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Atomic/School DaysNuclear Assembly Hall ... CD
Okka Disk, 2004. Used 2CD .... $13.99
They got the title right on this incendiary release, yet another transatlantic love affair between a nice patch of forward thinking Nordic improvisers and some of our own homegrown talent. The School Days quartet is a group that grew out of connections built up through the extended Vandermark/Gustafson relationship, with two of the leading lights of Chicago new school – Vandermark and Jeb Bishop – in the front line teaming up with a European rhyhtm section – Haker Flaten and Nilssen-Love – and taking inspiration from the landmark Lacy/Rudd recordings they derived their name from. As it happens, the rhythm section are from the group Atomic, with whom you may be familiar from their excellent Jazzland recordings, combining the best of the free avant scene with a strong rhythmic underpinning. This set of all original material bristles with energy, as the playing bounces between Ornette-ish phrasing, tightly arranged passages and textural improv. 9 numbers in all, spread out over 2 CDs, including "W Meets A", "Transparent taylor", "Ink Worm", "Kerosene", "Conjugations" and "Dog Days". CD

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AzymuthLight As A Feather (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $16.99
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil – a pushing forward of the soulful sides of their style, but with just the right blend of quirkier elements as well – one that still keeps the edge of the early years, yet helps the group reach out with a wonderfully warm sound! Most tracks are quite spare, and without any too-smooth polishing in production – and titles include the classic "Jazz Carnival", a funky fusion classic if there ever was one – plus "Light As A Feather", "Avenida Das Manguerias", "This Exists", "Partido Alto", "Dona Olimpia", "Amazonia", and "Young Embrace". CD also features four bonus tracks – "Jazz Carnival (full original mix)", "Avenida Das Manguerias (SS translation by Theo Parrish)", "Jazz Carnival (Yambee rework by Ashley Beedle & Yam Who)", and "Codsall Juniors" by Mark E. CD
(Remixed and remastered version – with better sound than ever!)

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LaVern BakerLet Me Belong To You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $22.99
Brilliant later work from Lavern Baker – material recorded years after her bigger fame at Atlantic Records, but with vocals that are still equally sublime! The set's got a very different feel than the blusier styles of before – and features wonderful Chicago soul production by Carl Davis and Eugene Record, but mixed with more uptown New York-styled arrangements from Teacho Wiltshire and Bert DeCoteaux – who mix strings and a bit of backing vocals with the harder rhythmic punch you'd expect from Brunswick. Some of the best cuts have a groovy groovy sound that really points the way to a whole new direction for Lavern – and titles include "Born To Lose", "Play It Fair", "Love Is Ending", "Pledging My Love", "I'm The One To Do It", and "Baby". CD features some really great bonus tracks – "Wrapped Tied & Tangled", "One Monkey", "Batman To The Rescue", and "I'm Gonna Get You" – plus duets with Jackie Wilson on "Please Don't Hurt Me" and "Think Twice". CD

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Lavern Baker/Lavern Baker & Jackie WilsonBumble Bee/Think Twice ... 7-inch
Fryer (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy .... $9.99
A great 60s number from Lavern Baker – and a tune that's got all the deep deep vocals we love from her Atlantic Records work of the 50s, but a very different groove overall! "Bumble Bee" has this really unusual vocal refrain – some male singers who sing choppily alongside Baker's soaring lead – amidst a cool groove that has lots of vibes ringing out as well! "Think Twice" is presented here in a rare "rated X" version – one that has both Lavern Baker and Jackie Wilson singing lyrics about drugs and sex that we've never heard before! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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BelenouChimen Ta La ... LP
Leritage (France), 1983. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold (reissue).... $19.99
A really unique little record – and one with a trans-Atlantic heritage too! The sounds here are all from Martinique, but are heavy in African roots as well – and offer up a criss-crossing of rhythmic and tropical modes that's mighty unique! The grooves have some vocals, but are often mostly focused on the instrumental interplay – some great percussion that moves at a very skittish pace – topped with these guitar lines that are both light and jagged, and which have a pulsing rhythmic intensity that's pretty darn hypnotic! Horns are nice, and get some great solos too – and there's a quality the record that's both airy and deep at the same time. Titles include "Chimen Ta La", "Bochet", "Ansinel", "Flabo Pep La", "Omaj Pou Danyel", and "Endepandans". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". CD

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New David BowieRebel Rebel (UK single mix, US single mix) (picture disc) ... 7-inch
Parlophone, 1974. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
One of David Bowie's most anthemic tunes of the 70s – served up here in two different original mixes! The limited picture disc offers up "Rebel Rebel" in all its glory from two different sides of the Atlantic – the original UK single mix, and the slightly different mix that was issued on 45 in America! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Solomon BurkeElectronic Magnetism/Bridge Of Life ... 7-inch
MGM, Early 70s. Very Good+ .... $2.99
Amazing soul from Solomon Burke – one of his greatest recordings of the post-Atlantic years! "Electronic Magnetism" is warm, sweet southern soul – done with sublime arrangements that rise up on gentle guitars and just a bit of strings – but which take all their power from the rich country soul of Solomon's magnificent vocals! The man's never sounded better – and the single's got a sense of adult, mature love that shows a whole new side of his career! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In an MGM sleeve.)

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Donald Byrd & Barney WilenJazz In Camera ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1958. New Copy .... $24.99
An unreleased treasure from the European scene of the late 50s – material recorded for a soundtrack, and a rare meeting of American trumpeter Donald Byrd and French tenor giant Barney Wilen! Neither the film nor the music were ever issued at the time – and this archival project finally brings together the sublime sounds in the studio from Byrd and Wilen – music that's easily every bit as great as the best French jazz scores of the time, as well as most other European hardbop records too! The group features talents from both sides of the Atlantic – Jimmy Gourley on guitar, Walter Davis on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Al Levitt on drums – and the style is a bit tighter than usual for a jazz soundtrack – with long tracks that have a more conventional jazz tune shape, instead of shorter atmospheric numbers. Wilen gets plenty of room to stretch out in expressive tones – as on his soundtrack work with Miles Davis from the same time – and hearing Byrd's trumpet alongside makes for a really nice contrast! CD

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Cane & AbleCane & Able ... LP
AKT, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A fantastic bit of tripped out funk! Cane & Able were one of the many groups that came out of the collective surrounding the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band in the early 70s – and like that group, Cane & Able draw on a wide range of influences to create a heavy funky sound. The album mixes the African influences used by the LARB with more of a hard soul vocal approach, with some cuts sounding a bit like material from Atlantic albums of the late 60s, but handled with more of a fuzzy edge. Includes a great funky reading of Wilson Pickett's "Don't Knock My Love", a cover of "Who's Gonna Take The Weight", and the long tripped-out groover "Girl You Move Me"! LP, Vinyl record album

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CapitolsWe Got A Thing ... LP
Atco/Karen, 1966. Very Good .... $24.99
An obvious follow-up to their big hit "Cool Jerk", but a great album of raw soulful tracks that puts this Detroit group right up there with the best of the 60s up-tempo harmony groups! Apart from the nice original title cut, the record's also got a number of other great tracks like "It's Googaloo Time", "Tired Running From You", "I Got To Handle It", and "I Feel Alright". There's a few other Atlantic soul covers, but since the great Ollie McLaughlin produced the session in Detroit, the album's got a much more exciting feel than a lot of other Atlantic soul albums from the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing! Cover has wear with split top & bottom seams.)

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Ornette ColemanFriends and Neighbors - Ornette Live At Prince Street ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy .... $11.99
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Ornette Coleman – and a set that's very different than some of his other work for different labels – particularly his better-known material for Blue Note and Atlantic! The album's got a righteous feel that's right up there in the best spirit of the Flying Dutchman label of the early 70s – a mode that's still on the far reaches of avant jazz that Ornette explored on earlier sessions – but which also has a warmer, almost more spiritual quality at times too. The core group features legendary partners Charlie Haden on bass, Dewey Redman on tenor, and Ed Blackwell on drums – but part of the record features an unnamed group of "Friends & Neighbors", who join in on the title cut with this collaborative spirit that really sets the tone for the whole record. Coleman plays trumpet and violin in addition to his usual alto sax – and titles include the mindblowing two part "Friends & Neighbors", plus "Let's Play", "Long Time No See", "Forgotten Songs", and "Tomorrow". CD

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Colombiafrica – The Mystic OrchestraVoodoo Love Inna Champeta Land ... CD
Riverboat, 2007. Used .... $8.99
Unusual grooves from the Colombia scene – a contemporary pan-Atlantic style that brings together older African modes with some of the Latin influences from Colombia! Elements of soukous, highlife, and Afro-Beat come into play with romping Latin percussion and some slight contemporary production techniques – in a blend that links together the cultures beautifully, and which often comes off with a sunny, warm-spirited appeal! The package features 14 tracks recorded in both Colombia and Paris – with a great array of guest stars joining in from track to track. Titles include "No Habla Na", "Mama Africa", "Jaloux Jaloux", "Zarandia Champeta", "Quien Manda A Quien", "More Fire From Colombiafrica", "Rey De Rocha Sound System", "El Liso En Olaya", and "Kumina". CD
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John ColtraneLive At The Village Vanguard (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1961. Used .... $16.99
Sublimely spiritual work from the great John Coltrane – a live album, but one that's easily one of his most important contributions to music in the early 60s – and a set that we'd rank right up there with his best studio sides for Impulse or Atlantic Records at the time! The group here features McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – plus the very important addition of Eric Dolphy on the leadoff tune "Spiritual" – a number that features Dolphy on bass clarinet alongside Coltrane's tremendous tenor, as both players open up on extended solos that take the tune to nearly 14 minutes in length! Other numbers omit Dolphy, but are still totally great – and Coltrane picks up the soprano sax for a classic reading of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" – and the group shifts slightly for the freer "Chasin The Trane", a 16 minute romp done with only tenor sax, drums, and bass – the latter of which is handled here by Jimmy Garrison instead of Workman. CD
(SHM-CD pressing. Includes obi.)

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Arthur ConleyShake, Rattle, & Roll ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1967. Used .... $11.99
The second Arthur Conley album for Atlantic – and like the first, a record that really cooks with some great Otis Redding production! The sound and style is very similar to Otis' work for Stax during the 60s – but the album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, with engineering by Jimmy Johnson, and it's got a bit of a different sound from the Memphis soul of Otis' records. There's more horns, and less organ and guitars, and Conley's vocals are produced in a raw style that brings out the best of his work. Includes versions of the Otis Redding tracks "Ha Ha Ha" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long", plus Conley's own "Love's Got Me", "Hand & Glove", and "I'll Take The Blame". CD
(Includes obi.)

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ContinentalIssue 21 (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
Double Crown, 2013. New Copy .... $6.99
A small magazine, but a sweet one too – especially if you dig 60s surf and guitar instrumentals! The issue's very heavy on text, with some nice black and white photos too – and highlights include an interview with Australia's legendary The Atlantics, a remembrance of Eddie Bertrand of Eddie & The Showmen, an interview with Reverb Junkies directory Steve Seagren, and lots and lots of reviews. The issue also comes with a bonus CD – featuring 21 songs by Beach Bunny, Corridor X, Rodeo, Point Zero, Wailin Wolf, and many others – and a DVD of the Reverb Junkies film. Magazine

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Jackie De ShannonPut A Little Love In Your Heart ... LP
Imperial, 1969. Very Good .... $1.99
Quite possibly the last great hit from singer Jackie DeShannon – an album built around the righteous spirit of the title track – filled with really wonderful original tunes penned by Jackie and soul singer Jimmy Holiday! The album may well be the best to explore the space between pop and soul that often characterized Jackie's work – and the overall sound is somewhat similar to some of Dusty Springfield's best pop/soul work from the same stretch. 10 of the album's 12 tracks are originals by Holiday and DeShannon – all set to soaring orchestrations by James Langeford, which often have a pronounced influence from the sound of Atlantic Records in the late 60s! Titles include "Put A Little Love In Your Heart", "You Are The Real Thing", "River Of Love", "Movin", "You Can Come To Me", "You Have A Way With Me", and "I Let Go Completely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small center split on the top seam and light ringwear, with some staining, peeling, and seam splitting along part of the bottom.)

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New Delights OrchestraBaby Be Mine/Paul's Midnight Ride (inst) ... 7-inch
Atco, Late 60s. Very Good+ .... $9.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Atlantic sleeve. Labels have small initials in pen.)

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Bill DoggettFingertips ... LP
Columbia, 1963. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Smoking stuff – and one of Bill Doggett's best albums away from the King record label! The style here is even tighter than on King – somewhere in a space between 60s soul jazz and soul instrumental modes – with Doggett's organ right out front in the mix, stepping along some great short little numbers! The record's nice and playful – and at times feels like an Atlantic instrumental set – on cuts that include "Hot Fudge", "Soul City", "Monkey", "One Fine Day", "The Worm", "Fingertips", and "Soul Zone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sophia Domancich/William Parker/Hamid DrakeWashed Away ... CD
Marge (France), 2008. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
Extremely beautiful work from this trans-Atlantic trio – a group that mixes the lyrical piano talents of Sophia Domancich with the rock-solid rhythms of Hamid Drake and William Parker! Sophia's touch on the keys is really beautiful – improvised at points, but with a lot of warmth – and her tone really seems to set Drake and Parker's talents in a whole new light – a sound that's quite a revelation, and which makes this CD a lot more than we were expecting! The performance features three long numbers, handled beautifully by the trio – often starting with Sophia's ruminations on the piano, soon filled in with bass from Parker and percussion from Drake. Titles include the wonderful "Washed Away" – plus "Lonely Woman" and "The Seagulls Of Kristiansund". CD

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Pierre Dorge & New Jungle OrchestraTjak Tjaka Tchicai ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy .... $15.99 18.99
Pierre Dorge pays tribute to the late reedman John Tchicai – a frequent musical partner over the years, and a player who's shaped the sound of countless others on both sides of the Atlantic! Tchicai got his start with Archie Shepp on the New York scene of the 60s, but moved over to Denmark by the end of that decade – and ended up having a good deal of interaction with guitarist Pierre Dorge in years to come, including performances on some of the best sessions by the New Jungle Orchestra! This album really recalls those great ones – as Dorge chooses tunes that seem to have an especially spiritual flavor, and evoke Tchicai in ways that most of the group's recent work might not have – using especially strong passages from reed players who include Jakob Mygind on tenor and soprano, Anders Banke on tenor and bass clarinet, and Morten Carlson on tenor and taragot. Titles include "Mozombo", "A Rufous Mot Mot", "Jungle Sketches", "Autobahn Tchicai Zwei", "Lucianus In Congo", and "Tjak Tjaka Tchicai". CD

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DVDGreatest Ears In Town – The Arif Mardin Story (DVD) ... DVD
Shelter Island, 2013. New Copy .... $19.99 24.98
A feature documentary on the life and incredible career of producer Arif Mardin – the legendary producer, composer, arranger and eventual vice-president of Atlantic Records – who was an instrumental figure behind the scenes of many of the greatest jazz, soul, pop and rock records of the past 50 years! Mardin produced SO many legendary records by SO many legendary artists, it feels a crime to list but a few – but we'll go ahead mention some of the biggest and best records by Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, Willie Nelson, Chaka Khan and The Bee Gees are among them – in a career that spanned the late 50s to the mid 00s. The doc is co-produced and co-directed by Doug Bird and Arif's son Joe Mardin – with some great archival footage behind the scenes – with appearances by Quincy Jones, George Martin, Ahmet Ertugun and others. Feature is 103 minutes. DVD
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Lorraine EllisonStay With Me ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... $13.99
Deep deep soul from Lorraine Ellison – a record that already shows quite a bit of growth from her earlier Warner Brothers recordings – and a new sense of hipness as well! There's definitely an influence here of the sound of Stax and Atlantic Records at the end of the 60s – all focused through the excellent production and songwriting of Jerry Ragovoy, who's a key influence on the record – and who really helps make it one of Lorraine's greatest moments ever! If you've ever wanted to dig Lorraine Ellison, this is definitely the place to start – as it's an album we'd easily stack next to the best from any of our favorite female deep soul singers. Tracks include the classic "Stay With Me", plus "I Want To Be Loved", "Heart Be Still", "You Don't Know Nothing About Love", and "The Hurt Came Back Again". CD

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Executive SuiteExecutive Suite 1 ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
A gem of a full-length set from Executive Suite – a Philly quartet who are probably best known for their singles in the 70s, but who really find a great way to open up here in the course of an expanded album! Some of the tracks are nice and long – done in a two-part style that really brings up some of the excellent Sigma Sound backing the group get for their vocals arranged with a nice early approach to Philly club by Patrick Adams, Bobby Martin, and the team of Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Earl Young! The sound rivals some of the more famous Philly productions on Atlantic Records by bigger groups of the mid 70s – and titles include "You Got It (parts 1 & 2)", "When The Fuel Runs Out (parts 1 & 2)", "You Believed In Me (parts 1 & 2)", "I'm A Winner Now", and "Your Love Is Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee FieldsFaithful Man ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy .... $12.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a beautiful indication of Lee's rich legacy in soul music – which stretches back decades, with rare releases on small indie labels! Yet the sound here is much stronger than Fields ever got back in the day – thanks to help from The Expressions, and some sublime Truth & Soul production – a combination that really has the record feeling as if it were recorded for Atlantic at Muscle Shoals at the end of the 60s. Lee's vocals really rise to the setting, and may well be some of his best in years – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how great he always is! A stone home run throughout – with titles that include "Faithful Man", "Wish You Were Here", "Moonlight Mile", "Walk On Thru That Door", "Still Hanging On", "You're The Kind Of Girl", and "I Still Got It". CD

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Aretha FranklinAretha (1980) ... LP
Arista, 1980. Very Good+ .... $1.99
Classy later soul from Aretha Franklin – a set that's free from some of the too-commercial modes of other 80s work, but which still pushes the envelope nicely from her years at Atlantic! Production is both by Arif Mardin and Chuck Jackson – the former one of Franklin's best collaborators in earlier years, the latter a great help here on songwriting as well! At its best, the record's got some of the smoother, jazzier inflections that Aretha was picking up at Atlantic in the 70s – and titles include "Come To Me", "Love Me Forever", "Can't Turn You Loose", "United Together", "Whatever It Is", "School Days", and "Together Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin's Greatest Hits ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint- .... $11.99
Despite the title, this isn't really Aretha's greatest hits – as it includes no numbers from the Atlantic years – but it is a pretty good selection of Aretha's earlier work for Columbia, and features some real gems that should have been bigger hits than they were. Titles include "Runnin Out Of Fools", "Try A Little Tenderness", "Sweet Bitter Love", "Today I Sing The Blues", "Without The One You Love", and the sweet sample cut "One Step Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing, in great shape!)

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Aretha FranklinSoul Sister ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Near Mint- .... $9.99
Aretha Franklin's definitely growing into her role as a soul sister here – a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 sound mono pressing.)

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Aretha FranklinTake A Look ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good+ .... $2.99
One of the most deeply soulful of Aretha's Columbia albums – and a record that really has her opening up in a hard-hitting style! Some tracks still have a bit of a jazzy flourish, almost in a Gloria Lynne or Esther Phillips approach, but overall the whole album's got a style that prefaces Aretha's Atlantic work nicely – not as stripped down or rootsy, but definitely heading in that direction. Titles include "Blue Holiday", "Take A Look", "Lee Cross", "I'll Keep On Smiling", "Follow Your Heart", and "Won't Be Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing.)

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Carolyn FranklinBaby Dynamite ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good+ .... $16.99
Sock-hard soul from Aretha Franklin's funky sister! By the time of this album, Carolyn had spent quite a bit of time working as sort of an "understudy" to Aretha – and according to the notes on the album, written by the girls father, Reverend CL Franklin, Carolyn was being groomed for a very similar career to Aretha. This album shines with the best of Aretha's late 60s work for Atlantic – with a hard soul approach that shares both elements of Aretha's mellow southern soulful numbers, plus an added bonus of a good Northern soul groove on the best tracks! Horace Ott arranged the record, and titles include "What Cha Donna Do", "Reality", "I Don't Want To Lose You", "Boxer", "On A Back Street", and "I Can't Love Without You". LP, Vinyl record album
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Erma FranklinSoul Sister ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Lost funky work from one of the soulful sisters of Aretha Franklin! Erma's got a hard-hitting style that's right up there with Aretha's best for Atlantic – and on this album, she's working in Chicago with Johnny Pate, Sonny Sanders, and Willie Henderson – for a harder-hitting sound than her famous sis, really in the groove with the best of Brunswick from the late 60s! There's as much funk on the record as there is the deep soul you'd expect from the Franklin family, and Erma's vocals are incredible – equally at home with the original tracks on the record, as well as some late 60s hits that are nicely soulized by the boys in the band! Titles include "Hold On I'm Coming", "Baby I Love You", "Light My Fire", "You've Been Cancelled", "Can't See My Way", and "Gotta Find Me A Lover". LP, Vinyl record album

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Von FreemanHave No Fear (plus bonus track) ... CD
Nessa, 1975. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
One of the best studio albums ever from the legendary Von Freeman – and a date that really captures some of the careful essence of his live performances in Chicago! Unlike the previous Atlantic album, which tried to fit Von into a more expected bag, this easygoing Nessa session really lets him open up and take off – blowing tunes that are straight ahead, but always with that offbeat style that turns the songs inside out – making them rich exploratory fields for inventive and creative solos! The group fits Von's longtime credo of never upstaging the leader – which gives his tenor lots of room to blow – and players include John Young on piano , David Shipp on bass, and the great Wilbur Campbell on drums. Titles include a great version of Mancini's "Mr Lucky", plus "Swinging The Blues", "Polka Dots And Moonbeams", and "Have No Fear Soul Is Here". This great Nessa CD version has a killer bonus track, too – the Freeman-composed "Boomerang". CD

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion Inc.Ritual (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Omega/P-Vine (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $22.99
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". CD

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Lars GullinPortrait Of My Pals (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol (Sweden), 1964. New Copy .... $6.99 12.99
A genius album from Swedish baritone giant Lars Gullin – and a set that's from a period that was much less documented on our side of the Atlantic! Gullin was one of the undisputed masters of the instrument, and his American recordings on Mercury and Prestige stand as proof to his talent – but his work from the 60s, done back in his native Sweden, has been lost for years – and is often deeper and more complicated than his US sides of the 50s! This set from 1964 features Gullin in the company of a host of very talented "pals" that includes some of the greatest talents in jazz in Sweden at the time – Rolf Billberg on alto, Jan Allan on trumpet, Harry Backlund on tenor, Torgny Nilsson on trombone, and Lars Sjosten on piano – all artists used by Gullin in varying combinations, working through these wonderful arrangements of original tunes that are among some of the best he ever wrote. The set features haunting arrangements that defy description, and which allow the soloists free room to express themselves in a manner that skirts between hardbop and modernism, but which always manages to swing! Titles include "It's True", "I've Seen", "Prima Vera", "Decent Eyes", "Gabriella", and "Portrait Of My Pals". CD also features 4 bonus tracks too! CD

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Tim HardinThis Is Tim Hardin ... LP
Atco, 1967. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Rootsier material than you might be used to from Tim Hardin – tracks that were recorded before his famous albums on Verve in the mid 60s, but issued later by Atlantic Records – obviously in an attempt to rush some Hardin material on the market! Despite that cash-in scenario, though, the record's still quite good – a rougher, folksier, almost bluesier version of Tim than you might know from his more familiar hits – working here with heavy acoustic guitar, and often singing traditional tunes of the type that were much more common with folkies. The record does feature the original Hardin numbers "Danville Dame", "Fast Freight", "I Can't Slow Down", and "You Got To Have More Than One Woman" – plus a version of Fred Neil's "Blues On The Ceiling", and the titles "Cocaine Bill", "House Of The Rising Sun", and "Stagger Lee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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New Donny HathawayNever My Love – The Anthology (4CD set) ... CD
WEA, Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs .... $45.99 49.98
Don't think "anthology" – think "new musical discovery" – as this amazing package features two full CDs' worth of unreleased music from Donny Hathaway – plus some bonus rare tracks from singles, mono mixes, and key Roberta Flack duets as well! To our ears, the most exciting music comes from the unreleased cuts – work that really goes a long way towards filling out the all-too-short catalog of this legendary soul singer – and a perfect complement to his classic Atlantic Records albums from the 70s. Unreleased studio tracks include "A Lot Of Soul", "Let's Groove", "Latin Time", "Tally Rand", "Sunshine Over Showers", "Don't Turn Away", "Always The Same", "Zyxygy Concerto", "Sands Of Time & Changes", and the instrumental "Brown Eyed Lady" – and the set also features 10 previously unreleased cuts from Donny's famous 1971 run at The Bitter End – live tracks that include "Jealous Guy", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", "Hey Girl", "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", "The Ghetto", "Voices Inside", "Sack Full Of Dreams", and "What's Going On". Another CD features great singles – including the rare early duets with June Conquest on "I Thank You Baby" and "Just Another Reason" – plus mono single versions of "This Christmas", "Magnificent Sanctuary Band", "Lord Help Me", and "A Song For You" – as well as a duet with Margie Joseph on "Come Back Charleston Blue", the studio version of "Little Ghetto Boy", and the cuts "Love Love Love", "You Were Meant For Me", "I Believe To My Soul", and "Young Gifted & Black". The final CD features duets with Roberta Flack on 13 tracks that include "Mood", "Back Together Again", "You Are My Heaven", "Be Real Black For Me", "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "For All We Know", and "When Love Has Grown". 58 tracks in all – and a sweet package too! CD

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ItadiItadi ... CD
Hot Casa (France), 1977. New Copy .... $16.99
A rare Afro funk gem from Itadi – filled with righteous sounds and knowledge, and served up in a dubby groove that's pretty unique! Itadi hails from Togo, but already had experience in the US by the time of this recording – and the sound carries some cross-Atlantic styles that really make the whole thing stand out – almost echoes of Jamaican modes at time, fused with a delivery that's decidedly African – all coming out in a post-colonial style that's a bit like the best work from Cymande! Tracks spin out these rolling basslines that are tied together with riffing guitar and sweet organ lines – and although the lyrics are important, and often political, the infectious rhythmic approach of the record is what really sends things home – all at a pace that's quite different than both Nigerian or Ethiopian sounds of the time. Titles include "Dodzi", "Hustle", "Live In Other World", "Ayala", "Mama", "Peace & Freedom", and "Watch Your Life". CD

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Etta JamesGood Rockin Mama – Her 1950s Rock & Roll Dance Party ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy .... $19.99
Rare early work from Etta James – material cut during the late 50s for the west coast Modern Records label, most of it a lot harder-hitting than Etta's more famous music for Chess in the 60s! Given the raw power of Etta James at Chess, that's saying a heck of a lot – and you'll definitely hear an unbridled James at work here – a younger singer working in territory that echoes Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown on Atlantic, but with a grittier nod to the R&B underground on labels like King or Savoy. The package features a few great answer songs – Etta's contribution to the "Henry" song cycle – and some other great stompers too – a selection that includes "Tough Lover", "Good Rockin Daddy", "Woman", "The Wallflower", "Dance With Me Henry", "Hickory Dickory Dock", "Strange Things Happening", and "Hey Henry". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jimmy James & The VagabondsCome To Me Softly ... LP
Atco, 1968. Very Good- .... $4.99
Jimmy James and his Vagabonds were a UK group, but they scored nicely in the US with this classic Atlantic side, which was licensed from Pye UK. The record includes their own big hit "Come To Me Softly", plus a number of other soul covers – like "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl", "This Heart Of Mine", "People Get Ready", "The Entertainer", "Ain't No Big Thing", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink & tan label pressing. Vinyl has a click or two.)

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Margie JosephMargie Joseph Makes A New Impression ... LP
Volt, 1970. Very Good+ .... $9.99
A great early album from Margie Joseph – and a real standout in the post-Atlantic Stax Record scene! The sound here isn't as standard Memphis as some of the other records on the label at the time – more a blend of southern soul, Detroit styles, and a few other bits – pulled together tightly through the strength of Margie's vocals! There's some fairly expansive backings at times – a great mix of sweet strings and deeper soul that's totally great – and which really should have made the record a better-charting classic at the time. The Bar Kays provide backing on a number of tracks – and the album includes a great 8 minute remake of "Stop In The Name Of Love" that begins with a nifty spoken part, in which Margie's talking to her man about hearing his name spoken by someone else on the bus! Titles include "How Beautiful The Rain", "Sweeter Tomorrow", "Medicine Bend", "Come Tomorrow", and "I'm Fed Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an address sticker.)

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Paul KellyDon't Burn Me ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the best records ever from deep soul singer Paul Kelly – a great talent from the Warner Brothers roster of the early 70s, and a vocalist who might have been more at home on late 60s Atlantic Records! Paul works here with production from Buddy Killen – the southern soul maestro who'd already made many great records with Joe Tex – and the sound of the set is kind of a furthering of the southern indie sound of a few years before – pushed forward with a bit more money and production skills, but still pretty darn perfect at the core. Instrumentation is by a host of southern session greats – including Chips Moman on guitar, Tommy Cogbill on bass, and Bobby Emmons on keyboards – and titles include "Come Lay Some Lovin' On Me", "Come With Me", "Love Me Now", "Wrapped Up In Your Love", "Don't Burn Me", and "Sweetness". CD

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New Robin KenyattaEncourage The People (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Wolf/Clinck (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $24.99
Post-Atlantic work from Robin Kenyatta – but an album that follows in a very similar mode! This date was done for the Wolf subsidiary of TK Records, but it's got a very hip New York groove – one that's almost even more righteous than some of Robin's earlier work, with some excellent arrangements from Arthur Jenkins – who's managed to fill the set with a great sense of soul! Kenyatta's alto and soprano sax are set up with keyboards from Jenkins and Richard Tee, plus bass, guitar, percussion, and some great backing vocals at points – used sparingly, but in ways that almost remind us of Oneness Of Juju at some of their smoother moments. Kenyatta's reeds have a Plunky-like feel too – more inside than the Juju work of the mid 70s, but pointing towards Plunky's smoother sounds to come. Given that the vocal group features Gwen Guthrie, Vivian Cherry, and Patti Austin, you can bet they sound pretty sweet – and titles on the set include "Love Me", "Oh Oh Oh", "You", "Bluebird", and "Of Life & Love". CD

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Chaka KhanNaughty ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good .... $4.99
A great album of mellow modern soul tracks recorded in Chaka's post-Rufus years! The record was produced by the great Arif Mardin, the man who made so many of the 70s Atlantic soul records work so well – and he handled Chaka's voice with a sweet sweet sound that you don't always get on her other albums. Includes the great "Papillon", her remake of "Hot Butterfly", plus "Move Me No Mountain", "So Naughty", "Too Much Love", and "Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album
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Freddie KingFreddie King Is A Blues Master ... LP
Cotillion, 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the sound is raw, rootsy, and has a nice down-homey feel – with none of the cliches that you might expect from a release on Cotillion. Freddie sings a bit, but the best cuts are the instrumental ones, which take his older blues guitar style into a funkier Atlantic groove. King Curtis produced, and the titles include "Play It Cool", "Blue Shadows", "Hot Tomato", "Wide Open", "Sweet Thing", "Hideaway", and the excellent groover "Funky " – a massive instrumental filled with great guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Freddie King Is A Blues Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Freddie KingFreddie King Is A Blues Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cotillion/Friday Music, 1969. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the sound is raw, rootsy, and has a nice down-homey feel – with none of the cliches that you might expect from a release on Cotillion. Freddie sings a bit, but the best cuts are the instrumental ones, which take his older blues guitar style into a funkier Atlantic groove. King Curtis produced, and the titles include "Play It Cool", "Blue Shadows", "Hot Tomato", "Wide Open", "Sweet Thing", "Hideaway", and the excellent groover "Funky " – a massive instrumental filled with great guitar! CD features two bonus tracks – "Play It Cool (mono)" and "Funky (mono)". CD
Also available Freddie King Is A Blues Master ... LP 11.99

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King CurtisDo Your Thing ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
Very cool stuff – a rare European-only album that brings together some of King Curtis' funkiest tracks ever – and which really stands as one of the most perfect full records we've ever heard from the King! The sound here is more Stax Records than some of the mellower cuts that Atlantic issued under Curtis' name – and although some of his full albums for the label had hits mixed with filler material, lots of of the tracks here offer up the same sort of instrumental greatness you'd get from the b-sides of some of the best King Curtis funky 45s! Titles include "Last Night", "Sing A Simple Song", "Instant Groove", "Memphis Soul Stew", "In The Pocket", "Hold On I'm Coming", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Jump Back", and "I Heard It Through The Grapevine". CD

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King CurtisHave Tenor Sax Will Blow ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... $15.99
Smoking tenor from one of the greatest reedmen of all time – and one of the few who could easily bridge the worlds of jazz, soul, and R&B! The set's one of King's earliest albums – recorded back in 1959, and really given a tight Atlantic Records focus that takes the music way past some of Curtis' recordings for other labels – a sharp, tight punch in the rhythms that really works perfectly with his horn! Most of the players have a jazz pedigree, but fall nicely in line behind the tenor lead – on a rich range of original titles that include "Midnight Ramble", "The Shake", "Lil Brother", "Jaywalk", "Snake Eyes", "The Groove", and "Chili" – plus a sweet take on "Peter Gunn" too! CD

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King CurtisInstant Groove ... LP
Atco, 1969. Near Mint- .... $24.99
An instant groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping number that pushed funk further into the mainstream back in the day – and lots of the rest of the album follows suit, by bringing in some of the rougher King Curtis edges that usually only showed up on b-sides of 45s – while other full albums usually focused on sweeter sounds. There's a few of those here too – but even those tracks have a looser, more personal feel than before – not as much "perfect" soul sax, and a bit more grit. Arrangements are by Arif Mardin and King Curtis – and Duane Allman plays guiter on some cuts! Titles include "The Weight", "Sing A Simple Song", "Instant Groove", "Hey Jude", "Games People Play", "La Jeanne", and "Foot Pattin". LP, Vinyl record album
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King FloydKing Floyd ... CD
Cotillion (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the best-remembered moments from the mighty King Floyd – a southern soul singer who came into the game slightly later than some of his Atlantic Records contemporaries, but who still packs a punch that's right up there with the best of them! The album's best known for the huge hit "Groove Me" – a slinky, catchy tune that's gotten King plenty of play over the years – but the whole thing is pretty darn great, and shows a new sound and style of southern soul coming into play – as Floyd's working in Jackson, at the Malaco Studios, with Wardell Quezergue producing – in a sound that's a bit free of some of the more obvious Memphis and Muscle Shoals modes, yet without any of the cliches that would later hold some folks back too. King balances things perfectly throughout – and in addition to "Groove Me", the set also features "Let Us Be", "Messing Up My Mind", "What Our Love Needs", and "Don't Leave Me Lonely". CD

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Roland KirkNow Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the most unusual Roland Kirk albums of the 60s – his only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic! The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie Boykins on bass and Grady Tate on drums – all free-thinking talents that are enough to match the whimsy of Kirk's own playing on tenor, flute, stritch, and manzello – but also strong enough jazz players to hold tight during the straighter jazz moments of the set. There's a rich array of jazz styles and histories that seem to peek out from track to track – and the overall vibe is a bit less nutty than Kirk's other albums, with a subtle genius that we really love. A great lost treasure – featuring the tracks "Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith", "Why Don't They Know", "Silverlization", "Alfie", "Blue Rol", "Stompin' Ground", and "Fall Out". CD

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Karin KrogGeorge Gershwin & Karin Krog ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or gimmicky – and Krog shows once again that she's one of the best interpreters of song on either side of the Atlantic – hitting a space here that's just perfect, and which makes us love the record a heck of a lot more than we ever would have expected for a Gershwin-titled set! The group's a quartet, with some excellent tenor from Bjarne Nerem – who sounds especially great on an instrumental reading of "That Certain Feeling" – and titles include "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Who Cares?", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", and "They All Laughed". CD

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Timo LassyIn With Lassy ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2012. New Copy .... $19.99
The sound of Ricky Tick hits Schema Records – with a whole new groove in the process! Tenorist Timo Lassy has won our ears strongly with his previous records for Finnish label Ricky Tick – hardbop groovers that are filled with soul and life, and lots of spontaneous live jazz playing. This smoking Schema records set has all that same sort of energy – but shifts the groove slightly from hardbop to more of a mod sort of style – thanks to use of Wurlitzer electric piano in the combo, which helps bring along a jaunty approach to the rhythms! The vibe's a bit like an Atlantic Records soul jazz set from the late 60s – like work by David Newman or Hank Crawford – and Timo's tenor is in great company alongside the electric keys, acoustic bass, drums, and percussion. Titles include "Touch Red", "Teddy The Sweeper", "Creole Stew", "It Could Be Better", "Uncle Harry Came To Town", and "Shootin Dice". CD

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Bettye LavetteScene Of The Crime ... CD
Anti, 2007. Used .... $7.99
The long-overdue return of Bettye Lavette to Muscle Shoals – the scene of her ill-fated album for Atlantic Records from the early 70s – hence the title of this album! The style here is certainly classic, and very old school – with backings provided by The Drive-By Truckers, whose member Patterson Hood has family ties back to the older Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s and 70s – and classic southern soul keyboardist Spooner Oldham joins the group wonderfully on electric piano for most of the record, bringing a sweetly warm style to the backings that sounds great next to the time-sharpened edges of Bettye's vocals. As with other Anti label efforts of this type, the sound is respectfully classic – no attempt made to update Lavette's style at all, and none of the cheesier bluesy material that Bettye might have been forced to sing, were she working with a lesser label. Titles include "Choices", "Jealousy", "You Don't Know Me At All", "I Still Want To Be your Baby", "Somebody Pick Up My Pieces", "Talking Old Soldiers", "Before The Money Came", and "I Guess We Shouldn't Talk About That Now". CD

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Laura LeeLove More Than Pride (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
Rare work by Laura Lee – a singer who's best known for her 70s hits on the Hot Wax label, but who sounds equally great here on her earlier sides for Chess! Lee's deep soul approach was a perfect match for Chess at the end of the 60s – and the work here often has her coming across with a hard and heavy approach that rivaled the best female soul coming out of Stax or Atlantic during the same era – no surprise, considering that most of the material here was recorded down in Muscle Shoals, far from the Chicago studios and sweeter production styles of most other artists on Chess! Rick Hall handled the Muscle Shoals material – in a real Fame Records mode – and other cuts were put together by Gene Barge and Cash McCall. The sound is great throughout – with a deeper soul groove than in her early 70s recordings, and vocal power that she hardly ever matched again! Titles include "Mama's Got A Good Thing", "That's How It Is", "Dirty Old Man", "She Don't Love You", "Another Man's Woman", "I Need to Belong To Someone", and "Love More Than Pride". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Uptight Good Man", "As Long As I Got You", "Sure As Sin", "Hang It Up", "A Man With Some Backbone", "Wanted Lover No Experience Necessary", "She Will Break Your Heart", and an extended version of "Dirty Old Man". CD

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Eddy LouissJazz In Paris – Bohemia After Dark ... CD
Universal (France), 1972. New Copy .... $9.99 11.99
An amazing organist – probably the best in Europe! Eddy Louiss is a genius – a massive player who should have been huge, but who's barely been recognized over on this side of the Atlantic, save for a bit of recording with Stan Getz. This 1972 session is a gem – one of his best records, recorded in 1972 with a small quartet that includes Kenny Clarke on drums, Jimmy Gourley on guitar, and Guy Pederson on bass. The set's got a laidback soul jazz feel – with lots of long tracks that let Gourley and Louiss meander about, while Clarke punctuates the tracks nicely with some sharp work on the drum kit. Titles include "Bohemia After Dark", "Ow", "Bag's Groove", "I Should Care", and "Angel Eyes". CD

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LuluNew Routes ... LP
Atco, 1970. Near Mint- .... $7.99
Lulu's classic album from Muscle Shoals – easily one of the best efforts of this type from the time, and a real standout in her catalog from the old days! The Britpop singer really does a great job of changing up her groove here – moving into more soulful modes that are a fair bit like Dusty Springfield's shift when working in a similar US setting – quite a change from her "To Sir With Love" days, although there's still a few echoes of that charm as well. Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd are on hand, to ensure plenty of Atlantic soul touches – and instrumentation includes guitars from Duane Allman, Eddie Hinton, and Jimmy Johnson, and rhythm from the trio of Barry Beckett on keyboards, David Hood on bass, and Roger Hawkins on drums. Titles include "Feelin Alright", "Marley Purt Drive", "In The Morning", "People In Love", "After All", "Mr Bojangles", and "Where's Eddie". LP, Vinyl record album
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Herbie MannPush Push ... CD
Embryo (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
One of Herbie Mann's biggest albums – and one of his funkiest too! The cover's a bit of an off-putter – although it probably helped sell the record, back in the day – but the grooves are as rock-solid as anything that Herbie cut at the time – tight, focused, and a perfect showcase for his soulful work on flute! Tracks have a groove that's somewhat relaxed – almost a shift from the soul jazz vibe of Mann's earlier Atlantic work into some of the freer modes that were showing up in the CTI generation – and the players on the date include both Duane Allman and Cornell Dupree on guitars, Richard Tee on keyboards, Chuck Rainey on bass, Ralph MacDonald on percussion, and Bernard Purdie on drums – a player whose work here is definitely a key part of the sound! All tracks are long and slinky funky – and titles include "Push Push", "Spirit In The Dark", "What's Going On", "What'd I Say", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". CD

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Steve MarcusLord's Prayer ... LP
Vortex, 1969. Very Good+ .... $9.99
A wonderfully mixed-up, messed-up batch of jazzy tracks from the great Steve Marcus – working here at the height of his late 60s powers on Atlantic's ultra-cool Vortex label! As with other Marcus albums of the time, there's kind of a long haired, freewheeling energy to the set – jazz that's still steeped in some of the best modern and soulful styles of the 60s, yet also touched a bit with some of the rock experiments at the time – not really in the instrumentation, but in the way the whole group approaches the groove. Marcus blows some mighty tenor sax – and the lineup also includes Herbie Hancock on electric and acoustic piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Bob Moses on some pretty heavy drums. Some cuts have some hip larger arrangements – and titles include "Hope", "Wild Thing", "T With Strings", "America", "Amy", and "Hey Jude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stain and wrinkling on the bottom 3 inches and a cutout notch.)

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Clyde McPhatterClyde McPhatter's Greatest Hits ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Near Mint- .... $11.99
Well, these are Clyde's greatest hits – but all of them were originally recorded for Atlantic or King (with the Drifters and the Dominoes), and this Mercury album features all new versions recorded during the early 60s. Still, Clyde's still in pretty nice form, and the new versions have a slightly more sophisticated sound that still works nicely. Titles include "The Bells", "Lover Please", "Money Honey", "Ta Ta", "Such A Night", "Little Bitty Pretty One", and "Sixty Minute Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label promo pressing. Cover has a spot of tape & a small rip on the spine, and a promo stamp on the back – but looks great otherwise!)

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Charles MingusJazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1954. New Copy .... $11.99 12.99
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although still a bit more compact than the Atlantic or Columbia sides – and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision – including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello – an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes. Titles include great early originals like "Four Hands", "Minor Intrusion", "Thrice Upon A Theme", and "The Spur Of The Moment" – plus his great take on "Stormy Weather", which is a bit stormier than most! CD
(Newly remastered version!)
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Charles MingusJazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1954. Used .... $4.99
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although still a bit more compact than the Atlantic or Columbia sides – and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision – including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello – an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes. Titles include great early originals like "Four Hands", "Minor Intrusion", "Thrice Upon A Theme", and "The Spur Of The Moment" – plus his great take on "Stormy Weather", which is a bit stormier than most! CD
(Newly remastered version!)
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Charles MingusJazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus (remastered edition) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1954. New Copy (reissue).... $17.99 19.99
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although still a bit more compact than the Atlantic or Columbia sides – and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision – including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello – an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes. Titles include great early originals like "Four Hands", "Minor Intrusion", "Thrice Upon A Theme", and "The Spur Of The Moment" – plus his great take on "Stormy Weather", which is a bit stormier than most! LP, Vinyl record album
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Modern Jazz QuartetUnder The Jasmine Tree ... CD
Apple (UK), 1968. New Copy .... $9.99
A nice one! The MJQ record for the Beatles' famous Apple label, and the album's one of their most interesting of the 60s! The production's pretty straight, but the group's playing in a cool open-ended style that still has elements of their earlier work, but which really makes things a lot more interesting than some of the Atlantic recordings. Milt Jackson's vibes have a bit more of a bell-like quality on some parts, and the rhythm team of Percy Heath and Connie Kay kick it with a soul jazz vibe on a few numbers – a nice change from the sleepier rhythms of earlier albums. Titles include "The Blue Necklace", "Exposure", "Jasmine Tree", and "Three Little Feelings". CD

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Oscar Peterson TrioModern Jazz Quartet & The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Opera House ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy .... $13.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet make a rare appearance on Verve Records in the 50s – splitting half the album here with the classic Oscar Peterson Trio! The live performance was recorded in Chicago, and definitely has the MJQ working in a looser vibe than on some of their late 50s recordings for Atlantic – a bit more open and swinging, in a Verve mode – with some of the bop inspiration that first showed up on their early Prestige recordings – as you'll hear on the cuts "Now's The Time", "Round Midnight", and "D&E Blues". The second half of the record features live material from Oscar Peterson's hip group with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass – that great drum-less lineup that really lets Oscar take off on piano – on tunes that include "Big Fat Mama", "Should I Love You", "Indiana", and "Elevation". CD

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Lee MorganSonic Boom ... LP
Blue Note, 1967/1979. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Lost genius from trumpeter Lee Morgan – a session recorded for Blue Note in 1967, but not issued until the late 70s – and even then, only for a very short time! The session has Morgan moving into that wonderful last stage of his career – working in tight formation towards a sound that still had that groovier hardbop styles of earlier recordings, but which also unfolds towards a more ambitious spiritual jazz mode. The writing on the session is superb – original tunes that crackle with energy in a surge of dark notes and shadowy moods, inspiring the soloists to express themselves at levels that rank with their best work of the time! The group features David Newman on tenor – sounding completely different, and far more righteous, than on his Atlantic sides of the 60s – plus Cedar Walton on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. A great sound overall – right up there with Tom Cat or The Gigolo for lyrical modernism – and with titles that include "Sneaky Pete", "The Mercenary", "Sonic Boom", and "Mumbo Jumbo". LP, Vinyl record album

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NewbanNewban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Guiness/BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
A wonderful package – a set that brings together two rare funk albums by Newban, an early version of Atlantic Starr – plus bonus tracks too! The first Newban record is one of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". Newban 2 is every bit as great as the first album – if not better – with some excellent excellent lost material that's the kind of stuff that still keeps you diggin' for the hard ones. Includes the track "Greenburgh", with a tight funky intro and a smooth sweet soul groove, plus lots of other great cuts like "Free Your Mind", "Easin' Through", "Find a Place to Live", and "Rhythm & Rhyme". This deluxe package also features three rare bonus tracks – "Oh Wow", "Miracle Holiday", and "Bells" – tracks recorded before the first two albums! CD
Also available Newban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... LP 20.99

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New NewbanNewban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Guiness/BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP .... $20.99 22.99
A wonderful package – a set that brings together two rare funk albums by Newban, an early version of Atlantic Starr – plus bonus tracks too! The first Newban record is one of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". Newban 2 is every bit as great as the first album – if not better – with some excellent excellent lost material that's the kind of stuff that still keeps you diggin' for the hard ones. Includes the track "Greenburgh", with a tight funky intro and a smooth sweet soul groove, plus lots of other great cuts like "Free Your Mind", "Easin' Through", "Find a Place to Live", and "Rhythm & Rhyme". This deluxe package also features three rare bonus tracks – "Oh Wow", "Miracle Holiday", and "Bells" – tracks recorded before the first two albums! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Newban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Janko NilovicImpressions Vol 1 & 2 (2CD set) ... CD
Dare Dare/Pulp Flavor (France), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD .... $18.99
One of the greatest studio talents of Europe in the 70s! Janko Nilovic may not be a household name, but he was a seminal force in the Parisian studio scene during the 60s and 70s – cutting jazz, funk, pop, and Latin sides with a nutty genius that we'd be hard pressed to beat on this side of the Atlantic! He had a mad talent for mixing unmixable elements – in the kind of way we might ascribe to some of the better MPS groovy sides, or some of the weirder European funk albums, like the classic work of Duke Of Burlington. This long-overdue 2 volume set takes a rich look at Nilovic's talent – and provides some of his best obscure work in a very handsome package – combining both volumes of the Impression series in one slipcover. Titles include "Gipsy Funk", "Shacking Pop", "Electric Days", "Cross Rolls", "Blow Down", "Centre Atomique", "Scratching Machine", "Mixed Grill", "Golf Open", "Soul Impressions", "Strange Dream", "Machine Gun", "Samba Dio", and "Funky Tramway". Great titles – and the music's even better! CD

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OPMCProduct Of Pisces & Capricorn (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $29.99
An even more tuneful set than the first record from OPMC – one that features shorter tunes with a bit more lyrical appeal – and this style of dreamy harmonizing that almost reminds us of the best early Atlantic work from The Bee Gees! The settings here are simpler – mostly a mix of acoustic guitar with well-crafted basslines and drums that give things just enough kick – and although the group are Dutch, lyrics are all in English – and pretty captivating too. Titles include "Amsterdam", "Second Try", "Attempted Explanation", "Try & Buy A Try", "Love Song For Diane", and "Wordless Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene Page/Solomon BurkeCool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MGM, 1972. Near Mint- .... $28.99
Gene Page and Solomon Burke did the music for this obscure blacksploitation film starring Raymond St. Jacques – and although it's not the greatest funky soundtrack you can buy, it's got more than its share of nice moments! There's a bunch of nice instrumentals by Page that are kind of in a mode that's expanded from his work on Blacula, plus a few vocal cuts by Solomon in his "transitional" phase that feature him trying for a hipper sound than on his earlier Atlantic albums. Cuts include "Cool Breeze", "Icbyatht W.T.?", "The Bus", "Fight Back", and "Then I Want To Come Home" – and there's more than a few funky moments to make this one worth while! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)
Also available Cool Breeze – Original Soundtrack ... LP

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Linda PerhacsSoul Of All Natural Things ... CD
Asthmatic Kitty, 2014. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
The return of a legend – and the first album from Linda Perhacs in many many years! Perhacs is very well-remembered for her groundbreaking Parallelograms record from the start of the 70s – a sublime blend of older folk aesthetics with some much deeper, darker elements – a quality that's re-captured surprisingly well here in this set of new recordings! Linda's on vocals throughout, and accompanied by light guitar, keyboard, percussion, and a bit of strings – arranged with this careful, gentle quality that almost takes us back to the best creative work of the British acid folk generation – particularly the best work on Island Records or Transatlantic. Perhacs sounds incredibly timeless in the setting – almost as if it's just been a few years since her last record, not forty four – and titles include "Freely", "Prisms Of Glass", "Song Of The Planets", "Immunity", "The Soul Of All Natural Things", and "River Of God". CD

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Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally ... LP
Kudu, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $11.99
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wilson PickettMr Magic Man ... LP
RCA, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $9.99
A really great post-Atlantic album from Wilson – one recorded with deep soul production from Dave Crawford and Brad Shapiro, both of whom are working at the height of their best early powers! The feel is much deeper, in fact, than some of Pickett's later, waning work for Atlantic – done with a mix of rough soul vocals, burning rhythms, and some nice touches of strings that make for a strong counterpoint in terms of mood. Very compelling, and a record that goes a good way towards showing that Pickett's more than just a one trick pony! Titles include "If You Need Me", "What It Is", "Mr Magic Man", "Only I Can Sing This Song", "Love Is Beautiful", "I Sho Love You", and "Baby Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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Quiet BoysBosh! ... CD
Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1995. Used .... $5.99
A sweet steppers classic that never gets old – one of the best albums ever by The Quiet Boys, a UK acid jazz outfit who broke big on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s! The group's the brainchild of jazz DJ Chris Bangs – and the work here is steeped in older jazz funk influences, particularly those of the smooth 70s scene – all handled here with a sampled and looped approach that was years ahead of similar acts – and which was done with just the right amount of space, and lack of tricks, to keep things sounding soulful! Titles include "Boshin Around", "Astral Space", "Conguero Wronguero", "Righteous", and "Take Four". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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RascalsIsland Of Real ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good- .... $2.99
One of those great later albums from the Rascals – recorded after their early hit years on Atlantic, at a time when the group was tripping out a bit, and actually picking up a lot more funk and rock touches! The sound of the record is surprisingly appealing to our ears, with some great funky bits that creep out from time to time – amidst a set of tracks that bubbles with a nice crossover style – all in the same soulful-leaning modes of the group's earlier work, but with a headier sound overall! Titles include "Jungle Walk", "Brother Tree", "Echoes", "Hummin Song", "Lucky Day", and "Saga Of New York". LP, Vinyl record album

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Martha Reeves & The VandellasHeat Wave ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $13.99
Wonderfully romping grooves from one of Motown's first great groups – a stunning set of tracks that really put The Vandellas on the map! The title cut's one of those stormers that played for years on both sides of the Atlantic – and was a key inspiration to the UK soul scene too – but the whole album's mighty nice too, and has this mix of full soul backings and clearly classy vocals that never lets up for a minute. The trio can really take on a great range of material – from Detroit floorfillers to some more uptown cuts, but still done with a nice Holland-Dozier Motown punch. In addition to "Heat Wave", other cuts include "Mocking Bird", "My Boyfriend's Back", "Just One Look", "Hello Stranger", "Hey There Lonely Boy", and "Then He Kissed Me". CD

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Sam & DaveSoul Men ... LP
Stax, 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the best-ever albums by this incredible soul duo! Sam & Dave may have been one of the bigger names on the 60s scene, but they also had a sheer raw soul approach that blew away most of their contemporaries – a way of trading vocal lines then combining them that infused their songs with a tremendous amount of power – and which gets past any easy cliches you may have about Atlantic or Stax soul of the time! The album's virtually a blueprint for countless other acts that cropped up to steal the duo's style in years to come – but it's still one of the best of the bunch, and almost without equal. Titles include "Soul Man", "May I Baby", "Hold It Baby", "I'm With You", and "Rich Kind Of Poverty". LP, Vinyl record album

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ShoesBazooka (150 gram pressing) ... LP
Numero, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99 16.98
The long-lost first album from Shoes – recorded at home, and even rawer than any later releases – appearing here on vinyl for the very first time! The group are already pretty amazing at this early point – right on the money, and almost with more of a punkish vibe at points – although other tunes have them ripping out these mean guitar lines that are definitely way too ballsy for early punk. The songwriting is superb – amazing considering how young the guys were, and that the record was really just recorded for their own initial interest – and not a bigger company looking for a hit. There's also more darkness than in later years too – not everywhere, but at key points that make for a nice edge to the record. Titles include "Pinheads", "Love Took A Turn", "Rock Your One", "Along With Love", "New Meat", "I'm Brazen", "The Atlantic", "My Anisette", and "Educated". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ricardo Silveira & Roberto TauficAtlanticos ... CD
Adventure Music, 2013. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Beautiful interplay between the guitars of Ricardo Silveira and Roberto Taufic – a set that draws on countless strands of acoustic instrumentation from decades past, yet finds a way to wrap the whole thing together with a freshness that comes through right from the very first note! Both players are clearly well-skilled from a technical perspective, yet have a way of also reaching for color and tone in just the right way – creating this resonant quality that's way more than just the sum of their two instruments. Titles include "Depois De Chuva", "Moon River", "Her Eyes", "Cats", "Segredos", and "Tinha Uma Dona Ali". CD

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Guy SkornikPour Pauwels ... CD
EMI/Lion, 1971. New Copy .... $12.99
Lost legendary work from Guy Skornik – a heady set from early 70s France, and proof that there's a hell of a lot of greatness to discover on that scene! The album's got a blend of psych fuzz and deeper ideas that's not that far from Serge Gainsbourg – although the overall presentation is more cerebral, and influenced by the ideas of GI Gurdjieff, carried out by Skornik in this sublime blend of acoustic elements and larger orchestrations directed by jazzman Ivan Jullien! Like some of the best French work of this time, the album has a wonderful balance between the personal and professional – the intimate and the ambitious – which really makes things exciting and fresh, and very different than anything you might have been digging on this side of the Atlantic at the time. Titles include "Realite", "L'Ile De Paques", "Fulcanni", "Je Vois Ce Que Je Crois", "Quest Ce Que Le Dream", and "Je Ne Sais Pas Je Ne Sais Plus Rien". CD

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Son PalenqueAfro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LPs .... $26.99
Seminal sounds from Son Palenque – one of the funkiest, earthiest groups to ever come from the Colombian scene – and an ensemble who draw so much inspiration from African styles, they've really found a musical bridge across the Atlantic! There's a fair bit of Afro Funk in the mix here, but given some rootsier twists and more intense rhythms that also reflect the group's Colombian origin – a blend that's almost their way of paying back the rich reworking of Cuban grooves done by key African artists in the 70s – extrapolated here even further by Son Palenque. Most tunes are very heavy on percussion, and feature chorus vocals that support the strongly criss-crossing instrumentation – and even some more electric moments on guitar and keyboards still seem to quickly give way to acoustic rhythms. The set's the first-ever to focus on this unique group – and titles include "Alocusa", "El Mojan", "Itan Pamajate", "Achinagua", "Pa Bete", "Arriba Arriba", "Chofao Apele", "Atina Tina", "El Tigre", "Azuca Y Limon", and "Chande". LP, Vinyl record album

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SpinnersBest Of The Spinners (Kory) ... LP
Kory, 1977. Very Good .... $2.99
Nice collection of The Spinners pre-Atlantic material, originally recorded for Motown in the late 60s. Includes their classic "It's A Shame", which is hard to find on wax in any form, plus other killer cuts like "Oooh Child", "Truly Yours", "We'll Have It Made", and "I'll Always Love You". Classic Detroit vocal group soul, with a sound that's different than most of the Motown catalog. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of sticker residue, some scratches, and some small stains on the front.)

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SpinnersOriginal Spinners ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $13.99
Amazing early work from The Spinners – an early Motown record that's quite different than the more famous sound of the group recording in Philly with Atlantic Records in the 70s – done with an even stronger approach on the harmonies, at a level that really gets at the group's roots! Lead vocals are by Bobby Smith and Edgar Edwards – but just about every track has amazing performances by every member of the group – vocals that crackle with a personal, honest sort of feel – more indie soul than the usual Motown groups of the time – at a level that takes us back to the early Miracles, or even some of the groups from Chicago. The whole album's a treasure – a wonderful chapter in the group's history – with titles that include "Sweet Thing", "I Cross My Heart", "I'll Always Love You", "Truly Yours", "Like A Good Man Should", and "That's What Girls Are Made For". CD

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Howard TateRediscovered ... CD
BMG/Private, 2003. Used .... $1.99
The first new record in years from soul legend Howard Tate – an unsung genius who cut some work for Verve in the 60s, and Atlantic in the 70s, and who's finally getting his due these days! The album's a loving tribute to Tate's genius – recorded in a raw, laidback setting with production and piano by Jerry Ragovoy – himself something of a legend for years of classic work in the soul business. The style is very down-home, and even more rootsy than Tate's classic work – and most of the tunes on the set are originals, either by Tate or Ragovoy. Titles include "Don't Need No Monkey On My Back", "She May Be White", "Get It While You Can", "Mama Was Right", "Show Me The Man", "Sorry Wrong Number", and "Either Side Of The Same Town". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard TeeStrokin'/Natural Ingredients ... CD
Tappan Zee/Robinsongs (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy .... $13.99
A pair of gems from keyboardist Richard Tee – back to back on a single CD! Strokin is filled with sweet electric keys from the great Richard Tee – and was originally issued on Bob James' classic Tappan Zee imprint! Tee was one of the 70s best studio keyboard players – and his talents showed up on plenty of great Atlantic soul albums, and a fair number of jazz-related dates. This album, one of his few on his own, features Tee out front, soloing keyboards, in very much a Bob James kind of way. The set's perhaps a bit disco/R&B, more so than some of James' own work at the time – but it's still got a nice jazz component, and features work by Eric Gale on guitar, Tom Scott on saxes, and the great Steve Gadd on drums. Titles include "Virginia Sunday", "First Love", "Strokin", "Jesus Children Of America", and "I Wanted It Too". Natural Ingredients is a bit more electric than you might guess from the "natural" in the title – but a great set of keyboards from the mighty Richard Tee – one of his few albums as a leader back in the day! The set's produced by Bob James, and has a groove that's not unlike some of James' own smoother fusion from the end of the 70s – a style that still has a fair bit of jazz in the mix, but which also shines with some warmer R&B touches as well. Players on the set include Tom Scott on saxes, Eric Gale on guitar, and Steve Gadd on drums – and some of the best numbers have a nicely stripped-down approach. Titles include "The Nut's Off The Screw", "Now", "Tell It Like It Is", and "Us". CD

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Irma ThomasFull Time Woman – The Lost Cotillion Album ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy .... $15.99
A full album's worth of material from the legendary Irma Thomas – most of it never heard before! Irma got her start as one of the most important female soul singers from New Orleans in the 60s – but the music here was all recorded for Atlantic Records at the start of the 70s – at a time when Irma was really ready to explore new ideas and stretch out creatively! All the depth of her older vocals is very much in place – and the collection features this really surprising range of settings for Thomas to groove on – dates recorded in Detroit, Philly, Miami, and at the Malaco studios in Jackson – each of which showcase another side of the singer, and almost act like a roadmap for the directions of soul music at the start of the 70s. Two tracks here were issued on a single – "Full Time Woman" and "She's Taken My Part" – but it's all the other unreleased tracks we really love, especially some of the more urban-styled material that makes a nice change from more southern soul modes we usually hear from Irma. Titles include "Try To Be Thankful", "Shadow Of The Sun", "Waiting For Someone", "Our Love Don't Come That Easy", "Time After Time", "Tell ME Again", "Could It Be Differently", "A Song For No Name", and "Adam & Eve". CD

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TirogoDisco Maniac/We Like To Party ... 12-inch
Voodoo Funk (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue).... $15.99
A groove that's way different than the disco you might hear on this side of the Atlantic in the late 70s – more a tight Afro Funk approach, served up here with riffing guitars and lots of tight horns that descend in a really cool way with the vocals! "We Like To Party" follows in a similar groove – almost echoing the rhythm of the main cut, but with some more playful chorus lyrics too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Comes with a cool poster on the front!)

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True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $14.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". CD
Also available
Where I'm Coming From ... LP 16.99
Where I'm Coming From (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99

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True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From ... LP
Atco, 1973. Very Good .... $16.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a staining.)
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Where I'm Coming From (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99
Where I'm Coming From ... CD 14.99

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True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atco/Vivid (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $23.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". CD
Also available
Where I'm Coming From ... LP 16.99
Where I'm Coming From ... CD 14.99

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Unsung HeroesWhat Would You Do?(voc, instr, acapella)/ Work It Out (voc, inst)/Transatlantic (remix) ... 12-inch
Scenario, 2000. Near Mint- (pic cover).... $1.99
"What Would You Do?" features J-Live, Mr. Complex, and L-Fudge. "Work It Out" features Siah, as does "Transatlantic", with partner Yeshua Da Poed. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(UK pressing.)

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Louis Van DykeNightwings ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
A really wonderful pianist with an incredible sense of lyricism and timing – yet one who's often sadly overlooked on our side of the Atlantic! This album's a great place to start with Louis Van Dyke – a way to hear his simple, elegant way with a tune – always informed with a really strong sense of space that lets each note hang in the air beautifully, while still managing to flow together in this way that really holds us rapt. Van Dyke's style is certainly informed by the work of Bill Evans, but takes things in an even more lyrical style that's nice and warm throughout – in a trio that includes Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Terry Silverlight on drums. Titles include "Whisper Not", "Cartes Postales", "Nightwings", "Cavatina", "La Granja", and "Close Enough For Love". CD

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Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen LoveLightning Over Water (2LPs & 7" single) ... LP
Laurence Family, 2014. New Copy 2LP & 7" Gatefold .... $44.99
Searing duets between reedman Ken Vandermark and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love – two players who've worked together often on both sides of the Atlantic, and really know each others' strengths! Vandermark plays tenor, baritone, and some especially nice b flat clarinet – and Paal handles mostly drums, but adds in some percussion as well. Most tracks are quite long, and very free – and titles include "Farewell To Language", "A Storm Of Images", "Five Against The House", "The Table That Exploded", and "Wrong Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful package, too – limited to 500 copies, housed in a heavy box-like cover, and with a bonus 7" too!)

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Ronnie VonA Misteriosa Luta Do Reino De Parassempre Contra O Imperio De Nuncamais (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
Great late 60s work from Ronnie Von – an under-appreciated Brazilian rocker, and one with a sound that sits nicely between the Jovem Guarda generation and some of the headier groups to come in the 70s! There's a nice array of psychedelic influences at play here – strong echoes of British work of the time, but used in much more sophisticated ways than any Jovem Guarda acts – never a simple copycat approach, but also never as arty as some of the Tropicalia recordings of the time either. Ronnie's voice has a depth that allows some nice changes in mood from track to track – lightly lyrical one moment, a bit darker and more tripped-out the next – bringing a sense of variety to the record that almost recalls Caetano Veloso during the time, but a bit more rockish overall. Titles include "Atlantica", "Dindi", "De Como Meu Heroi Flash Gordon", "Foi Bom", "Rose Ann", "Comeci Uma Brincadeira", and "Mares De Areia". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dee Dee WarwickTurning Around ... CD
Atco (UK), 1970. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the greatest moments ever from Dee Dee Warwick – and a set that definitely shows her to be one of the more soulful members of her famous family! The set's got a much deeper soul sound than some of Dee Dee's other material – as Atlantic has Warwick working down at Criteria Studios, with production by Dave Crawford – in a mode that's steeped in previous southern soul styles from Memphis and Muscle Shoals! In a way, Atlantic was probably hoping to do to Dee Dee what they did to Aretha Franklin – take an already competent, sophisticated soul singer, and give her a deep soul sound that really pushes the boundaries. And in this case, the session actually works, and works great – thanks in part to The Sweet Inspirations, who back up Dee Dee in the same way they backed up Aretha – supporting her strong lead with some wonderful harmonies. Titles include "I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else", "If This Was The Last Song", "I'm Glad I'm A Woman", "Who Will The Next Fool Be", and a great southern soul version of "More Today Than Yesterday". CD

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New Dionne WarwickWindows Of The World/In The Valley Of The Dolls/Promises, Promises/Soulful (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968/1972. New Copy 3CD .... $19.99
Four albums on three CDs – with lots of bonus tracks as well! Windows Of The World is seminal later work from Dionne Warwick – an album that perfectly sums up her evolving genius at Scepter Records! Windows continues the very successful Bacharach-led arrangement scheme – but also features Dionne deepening things a bit more vocally, and also hitting some more personal notes on a few tunes arranged by Peter Matz. 11 titles in all – including "The Windows Of The World", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Love", "Taking A Chance On Love", "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me", "The Beginning Of Loneliness", "What's Good About goodbye", "Taking A Chance On Love", and "Somewhere". Valley Of The Dolls is not really the soundtrack for the movie – but a sweet batch of tracks that feature the lovely Dionne Warwick singing the title tune – and stretching out on a host of other great 60s numbers too! The album was recorded in two different sessions, mostly with backings by Burt Bacharach – who always makes his own music sound great – with a bit of extra help from Pat Williams, Manny Albam, and Garry Sherman – who each get a tune to work with. Gone is the dreamy optimism of some of Dionne's earlier albums – and in its place is a more mature, slightly sadder style that's really great. Titles include "Valley Of The Dolls", "For The Rest Of My Life", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Silent Voices", "Let Me Be Lonely", "You're My World", "Where Would I Go", and "Walking Backwards Down The Road". Promises Promises is filled with sublime sounds from Dionne Warwick – a classic Scepter Records set produced by Burt Bacharach, who also wrote a good number of the tunes too! Arrangements are by a few different top-shelf studio talents – Don Sebesky, Peter Matz, and Bacharach himself – all in that breathy gentle style that works so well with Dionne's vocals. Titles include "Promises Promises", "This Girl's In Love With You", "Where Is Love", "Who Is Gonna Love Me", "Where Am I Going", "Whoever You Are I Love You", and "Wanting Things". On Soulful, Dionne Warwick working with Memphis producer Chips Moman, in a mode that's clearly designed to give her more credibility with the hipper soul scene at the end of the 60s! Burt Bacharach's still in the shadows, but Moman's the real genius on this set – working with Dionne to create a style that's got some of the same touches as Aretha Franklin's work on Atlantic, but a bit smoother overall – in keeping with the Warwick vocal mode. Dionne opens up amazingly in the set – hitting notes never heard on the Bacharach sides, and going for an almost gospel-inspired approach on a few numbers. Tracks includes "I'm Your Puppet", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Do Right Woman", "People Get Ready", "We Can Work It Out", and "People Got To Be Free". CD features 19 bonus tracks that include "Give A Damn", "To Be Young Gifted & Black", "Stand", "Hurt So Bad", "The Weight", "The Love Of My Man", "Slaves", "Odds & Ends", and "The April Fools". CD

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Marion WilliamsGospel Now ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good .... $5.99
The title's an apt one, as Marion's taking gospel to the sound of "now" – working with arranger/producer Robert Banks, and a musical lineup that includes vibes, organ, and guitar. The overall feel isn't as totally hip as some of her other work, but it's definitely got an Atlantic level of production, taking Marion out of the gospel ghetto. Titles include "Am I A Soldier", "Come On People", "Bad News Bad Times", "Going Home", and "Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, splitting on the top seam, and a name in marker on the front.)

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New Jimmy Witherspoon with Ben WebsterRoots ... LP
Reprise, 1961. Very Good+ .... $3.99
Jimmy Witherspoon pays tributes to his roots in rhythm and blues – but he does so in a wonderful way, by bringing a more jazz-focused approach to the material here – thanks to some nice tenor work from Ben Webster! Back in the 60s, Witherspoon always sat easily on the fence between jazz and blues – but a few key recordings really bring out that aspect of his work – and this obscure session for Reprise is one of them! Spoon's singing in a laidback, small combo setting here – very similar to the style he'd use on live dates in California – and Webster gets in some wonderful moments on the record too, blown with the boozy, late nite style used on his own Reprise album at the time. Titles include "Key To The Highway", "Confessing The Blues", "Did You Ever", "Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound", "Cherry Red", "Just A Dream", and "Please Mr Webster". LP, Vinyl record album
(Atlantic Jazzlore pressing in an alternate cover, with a cutout notch, some light wear, a spot of price sticker residue, and a promo stamp.)
Also available Roots ... CD 13.99

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Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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