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VariousLadies At Joe Gibbs ... CD
17 North Parade, 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
This one's for the ladies – The Ladies At Joe Gibbs, that is – featuring and sweet batch of classic-level numbers recorded at the legendary studios by Marcia Aitken, Althea, Christine, Dhaima and more. It's got a handful of treasures by "First Lady of Joe Gibbs" Marcia Aitken, plus some relatively obscure numbers and a few nice extended edits. A great little compilation from 17th North Parade! Includes "Ina Jah Children" by Dhaima, "My Man" by Marcia Aitken feat Trinity, "Gonna Get Along Without You Now" by Christine Oliver, "Holiday Style" by Jem & Dean, "Let Me Go Boy" by Marcia Aitken feat Ranking Joe, "Someone Loves You Honey", extended versions of "Emotion" by Marica Aitken feat Ruddy Thomas, "I Can't Stand The Rain" by Hortense Ellis and more. 15 tracks in all. CD

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VariousLooking Good – 75 Femme Mod Soul Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $28.99
A massive set of female soul – and a great reminder that back in the 60s, it was often the gals who sung with more punch than the guys! Most numbers here are upbeat and grooving – some in a Northern Soul mode, but lots more in styles that go way past the standard groovers you'll find on other sets of this nature – a really rich array of rhythms and vocal harmonies that make the entire package a delight through and through! There's loads of rare tracks on the set – many we've never heard before – and the work seems to feature more groups than solo singers, although the groups often have a soloist out in the lead. The package is great – and features a book on the music too – and the set features 75 titles that include "Run Run" by The Persianettes, "Someone To Treat Me" by The De Vons, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Azie Mortimer, "The Boy I Love" by Renee Medina, "Stuck On You" by Yvonne Carroll & The Roulettes, "So Many Days" by The Vonns, "Looky Looky" by The Yum Yums, "I Stand Accused" by The Glories, and lots lots more! CD

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New VariousMotown Northern Soul ... CD
Motown (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
Northern soul from the source – over two dozen 60s soul stompers from Motown Records – most of them the kind of underground grooves that have always been prized on the Northern scene! The work here moves past obvious Motown hits, and really shows the kind of hard-burning stormers that set fire to the British all night dance scene in the 60s – music that moved the mods, then continued to help redefine our understanding of soul for decades to come! The set's a treasure trove of gems – some of which would cost you a pretty penny as original singles – and titles include "For The Love Of Mike" by Patrice Holloway, "You Can Do It" by Kim Weston, "Crying In The Night" by The Monitors, "Baby Come Home To Me" by Shorty Long, "Sure Is A Lotta Woman" by The Isley Brothers, "You're Gonna Love My Baby" by Barbara McNair, "I've Been Blessed" by Bobby Taylor, "Look What You Done Boy" by The Lollipops, "I Miss You Baby" by Marv Johnson, and "Keep On Loving Me" by Frances Nero. CD

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VariousMusic From The Films Of Sophia Loren Vol 1 ... CD
El (UK), Mid/Late 50s. New Copy ... $4.99
Groovy music from the films of Sophia Loren – from mambo jazz, to lush balladry, to swinging numbers and more – with music from Woman Of The River, Houseboat, Boy On A Dolphin, The Legend Of The Lost, Pride And The Passion, and The Key – plus several of Sophia's lovely pop singles of the time! The composer on the set include George Duning (Houseboat), Malcolm Arnold (The Key), Elmer Bernstein (Desire Under the Elms) and others, and it's lush, evocative film music that's among the finest of the 50s, and the numbers sung by Ms Loren are pretty wonderful, too. Titles include the singles "I Wanna Guy", "Why Tomorrow" and "Felecita", plus "Mambo Bacan" from Woman Of The River, ""Bing! Bang! Bong!" and more from Houseboat, "The Café", "Nocturnal Sea" and more from Boy On A Dolphin", "Chop Suey Polka" and more from The Key, and lots more. CD

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VariousPhil Spector – Back To Mono 1958 to 1969 (4CD set) ... CD
Abkco, Late 50s/1960s. Used 4CD ... $24.99
The classic box set featuring so many of the biggest, best, and brightest pop, rock & soul singles of the late 50s and on through the 60s – those ubiquitous, but no less incredible productions from that crazy genius Phil Spector! Back To Mono features many of the best known numbers by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, the Checkmates, the Crystals and many more – all of it with the appropriately dubbed Wall Of Sound that made Phil Spector the most famous producer of all time! We'd love to see an addendum someday featuring a set of Spector's productions for those idiosyncratic superstars of the 70s (the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, the post-Beatles) – but as a snapshot of an era, this box can hardly be beaten! 60 tracks on the the main 3CDs in the set – plus a 4th CD featuring the classic Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector album from 1963! Titles include "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E King, "I Love How You Love Me" by Paris Sisters, "He's A Rebel" by the Crystals, "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Going To Marry" by Darlene Love, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "Hold Me Tight" by the Treasures, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers, "River Deep Mountain High" by Ike & Tina, "Love Is All I Have To Give" by Checkmates and tons more – plus the immortal holiday disc featuring the Ronettes, Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Crystals, Darlene Love and more! All that, and a thick, nearly 100 page booklet! CD
(Out of print. Includes original box and book.)

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VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
The wealth of music from the Louisiana scene knows no bounds – as you'll hear in this tremendous batch of R&B work from the end of the 50s – a set that not only features a batch rare singles, but also a whopping 19 previously-unissued tracks! The work lies in a special space between early soul, rock, and blues – and has a quality that's quite different than R&B from bigger spots like Memphis or Texas – styles that maybe echo modes from both locales, but which also mix in some grittier, swampier sounds as well! The whole "By The Bayou" series from Ace is mighty darn great, but we're especially in love with this R&B volume – and know you'll dig great cuts like "Silly Filly Oh Baby" by Jay Nelson, "She's Got Eyes Like A Cat" by Wonder Boy Travis, "Walkin In The Park" by King Karl, "Lucille" by Classie Ballou, "Tomorrow" by Carol Fran, "I'm A Country Boy" by Ivory Jackson, "My Girl Across Town" by Lester Robertson & The Upsetters, "Teenage Queen" by Tabby Thomas, and "You're So Good Looking" by Otis Smith. CD

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VariousRough Guide To Latin Rare Groove (with bonus Spanglish Fly CD) ... CD
Rough Guide, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 14.98
A wicked little set that really gets at the way that Latin record collecting has moved way past the usual sounds from New York, Puerto Rico, and Cuba – to embrace a whole host of styles from around the globe! In a world of collections that feature oft-reissued numbers from the Fania catalog, this set goes way further to dig up a whole host of gems from north and south of the border – and even a few from the other side of the Atlantic as well – mostly older numbers, but also including a few contemporary cuts that fit well alongside the vintage numbers. Pablo Yglesias handled the track selection, with the same quality he brings to other Latin projects too – and titles include "Bamba Cure" by Mario Allison, "No Pago Na" by Alfredo Gutierrez, "Esa Mujer" by Los Kenya, "Denisth" by Grupo 2000, "Funky Tumbao" by Setenta, "My Shingaling Boy" by Spanglish Fly, "Domingo Por La Manana" by Carlos Pickling, "Black Shadow" by Orchestra Dee Jay, "Pensamiento" by Piper Pimienta, "Do You Want To Be Free" by Gilberto Sextet, and "Chevere" by Joe Quijana. Also features a bonus CD from Spanglish Fly – Let My People Boogaloo – a collection of work from the group's early years! CD

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VariousSnowboy Presents New Vintage Vol 1 ... LP
BBE (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Heavy funk, Northern Soul, and R&B – but all of a newer vintage, and pulled together by the legendary Snowboy – who's been updating grooves for years! The set features loads of Snowboy's contemporaries from the global deep funk scene – and includes some nice bits that you won't usually find on records like this, which really opens the sound – thanks to the connections that Snowboy has been making over the past few decades. The 2LP package includes a whopping 21 tracks – and titles include "One Day" by Kings Go Forth, "That Old Black Music" by Ray Gelato & Kai Hoffman, "Stop Whistlin Wolf" by Imelda May, "Find Me A Golden Street" by Rich Clifford & The Saddows, "Green Jeans" by The Rapiers, "Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me" by Kitty Daisy & Lewis, "Big Fat Trap" by Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, "From Now On" by Magnus Carlson, "That's a Pretty Good Love" by Laura B & The Moonlighters, and "Baby Take Me Back" by Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStrange Breaks & Mr Thing 3 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz, & Soundtrack Breaks For Mod Living ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
One of the coolest, hippest collections you could ever hope to find – not just the usual mix of vintage soul or obvious jazz tracks, but a wealth of wonderful work we never would have discovered otherwise! Mr Thing digs even deeper for this third volume than the previous two – working with a range of rare 70s records that span a great range of underground genres – mixing funky soul with sound library instrumentals, obscure themes, jazzy bits, and more – really getting back to the best spirit of BBE compilations like this from a decade or so ago. The whole thing's wonderful – really illuminating and full of surprises – and tracks include "La Da Da" by Dynamic Concept, "One More Time" by Nu Sounds Express, "The Sweeney" by Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band, "Fire To The Galleon" by Smiling Hard, "Rings Within Rings" by Harry Beckett, "La Bimini" by Spunk, "Nature Boy" by Sharon Cash, "Candy" by Chuck Jackson, "Romantic Atitude" by John Fitch & Associates, "Crossroads" by Graham Walker Sound, "Do It Again" by Disco Orchestra, "Oriental Weekend" by James Asher, "Give A Damn" by The Internationals, and "Art The Grass" by Dum Dum. 2CD set features one mixed disc, and one of unmixed tracks! CD
Also available Strange Breaks & Mr Thing 3 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz, & Soundtrack Breaks For Mod Living ... LP 24.99

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VariousStrange Breaks & Mr Thing 3 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz, & Soundtrack Breaks For Mod Living ... LP
BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 25.99
One of the coolest, hippest collections you could ever hope to find – not just the usual mix of vintage soul or obvious jazz tracks, but a wealth of wonderful work we never would have discovered otherwise! Mr Thing digs even deeper for this third volume than the previous two – working with a range of rare 70s records that span a great range of underground genres – mixing funky soul with sound library instrumentals, obscure themes, jazzy bits, and more – really getting back to the best spirit of BBE compilations like this from a decade or so ago. The whole thing's wonderful – really illuminating and full of surprises – and tracks include "La Da Da" by Dynamic Concept, "One More Time" by Nu Sounds Express, "The Sweeney" by Woolwich Polytechnic School Concert Band, "Fire To The Galleon" by Smiling Hard, "Rings Within Rings" by Harry Beckett, "La Bimini" by Spunk, "Nature Boy" by Sharon Cash, "Candy" by Chuck Jackson, "Romantic Atitude" by John Fitch & Associates, "Crossroads" by Graham Walker Sound, "Do It Again" by Disco Orchestra, "Oriental Weekend" by James Asher, "Give A Damn" by The Internationals, and "Art The Grass" by Dum Dum. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Breaks & Mr Thing 3 – More Rock, Funk, Soul, Jazz, & Soundtrack Breaks For Mod Living ... CD 15.99

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New VariousSweet Soul Music – The Stax Groups ... LP
Stax, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great little set that focuses on the group soul recordings from the Stax/Volt label – a format that wasn't explored that strongly in the early years of the company, but really grew to prominence as the years went on! Despite the title, not all the work here is in the southern soul mode you might expect – and the collection features plenty of numbers that rival the greatness of east coast harmony soul of the time, plus some other rare bits that are beyond description! Many numbers here are relatively obscure – and the 13 track collection features singles that include "Since I've Been In Love" by The Dramatics, "The Echo" by The Epsilons , "All Because Of You" by The Limitations , "Since I Fell For You" by The Lords , "Mannish Boy" and "Too Much Going On To Say Goodbye" by The Newcomers, "Which Way" and "Anyone Can" by The Leaders, "I Love You, You Love Me" by The Temprees, "Let Me Repair Your Heart" by The Mad Lads, "Peaceful Journey" by Fat Larry's Band, and "I'll Be Your Anything" by Ollie & The Nightingales. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWarner Sound Of Burt Bacharach ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
One of the grooviest collections of Burt Bacharach songs we've ever heard – a sweet double-length set that dips deep into the Warner Brothers catalog of the 60s, then moves into later decades for a few choice moments too! Tracks here represent a great range of Warner pop from the time – a bit of jazz, mod instrumentals, soul, girl pop, and more – including some excellent cuts from overseas that fit perfectly in with the American tracks that dominate the set. CD2 moves into some later territory that includes some 70s and 80s takes on Burt's music – showing the ever-growing power of Bacharach, even after his initial burst of songwriting and production. Titles include "Made In Paris" by Trini Lopez, "The Look Of Love" by Anita Kerr Singers, "Cross Town Bus" by Gals & Pals, "And This Is Mine" by Connie Stevens, "You're Following Me" by Caterina Valente, "Promise Her Anything" by Marty Paich, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Baby It's You" by Jeff Phillips, "Me Japanese Boy" by Harpers Bizarre, "Non Mi Innamoro Piu" by Johnny Dorelli & Catherine Spaak, "I Wake Up Crying" by Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BAnd, "I Say A Little Prayer" by Siw Malmkvist, "In My Reality" by Natalie Cole, "Alfie" by Everything But The Girl, "Are You There With Another Girl" by Mari Wilson, "Tell It To Your Heart" by Randy Crawford, and "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Linda Ronstadt. CD

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Oscar Brown Jr.Between Heaven & Hell ... CD
Columbia/T-Bird (UK), 1962. New Copy ... Around July 7, 2014 (delayed)
Great early work from Oscar Brown Jr – a hip mix of jazz and soul, working in Brown's unique sense of showmanship, and his almost beat-like flair with a lyric! Ralph Burns and Quincy Jones handled the arrangements – and the album's filled with great original tracks. Nice jazzy groove, and very much in the best style of Oscar's 60s work! including "Mr. Kicks", "Opportunity, Please Knock", Love is Like a New Born Child", "Elegy (Plain Black Boy)", "Hazel's Hips", "Forbidden Fruit", "Sam's Life", "When Malindy Sings" and more. CD

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Bo DiddleyBo Diddley's Beach Party (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy ... Late June, 2014 (delayed)
You might need to be a Diddley diehard to know it, given the pretty hokey early 60s Beach Party cover photo – get past that and what you'll find is a rowdy, rumbling and completely incredible live album from Bo! It features material captured on a 2 night stand at The Beach Club in Myrtle Beach, SC in July of 1963 – raw and rambunctious, with the band pummeling fast and furious on some numbers and taking others into more of a gutbuckety bluesy vibe that's something else. Occasionally you can hear the screams of a clearly knocked out audience – boy, if we could find a wormhole to travel back in time and take this one in for ourselves. Includes "Memphis", "Gunslinger", "Hey Bo Diddley", "Old Smokey". "Bo Diddley's Dog", "I'm All Right", "Mr Custer", "Bo's Waltz", "What's Buggin' You (aka Crackin' Up)" and "Road Runner". LP, Vinyl record album

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EmotionsUntouched ... CD
Volt (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
Fantastic stuff! The Emotions may have been a sweet female soul trio from Chicago, but here, they're getting some extra heavy production from Ronnie Williams and David Porter – who bring a darker side to their sound, coming up with heavy soul grooves that really open them up. The classic example of this is the stellar cut "Blind Alley" – a famous sample from years back, and a wonderful funk tune on its own. Other tracks include "Boss Love Maker", "Love Ain't Easy Onesided", "Show Me How", "Love is The Hardest Thing To Find", and "Boy I Need You". CD

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ExcitersExciters ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around August 6, 2014
Although we don't normally dig some of the sweeter 60s girl groups, we love The Exciters! Lead singer Brenda Reid had one of the most amazing voices in soul music – filled with rough sexy tones that always grab our attention, even when the lyrics shouldn't – and this album's one of the group's rare few full-length recordings. The album was the group's first after leaving United Artists – where they had scored bit with their oldies hit "Tell Him" – and although that cut's not on this album, the record's probably an even more compelling batch of soul tunes than anything the group had previously recorded. Reid's lead vocals are sublimely backed by harmonies by two other ladies, and the nicely-placed baritone of Herb Rooney – and the styles run from uptown soul to mellower ballads. Tracks include "That's How Love Starts", "Something To Shout About", "I Knew You Would", "Run, Mascara", "My Father", "I Want You To Be My Boy", and "Are You Satisfied". CD

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New Neal HeftiOh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You In The Closet And I'm Feeling So Sad/Won Ton Ton ... CD
RCA/Kritzerland, 1967/1976. New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014
Great grooviness from Neal Hefti – working here at the height of his 60s powers! The film stars Robert Morse, Barbara Harris, and Jonathan Winters – and the score's got a 60s screwball approach that mixes organ, woodwinds, percussion, and bits of strings together, all filtered through Hefti's rich style of arrangement. The overall feel is great – with loads of mod mod numbers, dancing around with wonderful rhythms that fall somewhere between bossa and beat. Ttiles include "Boy Girl Calypso", "Into The Sunset", "Spooky Coffins", "Oh Dad Calypso", "The Revolt of Johnathan Rosepettie III", and "Home Movies". CD
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Motohiko HinoMotohiko Hino First Album ... CD
Takt (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Around August 20, 2014
One of the greatest Japanese jazz drummers breaks out in his first album as a leader! Hino had played drums in the modernist bop group of (brother?) Terumasa Hino during the late 60s – but this set is the first that really lets his unique vision shine through. The album features Hino leading a sextet of young Japanese avant players that includes Takao Uematsu on tenor, Kosuke Mine on alto, and Hideo Ichikawa on piano and electric piano. The set begins with a rolling Ornette-ish take on "Gingerbread Boy", moves into a moody reading of "Into The Heaven", done more famously by Terumasa, but handled here in a dark spare manner that features some excellent cello work by Yshio Ikeda. The last track in the set is the 20 minute "Mine Tune", a free jazz workout on a par with work being recorded at the same time in Paris or Berlin. CD

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JBsBreakin' Bread ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in some really tight song formats that almost go back to the early days of the group's first few singles. The album's filled with great playing, wonderful grooves, and Fred Wesley's keen sense of humor – which sparks the whole set with a sense of warmth and creative play that show why the JBs are still the greatest funk band ever. Includes the excellent "Little Boy Black", which begins with some tasty James Brown vocals; the oft-sampled "Rockin' Funky Watergate"; plus "Step Child", "Makin Love", and "Rice & Ribs". Not as drawn out as Doing It To Death, but more complicated than Food For Thought, and still a totally essential bit of funk! CD
Also available Breakin' Bread ... LP 9.99

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King TubbyRoots Of Dub ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Late April, 2014 (delayed)
The Roots Of Dub from The Dub Master – the one-and-only King Tubby. That's pretty much all you need to hear to know that this album rumbles with floor shaking bass, thunderous reverb drops and chattering echo, nicing up the heavy duty rhythms laid down by the Aggrovators. Hail to the King! Includes "Natty Dub", "Dub Magnificent", "A First Class Dub", "the Stepping Dub", "Rude Boy Dub", "Dub You Can Feel" and "Dread Locks Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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KingsmenHow To Stuff A Wild Bikini ... CD
Wand/Real Gone, New Copy ... Late July, 2014
A groovy beach movie from the mid 60s – starring Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Mickey Rooney, and Buster Keaton! The Kingsmen really only did 2 songs on the set – "Give Her Lovin" and "How To Stuff A Wild Bikini" – and other songs are sung by the cast members. Titles include "How About Us", "Better Be Ready", "Follow Your Leader", "The Perfect Boy", and "Madison Avenue". CD

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New Shawn Lee's Ping Pong OrchestraHits The Hits ... LP
Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy ... Early September, 2014
One of the most compelling albums so far from funky maestro Shawn Lee – all instrumental versions of recent tunes by megastars like Gwen Stefani, Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Blur, Badly Drawn Boy, Justin Timberlake, and Outkast! As you might guess from Shawn's previous records, the approach here is quite different than the originals – lean, mean, and totally funky – with sweet keyboards and horns in place of most of the vocals, although a few cuts seem to have a bit of chorus bits too. The vibe is mostly in a 70s mode – and takes these current numbers way back in time, to the era that arguably influenced the new songs. Titles include "Rehab", "Trick Me", "Rock Your Body", "Hey Ya", "Out Of Time", "Once Around The Block", "Clint Eastwood", "Get UR Freak On", "Toxic", "By The Way", and "Can't Get You Out Of My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
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Little EvaLoco-Motion ... CD
Dimension/Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Around September 10, 2014
A classic set of Brill Building soul – produced by Gerry Goffin, conducted by Carole King, and featuring songs written by the both of them! You'll certainly recognize the hit title track "Loco-Motion", but Eva also comes across nicely on most of the other tracks – with a young and slightly sad soul sound that we really like. Titles include "Some Kinda Wonderful", "I Have A Love", "Down Home", "Run To Her", "He Is The Boy", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", and "Sharing You". CD

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Yuji OhnoMy Little Angel ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
A pivotal album in the development of the Japanese piano trio sound of the 70s – one that links together an older mode of expression with some of the newer freedoms on the scene! Yuji Ohno grabs us here from the very first note with a bold voice on the keys – one that's got some echoes of 60s American players, but which soon takes off in a more spacious, more fluid style that's every bit the best legacy that Japanese players grew from the influence of Bill Evans. The trio here is often nicely rhythmic – with pulsating bass from Yoshio Ikeda and drums that snap then stop when needed from Kazuyoshi Okayama. Titles include the beautiful original numbers "My Little Angel" and "Mr Happy-Gon" – both tunes that should have become standards – plus versions of "A Boy On A Dolphin", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Togther", and "My Foolish Heart". CD

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Schoolly DSaturday Night! - The Album (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jive/FTG, 1987. New Copy ... Around July 29, 2014
Not everyone agrees with us, but this is definitely one of our all-time favorites! Inspired cuts include the title cut, "B-Boy Rhyme and Riddle", "We Get Ill", "Parkside 5-2", "We Get Ill", and the Code Money DJ track, "It's Krack". CD

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Johnny Shines, Robert Nighthawk, & OthersDrop Down Mama ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
Some of the earliest blues ever recorded by the legendary Chess Records – material by a variety of artists caught at the very start of the 50s! The names here aren't as big as those of the stars who would firmly put Chess on the map later in the decade – but the work is a great indication that the Chess brothers were on the right track even in these early days – picking some of the finest talents of the underground, and setting their work to wax! Titles include a few previously unreleased numbers, plus other tracks from older 78s – and titles include "Joliet Blues" and "So Glad I Found You" by Johnny Shines, "Sweet Black Angel" and "Anna Lee" by Robert Nighthawk, "Dark Road" and "You Can't Live Long" by Floyd Jones, "Crying" and "Sad Story" by Blue Smitty, "One Of These Days" by Big Boy Spires, and "Drop Down Mama" by Honey Boy Edwards. CD also features 3 bonus tracks too! CD

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Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers – 1949-1952 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014
More timeless, traditional, beautiful bluegrass ballads of love and lament from the Stanley Brothers – including the best version of "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" you'll ever hear! These earlier Stanley recordings from the late 40s and early 50s have some strains of tradition blues, rags, and spirituals – and kind of came at the the tail end of the world Harry Smith would soon later shine a brilliant light on. 24 tracks in the set including "A Vision Of Mother", "The White Dove", "Little Glass Of Wine", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "I Love No One But You", "The Fields Have Turned Brown", "Hey! Hey! Hey!", "The Wandering Boy", "Let's Part The Best Of Friends", "Too Late To Cry", "Pretty Polly", "The Old Home" and much more. CD

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Billy StewartI Do Love You ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
Beautiful beautiful soul stuff, by one of the most unique voices in soul history. Billy Stewart sings a monster set of original compositions that includes classics like "Sitting In The Park", "I Do Love You", "Fat Boy", "Fat Boy Can Cry", and "Strange Feeling". It's beautiful stuff, with a haunting spooky feeling, and vocals that make you want to cry. CD

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Vicki BenetSing To Me Of Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Liberty (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A much more solidly American album than some of Vicki Benet's other efforts of the time – which were usually more French-styled than this one! This time around, Vicki's got a great breathy style that's right up there with Julie London on Liberty – a late 50s sexiness that perfectly matches her ice blond look on the cover, and her slinky slinky dress! Arrangements are relatively gentle – strings, but never too lush – and Vicki hangs mostly in a ballad mode that's perfect for the breathiness of the recording. Titles include "Our Very Own", "The Boy Next Door", "Love Me", "There's A Small Hotel", "A Shade Of Blue", and "Heartstring Melody". CD

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New Steve Davis with Larry WillisLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite records ever from trombonist Steve Davis – a live date recorded at Smalls, and one that lets him stretch out a lot more than most of his studio albums! The setting is wonderful – an open-ended, easygoing quintet with great piano from Larry Willis – and a groove that is a nice change from some of the tighter modes that Davis often hits with his One For All compadres. As a result, Steve really takes some nice chances on the solos – and shows a range of his horn that impresses us even more than usual – and heck, we already think he's a great player! Altoist Mike DiRubbo brings a nice edge to the proceedings with some great solo work of his own – and the rest of the group features Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Titles include "Spirit Waltz", "Nature Boy/To Wisdom The Prize", and "Daydream/Outro". CD

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter ... CD
Island/Ryko, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". CD
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Bryter Layter ... CD 8.99
Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99
Bryter Layter (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 22.99

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New JBsBreakin' Bread ... LP
People, 1974. Good ... Just Sold Out!
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in some really tight song formats that almost go back to the early days of the group's first few singles. The album's filled with great playing, wonderful grooves, and Fred Wesley's keen sense of humor – which sparks the whole set with a sense of warmth and creative play that show why the JBs are still the greatest funk band ever. Includes the excellent "Little Boy Black", which begins with some tasty James Brown vocals; the oft-sampled "Rockin' Funky Watergate"; plus "Step Child", "Makin Love", and "Rice & Ribs". Not as drawn out as Doing It To Death, but more complicated than Food For Thought, and still a totally essential bit of funk! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available Breakin' Bread ... LP 9.99

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Carmen McRaePortrait Of Carmen ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
An excellent album from Carmen McRae – one of her hippest records ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked! Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her straighter jazz vocal roots – into some hiply sophisticated territory that really shows her growing as a singer in the 60s. The album kicks off with an amazing reading of Tommy Wolf's "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", done by Carmen in a way that makes you know she owns the song – and then it moves through a compelling blend of compositions that includes "My Very Own Person", "Ask Any Woman", "Boy, Do I Have A Surprise For You", and "Elusive Butterfly". CD

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Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... LP
Hi Records, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here highlight that vibe, but she and producer/arranger Mitchell bring in a few more dancefloor ready soul numbers, too. Titles include "You Gonna Make Me Cry", "When I'm In Your Arms", "If This Is Heaven", "I'm So Thankful","Games" and "Boy I Gotta Have You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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VariousAfro Cuban Blue – Blue Note Percussion Compilation ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Heavy percussion on Blue Note Records – but a set that moves way past the familiar modes of the genre! The styles here are a mix of early hardbop, electric funk, and later fusion – all of which feature lots of raw, live percussion added to the usual rhythmic elements of bass and drums – to really help create some complexity in the grooves! Previous Blue Note sets of this nature have only focused on Latin-tinged jazz from the acoustic years, but this one does a great job of showing the strength of the styles well through Blue Note in the electric 70s – as you'll hear on the cool range of cuts that include "Amanda" by John Patton, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Traveling To Get To Doc" by Grant Green, "Tom's Thumb" by Reuben Wilson, "Big Farm Boy Goes To A Latin City" by Ronnie Foster, "Cookoo & Fungi" by Art Taylor, "Sweet Dreams" by Chico Hamilton, "Dracula" by Grant Green, "Suitcase Full Of Dreams" by Willie Bobo, "Funky Business" by Gene Harris, "RK Bossa" by Dom Minasi, and "Herman's Mambo" by Lou Donaldson. 17 tracks, and almost 80 minutes of music! CD

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New Average White BandAverage White Band ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
AWB's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we remember them. And besides, when they play their instruments so nicely – how can you hold the singing against them? Includes the killer classic "Pick Up The Pieces", sampled more times than we can remember – plus "You Got It", "Just Wanna Love You Tonight", "Person To Person", and a nice remake of the Isley Brothers' "Work To Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear. Label has a peeled spot.)
Also available Average White Band ... CD 4.99

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New Average White BandCut The Cake ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you need to own one album by Average White Band, this is it! The album features the band at their funky best – playing hard and chopping away with a strong crossover sound that put them firmly on the map during the early 70s. The record includes their funky classic "School Boy Crush", still a sampling favorite – plus loads of other nice moments, like "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Cloudy", "High Flyin Woman", and the hit title cut "Cut The Cake". CD
Also available Cut The Cake ... LP 5.99

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New Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (original quadfold pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1989. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Original quad-fold copy of the Beastie's second LP, and their first one for Capitol. Like a great deal of hip hop from the late 80s/early 90s era, the production on this one is nothing short of watershed, pure Dust Brothers butter, super dense and super funky like heavy clouds of smoke from the bong! And besides it seems like there's almost no reason to mention the fab and now classic cover package, with a wrap around image from Ludlow and Rivington that's like a tribute from the Beasties to their pre-Cali transplant locale! 15 seminal tracks in all, including "Hey Ladies", "Shake Your Rump", "High Plains Drifter", "The Sound Of Science", "Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun", "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" and "Shadrach". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Bootsy's Rubber BandThis Boot Is Made For Fonk-N ... LP
Warner, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bootsy's still keeping the P-Funk flag flying high at the end of the 70s – arguably stepping out here with a sound that's got more of the Parliafunkadelicment elements intact than some of George Clinton's other spinoff groups! The tracks are long, and plenty jamming – still with plenty of star power from Bootsy upfront – but also some wonderfully tight rhythms from the rest of the players too, all in that mix of hard-rolling, and light-tripping funk modes that still set the P-Funk groups apart from the pack of imitators who'd cropped up in their wake! Titles include "Jam Fan (Hot)", "Bootsy Get Live", "Under The Influence Of A Groove", "Chug-A-Lug", "Oh Boy", and "Shejam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch and a lightly bent corner.)

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New James BrownJames Brown Sings Out Of Sight ... LP
Smash, 1964. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any new original vocal material for Smash – apart from the title track "Out Of Sight", which had already been snuck on the market, and which is a sinister funky track built along the same lines as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (not on this album.) Apart from that track, the rest of the material on the record is more traditional R&B and pop stuff – sung by James in a strong soul style. Titles include "Somethin Else", "Nature Boy", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Wanna Be Around", "I Got You", and "Good Rockin Tonight". The liner notes are great, too – with some pretty interesting information on Brown's career, and African-American politics. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in great shape.)

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New James BrownOut Of Sight ... CD
Smash/Polygram, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any new original vocal material for Smash – apart from the title track "Out Of Sight", which had already been snuck on the market, and which is a sinister funky track built along the same lines as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (not on this album.) Apart from that track, the rest of the material on the record is more traditional R&B and pop stuff – sung by James in a strong soul style. Titles include "Somethin Else", "Nature Boy", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Wanna Be Around", "I Got You", and "Good Rockin Tonight". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San Quentin ... LP
Columbia/Sundazed, 1969. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Johnny returns to prison for another incredible set – a set might be an even more remarkable portrait of the Man In Black at his raucous best than the uber legendary Live At Folsom Prison! Like the Folsom gig, the set was captured by producer Bob Johnston, who also so masterfully recorded Bob Dylan at his most primal. Unlike the Folsom set, in which Johnny was famously accompanied by the Tennessee Three, the San Quentin band was fleshed out to include all of the still performing Carter women, Carl Perkins and the Statler Brothers. Another breathtaking prison recording, featuring the famous version of "A Boy Named Sue" where you hear the crowd going completely nuts. Tracks include "I Walk The Line", "Darling Companion", "San Quentin", "Wanted Man", "Peace In The Valley", "Wreck Of Old 97" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(High quality Sundazed pressing – still sealed!)
Also available Johnny Cash At San Quentin – Complete 1969 Concert (2CD/DVD) ... CD 13.99

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New Chicago Underground DuoLocus (with download) ... LP
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty electric sounds from the Chicago Underground Duo – a set that has Rob Mazurek adding in lots of electronics (even a Game Boy!) to his usual cornet lines, plus some other acoustic elements that work really well with the drums, mbira, and balaphone of Chad Taylor! The record shows an earlier spirit of the Chicago scene alive and well – that genre-crossing, generation-spanning love of so many different sounds and styles at once – a mode that first burst forth on the scene two decades back, often in the hands of John McEntire, who produced this album – and which still stands strong in the hands of its best purveyors like this. Titles include "Yaa Yaa Kole", "Blink Out", "Kabuki", "Dante", "House Of The Axe", "Borrow & Bury", and "Locus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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New Cold BloodLydia Pense & Cold Blood ... LP
ABC, 1976. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cold Blood are still going strong in the mid 70s – a lot stronger than anyone would imagine for a group that was kind of a white-boy (and girl) soul group coming out of the magical Bay Area scene of the late 60s. The group's actually a lot tighter here than before – and the instrumentation has kind of an Average White Band funky groove to it, one that offers up some nice moments in the breakdowns. Lydia's vocals are still something we can't cotton to, though! Titles include "Drink The Wine", "We Came Down Here", "I Get Off On You", "Feel The Fire", "Blinded By Love", "Back Here Again", "Let Me Be The One", and "It Takes A Lot Of Good Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cut corner, light edge wear, and some small scratches. Labels have some marker.)

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New Miles DavisMiles Smiles ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Miles Smiles, but his grin is a wry one – given the angular energy of the set! The album's a landmark effort from the mid 60s quintet that includes Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams – all of whom work without fail to capture Davis' newly emerging approach to jazz – a style that's touched with some of the light lyricism of the late 50s, but which has much sharper edges overall – and really approaches some of the best "new thing" modes that were going down at labels like Blue Note or Impulse! Many tunes have a subtly spare quality, but nonetheless work with a tremendous amount of power – and titles include a classic version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", a haunting take on Shorter's "Footprints", and the titles "Orbits", "Circle", "Dolores", and "Gingerbread Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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New EmotionsUntouched ... LP
Volt, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff! The Emotions may have been a sweet female soul trio from Chicago, but here, they're getting some extra heavy production from Ronnie Williams and David Porter – who bring a darker side to their sound, coming up with heavy soul grooves that really open them up. The classic example of this is the stellar cut "Blind Alley" – a famous sample from years back, and a wonderful funk tune on its own. Other tracks include "Boss Love Maker", "Love Ain't Easy Onesided", "Show Me How", "Love is The Hardest Thing To Find", and "Boy I Need You". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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New Bill EvansTime Remembered (2LP Bill Evans Trio At Shelly's Manne-Hole) ... LP
Riverside/Milestone, 1963. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great west coast live date from Bill Evans – one that showed that his magic on the keys was equally at home in LA as it was in New York! The session's especially noteworthy for the presence of drummer Larry Bunker – a great player who worked on countless recordings, both jazz and non-jazz, but who hits a new level here with the Evans Trio – one that almost matches that of Paul Motian for his sensitivity and lyrical interplay with Evans' piano and the bass of Chuck Israels! This later pressing features a full LP of previously unreleased muci from the concert, and titles include "Our Love Is Here To Stay", "The Boy Next Door", "Swedish Pastry", "Who Cares", "Everything Happens To Me", "Time Remembered", "Lover Man", "Blues In F/Five" and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John FaheyJohn Fahey Volume 1 – Blind Joe Death (70s pressing) ... LP
Takoma, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues", "Sligo River Blues", "I'm Gonna Do All I Can For My Lord", "In Christ There Is No East Or West", "Poor Boy Long Ways From Home", and "The Transcendental Waterfall". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a piece of tape on the spine.)

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New Connie FrancisCocktail Connie – Connie Francis Sings & Swings Lounge Classics ... CD
MGM/Jazzclub (Germany), Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the coolest cuts you'll ever hear from Connie Francis – a host of well-picked tracks that show a very groovy side of her music! Gone are the cheesy pop modes of earlier years, and in their place are a host of jazzy, bossa, and mod-styled tunes – arranged here by Don Costa, Benny Golson, Claus Ogerman, Marty Paich, and others – all from the mid 60s – a time when Francis may not have been hitting the charts that much, but could certainly have her way with a song! If you've ever shied away from Connie before, this may well be the record that wins you over – a superb collection of overlooked 60s gems that include "Bossa Nova Hand Dance", "Walk On By", "So Nice", "It's Not Unusual", "Wives & Lovers", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "The Second Time Around", "The Boy From Ipanema", and "I've Got A Crush On New York Town". CD

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New FreeezIOU/I Dub U/Acapella U ... 12-inch
Streetwise, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those b-boy cuts that straddles the line between soul and hip hop, but definitely an 80s breakin'/electro/dance classic! Anything from 1982 produced by Arthur Baker and mixed by Jellybean is bound to be dope and this one is no exception. With production and sung vocals similar to the Planet Patrol records from that time. Complete with an instrumental/dub version if you don't want the vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Streetwise sleeve.)

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New Gang Of FourSongs Of The Free ... LP
Warner, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly our favorite Gang Of Four album – and the one in which their funk approach really seems to work! The album's got a camp appeal that can't be denied – known famously for it's big post-disco hit "I Love A Man In Uniform" – but overall the whole thing actually seems pretty well thought out – taking the heady politics of earlier records, and putting them into catchy guitar-driven dancefloor tracks that clearly get the message out to a whole new audience of converts! Titles include "Call Me Up", "I Love A Man In Uniform", "Life It's A Shame", "I Will Be A Good Boy", "The History Of The World", "Muscle For Brains", "Of The Instant", and the sublime William Blake-inspired groover "We Live As We Dream, Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Marvin Gaye with Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and TammiMarvin Gaye & His Girls ... LP
Tamla, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic batch of Motown duets from Marvin Gaye and some of his best female co-stars – with a few contributions a piece from Mary Wells, Kim Weston, and Tammi Terrell! Although other artists explored the male/female duet mode back in the 60s, few did it as well as Marvin – thanks in part to a warmly sensitive vocal approach that made his duets come across as personal, loving conversations – and not the too-gimmicky modes used to push the big stars over at other labels. Marvin & Mary Wells sing "Once Upon A Time", "What's The Matter With You Baby", "Together", and "Deed I Do". Marvin & Kim Weston sing "I Want You 'Round", "What Good Am I Without You", and "It Takes Two". And Marvin and Tammi Terrell sing "Your Precious Love", "Little Ole Girl, Little Ole Boy", "I Can't Help But Love You", and "Good Lovin Ain't Easy To Come By". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Tamla pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cut corner, some wear, and splitting on the spine.)

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New Johnny GriffinIntroducing Johnny Griffin ... LP
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you've ever needed a definition of hardbop, this is it! The set's a crack quartet session for Blue Note, recorded in the mid 50s by a young Johnny Griffin – fresh in from Chicago, and playing with tons of fire and loads of imagination! Wynton Kelly's on piano and Max Roach is on drums – and the excitement never stops as the group rolls their way through the tightly-crafted tunes on the set. And don't mistake the session as just a head-blowing album with no creativity – because the whole thing's incredibly precise, and the real charm is the way in which the razor-sharp group manages to twist and turn so deftly – yet still always plays with creative imagination and thoughtful solos! Cuts include "Mil Dew", "Chicago Calling", "These Foolish Things", The Boy Next Door", "Lover Man" and "It's Alright With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s DMM pressing.)

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New Hall & OatesH2O ... LP
RCA, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One that we heard way too much when it was out, but which we kind of love now! The album's part of H&O's great comeback years in the early 80s – a time when they were mixing their white boy soul with some nice 80s groove and electro touches, often going for a spare mix of groove and vocals that's really compelling. Includes the sublime "Maneater", everything that was right with pop in the 80s – plus "One On One", "Open All Night", "Crime Pays", "Go Solo", "Delayed Reaction", "At Tension", and "Italian Girls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... LP
Atco, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massively beautiful work from the great Donny Hathaway! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing, with a bit of marker. Cover has light wear and a partially split top seam and a piece of tape in one corner with a name in marker.)

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New Jimi HendrixBlues ... CD
Sony/MCA, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The brilliant bluesy side of Hendrix – great stuff recorded from '66-'70 – including his most blues based originals and incredible covers! Bluesy it is, but it's also Jimi – with the soaring, loose and massively influential lead guitar grooves and many of which went unreleased until the 90s – and remains among the most essential of posthumous Hendrix releases. Includes "Hear My Train A Comin'" (acoustic and electric versions), "Born Under A Bad Sign", "Catfish Blues", "Red House", "Voodoo Chile Blues", "Mannish Boy", "Once I Had A Woman", "Jam 292" and "Electric Church Red House". CD
(Out of print.)

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New HeptonesNight Food ... LP
Island, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal mid 70s work from Leroy Sibbles, the lead singer of the Heptones, perhaps more well known the house bass player at Studio One, the man behind many now classic rhythms! This mid 70s set was cut at Harry J's, and is a bit more produced than some of their earlier sides, but no less great – with some great vocal harmonies and updates of awesome Studio One rhythms! Includes "Country Boy", "Book Of Rules", "Deceivers", "In The Groove", "Love Won't Come Easy", "Fatty Fatty" and "Mama Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cut corner & some wear.)

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New Lena HorneMoanin Low – Torch Songs By Lena Horne (4 x 78 rpm album) ... 78 rpm
Victor, Late 40s. Used 4 x 78 rpm album ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the tracks "Where Or When", "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues", "The Man I Love", "Stormy Weather", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Moanin Low", "Ill Wind", and "Mad About The Boy". 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Album has some edge wear.)

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New ImpressionsWe're A Winner ... LP
ABC, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A new level of pride and power for The Impressions – as you might guess from the bold statement of the title track! It may seem hard to believe from the perspective of the 21st Century, but back in the mid 60s, a message like "We're A Winner" was quite a strong one – a new anthem of righteous identity that was one of the first truly political statements from a young Curtis Mayfield, and a great precursor of the genius to come in the 70s! But even at this early state, there's still plenty of genius going on – not just in Mayfield's sublime songwriting, but also in the harmonies of the group, and the beautiful treatment they get in the studio from arranger Johnny Pate. The album's one of their key classics from the ABC years – and titles include "We're A Winner", "Moonlight Shadows", "Nothing Can Stop Me", "I'm Gettin Ready", "Let Me Tell The World", and "Little Brown Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Ahmad JamalComplete Live At The Pershing Lounge 1958 (But Not For Me/Jamal At The Pershing Vol 2) ... CD
Argo/Gambit (Spain), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groundbreaking work from the legendary Ahmad Jamal – not just in his own career, but in live jazz in general! The album's a classic recording of Jamal's trio with Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – captured at the Pershing Lounge on the south side of Chicago, where Jamal was clearly wowing the crowd with his amazing talents on the piano. The groove here is sublimely fluid and soulful – clearly the next wave of expression on the piano in the 50s, and as important to the Chicago scene as Bill Evans was to that of New York at the time. The recording quality is wonderful – clear enough to capture the subtleties of Crosby's amazing bass, and the lightly tippling sound of Fournier's drums – and the CD features both volumes of this historic set, a total of 20 tracks in all. Titles include a classic extended reading of "Poinciana", plus "What's New", "But Not For Me", "Billy Boy", "All The Things You Are", "Woody N You", "It Might As Well Be Spring", "It's You Or No One", and "No Greater Love". Also features the bonus single version of "Poinciana". CD

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New Bob JamesExplosions ... LP
ESP, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Bob James – recorded way before he became one of the funky talents of the 70s, when he was a budding young modernist on the New York scene, with clear influences from the work of Paul Bley. This set is a trio recording – and it features James playing with Barre Phillips on bass and Robert Pozar on drums. Phillips' work is especially amazing, as he gets sounds out of the bass that are just incredible – working the whole instrument into wild tones and sounds that far surpass conventional work on the strings. The whole session's amazingly dark – and it makes us love James' funky work even more to know that he started out this way! Titles include "Explosions", "An On", "Wolfman", and "Peasant Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing, with "ear". Vinyl is great, but has some light marks from the old paper sleeve.)

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New JosefusDead Man ... LP
Hookah/Numero, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare slab of underground hard rock from Josefus – circa 1970, and a good half decade ahead of its time! It's got a walloping, fuzz-drenched blue rock swagger you might expect from subterranean TX rockers at the time – but the Zeppelin-y vocals, and overall dark and sludgy Sabbath-y vibe feels pretty damn prescient for a record made so early in the decade. It's genuinely strong stuff, too – not merely an underground take on nascent hard rock trends, but an impressive mix of accessible heavy rock and TX post-psych swagger. It includes a cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" that sounds like no other version, plus "Crazy Man", "I Need A Woman", "Proposition", "Country Boy", "Situation" and the 17+ minute epic title track. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Kendrick LamarGood Kid, M.A.Ad City (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Aftermath, 2012. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The much-hailed major league debut of Kendrick Lamar! Includes "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe", "The Art Of Peer Pressure", "Money Trees" with Jay Rock, "Poetic Justice" with Drake, "m.A.A.d City" with MC Eiht, "Singing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst", "Real" feat Anna Wise of Sonnymoon, "Compton" with Dr. Dre and more. Deluxe edition vinyl 3 bonus tracks: "The Recipe" with Dr. Dre, "Black Boy Fly" and "Now Or Never" with Mary J Blige. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ben E KingSpanish Harlem/Don't Play That Song ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 albums' worth of incredible work from Ben E King! Spanish Harlem is a classic – and forget that you've heard the title track a million times, because the album's a treasure all the way through – packed with beautiful tunes arranged and produced by the Lieber-Stoller tune, in that mix of baion rhythms that they were crafting in the uptown studios for the Drifters during the early 60s. The leadoff cut is the amazing "Amor", a lightly grooving number that should have been massive – and just about every other cut is a similar Latin-tinged number. Titles include "Come Closer To Me", "Sway", "Love Me, Love Me", "Frenesi", "Souvenir Of Mexico", and "Besame Mucho". Don't Play That Song is equally great – with some darker numbers done in Ben's increasingly uptown soul style. Titles include classics like "Here Comes The Night", "Don't Play That Song", "Young Boy Blues", and "Stand By Me" – plus lesser-known gems like "Brace Yourself", "I Promise Love", "Yes", "First Taste Of Love", and "Show Me The Way". CD
(Punch through booklet.)

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New Bobby Konders & Massive SoundsBobby Konders & Massive Sounds ... CD
Mercury, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early 90s collection of Bobby Konders numbers, focusing more on the hip hop and R&B flavored numbers he produced, with just a few of his jazzy house tracks. The R&B tracks show a clear Soul II Soul influence, which to us is a good thing, and while the hip hop and ragga flavored tracks aren't straight street beats, they've got a fat Brooklyn vibe you can't deny. 10 tracks in all: "The Heads", "Mack Daddy", "Bad Boy Dance", "Unity", "You Don't Know", "Rising To The Top", "Blue Note Groove", "Where Is Our Future", "I Love" and "Under Surveillance". CD

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New Love UnlimitedLove Unlimited (From A Girl's Point Of View) ... LP
Uni, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff – the beginning of the Love Unlimited dynasty! As we're sure you know, Barry White produced this little gem of a record, and the record was a key proving ground for many of his stone cold soul production ideas before he went off and started doing the lead vocals himself. The trio of lovelies that makes up Love Unlimited do a perfect job with Barry's arrangements – singing heavenly harmonies on tracks like "If This World Were Mine", "Is It Really True Boy – Is It Really Me", and the stunning "Walking In The Rain With The One I Love", which has one of the best telephone monologues you'll ever hear on a soul track! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some split seams, and peeling along the bottm 3 inches of the back.)

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New Miriam MakebaWorld Of Miriam Makeba ... LP
RCA, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Miriam Makeba's first albums released in the US. A hip set with backings by Hugh Masekela, in a mode that's got a nice South African soul groove to it – but which still had enough folksy touches to keep the American crossover audience happy. Titles on that one include "Forbidden Games", "Into Yam", "Little Boy", "Umhome", "Kwendini", "Pole Mze", and "Dubula". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove.)

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New Johnny MathisOpen Fire Two Guitars ... CD
Columbia, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime early work from Johnny Mathis – a session that really shows the jazzy charm he had at the start! The setting is as spare as you might guess from the title – no large orchestra, and instead just two guitars (played by Tony Mottola and Al Caiola) supporting Johnny's vocals in a very open-ended sort of way! Mathis' approach to the session is amazing – really stretching out with the lack of traditional structure, and really working those amazing tones and phrasings at a level that he would hardly ever match again on record. Titles include "Please Be Kind", "Embraceable You", "Open Fire", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "You'll Never Know", and "I'm Just A Boy In Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Paul McCartneyRam ... LP
Apple, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An early moment of genius from post-Beatles Paul McCartney – a solo set that's wonderfully diverse throughout – filled with the kinds of cool little twists and turns we loved in his late Beatles records, and in his 70s killers with Wings! There's a newly-emerging sweetness going on here – that great sound that started to emerge with the McCartney album – where Paul was a proud, put-together family guy – easily one of the most confident of his fab foursome, and able to bring an incredible amount of charm to just about any style he wanted to try! Some of the best cuts here are the mellower, more personal moments – still delivered with an amazing rock-solid sense of musicianship and production, too – and even the rockers, which might sound clunky in the hands of anyone else, manage to come off with a great deal of charm as well. Titles include the wonderfully playful "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey" – plus "Too Many People", "Heart Of The Country", "Dear Boy", "Ram On", "The Back Seat Of My Car", and "Smile Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US Apple pressing. Cover has some wear. Top seam has a small split.)

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New Memphis Soul BandSoul Cowboy ... LP
Minit, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite an interesting record! The band is listed as Memphis Soul Band – but the arrangements are by Ingfried Hoffman, the great German organ player who appeared on some excellent jazz albums in the 60s. Plus, the record's got a very prominent organ sound in the front which sounds suspiciously like Hoffman – all of which leads us to think that the record's probably a German production, issued by UA under the Minit imprint to make folks think it's a southern soul record. Thing is, it's actually a great little set! Hoffman's organ work is always a treat, and this album is no exception – especially on the record's great cover of "Midnight Cowboy", which has a cool spoken intro, plus an amazing solo in the middle! The cut "Soul Cowboy" also has a similar feel, with a spoken bit in the middle, then some groovy instrumentation with organ right out front. Other tracks include "That's Me Boy", another Hoffman original, plus "Testify", "Good Morning Starshine", "Mrs. Robinson", and "Who's Making Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Helen Merrill & John LewisHelen Merrill/John Lewis (aka Django) ... LP
Mercury, 1976/1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderfully moody album from singer Helen Merrill – recorded with backing by pianist John Lewis, in an overall feel that's got some of the styles that Lewis forged with the Modern Jazz Quartet! The tunes are familiar ones, mostly, but arranged in a style that's got wonderfully sad and somber touches – really bringing out the best of the dark qualities in Merrill's vocals. Backing is by a quartet with Lewis, Richard Davis, Hubert Laws, and Connie Kay – and titles include "Close Your Eyes", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "The Singer", "Yesterdays", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "Mad About The Boy", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rudy Ray MooreEat Out More Often ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic stuff – Rudy's first album, and a fitting launch to his famous career of party records and live club performances! The cover's got Rudy in front of a nude black model, laying back on the couch, and encouraging him to do the thing that's implied by the title – but the record itself is far more creative than just a bit of nasty words and sexy references. Rudy's at the top of his game here, bad rapping over a bit of music in a landmark effort that set the stage for countless other party records to come – but which is still presented here in one of its strongest examples. The set kicks off with an extended take on "Dolemite", with other tracks that include the funky groover "You Could Be Ugly Too", plus "Pimpin Sam", "So Glad I Could Come", and "Ballad Of A Boy & Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the "censored" cover – with a "rated XX" bar over the naughty bits! Cover has some light stains along the opening and a small split on the top seam.)

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New Gerry MulliganJeru ... LP
Columbia, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty great little album – and very different than Gerry Mulligan's regular sides from the time! The session was originally produced as part of the sessions for the short-lived Jazztime label in the early 60s – and was produced by Dave Bailey with a soulful undercurrent that's quite similar to his own sessions from the period. Gerry's really shaking free of the "cool" cliches for the record – working with a deeply grooving rhythm section that includes Bailey on drums, Ben Tucker on bass, and Tommy Flanagan on piano – making a key return of piano to a Gerry Mulligan session! Alec Dorsey's also in the group on conga – adding a nice little extra kick to a few of the best tunes on the set – and Gerry himself is playing baritone with a style that's as fluid as on his freer-floating 50s recordings, but which also hits more of a rolling sort of tenor groove! Titles include "Get Out Of Town", "Blue Boy", "Capricious", "Here I'll Stay", and "Inside Impromptu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing – sealed! Most likely from the late 60s.)

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New Johnnie PateSubtle Sounds ... LP
Gig, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Johnnie Pate's early albums – with a more complicated style than his other piano trio outings. This one features Johnnie's group with Ronnell Bright on piano and Charles Walton on drums, plus some vocals by Gwen Stevens on one track, and harmony vocalizing by the trio on another. Bright's piano is more complex than before, with an edgey sound that brings surprising emotion to tracks like "Danny Boy", "The Real McCoy", and "Mood For Milt". Other tracks include "I Was A Fool", written by Johnnie and sung by Stevens, plus "Nancy", "Jeff", and "Will You Still Be Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover some splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)

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New PeddlersThree In A Cell ... LP
Epic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heck of a cool group – with a really wonderful sound! The Peddlers were a late 60s British trio, with a sound that's part soul, part jazz, part supper-club vocals – all done with a clean, clear, hard-grooving approach – and strong instrumentation that often includes a heavy dose of Hammond organ! A big chunk of the work on this album has a gently funky sound that really takes it miles from its original roots – as familiar numbers get transformed into nicely party-rocking tunes with a very hip groove – making for a few tracks that have nice breaks, and others that cook with a nice mod little sound! Keith Mansfield's helping the trio get their groove on here – and titles include their classic break take on "On A Clear Day", plus "Nobody Likes Me", "I'm A Boy In Love", "Comin Home Baby", "Just A Pretty Song", "Prime Of My Life", and "Lost Continent". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ike QuebecHeavy Soul (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy soul from Ike Quebec – one of Blue Note's greatest players of the 78 era in the 40s, stepping out here on one of his brilliant comeback sets from the early 60s! The set features Ike blowing in an all soul jazz mode – working with a quartet that includes some great work from organist Freddie Roach – swinging here in a great straight ahead mode, and really pushing Ike to lay out some of the best solos of his later Blue Note years. There's a few tracks on the set that step out in a tight modal jazz groove – organ vamping as Ike blows away – and titles include "Heavy Soul", "Que's Dilemma", "Acquitted", and a very spooky version of "Nature Boy". CD features the bonus track "Blues For Ike". CD
(BMG Record Club pressing.)

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New Rolling StonesSucking In The Seventies ... LP
Rolling Stones, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the track "Everything Is Turning To Gold" – on LP for the first time – plus a live version of "When The Whip Comes Down" and the previously unreleased "If I Was A Dancer (part 2)". Other tracks include "Mannish Boy", "Shattered", "Hot Stuff", and "Crazy Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover and label have a name stamp.)

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New Biff RoseThorn In Mrs Rose's Side ... LP
Tetragrammaton, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from Biff Rose – a near-lost singer-songwriter from the late 60s, barely remembered as the author of "Fill Your Heart" from David Bowie's Hunky Dory album – but an incredible talent that we'd rank right up there with Van Dyke Parks or early Randy Newman for sheer American brilliance! As in the work of Parks, there's a quality here that's completely unique – informed by the freedoms of the folk generation, but tuned with older-styled arrangements that while full, still manage to convey a sense of person and presence – as in some of the best early recordings of Leonard Cohen. And like Cohen, Rose has a really poetically-styled approach to his lyrics – far beyond the sardonic eye of folkies, or the indulgence of hippies – and infused with a sense of hope that crackles out of the tunes along with his own crackly vocals. Vocally, we'd almost link Rose to Bob Dorough for a sheer "oh what the hell I'm just gonna sing this" approach – and like Dorough, there's no silliness at all – but real sincerity where we'd never expect it, in a way that leaves us breathless. The set features arrangements by Rose, Arthur Wright, Kirby Johnson, and Nick Woods – on titles that include "Mama's Boy", "Angel Tension", "Molly", "The Stars", "It's Happening", "Buzz The Fuzz", and "The Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Tetragrammaton pressing.)

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New Rose RoyceIn Full Bloom ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record blends the band's more famous funky styles with smoother jazzy soul that's almost in a Minnie Riperton mode – and which is made even more so by the sweet lead vocals of Rose Norwalt. She's heard to best effect on the cuts "Wishing On A Star" and "Ooh Boy" – and other funkier numbers include "Do Your Dance", "Funk Factory", and "It Makes You Feel Like Dancing", which are all filled with great keyboards and nice spacey grooves. CD

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New Schoolly DSaturday Night! - The Album (Schoolly D pressing) ... LP
Schoolly D, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not everyone agrees with us, but this is definitely one of our all-time favorites! Inspired cuts include the title cut, "B-Boy Rhyme and Riddle", "We Get Ill", "Parkside 5-2", "We Get Ill", and the Code Money dj track, "It's Krack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Schoolly D pressing. Cover has some wear, an unglued bottom seam, and a partially unglued top seam.)

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New Marlena ShawMarlena Shaw Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
At last! Someone's finally gone and put together a real collection of Marlena Shaw's fantastic jazzy soul work! Sure, there's been other compilations out on the market – but this one's the real deal, and spans her years at Chess/Cadet, Blue Note, and Columbia – years that saw Marlena emerging to become one of the greatest smooth soul singers of all time! The set begins with the oft-sampled cuts "Woman Of The Ghetto" and "California Soul" – both righteous classics in their own right. The groove then moves onto the excellent "Liberation Conversation", and other smoother material, like "This Feeling's Good", "Loving You Was Like A Party", "Feel Like Making Love", "Without You In My Life", and "Yu Ma/Go Away Little Boy", which features one of the greatest monologues on record! Also includes a version of Al Johnson's "Back For More", and "Could It Be You", a duet with Phil Upchurch. CD

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New ShirellesHappy & In Love ... LP
RCA, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure album by The Shirelles – one that's got a mixture of tunes that are still in their older girl group mode, plus others that seem to be trying to break them into a Honey Cone/Three Degrees bag. The backings are a lot more soulful than on some of their earlier albums, and arrangements were handled by George Andrews and Joe Scott. Titles include "Boy You're Too Young", "There's Nothing In This World", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", and "Strange, I Still Love You". LP, Vinyl record album

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New SkyySkyyhigh – The Skyy Anthology 1979 to 1992 ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heavy package of work from the legendary Skyy – the funky club combo headed by Randy Muller after his work with BT Express and Brass Construction! With Skyy, Muller honed his groove even more than before – creating a really tight focus on bass-heavy bottoms, and focusing all instruments in the group into a solidly soaring sound that showed that funk was alive and well on the dancefloor – even well beyond the disco years – as you'll hear in this collection of work that not only includes Salsoul Records classics by Skyy, but also later work for Capitol and Warner too. The 2CD set really runs the gamut of Skyy sounds – and links their disco material with some great later 80s grooves too – on titles that include "The Groove Is Bad", "First Time Around (12" mix)", "Call Me", "Let's Celebrate (12" mix)", "Real Love", "Up & Over", "Start Of A Romance", "Givin It To You (12" special mix)", "Bad Boy (12" version)", "When You Touch Me", "Get Into The Beat", "Movin Violation", "Let Love Shine (12" version)", "You Got Me Up", "Love Plane", "Skyyzoo (12" mix)", "Fallin In Love Again", "Disco Dancin", and "Superlove". CD

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New Cat StevensCatch Bull At Four ... LP
A&M, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Angelsea", "Boy With A Moon & Star On His Head", "18th Avenue", "Freezing Steel", and "O Caritas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Billy StewartOne More Time – The Chess Years ... LP
Chess/MCA, Mid 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Billy Stewart was one of the greatest soul singers ever to record for Chess (even though he wasn't from Chicago), and although his work for the label stretched from the early to the late 60's, he's not nearly as well-remembered as he should be. This set aims to correct that, and features 24 great tracks of some of the most unusual soul you'll ever hear. You may already know Billy's voice from his amazing crossover version of "Summertime" (which still shows up on oldies stations), but that's only the beginning of the way this stuff grooves, as the arrangements are fantastic, and have a tight punch and loping groove that will knock you off your feet. Tracks include the classic "Sitting In the Park" (later covered by GQ), "Cross My Heart", "Secret Love", "Tell Me The Truth", "Strange Feeling", "Fat Boy", "Billy's Blues Part 2", "I Do Love You", "Because I Love You", "Every Day I Have The Blues", "Temptation 'Bout To Get Me", "One More Time", "We'lL Always Be Together" and "Why Do I Love You So". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty wild album – one in which Sonny Stitt meets the funky electric sound of Flying Dutchman! The album's not the all-out funk affair you might expect from the date, the label, and the cartoony image of a lady on the front cover – but it does have some very nice moments, and good playing by sidemen like Mike Wofford, Frank Strozier, and Pee Wee Ellis. There's a few standards done up in new clothes – like "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben" – but the real highlight is "Dumpy Mama", which runs for about 10 minutes, and which has a nice groove to it. The original track "Jason" is also pretty nice too, and features Latin percussion from Ray Armando. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cutout notch.)

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New Carla ThomasSugar ... CD
Stax, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed collection of work from Carla Thomas – one that brings together a host of her non-album material for Stax Records – all gems recorded during the label's second stage of existence, when a singer like Thomas was perfect for the new hip modes of soul they were reaching! The material here comes from a variety of Stax singles, and is also mixed with a few cuts from the Wattstax concert, and a few from the Boy Meets Girl album – a really great blend of material that even features a few numbers produced by a young Donny Hathaway! Donny's talents are clearly evident on "Never Be True" and "Living In The City", which both sound like his own early work for Atlantic – and other cuts include "Sugar", "I Loved You Like I Love My Very Life", "I'm Trying", "Gee Whiz (live)", "Love Among People", "I May Not Be All You Want", "Hi De Ho", and "Sugar". CD
(CD case has a small cutout notch.)

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New ThundercatGolden Age Of Apocalypse ... LP
Brainfeeder, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great modern genre-busting debuts we've had the pleasure of being so stunned by in quite a while! Thundercat's Golden Age is dizzyingly brilliant mix of 80s clubby synths and keys, future soul & funky soundscapes, 70s soul jazzy atmospherics and more – but it's hardly a mere genre-mash, Thundercat's got a unique and inventive vision all his own. A number of tracks feature vocals, but it's really about the mood – and what an expansive mood it is! He shows love here for influential figures from George Duke to Brainfeeder honcho Flying Lotus, to Erykah Badu – great stuff and we're thinking he's only gonna get better from here. Titles include "Hooooooo" (inspired by mid 70s George Duke), "Daylight", "For Love I Come", "Jamboree", "Boat Cruise", "Walkin", "Mystery Machine", "Return To The Journey", "Golden Boy", "Walkin'" (feat Erykah Badu) and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)
Also available Golden Age Of Apocalypse (plus download) ... LP 15.99

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New Nick ToschesSave The Last Dance For Satan (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2011. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Yeah, THIS is the Nick Tosches we want! Tosches has a way of chronicling the diseased, mobbed up underbelly of the 20th Century music rackets that's simply unrivaled – it's gut level brilliant and street smart writing like no one does anymore. Save The Last Dance For Satan is a more fleshed out and newly spun continuation of material published more than a decade ago as Hipsters And Hoodlums in Vanity Fair (boy, mainstream magazine content sure has changed a bunch since 2000) – chronicling the sleaze and criminality at the core of the 50s & 60s music biz. It's great! His best stuff has often read with the sweaty, intoxicating allure of seedy pulp storytelling, so it's with the utmost pleasure to see his work put out by Kicks Books - which literally puts Tosches' work in just that kind of old school hip pocket paperback! He joins Andre Williams (whose "Jailbait" single is mentioned early in this book as the badass antidote to mid 50s candy-coated rock & roll that it most certainly was) and Sun Ra at Kicks. A couple of Tosches' more recent books have been a tough slog – more about his own near obsessive search for impossibly hidden subjects than anything else – but this slim 120 page tome is the opposite – it has us slobbering for more! Book

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New Bobby TroupDistinctive Style Of Bobby Troup ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the straighter sessions ever recorded by vocalist Bobby Troup – an intimate quartet side, with backing by Howard Roberts on guitar, Bob Enevoldsen on bass, and Don Heath on drums. Bobby sings and plays piano – in that warm, laidback LA style that's made him one of our favorite male vocalists of the time – and he's less tongue-in-cheek here than on some of his other recordings, bringing a simple but honest presentation to material that includes "Have You Met Miss Jones", "It Still Suits Me", "Little Girl Blue", "You Are Too Beautiful", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "The Boy Next Door". CD

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New Bobby TroupDistinctive Style Of Bobby Troup ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the straighter sessions ever recorded by vocalist Bobby Troup – an intimate quartet side, with backing by Howard Roberts on guitar, Bob Enevoldsen on bass, and Don Heath on drums. Bobby sings and plays piano – in that warm, laidback LA style that's made him one of our favorite male vocalists of the time – and he's less tongue-in-cheek here than on some of his other recordings, bringing a simple but honest presentation to material that includes "Have You Met Miss Jones", "It Still Suits Me", "Little Girl Blue", "You Are Too Beautiful", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "The Boy Next Door". CD
(Includes obi.)

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New Muddy WatersHard Again ... LP
Blue Sky, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Produced by Johnny Winter – with cuts that include "The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock & Roll", "Little Girl", "Deep Down In Florida", "Jealous Hearted Man", and "Mannish Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some minor creases.)

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New Muddy WatersReal Folk Blues ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic packaging of Muddy Waters' famous early work for Chess Records – brought together with a cover and title that pitch him strongly towards the growing folk movement of the time! And, although most of these tracks were recorded in Chicago, with some electric guitar in the mix, there's a definitely folksy quality to most of the numbers – a down-home feel that's nice and gritty, stepping along with spare instrumentation alongside the vocals. Titles include "Mannish Boy", "Screamin & Cryin", "Just To Be With You", "Walkin Blues", "Walkin Through The Park", "Same Thing", and "Canary Bird". CD

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New Doc WatsonSouthbound ... LP
Vanguard, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Doc Watson on guitar and vocals – with some occasional additional guitar from the young Merle as well! John Pilla plucks the strings on a few tracks too, and the record also features a bit of string bass from Russ Savakus – used in that gently rhythmic style of the best Vanguard folk sessions from the time. Titles include "Tennessee Stud", "Riddle Song", "Nashville Pickin", "Walk On Boy", "Alberta", and "Southbound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – heavy orange label stereo pressing – formerly sealed!)

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New WhoQuadrophenia ... CD
MCA, 1973. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A record we'd never part with – and easily our favorite album ever from The Who! Quadrophenia represents the group at its peak from all perspectives – songwriting, performance, and even studio presence – as the album's got a sonic sensibility that few other albums of the time can match! The set's a concept record – a story, like Tommy – yet it remains incredibly lean, without any overcluttered rock opera feel – so much so that most tunes stand mightily on their own, but also have a dense sense of texture when taken together as part of the double-length album. And we'll also say that the record's one of the few extended sets we always end up breezing through from start to finish – almost surprised by the time it comes to a close – and often hitting repeat to hear the whole thing over again! Titles include "I Am The Sea", "The Real Me", "Cut My Hair", "The Punk & The Godfather", "Sea & Sand", "5:15", "Bell Boy", "Love Rein O'Er Me", and "Is It In My Head". CD

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New WhoTommy ... LP
Decca, 1970. Used 2LP Trifold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing moment from The Who – and from the UK rock scene in general – as Tommy is one of the most fully-conceived concept albums ever recorded – a masterful effort that's still pretty hard to match all these many years later! Pete Townshend really knocked it out of the park with this one – and pushed the group way way past the simpler songs the were recording just a year before – into this deeply introspective territory, spun out both in the album's words and music. The Tommy tale's been well told many times over the years – so we won't bother with the full narrative – but just let us say that it's hard to go wrong with this one, an essential item in any collection of adventurous rock – classic or otherwise. Titles include "The Acid Queen", "It's A Boy", "Sally Simpson", "Miracle Cure", "Pinball Wizard", "Do You Think It's Alright", "Cousin Kevin", "Christmas", "Tommy's Holiday Camp", "I'm Free", and "We're Not Gonna Take It". LP, Vinyl record album
(MCA pressing.)
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Tommy (180 gram presing) ... LP 36.99

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New VariousJewel Records Gospel Story ... CD
Jewel/Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more than just the gospel you might expect from the title – given that the music here comes from the Jewel Records label, a real powerhouse for southern soul and blues! The style here is plenty secular overall – with lots of the best deep soul overtones we've come to expect from Jewel in the late 60s and early 70s – including that relaxed sort of production approach that makes the label's music way different than that of any of their southern contemporaries on the scene. The tunes are definitely spiritual, but carried off in a way that's very appealing to any fan of southern soul at the time – and the double-length set features a massive 36 gospel gems from Jewel that include "You Better Get Right" by Willie Morganfield, "I'm Traveling On" by The Soul Stirrers, "Solid Rock" by The Violinaires, "Little Boy" by Ted Taylor, "He Changed" by Albertina Walker & The Caravans, "All The Way" by The Violinaires, "Confusing Times" by Clarence Fountain, "A Change Is Gonna Come" by The Meditation Singers, and "There's A Creator" by Roscoe Robinson. CD

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New VariousMessin Around Root Down! – A Selection of Dancefloor Jazz, Funky Flavas, & Block Rockin Latin Beats ... CD
Verve/Universal (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set of jazzy grooves – put together by the Messin Around team from London's Jazz Cafe! The package features 18 groovy little gems – a mix of funk and strident jazz dancers, handled with the fresh approach of the London scene, and with a feel that reminds us a lot of some of the best Gilles Peterson compilations for Talking Loud. There's plenty of gems on here that haven't been reissued – plus other tunes that have provided samples for the likes of The Beastie Boys or Fat Boy Slim. Includes the totally rare Roy Ayers cut "Party Sex", worth the price of the compilation alone – plus "La Descarga Del Bobo" by Willie Bobo, "Cloudburst" by Jon Hendricks, "Outrageous" by Johnny Pate, "Burning Spear" by Kenny Burrell, "Jim On The Move" by Lalo Schifrin, "Sliced Tomatoes" by The Just Brothers, "Gimme Some More (very live)" by The JBs, "The Sidewinder" by Kai Winding, "Sunny" by Herb Albert, "Mathar" by Dave Pike, "Afrodisia (Snowboy rmx)" by Roy Hargrove's Cristal, "Au Right" by George Duke, and "Got Myself A Good Man" by Gladys Knight. CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousNight Walker – The Jack Nitzsche Story Volume 3 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jack Nitzsche was one of the greatest producers of the LA scene of the 60s – a legendary talent whose work was a key counterpart to frequent associate Phil Spector, but which also took on lots of other weird twists and turns of its own! Jack has this mad appeal that you can probably guess from his image on the cover – a quiet genius who really finds a way to make artists shine at their best – whether he's working the knobs in the studio, or just scoring an arrangement or penning a tune! This volume is easily the most wild of Ace Records' series on Nitzsche – and features lots of offbeat tunes that almost feel more like Kim Fowley tracks than some of the more mainstream numbers that came from Jack's hands. The range of music here is really wonderful – lots of lost LA gems from the 60s, plus a few key tracks from later years too – in a lineup that includes "Puddin N Tain" by The Alley Cats, "What About You" by Ramona King, "Educated Fool" by Billy Storm, "Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In" by The Satisfactions, "Louie Louie" by Honey Ltd, "Little Boy" by The Crystals, "Night Walker" by Jack Nitzsche, "If My Car Could Only Talk" by Lou Christie, and "Night Time Girl" by Modern Folk Quintet. CD

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New VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The wealth of music from the Louisiana scene knows no bounds – as you'll hear in this tremendous batch of R&B work from the end of the 50s – a set that not only features a batch rare singles, but also a whopping 19 previously-unissued tracks! The work lies in a special space between early soul, rock, and blues – and has a quality that's quite different than R&B from bigger spots like Memphis or Texas – styles that maybe echo modes from both locales, but which also mix in some grittier, swampier sounds as well! The whole "By The Bayou" series from Ace is mighty darn great, but we're especially in love with this R&B volume – and know you'll dig great cuts like "Silly Filly Oh Baby" by Jay Nelson, "She's Got Eyes Like A Cat" by Wonder Boy Travis, "Walkin In The Park" by King Karl, "Lucille" by Classie Ballou, "Tomorrow" by Carol Fran, "I'm A Country Boy" by Ivory Jackson, "My Girl Across Town" by Lester Robertson & The Upsetters, "Teenage Queen" by Tabby Thomas, and "You're So Good Looking" by Otis Smith. CD
Also available Rhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD 14.99
 
 
 



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