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New KrackerHot ... CD
Dash/Henry Stone, 1977. New Copy .... $8.99 12.99
An unusual set from Kracker – a record that's possibly more rock/pop at the core, but one that definitely shares some of the soulful touches of other albums on the Dash label too! The group dress like a funk band on the album's flipside photo – and they've got vocal interplay that's not unlike some of the blue eyed soul groups on the east coast – set to rhythms here that are sometimes disco, sometimes a bit more flamboyant pop – and titles include "Woman", "Lucky Are Those", "Lady Of My Life", "Alarm Clock Blues", "Back In My Arms Again", and "Gentleman Of Men". CD
(Please note: Although these CDs are legit, they are produced as CDRs with artwork by copyright owner Henry Stone.)

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Ronnie Lane & Slim ChanceOoh La La – An Island Harvest ... CD
Island, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD .... $19.99 21.98
Really great solo work from Ronnie Lane – post-Faces material that really gets back to basics, and offers up a huge number of wonderful original tunes as well! Ronnie was always one of our favorite members of The Faces – one of the more unassuming members of that excellent group, and almost the sort of gentle heart of the band – a quality that really comes through strongly here in work with his relaxed Slim Chance group. The tunes often use acoustic instrumentation more than electric – at a level that recalls the first early solo sets by Rod Stewart, although with a very different, un-posturing presentation by Ronnie – and the format gives Lane's great lyrics an even greater chance to shine through. 2CD set brings together all the best moments from the group's Island albums, plus rare tracks, alternates, and live material too – and titles include "Tin & Tambourine", "Don't Try & Change My Mind", "One For The Road", "The Poacher", "Street Gang", "G'Morning", "Bottle Of Brandy", "Ain't No Lady", "Blue Monday", "Back Street Boy (jam version)", "Debris (live)", "Ooh La La (live)", and "Country Boy (alt)". CD

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John LaPortaSouth American Brothers ... LP
Fantasy, Mid 50s. Very Good+ .... $28.99
Obscure work from 50s reed genius John LaPorta! LaPorta's always been one of our favorite modern players from the 50s – and this rare Fantasy side captures him working live in Venezuela, working with a few different groups, from quintet size on up to small big band. LaPorta plays both clarinet and alto – and the styles run from swing to bop, but usually with a focus on LaPorta's solos in front of the group. Titles include "Jackie's Blues", "Triste Verdad", "The Count", "South American Brothers", and "Gus Is The Boss". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing.)

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Last PoetsRight On! ... LP
Juggernaut, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $9.99
One of the wildest albums ever by the mighty Last Poets! Billed as "a woodstock in poetry", this is the soundtrack to the obscure film Right On (billed as "the hit film" on the cover), which was shot using the first version of the Last Poets that included Felipe Lucianao, David Nelson, and the wild card Gylan Kain – a group who originally had the name and style of protest poetry, but who had been eclipsed when the poet Abiodun left them and formed the group that first recorded for Douglas Records. The album, sort of a "we're back" effort, was produced by Juggy Murray, and apparently all recorded at the Cubiculo Theatre in New York – and it's one of two albums on the Juggernaut label, which also featured Kain's solo record. Most of the record is spare percussion, with the band shouting over the top – and the sound is even rawer than the group's first LP on Douglas. The titles should say it all – as the record features "My Pretty N*gger", "Tell Me Brother", "Die Nigga!", "James Brown", "Soul", "Poetry Is Black", "Into The Streets", and "Library", clearly a big influence on KRS-1. LP, Vinyl record album

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Len & The PA'sSoul Block/Believe Me ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy .... $7.99
A rare groove from Len & The PA's! "Soul Block" is a frenetic funky number that has Len really shouting over the groove in his best James Brown mode – really calling the group on with an urgent sense of action! "Believe Me" shows off Len's sweet soul style – as he lays back while the band trips gently along – and unfurls the vocal in a very personal way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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LevertJust Coolin' ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- .... $2.99
If you'd told us years ago we'd be digging this sort of late 80s commercial soul, we'd have laughed in your face. But nostalgia has taken hold, and we can't argue with the songcraft here, even if the production (and band's fashion sense) is a bit dated. Not a classic, by any means, but not as objectionable to us as it once was. Includes "Pull Over", "Just Coolin" and "Let's Get Romantic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Little Ben & The CheersIt's Love I Need/Baby You're Mine ... 7-inch
Rush, Late 60s. Near Mint- .... $29.99
Hard soul from Chicago! Ben's got a voice that's anything but Little – with a strong west side bluesy groove, very much in the mode of Syl Johnson. "Baby You're Mine" is a hard groover with a good swing – and "It's Love I Need" features the band in a mellow harmony style, with great gospelly tips on the vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lollipop ShoppeJust Colour ... CD
Uni/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy .... $9.99
With a name like this, you'd expect Lollipop Shoppe to be a sweet California band with a sunny pop feel – but instead, they've got a really nasty, nicely gritty sort of feel – kind of Sunset Strip garage rock turned towards more manic modes, a bit like early Love at their best! There's a raw power here that's simply wonderful – hardly what you'd expect from the usual groups on Uni Records at the time – and more the style you'd be likely to find from some small indie set out in the hinterlands. Guitars are raw and rugged, vocals are sung with a heartbreaking intensity – and a clear bit of craziness – and the rough-edged production really suits the group's sound wonderfully. Titles include "You Must Be A Witch", "It's Makin It", "I'm Gonna Be There", "It's Only A Reflection", "It Ain't How Long", and "Don't Close The Door On Me". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Someone I Know" and "Through My Window". CD

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Geoff LoveThemes For Super Heroes/Big Terror Movie Themes ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1976/1979. New Copy .... $16.99
Two soundtrack-themed albums – back to back on one CD! Themes For Super Heroes is a 1979 effort from Geoff Love – one timed to match up with the successful Superman film, but which also features bits from a range of TV heroes as well! Love's arrangements are lush, but often quite lean – done with some warm 70s glow at points, but never that sleepy, and with an ear for the right sort of dynamic bigger band arrangements to keep things interesting, when needed! Titles include "Blakes 7", "Spiderman", "The Bionic Woman", "The Six Million Dollar Man", "The Incredible Hulk", "Can You Read My Mind", and "Dick Barton Special Agent". Big Terror has a striking picture of Jaws on the cover – and follows up with its main theme, as well as key themes from a host of other 70s horror and disaster movies! Geoff Love changes things up in just the right way – almost making the album feel like a fresh batch of easy instrumentals instead of recaps of the exact soundtracks – on titles that include "Three Days Of The Condor", "The Exorcist", "The Eiger Sanction", "Jaws", "The Executioner", and "Death Wish". CD

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LoveBest Of Love ... LP
Elektra/Friday Music, 1960s. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99 26.98
The 60s genius of Love in all its glory – served up here on a set of 16 tracks that perfectly define all that's wonderful about the band! The collection focuses in on titles that really have the band hitting their hardest punch – short numbers that brilliantly brew up 60s garage and bluesy roots with that frenzied energy that made Arthur Lee one of the real standout talents of his generation – one of the most personal, individual stamps anyone left on music from the LA scene at the time – which is saying a hell of a lot! Every track here is wonderful – and titles include "My Little Red Book", "Can't Explain", "Hey Joe", "Signed DC", "Stephanie Knows Who", "She Comes In Colors", "Your Mind And We Belong Together", "Your Friend And Mine – Neil's Song", "Seven And Seven Is", "Alone Again Or", "Andmoreagain", "Que Vida", "Robert Montgomery", "Orange Skies", "Laughing Stock", and "Number Fourteen". LP, Vinyl record album

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LoveBlack Beauty (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP
High Moon, 1973. New Copy .... $27.99
Arthur Lee and Love's unreleased record from 1973! Black Beauty is a more diverse and soulful set than a lot of what we've heard from Lee's harder rocking 70s years – and it's given a much-deserved top notch release by High Moon Records! It's raw in the best possible sense, with a live feel, as played by a well-oiled band. It's got some blistering rockers, albeit with a heavy dose of bluesy soul in the mix, and includes some surprisingly effective creative twists – especially the Caribbean-inflected "Beep Beep". This is a really cool record that we're thrilled to see getting some belated love and respect – and most importantly, it's worthy of Arthur Lee's legend. Other tracks include "Young & Able (Good & Evil)", "Midnight Sun", "Can't Find It", "Walk Right In", "Skid", "Stay Away", "Lonely Pigs". "See Myself In You" and "Product Of The Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl in tip-on sleeve. Includes a thick, full color and full-sized (11"X 11") booklet of notes and photos – plus code for digital download.)

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Lovetown AllstarsLovetown Allstars ... CD
Love Town (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $15.99
A damn classic sounding set – contemporary soul, but put together with a real love for the best modes of the late 70s and early 80s – no surprise, given that the group features vocals from Marc Sadane, Junior Giscombe, Geraldine Hunt, Carol Williams, and others! The set's done without any sense of gimmick or retro nostalgia at all – and what the Sunshine Band are to clubby soul, these guys are to more straightforward grooves – as rock-solid and well put-together as the best from years back, almost as if someone found a time machine, and went back to the early 80s to retrieve some lost studio tapes! The package may well be the best we've heard yet from the Love Town label – from the grooves at the bottom to the great vocals over the top. Titles include "Superstar", "Even When", "She's On Fire", "It's Gonna Be Different", "Love's Takin Over", "Realise", "Sun Shine", and "Creepin". CD

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MachitoLive At North Sea '82 ... LP
Timeless, 1982. Near Mint- .... $13.99
Quite late in his career for Machito – but a great set nonetheless, with some hard-hitting Latin jazz arrangements that are some of his best work in years! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a big band with Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, and lots of nice long and jazzy soloing bits. Titles include "Tibiri Tabara", "Oye La Rumba", "Buenas Noches Che Che", and "Mambo Inn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Mad CurryMad Curry (180 gram pressing – with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue).... $32.99
A trippy Belgian band with lots of heavy bass and Hammond, but no guitar at all – which makes for some wonderfully complex elements in their music! The bottom end is really right up front in the mix, but measured strongly with great work on saxophone as well – which often solos with the organ at a level that brings a fair bit of jazzy elements to the music! These guys are still very much on the rock side of the jazz/rock spectrum, but have a sound that really sets them apart from most of their European contemporaries as well – maybe a bit less posturing overall. Some vocals are by Viona Westra – who's somewhere in the Julie Driscoll/Norma Winstone side of the spectrum – and titles include "Big Ben", "Men", "Music The Reason Of Our Happiness", "The Worker", and "Sound For Tomorrow". Very cool reissue comes with fold-out sleeve, notes, and a bonus pic sleeve 7" single – with the tracks "Antwerp" and "Song For Cathren". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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New Mad LadsNew Beginning ... LP
Volt, 1973. Near Mint- .... $13.99
Sort of a comeback album for The Mad Lads, and one that has their southern vocal group style hitting a style of production that's a bit more way out than that on some of their 60's recordings. The album's a nice one – with these arrangements by Dale Warren that are a bit mad, as you could probably guess by the image of the band flying through the sky on the cover! Tracks include "I Forgot To Be Your Lover", "Gone! The Promises Of Yesterday", "Seeing Is Believing", "Pass The Word", and "Destination". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small bit of tape on the spine, but is otherwise great.)

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MadhouseServe 'Em Madhouse ... LP
Today, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Hard, raw, righeous group funk – one of the hardest-hitting early albums ever produced by Patrick Adams! The set's got a feel that's much more like the Detroit work on the Westbound label than other records on the Today label – no surprise, given that group leader Mudbone later worked with Bootsy Collins in The Rubber Band! The style here is a bit more freewheeling than P-Funk, though – really jamming at times, with raw guitar, wild horn parts, and long tracks that blend together bits of funk, rock, and electric jazz! Titles include the break-heavy suite "Last Apocalypse", plus "Nixon's Ego Trip", "Great Debate", "Get Some Of This", and "Serve 'Em". LP, Vinyl record album

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New MadlibShades Of Blue – Madlib Invades Blue Note ... LP
Blue Note, 2003. New Copy 2LP .... $11.99
Madlib invades Blue Note! He gets free reign of the catalog for this mix of sampler genius and live band interpretations, too, as/with Ahmad Miller, Yesterdays New Quintet, Malcolm Catto, Medaphoar, and others from the Stones Throw camp. This one's truly a conceptual triumph, if there ever was such a thing – one of the greatest hip hop producers alive, given carte blanche with the source beats of the century! Madlib's Blue Note crates are heavily weighed in the mid 60s through mid 70s electric beats that often get the shaft in mainstream jazz round-ups, but floor the beathead world into overdrive. Re-interpretations, remixes, and revisions are spliced seamlessly with the source samples, creating a whole new world where hip hop and late model live funk not only co-exists with classic Blue Note jazz, but it actually draws a linear transition between the 2 genius art forms. Beautiful stuff – if the album isn't the most original idea to come along all of these years into the hip hop & jazz underground, it's certainly one of the most perfectly realized projects of its kind, ever! It's one for the time capsule – easily one of Madlib's masterpieces, and pure funky sample wizardry by any standard! Includes Monk Higgins' "Slim's Return" interpreted by Ahmad Miller and DJ Lord Such on cuts, "Donald Byrd's "Distant Land", "Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Bounce", Yesterday's New Quintet's adaptation of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", Madlib Invazion's "Funky Blue Note", the Joe McDuphrey Experience take on Horace Silver's/Herbie Hancock's "Peace/Dolphin Dance" and lots more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy .... $16.99
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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Malcolm X College Jazz EnsembleLive – Collegiate Jazz Festival ... LP
Malcolm X, 1972. Near Mint- .... $24.99
An excellent obscure album of young, undiscovered and lesser-known Chicago jazz players from the early 70s – like Charles Williamson, Sonny Seals, Tyrone Taylor, and Jodie Christian – all of whom play very nicely, and lay down some hard funky big band stuff. There's 4 nice extended tracks, and the record features two great funky numbers – "Hush" and "Music For Gong Gong", plus 2 ballads "Misty" and "Lover Man". Very nice grooves, and the kind of record we love to find! LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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Henry Mancini10 ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy .... $12.99 13.98
Back in the day, we remember digging the movie 10 for the fact of Bo Derek's bareness – but these days, we're more likely to love it for this sweet little soundtrack from Henry Mancini! The score's a bit different than the sound of Hank in years past – and the high points are some great moments on Fender Rhodes and clavinet that really make things sparkle – offsetting the sweetness of a few of the themes and vocal numbers with a bit more of a 70s vibe. Yet even the mellower moments are pretty nice – and have this eerie quality that almost makes them feel darker than intended. Titles include "The Hot Sand Mexican Band", "Keyboard Harmony", "Something For Jenny", "Get It On", "I Have An Ear For Love", and "It's Easy To Say" – plus the film's famous version of "Bolero". CD

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MandrillJust Outside Of Town ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the best records ever by Mandrill – and a perfect balance between the looser jazzy spirituality of earlier albums, and the tighter (sometimes too tight) style of later ones. The band is incredibly tight on the funk tip – with lots of hard drums and guitars, and other sweet instruments floating in and out of the mix. Includes the great cut "Fat City Strut", with a nice intro that's been sampled by Schooly D, plus the cuts "Mango Meat", "Afrikus Retrospectus", and "Aspiration Flame". Great reissue, and at a much lower price than the original! LP, Vinyl record album

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MandrillMandrill ... LP
Polydor, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold .... $9.99
Mandrill's first album of funky Latin jazz and soul – a landmark in crossover styles that still sounds remarkably fresh today! Unlike later records, which feature a tighter funk sound, this one has the band jamming out in a Latin-inflected mode that sounds like some of the best Chicano bands from LA during the early 70s. There's loads of funky flute, sweet organ riffing, and heavy drum and bass interplay. Includes the extended suite "Peace & Love", plus other funky goodies like "Symphonic Revolution", "Rollin' On", "Warning Blues", and "Mandrill". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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George McCraeGeorge McCrae (1975) (with bonus track) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy .... $14.99
A warm soul classic from the great George McCrae – his first album after cracking big with Rock Your Baby – and a surprisingly deep effort that goes past the obvious cash-in TK mode of the time! KC & The Sunshine Band back up George on most of the record, and the album's got that "wah wah" sound that the group used on many of their own LPs at the time – a gently funky approach that provides a great counterpoint to McCrae's sweetly crackling vocals. KC also produced the album, and wrote all the songs for George too – and titles include "Baby Baby Sweet Baby", "You Treat Me Good", "It's Been So Long", "Sing A Happy Song", and "I Ain't Lyin". CD features the bonus track "Honey (single)". CD

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George McCraeSingles 1974 to 1976 ... CD
7T's (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy .... $13.99
The mid 70 singles of George McCrae – cut for TK records and featuring material that helped him crossover in a big way – both the A & B sides of singles from released in the US and UK! The tunes flaunt that incredible mix of the Miami soul sound of the era and TK groove firmly in place! George's vocals stand of beautifully in that cool production mode that TK was using with its big acts – the electric rhythms well suited for the dancefloor without ever getting too clean and shiny – with warm guitar, prominent bass grooves and bits of funk. Some tunes were composed and backed by, if not originally intended for Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch of KC & The Sunshine Band, but Casey couldn't hit the high notes like McCrae! The set kicks off with the huge hit "Rock Your Baby", plus a "Rock Your Baby Part 2 (Reprise)" – plus great tunes like "I Can't Leave You Alone (I Keep Holdin' On)", "Sing A Happy Song", "I Get Lifted", "You Got To Know", "I Ain't Lyin", "You Treat Me Good", "Take This Love Of Mine" and more. 14 tracks in all. CD

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Gwen McCraeFor Your Love (aka Gwen McCrae 1974) ... CD
Cat/Henry Stone, 1975. New Copy .... $9.99 12.98
A landmark album from the Miami soul scene of the 70s – the record that put Gwen McCrae on the map, and showed to the world that the TK sound was about to dominate the charts! There's a really unique groove to the set – part older southern soul, part percolated electric modes – that funky groove that Little Beaver, Timmy Thomas, and some of Gwen's TK contemporaries had been cooking up at the time. Both Beaver and Thomas are working on the sessions – as are Willie Clark, Latimore, and George Perry – and even the backup vocals are hip – with help from George McCrae, Betty Wright, and KC of Sunshine Band fame. But throughout it all, Gwen's the real star – singing with an impeccable vocal approach that's full of soul, yet never overdone – heard to amazing effect on the classic track "90% Of Me" – and other gems that include "For Your Love", "He Keeps Something Groovy Going On", "It Keeps On Raining", "He Don't Ever Lose His Groove", "Move Me Baby", and "Let Them Talk". CD

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New Jack McDuffLive! ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good .... $12.99
A killer, and one of three live sides McDuff cut for Prestige during the 60s – a monster session of stretched-out jazzy grooves, with many fine little dancers, and a raw soulful feel throughout! The group's one of Jack's best – as Red Holloway's tenor blows and hollers over the fingerpoppin' grooves delivered by a young George Benson on his first major guitar gig – and the soulful drums of Joe Dukes scatter across the place, taking the whole band into some incredible rhythms! Titles include cookin' live versions of "Rock Candy", "Sanctified Samba", "Undecided", and "A Real Goodun'". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jack McDuffPrelude ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Soul jazz organ with big band? It's been done – and never better than on this set – which features Brother Jack's classic quartet – with George Benson, Red Hollway, and Joe Dukes – next to the the screamin' orchestrations of a hip Benny Golson! Golson leads a crack band through a set of arrangements that barely get in the way of the organ grooves, and instead give a nice loud sound to the whole set – really pushing the group, especially McDuff's organ, into some wonderfully open territory that's quite different from other work! The best numbers really swing like some of Jimmy Smith's organ/big band sides with Oliver Nelson – particularly Virginia Woolf – and Golson's always been an underrated arranger, and this is one of his best sets! Tracks include "Kettle of Fish", "Prelude", and "Dig Uncle Will". LP, Vinyl record album
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MiamiMiami ... CD
TK (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $13.99
Cool compressed sounds from Miami – a group who are still plenty funky on this rare third album, but one who've also found a great way to serve up their groove as well! The combo's even sharper on the rhythms than ever before – and have a style that's a bit like that key evolution Pleasure took after their first few records for Fantasy – a funk band really going for a cut-above, and finding a way to fuse all their already-great individual components into a rich new whole! Willie Clarke produced, and the album's easily one of his sharpest Miami sets of the time – and is nicely free of the commercial qualities of other big TK Records of the period. Titles include "Eye For An Eye", "Broken Down Man", "Let Me See Some Knees Please", "Strange", and "I've Been Loving You Too Long". CD

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Mighty MocambosPhysique/A Brighter Darkness ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2013. New Copy .... $8.99
A very physical groove from the Mighty Mocambos – one that has the band starting out with a tight funky strut right from the start – and bouncing nicely with a bit of bongos underneath the bass and drums! Caroline Lacaze sings some excellent French language soulful vocals – then bows out on the flipside to let the group deliver a loping Brunswick Records-styled groove on "A Brighter Darkness"! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bingo Miki & Tatsuya TakahashiScandinavian Suite (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... $28.99
A really cool blend of jazz and electronics – done up in some of the ambitious modes of composer Bingo Miki's other work, yet with a style that's a lot more straight ahead overall! The jazz component of the record is served up strongly by tenorist Tatsuya Takahashi – who leads a group that's mostly acoustic, but which features lots of cool keyboard work from Mickey Yoshino – who soars in with spacey lines and weird melodies, and really expands on the rich tones and colors of the horns – always in ways that are a lot different, and a lot more creative than the usual 70s big band record with keyboards. Tracks are all quite long, with a richly illustrative feel – and titles include "Sketches Of Munch", "The Legend Of Garbo", "Andersen Fantasia", "Sibelius Testament", and "Children At Play". CD
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Jerzy Milian & Gustav BromBlues For Praha – Swingin' Czechoslovak Vibes 1965 to 1966 ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1965. New Copy .... $16.99
A great combination of Eastern European jazz talents of the 60s – the vibes of Jerzy Milian and the bigger band of Gustav Brom – both coming together here in a very unique recording! Milian's vibes are not only some of the best of his scene at the time – but some of the best of the world, as well – as rich in tone as Milt Jackson, but with sharper edges you'd hear from Bobby Hutcherson, and some of the new conceptions of phrasing that Gary Burton was starting to present – all aspects that ring out beautifully here right from the very first note! Brom's orchestra is mighty groovy – sometimes hitting with a soulful sock that recalls the best MPS/Saba work of the period – other times letting Jerzy fly a bit more free with elements that are much more modern. The set features a few live tracks, mixed with studio material – and titles include "Blues For Praha", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "Out Of Nowhere", "Picnic", "Blues For Gustav", and "Well You Needn't". CD

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Glen MillerWhere Is The Love/Funky Broadway ... 7-inch
WIRL/Outta Sight (UK), 1967. New Copy (reissue).... $7.99
Not the same Glen Miller that swung a big band into WWII – but a great indie soul singer from the 60s, with a great ear for a funky groove! "Where Is The Love" has this loping quality that's almost Chicago soul at its best – but also comes across with a vibe that's more raw, and more east coast overall – a style that's echoed in Miller's sharply resonating vocals! "Funky Broadway" is the famous cut that so many others have covered – but Miller's take is wonderful, with this unusual way of phrasing the groove that really matches his unique style of singing! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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MiraclesFabulous Miracles ... LP
Tamla, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A great, rare early album by The Miracles! The album features the group back when they still had a female member, who gives the band a beautiful high harmony sound in tandem with Smokey Robinson's falsetto vocals. The reissue includes the great original cover – and loads of nice original tracks, like "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", "Your Love", "A Love She Can Count On", "I Can Take A Hint", and "Such Is Love, Such Is Life". Great great stuff – with a much rawer sound than later recordings! LP, Vinyl record album

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MirkwoodMirkwood ... LP
Machu Pichu, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $18.99
A cool and uber-rare self-titled set from Mirkwood – a raw batch of heavy rock from the early 70s that works so much better than similar records from the era that had much bigger production budget – thanks to this one feeling nice, raw and direct! The band is excellent – with these searing lead guitars, tight drums and lead vocals that range from gritty shouts to surprising tender harmonies. Really good stuff – and another nice discovery from the Macchu Picchu label. Includes "Take My Love", "Love's Glass Of Sunshine", "Just Because", "The Leech", "The Vision", "Clockwise" and "Lavendula". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mississippi SheiksComplete Recorded Works In Chronological Order – Volume 3 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Document/Third Man, 1931/1932. New Copy .... $16.99 19.99
If you've never got the concept of a string band, this is the record to really illuminate your ears – as it features a beautiful set of stripped-down sides by the Mississippi Sheiks – all recorded in the early 30s, and a wonderful blend of bluesy inflection and folksy roots! Most tracks just features guitar, violin, and some especially great vocals – pushed with lots of delta-styled elements on the edges, but set to music that's got plenty of touches from the other side of the fence. The blend is wonderful, and the set features tracks recorded in Atlanta in October of 1931, and Grafton, Wisconsin in July of 1932. Titles include "Bed Spring Poker", "Things About Comin My Way", "Kind Treatment", "Livin In A Strain", "Lazy Lazy River", "Too Long", "Shake Hands & Tell Me Goodbye", "When You're Sick With The Blues", and "It's A Pain To Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie Mittoo & The Soul BrothersLast Train To Skaville ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid/Late 60s. New Copy 2LP .... $26.99
We give up! Just when we thought the gravy train had stopped running, the last train to skaville pulls into the station with 16 jaunty numbers fusing ska and rocksteady with a healthy dose of Jamaican soul at the hands of Jackie Mittoo and the Soul Brothers under the guidance of Coxsone Dodd! After the Skatalites busted up in the mid 60s, Dodd set about assembling a new house band, bringing Mittoo and a number of the original members of the Skatalites, including Lloyd Brevett and Roland Alphonso, together with some of the new, younger talent, and the fine folks at Soul Jazz have assembled a mighty, mighty set of their finest moments. But as Coxsone says in the liner notes, let's "Cut the chatter and spin the platter"! Includes "James Bond", "Voodoo Moon", "Chicken & Booze", "Hpney Pot", "Mr Flint", "Dr Ring Ding", "Got My Boogaloo", "Home Made", "Sufferer's Choice" and "Hot & Cold". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Mo' HorizonsCome Touch The Sun ... CD
Stereo Deluxe (Germany), 1999. Used .... $6.99
Wonderful work from this tasty combo on the Stereo Deluxe label – and a perfect blend of older funk, Brazilian grooves, and all the best elements of modern production. The band's got a very soulful sound – with some great keyboard work, nicely conceived grooves, and a classic sound that's neither kitschy nor cheaply copped for some quickie effect. We like this one a lot more than we expected, and the CD's a perfect companion to some of the brilliant work on the Schema label. Titles include "Oye Bossa", "Brazil", "Prince Charles' Latest Affair", "Bar Rumba", "Hold On", "Foto Viva", and "Yes Baby Yes". CD
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Moby GrapeWow ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good Gatefold .... $13.99
Hard hitting, groove oriented psychedelia from Moby Grape – still making a wonderful racket, with a farther reaching overall sound than their previous work! Wow takes loads of interesting twists and turns thanks to the varied tastes of the band members – from mellow Cali sunshine, to walloping heaviness, to some baroque and lightly orchestral touches! Titles include "The Place And The Time", "Murder In My Heart For The Judge", "Bitter Wind", "Can't Be So Bad", "Just Like Gene Autry – A Foxtrot", "He", "Motorcycle Irene", "Three-Hour", "Funky-Tunk", "Miller's Blues" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a couple of stains on the front, and some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetFontessa ... CD
Atlantic, 1956. Used .... $4.99
A classic set of high-class jazz from the MJQ – one that shows John Lewis' growing compositional skills, and the band's always tight ability to work in a compressed chamber format. Features the extended "Fontessa" suite, plus the tracks "Versailles", "Angel Eyes", "Bluesology", and "Woodyn You". CD

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Wes MontgomeryMovin Wes (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used .... $6.99
One of Wes Montgomery's grooviest records of the 60s! The great Johnny Pate put down some sweet soul jazz charts for the session – quite different than the usual Montgomery date for the time, and much more upbeat than you'd expect! Wes is playing here with a groove that you'll be hard pressed to find in some of his other records – soloing over the top with that light chromatic style that we love so much, while Johnny and the band go to town in kind of a soul jazz style! Titles include "Movin Wes (parts 1 & 2)", "Moca Flor", "Theodora", and "West Coast Blues". CD
(Out of print. Verve Master Edition pressing.)

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MoonglowsReturn Of The Moonglows ... LP
RCA, 1972. Sealed .... $4.99
Excellent album that Harvey Fuqua put together with his old band during the time that he had emerged as a successful soul producer at RCA working with bands like The Nite Liters and The New Birth. The album features the group reprising some of their classic doo wop tracks, and giving them a 70's edge with the help of a small combo that includes Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and Vernon Bullock. One highlight includes a great remake of "Sincerely" that has a nice break and a good groove to it. Other goodies are "The Ten Commandments", and "Most Of All". Better than you'd think! LP, Vinyl record album
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Rudy Ray MooreDirty Dozens Vol 1 ... LP
Cherry Red, Mid 70s. Very Good .... $5.99
Mid 70's live album by Rudy Ray Moore, and one of the few records of his that we've seen that isn't on Kent. There's a band backing him up, but they're sort of in the background, and you can't hear them that well because Rudy's thundering voice is booming out over tracks like "Hell Of A Blow Job", "Crack Me Some Nuts", "Grow By The Minute", and "Fast Black". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some seam splitting, and some stains.)

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Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater's on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include "Sweat", "Lord Sideways", "Sweet Sister Funk", and a nice version of "People Make The World Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mucca PazzaSafety Fifth ... CD
Electric Cowbell, 2012. New Copy .... $7.99
Fantastic sounds from one of our city's greatest groups of the past decade – the mighty Mucca Pazza, a darn funky band who are heavy on horns, but move with an incredibly lean groove! The label describes the group as "the marching band that thinks it's a rock band" – but we've always found these guys to be even more playful than that – not rock, but kind of a multi-instrumental "happening" – especially when they crop up at street performances – which are always as visually stimulating as they are musically groovy! This full album represents the group even better than we might have imagined – with a great focus on the harder-romping sound of their music. Titles include "Sexy Bull", "Marcia Anormale", "Boss Taurus", "Monster Tango", "Rabbits & Trees", "Last Days", "Sunday Showing (part 1)", and "Coolashell". CD

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David MurrayLive At Sweet Basil Vol 1 ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1984. New Copy .... $12.99 16.99
A really bold step forward for David Murray – a seminal live recording that features one of the hippest big bands you'll ever hope to find! Murray really uses the date as a chance to express the full range of his musical talents – and often shows modes that are more traditional than you might expect, yet which are always touched with an undercurrent of modernism! The musical palette here is quite different than either the outside or inside sessions recorded by Murray with a small group at the time – and he really reaches back through a rich history of jazz in the performance, and updates it wonderfully with help from players who include Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Olu Dara on cornet, Craig Harris on trombone, Vincent Chaney on French horn, Steve Coleman on alto and soprano sax, Rod Williams on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. Butch Morris conducts – and titles on this first volume include "Lovers", "Bechet's Bounce", "Silence", and "Duet For Big Band". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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Sunny MurrayEven Break (Never Give A Sucker) ... LP
BYG/Actuel (France), 1969. Near Mint- .... $24.99
One of the best-ever BYG/Actuel sessions, and one that has the unlikely pairing of east coast avant players Sonny Murray and Byard Lancaster with Art Ensemble bassist Malachi Favors. Murray plays drums, and reads a bit of poetry, while the band wails behind him in powerful turgid lines of hard free jazz. 4 long tracks – "Invisible Blues", "Complete Affection", "Giblets – Part 12", and "An Even Break". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in great shape!)

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Milton NascimentoUma Travessia – 50 Anos De Carreira Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Universal (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $26.99
One of the best albums we've heard from Milton Nascimento in years – and a really beautiful live performance that pays tribute to his 5 decades in music! The performance has a crisp, personal quality we don't always hear in Milton's studio work these days – and the band worked with Nascimento on the arrangements, which have just the right mix of complexity and intimacy to recall his corner club years – and still bring out all the best aspects in his vocals. Of course, it helps that most of the tunes here are classics – and even later numbers seem to benefit from the old school handling of the set – as you'll hear on titles that include "Anima", "Lagrimas Do Sul", "Cais", "Vera Cruz", "Para Lennon E McCartney", "Cancaoes E Momentos", "Travessia", "Raca", "Maria Maria", and "Amor De Indio". DVD
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National WakeWalk In Africa – 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold .... $12.99 15.99
Searing 70s punk from the South African scene – music that's quite a change from the funk and world beat modes you might expect! These guys are unapologeticaly influenced by the sounds of late 70s London – and step out here in a blistering guitar-driven approach to their music – one that's got a short, sharp shock throughout – sometimes in a surprisingly melodic style that echoes some New York work of the time, at other points with a strong strand of reggae influence that links them more towards some of the British Clash contemporaries! The music is plenty darn fresh throughout – a really great discovery to our Northern Hemisphere ears – and supported by a huge batch of notes and information on the band – handled by Keith Jones, the director of the film Punk In Africa. Titles include "Walk In Africa", "Time & Place", "Corner House Stone", "Vatsiketeni", "Black Punk Rockers", and "Beat Up The Lights". CD

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Nathan Nedorostek & Anthony PappalardoRadio Silence – A Selected Visual History Of American Hardcore Music ... Book
MTV, 2008. New Copy .... $8.99 29.95
The history of American hardcore – served up in a huge batch of black and white photos, record covers, flyers, and more – spun out in a really beautiful book! The images are all nice and stark – concert shots, band performances, and more – all photos that really get at the full spectrum of the hardcore scene, but never in a way that's gimmicky or touristy at all. Some bits are pulled from treasured collections, some are relics from the past – like gig posters or t-shirts – and the book features hefty comments from all the artists and contributors, too. There's even a great photo-discography at the end – and although the book was put together by MTV, it's got a very rich, non-commercial feel. Book

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Janko NilovicFunky Tramway ... CD
Vadim (France), Mid 70s. New Copy .... $11.99
A rare one from Janko Nilovic – his Funky Tramway – a cosmic jazz funk grail from the early 70s recorded in Belgium with an incredible group of local musicians – a stunner in which Nilovic is blending organically funky grooves with synths and other astral touches as incredibly as ever! If you dug Janko's brilliant Psych Impressions, Soul Impressions and Rythmes Contemporains compilations, there's much to love here – a similar blend of jazz, funk, and spacey prog touches – but the stylistic range here is perhaps even more impressive! There's lots of angelic wordless vocals flowing in and out, primarily from Patricia Maessen, but the group members contribute backing vocals, too, giving this more of a working band feel than some of Janko's sound library recordings of the time. Funky drums, bass, percussion, lots of spacey keys, Moog and trumpet steer the sound in lots of groovy directions. Titles include "Funky Tramway", "Flemish Suite", "Sitting Bull", "Gipsy Funk", "Atomium 82", "Disconnected Song", "Little Butcher's Street", "Fish Market" and more. CD

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Nirva NovaSeeds Of Papai ... LP
Ultra Nova, Mid 70s. Near Mint- .... $7.99
A really groovy album of tight electric tracks – recorded by a small group from a club in the Chicago suburbs in the early 70s! The ensemble is led by reedman Bill Papai, who has more than his share of jazz chops – and the tunes groove with a cool approach that mixes guitar and tight rhythms with a lot of different reeds, and work on trumpet and trombone. A few tracks get nice and funky, but the album's also great as a whole – no really dull moments, and a cool breezy electric feel that's got slight big band touches, and which reminds us of European work from the same time for bigger labels. Lots of original tunes – including "Love Touches", "Seeds Of Papai", "Take My Hand", and "The Power Comes From Within". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has is stained and flaky along the opening and bottom seam, with splitting on the bottom seam.)

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Novos BaianosNovos Baianos FC ... CD
Bomba (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $22.99
A great 70s album by Os Novos Baianos – a wonderfully youthful group that was one of the bright spots in Brazilian music after the Tropicalia years. The band had a style that mixed folksy percussion with honest personal songwriting, plus occasional touches of elements gleaned from the larger influences in Brazilian rock at the time. The album has a sound that's a lot more intimate than later work, with some especially great work on guitar and bandolim, and great production on the band's vocals. Titles include "Sorrir E Cantar Como Bahia", "Dagmar", "Vagabundo Nao E Facil", "Cosmos E Damiao", "Com Qualquer Dois Mil Reis", and "Os Pingo Da Chuva". CD

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Novos BaianosVamos Pro Mundo ... CD
Continental/Bomba (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $18.99
Incredibly beautiful work from Os Novos Baianos – a record that has the band shaking off some of the rougher edges of earlier records, but still sounding plenty darn great – and without any of the too-smooth styles of later years! There's some really tremendous work here on a variety of acoustic stringed instruments – guitar, cavaquinho, bandolim, and other instruments that dance along with the earthy percussion of the album amidst lead vocals from Baby Consuelo and Paulinho Boca De Cantor. The group's blend of older samba and hipper progressive modes has never come off better – and the record's a genre-busting gem that's easily one of the group's best ever! Titles include the funky "America Tropical", plus "O Menina", "Chuvisco", "Guria", "Vamos Pro Mundo", "Um Bilhete Pra Didi", "Escorrega Sebosa", and "Tangolete". CD

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New Ohio PlayersSkin Tight ... CD
Mercury, 1974. New Copy .... $4.99 9.98
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, the move also taught the band to sharpen up their act, and get out of the repetitive sloppy groove into which they'd been lapsing during the past few years. The album's a lot smoother than earlier work – with a polished funky sound that would soon push the band right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at the top of the soul charts. And although there's familiar funky numbers like "Skin Tight", "Jive Turkey", and "Streakin Cheek To Cheek" – the best moment on the entire album is the wonderful spacey soul number "Heaven Must be Like This", a seven minute mellow groover that's got a sophisticated jazzy soul style, with voices and piano soaring into the heavens, in a way that always still sends chills down our spine! That cut shows the band's tremendous growth – and it's one of their best-ever! CD

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O'JaysBack On Top ... CD
Collectables, Early 70s. Used .... $6.99
Although the O'Jays' Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that's very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. Includes the single "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", plus "I'm So Glad I Found You", "Look Over Your Shoulder", "Going Going Gone", and "I Dig Your Act". Also issued later, under the title "The O'Jays". CD

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O'JaysLove Train – Best Of The O'Jays ... CD
Legacy, Early 70s. Used .... $1.99
10 tracks from one of the biggest vocal groups of the 70s! The O'Jays had been knocking around other labels for some time during the mid and late 60s, but when they hooked up with the Gamble & Huff team at the burgeoning Philadelphia International label, things really started taking off! Gamble & Huff's strident approach to soul provided the perfect foil for the band's soaring harmonies – and the result was a full-on sound that sounded great both in the clubs, or blaring out of a small AM radio. Ten tracks aren't nearly enough to give you the full picture of the group's genius – but you'll get a pretty good start with classics like "Love Train", "Back Stabbers", "Livin For The Weekend", "I Love Music", "Survival", "For The Love Of Money", and "Put Your Hands Together". CD
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Olguita & George HernandezLatinsville ... CD
World Pacific/Palladium (Spain), 1962. New Copy .... $12.99 14.98
A gem of a record from this overlooked singer of the 60s – a Puerto Rican vocalist who got her start in New York, but recorded this sweet session for the west coast jazz label World Pacific – at a time when the imprint was really cooking up some great Latin dates with a very unusual vibe! The backings here are by the band of George Hernandez, who's got a swinging jazzy style, complete with some bold trumpet and saxes in the lead – but the rhythms often have the same offbeat sound you'd hear in the Bobby Montez work for World Pacific, although maybe a bit straighter swinging too. There's a really surprising edge to the whole record – and hardly any of the too-romantic modes you might guess from most female Latin singers of the time. Titles include "Ensalada Tropical", "Pa Pa Pachanga", "Sin Amor", "La Coneccion", "La Major", "Baila Tu", "El Lorito Y El Carbon", and "Suelta La Cintura". CD

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Olympic RunnersDon't Let Up ... LP
London, 1976. Very Good- .... $2.99
One of the better records by this British funk ensemble from the 70s – with a sound that's tight and choppy, in the mode of early Average White Band, and with a very similar appeal. Lots of fast guitar work in a catchy groove – with rolling drums and bass underneath. Tasty funk cuts include "Party Time Is Here To Stay", "In The Can", "Out Of the Ground", "Paca Paco Wa Wa", and "The Kool Gent". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Olympic RunnersHot To Trot ... LP
London, 1977. Very Good+ .... $6.99
Lots of uptempo funky tracks by this hit-or-miss band from the UK. Some of the material is actually pretty good, but you have to sort through some other tracks that get in the way from time to time. Titles include "Say What You Wanna But It Sure Is Funky", "One Step At A Time", "Straight Street Strut", "Personal Thang", "Just Funkin Around", and "Bahama Mama". LP, Vinyl record album
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New OlympicsSomething Old, Something New ... LP
Mirwood, Late 60s. Very Good .... $12.99
The Olympics were one of the great underrated vocal groups of the early 60s – and they had a tight, goofy harmony style that really recalls the greatness of the Coasters in their best moments. This album for the legendary Mirwood label features the band reprising some older hits – like "The Bounce", "Huly Gully", and "Western Movies" – as well as performing some newer material with the Mirwood Northern soul groove firmly in place – like "The Duck", "Baby, Do The Philly Dog", "I'll Do A Little Bit More", and "Secret Agents". LP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom right corner has a bit of staining and peeling from moisture.)

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OriginalsNaturally Together ... LP
SOUL, 1970. Very Good .... $3.99
Great group vocals by one of Motown's biggest groups to never really make it. This album has some of their best cuts, with a sweet harmony sound, and raw production that works quite well with the band's approach. The best example of this is the cut "We Can Make It Baby", but other nice cuts include "Once I Have You", "If You Gonna Leave", and "The Only Time You Love Me Is When You're Losing Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and some marker.)

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New Johnny Otis Show/Snatch & PoontangsCold Shot/For Adults Only ... CD
Ace (UK), 1969. Used .... $12.99
Man, we don't know if Johnny and show were growing their own weed in the back of the tour bus or what – but these late 60s efforts for the band are nice and messed up! The tipoff's probably a young Shuggie, looking very stoned on the cover of the album Cold Shot (the first one on this set), and just managing to hold up his fingers for a peace sign! (Better than Johnny, though – who's flipping the bird in the same photo!) Shuggie still manages to get in some nice guitar work on the album, though - and Mighty Mouth Evans adds some color to the proceedings with his usual flair. Titles include "Country Girl", "Cold Shot", "I Believe I'll Go Back Home", "You Better Look Out", and "Goin' Back To LA". Next up is the rare album by Snatch & The Poontangs – a bit bluesy, a bit funky, and pretty raunchy all the way through – as you might expect from the name of the group! We're not sure, but this kind of feels like a Johnny Otis side project – especially hearing the guitar and choppy rhythm on a few tracks. No players are named on the album – but vocals are by "The Mouth", guitar is by "Prince Wunnerful", and drums and piano are by "The Hawk", all of which leads us to believe that the record was cut by players with bigger status, who had something to hide. Titles include "Big John Jeeter", "The Signifyin' Monkey (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Shine", and "Two Girls In Love (With Each Other)". CD features 20 tracks in all, with 2 bonus previously unissued titles by Snatch! CD

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OzoneJump On It/Lil Suzy ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy .... $16.99
A pair of killers from Ozone – back to back on a single CD! Jump On It is filled with jumping grooves from Ozone – a smoking little set that's tight and right – and completely wonderful throughout! The set's got that perfect blend of funk and groove that always made Ozone so great – a quality honed through years as Billy Preston's backing band, and forged even more strongly on their own – with some extra added help here from both Michael Lovesmith as songwriter and arranger, and Angelo Bond as songwriter on a few cuts! The album's a killer all the way through – and stands as proof that Ozone were one of those great overlooked Motown acts at the start of the 80s – one who really should have been huge. Titles include "Your Love Stays On My Mind", "Mighty Mighty", "Ozonic Bee Bop", "Jump On It", "Rock & Roll Pop & Soul", and "Come On It". Lil Suzy is a smoking batch of funky grooves that has a lot more edge than most of the other work going on at the label at the time! There's echoes of Rick James funk in the mix, but the overall style is looser and freer too – almost with an ear towards some of the indie club styles of the time, yet tuned towards the tightness that you'd expect from Motown at its best. The arrangements are superb, and the band have a way of keeping the ensemble upfront throughout – yet also avoiding any of the cliches that other groups would hit so often. Occasional sweet moments really help balance the sound – and titles include "Shake It Down", "You'll Never Know How Much", "Ain't Got Far To Go", "I'm Not Easy", and "Let The Ozone Take Your Mind". CD

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OzoneWalk On/Send It ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy .... $16.99
The first two albums from Ozone – back to back on a single CD! Walk On is the great debut of Ozone – a group who'd worked previously as the backing band for Billy Preston – which should give you an idea of how great they are! The group have a razor-sharp way of putting things together – tight and funky, yet never over the top – and definitely a real cut above most of their contemporaries – even at this heady time for soul music! The balance of their sound is wonderful – with some occasional smooth moments amidst the jazzy funk – and the whole thing feels more like some of the best Capitol Records groovers of the time, instead of what you might expect from early 80s Motown. Titles include "Cosmic Egg", "Ego", "Walk On", "This Is Funkin Insane", "That J", and "You On My Mind". Send It is filled with killer grooves from Ozone – an overlooked early 80s group on Motown, and easily one of the label's strongest suits of the time! The group have the tighter sound of most of the Motown work of the time – but they also manage a looser, more organic sort of approach to their groove – a sound that's almost more in the ensemble funk and 80s groove best of the Capitol Rare scene of the time, and a lot less like some of the more chartbound acts on their label. There's plenty of bass in the backings, but it's never used in a way that's too over the top – and the group balance things out nicely with a careful approach to vocals and some more sensitive ballads. Titles include "Keep On Dancin", "Over & Over Again", "Gigolette", "Do What Cha Wanna", "Tune Up", and "Girl I Can't Wait". Also includes a 12" single mix of "Gigolette". CD

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Paulette & Tanya Winley/Ann WinleyRhymin' & Rappin'/ Watch Dog ... 12-inch
Paul Winley, 1979. Good .... $5.99
On the follow up to "Vicious Rap", Tanya 'Sweet Tee' Winley is joined by her sister Paulette. One of the first female groups to make it to wax, with a vocal style similar to Sha Rock of the Funky 4 + 1. Music provided by the Harlem Underground Band (of "Cheeba Cheeba" fame.) 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Freda PayneContact (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $18.99
A totally great album from Freda Payne – a set that moves strongly past her initial early hits for the Holland Dozier Holland team, into a realm that's even more sophisticated overall! There's a full approach here that's really wonderful – almost a higher-concept version of soul music, yet still with all the punch that Payne packed on her key singles from the first album! Strings and larger arrangements really round out the sound in a very unique way – but the whole thing's still plenty soulful all the way through, with a righteous undercurrent that definitely lives up to the HDH legacy – thanks to arrangements from McKinley Jackson and HB Barnum. Freda's vocals are wonderful – even more powerful than before – and titles include "I'm Not Getting Any Better", "The Road We Didn't Take", "Odds & Ends", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Mama's Gone", "Suddenly It's Yesterday", "You Brought The Joy", and "You've Got To Love Somebody (Let It Be Me)". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "He's In My Life", "You Brought The Joy (single version)", "Just A Woman", "Come Back", "Band Of Gold (alt)", "Deeper & Deeper (single version)", "You're The Only Bargain I've Got", and "How Can I Live Without My Life". CD

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New PearlfishersOpen Up Your Coloring Book ... CD
Marina (Germany), 2014. New Copy .... $16.99
One of our favorite contemporary pop bands – and one of the few who can really truly live up to the best styles we love from the American 60s and the British 80s – all without sounding hokey or cliched at all! There's a care of songwriting that takes us back to early Prefab Sprout at their best, a sense of harmony that recalls the greatest moments of the Beach Boys on Brother Records, and a jangle in the guitars that resonates with the rare few best from the C86 generation – a careful mix that the band are fully aware of, while always carving out some wonderful new territory of their own. Why these guys aren't huge is a real mystery to us – because each new record of theirs is better and better, and rewards us again and again with repeated listens over the years. Titles include "Diamanda", "The Last Days Of September", "You'll Never Steal My Spirit", "A Peacock & A King", "Silly Bird", "When Love Was A River", "A Christmas Tree In A Hurricane", and "The Way My Father Talked About Vincent". CD
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New PearlfishersOpen Up Your Coloring Book ... LP
Marina (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $28.99
One of our favorite contemporary pop bands – and one of the few who can really truly live up to the best styles we love from the American 60s and the British 80s – all without sounding hokey or cliched at all! There's a care of songwriting that takes us back to early Prefab Sprout at their best, a sense of harmony that recalls the greatest moments of the Beach Boys on Brother Records, and a jangle in the guitars that resonates with the rare few best from the C86 generation – a careful mix that the band are fully aware of, while always carving out some wonderful new territory of their own. Why these guys aren't huge is a real mystery to us – because each new record of theirs is better and better, and rewards us again and again with repeated listens over the years. Titles include "Diamanda", "The Last Days Of September", "You'll Never Steal My Spirit", "A Peacock & A King", "Silly Bird", "When Love Was A River", "A Christmas Tree In A Hurricane", and "The Way My Father Talked About Vincent". LP, Vinyl record album
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Duke PearsonBaltimore 1969 ... CD
Uptown, 1969. New Copy .... $14.99 16.99
A much-needed recording of the late 60s big band of pianist Duke Pearson – an amazing ensemble who only recorded just a bit for Blue Note – and who really shine here in this rare concert performance! The set was recorded as part of the legendary late 60s run of concerts for Baltimore's Left Bank Jazz Society – but it's got an approach that's a lot tighter and more focused than some of those mostly-freewheeling dates – thanks to some really sharp charts from Duke, who was by this time turning out to be one of the 60s most creative jazz arrangers! There's a sense of vibrancy to the music that's really tremendous – not the flashy flourishes of other big bands on the American scene, but a deep understanding of tone and color – mixed with a sense of rhythm that really brings plenty of soul to the set too. The lineup's filled with great players whose solos make the whole thing sparkle – including Donald Byrd and Burt Collins on trumpets, Julian Priester and Eddie Bert on trombone, Jerry Dodgion on alto and flute, Frank Foster and Lew Tabackin on tneor, and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. Pearson's piano is a key part of the sound – nestled wonderfully in the crack rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums – and titles include "Ready When You Are CB", "Eldorado", "New Girl", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Straight Up & Down", and "Night Song". CD

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Duke PearsonNow Hear This ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $18.99
Duke Pearson knocks it out of the park with this one – perfectly summing up all the new ideas in jazz arranging and large ensemble work he'd been exploring at Blue Note – and pushing things way way past his previous small group material as well! The album's quite different than most other 60s iterations of big band jazz – as Pearson's got a way of making all instruments come together on the rhythms, then exploding with subtle colors and soulful tones – yet all at a level that's never forced or gimmicky at all. It helps that he's got a tremendous lineup of players here – both Lew Tabackin and Frank Foster on tenor (the latter of whom does some arranging for the record) – plus Pepper Adams on baritone, Marvin Stamm and Randy Brecker on trumpets, Garnett Brown and Jimmy Cleveland on trombones, Jerry Dodgion and Al Gibbons on alto, and the rhythm team of Bob Cranshaw on bass and Mickey Roker on drums. Duke plays superb piano with a really sophisticated touch, but it's really his strength as an arranger that makes the whole thing come together beautifully. Andy Bey sings on a version of "I'm Tired Cryin Over You" – and other titles include "Amanda", "Tones For Joan's Bones", "Dad Digs Mom", "Disapproachment", and "Make It Good". CD

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Oscar PettifordOscar Pettiford Orchestra In Hi Fi Volume 2 ... LP
ABC, 1956. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Pettiford's second album of big band tracks for ABC during the 50s – a more open-ended set than the previous one, with modernist touches that really make the set sparkle nicely. Part of these are due to Gigi Gryce, who plays alto on the record, and probably had a bit of a hand in arrangements. Other players include Art Farmer, Jerome Richardson, and Al Grey – and tracks include "I Remember Clifford", "Little Niles", "Now See How You Are", and "Seabreeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has light wear and a crease in the gloss.)

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Phoenix AuthorityBlood, Sweat, & Brass ... LP
Mainstream, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold .... $7.99
A sweet batch of funky big band tracks – featuring a group led by Ernie Wilkins, and with work by players that include Hubert Laws, Chris Woods, Kenny Burrell, David Spinosa, Frank Owen, and Grady Tate! The rhythms are quite strong on the set – really kicking in with a lot of electric bass and a lot of punch – grooving hard with plenty of nice touches on organ and guitar. Tracks are mostly pretty hip covers, with titles that include "Everyday People", "Get Back", "Come Together", "Spinning Wheel", "Down On Me", "Journey To the Center Of The Mind", and "One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a small center split on the bottom seam, a spot of tape on the spine, and a sticker on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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Planet D Nonet with Michael RayRays Of The Sun ... CD
Eastlawn, 2014. New Copy .... $10.99
We first learned to dig the Planet D Nonet from their Sun Ra tribute album of a few years back – and this time around they've got Arkestra legend Michael Ray on trumpet with the group, on a whole lineup of famous tunes from the Sun Ra songbook! The approach here echoes the older modes of Ra's Arkestra, but also refines things too – going for a soaring, soulful approach that really gets the most out of these compositions, which could sometimes be obscured on looser, more freewheeling Arkestra takes. The group features band leader and producer RJ Spangler on drums, co-leader James O'Donnell on trumpet and flugelhorn, Joshua James on soprano sax, bass clarinet, and baritone, Justin Jozwiak on alto and flute, Daniel Bennett on tenor and clarinet, and Michael Malis on keyboards – and although the main focus is instrumental, the group also vocalizes at times, in true Arkestra fashion. Titles include "Where Pathways Meet", "Island In The Sun", "Rocket Number Nine", "That's How I Feel", "They'll Come Back", and "Angels & Demons At Play". CD

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Charlie Poole & The HighlandersCompete Paramount & Brunswick ... CD
Tompkins Square, Late 20s. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
A beautiful collection of rare 78 rpm material – the complete 1929 recordings of Charlie Poole & The Highlanders – some of the smokingest string band music you'll ever find from the time! The set was lovingly remastered from vintage 78s cut for Paramount and Brunswick – and titles include "A Trip To New York (parts 1, 2, 3, & 4)", "Flop Eared Mule", "Under The Double Eagle", "Tennessee Blues", "Lynchburg Town", "San Antonio", "What Is Home Without Babies" and "Richmond Square". CD
Also available Compete Paramount & Brunswick (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 12.99

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Charlie Poole & The HighlandersCompete Paramount & Brunswick (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Tompkins Square, Late 20s. New Copy (reissue).... $12.99 17.98
A beautiful collection of rare 78 rpm material – the complete 1929 recordings of Charlie Poole & The Highlanders – some of the smokingest string band music you'll ever find from the time! The set was lovingly remastered from vintage 78s cut for Paramount and Brunswick – and titles include "A Trip To New York (parts 1, 2, 3, & 4)", "Flop Eared Mule", "Under The Double Eagle", "Tennessee Blues", "Lynchburg Town", "San Antonio", "What Is Home Without Babies" and "Richmond Square". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013.)
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Pretty ThingsParachute ... LP
Rare Earth, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $9.99
Very dark work from The Pretty Things – an even more complicated, heavier-sounding album than SF Sorrow! The album's hardly got the lightness you might guess from its Parachute title – and instead, really shows the band moving into darker corners – both musically and lyrically, as they work in a heady brew of sophisticated guitar lines and adult song themes. And although former leader Dick Taylor's left the group, the other members are still holding down the fort nicely – hardly missing a beat here as they step onto a new level in their incredible stretch of growth. Titles include "The Good Mr. Square", "The Letter", "Rain", "Cries From The Midnight Circus", "Sickle Clowns", "Miss Fay Regrets", and "Grass". LP, Vinyl record album

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Prince Far I & The ArabsDub To Africa ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
The first in many great reissues by the fine folks at Pressure Sounds to document the great talent of Prince Far I both behind the mic, or in this case, the board as producer. Originally this set was a limited edition white label pressed up around the time of Cry Tuff Chapter 2, though instead of the rhythm section of the Revolutionaries that were featured on that set, Far I recruited a number of young players, who would go on to form the axis of the Roots Radics band (and later the On-U syndicate of players), to play on these stripped down, hard & heavy drum & bass excursions. 10 mighty tracks, including "Bass Ace", the title track, "Hello Love Brother" & "Out of the Abyss". CD

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Tito PuenteMy Fair Lady Goes Latin ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Very Good+ .... $6.99
A pretty darn nice album of Latin tracks – despite the obvious cheeseball theme of the record. Sure, it seems a bit of a cop-out for Tito to be doing a My Fair Lady album – but keep in mind that just about everyone was doing one of them at the time (after Shelly Manne had his big hit LP in the same style), and remember the proximity of the Broadway theatres to the offices of the New York indies that put out Latin albums (also located on Broadway, mostly). Tito's classic band gives the material a nice lively groove, especially on the tracks "On The Street Where You Live", "Get Me To The Church On Time", "You Did It", and "I Could Have Danced All Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker, a DJ stamp, and light wear. Spine has a spot of tape & a small rip.)

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PyrymydPyrymyd ... LP
Capitol, 1980. Very Good .... $19.99
An overlooked gem from the killer soul years at Capitol Records – the only record we've ever seen from Pyrymyd, a group with grooves as angular as their name! The tunes have a mix of bassy funk and clubby rhythms – that sweet 80s groove style that nobody seemed to do better than Capitol at the time – as heard to best effect from artists like BB&Q Band or TS Monk, both labelmates who'd make a good comparison to the Pyrymyd sound! There's some tight horns on the top of the arrangements, which warms things up nicely – and lead vocals are by Van Ross "Sonny" Redding – who often gets harmony support in the background, with a bit of an Earth Wind & Fire vibe. Titles include "All I'll Ever Need", "Shake It Down", "Fly To Paradise", "I'm Yours Forever", "We've Got Love Together", and "Mr Music Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout hole, and some light stains on the back.)

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Sir Joe Quarterman & Free SoulSir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GSF/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $16.99
An undisputed funk classic – even back in the days before anyone ever said the phrase "funk classic"! This album must have been deleted the day it came out – because even though it's attained legendary proportions with groovers worldwide, it's always been hard to find – even back in the 70s! But unlike so many other "rare-but-not great" funk albums, this one's a killer – with a hard funky wah wah sound that we'd rank up there with James Brown's best work on Polydor from the early 70s, and which should have made Joe a millionaire, not a lost legend of soul music. The band is sharp as a knife – with hard drums, tight bass, and some simply amazing guitar riffing. But the best part is Joe – as his vocals are hard and emotional, with just the right touches of righteousness to carry off the album's political messages, but not too much as to spoil the party that the band's having in the background! Every single track is a winner, and if we were ever to make a list of the top five funk albums to own, this one would be on it! Titles include "The Way They Do My Life", "I Got So Much Trouble On My Mind", "The Trouble With Trouble", "Give Me Back My Freedom", "Live Now Brothers", and "Find Yourself". This version is overflowing with bonus tracks – 9 more than the original album, pulled from singles on GSF and Mercury – with titles that include "How High", "Let Me Be What I Am", "You Know It's True", "I'm A Young Man", "Get Down Baby (parts 1 & 2)", "No", "This Girl Of Mine", "I'm Gonna Get You", and "Thanks Dad (parts 1 & 2)". 18 tracks on the CD. CD

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $11.99
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP 9.99

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lou Ragland/Hot ChocolateI Travel Alone (Hot Chocolate/Conveyor/bonus & unreleased tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD .... $22.99 29.99
An amazing set of music – two rare albums from Ohio funk legend Lou Ragland, plus bonus tracks, and a whole set of unreleased sessions too – a huge amount of new music, even if you've got some of the previous reissues! First up is the legendary Hot Chocolate album – one of the greatest lost funk records of all time! The group is not the British pop band, but an Ohio funk group led by the great guitarist Lou Ragland. The album's originally from Canada, which makes it super rare – and these guys are funky funky funky, and kick some major booty with a heavy guitar sound that's just great! Some of the cuts are instrumental, and some of them have some excellent soul vocals that are produced with a nice deep sound that's brought out nicely by the excellent quality of the reissue. The record's got a bit of Sly Stone, a bit of Grant Green, and a bit of Mike James Kirkland – with a tasty raw indie soul vibe – and the original album was only pressed up at 500 copies. Titles include "So Dam Funky", "Ain't That A Groove", "Sexy Moods Of Your Mind", "Messin With Sly", and "What You Want To Do" – plus 8 more tracks from the same vintage – "Good For The Gander" by Hot Chocolate, "I Travel Alone" and Big Wheel" by Lou Ragland, "Red Robin" and "I've Got Something Going On" by Volcanic Eruption, and "I Can't Take It" and "What The Doctor Prescribed" by Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate. Next is The Conveyor – the second album from Lou Ragland, stepping out here in a great set of mellow soul tracks! The album's quite different from the heavy funk of the Hot Chocolate album – more of a message-oriented approach to soul, in the vein of similar 70s indie work by Mike James Kirkland. The arrangements are also bigger – not smooth, but ambitious, in a style that perfectly matches the higher vision Lou's going for in tracks like "Understand Each Other", "What Should I Do?", "The Next World", and "It's Got To Change". Conveyor also comes with bonus tracks too – "Tend To Your Business" by Wildfire, plus "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" and "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" by Lou Ragland. And last up is an incredible batch of unreleased material – maybe the biggest and best so far from Ragland – tracks that have this really ambitious quality that mixes soul, funk, and larger orchestrations – especially some light strings, which really expand the sound, and push the music into this righteous territory that reminds us a lot of the creative experiments in Chicago during the Cadet/Concept years! Lou's vocals are great, and the message is totally righteous – and even though the tape quality is slightly aged, the soulful vibe really comes through – on cuts that include "Understand Each Other", "It Ain't My Fault", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", "Spend My Life Loving You", "Until I Met You", and "Brother Louie". Lovingly packaged by Numero – with a huge booklet of photos and history – and cool mini-LP sleeves too! CD

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RampEverybody Loves The Sunshine/The American Promise ... 7-inch
Blue Thumb, 1977. Near Mint- .... $49.99
Two of the greatest tracks ever by this legendary band! "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" is their version of Roy Ayers' classic song, produced by Roy himself, with female vocals that sound great! "American Promise" is uptempo, and clubby, but with that weird Ramp edge that makes their music so compelling! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Rasputin's StashRasputin's Stash ... CD
Cotillion (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $14.99
A killer debut from Rasputin Stash – a funky group who work with all the long-haired inspiration you'd expect from their name! The groove is a mix of guitars and tight horns – undercut by the kind of heavy basslines that later made the group a good fit for Curtom Records, and lots of cool percussion touches that pepper the bottom of the rhythms nicely – with a pretty spontaneous feel! At times, there's almost a Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band vibe to the record, but mixed with some of the trippier influences of the Westbound crew – especially on the guitar – and like those artists, these guys have no trouble at all dipping into a touch of rock here and there to trip out their groove. Titles include "Mr Cool", "You Are My Flower", "Dookey Shoe", "I Want To Say You're Welcome", "Take Me On Back", and "Freaks Prayer". CD

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RavenWho Do You See (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Golden Pavilion, 1976. New Copy .... $22.99
Don't go looking for Raven in any histories of 70s rock – because this one and only set was recorded in 1976, but is issued here for the first time – quite a surprise, given the strength of the album! And don't get these guys confused with the metal band of the next decade, either – because the approach here is all 70s all the way through – driving enough to have some progressive elements in the instrumentation, yet often served up with a sense of focus and style of production that gives these guys some Thin Lizzy-like energy! Drums are tremendous, fuzzy guitar riffs abound, and keyboards are as deft as you'd hear from Keith Emerson or Rick Wakeman, but fall much more into a focused sense of energy with the rest of the band too. Tracks include "Being The Queen", "Living On The Silver Screen", "Who Do You See", "The Journey", and "Long Liz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe tip-on sleeve. Limited to 500 copies.)

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Raw Soul ExpressRaw Soul Express ... LP
Cat, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A monster of a rare funk album – recorded by a tight little combo who should have been huge! Raw Soul Express have a touch of jazz in their playing – coming off here with a sound that reminds us of Wood Brass & Steel, and a rare few other funk acts of the time who knew how to do more than just hit a heavy drum and pluck a noisy bass – really going beyond the usual to come up with a groove that's wonderfully crafted throughout – and way way more than just the sum of its parts! Not that the band is slick or too polished, though – because they definitely earn the "raw" in their name with some sharp edges on the instrumentation – a sharp sense of power that really helps the whole thing cook. Titles include "RSE", "Burn The Candle", "Music Meditation", "Right On", and "Emergency". LP, Vinyl record album

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Raw SpittRaw Spitt ... CD
Canyon/Alive, 1970. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
A lost treasure from the Swamp Dogg universe of the early 60s – and one of the first albums to ever feature the vocals of Charlie Whitehead too! Charlie works here as a Swamp Dogg protege – and Swamp arranged, produced, and wrote most of the tracks on the record – with that great deep soul style of his own early gems! The vibe here is more straight ahead, with less of the gimmicks or jokes of Swamp's music – but we mean that in a good way, as Charlie really shines as a singer of southern soul – working here in the Capricorn studios down in Macon. At times, the set has a lot more overt politicism than your average southern soul album from the time – especially on tracks like "Call Me N_gger" and "The Freedom Under Certain Konditions Marching Band" – and oher tracks include "I Dig Black Girls", "Who Do They Think They Are?", and "Sweet Bird Of Success". CD

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Buddy RichRoar Of '74 ... CD
Groove Merchant/Beast Retro, 1973. Used .... $4.99
One of the funkiest Buddy Rich albums of the 70s – a mad screaming affair that's overflowing with great tunes! The band on the set is very full – with a heck of a lot of trumpets in the brass section, set next to searing sax work by the great Pat LaBarbera. But even better is the rhythm section – which grooves in a hard electric funk mode, thanks to guitar from Joe Beck, bass from Tony Levin, and some surprisingly smoking drums from Buddy himself! Tracks are all very nicely grooving – and titles include "Kilimanjaro Cookout", "Nuttville", "Senator Sam", "Waltz Of The Mushroom Hunters", and "Big Mac". CD

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Ricky BB Is For Bounce – New Orleans Rap Classics 1994 to 1995 ... LP
Sinking City, Mid 90s. New Copy .... $12.99
Great sounds from a very fresh moment in the New Orleans scene – a time when the older street band style came into play with the hip hop styles of the younger generation – presented here in a blend that's pretty darn amazing, and surprisingly free of cliche! The work here is mostly from an early indie moment, and the production really helps keep all the best elements upfront – from the sing-song rhymes of Ricky B to the bouncing percussion that somehow feels live, even when processed – and which is often mixed with just the right amount of band instrumentation to inflect the grooves with some very soulful energy. Titles include "What School's In The House", "Shake It Fo Ya Hood", "Who Got Dat Fire", "Let's Go Gitt'em", "Granma Told Me", and "Ya'll Holla". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ben Riley's Monk Legacy SeptetMemories Of T ... CD
Concord, 2006. New Copy .... $4.99 18.98
One of the hippest projects we've heard from drummer Ben Riley in awhile – a big band project devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and one that gets most of its angular changes from the saxophone section! There's a great post-Monk quality to this one that makes it way more than just a copycat of the old days – a re-interpolation of the music and inspirations of Monk for a slightly different jazz idiom, presented with 4 saxophones, 1 trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums – and no piano at all! Riley's on drums, and saxophones include Bruce Williams on alto and soprano, Wayne Escoffery and Jimmy Greene on tenor, and Jay Brandford on baritone – working alongside guitar from Freddie Bryant, bass from either Kiyashi Kitagawa or Peter Washington, and trumpet from Don Sickler, who sometimes blasts out in the lead. Titles include "Gallop's Gallop", "Green Chimneys", "Shuffle Boil", "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm-A-Ning", and "Let's Call This". CD
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Jeannie C RileyHarper Valley PTA – The Plantation Recordings 1968 to 1970 ... CD
Plantation/Charly (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $13.99 14.99
A beautiful package loaded with all the tunes from the first handful of Jeannie C Riley albums for Plantation – including the Harper Valley PTA, Yearbooks And Yesterdays, Things Go Better With Love, Country Girl and The Generation Gap LPs – 58 tracks on 2CDs! Jeannie's crossed over into the bigtime immediately, on the strength the massive "Harper Valley PTA" single, and she recorded dozens of tracks just as righteously strong! Much like Merle Haggard didn’t set out to be country's conservative voice, Jeannie didn't set out to be one of country pop's first feminists – but there's no way to deny how hugely impactful she was on that front, and Harper Valley sounds true to this day. Cultural weight aside, it's simply a great batch of top notch country story songs, from one of the greatest voices of her time. Includes "Harper Valley PTA", "No Brass Band", "Shed Me No Tears", "Yesterday All Day Long Today", "Yearbooks And Yesterdays", "My Scrapbook", "The Girl Most Likely", "I'm Only An Woman", "A Real Woman", "Our Minnie", "The Back Side Of Dallas", "Country Girl", "I Almost Called Your Name", "Wherever You Are", "The Generation Gap", "My May", "Duty, Not Desire", "Darkness Falls", "To The Other Woman" and many more. Nice deluxe package, too, with a solid booklet of notes. CD

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Minnie RipertonCome To My Garden ... CD
Cadet/Varese, 1970. New Copy .... $12.99 13.98
Mindblowing work from Minnie Riperton – her first solo album, cut at the end of the 60s, after a number of years of work with the group Rotary Connection. The album builds off the now famous sound of Rotary Connection – but takes it to the next level, with arch-baroque production by the great Charles Stepney – who couches Minnie's fantastic vocals in a suite of shimmering soulful tracks that mix strings, horns, jazzy piano, and slight touches of bouncing rhythms. The overall sound is impossible to describe – sort of a cross between Burt Bacharach on A&M, Scott Walker's 3rd album, and the sound of Marvin Gaye's What's Goin' On. The album's pure genius all the way through – one of the highlights of the Chicago scene of the 60s – and proof that Riperton, Stepney, and crew were shooting for the outer limits of soul music! Titles include "Les Fleur", "Only When I'm Dreaming", "Rainy Day In Centerville", "Memory Band", "Expecting", "Whenever Wherever", and "Oh, By The Way". CD

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Rich RistagnoWhat Would It Be Like To Be Rich? ... LP
Drag City, 1981. New Copy .... $18.99
A should-be private press classic from Detroit's Rich Ristagno – a record he had pressed up, but didn't see through to release – and a wild, but pretty amazing mix of murky post disco funk, soul and rock! Recorded quickly and on the cheap, you can sort of hear an aspiration to make a late 70s style groove rock record – something along the lines of the Steve Miller – but the threadbare production and instrumental accompaniement courtesy of area funk band Solar Flight gives it oddball, but compelling feel all its own. There's some primitive electronic touches, too, that bear unintended, but real similarities to groups like Suicide. A cool discovery from Drag City! Includes "God's In The Chips", "I'm The Poorest", "Women Thinkin'", "Eye Of Love", "Not Good Enough", "There Are People", "Coming From", "England", "Eileen Reach", "Richman Poorman", "Never At The Top", "What Is A Man", "See Me Hear Me" and "Trace It Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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RoctoberIssue #48 – Chicago Soul/Ian Whitcomb ... Magazine
Roctober, 2010. New Copy .... $2.99 4.00
Massive issue with a great interview (with amazing photos) with Chicago 60s and 70s behind-the-scenes soul music queen Helen Saffold, another ridiculous Nardwuar interview with Snoop Dogg, the story of British Invasion pin-up boy Ian Whitcomb, Metal graphic designer Dennis Dread's visit to Frank Frazetta's art collection, the tragic tale of underground comix rebel Jim Osborne, Cleveland 70s punk legends Easter Monkeys, Plastic Crimewave salutes the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, an in-the-booth interview with White Sox organist Nancy Faust on the eve of her retirement, an insiders look into the Ramones, and tons of comix, reviews, and obituaries. Magazine

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RoctoberIssue #42 – Comix Galore ... Magazine
Roctober, 2005. New Copy .... $2.99 4.00
A lengthy discussion with Chris James of the stellar seventies sweet soul act The Natural Four, Nardwuar vs Queens of the Stone Age, interviews with the last living brother of The Maddox Brothers and Rose, Mark Ridlen of 70s/80s Texas punk/psych band Lithium Xmas (also a member of Rapid Fire, the evil band from Ron Howard's "Cotton Candy"), New Orleans musical eccentric Quintron on his return to his ravaged city, Brazilian guitar legend Toquino, and Beach Boys' biographer Domenic Priore. Also, the scrapbook of Black punk legend Neon Leon, a Clancy Eccles tribute, hundreds of novelty celebrity records profiled, and a history of Diabolik. Plus, lots of great comix, including Freaky Bear by Plastic Crimewave, an incredible recreation of R. Kelly's "Trapped in the Closet" starring Batman by K. Thor Jensen, and lost comics and 70s rock writing by Funkadelic's Pedro Bell. Magazine

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RoctoberIssue #27 – Psychedelic Superhero Issue (88 pages) ... Magazine
Roctober, 2000. New Copy .... $2.99 4.00
Epic DJ Fontana (elvis presley's 50s-70s drummer) interview. The (pre-industrial) Wax Trax Records story – including the saga of the Jonny iii (Wax Trax house band). Czech prog-gods Plastic People Of the Universe interviewed. Little Richard is Jewish! 1950s country star Marvin Rainwater interviewed. The return, and self-destruction, of the Misfits. Flaming Lips interview. Don "Sugarcane" Harris obituary. Screaming Jay Hawkins obituary. David Lee Roth comix. 1960s psychedelic comic books explored. Interview with Gregg Gellar, master compilation producer, focusing on his "Sammy Davis Jr.-Yes I Can" box set, as well as the ins and outs of comp production. Plus Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, rock & wrestling, comix and Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. as you've always imagined them! Magazine

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Tito RodriguezWa-Pa-Cha (El Guapacha) (red cover) ... LP
Tico, Late 50s. Very Good- .... $24.99
Original pressing of this late 50's effort by Tito Rodriguez. The record's got a good hard sound that's similar to some of his better RCA work, and which we like a lot more than his later recordings from the 60's. All cuts have vocals, and the band plays lots of short choppy Latin grooves. Titles include "Clapping The Guapacha", "What Happen To Pedro", "Cool Guapacha", "Chug A Lug", and "659 Tenth Avenue". And if you couldn't guess, the groove is mostly guapacha. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has split seams, with some wear, light stains, and pen on the back.)

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Shorty RogersJazz Waltz ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1961. New Copy .... $13.99
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this great rhythmic pulse – a way of leaping into a groove that has the piano and bass dancing together wonderfully – often with some cool vibes from Emil Richards, and loads of great reed lines from Bud Shank and Paul Horn! Some tracks feature a small combo, some feature a larger group – and the whole thing is wonderful – with energy that almost rivals the Clarke Boland Big Band with Gigi Campi. Titles include "Be As Children", "Walk On The Wild Side", "Jazz Waltz", "Terrence's Farewell", and "A Taste Of Honey". CD