 70s Sweden, and some of the more creative moments at ECM! The music's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Stereolab's third album for Elektra – continuing their wondeful brand of space age pop in the 90s, and still some of the most exciting music to come from a major label at the time! Titles include "Spark Plug", "Les Yper Sound", "Tomorrow Is Already Here", "M ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the harder albums to find by them, and a record that still has them maintaining a surprisingly high level of quality, in spite of its later date. Tracks include "Ghetto Is The World", "So Let The Fun Begin", "The Hip Hop Band", and "Speaking Of A Girl ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A booze-heavy 70s country classic – worth it alone for the hit track "She's Actin Single (I'm Drinkin Doubles)", but also featuring plenty of other great numbers that include "Back Slider's Wine", "Drinkin Thing", "Draggin Shackles", and "Out Of ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Patches Stewart —
Blow ... CD Koch, 2005. Used ....
A classic from the vaults of Fresh Records! The album is fairly legendary to beatheads for the Skull Snaps beat that kicks in the start of the track "It's My Turn" (with much respect to Dooley O) but this album stands up as a great listen that should stretch far beyond the Wax Poetics ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing – with bonus tracks.)
Strong Arm Steady & Statik Selektah —
Stereotype ... CD Stones Throw, 2012. Used ....
Strong Arm Steady's second full length for Stones Throw – this time featuring production by Statik Slektah – and it's among the best of the veteran unit's best records to date! Strong Arm Steady seem to have really hit a strong stride when working as a core trio – and the tight ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
No, these guys haven't named their group in homage to electronic music pioneer Morton Subotnick – but their sound does have some elements that would have made ol' Morty pretty proud! The set's got a quirky, playful feel – almost like some of our favorite German electronics of the early ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
A soaring batch of boogie from the Sunburst Band – the group's long-awaited second album, and just as incredible as the first! Dave Lee's really gone all out for this session – dipping back into his classic references to feature vocals by older club singers that include Norma Jean and ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The early 70s glam masterpiece from T Rex – setting the standard for the sounds to come – and pop landmark status aside, it's probably the best album Bolan, Mickey Finn and the group ever cut! On Electric Warrior, T Rex resurrects the primitive spirit of the seediest rock of their ... (Rock) read moreCD
Take 6's first LP – a return to harmony vocalizing for the 80s, soft-pedalling gospel themes with a smooth finish that shows that the boys can really sing! Titles include "Gold Mine", "Spread Love", "Get Away Jordan", "He Never Sleeps", and "A ... (Soul) read moreCD
Remixed version of Takemura's crucial first LP! If you know the Child's View LP, you know that it's filled with beautiful jazzy grooves that feature a mixture of Brazilian, soundtrack, soul, and hip hop scoring. This remix LP pushes the groove even more, by offering junglist and abstract takes on ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Some of the most compelling grooves the Talking Heads ever recorded – a set that sparkles with imaginative touches, and railroads forward on a wave of complicated rhythms! The sound is brilliant throughout – a genre-less approach that sheds the group's earlier art nerd aesthetic for ... (Rock) read moreCD
The first new record in years from soul legend Howard Tate – an unsung genius who cut some work for Verve in the 60s, and Atlantic in the 70s, and who's finally getting his due these days! The album's a loving tribute to Tate's genius – recorded in a raw, laidback setting with ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best pre-1960 sessions by Cecil Taylor, recorded in Boston in 1956, and originally issued on the totally rare Transition label in a very small pressing! Taylor's playing here with the great bassist Buell Neidlinger, one of his prime compaitriots in the early days, and the trio (with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print US Blue Note issue. Back artwork has a light crease, but the rest is great.)
Pretty well peak era material from pianist Cecil Taylor – doing his thing with incredible line up of jazz greats on a couple NYC dates from early 1961! A couple of the pieces here are pure magic – we're especially loving the bits where Cecil is kind of hitting the keys heavily, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Cecil Taylor —
Olu Iwa ... CD Soul Note (Italy), 1986. Used ....
Cecil Taylor —
Port Of Call ... CD Past Perfect/Candid (Germany), 1960/1961. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
A great quartet date from Cecil Taylor – one that begins with a slightly more subtle approach than some of his other performances from the time – then builds strongly into the energy we've come to expect in his music! The set features one long improvisation, running over an hour in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Cecil Taylor Unit —
Eighth ... CD Hatology (Switzerland), 1981. Used ....
A very moody performance from Cecil Taylor – one long reading of the piece "Calling It The 8th", originally presented as 2LP set, but finally getting its due here as a single CD that presents the whole thing from start to finish with no interruption! Although as free as some of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Johnnie Taylor's first album for Stax – and a tremendous little set that easily stands as one of his greatest records ever! Sure, we love Johnnie in all his incarnations – but there's a special sort of something here – a rawness and earnestness – that makes the whole thing ... (Soul) read moreCD