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Sonny Boy WilliamsonWhen The Sun Goes Down – Blue Bird Blues – The Secret History Of Rock & Roll ... CD
Bluebird, Late 30s/1940s. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout hole.)
 
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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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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 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 VariousBlack & Blue – The Laff Records Collection (4CD set) ... CD
Laff/Rock Beat, 1970s. New Copy 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally great collection of work from the Laff Records party label – home to some of the rawest, raunchiest soul-styled comedy records in the 70s! This sweet 4CD package is also way more than just a compilation – as it actually includes some of the label's best albums in their entirety – 11 full records, plus some extra bits too – all wrapped up in one great package that also includes some great vintage artwork from the label! If you dig early Richard Pryor or Rudy Ray Moore, you'll find plenty here to love – and the set features the albums Pipe Layin Dan by Lawanda Page, Jo Jo Gun by Jimmy Thompson, Ghost Of Davy Crockett by Dap Sugar Willie, N*gger Please by Jimmy Lynch, Eatin Ain't Cheatin by Wildman Steve, Sexmouth by Leroy Daniels, Tribute To The Man Tan by Mantan Moreland, I Ain't Lied Yet by Redd Foxx, Rising Of Reynaldo Rey by Reynaldo Rey, and I'm A Virgin by Marsha Warfield – plus more by Slappy White, and Leroy, Skillet, & Wanda. CD
 
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New Allman BrothersEat A Peach ... LP
Capricorn, 1972. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
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 tan label pressing. Cover has some peeling on the top inch on back.)

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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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New Beach BoysBeach Boys' Christmas Album ... LP
Capitol, 1960s. Good ... $9.99
A harmony heaven way to enjoy the Holiday! The group's version of Christmas has to be one of the best-ever recorded in rock and roll – and given the undercurrent of sadness that was coming forth in their non-Holiday hits of the period, the style here is perfect to fit the melancholy mood of the Christmas tunes – even some of the more upbeat numbers! Production is great too – beautiful enough to hold up strongly after all these years – and titles include "Blue Christmas", "Merry Christmas Baby", "Christmas Day", "Little Saint Nick", "The Man With All The Toys", "Santa's Beard", "Auld Lang Syne", "Frosty The Snowman", and "I'll Be Home For Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover is in nice shape.)

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Chuck BerryMore Chuck Berry ... LP
Chess, Early 60s. Very Good ... $23.99
The title's certainly straightforward and to the point – but then again, there's not a lot to say about this one except that it's pure Chuck Berry all the way through! The album may well be one of Chuck's most -hit filled, as it's overflowing with classics like "Rock & Roll Music", "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Johnny B Goode", and "Back In The USA" – but it also includes some other numbers like "Let It Rock", "Come On", and "Round & Round". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing, with silver text. Cover has some wear, some marker, and some splotches of blue paint on the back.)

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Blue MinkMelting Pot ... LP
Philips, 1969. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Not exactly soul, not exactly rockBlue Mink were one of those rare 70s crossover groups who managed to draw from a number of sources and create a unique blend that worked surprisingly well! The group wear their multi-racial identity on their sleeve – even in the first few words of the title tune that starts out the set – and they have no apologies about their genre-crossing styles. In a way, Blue Mink are a lot like their UK contemporaries The Equals – thriving in the post-colonial melting pot of London at the end of the 60s, and stepping forth with a sound that revels in its blend of difference! The soulful Madeline Bell is on lead vocals on many tracks, and other members include Alan Parker, Roger Cook, and Herbie Flowers – grooving nicely on tracks that include "Mary Jane", "Gidda Wadda Wobble", "Country Chic", "Over The Top", "Melting Pot", "Blue Mink" and "Chopin Up Stix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and corner wear.)

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Blue MinkReal Mink ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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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Blues MagoosNever Goin Back To Georgia ... LP
ABC, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
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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New Brand NubianIn God We Trust ... CD
Rush/Elektra, 1992. Used ... $2.99
Once Puba left the group, we were all ready for this sophomore effort to just fall flat. But Sadat X and Lord Jamar aquit themselves nicely on the mic, and the beats are head-noddingly satisfying too, no doubt due to Dante Ross's guidance. And they don't let up on their hardcore 5% stance either. Includes the classic singles "Allah U Akbar", "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone" and "Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down", plus "Travel Jam", "Steal Ya 'Ho", "Steady Bootleggin'", "Black Star Line", "Meaning Of The 5%", "Ain't No Mystery", "Pass The Gat", 'Allah & Justice", "The Godz. . .", "Bran d Nubian Rock The Set" and "Black & Blue". CD
(Out of print. Booklet and barcode have cutout holes.)

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Ray BrownJust Ray Brown ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
An obscure one from David Axelrod! Ray's more of a rock/pop singer than a soul one – bu the album's produced by Axelrod with a style that adds in some decent blue-eyed soul moments, tinged with Axelrod's sense of baroque studio work. You won't find any monster breakbeats or hidden sample tracks – but it's also not a bad bit of late 60s pop from Capitol, although we kind of wish Brown's voice was a bit better than it comes across on the album. Title's include "Groovin," "Forget It, I Got It," "Both Sides Now," and a wild version of "Good Day Sunshine." LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout hole, a small sticker, and some marker on the back.)

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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

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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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Kim Fowley & OthersTechnicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... CD
Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $12.99
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for a variety of different labels, but instantly lost to the shifting sands of time! The music is every bit as mad as some of Fowley's more famous productions – and in the best Norton Records way, there's a real focus here on offbeat tunes and very odd musical moments. Kim himself supervised the project, and wrote some excellent notes for the whole thing – and titles include "Moonlight In Vermont" by The Crenshaws, "In This World So Small" by Althea & The Memories, "Hello Schoolteacher" by Four After Fives, "Justine" by The Rangers, "People Let's Freak Out" by Belfast Gypsies, "The Story Of Susie" by Bill Woods, "Atlantis" by Blue Bells, "Vito & The Hands" by Vito & The Hands, and "Pop Art 66" by Kim Fowley himself! CD
Also available Technicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... LP 12.99

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Kim Fowley & OthersTechnicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... LP
Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for a variety of different labels, but instantly lost to the shifting sands of time! The music is every bit as mad as some of Fowley's more famous productions – and in the best Norton Records way, there's a real focus here on offbeat tunes and very odd musical moments. Kim himself supervised the project, and wrote some excellent notes for the whole thing – and titles include "Moonlight In Vermont" by The Crenshaws, "In This World So Small" by Althea & The Memories, "Hello Schoolteacher" by Four After Fives, "Justine" by The Rangers, "People Let's Freak Out" by Belfast Gypsies, "The Story Of Susie" by Bill Woods, "Atlantis" by Blue Bells, "Vito & The Hands" by Vito & The Hands, and "Pop Art 66" by Kim Fowley himself! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Technicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... CD 12.99

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New 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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Clay HammondPeace Of Mind – The Best Of Kent & Ronn Records ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Used ... $18.99
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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Harley HatcherWild Wheels ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good+ ... $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
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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New Ian Hendrickson-Smith QuartetLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A rock-solid set from tenorist Ian Hendrickson-Smith – a player who already wowed us with his previous Live At Smalls date, which had him stepping out as a strong jazz player from his funk work in the Dap-Kings – and an artist who sounds even more confident and mature on this follow-up album! The record's got an even more fully-fleshed vision than before – very strong lines in the lead from Ian, and beautifully cohesive support from the trio of David Hazeltine on piano, Mike Karn on bass, and Joe Strasser on drums! Hazeltine's lines are instantly infectious – of the sort that he's served up with other tenorists, like Eric Alexander – and Ian takes flight immediately, even on the ballads, which have this soulful, searching solo style we never would have expected from his previous years. All tracks are long, and titles include "Eddie Harris", "My Ship", "Minor Shift", "I Be Blue", and "Blues For PW". CD

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Elmo HopeIntroducing The Elmo Hope Trio/Elmo Hope Quintet (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953/1954/1957. Used ... $9.99
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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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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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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KrokodilFirst Recordings (180 gram pressing with DVD) ... LP
Krokodil (Switzerland), Late 60s. New Copy LP & DVD ... $36.99
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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Bob Marley & The WailersSoul Revolution Part 2 (mono version – on colored vinyl) ... LP
JAD/Cleopatra, Early 70s. New Copy ... $21.99 22.99
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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Dave MasonAlone Together ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
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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Dave Mihaly & The Shimmering Leaves EnsembleRivers ... CD
Dave Mihaly, 2013. Used ... $5.99
Unusual sounds from drummer Dave Mihaly – a player who's well-schooled in jazz tradition, but also really opens himself up to more genre-crossing sounds on this set – a mode that partly echoes his participation in the group Mushroom, but which also shows a much more sensitive side too! Some tracks have a mixture of jazz and other guitar-based instrumentation – while others are more tune-based, and even feature Dave doing a bit of singing – in this folksy style that's really great, and very different than any too-arty jazz/rock or improv projects. Other instrumentation includes tenor and soprano sax from David Boyce and trumpet from Ara Anderson – and titles include "The Cat Tried To Catch A Hummingbird", "Mexican China", "Blue England", "Cherry Blossom Road", and "Chinese Mexico". CD

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Blue MitchellBring It Home To Me ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $18.99
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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Hank MobleyPeckin' Time ... LP
Blue Note, 1958. Very Good ... $8.99
One of the first great pairings of Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – a trumpet/tenor team that was always a treasure, no matter what the setting! This one's a pretty open-ended blowing date – one that gives both horn players plenty of room to stretch out, in a setting that's filled with sharp-edged, and imaginative lines! The rhythm section is rock solid too – with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and the great Charlie Persip on drums – kicking things nicely on the kit to get a groove going. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Git Go Blues", "Stretchin Out", and "High & Flighty". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has initials in marker.)

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Moonglows, Chuck Berry, & The FlamingosRock Rock Rock ... LP
Chess, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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 Mostly Other People Do The KillingSlippery Rock ... CD
Hot Cup, 2012. New Copy ... $9.99
Marvelous work from Mostly Other People Do The Killing – and a record that's quite different from its cheesy looking cover! The quartet never fail to amaze us with their creative energy – and this time around, they're paying homage to that moment in 80s jazz when the underground was brimming up in the mainstream – that great point when creative musicians were finding wider exposure on labels like Columbia, Novus, or Blue Note – yet still serving up sounds that were true to their roots. The cheesy packaging is a nod to the visual aesthetics of the time – and the music is a great contrast, which was not uncommon for the period – lots of sharp reeds from Jon Irabagon, percolatedly soulful trumpet riffs from Peter Evans, snapping percussion from Kevin Shea, and these warm, round, deep lines on acoustic bass from Moppa Elliott – who also wrote and produced the set. Titles include "Sayre", "President Polk", "Can't Tell Shipp From Shohola", "Hearts Content", "Jersey Shore", and "Dexter, Wayne, & Mobley". CD

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Mr X & Mr ZMr X & Mr Z Drink Old Gold (voc, acapella)/Kick It Wicked ... 12-inch
Urban Rock, 1987. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A slightly intoxicated take on Eric B & Rakim's "I Know You Got Soul", complete with the appropiate scratched-in phrases and all. Greatest rap parody of all time? Maybe. It's a toss-up between this or "Straight Out Of Locash". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a blue & white Urban Rock sleeve.)

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New Janko NilovicJanko Nilovic Vol 1 (Pop Impressions/Super America/Soul Impressions) (3CD set) ... CD
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $21.99
A trio of rare records from Janko Nilovic – all packaged together in one box set! First up is Pop Impressions – hardly pop at all – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat instrumentation! The album goes way past the usual sound library funk – as Janko brings in so many different sounds and styles throughout – using flute, tympani, oboe, 12 string guitar, and other unusual instruments with a very freewheeling set of grooves! The whole thing's great – a true tribute to the master at his best – and titles include "Atoma", "Trumpet Sketches", "Sacha Pacha", "Essai Pop Art", "Blow Down", "Psycho Sound", and "Ballet Dans L'Espace". Next is Super America – not a record from America, but instead one of the standout gems from the legendary Montparnasse 2000 sound library series in the 70s – filled with funky grooves from the madman Janko Nilovic! The set's got Nilovic really working at his best – still quite jazzy at the core, but bringing in all these cool little twists and turns – including trumpet with wah wah effects, Fender Rhodes lines, and even some moog and wordless vocals – all used in a great blend of electric and acoustic elements to make for some very offbeat grooves! Very different from more straightforward sound library work – with titles that include "Gipsy Rock", "Samba Amigo", "Machine Gun", "Super America", "Mister Woua Woua", and "Blue Baby". And last is Soul Impressions – one of the funkiest records ever cut by studio jazz genius Janko Nilovic! This set definitely earns the "soul" in the title – as Janko blends his usual mad mix of studio sounds with some heavier 70s elements – including a fair bit of fuzzy guitar, funky beats, and some nice horn fills. About half the tracks on the album benefit from this sort of approach – kind of across between blacksploitation soundtrack scoring and the tighter instrumental moods of work by The Duke of Burlington. The other half is more in Janko's usual bag – nicely groovy jazz numbers, some with a slinky 70s edge! Titles include "Hippocampus", "Open Country", "Crazy Enterprise", "Drug Song", "Soul Impressions", "Man Of Genius", "Push Push", and "Family Tree". CD

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New Janko NilovicSuper America ... LP
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Not a record from America, but instead one of the standout gems from the legendary Montparnasse 2000 sound library series in the 70s – filled with funky grooves from the madman Janko Nilovic! The set's got Nilovic really working at his best – still quite jazzy at the core, but bringing in all these cool little twists and turns – including trumpet with wah wah effects, Fender Rhodes lines, and even some moog and wordless vocals – all used in a great blend of electric and acoustic elements to make for some very offbeat grooves! Very different from more straightforward sound library work – with titles that include "Gipsy Rock", "Samba Amigo", "Machine Gun", "Super America", "Mister Woua Woua", and "Blue Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gram ParsonsGP (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
The seminal Gram Parsons solo debut, and arguably his most consistant post-Burritos album. GP is pretty much the record that put the country in country rock – with a sharp steel guitar cry throughout, an unpretentious proud/poor delivery, and those sweet harmonies with Emmylou Harris. The album is split pretty evenly between tunes penned by Parsons, and other writers who aren't as deeply celebrated, like the great Tompall Glaser. Includes "Still Feeling Blue", "We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning", "Streets Of Baltimore", "She", "That's All It Took", "Cry One More Time", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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 1.99

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New Rare EarthGet Ready ... LP
Rare Earth, 1969. Very Good ... $1.99
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 a bit of pen, a couple of small stains, and a bit of tape residue along the opening.)
Also available Get Ready ... CD 9.99

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Rare EarthRare Earth Collection ... CD
Motown (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
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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RegentsBarbara Ann ... CD
Gee/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A legendary set from The Regents – a blue-eyed vocal group who were every bit as important as The Four Seasons and Beach Boys, even though their legacy never lasted as long! The quintet are in top form here – really more soul than rock and pop, with an approach that's extremely faithful to the best New York doo wop acts of the time – and production that really lets the interplay stay upfront, with only a bit of rhythm to get things going on the more upbeat numbers. This approach is heard to best effect on the album's classic title cut – "Barbara Ann" – and also comes through on the ballads as well. Other titles include "Laura My Darling", "A Sunday Kind Of Love", "Just Cry", "Lonesome Boy", "A Fool In Love", "Your Love Captured Me", and "I'm So Lonely". CD

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ReplacementsLet It Be (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Restless/Ryko, 1984. Used ... $8.99
The masterpiece by one of the greatest genuine rock bands of all time – finally remastered! Let It Be veers all over the place, or at least as much as jangly rock music can, in the best way possible. Includes the pseudo twangy opener "I Will Dare", with the distinctly midwestern hardcore of the group's earlier years showing up on "We're Coming Out" and "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out", and Westerberg's great heart-on-sleeve, ragged balladry appearing for the closers. Like the Meat Puppets and X, the 'Mats really found themselves after they shed the rigid rules of punk rock, and developed into something every bit as genuine. They followed the rock songbook just enough to keep their work warm and familiar, but with way too huge and hard-pounding heart to ever seem even the least bit derivative. Hell, they even make Kiss's "Black Diamond" sound sincere! Other tracks include "Favorite Thing", "Androgynous", "Unsatisfied", "Seen Your Video", "Gary's Got A Boner", "Sixteen Blue" and "Answering Machine". Includes 6 bonus tracks of outtakes & demos. CD

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Mavis Rivers & Shorty RogersMavis Meets Shorty ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Mavis Rivers meets Shorty Rogers – and the result is a hell of a swinging session that may well be the greatest record ever from this overlooked vocalist! Shorty brings a groove into play right from the start – one that pushes Rivers past her sometimes-trilling style, and into a mode that's rock-solid and soulful all the way through – very much in the same spirit that Marty Paich or Oliver Nelson might bring to their own great arrangements for a singer. Mavis has this way of keeping up with the groove while still being really expressive, especially in her vocal range – in that way that was the rising challenge of the 60s that only a handful of vocalists could do this well – very hip, mod, and adult. Titles include "Slightly Out Of Tune", "I Remember You", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "The Best Is Yet To Come", and "I Feel So Smoochie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice clean original pressing, with deep groove.)

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Ruben & The Jets (Frank Zappa)Cruising With Ruben & The Jets ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
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.)
Also available Cruising With Ruben & The Jets ... CD 6.99

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Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs & Band ... LP
Columbia, 1971. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Early blue eyed soul work from Boz Scaggs – an album that's got a lot more rootsy touches than some of his bigger crossover hits! At one level, the album seems to have a Bay Area-styled approach – genre-blending soul, R&B, and rock influences into a sound that proudly steps forth without any care for categorization. But at another, Boz already displays a keen ear for a sweeter soul track – and comes across nicely with a compressed AOR mellow groove on the album's best tracks. The set was put together with a lot of heavy production work and investment (despite a homey "hey we're just the band" sort of cover image) – illustrating the fact that CBS clearly already saw a lot of promise in Boz – and titles include "Monkey Time", "Flames Of Love", "You're So Good", "Here To Stay", and the nicely funky "Why Why". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Shirley ScottSoul Searching ... LP
Prestige, 1959. Very Good ... $5.99
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. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Bob Seger SystemRamblin' Gamblin' Man ... LP
Capitol, 1969. Good+ ... $5.99
Heavy psych from Detroit, in the years before Bob Seger became a "lighters in the air" peddler of redneck theme songs. Cut from the same cloth as the early Mitch Ryder, Amboy Dukes and Grand Funk that were the hallmark of the Motor City rock sound of the day, most of the tracks on this outing are concise rockers, but the band delves into a bit of nice jamminess on side 2. Includes 'Tales Of Lucy Blue", "Ivory", "Gone Down Home", "Train Man", "White Wall", "Black Eyed Girl", "2 + 2 = ?" and "Doctor Fine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with marker on both sides. Cover has ring & edge wear, half split bottom seam, and the back image has been colored in with marker.)

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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 ... $2.99
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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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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New Sly StoneSly Stone – Recorded In San Francisco 1964 to 1967 ... LP
Sculpture, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $6.99
Early stuff by Sly – and pretty nice! The mix of styles is mostly hard soul, a bit jazz, and tiny roots of Sly's later funky style – and the record has a lot of cuts that may not be as great as Sly's Epic recordings, but which would sound pretty darn nice if they were on an obscure 45! Includes the heavy organ number "Rock Dirge", plus "Deck Of Cards", "If You Were Blue", "Life Of Fortune & Fame", "Hi Love", "Watermelon Man", and "Take My Advice". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a torn corner and a Factory Sealed sticker.)

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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+ ... $0.99
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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New James Blood UlmerAmerica – Do You Remember The Love? ... LP
Blue Note, 1987. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Ulmer on Blue Note – who'd a thunk it? And oddly, although the album's on one of the most jazz-based labels at the time, it's also one of Ulmer's most rock-oriented – with strong lead vocals on nearly every track, and an overall style that's as bluesy as it is experimentally jazzy. Ulmer's clearly emerged as a star in his own right (or own mind) by the time of the album – and there's less of the shared group dynamic of the harmelodic years, and more of a style that's set up to support his lead presence. Players include Bill Laswell, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Nicky Skopelitis – and titles include "I Belong In The USA", "Lady Blue", "After Dark", "Black Sheep", and "Show Me Your Love America". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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VenturesVentures In The Vaults Vol 5 – An Excitiong Collection Of Rare & Unissued Tracks From The 60s ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rip-roaring early 60s instrumentals by The Ventures – and rare, too – most of which have never been issued before! The Ventures have a way of trading in all the signature elements of the greatest sounds of the early 60s rock instrumental scenes, but really transcending it all, thanks to their straight-up masterful playing. The set's full of twangy, fuzz-dreached proto-garage guitars and rumbling rhythms, on par with their greatest work back in the day – and each title is brought to life brilliantly, in that you can easily envision the scenes described by titles – purely from the racket the band strums, picks and beats out. Titles include "Getaway", "Blue Coral", "The Lonely One", "Lady Of Spain", "Bossa Nova Beach Girl", "Stranger On The Shore", "How Can I Help You Girl", "Fuzz Factor", "Scarlet Sunset", "Shake It Easy", "Sauerkraut", "Ventures Stomp (Alternate)", "Wipeout (Live Studio Recording)" and many more. 26 cuts in all! CD

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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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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
Also available More Fun In The New World (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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XMore Fun In The New World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1983. Used ... $8.99
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
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available More Fun In The New World (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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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 ... $13.99
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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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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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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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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VariousLost Souls Vol 1 – 1960s Garage & Psychedelic Rock N Roll From The Unnatural State Arkansas (180 gram colored vinyl) ... LP
Get Hip, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $18.99
A stunning array of sounds from a very underground scene in the 60s – work from the surprising state of Arkansas, a place we never would have thought to turn for nuggets like these! The is a heady blend of guitar and garage modes – with styles that maybe echo some of the better Texas underground material of the time, but which also takes us north to some of the best Wisconsin and Minnesota groups too. Yet unlike those local scenes, Arkansas hardly ever got its due back in the day – which makes this package all the more exciting – filled with surprises throughout, and supported by notes and information on every track. Titles include "Leaf On A Tree" by Barefacts, "Hit It" by The Shades, "You're My Girl" by Coachmen, "Wine Wine Wine" by Blue & The Gray, "Can't You Tell" by Vycounts, "It's Called Love" by Blues Foundation, "Apple Of My Eye" by Marion Deaton Group, and "Upsetter" by The Xciters. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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New Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic ForcePlanet Rock (voc, inst)/Bonus Beats I ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1982. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
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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New Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Duke, 1961. New Copy ... 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

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New Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1953. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with the modernist Gigi Gryce on flute and alto sax – plus Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – a lineup that has a strong sense of soul, balanced with a dose of modernism – on titles that include the classic "Hymn to the Orient" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Easy Living", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Minor Mood". Side two features an equally sharp group – with Lou Donaldson on some excellent alto, and the great Elmo Hope on piano – on titles that include "Brownie Speaks", "De Dah", "Cookin", "You Go To My Head", and "Carving The Rock". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Chico HamiltonPeregrinations ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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New Gram ParsonsGP ... LP
Reprise, 1972. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The seminal Gram Parsons solo debut, and arguably his most consistant post-Burritos album. GP is pretty much the record that put the country in country rock – with a sharp steel guitar cry throughout, an unpretentious proud/poor delivery, and those sweet harmonies with Emmylou Harris. The album is split pretty evenly between tunes penned by Parsons, and other writers who aren't as deeply celebrated, like the great Tompall Glaser. Includes "Still Feeling Blue", "We'll Sweep Out The Ashes In The Morning", "Streets Of Baltimore", "She", "That's All It Took", "Cry One More Time", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing.)
Also available GP (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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

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New BadfingerStraight Up ... LP
Apple, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Badfinger's early 70s win streak continues on Straight Up – a straight up classic set of tuneful 70s rock with big emotions and catchy songs – one that keeps just enough grit underneath those killer melodies! Titles include "Take It All", "Bably Blue", "Name Of The Game", "Perfection", "It's Over", "Sometimes" and more. This might be the group's most consistent batch of songs to date, and it's essential early 70s rock for sure. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with a half split top seam.)

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New Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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

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New Hadda BrooksQueen Of The Boogie & More! ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Clifford BrownMemorial Album (Blue Note) ... CD
Blue Note, 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Clifford Brown only recorded a handful of sides for Blue Note – but all of the best ones are included in this excellent album – a full length set that culls together Brown's material from the 10" years, issued as a memorial to his early death in 1956! Side one features Brown with the modernist Gigi Gryce on flute and alto sax – plus Charlie Rouse on tenor, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Art Blakey on drums – a lineup that has a strong sense of soul, balanced with a dose of modernism – on titles that include the classic "Hymn to the Orient" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Easy Living", "Cherokee", "Wail Bait", and "Minor Mood". Side two features an equally sharp group – with Lou Donaldson on some excellent alto, and the great Elmo Hope on piano – on titles that include "Brownie Speaks", "De Dah", "Cookin", "You Go To My Head", and "Carving The Rock". CD
(Out of print US pressing.)

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New Delaney & BonnieHome ... LP
Stax, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Roots rock but with a strongly soulful undercurrent – thanks to key late 60s Stax production from Donald Duck Dunn and Don Nix, both of whom make the record sound a lot hipper than many other similar sets from the time! The record showcases the singing and songwriting talents of Delaney and Bonnie Bramlett – a pair who were hyped heavily by the rock scene of their era, but who also step out here with equally soulful appeal – almost a blue-eyed soul take on the Stax sound of the late 60s! Of course, it helps that the pair get plenty of help on the record from folks like Booker T & The MGs, The Memphis Horns, Isaac Hayes, and William Bell – but their own efforts are pretty great too, as heard on tracks that include "My Baby Specializes", "Things Get Better", "We Can Love", "Just Plain Beautiful", "Everybody Loves A Winner", and "Pour Your Love On Me". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "A Long Road Ahead", "I've Just Been Feeling Bad", "Dirty Old Man", and "Get Ourselves Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Cornell DupreeTeasin' ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Ronnie FosterOn The Avenue ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New David JohansenDavid Johansen (opaque blue colored vinyl) ... LP
Columbia/Drastic Plastic, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Johansen wipes off the lipstick and kicks off his heels for this first solo set –sans drag, we're left with a normal looking dude – and one hell of a great, still glam-sounding record that's right up there in excellence with his New York Dolls canon! Wow, is this ever underrated. David would eventually go on the tweak his style and persona in a bunch of different ways, to varying creative and commercial success. Here he's just out to make a kickass rock and roll record as he'd done with the dolls, sans the wardrobe and junkie hijinks, but with all the blistering rock guitar and gritty R&B influences. This one really blazes! Includes "Funky But Chic", "Girls", "Not That Much", "Donna", "I'm A Lover" and "Frenchette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)
Also available David Johansen (200 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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New Anita Kerr Singers/Chet AtkinsOn This Holy Night/Christmas With Chet Atkins ... CD
El (UK), 1959/1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set of Holiday classics from the Nashville scene – back to back on a single CD! First up is Christmas With Chet Atkins – a sweet strummy Christmas album from the great Atkins – a set that's filled with guitar-based tunes that have a special Holiday feel – some of which have warm vocal passages from the Anita Kerr quartet! We always love Chet on RCA during the classic years, but his warm sound is especially nice for the Holidays – a sort of cozy, cuddly approach to guitar that sounds great on these familiar tunes – and which is recorded here with some of those perfect RCA country touches of the early 60s! Titles include "Jingle Bell Rock", "Jingle Bells", "Silver Bells", "White Christmas", "Blue Christmas", "Silent Night", and "Little Drummer Boy". The Anita Kerr Singers follow with the wonderful On This Holy Night – a set that's got a more spiritual approach to the Holiday than some of the other Christmas albums of the time – but which is also done with that great Anita Kerr choral style too! Male and female vocals come together in harmonic splendor – recorded with that pillow of sound approach that always makes Kerr's records so great – and tunes include "Rise Up Shepherd & Follow", "Bring A Torch", "The Coventry Carol", "On This Holy Night", "Where Will The Baby Lay", and "Go Tell It On The Mountain". CD also features bonus tracks from Lenny Dee and The Holidays. CD

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New KristylKristyl ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1975. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Melodic underground rock from the mid 70s Louisville, Kentucky scene – with some spaced out, slow building electric groove steeped in the psyche scene of years earlier, but also a nice way with melodies, harmonies that remind us a bit of things the Who were doing at that time (although rougher), and a pronounced spiritual bent to the lyricism! Guerssen has yet to lead us stray when it comes to really cool rock rarities, and the go above and beyond to present it with the reverence it deserves. Here's another winner! Titles include "Together", "Deceptions Of The Mind", "Like A Bird So Free", "Woman", "Blue Bird Blu's", "Morning Glory", "The Valley Of Life", "Woman" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram reissue.)

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New LoveFalse Start ... LP
Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later work from Love, and more of an Arthur Lee record than a true group effort – but still pretty nice! There's a hard rocking sound on most of the cuts – very fierce guitars, but also done with a nicely rhythmic approach that has less noodly bits than other groups of the time, and which even comes across as fairly soulful on a few tracks, too! A lot of the soul comes through in Arthur's vocals, which are wonderful, and the album is well worth a discovery. Very underappreciated, which is understandable given the grandure of Arthur Lee's earlier ouvre – but very a worthwhile record the bests most psyche era rock records! Jimi Hendrix played on one number, "The Everlasting First" and other titles include "Feel Daddy Feel Good", "Ride That Vibration", "Love Is Coming", "Slick Dick", "Stand Out", "Keep On Shining", and "Gimi A Little Break". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a cutout hole.)

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New Dave MasonAlone Together ... CD
MCA, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". CD
Also available Alone Together ... LP 14.99

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New Jack McDuffWho Knows What Tomorrow's Gonna Bring? ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 small cut corner.)

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New Hank MobleyPeckin' Time (RVG remaster edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first great pairings of Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan – a trumpet/tenor team that was always a treasure, no matter what the setting! This one's a pretty open-ended blowing date – one that gives both horn players plenty of room to stretch out, in a setting that's filled with sharp-edged, and imaginative lines! The rhythm section is rock solid too – with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and the great Charlie Persip on drums – kicking things nicely on the kit to get a groove going. Tracks are all quite long, and titles include "Git Go Blues", "Speak Low", "Stretchin Out", and "High & Flighty". This CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks – alternate takes of ""High & Flighty", "Speak Low" and "Stretchin Out". CD
Also available Peckin' Time ... LP 8.99

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New Paul Revere & The RaidersGoin To Memphis ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked groover by this 60s rock act – recorded in Memphis by Chips Moman, with a hard sock-soul approach that's almost a blue eyed soul take on the sound of Stax! There were probably more than a few famous Memphis session players on the set, and you can certainly imagine who might have been there from the strength of the backings – deeply soulful, and even a bit funky at times. Titles include "One Night Stand", "Soul Man", "Boogaloo Down Broadway", "Peace Of Mind", "Goin To Memphis", and "I'm A Loser Too". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s CSP pressing.)

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New Plastic Ono BandLive Peace In Toronto ... LP
Apple, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 light wear.)

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New Uptown SmittyOld Soul ... LP
Dope On Plastic, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Producer Uptown Smitty may be an Old Soul, but he's a timeless talent – here with a fresh instrumentals set in which he sets out to honor the deliberately-paced, album-length listening experience of Endtroducing era DJ Shadow, with the more strongly soul based bedrock hip hop aesthetic of classic Pete Rock and other blue print era producers – and pulls that off nicely in An Old Soul! Includes "The Soud Stalker", "Man Overboard (Alright)", "General Chaos", "Superficial Thrills", "A Dark Lull", "Never Nonchalant", "Delicious Irony", "Chalice Of Malice", "Trying Times", "An Old Soul" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Junior Wells with Buddy GuyHoodoo Man Blues ... LP
Delmark, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 some wear, aging, and a small stain on the back.)

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New VariousCharlie Gillett's Radio Picks – Honky Tonk Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
R&B, soul, roots rock, country, and more – all served up in a heady space that was the unique sound of Charlie Gillett's famous Honky Tonk radio show in the 70s! Charlie did a heck of a lot for breaking down musical barriers at the time – and was a hugely influential DJ whose work in London also helped shape an American understanding of musical roots as well – as Gillett could effortlessly bring together sounds from many different sides of the spectrum, finding stylistic elements that really unified the music! The range of work here is spun over decades, varied scenes, and many styles – but the whole thing sounds great together, and is supported by really rich notes on Gillett's show and his lasting musical legacy. Titles include "Walk On By" by Leroy Van Dyke, "Tulsa Telephone Book" by Tom T Hall, "Saturday Night" by Roy Brown, "Nitty Gritty" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "Red Hot" by Billy The Kid Emerson, "Foolish You" by Kate & Anna McGarrigle, "Sweet Dreams" by Roy Buchanan, "Love My Baby" by Little Junior's Blue Flames, "The Swan" by Jona Lewie, "Such A Night" by Dr John, "Ruler Of My Heart" by Irma Thomas, "Stealing In The Name Of The Lord" by Paul Kelly, "The Promised Land" by Johnnie Allan, "Lover Please" by Dennis Turner, and "Think" by The 5 Royales. CD

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New VariousCountry Funk 1969 to 1975 ... LP
Light In The Attic, New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little set that definitely aims to stake out its own little territory – with a groove that lives up surprisingly well to the title! The music here is way funkier than you might expect – and comes from a time when many popular singers were working in studios staffed by cats who were pretty darn cool – and had a great ear for picking up some of the best musical undercurrents from other scenes – including some of the best soul and funk that was really breaking out in the US at the start of the 70s! As a result, many of these tracks have unexpectedly funky rhythms at the bottom – way different than the kind of backings that you might have heard in country soul records from a few years before – and different too than the redneck rock that was becoming more popular with some of the bigger acts on the charts. You're bound to recognize a few bigger names here – as the set's not just country artists – and as usual, the Light In The Attic crew have done a stunning job of putting the whole thing together. Titles include "LA Memphis Tyler Texas" by Dale Hawkins, "Georgia Mountain Dew" by Johnny Adams, "Light Blue" by Bobby Darin, "I Wanta Make Her Love Me" by Jim Ford, "Hawg Frog" by Gray Fox, "Fire & Brimstone" by Link Wray, "Street People" by Bobby Charles, "Bayou Country" by Gritz, "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Johnny Jenkins, and "Studspider" by Tony Joe White. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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New VariousTres Chic – More French Girl Singers Of The 60s (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 Eclair" 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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New CrusadersChain Reaction ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
On this one, the Crusaders definitely crossed from jazz into funk – but who cares, because the album's so darn great! The record's got a tight LA groove, with some excellent electric keyboards, sweet sax solos, and tight drumming throughout. True proof that sometimes a lot of money can be put to good use to improve a band's sound in the studio – and with the tracks to back it up, like "Creole", "Chain Reaction", "Rainbow Visions", "Hallucinate", and "Soul Caravan". This is album is to jazz funk what Steely Dan's Aja was to 70s rock! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Billy GreenStone ... CD
Finders Keepers/B- Music, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A tripped out soundtrack to the mid 70s Australian "Ozploitation" biker flick Stone by Billy Green – a gem from Finders Keepers! The sounds range from spare, spooky Moog accents to ripping funk rock, sultry & seedy jazzy sounds, to a cosmic string band vibe in spots – you get the filling that wherever the mood of the scene was to go, Green was more than up to the task of bringing in a heavy aural backdrop! Green is on the guitars, and the individual numbers are generally in done with stripped down combos, but arrangements bring in a full range of instruments from electric guitars, banjo, harp, lusher string accents, snapping bass and heavy heavy drums, Moog and didgeridoo! This being a Finders Keepers release, the notes and the whole package are uniformly informative and excellent. Titles include "Eco Blue/Toadstrip", "Race", "Head Off", "Pigs", "Cosmic Funeral", "Septic", "The Death Of Dr Death" and more from the original soundtrack recordings, plus previously unreleased tracks and "Stone Is A Trip" from the original trailer. CD

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New Chico HamiltonPeregrinations ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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