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Caetano VelosoForeign Sound ... CD
Nonesuch, 2004. Used ... $7.99
A landmark album for Caetano Veloso – a full set of tracks sung in English, as beautifully done as we ever could have hoped! The arrangements are really fresh – in a style that makes the album far more than just a set of standards – and instead gives it the edgey approach of some of Caetano's best recent work. The set was co-produced by Jacques Morelenbaum, and has a range of instrumental approaches that shifts to fit the mood of each new track – and given that the work on the set runs from tunes by Cole Porter to Nat King Cole, Nirvana, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Elvis Presley, Stevie Wonder, and Bob Dylan – you can imagine the changing moods at work! Titles include "So In Love", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Diana", "Manhattan", "Nothing But Flowers", "Cry Me A River", "Nature Boy", "Jamaica Farewell", "If It's Magic", "Detached", "Blue Skies", and "Something Good". Loads of tracks, too – 22 in all – and packaged beautifully! CD

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Walkin' LargeSelf ... LP
Groove Attack/WEA (Germany), 1999. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
12 tracks in all, including "Let Me Introduce", "Relaxation Zone", "Get With This", "Come Rain Or Shine", "Reachin' For Self (Ego Trip)", "Self", "Interaction", "Boy Meets World", "The Jam", "The Rise" and "Listen To This". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dionne WarwickPresenting Dionne Warwick/Anyone Who Had A Heart/Make Way For Dionne Warwick/Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick ... CD
Scepter/Edsel (UK), 1962/1963/1964/1965. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A quartet of Dionne Warwick albums – served up in one package! Presenting is the birth of a genius – and Dionne Warwick's first album in a mighty 60s run for Scepter Records! The album's the first full length collaboration between Warwick and the team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David – but it's already the stuff of legend – an album that easily bridges the worlds of soul, vocal, and pop with its unique sense of poise and class – sung perfectly by Dionne throughout, and arranged with orchestral brilliance by the young Burt! Titles include "Don't Make Me Over", "Wishin & Hopin", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "The Love Of A Boy", "I Cry Alone", "Make The Music Play", "If You See Bill", "It's Love That Really Counts", and "This Empty Place". Anyone Who Had A Heart is the second in the career of Dionne Warwick, but she's already at the top of her game – singing with a sense of grace and poise that's simply tremendous, and getting some equally great backing from a young Burt Bacharach – who himself co-wrote most of the tunes here with Hal David. There's a sense of completeness to the record that few other pop albums of the time could boast – a mature, thoughtful presentation of the material that certainly set a new standard for many artists to come! Titles include "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "Don't Make Me Over", "Getting Ready For The Heartbreak", "Any Old Time Of Day", "Mr Heartbreak", "Put Yourself In My Place", and "Please Make Him Love Me". Make Way For Dionne Warwick is the kind of set that spawned countless imitators in later years, but which still sounds better than most of the rest! Hearing the record is almost like going back to the headwaters of 60s pop – especially the more mature version that started to take hold later in the decade at labels like A&M or Capitol. But here, recording for Scepter, Dionne's already got it all in place – thanks in large part to a young Burt Bacharach, who's set things up here with poise and perfection that match the vocals perfectly! Titles include "Get Rid of Him", "A House Is Not A Home", "They Long To Be Close To You", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", "Walk On By", and "Make The Night A Little Longer". Sensitive Sound Of Dionne Warwick is served up with masterful arrangements and production from Burt Bacharach! The album's an early treasure in Dionne's 60s run for Scepter Records – an album that features a bit less Bacharach/David tunes than some of the previous records, but which still has all of the best elements firmly in place – thanks to Burt's growing understanding of the studio, and his ability to create orchestrations that are filled with enough space for an artist like Dionne to really do her thing. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "You Can Have Him", "That's Not The Answer", "Forget My Love", "Where Can I Go Without You", "How Many Days Of Sadness", and "Don't Say I Didn't Tell You So". CD

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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $12.99
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". Breath Of Heaven is a holiday record from Grover Washington – but one that's got a fair bit more to offer than just the usual Christmas tunes! The set mixes older favorites and lesser-known numbers – all done in that soulful fusion style that Washington brought to his records from other seasons of the years – set up here with the leader on alto, tenor, and soprano sax – amidst arrangements from vibist Joe Lock, and keyboardist Donald Robinson, and guitarist Hiram Bullock – all of whom play on the record. Lisa Fischer sings on one number, but most of the record is instrumental – and titles include "Breath Of Heaven", "The Magi's Song/A Child Is Born", "I Wonder As I Wonder", "Christmas Time Is Here", "The Love In His Infant Eyes", and "Christmas Day Chant". CD

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Grover Washington JrInner City Blues ... LP
Kudu, 1972. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Sweet funky jazz from Grover Washington – an early standout session from his classic years on Kudu Records, put together with hip arrangements from the mighty Bob James! The record's got the same spacious sense of grooving as James' first few for CTI – a style that's funky fusion, but a bit more laidback than most – not nearly as jamming, and with almost as much focus on lean rhythms as on key solos from the players in the group! Most tracks have a long, open sort of feel – and in addition to alto and tenor from Grover, other instrumentation includes organ from Richard Tee, guitar from Eric Gale, drums from Idris Muhammad, percussion from Airto, and electric piano from Bob James himself. Titles include versions of "Mercy Mercy Me", "Ain't No Sunshine/Theme From Man & Boy", "Until It's Time For You To Go", and "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, & OthersFolk Festival Of The Blues ... CD
Argo (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
Not the folk festival you might expect – especially given that the blues here are electric – and a set that was recorded at a small Chicago club, not some stuffy outdoor concert on the east coast! The album's an early powerhouse meeting of the best Chess blues talents at the time – a date that features Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Willie Dixon in varying settings – mostly getting center spotlight as a solo act with the same backing combo, but also coming together as well at one point too. The whole thing's great – a gritty live record of electric Chicago blues in the 60s – with a strong sense of liveness that really recreates the small club feel! Titles include "Wee Wee Baby", "Sitting & Thinking", "Worried Blues", "Sugar Mama", "Bring It On Home", "Got My Mojo Working", "May I Have A Talk With You", and "19 Years Old". CD

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New Mary WellsNever, Never Leave Me – The 20th Century Sides ... CD
Ichiban/Soul Classics, Mid 60s. Used ... $21.99
A much-needed collection of Mary Well's lost recordings for the 20th Century label – featuring titles from her self-titled album for the company, plus other assorted singles, and even some unreleased material! The work on the set is perfectly-done uptown soul – a mixture of Motown and the New York sound of the time – sung beautifully by Mary in a voice that's a bit fragile, but solidly soulful all the way through. Titles include "Ain't It The Truth", "Stop Takin Me For Granted", "Jive Guy", "Everlovin Boy", "Never Never Leave Me", "I'm Learnin", "I'm Sorry", "Memories Are Creeping Up On Me", and "Say What You Gotta Say". 18 tracks in all – and oddly, the collection features none of the tracks from Mary's Love Songs To The Beatles album – but that's likely because of copyright issues! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Mary WellsOne Who Really Loves You/Two Lovers ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $19.99
A pair of incredible early Motown albums from Mary Wells – one of the label's first truly great singers – in a great single set from Kent UK! Mary Wells never sounded better than in her Motown years – and 1962's The One Who Really Loves You is key proof of her talents, as it's overflowing with laidback and mellow soul tunes – done in Mary's great blend of bluesy and classy styles! Titles include classics like "Drifting Love", "Strange Love", "The Day Will Come", "I've Got A Notion", "The One Who Really Loves You", "You Beat Me To The Punch", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "I'll Still Be Around" and more. The follow-up Two Lovers features the subtitle And Other Greatest Hits, but it's actually a great batch of songs that were most newly-recorded by Mary at the time – and not at all a simple round-up of singles! The approach here has just a little more rawness than some of the girl groups Berry Gordy was scoring hits with at the time, but also a sense of urban classiness. As is their wonderful way, Kent goes above and beyond here – with a great booklet of notes and photos – which shines a light on the making of these great records. Wonderful stuff! Titles include "Two Lovers", "Guess Who", "My 2 Arms - You = Tears", "Goody, Goody", "Stop Right Here", "Laughing Boy", "Looking Back", "(I Guess There's) No Love", "Was It Worth It" and "Operator". CD

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Mary WellsVintage Stock ... LP
Motown, 1966. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A very strong compilation of some of the best soul that Mary Wells recorded for Motown – and probably her only real album for the label. Although issued in 1966, the material hearkens from earlier days at Motown – and titles include "The One Who Really Loves You", "Two Lovers", "Honey Boy", "My Guy", and "You Beat Me To The Punch". Great for late night listening on a summer night through an open window! LP, Vinyl record album
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WhoTommy ... CD
Decca/MCA, 1970. Used ... $1.99
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". CD
Also available Tommy (180 gram presing) ... LP 28.99

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WhoTommy (180 gram presing) ... LP
Decca, 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99 39.99
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
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Nancy WilsonToday, Tomorrow, Forever ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Very Good ... $0.99
A very groovy set of standards and 60s pop tunes – all done by Nancy in her great soulful swinging style! The record's got far more to offer than you'd guess from the track list, as Nancy's at the height of her early career here – and she's getting backing from a very sympathetic west coast group that includes Jack Wilson on piano and organ, Lou Blackburn on trombone, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Milt Holland on percussion. Titles include "Our Day Will Come", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Go Away, Little Boy", "Tonight May Have To Last Me All My Life", "Unchain My Heart", and "One Note Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some small stains and a bit of aging.)

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WinstonsColor Him Father ... LP
Metromedia, Late 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
The one and only album ever cut by The Winstons – an obscure mixed-race soul combo who had roots in Otis Redding's touring band, and who hit big with a soul Grammy in 1969 for the title track to this one, "Color Him Father". The cut's an amazing document of its time, a sweet little story-song about a boy who's lost his dad in the war (Vietnam?), and who grows to love the new guy that his mom is dating. Sounds sappy, but it's one of the most compelling soul singles of the 60s – and is always a treat to hear. The other big cut on the record is the classic breakbeat track "Amen Brother", which is an instrumental reading of the gospel standard, done in a fast-funk style that's been sampled for years – both by hip hoppers and by drum n bass producers! (Noteworthy, too, is the fact that this 33rpm album offers a bonus on the cut that the 45rpm single does not – you can play the album at 45rpm to speed up the break in the track, getting a great jungle effect!) The rest of the record is pretty good – but mostly features the group trying to cover work by other artists, on songs like "The Chokin Kind", "The Greatest Love", "Everyday People", and "Only The Strong Survive". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, some seam splitting, tape on the spine, and some stains, with some pen and ink stamps on the back.)

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New Edgar WinterFrankenstein 1984 (monster version, human version, monster rap) ... 12-inch
Body Rock, 1983. Very Good ... $9.99
A totally excellent electro version of Edgar Winter's synth heavy rock break number "Frankenstein", redone for Tommy Boy's short lived side label, Body Rock. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Label has some marker.)

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Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy ... $13.99
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Funky Beat is his second album – an 80s groove electro classic that's quite different than his first LP! It takes Bernard firmly into a b-boy jazz mode – working keyboards, bass, and drum programs into a groove that's farther reaching and more soulful than anything that Herbie Hancock was doing at the time. And as with his first album, Bernard's got plenty of great help on this one – as the record features work by Weldon Irvine, Lenny White, Dave Grusin, and others. The album includes some great Weldon Irvine compositions – like a remake of "Mr Clean", and the sweet vocal numbers "Won't You Let Me Love You" and "Keep On Doing That Right Thing", both of them warm wonderful tunes that stand with the best work on the album! Also includes a straight jazz version of "Joy Spring", and the breakin' tracks "Funky Beat", "Get Your Lover Back", "Video Generation", and "Move Your Body". CD

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Michael YonkersMichael Lee Yonkers ... LP
Galactic Zoo Disk/Drag City, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 19.98
One of the rarest by DIY psych/folk/private press legend Michael Yonkers! Michael Lee Yonkers the album features home recordings, circa 1971 and 1972 – and it's done in kind of a loner country story mode – a bit different than some of his weirder material of the later 70s. That said, it's still the work of an outsider, and got a cool, oddball groove to show for it. Includes "An Easy Goin' Country Girl", "My Sally", "Black Birds In The Sky", "The Nice Boy", "Pigeon Falls", "Mrs. Jennings Fruit Fly Farm", "I'm So Glad You Came", "One Room And A Brass Bed", "Come A Long" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lester YoungLester Young Memorial Album ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
Some of Lester Young's first great moments of prominence – his late 30s recordings with the Count Basie Band, offered here in a well-done collection issued as a memorial after his death in 1959! The sets are all led by Basie, but most feature strong saxophone lead by Young – solos that helped define the tenor sax sound of a generation, nestled in alongside other top-shelf players who include Buddy Tate on tenor, Freddie Green on guitar, and Harry Edison and Buck Clayton on trumpets. The set features a hefty 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Broadway", "Blow Top", "Dickie's Dream", "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie", "Pound Cake", "Rock A Bye Basie", "Riff Interlude", "Easy Does It", "Jump For Me", "Hollywood Jump", "Tickle Toe", "12th Street Rag", "I Left My Baby", and "Shoe Shine Boy". CD

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New VariousBluesin' By The Bayou – Rough & Tough ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Not just bluesin', but layin' the bedrock foundation for some of the greatest southern soul, funk and swamp rock to come! Rough & Tough is the most revelatory compilation in Ace's By The Bayou series to date – digging deep into the rare recordings of 2 of south Louisiana's pivotal musical figures – JD Miller and Eddie Shuler – with amazing tunes by Lightin Smith & Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Wonder Boy Travis, Mad Dog Sheffield, Lonesome Sundown, Vince Monroe, Guitar Jr and many more. 28 tracks in all, and an astounding 17 of them have never been issued before – amazing! Includes "Trip To Chicago" by Lightin' Slim & Lazy Lester, "Look Out Baby" by Joe Mayfield, "I Wanna Boogie" by Jimmy Anderson & The Joy Jumpers, "I'm Gonna Stick To You" by Lonesome Sundown, "My Little Queen Bee" by Slim Harpo, "Got Me A Brand New Mojo Hand" by Boozoo Chavis, "Don't You Want A Man Like Me (Everybody Calls Me Crazy)" by Clifton Chenier and many more. CD

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VariousBombay 2 – Electric Vindaloo ... CD
Motel, 1970s/2001. Used ... $7.99
The fantastic follow-up to one of our best-selling titles! Like it's precursor, this second volume to Bombay The Hard Way takes 70s Bollywood brownsploitation film funk tracks and dialogue, and remixes them to pump up the beats, pull out the grooves, and create a more coherent sound overall. There's a more complicated sound to this volume that pushes the Indian-inspired grooves even further – and which actually creates some more discreet tunes that would work well on a heavy dancefloor, or as a soundtrack for your own exotic adventures! Remixers include Kid Koala, Steinski, Pak Man, Eynomite D, and Mix Master Mike – and titles include "Bionic Kakaa", "Theme From Twin Sheiks", "Bollywood B-Boy Battle, "Sexy Mother Fakir", "Inspector Jay's Big Score", "Electric Vindaloo", "Oil Street Blues", "Chakra Khan", and "TJ Hookah". CD
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VariousBoston Goes Def – The Champions Of Boston Rap ... LP
Beautiful Sounds, 1980s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
For your collection of lost and forgotten rap groups. Includes "Popeye Rap" by the White Boy Crew, "Power In Our Rhymes" by the Body Rock Crew, "World Class" by DJ Scratch, "Stop, Look & Listen" by Professor Rock & RCC Roxbury Crush Crew, "Goodnite" and "Girls" by Disco P & The Fresh MC, "Betty Lou" by the K Rock Crew, "Give Us Respect" by MC Throwdown & DJ Almighty Antski, "In The Place To Be" by Rusty The Toejammer & Larry D, "We're Def" by Ultimate GQ, "Suzi Q" by the Fresh To Impress Crew and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousChicago Deep ... CD
Ronn/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s/1985. New Copy ... $22.99
Chicago's plenty deep – something we've known for years, being Windy City lifers ourselves – but this set really gets at the special sound of the city's blues scene – especially some of the overlooked hybrids that were coming out of the underground in the 70s and 80s! At that time, Chicago was swelling with a fresh influx of folks from the south – new listeners in the blues scene who were also raised on southern soul and older R&B – and who brought up a different mode than some of the electric styles of the 50s and 60s that are more commonly associated with Chicago. The work here is a great illustration of that change – produced by the Jewel/Ronn label with a mode that would work equally well for southern soul, and often served up in a mode that's far from some of the cliches that were chomping down on the more college-bound blues scene of the period. The CD features the whole Blues Boy album by Artie White – with cuts that include "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Warm Room", "Leaning Tree", "I Need Someone", and "Turned Out" – plus other singles that include "Dip My Dipper" and "Be Good To Me" by Cicero Blake, "Good Thing (parts 1 & 2)" by Casey Jones, "Just Another Man" and "I'm Tired Of These Changes" by Isaac Taylor, "Checking Out" and "Baby Baby" by Lee Shot Williams, and "Sitting On The Banks Of The River" and "Can't Let You Go" by Billy Perry. CD

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New VariousCracking The Cosimo Code – 60s New Orleans R&B & Soul ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $18.99
Seminal sounds from the New Orleans scene of the 60s – all great soul tracks recorded in the studios of Cosimo Matassa – as important a force in the Crescent City sound as Allen Toussaint at the time! The grooves here are plenty deep – building off New Orleans modes from the R&B generation, but bursting out with a whole new sort of soul – really righteous vocals that go far beyond the overdone cliches you might know from overplayed New Orleans hits – even though there's a few familiar numbers nestled in here, next to the more obscure material. As usual with Ace, the production is superb – great notes on Cosimo, done in conjunction with the folks who've carried on his legacy – and a rich range of titles that include "Trick Bag" by Earl King, "New Orleans Twist" by Blazer Boy, "This Is The City" by Berna Dean, "I'm Gonna Get You Yet" by The Tick Tocks, "You Told Me" by Willie West, "Teasin You" by Willie Tee, "I Got To Know" by Eddie Bo, "We Got A Party (part 2)" by The Party Boys, "The Joke" by Reggie Hall, "Second Fiddle Girl" by Barbara Lynn, "Play A Cornbread Song For Me & My Baby" by Joe Haywood, and "Did She Mention My Name" by Ronnie Barron. CD

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New VariousCult Cargo – Belize City Boil Up ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
An amazing world of music – rare funk, soul, reggae, and other grooves from Belize – all beautifully compiled in the rich Numero Music style! We're really stunned by the set – as we had no idea at all that Belize had anything going on at this level – and the collection is an amazing surprise to our ears, filled with new delights at each turn, and clearly marking Belize as a new funky capitol on our ever-expanding map of musical understanding. Numero really outdid themselves with this package – going far beyond their already-great collections of work from the Bandit and Capsoul labels – to dig up a range of tracks that have never really made it out to the world at large, but which bubble over with influences from American funk and soul at the time. The notes are great, and the booklet's got plenty of excellent images to back up the writings – but the music is the real star of the set, and is presented on 16 tracks that include "More Love Reggae" and "Boogaloo A La Chuck" by Lord Rhaburn, "Theme From The Godfather" and "Backstabbers" by The Professionals, "Can't Go Halfway" and "Shame Shame Shame" by The Harmonettes, "Things Are Going To Work Out Right" and "Rated G" by The Web, "Funky Jive (parts 1& 2)" by Soul Creations, and "Long Time Boy" by Nadia Cattouse. CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Bandit Label ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
An incredible peek into a near-lost chapter of Chicago soul – the tiny Bandit label, home to The Majestic Arrows, one of the greatest indie harmony groups of the midwest in the 70s – plus a few other excellent soul artists! As with the other Eccentric Soul volume from Numero, this one offers far more than just an assortment of rare singles – and instead really digs deep to tell the true story of this tiny indie soul label. The music alone is totally great – as the set features a wealth of harmony soul tracks by The Majestic Arrows, plus other funk and soul tracks by Johnny Davis, Altyrone Deno Brown, and Linda Balintine – but the package is equally noteworthy – filled with the storied details of the unusual and exotic practices and lifestyles of the Bandit Records posse. The set features 17 full tracks – including "One More Time Around", "Another Day", "Doing It For Us", "Love Is All I Need", "Going To Make A Time Machine", "We Love Together", "The Magic Of Your Love", and "I'll Never Cry For Another Boy" by The Majestic Arrows; "We Have Love" and "Bring Back The One I Love" by The Arrows; "If You Love Me" and "Sweet Pea" by Altyrone Deno Brown; "You're A Habit Hard To Break" and "Glad About That" by Linda Balintine; and "You've Got To Crawl To Me" and "Boogedy Boogedy" by Johnny Davis. Plus, the set also features 3 rehearsal takes of tunes by the Majestic Arrows! CD
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VariousGirls On 45 Vol 2 – A selection Of Girl Groups, Girlie Pop, & Soulful Ladies 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Teensville, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A beautiful batch of prime quality, but quite obscure girl group singles – 45s cut for the majors and larger indies in the mid 60s – but didn't break out in a big way, despite being just as lovely and catchy as the big hits of the day! This is the second volume in what we hope will be a long series, and it's got a few names that'll be recognizable to diggers of rare rock, pop and soul – but the material has for the most part been buried for way too long. Beautiful stuff! It's a packed collection, too. 26 tracks in all: "Usher Boy" by Merry Clayton, "Run Johnny Run" by Ramona King, "Outside City Limits", "He's Hurtin' Me" by Beverly Williams, "Changed Disposition" by The Party Favors, "Big Man" by Barbara Jackson, "After Last Night" by The Rev-Lon, "You're My Baby" by The Carolines, "You're Not The Guy For Me" by Ernestine Anderson, "Don't Say Goodbye" by Jean King, "Don't Pity Me" by Joanie Sommers, CD

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VariousI Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore 1927 to 1948 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s. New Copy ... $11.99
The title's a great one for the nature of the collection – a mixture of obscure folk, blues, and old-time music – most of it made by relatively recent immigrants to the US! The package does a great job of drawing strands between early styles of music that were recorded for 78rpm singles – and shows that the format was incredibly diverse, and a great means of expression for regional communities – including some that were just beginning to find their own sense of identity. Another great one from the team at Mississippi Records – with 14 tracks that include "Blow Wind Blow" by Wilmouth Houdini, "I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore" by Two Gospel Keys, "Palida Luna" by Lydia, "Quill Blues" by Big Boy Cleveland, "Palida Luna" by Lydia Mendoza, and "Te Prohibido El Cabaret" by Sexteto Bolona. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousIn Prison – Afro-American Prison Music From Blues To Hip Hop ... CD
Trikont (Germany), 1960s/1970s/1990s. Used ... $4.99
A unique little collection – as you might guess from the title – one that explores prison themes in a variety of different styles, from blues on up through soul, funk, and hip hop! The groove here is relatively contemporary – and most work here is from the 60s onwards, with a strong stop in the late 60s/early 70s period before a jump up to some key prison-themed recordings from 90s hip hop. And although a few of the artists here were actually behind bars at the time of the recordings, most of the work is from the outside looking in – recorded by bigger soul stars raising awareness of the difficulties of incarceration in the US. As usual with Trikont, the collection is extremely well put together – with plenty of notes in English to support its song choices and ideals – and an expanded set list with 19 tracks that include "Claimin I'm A Criminal" by Brand Nubian, "Work Song" by Nina Simone, "Behind Enemy Lines" by Dead Prez, "Berta" by Big Lousiana & Rev Rogers, "Pardon Denied Again" by Robert Pete Williams, "Court Room" by Last Poets, "Short Eyes" by Curtis Mayfield, "Locked Up" by Akon, "IG On Death Row" by Tupac, "Free" by The Soul Snatcherz, "Prisoner's Plea" by Billy Boy Arnold, and "Run Charlie Run" by The Temptations. CD

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VariousIntroduction To Chicago Soul ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1960s. New Copy ... $6.99 12.98
Way more than just an introduction to Chicago soul – and instead, a surprisingly hip little set that features a fair bit of indie singles from the Windy City scene of the 60s! There's a few minor chart numbers here, but most of the tracks are much more underground – and include a number of gritty deep soul tracks, some other funky numbers, and some real killers from the Mar-V-Lus and One-Derful labels. Most numbers here have a much harder edge than some of better-known Chicago soul on labels like Okeh or Brunswick from the 60s – and the package features 16 tracks in all, with titles that include "Checkin Out" by Roscoe Robinson, "Help Wanted" by Jesse Anderson, "Do You Wanna Dance" by LC Cooke, "Cut You A Loose" by Ricky Allen, "Got To Find A Way" by Harold Burrage, "The Flame Remains" by The Steelers, "Check Me Out" by Bobby Jones & The Para-Mounts, "Wrong Wrong Wrong" by Ray & Dave, "What Is Love" by Jimmy Dobbins, "I Testify" by Otis Clay, "Bowlegged Woman Knock-Kneed Man" by Bobby Rush, "Good Thing (part 1)" by Casey Jones, "I Need Someone" by Artie Blues Boy White, and "Twine Time" by Alvin Cash. CD

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VariousJewel Records Gospel Story ... CD
Jewel/Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 17.98
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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VariousJewel/Paula/Ronn Blues Story ... CD
Jewel/Fuel 2000, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 17.98
A nice collection of the blusier groovers on Jewel and Paula – from the mid 60s and on through the 70s – with underappreciated gems from stars like Bobby Rush, Fontella Bass, Lightnin' Hopkins and Lowell Fulsom, plus equally strong singles by The Carter Brothers, Peppermint Harris, Brenda George, Wild Child Butler, Jimmy Preacher Ellis, Teddy Taylor and many more! Label founder Stan Lewis's roots are in Shreveport, LA, but the genesis of his Jewel label – and the later Paula and Ronn imprints – are inspired by Chicago's Chess Records empire. So there's more of an amplified Chicago sound on a good deal of the material – with touches of contemporary soul and R&B. Nice! 36 tracks on 2CDs: "Southern Country Boy" by The Carter Brothers, "You Love Me Pretty Baby" by Banny Price, "Homogenized Love" by Jerry McCain, "Move On" by Curtis Griffin, "My Back Scrather" by Frank Frost, "Count The Days I'm Gone" by Ray Agee, "Back Door Friend" by Lightnin Hopkins, "Put It All In There" by Wild Child Butler", "True Love" by Al Prince, "Sleeper" by Lowell Fulsom, "Go On And Help Yourself' by Albert Washington, "Food Stamp Blues Pt. 1" by Eddie Lang, "Stoop Down Baby" by Cash McCall, "Home Wrecker" by Fontella Bass and more. CD

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VariousLa Pulpe Vol 2 – Six Years Of An Eclectic, Reserved & Lazy Label ... CD
Pulp Flavor/Dare Dare (France), 2002. New Copy ... $12.99
A sweet little selection of grooves from the folks at Pulp Flavor Records! The label's best known to our customers for their great reissues of French groove obscurities from the 60s and 70s – but this selection features work by a number of newer artists involved with the label, interspersed by a few other older tunes pulled from sound library records. The overall feel is perfect – slightly Latin, slightly easy, slightly soundtracky – with a timeless quality that really blows away most American attempts at this sort of title. Tracks include "Dynamoog" by Jean Jacques Perry, "Vibra D'Electrique" by Apine, "Bagheera" by Nino Nardini & Roger Roger, "Freejazz Box" by Undress Code, "To The Bass" by Zimpala, "It's A Boy" by Ama D Us, "Epoch Making Sense" by Kan Takagi, and "Deja Mort" by Concorde Music Club. 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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VariousNight Walker – The Jack Nitzsche Story Volume 3 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
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 VariousNME C86 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $28.99
A amazing look at the British indie scene during one of its greatest stretches – the mid 80s period when it seemed like new labels and new bands were springing up every week! The 2CD set takes its name from the influential C86 collection put together by NME at the time to showcase some of the best work – but this version expands the lineup to a whopping 72 tracks in all, and really stretches the scope to include some real lost gems. There's plenty of great work here from a time before the scene got mis-led by dance rhythms and too many stimulants – a cornucopia of long-lost labels and groups – most of them jangle pop wonders with great talents for penning simple, catchy little tunes! Titles include "World's No Place" by The Jasmine Minks, "Everything's Going Right" by The Avons, "Don't Slip Up" by Meat Whiplash, "Billy Liar" by North Of Cornwalls, "Outback Jazz" by Blue Aeroplanes, "Run To The Temple" by Bogshed, "Therese" by The Bodines, "Happy Head" by Mighty Lemon Drops, "Velocity Girl" by Primal Scream, "This Boy Can Wait" by The Wedding Present, "New Way" by Big Blame, "Console Me" by We've Got A Fuzzbox, "Inside" by 14 Iced Bears, "Darkess & Colour" by The Railway Children, and "Hedonist Hat" by Pigbros. Lots lots more! CD

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VariousPhil Spector – Back To Mono 1958 to 1969 (4CD set) ... CD
Abkco, Late 50s/1960s. Used 4CD ... $19.99
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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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 ... 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

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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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Ray BarrettoGuajira Y Guaguanco ... CD
Tico, 1964. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
Great early Ray Baretto album of Guajira and Guaguanco tracks, featuring a bunch of short hard Latin grooves, with a nice dancefloor sound. Tracks include the groovy "Ska Cha" (a cha cha/ska number!), "Guajira Soul", "Swing La Moderna", and Guaguanco Bonito" – plus a cool version of "Nature Boy". 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
Also available Between Heaven & Hell ... LP 9.99

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Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... CD
Fania, 1978. New Copy ... Around August 10, 2014 (delayed)
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his best vocalist ever, Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marked a departure for Willie – moving past the bad boy style of earlier records, that kind of "tough guy in the hood" look – into a mode that was more open to other Latin scenes, and which marked an even greater rise to Latin stardom. Titles include "Dime", "Plastico", "Buscando Guyaba", "Maria Lionza", "Ojos", and "Siembra". CD

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Miles DavisBlue Moods ... LP
OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 14, 2014
An odd little session for Miles Davis – playing here with a great group, but one that's made up of musicians who are all uncommon sidemen for him, even at this early point in his career! Britt Woodman (a nom-du-date?) is on trombone, and Charles Mingus and Elvin Jones are in the rhythm section – plus Teddy Charles' vibes where you might expect a piano. As you might guess from the title and instrumentation, the set has more to do with Miles' more contemplative explorations of the time – his "blue moods" – than his more upbeat boppish styles, but that's where Charles' vibes come in and really make the set a great one. The group runs through a nice set of laidback, cool renditions of the tunes "Nature Boy", "Alone Together", "There's No You" and "Easy Living" – all done in nice longer takes! 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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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

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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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Duke PearsonMerry Ole Soul ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
One of the strangest albums ever recorded for Blue Note – and one of the coolest, too! Duke Pearson recorded this set in 1969 – during the middle of his last productive period of activity, at a time when he was doing some tremendous genre-crossing jazz that really broke from his earlier styles. The set's got Duke on acoustic piano and celeste – backed by a rhythm section that includes Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums, plus Airto on percussion! The sound's more open, more free than you'd expect for a Christmas album – extremely soulful overall, in a mode that makes for some great readings of "Sleigh Ride", "Wassail Song", "Go Tell It On The Mountain", "Jingle Bells", and "Little Drummer Boy". CD

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Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers – 1949-1952 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014 (delayed)
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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Natalie ColeUnforgettable With Love ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A much better record than we want to admit, with Natalie moving towards jazzy numbers and standards, for a blockbuster Grammy winning effort. Her voice stands up well to the mainstream polish, and even the creepy "duet" with her father is enjoyable. 22 tracks in all, including "The Very Thought Of You", "Paper Moon", "Mona Lisa", 'This Can't Be Love", "Lush Life", "That Sunday That Summer", "Avalon", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "Nature Boy", "Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup", "Thous Swell" and "Unforgettable". CD

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Bill DoggettEverybody Dance The Honky Tonk ... LP
King, Late 50s. Good ... Just Sold Out!
This is it – the classic stormer by Bill Doggett that made his group a hit with all the kids! The album features the original two-part version of "Honky Tonk", plus the rarer "Honky Tonk Number Three", which as a wailing bit of vocals next to the chorus. Other tracks have that raw raw groove that Doggett forged, with great guitar by Billy Butler and searing tenor by Clifford Scott – and titles include "Leaps & Bounds", "Nothin Yet", "Big Boy", "Slow Walk", and "Afternoon Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
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New PharcydeSold My Soul – The Remix & Rarity Collection ... CD
Funky Chemist/Traffic, 1990s. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A double disc batch of remixes and rarities from the Pharcyde – many of which appeared on 12-inches over the years, and are long overdue for a CD retrospective! This relative goldmine of loopy left coast hip hop is comprised of alternate mixes of the hits and album cuts by the legendary crew – with remix work and appearances by Jay Dee, Brand New Heavies, Jazzyfatnastees, Rae & Christian, Beatminerz, Kenny Dope and others – plus some choice b-sides! 24 tracks in all: "Soul Flower (Brand New Heavies version)", "Ya Mama (Matt Dike rmx)", "Otha Fish (LA Jay rmx)", "Drop (Da Beatminerz rmx)", "Pandemonium", "Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee rmx)", "Emerald Butterfly", "Runnin' (Rae & Christian rmx)" feat Mark 1 & Funky Fresh Few, "Pork (OG version)", "She Said (Fuzz Face & tWANK boy rmx)", "Soul Flower (2 Tha 3 mix)" and more! CD

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Paul SimonGraceland ... LP
Warner, 1986. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Paul Simon's mid 80s landmark – a record that brought together Simon's unique voice and pop folk songwriting skill with South African, Chicano, zydeco other global musical styles – held together by some of the best songs Simon ever put together! With lesser material, this would feel like the well-intentioned "world music" album by an aging star, but Simon transcends that in a big way with catchy, intelligent songs and expert production. Includes "The Boy In The Bubble", "Graceland", "Duanonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes", "You Can Call Me Al", "Under African Skyes", "All Around The World Or The Myth Of Fingerprints" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Graceland ... CD 1.99

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New Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley Live! ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cannonball Adderley with David Axelrod production – a combination that couldn't miss back in the 60s! In keeping with the success of the Mercy Mercy Mercy album done with Axelrod, Capitol did everything they could to catch Cannonball in a live setting – a great move, given the open, soulful energy his group had in the format – crowd-pleasing, but always plenty darn creative too! Added to the mix here is some nice production by David Axelrod, capturing all the right moments in all the right ways – especially when Joe Zawinul steps up to take some sweet solos on the keys – and the great Charles Lloyd serves up some mighty nice work on flute and tenor sax. Other players include Nat Adderley on cornet, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – and titles include "The Song My Lady Sings", "Little Boy With The Sad Eyes", "Work Song", and "Sweet Georgia Bright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Allman BrothersBrothers & Sisters ... LP
Capricorn, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Allman Brothers at their best – and a key 70s set that may well have the group working at their peak! All their best southern roots are firmly tied together here – not just the country-touched approach to rock that was the group's calling card, but also their ties to some of the Georgia soul scene as well – an element that really surfaces in some of the album's piano lines and rhythms, which really help underscore the depth of the tunes – and give the group a solid footing that's stronger than some of their more cliched contemporaries. These tunes hold up wonderfully over the years – and have a visionary approach that almost sparkles even more strongly here in the 21st Century than when we first started digging their sounds on radio back in the 70s. Titles include "Southbound", "Jessica", "Pony Boy", "Wasted Words", "Ramblin Man", "Come & Go Blues", and "Jelly Jelly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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New Average White BandAverage White Band ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 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". The CD includes the bonus track "Pick Up The Pieces (the Atlantic Family Live At Montreux). CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Average White BandCut The Cake ... LP
Atlantic, 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. Loads of tight rolling basslines and hard drums – all produced with that polished funky sound that was the band's stock-in-trade during the big chart years! 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Bobby BareHard Time Hungrys ... LP
RCA, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mid 70s album by Bobby Bare – the ambitious, concept-driven Hard Time Hungrys – a worthy effort from one the most unique voices and personalities of his era! This album is heavy with songs written by Bare family friend and frequent songwriting partner Shel Silverstein. Johnny Cash gets all the mainstream attention for collaborating with Shel on "A Boy Named Sue", but Shel and Bare have a far richer collaborative history together. Home For The Hungrys tells the story of the impoverished, with the title track, "Back Home In Huntsville Again", "Bottles And Boxes", "Truck Driver, Truck Driver", "The Unemployment Line" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed!)

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New BeatlesMeet The Beatles! ... LP
Capitol, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "This Boy", "Don't Bother Me", "Little Child", "Not A Second Time", "I Wanna Be Your Man", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Apple pressing, with a name in pen on the labels. Cover has a Gold Record Award logo.)

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New Cilla BlackCilla Black 1963-1973 – The Abbey Road Decade ... CD
EMI (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. Used 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing British pop! Forget Petula Clark, forget Sandie Shaw, forget Shirley Bassey – we love Cilla Black like no other! Cilla's got an incredible voice – deep, gutsy, and not without a touch of soul. Her early sessions for EMI during the 60s are some of the finest British vocals ever recorded – nearly all of them produced by the great George Martin, over a wonderful assortment of tunes by 60s composers like Bacharach & David or Lennon & McCartney, who always had a sweet spot for Cilla. This massive 3CD set features 65 classic tunes by Cilla – packaged with a great set of notes and photos on the material. Titles include "Love of The Loved", "It's For You", "Anyone Who Had A Heart", "For No One", "Over My Head", "Liverpool Lullaby", "Child Of Mine", "Step Inside Love", "Silly, Wasn't I?", "Something Tells Me", "Poor Boy", "All My Love", "Night Time Is Here", and "Suffer Now I Must". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 Central LineCentral Line Collection ... CD
Mercury (UK), Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest 80s groove bands around – the mighty Central Line, one of the few British soul groups to really kick it up back in the day! Central Line had a sound that was very much in the spirit of the times – a sweeeet blend of bass riffing, keyboards, and nice electro touches – always done with a soulful approach to the vocals that nicely offsets the electronics! The set's got 16 tracks in all – original and Larry Levan remixes of "Walking Into Sunshine", plus the tracks "I Need Your Love", "Don't Tell Me", "Shake It Up", "That's No Way To Treat My Love", "Surprise Surprise", "Nature Boy", "You've Said Enough", "Goodbye", "Bad Floyd", "Time For Some Fun", and "Lost In Love". CD

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New Jordan ChristopherJordan Christopher Has The Knack ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Obscure late 60's pop stuff by this intellectual young man of song. Not exactly Scott Walker, but not too bad. With a nice version of John Barry's "The Knack", plus "Taste of Honey", "I've Just Seen a Face", and the original "When That I Was (A Tiny Little Boy)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)

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New Judy Clay/Marie KnightBluesoul Belles Vol 4 ... CD
West Side (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster treat for fans of female soul – rare recordings back to back, by two of the 60s greatest under-recorded voices! Judy Clay's work for the Stax label has been issued elsewhere before, but this set features 15 tunes by Judy recorded before her years at Stax – for the Scepter and LaVette labels, recorded on the east coast with a mixture of hard and uptown styles that really show a different side of her talents! Most of the tunes were originally only issued on 45s, and there's even a few on the set that were never issued during the 60s. Titles by Judy include "I'm Uptight", "Lonely People Do Foolish Things", "I'm Comin Home", "You Busted My Mind", "Your Kind Of Lovin", "Turn Back The Time", and "That's All". The remaining 10 tracks on the CD were recorded by Marie Knight around the same time – mostly for the Musicor label, with a sweeter style that's more strictly in an east coast uptown mode. Marie's vocals are still quite deeply handled, though – and the set's got some great arrangements by Garry Sherman and Bert Keyes, and tracks that include "You Lie So Well", "Hey Tell Me Boy", "A Little Too Lonely", "Say It Again", and "Comes The Night". CD
(Out of print.)

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New John ColtraneClassic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings ... CD
Impulse, Early/Mid 60s. Used 8CD Box ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic quartet of John Coltrane, certainly the classic quartet of the 60s jazz scene and perhaps the classic jazz quartet of all time, compiled in one box set with all of their studio recordings! John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones set so many benchmarks for jazz with their envelope pushing style, recording and performances that it's impossible to overstate their importance in the modern musical oeuvre. This set features all of the LPs Coltrane, Ballads, Impressions, Live At Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, The John Coltrane Quartet Plays, Kulu Se Mama, Transition, Sunship, Infinity and First Meditations, plus a number of tracks issued on compilations. 66 tracks in all, spread out over 8 CDs, in a beautiful bookbound package with a metal slipcase and extensive liner notes. The titles are too numerous to list here, but the set includes "Big Nick", "Soul Eyes", "Miles' Mode", "Tunji", "After The rain", "Lonnie's Lament", "The Drum Thing", "Wise One", "Crescent", "A Love Supreme", "Nature Boy", "Brasilia", "Song Of Praise", "Dear Lord", "The Last Blues", "Living Space", "Dusk Dawn", "Dearly Beloved", "Attaining", "Ascent", "Amen", "Love", "Compassion", "Joy", "Consequences", and "Serenity". CD
(Out of print. In the very heavy original tin case!)

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New Sam CookeMan & His Music ... LP
RCA/Abkco, Early 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sam's greatest hits from the RCA years – including "Twistin The Night Away", "Having A Party", "Good Times", "Another Saturday Night", "Cupid", "Wonderful World", "When A Boy Falls In Love", "Only 16", "Chain Gang", "You Send Me", "That's Where It's At", "Bring It On Home To Me", and "A Change Is Gonna Come". 28 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sam CookeShake – A Change Is Gonna Come ... LP
RCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Collection of Sam Cooke's wonderful soul for RCA, compiled just after his untimely death. The set's divided into more uptempo numbers on the first side, and Sam's great ballads on the flip, all with his rich voice ringing clearly on top. Features "Shake", "Yeah Man", 'Win Your Love For Me", "It's Got The Whole World Shakin", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "I'm Just A Country Boy" and "Ease My Troublin Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has initials and a name in marker. Label has some marker..)

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New Bill CosbyWhen I Was A Kid ... LP
Uni, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bill Cosby recalls the days of his youth in a set of classic routines that include "My Brother Russell", "Dogs", "Frogs", "My Father", "My Boy Scout Troup", and "Buck Jones" – all delivered with Fat Albert-era charm! Despite Albert's appearance on the cover, there's none of the music from the soundtrack on the LP – but Cosby's lively performance more than makes up for that fact! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Uni pressing.)

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New Davis SistersMemories ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 50s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Boy, were we happy to see this one! In the early 50s Skeeter and Betty Jack Davis recorded maybe the greatest female country tunes of the time, and pre-rock boogies that would influence THAT little movement, including the great "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know", and "Rock-A-Bye-Boogie". This 2 CD set collects 60 tracks – many of which, needless to say, are seeing the light of day for the first time in ages! Sadly, Betty died in a car wreck without recording a whole lot more than you'll find here – and Skeeter went on to record plenty of fine material on her own and with others. Includes several alternate versions and readings of the staples like "Foggy Mountain Top", and a thick booklet with childhood photos and detailed biography. Other tracks include "Your Gone", "Tomorrow I'll Cry", "Gotta Git A-Goin", "You Weren't Ashamed To Kiss Me Last Night", "Single Girl", "Show Me", "Takin' Time Out For My Tears", and, oh, about 40 more! CD

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New Miles DavisMiles Davis Live In Europe 1967 – The Bootleg Series Vol 1 (3CDs/DVD) ... CD
Columbia, 1967. Used 3CDs/DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing live documents of Miles Davis and his incredible mid-to-late 60s quintet – Wayne Shorter on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – complete concert recordings from Antwerp, Copenhagen and Paris on 3CDs seeing release for the first time ever, plus a DVD featuring the only known video footage of this group from the period! CD 1 features material from 10/28/68 in Antwerp, CD 2 on 11/2/67 in Copenhagen and 11/6/67 in Paris, with the latter concert continued on CD 3. This is landmark stuff here – a surprisingly rare opportunity to hear first rate live recordings of legendary material from the ESP, Miles Smiles, Sorcerer and Nefertiti albums – as well as brilliant revisits of vital earlier material. Includes live takes on "Agitation", "Foot Prints", "No Blues", "Gingerbread Boy", "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Theme", "Footprints", "Masqualero", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Walkin'" and more. The DVD starts with five numbers recorded on 11/7/67 in Karlzruhe, Germany: "Agitation", "Footprints", "I Fall In Love Too Easily", "Gingerbread Boy" and "The Theme". It concludes with material in Stockholm on 10/31/67: "Agitation", "Footprints", "'Round Midnight", "Gingerbread Boy" and "The Theme". CD

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New Miles DavisMiles Smiles ... CD
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". CD

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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 mono pressing – sealed inside inner sleeve!)

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New Desmond DekkerBlack & Dekker ... LP
Stiff (UK), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Surprisingly great later work from the legendary Desmond Dekker – a set that should have been a sloppy cash-in during the ska revival, but material that shows Desmond still very much at the top of his game! The production and backings show a bit of a late 70s British touch, but Dekker's vocals are still very much his own – and the tunes really faithfully stay in the groove that made him so great in the first place. Titles include "Israelites", "Lickin' Stick", "It Mek", "Please Don't Bend", "Many Rivers To Cross", "Hippo", "Juliet", "007", "Work It Out", "Problems", "Rude Boy Train", "Pickney Gal" and "Why Fight". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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New DevoHardcore Vol 2 ... LP
Ryko/Superior Viaduct, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early art punk genius from Devo – the underground material from the pre-WB years – when they were still Ohio college students! Hardcore Volume 2 features 2LPs worth of 4- track recordings made in the mid 70s – darker, creepier synth punk than what you're used to from Devo – but still recognizable. These have a cruder sound than their pop years and a darker, chillier vibe that's pretty incredible. These guys are true originals and trailblazers and the formative work is well worth checking out! Volume 2 includes "Booji Boy's Funeral", "Can U Take It?", "The Rope Song", "Goo Goo Itch", an earlier version of "Be Stiff", "All Of Us", "Man From The Past", "Fountain Of Filth", "Doghouse Doghouse", "Shimmy Shake", "Working In The Coalmine", "Let's Go" and more, LP, Vinyl record album

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New DevoOh, No! It's Devo ... LP
Warner, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hey Spud boy! You need this record. Definitely underrated in the grand scheme, Oh No! finds the boys rocking a much more straightforward, nerdy computer funk sound. It sort of takes a page from the 80s Kraftwerk playbook with the grid-patterned 80s computer tomfoolery, albeit with a far more goofball pop groove. Includes the completely great singles "Time Out For Fun","Peek-a-boo!" and "That's Good", plus "Out Of Sync", "Explosions", "Patterns", "Big Mess", "Speed Racer", "What I Must Do", "I Desire" and "Deep Sleep". HAHAHAHA. HAHAHAHA. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a sticker on back.)

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New Nick DrakeBryter Layter ... CD
Island, 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(24 bit digitally remastered edition, with lyrics and rare photos.)
Also available Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99

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New Nick DrakeBryter Layter (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Island, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, with textured cover like the original, and a bonus download in multiple formats!)
Also available Bryter Layter (deluxe box set – with lots of goodies) ... LP 54.99

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New Dynamic SyncopationDynamism ... LP
Ninja Tune, 1999. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mix of instrumental and vocal hip hop – featuring the work of DJ Ollie Teeba, Mass Influence, Yeshua Da Poed, Juice Aleem, and Burak Agca. Tracks include "Ground Zero", "The Essence", "Bahian B Boy", "The Plan", "Homing In", "Dedicated", "Losing Your Soul", "Rock", and "Swings & Roundabouts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few small creases.)

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New EmotionsSo I Can Love You/Untouched ... CD
Stax, 1969/1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 early classics by The Emotions – back to back on one CD! So I Can Love You is much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, deep, and soulful, with a real no-nonsense approach that opens up the vocals and sets up plenty of tasty hooks. Features the organ-heavy "So I Can Love You", the slightly-funky "Got To Be The Man", and the tracks "Going On Strike", "I Found My Man", and "The Best Part Of A Love Affair". But the best track is "I Like It" – which has this amazing intro that begins with a tight drumbreak, rolling over some descending basslines, then vamping into some horn flourishes before the vocals come in! On Untouched, the group are 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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New Bill EvansBest Of Bill Evans ... LP
Verve, 1960s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice collection of side Evans cut for Verve, featuring the introspective pianist in a variety of settings. "Beautiful Love" and "My Foolish Heart" were recorded live at Town Hall in a trio setting with Chuck Israels and Arnie Wise. "Spartacus Love Theme" and "How About You?" feature Evans accompanying himself on overdubbed pianos from the Conversations With Myself LP, while "Bemsha Swing" is a similar recording that was previously unissued at the time of this collection. "I Believe In You" and "Danny Boy" were recorded with the Monty Budwig and Shelly Manne trio lineup and issued originally on Empathy. "I've Got You Under My Skin" is a duet with Jim Hall off Intermodulation, and "Valse" features the trio of Evans, Chuck Israels and Grady Tate accompanied by a symphony orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jane Fielding with The Kenny Drew QuintetEmbers Glow ... LP
Jazz West, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a rare vocal jazz session – recorded for the short lived Jazz West label, which was one of the hippest LA imprints of the 50s! Jane Fielding's a pretty decent singer – with kind of a Chris Connor-ish style about her – but the real charm is from Kenny Drew's work as a pianist and arranger, both of which push the session past the usual sleepiness of a Bethlehem or Mode vocal jazz album from the time. Kenny's group features Joe Maini on alto, Ted Efantis on tenor, Lawrence Marable on drums, and either Leroy Vinnegar or Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include "Embers Glow", "Our Waltz", "Right Boy For Me", "Key Largo", "Make The Man Love Me", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – in beautiful shape!)

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New GandalfGandalf ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic lost psych album – with a moody spacey sound augmented by lots of organ, harpsichord, and electric piano! The best cuts are short and echoey – with kind of a trippy pop feel that sounds like post-Brit invasion lyricism, mixed with LA stoner freedom, and a good dash of Love-esque soul. Titles include Tim Hardin's great "You Upset the Grace of Living", "Hang Onto A Dream", and "Never Too Far" – plus a very cool version of "Nature Boy", and the tracks "Tiffany Rings", "I Watch The Moon", and "Me About You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing.)

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New Stan GetzCool Velvet – Stan Getz & Strings ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredibly haunting session that has Stan's edgey alto fronting some of Russ Garcia's arch-modernist string arrangements – similar to those that he contributed to other Verve albums of the same style. Getz maintains a wonderfully breathy tone that floats above the orchestrations, and the album's a real winner that shows a side of Stan that wasn't always captured by Verve. Titles include "Round Midnight", "Nature Boy", "It Never Entered My Mind", and "Early Autumn". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has an X imprint on one corner.)

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New Dexter GordonHomecoming ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dex's famous return to New York in the mid 70s – recorded at the Village Vanguard in 1977, and featuring some of his best group-heavy playing of the decade! The quintet is fantastic – and includes Woody Shaw, Ronnie Matthews, Stafford James, and Louis Hayes. Features versions of Shaw's "Little Red's Fantasy" and "In Case You Haven't Heard", Matthews' "Let's Get Down", Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy", and Gordon's own "Fenja" and "Backstairs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... CD
Epic, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". CD

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New Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... LP
Epic, 1995. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a few minor creases.)

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New Hall & OatesAbandoned Luncheonette ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful step forward for the team of Hall & Oates – and a set that has them moving more into soul than ever before! The album's a tremendous collaboration with the legendary Arif Mardin, who takes the pair's well-crafted vocals into territory that's much more slinkily soulful than some of their previous records – that sound that was always lurking in the background, never quite right, but which emerges here fully in that classic 70s Hall & Oates mode. Daryl and John seem to harmonize more here than before, and the backings are still somewhat rockish, but have a warmth that really suits their singing. We can't argue with the sublime brilliance of "She's Gone", one of those tracks that we've heard a bazillion times, but never cease to respect – and other titles include "Everytime I Look At You", "Had I Known You Better Then", "When The Morning Comes", and "Laughing Boy". LP, Vinyl record album

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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. Cover has 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 Howlin WolfLondon Sessions ... LP
Chess, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A famous date that showcases the Chess Records influence on the sound of the Brit rock scene – one that has a number of key players "giving back" to the label, and working on a special date with Howlin Wolf! Wolf's rough vocals are in the lead on all tracks, and he also plays a bit of harmonica and guitar as well – and other artists include Steve Winwood on piano and organ, Eric Clapton on guitar, Bill Wyman on bass, and Charlie Watts on drums – all players who are respectful of the original bluesy sound of Chess, and who clearly dig the opportunity to show off their chops in the setting. Titles include "I Ain't Superstitious", "Poor Boy", "Do The Do", "Red Rooster", "Built For Comfort", "What A Woman", "Highway 49", "Who's Been Talking", and "Rocking Daddy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a "featuring" sticker. Top & bottom seams have a small center split.)
Also available London Sessions ... CD 3.99

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New ImpressionsImpressions (1963) ... LP
ABC, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic soul from the Chicago scene of the 60s – the legendary first ABC album by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions! Although the group first broke big on Vee Jay Records, it was at ABC that their genius really took flight – tightening up the harmonies of the earlier singles, and hitting a mode that was a lot more soul than the doo wop of their roots! The sound here is a great bridge between the two eras of the group's career – and a number of the best tracks here are done in a mellow, gentle sort of way that relies heavily on the harmonies – crackling out with beautifully human sounds throughout. Nearly every tune is an original by Curtis Mayfield – and there's not a spot of filler on the album! Titles include "Minstrel & Queen", "Gypsy Woman", "Never Let Me Go", "It's All Right", "Sad Sad Girl & Boy", "Little Young Lover", "Can't You See", and "I Need Your Love". Nice cover, too – with Curtis smiling the biggest ol' bucktoothed smile you'll ever see! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a few stains, a cutout hole, some marker, and partially split top and bottom seams. Label and runout on one side have some marker.)

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New Infamous SyndicateChanging The Game (single vinyl pressing) ... LP
Relativity, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Female rap duo from Chicago, that would eventually fall through the cracks, in spite of their rhyme skills and nice beats by Dug Inf, Kanye, Andy C and No ID, though there's no notes or producer's credited on this LP. 14 tracks on this single vinyl version, including "Here I Go", "Hold It Down", "I Gave You Me", "What You Do To Me", "What That Boy Like", "Clock Strikes", "West Side", "It's Alright", "It's On You", "City Of Hustlas" and "Jenny Jonez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo copy ion a Generic Relativity sleeve.)

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New Ahmad JamalJamal At The Pershing Vol 2 ... LP
Argo, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The part 2 to Jamal's classic Pershing set – But Not For Me – featuring more material from the same date, one of the most successful live piano recordings of the time! Jamal is quite at home in the setting – grooving with his trio of Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – on a set of tracks that includes "Billy Boy", "Too Late Now", "All The Things You Are", "My Funny Valentine", and "I'll Remember April". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dark blue label Argo pressing. Cover has a few light bubbles in the gloss at the spine.)

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New JBsBreakin' Bread ... LP
People, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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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 Stan KentonStan Kenton Conducts The Jazz Compositions of Dee Barton ... CD
Capitol, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the hippest Stan Kenton albums of the 60s – a set of original compositions by Dee Barton – Stan's drummer at the time, and a composer to rival the great ones who contributed to the Kenton group of the 40s and 50s! Barton's work here is totally great – modern, but never too academically so – that perfect balance of swinging and thinking that marks some of the best Kenton albums over the years. All numbers are awash in those great Kenton tones and colors we love so much – and the group here features Mike Price on trumpet, Dick Shearer on trombone, Ray Reed on alto & flute, Mike Altschul on tenor, and Don Bagley on bass – as well as Kenton on piano and Barton on drums. Titles include "Man", "Lonely Boy", "Singing Oyster", "Dilemma", "Three Thoughts", "A New Day", and "Woman". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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New King Tubby & The AggrovatorsShalom Dub ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The dub LP from King Tubby & The Aggrovators – 1975's Shalom Dub, mixed at King Tubby's and produced by Bunny Striker Lee. A bit of an overlooked set of dubs, generally not highly regarded or really even acknowledged on the same level as other Tubby dub sets of the era, but the hazy riddims and echoey atmosherics sound pretty sweet to us! Includes "Natty Dub", "Lee's Dub", "I'm Gone Dub", "Rasta Train Dub", "Feel Lost Dub", "Dawn Dub", "Mmove Out Of Babylon Dub", "Country Boy Dub", "True Believer Dub", "When Will I Find My Way Dub" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New John Legend & The RootsWake Up ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones that have the rawest, most live sounding groove – and there's plenty of that, as he's backed by The Roots. There's no denying John Legend's truthful love of this material, and he sings with genuine depth. They wisely choose numbers with lyrics that stand true to this day, a few of which feature fresh rhymes by guest MCs that further bridge the eras. The track selection is excellent – covering classics by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and they also go as deep as Baby Huey & Eugene McDaniels. Includes "Hard Times" with Black Thought, "Compared To What", "Wake Up Everybody" with Common & Melanie Fiona, "Our Generation" feat CL Smooth, "Little Ghetto Boy" feat Black Thought (plus the prelude with Malik Yusef), "Hang On In There", "Wholy Holy", "Shine" and more. CD
 
 
 



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