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ShirellesHappy & In Love/The Shirelles (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1971/1972. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Two albums and bonus tracks too – all rare material from an overlooked chapter of The Shirelles' career! First up is Happy & In Love, a great second chapter for The Shirelles – hardly the girl group pop they cut in the 60s, and instead a more righteous soul style for the 70s – in a mode that's like Honey Cone or Three Degrees! The backings are nice and soulful – almost funky at times – with arrangements from George Andrews and Joe Scott that mix fuller strings with tighter grooves at the core – in a way that really sets the vocals free amidst some very interesting material! Had the girls only cut this record, it might have been a 70s soul hit – but it's unfortunately gotten lost to the shifting sands of time because it's not as iconic as their hits. Don't make that mistake, though, because the album's a real charmer – and titles include "Boy You're Too Young", "There's Nothing In This World", "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", "Take Me", "We Got A Lot Of Lovin To Do", and "Strange I Still Love You". The 1972 album The Shirelles is surprisingly great later work by The Shirelles – nice and soulful, thanks to arrangements from David Van De Pitte and Wade Marcus – both of whom push the trio way past their roots, into more sophisticated group soul for the 70s! The approach carries the best (then) contemporary styles from New York and Philly – particularly that strong way of mixing group vocals with focused grooves – as you'd hear from some of the more successful male groups of the time on RCA, like Main Ingredient or Choice Four. The Shirelles have a strong sense of harmony that really pushes the tunes forward – and the material is nice and creative – with titles that include "Walk On In", "Brother Brother", "Sunday Dreaming", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Let's Stay Together", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", and "Drowning In The Sea Of Love". CD also features bonus tracks – "Let's Give Each Other Love", "Do What You've A Mind To", and "Touch The Wind". CD

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ShirellesVery Best Of The Shirelles ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
10 classic girl group numbers from one of the prototypical groups of the genre, including "Soldier Boy", "I Met Him On A Sunday (Ronde, Ronde)", "Dedicated To The One I Love", "It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Foolish Little Girl", "Tonight's The Night", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Sha-La-La", "Mama Said" and "Baby It's You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Paul SimonGraceland ... LP
Warner, 1986. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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 fading along the spine.)

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SkyySkyyhigh – The Skyy Anthology 1979 to 1992 ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
A heavy package of work from the legendary Skyy – the funky club combo headed by Randy Muller after his work with BT Express and Brass Construction! With Skyy, Muller honed his groove even more than before – creating a really tight focus on bass-heavy bottoms, and focusing all instruments in the group into a solidly soaring sound that showed that funk was alive and well on the dancefloor – even well beyond the disco years – as you'll hear in this collection of work that not only includes Salsoul Records classics by Skyy, but also later work for Capitol and Warner too. The 2CD set really runs the gamut of Skyy sounds – and links their disco material with some great later 80s grooves too – on titles that include "The Groove Is Bad", "First Time Around (12" mix)", "Call Me", "Let's Celebrate (12" mix)", "Real Love", "Up & Over", "Start Of A Romance", "Givin It To You (12" special mix)", "Bad Boy (12" version)", "When You Touch Me", "Get Into The Beat", "Movin Violation", "Let Love Shine (12" version)", "You Got Me Up", "Love Plane", "Skyyzoo (12" mix)", "Fallin In Love Again", "Disco Dancin", and "Superlove". CD

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SkyySkyylight ... LP
Salsoul, 1983. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Skyy grooving along in that bass-heavy early 80s mode – picking up a bit of pop soul along the way, with an approach that should have broken bigger on the charts, given the catchy vocals of most of the tracks. Most of this sounds a bit dated these days – with a "funk" approach that's kind of watered-down Rick James or Michael Jackson – but the mellower cuts still hold up a bit. Tunes include "Swing It", "Bad Boy", "Show Me The Way", "Hey Girl", "She's Gone", and "Married Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Carol SloaneLittle Girl Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
SSJ (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $22.99
Beautiful early work from vocalist Carol Sloane – material recorded with a very groovy guitar-based group, in the years before her better-known sides on Columbia Records! The style here is quite intimate – as Sloane's mostly singing in a small combo with guitar from either Chuck Wayne or Bucky Pizzarelli, both players with an open-toned sort of sound that really helps color in the vocals nicely. Marky Markowitz plays a bit of trumpet, but usually in a laidback way – and as on the album Hush-A-Bye, these sides were originally recorded by Larry Elgart, but never issued at the time! The material's making a first appearance here on the CD, augmented with one track that features Elgart's full orchestra – and titles include "Bewitched", "I've Got The World On A String", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Mood Indigo", "Walkin", "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", "Danny Boy", and "What's New". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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New Soulful StringsMagic Of Christmas ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Very Good ... $14.99
A great little album of Christmas tunes – handled by this heavenly group of Chicago soul studio musicians! The great Richard Evans heads up the group – and as usual, he brings a sound to the recording that pushes the material way past its roots, using the string-heavy instrumentation of the ensemble to create some wonderfully spacey soul moments. Dorothy Ashby, Cleveland Eaton, and Phil Upchurch all get a chance to solo, and Bobby Christian plays vibes on a few nice cuts. Titles include "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowfall", "Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairy", "Sleigh Ride", and "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". Way more than a Christmas record – and one of the band's rarest LPs! LP, Vinyl record album

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SpecialsMore Specials (180 gram pressing with bonus 7") ... LP
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The second great set from The Specials – music once billed as "revival ska" – but which has arguably gone onto have a bigger impact than the first wave of the genre! There's a rough edged quality to the music that's totally great – a rude boy aesthetic filtered through the post-punk generation – perfect for the spare, earthy Two Tone production – and just right for a post-colonial London, looking for new ways to express itself! The studio work is as great as the core grooves from the band – lots of odd echoes and cool effects – kind of a Brit take on Kingston dub, served up beautifully to abstract the tunes. So many others ruined this approach in later years with weaker work – but here's a chance to hear it perfectly in an original conception! Titles include "International Jet Set", "Enjoy Yourself", "Stereotypes", "Holiday Fortnight", and "I Can't Stand It". Very cool package also fetaures a bonus 7" single – with "Braggin & Tryin Not To Die" by Roddy Radiation & The Specials b/w "Rude Boys Outta Jail (version)" by Neville Staples. LP, Vinyl record album

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New SpinnersSuperstar Series – The Spinners ... LP
Motown, 1980. Very Good+ ... $3.99
While Motown was great at a lot of things, perhaps they were best at repackaging their catalog in a number of different ways. This set brings together a nice batch of the Spinners' great pre-Atlantic work for the label. Includes their classic "It's A Shame", which surprisingly isn't all that easy to get on wax, plus "We'll Have Made It", "Truly Yours", "Together We Can Make Such Sweet Music", "What More Could A Boy Ask For","I'll Always Love", "For All We Know", "In My Diary", "Message From A Black Man" and "That's What Girls Are Made For". Classic Detroit vocal group soul, with a sound that's different than most of the Motown catalog! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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Nolan Strong & The DiablosFortune Of Hits Vol 2 ... LP
Fortune, Late 50s. Sealed ... $16.99
Sublime Detroit doo wop from Nolan Strong & The Diablos – one of the key groups in the motor city before the big 60s Motown soul explosion! A dozen tracks are included in this second volume of mellow vocal group tunes, including "Adios My Deserty Love", "Baby Be Mine", "Hold Me Until Eternity", "Mambo Of Love", "White Christmas", "I Wanna Know", "Yeah Baby It's Because Of You", "Try Me One More Time", "Daddy Rocking Strong", "I Don't Care", "Danny Boy" and "My Heart Will Always Belong To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing, most likely from the 80s – in great shape!)

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SupremesMerry Christmas (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Universal, 1965. Used ... $5.99
One of THE classic Motown Christmas albums – featuring the Supremes at their height, with production by Harvey Fuqua and arrangements from Gene Page, HB Barnum and Ernie Freeman. The whole thing's incredibly soulful – and the only thing separating this from the Supremes other efforts from this period is the content of the material! The set features a dozen holiday numbers including "Silver Bells", "The Little Drummer Boy", "My Christmas Tree", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Joy To The World". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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TemptationsBest Of The Temptations Christmas ... CD
Motown, 1960s. Used ... $3.99
A sweet set of classic Christmas music from the Temptations – featuring one previously unissued track! The set's got some great mellow group soul versions of Christmas standards, plus a few unique tracks – with a total of 12 titles that include "Give Love On Christmas Day", "Christmas Everyday", "Silver Bells", "This Christmas", "Silent Night", "Oh Holy Night", "The Little Drummer Boy", and "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Tiny TimTiny Tim's 2nd Album ... LP
Reprise, Late 60s. Sealed Gatefold ... $9.99
Weird and wild stuff from the great Tiny Tim – with songs that include "Come To The Ball", "Community", "She's Just Laughing At Me", "Christopher Brady's Old Lady", "Neighborhood Children", and "I'm Glad I'm A Boy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick ToschesSave The Last Dance For Satan (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, 2011. New Copy ... $12.99
Yeah, THIS is the Nick Tosches we want! Tosches has a way of chronicling the diseased, mobbed up underbelly of the 20th Century music rackets that's simply unrivaled – it's gut level brilliant and street smart writing like no one does anymore. Save The Last Dance For Satan is a more fleshed out and newly spun continuation of material published more than a decade ago as Hipsters And Hoodlums in Vanity Fair (boy, mainstream magazine content sure has changed a bunch since 2000) – chronicling the sleaze and criminality at the core of the 50s & 60s music biz. It's great! His best stuff has often read with the sweaty, intoxicating allure of seedy pulp storytelling, so it's with the utmost pleasure to see his work put out by Kicks Books - which literally puts Tosches' work in just that kind of old school hip pocket paperback! He joins Andre Williams (whose "Jailbait" single is mentioned early in this book as the badass antidote to mid 50s candy-coated rock & roll that it most certainly was) and Sun Ra at Kicks. A couple of Tosches' more recent books have been a tough slog – more about his own near obsessive search for impossibly hidden subjects than anything else – but this slim 120 page tome is the opposite – it has us slobbering for more! Book

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U-Nam & OthersWeekend In LA – A Tribute To George Benson ... CD
Skytown, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A nice little tribute to soul, jazz and fusion legend George Benson – and a project that's a labor of love for Benson-devotee, soulful spirit and brilliant guitarist U-Nam – with an allstar lineup that features Ronnie Foster, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Andreas Oberg, Tim Owens, Marcus Millers and others! Benson is an artist who embraced diversity and creative evolution – and this tribute does that legacy proudly. It's rich with fusiony soul groovers that are laced with some truly impeccable guitar work. It's got some throwback swagger in spots, but it's also got some distinctly modern soul appeal – and an all around affectionate spirit. U-Nam plays guitars, keyboards and more here – on top of handling the recording and arrangements – and the guests bring their best! Includes "Weekend In LA" with Rhodes and clavinet by Ronnie Foster and vocals by Andreas Oberg, "Give Me That", "Shiver" and more with singer Tim Owens, "This Masquerade" with more great Fender Rhodes – this time by George Duke, "Hip Ship", "Before You Go/Breezin'" with Patrice Rushen, "Nature Boy" with Stokely Williams and more. CD

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Dana ValeryNot The Flower But The Root (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
A tremendous bit of Chicago soul – from a very unlikely source! Dana Valery's an Italian singer by birth, and spent some time on the London scene in the 60s – but she soars out here in the best sort of Windy City groove we've come to love from the Brunswick label – a sound and style to rival that of labelmates like Barbara Acklin or Jackie, but with a different sort of twist as well! Given Dana's pedigree, the set's almost her own Chicago-styled version of Dusty Springfield's Memphis recordings – as Valery works with killer Brunswick backings put together by Tom Tom Washington and Sonny Sanders – set to that sublime production that only Carl Davis and Willie Henderson could provide – a studio team who really help pull out the best grooves and deepest soul of all the cuts in the set. Added to the mix is the fact that a host of tracks were penned by Eugene Record – making for a mighty sweet set with titles that include "Lady Lady Lady", "I'm Gonna Pay You Back", "Have You Seen Him", "Oh Boy", "The Fountain", and "This Love Is Real". CD

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Caetano VelosoJoia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Caetano Veloso in a wonderfully intimate mode – singing in this great spare setting that features only a bit of minimal instrumentation on guitar, percussion, and keyboards – a style that's very much in the best territory of his Qualquer Coisa record! Veloso's vocals are wonderful in the setting – hitting this new mature mode that rings out with a great sense of power – really the start of the strong legacy that would go on to transform Brazilian music for the next few decades – always creative, but understated in ways that are different than his earliest music. Titles include "Joia", "Lua, Lua, Lua, Lua", "Minha Mulher", and his excellent cover of "Help", sung in a breathy ballad with a twist that's totally different than the Beatles' version! 2 bonus tracks on this Japanese CD edition: "Let It Bleed" and "Encando (Nature Boy)". 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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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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George Wein's Newport All StarsGeorge Wein's Newport All Stars ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1969. Used ... $5.99
Although the name of George Wein is usually associated with some super un-hip trad jazz projects, this album's actually a pretty cool batch of grooves that matches Wein's older jazz tendencies with some newer styles of playing – and some good electric instrumentation on the best cuts. The album's got a super-nice version of "Sunny", plus "Blue Boy", "In A Little Spanish Town", "Topsy", and "Ja Da" – and believe it or not, Wein even plays some electric piano! Players include Red Norvo, Tal Farlow, Larry Ridley, and Barney Kessel. CD

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Steven WeissmanMean ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
Early work from Steven Weissman – rare material that predates the great Yikes volumes on Fantagraphics – some of it self-published by Weissman, some of it unpublished too! The book is a great counterpart to the oddball Yikes series – and features a similar array of characters, like Kid Medusa, Big Bloody, X Ray Spence, and The Pullapart Boy – set in weird stories that are almost an underground take on Peanuts or Archie. The material is surprisingly charming – offbeat, but in the best way possible – and, if anything, Weissman's freaks and monsters present childhood struggles and anxieties with maybe even more accuracy than some of his famous predecessors. 120 pages, softcover, with images in color and black and white. Book

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Mary WellsNever, Never Leave Me – The 20th Century Sides ... CD
Ichiban/Soul Classics, Mid 60s. Used ... $18.99
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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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 ... $7.99
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
(Cover has some wear, and a bit of writing on the label.)

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WhoMeaty Beaty Big & Bouncy ... LP
Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
A classic greatest hits package from The Who – one that had almost as much life as any of their major full length albums, and a set that served to re-introduce new audiences to the group after the success of Tommy and Who's Next! Most of the tracks here predate those albums – pulled from the group's earliest years, and awash in mod rhythms, tight guitars, and lyrics that are quite edgey – even in the format of a two-minute pop tune. Titles include "Boris The Spider", "Happy Jack", "Pictures Of Lily", "My Generation", "The Seeker", "I Can't Explain", "The Kids Are Alright", "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere", "A Legal Matter", "Substitute", "I'm A Boy", and "Pinball Wizard". LP, Vinyl record album
(Decca pressing. Cover has some wear, a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, and a small sticker on the back.)

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WhoTommy ... LP
Decca, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Trifold ... $14.99
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
(Black label Decca pressing, missing the booklet. Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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New Andy WilliamsComplete Christmas Recordings (Andy Williams Christmas Album/Merry Christmas/Christmas Present with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1963/1965/1974. New Copy 2 CDs ... $25.99 27.98
A sublime selection of Christmastime treats from Andy Williams – most of them pulled from his landmark 60s run on Columbia Records, at a time when Williams presence on the television screen was equal to his role in the record racks! Given Williams strong TV reach during the rest of the year, the singer was a natural for big Holiday specials in December – which made his vocals some of the most-associated with Christmas hits at the time – a warm, mellow tone that was perhaps only matched by those of Bing Crosby or Perry Como in its connotation of Christmas to the postwar crowd. This set brings together three full albums by Andy – The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, and Christmas Present – plus a few singles and even two unreleased Spanish and Italian tracks too! Titles include "Christmas Bells", "Let It Snow", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Little Altar Boy", "What Child Is This", "The Christmas Song", "O Holy Night", "White Christmas", and the seminal "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year". CD

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Jackie WilsonNowstalgia ... LP
Brunswick, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A new concept for Jackie – NOW-stalgia – in other words, a way to repackage some of his older versions of popular tunes, into a 70s album that has a hipper title and cover. Arrangements are by Dick Jacobs, and most of the material appears to date from that confused early 60s time when Brunswick had Jackie record a lot of odd material. Titles include "Anniversary Song", "In Our House", "April Showers", "Toot Toot Tootsie Goodbye", "California Here I Come", and "Sonny Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Nancy WilsonHow Glad I Am ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Nice stuff from that period when Nancy was forging her unique mix of soul, jazz, and pop vocals into a sophisticated blend that transcended all styles. The title cut's a great one, with Nancy's vocals lilting nicely over the top – and the record features some other nice moments, like "The Boy From Ipanema", "I Wanna Be With You", "Quiet Nights", "West Coast Blues", and "It's Time To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover is lightly stained and wrinkled on the bottom 3 inches.)

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Edgar WinterFrankenstein 1984 (monster version, human version, monster rap) ... 12-inch
Body Rock, 1983. Very Good ... $6.99
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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Stevie WonderUp-Tight – Everything's Alright ... LP
Tamla, 1966. Very Good ... $3.99
Hard-swinging soul from mid 60s Stevie Wonder – and an album that really helped establish Stevie as a vocal star on his own! Gone are the "little blind boy" and Ray Charles cliches, gone are the "isn't it amazing that he can play the drums?" gimmicks – and in their place is a proud young Stevie, already showing a tremendous talent for putting over a vocal number that few other singers could match! Wonder's voice is tremendous on the record – really getting past the unformed, shaky styles of his first few Motown efforts – and getting that familiar warble that's always cut us to the quick, even in familiar tunes we've heard a million times. Titles include "Love A Go Go", "I Want My Baby Back", "Music Talk", "Contract On Love", "Up Tight", "Teach Me Tonight", and "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown reissue pressing. Cover has some staining on the bottom half and along the edges, light wear, and some pen.)

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New Bernard WrightFunky Beat ... LP
Arista, 1983. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Bernard Wright's second album – an 80s groove electro classic that's quite different than his first LP! The record 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a few creases.)

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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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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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Lester Young & Harry EdisonPres & Sweets ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $11.99
A classic Verve pairing of two of its greatest soloists – both recorded here in a laidback, easily-swinging session that allows both players to shine equally! Young's tenor is always a welcome addition to any set of this nature, and Edison's playing here in a gentler, relaxed mode that's a wonderful fit to the easygoing groove laid down by the rhythm section of Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich. Titles include "Mean To Me", "That's All", "She's Funny That Way", and "Red Boy Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Timi YuroI'm A Star Now – Rarities 1956 to 1982 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Really rare work from the great Timi Yuro – a set of never-issued tracks, plus a few unusual Memphis soul singles she cut in the 60s! Timi's voice is wonderful – one of the most emotive of her generation – including the best singers in soul, country, and pop – all styles that Yuro seems to borrow from in her music, as well as some of the more expressive vocalists working in France during the postwar years! By that, we mean that we might well want to call Timi the American Edith Piaf – especially in the early material that takes up the bulk of the CD – as only a handful of songs were cut after the 60s. And as the set moves on, you can hear Yuro really get a strong sense of soul – the style that put her in more record collections back in the day than you might expect. Titles include "You're Gonna Smile", "Love Is A Beautiful Thing", "Bye Bye Little Boy", "This Is My Song", "I'll Belong To You", "Daddy", "It's Only A Daydream", "Wings Of Inspiration", "Words", and "Let's Write A Love Song". 25 tracks in all! CD

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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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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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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 VariousEccentric Soul – The Bandit Label ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
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
(Slipcase has some wear.)

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VariousHi Records Rarities Vol 4 – Slow & Deep – Sweetness Ain't Sweet No More ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
Hi Records goes nice and deep – not just in a deep soul style, but in a setting that also showcases some of the lesser-known talents who recorded for the legendary Memphis soul label! The package is overstuffed with rare goodies from the vaults of Hi – 26 tracks that include a fair bit of really obscure gems from the Memphis scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a motherlode of music that's almost like digging into some of the deeper reaches of the Stax/Volt single collections! There's a few more familiar names here, but we really treasure the more obscure artists – who come together in a very unified collection of laidback, mellow-grooving, deep soul numbers. Titles include "Mama's Boy" by James Fry, "Sweetness Ain't Sweet No More" by T99, "Is It Over" by David Duke, "Say Yes To Love" by Willie Clayton, "I Love Her" by Willie Walker, "I Wanna Share Everything" by Teacher's Edition, "Wake Up Fool" by Masqueraders, "I'm Gonna Wait" by George Jackson, "Hey Little Girl" by Norm West, "Charlie Tuttle" by Sam Mosley, "Back To You" by Jean Plum, "She's My Woman" by Bobo Mr Soul, "That's The Man Is For" by Phillip Mitchell, and "Be Good To You" by Jimmy Mack. 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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VariousIt's Christmas On Mack Avenue ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A really great jazz-based Christmas album – one that's done in the best style of vintage gems like Jingle Bell Jazz or God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen – with an equally great blend of instrumental and vocal artists throughout! The package highlights some of the best artists on the Mack Avenue label, performing a mix of Christmas standards in very different styles – some relatively straight, some full of fire and improvisation – and with a shift in instrumental lineups that makes for a very fresh record throughout! Titles include "Christmas Time Is Here" by Warren Wolf, "Silent Night" by Christian McBride, "Little Drummer Boy" by Tia Fuller, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" by Sean Jones, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Cecile McLorin Salvant, "Sleigh Ride" by Aaron Diehl, "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto" by Christian McBride, "Skating" by Hot Club Of Detroit, and "Carol Of The Bells" by Warren Wolf. A classic set you'll be playing at seasonal gatherings for years to come! CD

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New VariousKickin 7 – TK Miami Mellow Mix ... CD
TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
Sublime sounds from the legendary TK Records family of labels – home to some of the coolest, grooviest music from Miami in the 70s – plus more grooves from other sources too! The package focuses on a style that was definitely TK's strongest suit at the time – their wonderful way of blending together funk, soul, and club into a style that was beautifully mellow – and which really paved the way for lots of other modern soul work in years to come. These nuggets are some of the best of TK's catalog – and have a level of presentation that really goes way past the usual for an indie label – almost AOR in perfection, but with some nicely rougher edges. The mix features 26 tracks sliding together gracefully – and titles include "Keep It Up" by Milton Wright, "Sweet Vibrations" by Latimore, "Free" by Chocolate Clay, "The Way We Live" by Raw Soul Express, "Gee Wiz Boy" by Regina James, "Good Good Lovin" by Charles Johnson, "Love's Sweet Notions" by Billion Dollar Band, "Our Day is Here" by JP Robinson, "IT's You Girl" by Universal Love, "Something Special" by Lew Kirton, "If It Was Me" by Sundray Tucker "The Silence That You Keep" by Milton Wright, "Beautiful World" by Leno Phillips, "Bluestrain" by Beginning Of The End, and "Miami Bump" by The Rising Sun. CD

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VariousLethal Riddims – Dancehall Explosion '93 ... CD
Relativity, 1993. Used ... $3.99
11 cuts: Shabba Ranks "Ting A Ling", Dirtsman "Hot This Year", Super Cat "Ghetto Red Hot (hip hop rmx)", Jesse Jender "Rude Boy Remember", Cutty Ranks "A Who Seh Me Dun", Ninjaman "Murder Dem", Mad Cobra "Flex", Buju Banton "Big It Up", Terror Fabulous "Body & Shape", Johnny P "Look Good (hip hop rmx)", and Tiger "Ram Dance Hall". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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

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VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1965 to 1970 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of offbeat pop that Quentin Tarantino might throw into a soundtrack – but there's also a much deeper range of sounds going on than you might expect, with wonderfully clever instrumentation, and lots of surprisingly heartfelt passages in the vocals! And sure, the language might be a barrier – but there's a really universal sense of appeal to this music – a variant of 60s soul and pop, focused through a different sort of lense – and the instrumentation alone is great – with wicked guitars, Hammond, and other garagey touches! As usual with Ace, the whole thing's supported with nicely detailed notes that tell the whole story behind these wonderful lost gems (we like this one even better than the fab first volume) – and titles include "Namida No Go Go" by Emy Jackson & Blue Comets, "Koi Gurui" by Chiyo Okumura, "Tokyo No Hito" by The Peanuts, "Warui Kuse" by Kazumi Yasui, "Boy & Girl" by Akiko Wada, "Namida No Mori No Monogatari" by Akiko Nakamura, "Saike Na Machi" by Reiko Mari, "Bazazz No 1" by Kayoko Ishuu, and "Furi Furi 5" by Linda Yamamoto. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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VariousSleeping Bag's Greatest Mixers Collection ... CD
Sleeping Bag, 1987. Used ... $6.99
A classic collection that pays tribute to some of the best mixers on the early 80s New York scene – key talents who helped transform the sound of the clubs through their own creative approach to reworking a tune! The vibe here is always nicely funky – post-disco grooves that bring in a lot more influences than you might expect, all expanded out even more by the mixers – and titles include "Go Bang" by Dinosaur L mixed by Francois K, 2 mixes of "Weekend" by Class Action, one by Larry Levan and the other by M&M, "A Night Out" by Urban Blight mixed by Mark Kamins, "(Need) Somebody New" by Jamaica Girls mixed by Larry Levan, "Chill Pill" by Sounds Of JHS 126 mixed by Danny Krivit, "Somebody (Hey Boy)" by Video featuring Dyan Buckelew, and "Your Life" by Konk. CD

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VariousSnow 2 – The Get Easy Christmas Collection Vol 2 ... CD
Universal (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $28.99
Have yourself a groovy little Christmas with this fab fab set – a dreamy collection of Holiday rarities that goes way beyond the obvious! Following on the heels of the sublime first Snow set, the folks at Get Easy have bundled together a wonderful assortment of overlooked Christmas goodies – fantastic little tracks from the 60s and 70s that stand apart from the more familiar Holiday tunes we always get tired of hearing too much! The style here is wonderful – a blend of rare soul, jazz, vocal, easy, and sunshine pop numbers – running for well over an hour, and packaged in a cover that looks as groovy as the music sounds. Buy one for yourself to throw on when over at the folks on December 25th – and buy another half dozen to give out all December long! 24 tracks in all – with titles that include "A Fistful Of Snow" by The San Sebastian Strings, "Christmas Is The Day" by Free Design, "Jingle Bells" by Jose Feliciano, "Little Drummer Boy" by Soulful Strings, "Cold Cold Winter" by The Pixies Three, "Happy Holiday" by Peggy Lee, "Winter In Canada" by Elisa Gabbai, "It's Christmas Time (part 1)" by James Brown, "Love For Christmas" by The Gems, "What Can I Give You This Christmas?" by The Lettermen, "Snow" by Harpers Bizarre, and "Look Around You (It's Christmas Time)" by Bobby Goldsboro. CD

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VariousStill Groove Jumping – 16 Classic Rockin R&B Tracks From RCA's Groove Label ... CD
RCA/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A cool collection of work from RCA's great Groove subsidiary in the 50s – home to some excellent R&B singles that were a far cry from the label's mainstream pop of the time! These cuts easily stand head to head with anything on labels like Atlantic or King at the time – and the collection unearths a whole host of tracks we'd never heard before – some rough and blusey, some with a tighter edge that's definitely at the best level of the pre-soul generation! The bluesy numbers are especially great – recorded at a level you'd never expect from RCA, at least not since the 30s – and often have these raw guitar lines that ring out like something you might hear from the Chess studios at the time. The set features great notes, with session details on the tracks – and titles include "High Low Jack" by Buddy Lucas, "Down To The Bottom" and "You Better Heed My Warning" by Larry Dale, "All My Life" by Roy Guitar Gaines, "Peek A Boo" by Mr Bear, "Rockin With Red" by Piano Red, "Drink Up" by The Du Droppers, "Country Boy" by Tiny Kennedy, "She's Got No Hair" by Arthur Crudup, and "When I Got Married" by Champion Jack Dupree. CD

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VariousTake Me To The River – Music From The Motion Picture ... CD
Stax, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A surprisingly great set of tracks – all recorded for the Memphis soul movie Take Me To The River, and featuring many generations of Tennessee talents, all coming together to revive the best sounds from years back! The mix of talents here is quite usual, and comes across unusually well – sometimes with a bit of flash, but in ways that are really to be appreciated, given that the producers could have gone for the same overdone cliches if they wanted. Titles include "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bobby Blue Bland and Yo Gotti, "Wish I Had Answered" by Mavis Staples with North Mississippi All Stars, "Push & Pull" by Bobby Rush with Frayser Boy, "They Wanna Be Like Me" by The Bar-Kays with 8Ball and MJG, "Trying To Live My Life Without You" by Otis Clay with P-Nut, "Supposed To Be" by Booker T with Al Kapone, "I Forgot To Be Your Lover" by William Bell with Stax Music Academy and Snoop Dogg, and "Walk Away" by Terrence Howard with Hi Rhythm Section. CD

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VariousTwas The Night Before Hanukkah – The Musical Battle Between Christmas & The Festival Of Lights ... CD
Idelsohn Society, 1930s/1940s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
A musical package that really gets at the cultural tension of the twelfth month of the year – the "battle between Christmas and the festival of lights", to quote the title – served up here in a double-length collection of unusual seasonal songs! CD one features unusual Hanukkah numbers, mostly from the 20th century – including some very traditional tunes and great tongue in cheek remakes – most of which we've never heard before. CD two is even cooler, though – a whole set of Christmas tunes, but played by Jewish artists – illustrating the cultural challenges that come from working in the mainstream during the Holidays! The mix of tunes is pretty great – from rock numbers to vocal jazz, folk, and a bit of easy listening – some familiar, some obscure – and again a pretty great set of tracks! The package also comes with an oversize book that details the songs and features some key writings on the "battle" – and the 2CD set features 34 tracks that include "Little Drummer Boy" by Bob Dylan, "Grandma's Dreidel" by Mickey Katz, "Hanukah Tree" by the Klezmatics, "Twelve Days Of Christmas" by Dinah Shore, "Holiday ID" by Lou Reed, "El Dia De La Navidad" by Larry Harlow, "Santa Claus Came In The Spring" by Benny Goodman, "It's Christmas All Over The World" by Sammy Davis Jr, "I Got A Cold For Christmas" by The Ames Brothers, "A Chanukah Quiz" by Gladys Gewirtz, "Hanukkah Dance" by Woody Guthrie, "Twas The Night Before Chanukah" by Stanley Adams & Sid Wayne, "The Latke Song" by Debbie Friedman, "O Little Town Of Bethlehem" by Richard Tucker, and "The Problem" by Ray Brenner & Barry Blitzer. CD

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VariousUltimate Jazz Christmas ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s/1990s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Maybe not the ultimate Christmas album, but still pretty darn great – a collection of material from a few different generations of Capitol, Blue Note, and other EMI labels – mostly tracks recorded in the 60s and the 90s, with a good blend of classic and contemporary jazz Christmas styles! The set features 13 tracks in all – and titles include "A Child Is Born" by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, "Sleigh Bells" by Duke Pearson, "Basie's Jingle Bells" by Count Basie, "That's What I Want For Christmas" by Nancy Wilson, "Jingle Bells" by Dianne Reeves, "Christo Redentor" by Donald Byrd, "Little Drummer Boy" by Duke Pearson, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Lou Rawls, "White Christmas" by Booker Ervin, "Merry Christmas Baby" by Charles Brown, "Peace" by Norah Jones, and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" by Eliane Elias. CD

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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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Miles DavisBlue Moods ... LP
OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Early February, 2015
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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De La SoulGrind Date ... LP
Sanctuary, 2004. New Copy (reissue)... Mid-November, 2014 (delayed)
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Grind Date is easily the best later De La Soul album, and brevity is as key to the album as the group's proven longevity. 12 tracks, 49 minutes, no skits. Two songs in you'll find the stellar "Verbal Clap", one of J Dilla's finest productions ever, with precise on beat rhymes by De La. Other highlights include "He Comes" with Ghostface, a soulful track that would sound just as great on Ghost's Supreme Clientele. Is Grind Date the new sound for the mid 00s? Will it blaze trails and be co-opted by the next hot producers? Are the lyrics as solid as they could be? Probably not in each scenario, but that's not the point – these guys are consummate musicians, molding their rhyme schemes to the tracks with focus and precision. Most critics will say this is De La's best album since Stakes Is High. We'll say it's better! Featuring production by Dave West, J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder – plus guest appearances by Yummy, Ghostface, Carl Thomas, MF Doom, Common and others. Other tracks include "The Future", "Much More" feat Yummy, "The Grind Date", "Shopping Bags", "Days Of Our Lives" with Common, "Come On Down", "Rock Co. Kane Flow" featuring MF Doom and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Redd FoxxYou Gotta Wash Your Ass ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... Around January 6, 2015
Redd Foxx doing is thing live in '75 at the Apollo – his return to recording after 12 years without a comedy album! You Gotta Wash Your Ass was cut while Sanford & Son was still in its run – making this blue performance a gritty return to form for Foxx! It isn't as flamboyantly raw as some of his earlier records – but there are a lot of funny moments here – with a laidback Foxx riffing on themes that younger black comics were only then catching up with! It's best routine might be the one on the meaning of "Funky" – and that one's just waiting for one of you budding DJs to start cutting it up on the 1's and 2's! Other bits & punchlines include "Ugly Kids In New York", "Two Sissies", "I Was An Altar Boy", "Have You Tried Ban Roll On?", "I Love Black Women", "You're Kind Of Dumb & Ugly", "I Hate A Loud Broad", "I Stick It In Beans", "Ni**er's In The Dictionary", "You Look Like A Pu**y To Me" and "You Gotta Wash Your Ass". CD

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Shawn Lee's Ping Pong OrchestraHits The Hits ... LP
Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy ... Late November, 2014
One of the most compelling albums so far from funky maestro Shawn Lee – all instrumental versions of 00s tunes by stars 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
(First time on vinyl!)

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New Marlena ShawSweet Beginnings (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Around January 12, 2015
Sweet soul from Marlena Shaw! Sweet Beginnings isn't as sweetly funky as some of her early stuff, it's actually a nice move into modern soul by this great jazz diva, and a record that was arranged and produced by Bert DeCoteaux. It's got a great remake of her classic "Go Away Little Boy", and it's got an excellent spoken part in which she kicks out her "little boy", then swoons as he begins to make love to her. That's kicked off by nicely mellow "Yu Ma", aand other tracks include "No Deposit, No Return", "Sweet Beginnings", "Johnny", "Walk Softly", "The Writing Is On The Wall", "Look At Me, Look At You" and "I Think I'll Tell Him". This Big Break UK version includes the bonus "Pictures And Memories (Single Version)". CD

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SupremesMore Hits By The Supremes ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around December 3, 2014
A killer from the early days of The Supremes – and way more than you'd guess from the "hits" in the title! The record's not really a roundup of the hit singles already out on 45 – and is actually just an apt title for what the album was destined to be – a stone hit that really put these Motown legends on the map! Production is by the Holland/Dozier/Holland team – with a marvelous wall of sound-style groove that really pushes the vocals forward tremendously – that brilliant all-in Motown mode of the best early years, where the Detroit studio was working overtime to make things sound amazing. Titles include the massive hit "Stop! In The Name Of Love" – but the whole thing's a solid effort with no filler, and other cuts include "I'm In Love Again", "He Holds His Own", "Whisper You Love Me Boy", "The Only Time I'm Happy", "Nothing But Heartaches", "Honey Boy", and "Back In My Arms Again". CD

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Jackie WilsonSoul Time ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Around December 10, 2014
The front cover says "featuring 'Danny Boy' and other great Soul Songs" – and while it's tough to even imagine "Danny Boy" as a soul song, and not an Irish tenor chestnut, it's also important to remember that Jackie's work in taking the track, as with others of its nature, was a key factor in crossing over soul audiences. Maybe not as important as the work of Motown, sure, but Jackie was almost doing it first – as you'll hear on this album. The set's got arrangements by Horace Ott, Teacho Wiltshire, and Dick Jacobs – and there's some great little soul numbers in the set – including "A Kiss, A Thrill, & Goodbye", "Soul Time", "She'll Be There", "Better Play It Safe", and the uptown chiller "No Pity (In The Naked City)". CD

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Ann Margret & Al HirtBeauty & The Beard ... LP
RCA, 1963. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Just to get things straight: Ann's the Beauty and Al's the Beard – and they're paired together in this surprisingly tasty set that stands as one of Ann's jazziest albums for RCA! Part of the strength is from arranger Marty Paich, who has Al's trumpet and Ann's voice working with a small group that includes Red Norvo on vibes and Al Hendrickson on guitar. Tunes are a bit laidback, especially for Ann – and titles include "Mutual Admiration Society", "Personality", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Little Boy", and "The Best Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Dynagroove pressing. Cover has a name in marker on back.)

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New Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield Again ... LP
Atco, 1967. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Mr Soul", "Sad Memory", "Hung Upside Down", "Good Time Boy", "Rock & Roll Woman", "Broken Arrow", "A Child's Claim To Fame", and "Expecting To Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has some wear, light aging, and partially split top and bottom seams.)

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Dead BoysWe Have Come For Your Children (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sire, 1978. Near Mint- (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Sire may have wiped the snot off their noses softly lit the background for the glammy b&w cover photo Dead Boys' second album – but that was only to hide the fact that We Have Come For Your Children is as raw, loud, and sarcastic as the first one! Bators, Chrome & Co are as boorishly N'yawk as possible (they busted up Rocket From The Tombs and ditched Cleveland for a reason, y'know), and the album provides a great studio document of the CBGB's scene at its nastiest. Tracks include "3rd Generation Nation", "I Won't Look Back", "I Don't Wanna Be No (Catholic Boy)", "Son Of Sam" (if this tune, written & recorded in '78 ain't punk, we don't know what the hell is!), "Ain't It Fun", "Dead And Alive", "Big City", "Callin' On You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a crease on one corner.)

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New ImpressionsImpressions Greatest Hits ... LP
ABC, 1965. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Far more than a regular greatest hits – this is a full-fledged album, and one that includes a number of cuts that were singles for the group, but which don't really show up on other albums. The set is all-original, all-Curtis Mayfield penned, and all Johnny Pate arranged material – with tracks like "I'm So Proud", "Gypsy Woman", "Sad, Sad Girl & Boy", "You Must Believe Me", "Grow Closer Together", "Never Let Me Go", and "Talking About My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(2nd pressing with rainbow ABC logo. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Jackson 5Christmas Album ... LP
Motown, 1970. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best Motown Christmas albums ever – a really playful romp through a set of classic Holiday tunes, all sung by the youthful Jackson 5 at their best! There's a charm here that's undeniable – and the energy of the group at this point in their career makes the music way more than just a simple Christmas set – almost a poetic homecoming of sorts, an imagined warm and peaceful place amidst what must have been a pretty hectic time in their young lives. The set features 11 tracks in all, with titles that include "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Give Love On Christmas Day", "Frosty The Snowman", "Up On The House Top", "Someday At Christmas", "Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year", "The Christmas Song", "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town", and "The Little Drummer Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has masking tape along the top & bottom seams, with a spot of old tape and a rip on the spine.)

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New Jackson 5Ultimate Christmas Collection (Christmas Album plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Holiday magic from The Jackson 5 – a group whose youthful warmth made them one of the best acts to ever handle Christmas music for Motown! The set features rare tracks, plus the group's great Christmas Album for Motown from 1970 – one of the best Motown Christmas albums ever – a really playful romp through a set of classic Holiday tunes, all sung by the youthful Jackson 5 at their best! There's a charm here that's undeniable – and the energy of the group at this point in their career makes the music way more than just a simple Christmas set – almost a poetic homecoming of sorts, an imagined warm and peaceful place amidst what must have been a pretty hectic time in their young lives. Original album titles include "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Give Love On Christmas Day", "Frosty The Snowman", "Up On The House Top", "Someday At Christmas", "Christmas Won't Be The Same This Year", "The Christmas Song", "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town", and "The Little Drummer Boy". But then, there's lots more great stuff too – special "Seasons Greetings" wishes from Michael, Tito, Jackie, and Jermaine – plus a "J5 Christmas Medley", "Up On The Housetop (DJ Spinna re-edit)", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (stripped mix)", "Someday At Christmas (stripped mix)", "Give Love On Christmas Day (acapella version)", and "Little Christmas Tree", sung by Michael! CD
(Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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New Waylon JenningsHangin On ... LP
RCA, 1968. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Waylon inching ever closer to the spartan arrangements and good ol' boy honky tonk of the Outlaws era, with titles include "The Crowd", "The Chokin' Kind", "I Fall In Love So Easily", "How Long Have You Been There" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing.)

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New Kendrick LamarGood Kid, M.A.Ad City (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Aftermath, 2012. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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 Ramsey Lewis TrioMore Sounds Of Christmas ... LP
Argo, 1964. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The follow-up to Ramsey's famous Sounds of Christmas album – and even better than the first! The record features Ramsey's trio with Eldee Young, plus guest work by Cleveland Eaton on bass and a young Steve McCall on drums! Plus, a number of tracks feature larger backing by a jazz group arranged by King Fleming and Will Jackson – both of whom take the format of standard Christmas tunes, and turn them on their head while fitting them into Ramsey's soul-drenched grooving style. Titles include "Snowfall", "Plum Puddin", "Little Drummer Boy", "Snowbound", "Egg Nog", and "Jingle Bells". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet stereo pressing in an alternate cover.)

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New She & HimVery She & Him Christmas (red colored vinyl with download) ... LP
Merge, 2011. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
She & Him continue on as the most impossibly adorable boy/girl pop duo of their generation – all the more endearingly on this good-natured, and thankfully, wholly unironic Christmas album! She & Him have been wearing their 60s & 70s pop influences on their sleeves since the very beginning, and this set is a natural – timeless, warm, genuinely appealing stuff that's kind of impossible to hate. No one is going to pull off a timeless Christmas pop album this well for a long time. Includes "The Christmas Waltz", "Christmas Day", "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree", the great Beach Boys chestnut "Little Saint Nick", "Baby, It's Cold Outside", "Blue Christmas" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New SupremesMerry Christmas ... LP
Motown, 1965. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
One of THE classic Motown Christmas albums – featuring the Supremes at their height, with production by Harvey Fuqua and arrangements from Gene Page, HB Barnum and Ernie Freeman. The whole thing's incredibly soulful – and the only thing separating this from the Supremes other efforts from this period is the content of the material! The set features a dozen holiday numbers including "Silver Bells", "The Little Drummer Boy", "My Christmas Tree", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Joy To The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Merry Christmas (with bonus tracks) ... CD 5.99

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Muddy WatersReal Folk Blues/More Real Folk Blues ... CD
Chess, 1950s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A massive Muddy Waters double-header – filled with vintage recordings for Chess! First up is The Real Folk Blues – a classic packaging of Muddy Waters' famous early work for Chess Records – brought together with a cover and title that pitch him strongly towards the growing folk movement of the time! And, although most of these tracks were recorded in Chicago, with some electric guitar in the mix, there's a definitely folksy quality to most of the numbers – a down-home feel that's nice and gritty, stepping along with spare instrumentation alongside the vocals. Titles include "Mannish Boy", "Screamin & Cryin", "Just To Be With You", "Walkin Blues", "Walkin Through The Park", "Same Thing", and "Canary Bird". More Real Folk Blues is a 60s album, but one that's filled with some of the earliest recordings Muddy Waters made for Chess Records – all wrapped up in a title that proclaims his music as the real deal! The instrumentation here is all quite spare – varying combinations of electric guitar, harmonica, piano, and bass – all topped by Waters' wonderfully twanging vocals, heard here at a level that's still extremely fresh and without cliche! The tunes are the sort that bar bands have been ruining for decades, but they still sound great in the originals – and titles include "Sad Letter", "Gonna Need My Help", "Train Fare Blues", "Too Young To Know", "Honey Bee", "My Life Is Ruined", and "She's All Right". CD
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VariousRebirth Of Cool 5 ... CD
Island (UK), 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great slice of future jazz funk from the mid 90s – a then-groundbreaking compilation that features work that's turned out to be some of the best-remembered from the generation! There's a total of 16 tracks in all – and titles include "Revenge Of The Number" by Portishead, "Deep Sh*t (parts 1 & 2)" by Kruder & Dorfmeister, "Whipping Boy (rmx)" by Ben Harper, "Karmacoma (Portishead experience)" by Massive Attack, "Friendly Pressure" by Jhelisa, "Turn On, Tune In, Find Joy" by Freakpower, "United Future Airlines (Astral hi-jack mix)" by UFO, "Kosmos (Lynch Mob bonus beats)" by Paul Weller, "Nouveu Western" by MC Solaar, and "Iniquity Worker" by D*Note. CD
(Out of print.)

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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

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New Average White BandPerson To Person ... CD
Atlantic, 1976. Used 2CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Their classic double live set from the mid 70s, and as tight a batch of grooves as you'll find on their studio albums! In fact, this one might even be tighter, as it's got a good set of classic tracks performed live, with a sound that's a little bit more uptight and open than the studio versions– and which is especially freewheeling on the instrumental solos. Many tracks go for a lot longer than on the original versions – and there's a version of "Pick Up The Pieces" that runs for 18 minutes, a version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" that grooves for 8 minutes, a version of "School Boy Crush" that jams for 7 minutes, plus nice takes on the cuts "Cut The Cake", "Love Your Life", and "Cloudy". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Person To Person ... LP 5.99

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New Bell Biv DevoePoison ... CD
MCA/Universal, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A second chapter for boy band 80s soul! After Bobby Brown set off on his own, the remaining three members of New Edition decided to remain a group and give it a go, and far from being a sad collection of the leftover members, their debut album was actually one of many successful New Jack Swing efforts the group would produce! Given a helping hand from the Shocklee brothers on production, this set includes "Poison", "Do Me!", "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph & Johnny (Word To The Mutha!)", "She's Dope!", "BBD (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Again?" and "Ain't Nut'in Changed!" CD
Also available Poison ... LP 16.99

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New Chuck BerryChuck Berry Is On Top ... LP
Chess, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chuck Berry is definitely on top with this classic Chess Records set – an album that shows that Berry always had a lot more to offer than some of his oldies rocker contemporaries! Sure, there's a few hits here, but the overall quality of the music is more in the mode of Chess blues of the time – lots of raw backings that are as heavy on piano lines and romping rhythms as they are Chuck's own searing lead guitar – a sound that definitely sets the tone for generations to come, and which is always heard best here in its early hoke-free setting. The whole album's wonderful, and even familiar hits sound newly brilliant in this context – a smoking lineup that includes "Jo Jo Gunne", "Around & Around", "Hey Pedro", "Anthony Boy", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Almost Grown", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Maybellene". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click.)

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New Bootsy's Rubber BandThis Boot Is Made For Fonk-N ... CD
Warner/Collectors Choice, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bootsy's still keeping the P-Funk flag flying high at the end of the 70s – arguably stepping out here with a sound that's got more of the Parliafunkadelicment elements intact than some of George Clinton's other spinoff groups! The tracks are long, and plenty jamming – still with plenty of star power from Bootsy upfront – but also some wonderfully tight rhythms from the rest of the players too, all in that mix of hard-rolling, and light-tripping funk modes that still set the P-Funk groups apart from the pack of imitators who'd cropped up in their wake! Titles include "Jam Fan (Hot)", "Bootsy Get Live", "Under The Influence Of A Groove", "Chug-A-Lug", "Oh Boy", and "Shejam". Plus, the Collector's Choice folks have actually managed to reproduce all of the original comic book artwork from the original album booklet! CD
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New Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield Again ... CD
Atco, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Mr Soul", "Sad Memory", "Hung Upside Down", "Good Time Boy", "Rock & Roll Woman", "Broken Arrow", "A Child's Claim To Fame", and "Expecting To Fly". CD

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New Kenny BurrellHave Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas ... CD
Cadet, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Why thank you – we will! Kenny does too, as he grooves nicely and gently over arrangements by Richard Evans, perfectly crafted in that soul jazz mode of his 60s work for Chess – not Kenny's most challenging format, to be sure, but proof that he often works better in a more structured environment than a freer one. Titles include "Away In A Manger", "My Favorite Things", "Little Drummer Boy", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Merry Christmas Baby", and "Go Where I Send Thee". CD
Also available Have Yourself A Soulful Little Christmas ... LP 9.99

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New Donald ByrdMustang! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Donald Byrd's most fantastic records for Blue Note – and one of three gems that he recorded with the great Sonny Red on alto sax! Byrd and Red work magnificently together – and the two of them play with a tightness and funkiness that's missing from a lot of their other records as leaders – this really sharp edge that makes Sonny sound even better than ever, and a slight funkiness in Byrd's trumpet – which really seems to point the way towards his groove of the 70s! Hank Mobley joins the group on tenor, Walter Booker is on bass, McCoy Tyner's on piano, and Freddie Waits is on drums – and the groove is tight and funky, with a mix of hard bop soloing and funkier Blue Note rhythm playing. Red burns throughout, especially on his own "Mustang", and on the cut "Dixie Lee". Other tracks include "Fly Little Bird Fly", "On The Trail", and "I'm So Excited By You". Plus, this CD reissue also includes 2 non-LP bonus cuts – "Gingerbread Boy" and "I'm So Excited By You". CD
(SHMCD pressing!)

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New Ray CharlesSpirit Of Christmas ... LP
Columbia, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great holiday album from Ray Charles – recorded in the 80s, but with a sound that's pretty classic all the way through! Ray's vocals are excellent – with that raspy intimate quality that persists all through his later years – and the sweetly jazzy arrangements work perfectly with the voice to bring new life to old classics like "What Child Is This", "Little Drummer Boy", "Winter Wonderland", and "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town". There's also a few nice obscurer numbers – like the country soul "That Spirit Of Christmas", plus "All I Want For Christmas" and "Christmas In My Heart", which both feature Ray on electric piano. LP, Vinyl record album

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New ClipseLord Willin' (plus bonus track) ... LP
Star Trak/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first Clipse album to see release – and a neo-electro/drug rap/crossover hip hop masterpiece produced by the Neptunes – the debut LP on their own Star Trak label. Malice and Pusha T arrive as smooth, confident rhymers with plenty of standout moments, while the Neptunes reach an early production peak. The Neptunes' fingerprints are evident on just about every second of every track, but it doesn't diminish the role of the rappers in the least. This is a true hip hop record from beginning to end, something the 'tunes had shied away from around the same time with the hard rockin' NERD and their more pop-oriented productions. We thought from the first needle drop that this was a record we'd be able to come back to for years and years and years, and that indeed holds true! Tracks include "Young Boy", "Ma, I Don't Love Her" featuring Faith Evans, "Ego", "Comedy Central" featuring Fabulous, "Gangsta Lean", "Let's Talk About It" featuring Jermaine Dupri, and more. 2014 Get On Down reissue includes the Selector remix of "Grindin'" feat Sean Paul, Bless, Kardinall Offishall, NORE, Baby & Lil' Wayne. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willie ColonCosa Nuestra ... CD
Fania, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A monster album of 70s salsa – and one that has bad boy Willie Colon taking the Latin world by storm – forging the new sound that would push him and the New York scene into the frontline of 70s Latin! Willie's got a strength on the set that's very much in keeping with his machine gun pose on the cover – a no-nonsense salsa groove that's overflowing with righteous pride and youthful energy – consciously aware of its new direction, and not afraid to show it! The album features the classic dancefloor groover "Che Che Cole", plus the tracks "Lo Me Llores Mas", "Sonero Mayor", "Sangrigorda", "Ausencia", and "Te Conozco". CD
(Both tray cards have folds.)
Also available Cosa Nuestra ... LP 9.99

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New Willie Colon & Ruben BladesSiembra ... CD
Fania, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic 70s salsa jammer from Willie Colon – working here with his one of his greatest vocalists – the young Ruben Blades, back before he'd crossed over to super-huge success! The album really marks 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 – really warm, open-handed, and a push forward with a new level of power and maturity. Titles include "Dime", "Plastico", "Buscando Guyaba", "Maria Lionza", "Ojos", and "Siembra". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 Dr DreChronic ... LP
Priority/Interscope, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're the first to admit, we've taken a few shots at Dre over the years on these pages, but there's no denying his impact on hip hop, and that he's probably the producer with one of the longest and most solid careers. We're not pretending this album's any kind of landmark as far as mic skills are concerned, but it's a classic nonetheless. For better or worse, this LP was the template for too many pale imitators, but taken on its own, stands up to the test of time, whiny keyboards and all. 15 tracks in all, counting the interludes, including "F**k wit Dre Day", "Let Me Ride", "Nuthin' But A G Thang", "Lil Ghetto Boy", "A Nigga Witta Gun", "The Chronic", "Deeez Nuts", "Stranded On Death Row" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original single LP version.)
Also available Chronic ... CD 4.99

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New Tal Farlow/Oscar Moore/Barney KesselSwing Guitars ... LP
Norgran, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Old Norgan LP that brings together guitar jazz sides from some of the best talents ever to record for the label. Tal Farlow plays with Red Mitchell and Claude Williamson on the tracks "Tea For Two", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", "This Is Always", and "Stompin At The Savoy". Kessel plays in a quartet with another guitar, on the tracks "Crazy Rhythm", "East Of The Sun", "All the Things You Are", and "Heat Wave". Rounding out the set is Moore, who plays in a rootsier sound, with Carl Perkins on piano, on the tracks "Oscar's Blues", "Sonny Boy", "Beautiful Moons Ago", and "A Foggy Day". With a David Stone Martin cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Norgran pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has split top and bottom seams and light wear.)

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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
(Original pressing! Vinyl is nice overall – but there is groove damage for a few spins on one track, making crackles – but rest of record is nice, really more of a VG. Cover has just the start of some seam splitting, but is nice overall too.)

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New Jimmy ForrestMost Much! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gutsy tenor work from Jimmy Forrest – a player who was poised to rival Sonny Stitt and Gene Ammons at the start of the 60s, and who could have easily done so, given the strength of his work for Prestige! The record's one of a few that the St Louis player got to cut for the label – and it's a tightly-crafted combo effort that features Hugh Lawson on piano, Tommy Potter on bass, and Clarendon Johnson on drums – plus a bit of added conga from Ray Barretto, bringing in that extra "kick" that pushed off other great soul jazz sessions from the time! Tracks are short, and have a good focus on Forrest's wonderful tone – and titles include "Sonny Boy", "Annie Laurie", "I Love You", "Most Much", "Soft Winds", "Matilda", and "Autumn Leaves". CD

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New Al GreenBelle Album (expanded & remastered) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar! Of course, he gets a bit of help – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says that the record is "something new". Well, it doesn't have Willie Mitchell, that's for dang sure. Al's voice is always nice and pretty, and the record's still got some really nice moments!. Titles include "All N All", "Belle", "Loving You", "Georgia Boy", "Feels Like Summer" and "Dream". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Right On Time", "No No", and "Running Out Of Time". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 John Lee HookerCountry Blues Of John Lee Hooker (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige/Original Blues Classics, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary John Lee Hooker, heard here in one of his more obscure recordings from the late 50s – at least in contrast to his famous sides for Vee Jay Records! This set's an unusual date – recorded in Detroit, despite the claim of the title – and featuring Hooker on acoustic guitar and vocals, without any other instrumentation at all – pitched much more towards the growing folk blues scene than some of his more familiar Chicago recordings. Tracks are short, but pack plenty of punch – and titles include "Black Snake", "I Rowed A Little Boat", "Bundle Up & Go", "Behind The Plow", "Water Boy", "Tupelo Blues", and "Pea Vine Special". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lena HorneStormy Weather ... LP
RCA, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lena Horne's greatest albums of the 50s – a rock-solid effort that takes its name from her famous film appearance of the 40s, but which features some wonderfully sophisticated songs in a very postwar mode! As with other RCA dates of the time, the orchestra's handled by Lena's partner Lennie Hayton – and has a nice jazzy pitch, especially on tunes that feature trumpet solos from Charlie Shavers. Titles include "Summertime", "Mad About The Boy", "Tomorrow Mountain", "Ridin On The Moon", "I Wonder What Became Of Me", and "Just One Of Those Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some aging, marker on the front, a couple of edge rips, and some small stains.)

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New Willie HutchSoul Portrait/Season For Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked albums from the great Willie Hutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soul Portrait – pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that Willie uses the same sort of righteous undercurrent as Curtis – not yet as over the top political, but brewing under nicely with a really marked sense of power! The backings are great too – all arranged by Hutch himself, and already showing some of the hipper styles that he'd bring into play in his later blacksploitation work. One of the deepest soul albums on RCA at the time – with a righteous vibe that's totally great – and filled with wonderful original tunes that include "Lucky To Be Loved By You", "Ain't Gonna Stop", "You Gotta Try", "Let Me Give You The Love You Need", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Good To The Last Drop". Season For Love is early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen classics – all in a mix of soul and strings that definitely grooves, but which could also have gotten Hutch some bigger exposure in the larger music world as well. A few numbers are almost more in a jazz vocal territory – or at least in territory of artists like Lou Rawls or Arthur Prysock – while others have the righteous energy of Willie's later sound too. The arrangements are by Rene Hall and Perry Botkin Jr – and titles include "Season for Love", "The Shortest Distance", and "Trying To Understand A Woman", plus covers like "Hurt So Bad" and "Twelfth of Never". CD also features a bonus track – "When A Boy Falls In Love (parts 1 & 2) (45 version)". CD

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New Wanda JacksonRockin' With Wanda (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Collectables, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best rock and/or country LPs of the late 50s and early 60s! Capitol signed the rockabilly rebel princess several years prior to the release of this collection of her jumpy, frenetic singles, and had Wanda record more crossover material, which she succeeded at in incredible fashion. That left Capitol to finally release a record of her earlier trademark style, and boy it's a doozy! You get "Fujiyama Mama", one of the most incendiary unsung rock and roll singles of all time, plus other great ones like "Rock You Baby", "Cool Love", "Honey Bop", "Baby Loves Him", "Mean Mean Man", "You've Turned To A Stranger" and bonus tracks including "Sinful Heart" and "I'd Rather Have You". Sweet, but feral honky tonk rockers of the first order! CD