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Beats InternationalLet Them Eat Bingo ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1990. Used ... $2.99
A big one for Norman Cook – caught here in his post-Housemartins, pre-Fatboy Slim years – working here in a playful blend of beats and samples that really point the way towards his later chart fame to come! The tracks here have a simple elegance that might have sounded dated a few years after release, but which is now finally beginning to win us over again – a really basic use of musical elements to construct a beat-heavy tune – one that's decidedly poppy, given all the hooks and vocals in the album, but which is also kind of refreshing to hear these days, considering all the wrong directions such efforts took in later years! The straightforward Cook remix approach is in full effect here – with one key idea hung on each tune – but it's also an approach that works well when not to much is expected of it, as you'll hear on tracks that include "Dance To The Drummer's Beat", "Dub Be Good To Me", "Burundi Blues", "Blame It On The Bassline", "Tribute To King Tubby", and "Babies Makin Babies". CD

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New Gene ClarkNo Other ... CD
Asylum/Collectors Choice, 1974. Used ... $2.99
A pretty amazing effort from country rock progenitor Gene Clark! This one blends breezy songcraft that's not too far off from his previous couple of great solo albums – rustic harmonies and memorable lyricism flavored by acoustic guitars – with far more deft studio touches such as synths and densely layered backing vocals. There really was no other album in '74 like No Other, and initially it had the poor reception to show for it! It has a somewhat laidback and laconic vibe overall – infused with that Cali country rock groove that Gene helped invent – yet the production is richly produced on an epic scale, an effort that seems to seek flat out perfection. A couple years later, Califoria fellow travelers would utilize a similar approach and sell LPs by the ton. Here's hoping those groups bought Gene a dinner or two to thank him for the inspiration! Includes "Life's Greatest Fool", "Silver Raven", "No Other", "Some Misunderstanding", "The True One", "Lady Of The North", "Strength Of Strings" and "From A Silver Phial". CD

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Deon JacksonLove Makes The World Go Round ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1966. New Copy ... $5.99 11.98
Great stuff from one of our favorite soul vocalists of the 60s! We love Deon Jackson – we love his sweetly honest vocal style, we love his songs, and we love the great production he gets from the legendary Ollie McLaughlin! This album is the only one he ever cut – and it's a masterpiece all the way through! Ollie's production mixes some wonderful lilting qualities with rollicking hard soul – it's a far-reaching approach that works incredibly well with Deon's unique approach to the vocals! Includes the super-hit "Love Makes The World Go Round" and a charming uptown soul take on "King Of The Road", plus "Come Back Home", "1-2-3", "You Said You Love Me", "SOS", "Love Is What You Make It" and "Hush Little Baby". CD

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New David SanbornTaking Off ... CD
Warner/Collectors Choice, 1975. Used ... $5.99
The fantastic first album from David Sanborn – a lot more than you might expect if you only know him from later years! Sure, the record's tight – and yes, Sanborn was a crossover player from the start – but there's some great moments here, and the whole thing's got a lot more of an edge at points than you'd expect – a nice rasp in Sanborn's alto, reminding us a bit of the early sounds we heard coming from Tom Scott on his best sides. Randy Brecker plays trumpet in the group, and Mike Brecker's on tenor – and there's definitely a bit of Brecker Brothers soul overall – some undercurrents of funk that also come through in the guitars of Steve Khan and Joe Beck. Arrangements are by David Matthews, Don Grolnick, and Howard Johnson – and titles include "Butterfat", "Duck Ankles", "Black Light", "Blue Night", "Flight", "Funky Banana", and "The Whisperer". CD

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Floyd TillmanBest Of Floyd Tillman ... CD
Collectors Choice, Early 50s. Used ... $11.99
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy WebbSuspending Disbelief ... CD
Collectors Choice, 1993. Used ... $4.99
An unusual later effort from Jimmy Webb – his first return to the studio in many many years, and a set that comes off with a serious, more mature sound overall. Webb's still definitely got a way with a tune here, and at some level, the aging perspective he puts into the songs serves them well, with some of the fragile edges you might get in later vocal efforts from Randy Newman, or Brian Wilson's pre-Smile revival years. Linda Ronstadt co-produced the record, and at times orchestrations are large, but never overwhelming – and titles include "Elvis & Me", "It Won't Bring Her Back", "Sandy Cove", "Friends To Burn", "Too Young To Die", "I Don't Know How To Love You Anymore", and "Adios". CD

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New Sammy Davis Jr & Laurindo AlmeidaSammy Davis Jr Sings, Laurindo Almeida Plays ... CD
Warner/Collectors Choice, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The closest thing Sammy D ever came to cutting a bossa album – and a lovely batch of fragile tunes that feature no other instrumentation save for the guitar of Laurindo Almeida. Almeida plays acoustic guitar on the album, in a gentle style that supports Sam's rich voice as it works through a set of ballads and sad songs that includes "Here's That Rainy Day", "Two Different Worlds", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Joey Joey Joey", "Speak Low", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD
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New Mad RiverMad River/Paradise Bar & Grill ... CD
Capitol/Collectors Choice, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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New Lalo SchifrinMannix – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Paramount/Collectors Choice, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lalo Schifrin's greatest soundtracks ever – a gem of a TV score that's been lost for years – and not nearly as famous or well-reissued as Mission Impossible, Bullitt, or Enter The Dragon! The tunes are pure Schifrin all the way through – a mix of jazz, bossa, and funk – served up with a style that's always tight, and which makes for plenty of great groovers all the way through. Instrumentation includes vibes, flutes, guitar, and plenty of great horns – but the rhythms at the bottom are what really hold the whole thing together – romping along with lots of great 70s touches, in a groove that's much hipper than even most of the other cop show soundtracks of the time! Titles include "The Shadow", "Hunt Down", "The Edge Of Night", "Mannix", "Turn Every Stone", and "Fear". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Benny GoodmanSmall Groups – Class of '39 ... CD
Collectors Choice, 1939. Used ... Out Of Stock

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New Johnny MathisI'll Buy You A Star/Live It Up ... CD
Columbia/Collectors Choice, 1961. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Two wonderful early 60s albums from Johnny Mathis – both quite fresh, compared to his better-known hits! I'll Buy You A Star features wonderful backings from Nelson Riddle – every bit as jazzy and swinging as his 50s charts for Frank Sinatra, with some playful touches at points too – all of which really helps Johnny break from some of the more familiar modes of his bigger singles. That Mathis voice is in wonderful form throughout, and Riddle knows how to balance it with just the right amount of drama without getting too overindulgent – a wonderful blend heard on titles that include "I'll Buy You A Star", "Sudden Love", "My Heart & I", "Jenny", "Wasn't The Summer Short", "Wherever You Are It's Spring", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". Live It Up is a tremendous album from Johnny Mathis – one that really lives up to its title, thanks to great arrangements from Nelson Riddle! Riddle adds in a great dose of jazz to the music – pushing that livelier style of Mathis' vocals on some of the album's best cuts, in the way you'd hear on some of his sublime late 50s work – a great reminder that he can be a jazz singer when he wants. Other tracks are mellow, but never stodgy or commercial – and titles include "Hey Look Me Over", "Ace In The Hole", "Live It Up", "On A Cold & Rainy Day", "Why Not", and "Too Much Too Soon". CD

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New Johnny MathisRapture/Romantically ... CD
Columbia/Collectors Choice, 1962/1963. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful 2-fer – a double-dose of Johnny Mathis during his early Columbia years! Rapture is a record that really lives up to its title – a heady batch of tunes that use heavy string arrangements from Don Costa – never too light, and always lush enough to bring out the full depth of Mathis' amazing vocals – that rich tone that easily made Johnny one of the most distinct singers of his generation! Don keeps things pretty balanced throughout – never too sleepy or syrupy – and titles include "Here I'll Stay", "You've Come Home", "Moments Like This", "Rapture", and "I Was Telling Her About You". Romantically is a record dubbed with a title that might work for a variety of other Johnny Mathis albums, but which sounds especially nice here – in a set that's filled with lush backings arranged by Don Costa – all of which work perfectly with the deep-toned Mathis style! Titles include "Getting To Know You", "All That Is Missing", "Love Makes The World Go Round", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "September Song", and "In Winsconsin". CD
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New BloodstoneDo You Wanna Do A Thing? ... CD
London/Collectors Choice, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bloodstone moving into a whole new thing – a funkier groove than before, and one that really points the way towards the group's clubby direction at the end of the 70s! Although best known as a sweet harmony group, Bloodstone shine equally well in this upbeat mode – a territory that's somewhere in a space between the funky Isleys of the 70s, and some of the more soaring, sweeping Philly grooves of The Spinners! A few fragile, mellow moments come into the mix – which helps balance out the sound – and the group get some great east coast soul treatment from arranger Bert DeCoteaux, who co-produced the album with Tony Silvester. Titles include a great version of "Just Like in the Movies", the Ace Spectrum classic – plus the tracks "This is It", "When We're Doin It", "Do You Wanna Do a Thing", "If You Wanna Be My Baby", and "Give Me Your Heart". CD