The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Derek Bailey —
Lace ... CD Emanem (UK), 1989. Used ....
Derek Bailey in all of his unfettered glory – working here solo, on some very extended passages – on a great recording that offers up the entirety of a full concert from the end of the 80s! Bailey's guitar work here seems to be even more inventive than his famous experiments of the 70s ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Seminal work from Derek Bailey – solo guitar sounds that influenced an entire generation! The music here captures Bailey at a key early shift – a really bold move into territory that nobody had ever explored before – on both electric and acoustic guitar, and playing the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An 80s soul classic from Philip Bailey – stepping out here from Earth Wind & Fire in a set that has him sparkling strongly as a solo act! The vocals still have that trademark Bailey sound – a wonderful range that's never overdone, and which seems to shine especially well on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The trumpet of Chet Baker was hard pressed to find a better accompanist than the piano of Russ Freeman – and the pair made some incredible recordings during Baker's early years at Pacific Jazz. This lovely set by Mosaic brings together all of the recordings cut during the time, and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the most iconic rock and roll shows of all time – the late 70s farewell to The Band – and quite famously, much more final concert by an esteemed band, it's actually a rock, pop, folk, blues and soul summit that features The Band as the house band. This landmark document of the ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Please note – this is just the first disc of the 2CD set.)
Billy Bang —
Bang On ... CD Justin Time (Canada), 1997. Used ....
(Out of print.)
Darrell Banks —
Lost Soul ... CD Goldmine (UK), Late 60s. Used ....
Just Sold Out!
Unbelievably breathtaking compilation of the fantastic late 60s work by this lost Detroit soul genius. 27 tracks strong, and solid all the way through, this comp features nearly all of Darrell's work from the period, and stands as a tribute to all of the great underground soul work that was going ... (Soul) read moreCD
Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of Gato Barbieri's best work of the 80s – an excellent live set from 1981 that's kind of a return to the drawn-out intensity of his years at Impulse! The group's got a good mixture of percussion, keyboards, and guitar – and the tracks on the set are mostly Latin-tinged numbers ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A pair of mid 70s album by Bobby Bare – the ambitious, concept-driven Hard Time Hungrys – and the easygoing The Winners & Other Losers – two worthy efforts from one the most unique voices and personalities of his era! Both albums are heavy with songs written by Bare family ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Although Kenny Barron's always a heck of a great musician on his own or in a piano trio, we're especially partial to his work in groups with horn players – and this album is a great example of that preference! Kenny first came to fame working with Dizzy Gillespie in the 60s, and since that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Kenny Barron & Regina Carter —
Freefall ... CD Verve, 2001. Used ....
A later album, but one that still features Les doing some great Latiny bits – heading up the 101 Strings ensemble, for a sweeping and groovy kind of sound! The whole album's very similar to some of Les' Capitol work from the early 60s, but has a slightly more modern twist – including ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Incredible stuff – and some of the best post-Pet Sounds material you can find by the Beach Boys! We hardly ever see either of these on vinyl anymore – and it's been years since they've been out on CD – so we're extra-pleased to have them back to back on one CD! Sunflower is the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A surprisingly great comeback for The Beach Boys – working here with Brian Wilson at the production helm, in a mode that really recalls the glory of the group's post-Pet Sounds years! We'll be honest that we were initially cringing at the title – and expected the worst – but ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)
If Paul's Boutique was the Beasties heavily mind-blown Dust Brothers dusted psychedelic hip hop Sgt Peppers, then Check Your Head is their down and dirty back to basics raw funk run at something like Never Mind The Bollocks. Their first outing without the guidance of an outside producer, though ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Nice one! Even at their weakest vocal moments, we've always dug the Beastie Boys' firm committment to funky instrumental backing. Their albums are filled with lots of nice interludes, instrumentals, and backing grooves that always seem to get buried amidst all of the tracks with vocals. Now, ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Another strong set by the Beastie Boys – who would obviously rather put out a very good album every five or six years, than a sub par album every year or two! Arguably, the Beasties broke all the of the ground that they ever will prior to 2004, but that doesn't mean that they're done making ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
Quite different than the original US release of this classic soundtrack – as this UK lineup features a lot more songs – a side one's worth of gems from the film, and side two featuring additional new tracks from Lennon & McCartney! Movie tunes include "If I Fell", "Ha ... (Rock) read moreCD
A bittersweet farewell from The Beatles – a record that definitely shows the fracturing unity of the group, with lots of near-solo moments – but a set that also makes us really wonder what they'd have done with all this genius, had they managed to hold it together! There's great hints ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature ... (Rock) read moreCD
Remixes and new versions of some of the Beatnuts hits, including "Get Funky", "Psycho Dwarf II" featuring Nogoodus, "Props Over Here", and "No Equal" – plus a new track, "Treat$", featuring Rawcotiks, A.L., and Nogoodus. ... (Hip Hop) CD
The Paris scene of the postwar years had a real love affair with Sidney Bechet – and it was in Paris that Bechet cut some of his finest recordings of later years! This set brings together material from Bechet's first 2 sessions in France – a 1948 date that features a small orchestra of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An obscure 50s session from bassist Aaron Bell – one of the player's few dates as a leader, cut at a time when he was working in Duke Ellington's group of the decade! As with some of Duke's other bassists, Bell's got a strongly pronounced tone – one that came through great in big group ... (Jazz) read moreCD
William Bell —
Duets ... CD Stax, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ....
William Bell was one of Stax's first great male singers, prefacing Otis Redding by a few years with his initial recordings for the label. However, what's not as well known is the fact that Bell also recorded some excellent duets for Stax – all of which were only ever issued as singles, until ... (Soul) read moreCD
Lost material from Gee Bello – including a number of rare tracks by Brit soul legends Light Of The World! The music's presented here for the first time ever, but it's all vintage UK soul from the 80s – penned and arranged by Bello, with lots of spare rhythms, keyboard-driven grooves, ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Jim Belushi & The Sacred Hearts —
36 22 36 ... CD House Of Blues, 1998. Used ....
A great early CTI session by George Benson, and one of the most stripped-down, straight-ahead funky records he did for the label! There's a sharpness here that's different than the larger feel of some of Benson 's later records – a sound that almost links back to his soul jazz roots in the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great little record from the days before George Benson had totally hit his smooth jazz sound of the 70s, and was being pushed by Columbia as a hard wailing soul jazz leader! The record features his classic quartet with Lonnie Smith on organ – grooving away hard hard hard, sometimes even ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Columbia Jazz Contemporary Masters pressing with red border.)
A great old school session from George Benson – and maybe one of his best albums in years! The setting of the album is just what you'd expect from the title – a tribute to the late, great Nat King Cole – with vocals by George that have an uncanny way of matching Cole's phrasing, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
George Benson's first LP for Columbia – a hard, heavy, soul jazz slammer that bears no resemblance to his overproduced work of the 70s! The album's a real cooker – recorded hot on the heels of Benson's classic work on Prestige with the Jack McDuff group, and sounding a lot like McDuff's ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An historic 35th Anniversary show from Maria Bethania – recorded wonderfully, with some really sensitive musical backdrops that perfectly follow the rich mood of the set! The presentation is very personal – as Maria's a bit reflective about her years in music – and the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A huge collection of work from Biddu – the man behind the Biddu Orchestra, producer of many disco hits in the 70s! The set's broken up into 2 CDs – one that features "Western" tunes, the disco work by Biddu that really earned him his fame – and which often featured ... (Soul) read moreCD
A solo set from once and hopefully future half of Outkast Big Boi – and he delivers big here for Def Jam – classic Outkast level excellence from Sir Lucious Leftfoot! Production by Organized Noize, Scott Storch, J Beattzz, DJ Cutmasta Swiff and others, many songs with co-production ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
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
Rare versions of legendary recordings by Big Star – and also the soundtrack to the feature length documentary Nothing Can Hurt Me – with demos, alternate mixes and more from Big Star proper and leaders Chris Bell and Alex Chilton! The alternate versions of the most classic and most fan ... (Rock) read moreCD
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