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Andre CymoneAC (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1985. Used ... $9.99
The best of a handful of albums that the one-time Prince bassist put out in the early 80s – a record that made a splash via the great Prince-penned "The Dance Electric" – possibly a blessing and a curse for AC, as Prince was so huge at the time that the record going public was too quick to dismiss him as a clone! But don't let that stop you – as Cymone's got a groove that's all his own – and an 80s soul star definitely worth rediscovering. The percussive vibe is similar to Prince, but Andre's got a leaner, funkier style overall – virtually working as a one man band here, and handling most instrumentation himself – which brings a compact feel to the record that really comes through in the tightness of the grooves. Titles include "The Dance Electric", "Lipstick Lover", "Pretty Wild Lover", "Book Of Love", "Vacation", "Satisfaction", and "Neon Pussycat". This Big Break remastered edition has 5 bonus tracks: "Fallin' Fallin", "Red Light", "The Dance Electric (Single Version)", "Lipstick Lover (12" Club Version)" and "Satisfaction (12" Club Version)". CD

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Jimmy Daley & The Ding A LingsRock Pretty Baby ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
The original soundtrack to an odd little 50s rock film – with Sal Mineo in the band on drums – and songs written by Henry Mancini, Rod McKuen, and Bobby Troup! McKuen sings on one number – and Alan Copeland sings on another. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 50s pressing – in great shape!)

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New Karen DaltonIn My Own Time ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Enigmatic folk rock and soulful bluesy vocals from Karen Dalton – her legendary lost 1971 album that's credited with inspiring some the most idiosyncratic work by folk rock superstars and contemporary freak folk heroes alike! Karen was a fixture on the 60s NY folk scene – Dylan even gives her props in his Chronicles Vol 1 memoirs – but she rarely recorded. Her voice carries a huge Billie Holiday influence – but the delivery is wholly unique in her earthy folk phrasing, a real dip back into Harry Smith territory. Her guitar and banjo picking is strong, too! In My Own Time was recorded for Paramount at the end of 1970 and beginning of '71, with really rich and surprisingly soulful backing on an interesting selection of material written or popularized by Dylan & The Band, George Jones, Paul Butterfield, and even a folksy soul take on "When A Man Loves A Woman". Light In The Attic shines a huge light for this reverential reissue – pristinely remastered with notes by Lenny Kaye, Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart. Other tracks include "Something On Your Mind", "In My Own Dream", the traditional "Katie Cruel", "One Night Of Love" and "Are You Leaving For The Country". LP, Vinyl record album
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Mark De Clive-LoweTake The Space Trane ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A whole new sound for Mark De Clive-Lowe – and a great one too – a completely different approach than any of his other previous records, and one that mixes his core cosmic grooves with a heavy dose of jazz! The set has Mark working with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra – who provide bigger band backing to his sweet keyboards and rhythms, making for a wonderful blend of acoustic and electric that almost takes us back to some of the best MPS sessions of this nature in the 70s! Most tracks feature at least one horn solo out from the larger group – and there's no vocals at all on the record, which further gives the whole thing a fresh vibe compared to some of Mark's recent releases. Titles include "Relax Unwind", "Blues For Six", "Money", "El Dia Perfecto", "Heaven", "Take The Space Trane", "Caravan", and "Filthy Fingers". CD

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DeathDeath III ... CD
Drag City, Mid 70s/1980/1992. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A third album from Death – that legendary Detroit experimental trio – and one that's compiled from never-heard takes from their ill-fated career! Some tracks were recorded in Detroit in the mid 70s – and these are the grittiest, noisiest – with this really primal quality that definitely lives up to the group's legend over the years. The best of these have a weird feedback presence that's almost a bit like Suicide at times – although more straightforward once the guitars get going – and that element is condensed a bit more on the second set of recordings, done around 1980 in Vermont. These are more focused, but still plenty raw – with these guitars arching out with almost a Gang Of Four sort of quality – but more jamming overall. The set also features two very compelling tracks from 1992 – very spare and stark, but a lot more personal too – with a redemptive, hopeful quality that really rounds out the band's spirit. Further proof that the group has way more to offer than just a bit of hype – and titles include "Open Road", "North Street", "We Are Only People", "Restlessness", "We're Gonna Make It", and "First Snowfall In Detroit". CD
Also available Death III ... LP 14.99

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New DeathDeath III ... LP
Drag City, Mid 70s/1980/1992. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A third album from Death – that legendary Detroit experimental trio – and one that's compiled from never-heard takes from their ill-fated career! Some tracks were recorded in Detroit in the mid 70s – and these are the grittiest, noisiest – with this really primal quality that definitely lives up to the group's legend over the years. The best of these have a weird feedback presence that's almost a bit like Suicide at times – although more straightforward once the guitars get going – and that element is condensed a bit more on the second set of recordings, done around 1980 in Vermont. These are more focused, but still plenty raw – with these guitars arching out with almost a Gang Of Four sort of quality – but more jamming overall. The set also features two very compelling tracks from 1992 – very spare and stark, but a lot more personal too – with a redemptive, hopeful quality that really rounds out the band's spirit. Further proof that the group has way more to offer than just a bit of hype – and titles include "Open Road", "North Street", "We Are Only People", "Restlessness", "We're Gonna Make It", and "First Snowfall In Detroit". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Death III ... CD 12.99

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Detroit EmeraldsDo Me Right ... LP
Westbound, 1971. Very Good- ... $9.99
A great one by the Detroit Emeralds – one of their tighest for Westbound! The tracks all have a nice hard soul sound, with good little bits of funk mixed up with the band's strong harmonies, which sound especially nice on the album's uptempo cuts. Includes the groovy semi-hit "Do Me Right", plus the great loping groover "Lee", and the cuts "Holding On", "I Can't See Myself", and "What You Gonna Do About Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Manu DibangoSoul Makossa ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- ... $34.99
An incredible record – even if it was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by just about as many groups in the 70s as "Der Komissar" was in the 80s! (This is also why the album has a banner on the top that says "The Original"!) The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!) Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! Cuts include "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Lily", and "O Boso". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a promo sticker, and some light wear.)

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Dinosaur JrVisitors (5 X 7 inch box set) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Numero, Mid 80s-Early 90s. New Copy 5 x 7 inch (reissue)... $37.99
Indie rock pioneers Dinosaur Jr's early singles – in a beautiful box set, courtesy of our friends at The Numero Group! Visitors features their first four singles – originally issued by SST and Homestead – plus a bonus fifth single that further showcases the band's incredible knack for leftfield cover tunes! The covers 7" features their versions of The Byrds' "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" and Peter Frampton's "Show Me the Way" – and the other singles include "Repulsion" w/ "Bulbs Of Passion", "Little Fury Things" w/ "In A Jar", "Freak Scene" with "Keep The Glove", "Just Like Heaven" (speaking of great Dinosaur Jr. covers) w/ "Thrown Down" and "Chunks". The box features artwork from Maura Jasper, an essay from Jasper on her process and relationship with J Mascis, and a book of unused artwork from the period. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition!)

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Disco Tex & The Sex O LettesDisco Tex & The Sex O Lettes ... LP
Chelsea, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
It sure didn't take disco long to get kitschy – as you'll hear in this campy retro project put together by Bob Crewe! Includes the hit "I Wanna Dance Wit Choo (Doo Dat Dance)", plus "Love Is A Killer", "Boogie Flap", "Outrageous", and "Jam Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Down To The BoneSpread The Word (Album III) ... CD
Internal Bass/Atlantic, 2001. Used ... $2.99
The third album from Down To The Bone – the smooth UK jazzy outfit that first struck big on the US steppers scene in the mid 90s. This 3rd album's possibly their strongest to date – filled with smooth jazz soloing over tightly compressed rhythms, perfect for the modern stepping groove that seems to be the band's strongest asset. Fans of rawer jazz funk may be a bit disappointed with the record, but if you dig your grooves a bit smoothed out, the set's sure to please! Titles include "The Backburner", "Righteous Reeds", "Sound As A Pound", "Bridgeport Boogie", "The Lowdown", and "Black Choice". CD
(Out of print.)

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DramaticsDramatic Experience ... LP
Volt, 1973. Very Good- Gatefold ... $7.99
Fantastic early work from The Dramatics – an amazing blend of sweet soul harmony vocals, Memphis soul production, and some other-worldly songwriting that far surpasses later work of the group. This album's one of the band's most righteous, with a mixture of Curtom-type message cuts and sweeter love songs – and it includes the cuts "The Devil is Dope", "Beware of the Man (With The Candy In His Hand)", "Jim, What's Wrong With Him?", and "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain". Stellar soul sound, with a vibe that's unlike a lot of other stuff on the Stax/Volt label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has masking tape along the spine & seams, some wear, and a name sticker.)

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Duke Of BurlingtonDuke Of Burlington – Pressed Piano ... LP
Joker (Italy), 1970. New Copy (pic cover)... $28.99
Funky funky funky! The Duke Of Burlington were a lost Italian combo from the 70s – but on their best cuts, you'd swear they were an American group like The Meters or The Nite Liters! The band mix up hard heavy piano, funky drum breaks, choppy guitar, and some nice soulful flute solos – and the overall sound is just great! This album includes the incredible breakbeat classic "Flash", sampled many times over the years – but darn great on its own! Also includes some nice covers – like "Soul Clap 69", "Viva Tirado", "30 60 90", and "I Want You Back" – plus some really great original material, like "Criss Cross", "Slot Machine", and "LSD". Great stuff – and what a piano sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 2000 copies.)

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New Bob DylanTempest ... CD
Columbia, 2012. Used ... $2.99
Bob Dylan and his great band whip up a moody, yet darkly humorous Tempest – and while the overall greatness of his records came down just notch or two after Love And Theft – this one goes the other way and comes pretty damn close to his late-era peaks! Lyrically, it's definitely better than the past couple records – with verse after verse of poetic storytelling – which is carried all the more effectively by his weathered rasp. Sound-wise, Dylan is as indebted as ever to pre-rock rhythm & blues, but there's some nice fuzzy electrified arrangements, too – and it's all played by a stellar band that's been with him for a long time now, one perfectly-suited for the style: guitarists Charlie Sexton & Stu Kimball, BR5-49 fiddler and steel guitarist Donnie Herron, bassist Tony Garnier, drummer George Receli, and a most noteworthy guest in Los Lobos' David Hidalgo on accordion. Includes "Duquesne Whistle", "Soon After Midnight", "Narrow Way", "Long And Wasted Years", "Pay In Blood", "Scarlet Town", "Early Roman Kings", "Tin Angel", "Tempest" and "Roll On John". CD

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Dynamic Duke RoyalI Wanna Know/Let Me Prove My Love ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
A deep soul stormer from Dynamic Duke Royal – serving up his version of a groove you might recognize, but with a really fierce style of his own – thanks to the band in the back, who are definitely on fire! "Let Me Prove My Love" shows the mellower side of the Duke – a great heartbreaking number, but equally deep and soulful! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Dyson's FacesDyson's Faces (1977 – blue cover) ... LP
DRR, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $2.99
The second incredible album from Dyson's Faces – one of those underground 70s groups that should have been huge! The set's got a soaring sound that's even more righteous than the group's debut – a quality that glows wonderfully with the quartet's mix of male and female voices – a sound that almost reminds us a bit of Voices Of East Harlem at times. Backing is by the Hard Times Band – a tight combo who groove hard on the more uptempo numbers, and lay back nicely on the mellower ones – just throwing in some licks here and there on guitar or keyboards next to the warmer harmony vocals. The voices are an especially great part of the record, and really sparkle with a sound that's even fresher than most other groups from the time – a sound that shows that Dyson's Faces wasn't just one of those funk groups who happened to also be able to sing – but a strongly committed soul outfit who really put a lot of energy into their music! Titles include "This Time It's Gotta Be Love" in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "Till I've Got This Feelin Of Love", "Try Me Baby", "You & Me", "Working My Way To Something Better", and "Cry Sugar" – as well as "Welcome To All This Love Again" and "Don't Worry About The Jones", which both appeared on the group's first album. LP, Vinyl record album

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Sheila EGlamorous Life (club edit, part II) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1984. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $2.99
Sheila E's Prince-influenced hit, with a Part II on the flip that basically finds the band jamming on the groove for a bit longer. . . 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear and small stains on back.)

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Charles EarlandBlack Drops (alternate cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A monster – and Charles Earland's second album for Prestige, the follow-up to his groundbreaking Black Talk album! This set's as great as that classic set – a tight batch of groovers that features Earland's Hammond work right out front, grooving away in a soaring, exploratory style that blew away most other jazz organ players at the time. Here, Earland's got an amazing talent for really stretching out, yet never losing the groove – infusing tunes with incredible soulfulness, and making them dance out nicely, even at the farthest reaches of his solos. The band's great, too – with Maynard Parker on guitar, Jimmy Heath on tenor and soprano, and Virgil Jones on trumpet – and all tracks are great, with titles that include "Sing A Simple Song", "Lazy Bird", "Letha", "Buck Green", and a great cover of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has a cut corner and a sticker in one corner.)

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Charles EarlandLive At The Lighthouse ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A real killer from Earland! The record swings incredibly hard, with a tight jazzy groove that sounds like his early work for Prestige from the first few albums. The band includes lesser known players like trumpeter Elmer Coles, alto player James Vass, and conga player Kenneth Nash – but they all groove very tightly, and provide a perfect foil for Earland's soaring solos. Includes a great version of "Moontrane", plus the groovers "Spinky", "Smiling", and "Black Gun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Earth Wind & FireAll 'N All ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Very Good- Gatefold ... $3.99
Genius, pure genius! It was hard for Earth, Wind & Fire to go wrong at this point – and the album's a stellar blend of jazz, funk, and soul, all done in that perfect style they'd hit by the mid 70s. And even though this one was a monster album, of the type that you see in everyone's record collection from the time, it's still got a freshness that we always forget about – and lots of nice twists and turns that show that the band hadn't lost their more sophisticated roots. Case in point is the wonderful "Brazilian Rhyme", a short little groover that you'll instantly recognize as a sample from the first Tribe Called Quest album. Other tracks include "Jupiter", "In The Marketplace", "Magic Mind", "Runnin", "Be Ever Wonderful", and "Serpentine Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear, with a peeled mark from sticker removal in one corner.)

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Earth Wind & FireSpirit (expanded edition) ... CD
Columbia, 1976. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
A big hit for the group – and a great album of smooth funky soul! Spirit is a perfect example of the way that Earth Wind & Fire could tighten things up, yet still keep them real – holding onto the deeply spiritual side that first made them great – but also focusing their energy towards a wider audience that showed their influence for years! Of course, with Charles Stepney helping out on production, it's hard to miss – and he's one of the few cats who could handle a blend like this so well. The compression in the band's playing is impeccable – with just the right mix of spacey spiritualism, sophisticated jazzy playing, and a straight ahead love of the soulful hook. Includes the instrumentals "Biyo" and "Departure", plus the vocal tracks "Earth Wind & Fire","Burnin Bush", "Spirit", "Imagination", and "Getaway", all produced to perfection by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "African Symphony", "Departure (the traveler)", "Imagination (angels mix)", "Saturday Nite", and "Seraphim". CD

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Eastside ConnectionBirthday Medley/Frisco Disco ... 12-inch
Telson (Canada), 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A cool chapter in the career of this unique disco band! "Birthday Medley" is a mix of famous birthday themes, served up for the clubs with a hip west coast Latin disco style – and "Frisco Disco" is even better – a jaunty groover that's right up there with the group's classic "You're So Right For Me", a track that really seems to echo through the instrumentation here. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Black vinyl pressing.)

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El CocoRevolucion ... LP
AVI, 1980. Sealed ... $0.99
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco! The band was one of the most successful projects of the Rinder/Lewis production team – and although this album's not their best, it's still very much in their classic mode. Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles that include "Carry Me", "I'll Take My Chances", "Something Ya Got Makes Me Hot", and "Love Bizness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a few rips.)

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New Duke EllingtonConcert In The Virgin Islands ... LP
Reprise, 1965. Very Good+ ... $3.99
One of the great entries in Duke Ellington's "exotic" albums of the 60s – records that aren't exactly exotica by any stretch of the imagination, but which have musical themes that were inspired by the international travels of the Ellington band at the time! In this case, the locale is the Virgin Islands – where Ellington performed in 1965, and returned home to record this set as a memory of tunes played by the band in St Croix and St Thomas. The core of the set is the initial Virgin Islands suite – made up of four new tunes that include "Island Virgin", "Virgin Jungle", "Fiddler On The Diddle", and "Jungle Kitty" – all nicely rhythmic numbers that explore some fresh themes with especially nice horn solos from the members of the group. Other tracks are older numbers performed on the tour, given a bit of a new twist here – on titles that include "Fade Up", "Mysterious Chick", "The Opener", and "Big Fat Alice's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington & The Buck Clayton All-Stars At Newport ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
Buck Clayton's trumpet joins the Ellington band – on titles that include "Take The A Train", "In A Mellotone", "Newport Jump", "I Got It Bad", and "Skin Deep". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington Jazz Party ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Very Good ... $2.99
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz party" tradition. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on a few tracks, and Duke's band features Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzalves, Jimmy Woode, and a guest appearance by Dizzy Gillespie. Tracks include "Ready Go", "Red Garter", "Malletoba Spank", "UMMG", and "Tymperturbably Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label 6 eye promo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, splitting on the top seam, some peeled spots on the front, and a couple of stains.)

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Duke EllingtonEllington Jazz Party (French pressing) ... LP
Columbia (France), Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Very nice work from one of Ellington's revival periods – when he was signed to Columbia in the late 50s, and recording some of the best work of his career. This set moves past the modernism of some of Duke's other sessions at the time, and offers a more straight-ahead set in true "jazz party" tradition. Jimmy Rushing sings vocals on a few tracks, and Duke's band features Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonzalves, Jimmy Woode, and a guest appearance by Dizzy Gillespie. Tracks include "Ready Go", "Red Garter", "Malletoba Spank", "UMMG", and "Tymperturbably Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice 60s French pressing!)

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Don EllisAutumn ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Sealed ... $9.99
An album of explosive power and imagination from Don Ellis – a set that shows him very firmly shaking off the more academic mode of earlier years, and heading into hipper, more youth-oriented directions! The group's still a bit band on most numbers – but it's one with a lean, well-crafted sound that's not really big band jazz, and which also features some elements of later soundtrack scoring. Players on the date are all great – and include Frank Strozier, John Klemmer, and Ira Schulman on saxes – plus Pete Robinson on clavinet, piano, and electric piano! The set begins with the beautiful extended "Variations For Trumpet" – a suite-type number that has plenty of great colors from Ellis, plus loads of other horn work too. Other titles include "Indian Lady", "Pussy Wiggle Stomp", "Scratt & Fluggs", and "Child Of Ecstasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Shrinkwrap has a torn corner.)

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New Don EllisElectric Bath ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A pretty tasty little album from Don Ellis – his first funky outing for Columbia Records, and a groundbreaking batch of big band funk tracks! The set's quite different from some of Don's earlier recordings – in that it's a bit less academic, and has a focus more on a strong and freewheeling groove. Plus, the use of electric instrumentation in the rhythm section creates the feel of a classic 70s soundtrack – quite different in style for the time, and sounding really fresh here! Titles include "Open Beauty", "Indian Lady", "Turkish Bath", "New Horizons", and "Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.. Cover has some peeling along the bottom.)

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Don Ellis OrchestraShock Treatment ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A great batch of electric-infused big band tracks – and one of the first really funky records from Don Ellis! Ellis was an emerging California trumpeter/composer who'd noodled around with some modern big band work in the mid 60s – but this hip 1968 session has him adding in elements like clavinet, Fender Rhodes, sitar, timbales, vibes, percussion, and even a spot of vocals to change the groove to a more mod and swinging one. Titles include "Mercy Mabye Mercy", "New Kind Of Country", "Zim", "Star Children", "Opus 5", "Rasty", "The Tihai", and "Milo's Theme". Plus, the CD also includes some bonus tracks not on the original album! LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Royston EllisGone Man Squared (paperback) ... Book
Norton/Kicks, Late 50s/Early 60s/2013. New Copy ... $12.99 14.95
Whoa! The genius early writings of Beat inspired Brit lit/poetry legend Royston Ellis – the man who purportedly inspired The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" – compiled here, in paperback naturally, by our pulpy print heroes at Kicks Books! Royston would go on write novels and more, but early on he was a youthful rebel poet – one of the first figures to recite with a rock 'n' roll band backing him – and he inspired SO many writers and rockers to come! Gone Man Squared compiles the long out of print Jiving To Gyp and Rave collections, plus other select early work – and it's as incredibly cool as ever! Paperback, 128 pages – and featuring a forward by Jimmy Page! Book

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Eramus HallYour Love Is My Desire ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the last great soul albums on the Westbound label! Eramus Hall have a vague P-Funk connection – and according to legend, the band were given their name by George Clinton, who had seen a building in Chicago named Eramus Hall – but the sound is a lot smoother than any of the P-Funk projects of the time, and the group's strongest point is their smooth soul groove, augmented by a tight jazz funk style on the best cuts. In a way, they're sort of like a morphed version of late Parliament – with a funk sound that's nicely compressed, but still a lot more true than any of the countless other bands on the market who were aping P-Funk at the time. Highlights include the groovers "Your Love Is My Desire" and "She Shined A Light", both with nice sample moments – and other tracks include "Stuck In The Mudd", "Funk Permit", and "Think Positively". CD

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Gil EvansOut Of The Cool ... CD
Impulse, 1961. Used ... $7.99
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". CD

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Gil Evans/Gary McFarlandDedication Series IX – The Great Arrangers (Out Of The Cool/Profiles) ... LP
Impulse, 1960/1966. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A great 2LP set – with two classic albums on Impulse! First is Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool – a pivotal session for Gil – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". Next is Gary McFarland's Profiles – a great little jazz record by Gary – very different than his groovy/easy albums on Verve, and with a dark sound that shows his strength as a composer and arranger. The group features McFarland in the lead on vibes, plus reed work by Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, and Richie Kamuca, and lots of rhythm backing by the likes of Richard Davis, Gabor Szabo, Sam Brown, and others. Willis Conover does a bit of narration, and tracks include "Sage Hands", "Milo's Other Samba", "Winter Colors", and "Bygones & Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and a gold promo stamp in one corner.)

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Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", and "Dance A Thon". LP, Vinyl record album
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Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", "I Got A Rush For You", "Dance A Thon", and "Sugar Stop". CD
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Family Of Mann (Herbie Mann)First Light ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Pretty great stuff – and a record that's often hidden amidst the flurry of so-so Herbie Mann albums from the mid 70s – but is well worth seeking out! The Family Of Mann group is one organized by Herbie Mann, and featuring Steve Gadd on drums, Pat Rebillot on keyboards, Tony Levin on bass, and David Newman on reeds along with Herbie – a combo who backed up Mann on some other records from the time, but who really get to shine center stage here! The band has a strong electric groove on their best moments – with kind of a choppy fusion groove, but one that's tight too – almost funky, at a level that's somewhere near cop/crime soundtrack work of the time. Rebillot's keyboards are great, as always – and titles include "Toot Stick", "Music Is A Game We Play", "The Turtle & The Frog", and the extended jammer "Sunrise Highs". CD

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Lee FieldsFunky Screw/Bull Is Coming ... 7-inch
Angle 3/Tramp (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Vintage Lee Fields – a killer couple of mid 70s treasures on his own Angle 3 label! "Funky Screw" is really incredible – with an astounding rhythm, funky guitar, keyboards and punchy horns laid down by the super funky Devil's Personal Band. Lee Fields is on fire out front, as fiercely soulful as ever! The flip side "Bull Is Coming" is a stellar showcase for the band, with an especially sharp horn solo – plus some cool, chattery group vocals. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Eddie FisherEddie Fisher & The Next One Hundred Years ... LP
Cadet, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Madly tripped out guitar funk – and a real turning point in the career of guitarist Eddie Fisher! Eddie began his career as a straighter guitarist on the St Louis scene – and although his first album for Cadet was a relatively traditional soul-jazz outing, this one's a wild batch of tripped-out guitar licks! The band's a fuzzy psychedelic one – not in a rock-styled way, but more in an early George Clinton kind of mode, with plenty of rumbling bass at the bottom, warm electric piano lines, nicely placed drum beats, and Eddie's fuzzbox guitar snaking and wah wah-ing over the top! Eddie arranged and produced, and the record's a perfect batch of kicked-back stoner funk numbers that go on and on and on and on! Titles include "Land Of Our Father", "Beautiful Things", "East St Louis Blues", "Another Episode", "Either Or", and "Jeremiah Pucket". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldElla At Duke's Place ... CD
Verve, 1965. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful classic from mid 60s Verve – and the kind of a session that we wouldn't have expected to come off so well! In a style they were using with older artists at the time, Verve brought Ella and Duke into the studio together – with Duke's band and compositions providing the structure of the set, and Ella handling vocals. The tunes are mostly Ellington classics, but they provide a nice change of pace for the Fitzgerald of the 60s – taking Ella into more sophisticated territory on some darker themes that really surprised us. Players are all of the Ellington stalwarts of the time – and titles include "Imagine My Frustration", "Duke's Place", "What Am I Here For", "Azure", "A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing", "Passion Flower", and "Something To Live For". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count BasiePerfect Match – Ella & Basie ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
We're not sure if the match is perfect, but it's still pretty darn nice – a live performance that has Ella Fitzgerald singing in front of the Count Basie Band – all recorded before a very enthusiastic audience at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1979! The set's a nice capper to one of Ella's biggest decades as a star – and she steps out here with a well-earned confidence that allows her to match the energy of the Basie group and take new inspiration from their fire. Titles include "Make Me Rainbows", "Round Midnight", "Basella", "You've Changed", "Fine & Mellow", "Some Other Spring", and "After You've Gone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing.)

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Bob FlorenceWestlake ... LP
Discovery, 1981. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Bob Florence plays both piano and Fender Rhodes – in a sweet big band setting! LP, Vinyl record album

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Force Of NatureUnemployment Blues ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Nice Philly groove record by this obscure funky band from the 70's. The title cut, "Unemployment Blues", is a brassy funky track with political lyrics, but our favorite cuts on here are the smoother soul cuts, like "Baby I'm Yours" and "Toy Ball", which has a nice Chicano soul groove to it. Other tracks include "Ditch Of Confusion", "If You Decide", and "Creativity". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker and some wear.)

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FormulaConduit ... CD
Mercy Productions, 2002. New Copy ... $0.99
A great overlooked band from the Cali scene at the turn of the century – a quartet with a great female singer, and a tight jangly sound that almost takes us back to the C86 generation in the UK! The songs are well-written, and filled with sweet little hooks that bring out the best in the vocals of Julie McBride – and the guitars have an occasional twang that deepens the sound, but in a very subtle way. The balance is strong enough that these guys should have ended up hitting much bigger fame at the time – and ten years previous, would have undoubtedly be scooped up by a much bigger label – but it's the obscurity of a gem like this that's also really a part of its charm. Titles include ""Luna", "Chimes", "Drone In A", "Conduit", "A Sense Of", "Burn", and "Purple Shroud". CD

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Frank FosterLoud Minority ... CD
Mainstream/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest players of the early 70s – all coming together with a joyous, spiritual sense of power! Foster's in the lead on tenor and soprano sax, but other players include Cecil Bridgewater and Hannibal Marvin Peterson on trumpets, Harold Mabern on keyboards, Elvin Jones on drums, Dick Griffin on trombone, Stanley Clarke on bass, Airto on percussion, and even Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals! Tracks are all quite long and flowing – spiritual expressions of jazz that rival the greatness of anything recorded for Impulse – and titles include "The Loud Minority", "Requiem For Dusty", "JP's Thing", and "EW – Beautiful People". CD

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Fried ChickenFunky DJ/Juke Box ... 7-inch
Stone, 1976. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A very cool little single done by John Fred in the years after his famous Playboy Band pop – 2 tracks done in a slow-stepping style that's a lot like Miami funk of the 70s, but recorded in Fred's usual territory of Louisiana! "Funky DJ" is a hard clavinet number that features vocals that are kind of flanged out – catchy in a Miami way, but more than made up for by the heavier groove on the bottom! "Juke Box" is a bit more uptempo and vamping – but is also an instrumental – done with plenty of popping guitar next to the horns, in a very odd but funky kind of blend! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Full Moon EnsembleCrowded With Loneliness (180 gram pressing) ... LP
AKT/Superfly (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A rare spiritual jazz session from the Full Moon Ensemble – a very groovy French group headed up by drummer Claude Delcloo – who was better known for his avant jazz work on sides for the BYG/Actuel series of albums! This time around, Delcloo is working in much trippier territory – a style that still shows some of the freedoms of the post-68 generation of French jazz, but which also takes on some strong spiritual tones too – mixing spoken passages with rich organic sounds on percussion – and these bold, snaking lines on Fender Rhodes and guitar that really help hold the whole thing together! The record works as one long suite on side one, and continues that groove on side two – and although the band's jamming great in the studio, there's still a sense of structure and purpose that really drives the music. In addition to Delcloo on drums, the group also features Jeff Sicard on alto and tenor, Gerard Coppere on tenor and soprano sax, Mratine Tourreil on Rhodes, and Joseph Dejean on guitar – and the vocals bits are by the enigmatic "Sarah". Titles include the side a suite "Tribute To Bob Kaufman" – plus "101 W 85th Street" and "King Kong". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – heavy cover and vinyl, and an insert too!)

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New Funk IncSuperfunk ... LP
Prestige, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $54.99
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the album's enduring classic, "Goodbye, So Long" – a rolling funky tune that features vocals on the chorus, and an unbelievably catchy instrumental sound that you might recognize instantly from its use as a sample over the years. The rest of the record's just as great – and the band runs through The Meters' classic "Message From The Meters", Barry White's funky "I'm Gonna Love You Just A Little More Babe", and a great rendition of the electric jazz classic "The Hill Where The Lord Hides". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a bit of light wear, a tiny split on the bottom seam, and some small light stains.)

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FunkadelicConnections & Disconnections ... LP
Far Out/LA Records, 1981. Very Good- ... $6.99
Was Clinton in jail when this one came out? We can't remember, but the back cover does say specifically "This album does not include any performances or creations by George Clinton." The band does include Fuzzy Haskins, Grady Thomas, Ken Blackmon, Calvin Simon, and others – and the sound is not bad early 80s slap-bass funk, with lots of nice electronified moments. Titles include "Phunklords", "The Witch", "Connections & Disconnections", "Call The Doctor", and "Who's A Funkadelic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear and some pen.)

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FunkadelicCosmic Slop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
One of our favorite early Funkadelic albums – and a real turning point for the group! Gone are the trippier guitar solos of earlier days, and in their place is a tighter approach to funk – one that has the band grooving hard and soulfully on shorter tracks that perfect the dark vision hinted at in the Maggot Brain years! The tunes are shorter, funkier, and catchier – and the vocals are especially great – so much so than on the title cut "Cosmic Slop" has harmonies so great you'd swear you were listening to late-Motown Temptations! Other tracks continue with a great soul-based focus, and include "You Can't Miss What You Can't Measure", "Nappy Dugout", "No Compute", and "Can't Stand the Strain" – and the record is packaged in a mind-blowing wraparound cover by Pedro Bell, the first of many the band would use! LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful vinyl reissue – super-heavy!)

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FunkadelicFunkadelic ... CD
Westbound, 1970. Used ... $7.99
One of the darkest records to ever come out of the Detroit soul scene! As you might guess from the title, the album is Funkadelic's first – and it's a swirling mass of psychedelic guitars, echoey drums, and bass-heavy riffing, all topped off by the band's harmony vocals, which sound like a perversion of the deep-Motown styles of groups like The Temptations or Undisputed Truth – taken into even headier territory! The original 5-member version of the group includes Eddie Hazel, Mickey Atkins, Tawl Ross, Bill Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood – all working here with some mindblowing George Clinton production! Tracks include classics like "I Bet You", "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic", "Music for My Mother", and "What Is Soul" – and the album's the stuff that made these guys a legend right out of the box! CD
(Out of print original US pressing. Corner of booklet has a crease.)
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FunkadelicFunkadelic (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
One of the darkest records to ever come out of the Detroit soul scene! As you might guess from the title, the album is Funkadelic's first – and it's a swirling mass of psychedelic guitars, echoey drums, and bass-heavy riffing, all topped off by the band's harmony vocals, which sound like a perversion of the deep-Motown styles of groups like The Temptations or Undisputed Truth – taken into even headier territory! The original 5-member version of the group includes Eddie Hazel, Mickey Atkins, Tawl Ross, Bill Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood – all working here with some mindblowing George Clinton production! Tracks include classics like "I Bet You", "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic", "Music for My Mother", and "What Is Soul" – and the album's the stuff that made these guys a legend right out of the box! LP, Vinyl record album
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FunkadelicFunkadelic (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 20.99
One of the darkest records to ever come out of the Detroit soul scene! As you might guess from the title, the album is Funkadelic's first – and it's a swirling mass of psychedelic guitars, echoey drums, and bass-heavy riffing, all topped off by the band's harmony vocals, which sound like a perversion of the deep-Motown styles of groups like The Temptations or Undisputed Truth – taken into even headier territory! The original 5-member version of the group includes Eddie Hazel, Mickey Atkins, Tawl Ross, Bill Nelson, and Tiki Fulwood – all working here with some mindblowing George Clinton production! Tracks include classics like "I Bet You", "Mommy, What's a Funkadelic", "Music for My Mother", and "What Is Soul" – and the album's the stuff that made these guys a legend right out of the box! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies!)
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FusionTop Soul ... CD
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... $12.99
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". CD

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Generation GapGeneration Gap Plays Theme From Shaft And Other Hits ... LP
RCA, 1972. Sealed ... $11.99
Nice batch of funky soul instrumentals, arranged and conducted by studio genius and reedman Phil Bodner, and with a nice hard sound that's better than you'd expect from the hokey cover. There's a great cover of "Rock Steady" with a wailing big band sound, plus a great original called "Mozambique". Also includes covers of "Shaft" and "Family Affair"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Renee GeyerIt's A Man's Man's World ... CD
RCA/Mushroom (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the funkiest, most soulful albums to come from Australia in the 70s – and the crowning achievement of singer Renee Geyer! Renee's got a style that makes her a blue-eyed equivalent of Chaka Khan during her years with Rufus – and the band here shares a very similar style, with an ability to play hard and funky at all the right moments – then lay back into a sweeter soul vibe on the mellower cuts! And yes, Geyer draws plenty from the American scene of the time – but she's also a real original, and comes across here with a sense of presence that's undeniable. The album is easily one of Renee's best, and was the start in launching her on a huge career in 70s Australia. Titles include the classic original "Love the Way You Love" – plus "Do Your Thing", "The Tell Me Of An Uncloudy Day", "What Do I Do On Sunday Morning", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Feel Good", "Mama's Little Girl", "It's Been A Long Time", "Take Me Where You Took Me Last Night", and "Feel Good". CD

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Ghostface Killah & Badbadnotgood feat Danny BrownSix Degrees/Tones Rap (inst) (10 inch single – with download) ... 12-inch
Lex, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)... $8.99 9.98
A killer collaborative single from Ghostface Killah and rapidly ascending hip hop/jazz/funk live band Badbadnotgood – with manic guest verses by Danny Brown, for good measure! Ghostface is continuing his later career creative upswing, following his tight, cinematic full length collaboration with producer Adrian Younge, and if "Six Degrees" is any indication, he's still plenty hungry. His busy, but controlled flow has a brainy, but bugged out foil in Danny Brown on that track, backed by Badbadnotgood's raw psych funk backdrop. "Tone's Rap" is actually a Badbadnotgood instrumental, and it's a great one, pairing stripped down mood funk with spacier effects. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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John Gibbs & US Steel OrchestraJ'Ouvert (previously unreleased original, Lord Echo re-edit) ... 12-inch
Jumbo Caribbean Disco/EM (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
Steel band disco! John Gibbs adds a little island flavor to this pumping disco number, replete with breakdowns, vocals, and a non stop groove – and this special single features the previously unissued original version of the cut – which is even more raw than the famous version! Lord Echo serves up a nice edit on the flip – one that's nice and warm, and which has some great groovy guitar in the middle! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Alkibar GignorLa Paix ... LP
Mississippi, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99
A group with a great blend of old and new modes – a mix of rootsy sounds from their native Mali, and some more focused guitar lines that really help revolutionize their music! The notes bill Alkibar Gignor as a "garage rock band" – and while we think that's a bit of a stretch, as there's not that much rock in their music, there is a nicely gritty style of production that really helps them keep their edge – a slightly muddy mode that's a great contrast from some of the "too clean" Mali recordings out there in recent years! The vocals get distorted at times, and the guitar workouts almost verge on fuzz – even though they spin out in clear lines that are much more Malian than Anglo – and the drums have a bumping quality under the vocal interplay, bringing an unexpected vibe to the record. Titles include "Adounia", "Lahidou", "Aniya", "Adibara", "Tamala", and "Dakou". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gilberto Gil & Rita LeeRefestanca ... LP
Som Livre (Brazil), 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A strange one! Gilberto and Rita team up in a live set – ostensibly trying to relive the glory days of Tropicalia, but more showing the new strength of MPB in the 70s. Rita's backing is by the Tutti Frutti rock band, who has the same kind of style as you'd guess from their name. Stick to the cuts that feature Gil's backing band Refavela – who are in a prime 70s funky mode, especially on the album's versions of "Odara" and "Domingo No Parque", which are both great. Rita and Gilberto duet on "Refestanca", "Get Back", and "E Proibido Fumar", which should show you where all the energy from "Prohibido Prohibidar" has gone! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Gilberto SextetGood Lovin'/Please Don't Stop ... 7-inch
Cotique, 1968. Very Good ... $24.99
2 Latin Soul cookers from the hard-grooving Gilberto Sextet – both of them great! "Good Lovin" is a cover of the Rascals' hit – but it's done here as a triple-tempo Latin instrumental – one with vibes in the lead over tightly snapping percussion – topped off by some mad cackles and calls from the group! "Please Don't Stop" is another great little number – with lots more vibes in the mix, and a really playful rhythm that stops and starts with the tune – and which also features the band shouting along in joy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie At Newport (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $6.99
One of the best albums ever in Verve's classic set of recordings from the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival – a set that captures the Dizzy Gillespie group of the decade in top live formation! The ensemble here is plenty hip – with a young Lee Morgan joining Dizzy on trumpet, and a host of other great players who include Melba Liston and Al Grey on trombones, Benny Golson and Billy Mitchell on saxes, and rhythm from the trio of Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul West on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums! Although big, the band often had the sharper groove of a small combo – and even when hitting some older moments from Gillespie's earlier years, they still kept a modern edge in their approach – thanks to arrangements by AK Salim, Tadd Dameron, Benny Golson, Quincy Jones, and Dizzy himself. Titles include "School Days", "I Remember Clifford", "Manteca", "Dizzy's Blues", "Cool Breeze", and "Doodlin". CD also features a full bonus side from another album – Dizzy Gillespie with Mary Lou Williams At Newport – featuring Mary Lou Williams with the same group, on titles that include the extended "Zodiac Suite", plus "Carioca" and "Night In Tunisia". CD

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GoblinPhenomena (180 gram pressing) ... LP
AMS (Italy), 1985. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99
A seminal Italian horror soundtrack, played by the great Goblin, and created for this totally creepy film by Dario Argento! The band are using a lot of airy keyboards and electronics here – in broad washes of sound filled with evil and darkness, instead of some of the group's usual funkier rhythms. Not that the whole score's slow and moody, though, because some of the tracks have a nice early 80s electronic feel – like late Tangerine Dream, or instrumental Ultravox. Plus, a few themes have very haunting vocals, set to very creepy orchestrations! Titles include "The Wind", "Sleepwalking", "Jennifer", and "Jennifer's Friends". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion IncRitual ... CD
Omega/Mr Bongo (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Fierce funky grooves from the legendary Nico Gomez – a set cooked up in Europe, but heavy with influences from the other side of the Atlantic – from Havana all the way up to New York! There's definitely a Latin groove to the record – one that's similar to other Gomez productions – but there's also lots of heavy funk at the bottom – with basslines that drive most numbers along boldly, really raw percussion played with a nice sense of spontaneity, and these super-tight keyboards and guitars that you might find in American funk! The mix of modes is very much in the best spirit of contemporary groups like Chakachas or Lafayette Afro Rock Band – and titles include "Caballo Negro", "Lupita", "Baila Chibiquiban", "Pa! Pa! Pa! Pa!", "One Note Samba", "Cuba Libre", and "El Condor Pasa". CD

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Grab BagAudio Directions Presents The Grab Bag ... LP
Direct Disk, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
An obscure little session of funky fusiony jazz – cut for the Direct Disk label by a bunch of Nashville studio players. The overall sound's pretty nice, with kind of a groovy sound library approach to jazz funk – and the band's got some good Fender Rhodes and Clavinet moments, plus tight reed work, and female vocals on a few cuts. Tracks include "Peace Piece", "We Can Fly", "Emergence", and "Itutu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New Al GreenTokyo Live ... CD
Cream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. Used ... $8.99
A tasty double-live set from Al Green – one that has him working through longer versions of tunes than you'd hear on his studio albums, and really doing great in front of an appreciative Japanese crowd! The overall approach here is a bit more modern than on some of his older Hi albums – as the band uses the extra space to make things a bit more uptempo and really push the groove – but Al's vocals still hold the whole set together nicely, especially on the numbers where he lets loose a bit more. Linda Jones is one of the backup singers on the set – and titles include "Belle", "Let's Get Married", "Love & Happiness", "I Feel Good", "Dream", "God Blessed Our Love", "You Ought To Be With Me", and "Tired Of Being Alone". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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John Gregory OrchestraTV's Greatest Detective Hits ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Excellent work from Brit easy bandleader John Gregory – an assortment of 70s police and crime themes, played by a big band with a nice soundtrack-y finish! Nearly all the tunes are uptempo, and the feel of the record is very much in the same vein as Henry Mancini's Cop Show Themes album – although perhaps with a bit less electronics. Titles include "Theme From SWAT", "Harry O", "Streets Of San Francisco", "Cannon", "Rockford Files", "Kojak", "McCloud", "Police Woman", and "Six-Million Dollar Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Johnny GriffinNight Lady ... CD
Philips/Universal (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $8.99
A rare European gem from Johnny Griffin – recorded in quartet formation with backing from the rhythm trio of the Clarke Boland Big Band! Johnny was working with the trio in the bigger group at the time, but he gets plenty of space to state his case here – stretching out on hard-bitten, almost-modern solos that are some of his most adventurous to date on record – supported strongly on the album's longish tracks by Francy Boland on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums! There's a quality to Griffin's tone that's incredible – urgent, edgey, but never too far out – completely in command of itself, and able to run free, but without wasting at note at all – unlike some of his over-stretched European solos of later years. The set features beautiful long readings of Boland's "Night Lady" and "Old Stuff", plus Griffin's "Scrabble", and versions of "Summertime", "All The Things You Are", and "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day". CD

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Friedrich GuldaFrom Vienna With Jazz ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A wonderful session, with a strong MPS/Saba vibe! Players include Benny Bailey on trumpet, Erich Kleinschuster on trombone, Sahib Shihab on baritone and alto, and Jimmy Woode on bass! Titles include the 3-part "Music For Piano & Band", plus "The Veiled Old Land". LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, some tape on the spine, and a bit of pen on back.)

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Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton Quintet In Hi Fi ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Chico's earliest albums for Pacific Jazz – a set of tightly arranged tracks with a cool chamber feel to them – featuring a lineup that includes Buddy Collette on reeds, Fred Katz on cello, Jim Hall on guitar, and Carson Smith on bass. Collette, Katz, and Hall are at the height of their powers here – a bit restricted, perhaps, but in the way that Hamilton was using to craft some of the more creative sounds of the 50s LA jazz scene – perfectly shaped and formed throughout! Just about every band member contributed a song and an arrangement to the album – and titles include "The Ghost", "Chrissie", "Jonalah", "Sleepy Slept Here", "Drums West", "The Squimp", and "Sleep". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)

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Lionel HamptonOff Into A Black Thing ... LP
Brunswick, 1976. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the hippest albums ever cut by Lionel Hampton – a badass batch of 70s funk tunes, recorded with arrangements from the Chicago powerhouse team at Brunswick Records! Lionel's vibes are mixed with tight drums, sweet bass, and some very soulful arrangements that make even the mellower tracks feel like they've been lifted from some lost blacksploitation soundtrack. Includes great versions of 2 Willie Henderson tunes – "Off Into A Black Thing" and "Funky Chicken", both of which sound even better than the originals with the vibes in place – plus the tracks "Easy", "Shut Your Mouth", "I Found Sunshine", and "One Man Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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New Slide HamptonSlide Hampton And His Horn Of Plenty ... LP
Strand, 1959. Very Good- ... $14.99
An excellent 1959 session that was Slides first as a leader, and which featured Freddie Hubbard, Booker Little, and George Coleman on horns – as well as Pete LaRoca on drums! The format is in that tightly-controlled early Hampton mode – not really big band, but a small combo take on the style – with wonderful breakout solos, and a real flair for soulful arranging that brings out the best in the group – even on the more straight ahead tunes! Titles include "Althea", "Jazz Corner", "Go East Young Man", and "Newport". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original orange label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover is in nice shape.)

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Harpers BizarreHarpers Bizarre 4 ... LP
Reprise, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The 4th, and unfortunately, the last Warner album by Harpers Bizarre – one of the few testaments of genius left to us by this incredible group! The record shows the group moving past the sweet pop and dreamy nostalgia of earlier albums – tentatively stepping into the haze of the late 60s LA scene with a blend of songs that share a lot musically with earlier work, but which also seem to have a more adult approach to some of their themes. Arrangements are by the group mostly – with help from pop geniuses like Jack Nitzsche, Nick De Caro, Lenny Waronker, Harry Nilsson, and Perry Botkin Jr. The harmonies are sublime – and the group effortlessly blends original tunes like "Soft Soundin Music", "All Through The Night", "When The Band Begins To Play", and "There's No Time Like Today, along with bizarre covers like "Hard To Handle", "Something Better", "I Love You Alice B Toklas", and Jim Pepper's "Witchi Tai To", which is worth the price of the record alone! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker and a small split on the spine.)

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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1971. New Copy ... $3.99 4.98
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago soul star! The album's masterful blend of spiritual soul tracks that plumb the depths of Donny's dark soul – done with a level of sophistication that you won't hear in other soul albums from the time! Classic cuts include "A Song For You", "She is My Lady", "Giving Up", and "Take a Love Song" – plus versions of "Put Your Hand In The Hand" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". The record also includes the great funky cut "Magnificent Sanctuary Band", which has some nice haaaard drums at the beginning, and which has been sampled who knows how many times! Plus, this CD includes 2 bonus cuts – the great "Be There", and Donny's holiday hit "This Christmas", which we never tire of hearing! CD

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

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Isaac Hayes & Dionne WarwickMan & A Woman ... CD
ABC/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful duet set from Ike Hayes and Dionne Warwick – one that draws on the classiest side of the Hayes spectrum, and uses his groove to help Dionne find some great new energy! Even in performance, the music has that great rich quality that Isaac always brought to his solo recordings in the 70s – with strings, backup singers, and some tight undercurrents that help keep things soulful throughout – really cutting through the schmaltz of Ike's shiny tux on the cover! Dionne really sparkles in his company – and the record features duo numbers, solo spots, and even some nice medley tracks. The band behind the pair are electric, mellow, and very soulful – and titles include "Can't Hide Love", "Chocolate Chip", "Then Came You", "Come Live With Me", "Unity", and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "I Say A Little Prayer", done nicely in a medley together. CD

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Lee Hazlewood & OthersThere's A Dream I've Been Saving – Lee Hazlewood Industries 1966 to 1971 (4CDs/DVD) ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs + DVD ... $73.99 89.99
Incredible work from the legendary Lee Hazlewood – music and images that blow away his previous generation of creation for MGM, Mercury, and Warner Brothers – served up here in a package that really captures all the genius of Hazlewood during these amazing years! The package features 4CDs, 107 tracks of music – 2CDs that include every single album, 45, and unreleased masters that Lee Hazlewood recorded for his own LHI imprint (including the full albums Cowboy In Sweden, Cowboy & The Lady, and Requiem For An Almost Lady) – 2 more CDs that feature all the key tracks from LHI artists like International Submarine Band, Sanford Clark, Honey LTD, Lynn Castle, Hamilton Streetcar, and many others – including 14 unreleased tracks. Then, you also get this incredible 172 page hardcover book – as bit as a giant LP box, with rare photos, liner notes, history, Lee Hazelwood timeline, and lots lots more. Then, you get the totally great film Cowboy In Sweden on a DVD – a rare 1970, hour-long film done by Lee in Sweden. And this special box also features a flexi-disc of rare studio chatter from Lee – and even a reproduction of his business card as well! CD

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HeatwaveHot Property ... LP
Epic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Man, these guys never seem to miss – and always come up with some great little tunes that snap along in a really compelling way! This album might be easy to overlook in favor of the band's bigger classics, but it's a stone winner all the way through – with a number of tunes that groove on beautifully with tight hooks, skipping beats, warm vocals, and that beautifully compressed production style that always gave Heatwave a sound that slide perfectly into an AM soul radio groove. And sure, there's a few hooks here that feel like they're "borrowed" from some of the bigger hits – but they work wonderfully as a reprise of greatness, and keep us half stepping into the album even more. Titles include "Razzle Dazzle", "Eyeballin", "Raise A Blaze", "First Day Of Snow", "One Night Tan", "All Talked Out", "Disco", and "Therm Warfare". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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Heavy WeatherMovin Easy ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Killer funk from Heavy Weather – a contemporary combo, but one who groove like it's 1982! The group have a tight ensemble approach that rivals that of The Gap Band, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun at their best – all instrumentation right on the money, with a sharp focus that hardly belies the size of the group! The sound is sharp and tight, but never slick or smooth – and these guys use a fair bit of keyboards amidst their snapping grooves and basslines – but always with a touch that's more than warm enough to match the vocals. Butch Ingram produced – and the set shows all his great experience in funky soul over the years – and titles include "Movin Easy", "Let The Music Take You On A Ride", "Ain't No Thang", "Wonderlove", "Stick To It", and "I Came To Dance". CD

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New Karl Hector & The MalcounsCoomassi EP (limited edition) ... LP
Now Again, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
Funky African-inspired instrumentals from Karl Hector & The Malcouns – the third and purported final entry in their limited vinyl EP series – and they cover a pretty expansive range of madly percussive, heavily rhythmic territory on it! Each side has tracks that run the gamut from stripped down percussion, to horn-heavy jazz funk, to organ-drenched guitar psychedelia. They're such a tight, cohesive band, the material adheres brilliantly, even though each successive track bears the influences of different regions and recording eras. That shouldn't come as a surprise, given the players' histories in the diverse global funk underground of the past decade +, but it never ceases to blow our minds. Includes "Omebele (Reprise)", "The Cave", "Beyond Squares", "Chess Break", "Coomassi", "Irtijal", and "Medium Rare Pt 1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl only release with hand silk screened cover by Anti Designs – limited to 1000 copies and Now Again promises it will not be repressed!!)

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Neal HeftiSinging Instrumentals ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
Hefti was one of the grooviest of the bigger band arrangers during the 50s – and thanks to Basie, and a few well-placed soundtracks, he had the chance to really experiment with some unusual combinations of material that proved to leave him with an incredible legacy. This album is a perfect showcase for Hefti's unusual talents, as it has him leading a nice little group of swing players (Charlie Barnet, Hank D'Amico, Lou McGarity, and others) in combination with the Ray Charles Singers, on a set of very groovy vocalese jazz tracks. At the record's best moments, the overall feel is sort of like Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross with Basie – as the group keep fairly in the "vocal instrumental" range, and solo wordlessly over the band's tight soulful rhythms. Tracks include "Jersey Bounce", "Opus 1", "Skyliner", "Summit Ridge Drive", "Back Beat Boogie", and "Intermission Riff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Epic pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & a partially split top seam.)

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New Heliocentrics13 Degrees Of Reality ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
If this is reality, lead us onward – as the set is a mindblowing batch of trippy psych-funk from The Heliocentrics – even more offbeat and experimental than before, in ways that make the combo the true heirs to the legacy first begun by Stark Reality! The album's definitely funky at the core, but it's also filled with loads of amazing sounds – instruments tuned weirdly, played weirdly, and produced weirdly – so that over the heavy drums, there's often lots of freaky, fuzzy bits and tripped-out sounds – in ways that make the record feel like some lost acid trip outtakes from the Westbound studios of the early 70s – or like some obscure funk band that dropped acid at Andy Warhol's loft! The packaging offers up a visual example of what your ears will be going through when you tune into the music – and titles include "Mysterious Ways", "Collateral Damage", "Black Sky", "Calabash", "Path Of The Black Sun", "Mr Owusu I Presume", "Eastern Begena", and loads of cool interlude tracks too. LP, Vinyl record album

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HeliocentricsFallen Angels – The Singles Collection (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 2009. Used ... $9.99
Interstellar funk, cosmic jazz and spacey live band hip hop from Malcolm Catto & the Heliocentrics –incredible material from one of most mindblowing combos in the global hip hop funk underground! The tracks on Fallen Angels were compiled from vinyl only EPs on Now Again, as well as some previously unreleased tracks, and it's a pretty impeccable display of the diverse shades of soundscapes the group trades in. The drums and bass skew towards gritty classic funk, with distant, dusty organ groove, off kilter percussion, and unpredictable washes of sound. Includes both the instrumental and vocal versions of "Distant Star" with Percee P and Doom, plus the "Sirius B" remix with Vast Aire and "Before I Die" with Guilty Simpson – tracks that showcase their pretty much unrivaled abilility to bring their diverse style into a leftfield hip hop realm, plus the planet rocking jazz funk on "The Oracle" and "Dance Of The Dogons, Pt 2", plus "Space Time Girl", "The Gorn", "Vibrations Of The Fallen Angels" and Noise". CD
(The Heliocentrics vinyl EP cuts plus exclusive tracks – limited edition CD produced for the Japanese market!)

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Richard Hell & The VoidoidsDestiny Street ... LP
Red Star, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The second full album from Richard Hell & The Voidoids – issued with a bit less fanfare than the first, but still every bit as essential! Five years have passed since Blank Generation, but Hell's wit and energy are as sharp as ever – and if anything, The Voidoids have really fused into a really cohesive unit – not a slicker band, but one that has a powerful sense of instrumentation to match Richard's vocals – especially in the great guitar work of Robert Quine! Judging from the grainy cover image, Hell is keeping things as real as ever – which definitely comes through in titles that include "Time", "The Kid With The Replaceable Head", "You Gotta Move", "Downtown At Dawn", "Lowest Common Denominator", "I Can Only Give You Everything", and "Ignore The Door". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie Henderson & The Soul ExplosionFunky Chicken (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Killer work from one of the funkiest leaders on the Chicago scene – the mighty mighty Willie Henderson, force behind some of the city's greatest soul tracks and funky 45s! This album's like a stack of lost funky nuggets laid back to back – with lots and lots of bass-heavy grooving from the band, and plenty of instrumental riffing on guitar and horns! Most tracks are instrumental, but often feature some nice shouted or spoken bits – and the whole thing's stuffed to the rafters with great breaks, beats, and grooves! Titles include "Funky Chicken (parts 1 & 2)", "Off Into A Black Thing", "Soulful Football", "Sugar Sugar", "Can I Change My Mind", and "Is It Something You Got". This CD is overflowing with great bonus cuts too – 7 more numbers that include "The Whole Thing", "Loose Booty", "Harlem", "Break Your Back", "Windjammer", and two untitled instrumentals! CD

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Jon HendricksRecorded In Person At The Trident ... LP
Smash, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Great live set recorded by Jon Hendricks during a time when he was making his home in the artsy community of Sausalito, on the San Francisco Bay. The set's recorded at the town's tiny Trident club, where Jon played for a while on a very regular basis, and the feeling is very relaxed and comfortable. The band includes players who would go on to make more of a name for themselves in the 70's – like Noel Jewkes and Flip Nunez – but the real focus is on Jon's rich, raspy, always-swingin' vocals. There's a lot of nice uptempo tracks that demonstrate his agile vocalese skills, including readings of "Yeh Yeh", "Watermelon Man", "Gimme That Wine", "Stockholm Sweetnin", and "Jon's Mumbles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label promo. Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track three. Cover has ring & edge wear, a bit of splitting on the bottom seam, and some stains and promo stamps on the back.)

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HermanI've Made Up My Mind ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $21.99
A really compelling talent from early 70s Brunswick Records – by an artist who's got the same sort of genre-crossing vibe as Rodriguez, Jose Feliciano, or the team of Alzo & Udine! Herman hails from Colombia, but was a high school student in Miami at the time of this album – yet he also works with a great quartet of Chicago soul talents – Carl Davis and Eugene Record on production, Tom Tom Washington on arrangements, and Willie Henderson directing the whole band! The result is a unique hybrid of modes – folksy acoustic guitar from Herman, vocals that have a slightly progressive feel, and backings that sometimes groove in a Chicago soul mode, and sometimes go for a deeper vibe overall. Most tunes are originals penned by Herman – and titles include "Bring On The Rain", "I've Made Up My Mind", "Save The USA", "Stephy", "I Wanna Be Young Again", and "Take A Look At Me". CD

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Woody HermanDouble Exposure ... LP
Chess/Cadet, Late 60s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
Forget everything you know about Woody Herman – and enjoy this amazing record! The album compiles sides that Woody recorded at the end of the 60s, when he was working with the Chess/Cadet team on some fantastic funky big band material. Most of the tracks feature arrangements by Richard Evans, the genius behind many of the best Chess soul recordings – and he gives the tracks a funky sound that you'd never expect from Woody Herman. The whole album's a total delight, and we never tire of listening to it – especially the version of "Ponteio", plus "The Hut", "Sex Machine", "Lancaster Gate", "Light My Fire", and a great early version of Donny Hathaway's "Flying Easy"! Hathaway also plays organ on some tracks, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Woody HermanGiant Steps ... LP
Fantasy, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Genius 70s work from Woody Herman – funky big band with electric touches, served up on a range of wonderful tunes! Woody's still at the helm of the group on saxes and clarinet – but as with other Fantasy and Cadet albums, the real thanks here goes to arrangers – who include Bill Stapleton, Alan Broadbent, Tony Klatka, and Richard Evans – who's making a brief post-Cadet appearance here to serve up a fierce version of his classic "First Thing I Do" – a jazzy reworking of the Joyce Williams tune, done here with a nice break, wah-wah guitar, and a real badass soundtrack style! Rhythm players include Joe Beck and Ray Barretto – and the whole album's great throughout. Titles include "Think On Me", "A Child Is Born", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "First Thing I Do", "Giant Steps", and a great take on Chick Corea's "La Fiesta", complete with electric piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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Woody HermanHeavy Exposure ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Excellent stuff – a record that we love it to death, and listen to all the time! Woody Herman's band meets the soulful arrangements of Richard Evans, and the whole thing cooks nicely in the Chess studios in Chicago. The result is a tasty blend of soulful big band tracks, with a strident groove that Woody never duplicated, and with the kind of baroque arrangements that Evans was bringing to some of the best soul work on Cadet at the time. Donny Hathaway plays organ, and the group does a killer version of his own "Flying Easy". Other titles include "The Hut", "Sex Machine", and "It's Your Thing" – but it's all great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Woody HermanLight My Fire ... LP
Cadet, 1968. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A masterpiece – one of 2 crazy albums in which Woody Herman's late band meets the Cadet arrangements of Richard Evans. You might think the combination wouldn't work – Woody's big band flourishes meeting up with Evans' compressed soulful grooves – but gosh, the record is simply incredible, and it's one that we'd never part with in a million billion years! Worth it alone for the version of Edu Lobo's "Pontieo", but there's lots of other nice stuff – like "I Say A Little Prayer", "Hush", "Keep On Keepin On", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear & a name in pen.)

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Woody HermanRaven Speaks ... LP
Fantasy, 1972. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Hip Woody – recorded right after his years with Cadet, and in a similar funky big band vein! The record's got a very nice version of "Fat Mama", plus one of our all-time favorites, "Alone Again Naturally"! Players include Harold Danko on Fender Rhodes, Pat Martino on guitar, and Al Johnson on bass. Other tunes include "Bill's Blues", "Sandia Chicao", and "It's Too Late". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a promo ink stamp, and a bit of pencil on back.)

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Woody HermanWoody Herman At The Roundtable ... LP
Roulette, Late 50s. Very Good ... $0.99
One of the hippest albums you could ever find from Woody Herman – hardly a big band outing, and instead a small combo set with Nat Adderley on trumpet, Charlie Byrd on guitar, and Eddie Costa on vibes. And Woody even plays a bit of alto sax, too! Titles include "Princess M", "Deacon & The Elder", "Black Nightgown", "Pea Soup", and "Just A Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Forum pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, light stains, and faded marker.)

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Hiatus KaiyoteTawk Tomahawk ... CD
Flying Buddha, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! Haitus Kaiyote has a sound that's steeped in cosmic soul, moody soul jazz and the artier/synth and programmed atmosphere of spacier moodscape figures like Flying Lotus – but it's band-based and song-based in a way that could really break Hiatus Kaiyote in a big way. Includes "Mobius Streak", "The World It Softly Lulls", "Leap Frog", "Malika", "Ocelot", "Boom Child", "Lace Skull", "Rainbow Rhodes", "Sphinx Gate" and "Nakamarra" – plus a bonus version of "Nakamarra" featuring Q-Tip! CD

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Red HollowayBrother Red ... CD
Prestige, 1964. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
Nice double-length CD that brings together tuff soul jazz tenor tracks culled from some mid 60s sessions that Red Holloway cut with Brother Jack McDuff. Some of the tracks appeared on the albums Cookin' Together and The Dynamic Jack McDuff, and the material is a mix of quartet sides and larger group ones, with Benny Golson directing the band. Red's in the pocket all the way through, and it's a real treat to hear him trading lines with Brother Jack's firey organ. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Bossa Nova West", "Redwood City", "Shout Brother", and "Rail Head". Very groovy! CD

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Carl Holmes & The CommandersTwist Party At The Roundtable ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
Although he's best known by our ears for his 70s funk masterpiece Investigation No 1, back in the 60s Carl Holmes was working with a groovy combo called The Commanders – and cut this hard-wailing album of soul tracks for Atlantic! The set's got "twist" in the title, which might make you suspect some cheapo cash-in – but it's not that at all, and really cooks with a raw party soul energy that's quite unique for the time – even at Atlantic! Some of the tracks on the album run a bit longer than usual, really letting the combo stretch out on sax, guitar, and electric piano – and vocalist Marco King shouts his way through some of the tunes – calling in the band and really creating this raw energy that's totally great. We half suspect the album may have been recorded live, given the sound of the set – and the whole thing's a key link between 50s R&B Atlantic, and some of the label's harder soul of the 60s. Titles include "Ain't Got No Money", "Good Good Lovin", "I Can't Sit Down", "Lonely Winds", "Roundtable Twist", "Mashed Potatoes", and "Twist It Baby". CD

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Richard Groove HolmesBook Of The Blues Vol 1 ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $2.99
Forget the "blues" in the title – because the set's as much a soul jazz cooker as any of Groove's classic records for Prestige! The format's a bit different than usual – in that Groove solos on Hammond over large arrangements by Onzy Matthews – in a sweet organ/big band mode that's got plenty of bounce! The tunes are mostly from R&B sources, but done here with a groovy 60s approach – and titles include "Organ Grinder", "Mean Old Frisco Blues", "Your Red Wagon", "In The Dark", and "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town". LP, Vinyl record album
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Richard Groove HolmesHunk A Funk (Night Glider/New Groove) ... LP
Groove Merchant, Early 70s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A double-length set that features 2 Groove Holmes albums for Groove Merchant! First up is Night Glider – an album that has Groove's funky organ riffing nicely over some tight larger arrangements! The style is really great, and a nice departure from the smaller combo Groove Holmes sound of the 60s – more in keeping with his later Blue Note work, in that the organ's in the lead, grooving soulfully, and the rest of the band vamps and comps behind him with a tight style that's almost in the soundtrack mode! Players include Pretty Purdie on drums, Horace Ott on electric piano, and Seldon Powell on tenor – and Horace Ott wrote two nice originals – "Night Glider" and "Flyjack" – and Groove contributed "Pure Cane Sugar". Other tracks include "Go Away Little Girl", "Young & Foolish", and "One Mint Julep". Next up is New Groove – a monumental batch of organ jazz groovers – recorded with some larger backings from Manny Albam, and a super-dope, super-funk sort of 70s feel that's really outta site! The tracks are lean and very rhythmically oriented – all instruments grooving very strictly on the beat, except for Groove's wailing Hammond – which takes off over the top in some fierce musical flights! Bernard Purdie chops up some wicked drums on the set, and titles include "Red Onion", "Meditation", "Good Vibrations", "Chu Chu", and the solid groover "You've Got it Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)

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Richard Groove HolmesX-77 – Recorded Live At The Lighthouse ... LP
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Nice live session that features Groove on a competing organ to the classic Hammond B-3 – the Hammond X-77. The sound is pretty much the same, though, despite the album's tag as a showcase for the instrument. The album is, though, a great live set featuring Groove smokin' along on tracks like "Loping", "Licks Aplenty", "Heavy Groove", and "Polk Salad Annie" – and with a band that includes Paul Humphrey on drums and Thornel Schwartz on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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New Freddie HubbardBody & The Soul ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Very Good- Gatefold ... $29.99
A real standout in the early career of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – a very unique session that has him working with some larger arrangements in the background – blowing these magical solos over the top, while still hitting a great edge with the rest of the musicians as well! There's a sound here that's unlike anything else we can think of – including other big band trumpet dates of the time – partly because the set features a fair bit of arrangements by Wayne Shorter – a very rare side of his talents, but one that's equally as soulful as his sublime small group albums of the time. The record has an undeniable depth right from the start – magical, mystical, and very soulful – with a group that includes Eric Dolphy and Wayne Shorter on saxes, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass. Tracks include "Chocolate Shake", "Thermo", "Clarence's Place", and "Aries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing, with RVG stamp.)
 
 
 



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