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New Swing Out SisterIt's Better To Travel ... CD
Mercury, 1987. Used .... $4.99
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy bossa from the generation that included ACR and Weekend – slicking things up a bit with a dose of inspiration from Sade, and coming up with some great tunes like the hit single "Breakout". Other tunes include "Twilight World", "Blue Mood", "After Hours", "Fooled By A Smile", and "It's Not Enough". CD
Also available It's Better To Travel ... LP 4.99

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Swing Out SisterIt's Better To Travel ... LP
Mercury, 1987. Near Mint- .... $4.99
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy bossa from the generation that included ACR and Weekend – slicking things up a bit with a dose of inspiration from Sade, and coming up with some great tunes like the hit single "Breakout". Other tunes include "Twilight World", "Blue Mood", "After Hours", "Fooled By A Smile", and "It's Not Enough". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Also available It's Better To Travel ... CD 4.99
 
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Eivind AarsetSonic Codex ... CD
Universal (Norway), 2007. New Copy .... $9.99
Extremely haunting work from Eivind Aarset – a record that continues the experiments of his previous albums on the Jazzland label, but which also comes across a bit more tunefully too! Eivind's still working with a range of guitars, electronics, percussion, and programming – but there's also a bit more of a unified group feel here too – a quartet of players who follow Aarset's inspiration, and fill in the spaces nicely with their own gentle touches on percussion and other electronics. There's a warmth to the music that we haven't always heard before in Eivind's records – and many of the tracks are quite tuneful, although still instrumental. Titles include "Cameo", "Sign Of Seven", "Sleeps With Fishes", "The Return Of Black Noise & Murky Lambada", "Still Changing", and "Quicksilver Dream". CD

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Mahmoud AhmedMahmoud Ahmed Accompanied By Ibex Band ... LP
Mississippi, 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $12.99
Mindblowing work from Mahmoud Ahmed – one of the key figures of Ethiopian music in the 70s, and a singer with a voice that's beyond compare! The sound here is extremely hard to describe – at one level grooving with some of the funk and jazz undercurrents of the work of Mulatu, but at another level done with a deeper sense of modernism that makes the tunes come across even more starkly. The album predates Ahmed's seminal Ere Mela Mela album – and on some tracks, is harder and funkier –with rhythms that pulsate in a really hypnotic way! Instrumentation includes some great hazy keyboards, as well as a brace of horns that emphasizes the themes of the tunes – and titles include "Gubelye", "Alemye", "Wogenie", "Etugula", "Belaya Belaya", "Ney Denun Tesesh", and the amazing Tezeta". LP, Vinyl record album
(Alternately issued on CD as part of the excellent Ethiopiques series from Buda Musique (Ethiopiques #19) – while this great Mississippi vinyl reissue replicates the original 70s release!)

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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... CD
Kimsha/Boom Shot, 1976. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". CD also features lots of bonus tracks too – "Jah Music", "Jah Music (dub)", "Doing Fine", "Doing Fine (dub)", "Skanking On The A Train", and "Holy Father". CD
Also available Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP 19.99

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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Unity – Sing It Shout It ... CD 14.99

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Roy AyersRed Black & Green ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Seminal early funk work from Roy Ayers! The record catches him at that perfect point when he was turning from a straight jazz player into a sinister force in 70s funk – and the group on the session includes super-hip soul jazz giants like Charles Tolliver, Sonny Fortune, and Harry Whitaker, running through short hip soul tracks that were very different than the style of music they were laying out on albums of their own. Roy's on organ, piano, vibes, and vocals – and he also handles the arrangements, with extra help on strings by William S Fischer, whose usual dark touches come across very well here. The album features some great soul covers – like "Ain't No Sunshine" and "Day Dreaming" – plus the original tracks "Cocoa Butter", "Rhythms of Your Mind", and "Red Black & Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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Count BasieBasie Picks The Winners ... LP
Verve, 1965. Good+ .... $1.99
Basie picks his own set of "winners" – tracks pulled from the pop charts, and re-arranged by Billy Byers to give them the true Basie touch! The set features a number of 60s standards, plus a few older tunes – all performed in a warm, buoyant tone that was every bit the best side of the Basie group in that decade. Players include Eric Dixon, Al Aarons, Al Grey, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – all bursting out of the group with tight short solos that really get the point across! Titles include "I'll Get By", "Watermelon Man", "Exodus", "I'm Walkin", and "Volare". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, discoloration due to age, and a couple of small stains.)

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Joe BataanSaint Latin's Day Massacre ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A real turning point for Joe Bataan – and the beginning of his funky Latin sound of the 70s! The album was one of the first in Joe's "Salsoul" style – a sweet blend of Latin rhythms, late 60s Latin soul influences, and some of the hipper styles bubbling through the NuYorican scene. A few cuts are in the sweet soul ballad mode of Joe's earlier years – but there's others that pick up the groove nicely, and add in some guitar and vibes for a sweet electrified groove. Includes a great remake of "Theme From Shaft", plus the two-part "I Wish You Love", "If I Were A King", "Coco E", "El Regreso", and "Charangaringa". LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterFruit Of Dreams (Ports Of Pleasure/The Sacred Idol) ... CD
Capitol/El (UK), 1957/1960. New Copy .... $6.99
2 rare slices of exotica by Les Baxter – back to back on one CD! The first half of the set features material from the album Ports Of Pleasure – a dreamy exploration of south sea ideals that's got a more lightly drifting quality than some of Baxter's more percussive exotica albums, and which is awash in dreamy soundscapes penned by Les himself! The orchestrations are large and bold throughout – mixing strings and woodwinds almost in a soundtrack-y mode – but always with the light sense of interplay that makes Baxter's work so great. Titles include "Monkey Dance Of Bali", "Pearls Of Ceylon", "Tahiti A Summer Night At Sea", "Hong Kong Cable Car", "Tramp Steamer To Singapore", "Harem Silks From Bombay", and "Sidewalk Cafes Of Saigon". The Sacred Idol is a real standout set from the end of Les Baxter's run at Capitol Records – originally scored for a film that was never released, but a great set of tracks that more than stands strongly on its own! The theme here is a Mexican/Latin American one – explored by Baxter with his trademark blend of larger orchestrations and lighter exotica touches – often swirling around in an extremely evocative mode that makes us wish the film had been issued to the public, and at a few key moments even hinting at the funkier modes that would follow on some of Les' later work for other labels. Titles include "Aqueducts", "Gardens Of The Moon", "Pyramid Of The Sun", "Temple Of Gold", and "Procession Of The Princes". CD

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New BeatlesLet It Be ... LP
Apple, 1970. Very Good Gatefold .... $14.99
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 here of the solo work to come – especially from George Harrison and John Lennon – and the Phil Spector production really helps open up a new sound for the group. Includes the genius cuts "I Dig A Pony", "Two Of Us", "Across The Universe", "I Me Mine", "One After 909", "For You Blue", and "Let It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Apple pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Aaron BellAfter The Party's Over ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1958. Used .... $11.99
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 setting, and which really shines even more here – working in a mostly piano trio setting, and coming across with a good sense of bounce and soul. The album features Bell in a few different groups – with players who include Hank Jones or Charlie Bateman on piano, Ed Thigpen or Elvin Jones on drums, and a bit of extra trombone from Tyree Glenn. Bell even plays a bit of added tuba on a few tunes – using the instrument in a way that's not too different from his bass – and titles include "After The Party Blues", "Cool", "Party's Over", "Kumquat", "All The Way", "Love Nest", and a 2-part version of "Satin Doll". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Bebo Best & Super Lounge OrchestraSaronno On The Rocks ... CD
Chin Chin (Italy), 2011. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
One of the tightest records to date from Bebo Best – a set that's still awash in cool 60s influences from lounge, bossa, and soundtracks – but which also comes across with an even more spontaneous spirit! There's still a fair bit of programs in the rhythms, and lots of cool sound samples too – but at points, you almost get the feel that the group's jamming live, especially on some of the more Latin-styled numbers. Titles give a good idea of the flavor of the set – and include "Havana Jazz Dance", "Chill Radio Bossa", "Dakiri Bossa Dance", "Jazz Carnival", "Saronno On The Rocks", and "Mambo & Cola". CD

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Big BoiVicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Def Jam, 2012. New Copy .... $9.99 18.98
Big Boi's got plenty of help this time around – a huge array of guest talents that includes Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, TI, Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, Killer Mike, Bosko, and many others – but there's still a nicely unified feel to the set – a strength of vision that holds on even in the more commercially-tuned numbers, of which there are definitely a few that should push this one over the top! Titles include "Shoes For Running", "Apple Of My Eye", "CPU", "In The A", "The Thickets", "Lines", "Tremendous Damage", and "Descending". Deluxe edition features 3 bonus songs! CD

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New Big ShugTreat U Better (voc, acapella, inst)/Stripped & Pistol Whipped (street, clean, inst)/PDS (street, inst) ... 12-inch
Chrysalis, 1995. Sealed (pic cover).... $7.99
Beats by Premier and Guru. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Nat BirchallSacred Dimension ... CD
Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2011. New Copy .... $9.99
The most fully-formed album from Nat Birchall so far – and one that has him definitely going into another dimension in jazz, thanks to a slightly expanded lineup! The shift here is almost that betweeen the 60s spiritual sounds on Impulse Records, and the label's groundbreaking material in the post-Coltrane years of the early 70s – a time when folks like Pharoah Sanders, Marion Brown, Alice Coltrane, and others were really helping to redefine a sense of spiritualism in jazz – yet always at the best moments still hanging onto the core sense of individualism that first got the movement started in the 60s! Nat Birchall is at the head of the group – blowing fantastic lines on tenor and soprano sax – searching and righteous, but always with a sense of gentleness too – a really special blend that makes the album sparkle. Other players include Adam Fairhall on piano, Corcy Mwamba on vibes, and Rachael Gladwin on harp – and there's lots of nice percussion touches that are nestled in on the bottom. Birchall wrote all tracks – and titles include "Ancient World", "Dance Of The Mystic", "Radiant Will", "Peace In Ninevah", and "Sacred Dimension". CD

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New Mary J BligeGrowing Pains ... CD
Geffen, 2007. Used .... $1.99
The grand dame of hip hop soul returns – and it's hardly a growing effort, it's got some of her best work of the decade! Growing Pains is a restless set of tracks that roll from hard hitting funky soul, to laidback sophisticated jams – working with a number of producers who are all fully committed to serving her best vocal traits. We'll admit we're a bit biased towards the heavyhitters over the romantic jams, but she's really a master of both styles, and everything in between! Her voice has never sounded better – and the titles include the launching pad single "Work That", the killer "Grown Woman" with Ludacris, "Just Fine", "Feel Like A Woman", "Just Fine", "Stay Down", "Hurt Again", "Shake Down" with Usher, "Till The Morning", "Roses", "Fade Away", "Talk To Me", "Smoke", "Come To Me (Peace)" and more. CD

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Billy BraggLife's A Riot With Spy Vs Spy (30th Anniversary Edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Go! Discs/Cooking Vinyl, 1983. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
The record that first made us fall in love with the music of Billy Bragg – a really unique set of tunes, especially for its time – music that's both personal and political, and delivered with just a voice and electric guitar! Billy's spare style was a stark contrast to the bolder modes of the punk and post-punk years – but it carried its own special power, too – as unfettered, Bragg is able to come across clearly and powerfully – at a level that really hammers home the strength and sentiment of his tunes. Titles include "To Have & Have Not", " A New England", "The Man In The Iron Mask", "Lovers Town Revisited", "The Milkman Of Human Kindness", and "The Busy Girl Buys Beauty". This version also features a full bonus live recording of the whole original album – done on the 30th anniversary in 2013! CD

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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction II ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- .... $5.99
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to the plate. The rhythms and percussion have a more globally steeped flare at points on the album, and there's a more smoldering, slightly mellower vibe on some tracks, without sacrificing the funk. The whole thing's fused together wonderfully – with the larger group moving with the energy a much smaller combo – and titles include "Sambo", "Screwed", "Get To The Point", "What's On Your Mind", and "Now Is Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
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Anthony BraxtonCreative Orchestra Music (Koln) 1978 ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1978. New Copy 2CDs .... $16.99 26.99
One of Anthony Braxton's first great recordings with a larger group – a really impressive array of sounds and tones that takes his compositional experiments to the next level! Tunes here are all those complicated Braxton formulas from the 70s – carried out by a host of equally-imaginative players who include Dwight Andrews, Vinny Golia, JD Parran, Marty Erlich, and Ned Rothenberg on saxes and reeds; Kenny Wheeler, Leo Smith, and Michael Mossman on trumpets; Ray Anderson, George Lewis, and James King Roosa on trombones; Marilyn Crispell on piano, Bobby Naughton on vibes, James Emery on guitar, Bob Ostertag on synthesizer, Thurman Barker on percussion and marimba, and Braxton himself at the head of the ensemble! The electronics come across with some great tones that really link the freer reed moments – and the sound of the whole album is plenty powerful throughout. CD

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Anthony Braxton/Duke EllingtonConcept Of Freedom ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 2003. New Copy .... $9.99 19.99
Braxton and Ellington appear here as composers of the work, not as performers – but the spirit of both is alive and well in this performance, breaking out in complicated waves of sound that recall the earliest moments of the former, but which are also informed by the concepts of freedoms put forth by the latter! The performance features passages from Braxton's "Composition No 257" and Ellington's "Freedoms No 1, 4, & 6 From The Sacred Concert No 2" – performed by a sonically-conscious quartet that includes Roland Dahinden on trombone, Hildegard Kleeb on piano, Dimitris Polisoidis on violin, and Robert Holdrich on electronics – used here in a heavy, textural way that reminds us a bit of Braxton's own recordings in the format during the 70s! There's moments when the deeper electronic tones bubble forth with the trombone that are simply wonderful – creating soundshapes and tones that are worth the price of the record alone, slightly augmented by bits of piano and violin. CD

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JC Brooks & The Uptown SoundHowl ... CD
Bloodshot, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are definitely the real deal – and have definitely found their own unique voice in a world of copycat soul and funk – a groove that's completely contemporary, yet firmly rooted in the best bits of the past too – as fresh a change to funk and soul as some of the rootsier styles normally associated with Bloodshot Records! Brooks is a hell of a frontman in a live setting, but doesn't always come across this well on record – and the album may well be the first to really show the singer at his best. Titles include "Howl", "Married For A Week", "Rouse Yourself", "Security", "Ordinary", "Control", "Cold", and "River". CD

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Brotherhood/Friend SoundComplete Recordings (Brotherhood 1968 /Brotherhood 1969/Joyride) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1968/1969. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
A trio of great late 60s RCA albums on a single set – the first two from The Brotherhood, and one more from the related Friend Sound! First up is the first album ever from The Brotherhood – an offshoot of Paul Revere & The Raiders, filled with some of that group's greatest early players! The core of the group features Drake Levin on guitar, Phil Volk on bass, and Mike Smith on drums – romping with the kind of raw, party-styled energy they brought to their work with their previous group – but at a level here that's way more heady, and definitely shows a stronger influence from psych! Tunes are still plenty catchy, but have some weird undercurrents too – in a cool Sunshine Pop sort of style – and the range of instrumentation is nicely fresh, and even a bit richer than usual for this sort of record. Titles include "Somebody", "Pastel Blue", "Close The Door", "Seasons", "Love For Free", "Lady Faire", and "Ice Cream". 1969's The Brotherhood is an even tighter set than the first album from the group – and one that has the group really finding a way to tap into their older garagey roots, while still keeping plenty of fuzz and psych intact! The drums are great – that powerful punch that Mike Smitty Smith always brought to his earlier pop work – but the themes are moodier, and the guitar nicely trippy, while still staying tight – sometimes with a bit more strut than we ever would have expected from these guys. The album features a few surprising covers – like "California Dreamin" and "Rose Garden" – plus nice original tracks "Deep Blue Sea", "Love Sketch", "Destination Unknown", and "Don't Let Go". But most amazing here is the Friend Sound album – an offshoot project recorded between the two Brotherhood albums – a wild batch of instrumental psychedelia – with plenty of avant garde touches thrown in! This is the sort of record that always restores our faith in major labels – and it makes us realize that no matter how many Elvis Presley albums RCA was selling in the 60s, there was also room to put out odd little record like this one. The enigmatic Friend Sound sound like a loose collective of hippie jazz musicians – playing flute, organ, guitars, percussion, piano, recorder, shovel (shovel?), finger cymbals, and just about anything else that seemed to be handy – and they had a style that was kind of like free-jamming jam band work – almost like the band and the engineers took a bucketful of drugs – so many that they got really mellow and dark – then went into the studio to cut a tripped-out album of instrumentals. The whole thing comes across with the same "anything goes" spirit of the NY 60s underground film scene – but with none of the silliness of bands like The Fugs – and it's that kind of energy that makes us love this one. Titles include "Childhood's End", "Lost Angel Proper St", and "The Empire Of Light". CD

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Sam Brothers 5Sam Brothers 5 (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Arhoolie, 1979. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99 18.98
One of the youngest groups of the zydeco wave of the 70s – and one of the grooviest too! The group's got a solid swing and sense of soul that goes beyond most of their contemporaries – almost a deeper current of blues at most points, especially in the guitar – and even in some of the accordion, which can come across like a harmonica at points! Titles include "Mama", "La La Waltz", "Sugar Cane Patch", "Country Boy", "SB 5", and "SAM". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy pressing – just like an original – and with a bonus download card too!)

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Peter Brotzmann/Han BenninkSchwarzwaldfahrt ... CD
FMP/Unheard Music Series, 1977. Used .... $16.99
Genius – and one of Peter Brotzmann's greatest albums from the time! The record features spare duets between him and percussionist Han Bennink – recorded in the Black Forest, in a very nature-oriented setting that often has Bennink playing on rocks, sticks, and whatever else he could find – even some water, which sounds especially amazing! Han turns in some of his most inventive percussion ever – and proof that he's easily one of the most creative musicians on the European scene! There's a real focus on sound and feeling on the album – an organic sensibility that's quite different from other Brotzmann sessions, and which often comes across with a surprisingly gentle feel – and the album's a perfect example of the FMP formula at its best, when applied with the right sense of freedom! 2CD set features the original 10 tracks from the album – plus 10 more bonus tracks, previously unreleased! CD

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New Vincent Brunner, edTunes – A Comic Book History Of Rock And Roll ... Book
Universe, 2010. New Copy .... $5.99 24.95
Not the complete history of rock and roll, but a collection of cool comics that each focus on a specific singer or group – brought together here as a very personal pastiche of views on modern music! The book is black and white, and most of the artists use a heavy pen technique that comes across well in the format – and each new entry is accompanied by a short essay on the artist involved, to situate the comic within a more historical context. Entries include "Nick Cave" by Laure Del Pino, "Ramones" by Sebastien Lumineau, "Led Zeppelin" by Killoffer, "The Kinks" by Luc Cornillon, "David Bowie" by Nine Antico, "Sex Pistols" by Jean Christophe Menu, "Captain Beefheart" by Jean Michel Thiriet, and Nick Drake" by Vincent Vanoli. 240 pages, softcover, black and white. Book

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Ralph BurnsWhere There's Burns There's Fire – Ralph Burns In Percussion ... LP
Warwick, Early 60s. Very Good .... $11.99
One of the last great albums from arranger Ralph Burns – known best for his groundbreaking earlier work for Verve, but sounding equally great here in an obscure 1960 percussion jazz session! The mood here's a bit in the swinging bachelor pad mode – but never too much so to step far from jazz, thanks to a strong batch of soloists in the group – including Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Bob Brookmeyer, and Urbie Green. The titles are mostly standards – but done with lots of playful percussive touches that open them up nicely – almost into an RCA Living Stereo mode, but without as much kitsch. Titles include "Bijou", "Blue Holiday", "Portrait Of Mia", "All Of You", "Mood Child", and "Old Devil Moon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bit of splitting on the top seam, and some staining across the back.)

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Ann BurtonBlue Burton ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $22.99
A beautifully gentle album from vocalist Ann Burton – recorded with sublime accompaniment from the trio of pianist Louis Van Dyke, a fragile and spare talent on the keys – and a perfect match for Burton on the mood of the album! Ann's vocals really come across with the mature grace that's always made us love her so much – and overall, the session's got a strength that goes far beyond most of her indie albums from later years. Most tunes are extremely spare – with bass stepping out first behind Ann's vocals, as Louis' piano lines sneak in with just a few quiet lines that slowly grow as the tune progresses – all in a style that's neither a cliche of older torch, nor the too-adult mode of more pop jazz vocal albums of the time. Piet Noordjik plays alto sax on a few of the tunes on the set – and titles include "You've Changed", "The Good Life", "Go Away Little Boy", "It's Easy To Remember", "But Not For Me", "He Was Too Good To Me", and "Sunny". CD
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Burton IncLA Will Make You Pay $$$ ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $16.99
An obscure little set, but a great one too – a joint effort from Charles and Barbara Burton – served up with a really wonderful blend of upbeat club and modern soul modes! The album's got all the indie soul charm you'd expect from its title and cover – a simple, straightforward approach to the music that's often got lots of personal touches and genre-crossing moments – a great antidote to more mainstream soul of the time, but done with a fair bit of skill throughout! Instrumentation includes some great keyboards next to Barbara's vocals – and a few numbers feature chorus vocals that come across with an especially shimmering kind of sound. Titles include "LA Will Make You Pay", "Sincerely Yours", "Who You Gonna Get", "You Know I Love You", "Groovin At The Night Club", and "Nation Song". CD
Also available LA Will Make You Pay $$$ ... LP 24.99

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Burton IncLA Will Make You Pay $$$ ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
An obscure little set, but a great one too – a joint effort from Charles and Barbara Burton – served up with a really wonderful blend of upbeat club and modern soul modes! The album's got all the indie soul charm you'd expect from its title and cover – a simple, straightforward approach to the music that's often got lots of personal touches and genre-crossing moments – a great antidote to more mainstream soul of the time, but done with a fair bit of skill throughout! Instrumentation includes some great keyboards next to Barbara's vocals – and a few numbers feature chorus vocals that come across with an especially shimmering kind of sound. Titles include "LA Will Make You Pay", "Sincerely Yours", "Who You Gonna Get", "You Know I Love You", "Groovin At The Night Club", and "Nation Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered pressing of 1000 copies.)
Also available LA Will Make You Pay $$$ ... CD 16.99

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Rickey Calloway & The Soul SurfersShed A Tear (I Touched The Clouds)/Get It Right Part 4 ... 7-inch
Funk Night, 2013. New Copy .... $6.99
A killer bit of slow funk from the great Rickey Calloway – done in this mellow-stepping way that's still mighty hard hitting – and topped with vocals that take us back to James Brown in his best early years! "Get It Right" comes across here in a fiercely funky part 4 – all instrumental riffing from the Soul Surfers, with some mad Hammond and horns, and lots of scratchy guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Carpet Patrol (Suff Daddy & Torky Tork)Carpet Patrol ... CD
Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. New Copy .... $22.99
Hazy, largely instrumental hip hop from the team of Suff Daddy & Torky Tork – working together as Carpet Patrol – and it's another timeless set of sample crafted beatcraft from the Melting Pot team. MPM has always done a solid job of honoring classic hip hop production aesthetics, while delivering a distinctive vibe of their own – bearing the influences of some of our favorite producers of the early 90s to today, without ever coming across as derivative. Carpet Patrol has a dark and gritty with pretty tripped out vocal samples. Includes "Carpet Patrol Theme", "Game Of Tork", "Diaper Party", "Mooncircle Project", "Yoga", "Cokeface" feat Brenk Sinatra, "It's Yo Man (Get Off Man)", "Indian Slip", "Flat Booty Judy", "Happy Ending", "Carpet Patrol Reprise" feat Dexter, "Sandwich" and "Bob Molly (Pop Pillies)". CD

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Susan CarterWonderful Deeds & Adventures ... CD
Epic/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 60s. New Copy .... $6.99
A mixture of folksy and jazzy vocals from singer Susan Carter – part of the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s! Although Susan was one of the "Ladies Of The Canyon", she's got a sound here that's much more wider-ranging than that of Joni Mitchell – a unique mixture of jazz and rock influences that come across with a different sound on nearly every track on the set. The arranger for the album is Dick Halligan, who we've never heard of before – but who should get a lot of credit for the way that he mixes together odd phrasings and timings to match the shifting styles of Susan's vocals. Titles include "I'm So Tired", "I Need A Good Man Bad", "Medley For Billie Holiday", "Bluebird", and "Jam Session". CD

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Alvin Cash & The RegistersTwine Time ... LP
Mar V Lus, 1965. Sealed .... $18.99
The classic album of short funky Chicago soul dance tracks, recorded for Mar V Lus as the follow-up to Alvin's huge "Twine Time" single. Most of the cuts on here have the same sort of groove, and most of them were written by either Andre Williams or Monk Higgins, with the kind of hard soul approach they were taking at the time with Chicago soul. Tracks include "Burn Just A Hair", "Do It One More Time", "Barracuda", "Hawk Eye", and "Bump". A potentially great record that's marred only by the rough recording quality of the Mar V Lus studios – every copy we've come across has sounded somewhat distorted and dirty, regardless of how clean the vinyl is . LP, Vinyl record album

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Cat Mother & The All Night NewsboysAlbion Doo Wah ... LP
Polydor, 1970. Very Good Gatefold .... $6.99
A really compelling second set from Cat Mother & The All Night Newsboys – and quite different than the first! On their Polydor debut, the group had Jimi Hendrix at the production helm – but this time they're taking things on their own, with a feel that's nicely loose and freewheeling – and which really matches the woodsy image of the cover! The core mix of guitar and organ is still as tight as before – but it also gets some nice rootsy touches from violin, mandolin, and acoustic guitar – used in ways that echo folk and maybe preface a bit of redneck rock – yet which also have a bit more of a North Cali sort of sensibility in the long run. Titles include "Riff Raff", "Boonville Massacre", "Turkish Taffy", "Last Go Round", "Good Times", "Albion Doo Wah", and "Strike A Match & Light Another". LP, Vinyl record album

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CherrelleFragile ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 1984. Used .... $14.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". CD
(Out of print.)
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Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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CherrelleFragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue).... $13.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download card – but only works for non-North American customers.)
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Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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CherrelleFragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy .... $12.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". Great reissue – with a book-like cover, lots of notes, and bonus tracks that include "Like I Will (Tokyo mix)", "Fragile Handle With Care", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (edit)", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (special rmx)", and "When You Look In My Eyes (special version)". CD
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Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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New Chi-LitesHalf A Love (plus more!) ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1975. Used .... $18.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". Also features 9 more tracks that are rare singles and b-sides by the group! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Half A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 22.99

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Chi-LitesHalf A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $22.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". CD features three bonus tracks – "The Devil Is Doing His Work", "You Don't Have To Go", and "You Don't Have To Go (edit)". CD
Also available Half A Love (plus more!) ... CD 18.99

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Chi-LitesSteppin' Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Private I/FTG, 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
A sweet new groove from The Chi-Lites – working here as a trio, and stepping out with a lean groove to match! The album's got the 80s soul vibe you'd expect from the group's image on the cover – lots of keyboards and beats alongside the vocals – which themselves are slightly transformed by the approach, and come across with a bit more boldness than in the early days. Eugene Record is still at the helm – and wrote most of the tracks on the set, and was also the driving spirit of the project. Original members Marshall Thompson and Robert Lester complete the group – and titles include "Do What You Want", "Stop What You're Doin", "Gimme Whatcha Got", "Little Girl", "Runnin Around", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow". CD features bonus tracks "Gimme Whatcha Got (7 inch mix)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (club)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (dub)", "Stop What You're Doin (club)", "Stop What You're Doin (inst)", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow (7" mix)". CD

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June ChristyJune Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ .... $1.99
A later Capitol gem by June – where she reprisies a number of classics from her early years with Stan Kenton – new versions of late 40s tunes, done here with Pete Rugolo arrangements that go a good way towards showing how both he and June had grown during the 50s. Titles include "How High The Moon", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "Easy Street", "Across The Alley From The Alamo", "She's Funny That Way", and "A Hundred Years From Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has light wear, with a bit of pencil on the back and some splitting on the top seam.)

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Stelvio CiprianiLa Legge Della Violenza/Mafia Una Legge Che Non Perdona ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1969/1980. New Copy .... $26.99
Two different action soundtracks from Stelvio Cipriani – recorded over a decade apart, but both with a really great sound! La Legge Della Violenza comes across with more conventional 60s spaghetti styles throughout – a cool mix of dramatic themes and more whimsical moments, but sometimes served up with less conventional instrumentation – including some cool use of electric harpsichord! Mafia Una Legge Che Non Perdona is even greater – music that draws on the strong use of electric instrumentation that Cipriani developed in his famous funk work during the 70s – used here in a mix of crime/cop modes that make for a very cool mix of unusual groovers, odd melodies, and a few gentler sexy spots! CD features 22 tracks in all. CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Albert CollinsTruckin With Albert Collins (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Thumb/Friday Music, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $24.99 26.98
Great early work from Albert Collins – the kind of mean, lean music that Collins specialized in before his later years of cliche – served up here in a style that's almost more funk than blues overall! The tracks are all instrumentals, with lots of raw guitar and soulful saxophone – coming across with a rootsy feel that's much more in the mode of work on a soul-based indie than you'd expect from the usual slicker sides on Blue Thumb – hardly smooth LA, and instead almost a funky 45 vibe overall! The titles give a good example of the stripped-down sound of the tunes – and they include "Kool Aide", "Thaw Out", "Hot N Cold", "Frosty", "Tremble", and "Icy Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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CountsFunk Pump ... LP
Aware, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99 12.98
A funky funky classic from The Counts – and an album that has the group tightening up their sound from the Westbound years, but still keeping the groove plenty nice! There's a tight, bad-walking feel to most of the cuts on the set – one that almost comes across with a blacksploitation groove – especially as the album's basslines are all laid out in a hard-stepping groove, and topped off by plenty of wicked guitar work. Most cuts have vocals, and the lyrics have a Fatback-like love of the catchy chorus and funk-heavy theme. The album's worth it alone for the excellent cut "Tecalli" – a stretched out mellow instrumental with some great Kool & The Gang-esque floating trumpet over the top – but the whole thing's great, and other tracks include "At The Fair", "Dedicated Man", "Jazzman", "Magic Ride", "Short Cut", and "Flies Over Watermelon". LP, Vinyl record album

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CrampsSongs The Lord Taught Us (180 gram pressing) ... LP
IRS/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
Sacrilicious sleaze from The Cramps – tearing into the 80s with Songs The Lord Taught Us – one their best ever albums! The Cramps may have ticked off aging proto rock fans of the time with their ghoulish take on the style, along with their punkass demeanor, but producer Alex Chilton sure did "get it", right? As if we didn't already adore that dude! Titles include "TV Set", "Rock On The Moon", "Garbage Man", "I Was A Teenage Werewolf", "Mystery Plane", "I'm Cramped", "Tear It Up" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy .... $14.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". CD
Also available Funky Pack ... LP 18.99

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New CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $18.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Pack ... CD 14.99

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Francois De RoubaixLe Samourai/Les Adventuriers ... CD
Universal (France), 1967. New Copy .... $14.99
2 of the greatest soundtracks ever from Francois De Roubaix – both recorded in that magical year of 1967! First up on the set is Les Adventuriers – a mindblowingly wonderful score for a Robert Enrico film, and one that offers a unique blend of jazzy rhythms, western themes, and more – all tied together by an extremely haunting theme! Some tunes have spaghetti western-esque acoustic guitar and whistling, while others have a more Frenchy isolated piano, played with a slightly watery feel – and some others take on a much more driving, almost Francis Lai-like approach. De Roubaix score for Jean Pierre Melville's classic Le Samourai follows in a much darker mode – as moody and solitary as the film's main character, but graced with some warmer touches on piano, flute, and even a bit of organ – none of which are especially jazzy, but which color in the music with extremely evocative tones. Titles include "Laetitia Par Alain Delon", "Journal De Bord", "Enterrement Sous-Marin", "Acrobaties Aeriennes", "Hotel Sandwich", "Martey's", "Valerie", "Le Samourai", and "Le Destin De Costello". CD

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Martin DennyAfro-Desia (mono & stereo mixes) ... CD
Liberty/Rev-Ola (UK), 1959. New Copy .... $6.99
Weird and wonderful work from the great Martin Denny – and a record that adds in some great extra elements to his core exotica groove! The depth of the album is apparent on the very first tune – "Tsetse Fly", which features a buzzing variation on the sound of the inset in the title – then shows up even more strongly through the heavier rhythms and added vocals that appear on many of the album's other tracks. There's a style here that's almost Afro-Cuban at times – but which still glides across nicely with that heavenly Denny approach to melody and rhythm! Titles include "Tsetse Fly", "Ma'Chumba", "Simba", "Raftero", "Swamp Fire", and "Cubano Chant". CD

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Dianne & CaroleFeeling The Pain ... LP
Speed, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the weirdest, coolest Latin Soul albums we've ever heard – the only offering ever from the duo of Dianne & Carole – two female singers who come off with a great deal of enthusiasm on the set! That's our way of saying that the ladies are a bit rough on the vocals – but that's also part of the charm of the set – as the record's got a really messed-up feel, of the sort that we really love from Latin Soul records like this! The great Louie Ramirez handled a good number of the arrangements, with help from Joe Simmons on the other tracks – and many of the numbers have that upbeat, catchy groove that was the Speed label trademark at the time – a sound that was quite different than the modes at Fania or Tico. Titles include excellent tracks "The Fuzz" and "Latin Rhythm" – plus "Feelin' The Pain", "I See the Lovelight", "The Boy Across The Street", "Water Brown", and a hip cover of "Do You Know The Way To San Jose". Very groovy stuff! LP, Vinyl record album

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New DJ Center feat Akoya AfrobeatDem Say Ah/2AM Inna London Dub/Dem Bonus Beats (Spinna's Tambourine edit) (10 inch single) (gold colored vinyl) ... 12-inch
Push The Fader, 2014. New Copy (pic cover).... $12.99
A great collaboration between DJ Center and Akyoa Afrobeat Project – one that takes the Afro Funk group into some great new territory! The vibe here still echoes the classic modes of Akyoa's other records, but also adds in some slight clubby touches too – focusing a bit more on the percussion, with some really driving moments that come across great in DJ Spinna's mix of the whole thing! The EP is a sweet 10" vinyl package – and includes the cuts "Dem Say Ah", "2am Inna London Dub", and "Dem Bonus Beats (Spinna's tambourine edit)". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Gold vinyl pressing!)

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Dojo CutsTake From Me ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2012. New Copy .... $11.99
A tremendous step forward for Dojo Cuts – a record that has the funky ensemble from down-under really finding their own groove – and coming across with a sound that's a lot tighter than before! We liked these guys from the start – but this time around, they really win us over even more – with a funky focus on the rhythms that really sets the record on fire from the very first note – and helps provide a wonderful platform for the all-soul vocals of Roxie Ray – who herself sounds a lot deeper and more mature than before! There's nothing we love more than watching a group grow up over the years – and this sweet second set definitely has Dojo Cuts doing just that – returning all our previous faith in them with even greater grooves. Titles include "El Entro", "Mamacita", "In This Moment", "Sonny's Strut", "I'd Rather Go Blind", "Take From Me", "What Do I Have To Do", and "Easy To Come Home". CD

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Don-ELittle Star ... CD
Dome (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the leading lights of the UK underground soul scene – back again in very fine formation, and coming across with a style that's even deeper and more mature than before! Don-E wrote and performed most of the tracks on the set himself, and also produced – in an effort that's got him following strongly in the London legacy of Omar – another one word-named soul artist who might be a good comparison to Don-E here! The vibe is definitely different – maybe a bit smoother and warmer in the end – but Don-E's got this great sense of confidence and class that never pushes things too far – and which really avoids any of the pitfalls that might hold back some of his less careful contemporaries. Titles include "Spiritual" – which features guest work from an all-star UK lineup that includes Omar, Carl McIntosh, Noel McKoy, and Junior Giscombe – plus "BS", "Home", "Hold On", "Slave To The Rhythm", "Little Star", "It Just Don't Stop", and "Step In My Room". CD

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Billy EckstineSenior Soul ... LP
Enterprise, 1972. Very Good .... $3.99
A well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at the time! Artie Butler handled the backings, and he uses a groove that's pretty full, but never overwhelming – more ebullient soul than some of Eckstine's more familiar jazz – with backing vocals and bright horns, yet still plenty of space for Billy to do his thing. The best numbers have Eckstine coming across with the 70s cool of Grady Tate on his vocal sides – and titles include "Thank You For The Moment", "A Song For You", "A Man Who Sings", "Today Was Tomorrow Yesterday", "I Believe In Music", and "Living Like A Gypsy". LP, Vinyl record album
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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $18.99
A beautifully trippy duo who work here mostly with electronics – but who use the instruments in very organic ways that are almost acoustic! There's an earthy, almost hippieish quality to the sounds on the set – music that belies the pair's placement in the pre-New Age instrumental underground shared by Iasos, Laraaji, and others – but which also comes across here with a unique quality that's very much all their own! The music has a naive, optimistic feel that's very cool – and even when the keyboards step out front a bit more strongly on a few tracks, the energy of the record still has a lot more warmth than the Sky Records scene in Germany. After a smattering of various reissues, this full set finally does the duo justice – bringing together all the best track from their rare album and cassette-only releases – with the kind of notes and details we love from the Finders Keepers label. Titles include "Dawn", "The Dragon's Gate", "Flight Of The Raven", "Voices Of The Sage", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Nightsong", and "Valley Of The Birds". CD
Also available Stargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... LP 22.99

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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs .... $22.99
A beautifully trippy duo who work here mostly with electronics – but who use the instruments in very organic ways that are almost acoustic! There's an earthy, almost hippieish quality to the sounds on the set – music that belies the pair's placement in the pre-New Age instrumental underground shared by Iasos, Laraaji, and others – but which also comes across here with a unique quality that's very much all their own! The music has a naive, optimistic feel that's very cool – and even when the keyboards step out front a bit more strongly on a few tracks, the energy of the record still has a lot more warmth than the Sky Records scene in Germany. After a smattering of various reissues, this full set finally does the duo justice – bringing together all the best track from their rare album and cassette-only releases – with the kind of notes and details we love from the Finders Keepers label. Titles include "Dawn", "The Dragon's Gate", "Flight Of The Raven", "Voices Of The Sage", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Nightsong", and "Valley Of The Birds". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... CD 18.99

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Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World ... CD
Numero, 1973. New Copy .... $13.99 16.98
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". CD
Also available Who's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP 18.99

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Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Numero, 1973. New Copy Gatefold .... $18.99 19.99
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who's Gonna Save The World ... CD 13.99

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Clare FischerExtension ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Near Mint- .... $33.99
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in great shape!)

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Clare FischerExtension (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/International Phonograph, 1963. New Copy Gatefold .... $18.99 22.98
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". CD

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Lisa FischerSo Intense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1991. New Copy .... $13.99
Nothing super-intense, but a great solo moment from Lisa Fischer – a vocalist who'd previously worked with Luther Vandross and The Rolling Stones, and who steps out on her own in this classic early 90s set! The music's got a bouncy approach to soul that reflects Lisa's professional roots – and she gets plenty of help from Luther Vandross on the record, working here in a host of top-shelf studio talent that also includes Narada Michael Walden and Arif Mardin too! Fischer may be making a solo debut on the album, but she comes across with a great sense of class and professional poise throughout – on titles that include "How Can I Ease The Pain", "Wildflower", "Save Me", "Some Girls", "So Tender", "Get Back To Love", "Chain Of Broken Hearts", "Last Goodbye", and "So Intense". CD features bonus tracks that include "Reachin 4U", "How Can I Ease The Pain (edit)", "So Intense (7" radio rmx)", "Save Me (radio mix)", and "Save Me (ext mix)". CD

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FreebornePeak Impressions ... LP
Monitor, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the few straight rock records ever issued on the mostly-folk Monitor Records label – a great 60s outing from Freeborne, a group with a sound that's as tripped-out as you might expect from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on organ and guitars, both acoustic and electric, but there's also some cool percussion too – and interesting use of recorders, in a way that comes across with an ocarina-like charm! Vocals are somewhat soft, but have a dark undercurrent – and there's a really great folk-into-psyche sort of feel to the whole thing. Titles include "Images", "Land Of Diana", "But I Must Return To Frenzy", "Inside People", "Yellow Sky", "Peak Impressions & Thoughts", and "Visions Of My Own". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chico Freeman & Von FreemanFreeman & Freeman ... CD
India Navigation, 1989. New Copy .... $15.99
One of a few albums from the late 80s that features underground saxophonist Chico Freeman playing in the company of his father, Chicago tenor giant Von Freeman. This set was recorded live in New York, and it's a bit more straight ahead than the pair's earlier Lord Riff & Me set for the Why Not label – but it comes across nicely, in a mode that shows that Chico has absorbed more than a bit of his pop's strengths over the years. Rhythm is by Kenny Barron, Cecil McBee, and Jack DeJohnette – but Muhal Richard Abrams plays piano on one track, "Paying New York Dues". Other titles include "Undercurrents", "Lover Man", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD

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Friend SoundJoyride ... LP
RCA, 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A wild batch of instrumental psychedelia – with plenty of avant garde touches thrown in! This is the sort of record that always restores our faith in major labels – and it makes us realize that no matter how many Elvis Presley albums RCA was selling in the 60s, there was also room to put out odd little record like this one. The enigmatic Friend Sound are kind of a loose collective of hippie jazz musicians – playing flute, organ, guitars, percussion, piano, recorder, shovel (shovel?), finger cymbals, and just about anything else that seemed to be handy – and they had a style that was kind of like free-jamming jam band stuff, but with out the skill of most jam bands. Ok, it sounds like we're talking ourselves into a corner – but the record's pretty darn compelling. It's kind of like the band and the engineers took a bucketful of drugs – so many that they got really mellow and dark – then went into the studio to cut a tripped-out album of instrumentals. The whole thing comes across with the same "anything goes" spirit of the NY 60s underground film scene – but with none of the silliness of bands like The Fugs – and it's that kind of energy that makes us love this one, and be proud that we're just giving it a space to exist. Titles include "Childhood's End", "Lost Angel Proper St", and "The Empire Of Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy .... $13.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". CD features two bonus tracks – "Don't Drive Me Baby" and "Blue Shadows". CD

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New Serge Gainsbourg/Jean-Claude VannierCannabis/Ce Sacre Grand Pere ... CD
Universal (France), 1970. New Copy .... $14.99
2 incredible soundtracks from Serge Gainsbourg – both of them from his best period of work! Cannabis is a tremendously funky set of tunes – and some real standout soundtrack material from the legendary Serge Gainsbourg! Serge is working here with some great help from Jean-Claude Vannier – the guiding force behind Melody Nelson – and Vannier brings some great grooves to the record, really going for those sexy riffs and breaks that make us love Gainsbourg's music so much! There's a bit of vocals, but the main focus is on the instrumentation – which shifts nicely from track to track, taking the themes in some very nice directions – all of them definitely up to the sexy standard of Serge. The score to Ce Sacre Grand Pere is included here as bonus work – and features tracks written by both Serge and Michel Colombier. The overall feel is more orchestral and traditionally soundtrack-styled, but there are a few really sly funky tracks that offer up Serge at his sexy best! The set's got 21 tracks in all, and titles include "Cannabis", "Jane Dans La Nuit", "Danger", "Avant De Mourir", "Cannabis-bis", "Piege", "I Want To Feel Crazy", "Le Deuxieme Homme", "Champetre Et Pop 1", "Nous Les Jericho", and "L'Herbe Tendre". CD

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New Marvin GayeIn Our Lifetime ... LP
Tamla, 1981. Very Good .... $3.99
Marvin Gaye's last album for Motown – and a wonderful cap to a great run of sexy soul for the 70s – filled with great mellow grooves that rival the genius of his earlier work in the decade! There's a glowing, slow-burning feel to some of the best numbers here – a vibe that's right out of the I Want You era, with touches of Let's Get It On too. But there's also a slightly more mature approach too – a bit more cautious, even when confident – no doubt informed by the struggles of his Here My Dear album, which also echoes somewhat in this set. The record's more proof that even when not coming across with a classic hit, Marvin's still very much at the top of his game – an artist that stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries – with none of the too-commercial or too-dated modes that held other folks back! Titles include "Life Is For Learning", "Praise", "Funk Me", "Far Cry", "Love Party", and "Love Me Now Or Love Me Later". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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New Renee GeyerIt's A Man's Man's World ... CD
RCA/Mushroom (Australia), 1974. New Copy .... $9.99
One of the funkiest, most soulful albums to come from Australia in the 70s – and the crowning achievement of singer Renee Geyer! Renee's got a style that makes her a blue-eyed equivalent of Chaka Khan during her years with Rufus – and the band here shares a very similar style, with an ability to play hard and funky at all the right moments – then lay back into a sweeter soul vibe on the mellower cuts! And yes, Geyer draws plenty from the American scene of the time – but she's also a real original, and comes across here with a sense of presence that's undeniable. The album is easily one of Renee's best, and was the start in launching her on a huge career in 70s Australia. Titles include the classic original "Love the Way You Love" – plus "Do Your Thing", "The Tell Me Of An Uncloudy Day", "What Do I Do On Sunday Morning", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Feel Good", "Mama's Little Girl", "It's Been A Long Time", "Take Me Where You Took Me Last Night", and "Feel Good". CD

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Benny GolsonFree ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $13.99
Without a doubt, Benny Golson is one of the most underrated tenorists of his generation – a player with a tone and conception that's always tremendous – but which comes across especially well on this early 60s session for Argo Records! As you might guess from the title, things aren't as tightly structured as on some of Benny's more arranged albums of the period – and he opens up wonderfully in a small group setting – playing in a beautifully confident tone, but with a slightly raspy edge – cutting, changing, and swinging perfectly in lines that are masterfully crafted, yet full of raw emotion. The group's a thoughtful quartet, and includes Tommy Flanagan on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and tracks that inlcude "Sock Cha", "Shades Of Stein", "Just By Myself", and "Just In Time". CD

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New Anders Lonne GronsethAnders Lonne Gronseth Mini Macro Ensemble ... CD
Pling (Norway), 2008. Used .... $9.99
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Woody GuthrieWoody At 100 – The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection (3CD set with 150-page hardcover book) ... CD
Smithsonian Folkways, 1940s. Used 3CDs & Book .... $28.99
A fittingly elegiac set devoted to folk hero Woody Guthrie from Smithsonian Folkways! This 2012 set celebrates the long-departed icon's 100th birthday, and it's a real treasure – with 57 tracks on 3CDs (21 of which are previously unreleased performances) – and it comes in a beautiful, full color 150-page, lavishly-illustrated hardcover book! The music is an excellent compilation of his most-revered songs and performances – a number of which appear here in alternate, rarely (if ever) heard versions – and a handful of original songs that are seeing release for the first time ever. The book is worth the price alone, filled with photographs of some of Woody's artwork, along with hand-written or typed lyrics, original sleeve art and notes on each recording. Songs include "This Land Is Your Land (Alternate Version)", "Talking Dust Bowl", "Pretty Boy Floyd", "New York Town", "Why, Oh Why?", "I've Got To Know", "Better World A-Comin'", "1913 Massacre", "Jackhammer John", "The Jolly Banker", "The Ranger's Command", "Dirty Overalls", "We Shall Be Free", "Reckless Talk", "All Work Together", "My Little Seed", "Goodnight Little Cathy" and much more – plus the legendary late 30s Los Angeles recordings (Woody's earliest known recordings), some mid 40s BBC sessions and more! CD

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Johnny HammondBreakout ... LP
Kudu, 1971. Very Good .... $11.99
Massive groovers from Johnny Hammond – playing here in a long stretched-out style that perfectly fits the sound of the Kudu/CTI label jazz funk scene! The record's got arrangements by Grover Washington and Leo Johnson – on tracks that feature a complicated set of rhythms that push past the straighter funk grooves of Johnny's Prestige years. Drums and bass dance around nicely at the bottom, tenor and trumpet groove out the melody, and Johnny washes across the whole thing with some widemouth action on the organ! Titles include "Blues Selah", "Workin On A Groovy Thing", and "Breakout". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a click on side 2, track 1.)

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Hapshash & The Coloured CoatWestern Flier ... CD
Imperial/Esoteric (UK), 1969. New Copy .... $15.99
The first time out, these guys seemed more like a mistake or a studio collision (and we mean that in a good way!) – but for this second set, Haphash and crew have really evolved – getting a bit tighter and more focused – yet still sticking to the trippy multi-colored style that made them so great in the first place! There's a bit more emphasis on lyrics than before, and there's actually some great structure to the songs – served up in a blend of acoustic instrumentation and fuzz, often with these whimsical little touches that come across in this oddly spooky sort of way – a mode that really makes these guys a real standout in the late 60s psych generation. Titles include "Colinda", "Chicken Run", "Big Bo Peep", "Milk Shake Knock", "The Wall", "You For Ophelia", and "Fare You Well". CD

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Mayer HawthorneWhere Does This Door Go (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal Republic, 2013. New Copy .... $17.99 18.98
A sweet little record from Mayer Hawthorne – put together with the kind of care and straightforward sound that so few folks have been using in recent years! Back at his start, you might have been tempted to think of Hawthorne as slightly ironic – an underground talent who could work at a level that rivaled some of the best blue-eyed soul singers of decades past, but who might have been doing the whole thing with a nod and a wink. Yet with a record like this, Mayer really comes across as a top-shelf talent – an artist with strength and confidence that really come through in his performance and overall presentation – less care for any posturing or the ways in which anyone might perceive him – and instead just a great dedication to reviving the kinds of sounds that used to make the west coast scene sparkle so much in the 70s! Production is wonderful – crisp enough to be contemporary, but full of plenty of old school touches on the instrumentation too – which really helps the lyrics resonate in a space between the fresh and the classic. Loads of hook-heavy numbers, and even if our kid cousins are downloading this one in years to come, we'll still be proud we were with Mayer from the start. Titles include "Back Seat Lover", "Allie Jones", "Wine Glass Woman", "Reach Out Richard", "Crime", "Corsican Rose", "Robot Love", "The Stars Are Ours", and "All Better". Features bonus tracks "Fool", "Small Clone", "Designer Drug", and "Kaila". CD

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Isaac Hayes MovementDisco Connection ... LP
ABC, 1975. Very Good+ .... $4.99
Don't hold the "disco" in the title against Isaac – because the album's still a pretty nice one, and by no means a cheap sell-out affair! The set was recorded in Memphis, with backings by the classic Movement combo – and although the tunes do have a "sweetened" sound that's clearly aimed at the clubs, there's actually some great instrumentation on the set that goes way past stock disco riffing – and which comes across almost like a funky cop show soundtrack. In case we haven't mentioned it yet, the album's all instrumental too – with Ike leading the Movement group, but not singing on any of the album's tracks. Without vocals, there's plenty of space for the horns to work some interesting bits into the mix – alongside funky riffing on guitar and keys, and some nice use of acoustic percussion. Ike plays a bit of sweet keys on the set, and titles include "Disco Connection", "St Thomas Square", "First Day Of Forever", "Disco Shuffle", "Choppers", "After Five", and "Aruba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a mark from price sticker removal.)

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Kevin Hays TrioLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2008. New Copy .... $9.99 14.99
Proof that this Smalls Live series really brings out the best in most players – as pianist Kevin Hays grabs our ears here more than ever! The set's got an open, spontaneous energy – lots of really long tracks from Hays and his trio of Doug Weiss on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Yet there's also a great focus, too – and you can almost hear Hays mapping out his rich territory long in advance – moving across the keys of the piano with some warm, soulful undercurrents – and some surprisingly gutbuckety points mixed in with his more lyrical elements, too – showing there's always room for plenty of twists and turns in a setting like this. Tracks include "The Anniversary Waltz", "Loving You", "Sco More Blues", "Ludus Tonalis", "The Dreamer", and "Cheryl". CD

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Hellhawk/Son Of Jor-ElDeathwrath/Doomsday Massacre ... 7-inch
Corley, 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover).... $2.99
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Highway RobberyHighway Robbery ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A heady power trio, with a sound that's a lot more heavy than you'd guess from the cover! These guys come across looking like they might be a soft rock harmony group, but instead they wail away beautifully with a pre-metal sort of sound – lots of full, fierce rhythms and fuzzed-up guitar – very lean and mean, and quite uncharacteristic for the RCA label at the time. Solos are especially burning – right up there with Sabbath at the time – and believe it or not, the guys actually do harmonize a bit on the lyrics too! Titles include "Lazy Woman", "Mystery Rider", "Fifteen", "All I Need", "Promotion Man", and "Bells". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hot 8 Brass BandTombstone ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
These guys just keep getting better and better with each new record – really transforming the older sound of New Orleans into a rich new groove – one that's not just jazz, street music, or conventional brass band – but a really unique hybrid of all those modes and more! The album begins with a great intro piece, spoken by Big Al over grooves from the group – who then really let loose on the album's instrumental tracks that follow – mixing melody and rhythm effortlessly with their work on horns and percussion, and coming across with a style that's even funkier than before – further proof that their placement on the Tru Thoughts album is a mighty good thing! Titles include "Shot Gun Joe", "Tombstone Intro", "We Goin Make It", "Big Girl", "Take It To The House", and "Milwaukee Fat". CD

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Robert HurstBob Ya Head ... CD
Bebob, 2010. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Robert Hurst is way more than just a bassist – and over the years, he's developed into a hell of a leader who's got an ear for really reworking sounds way past the obvious! This set takes off strongly even from Robert's previous albums – and has a compelling mix of modes that sometimes recalls the jagged pastiche of influences you'd hear in experimental work from the 80s/90s downtown scene, mixed with Neo Soul influences – and which sometimes comes across with a much more personal, acoustic feel! There's a slight dose of soul on the record – thanks to vocals from Sy Smith, whose approach is just right for the cosmic undercurrents of Hurst's music – and the set also features the legendary Marcus Belgrave on trumpet. Titles include "Comes You Comes Love", "Da Da Da Dah", "Oral Roberto", "Alice & John", "Unintellectual Property", "Optimism", and "Munyungo In Da Jungle". CD

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New Willie HutchFoxy Brown ... CD
Motown, 1974. Used .... $14.99
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown – a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s – and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield sound here – with a dope mixture of full orchestrations and heavy funk, guitar riffing away as drums snap tightly across the album's best rhythms! Includes the classic funky numbers "Ain't That Mellow Mellow" and "Give Me Some of that Good Old Love" – plus "Whatever You Do", "Foxy Lady", "You Sure Know How To Love Your Man", "Theme Of Foxy Brown", "Out There", and "Chase". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Foxy Brown ... LP 9.99

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Willie HutchFoxy Brown ... LP
Motown, 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown – a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s – and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield sound here – with a dope mixture of full orchestrations and heavy funk, guitar riffing away as drums snap tightly across the album's best rhythms! Includes the classic funky numbers "Ain't That Mellow Mellow" and "Give Me Some of that Good Old Love" – plus "Whatever You Do", "Foxy Lady", "You Sure Know How To Love Your Man", "Theme Of Foxy Brown", "Out There", and "Chase". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Foxy Brown ... CD 14.99

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ImpressionsThree The Hard Way ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good .... $19.99
Not only a great soundtrack – but one of the best 70s albums by The Impressions! The set was written, arranged, and produced by the Curtom super-team of Rich Tufo and Lowrell Simon – and it's got a super-dope feel that reminds us of the work by Natural Four from the same time, with sweet harmonies over funky backings, in a hip 70s groove that's totally great! All cuts are vocal, but they have plenty of funky moments – and in a way, the whole album's as great as the lead track, which is normally the best one in a blacksploitation soundtrack like this. In other words, if you dig hit soundtrack theme songs like "Across 110th Street" or "Theme from Cleopatra Jones", you'll dig this entire album! Tracks include the great "Having A Ball", plus "Make A Resolution", "Something's Mighty Mighty Wrong", and "Three The Hard Way (Chase & Theme)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has marker on the front, some wear, a cutout hole, some seam splitting, and some staining along part of the bottom seam.)

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Incredible String BandLiquid Acrobat As Regards The Air ... LP
Island, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold .... $13.99
Titles include "Talking Of The End", "Cosmic Boy", "Adam & Eve", and "Here Till Here Is There". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Elektra with butterfly label. Cover has some light wear, and some splitting on the seams.)

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InsectsSounds Of Insects ... CD
Folkways, 1960. New Copy Gatefold .... $7.99 16.98
The bugs take over on this weird early album from Folkways – an assortment of odd insect sounds and noises, all with some nicely hokey narration! The quality of the recording is surprisingly gritty – so that the vibrations of wings and legs almost comes across like an early set of analogue electronics – which it might well pass as, if it weren't for the narration. Classics include "Fly Caught On Fly Paper", "Viceroy Butterfly In Flight", "Small Longhorn Beetle Shriek", "Dragonfly In Flight", "Japanese Beetles On A Rose", and "Hover Fly". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Ironing Board SamIntroduction To Ironing Board Sam (10 inch LP) ... LP
En Avant La Zizique (France), Late 60s. New Copy .... $21.99
Late 60s smokers from Ironing Board Sam – an artist with a name the sounds like he'd be a bluesman, but one who comes across with a heavy funk style on these rare sides! The cuts are pulled both from late 60s indie singles by Sam, and from the vaults – as the limited package includes a few unreleased numbers that are every bit as great as the other numbers on the set. Production is nice and raw, and most of the rhythms are super sharp – with a bold energy that really matches Sam's vocals. Titles include "Non Support", "Original Funky Belt Bottom", "Let's Streak", "I've Been Used", "Sticks & Stones", "Space Streaker", and "When You Brought Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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JabulaThunder & Happiness – The Complete Albums (Jabula/Thunder Into Our Hearts) ... CD
Caroline/RPM (UK), 1975/1976. Used .... $8.99
Two killers from Jabula – overlooked Afro soul albums from the 70s! The set mixes up the track list a bit, but still comprises both full albums from the group – the first of which is the self-titled Jabula. Jabula is South African soul, but recorded in the UK – coming across with a post-colonial vibe that's mighty nice! Jabula have a sound that's a bit like Osibisa – heavy in African roots, but also trained a bit more towards a 70s soul audience as well – with some very tight arrangements that really help focus their energy strongly – and make the album a surprisingly great debut! Most cuts have female vocals in the lead – but the instrumentation is also pretty great too – with some killer reed work from Dudu Pukwana, and lots of warm keyboards too. Titles include the great instrumentals "Naledi", a snaking funky track with a great soprano sax solo, and "Let Us Be Free", which is kind of an Afro-descarga number, with lots of guitar – and other cuts include "Thandi", "Jabula Happiness", "Listen To Me Crying", and "Our Fathers". Thunder Into Our Hearts is a great second set from Jabula – and a record that seems to push the jazzy component of their sound even further than before! The ensemble has really wonderful rhythms – great bass and percussion that get nice and funky at times, and which are often mixed with some really sweet keyboard parts. But the horns also have a great UK jazz approach too – reeds from Dudu Pukwana, trombone from Nick Evans, and even (supposedly) a bit of trumpet from Mongezi Feza – all of whom really help give the music a complex, modern vibe that goes way beyond other Afro-styled groups of this nature. Tunes are a mix of vocals and instrumentals – and titles include "Soweto My Love", "Tears Of Africa", "Thunder Into Our Hearts", "Harvest (part 2)", and "Journey To Africa". CD

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New Mahalia JacksonLegendary Mahalia Jackson ... CD
Acrobat, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used .... $4.99
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Jackson & His ComputerbandGlow (with download) ... LP
Warp, 2013. New Copy 2 LPs .... $22.99 25.99
Far-reaching, unpredictable electronic grooves from Parisian dancefloor soundscape expander Jackson Fourgeaud! This is just his second full length for Warp in about 8 years – and he remains creatively restless and broadly appealing – with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Big beats and other extroverted blasts of sound to keep us invigorated and dancefloor ready, but with some cool 80s synth pop and soundtrack-styled moments, too – given an original spin and never coming across as derivitive. Includes "Blow", "Seal", "Dead Living Things", "GI Jane (Fill Me Up)", "Orgysteria", "Blood Bust", "Memory", "Arp #1", "Pump", "More", "Vista" and "Billy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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Debbie JacobsHigh On Your Love ... LP
MCA, 1980. Near Mint- .... $0.99
An even tighter album than Debbie Jacobs' first for MCA – really wrapped around the strutting club guitar sound of producer Paul Sabu, and filled with tracks that bounce along with a tight little bottom! Debbie's vocals really push the range of the tracks a lot – belting out with the force of Loleatta Holloway one minute, but also coming across with a sound that's a lot colder than the Salsoul groove – almost a darkness that points the way towards more post-disco work to come. Titles include "Lovin Spree", "High On Your Love", "What Goes Up", "Make It Love", and "I Can Never Forget A Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jazzy DThat's What I Did (For You Baby) (rap, acapella, inst) ... 12-inch
Techno Hop, 1986. Near Mint- .... $1.99
Goofy West Coast single that uses the melody from the old "Green Acres" TV show(?!) and a vocal style that sort of immitates UTFO. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Techno Hop sleeve. Labels have some pen and marker.)

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Tizian Jost TrioUnited In The Big Blue ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
We love the piano work of Tizian Jost – a player with a really special way of ringing out his tone on the keys, often with this sort of joyful flow that comes across right away! A few notches either way, and Jost might be too sentimental or too smooth – but instead, he's got this really perfect balance of warmer emotions that comes through especially well on this album's all-original tracks. Each number has this fresh sort of sparkle that really fits the mood of Jost's piano – and the trio features well-matched work on bass from Thomas Stabenow and drums from Mario Gonzi. Titles include "Fantasy In Yellow White & Blue", "United In The Big Blue", "Tizi's Business", "Missing The Right Word", "Room 76", and "Fun In The Forest". CD

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Jungle BrothersJ Beez Wit The Remedy ... LP
Warner, 1993. Sealed .... $19.99
The last good Jungle Brothers LP? Depending on our mood, we might go as far as to say that. In any case, a solid early 90s hip hop album, from the waning years of the Native Tongues. They're peddling a little less knowledge this go 'round, and their sound doesn't come across as quite as inventive as their first 2 albums, but this one still takes us back with cuts like the singles "40 Below Trooper" and "My Jimmy Weighs A Ton". Also includes "Spark A New Flame", "All I Think About Is You", "Simple As That", "JB's Comin Through", and "For The Headz At Company Z". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kako & AzuquitaLive It Up ... LP
West Side Latino, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the best collaborations between Puerto Rican bandleader Kako and swingin' Panamanian vocalist Azuquita – and one of the seminal albums from the amazing late 60s era of West Side Latino Records! The record's got a number of nice tracks written by Louie Ramirez, including a few groovy boogaloos like "Panama's Boogaloo", "Aunque No Tengo Dinero", "Shingaling Shingaling", and "Cool Jerk", which is a Latin cover of the Capitols' hit. The title track "Live it Up" is, on top of being one of the most apt titles for a record we've come across in a while, a real pounder of Latin soul track with vocals by Bobby Marin. The whole thing adds up to one of those driving, heavily percussive Latin gems that we would surely have a hard time living without – and a real joy to see repressed on vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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KashifLove Changes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1987. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
Exactly the kind of record that shows why Kashif was one of the leading mainstream talents of the 80s – a set that not only has the artist really maturing as a singer, songwriter, and producer – but one that also has him reaching out to bring in a host of other talents from the time as well! The move is no surprise, given that Kashif had lent his talents to so many other artists' records in the past – and the favor seems to be returned by the album's work from Expose, Meli'sa Morgan, Doug E Fresh, Kenny G, Greg Phillinganes, and Whitney Houston – all of whom come across with a really organic feel that only seems to deepen the main sounds from Kashif. Titles include "Vacant Heart", "Fifty Ways", "Somebody", "Love Changes", "Loving You Only", "Love Me All Over", "Midnight Mood", "It All Begins Again", and "Who's Getting Serious". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Love Changes (full version)", "Loving You Only (ext rmx)", "Love Me All Over (ext version)", "Love Changes (acapella)", "Kathryn (inst)", and "Love Changes (inst)". CD

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Fred KazEastern Exposure ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... $10.99
An unusual little record – a set that's a bit "fake" in its pedigree, but which still comes across with some wonderfully vivid results! Fred Kaz is a Chicago pianist, but he works here on a set of original compositions based on his readings on Near Eastern cultures – dubbed by Fred as "Turkish experiments" in the liner notes – and a compelling blend of Eastern modes and modern jazz piano – maybe not as all-out as later experiments of the type on MPS/Saba, but still pretty darn great! The group's a trio – with Victor Sproles on bass and Roger Wanderscheid on drums – and titles include "Sand", "Ameer", "Salaam", "Turkish Blues", "Fez", "Muezzin", and "Tassel". CD

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New Keletigui Et Ses TambourinisSyliphone Years ... CD
Sterns (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD .... $19.99 23.98
A beautiful package of work from Keletigui Et Ses Tambourinis – a group who've never been represented this well in the reissue market – finally getting their due in a well-done 2CD set! The sound of the group's a bit different than some of their contemporaries – a haunting blend of reeds mixed with guitar, and often set to rhythms that have a gently flowing, almost bubbling sort of quality – one that echoes other popular African rhythms of the period, but which often change up in really cool ways! The hors are often what make the grooves so great – soulful tenor, sharper alto sax, and some sweet flute lines that dance across the top – echoing the spirit of the guitar nicely. And the instrumentation changes a bit from track too, making for a fresh sound throughout. As with other titles in this series, the package features full notes in English and French, plus lots of wonderful photos too – and most cuts in the collection come from the years 1968 to 1972 – lots of great singles, plus most of one LP. Titles include "Toubaka", "Guajira Con Tumbao", "Ilole Gbanina", "La Bicycletta", "Donsoke", "Bebe", "M'bongi Eyi", "Kabakele", "Kesso", "Mariama", "Kadia Blues", "Djoute Wassa", and "Jrda". CD

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Howard KenneySuper Star ... CD
Warner/Cherry Red (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $13.99
The first album from Howard Kenney – and a set that may not have made him the superstar promised in the title, but a pretty nice record overall! Kenney's got this cool, classy approach to soul – a style you'd guess from his look on the cover, and which comes across without any too-commercial or crossover-y modes – thanks to production help from both Johnny Pate and the great Larry Blackmon of Cameo. The grooves definitely echo the best Cameo modes at times, but also have a wider-ranging quality too – marking Kenney as a modern man who's more than willing to reach out in new ways. Our favorite cuts have that cool compressed style of the best midtempo groovers from Blackmon at the time – and titles include "No Promise Of Tomorrow", "Superstar", "No Fun To Me", "Can't Wait To Make You Mine", and "Between The Lines". CD

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Paul LacyBrooklyn Storefronts (paperback) ... Book
WW Norton, 2008. New Copy Book .... $3.99 17.95
A book we can really get behind – partly because we're a groovy local retailer, just like the ones featured in the pictures! The volume is exactly what's promised in the title – a beautiful look at storefronts in Brooklyn – from local grocery stores, to mom and pop neighborhood shops, to ethnic restaurants, and indie/underground retailers – all laid out in full color pictures, shot dead-on and presented with proportions that perfectly sum up the exterior space of the storefronts. The book's a great document of a world that vanishes bit by bit every year – and it instantly transports us to our favorite New York borough, and really shows the range of cultures we come across every time we visit! 158 pages, softcover, full color too! Book
 
 
 



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