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Beats InternationalLet Them Eat Bingo ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1990. Used ... $1.99
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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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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Floyd TillmanBest Of Floyd Tillman ... CD
Collectors Choice, Early 50s. Used ... $9.99
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(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 Gene ClarkNo Other ... CD
Asylum/Collectors Choice, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New CollectorsGrass & Wild Strawberries ... CD
Collectors Choice, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Margie JosephReady For The Night ... CD
Cotillion/Collectors Choice, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little comeback album from Margie Joseph – recorded in a style that's quite different than her 70s work for Atlantic Records, but still plenty darn great overall! As you might guess from the date, Margie's in more of an electric 80s mode here – working with supervision from Narada Michael Walden, in a groove that's not unlike his own work of the stretch – catchy, hook-heavy soul – but never in a way that's too commercial or cloying. Many of the rhythms are electric, but there's also some warmer instrumentation on the set too – and given the strength of Margie's vocals, she really holds her own in the setting. Titles include "Tell Me", "I Wants Mo Stuff", "Adonai", "Ready For The Night", "Take Me Away Tonight", "Midnight Lover", and "Is It Gonna Be Me & You". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Patsy MontanaBest Of Patsy Montana ... CD
Collectors Choice, Late 30s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Sweet InspirationsSweet Inspirations ... CD
Atlantic/Collectors Choice, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The wonderful debut album by the Sweet Inspirations for Atlantic – with the same sweet sound that they had backing Aretha Franklin on her classic recordings! The group was a huge backing boon for everyone from Aretha to Elvis, but their own albums were really great, too – an amazing blend of southern soul with group vocals that soar with a glow no doubt cultivated from their roots in gospel. This record was recorded by Chips Moman, with some uptown arrangements by Arif Mardin that includes some broader instrumentation (we LOVE those vibes) – always in the service of the incredible harmonies and lead vocals. Great! Tracks include "Oh! What A Fool I've Been", "Blues Stay Away From Me", "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", "Knock On Wood", "Don't Fight It", "Let It Be Me", "Sweet Inspiration", 'Reach Out To Me", "Here I Am (Take Me)", "Why (Am I Treated So Bad)" and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Kathy & CarolKathy & Carol ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Mama Cass (Cass Elliott)Cass Elliott/The Road Is No Place For A Lady (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Collectors Choice, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mama Cass on RCA – a little-known chapter in her solo career! First up is the album Cass Elliott – a much more subtle effort than some of Mama's previous records – more deeply thoughtful in terms of the song choices, mixing soul and sophistication in a way that recalls Cass' duet album with Dave Mason – but still with some of the echoes of her pop work on Dunhill. The vocals are really amazing – even more mindblowing than usual for Mama – proof that she was definitely one of the most important voices of her time. Titles include great versions of "Disney Girls" and "Baby I'm Yours" – plus "I'll Be Home", "Cherries Jubilee", "It's All In The Game", "That Song", and "When It Doesn't Work Out". Next is The Road Is No Place For A Lady – excellent solo work from Mama Cass, done with a subtly soulful groove on some of the best numbers! Cass always had a bit of a soul vibe on some of her Dunhill work – almost an American equivalent to the pop soul of Dusty Springfield – but here, there's a deepened sense of that earlier vibe – almost a Merry Clayton sort of sound at points, which comes as a wonderful surprise. Titles include "Say Hello", "Walk Beside Me", "Break Another Heart", "Does Anybody Love You", "Walk Beside Me", "Who In The World", and "Oh Babe What Would You Say". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "East Of The Sun", "Try It Baby", and "We'll See" – the last 2 of which are previously unreleased! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Johnny MathisPeople/Impossible Dream ... CD
Columbia/Collectors Choice, 1969. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A package that brings together 2 different 1969 albums from Johnny Mathis – both featuring material recorded earlier in the decade, during his time with Mercury Records! Evidently, Mathis got the rights to retain the masters, which he did – and allowed Columbia to issue some of the material on these two albums that offer a great look at the years before Johnny's mature return to the label in the late 60s. Many of the tunes here are mid 60s numbers, mixed with a few standards – and the backings have that quiet burning style that you'd recognize instantly from Mathis' earlier years, in ways that are a bit different than the modes he was then hitting in his new recordings. Strings often figure heavily, with Glenn Osser balancing things out nicely – and titles include "So Nice", "I Will Wait For You", "Laura", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "More", "Sunny", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "On A Clear Day", "The Very Thought Of You", "Eleanor Rigby", "Go Away Little Girl", and "Moment To Moment". CD
(Out of print.)

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New PersuadersThin Line Between Love & Hate/The Persuaders ... CD
Atco/Collectors Choice, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A double-header of harmony soul – the first 2 albums by The Persuaders, back to back on a single CD! Thin Line Between Love & Hate is a landmark album – one of the greatest harmony soul albums of the early 70s! The title cut is one you'll know instantly – as "Thin Line Between Love & Hate" is one of those soul classics that never gets old – and the rest of the album's equally great, with a sublime mix of rough and sweet that the group was never able to duplicate again. The sound is incredible – with arrangements by Richard Poindexter, and backings by the group Young Gifted & Bad, who often use a bit of vibes behind the vocals, which makes for a really cool sound! Titles include "Let's Get Down Together", "Blood Brothers", "If This Is What You Call Love (I Don't Want No Part Of It)", "Love Gonna Pack Up" and "You Musta Put Something in Your Love". The Persuaders set has the same feel as the first album here, and most of the tracks are written by bandmember Bobby Poindexter – but the vocals are a bit warmer overall – not as fragile or broken around the edges, as if the group was emerging with a bit more mature confidence. The whole thing's still pretty great, though – and has a really personal, up-close feel that some of the group's later work didn't have. Titles include "Peace In The Valley Of Love", "Bad Bold & Beautiful Girl", "Love Goes Good When Things Go Bad", "What Is The Definition Of Love", and the goofy "Trying Girls Out". CD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
 
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New Duke PearsonDedication! ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare pre-Blue Note gem from pianist Duke Pearson – originally recorded in 1961 for the short-lived Jazzline label! The set appears here in a short-lived 1969 incarnation from Prestige – issued, no doubt, to cash in on Pearson's growing fame at Blue Note – and the record's a good fit for the label, as it's got a tight, right, and in-the-pocket soul jazz energy that's really great! Pearson's leading a group that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, and the lesser-known Willie Wilson on trombone – a great player, but one who was mostly a friend of Pearson, and only ever made this one appearance on record! Tracks have a lively well-crafted sound – mixing modern and soul jazz idioms nicely – and titles include "Lex", "Blues For Alvina", "Apothegm", and "Minor Mishap". CD
(Collectors Choice 50 series, European pressing.)
 
 
 



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