On this LP, Kid Capri tries to move from mix-tape fame to being an MC, and though his rhymes and lyrics are probably what sent him back to DJing, the production by Biz Markie keeps this sidebar piece from mid 90s Cold Chillin' from being forgettable. Includes "News Story", "Billy&quo ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work by the one-and-only Kid Creole & The Coconuts – past his prime, but armed with the silly, and still very enjoyable hit "Endicott" – and other nice moments! The sound is cleaner and more streamlined by this point, namely the mid 80s – but the lively horns, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original lyric sleeve.)
Kid Creole & The Coconuts —
Wise Guy ... LP Sire/Ze, 1982. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
Ha! This one really takes us back! The set was a massive breakthrough for August Darnell – one of his biggest hits since his day with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, with an equally appealing approach to the dancefloor. Tracks mix early 80s New York club styles with Darnell's mad ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has some wear, a couple of small stains, a bit of sticker residue, and a small split on the bottom seam. Label has some marker, pen, and sticker residue.)
One of THE electric blues records of the 60s – a seminal set by Albert King that was probably blasted out of more college dorm rooms than southside juke joints, but which still more than deserves its due! The set was recorded by Stax with a nice raw sound – guitar very much upfront, ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing, with a name in pen on the label. Cover has a light stain, a sticker spot, some wear, and small seam splits.)
A tight date from 1977, and one that follows nicely in the spirit of King's later Stax sides, but with a slightly smoother groove. There's a bit of the Detroit 70s mode going on in the set – that rough-and-smooth quality that you'd find on a Don Davis production, which proves to be a ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Albert King —
Lovejoy ... LP Stax, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ...
Albert King teams up with Allen Toussaint for a sweet set of soul-drenched blues! The record's a bit warmer than some of King's earlier work, but Toussaint's presence makes for a nice edge at times – as does work by a host of New Orleans musicians who include Wardell Quezergue on electric ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
BB King hips up his groove a bit here – picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King! Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set' ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a few light stains, and a small split on the bottom seam.)
A mid 70s meeting of two seminal blues talents from the Memphis scene – singer Bobby Blue Bland, and legendary guitarist BB King! The pair were both working for ABC at the time – major label fame after years woodshedding in the indies – and hitting well-deserved fame for their ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and small seam splits.)
A brilliant 70s comeback for Ben E King – a record that shows the world that his vocals are still some of the best in soul, long after his early hits – and a massively mature effort that also grooves like a mofo! King's style here is completely different than before – rich, full, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicely done official pressing of King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech – offered here with other recordings from the March On Washinton on August 28, 1963. Also featured are other speakers John Lewis, Roy Wilkins, Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph and Dr. Benjamin Mays. It's good ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A completely hip little record from Morgana King – one that takes her amazing voice, and sets it amidst some expansive arrangements that push past jazz to include some trippier 70s styles! The whole session's got a nice mix of the mellow and baroque – with a subtle funky undercurrent ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from vocalist Teddi King – a set that's got a lot more dark corners and moody moments than some of her later work! The group here is nice and small – a quartet that features Ruby Braff on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Milt Hinton on bass – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, some edge flaking, and staining on parts of the back.)
King Biscuit Boy —
Gooduns ... LP Paramount, 1971. Very Good- ...
(Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the burlap sack, which has some stains and marker. Both labels have a small stereo sticker.)
This King Crimson line-up featured David Cross on violin & keyboards, along with John Wetton, Bill Bruford, and of couse Robert Fripp. Eight tracks in all, including "The Night Watch", "Fracture", "The Great Deceiver", "The Mincer", "Lament", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original textured cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
Quite a groovy early album from King Curtis – one that's got a strange little gimmick, but one that works wonderfully! The "dixie twist" theme means that King's taking older standards associated with the south, and playing them in a fast-crackling, highly rhythmic style that has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tru-sound pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, some small stains, some seam splitting, and promo stamp and some pen on the back.)
An instant groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping number that pushed funk further into the mainstream back in the day – and lots of the rest of the album follows suit ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a small cutout grommet, and a bit of pen on the front, with some splitting along the bottom on the back and on the bottom seam.)
King Curtis —
Old Gold ... LP Tru Sound/Prestige, Early 60s. Very Good- ...
A sweet early cooker from King Curtis – recorded with a raw sound and a sense of fire that most of his other albums from this time didn't have! Part of the difference here is the setting – as the album's cut for Prestige's Tru-Sound subsidiary, which tended to have a rougher, more ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Tru Sound pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear and light stains.)
King plays the "all time favorites" on his soulful tenor, including instrumental classics like "Wiggle Wobble", "Night Train", "Honky Tonk", "Soul Twist", "Watermelon Man", and "Swingin' Shepherd Blues". The real hit, though, is ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some wear, a split spine, a partially split bottom seam, and some staining along the bottom and on the back.)
A classic King Curtis LP, and the one that includes his stellar cut "Memphis Soul Stew", a nice slow groover that has some excellent drums and basslines, and which has been sampled at least a handful of times! The other cuts are mostly covers of late 60s pop and soul tracks – like ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that was issued by Warner Brothers in relation to the King Family TV program of the mid 60s – a surprisingly popular variety show that featured the core King Sisters quartet, plus a really expanded lineup that included their kids, husbands, and other family members joining in! Our ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful beautiful record, and still one of the greatest jazz vocal albums ever made. The great King Pleasure sings in a raspy vocalese style similar to Jon Hendricks or Eddie Jefferson, but with a sense of warmth and delivery that the two of them never seem to reach. The set list here features ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of vocalese, featuring a split LP of tracks by the great King Pleasure, plus some early stuff by Annie Ross (of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross fame). The tracks on the LP include Ross' early interpretations of Wardell Gray's classics "Twisted" and "Farmer's Market" ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that recreates the sweet harmony style the first four King Sisters brought to the music world in the late 50s – but updates their sound wonderfully with some hip 60s flair! Ralph Carmichael handles the arrangements, and he borrows from a lot of the best sorts of 60s pop vocal modes ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from one of the maddest talents on the moog – the enigmatic Gershon Kingsley, frequent partner of Jean Jacques Perry! This album's got Kingsley working in his unique First Moog Quartet – a four-moog ensemble that makes some really incredible music! Unlike Kingsley's ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Moogy madness from Gershon Kingsley – one of his greatest albums apart from his work with Jean Jacques Perry! The set's arranged and conducted by Gerson – and features some of the best electric pop of the late 60s. The highlight here is the original version of "Popcorn" ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, small stains, and some peeled spots.)
Excellent work by The Kinks – cut right on the cusp of their earlier hard-rockin years, and their perfect picture postcard pop sides of the late 60s! The album's got a number of groovy little tunes that virtually put the jangle in 60s pop – with impeccable writing by Ray Davies, and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original tri-color Reprise 60s stereo pressing. Label has a small name in pen. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
A real standout in the later catalog of the Kinks – a record that gave the group a number of minor hits, and which let them rock out a bit more than usual – in a style that was clearly influenced by the punk of the period, but which also had sort of a Pete Townsend-esque quality to it. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most successful of the later Kinks albums – thanks to the hit single "Come Dancing", which kind of tied together the group's later leanings with some of their sweeter, nostagic approaches from the 60s. In fact, there's a quality to the set that really has Ray Davies ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kirby Stone Four —
Wow! ... LP Warner, 1963. Sealed ...
One of the grooviest records ever from the Kirby Stone Four – and a set that really lives up to its cover! Dick Hyman did the arrangements, and they're pretty dynamic – just right for the whimsy of the group. (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
A totally amazing album – and one of the clearest examples of Roland Kirk's genius approach to reeds! The set's essentially solo, and features Kirk playing without any tape tricks or overdubbing – but still at a level that has multiple saxophones layered on top of one another – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Labels have some marker. Cover has some light wear & a cutout notch.)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andrei Kitaev/Bill Douglass —
First Takes ... LP Reference Recordings, 1978. Very Good+ ...
A fantastic record from Kitty Haywood and her female vocal quartet – an ensemble that shifted easily between secular and spiritual material, and who did a lot of backing work on the Chicago scene in the 70s. The set's one of their few albums as a group – and it's a sublime batch of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fairly free-blowing set of tracks by the young Klemmer, with lots of pyrotechnics on the reeds, and even a bit of playing on the "echo-plex", which is a cool electronic processing thingy that makes Klemmer's already-great reed style sound even more spacious! He's joined here by a firey ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A smooth set from reedman John Klemmer, but a pretty darn soulful one too – and a great illustration of the way that Klemmer could still hold onto his roots a lot more strongly than some of his contemporaries! The backings are gentle and fusiony – often with some great keyboard work ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work by Klemmer – filled with the kind of fire and emotion that you don't get on many of his other records! The set was recorded live at two different venues – and it's a choppy slightly-funky batch of modal soul jazz tunes, with an approach that makes it feel like a lost ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet sweet groover from Klique – with a sound that more than makes us forgive them for their silly costumes on the cover! The tunes on the set have a wonderfully simple approach to the groove – one that you might not expect from the group's glossy image, but which is served up here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's third release – and although they've dropped the space suits, they're still grooving nicely in a slightly electric mode! The sound here is heavy on keyboards and bassy bits – a very catchy 80s groove that's topped by shifting male/female vocals from the members of the trio! ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally great work from a young Eric Kloss – grits, gravy, and a whole lot more! About half the record has Kloss blowing with a quartet that includes Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – going for a style that's more towards the soulful end of Byard's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks three and four. Cover has light wear, with a couple of light stains on the back.)
Earl Klugh's second album for Blue Note – and like the first, a nicely stripped-down album that we like a lot better than his later work! Klugh's sound and tone are still very pure here – set up in some nice small group arrangements by Dave Grusin, and recorded in a way that brings out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light corner wear.)
One of the greatest power pop albums ever recorded – a blistering batch of tight little rocking tunes that took pop music back to basics at the end of the 70s! The group have an almost Beatles-esque flair for the short catchy tune – but have also pumped up things nicely with a smoothly ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful solo set by Gladys Knight – a record that has her stepping out strongly on her own, during a brief break from The Pips! The set's arranged by Gene Page – who mixes together strings and soul at a level that supports the classy style that Knight had forged at Buddah ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a promo stamp, and a radio station tracklist sticker.)
A collection of songs from the early days when Gladys Knight & The Pips were just starting out. Tracks include "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Who Knows", "Operator", "It Hurts Me So Bad", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Letter Full Of Tears", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Life ... LP Columbia, 1985. Very Good+ ...
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Tastiest Hits ... LP Bell, Early 60s/Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A collection of Gladys' earliest singles – put together by the Bell label, but recorded earlier in the 60s. Titles include "Letter Full Of Tears", "Lovers Always Forgive", "Operator", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Giving Up", "Every Beat Of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some wear.)
Ted Knight —
Hi Guys ... LP Ranwood, 1975. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
(Comedy/Spoken) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Spine has one spot of old tape and a small rip. Cover has a promotional sticker.)
A hip little album from pianist Paul Knopf – a player we don't know at all, but who really sounds wonderful here! Knopf has a bit of a modern edge in his music – one that's never too academic, nor too free – but which bursts out with a cool sort of energy here – almost ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks great on front, but has a few small stamps and a light stain on back.)
Features Paul Knopf on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Jim Olin on drums – and a set of original tracks that include "Lucille", "Eddy Poose", "Outcat", "Mother M", and "Sam Neuchart". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has light marks from the old inner sleeve, but is otherwise nice. Cover has a cutout hole and some light wear.)
Mid 60s bluesy folk on Elektra from Spider John Koerner, billed professionally as John for the solid Spider Blues! This is essential the first solo release for Spider, working on a few tracks with fellow traveler and partner in Koerner, Ray & Glover, Tony Glover on mouth harp. The spindly ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gold label mono pressing. Cover has some aging, light wear, small splits on the top and bottom seams, and some marker and staining on the back. Label has some marker.)
A groovy album of moody electric funk tracks from Moe Koffman – and probably one of his best records from the 70s! The groove is nice and rolling, with less of the break-oriented sound than you might expect, but still with some very nice mellow, almost CTI-ish moments, thanks to keyboards ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue-eyed funk from Kokomo – and a record that's got a surprisingly funky feel, despite it's slightly trippy cover! The group mix warm vocals with tighter grooves on the bottom – almost an Average White Band sort of feel at times, but maybe a bit more crossover on the sweeter tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The greatest session ever recorded by pianist Ronnie Kole – recorded for the Louisiana label Paula, but with all the feel of a Chess/Cadet session from the late 60s! All of this is no surprise, since Ronnie himself was an ex-Chicagoan, living in New Orleans – and the album's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
During the immediate postwar years, Hans Koller was one of the first European jazz artists to emerge with a talent rich enough to challenge his older American counterparts. He was extremely fortunate to have made a number of recordings during the 50s, but most of them have been out of print for ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese reissue pressing – very limited!)
Hans Koller & The International Brass Company —
Horses ... LP L+R Records (Germany), 1979. Very Good ...
An interesting concept record, with Konitz approaching a variety of material, much of it written by his collaborators, in wide open duet settings. Players include Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and Richie Kamuca, and on each piece, both Konitz and his companion have loads of room to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label original pressing in a beautiful glossy cover! Vinyl is nice and clean overall, but has a short click on one short track.)
Great 50s material from Lee Konitz – recorded for Atlantic, issued here later in a special Japanese only package – with Peter Ind on bass, Sal Mosca on piano, and Billy Bauer on guitar! Titles include "Don't Explain", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "You're ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-conceived session that brings together 4 extremely different styles of altoists – the icy Lee Konitz, the freewheeling Phil Woods, the soulful Pony Poindexter, and the rhythmic Leo Wright – all backed by a hiply swinging modern rhythm section that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)