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VariousKenny Dope & Keb Darge Presents Kay Dee Records Vol 2 ... CD
Kay Dee, 1970s. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
A treasure trove of rare funk – all hand-picked by Keb Darge and Kenny Dope, two names we trust more than most when it comes to rare funk! Most of these tracks are of 70s vintage, and a handful are presented here in new edits by Kenny – not remixes, and very much in the spirit of the original 45s – but re-presented in ways that bring up the funkiest bits from the bottom! The sound quality here is great – often much clearer than the original 45s – and the package is even better than the first set – a much-needed dose of the funky Kay Dee sound for the CD market. Titles include Kenny Dope mixes of "Save The Youth" by Mellow Madness, "I Wanna Be Loved By You" by Family Of Eve, "Puddin" by Belle Farms Estate, "Shed A Tear" by Rickey Calloway, "Keep Her Happy" by Phillip Wright, and "Masterpiece" by Clarence Reid – plus the cuts "Latin Freak" by 7 Miles Per Hour Band, "Lay It On Me" by Willie Johnson, "I'm Your Man" by Spade Brigade, "Super Strut" by Kashmere Stage Band, and "What It Takes To Live" by Chosen Few Band. CD

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VariousKu-Pow! – British Guitar Instrumental Music Of The Sixties ... CD
El (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99
Explosive Joe Meek instrumentals from the 60s UK scene – with scorchers by The Tornados, The Packabeats, The Moontrekkers, The Fentones, The Ted Taylor Four, The Outlaws, Tony Hatch, The Phantoms and many more! If you're unfamiliar, Meek was a virtuoso producer with a sound and style that was anything but meek – anchored by raw rhythms, searing guitars and electronic embellishments that were far ahead of their time – all fueling these mad instrumentals with touches of R&B, rockabilly, surf and soundtracky styles ranging from sci fi to westerns! Wild, fun stuff that's almost completely instrumental. Titles includes "Theme From 'The Traitors'" and "Evening In Paris" by The Packabeats, "Telstar" and "Earthy" by The Tornados, "Ku-Pow!" and "Sioux Serenade" by The Outlaws, ""There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well" and "Hatashiai" by The Moontrekkers, "The Mexican" by The Fentones, "Cloak And Dagger" by The Echoes, "Taboo" by Sounds Inc", "Checkpoint", "Border Patrol" and ore by Dennis Newey, "Out Of This World" by Tony Hatch and more. 33 tracks in all! CD

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VariousLa Belle Epoque – EMI's French Girls 1965 to 1968 ... CD
EMI (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $7.99
Fab female pop from the French scene of the 60s – a wonderful collection of tunes that features a fair number of artists that we've never heard before! The set goes way past the over-compiled, too-familiar French hits of the time – and moves into the world of the hippest jangle pop and yeh-yeh tunes – many of which have a slightly funky or mod undercurrent at the bottom! This is definitely the kind of older French work that's appealing to younger 21st Century ears – far different than some of the more emotive pop of bigger names, and much more in the style of the groovier grooves that always live up to the best imagined version of Paris in the 60s! Most artists are French, but Sandie Shaw also checks in with one number too – and the set features a total of 20 tracks that include "Les Papillons Noirs" by Michel Arnaud with Serge Gainsbourg, "Partie De Dames" by Liz Brady, "Les Mains Dans Les Poches" by Les Roche Martin, "La Musique Et La Danse" by Christie Laume, "Tu Te Moques De Moi" by Ria Bartok, "Amuse-Toi Bien" by Alice Dona, "Bas Les Pattes" by Liz Brady, "J'y Pense Tout Bas" by Ria Bartok, "Les Trois Coleurs De L'Amour" by Alice Dona, "Tu As Peur De Bruit" by Les Roche Martin, and "Sans Avoir Rien Donne" by Anne Kern. CD

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VariousLe Beat Bespoke Vol 5 – Tailor Made Cuts Compiled By Rob Bailey ... CD
Circle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Underground mod, garage and otherwise raucously R&B-fueled singles from the late 60s – rugged, raw and fuzzy, though melodic and unstoppably danceable, no matter how freaky – and possibly the best yet in the Le Beat Bespoke series! The songs are almost all deeply obscure and completely irresistible – rare stuff from around Europe and the US, plus a few other freak scenes around the world – wild, groovy stuff from The Deep Set, Los Delphines, The Hush, Satin Bells, Maximus, Tobias, Jay & The Hot Kids, The Outcasts and many more! Along with the above-mentioned kaleidoscope of styles on Volume 5 is more than a little bit of funky psych – and it all flows brilliantly thanks to driving dancefloor rhythm and the freewheeling era that Le Beat Bespoke represents! Includes "Make Love" by The Grabbeltons, "Little Tin Soldier" by Billy Joe Young & The Jades, "Automatic Fly" by Early Christian, "That's The Way Life Goes" by The Deep Set, "Sunset Show" by Sense Of Humor, "Turn Out The Lights" by Sand Of Time", "I'd Like To Know" by Tobias, "One Fine Morning" by James Curtis, "Loving You Sometimes" by The Outcasts, "A Better Mind" by Maximus, "Come C'Mon" by Satin Bells and more. 20 tracks on the CD. CD

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VariousLocal Customs – Lone Star Lowlands ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
Rare rock from the Golden Triangle scene of Southeast TX in the late 60s and early 70s – a well-curated overview of the stylistically sprawling material being cut at Mickey Rouse's Lowland Recording Studio in Beaumont! Texas rock of the late 60s and early 70s justifiably brings to mind acts like The 13th Floor Elevators and The Bubble Puppy – tripped out psychedelia in other words, but Texas is huge, and there was a heck of a lot more going on than just the best remembered cult favorites. The music coming out of just the Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Texas "triangle" chronicled here was incredibly diverse. It includes proto TX boogie rock that's a clear precursor to early ZZ Top, harmony flavored numbers that sound closer to Cali than they do The Lone Star State, one track that somehow fuses CS&N with The Beatles and does so with prominent cowbell in the mix (and it's good!!!), punchy psych grit, and swaggering country rock with some twang in the strings that feels a bit more profoundly Texan. You don't need our word that The Numero Group has devoted some serious attention to detail – with a large booklet of notes, photos and histories, plus the impressive Lost In The Golden Triangle "family tree" of the regional musicians involved – as if discovering these long buried regional relics wasn't impressive enough already. Beautiful! 28 tracks on the 2LP version...6 more than on the CD! "Trash One" by the Lowland Studio Band, "Live My Life Today" by Insight Out, "Simple House" by Mother Lion, "Love Of The Morning" by Circus, "Take A Look At Your Friends" by Next Exit, "You Know I Love You" by Roy Briggs & Alton Tew, "Calling Me Home (Demo)" by Donald Thomas and more, plus the LP only tracks "Lizard" by Lowland Studio Band, "Let Me Listen" by Sage, "Groundhog Day" by Boot Hill and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousMood Mosaic Vol 7 – The New Shapes Of Sound ... CD
Partners In Crime (Italy), 2000. New Copy ... $14.99
Very groovy! This series never stops being great – and this 7th volume is a stunning set of mellow jazzy grooves, with kind of a slight 60s easy bent to them! The list of tracks is very nice, with many light lilting groovers – including a number with a good Brazilian feel to them. Titles include "Misturada" by Kjeli Ohman, "A Starlett For You" by Andre Luterau, "Samba Para Norma" by Joel Wanroogenbroek, "Summertime" by Herb Alpert, "We've Only Just Begun" by Frank Cunimondo Trio, "Take Seven" by Roger Roger, "Bim Bom" by Silvio Silvera, "Berimbau" by Americo Bellotto, and "Kidnapping" by Karlheinz Schafer. Nice cover, too! CD

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VariousMore Perfect Harmony – Sweet Soul Groups 1967 to 1975 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Harmony soul – our favorite kind of soul – served up in a sublime batch of 24 rare tunes from the late 60s and early 70s, presented in an all-legit package with great sound and well-done notes! As with the first volume, there's a strong influence here from mid 60s Impressions – a crackling vocal approach that's honest, personal, and heartfelt – and never too smooth, even when the sound is sweet and warm. There's also a few well-chosen female group soul tunes on the set – nicely offsetting the mostly-male approach to harmony with some key cuts that remind us that the girls could often go a deep in the genre as the guys. The whole thing floats along on a heavenly cloud of vocals and lightly-done backings – perfect late nite listening, and a must-have set for any fan of the genre! Titles include "Keep On Trying" by The Invincibles, "Chapel Bells Are Calling" by The Insiders, "You're Gonna Make It" by The Festivals, "Daydreamer" by CC & Company, "I Like The Way You Love Me" by Foxy, "So Glad You're Home" by The Superbs, "Things Will Be Better" by The Just Brothers, "I'm Still Here" by The Notations, "Never Will I" by The Magnificent Seven, and "Someone Else's Arms" by Channel 3. CD

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VariousMukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
Contemporary sounds from Kenya, but music with a very timeless feel – recorded live at different locations in Mukungi village, and often just featuring spare instrumentation and a bit of voice! The quality of the work goes way beyond other ethnographic recordings – as the sound quality is impeccable, and really brings out a lot of the unusual sounds in these styles – music that mixes elements from a range of percussion instruments, plus metal rings, hand claps, bells, oboe, rattles, and more – even some bottle tops, a metal tray, and the bung'o horn! The vocals are often relatively rootsy, and some tracks are all instrumental – and the package is as compelling a contemporary collection as some of the Honest Jons sets of work from much older years. Titles include "Bamba", "Bung'O", "Ndema", "Dena", "Mambodze", "Matatizo", "Pepo Mlume", "Chela", and "Gaserego". CD
Also available Mukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya (2 x 10" LPs with CD) ... LP 15.99

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VariousMukunguni – New Recordings From Coast Province Kenya (2 x 10" LPs with CD) ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 2013. New Copy 2 x 10" LPs & CD Gat ... $15.99
Contemporary sounds from Kenya, but music with a very timeless feel – recorded live at different locations in Mukungi village, and often just featuring spare instrumentation and a bit of voice! The quality of the work goes way beyond other ethnographic recordings – as the sound quality is impeccable, and really brings out a lot of the unusual sounds in these styles – music that mixes elements from a range of percussion instruments, plus metal rings, hand claps, bells, oboe, rattles, and more – even some bottle tops, a metal tray, and the bung'o horn! The vocals are often relatively rootsy, and some tracks are all instrumental – and the package is as compelling a contemporary collection as some of the Honest Jons sets of work from much older years. Titles include "Bamba", "Bung'O", "Ndema", "Dena", "Mambodze", "Matatizo", "Pepo Mlume", "Chela", and "Gaserego". LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousMusic City Vocal Groups – Greasy Love Songs Of Teenage Romance, Regret, Hope, & Despair ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
A wealth of rare group soul and doo wop from the Bay Area scene – a good deal of which has never been issued before! The work here comes from the same Music City studios that have been brought to light in recent years as a treasure trove of 60s soul and 70s funk – and these tracks represent the rich legacy at Music City in the years before – the company's really special talent for recording vocal groups in all of their power! Many of the acts here are young, and have a nicely gritty feel – free from some of the more polished modes that were creeping into east coast doo wop at the end of the 50s, and much more in a stripped-down street corner mode – even though the Bay Area probably didn't boast as many street corners as New York or Philly! Instrumentation is often relatively spare – just a slight bit of rhythm that really lets the singers take the lead – and the set features a whopping 50 tracks in all, 34 of which appear here for the first time ever. Includes work by The Italics, The Klix, Bob & Jessie, The Corvettes, The Pagans, The Midnights, The 5 Campbells, The Holidays, The Girls, The Echotones, and many others. CD

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VariousNew Orleans Funk – The Original Sound Of Funk Vol 2 – Second Line Strut ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
An incredible follow up to the first New Orleans Funk compilation on Soul Jazz – even harder-hitting than the first, and filled with funky rare gems! This set took nearly a decade to follow the first, but it's been well worth the wait – and the crew at Soul Jazz have clearly used all that time to dig way past the obvious on the New Orleans scene, and come up with a really incredible batch of all-funky cuts all the way through! Even if you've got a dozen other New Orleans funk collections in your collection, you'll find plenty here to win you over – as the package goes out of its way to pull cuts from rare singles and under-reissued material – then wraps the whole thing up with the usual extra-thorough Soul Jazz approach to liner notes and details. And while some of the names are familiar here, they're nicely interspersed with lesser-known folks who keep things fresh – making for a winning lineup that really sets a new standard for this sort of set. Titles include "The Twitch" by Danny White, "Street Parade" by Earl King, "Four Corners" by Lee Dorsey, "Hot Tamales" by The Prime Mates, "Tequila" by Allen Toussaint, "Right Place Wrong Time" by Ray J, "Gossip" by Cyril Neville, "Hold On Help Is On The Way" by G Davis & R Tyler, "Funky Belly" by Warren Lee, "I'm Mr Big Stuff" by Jimmy Hicks, "The Rubber Band" by Eddie Bo, "12 Red Roses" by Betty Harris, "What Do You See In Her" by Inell Young, "You Keep Me Hanging On" by Bonnie & Sheila, "Yeah You're Right You Know You're Right" by The Gaturs, "The Tap" by Porgy Jones, and "Bo Diddley" by Art Neville. CD

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VariousPhilly International Dance Classics Vol 1 ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1970s/1984. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A half dozen great soul and dance cuts from the label that dominated commercial R&B throughout the latter half of the 70s: "Love Is The Message" and "Mysteries Of The World" by MFSB, "For The Love Of Money" by the O'Jays, "Breaking & Entering" by Dee Dee Sharp Gamble, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice and "Music Is My Way Of Life" by Patti Labelle. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousQat, Coffee, & Qambus – Raw 45s From Yemen ... CD
Parlortone/Dust To Digital, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare 45s from Yemen – rawly, though crystal clear in both sound and emotion – a real eye-opener of a set compiled by Chris Menist! We've had little chance to hear Yemeni music of this period or any other – and judging from this set, these are sounds we want to explore and experience. Yearning ballads with clattering percussion, equally enthralling vocal numbers accompanied by handclaps and female backup vocals, melodies and rhythms from oud and other instrumentation. Very nicely done! Includes "Ya Mun Dakhal Bahr Al-Hawa (Hey, Who Enters The Sea Of Passion?)" by Fatimah Al-Zaelaeyah, "Raee Al-Gamel (The Owner Of Beauty)" by Ahmed Al Aoneedar, "Bellah Alek Wa Mosafer (Hey You, Passenger!)" by Ayob Absi, "Haya Abu-Saif (Welcome Saif's Father)" by Amna Hizam, "Amsi Sameer Al-Nojoom (Night Stars Watcher)" by Ahmad Al-Harazi and more. CD

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VariousReal Series Vol 1 – Mixed By Frankie Feliciano ... CD
BBE/Ricanstruction (UK), 2005. Used ... $6.99
Frankie Feliciano serves up a wonderfully soulful batch of modern house tunes – all pulled from the catalog of the Ricanstruction label of the past few years, and done in a globe-spanning array of styles and influences! There's a really solidly New York groove running through the set – that 21st century style that has more than enough space for differing themes and musical ideas, often letting them percolate together nicely within the course of a single tune. CD features a 17 track selection – all mixed back to back by Frankie – with titles that include "Invitation" by Gigolo Supreme, "Inthadeep" by Karizma, "Quero Amar" by Outra Nota, "Hindsight" by Beady Belle, "Don't Ever Give Up" by Innervision, "UC Anthem (sax mix)" by Marlon D, "Deep (house music)" by Mr V feat Miss Patty, "Something With Jazz" by Mr V, "Listen For It" by Markus Enochson with Ingela Olson, and "Punch Up" by Laid. CD

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VariousResurrection – Rock Chretien Et Messes Rhythmees Du Quebec 1964 to 1978 ... CD
Mucho Gusto (Canada), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $13.99
Church rock from 60s Quebec – a surprisingly great set of work that's way better than you might think from the concept! French Canada has always been strongly Catholic place – but it's also one that's pretty creatively inspired, too – so it's no surprise that in the wake of Vatican 2, lots of younger musicians were trying to find a way to get the message across – but in cool, groovy styles that really show the changes in sounds at the time! Some of these cuts are as freaky and fantastic as those heard on psych compilations from the Mucho Gusto label – and others have a cool funky approach – with lots of weird rhythms and offbeat instrumentation that's hardly what you'd expect to hear when walking into a church – and more in line with some of the more experimental rock-mass work from the US. Titles include "Raconte Moi" by Les Nocturnes, "Pierre" by Michel Conte, "Dieu Ne Se Mange Plus" by Jacques Michel, "Rappelle Toi Seigneur" by Steve Fiset, "Si Tous Les Hommes Voulaint" by Touladi & Gilles Jerome, "Ma Petite Esperance" by Les Messageres De Joi, "J'Ai Grand Desire De Votre Amour" by Les Allegros, "Gloire A Toi Tu Viens Nous Sauver" by Operation Jeunesse, and "Alleluia" by Pierre Labelle & Rene Angelil. CD
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VariousSister Bossa Vol 4 – Cool Jazzy Cuts With A Brazilian Flavour ... CD
Irma (Italy), 2003. Used ... $8.99
A sunny mix of grooves that's every bit as charming as its title might imply – the 4th volume in Irma Records collection of their most bossa-inspired tracks! The groove here isn't as straight bossa as some other compilations of this type – rather, the musicians have taken the warmth and rhythms of Brazil, and used them to inspire new tracks with a range of expressions and styles. Titles include "Ebatule" by Belladonna, "Magnifica" by Zeb, "When The Rain Begins To Fall" by LTJ Xperience with Joe Bataan, "In Select" by Stockholm Cyclo, "Gangchen Gompa" by United Peace Voices, "Forro De Pe (Belladonna rmx)" by Banda Favela, "Ipanema Girl" by Dirty Worx feat Barbara Mendes, "Fica Mal Com Deus" by Koorax, and "Incidental Montage" by Freetempo. CD
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VariousSoul Ecstasy – Real 70s/80s Soul For Those Who Feel Soul ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
Sublime soul all the way through – a tremendous set of modern and mellow cuts from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – all put together with a really beautiful feel! There's a perfect balance here – between mainstream and underground, laidback and grooving – the classiest sort of soul from the time, and work that's light years away from both disco dancefloors and chart-oriented cuts. Expansion Records' Ralph Tee put the package together, and his approach here really takes us back to the time when the label first started catching our ear with their subtle, sophisticated approach to soul. Many tracks here haven't been reissued before, and even those that have sound wonderful in the company of the rest. Titles include "If You're Ready" by Beau Williams, "Let's Go All The Way" by Gayle Adams, "The Good Side Of Love" by Ronnie McNeir, "We're In Ecstasy" by Hubert Laws, "Evening Of Love" by Main Ingredient, "It's Alright With Me" by Patti Labelle, "Say You Love Me Girl" by Breakwater, "Never Had A Love Like This Before (inst)" by Tavares, "Here We Go Again (parts 1 & 2)" by Isley Brothers, "I Want To Be Where You Are" by Ronnie Dyson, "Can You Find The Time" by Champaign, "How Do You Take Your Love" by Major Harris, and "What About My Love" by Damaris Carbaugh. CD

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VariousSound Of Philadelphia – Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... $5.99
A sweet little set of classic 70s Philly – one of the best collections of work by the team of Gamble & Huff we've ever seen! There's nothing too obscure or offbeat here – and instead, the collection focuses mostly on the massive crossover tracks produced by the pair back in the day – the landmark soul that not only redefined the sound of Philly, but also the 70s as well! And while most of this material has been on the market often over the years, it's still pretty darn nice to see it all clustered together in one place. Most titles are the full-length album versions – and the CD features 14 tracks that include "Me & Mrs Jones" by Billy Paul, "When Will I See You Again" by Three Degrees, "TSOP" by MFSB, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "I'll Always Love My Mama" by The Intruders, "Use Ta Be My Girl" by The O'Jays, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls, "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Love Train" by The O'Jays, "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead, "Close The Door" by Teddy Pendergrass, and "If You Only Knew" by Patti LaBelle. CD
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VariousStudio One Rocksteady – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 28.99
Great early work from the legendary Studio One – and some important sounds that really show the link between Jamaican reggae and American soul! The grooves at this point draw heavily from the US soul and R&B that had been hitting Jamaican shores via radio broadcasts from up north – but they also already have a Kingston influence coming heavily into the mix – in the stepping rhythms, bubbling instrumentation, and mellow production of the cuts! The instrumentation here is wonderful – lots of special little touches on organ, tenor, bass, or drums – in that key Studio One way – and the vocals have a flow that really works well with the echoey production on most numbers too. A few tunes show some early social and political themes – and titles include "Stars" by The Eternals, "Joy In The Morning" by The Gaylads, "My Ambition" by Marcia Griffith, "Throw Me Corn" by Larry & Alvin, "Lick It Back" by Duke Morgan, "Pack Up" by The Classics, "Fancy Make Up" by John Holt, "Whisper To Me" by Cecile Campbell, "Hurting Me" by Alton Ellis, "Our Thing" by Jackie Mittoo, and "Row Fisherman Row" by Wailing Souls. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStudio One Ska ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Another chapter in the Studio One story, as told by the top notch selectors at Soul Jazz, and as with the earlier editions in their Studio One series, this one's another mighty batch of Jamaican rhythm and blues. Like so many other Coxsone Dodd productions, you can hear the foundations of many future generations of Jamaican music running through these titles, 17 jaunty ska numbers laced with jazz inflected solos laid down by Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Jackie Mittoo and the Skatalites, or harmonized vocals courtesy the Ethiopians, Maytals and others. As you've come to expect, this is an ace package with excellent notes and archival photos, loaded down with classic performances and hard to get nuggets, too! With Jackie Mittoo's "El Bang Bang", Ken Boothe & Stranger Cole "Arte Bella", The Wailers "Put It On", The Skatalites "Addis Ababa" and "Exodus", Joe Higgs "I'm The Song My Enemies Sing", Delroy Wilson "I Want Justice", Tommy McCook "Sampson" and "Freedom Sounds", The Maytals "Marching On", Don Drummond "Don Cosmic", Andy & Joey "You're Wondering Now" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSweet Soul Music 1975 – 24 Scorching Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $21.99 23.99
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also done with a full color booklet that's over 60 pages long – filled with track-by-track notes on the tunes, and filled with great photos, images, and historical data – an overall package put together by liner note giant Bill Dahl! The whole thing's a perfect soul music time capsule – with the depth of production that we've always loved in Bear Family releases for other genres. 24 tracks that include "Lady Marmalade" by Labelle, "Shackin Up" by Barbara Mason, "This Will Be" by Natalie Cole, "Rockin Chair" by Gwen McCrae, "Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players, "Fight The Power (part 1)" by Isley Brothers, "Boogie Fever" by The Sylvers, "Hold Back The Night" by The Trammps, "Sweet Thing" by Rufus, "Love Machine (part 1)" by The Miracles, and "It Only Takes A Minute" by Tavares. CD

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VariousVamps Et Vampire – The Songs Of Serge Gainsbourg ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99
Serge Gainsbourg never slept – and during his short time on this planet, managed to cut not only a host of incredible records for himself, but also write and produce some amazing music for a whole host of female singers too! The work on this set is mostly French – and features a range that goes past just the likely compatriots from Serge's inner circle, to include bigger names from Parisian pop who were touched by his sublime songwriting skills, and his innate ear for a sexy groove! The album's a wonderfully focused collection of female French numbers – all of which have that undeniable slinky sound we love in Gainsbourg's own recordings too. Titles include "Pour Aimer Il Faut Etre Trois" by Isabelle Aubert, "Les Yeux Pour Pleurer" by Nana Mouskouri, "La Chanson De Prevert" by Vicky Autier, "La Javanaise" by Juliette Greco, "Baudelaire" by Catherine Sauvage, "Les Sucettes" by France Gall, "Elastique" by Charlotte Gainsbourg, "Tandem" by Vanessa Paradis, "Lulu" by Bambou, "Con C'Est Con Ces Consequences" by Jane Birkin, "L'Anamour" by Francoise Hardy, "Reves Et Caravells" by Michele Arnaud, "Jane B" by Jane Birkin, "Hier Ou Demain" by Marianne Faithfull, "Strip Tease" by Juliette Greco, and "Contact" by Brigitte Bardot. CD

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VariousVision Shared – A Tribute To Woody Guthrie And Leadbelly ... LP
Columbia, 1988. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
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VariousVital Organs ... CD
Groovy Sounds, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
One of the cookingest funky compilations we've ever carried – a monster batch of 10 funky Hammond organ tracks, all pretty darn obscure! The set was done under the supervision of New York Funk 45 DJ Mr Fine Wine – and features a stunning batch of tunes that are all plenty darn hard to find – and filled with heavy drums, roaring basslines, and super-smoking work on keyboards! Plus, unlike lots of other dodgy sets on the market, the whole thing's totally legit – and very well researched and thought out. Titles include "Cool Dad" by Ross Carnegie, "The Hatch" by The TMGs, "Every Time part 2" by Buddy McKnight, "Soul Power" by Jimmy Willis, "Foot Stumping" by The Organics, "Put Your Weight On It part 1" by The Filmore St Soul Rebellions, "Shimmy" by Toussaint McCall, and "Don't Give A Damn" by King Cain/Silvertone Band. Great! CD

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VariousWants List – 17 Soulful Rare Grooves ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great tribute to the concept of the "wants list" – that crumpled piece of paper that nearly every record collector carries around with them, a listing of hard to find recordings that they're always trying to track down! The set is a great mix of obscure 60s and 70s soul, with a real focus on the kinds of cuts that are all pretty darn important – but also equally hard to track down on their own. Mellow soul is the dominant groove here, making the package a winning set of some killer tunes that are equally appealing now as they were back in the day! Titles include "Touch Me Take Me" by Rita Wright, "Light My Fire" by Erma Franklin, "This Feeling's Rated X-Tra" by Carl Carlton, "One Girl Too Late" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "Let Me Be" by The Duncans, "Mon Belle Amour" by Ann Pebbles, "I Think I'm Falling In Love With You" by Natural High, "I Just Got To Know" by Bennie Johnson, "City Of Brotherly Love" by Soul Survivors, "I'm Always Dancing To The Music" by Benny Golson, "Making Love" by Lou Ragland & GLO, "Hearts & Flowers" by GC Cameron, and "Beware" by Lou Courtney. CD

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Dave Baby CortezDave Baby Cortez In Orbit ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Around August 6, 2014
An excellent album of organ instrumentals from Dave Cortez – not as funky as his 70s work, but nice, jazzy, and soulful, with a much harder edge than his earlier work! Arrangements and production are by Henry Glover – who's given the set a strong soul instrumental groove, and who also managed to pick up a wailing tenor sax player who really makes the set cook, but who's unfortunately uncredited! Loads of jukebox slammers – and titles include "Belly Rub (parts 1 & 2)", "In Orbit", "Countdown (parts 1 & 2)", "Sticks & Stones", and "Peg Leg". CD

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LabellePressure Cookin' ... CD
RCA/ (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Around August 20, 2014
An earlier and relatively underappreciated classic from LaBelle – with both high energy funk and laidback spacey soul touches – a great album somehow left behind in the digital era until this CD! The group had hit their stride by this point, even if the Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle alliance was a bit more of a wild card than on more predictable efforts, reaching for a number of styles while searching for a way to make the transition from their earlier career as a simple soul girl group. The exploration pays off, as there's a number of good funky numbers on the album – and some righteous political lyricism in the mix, too! The even riff on a version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", as led into byt the cutf "Something In The Air" – and other numbers include "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)", "Mr. Music Man", "Goin' On a Holiday", "Open Up Your Heart", "Let Me See You In The Light" and "Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood?". CD

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MarcelsBlue Moon ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Around September 10, 2014
A solid album of harmony group tracks from The Marcels – a mixed group that scored super-big with their fab reading of "Blue Moon", the cut which kicks off this LP! The rest of the cuts on the album follow in that mode – and the strength of the set (with arrangements by Bert Keyes) shows that the group had plenty to offer past their hit. Titles include "Most Of All", "Teeter Totter Love", "Crazy Bells", "A Fallen Tear", "Goodbye To Love", and "Sweet Was The Wine". CD

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MC5Back In The USA (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Atlantic/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Mid-August, 2014
The 5's first studio album, and arguably their best overall. It's not quite as loose around the edges as Kick Out The Jams – a much tighter exercise than you'd expect from the boys after that live monster. Loud, rebellious juvenile teen anthems, as played by guys who were so burly in their early 20s you'd think they were vintage pro wrestlers. Pure rawk greatness! Includes "Tutti Frutti", "Teenage Lust", "High School", "Shakin Street", "The Human Being Lawnmower" and "Back In The USA". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ennio MorriconeIl Grande Silenzio/Un Bellissimo Novembre ... CD
Beat (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... Late July, 2014
Beautiful work from Ennio Morricone – 2 soundtracks from different genres of film, but both linked together nicely through their styles! Il Grande Silenzio is a spaghetti western, but Morricone's music for the film is remarkably sweet – done in that blend of light melody, isolated instrumentation, and slight electric touches that show up on some of his best work of the Mondo Morricone era. A few tracks are more dramatic or moody, but there's a great feel overall – set up by the theme "Il Grande Silenzio", and followed up by tunes that include "Viaggio", "Voci Nel Deserto", "E L'Amore Verra", and "Invito All'Amore". Un Bellissimo Novembre is a completely different style of film – one that deals with the flowering of young love – but it's also got some sweet Morricone themes that sparkle nicely, done with lusher string orchestrations, but also some key touches that include whistling and a bit of that trademark Morricone "boing"! Includes vocal and instrumental versions of the tune "Nuddu" – plus "Sensi", "Buio Mattino", and "Ancora Piu Dolcemente". CD

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SpidersSpiders – The Imperial Sessions ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy 2CDs ... Mid-August, 2014
Lost harmony soul by an excellent New Orleans vocal group! The Spiders were certainly not chart-toppers in their day – but they did get the chance to cut a great number of singles in the 50s for the Imperial label, who were having some great luck on the Crescent City scene with other singers. The set is a rich document of the group's talent – important not only because New Orleans wasn't really as big a hub of vocal groups as cities like New York or Chicago, but also because soul singer Chuck Carbo was a member of the group, and did some fantastic leads! 47 titles in all – and tracks include "John The Revelator", "Is It True", "Witchcraft", "You're The One", "Mellow Mama", "Lost & Bewildered", "Tears Begin To Flow", "Why Do I Love You", "I'm Slipping In", "Sukey, Sukey, Sukey", "Bells In My Heart", "I'm Searchin", and "Better Be On My Way". CD

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VariousFrom Alamo To El Dorado – Great Western TV & Movie Soundtracks ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Mid-August, 2014
Beautiful, simply beautiful! The set features 23 tracks from a range of western-themed movies and TV shows – not really spaghetti westerns, but the sort of popular American work of the 50s and 60s, which often starred bigger names in show business, and which features popular vocal themes interpreted by chart stars of the time. The approach is quite different than most of our other soundtrack selections – a wealth of groovy pop vocal tunes united through western themes, and compiled together in a fantastic package with images from the films. Titles include "Fury" by The Prarie Chiefs, "The Man From Laramie" by Al Martino, "The Ballad Of Cat Ballou" by Nat King Cole & Stubby Kaye, "The Lonely Man" by Tennesse Ernie Ford, "Man With True Grit" by Glen Campbell, "Buttons & Bows" by Bob Hope, "The Wind The Wind" by Dean Martin, "Old Turkey Buzzard" by Jose Feliciano, "Marmalade Molasses & Honey" by Andy Williams, "The Legend Of Wyatt Earp" by Shorty Long, "Stagecoach To Cheyenne" by Wayne Newton, and "Bronco" by Johnny Gregory. CD

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VariousNiney The Observer Productions – Messages From Trenchtown ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Late April, 2014 (delayed)
Niney productions from the fertile early-to-mid 70s period – after so many great productions for singer Dennis Brown – and working with a number of top notch Jamaican artists – including Leroy Smart, Max Romeo, Delroy Wilson, Ken Booth and more! Stellar recordings made at Dynamic and Joe Gibbs and the legendary players working there at the time. Includes "Stages Of Life" by Dennis Brown, "Trust The Book" by Versatiles, "Give It Up" by Tamlins, "Namibia" by Ken Boothe, "Change My Life" by Alton Ellis, "My Heart Is Clean" by Cornell Campbell "Pretty Girl" by Delroy Wilson, "Don't Be Prejudice" by Max Romeo, "Two In One/Reach The Border" by Gregory Isaacs and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Les BaxterHell's Belles (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sidewalk/La La Land, 1969. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60s, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats. The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy guitars to give a razor sharp edge to the groove! A few tracks have vocals, but it's the funk rock instrumentals that drive this one into pulp soundtrack classic status. Highlights include the classics "Hogin' Machine" and "Hot Wind", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Soul Groove", "Chain Fight", "Dan's Theme", "Scoobee Doo" and the killer "Wheels (Main Title Theme)". This great limited edition CD version has a 4 bonus tracks made up of the full version of the end title song, medleys of shorter cues from the film, instrumental bits and more. "Travelin' Man", "Take It From Me (Source)/Gila Monster/Cathy Left Behind /Mongoose Gets Beans", "Gang Rides Through The Hills/Tosses Bike Over Bank/Snake Or Rope" and more. CD
(Limited to 1200 copies!!)

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Cado BelleCado Belle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really sweet debut from Cado Belle – a Scottish 70s combo from the same scene as Average White Band – but one who've got this sunny, soulful feel that's a lot like the best of the Bay Area scene of the time! The group have some great blue-eyed vocals in the lead from Maggie Reilly – a singer who mixes in a lot of jazz elements that work perfect with the light fusion groove of the other members – a style that never tries to get too funky or too over the top, but which coasts along in a nice replica of Cali cool soul! Titles include "All Too Familiar", "I Name This Ship Survival", "Rough Diamonds", "Got To Love", "Stones Throw From Nowhere", and "Rocked To Stony Silence". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Over", "September", "Play It Once For Me", "Gimme Little Sign", and "I Name This Ship Survival (Ashley Beedle re-edit)". CD

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New Eastern RebellionJust One Of Those Nights At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Music Masters, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A great live set from Cedar Walton's Eastern Rebellion group – still held down by the core team of Walton and drummer Billy Higgins, and featuring some great tenor work from Ralph Moore, plus bass by David Williams. Moore's presence is always a welcome thing on any session – and the longer live tracks on this session really let him stretch out with the kind of imaginative blowing we've always come to expect in his work. The titles are mostly familiar, but the setting is fresh, and titles include "Something In Common", "A Child Is Born", "Seven Minds", "Django", and "Jacob's Ladder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Patti LabelleClassic Moments (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Def Soul, 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Pharoah SandersMoon Child ... CD
Timeless (Netherlands), 1989. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful late 80s work from Pharoah – a wonderfully uncomplicated session that still has a great degree of soul! The album was recorded in Paris, with a quintet that includes William Henderson on acoustic piano, Stafford James on bass, Eddie Moore on drums, and Cheikh Tidiane Fale on percussion – and the overall approach is a bit more straight ahead than on some of Sanders' other albums – but in a really great way! The tunes are long and introspective – all done with spiritual rhythmic approaches, letting Pharoah open up on tenor and soprano sax – but never in a way that's overblown or overdone. The solos are perfectly placed – with wonderful phrasing and tone, rich in the colors that we've always loved on Sanders' work, but which can sometimes get lost in the confusion of an over-ambitious session. Titles include "Moon Child", "Moon Rays", "Soon", "Moniebah", and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes". CD
(Bellaphon/Timeless pressing.)

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New Sarah VaughanHow Long Has This Been Going On ... LP
Pablo, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A great little date – one that's presented here with a really classic sense of jazz vocal recording, but oddly the kind of record that Sarah Vaughn hardly ever got to make back in the 50s! The setting is spare and simple – backing by a quartet that includes Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Ray Brown, and Louis Bellson – but all players are nicely relaxed here, and never too uptight, or trying to over-express their place in the lineup – and instead step forward gently, quietly, to match Sarah's wonderfully mature vocals on the record. Titles include "Easy Living", "You're Blase", "More Than You Know", "Teach Me Tonight", "Body & Soul", "How Long Has This Been Going On", and "Midnight Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in large letters on both sides, and clear tape along the spine & seams.)

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New AC DCBack In Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The start of a whole new chapter – with "Shoot To Thrill", "Rock & Roll Ain't Noise Pollution", "Hells Bells", "Back In Black", and "Given The Dog A Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover.)

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New AcanthusLe Frisson Des Vampires ... LP
Finders Keepers, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strange, eerie psychedelia and prog steeped soundtrack to the Jean Rollins French vampire film Le Frisson Des Vampires – played by the group Acanthus – a great little set of evocative, stripped down macabre instrumentals and trippy bits of dialogue! Finders Keepers describes the sound by comparing it to lynchpin combos of early prog as affected by "a 1000 year old acid infused blood transfusion", and guess what – that's perfect! Guitar melodies spun very loosely and eerily rolling along with improved bits and creepy sound sound effects – but it never veers into shlocky horror movie music, it's psych-steeped instrumental rock, played in a spooky style. The music is great, and the bits of dialogue (in English) is totally priceless! Includes Funerailles Des Vampires", "Le Frisson Des Vampires", "La Chateau", "Wedding Party (Angoisse Temporelle)", "Occupied Clock", "Who Are You?", "Blood-Cups", "Isabelles Demise", "Night Excursion", "Isa's Ceremony", "Flightless Bird", "The Shiver Of The Vampires", "Envol Vers La Folie" and more. 27 tracks in all – the entire, previously unreleased soundtrack! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Francisco AguabellaAgua De Cuba ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cubop have done it again! This is a brilliant comeback album by the legendary San Francisco conga player Francisco Aquabella, and man, is it a doozy! Aqubella was originally in the group Malo, but he also played on loads of the best west coast Latin sessions of the 70's – so he's extra-experienced in the Latin groove tradition. This new recording is a great session of straight ahead Latin jazz grooves – with performances by the great jazz player Charles Owens on tenor and flute, plus a host of other talented Latin players. The set includes a funky cover of "Watermelon Man", nice jazz takes on "Manteca" and "Milestones", plus orignals like "Aqua De Cuba" and "Salsa Latina". 10 tracks in all, and nice and long! CD

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New Francisco AguabellaH2O ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest new albums from this legendary conga player! Although Francisco Aquabella is probably best known to Dusty Groove customers for his 70's funk classic "Hitting Hard", or his work with the group Malo – in recent years, he's emerged as quite an important player on the Latin jazz scene, and is starting to return to the recording scene in a strong way. This album slightly predates Aguabella's current efforts for Cubop, but it's a similar session, with an excellent Latin jazz groove, and a moody mellow feel that shows Aquabella's heritage as a west coast Latin player. Charles Owens is in the band on reeds, and most of the tracks are instrumentals, with only occasional vocal choruses. The Latin Jazz component of the album is very very strong – and this is a totally satisfying session throughout! Titles include "Short History", "Intensity", "Wood Place", and "Nena". CD

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New Gene AmmonsBad Bossa Nova (aka Jungle Soul) ... LP
Prestige, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding in Bucky Pizzarelli for some nice acoustic embellishments – in a mode that's similar to the soul jazz-com-bossa style used on records like Ike Quebec's Soul Samba or Charlie Rouse's Bossa Nova Bacchanal. The overall rhythms are a bit more complicated, and a bit more soul jazz based than those sets – with Hank Jones on piano, Oliver Jackson on percussion, and Al Hayes adding in some sweet extra bongo! Titles include the classic "Ca'Purange" – plus "Anna", "Yellow Bird", "Cae Cae", and "Moito Mato Grosso". Also issued under the title Jungle Soul! (Ca' Purange). LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has some wear, a peeled mark from sticker removal, some seam splitting, some small stains on the back, and tape on the top seam and spine.)

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New BadfingerAss ... LP
Apple, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rawer Badfinger emerges on Ass – self-produced with a no frills vibe that was apparently something of a controversial way for the boys to record at the time, as Apple initially rejected it. It sounds like great rock & roll to us! Sweet melodies and tuneful songs are still the order of the day, but it isn't sweetened, embellished or lushed up in the studio. Titles include "Apple Of My Eye", "Get Away", "Icicles", "Blind Owl", "I Can Love You", "Timeless" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a sticker spot, and some peeling on one corner.)

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New Pearl Bailey & Louis BellsonHappy Sounds ... LP
Roulette, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear.)

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New Les BaxterHell's Belles ... LP
Sidewalk, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic funkiness! Although Les Baxter's best known for his easy listening work in the late 50s/early 60's, this 1969 biker flick soundtrack is a motherlode of funky funky tracks, and a veritable cornucopia of breakbeats! Highlights include the classics "Hogin' Machine" and "Hot Wind", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Soul Groove" and "Scoobee Doo". The drums are nice and hard, and there's plenty of fuzzy fuzzy guitar to go around nicely! A few tracks have vocals, but the instrumentals more than make up for any weak spots. Essential. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Belle & SebastianSing Jonathan David EP ... CD
Matador, 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New Big MaybelleI've Got A Feelin' – Okeh & Savoy Recordings 1952 to 1956 ... CD
Okeh/Rev-Ola (UK), Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great overview of the important early years of Big Maybelle – work that's probably still some of her best-remembered, all done in a gutsy, soulful style that's every bit as wonderful as 50s R&B on Atlantic from Ruth Brown and Lavern Baker! The package brings together both Maybelle's work for Savoy and Okeh – and in doing so, covers all of her key sides of the mid 50s – some of which are oft-remembered hits, others of which are lesser-known, but even better – in that slightly off-center way that can make obscure R&B still sound great after the passage of many years. CD features 28 titles in all – including the classics "Gabbin Blues" and "Candy" – plus "Ain't No Use", "I'm Getting Long Alright", "You Never Know", "Maybelle's Blues", "Such A Cutie", "So Good To My Baby", "That's A Pretty Good Love", "Ring Dang Dilly", "Pitiful", and "I Don't Want To Cry". CD

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New Dave BrubeckJazz – Red Hot & Cool ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet live set from Dave Brubeck's early years on Columbia Records – recorded in New York, but with all the calculated cool and modern tones Brubeck first forged in the San Francisco scene of the 50s! Paul Desmond's on board on alto sax – really getting a lot of space to stretch out on the album's extended performances, with a haunting, floating tone that really sends us. Remaining members include Bob Bates on bass, and Joe Dodge on drums – and tracks include "Lover", "Love Walked In", "The Duke", "Little Girl Blue", and "Fare Thee Well Annabelle". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a partially split top seam, a small split on the bottom seam, and a sticker and small stains on the back.)

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New ByrdsMr Tambourine Man ... LP
Columbia, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Mr Tambourine Man", "All I Really Want To Do", "It's No Use", "The Bells Of Rhymney", "Spanish Harlem Incident", and "We'll Meet Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 sound mono pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear. Back cover & label have small ink stamps.)
Also available Mr Tambourine Man (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 3.99

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New Cornell CampbellNatty Dread Anthology ... CD
Trojan, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New Bill EvansBill Evans Trio with Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Verve, 1966. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from Bill Evans – one of his rare non-trio sides of the 60s – and a stunning batch of tunes with backings from the mighty Claus Ogerman! Most of the tunes here are of classical origin, but they're recast by Evans and Ogerman with almost a soundtrack sensitivity – Bill's piano up front, moving spaciously at very much its own pace – none of the too-virtuoso styles of other 60s jazz-meets-classical players. And Ogerman's backings are also great too – hardly ever strong, and more just light shading amidst the notes of Bill's piano – beautifully sliding in to bring a nice level of warm to the tunes. Titles include a sublime reading of "Pavane", plus the tracks "Granadas", "Time Remembered", "Blue Interlude", "Elegy", and "My Bells". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful original copy!)

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New Bob Florence Limited EditionWith All The Bells & Whistles ... CD
Mama Foundation, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Funkmaster FlexMix Tape Volume 1 – 60 Minutes Of Funk ... LP
Loud/RCA, 1995. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring parts of some of the hits of 1995 along with 80's some hip hop classics mixed mix-tape style on vinyl. What makes it worthwhile are the 1-3 minute freestyle verses from MC's who you don't always hear on mixtapes. Freestyle verses from Q-Tip, Keith Murray, Redman, Eric Sermon, Fugees, Fat Joe, Big Pun, Busta Rhymes, Method Man, Kaotic Style and a 4-minute speech from KRS-One. Includes "Loud Hangover", "Shook Ones Pt II", "900 Number", "All For One", "Eric B Is President", "Nobody Beats The Biz" and "Rock The Bells", or at least portions of them, and more. . . LP, Vinyl record album

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New Peter GigerFamily Of Percussion ... LP
Aural Exciter, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty cool album of solo percussion tracks – recorded with a style that's somewhere in between avant solo jazz albums from the 70s, and earlier experimental or hi-fi percussion albums from the 60s. Giger wrote and performed all compositions – and instrumentation includes Chinese tom, bells, steel drum, reco-reco, bendir, small basket rattles, Chinese cup cymbals, and timbales. Titles include "Hymn For Her", "Mistral", "Maya's Traum", "Curvas Peligrosas", and "Campanico". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! It's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perfection – with "Call Me", "Let's Stay Together", "Tired Of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "I Can't Get Next To You", "You Ought To Be With Me", "Look What You Done For Me" and "Let's Get Married". This pressing features 5 bonus tracks too – including "Full Of Fire", "Belle", "Sha La La", "LOVE", and "Livin For You". CD

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New Al GreenTokyo Live ... LP
Hi Records/Cream, 1981. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Motown pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Jimmy HeathQuota ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from a player who never ceases to please us! Even at this early point in his career, Jimmy Heath had a soulful hipness that you'd be hard pressed to find in another musician – working with a vision of soul jazz that most other players wouldn't hip to until the 70s. Jimmy wrote most of the tracks on the set, and arranged the album with a style that's as strikingly modern as it is in the pocket and grooving – played superbly by a combo that include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Julius Watkins on French Horn, Cedar Walton on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Albert Heath on drums. Tracks include "Funny Time", "Down Shift", "The Quota", and "Bells & Horns". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer productions pressing, with the microphone logo and a deep groove.)

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New Jimi Hendrix ExperiencePeople, Hell, & Angels (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Experience Hendrix, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What? A brand new album from Jimi Hendrix? Didn't he, uh, check out a few decades ago? Well, turns out that the Experience folks have found some amazing work on the vaults – really incredible tracks that are way more than just a rehash of previous releases, aren't demo recordings at all – and are instead some wonderful work that really comes together well as a long-overdue full album! The set's a stunning smoker through and through – filled with the kind of deft guitar work that made Jimi a legend right from the start – and stuffed into tunes that pack as much of a punch as any of the famous Hendrix singles that have kept spinning for so many years. All tracks are studio recordings, all previously unreleased – and titles include new songs like "Somewhere" and "Hear My Train A Comin", plus studio takes of "Inside Out" and "Bleeding Heart" – and lots more great tracks that include "Earth Blues", "Let Me Love You", "Izabella", "Crash Landing", "Easy Blues", and "Mojo Man". CD
Also available People, Hell, & Angels ... CD 9.99

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New Jerry InmanRFD – Lennon McCartney Country Style ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty sweet – country versions of Beatles tunes – sung by Jerry Inman, and played by a combo with Glen Campbell on guitar! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing!)

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New Isley BrothersGo All The Way ... LP
T Neck, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's the end of the 70s, and the Isleys are still going strong – keeping it real by dropping some of the fake funk of a few years before, and going for a smooth soul sound that would be one of their biggest strengths during the early 80s. This sound can be heard to perfection on the tracks "Say You Will" and "Here We Go Again", both wonderful numbers that have this strident groove that's part "Harvest For The World", part compressed guitars and keyboards working in a smooth wall of sound. Those two alone are more than worth the price of the record, and other titles include "Pass It On", "Go All The Way", and "The Belly Dancer" – all done in the Isleys' trademarked "part 1 & 2" style! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker in one corner on the front, and piece of masking tape with a mark from partial removal on the back.)

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New Jack Kerouac & Steve AllenPoetry For The Beat Generation ... LP
Hanover, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautifully vivid set from Jack Kerouac – one that has him reading his own music set to spare piano accompaniment by Steve Allen – most of which was improvised for the set! The pairing of Kerouac and Allen seems an unlikely one, but it really works well here – as Jack's quite relaxed in the studio, and really reads with a bit more feeling than usual – really put at ease by Allen's surprisingly great piano lines, which never try to dominate, and mostly just tinkle lightly behind Kerouac's recitations. Most numbers are short, and titles include "October In The Railroad Earth", "Deadbelly", "McDougal Street Blues", "I'd Rather Be Thin Than Famous", "Charlie Parker", "Dave Brubeck", and "The Sounds of the Universe Coming in My Window". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear and small splits on the top seam.)

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New KleeerLicense To Dream ... LP
Atlantic, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal 80s work from Kleeer – a really wonderful record with a sound that's a heck of a lot more soulful than some of the group's contemporaries! A lot of the credit here goes to singer/songwriter Woody Cunningham – whose lead vocals really give the album a wonderfully solid feel, and push Kleeer away from the cliches of the keyboard-heavy generation – into a mode that sports tight lyrics, heartfelt leads, and a well-rounded sound that mixes equal parts ballads and groovers. Isabelle Coles makes a great guest appearance on the spacey "Sippin & Kissin", and other tracks include "Running Back To You", "Hypnotized", "License To Dream", and "Say You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear & a spot of marker.)

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New Hans Koller Free SoundFor Marcel Duchamp ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent 70s session from German tenorist Hans Koller and his groovy Free Sound combo! The group plays in tight modal formations, with a guitar/sax frontline that sounds vaguely reminiscent of some of Ornette's work from the time – but with a much freer quality. The band is nice and tight, with a good heavy drum sound, and the usual excellent reed work by Koller. Titles include "Rose Selavy", "Karin", "Kalabash", "Belle Haleine", and "Bourdun Inspiration". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear in one corner.)

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New LabelleNightbirds ... LP
Epic, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s crossover classic, and the album the put LaBelle over the top! The mighty Allen Toussaint is at the helm for this first Epic album to feature the trio of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash – and he really helps the group find an amazing new sound after their somewhat rougher, rootsier efforts for Warner Brothers! The new groove has plenty of Toussaint's New Orleans rhythms in the mix – but the overall sound is a bit smoother too – kind of a classy, clubby take on the Crescent City sound – one that still sounds wonderful after all these years. Most tunes have a vamping rhythm and lots of great electric piano – and titles include the massive hit "Lady Marmalade", the great title track "Nightbirds" – and "Space Children", "All Girl Band", "You Turn Me On", "What Can I Do For You?", and "It Took A Long Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Patti Labelle & The BluebellesDreamer ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably the best early album that Patti Labelle ever recorded – and one that pushes way past the mix of girl group and pop material she'd been handling previously. The record begins with the killer cut "Dreamer", written by Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham – then it moves into a host of great lesser-known tracks and mature compositions, like Curtis Mayfield's "I'm Still Waiting", and the tunes "One Phone Call", "Take Me For A Little While", "Tender Words", "Don't Want To Go On Without You", and Burt Bacharach's great "Always Something There To Remind Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a Demonstration stamp and a stain on the bottom inch.)

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New LeadbellyLeadbelly ... LP
Everest, 1920s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New LeadbellyTake This Hammer ... LP
Verve/Folkways, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some edge wear.)

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New Michel LegrandEva ... CD
Bella Casa (UK), 1962. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic lost soundtrack from Michel Legrand! The score is a lightly jazzy one, done for a film starring Jeanne Moreau and directed by Joseph Losey – and the music's a perfect blend of Legrand's earlier straighter jazz work, with some of his later talent for groovy orchestrations. The overall feel is quite dark – with the kind of jazz-based soundscapes that were showing up in some other French soundtracks at the time, and sweet little noirish feel. Titles include "Water Ski", "At The Bar", "Eva's Room", "Dumped Tivian", "One Morning In Roma", "Eva & Tivian", "The Wedding", and more, plus "Adam & Eve" – which is sung in a vocal version by the great Tony Middleton – and "Loveless Love", sung by "Billy Holiday"! CD

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New Sonny Lester & His OrchestraHow to Belly Dance For Your Husband ... LP
Roulette, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some wear, with some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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New Charles LloydLove-In ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic batch of modal grooves from Charles Lloyd – recorded during the height of his mind-expanding years, with his famous quartet that included Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tracks are long and magical, done with that spiritual spiraling sound that Lloyd was wowing the hippies with at the time – and considering that this set was recorded live at the Fillmore, there were an awful lot of hippies present to be wowed! But the set's also got a charm that lives long past its time – thanks to an expansive vision from Lloyd on flute and tenor, and from Jarrett on piano too. Titles include "Sunday Morning", "Love-in", "Tribal Dance", and "Temple Bells". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a bit of light wear and some light stains.)

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New Paul MauriatLove Is Blue/Cent Mille Chansons (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips/Vocalion (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The French maestro at the height of his powers – heard here on two classics from 1968! Love Is Blue gave Paul Mauriat one of his biggest hits – his tremendous version of Andre Popp's title tune, done with a rolling piano sound that virtually set the standard for instrumental pop at the time! Other tracks follow nicely in the same mode – a real revision of European easy standards, with a leaner, cleaner sound – but an approach that still manages to use full orchestrations too. The blend is completely seductive – on tunes that include "Love Is Blue", "La Source", "Manege", "Pata Pata", "The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Mirabella", and "I'm Coming Home". Cent Mille Chansons doesn't actually feature the number of tracks promised in the title – but it does have Paul Mauriat making some real magic with tunes from a host of European sources – mostly served up with full orchestrations, but also some lead instrument that echoes out strongly. Titles include "J'Ai Peur Jai T'Aime", "Un Rayon De Soleil", "Hey Jude", "Cent Mille Chansons", and "Monia". CD features two bonus tracks – "The Windmills Of Your Mind" and "Samba Bo". CD

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New Howard McGheeComplete Savoy & Dial Masters ... CD
Definitive (Spain), Late 40s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most important work in the career of trumpeter Howard McGhee – late 40s sides recorded for the Savoy and Dial labels, done at a time when McGhee was really at his prime – and not plagued with the personal troubles that marred many of his 50s recordings! Most of the tracks are in small group mode, with a nascent bop sound that's handled perfectly by players that include Teddy Edwards, Dodo Marmarosa, Roy Porter, Jimmy Heath, Milt Jackson, and Hank Jones. The set features 27 tracks in all – and titles include "Trumpet At Tempo", "Talk Of The Town", "Bass C Jam", "Belle From Bunnycock", "The Last Word", "High Wind In Hollywood", "Sleepwalker Boogie", "Surrender", and "Turnip Blood". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Joni MitchellJoni Mitchell ... CD
Reprise, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "I Had A King", "Sistowbell Lane", "The Dawntreader", "Cactus Tree", "Song To A Seagull", "The Pirate Of Penance", "Nathan La Franeer", and "Night In The City". CD

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New Nicole Mitchell's Sonic ProjectionsEmerald Hills ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the sharpest sessions we've heard from Nicole Mitchell in years – a record that still holds onto the spiritual depth she's developed strongly over the past decade, yet one that also returns to some of the bolder avant modes of her roots! The group here is nice and lean – Mitchell on flutes, alongside David Boykin on tenor, Craig Taborn on piano, and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion – a Chicago group recorded in a comfortable local setting, one that really allows them to stretch out and hit new heights! It's great to hear Mitchell hitting so many voices with her instrument – and there's a broad range of tones and moods that really reminds us of the early AACM tradition. Titles include "Surface Of Syrius", "Visitations", "Ritual & Rebellion", "Chocolate Chips", "Wild Life", "Wishes", and "Affirmations". CD

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New Rudy Ray MooreReturn Of Dolemite ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dolemite returns, every bit as raw as on his debut – making for another funky feather in the cap of Rudy Ray Moore during the 70s! The album begins with the extended "Return Of Dolemite" piece – one that's almost a manifesto for Rudy's way of life at the time – and the set then follows with some equally great numbers that benefit strongly from backings by the Fillmore St Soul Rebellion, who provided music on other great Rudy Ray Moore albums of the time! The music really makes some of these cuts great – shifting the mood nicely, and throwing in a hip party groove under Rudy's raunchy comedy routines. The set also features the wild "Grunts & Groans Of Love" – plus "Pimpin Roc", "Return of Dolemite", "Thin Thin Dime", and "Rotadius". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing.)

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New Paulo Moura & Raphael RabelloDois Irmaos ... CD
Milestone, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New MozartSonata No 13 In B Flat Major/12 Variations On La Belle Francoise/Fantasy In C Minor/Sonata No 14 In C Minor – Walter Giesking ... LP
Angel, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Original pressing – with rod-styled inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear and a tiny split in one corner.)

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New NawaAncient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs Of Aleppo (180 gram vinyl – with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Haunting voices from the Sufi side of Islam – recordings of the Nawa vocal group, before the recent Syrian conflict forced them to disband and scatter throughout the Middle East! There's an ancient sensibility to the music – even though the recordings are contemporary – a vibe that's similar to what we first heard in recordings of Bulgarian female choir work many years ago, even though the overall quality of the music is quite different. Individual singers break out with spiritual leads, amidst the chanting and chorus passages of the larger ensemble – all with a very poetic sense of interplay. Titles include "Fasel Al Sawi", "Mowashah Al Refku Be Mattoon", "Fasel Al Jalal", and "Mowashah Dhabya Wadi Al Naqah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Ancient Sufi Invocations & Forgotten Songs Of Aleppo ... CD 11.99

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New New Dalta Ahkri (Leo Smith)Kanto Pri Homaro ... LP
Kabell, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great group led by Leo Smith on a variety of trumpets – with Anthony Davis on acoustic and electric piano, Oliver Lake on flute and saxes, Wes Brown on bass and flute, and Paul Maddox on drums and percussion! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Stevie NicksBella Donna ... LP
Modern, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New PagesPages ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend that only a handful of artists could hit at the time – kind of an "almost to the charts" quality, but one that holds back to make their music more of an underdiscovered secret, too. The album's got lots of fusion touches from musicians who include Victor Feldman, Claudio Slon, Franciso Aguabella, and Randy Brecker – and titles include "Clearly Kim", "I Get It From You", "If I Saw You Again", "Let It Go", and "Love Dance". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New William ParkerThrough Acceptance Of The Mystery Place (with bonus track) ... CD
Centering/Eremite, 1976/1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early genius from William Parker – a set of work inspired by the poems of Kenneth Patchen, and performed with a really vivid sound overall! The players here differ from track to track – and the album comes together almost like a sonic suite – echoing some themes very slightly, not in a musical way, but more of an emotive one – gently lyrical one minute, but more boldly expressive at another. Players include Billy Bang and Polly Bradfield on violin, Toshinori Kondo on alto horn, Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Arthur Williams on trumpet, John Hagen and Charles Brackeen on tenor, and Parker on bass. Titles include "Rattles & Bells & The Light Of The Sea", "Desert Flower", "Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace", and "Commitment". CD also features a bonus track recorded in 1976 – "Face Hands Still Folded", with Billy Bang and Ramsey Ameen on violin, and Parker performing a recitation. CD

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New Harry PartchFrom The Music Of Harry Partch ... LP
CRI, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Good recording of a number of Partch's best works – Castor & Pollux, The Letter, Bewitched, and Cloud-Chamber Music – done with Partch at the helm, leading the Gate 5 Ensemble in a set played on his instruments, and augmented by a chorus. There's loads of Partch's cool percussion toys, bells, and gongs. A nice collection of material, and one that we don't see that often. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ann PeeblesComplete Ann Peebles On Hi Records Vol 2 – 1974-1981 ... CD
Demon (UK), Mid 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second half of Ann Peebles' classic years for Hi Records – tunes that are less well-known than her earlier hits, but equally great overall, with a sweet mellow approach to southern soul that virtually set the tone for all other female singers of the genre! The 2CD set brings together tracks from the albums Tellin It, If This Is Heaven, and The Handwriting Is On The Wall – plus a number of bonus tracks pulled from non-LP singles – all wrapped up in one nicely priced package with a good set of notes and a huge amount of music! Titles include "Mon Belle Amour", "Be For Me", "I'd Rather Leave While I'm In Love", "I'm Leaving You", "Fill This World With Love", "Come To Mama", "I Don't Lend My Man", "It Must Be Love", "The Handwriting Is On The Wall", "Let Your Love Light Shine", and "Old Man With Young Ideas". CD

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New Lee Perry & FriendsRastafari Liveth Itinually ... LP
DIP/Justice League (UK), Mid/Late 70s. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Black Ark soul sides served up here with their funky Upsetters versions! Scratch is fully in his element here, a showcase of jaunty rolling island grooves. It's perhaps not his best known work, but like so much of what he cooked up at the Black Ark, totally essential, from the organ driven rhythm of Juks Dread & Big Youth's "23rd Psalm", to the murky, soulful "Ethiopian Land", to the Upsetter's chugging groove under "Well Judged Dub", voiced as "Judgement Day" by Clive Hilton. Also includes Mystic's "Forward With Jah Orthodox", The Bluebells "Come Along", Watty & Tony's "Rise & Shine" and more. 13 tracks on the vinyl. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow vinyl pressing. Cover has stickers on front.)

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New Noel PointerPhantazia ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet electric fusion from violinist Noel Pointer – a player so great, you'll forget that he's using an instrument you normally associate with sleepier music! Like others of the 70s generation, Pointer plays the violin in a way that's clearly heavily influenced by keyboards of the time – electric in amplification, and worked in a mode that uses the instrument to create waves of sound that flow out amongst the tighter fusion rhythms of the set. Dave Grusin arranged and produced the set – in his best lean soulful mode of the time – and other players include Earl Klugh, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Gadd, and Grusin himself. Titles include "Mirabella", "Night Song", "Living For The City", "Phantazia", and "Wafaring Stranger". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Annie Ross/Christopher LogueLoguerhythms – Songs From The Establishment (plus Red Bird & bonus tracks) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful blend of jazz and poetry – sometimes sung, sometimes spoken – and served up in a set of very hip UK albums from the early 60s! First up is Loguerhythms/Songs From The Establishment – a solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, and returned to her native UK – with words penned by offbeat poet Christopher Logue, and set to music by the combo of drummer Tony Kinsey! The tunes are playful, creative, and just the kind of unusual material that brings out the best in Annie Ross – that amazing spirit she first unlocked with a song like "Twisted", and which she continued with LHR – making the album one of her finest. Titles include "Bellini", "The Ass Song", "The General", "Things", "Go To The Wall", and "Western Ladies". Christopher Logue takes center stage on Red Bird – an album that mixes his spoken poetry with jazzy sounds from the Tony Kinsey Quintet – a very unusual mix, given Logue's style of elocution! The poet speaks with a slightly whimsical sound that's great for the material – mixed with gentle sounds on tenor, trumpet, and vibes – on titles that include "Steep Gloom Among Pine Trees", "Drunk As Drunk On Turpentine", "Tonight I Write Sadly", and "Sometimes It's Like You're Dead". The CD also features 8 more tracks with Annie Ross solo – "Everytime", "The Way You Look Tonight", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "The Song Is You". CD

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New Boz ScaggsMoments ... LP
Columbia, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you think you know Boz Scaggs, think again – because this early Columbia album features a whole different sound! The Scaggs here is a really loose and soulful one – as Boz steps out of the freewheeling late 60s Bay Area scene with a really wonderful take on blue-eyed soul – an approach that's clearly informed by the sound of The Rascals and some of the New York scene, but which also has some tasty California touches that really transform the mood. Boz vocals are pure and straightforward – and the instrumentation on the set has a tight, but laidback sort of feel – no surprise, as Boz' band of the time was really great. There's a real Free Soul sort of feel to the record – and tracks include "Moments", "Downright Women", "Painted Bells", "Alone Alone", "Near You", "We Were Always Sweethearts", "Can I Make It Last", and "We Been Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lalo SchifrinGone With The Wave – Modern Sounds Go Surfing ... LP
Colpix, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not a surf record – but a wonderful batch of groovy groovy jazz! Lalo penned this score for a Bruce Brown-like surfing documentary in the mid 60s – but instead of the usual guitar riffing and bongo drumming on such a score, he used a lot of jagged jazzy lines – working in a bit of light bossa, some heavier Latin rhythms, and plenty of cool instrumentation! The players alone make the set worth having – especially the percussion from Milt Holland, Francisco Aguabella, and Shelly Manne – as well as the light guitar touches from Howard Roberts, Bob Bain, and Laurindo Almeida. Paul Horn plays some great alto sax and flute on the set, Victor Feldman's on piano, and Frank Rosolino's on trombone – and Lalo changes up the instrumentation from track to track to really keep the overall feel of the set incredibly fresh! Titles include "Breaks", "Gone With The Wave", "Taco Taquito", "Halieva Blues", "A Taste Of Bamboo", "Aqua Blues", "Surf Waltz", and "Breaks Bossa Nova". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed stereo pressing!)

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New Sleigh BellsTreats (picture disc) ... LP
Mom + Pop, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(With insert and heavy plastic sleeve, with sticker.)

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New Donna SummerWanderer ... LP
Geffen, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte – with cuts that include "Nightlife", "Running For Cover", "Grand Illusion", "The Wanderer", "Looking Up", and "Stop Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, with a cutout notch.)

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

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New WCGhetto Heisman ... LP
Def Jam, 2002. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Bellin", "Da Get Together", "Bang Loose", "Get Out", "Walk", "Throw Ya Hood Up", "Wanna Ride", "Tears Of a Killa", "Flirt", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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New Yarbrough & PeoplesBe A Winner ... LP
Total Experience, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A winning batch of modern soul from Yarbrough & Peoples – synthy duet soul, bits of funk, and some sweety sultry groovers, too! Y&P do their thing in a number of modes, and that fairly expansive approach to the 80s R&B sound really sets them apart from many of their peers. On one level, the synths and period production touches are kind of slick, but there's enough of a bubbling funky underbelly to give it some grit. Alisa Peoples can deliver a sultry coo or powerhouse lead with equal success, and Calvin Yarbrough is a charismatic partner. "Don't Waste Your Time", "I'm Ready To Jam", "I'll Be There", "I Only Love You", "Be A Winner", "The Power", "Who Said That", "I Gave My All (To You)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousBig Cheese – 12 Tasty Grooves ... LP
Big Cheese (France), 1970s/Early 90s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark compilation – the first to prove to the world that the French knew as much about funk as the Brits! We still get a lot of requests for this one, believe it or not – but it's long out of print, and we can only find it used. Titles include "Chitlin Strut" by The Backyard Heavies, "Funky Belly" by Warren Lee, "Here Comes The Streaker" by High Voltage, "The Jed Clampett" by Sisters & Brothers, "Is It Something You've Got" by Tyrone Davis, "Funky Thing" by Larry Ellis & The Black Hammer, and "Jason Pew Mosso" by The Interpretations. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousInstrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky funky funky – way more so than you might think from the hokey title! The set's overflowing with rare instrumentals pulled from the indie label and funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – very much in the spirit of the Super Funk compilations on BGP, but almost harder-hitting, as the groove's completely without vocals overall – and the range of material is even more obscure than some of the usual BGP/Ace bits! The combos on the set range from rocking R&B combos to early funky jazz outfits – and the recording quality on most of these tracks is nice and rough and ready – with just the right edge to send over these cuts even more! Titles include "More Soul" by Ron Buford, "Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax" by Detroit City Limits, "Chocolate Cherry" by Joe Tex Band, "Humpin" by Frank Armstrong & The Stingers, "Stokin" by Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones, "Thing" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sundance (part 1)" by Lorenzo Holden, "Put Your Weight On It (part 1)" by Fillmore Street Soul Rebellion, "Roly Poly Mickey Lolich" by The Fans, and "Bad On Bad" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. CD
Also available Instrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... LP 19.99

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New VariousKassidat – Raw 45s From Morocco ... CD
Dust To Digital, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pretty amazing music from Morocco – sounds that are definitely as raw as promised in the title, but which also go way past what you might expect as music from 45s! First off, the tunes are much longer than usual for a 7" single – as most numbers are well over 5 minutes in length, and build beautifully through elliptical rhythms that fold back upon themselves and create these really compelling grooves – often with the same sort of hypnotic feel that you'd get from more traditional Moroccan modes. Also, the work is much earthier than you'd expect from 45s recorded in the 60s – almost ethnographic in nature, as percussion, regional instrumentation, and voices are presented without any sense of studio work at all. Dust To Digital really step into a whole new world with this one – working with Moroccan collector David Murray, who also provides a lot of notes and images. Titles include "Ha Howa Ha Howa" by Benasser Oukhoya & Cheikha Hadda Ouakki, "Makh Makh" by Jimimi Lekbir & Fatma Anounya, "Kassidat El Hakka" by Abellah El Magana, "Zine Mlih" by Mohamed Bergam, and "Sidi M'Bark" by Cheikh Mohamed Riffi. CD
Also available Kassidat – Raw 45s From Morocco ... CD 12.99

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New VariousLast Kind Words – 1926 to 1953 ... LP
Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R&B gospel vocal gems, impeccable all around! Titles include "Last Kind Words" by Geechie Wiley, "Church Bells" by Kid Prince Moore, "Catfish Blues" by Robert Petway, "Rolling Log" by Lottie Kimbrough, "That's No Way To Get Along" by Robert Wilkins, "Money Cannot Buy Your Soul" by The Anglin Brothers, "Death Is Only A Dream" by Edward Clayborn and more. LP, Vinyl record album