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Butterfield Blues BandOriginal Lost Elektra Sessions ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1964. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
Massive lost work from the Butterfield Blues Band – recorded in 1964, quite early in the group's career – but a set that already has them hitting hard with a really powerful sound! The recording quality and overall sound is nice and rough – a gritty groove that's more closely linked with the Chicago roots of the group than some of their later recordings – and the harmonica work of Paul Butterfield is really amazing – nicely distorted at times, almost in a fuzzy psych way – and matched by some excellent work on guitar from both Elvin Bishop and Mike Bloomfield – the latter of whom also handles Hammond and piano too. Titles include "Nut Popper 1", "Lovin Cup", "Our Love Is Driftin", "Take Me Back Baby", "Help Me", "Just To Be With You", "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", and "Goin Down Slow". CD

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Stalk Forrest GroupSt Cecelia – The Elektra Recordings ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A treasure trove of unreleased material from the Stalk Forrest Group – one full album, other bonus tracks, and their only ever single – all compiled together in a sweet set that documents the pre-history of Blue Oyster Cult! These guys aren't as sinister as in their BOC years, but definitely have a great way with a guitar line – spinning things out in a sweet, compressed mode that really brings a tightness to the tunes – yet still respects some of the rootsier undercurrents. Vocals have a bit more twang than later, but in a catchy late 60s way – and the original songs on the album – mostly by Richard Meltzer and Allen Lanier – are all pretty great. Titles include "What Is Quicksand", "Gil Blanco County", "Donovan's Monkey", "Ragamuffin Dumplin", "St Ceceilia", "Arthur Comics", and "Curse Of The Hidden Mirrors" – plus some demo and original versions too, some from the time the group was named Oxaca. CD
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Alabama State Troopers (Don Nix/Furry Lewis)Alabama State Troopers Road Show ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
A legendary live set from a short-lived, but equally legendary group – a really unique assemblage of talents that features core musicians from Muscle Shoals, mixed with lead vocals from Don Nix, Jeanie Greene, and the aging bluesman Furry Lewis – all brought together as a unit that really bridges sounds, generations, and styles! The work has plenty of echoes of Nix's own music, but the presence of Lewis and some of the backing players – as well as a gospel choir for backup – all reflects the deeper roots that inform Don's recordings, given much bigger focus here – at a level that blows away most contemporaries who were trying their own approach to blending rock and roots modes. Titles include "Brownsville", "I'm Black", "Amos Burke", "Mighty Time", "Yes I Do Understand", "Furry's Rap", "Iuka", "Joabim", and "Living In The Country". CD

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New Billy BraggBack To Basics ... CD
Elektra, 1987. Used .... $5.99
A killer collection of Billy Bragg's best from the early years – mostly just vocals and guitar, and completely sublime! CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy Bragg & WilcoMermaid Avenue ... CD
Elektra, 1998. Used .... $6.99

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Billy Bragg & WilcoMermaid Avenue Vol 2 ... CD
Elektra, 2000. Used .... $4.99
The second volume in Billy Bragg & Wilco's Mermaid Avenue series – dedicated to bringing to life unfinished Woody Guthrie tunes – thanks to Woody's daughter Nora inviting them to work with Guthrie's lyrics, penned throughout his life, but never finished as recorded songs. Bragg's take is straight-forward, strong-voiced folk, and Wilco takes creative twists and turns with their versions, making for a compellingly diverse bunch of songs. Includes "Airline To Heaven", "Feed Of Man", "Hot Rod Hotel", "I Was Born", "Remember The Mountain Bed", "Meanest Man", "Somebody Some Morning Sometime", "Joe DiMaggio Done It Again", "Blood Of The Lamb" and more. CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on booklet cover.)
Also available Mermaid Avenue Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP 39.99

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Butterfield Blues BandButterfield Blues Band Live Vol 2 ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy .... $11.99 12.98
A smoking live set from the Butterfield Blues Band – and like all the group's work, as much of a jazz and soul album as a blues one! Butterfield drew his inspiration from the Chicago bluesmen, it's true – but his style also has plenty of echoes of New Orleans soul, Memphis R&B, and other strands of American work – in a mode that's quite similar to some of the changes that were going on in the British beat group scene at the end of the 60s. The lineup here features some really nice touches on sax from Trevor Lawrence and Gene Dinwiddie – and the live setting only seems to loosen all the players up even more than usual, and let them hit a few nice funky moments. Titles include "Losing Hand", "Gene's Tune", "Nobody's Fault But Mine", "All In A Day", "Except You", and "Love March". CD

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Butterfield Blues BandEast West ... CD
Elektra, 1966. Used .... $3.99
Titles include "Walkin Blues", "Get Out Of My Life Woman", "Mary Mary", "East West", "Two Trains Running", and "Work Song". CD

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Terry CallierTurn You To Love ... CD
Elektra/DBK Works, 1979. Used .... $19.99
Our favorite Elektra album by Terry – different than his earlier work for Cadet, with a smoother jazz-based style of backing. The change works surprisingly well for Terry, pushing him into a new sound that still preserves his honest soulful vocals. The album includes nice remakes of "Ordinary Joe" and "Occasional Rain", both from his days on Cadet, plus the great track "Turn You To Love". Also includes a groovy cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Turn You To Love ... LP 9.99

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Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsHenry's Dream ... CD
Mute/Elektra, 1992. Used .... $4.99
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Del The Funky HomosapienNo Need For Alarm ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1993. New Copy .... $14.99
The incredible follow-up to I Wish My Brother George Was Here – and a record that was initally underappreciated, mostly because it was such a radical departure from the George – but it's one that we loved from day one and we're thrilled is getting some love all these years later! Whereas I Wish My Brother George Was Here was sort of the loopy, semi-comical cousin to the tonally heavier G-Funk sound, No Need For Alarm has a tighter, somewhat little harder hitting sound – more akin to the jazzy Hiero beats you've come to know and love! There are days when we feel like this is our favorite Del LP. Includes "Catch A Bad One", "Wack MCs", "No Need For Alarm", "Boo Boo Heads", "Worldwide", "No More Worries", "Wrong Place", "In & Out" and "Miles To Go". CD

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DJ DMDTwenty Two PA (clean) ... CD
Elektra, 1999. Used .... $1.99
(Clean version, promotional stamp on booket & punch through barcode.)

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DoorsBest Of Doors (2CD set) ... CD
Elektra, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD .... $4.99
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Lisa FischerSo Intense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1991. New Copy .... $13.99
Nothing super-intense, but a great solo moment from Lisa Fischer – a vocalist who'd previously worked with Luther Vandross and The Rolling Stones, and who steps out on her own in this classic early 90s set! The music's got a bouncy approach to soul that reflects Lisa's professional roots – and she gets plenty of help from Luther Vandross on the record, working here in a host of top-shelf studio talent that also includes Narada Michael Walden and Arif Mardin too! Fischer may be making a solo debut on the album, but she comes across with a great sense of class and professional poise throughout – on titles that include "How Can I Ease The Pain", "Wildflower", "Save Me", "Some Girls", "So Tender", "Get Back To Love", "Chain Of Broken Hearts", "Last Goodbye", and "So Intense". CD features bonus tracks that include "Reachin 4U", "How Can I Ease The Pain (edit)", "So Intense (7" radio rmx)", "Save Me (radio mix)", and "Save Me (ext mix)". CD

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Bill FrisellWhere In The World? ... CD
Elektra, 1990/1991. Used .... $5.99
(Out of print.)

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Leroy HutsonParadise ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... $13.99
Amazing work from Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson – a rare session for Elektra, issued after his classic 70s sides on Curtom! The album's one of a few modern soul gems issued by Elektra at a time when they were one of the leading lights in soul – and like the Leon Ware albums from the label at the same point, Hutson's set is a top-shelf set all the way through – easily some of the most mature, sophisticated work of its generation! Leroy steps off the sweetness of his Curtom work wonderfully here – expanding into themes that are almost a bit more adult, and which are carried off in a wonderful blend of smooth soul backings that are never too slick or commercial. Hutson's got a great way of being gentle without getting soppy – of being intimate without embarrassing himself – always striking a careful balance that few other singers could match – except possibly Roy Ayers on his mellow soul work of the late 70s. The whole album's great – one of those albums that should have been huge, and which was probably buried by poor distribution more than anything else. Titles include the nice groover "Classy Lady", plus "She's Got It", "Nobody But You", "Paradise", "Nice & Easy", "You Make It Happen", and "Stay At It". CD
Also available Paradise ... LP 24.99

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Chaka Khan & Jazz All-StarsEchoes Of An Era (expanded & remastered) ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, 1982. Used .... $14.99
A really unique album for Chaka Khan – one in which she teams up with a host of jazz artists to craft a classic-styled set of vocals! Given that Chaka was at the height of her 80s groove solo career at the time of this one, the move is a surprising one – but also a great chance for Chaka to show that she has a lot more to offer than just pop chops, as she sounds pretty darn great scatting on these classic jazz numbers. And as proof that the set was definitely a serious jazz effort, Chaka's got a great lineup on the album – a group that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, and Lenny White on drums. Titles include "Them There Eyes", "All Of Me", "Take The A Train", "Hire Wire", "The Aerialist", and "I Hear Music". Expanded CD features an alternate of "All Of Me" and the track "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most" – as well as good notes and an interview. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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John KlemmerHush ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
Sly and subtle soul from saxophonist John Klemmer – a set that's somewhat smooth, but still filled with a great deal of feeling – and just the right blend of Klemmer's earlier searching style with some of the more soul-inspired modes of his later years. Klemmer plays tenor, soprano sax, and flute on the album – and often uses a bit of echoplex to space out his sound nicely – creating these long, drifting lines that really sound great! The record's got a subtle blend of jazz and soul influences, all tinged with a slightly spiritual undercurrent – as you might find on the best late 70s work from Norman Connors. Players include Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour on guitar, Russell Ferrante on piano and electric piano, Steve Schaeffer and Harvey Mason on drums, and Ray Armando on percussion. Clint Holmes and Phyllis St James both sing a bit on the set – again in sweetly subtle ways that never sound too commercial – and overall, given the date of the record, the album's a really tremendous one – much more like some late 70s spiritual soul fusion outing than you might expect! Titles include "Hush", "Let's Make Love", "Life Is So Beautiful", "Magic", "Hot", "I Love You Madly", and "Feelin Free". CD

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Kut KloseSurrender ... CD
Elektra, 1995. Used .... $2.99
(Out of print.)

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Mighty FireNo Time For Masquerading/Mighty Fire ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy .... $16.99
A pair of overlooked gems from Mighty Fire – back to back on a single CD! No Time For Masquerading is a wonderful debut full length from Mighty Fire – a group whose roots lead back to lots of previous work for Motown, and as The Flakes – stepping out here as a tight quintet with a wonderfully focused sound! Despite the 80s date of the record, the sound feels like the best combo funky soul from the previous decade – really sharp and on the money, but never commercial or chart-sounding at all – a perfect balance of so many wonderful warm elements, with the kind of jazzy touches you might hear in later groups like Incognito or Brand New Heavies. Guitarist Mel Bolton handles the arrangements, and most of the songwriting too – and trumpeter Harry Kim handles the horns, with the same warm vibe he'd later bring to his work with Earth Wind & Fire. Titles include "Sweet Fire", "Love Fantasy", "I Could Write A Love Song", "Missing You", and "Look What You Made Me Do". Mighty Fire is smooth stepping soul from a group who burn with a great mellow version of their name, which really helps to focus their energy throughout! There's a cool, classy vibe to the set – one that draws on the professional strengths of some of the group members, who also find a way to keep things personal and down to earth too – especially at the time of the album's release, when so many other folks were rushing to electrify their groove, and replace a lot of humanity with keyboards and drum programs. Most of the instrumentation is still in the live funk mode – played by the core members of the quintet – and titles include "You Satisfy Me", "Just A Little Bit", "Heavy Rotation", "Start It Up", "Sweet Lady", and "You Got Everything". CD

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Teddy PendergrassBedroom Classics Vol 1 ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Used .... $3.99

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Pete Rock & CL SmoothAll Souled Out EP (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
The first EP by Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and one of the greatest debut EPs in hip hop history – fleshed out here with bonus mixes and instrumentals! The original EP material is as stunning as ever, really showing the Pete & CL were in near peak form right outta gate – setting up the signature Pete Rock's signature jazz and soul sample mastery, perfectly suited to CL's brilliant, though laidback MC skills. An essential little set, and the perfect set up for the epic first LP to come! EP tracks include "Good Life" (plus the Group Home remix), "Mecca & The Soul Brother", "Go With The flow", "The Creator" and "All Souled Out". This nice 2014 version on Traffic includes the bonus versions "The Creator (Slide To Slide Mix)", "The Creator (Surfboard Mix)" and instrumental version, plus "Mecca & The Soul Brother (Wig Out Mix)" and instrumental. CD

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Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother ... CD
Elektra, 1992. Used .... $6.99
The debut full length from Pete Rock & CL Smooth – and a bonafide hip hop classic if there ever was one – one of the best ever! Pete Rock's trademark mix of heavy soul, jazz & funk beatcraft pretty much set the bar to a level that's been impossible to top ever sense. On top of being a front-to-back perfect album, Mecca & The Soul Brother has one of the great singles of the era, in "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)". What more can be said, really? An absolute essential! Tracks include "They Reminisce Over You (TROY)", "Return Of The Mecca", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "Lots Of Lovin", "Skinz" featuring Grand Puba, "The Basement" featuring Heavy D, Robo-O, Grap & Dida, "Anger In The Nation", "If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right", "Can't Front On Me", "It's Like That", "On And On", "Wig Out", "Ghettos Of The Mind", and "Act Like You Know". CD

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PlainsongIn Search Of Amelia Earhart ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $14.99
An overlooked gem from early 70s Elektra – a wonderfully warm, wonderfully solid set of rootsy rock from this group headed by Ian Matthews! The set moves past some of Matthews' earlier efforts – a bit tighter at times, yet still far from any country rock cliches at all – definitely done at a time when this mixing of modes was still a very fresh concept for musicians like Ian, who were more than willing to find a lot of paths of their own. Some of the headier moments really make great use of the darker guitar corners of Andy Roberts – who works in subtle, but great ways – and the set also features a nice mix of acoustic and electric elements, served up sparely, and recorded in a really great way. Titles include "Yo Yo Man", "Louise", "Call The Tune", "Raider", "Side Roads", "I'll Fly Away", and "For The Second Time". CD

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Elis Regina13th Montreux Jazz Festival (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Bomba (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $18.99
A stunning live recording from Elis Regina – one of the last few records she cut during her short time on this planet – and one of the best as well! The album's got a jazzy fire that's missing from some of Regina's other material of the time – and Elis sings with a group that includes a stellar guest performance by Hermeto Pascoal on a number of tracks, and runs through a lively set of tracks that includes a bunch of excellent groovers – upbeat numbers that almost get a bit funky at times. A highlight of the album is the long cut "Cobra Criada", which builds slowly into a complex funky line, with Elis scatting madly over the top. Other goodies include "Asa Branca", "Cai Dentro", "Garota De Ipanema", and a great remake of "Upa Neguinho", with nice messed-up arrangements. Plus, the CD features a number of bonus tracks – including "Onze Fitas", "Aguas De Marco", "Amor Ate O Fim", "Samba Dobrado", "Rebento", and "Agora Ta". CD

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Patrice RushenPatrice ... CD
Elektra/ (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $13.99
A sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and clavinet, handled with a smooth and soulful quality that's wonderful all the way through – a blend of soul and jazz that few other players could do this well – no matter how many others tried to copy her style over the years! Rhythms are as hard and heavy as on the Prestige years, and the keyboards have a great sort of focus too – just the right mix of jazz to offset the vocals – which themselves are a wonderful discovery. The whole album's a gem – and tracks include the great funky classic "Hang It Up", plus "Changes (In Your Life)", "When I Found You", "Play", "Didn't You Know?", and "Music Of The Earth". CD

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Patrice RushenStraight From The Heart/Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Edsel (UK), 1982/1984. New Copy 2CD .... $18.99
A pair of 80s classics from the great Patrice Rushen! First up is Straight From The Heart – a huge album for Patrice Rushen – thanks largely to the track "Forget Me Nots", which is a perfect blend of jazz and soul, in that warm sweet style she was forging after her early days as more of a fusion artist. The rest of the album's every bit as great – and the songwriting and quality of the work shows that Patrice, like other jazz funkateers of her generation, was every bit as capable of changing round her styles and still staying strong. Titles include "I Was Tired Of Being Alone", "Where There Is Love", "Breakout", "If Only", and "Remind Me". Also features bonus tracks – "Forget Me Nots (special dance mix 12")", "Breakout (12" version)", "Number One (inst 12" version)", "Forget Me Nots (single)", and "I Was Tired Of Being Alone (Byron Clark rmx)". The album Now is filled with sweet grooves from the lovely lady – one of Patrice Rushen's last truly great albums, and a masterpiece of 80s groove with lots of jazzy touches! The keyboard sound has evolved a bit here – compressed with more electronic percussion than on Patrice's earlier records, but still done with a degree of soul that sets it apart from work by most of her contemporaries! Titles include "Gotta Find It", "Gone With The Night", "My Love's Not Going Anywhere", "High In Me", "To Each His Own", "Heartache Heartbreak", and "Feels So Real". Features bonus tracks "Get Off (dance mix)", "Get Off (inst)", "Feels So Real (inst)", and "Feels So Real (dub)". CD

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New Woody ShawNight Music ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy .... $13.99
A real standout set from the 80s years of trumpeter Woody Shaw – a solidly burning live set that blows away most of his studio work from the time! The album's noteworthy first of all for the presence of Bobby Hutcherson on vibes – whose soulful spiritual approach of the period dovetails nicely with the strongly righteous tone of Shaw's horn – but the rest of the group is great too, and benefits from extremely strong bass work from Stafford James, tight drums from Tony Reedus, spiraling piano lines from Mulgrew Miller, and some bold lines on trombone from a young Steve Turre! Tracks are all quite long – really flowing with an open, soulful sort of energy that really puts Shaw at the top of his power, and almost urges Hutcherson onto new heights in the process. Titles include "To Kill A Brick", "Apex", "Orange Crescent", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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New Woody Shaw with Bobby HutchersonMaster Of The Art ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... $13.99
A brilliant date from the later years of Woody Shaw – an album that equally shows Woody's own talents, and those of his key group of younger players too! Shaw's trumpet is perfect in both modes here – the hard-blown righteous numbers Woody first gave the world from his start, and the warmer, more sensitive ballads he was crafting a bit later in his career – never too smooth or mellow, but showing a nice link to tradition in his tone. All tracks are longish, and the group features Steve Turre on trombone, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Tony Reedus on drums – all familiar players to Shaw, working tightly together on the date. As an added bonus, Bobby Hutcherson joins the group for most of the set – ringing out a strongly soulful tone on his vibes, on titles that include "Misterioso", "400 Years Ago Tomorrow", "Diane", and "Sweet Love Of Mine". The album also features a bonus interview track with Woody too! CD

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Tangerine DreamThief – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Elektra/Perseverance, 1981. New Copy .... $14.99
Tangerine Dream's incredible, synthy soundtrack to Thief – which is one of the coolest crime flicks ever made in the City Of Chicago – and as great as the film's director Michael Mann and star James Caan are, the soundtrack has a lot to do with that! The keyboard textured mood set the by the music is pretty creative choice for a gritty, expertly acted crime drama – and the droning synth and guitar sound sets the mood in an icy cool way. The album also stands really strongly on it's own, as one the coolest sets of electro rock instrumentals of the early 80s. Includes "Beach Theme", "Dr. Destructo", "Diamond Diary", "Burning Bar", "Beach Scene", "Scrapyard", "Trap Feeling", "Igneous" and "Confrontation". CD

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TelevisionAdventure ... CD
Elektra, 1978. Used .... $4.99
Marquee Moon set the bar too high in eyes of the avant rock/post punk literati – so Television's nearly as great, but not as revolutionary Adventure never really got its due. Regardless, this is an incredible album, and entirely essential, too! They had already broken all of the new ground on the first album, so you can't really fault Verlaine and co. for not delivering another epiphony. Genius doesn't work that way. Marquee Moon had a couple of unforgettable singles that stood apart from the sharp, jarring and melodic guitar lines, Adventure is more about working within the now established Television guitar sound. Greatness! With "Glory Days", "Foxhole", "Careful", "Carried Away", "The Fire", "Ain't That Nothin'" and "The Dream's Dream". CD

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TweetIt's Me Again ... CD
Elektra, 2005. Used .... $2.99
She's back, with another dose of ear candy for those of you who didn't get enough first time around. Timbaland's absent in the producer's seat, but the ghost of his sound is there as Missy Elliott lends a hand on most tracks, with a spare, heavily hip hop influenced vibe. We're not going to pretend this is any kind of groundbreaking stuff, but you can bet this will be the soundtrack to someone's summer out there. Includes "Turn Da Lights Off", "Iceberg", "Could It Be", "Cab Ride", "Things I Don't Mean", "My Man", "Sports, Sex & Food", "Small Change", "Two Of Us", "I'm Done" and "We Don't Need No Water". CD
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Twennynine With Lenny WhiteBest Of Friends ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
Jazzy soul all the way through – and a great little album from Lenny White and the Twennynine combo – a group that features some especially great keyboards from the great Don Blackman! The style here's a bit like some of Blackman's own work – rooted in fusion, but focused towards soul – with vocals on all tracks, but lots of tightly crafted riffs and grooves underneath! Keyboards and guitars are in the forefront on top of Lenny White's drums – but tunes also feature some EWF horn work, and an occasional vocal chorus arranged by Blackman, and featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and Googie Coppola! Tracks include the classic 80s groover "Peanut Butter", plus "Tropical Nights", "Best Of Friends", "Take Me Or Leave Me", "Citi Dancin", and "Betta". CD

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McCoy TynerDimensions ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy .... $15.99
An overlooked later album from McCoy Tyner – and a set that not only has frequent partner Gary Bartz on alto sax, but also features some excellent violin from the enigmatic John Blake! The album's a quintet date – with John Lee on bass and Willy Fletcher on drums – and the mix of alto, piano, and violin is very haunting – and often rises with a spiritual quality that recalls some of the best energy of the post-Coltrane years, wrapped up here in a package that has some of the more mature touches of the early 80s jazz generation. McCoy's still very much in the forefront on piano – and gets a few contemplative modes in alongside the more searching, modal moments – on titles that include "Understanding", "Uncle Bubba", "One For Dea", and "Precious One". CD

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Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". CD

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Wanda WaldenSearchin' For Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/FTG, 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
A great little soul set from Wanda Walden – and probably one of the best things to come from the Narada Michael Walden camp in the early 80s! Narada produced and arranged, but the record's got a deeper feel than any of his own work of the time – a more soulful quality that's smooth, but never slick – and which casts Wanda in space that's almost a bit like Minnie Riperton in her last few years. A few numbers are a bit easygoing, but others have some respectable bite – and tracks include "Holdin On", "Wanna Love You Tonite", "It's Gone Now", "Just To Love You", "Lost & Found", "Don't You Want My Lovin", and "Take Your Heart". CD features bonus tracks – "Don't You Want My Lovin (7" mix)" and "I Must Be Dreamin (12" mix)". CD

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Warren ZevonBest Of Warren Zevon ... CD
Elektra, 1980s/1990s. Used .... $5.99

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VariousGlengarry Glen Ross – Music From & Inspired By The Motion Picture ... CD
Elektra, 1992. Used .... $1.99
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout notch.)

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VariousUrban Cowboy – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
Elektra, 1980. Used .... $3.99

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New StereolabDots & Loops ... CD
Elektra, 1997. Used .... Just Sold Out!

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New BB & Q BandGenie ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1985. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The last true classic from the masters of the 80s groove genre – a post-Capitol effort for Elektra, but one that's still awash in great keyboards and snapping electro beats! Some of the jazzier sound from the past is gone here, but in its place is a leaner, cleaner sound that's still a fair bit more compelling than most work by the group's contemporaries! Nearly all tracks snap along with rhythms that are nicely placed between the street and the dancefloor – never gimmicky and never too cloying, and tightly focused enough to make the most of the hooks in the vocals. Lots of DX7 on the album, and more than a few numbers have a great sort of breakdance vibe. Tracks include "Riccochet" and "Dreamer" – both remixed by Shep Pettibone –"On The Shelf", "Genie", "Main Attraction", and "Don't Force It". CD
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New Billy BraggWorkers Playtime (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Yep Roc, 1988. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer collection of Billy Bragg's best from the early years – mostly just vocals and guitar, and completely sublime! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Donald ByrdDonald Byrd & 125th Street, NYC ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smoking work from Donald Byrd – post-Blue Note, post-Larry Mizell, and with a modern funk groove that's still pretty darn tasty! Not one to rest on his laurels – which he could have easily done with endless Mizell-based recordings – Donald shifts his groove here towards more of a boogie-styled 80s approach – one that's got the same sort of loping funk that was showing up in the work of Tom Browne and some of the younger players on the scene at the time. There's a fuller, richer, more soul-based approach to the set – but still some strands of the Mizell years – especially in the album's great keyboard work by Clare Fischer, and its use of chorus vocals on a number of tracks. Wade Marcus and George Bohannon helped with arrangements – and titles include a great funky remake of Fischer's "Morning" – plus "Veronica", "Gold The Moon, White The Sun", "Marilyn", "Pretty Baby", and "People Suppose To Be Free". CD

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New JooseJoose ... CD
Elektra, 1997. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New Leaders Of The New SchoolFuture Without A Past ... CD
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to this day, particularly those Eric "Vietnam" Sadler cuts. Tracks include "Case Of The P.T.A.", "Too Much On My Mind", "What's The Pinocchio Theory?", "Sobb Story", "Sound Of The Zeekers @#^**?!", "Feminine Fatt", "Transformers", "Show Me A Hero", "Trains, Planes & Automobiles", "Teachers, Don't Teach Us Nonsense!", "My Ding-A-Ling", and "Where Do We Go From Here?". CD
Also available Future Without A Past ... LP 22.99

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New LoveForever Changes (expanded & remastered) ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, 1967. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time – and it's made even better through the addition of a bunch of previously unissued tracks! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the result is an amazing bit of loud guitar noise backed by strings and horns, all graced by the godlike vocals of the great Arthur Lee. Forever Changes is a milestone in rock – an incredibly bleak document about insanity, escape, and the coming revolution that never happened. Think of all the best moments of Wild In The Streets, Zabriske Point, and Invocation of My Demon Brother rolled into one – and you'll only have a tiny slice of the picture! A record that will haunt us until the day we die – filled with incredible songs like "Alone Again Or", "Old Man", "Daily Planet", "Red Telephone", and "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark & Hilldale". CD version also includes "Hummingbirds (demo)", "Laughing Stock", "Wonder People (I Do Wonder) (outtake)", "Your Mind & We Belong Together", and alternate mixes of tracks on the LP. CD

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New PixiesTrompe Le Monde ... CD
Elektra, 1991. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Booklet has a small crease on back.)

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New Patrice RushenHaven't You Heard – The Best Of Patrice Rushen ... CD
Rhino/Elektra, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic smooth soul and jazzy funk from the great Patrice Rushen – a great little overview of her essential sides for Elektra Records! Although Patrice first cut her teeth in the heady fusion scene of the Fantasy label, by the time she moved to Elektra, she'd really tightened up her groove a lot – blending a previously great talent for soaring keyboard lines with a newly-discovered vocal approach that was totally great! The cuts here are as equal to late 70s jazz as they are to soul – and the set features a total of 14 tracks that include "Hang It Up", "Forget Me Nots", "Breakout!", "When I Found You", "Settle For My Love", "Feels So Real", "Look Up", "Haven't You Heard", and "Givin It Up Is Givin Up", a duet with DJ Rogers. CD
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New Steps AheadModern Times ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1984. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic set from this fusion supergroup – a great quintet that features keyboards from Warren Bernhardt, vibes from Mike Mainieri, tenor and soprano from Michael Brecker, bass from Eddie Gomez, and drums from Peter Erskine. As with other Steps Ahead records, the vibes really balance out the keyboards strongly – at a level that keeps things from ever getting too smooth, even when the percussion is a bit more electronic. Brecker's reed lines also deepen the soul of the set – as does the always-great bass of Eddie Gomez – and titles include "Oops", "Self Portrait", "Safari", "Radio Active", and "Old Town". CD

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New Nancy Wilson, Joe Henderson, Chick Corea, etcEchoes Of An Era 2 – The Concert ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not only a great follow-up to the first Echoes Of An Era session, but also a standout 80s performance from Nancy Wilson – quite possibly her best of the decade! The setting is nice and laidback – a live date with a core combo that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, Stanley Clarke on acoustic bass, and Lenny White on drums – plus steller vocals from Wilson, who's really at home in the setting – stretching out beautifully on the long tracks, and coming into play with the soloists at a level that's quite different from her more polished studio records. Clarke's bass is a delight, too – a great reminder that his talents didn't always lie in the electric realm during the 80s – and Henderson, as you might guess, provides some soulful undercurrents that reallyg round the whole proceedings. Titles include "500 Miles High", "Round Midnight", "Rhythm A Ning", "My One & Only Love", "Them There Eyes", and "I Want To Be Happy". CD

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New Brand NubianIn God We Trust ... CD
Rush/Elektra, 1992. Used .... Out Of Stock
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
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New Butterfield Blues BandSometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin' ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1971. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of their better and funkier LPs from the old days, and with some nice cuts like "Night Child", "Song For Lee", and "Play On" – which have some nice grooves at the beginning. Not our usual bag, but some nice moments. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Donald ByrdThank You For FUML (Funkin Up My Life) ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A post-Blue Note effort, and Donald's changing things up a bit with his 125th Street Orchestra and Uptown Singers – funking along in a way you'd expect from the longwinded title! Byrd loostens up the smoother backgrounds of his recent Larry Mizell helmed work, and in their place are grooves that have more of a heavy slap bass sound, punchier horns and guitars! There are lotes nice moments that are a bit more restrained than the comparably full-on funk approach – and these have a spacey fusiony soul quality that reminds us of similar work that Byrd was doing with The Blackbyrds at the time. One of the best cuts is "Your Life Is My Ecstasy", which has some great bubbling Moog behind it, which creates a sound that you've heard sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest. Other nice ones are "Loving You", which features vocals by Jim Gilstrap, and a remake of Duke Pearson's "Cristo Redentor", a big hit for Don in the 60s, which is redone here in an excellent slow funk mode that feels like Bob James' work on CTI. Others include "Have You Heard The News", "In Love With Love" and "Close Your Eyes And Look Within". CD

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New Stan Getz & Albert DaileyPoetry ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1984. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A lovely later recording from Stan Getz – very spare and spacious, and recorded with a casual approach that's quite striking, and really fresh! The album features Stan playing alongside pianist Albert Dailey – with no other rhythm accompaniment, just piano and tenor sax. The tunes are mostly familiar numbers, played in a relaxed, improvised mode that makes the whole thing feel like you're getting a lucky glimpse of Stan and Albert playing together in an after hours session or rehearsal. There's a bit of roughness in the recording, but given the depth of soul and color from both players, that quality also emerges as an honest humanity that only serves to make the recording more compelling! Titles include "Tune Up", "A Child Is Born", "Confirmation", "Round Midnight", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD

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New Grandmaster Flash & The Furious FiveBa-Dop-Boom-Bang ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1987. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A later effort from the one-and-only Grandmaster Flash, without the Furious Five, though Kid Creole and Rahiem are still on board. Despite the record's late appearance in the chronology, there are some moments in which Grandmaster lights it up – at a time in which old school party rocking was definitely a a dying art! 14 tracks in all, including "Ain't We Funkin Now", "U Know What Time It Is", "We Will Rock You" "Underarms", "Bus Dis (Wooo)", "I Am Somebody", and "Big Black Caddy". CD

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New Chaka Khan & Jazz All-StarsEchoes Of An Era ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A really unique album for Chaka Khan – one in which she teams up with a host of jazz artists to craft a classic-styled set of vocals! Given that Chaka was at the height of her 80s groove solo career at the time of this one, the move is a surprising one – but also a great chance for Chaka to show that she has a lot more to offer than just pop chops, as she sounds pretty darn great scatting on these classic jazz numbers. And as proof that the set was definitely a serious jazz effort, Chaka's got a great lineup on the album – a group that includes Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Joe Henderson on tenor, Chick Corea on piano, and Lenny White on drums. Titles include "Them There Eyes", "All Of Me", "Take The A Train", "Hire Wire", "The Aerialist", and "I Hear Music". CD
Also available Echoes Of An Era (expanded & remastered) ... CD 14.99

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New John KlemmerFinesse ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A smooth set from reedman John Klemmer, but a pretty darn soulful one too – and a great illustration of the way that Klemmer could still hold onto his roots a lot more strongly than some of his contemporaries! The backings are gentle and fusiony – often with some great keyboard work from Russell Ferrante – and Klemmer soars out wonderfully in the lead – with a depth of tone and creativity of solos that goes far beyond anything that might have been needed for the date – a real "something extra" that shows that John's still got all the deep elements of his Impulse years in place. Tracks include "Finesse", "Man & Woman", "Sometimes", "Heart", "Sun, Moon And The Stars", and "Beloved". CD

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New MetallicaSt Anger ... CD
Elektra, 2003. Used CD & DVD .... Out Of Stock

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New Red Rodney & Ira SullivanSprint ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1983. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A tremendous live performance from the group co-led by Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – two players who really bring a lot to each other's music! There's a mode here that really blows us away – a careful, sensitive approach that allows each horn player to hit their most lyrical moments – shading things in with a far richer palette of sounds than we might ever have expected. The rest of the group's a big factor for the album's sound, though – as it features the great pianist Garry Dial, who also wrote some of the tunes – plus Jay Anderson on bass and Jeff Hirschfield on drums. Rodney plays trumpet and flugelhorn, and Sullivan plays flute, flugelhorn, alto, and soprano sax – on titles that include "How Do You Know", "As Time Goes By", "Sprint", "My Son The Minstrel", and "Speak Like A Child". CD

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New Patrice RushenPatrice/Pizzazz/Posh (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Edsel (UK), 1978/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD .... Out Of Stock
Three wonderful albums – all wrapped up in a sweet single packag! First up is the self-titled Patrice album – a sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and clavinet, handled with a smooth and soulful quality that's wonderful all the way through – a blend of soul and jazz that few other players could do this well – no matter how many others tried to copy her style over the years! Rhythms are as hard and heavy as on the Prestige years, and the keyboards have a great sort of focus too – just the right mix of jazz to offset the vocals – which themselves are a wonderful discovery. The whole album's a gem – and tracks include the great funky classic "Hang It Up", plus "Changes (In Your Life)", "When I Found You", "Play", "Didn't You Know?", and "Music Of The Earth". Features bonus tracks "Hang It Up (12" version)" and "Play (12" version)". Next is Pizzazz – one of the records that not only broke Patrice out of the jazz funk ghetto, but which also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s – really pushing the use of jazzy elements that would help take R&B to a new level with bigger artists. Patrice plays keyboards and sings, and the sound's a sweet mix of funk and soul, smoothed down to get everything in the door at the same time. Titles include "Givin It Up Is Givin Up", "Call On me", "Haven't You Heard", and "Let The Music Take Me". On Posh, Patrice is at the height of her powers – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's a winner – real magic that never gets old, and the kind of LP that makes you understand why you'll find Patrice's records in just about any soul collection from the time! Tracks include "I Need Your Love", "Time Will Tell", "The Dream", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Don't Blame Me". Features bonus tracks "Look Up (long version)" and "Never Gonna Give You Up". CD

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New Steps AheadMagnetic ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1986. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Tightly grooving mid 80s fusion from Steps Ahead – their last album to feature Michael Brecker – who's killing it here on his electronic wind instrument, plus his old standby tenor sax! Fellow Steps Ahead innovator Mike Mainieri is on vibes and more, with drummer/percussionist Peter Erskine and keyboard maestro Robby Kilgore rounding things out. Magnetic's got some inventive group compositions, plus a sweetly synth-soaked reading of Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood". Overall a really tight blend of fusion funk, electro era r&b, and a few harder hitting moments! Other tracks include the George Duke-produced groover "Magnetic Love" with lead vocals by Dianne Reeves, backed by Jocelyn Brown & others – plus "Trains", "Cajun", "Sumo", "All The Tea In China" and "Something I Said". CD

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New VariousReggae Sunsplash 81 – A Tribute To Bob Marley ... CD
Elektra/Wounded Bird, 1982. New Copy 2 CDs .... Out Of Stock
A mighty mighty tribute to the great Bob Marley – served up here by a host of former associates, family members, and Jamaican contemporaries – all in some lively concert performances that really open things up! The double-length set was a great seller at the time, and continues to be a spirited document of this key moment of reggae explosion on the global scene – and titles include "Sound System" and "Ku Klux Klan" by Steep Pulse, "Plastic Smile" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" by Black Uhuru, "The Bed's Too Big Without You" by Sheila Hylton, "Soon Forward" by Gregory Isaacs, "1865" by Third World, "Right Time" by Mighty Diamonds, "If I Had The World" by Dennis Brown, "Belly Full" by Rita Marley & The I-Threes, and "Sugar Pie" by Melody Makers & The Wailers. CD

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New Stanley Clarke & Chick CoreaGriffith Park Collection ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A seminal set in the rebirth of straight jazz in the early 80s – a wonderful record with a much warmer, more traditional feel than you'd expect from some of the players involved! Bassist Stanley Clarke and pianist Chick Corea really return to their roots here – Stanley with some of the bold acoustic tones of his earliest soul jazz years, Chick with those modern-yet-soulful piano lines he first brought to magical recordings of the 60s – including the Sweet Rain session with Stan Getz. Freddie Hubbard's also in the group – blowing wonderfully with that reborn sound of his early 80s years, still some of the best work he ever did – and the group also features Joe Henderson on tenor, always a treat, and Lenny White on drums, really keeping things focused. The set's a gem through and through – and titles include "L's Bop", "Happy Times", "Remember", "Guernica", "October Ballade", and "Why Wait". CD

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New Dexter GordonAmerican Classic ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An unusual later set from the great Dexter Gordon – and a record that features the surprising addition of Hammond organ! Shirley Scott's on the record with Dex, and plays organ on half the cuts (Kirk Lightsey handles piano on the others) – bringing a soulful depth to the record which then seems to inspire Gordon to move into the sort of territory we might have expected from Stanley Turrentine back in the 60s! Grover Washington's on the record, blowing soprano sax on a few cuts with Scott – and reminding us of his deeper soul jazz roots – and other players include David Eubanks on bass and Eddie Gladden on drums. Titles include "Besame Mucho", "Skylark", "Sticky Wicket", and "For Soul Sister" – plus an interview with Dex! CD

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New Grover Washington JrCome Morning ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Grover Washington blows over some great arrangements from William Eaton – full, but lean too – and with the same sort of slinky groove that always worked best for Grover back at Kudu Records! The sound is tight, but never too slick – that magically soulful approach that always made Grover a real standout from his contemporaries – one of the few cats who could smooth out jazz without ever losing its soul – thanks to lots of well-crafted lead lines on soprano sax! Titles include "East River Drive", "Jamming", "Little Black Samba", "Be Mine", and "Reaching Out". CD

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New Emmylou HarrisWrecking Ball ... CD
Elektra, 1995. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Red Rodney & Ira SullivanSpirit Within ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Really beautiful work from the team of Red Rodney and Ira Sullivan – hardly the sort of stuff we might have heard from the players a decade or two before – and a sophisticated batch of tunes that has them stretching out in rich musical directions! There's little of the boppish roots of either player here – and instead, the album mostly features inspiring jazz compositions from Garry Dial – the pianist in the group, and a real genius with color, tone, and timing. Dial's tunes dominate most of the record, and they really set the group on a great footing – horn trading between Rodney's trumpet and Sullivan's soprano, flute, and flugelhorn – supported with complicated changes from the core rhythm trio. Titles include "Spirit Within", "King Of France", "Sophisticated Yenta", "Crescent City", and "Monday's Dance". CD

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Elektra, 1999. Used .... Out Of Stock

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New Swamp DoggRat On! ... CD
Elektra/Alive, 1971. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Swamp Dogg's on the cover, riding a giant rat out of the ghetto – an image that definitely hints at some of the politics on the record! The album's one of Swamp's key classics from the early 70s – recorded at a time when he was still super-sharp – and when the character was a great focus of all the indie soul energy that Jerry Williams had forged on the scene in the 60s! In fact, the record's so great, they made it twice – recorded once down at the TK studios in Miami, then scrapped – and re-recorded here at Muscle Shoals, with some wicked Quinvy touches that really hold the whole thing together. The Muscle Shoals approach works beautifully for the Swamp Dogg aesthetic – and really gives it the right sort of southern soul punch to send home the tunes – as you'll hear on "Creeping Away", "Predicament #2", "Do You Believe", "Got To Get A Message To You", "I Kissed Your Face", and "Do Our Thing Together". CD
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Gang's BackGang's Back ... CD
Handshake/Boogie Times (France), 1982. Used .... $8.99
The Gang's Back, and they're ready for grooving – especially those sweet sort of grooves that are heavy on the keyboards! The album's an overlooked gem from the early 80s – as tight and focused as the best mainstream funk on Capitol or Elektra at the time – and done with instrumentation that's heavily electric, but still quite warm and soulful throughout – thanks to great production, excellent group vocals, and a sense of songwriting that's never to gimmicky or commercial. The best tracks on here bounce like work from the BB&Q Band or TS Monk – and this is definitely one of those "should have been huge" sets from the time! Titles include "I'll Take Some Of That", "Got My Eye On You", "Our Music", "Night Time's The Right Time", "Hot Fun", "You Got What It Takes", and "All I Wanna Do Is Spend Time With You". CD
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Lambert & NuttycombeEternal Rivers – Demos 1969 to 1971 ... CD
Sunbeam (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $16.99
Really amazing early work from the team of Dennis Lambert and Craig Nuttycombe – a duo we'll love forever for their sublime At Home album on A&M, heard here in a huge set of demo recordings before that record! The tracks are hardly the unformed stuff of most demos – and given that Lambert & Nuttycombe always sounded best when they were just singing alongside their guitars, the approach here is hardly different at all than that first album – especially since the tracks were all recorded at a relatively high level by both Elektra and A&M. There's a sense of darkness that really pervades this material – in the guitar phrasing, moody lyrics, and the harmonies of the duo – who somehow have a way of sounding far less sweet than most other singers in that style. Given the all-too-short recorded legacy of this great duo, the 30 tracks here are a massively essential addition to their catalog – especially as they come from the best early years. Plus, most of the songs here appear to be ones they never recorded again later – and tracks include "Bless You", "Jacquline", "Your Hand In Mine", "Gone With You", "Reptiles", "Funny You Should Ask", "Dear Marsha", "Under The Circumstances", "Many Times", "Texas Dope Song", and "Know Too Much". CD

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New Hermeto PascoalCerebro Magnetico/Hermeto Ao Vivo Em Montreux Jazz Festival ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD .... $22.99
Some of the freshest music you'll ever hope to hear – two late 70s classics from Brazilian composer/multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal! First up is Cerebro Magnetico – breathlessly beautiful work from the legendary Pascoal – one of his greatest albums ever, and one of the best to showcase the fluidly jazzy sound of his style! The arrangements here are complex, but they're still also a bit more focused than on some of his experimental albums – and strong reed work leads many of the tunes, and gives them a boldly sort of soulful feel – as earthier percussion and more playful instrumentation provide all of the inventive Pascoal touches! The whole thing's extremely evocative – with a sound deep in emotion and feeling – and titles include "Vou Esperar", "Auriana", "Banda Encarnacao", "Voz E Vento", "Danca Da Selva Na Cidade Grande", and "Dialogo". On Ao Vivo Em Montreux, Hermeto and group take the Montreux Jazz Festival by storm – and deliver one of the strongest performances the event must have seen in a long time! In keeping with the spirit of the event, the work here is strongly jazzy – done in a flurry of complicated reed passages with earthier percussion on the bottom, and some warm keyboards enforcing a strong sense of soul – very much in the style of Pascoal's work with Elis Regina at the festival on her Elektra record, but much more strongly in an inventive Hermeto mode here! The sound quality is excellent, and titles include "Pintando O Sete", "Forro Em Santo Andre", "Remelexo", the lovely "Fatima", "Terra Verde", "Quebrando Tudo", "Voltando Ao Palco", "Forro Brasil", and "Montreux". CD

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Patrice RushenShout It Out (with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy .... $16.99
A pivotal record for Patrice Rushen – a set that has her really tightening up the groove from previous albums on Prestige – heading much more towards the focused soul-drenched grooves of her Elektra Records years! The set's a stunner – still very much with the hip, west coast funky fusion vibe of Rushen's roots – but even groovier overall, with loads of massive cuts that hold up beautifully over the years – and which still show a side of Patrice that's much different than her later hits. Titles include the classic cuts "The Hump", "Stepping Stones", and "Shout It Out" – all perfect jazz funk gems in the best Prestige/Fantasy mode of the mid 70s – and other tracks include "Roll With The Punches", "Let There Be Funk", "Let Your Heart Be Free", "Yolon", and "Sojourn". This Soul Brother UK edition includes a bonus single verion of "Let Your Heart Be Free". CD
Also available Shout It Out ... LP 6.99

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Marcos ValleVontade De Rever Voce ... CD
Som Livre (Brazil), 1980. New Copy .... $18.99
Funky soul from the great Marcos Valle – a great blend of mellow grooves and upbeat tunes recorded at the same time Valle was working in the US with Leon Ware! The style here is very similar to Ware's 2 albums for Elektra – both of which feature work from Valle, and include tunes that are also done here in Portuguese versions! Marcos makes a real departure from some of his earlier work here, and emerges as a surprisingly great soul star with plenty of talents for penning two-step tunes and keyboard-heavy tracks that glisten with a sweet California groove. A few tracks recall some of Valle's Odeon work – like the baroque instrumental "Camina Grande" – but we're most partial to the soul tracks that dominate the record, and which include "Bicho No Cio", "Pecados De Amor","Garimpando" and "A Paraiba Nao e Chicago". CD

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New Hedy WestHedy West/Hedy West Vol 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vanguard (UK), 1963/1964. Used .... $8.99
Beautiful work from Hedy West – a folk singer with a voice that cuts through to the quick – none of the sweetness of some of the poppier acts of the 60s, and none of the softness that you might get from commercial efforts – and instead a sound that's straight from the hills, and a bit like some of the best Elektra recordings by Jean Ritchie! West plays banjo along with her vocals, but uses the instrument in a way that's almost more like acoustic guitar – very complicated note patterns, and less of the rhythmic strumming that you'd get in a hokier effort – with qualities that are often very dark and brooding. CD features Hedy's first two albums for Vanguard – Hedy West, with tracks that include "Single Girl", "Shady Grove", "Drowsy Sleeper", "Fare Thee Well", "Fragments", and "Sweet Jane" – and Hedy West Volume 2, with tracks that include "Pans Of Biscuits", "Lady Beauty Bright", "Boston Burglar", "Farther Along", "Hubbard", "Run Slave Run", and "Poor Little Lost Baby". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – unissued tracks "Cotton Mill Girls" and "Who's Going To Shoe Them Pretty Little Feet". CD

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New Sid SelvidgeCold Of The Morning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Peabody/Omnivore, 1976. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An under-discovered gem from the Memphis scene of the 70s – one of the few records ever by Sid Selvidge, a singer with an amazing pedigree! Sid had a varied career that included time as a soul DJ in the south, a Greenwich Village folkie, and a key part of the Ardent Studio scene in Memphis – and all these different roots come into play beautifully here in an under-circulated album that was only Sid's third time in the studio, and second full release. Stax had noticed Selvidge early – a great choice for the label, given the mix of roots and soul in his sound – and he'd also recorded an album for Elektra which was never issued. But this set may well be the purest moment ever for Sid – a wonderful hybrid of Tennessee styles that really gets at the complex, personal vibe of some of the best singer-songwriters in Memphis during the 70s – many of whom, like Sid, never got their due because they weren't living on the coast. Instrumentation has some nice rootsy elements, very acoustic overall – and Selvidge's vocals have this trill that takes us back to classic Nashville, but served up with a much more contemporary spirit. Titles include "Frank's Tune", "Joudge Boushe", "Lazrus", "Many A Mile", "Miss The Mississippi & You", "I've Got A Secret", and "The Outlaw". CD features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
Also available Cold Of The Morning (blue vinyl pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP 18.99

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New BushGot Bush If You Want It – The Savage Young Bushmen Of Rialto 1965 to 1966 ... CD
Ugly Things, 1965/1966. Used .... Out Of Stock
Unissued tracks from the archive of this legendary California band – amazing work that should have been issued by Elektra or one of the bigger indies at the time! There's a really sinister edge to most of these numbers – familiar garage sounds, but with a weird kind of twist, too – that undercurrent of darkness you might hear in the best mid 60s moments by Love or The Byrds, but with a rough around the edges quality that makes these side even more moving – almost a bold declaration of their own freedom, after so many years in the can! As with other Ugly Things reissues, this one is a killer – mindblowing music that's really worth rediscovery, and surprisingly well packaged – given the affordable price! Titles include "I Feel Good", "I Want Your Love", "Feeling Sad & Lonely", "Mel's Truck Stop", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Every Night", "Heart Of Stone", "Gonna Treat You Bad", "I'm Wanting Her", and "To Die Alone". CD
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New Country Joe & The FishElectric Music For The Mind & Body (stereo & mono mixes) ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), 1967. New Copy 2CD .... Out Of Stock
A seminal set from Country Joe & The Fish – one of those albums that brought the new psychedelic sound strongly into the mainstream – but all without softening up or commercializing it at all! There's still a very sharp edge to the record – mean organ lines, fuzzy guitar, and lots of cool production that makes the sounds weirder and more watery than before – even the vocals, which have this edge that nobody would ever refer to as Sunshine Pop! In a way, the whole set's as sinister as any of the most groundbreaking albums on Elektra from the time – and definitely shows that both Vanguard and the group were at the forefront of the new psych recording scene. Titles include "Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine", "Super Bird", "Death Sound", "Sad And Lonely Times", "The Masked Marauder", "Grace", and "Bass Strings". Great 2CD set – with both the stereo and mono mixes of the album! CD

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New Leon WareInside Is Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TK/Clinck (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and totally right on the money here – serving up some wicked midtempo grooves that sparkle way more than most of his contemporaries – and which even rise above most of the other work on TK records at the time! Ware wrote and produced the whole set himself – with that masterful studio approach that first rose to prominence on Marvin Gaye's album I Want You – and like that classic set, the whole thing here is great – never a clunker or a bit of filler at all. Titles include the great "What's Your Name" – an extremely catchy two-step number, with a hook that will ring in your head long after the track is over – and other cuts include "Inside Is Love", "Try It Out", "Club Sashay", "Inside Your Love", and "Love Is A Simple Thing". CD

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New Lost & FoundEverybody's Here (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
International Artists/Snapper (UK), 1968. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A brilliant set on the legendary International Artists label – a very Love-like record that's filled with colorful tunes – from Houston's Lost & Find, who fit in beautifully with other Texas psyche pioneers of the mid-to-late 60s! Both the vocals and the overall timing of the tunes clearly draw strong inspiration from Love's first few Elektra albums – but that's not a problem for us, because we love that stuff, and really appreciate Lost & Found's take on Arthur Lee's inspiration – one that pushes it a bit into the trippier Texas style psyche and others from the International Artists Roster. Titles include "Everybody's Here", "Forever Lasting Plastic Words","Zig Zag Blues", "I'm So Hip To Pain", "I Realize", "2 Stroke Blues", "Let Me Be" and "Living Eye". This limited edition CD edition comes with deluxe packaging, kind of like a mini hardcover book, with notes & photos, plus 3 bonus tracks: "When Will You Come Through", "Forever Black" and "25 MPH". CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies – with 3 bonus tracks and deluxe packaging – kind of like a mini book, with notes, photos, and an additional booklet with info on other International Artists psyche gems of the era.)