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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... CD
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". CD
Also available Beatle Beat ... LP 18.99

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Blue BeatsBeatle Beat ... LP
Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
Not The Beatles, but a group who are trying to cash in on their fame – by showing a monstrous Beatle wig on the cover of the album, covering a horde of dancers – and by playing a whole host of instrumentals with a nod to the Brit Invasion! We're guessing the Blue Beats were some American studio combo – as the overall project doesn't have a real UK sound – and they've definitely got their chops, especially on the guitar lines – which are recorded with a nice dose of echo and a good deal of twang, and mixed in with stomping rhythms and the occasional keyboard line. Titles include "The Chocolate Pudding Slop", "The Swingin Spiders' Bo Diddley", "The Fat Kings' Twist", "The Broken Egg Frug", "The Cold Mashed Potato", and "The Big Shoe Twist". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beatle Beat ... CD 11.99

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New VariousAmericana Rock Your Soul Vol 2 – More Blue Eyed Soul & AOR Sounds From The Land Of The Free ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Really soulful sounds from a set of unlikely sources – American grooves from the late 70s that weren't necessarily recorded as soul records – but which really fit in well with the best work of the time! The music here is from a host of obscure indie records – some funk, some jazz, some even rock – but always with a warmly soulful groove that's mighty darn nice – and which sparkles along with some of the best work of the time from much bigger names! If we were to go for a comparison, we might reach for the Fantasy Records/Bay Area scene of the time – especially its way of blending together different styles with a warmer mode and a jazzy finish – something that all the artists here really share. The set's a wonderful discovery – even nicer than the first volume – and we'd honestly never heard most of these cuts before. Titles include "Make Me Believe" by Archie James Cavanaugh, "Night Time Stars" by Joseph Nicoletti, "Hollywood" by Ray Camacho Band, "Hot Ice" by TR's Hot Ice, "Vaya Mulata" by Luc Cousineau, "There's A New Group In Town" by Breakaway, "A Million Stars" by Macky Feary Band, "Without You" by Steve Eaton, and "Here Is Where Your Love Belongs" by Jaye P Morgan. CD

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New Johnny MooreSuch A Wonderful Feeling/Without Your Love ... 7-inch
Blue Rock, Late 90s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Junior WellsJunior Wells Sings Live At The Golden Bear ... CD
Mercury/Blue Rock, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost gem from the late 60s Mercury/Blue Rock years – and a live recording by Junior Wells that's a lot harder than his studio work for the label! The setting is the Golden Bear nightclub – and the feel of the album is very much in the raw electric Chicago mode of the mid 60s, the style that inspired countless rock and soul artists at the time, and which was still pretty intense at the time of the album. The record includes versions of Willie Dixon's "I'm Ready" and "My Babe", plus covers of "Driving Wheel", "Please, Please, Please", and "The Goat". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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New VariousAmericana Rock Your Soul Vol 2 – More Blue Eyed Soul & AOR Sounds From The Land Of The Free (with bonus CD) ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really soulful sounds from a set of unlikely sources – American grooves from the late 70s that weren't necessarily recorded as soul records – but which really fit in well with the best work of the time! The music here is from a host of obscure indie records – some funk, some jazz, some even rock – but always with a warmly soulful groove that's mighty darn nice – and which sparkles along with some of the best work of the time from much bigger names! If we were to go for a comparison, we might reach for the Fantasy Records/Bay Area scene of the time – especially its way of blending together different styles with a warmer mode and a jazzy finish – something that all the artists here really share. The set's a wonderful discovery – even nicer than the first volume – and we'd honestly never heard most of these cuts before. Titles include "Make Me Believe" by Archie James Cavanaugh, "Night Time Stars" by Joseph Nicoletti, "Hollywood" by Ray Camacho Band, "Hot Ice" by TR's Hot Ice, "Vaya Mulata" by Luc Cousineau, "There's A New Group In Town" by Breakaway, "A Million Stars" by Macky Feary Band, "Without You" by Steve Eaton, and "Here Is Where Your Love Belongs" by Jaye P Morgan. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD, too!)
Also available Americana Rock Your Soul Vol 2 – More Blue Eyed Soul & AOR Sounds From The Land Of The Free ... CD 13.99
 
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New Cannonball AdderleyCannonball's Sharpshooters ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A set that's right on target, right from the start – and one that has the young Cannonball Adderley really coming into his groove! The set's a lot more soul jazz-oriented than some of Cannon's records from a few years before – played by a rock-solid group that includes brother Nat Adderley on cornet, Junior Mance on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – hitting a groove that's got plenty of nascent elements of that Cannonball sound that would virtually take over jazz in the 60s! Yet there's also a nicely different vibe going on here too – a bit less structure, and a looser approach to the mode – spun out with some modern moments too, on titles that include "Straight No Chaser", "Jubilation", "Our Delight", "Fuller Bop Man", and "Stay On It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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New Cannonball Adderley QuintetCannonbal Adderley Quintet Plus ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good ... $6.99
An all-star set from Cannonball Adderley – a hip standout in his pre-Capitol years for Riverside! The "plus" in the title is pianist Wynton Kelly – who works with the group wonderfully on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – bringing in a slightly different feel on the keys than you might get from some of Cannon's other albums – slightly lyrical at points, in a really great way. Rhythm is from the rock-solid team of Sam Jones on bass and Louis Hayes on drums – and of course Nat Adderley's also in the group on cornet, and Victor Feldman rounds out the ensemble on vibes, but also plays piano on the tracks that don't feature Kelly. There's a strong undercurrent of Adderley's Riverside soul jazz vibe on the set – and titles include "Arriving Soon", "New Delhi", "Winetone", "Well You Needn't", "Star Eyes", and "Lisa". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover's back paste-on has a small light stain and a small edge rip.)

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New Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic ForcePlanet Rock (voc, inst)/Bonus Beats I ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1982. Very Good ... $5.99
The electro classic, famous in part for that incredibly prescient sample from Kraftwerk that went on to become the basis for what seems like the entire Miami Bass industry for a while – but it's so much more than that. Truly a benchmark record! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Light blue label pressing.)

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Eric AlexanderMode For Mabes ... CD
Delmark, 1998. Used ... $8.99
A dynamic sextet outing from tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander – easily one of the best straight jazz albums recorded by the Delmark label in the 90s, put together with a rock-solid sound all the way through! Alexander's tenor would be enough to make the record great, but the album also features piano from perfect partner Harold Mabern – once Eric's teacher, but a player who's set on fire anew by his presence on dates like these. Other members of the group include trumpeter Jim Rotondi – nicely focused in the frontline here, and matching Alexander and trombonist Steve Davis on the heads with a classic sort of Blue Note energy. Bass is by John Webber and drums are by George Fludas – and titles include a great modal reading of "Naima", plus "Mode For Mabes", "Sugar Ray", "Erik The Red", "Love Thy Neighbor", "Stay Straight", and "For Heaven's Sake". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Joan ArmatradingTo The Limit ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
One of Joan Armatrading's real classics of the 70s – a record that perfectly blends her acoustic soul with some slightly tighter arrangements – but all at a level that still feels really personal and spontaneous! Joan's unique singing style is very much upfront – that individual voice that no other singer's ever been able to touch – and it sounds great next to the sweetly slinky arrangements in the backings, which often mix acoustic guitar from Joan with some mellow keyboards and a slight bit of electric fuzz. There's a great sense of feeling on most tracks – but at a level that's different both from conventional soul or rock – and titles include "Bottom To The Top", "Your Letter", "Am I Blue For You", "You Rope You Tie Me", "Baby I", "Wishing", and "Barefoot & Pregnant". CD

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AssagaiZimbabwe ... CD
Philips/Keyhole (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the hippest blends of African roots and psychedelic sounds ever – a tremendous record from the UK scene at the start of the 70s! The group is a unique blend of the jazz elements of the Blue Notes group from South Africa – Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Dudu Pukwana on alto and vocals, and Louis Moholo on drums – with some rock touches from guitarist Fred Coker, and Ghanian elements on percussion and vocals from Terri Quays! Most of the other players have strong jazz backgrounds, and because of that the set's got a style that's different than the usual Afro rock outing of its type – more far-reaching and cosmic overall, with some especially great passages from Feza, Pukwana, and Coker. Jade Warrior make a guest appearance too – and titles include "Barazinbar", "Wanga", "La La", "Dalani", "Bayeza", "Sanga", "Come Along", and "Kinzambi". CD

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Georgie AuldDancing In The Land Of HI-FI ... LP
Mercury, 1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
Plenty of dancing here – romping rhythms that are a nice change for Georgie Auld, and which make for a perfect foil for his deeper sounds on the tenor! The record's got a bit of Mercury Records rock in the mix – almost a Red Prysock approach at points, mixed with some of the sweeter swing of Georgie's roots – and other players include Ray Linn and Maynard Ferguson on trumpets, and Frank Rosolino on trombone. Titles include "Blue Lou", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Rosetta", "Sweet Lorraine", "Prisoners Song", "Got A Date With An Angel", and "Too Marvelous For Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(Drummer logo pressing. Cover has some white sploches due to oxidation under the plastic, some other aging, a bit of light wear, and some small stains and pencil on the back.)

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Beacon Street UnionEyes Of The Beacon Street Union ... LP
MGM, 1968. Very Good ... $19.99
Melodic psychedelic rock from Boston's Beacon Street Union – one of a pair of great records the group cut for MGM in the late 60s! Eyes Of The Beacon Street Union finds the group stretching out stylistically – from fairly straight forward groove rock with psyche tinged guitars, to stranger piano rock rave ups and weird rhythms. Titles include "Recitation/My Love Is", "Beautiful Delilah", "Four Hundred And Five", "Sadie Said No", "Blue Avenue", "Speed Kills", "Green Destroys The Gold", "The Prophet" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing.)

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New Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Two Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Duke, 1961. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD
Also available Two Steps From The Blues ... LP 9.99

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New Blue CheerVincebus Eruptum ... LP
Philips, 1968. Good+ ... $24.99
Archetypal heavy rock from Blue Cheer – one of THE underground classics of the late 60s! Guitars are firmly, very jammingly in force – and the set's produced to perfection by the legendary Abe "Voco" Kesh. Powerful, fuzzed out, blues based fire at it's most forceful and exhilarating – ultimately setting the bar too high for the group, or altered versions of it, to ever again approach! Titles include their great cover of "Summertime Blues", plus "Doctor Please", "Out Of Focus", "Parchment Farm", "Second Time Around", and "All Night Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing with Abe "Voco" Kesh credit on label. Cover has full "Augustus Stanley Owsley III" text on back, with some edge wear along the top seam and part of the spine. Vinyl plays with a light click or two.)

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Blue MinkReal Mink ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
One of the first albums from Blue Mink – a seminal rock/soul crossover act who really broke bigger in the 70s! The album's strongest asset is singer Madeline Bell, who works in duet form with group leader Roger Cook on most numbers – bringing the record a strongly soulful component that really helps sell some of its beat group leanings. And in the instrumentation department, the group here have plenty of touches from the late 60s Brit beat scene – including strong presence of organ and electric piano, lots of jamming guitar, and an overall approach to the groove that's strongly influenced by American soul and R&B, but which also has jazzy touches. Titles include "Good Morning Freedom", "Gimme Reggae", "Can You Feel It Baby", "Our World", "Sweet & Sour", "I Lose The Game", and "Silk What?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Blue Oyster CultBlue Oyster Cult ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Titles include "I'm On The Lamb But I Ain't No Sheep", "Stairway To The Stars", "Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll", "Redeemed", "Before The Kiss A Redcap", and "Screams". LP, Vinyl record album

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Blues MagoosNever Goin Back To Georgia ... LP
ABC, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
A great bit of work from the re-formed Blues Magoos – a new incarnation of the group that had a few early garage rock hits, and which on this set features some great work by Eric Kaz, who seems to add a hip singer-songwriter feel to the record. The group have clearly been listening to a lot of blues and blue eyed soul, but also seem to have picked up a jazzy edge too – one that shows up nicely on the album's use of vibes. These are heard to wonderful effect on the instrumental groover "Getting Off", the mellow swinging instrumental "Georgia Breakdown", and on the group's funky cover of Joe Cuba's great "El Pito – I'll Never Go Back To Georgia" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Hadda BrooksQueen Of The Boogie & More! ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful compilation the late 40s Modern recordings of piano player, singer and all around musical pioneer Hadda Brooks – with all the tracks from the original Queen Of The Boogie 78s package – and 18 additional tracks from the period! Hadda is a lovely singer, and the set has a number of sweet vocal numbers, but her most lasting impact is no doubt her easygoing, but masterful boogie piano playing. Fittingly, there's a huge number of instrumental treasures here, and it's really tough to imagine a lot of the great R&B and 50s rock and roll piano taking hold if trailblazers like Hadda Brooks didn't get the ball rolling! Includes "Juke Box Boogie", "Bully Wully Boogie", "Boogie At The Bandstand", "Night Life", "Sleepy Time Gal", "Humoresque Boogie", "Strollin' 'N' Rollin'", "Basin Street Blue", "Moonglow", ""743 Blues", "Hungara (Gypsy)", "Greig's Concerto Boogie In A Minor", "Stardust" and more. 24 tracks in all – a solid dozen of which were recorded for Modern in the late 40s, but were never before released! CD

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Kenny BurrellBlue Lights Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Blue Note/Jazz Heritage, 1958. Used 2CD ... $19.99
Some of Kenny's best recordings – especially from the early days! The albums contained on this 2CD set feature Kenny in the company of some of the best late 50's players at Blue Note. Junior Cook and Tina Brooks are on tenor, Duke Jordan or Bobby Timmons play piano, Louis Smith plays trumpet on some tracks, Sam Jones is on bass, and Art Blakey is on drums throughout. The cuts have a very open-ended blowing session feel, and Kenny comes through surprisingly well, really picking up steam on a way you don't always hear in more restrained recordings. The 2-in-1 combo is a nice idea, too – and it gives you all 9 long tracks from these two rare albums, including "Rock Salt", "Chuckin", "Scotch Blues", and "Phinupi". CD
(Out of print.)

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. New Copy ... $15.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD
Also available Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 11.99

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Donald ByrdCreeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967/1981. Used ... $11.99
A rock-solid set from Donald Byrd and a great group of players – a record that's got the same sharp edges and dark undercurrents of late 60s classics like Black Jack, Mustang, and Slow Drag! As with those gems, this album's got Donald really experimenting a bit more – especially with the rhythms – which are put forth by a hip trio that features Chick Corea on piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Mickey Roker on drums! But almost even better is the frontline – with Sonny Red making one of his sublime appearances with Byrd, blowing alto with an edge that's amazing – and frequent partner Pepper Adams, adding plenty of baritone on the deep end. The whole thing's great – oddly unreleased until the start of the 80s – and titles include "Samba Yanta", "I Will Wait For You", "Blues Medium Rare", "The Creeper", "Chico-San", "Early Sunday Morning", and "Blues Well Done". CD
Also available Creeper (Japanese pressing) ... CD 15.99

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Donald Byrd with Clare FischerDonald Byrd With Strings (aka September Afternoon) (plus Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill) ... CD
Discovery/Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used ... $11.99
A heck of a rare slice of Donald Byrd's career – a rare "with strings" session, recorded in 1957, but never issued until a brief 1982 LP on Discovery! The set also marks a rare early large set of arrangements by Clare Fischer – who backs up Byrd's shimmering trumpet lines with some great strings on the album – making for a moody session that's also got some nice modernist touches underneath. Given Byrd's Parisian recordings, and his work for a variety of labels at the time (this one was supposedly done for Warner Brothers), it's interesting to hear his more open style before it was clamped into the tighter Blue Note groove of the 60s. Titles include "Varmeland", "Lazy Afternoon", "Moon Mist", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "Dearly Beloved", and "September Afternoon". Added to this session is a slightly unusual choice – a much harder-edged quartet session from 1956 – Byrd Blows On Beacon Hill. The hard-to-find recording was originally cut for the obscure Transition label, and features a very different side than some of Byrd's other early two-leader sessions – especially as he blows with a warmth and moodiness that we don't normally hear from him at this point. The rest of the group includes Ray Santisi piano, Doug Watkins bass, and Jim Zitano drums – and titles include "Little Rock Getaway", "If I Love Again", "What's New", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Floyd CramerClass Of 68/Class Of 69 ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
The Floyd Cramer sound at the end of the 60s – heard here on two pretty sweet albums! On Class Of 68, Floyd Cramer's piano hits some mighty great grooves in the magical year of 1968 – songs that were then fresh on the charts, all remade by Floyd's mighty talents in the Nashville studios of RCA! The arrangements are a bit more groovy than on some of Cramer's previous records – handled by Bill McElhiney at a level that really opens up for the cool choice of tunes – sweet and sexy instrumental readings of "A Man & A Woman", "Sunny", "The Look Of Love", "Mission Impossible", "Valley Of The Dolls", and "Love Is Blue". Class Of 69 has the previous Nashville groove of Floyd Cramer stretching out to embrace a whole host of styles he never would have touched a few years before – bits of rock, soul, and more – all laid out with some warm arrangements from Don Tweedy! Don keeps things in the relatively mellow, relatively laidback style of earlier Cramer records – but the fresh song choices make for a good sense of variety – on tracks that include "Soulful Strut", "Little Green Apples", "Tragedy", "Seattle", "I Say A Little Prayer", and "What The World Needs Now". CD

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Cornell DupreeTeasin' ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album as a leader by guitarist Cornell Dupree – but one that was recorded after years of jazz, soul, and rock session and sideman work during the 60s and 70s! It's great to finally hear Cornell get out in front of the mix – hitting those lean, stretched-out lines that always made other folks' records sound so great – but which are even better here in the laidback, soulful setting of the album! Other players on the date include familiar partners Bernard Purdie on drums, David Newman on saxophones, Richard Tee on keyboards, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion – and although recorded in New York, there's plenty of southern influences bubbling through the instrumental tracks. Titles include"Teasin", "Jamaican Lady", "Feel All Right", "Blue Nocturne", and "How Long Will It Last". CD

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Ronnie FosterOn The Avenue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps find a new soulful edge for Foster's music – plus great horns from Alfred Ellis, who helps bring a bit of his James Brown influence into the mix! Some of the best cuts feel like blacksploitation funk – with Foster taking long solos over some great instrumental grooves – often with the same offbeat twists and turns, and cool colors he brought to his Two Headed Freap album. Titles include "On The Avenue", "To See A Smile", "First Light", "Serenade To A Rock", and a nice version of Stevie Wonder's "Golden Lady". CD

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Lowell FulsomLowell Fulson – Chess Blues Masters Series ... LP
Chess, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Is it Fulsom or Fulson? We're not going to try and present ourselves as the authority, but what we can tell you is this collection features 27 tracks from the man, mostly raw blues, though a number of cuts are more produced, with full horn section and piano complementing Fulsom's guitar and vocals, and mostly issued as 45s, though many of the numbers were previously unreleased at the time this collection was put together in the mid 70s. The best numbers are stripped down, lean and raw, but there's not much of the funky blues work of the sort he cut for Kent on here. Includes "I Want To Know", "Lonely Hours", 'It's A Long Time", "Rollin' Blues", "Love 'N Things", "Love Grow Cold", "Hung Down Head", "Someday Baby", "I Want To Make Love To You", "Rock This Morning", "Rock 'Em Dead", 'Worry Worry", "I'm Glad You Reconsidered", "Blue Shadows", "Why Don't You Write Me" and "Blue Soul", plus loads more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wide clear tape on the seams and some staining at the bottom.)

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio Recovered – The Remix EP ... LP
Blue Note, 2012. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
Sweet remixes from Robert Glasper's Black Radio album – all of them tunes that sound even more soulful than the originals! Given that the core record itself was a bit of a "remix" – Glasper's keyboards, funky beats, and hip contributions from a range of soul singers – the expansion of those sounds works perfectly here – stretching out the wonderful mix of modes through some sweet tracks that still leave plenty of room for Robert's keyboards. The set includes a totally great 9 minute "Dillalude #2", plus "Twice (?uestlove's Twice Baked rmx)", "Afro Blue (9th Wonder's blue light basement rmx with Phonte)", "Black Radio (Pete Rock rmx)", "Consequences Of Jealousy (Georgia Anne Muldrow's sassy geemix)", and "Letter To Hermione (Robert Glasper & Jewels rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chico HamiltonPeregrinations ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
One more amazing chapter in the mighty development of drummer Chico Hamilton – a killer 70s session for Blue Note – and a record that goes way beyond his earlier experiments of the 50s, modal grooves of the 60s, and funk work for the Flying Dutchman label! The style here is fusion, but way fresher than the usual type – neither jamming rock-styled, nor mellow and smooth – and instead always tickled by Hamilton's sense of a unique rhythm, and his continued great ear for inventive use of reeds – in this case handled by Arthur Blythe on alto and Arnie Lawrence on soprano and tenor sax. The set's also got Steve Turre on bass and trombone, and both Barry Finnerty and Joe Beck on electric guitars – but the real genius is Chico himself, who handled arrangements and wrote most of the album's great tracks. Titles include the exotic number "Abdullah & Abraham" – plus "Andy's Walk", "Peregrinations", "It's About That Time", "Sweet Dreams", "On & Off", "Little Lisa", and "Space For Stacy". CD

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Clay HammondPeace Of Mind – The Best Of Kent & Ronn Records ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Used ... $22.99
A bit of soul, a bit of blues, and a rock-solid sound that's outta sight all the way through! Clay Hammond is a hell of a southern soul singer – one with a range that's sometimes as great as Bobby Blue Bland, and a sweetness that almost echoes an earlier generation of Sam Cooke – while still taking things into some nice deeper soul territory too! The backings here are often nice and tight – never overly polished, but with a focus that really suits Clay's great vocals – and really sets him apart from some of the other singers of this nature at the time. CD features a whopping 25 tracks in all – and titles include "The Good Side Of My Girl", "Take Your Time", "My Jealous Girl", "I'll Make Up To You", "You Messed Up My Mind", "I Got A Letter This Morning", "Ain't That The Way", "Suzy Do It Better Than You", and "You Threw Out Your Lifeline". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Bill HarrisHarris Touch ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Very nice album of short jazzy cuts, recorded by Bill Harris, the guitarist for The Clovers. This Bill's not to be confused with the trombonist Bill, also from the same era – as his sound's a lot more soulful, with nice touches of his R&B roots. Titles include "Golden Sunset", "Baker's Dozen", "Spring", "Rock Bottom Blues", and "The Harris Touch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Side 1 has marks that click a bit on tracks three and four. Cover has some wear, aging, and partially split top and bottom seams.)

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New Harley HatcherWild Wheels ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $6.99
A weird batch of folksy rock tunes – composed and produced by Harley Hatcher for Sidewalk Enterprises, and sounding a lot more like a Sidewalk or Tower soundtrack than something on RCA. The groups are the usual obscurities that would show up on a Mike Curb soundtrack – pictured on the back cover, but still leaving us to wonder if they really existed at all. Tracks include "Holiday Rider" by The Saturday Revue, "Jailer Let Me Go Home" and "A Hurt In My Heart" by Don Epperson, "Playin Hard To Get" by Billie & Blue, and "Wine Women & Song" by Terry Stafford. LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s stereo pressing!)

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New Jimi HendrixHendrix In The West (Authorized Hendrix Family edition) ... CD
Legacy, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $3.99
The great live compilation of classic Hendrix – pulled from incendiary performances at Isle Of Wight in 1970 and other benchmark west coast gigs from '68 to '70! It's as fine of a snapshot of Jimi as you could really hope for, as it features numbers that showcase his fiery blues psych side that pretty much single-handedly change rock guitar forever after, as well as more loosely furnished bluesy jams that demonstrate his love for the blues legends before him. So, it's Jimi paving the way and showing love for his predecessors – and historical importance aside, it's simply great stuff! Some gigs have Noel Redding on bass and others have Billy Cox. Includes "The Queen", "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", "Little Wing", "Fire", "Red House", "Johnny B Goode", "Lover Man", "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)". The 2011 Authorized Hendrix Family Edition has expanded performances and liner notes. CD

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Elmo HopeIntroducing The Elmo Hope Trio/Elmo Hope Quintet (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953/1954/1957. Used ... $12.99
A pretty great little set that combines both of the rare early Elmo Hope 10" LPs for Blue Note – plus some additional material! Introducing The Elmo Hope Trio is seminal early work from Hope – and one of the 10" LP releases that was part of Blue Note's "New Faces – New Sounds" series during the early 50s. Hope's working here with Percy Heath and Philly Joe Jones – and the trio go to town on numbers that include complicated bop tunes like "Carving The Rock" and "Hot Sauce", plus more melodic tunes like "Freffie" and "Mo Is On". As always, Hope proves himself to be one of the greatest pianists in jazz history – right up there with Monk, Herbie Nichols, and Bud Powell, bristling with excitement that few of his contemporaries (save those three) could match! The Elmo Hope Quintet session has Hope grooving in a very modernist approach to bop, working perfectly with a tight little quintet. Frank Foster wails on tenor, Freeman Lee soars on trumpet, and Percy Heath and Art Blakey keep the whole thing going on rhythm – while Hope plays madly on piano, adding in rich tones and colors to a set that might have otherwise been a straighter bop outing. Titles include "Chips", "Crazy", "Abdullah", and "Low Tide". The CD also adds in 2 tracks from the 40 Years Of Jazz collection in 1979 – "It's A Lovely Day Today" and "Crazy (alternate)" – plus 3 from the Art Blakey/Elmo Hope album – "So Nice", "St Elmo's Fire", and "Vaun Ex". CD
(Out of print.)

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International Submarine BandSafe At Home ... CD
Sundazed, 1968. Used ... $9.99
Seminal early country rock from Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band – cut soon before Gram jumped ship to the Byrds for the legendary Sweetheart Of The Rodeo LP! The one-and-only International Submarine Band LP is the first official full length album from Gram Parsons, and probably the record in which GP's deep love of soulful 60s honky tonk is worn most proudly on his sleeve. He covers Merle Haggard's "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", and overall the album sounds a little bit more Bakersfield than San Francisco. Notoriously produced by Lee Hazlewood's gal Suzi Jane Hokem. Essential! Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "A Satisfied Mind", "Folsom Prison Blues/That's Alright", "Miller's Cave", "Luxury Liner", "Strong Boy" and more, plus the previously unreleased bonus track "Knee Deep In The Blues". CD

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New JJ Johnson/Dominic FrontiereCleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold ... CD
Film Score Monthly, 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
An amazing double-header – and a set that really adds a lot more music than we might have expected! First up is a richly expanded version of Cleopatra Jones – one of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz work – and like Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and others who were surprising the world with their ability to score music for a full film during the early 70s, JJ really knocks it out of the park with this one – coming up with a batch of tunes that are a wonderful mix of sophisticated scoring, creative instrumentation, and some damn funky grooves! The title cut features Joe Simon on vocals, and Millie Jackson sings on the cuts "Love Doctor" and "It Hurts So Good". The rest of the set is instrumental, and other cuts include an instrumental take on "Cleopatra Jones", plus "Go Chase Cleo", "Goin To The Chase", "Wrap Up", and "Airport Fight". This new version features 17 bonus tracks from the original film score, not the record – amazing extra music by Carl Brandt, with titles that include "Emdee", "Elevator/Cleo & Captain", "Pot Burn/Mommy/Police Raid", "Ambush", "Doodle Apartment", "Before Crash", and "Snake Crib". CD 2 features some long-lost music from the film Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold – a well-known follow-up to the original movie, but one that was never properly represented on record – making this CD set a long-awaited premiere of the original music for the film! The set features music by Dominic Frontiere – penned in a mix of funky action modes, with some slight exotic touches too, due to the location of the story. Frontiere's in his best soul/funk mode – a side that few folks realize he can do this well – and the music has a slightly different feel than JJ Johnson's Cleo Jones work, but is equally nice. Titles include "Casino Source", "Chopped Meat", "Oymia", "Les Orgie", "Fatman Stomp", "Dead Dragon Lady", and "Pool Hall Rock" – plus the vocal number "Playing With Fire". CD also features 4 more bonus tracks from Cleopatra Jones – including extended versions of the theme, and Pattie Brooks singing "Swing Down Chariot" and "Am I Blue". Great notes too – very full, with lots of photos, in the best Film Score tradition! CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)

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Elvin JonesElvin Jones Coalition ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
A stunning early set as a leader from Elvin Jones – both a tremendous demonstration of the free energy he let loose after the passing of John Coltrane, and a set that's also still got some key Coltrane-esque elements! As with other Jones albums to follow, Elvin's got some key reedmen on hand – George Coleman on tenor, and Frank Foster on tenor, alto, and bass clarinet – both given plenty of room to run around with long solos on the open space of the record – yet without ever blowing off their heads as much as some of the younger players who'd work with Jones. There's no piano at all on the set – just the rock-slid bass of Wilbur Little, and additional congas from Candido next to Elvin's drums. The tracks have a haunting quality that mixes modal grooving with spare moments, and titles include "Simone", "5/4 Thing", "Shinjitu", and a nice version of "Yesterdays". CD
(SHMCD.)

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New JosefusDead Man ... LP
Hookah/Numero, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 15.98
A rare slab of underground hard rock from Josefus – circa 1970, and a good half decade ahead of its time! It's got a walloping, fuzz-drenched blue rock swagger you might expect from subterranean TX rockers at the time – but the Zeppelin-y vocals, and overall dark and sludgy Sabbath-y vibe feels pretty damn prescient for a record made so early in the decade. It's genuinely strong stuff, too – not merely an underground take on nascent hard rock trends, but an impressive mix of accessible heavy rock and TX post-psych swagger. It includes a cover of the Stones' "Gimme Shelter" that sounds like no other version, plus "Crazy Man", "I Need A Woman", "Proposition", "Country Boy", "Situation" and the 17+ minute epic title track. LP, Vinyl record album

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Fon KlementFon Klement (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BASF/Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99
A Dutch dude, but one with a really universal appeal – and a quality that links his music to the hippest sounds of the UK scene on labels like Island or Harvest! Fon Klement is a singer-songwriter, but with none of the cheesier qualities that were coming into the American scene of self-indulgence of the early 70s – and instead has this great way of really holding back, and letting his English vocals slide in and out of well-crafted arrangements that beautifully blend bits of strings with folksier rock elements – all in a blend that's maybe not as hip as Nick Drake, but which definitely has a similar space in the universe. Titles include "It's You", "Wonder Why", "New Love", "Why", "Early Morning", "Song For A Blue Lady", and "Margaret". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 500 copies.)

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LeafFood Stamps/How Do I Know ... 7-inch
Fraternity, 1982. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $11.99
Leaf may look like a rock artist on the cover – but the cut's a massively funky number from the Baltimore scene of the early 80s – a surprising blue-eyed take on the sound of the vintage funky 45! Guitar is fast and mighty riffing – and moves quick over beats that get more center stage play than the vocals – and there's even a bit of funky harmonica near the end! "How Do I Know" is more of a rock tune from the group – but it still begins with a wonderful drum break – of the sort you'd usually dig from some 70s rock break albums in your crates! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Green vinyl!)

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New Dave MasonAlone Together ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
Dave Mason's first solo album – and a pretty a great one! Alone Together wasn't a huge hit back in the day, but man is a ever a pleasing set. It's rich with blues & soul steeped lead vocals and sweet backing harmonies and bed of acoustic guitars at the core of most of the tunes – sometimes with a driving intensity, others with a lightly gliding pace. The production is a nice mix of blue-eyed blues and southern skewing wah wah rock – with great musicians in the mix, from Leon Russell to Eric Clapton. Tracks include "Only You Know And I Know", "Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving", "Waitin' On You", "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave", "World In Changes", "Sand And Deep As You", "Just A Song" and "Look At You, Look At Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Marbled vinyl pressing, in the original fold-out cover. Cover has some wear & a small rip lined with clear tape – but looks good overall.)

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MC ShanBeat Biter (radio, extended)/The Bridge/Dub Biter ... 12-inch
Bridge, 1986. Good+ ... $19.99
If you want to appreciate BDP's "South Bronx", you've gotta hear this one. If ya don't know...: MC Shan recorded "The Bridge", saying hip hop started in Queensbridge, Queens. BDP replied with "South Bronx", setting the record straight (as we see it). "South Bronx" uses the same beat and replies to "The Bridge" almost line for line. – MC Shan then replied with "Kill That Noise" – followed by the final word from BDP with "The Bridge Is Over", Shan's first single was "Feed The World" on MCA (which explains KRS's line "You got dropped off MCA, cuz the rhymes you wrote was wack" on South Bronx.) We won't even begin with the other entries in the Queens/Bronx Battle like MC Poet's "Beat You Down", which was directed at KRS. . . . And you thought the LL/Canibus/Wyclef battle went on too long! Plus, there's the a-side, "Beat Biter" MC Shan's classic cut where he accuses LL Cool J of stealing his beat for "Rock The Bells". He calls out LL at the top of the cut, but even if it wasn't clear who he's talking about, Marley Marl cuts in a sample of Foghorn Leghorn saying "I think we know who that somebody is..." The beats are, of course, similar to LL's "Rock The Bells", the verses are some of the best mid-80's battle rhymes, and the extended version has some nice scratching by Marly Marl. All that trivia aside, the record is up there as one of our favorites from the class of '85. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing, with a light blue label and black print, and 215 area code.)

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New Jack McDuffWho Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Mindblowingly baroque funk from Brother Jack McDuff – an album that takes the initial Blue Note tripped-out groove of Moon Rappin, and pushes it to a whole new level! Jack's working here with arranger Ray Draper to come up with some tunes that are miles away from the earlier McDuff albums on Prestige – very far-reaching and free-thinking, and using a blend of rock and soul-inspired rhythms to push McDuff's organ work very firmly into the 1970s! The group on the set's a largeish one – filled with hip players that include Joe Beck on guitar, Mike Manieri on percussion, Randy Brecker and Olu Dara on trumpets, Paul Griffin on piano, and Draper himself on percussion and tuba. The set features the tightly-stepping funky number "Who's Pimpin Who", which features some great vocalizations from Ray and Jack; the tripped-out "Classic Funke", which has McDuff really burning up the keyboard; the down-n-dirty "Wank's Thang", which also has some nice vibes; and the cuts "Y'All Remember Boogie", "Ya Ya Ya Ya Ya", and "Who Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Hank MobleyHank Mobley's Second Message (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. Used ... $14.99
A strong second message from the mighty Hank Mobley – easily one of our favorite tenor talents of all time, sounding really wonderful here in a pre-Blue Note session for Prestige Records! The format's a bit looser than some of Hank's more famous dates from the late 50s or early 60s, but already shows the strong command of his tenor in the lead – a rock-solid approach to the instrument that's filled with soulful solo inflections throughout, and which seems to really bring out the best work in the quintet – a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Walter Bishop Jr on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are longish, and Mobley's solos are wonderful – and titles include "Xlento", "Crazeology", "The Latest", and "Message From The Border". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Moonglows, Chuck Berry, & The FlamingosRock Rock Rock ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Classic Chess cuts fill this famous rock and roll soundtrack – with some especially nice bits from The Moonglows and Flamingos! LP, Vinyl record album
(60s blue label pressing. Cover is great, but has a small stereo sticker.)

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New Giorgio MoroderE = MC2 ... LP
Casablanca, 1979. Very Good- ... $9.99
Classic dancefloor electronics from Giorgio Moroder – and the "first electronic live to digital album", which must have cost a bundle to make! Giorgio is in prime electro disco mode here – spinning out long lines of catchy synthesizer tunes – in a way that takes Kraftwerk aesthetic and turns it towards the dancefloor, and also tops it off with some nice pop-styled vocals too! According to the notes, Giorgio's working with "music programmed as bursts of energy" – but to us, it's just plain groovy disco! Tracks are long, and titles include "I Wanna Rock You", "Baby Blue", "What A Night", "If You Weren't Afraid", and "In My Wildest Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has some wear, a mark from sticker removal, and a small split on the bottom seam.)

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New Don PattersonBoss Men ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Good+ ... $3.99
Nice cooker from Don, featuring a trio with Sonny Stitt on alto and Billy James on drums. The groove is that nice open-ended gutbucket style that Patterson was bringing to his Prestige sides of the time. There's rootsy soul jazz, but also a bit more freewheelingness than you'd expect – especially on the longer tracks in the set. Titles include "Big C's Rock", "What's New", "Diane", and "Someday My Prince Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and some minor splitting.)

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New Don Patterson With Sonny StittDonny Brook ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good ... $16.99
A massively funky new groove from organist Don Patterson – done with a sound that's a great link between his early soul jazz years and the funkier Prestige sound to come! The group here is a rock-solid quartet – Sonny Stitt on Varitone tenor, plus a bit of alto sax – as well as Grant Green on guitar and Billy James on drums. The rhythms are great – often with a slight undercurrent of funk in the mix – and Grant lets loose beautifully on his guitar with that soaring, skipping sort of groove he picked up nicely near the end of the 60s. Patterson's Hammond is sgreat as always, and all tracks are nice and long – with plenty of solo room for everyone! Titles include "Mud Turtle", "Good Bait", "St Thomas", "Starry Night", and "Donny Brook". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light aging, a cutout notch and a few pen marks on the back.)

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Plastic Ono BandLive Peace In Toronto ... LP
Apple, 1969. Very Good ... $2.99
The earliest incarnation of the Plastic Ono band, and more or les a one off, with an all star line up that included Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman alongside Lennonand Ono. One side of the rootsy rock that was the old school Beatles stock in trade, and one side of Yoko Ono doing her thing on the mic. Titles include "Blue Suede Shoes", "Money", "Dizzy Miss Lizzy", "Yer Blues", "Cold Turkey", "Give Peace A Chance", "Don't Worry Kyoko" and "John, John". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting on the spine.)

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Rare EarthGet Ready ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $9.99
The first really major album from Rare Earth – issued on their own self-named subsidiary of Motown! The set's a perfect blend of the rich undercurrents of the heady Detroit scene of the late 60s – at one level a tripped-out rock record with styles that almost hint at MC5, at another level a batch of blue-eyed funky soul, with keen appreciation for the grooves coming out of the headier end of the Motor City indie spectrum! There's lots of tripped-out guitar work on the set – reminiscent of contemporary work by Dennis Coffey and George Clinton – mixed with a Mitch Ryder, R&B-inspired vocal style that actually comes across pretty darn well. Added to this is the group's flat-out ability to jam – showcased best in the side-long title cut "Get Ready" – a massive jammer which runs for nearly 22 minutes, and takes up all of side two! Other tracks include "Train To Nowhere", "Magic Key", "Tobacco Road", and "In Bed". CD
Also available Get Ready ... LP 4.99

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Rare EarthGet Ready ... LP
Rare Earth, 1969. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The first really major album from Rare Earth – issued on their own self-named subsidiary of Motown! The set's a perfect blend of the rich undercurrents of the heady Detroit scene of the late 60s – at one level a tripped-out rock record with styles that almost hint at MC5, at another level a batch of blue-eyed funky soul, with keen appreciation for the grooves coming out of the headier end of the Motor City indie spectrum! There's lots of tripped-out guitar work on the set – reminiscent of contemporary work by Dennis Coffey and George Clinton – mixed with a Mitch Ryder, R&B-inspired vocal style that actually comes across pretty darn well. Added to this is the group's flat-out ability to jam – showcased best in the side-long title cut "Get Ready" – a massive jammer which runs for nearly 22 minutes, and takes up all of side two! Other tracks include "Train To Nowhere", "Magic Key", "Tobacco Road", and "In Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in a standard cover. Cover has wear and aging.)
Also available Get Ready ... CD 9.99

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New Rare EarthRare Earth Collection ... CD
Motown (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
Some of the most soulful rock ever to come from Detroit – recorded by one of the most successful white acts to ever grace the Motown label! Rare Earth fall into the same crossover Detroit rock/soul territory as Dennis Coffey and Lyman Woodard – and share a similar penchant for fuzzy guitars, tight rhythms, and some sweet use of organ and electric piano. Most of their tunes have vocals, but in a style that's got more than enough blue-eyed soul to come across with the hippest, trippiest style of Motown at the time – often produced with a style that's a lot like that used by Norman Whitfield with the Temptations. This 18 track set is a wonderful overview of the group's work, and mostly concentrates on the funkiest tracks from their first few albums – titles that include "Born To Wander", "In Bed", "Feelin Alright", "Get Ready", "Magic Key", "Hey Big Brother", "No 1 Man", "Here Comes The Night", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Long Time Leavin", and "We're Gonna Have A Good Time". CD

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RascalsFreedom Suite ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A double-length set from The Rascals – possibly their most stretched-out exploration of ideas, at least during their initial run for Atlantic Records! The 2LP set features a fair bit of shorter, catchier tunes on the first record – many with some righteous soul overtones – but on the second record, the group really open up – hitting some longer jamming tunes on side three, and moving into a 15 minute instrumental on side four! Vocals are great from all three singers – Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati, and Felix Cavaliere – and the rhythms are rock-solid too, often augmented with a bit of Atlantic-styled backings by Arif Mardin, to further enforce the soulfulness of the set. Titles include the hit "People Got To Be Free", plus "American The Beautiful", "Any Dance'll Do", "A Ray Of Hope", "Look Around", "Boom", "Heaven", "Cute", "Baby I'm Blue", and "Adrian's Birthday". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the silver cover, with a cutout hole, some wear, and seam splitting.)

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Lula ReedBlue & Moody (180 gram pressing) ... LP
King/Sundazed, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 21.98
An incredible late 50s set for King by singer Lula Reed – and a pretty unique blend of R&B and bluer and moodier material – but a lot more upbeat than you'd expect from the title! Lula's voice is a genuine vessel for the bluesy material, but it's also light and lovely, and works even better on more upbeat sounding tunes – and she does both here beautifully. It's almost unbelievable that this is her lone solo album, and it's even harder to belive that it's been so hard to find over the years, given how strong it is! Includes "Watch Dog", "I'll Drown My Tears", "Going Back To Mexico". "Three Men", "Sample Man", "Last Night", "Rock Love", "Bump On A Log", "My Poor Heart", "Every Second" and "Jealous Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruben & The Jets (Frank Zappa)Cruising With Ruben & The Jets ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
Frank Zappa's amazing tribute to the sounds of LA that inspired him in his youth – not just the early rock and roll of the late 50s, but the way the music was picked up and given a home by the scene in East LA! There's a surprising amount of nascent soul elements in the music here – especially the early harmony groups, who Frank's clearly paying tribute to with The Jets – sometimes dealing with subject matter that goes way beyond what most of those groups would have touched – but other times, right in line with the most heartfelt sounds of the 60s! Titles include "Deseri", "How Could I Be Such A Fool", "Cheap Thrills", "No No No", "Anyway The Wind Blows", "Stuff Up The Cracks", and "Jelly Roll Gum Drop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, waviness, and a factory sticker. Label has some staining and a bit of peeling.)

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Shirley ScottSoul Searching ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Very Good ... $7.99
Great early work as a leader from organist Shirley Scott – a tight trio album that's filled with plenty of heavy Hammond, all set out in that early Scott mode with plenty of flutters and vibration! The group features frequent Scott associates Wendell Marshall on bass and Arthur Edgehill on drums – both laying out simple, effective rhythms that feature Shirley's organ as the main solo vehicle. The record's got some really great original compositions – including "Plunk Plunk Plunk", "Duck & Rock", "Boss", and "Soul Searchin" – plus versions of "Yes Indeed", "Moanin", and "You Won't Let Me Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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SkylightSkyhigh ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the grooviest Australian groups of the 70s – one of that rare breed from down under who effortlessly mixed together rock and soul – often with some very unique results! We'd rank these guys right next to Renee Geyer or Rocco – as they've got a similar blue-eyed sensibility – a special way of looking at sounds from up north, then reworking them in the freedom of the Aussie scene of the time! Two of the clearest examples here come from the group's extended version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto" – done with some razor-sharp Fender Rhodes lines that are mighty nice – and they're take on "What's Going On", with female vocals in the lead – at a level that's very different than the Marvin Gaye classic. But the whole album's got a similar balance too – and other cuts include "Skyhigh", "Get It Happening", "What's Happening To You", "Let's Get Outta Here (parts 1 & 2)", and "Gotta Get Away". CD

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Sonic YouthEternal ... CD
Matador, 2009. Used Gatefold ... $4.99
Indie rock elders Sonic Youth's first high profile album on an indie label in about 20 years – the group's first for Matador, and a skillful mix of insistent, exciting melodic precision, barbed lyricism, random bursts of noise, and enough layered hypnotic guitar errata that you'll hear something new each time you come back to it! Through the years they continued to be pretty exciting, and for the most part managed to avoid repeating themselves, while still working in something of a comfort zone – once throwing a screwdriver in the old noise rock guitar neck with the addition of Jim O'Rourke to the group, and with O'Rourke's departure, former Pavement player Mark Ibold on bass. Kim Gordon is now freed up to be play guitar, making for a triple threat along with Thurston Moore and Lee Renaldo – and it's a riveting sound. They don't reinvent the wheel on The Eternal – but they steer into adventurous waters – and as long as they're making records this good we're hoping they live up to title! Includes "Sacred Trickster", "Anti-Orgasm", "Leaky Lifeboat (For Gregory Corso)", "Antenna", "What We Know", "Calming The Snake", "Poison Arrow", "Malibu Gas Station", "Thunderclap For Bobby Pyn", "No Way", "Walkin Blue", "Massage The History". CD

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New Sons Of ChamplinLoosen Up Naturally/The Sons/Follow Your Heart ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1969/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
All the greatest moments from the Sons Of Champlin – packaged together here in one sweet set! Loosen Up Naturally is heavy rocking, with some nice drums – the kind of record that's kept the Sons in more crates than you'd think over the years! The set's a massive 2LP jammer that really overflows with niceness – often done in a heartfelt, blues-tinged rock style that's got traces of Little Feat and The Steve Miller Band – but the album's best remembered for the few tunes that have some nice funky changes, like the drums and bass on "Rooftop", or the jazzy scatting riffing sound of the 15 minute track "Freedom", or the hard jamming organ and horns in "Hello Sunlight". Other tracks include "Everywhere", "1982 A", "Black & Blue Rainbow", and "Get High". The Sons is the second album from The Sons Of Champlin – a record that actually has the group shortening their name to The Sons, but expanding their sound past the jamming bluesy roots of their debut! The record's got a tightness that brings a bit of jazz into the mix – not much, in a way that's blended with folksy instrumentation in a really gentle way – fleshing out acoustic guitars with a bit of horns, vibes, and other nice touches that give some of these tunes a much more timeless feel than you'd think. The album's a bit sparse on notes, but someone's doing a great job with the arrangements here – putting more of a high-concept spin on the record, yet still retaining the personal feel of the group. Titles include "Why Do People Run From The Rain", "It's Time", "Country Girl", "You Can Fly", "Love Of A Woman", and "Boomp Boomp Chop". Follow Your Heart is a further deepening of the sounds of The Sons – already great on the group's first 2 albums, but here taking a harmonically polished mode that refines their groove even more – and which makes the album's tunes come off totally great! There's a compressed, slightly jazzy feel to some of the work here – one that has the vocals losing the rasp of before, and going for a sweetly crackling sound that's still never too overproduced, and which has a lovely sense of personal presence. At times, we almost hear echoes of some of Todd Rundgren's best solo work, but with more of a group sort of sensibility – and we're really surprised that this album hasn't had a longer life, or why it hasn't at least been rediscovered as a brilliant pop treasure from the early 70s! Titles include "Follow Your Heart", "Children Know", "Before You Right Now", "The Child Continued", "Well Done", and "Beside You". CD

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StylusBest Kept Secret ... CD
EMI/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A rock group at the core, but one with a very soulful feel – thanks to some tight instrumentation, well-crafted grooves, and a blue-eyed vocal approach that really sets the record soaring! The group hail from Australia, and like some of their contemporaries on that scene in the 70s, they've got less of a sense of boundaries than their contemporaries up north – so they easily slide between funky rhythms and rockish solos – and create some grooves in the process! There's plenty of Fender Rhodes in the mix, and titles include "Funky Music", "Work Out Fine", "Bushwalkin", "Discover Your Life", "Look At Me", "Natural Feeling", "Hangin", and "Kissin". CD

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Thunderfunk SymphonySky Blue/Hard Times ... 7-inch
Innovation 2, Late 70s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
An obscure one from this Chicago group – not nearly as thundering as their name might imply, but still pretty decent overall. "Hard Times" is kind of a rock funk number, with some weirdly flanged guitars that pep things up a bit – but the best cut is "Sky Blue", a good midtempo club number, with kind of a rolling east coast pre-disco groove, and some nice funky flute! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gino VannelliNightwalker ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $21.99
Gino Vannelli still going strong well into the 80s – hitting this sweet blend of soul, rock, and crossover vibes – all in a style he virtually invented for himself in the 70s! The long perm look may have kept Gino out of crates in later years, but there's a top-quality feel to the record that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – a subtle sense of drama that's often undercut with a sense of soul, in ways that made Gino an undeniable influence on blue-eyed singers in years to come – as well as on a whole generation of R&B ballad singers too. Titles include "Santa Rosa", "Put The Weight On My Shoulders", "Stay With Me", "Sally", "Seek & You Shall Find", and "Living Inside Myself". CD
(Blu-spec CD2)

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Velvet UndergroundVelvet Underground (3rd LP) ... CD
Verve, 1969. Used ... $2.99
Incredible! This album is a masterpiece of subtle rock beauty, and it's still one of our favorite albums of all time. After the onslaught of the band's second album, White Light/White Heat, the Velvets laid back, toned down, and turned out this fantastic album of wonderfully crafted little songs. Every track is a delight, and the album bubbles with a dark genius that is incredibly hard to pinpoint. Tracks include "Pale Blue Eyes", "After Hours", "I'm Set Free", "Candy Says", "What Goes On", and "Jesus". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Muddy WatersHard Again ... CD
Blue Sky, 1977. Used ... $3.99
Produced by Johnny Winter – with cuts that include "The Blues Had A Baby & They Named It Rock & Roll #2", "Little Girl", "Deep Down In Florida", "Jealous Hearted Man", and "Mannish Boy". CD
(Out of print.)

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We All TogetherWe All Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Lion, 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite South American rock records of all time – and maybe even one of our favorite rock albums too – a magnificent set by this sublime Peruvian group – done with a sound that's somewhere between late Beatles, early Bee Gees, and ELO in their prime! Yet the production style here is also a lot more primitive than that used by any of those bigger groups – which puts a lot more emphasis on the song structures and vocal phrasing of the tunes – a beautiful balance between harmony vocals, simple guitar lines, and these subtle rhythms that slide in with a seductive feel, and really send the whole thing home! Vocals are all in English, with these soulful undercurrents that are quite unexpected – and the overall sound is way more sophisticated than even their hippest SA contemporaries! Titles include "Children", "Carry On Till Tomorrow", "Walking In The Rain", "The City Will Be A Country", "It's A Sin To Go Away", and "Tomorrow". CD features 8 bonus tracks too – including "Blue", "Mornin", "California", "Feel", "Any World", and "Wake Up Joe". CD
(Great new remastering, with bonus poster too – limited to 400 copies!)

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Junior Wells with Buddy GuyHoodoo Man Blues ... LP
Delmark, 1965. Near Mint- ... $59.99
The incredible mid 60s album from blues singer and harp blower Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band with Buddy Guy! This is a most pivotal set in which Junior & his players don't sound as if they're trying to imbue blues tradition with urban grit and electricity – it simply seems to happen naturally, and you can really imagine when you hear this how it blue the minds of so many Brit and American rock & blues fellows who would come the recast the style with their own life and experiences, and pretty much take over popular music with it. Titles include "Snatch It Back & Hold It", "In The Wee Wee Hours", "Hey Lawdy Mama", "Hoodoo Man Blues", "Yonder Wall", and "Chitlin Con Carne". LP, Vinyl record album
(7 West grand label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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New Tony Williams LifetimeTurn It Over ... LP
Polydor, 1970. Very Good ... $8.99
Although Tony Williams started out as one of the most subtle drummers of the 60s, this album has him coming a long way from his "new thing" Blue Note recordings – and taking off with enough power to reach the moon! The group featured is Williams classic Lifetime lineup – with John McLaughlin and Larry Young, who was also reaching far past his Blue Note groove here – and bassist Jack Bruce, who was working his jazz chops strongly after his years in Cream. There's a raw power here that cannot be denied – a ferocity that must have been incredibly fresh at the time, and which is still, today, one of the clearest visions of a jazz rock fusion that was soon muddied too quickly in the heady waters of 70s jazz. Titles include "To Whom It May Concern", "Right On", "This Night This Song", and "Allah Be Praised". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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XMore Fun In The New World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1983. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
The last true masterpiece by the greatest rock band to ever come out of the late 70s and early 80s L.A. scene. More Fun In The New World serves in a lot of ways as X's upright middle finger to the early years of the Reagan era, with the anthemic opener "The New World", and the ballad "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts", perfectly encapsulating the fear and loathing brought about by the ridiculous politics that infected the entire decade. The album is very much a sequel to the amazing Under The Big Black Sun, full of razor pop anthems, Billy Zoom's punkabilly guitar acrobatics, and amazing depth thanks to John and Exene's sensitive and perceptive song writing. Awesome! Other tracks include "True Love", "We're Having Much More Fun", "Poor Girl", "Make The Music Go Bang", "Devil Doll", "Painting The Town Blue", "Hot House", "Drunk In My Past", "I See Red", and "True Love Part 2". 4 bonus tracks: demo/alternate mixes of "Poor Girl", "True Love Part 2", "Devil Doll", and "I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts". CD

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XUnder The Big Black Sun (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A key part of the initial tremendous legacy of X – one of the greatest run of records that any group could ever hope for! This third set has the group honing and refining their sound even more – losing none of their roots in the LA hardcore scene, but also inflecting their sound with a complexity that none of their previous scenemates could match – a sense of musicianship that was never too polished, but always razor sharp – at a level that brought even more righteous power to their lyrics and completely unique songplay. The quartet are one of the greatest ever in rock and roll – and this album's a classic that transcends time and style – essential listening on a shortlist of the best guitar-based sounds of the late 20th century. Titles include "The Hungry Wolf", "Riding With Mary", "Under The Big Black Sun", "Blue Spark", "Because I Do", and "Motel Room In My Bed". CD features the bonus tracks "Universal Corner (live)", "Riding With Mary (single)", "How I Learned My Lesson (live)", "Breathless (single)", and "X Rewrites El Paso/Because I Do". CD

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Larry YoungMother Ship ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $16.99
Jazz organ explodes to the next level – on this brilliant and rare session by Larry Young from 1969! The record was Young's last recording for Blue Note, and was never issued at the time – only making a brief appearance in a short series at the end of the 70s – and its obscurity makes it all the more important, as it's the kind of record that would have transformed jazz tremendously if released at the time. On the set, Young delivers on all his 60s experimentation with modal grooves and Coltrane-styled playing – working with a quartet that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Herbert Morgan on tenor, and Eddie Gladden on drums – soaring to the skies on long tunes that push the Hammond farther than any organist had ever imagined! And while modern, and freer than before, Young is also playing here without some of the over-indulgent styles of his later jazz-rock work – still sticking to the Blue Note mode, while managing to record in a "new thing" mode long after the label had abandoned the "new thing" sound! Mindblowing – and with titles that include "Visions", "Love Drops", "Trip Merchant" and "Street Scene". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Larry YoungMother Ship ... LP
Blue Note, 1969/1980. Very Good ... $19.99
Jazz organ explodes to the next level – on this brilliant and rare session by Larry Young from 1969! The record was Young's last recording for Blue Note, and was never issued at the time – only making a brief appearance in a short series at the end of the 70s – and its obscurity makes it all the more important, as it's the kind of record that would have transformed jazz tremendously if released at the time. On the set, Young delivers on all his 60s experimentation with modal grooves and Coltrane-styled playing – working with a quartet that includes Lee Morgan on trumpet, Herbert Morgan on tenor, and Eddie Gladden on drums – soaring to the skies on long tunes that push the Hammond farther than any organist had ever imagined! And while modern, and freer than before, Young is also playing here without some of the over-indulgent styles of his later jazz-rock work – still sticking to the Blue Note mode, while managing to record in a "new thing" mode long after the label had abandoned the "new thing" sound! Mindblowing – and with titles that include "Visions", "Love Drops", "Trip Merchant" and "Street Scene". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear, a bent corner, a cutout hole, a partially unglued bottom seam, and some small light stains.)

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VariousBeat Mit Tempo Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 29.99
British beat hits the German scene – in a host of wonderful 60s tunes that offer up some very unusual takes on familiar rock classics! The package is filled with German remakes of English and American tracks from the time – almost all with English-language lyrics, and often tone in versions that are faithful to the originals in terms of structure, but sometimes have these little strange twists and turns in the middle. Almost all of these bands are completely obscure – the kind of acts from the scene that originally gave The Beatles their early opportunities in Germany – but which then went onto be even more inspired by the rising fame of the British scene. Notes are completely in German, and the package features some great images of the original records – and the package features a whopping 32 tracks that include "Hang On Sloopy" by The Blue Cats, "Black Is Black" by The Beat Kings, "Keep On Running" by The Venture Five, "Green Tambourine" by The Lovers, "Get Off My Cloud" by The Stars, "Wooly Bully" by King Suez & The Pyramids, "Satisfaction" by The McWhites, and "Pictures Of Lily" by The High Tops. CD

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VariousBeat Mit Tempo Vol 2 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 29.99
British beat hits the German scene – in a host of wonderful 60s tunes that offer up some very unusual takes on familiar rock classics! The package is filled with German remakes of English and American tracks from the time – almost all with English-language lyrics, and often tone in versions that are faithful to the originals in terms of structure, but sometimes have these little strange twists and turns in the middle. Almost all of these bands are completely obscure – the kind of acts from the scene that originally gave The Beatles their early opportunities in Germany – but which then went onto be even more inspired by the rising fame of the British scene. Notes are completely in German, and the package features some great images of the original records – and the package features a whopping 33 tracks that include "Yesterday Man"b y James Morris, "Ju Ju Hand" by The Blue Cats, "Detroit City" by Johnny Smash, "Juanita Banana" by The Venture Five, "No Reply" by The Stars, "Okay" by The Blue Kings, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by Jimmy Fields, "Dear Eloise" by The Lovers, "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" by John Smith & The New Sound, and "Skinny Minny" by The Dynamits. CD

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VariousBoogie – Australian Blues, R&B, & Heavy Rock From The 70s ... CD
Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Not the kind of boogie that most of us associate with the sound of discos at the end of the 70s, but a unique moment in Australian rock of that same decade – a return to older roots mixed with heavy freak and fuzz – all in a freehweeling style that really gave the down-under scene a voice of its own! There's definitely a few echoes of older modes that might be associated with the word "boogie" – including some heavy piano triplets, and lots of blues-based phrasing – but often mixed with tighter, more compressed guitar lines and vocals, used in very catchy ways – almost an echo of 70s production styles in the UK rock scene, but more rootsy overall. Only a few of these groups ever made it big outside of Australia – and the set's a really great dip into this overlooked scene, complete with full notes as well. Titles include "Black & Blue" by Chain, "I'm Going Somewhere" by Kevin Borich Express, "Booze Blues" by Madder Lane, "I Remember When I Was Young" by Matt Taylor, "The Destiny Song" by Band Of Light, "Home & Broken Hearted" by Cold Chisel, "She's So Hard To Shake" by Kahvas Jute, "Guitar Band" by Stevie Wright, and "Hi Honey Ho (live)" by Daddy Cool. CD
Also available Boogie – Australian Blues, R&B, & Heavy Rock From The 70s (180 gram poressing) ... LP 43.99

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VariousBoppin By The Bayou – More Dynamite ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Not boppin in the jazz sense – but instead a raw, rocking set of sounds from the Louisiana scene at the start of the 60s – some really unique numbers that show why the state was definitely home to some of the most striking music of the time! Louisiana's usually hailed as a hotbed of soul at the time, but the scene also had plenty of great rockers too – musicians caught in a cool crossfire of blues roots, rockabilly influence, East Texas twang, and maybe a bit of Crescent City rhythms and piano! The mix is plenty great, and makes for a really hard-burning batch of tracks that explode with even more power than previous volumes – especially considering that 18 of the collection's 28 cuts are pulled from the vaults, and have never been issued before. Titles include "Rock & Roll Beat" by Peto Marlow & The Rhythm Kings, "Crazy Dreams" by Ken Lindsey, "Clarabel" by Vince Anthony & The Blue Notes, "Teenagers" by Bobby Charles, "Louisiana Gambler" by Jim Oertling, "I'm Coming Home" by Dayward Penny, "Eenie Meenie Minie Mo" by Rick Johnson, and "Blues Stop Knockin" by Al Ferrier. CD

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VariousDifferent Kind Of Blues – Music From Another Dimension (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
Some blues, but not the kind that's blue – and instead a batch of messed-up, freaked-out, turned-on sounds from the end of the 60s – that magical time when it seemed like so many different genres were crashing together, and coming up with really great new music in the process! The set begins in the funky blues territory of the Chicago scene, but then takes off to explore new versions of bluesy roots in the rock underground on both sides of the Atlantic – and in the world of soul music as well, with a range of styles that's surprisingly rich overall. The package features mostly vintage tracks, plus a few cuts from recent years too – and titles include "Black Rock Yeah Yeah" by Blackrock, "25th Century Quaker" by Captain Beefheart, "Funky" by Freddie King, "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" by Dr John, "Tramp" by Lowell Fulson, "Stonehead Blues" by Eric Quincy Tate, "I Just Want To Make Love To You" by Cold Blood, "Messin With The Kid" by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, "Evil" by Howlin Wolf, "Homework" by Sam Samudio, "Leaving Trunk" by Johnny Jenkins, "Going Down" by Molch, "She's Arlight" by Muddy Waters, and "Me" by Otis Rush. 2LP set features 23 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousDust My Rhythm & Blues – The Flair Records R&B Story 1953 to 1955 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
One of the most important indie labels of the postwar years – heard here in a flurry of great tracks that really show them at their finest! This excellent double-length set brings together magical moments from a time when the Flair imprint was really hitting on all burners – recording key vocal, instrumental, blues, and doo wop tracks that would go onto have a huge impact on generations to come – mixed here with a host of titles that haven't been on CD before! The package digs deeper than any look at Flair we've ever seen – and that's saying a lot, given that Ace Records was already giving the label their due a few decades before – and all the new material sits strongly next to classics that make the 50 track collection one of the best R&B collections from the 78rpm era that we've heard in a long long time. Titles include "She Wants To Rock" and "Getting High" by The Flairs, "Loosely" and "Cuban Get Away" by Ike Turner, "Chop House" by Blinky Allen, "Quit Hangin Around Me" by Saunders King, "Early In The Morning" and "Can't Stop Lovin" by Elmore James, "Hello Baby" and "Baby Beat It" by Big Duke, "Midnight Hours Journey" by Johnny Ace, "Night Howler" by Billy Gale, "You Better Hold Me" by James Reed, "I've Got The Feeling" by Baby Parham, "This Time It's Real" by Ricky & Jennell, "Send Him Back" by Shirley Gunter, "An Angel Cried" by Anna Marie, "Blue Mambo" by Bobby Rey, and "Love Me Love Me Love Me" by The Chimes. CD

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VariousHeavy Metal – Music From The Motion Picture ... LP
Asylum, 1981. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
Overblown rock from an overblown cartoon – with cuts that include "Reach Out" by Cheap Trick, "Heavy Metal" by Sammy Hagar, "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars" by Blue Oyster Cult, "Mob Rules" by Black Sabbath, "True Companion" by Donald Fagen, and "Working In The Coal Mine" by Devo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes original inner sleeves. Cover has some wear.)

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VariousHello Everyone – Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968 to 1970 ... CD
Spark/Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare gems from the late 60s UK Spark label – a small imprint founded by the Southern Music publishing company, as their own outlet for some of the cool compositions in their catalog! Many of these tracks were recorded in the basement of the company's London offices – often by the same rough groups of musicians, which means that there's a nicely unified feel to the songs – even while the individual artists are trying to take off in a lots of cool new directions with their vocals and performances. The mode is nicely trippy at times – not all-out psych, but with lots of cool production touches on both the vocals and instrumentation, which really keeps things interesting. The package features 27 tracks in all – most of which we'd never heard before – along with rich notes on this unique slice of late 60s Brit rock. Titles include "Hello Everyone" by Sir Ching I, "Room At The Top Of The Stairs" by Timothy Blue, "The Devil Rides Out" by Icarus, "Digger" by The New Generation, "You're Still Mine" by The Eggy, "Cherrywood Green" by Just William, "Heartbreaker" by The Baby, "The Wall" by The Fruit Machine, "The Old Iron Bell" by Gene Latter, "Midsummer" Dreaming" by John Carter & Russ Alquist, and a stunning version of "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" by Eartha Kitt. CD

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VariousPhil Spector – Back To Mono 1958 to 1969 (4CD set) ... CD
Abkco, Late 50s/1960s. Used 4CD ... $14.99
The classic box set featuring so many of the biggest, best, and brightest pop, rock & soul singles of the late 50s and on through the 60s – those ubiquitous, but no less incredible productions from that crazy genius Phil Spector! Back To Mono features many of the best known numbers by the Ronettes, the Righteous Brothers, Darlene Love, the Checkmates, the Crystals and many more – all of it with the appropriately dubbed Wall Of Sound that made Phil Spector the most famous producer of all time! We'd love to see an addendum someday featuring a set of Spector's productions for those idiosyncratic superstars of the 70s (the Ramones, Leonard Cohen, the post-Beatles) – but as a snapshot of an era, this box can hardly be beaten! 60 tracks on the the main 3CDs in the set – plus a 4th CD featuring the classic Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector album from 1963! Titles include "To Know Him Is To Love Him" by the Teddy Bears, "Spanish Harlem" by Ben E King, "I Love How You Love Me" by Paris Sisters, "He's A Rebel" by the Crystals, "(Today I Met) The Boy I'm Going To Marry" by Darlene Love, "Be My Baby" by the Ronettes, "Hold Me Tight" by the Treasures, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by the Righteous Brothers, "River Deep Mountain High" by Ike & Tina, "Love Is All I Have To Give" by Checkmates and tons more – plus the immortal holiday disc featuring the Ronettes, Bob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans, Crystals, Darlene Love and more! All that, and a thick, nearly 100 page booklet! CD
(Out of print. Includes original box and book.)

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New VariousShe Did It – The Songs Of Jackie De Shannon Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Jackie DeShannon was a hell of a singer on her own, but she also wrote some really wonderful tunes in the 60s – great material that was performed by a host of artists in a wide range of styles – from soul, to rock, to pop, country, and beyond! This collection brings together some of the best of Jackie's tunes sung by other folks – with a really surprising mix of material that includes key contemporaries in the 60s, plus really unusual later cuts that show that DeShannon's songwriting influence lasted far longer than her own recording career! The package is done with great notes and lots of details – in the best spirit of the songwriters series on Ace – and titles include "I Wanted It All" by Rita Coolidge, "I've Got My Tears To Remind Me" by Dave Berry, "It's Just Terrible" by The Kalin Twins, "You Don't Understand Him Like I Do" by Jeannie Seely, "Yesterday Died" by Jimmy Holiday, "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" by Dorothy Morrison, "Bad Water" by Doris Duke, "He Did It" by The Ronettes, "My Baby Likes Western Guys" by Brenda Lee, "Burn On Love" by The Righteous Brothers, "Colour Blue" by Peter & Gordon, "My Group & Me" by Raga & The Talas, "Boat To Sail" by The Carpenters, and lots more! CD

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VariousSwamp Pop By The Bayou – Strollers, Happy Rockers & The Old Tearjerker From The Swamps ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
A diverse batch of bayou-bred pop and rock from the late 50s and early 60s – rare treasures from the urban scenes and swampy areas of Louisiana and Texas by Bobby Webb, Warren Storm, Tommy Strange, Rocket Morgan and others – backed by groups that include The Blue Notes, The Blue Kings, Boogie Knights, Krazy Kats and more! There's a pronounced southern boogie and R&B influence to most of the tunes here – with jivey rhythms and boogie woogie piano among the common traits – but beyond that connection, there's a bunch of different styles at play here, from swampy rock to dance pop, most with charismatic singers out front. Includes "Sneakin' Home" by Vince Anthony with The Blue Notes, "Tell Me" by Bobby Webb & The Jets, "Oh Oh Baby" by Warren Storm, "Good Lovin'" by John Fred, "Lonely Lonely Heart" by Tommy Strange, "You Jezebel" by Guitar Jeff, "Cry Your Heart Out" by Donny Williams & The Blue Notes, "Rose Marie" by Buck Rogers & His Jets, "Down In New Orleans" by John Fred & The Playboys and more. 28 tracks all. CD

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VariousTres Chic – More French Girl Singers Of The 60s (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Groovy gals from 60s France – a power-packed array of Parisian pop nuggets that goes way beyond most other compilations of this nature! Some of the big names are here, but there's way more obscure numbers too – the cool kind of French femmes that made a bit splash during the "yeh yeh" generation, with a mix of the rough and the sweet that few other girl singers could ever hope to touch! There's a really special mod sort of energy here – vocals that push out strongly, yet never succumb to emotional cliches of American and British singers – and backings that are always tight and groovy, but in a jaunty, jerky way that's quite different than straight ahead rock. The mix of modes is completely sublime – just the sort of music that still really sends us after all these years – and titles include "J'Ai Des Problemes Decidement" by Violaine, "Hymne Au Soleil" by Pussy Cat, "Attends Ou Va-T'En" by France Gall, "La Fermeture Éclair" by Delphine, "Comme Tu Es Jeune" by Liz Brady, "Sous Le Soleil Exactement" by Anna Karina, and "Ecoutez" by Elsa. LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... CD
Duke/MCA, Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. CD
Also available Two Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99

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Chocolate Watch BandInner Mystique ... LP
Capitol, 1968. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Mystically grooving psychedelia from Chocolate Watch Band – a heady mix of the psyche sounds of the era with some really groovy Eastern inspired spirals of sound! The band doesn't skimp on the hip shaping and head nodding rock vibes – with some Stones-y swagger, especially in the vocals – but they bring the freaked out instrumental vibes into the mix very nicely – some sitar, really heavy bass grooves, shakers and other leftfield percussive touches. Titles include "Voyage Of The Trieste", "In The Past", "Inner Mystique", "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", "Medication", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", "Baby Blue" and "I Ain't No Miracle Worker". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Australian pressing on Raven. Cover has light wear and some light creases.)

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New Steely DanCountdown To Ecstasy ... LP
ABC, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Superb work from Steely Dan – and a record that really shows them hitting perfection in the studio! The core sound of this one's jazzier than before – with some great help on instrumentation from Victor Feldman, Lanny Morgan, Bill Perkins, and other west coast jazzers – all helping the group sound great on some of the tightest tracks ever written by the team of Becker and Fagan! Ecstasy is definitely in reach with the sound of this set – a sublime effort all the way through that really set a whole new standard in 70s rock! Includes classics like "Bodhisattva", "Your Gold Teeth", "My Old School", and "Show Biz Kids". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label MCA pressing.)

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New Allman BrothersEat A Peach ... LP
Capricorn, 1972. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark in southern rock! Titles include "Les Brers In A Minor", "Melissa", "Mountain Jam", "One Way Out", "Trouble No More", "Little Martha", and "Blue Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in great shape!)

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New Kevin Ayers/John Cale/Brian Eno/NicoJune 1, 1974 ... CD
Island, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal live set that brings together the best talents from mid 70s leftfield rock – a unique meeting of Brian Eno, Kevin Ayers, John Cale, Nico, Robert Wyatt, and Mike Oldfield! The concert is one that was initially Ayers' gig – but he had the foresight to invite the others along – and the result is a brilliant criss-crossing of modes that draws on the legacy of Roxy Music, Soft Machine, and The Velvets – but which bristles with the darker moments of each players' solo career. Ayers sings on about half the set – but Nico also turns in a reading of her take on "The End", and Eno sings on versions of his classics "Baby's On Fire" and "Driving Me Backwards". Other tracks include "May I", "Stranger In Blue Suede Shoes", "Two Goes Into Four", and "Heartbreak Hotel". CD

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New Buck ClaytonHow Hi The Fi/Jumpin At The Woodside ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1954/1955. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two 50s classics from the undisputed master of the swing jazz jam session! First up is How Hi The Fi, a record that sounds like it should be something of a bachelor pad release from the title, but which is instead a good old fashioned, no holds barred, open-ended jazz session from trumpeter Buck Clayton! All tracks are nice and long – way more than usual for big label jazz at the time – and Clayton's trumpet is lineup alongside those of Joe Newman and Joe Thomas, plus other players who include Woody Herman on clarinet, Urbie Green and Benny Powell on trombones, Julian Dash and Al Cohn on tenor, Charlie Fowkes on baritone, Freddie Green on guitar, and Sir Charles Thompson on piano. Titles include "Moten Swing", "Sentimental Journey", "How Hi The Fi", and "Blue Moon". Jumpin At The Woodside has Buck Clayton recreating a Count Basie vibe, but in a much more open-ended, and long-grooving way! Most of the tracks on the record are nice and long – really opening up with a solo-heavy, jam session sort of style – and players shift from track to track, and include Woody Herman on clarinet, Coleman Hawkins on tenor, Al Cohn on tenor, Urbie Green on trombone, and Ruby Braff on trumpet. Titles include "Broadway", "Rock A Bye Basie", "Jumpin At The Woodside", and "Blue & Sentimental". CD

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New Graham CollierWorkpoints/Live In Middleheim ... CD
Cuneiform, 1968/1975. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare work from some of the greatest years of British bassist Graham Collier – both live dates, but work that rivals the genius of his studio albums of the time! The first disc in the set features a brilliant show from 1968 – with Collier leading a large group of British modernists who include Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, and Henry Lowther on trumpets, John Surman and Karl Jenkins on saxes, Mike Gibbs on trombone, and Frank Ricotti on vibes and bongos. The tracks are all long and flowing – in that mix of modal and modern that Collier started his career with – and titles include "Deep Dark Blue Centre", "The Barley Mow", and "Workpoints". CD 2 features a show from seven years later – recorded in Belgium in 1975, with a smaller group that features Roger Dean on acoustic and electric piano, Art Theme on tenor and soprano sax, Ed Speight on guitar, and Harry Beckett on trumpet. There's a slightly more progressive feel to the work – echoes of the British jazz rock generation – but the music is still strongly jazz-based overall, just with a bit of funk at the bottom that Collier hadn't had in his music before. Titles include the four part "Darius" suite, plus "Clear Moon", "Mackerel Sky", "Little Ben", and "Under The Pier". CD

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New Duke Ellington & His OrchestraMasterpieces By Ellington (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1950. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
True masterpieces from Duke Ellington – some of his greatest compositions, presented here in an early Columbia LP that offers up "uncut concert arrangements" – clearly grooming a new side of Duke for the long-playing audience! The recordings were made in 1950, with players who include Johnny Hodges and Paul Gonzalves on saxes, Ray Nance and Cat Anderson on trumpets, and Tyree Glenn and Quentin Jackson on trombones. The tracks include "Mood Indigo", "Sophisticated Lady", "The Tattooed Bride" and "Solitude". Includes 3 bonus tracks – shorter numbers, but great ones – "Vagabonds", "Smada", and "Rock Skippin At The Blue Note". CD
(Out of print.)

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New David JohansenIn Style ... LP
Blue Sky, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Johansen's second post-New York Dolls solo record – and the first one where he really sheds the feral rock vibe – but with Mick Ronson on board as co-producer, it's still got plenty of pomp! David would go on to take many creative detours – but in this first real stretch, he's bringing in some Motown influences – with some R&B backing vocals here and there, along with ome sax, piano and other smoothed out touches. That said, it's not that huge of a jump – with some ruggedness and grit reminiscent of his earlier work –and it's got a bunch of really good songs. Titles include "Melody", "She", "Big City", "She Knew She Was Falling In Love", "Swaheto Woman", "Wreckless Crazy", "Flamingo Road" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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

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New KrokodilFirst Recordings (180 gram pressing with DVD) ... LP
Krokodil (Switzerland), Late 60s. New Copy LP & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the earliest recordings ever from prog rock legends Krokodil – a set that even includes a track they recorded at a commercial for Camel cigarettes! Most of the music is on a par with the group's later work on Liberty, but maybe a step back or two – with some leaner elements, and still slight echoes of more 60s styles amidst more way-out moments on sitar, Farfisa, moog, and violin! Yet there's definitely a madness to the music that's undeniable – that same freewheeling quality that made Can so great at the start, and which made even more blues-based groups from the German scene sound weird and wonderful. Titles include "I Was Cool", "Blue Flashing Circle", "You're Still A Part Of Me", "Hurra Alive", "Hey You Don't Care", and a cover of Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises" – plus the above-mentioned "Camel Is Tops". Also comes with a bonus DVD – Krokodil Still A Part Of Me – a documentary on the group with subtitles in German and English. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Little Willie JohnHeaven All Around Me – The Later King Sessions 1961 to 1963 ... CD
King/Ace (UK), Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The last years of Little Willie John's mighty run for King Records – and material that shows him working strongly in a soul mode for the 60s! There's still some traces of R&B at points, but John's made a strong shift forward in his styles – helping change his sound with a range of new grooves, and having an undeniable influence on the sound of soul music at the same time. Things are a bit lighter than before, and the rhythms often more complex – yet Willie's lost none of his vocal power at all, and if anything, he seems to bring even more to the table here – packing a punch with surprising power at just the right moments, and really setting the scene for a host of southern soul talents who'd come and grab up his action while Little Willie John was locked away in the big house. The package features great notes that tell Willie's sad story at the time – and titles include "Inside Information", "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Without A Friend", "Half A Love", "Heaven All Around Me", "Doll Face", "Mister Glenn", "Like Boy Like Girl", "Rock Love", "I Wish I Could Cry", "Big Blue Diamonds", "Take My Love", "Until Again My Love", "She Thinks I Still Care","Come Back To Me", and "Spring Fever". CD

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New Bob Marley & The WailersSoul Revolution Part 2 (mono version – on colored vinyl) ... LP
JAD/Cleopatra, Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The follow up to the Lee Perry/Bob Marley collaboration Soul Rebels, this set presents many Marley classics in their early raw forms. Though Marley and Perry would both go on to greater success, these early sides are some of their finest moments. Much, more than a a mere early glimpses of a superstar in ascent – it's brilliant stuff! Tracks include "Keep On Moving", "Don't Rock My Boat", "Fussing & Fighting", "Put It On", "Duppy Conqueror (Version 4)", "Kaya", "Memphis", "African Herbsman" "Brain Washing" and "Sun Is Shining". In the original Upsetter mono mix, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue colored vinyl.)

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New Blue MitchellBring It Home To Me ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from trumpeter Blue Mitchell – one of his most solid sides as a leader from the 60s, and a well-deserved treasure in the Blue Note catalog! The album's quite different than the straight soul jazz of Blue's early days on Riverside – or the more arranged dates of the late 60s – and it features him moving in a soulful, lyrical, modal style – quite similar to Horace Silver in conception, but with a fresh execution that's mighty nice – and which marks Mitchell as one of the fresher trumpet voices of his generation! The whole group's great, too – and the lineup includes Junior Cook on tenor, Blue's old bandmate from Horace Silver's group – plus Harold Mabern on piano, who really helps shape the sound of the record, Gene Taylor on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. Tracks include gems from Mitchell, Jimmy Heath, and Tom McIntosh – titles that include "Bring It Home To Me", "Blues 3 For 1", "Port Rico Rock", and "Ginger Bread Boy". CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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New Sun RaNight Of The Purple Moon ... LP
Saturn, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic spooky bit of wild keyboard jazz from Ra! Night Of The Purple Moon was recorded in 1972 and Ra playing two different moogs, and his classic rocksichord – likely put to its most mind alteringly great use on this LP! John Gilmore, surprisingly enough, plays percussion, except on the track "Impromptu Festival", which features him on tenor. The group is small, and features Danny Davis and Stafford James, besides Ra and Gilmore. The cuts are short, with kind of a spooky feel – really led by the keyboards in odd, but soulful and melodic way! Titles include "Sun-Earth Rock", "Impromptu", "Blue Soul", "Outside The Time Zone", "Night Of The Purple Moon", "Dance Of The Living Image", "Love In Outer Space" and more. Amazing, work from the mythical Ra! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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