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New Johnny HodgesHodge Podge ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of early work recorded under Johnny Hodges' name in the early years – sessions from 1938 and 1939 that were originally issued on 78s, but presented here in a sweet 50s LP with a classic cover image from William Steig! The tracks are a great assortment of small group numbers that focus on Hodges' tremendous tone on alto sax – recorded with Ellingtonian players that include the Duke himself, as well as Cootie Williams on trumpet, Harry Carney on reeds, Lawrence Brown on trombone, and Billy Taylor on piano. The set features 16 tracks in all – and titles include "Empty Ballroom Blues", "Jeep's Blues", "Good Gal Blues", "Skunk Hollow Blues", "Hodge Podge", and "Rent Party Blues". CD

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New Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Barney BigardDuke's Men ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album that features late 30s recordings by some of Duke Ellington's most famous sidemen! The groups on most of these are fairly similar – mostly small group sessions from the larger Ellington outfit – pulled out in ways that give a strong focus on the solo talents of the session leader – and as with other packages in this series, the fidelity is much better than the original singles, and accompanied with full notes on the music! Titles include "Rexatious", "Lazy Man's Shuffle", and "Swing Baby Swing" by Rex Stewart; "Echoes Of Harlem", "Swing Pan Alley", and "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me" by Cootie Williams; "The Rabbit's Jump", "Pyramid", and "Jitterbug's Lullaby" by Johnny Hodges; and "Caravan" and "Stompy Jones" by Barney Bigard. CD

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New Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Barney BigardDuke's Men ... LP
Epic, Late 30s/1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album that features late 30s recordings by some of Duke Ellington's most famous sidemen! The groups on most of these are fairly similar – mostly small group sessions from the larger Ellington outfit – pulled out in ways that give a strong focus on the solo talents of the session leader – and as with other packages in this series, the fidelity is much better than the original singles, and accompanied with full notes on the music! Titles include "Rexatious" and "Lazy Man's Shuffle" by Rex Stewart; "Echoes Of Harlem", "Swing Pan Alley", and "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me" by Cootie Williams; "The Rabbit's Jump", "Pyramid", and "Jitterbug's Lullaby" by Johnny Hodges; and "Caravan" and "Stompy Jones" by Barney Bigard. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy yellow label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, staining along the bottom and part of the spine, and some wear and a sticker on the back.)

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New Paul HornVisions ... LP
Epic, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Nice fusiony jazz done with soul and airy atmophere by Paul Horn – including some choice covers, and sounds that range from fusiony jazz with a little bit of funk and more lilting numbers lifted by flute and wordless vocals! Horn has a tendency to go head first into a more new agey vibe, but here we get a more grounded approach with more soul and bits of funk in the bass, keys & percussion. The players include Larry Carlton, Joe Sample and Tom Scott. Includes a nice takes on a trio of Stevie Wonder numbers: "Too High", "Visions" and "Living For The City", Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Chelsea Morning" (the former featuring some vocals and keyboards by Joni), plus "High Tide"., "Long Time Gone", "Song With No Words" and "Dida". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is shopworn, with a small tear in back.)

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New Isley BrothersHeat Is On (expanded edition) ... CD
T Neck/Epic, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great mix of heavy funk and sweeter ballads from the Isley Brothers – and a record that's filled with two-part tracks that really let them stretch out and groove! The tunes have a bit more bass and keyboards than before – an approach that's even more electric than Isley funk of a few years back, and which steps out in some tightly vamping rhythms that still crackle with plenty of warmth and soul – especially on the mellower numbers, which dominate side two of the record, and really make this one worth having! Mellow tracks include "For The Love Of You (parts 1 & 2)", "Sensuality (parts 1 & 2)", and "Make Me Say It Again (parts 1 & 2)" – and funkier numbers include "Fight The Power (parts 1 & 2)", "The Heat Is On (parts 1 & 2)", and "Hope You Feel Better Love (parts 1 & 2)". CD also features a bonus track – a live version of "Fight The Power", recorded "live" in the studio, and never released before! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Michael JacksonNumber Ones ... CD
Epic, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Chart topping R&B from Michael, including "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough", "Rock With You", "Billie Jean", "Beat It", "Thriller", "I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "Smooth Criminal", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man In The Mirror","Dirty Diana", "Black Or White", "You Are Not Alone", "Earth Song", "You Rock My World", "Break Of Dawn", "One More Chance" and "Ben (live)". CD

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New Michael JacksonThriller (picture disc) ... LP
Epic, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! This seldom seen picture disc version has an image of Michael in a leather jacket in front of a purple backdrop on one side, and the image from the album art with Michael in a white suit in front on the other. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a stickered plastic sleeve, with some wrinkling.)

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New Michael JacksonXscape (deluxe edition – with DVD) ... CD
Epic, 2014. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best work we've heard from Michael Jackson in years – even though the set brings together lost recordings from the many years of Michael's career! The range of sounds here is really wonderful, and the performances are surprisingly great – moments that somehow never found their way onto Jackson's albums for Columbia and Sony, and which really stand out with a special feel because of that – partly due to the help from the extra contemporary producers who helped finish off the work for release. The set begins with "Love Never Felt So Good" – a killer number with a late 70s vibe that puts it right up there with the classic Off The Wall album – and other cuts include the sexy, slinky "Chicago", the cool remake of an old America song titled "A Place With No Name", and the tracks "Slave To The Rhythm", "Loving You", "Do You Know Where Your Children Are", and "Xscape". Special deluxe edition – also features the original recordings of all these tracks, a DVD documentary on the album, and a version of "Love Never Felt So Good" with Justin Timberlake. CD

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New JacksonsDestiny ... LP
Epic, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A heavy groove and a heady title that points the way towards Michael Jackson's soon-to-be legendary solo career – all served up in a batch of tracks that resonate nicely with the Off The Wall groove! The sound here really isn't disco or club, but it's a nicely upbeat groove that shows The Jacksons at the top of their game – tightly stepping and often highly rhythmic – and striking a great balance between strong lead vocals and some of the sweeter harmonies that got them going in the past. Titles include the sublime groovers "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", plus great sleepers like "All Night Dancin", "Bless His Soul", "Things I Do For You" and "That's What You Get For Being Polite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New JacksonsLive ... LP
Epic, 1981. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great mix of the talents of Michael Jackson and his famous brothers – and a set that's probably got an equal weight on the focus of both! There's a fair bit of Off The Wall-era Michael that informs this set – the kind of upbeat, grooving tracks that made that record so great – mixed with some newer takes on older Jacksons material, often revamped a bit with a slightly modern soul groove! There's a nice sort of liveness to the record – not as too-polished as you might imagine – and titles include "Can You Feel It", "Off The Wall", "Heartbreak Hotel", "She's Out Of My life", "ABC", "I Want You Back", "I'll Be There", "Rock With You", "Working Day & Night", "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", and "Shake Your Body Down To The Ground". LP, Vinyl record album

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New JonesesJoneses ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer for the Joneses – probably their strongest album all the way through, thanks to some great production and arrangements by Bobby Eli! This one's got the group taking the fragile harmony style of their earlier records, and filtering it through the Philly powerhouse groove to create a stronger, more high-stepping sound. A good mix of uptempo groovers and a few mellower tracks, and titles include "Who Loves You", "In Love Again", "Groovin' On Ya" , "Music To My Ears", and "Rat Race". CD

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New KornChildren Of The Korn (clark world remix, clark world inst)/Got The Life (vorticist's suite, i got a knife mix) ... 12-inch
Epic, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
Featuring Ice Cube. Remixes by Clark Kent, DJ Spooky, and Mix Master Mike. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Green vinyl promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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New Amel LarrieuxGet Up (album, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Epic, 1999. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Living ColourTime's Up ... CD
CBS/Epic, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New Jaco PastoriusJaco Pastorius ... LP
Epic, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
This is the one that really nailed it for Jaco Pastorious – a brilliant showcase for all his many talents on the bass, and a key illustration of the way that he influenced an entire generation! Sure, Jaco in Weather Report was already pretty darn great – but here, on his own, he really gets to sparkle – jamming hard with heavyweights on some funky numbers, sliding out in spacey territory on mellow cuts, and even trying out a few more experimental moments that are far beyond what most other bassists might imagine for a debut of this nature. Players on the date include Herbie Hancock on keyboards, Don Alias on percussion, Lenny White on drums, Hubert Laws on flute, and Randy Brecker on trumpet – and titles include "Portrait Of Tracy", "Donna Lee", "Continuum", "Okonkole Y Trompa", "Kuru/Speak Like a Child", "Opus Pocus", and "Come On Come Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and splitting on the bottom seam.)

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New QuadronAvalanche (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Vested In Culture/Epic, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and hip hop soul steeped production by Robin Hannibal, fronted beautifully by the soulful vocals of Coco O, and last, but not least, and great jointly-written songs. It's just bigger and better now. You can hear innovative pop soul influences from the 80s onward in their style, but they put it together in way that's all their own. We'd love it if they took over the mainstream with this record. It's that good! Titles include "LFT", "Favorite Star", "Hey Love", "Crush", "Befriend", "Neverland", "It's Gonna Get You", "Better Off" with Kendrick Lamar, "Sea Salt" and "Avalanche". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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New Sly & The Family StoneFresh ... LP
Epic, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Sly's leaping into the air on the cover of this one – and for good reason too, given the overall groove of the set! The album's a bit more stripped-down and upbeat than the previous few – almost more of a return to the simple funky style of the first albums, but with a slightly more electric sound than before – especially in the keyboards, which almost slide into the mix here with a Stevie Wonder-like quality. The electricity bubbles and brews wonderfully at the bottom of the rhythms – charging things up a bit, but still hanging back with a super-cool, laidback quality that few other groups could muster! There's a great sense of balance here that's brilliant – and which makes the album one of Sly's undisputed masterpieces from the Columbia years. Titles include the incredible "If You Want Me To Stay" – one of our favorite Sly Stone cuts ever – plus "Keep on Dancin", "Babies Making Babies", "Que Sera Sera", "If It Were Left Up To Me", "In Time", and "Let Me Have It All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover includes a "smash single" sticker on shrinkwrap – which is faded.)

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New Soul ChildrenThere Always (Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight) ... CD
Epic/Shout (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The post-Stax, Epic southern soul of the Soul Children – 1976's Finders Keepers and 1977's Where Is Your Woman Tonight back-to-back! Finders Keepers is a strong little album by the group – recorded with a very different sound than the Stax work – but one that's still totally great overall! The grooves are a bit warmer and more modern soul styled – uptempo at times, but never in a throwaway club mode – and in a way, the shift is a bit similar to that taken by The Dramatics at the same point. There's still plenty of nicely rough edges in the vocals – that raspy sense of soul that first made us fall in love with the group – and by this point, the lineup has been reduced to a trio, with more of a focus on male vocals than before. The session's filled with work by great Detroit talents who include Don Davis, Steve Mancha, and Harvey Scales – and tracks include "Finders Keepers", "A Little Understanding", "We Got To Get Our Thing Together", and "I'm Just A Shoulder To Cry On". Where Is Your Woman Tonight is another Epic gem with the group going for a smoother soul sound. Some tracks are a little uptempo, in hopes of a crossover hit – but mostly, just a a solid effort with the group continuing to grow from a raw soul group into a smoother one. This session features production by David Porter at Malaco studios, with the kind of mellow slightly funky vibe that the studio was perfect at for a few years. Titles include "Take Me Make Me", "Head On Collision", "Where Is Your Woman Tonight", "There Always", and "You Don't Need A Ring". CD

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New Stanley ClarkeTime Exposure (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice funky electric groover from Stanley Clarke's mid 80s R&B years! Time Exposure has a lot of period electro funk in the mix, particularly Clarke's impeccable bass lines, which are heavy throughout! A brilliant mix of 80s fusiony future funk with jazz precision – definitely a funky highlight from this period in Clarke's career – and those bass lines are just unreal! A pretty eclectic roster of guest musicians play on this one, including tenor sax player Ernie Watts, fellow bassist Louis Johnson of Brothers Johnson, singer Howard Hewitt and rock guitar guru Jeff Beck. Titles include "Play The Bass 10", "Are You Ready (For The Future)", "Heaven Sent You", "Time Exposure", "Speedball", "Future Shock", "Spacerunner", "I Know Just How You Feel" and more. This CD version from Funky Town Groves features 5 bonus tracks: "Heaven Sent You (12" Mix)", "Heaven Sent You (7" Mix)", "Speedball (12" Mix)", "Are You Ready (For The Future) (12" Mix)" and 'Future (12" Mix)". CD

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New Henri GuedonCosmozouk Percussion ... LP
Epic/Superfly (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used sparely, so that the album's not a funky electric one – but in just the right ways to bring in a cool sort of 70s funk touch to the whole record – almost in some of the ways you'd find with Nuyorican funk of the same time! Vocals are great, too – mostly in French – but the instrumental element is what really moves us – and it moves us plenty! Titles include "Brujeira", "Tou Patou Feme", "Guajira Contestation", "Bomba Miscien", "Vulcano", and "Marcel Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – super heavy cover and vinyl!)

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New Bobby HackettHackett Horn (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Hackett Horn gets a great spotlight here – in a classic mid 50s LP that pulls together earlier 78s recorded by Bobby at the end of the 30s! Modes are mostly traditional, but Hackett's cornet work really shines throughout – bursting out of mid-sized groups that are often driven by a fair bit of rhythm on guitar from Eddie Condon, and which feature other horn work on saxes, trombone, and trumpet. CD features 16 tracks in all, with better fidelity than you'd get from the original 78 rpm singles – and titles include "At The Jazz Band Ball", "Sunrise Serenade", "Ja-Da", "Embraceable You", "That's How Dreams Should End", "Jammin The Waltz", "Clementine", and "Doin The New Low Down". CD

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New HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
Epic, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together wonderfully! The album hits equally well on all burners – with some key mellow cuts, and a few funkier upbeat numbers. Titles include loads of classics – like "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Star Of A Story", "Groove Line", "Send Out For Sunshine", and "Leavin For A Dream". CD

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New HeatwaveToo Hot To Handle ... CD
Epic, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer album of crossover soul from the mid 70s – one that dropped like a bomb when it hit, and gave this UK group a number of big hits in America! Keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote all the tracks on the album – and he's got keen talent for both funky numbers and ballads. If soul stations played album side specials the way that classic rock stations do, side one would be in heavy rotation – as it kicks off with the funky title cut, rolls into the hit "Boogie Nights", cuts to the sample classic "Ain't No Half Steppin" (forever made famous by Big Daddy Kane), and steps into the moody ballad "Always & Forever". It's hard to beat that lineup, but side two does a pretty good job – and includes a similar mix of titles like "Super Soul Sister", "All You Do Is Dial", and "Sho'nuff Must Be Love". CD

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New Sly & The Family StoneThere's A Riot Goin' On (gold CD deluxe version) ... CD
Epic/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in a landmark package – a set that takes this gem from Sly & The Family Stone, presses it up on a special hi-fidelity gold CD, then cradles the whole thing in special box with a heavy hardcover book with lots of new notes – and a fabric American flag sewn right onto the cover! The album's a wonderful moment Sly and crew – moving way past the straight funk approach of earlier records, into a complicated crossover soul style that's filled with warmth and righteousness! Despite the political tone implied by the "riot" in the title and the co-option of the American flag on the cover, the album's strongest suit is its warmth and personal soul message – sometimes filled with politics, sure, but always sounding like a sexy love song, no matter how hard it tries to get righteous! The flow is wonderful throughout – a very well-thought out album that shows that Sly was singing way past the singles scene – and the record's filled with great cuts like "Family Affair", "Luv N Haight", "Brave & Strong", "You Caught Me Smilin", and "Thank You For Talkin To Me Africa". Also features "There's A Riot Going On" – which runs for "0:00" minutes! The whole thing's completely sublime already – but in this special box, it's really something else. CD
(Limited edition boxed set with embroidered flag cover, 24k gold disc, hard cover book & photos.)

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New Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Hardbop albums don't get any better than this – and although drummer Dave Bailey only recorded for a brief stretch as a leader, this session's one that shows that he was a heck of a force to contend with! The record's got an intensity that easily rivals the best by Art Blakey over at Blue Note during the early 60s – but Dave's also got a slightly looser groove too – a bit more sense of humanity, and one that allows for really organic interplay between the players. There's a slight soul jazz undercurrent – especially in the piano lines of Billy Gardner – and other players in the quintet include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Frank Haynes on tenor, and Ben Tucker on bass. The group wails on an early version of Tucker's classic "Comin' Home Baby", plus other great originals like "Coffee Walk", "Lady Iris B", and "Two Feet In the Gutter". A old favorite on the south side of Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album

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New BasiaSweetest Illusion ... CD
Epic, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Colin BlunstoneEnnismore (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The second solo album by ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone – filled with amazing tracks that are perfect for his godlike voice! The production's a bit fuller than the string-quartet/piano sound of One Year – but the musicians still include most of Colin's old buddies from the Zombies, and Chris White and Rod Argent produced the album as well – coming up with some great inflections that really send home the gentle hooks of the album's tunes! Blunstone's vocals are as magnificent as always – breathily beautiful without sounding cheesy – which is a very fine distinction here, and one that keeps the album far from other adult pop of the time. Tracks include "I Don't Believe In Miracles", "How Wrong Can One Man Be", "Andorra", "Time's Running Out", and "How Could We Dare To Be Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Stanley Clarke & George DukeThree ... CD
Epic, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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New ClashSuper Black Market Clash ... CD
Epic/Legacy, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
21 tracks. CD

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New George DukeReach For It (with bonus track) ... CD
Epic, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real breakthrough album for George Duke – one of his earliest for the Epic label, and an album that took him from the space funk underground to the top of the jazz charts! The album's got a great sound that mixes together all of Duke's influences – Latin rhythms, electric keyboard funk, and some of the freer jamming styles he picked up in the Bay Area scene – and he's joined here by strong crossover fusion players like Ndugu Chancler, Raul De Souza, and Stanley Clarke, all of whom help him forge a groove that's nice and tight. Includes the hit title track "Reach For It", plus the cuts "The End", "Diamonds", "Watch Out Baby", "Lemme At It", "Just For You", "Omi", and "Searchin My Mind". CD also features the previously unissued "Bring It On Home". CD
(Out of print.)

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New FTFB High (clean, dirty, inst)/FT Shout Outs/Ghetto Mania (clean, dirty, inst) ... 12-inch
Epic/Spit Inc, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Webster Lewis8 For The 80s ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Genius jazzy soul from Webster Lewis – one of his amazing late 70s sets for Epic Records! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that few other artists of his generation could match! The sound's never cheesy, and has a wonderfully fusion-based bottom that's served up by a range of great players that include Paul Jackson, James Gadson, and Bennie Maupin – and which is topped off by very jazz-sensitive production from Lewis and Herbie Hancock. Most cuts have vocals – some by Lewis himself – and the album includes the monster dancefloor cut "Give Me Some Emotion", plus the cuts "Fire", "Go For It", "You Deserve To Dance", and "The Love You Give To Me". CD

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New Dave McKennaPiano Scene Of Dave McKenna (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great pianist with a really bold sound – strong, fresh, and clean – but without any hoke at all! Dave McKenna's certainly not one of the biggest names in 50s piano jazz, but these sides rival the best in the trio format at the time – a set of familiar tunes and a few lesser-knowns, played by McKenna with a punctuated groove that cuts through most of the overdone touches other pianists were using at the time – supported nicely with the economic drumming of Osie Johnson and the bass of John Drew. CD features 8 additional alternate takes in addition to the 12 tracks on the original album – 20 titles that include "This Is The Moment", "Splendid Splinter", "Lickety Split", "Da Da Da Go Dig It", "Secret Love", "Along With Me", "Fools Rush In", and "Expense Account". CD

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New Jimmy McPartlandMusic Man Goes Dixieland ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Melba MooreCloser (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked set from Melba Moore – an Epic session from the start of the 80s, and one that's served up with a nicely understated groove! There's a bit of disco in the mix, but the sound's never too far over the top – and in a way, Melba's working in the same sophisticated territory as some of the Philly International singers of the same generation – moving past easy club or chart soul, into a well-rounded, fully mature mix of music. Given the great vocals that Moore's always brought to her music, the format is a great way for her to keep on growing – as you'll hear on titles that include "Closer", "Something On Your Mind", "Shame", "Next To You", "Rest Inside My Love", and "Never Gonna Let You Get Away". CD features four bonus tracks – "You Stepped Into My Life (7" mix)", "Pick Me Up I'll Dance (7" mix)", "Burn (special disco mix)", and "Night People (12" mix)". CD
Also available Closer ... CD 9.99

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New Rick NelsonIntakes ... LP
Epic, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some wear and a small name stamp on back.)

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New Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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New Pearl JamYield ... CD
Epic, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Shabba RanksRough & Ready Vol 2 ... LP
Epic, 1993. Used ... Out Of Stock
12 tracks in all, including "Housecall", "Telephone Love Deh Pon Mi Mind", "The Jam", "Girls Whine", "Get Up Stand Up & Rock", "Pay Down Pon It", "Ting-A-Ling" and "Roots & Culture". Less slackness on this volume and more crossover material, some more hip hop oriented. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Leopoldo SilosToragee – The Romantic Music Of Asia ... LP
Epic, Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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New Tony TerryTony Terry ... LP
Epic, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some light creases.)
Also available Tony Terry ... CD 6.99

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New Three DegreesStanding Up For Love ... LP
Epic, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet late 70s set from The Three Degrees – who've moved on over to CBS/Epic after their hot streak at Philly International – with a bit more of an expansive sound than usual! They're still working in a core Philly mode with recording at Sigma Sound and arrangements by Richard Rome – but also with tunes that hit a growing range of more sophisticated, adult-oriented themes. The trio are clearly out to show that they're not just a dancefloor act here – as the album features some sensitive ballads – and those are done beautifully! The Three Degrees are Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday and the returning Helen Scott on this relatively overlooked, though solid record – which includes the slightly funky "Macaroni Man", plus "People With Feeling", "What I Did For Love", "We're All Alone", "Gee Baby", "Standing Up For Love", and "In Love We Grow" and "Just Leave Me Alone". 3 LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New VibrationsCause You're Mine/Follow Your Heart ... 7-inch
Epic/Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare gem from The Vibrations – some obscure Epic Records tracks from the 60s – a time when the group were one of the hippest things going on the Chicago soul scene! There's a great balance between tight harmonies and fiesty rhythms here – a two-sided pleasure pack on 7" wax! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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New CanSoundtracks (with bonus download) ... LP
United Artists/Mute, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
An early classic from Can – the first recordings with Damo Suzuki, and kind of the start of Can's more hypnotic sounds! Soundtracks found the group working for, you guessed it, film projects, but it's still pretty much a Can album rather than passages of more ambient score type music. Hypnotically repetitive rhythms and always excellent Can drums & percussion, with vocals by Damo, and the last couple of Can tracks with Malcolm Mooney. Titles include the epic "Mother Sky", "Deadlock", "Tango Whiskeyman", "Don't Turn The Lights On, Leave Me Alone", "Soul Desert" and "She Brings The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Betty CarterSocial Call ... LP
Columbia, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A great album, released in the 80s, that brings together some of Betty Carter's rare vocal recordings for the Epic label from decades earlier. There's a total of 11 tracks in the set – with 6 from the Meet Betty Carter and Ray Bryant album, which features piano by Bryant, arrangements by Quincy Jones, and some excellent vocals by Betty. The other stuff's even better, though – unreleased material arranged by Gigi Gryce, whose cool floating style is a perfect one for Betty's incredible voice. Titles include "Social Call", "Frenesi", "Runaway", "Thou Swell", "The Way You Look Tonight", and "Tell Him I Said Hello". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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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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Angela ClemmonsAngela Clemmons (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Portrait/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or beats some of her bigger-name contemporaries at the time – and which really help give an extra something special to the record. Production is by Paul Leka, and a number of songs were written by Michael Brown – and the pair really help give the whole thing a personal feel, and keep the set from being just another run of the mill mainstream soul album from the early 80s. Titles include "Giving It Away", "Fill You Up", "Uneasy", "When You're Through I'll Be Waiting", "Mine", and "Sure Thing". CD features two bonus tracks – "Out Here On My Own (7" mix)", and "Give Me Just A Little More Time (12" mix)". CD

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Miles DavisGet Up With It ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Miles Davis' last studio session before a few years of seclusion – and a really monumental effort, probably the baddest of the electric period! The album does a great job of capturing the energy of the frenzied live sets from that time, and matching it with Teo Macero's cut and paste editing, and wizardry at the mixing console. The side long piece "He Loved Him Madly" is a minimalist epic, while "Calypso Frelimo" alternates between mad afro-percussion driven jams and spacey wah-wah trumpet interludes. The rest of the album is divided up into more succinct shorter funky pieces, like classic "Rated X", with Miles basically just leaning on an electric organ over a hyper funk beat, and the bluesy "Honky Tonk" which opens with an incredibly funky burping electric piano break! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with half split seams and a bit of stuck-on paper on the back.)

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Miles DavisTribute To Jack Johnson ... CD
Columbia, 1971. Used ... $6.99
A masterful tribute from one bad cat to another – and easily one of Miles Davis' greatest electric albums ever! The album's got a powerful, epic sort of feel – a renewed focus after the looser style of Bitches Brew, and the 70s live albums – and one that mixes a deeper funky sound with the raw, exploratory style Davis had let loose a few years before. Michael Henderson's bass is a big part of the power of the record, and John McLaughlin's guitar has never sounded better, or sharper. Teo Macero made the whole thing magic in the studio, and titles include two sidelong funkdafied jams – "Right Off" and "Yesternow". CD

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DJ ShadowEndtroducing ... CD
Mo Wax, 1996. Used ... $3.99
It seems like when this came out, critics, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's gone on to show his true colors with subsequent efforts) or anything else. Cinematic and epic in scope, this LP as much as anything else helped resurrect the career of David Axelrod, though some of us were hip to him all along, but Josh Davis is clearly a fellow traveller in the coloristic approach he uses, that never forgets the funk. Includes "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt", "The Number Song", "Changeling", "What Does Your Soul Look Like (pts 1 & 4)" and "Midnight In A Perfect World". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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George DukeBrazilian Fusion ... CD
Wounded Bird, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A dream of a set – at least to our Brazilian-loving ears – a special package that brings together all the best Brazilian-flavored cuts from George Duke's late 70s run on Epic Records! The package is filled with wonderfully sunny grooves throughout – tunes that sparkle and soar with mighty nice rhythms – topped with loads of keyboards from George, and vocals that often have a scatting, breezy style that's plenty sweet – American soul influenced by Brazilian grooves, in a sound that's a bit like the feel of Earth Wind & Fire's "Brazilian Rhyme". It's wonderful to have these cuts all together, and the set feels like a dream album we would have compiled ourselves – with titles that include "Omi", "The Future", "The Way I Feel", "Sunrise", "Festival", "A Melody", "Ipanema Lady", "Corine", "Positive Energy", "Let Your Love Shine", "Thinking Of You", "Your Life", and "Yeah We Going". CD

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New Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAxis Bold As Love ... LP
Reprise, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
The Jimi Hendrix Experience at their most classic! Tripped out bluesy cosmic rock ferocity and great songs, too – firing on all cylinders here on the middle record of their ultra epic three LP series of unimpeachable greatness. Titles include "EXP", "Up From The Skies", "Spanish Castle Magic", "Castles Made Of Sand", "She's So Fine", "One Rainy Wish", "Bold As Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label Warner pressing. Cover has a dent on one seam.)
Also available Axis Bold As Love (mono version – 200 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAxis Bold As Love (mono version – 200 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Experience Hendrix, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
The Jimi Hendrix Experience at their most classic! Tripped out bluesy cosmic rock ferocity and great songs, too – firing on all cylinders here on the middle record of their ultra epic three LP series of unimpeachable greatness. Titles include "EXP", "Up From The Skies", "Spanish Castle Magic", "Castles Made Of Sand", "She's So Fine", "One Rainy Wish", "Bold As Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Even heavier vinyl than before – and the rare mono mix too!)
Also available Axis Bold As Love ... LP 24.99

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JeffreeLove Don't Come No Stronger – The Best Of Jeffree (aka Jeff Perry) ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Smooth and sweet soul from Jeffree – an unsung 70s vocalist with a really great approach! Jeffree, aka Jeff Perry, is the brother of Greg Perry – and works in a similar style to his more famous brother – warmly grooving soul with a fluid, mellow approach – served up with great production, bubbling rhythms, and a really solid sound overall. The work is very much in the best tradition of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson, and the collection brings together the best tracks from the self-titled Jeffree album on MCA from 1979, plus other assorted singles recorded under the name of Jeff Perry for Arista and Epic. Titles include "Love's Gonna Last", "Gentle Love", "Love Loan", "Unforgettable Person", "Call On Me", "Love Don't Come No Stronger", "Mr Fix-it", "Honest Baby", and "Take My Love". CD

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JJ JohnsonJJ Inc (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
JJ Johnson's greatest album – without a doubt! This gem of a session was recorded in 1960 in New York, with an incredibly hip sextet that includes Cedar Walton, Clifford Jordan, and Freddie Hubbard. The tracks are all long, hip, and very much in a Blue Note soul jazz mode – very unusual not only for Johnson, but for Columbia records as well. The album feels like it should have been issued on Epic, with those killer Dave Bailey sides from 1961 – which might be why it has frequently gotten lost in Johnson's career, hidden amidst some of the sleepier material that seems to see the light of day more often than this one. The album's a stone winner all the way through – and features Johnson playing some of his gutsiest solos ever. Tracks include "Minor Mist", "In Walked Horace", "Fatback", "Aquarius", and "Shutterbug". CD features great bonus tracks too – "Blue N Boogie", "Turnpike", and a long version of "Fatback". CD

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

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New Madlib & OthersMadlib's Medicine Show No 3 – Beat Konducta In Africa ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2010. Near Mint- 2LP ... $16.99
Raw crackling hip hop funk beatcraft at its deepest from mighty Madlib – working in his Beat Konducta style for this third entry in the epic Madlib's Medicine Show Series! Beat Konducta In Africa is a hazy hip hop instrumental set from 'Lib (lest you thought it might be a funky compilation of rare African material) with some additional mixing from J Rocc – based on rare African vinyl. The sound is pure Madlib/Beat Konducta heady hip hop funk – recognizable as being spun from and inspired by African material, and impeccably so, with that instantly identifiable, exploratory Madlib sonic stamp. He looks far beyond Afrobeat and funk sources, with some raw funk rock beats, psych, garage and more with some trippy vocal samples – and he's building up from blueprints records originally pressed all over Africa – Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Botswana and Ivory Coast. But too much mention of the source material risks making this sound like a compilation or a mix set, when it's Madlib all the way! Titles include "Motherland", "Raw Introduction To Afreaka", "Warrior's Theme", "Street Hustler", "Afritonic" (Pts 1 & 2), "Tradition", "Blackfire", "Obtaive", "Mtima", "African Bounce", "Freedom Play", "Natural Sound Waves", "Unika (Outro)" and many more. 37 tracks on the vinyl version. LP, Vinyl record album

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MoondogMoondog – The Viking Of Sixth Avenue ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1950s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
A long-overdue tribute to the legendary Moondog – one of the true visionaries of American music in the 20th Century! Moondog got his starts as a blind musician working the streets of New York at the end of the 40s, but he did so (as you'll note on the cover photo) with a range of unusual instruments of his own invention, and in a minimal, rhythmic style that linked together primitivism with higher musical ideals. Moondog's often been called "the father of minimalism" – and while his experiments of the 50s prefaced the work of Steve Reich, Terry Riley, and others, his work was also much more personal, and had an earthy intensity that's still tremendously powerful even decades later! This collection is one of the first to dip into the earliest of Moondog's recordings – his recordings for the Mars, SRC, Brunswick, and Moondog labels – which are presented here alongside selected tracks from his albums for Epic and Prestige, also of similar vintage. Nearly all the tracks here offer a very primitive blend of percussion that's sometimes mixed with unusual woodwind or stringed instruments – nearly all of Moondog's own invention – and the package also features some great notes on his long career, plus some photos that are as gripping as the music itself! Titles include "Down Is Up", "Big Cat", "Bumbo", "Rimshot", "Rabbit Hop", "Instrumental Round", "Be A Hobo", "Dog Trot", "Oasis", "2 W 46th Street", and "Why Spend The Dark Night With You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mike OldfieldOmmadawn ... LP
Virgin, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The third album from symphonic rock pioneer Mike Oldfield – at this point unable to steer his way out of the engulfing shadow of his massive Tubular Bells album of a couple years earlier – yet still bearing fruit creatively, as Ommadawn is his third excellent and pretty much unprecedented album of layered instrumental mood rock grandeur in a row! It's not only his third album, it's his third 2 part, single piece epic in a row that's woven from acoustic, electric, classic and modern instrumentation – with a choir and and folk instrumentation keeping in something of an earthy realm, even with synthezisers and more otherworldly touches. Influences from Irish folk to African percussion, it's uncompromising, intricate and interesting to this day! LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has light wear and a name stamp on back.)

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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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Piero PiccioniI Fratelli Karamazov ... CD
Kronos (Austria), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $28.99
A really great soundtrack for a late 60s film version of The Brothers Karamazov – scored by the mighty Piero Piccioni with a sensibility that's nicely balanced between epic modes and more personal, individual moments! The orchestrations on the album are often nicely restrained – never pushing too far, and soon laying back once the score gets moving – to allow great solo space for Piccioni on organ or Severino Gazzelloni on flute. I Cantori Moderni make a few key appearances, adding in their lovely vocals – and this expanded reissue features 2CDs, and a whopping 52 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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PrinceSign O The Times ... CD
Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. Used 2CD ... $7.99
A sprawling classic from Prince – that tracks that perfect the pop, funk & soul kaleidoscope of his best 80s jams, and adding a remarkable, previously unexplored depth and breadth of styles! A lot of folks tried to designate Prince's massive, fearless, beginning-of-the-end-of-the-80s epic Sign O The Times his What's Going On – which was never really fair to Prince, or to Marvin Gaye for the matter – but it's filled with great cuts – including the minimalist funky groover of a title track, with its superficial social consciousness that's very much of its 80s era, and all the more fascinating for that – plus massive hit "U Got The Look", "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man", "The Cross", "Hot Thing", and "Starfish & Coffee". 17 tracks in all. CD
(2 CD set in individual jewel cases.)

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Sun RaSpace Probe – A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow, Vol 1 (includes unissued tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $15.99 16.99
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the material from the original Saturn release – the epic, nearly 18 minute interstellar trip that is the title track – with Sun Ra crafting hallucinatory moog magic throughout it. He shifts gears on "Earth Primitive Earth" (the complete version), an earlier recording, as much influenced by ancient sounds as futuristic ones, with hand drums for the beat and bass clarinet by John Gilmore. The closing "Conversion Of JP" is the other holdover from the earlier Space Probe LP and it's another gem steeped in primitivism, believed to feature Marshall Allen on flute (sure sounds like him to us). Art Yard includes some really incredible unissued material here from sessions that produced the Secrets Of The Sun and When Sun Comes Out sets – titles including "Solar Symbols II", "Dance Of The Wind", "Recollections Of There" and "Destiny". Other players include James Jacson on log drums, Nimrod Hunt on hand drums and vocalist Thea Barbara. CD

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Red KrayolaSingles 1968 to 2002 ... LP
Drag City, 1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $13.99 24.98
The mighty Mayo Thompson has had some rich experiences in the global music underground – including time on the Texas psych scene of the late 60s, years in the UK post-punk world, a key role in the German intelligentsia, and a later role again here back in the US! This rich tapestry of experience is perfectly summed up by the singles in this collection – work that's pulled from some of the non-album work by Red Krayola – originally issued not just by Drag City, but by Rough Trade, Texas Revolution, and some German labels as well! The unique material features collaborations with David Grubbs, Albert Oehlen, Epic Soundtracks, Lora Logic, and others – and titles include "Woof", "Old Tom Clark", "Zukunfsflieger", "Your Body Is Hot", "4Teen", "Come On Down", "Born In Flames", "Micro Chips & Fish", and "An Old Man's Dream". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lou ReedBerlin ... LP
RCA, 1973. Very Good+ ... $19.99
The "biggest" album of Lou Reed's career – in the grand sense – with epic production and a small army of superstar session players and production by spectacle specialist Bob Ezrin – but that's paired with arguably the darkest, gloomiest songcycle ever composed by Lou Reed! The dichotomy works, and Lou apparently agrees, having revisited the material in the mid aughties to great acclaim. Ultimately, this and the previous year's Transformer makes for one of the strangest and most incredible transitions over a short period of time in pop music history. Titles include "Berlin", "Lady Day", "Men Of Good Fortune", "Caroline Says" (I & II), "The Kids", "The Bed", "Sad Song" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing, including the booklet.)

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New Minnie RipertonPetals – The Minnie Riperton Collection ... CD
Capitol/Right Stuff, 1970s. Used 2CD ... $19.99
Finally – the first major collection of work by Minnie Riperton, one of our favorite-ever soul singers! Minnie's had a lasting influence on the music that matters to us – from her early work as a girl group singer in Chicago, to her groundbreaking baroque soul in the group Rotary Connection, to her monumental smooth soul sides of the 70s. This massive 35 track, 2CD set collects songs from all these aspects of Minnie's tragically short career – and it's the first to give a true picture of the rich body of work that she waxed during her all-too-brief time on this planet. Not only does the set feature stunning tracks from her landmark albums on Epic during the 70s – like "Perfect Angel", "Adventures In Paradise", "Baby This Love I Have", "Inside My Love", "Memory Lane", "Loving You", "Reasons", and "Young Willing & Able" – but it also includes work from her earlier years at Chess/Cadet – like the tracks "Lonely Girl", "Respect", "You Gave Me Soul", "I Took A Ride", "Les Fleur", "Completeness", and "We're Going Wrong". Plus, you even get a few duets – like "Light My Fire", recorded with Jose Feliciano, "Here We Go", done with Peabo Bryson, and "Lovin You", cut live with George Benson. There's also a demo of "Seeing You This Way", plus some studio dialog! It's been ages since anyone's recognized Minnie's genius this way – but the wait has been worth it! CD

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RoctoberIssue #27 – Psychedelic Superhero Issue (88 pages) ... Magazine
Roctober, 2000. New Copy ... $2.99 4.00
Epic DJ Fontana (elvis presley's 50s-70s drummer) interview. The (pre-industrial) Wax Trax Records story – including the saga of the Jonny iii (Wax Trax house band). Czech prog-gods Plastic People Of the Universe interviewed. Little Richard is Jewish! 1950s country star Marvin Rainwater interviewed. The return, and self-destruction, of the Misfits. Flaming Lips interview. Don "Sugarcane" Harris obituary. Screaming Jay Hawkins obituary. David Lee Roth comix. 1960s psychedelic comic books explored. Interview with Gregg Gellar, master compilation producer, focusing on his "Sammy Davis Jr.-Yes I Can" box set, as well as the ins and outs of comp production. Plus Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, rock & wrestling, comix and Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. as you've always imagined them! Magazine

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RoctoberIssue #24 (66 pages, as seen in "High Fidelity") ... Magazine
Roctober, 1999. New Copy ... $1.99
An epic interview and reassessment of Vanilla Ice. R&b diva/legend Sugar Pie Desanto (the female James Brown) speaks. 10 second Patti Smith interview. Jersey garage-kings the Swingin' Neckbreakers interviewed. Albert Ayler murder conspiracy theories...in comix form! Strawberry Shortcake records...a lost cult. The Wix records story (a woman rockabilly fanatic puts out some messed up albums by Ray Smith, Wayne Worley and the Worleybirds and Wayne Keeling). Plus G.G. Allin, Ted Nugent, Sammy Davis Jr. Magazine

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ShotgunShotgun ... LP
ABC, 1977. Very Good ... $5.99
The first album by Shotgun – one of the many major label funk groups who flourished briefly at the end of the 70s. The group have a harder sound than most of this nature – with plenty of guitars in the mix, and an overall heavier sound than you'd expect from an effort of this type. In fact, there's almost a rock/funk kind of groove going on – one that would be more typical of early 70s crossover efforts on Epic, in the wake of Sly Stone and other artists like that. Tracks include "Concrete Jungle", "Get Down with the Get Down", "Mutha Funk", "Hot Line", "Dynamite (The Bomb)", and "Good Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a bit of marker on back.)

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Franz WaxmanTaras Bulba ... LP
United Artists, 1962. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A mix of dramatic moments and slight exotic themes from Franz Waxman – penned for an early 60s film that starred Yul Brynner as Taras Bulba and Tony Curtis as his son! Waxman's music has a gloriously full sort of sound – every bit the best Hollywood mode for an action epic like this – with enough ancient themes to trump some of the similar efforts coming out of the European film scene at the time. Instrumentation is heavy on strings and woodwinds, often arranged with great complexity amidst the drama – and titles include "The Black Plague", "Tara's Pledge", "No Retreat", "Leaving Home", "Chase At Night", "The Sleigh Ride", "The Birth Of Andrei", and "The Ride To Dubno". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art WebbMr Flute ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1977. Used ... $6.99
A tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals by Art Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, and you'll see his name a surprising amount of times!) This fairly obscure session as a leader was produced by Patrick Adams, who also did all the arrangements and conducted the large backing group – in a sweet mode that's a mix of Adams' clubby work for P&P, and the tighter fusion that you'd expect to hear on Atlantic records at the time. Webb's flute lines soar over larger backings and some chorus vocals that come across with a more polished take on the P&P sound – a mode that's somewhere in the same territory as Bobbi Humprhey's great late 70s records for Epic. Titles include "Melon Grove", "Mr. Flute", "Smile", "Good Times In Life", and "Come and Get Some Of This". CD

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Wee GeeHold On (To Your Dreams) ... LP
Cotillion, 1980. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Great smooth soul from Wee Gee – a wonderful little record from the dawn of the 80s! The album's a great one, thanks largely to Vernon Bullock, who wrote, arranged, and produced with that uptempo modern style that he brought to his best work of the 70s. The soaring title track is a 10+ minute epic that really transcends – hitting an emotional groove early and holding it throughout – and the rest of the tunes are just as nice! Wee Gee's a pretty decent vocalist – and the lofty arrangements keep him in the groove in a mode that's similar to some of Lamont Dozier's best work. The keys and synthesizers are nice – never oversteeped in ways that mired modern soul later in the decade and they go very will with the larger arrangements! Titles include "Hold On (To Your Dreams)", "Let Me Lay With You", "You've Been A Part Of Me", "Remember The Love", and "Don't Make Me The Reason". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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Brian WilsonSmile ... CD
Nonesuch, Late 60s/2004. Used ... $1.99
An all new recording of the lost Beach Boys masterpiece! Brian notoriously sabotaged the original album by refusing to complete some sessions, and literally destroying the masters for others. Needless to say, an official release of the unearthed Beach Boys/Van Dyke Parks epic Smile – the most famous "lost" album in the history of recorded media – is sadly impossible. Of course many of the original Smile tracks filtered out onto subsequent underrated Beach Boys albums, mostly in unfinished (but still mindblowingly great) versions, due to Brian's meltdown. Nonesuch Records, Brian Wilson and his great 10 piece band have taken their best shot at a completed vision – and it works quite well! The old Smile tracks have the unassailable beauty brought about by Brian's painstaking, tortured efforts, and they were unquestionably influenced by his heavy intake of psychedelic chemicals. Now they have ProTools. Still, the cleared psyches and enhanced technical capabilities cannot hamper the bruised beauty these tunes had from conception, and it's been adapted very, very well even it doesn't quite carry the doomed genius of Brian's late 60s work. Comes in a great deluxe package with a thick booklet. Tracks include "Our Prayer/Gee", "Heroes & Villains", "Good Vibrations", "Roll Plymouth Rock", "Barnyard", "Old Cabin Essence", "Wonderful", "Surf's Up" and more. CD
(Includes original slipcase and book.)

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Phil WoodsSugan ... CD
New Jazz (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $9.99
The genius of Phil Woods emerges fully on this rare album from 1957 – an unusually-titled session, and one of the few to really set Phil up in a looser, more intimate setting! The approach is a bit like Woods sublime work for Epic Records, but more soulful too – and very different than some of his chamber jazz work on RCA, or the more blowing-session styled records on Prestige. Here, everything falls into place beautifully – as Phil's razor-sharp tones sparkle strongly on some well-conceived tracks that also feature trumpet work by Ray Copeland – and rhythm from the trio of Red Garland on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. The tunes are bop-oriented, but Woods already stretches out way past any cliches – really finding his voice and showing a tremendous amount of growth in just a few years. Titles include "Steeplechase", "Au Prive", "Last Fling", "Sugan", and "Green Pines". CD

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VariousDouble Cookin – Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Dancefloor cookers from the prime Northern Soul years – all instrumental numbers on this sharp compilation on Kent – 45 sides from a labels like Money, Villa, Swan, King, Epic and Warner Brothers! For all the wonderful Kent soul compilations we've gotten our dusty fingers on over the years, it's a wonder they're never been one devoted to instrumentals – until now! Rhythms roll along at a tight tempo, the tight guitars punch it up, some strings soar, and a pounding Northern beat keeps it all stomping! Those core elements are key, but others weave in an out, from hand claps on the beat, to organ grooves, bursts of brass and more. 24 tracks in all: "Double Cookin" by Checkerboard Squares, "Make Me Yours" by Arthur Wright & His Orchestra, "Festival Time" by San Remo Golden Strings", "The Sounds Of Lane" by Tracks To Your Mind, "Champion Pt 1" by Willie Mitchell, "The Guys From Uncle" by The Spy, "Stirrin Up Some Soul" by The Mar-Ketts, "Hey America (Sing Along)" by James Brown, "California Montage" by Young-Holt Unlimited and more. CD

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VariousTrue Soul Vol 2 – Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax (CD & DVD) ... CD
Now Again, 1960s/1970s. Used CD/DVD ... $11.99
Volume 2 of Now Again's True Soul revival – giving the legacy treatment to the deep funky soul of the amazing Arkansas independent label of the 60s & 70s! It's filled with far-reaching southern soul and funk, some that goes toe-to-toe with the higher profile sounds of Stax and Hi when it comes down to insistently emotional grit. That said, True Soul has a roster that rolls in more a genre-defying styles, without sparing the soulful bedrock – the label's True Soul, after all! Strains of psychedelic funk flavor many of the recordings, and in the later years, some 70s boogie, spacey keys and other elements. Includes numbers by Albert Smith, Thomas East, Classic Funk, Larry Davis, John Craig, Portrait, Le'Chance and more. 18 tracks on Volume 2, including 8 previously unreleased tracks: "The Thrill Is Gone" by Albert Smith, "Just A Trip" and "Sister Funk (Instrumental)" by Thomas East, 'Down Home Funk (Full Version)" by Larry Davis, "The Funk's Gonna Fly" by Classic Funk, "Thank You" by York Wilborn's Psychedelic Six, "I Don't Want To Do It" by John Craig, "Get Down" and "Gigolo" by Le'Chance, "I Took Your Love (To Be True)" by Soul Mind And Body" and more. Volume 2, like the first one, comes with the bonus DVD featuring live footage from a 1973 True Soul Revue television program, and and is hardbound with the 56-page booklet – full of vintage performance, studio and promo photos, discographies, deeply felt notes by Eothen Alapatt, plus interviews conducted by Egon. A truly epic effort from Egon and Now Again – with a setlist that's just as exceptionally well compiled as Vol 1, if not even slightly more so! . CD

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CommodoresMachine Gun ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Lionel Richie come back! All is forgiven! We'd said bad things about you for years until we heard this funky groover – The Commodores' first album, a tasty bit of funk that almost makes us want to forgive you for all of your later crimes! The whole thing's pretty funky all the way through – with a strong southern groove, touched with a bit of a Sly Stone party funk mode. Includes the killer break classic "The Assembly Line", which feels like it was lifted right off one of Sly's late 60s albums for Epic – plus "The Bump", "Machine Gun", "The Zoo", and "Gonna Blow Your Mind". Arrangements are by James Carmichael and Gloria Jones, who also did the production – and the album's a long way from "Three Times A Lady", trust us! CD

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George DukeRendezvous (with bonus track) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1984. New Copy ... Around May 5, 2014 (delayed)
An underappreciated soul set from George Duke for Epic – his Rendezvous from '84 – an engagement worth keeping! Given the mid 80s release date, you might be expecting a whole lot of programming and drum machine action – there's a bit of it, but this is a really lively set with some great musicianship across the board – and the songs are pretty strong, too. Duke produced, sings and handles an array of instrumentation from keys to synths and programming, with Stanley Clarke, Paulinho Da Costa, Ernie Watts, Oscar Castro Neves and other great players in the mix. Titles include "Got To Get Back To Love", "Take It On", "She Can Wait Forever", "Stay Awhile", "Thinking Of You" (with some nice extended string arrangements), "Secret Rendezvous", and "Ipanema Lady". This 2011 edition on Soulmusic.com also ncludes a bonus version of "Secret Rendezvous". CD

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MCBMCB ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... Around September 23, 2014
Super-tight funk from MCB – a group with a former Cameo pedigree, bumping out here into the lean, mean, sound of early 80s soul! The trio features Aaron Mills (the M), TC Campbell (the C), and Jeryl Bright (the B) – all working in that great stripped-down mode you'll find on some of the better Epic Records soul of the period, like work by Mtume and Juicy, with all the class and careful execution such references might imply! The album mixes bouncy groovers with some mellower numbers that come off surprisingly well – and although the group's short name and somewhat dated cover presence might make you write them off as a quickie commercial act, there's actually a depth here that really keeps the album together wonderfully over the years. Titles include "Do It Up", "Time Is Right", "Close To You", "Bring It Back", "Feels So Right", and "Can't Fight The Feelin". CD

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Plastic CloudPlastic Cloud ... LP
Pacemaker Entertainment/Lion (Canada), 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Around September 30, 2014
A driving little set of psychedelic folk and sunshine grooves from Plastic Cloud – a lost bit of fuzzy folk from the late 60s Ontario scene! The songwriting and vocals are all credited to group guitarist/leader Don Brewer – but there are some really strong harmonies throughout the tunes – which often have a fuzzy, rollicking edge to them without losing sight of the sunny groove! Tracks include "Epistle To Paradise", "Shadows Of Your Mind", "Art's A Happy Man", "Bridge Under A Sky", the epic centerpiece "You Don't Care", "Face Behind The Sun", "Dainty General Rides" and "Civilization Machine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Phil Woods QuartetPhil Talks With Quill ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
Rare as hens' teeth – and an incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear him shine! Woods and Quill work together beautifully throughout – playing boppishly, but also in a more relaxed groove – one that's a bit like Phil's excellent Warm Woods session for Epic from the same stretch, but perhaps a bit more upbeat overall. The twin-alto sound is really great – especially on the tunes that have them soaring together on the heads, then splitting off on solos with amazing dexterity and real dynamic range. Other players include Bob Corwin on piano, Sonny Dallas on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums – and although the pair recorded an earlier session for RCA a few years before, this one's far superior! Titles include "Doxy", "Scrapple From the Apple", "Hymn For Kim", and "Night In Tunisia". CD

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DJ ShadowEndtroducing (limited UK version) ... CD
Mo Wax (UK), 1996. Used ... Just Sold Out!
It seems like when this came out, critics, promoters, and even DJs liked to drop the term "Trip Hop" whenever possible, and this album was held up as the watershed mark. A few years down the line and it still holds up, but as an instrumental hip hop LP, as much as a rock album (Shadow's gone on to show his true colors with subsequent efforts) or anything else. Cinematic and epic in scope, this LP as much as anything else helped resurrect the career of David Axelrod, though some of us were hip to him all along, but Josh Davis is clearly a fellow traveller in the coloristic approach he uses, that never forgets the funk. Includes "Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt", "The Number Song", "Changeling", "What Does Your Soul Look Like (pts 1 & 4)" and "Midnight In A Perfect World". CD
(Limited edition in an oversize gatefold paper sleeve. Outer slipcase has edge wear.)
Also available Endtroducing ... CD 3.99

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New Rolling StonesExile On Main Street ... LP
Rolling Stones, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbing Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later 70s pressing with Warner Communications logo, including the heavy inner sleeves. In great shape!)

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Art WebbMr Flute/Love Eyes ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet soulful flute galore – a pair of albums from Art Webb, back to back on a single CD! Mr Flute is a tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals from Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, and you'll see his name a surprising amount of times!) This fairly obscure session as a leader was produced by Patrick Adams, who also did all the arrangements and conducted the large backing group – in a sweet mode that's a mix of Adams' clubby work for P&P, and the tighter fusion that you'd expect to hear on Atlantic records at the time. Webb's flute lines soar over larger backings and some chorus vocals that come across with a more polished take on the P&P sound – a mode that's somewhere in the same territory as Bobbi Humprhey's great late 70s records for Epic. Titles include "Melon Grove", "Mr. Flute", "Smile", "Good Times In Life", and "Come and Get Some Of This". Love Eyes has Art working strongly in a mode that references the soul years of his career, but also has him stepping into more of the mainstream of funky jazz, too – working with the rhythm section of John Lee and Gerry Brown, plus guitarists Reggie Lucas and Hiram Bullock, and keyboardists Mike Mandel and Hubert Eaves – both of whom make the record sparkle with a soulful fusion sound that's totally great! Arrangements are by Mike Gibbs and John Lee, and overall the album's got a very solid soulful sound. Titles include "Flute Magic", "Can't Hide Love", "Pyramids", "Love Eyes", "Free", and "Glass Dreams". CD

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New John BarryLast Valley ... LP
ABC, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite a shift for John Barry – not the usual groovy music you might expect, and instead a somewhat serious score written for this historical epic written and directed by James Clavell, starring Omar Sharif and Michael Caine! The sound is still wonderful, though – proof that Barry was right at home in a variety of different soundtrack settings – and keenly in command of a cinematic musical vision. A number of the tracks have a vocal chorus, chanting in a moody, slightly militaristic way – and most of the numbers are driving and dramatic, but in ways that are quite different from Barry's better-known action work. Titles include "The Shrine", "Evening Song", "Plague Pit", "Attack At Rheinfelden", "The Last Valley", and "Death Of The Captain". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Marcus BelgraveGemini ... CD
Gem Eye/Universal Sound (UK), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost classic of the spiritual soulful Detroit/Tribe jazz scene! Initially issued on the Gem Eye label in 1974, in a pressing of only 1000, the record's done nothing but increase in legend since – and for good reason too! The groove picks up in the same domain as the better Art Ensemble Of Chicago records of the late 60s and early 70s – with the rubbery funk electric bass lines and celestial groove of the funkier moments, but deeper sounds of more spiritual points too. Trumpeter Marcus Belgrave plays in a beautiful ensemble, packed with Tribe labelmates – Wendell Harrison on tenor sax & percussion, Phil Ranelin on trombone, and Harold McKinney on electric piano. Roy Brooks and Billy Turner are on drums and percussion, and the expansive vibe is fleshed out with the help of Lorenzo Brown on bongos and Daryl Dybka on mini Moog. The record includes Belgrave's beautiful epic "Space Odyssey", which has a long flowing cosmic groove, nice electronics, and haunting trumpet solos. Other cuts include "Gemini II", "Marcia's Opal", "Glue Fingers (Parts I & II)", and "Odoms Cave". A focused, but still wonderfully loose set of spacey 70s soul jazz! CD

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New CommodoresMachine Gun ... LP
Motown, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lionel Richie come back! All is forgiven! We'd said bad things about you for years until we heard this funky groover – The Commodores' first album, a tasty bit of funk that almost makes us want to forgive you for all of your later crimes! The whole thing's pretty funky all the way through – with a strong southern groove, touched with a bit of a Sly Stone party funk mode. Includes the killer break classic "The Assembly Line", which feels like it was lifted right off one of Sly's late 60s albums for Epic – plus "The Bump", "Machine Gun", "The Zoo", and "Gonna Blow Your Mind". Arrangements are by James Carmichael and Gloria Jones, who also did the production – and the album's a long way from "Three Times A Lady", trust us! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a few creases.)

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New DJ ShadowPrivate Press ... LP
MCA, 2002. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Your favorite DJ savior returns, after an extended absence, with another mindnumbing full length exercise in future hip hop. 10 instrumental excursions into the world of Josh Davis (with a few extra interludes, of course), and as you might expect, the drum programming is top rate, intricate and detailed, with nice moody atmospherics and a few well chosen vocal bits laid over top for a great cinematic feel. Includes the epic "Blood On The Motorway", "Monosylabik", "Giving Up The Ghost" and "You Can't Go Home Again". The LP is packaged in a nice tri-fold gatefold jacket too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeves.)

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New Dan HartmanRelight My Fire/Vertigo/Relight My Fire ... 12-inch
Blue Sky (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Epic sleeve.)

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New Isley Brothers3 + 3 ... LP
T Neck, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing little album from the Isley Brothers – one in which the group manage to explore their growing love of the electric guitar, yet somehow sound even more soulful than before! The music is slinky and seductive, with a wonderful style that's never too overly funky – just laidback and flowing, with a vibe that's sometimes mellow, sometimes a bit more upbeat – but never too over the top or rocking. Titles include the group's the monster cut "That Lady" (parts 1 & 2) – a totally righteous groover, even if it has been in a million commercials over the years – and their cover of Seals & Croft's epic "Summer Breeze", which is ten times doper than the original! Other tracks include "Listen To The Music", "If You Were There", "What It Comes Down To", and "Sunshine (Go Away Today)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a partially unglued top seam, and a promo sticker.)

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New Roscoe MitchellOld/Quartet Sessions ... CD
Nessa, 1967/1975. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The stellar and rare Roscoe Mitchell recordings from the early years of the AACM – with all of the material from Nessa's mid 70s release as Old/Quartet – plus an incredible second disc featuring additional material that we've only seen in Nessa's great Art Ensemble 1967/68 box set! All tracks were recorded in 1967 by Roscoe's Art Ensemble quartet that included Lester Bowie on trumpet and flugelhorn, Malachi Favors on bass, and Philip Wilson on drums – one of the first truly mature groups to emerge from the bubbling cauldron of the Chicago mid 60s avant garde. Mitchell plays alto, soprano, clarinet and flute – and this is one heck of a showcase of these players at an early creative peak! Disc one features the Old/Quartet material, with "Old", the half hour + "Quartet No 2", and "Solo". The second disc includes 2 epic length numbers: "Trio (Oh Susanna)" and "Quartet No 1", plus the shorter, but 4-part "Theme Statements" and "Tats-Matoes (Rehearsal)". CD

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New OutkastAquemini (Censored) ... LP
LaFace, 1998. Used 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Clean radio-playable version of the LP. Outkast's first epic outing, and their 3rd LP, that took them one step beyond their already classic first 2 albums, and endeared them to rock critic's everywhere. Tracks include "Rosa Parks", "Skew It On The Bar-B" featuring Raekwon, "Aquemini", "Synthesizer" featuring George Clinton, "Mamacita", and "Liberation" featuring Cee-Lo. 16 tracks total. LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean edited promo.)

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New PrinceSign O The Times ... LP
Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sprawling classic from Prince – that tracks that perfect the pop, funk & soul kaleidoscope of his best 80s jams, and adding a remarkable, previously unexplored depth and breadth of styles! A lot of folks tried to designate Prince's massive, fearless, beginning-of-the-end-of-the-80s epic Sign O The Times as his What's Going On – which was never really fair to Prince, or to Marvin Gaye for the matter – but it's filled with great cuts – including the minimalist funky groover of a title track, with its superficial social consciousness that's very much of its 80s era, and all the more fascinating for that – plus massive hit "U Got The Look", "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man", "The Cross", "Hot Thing", and "Starfish & Coffee". 17 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a few creases.)
Also available Sign O The Times ... CD 7.99

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New Sun RaSpace Probe – A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow, Vol 1 (includes unissued tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the material from the original Saturn release – the epic, nearly 18 minute interstellar trip that is the title track – with Sun Ra crafting hallucinatory moog magic throughout it. He shifts gears on "Earth Primitive Earth" (the complete version), an earlier recording, as much influenced by ancient sounds as futuristic ones, with hand drums for the beat and bass clarinet by John Gilmore. The closing "Conversion Of JP" is the other holdover from the earlier Space Probe LP and it's another gem steeped in primitivism, believed to feature Marshall Allen on flute (sure sounds like him to us). Art Yard includes some really incredible unissued material here from sessions that produced the Secrets Of The Sun and When Sun Comes Out sets – titles including "Solar Symbols II", "Dance Of The Wind", "Recollections Of There" and "Destiny". Other players include James Jacson on log drums, Nimrod Hunt on hand drums and vocalist Thea Barbara. CD
Also available Space Probe – A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow, Vol 1 (includes unissued tracks) ... CD 15.99

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New Buddy RichMan From Planet Jazz – Recorded Live At Ronnie Scott's Club ... CD
Five Four (UK), 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late work by jazz drum giant Buddy Rich – captured in a surprisingly energetic, firey, and sometimes funky mode at Ronnie Scott's Club in 1980! Buddy really pulled off some bright, buoyant, funk influenced work in the 70s and this set finds him at the tail end of that groove – playing with a pretty big group that includes Ernie Vantrease on piano, Wayne Pedziwiatr on bass, Ando Fusco, Jack Leibowitz, Steave Marcus and Kenny Hitchcock on saxes, Bob Coassin on lead trumpet, Roger Homefield on lead trombone, and others. Titles include "Intro/Beulah Witch", "Grand Concourse", "Blues A La 88", "Saturday Night", "Slow Funk" and the epic, 15+ minute closer "Good News". CD

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New Art WebbMr Flute/Love Eyes ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet soulful flute galore – a pair of albums from Art Webb, back to back on a single CD! Mr Flute is a tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals from Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, and you'll see his name a surprising amount of times!) This fairly obscure session as a leader was produced by Patrick Adams, who also did all the arrangements and conducted the large backing group – in a sweet mode that's a mix of Adams' clubby work for P&P, and the tighter fusion that you'd expect to hear on Atlantic records at the time. Webb's flute lines soar over larger backings and some chorus vocals that come across with a more polished take on the P&P sound – a mode that's somewhere in the same territory as Bobbi Humprhey's great late 70s records for Epic. Titles include "Melon Grove", "Mr. Flute", "Smile", "Good Times In Life", and "Come and Get Some Of This". Love Eyes has Art working strongly in a mode that references the soul years of his career, but also has him stepping into more of the mainstream of funky jazz, too – working with the rhythm section of John Lee and Gerry Brown, plus guitarists Reggie Lucas and Hiram Bullock, and keyboardists Mike Mandel and Hubert Eaves – both of whom make the record sparkle with a soulful fusion sound that's totally great! Arrangements are by Mike Gibbs and John Lee, and overall the album's got a very solid soulful sound. Titles include "Flute Magic", "Can't Hide Love", "Pyramids", "Love Eyes", "Free", and "Glass Dreams". CD

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New VariousMasterpiece Volume 11 – The Ultimate Disco Funk Collection ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky early 80s club groovers – synth soul and otherwise dancefloor-ready stormers from Steve Jerome, The Emotions, The Graingers, American Gypsy, Reaction, DC Express, Can-Dee, Reaction and more – the 11th entry in the epic Masterpiece series! The tracklist may be more in the post disco groove and with more boogie flourishes than you might expect from the title, but it's thumping, club geared stuff all the way! 13 tracks in all: "Extra Special" by Steve Jerome, "Livin' In A Back Street" by Kadenza, "You Turn Me On" by Janette, "It's Your Turn (Extended Version)" by Delegation, "You're In My System" by American Gypsy, "Shine Your Light" by The Graingers and more. CD

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New Ginger Baker & African FriendsLive in Berlin Germany 1978 ... CD
Voiceprint (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Officially sanctioned live material from Ginger Baker's archives – jamming hard in 1976 with his African Friends in Berlin – including Fela & Tony Allen! Baker lived and worked in Nigeria as far back as the early 70s, as famously documented in the classic Fela/Ginger Baker Live set from 1971 – and the friends found themselves together in Germany for this 1978 recording, with players including members of the Anikulapo Kuti family, Leke Benson, Nwokoma Ikem and others. Includes an epic 2 part jam, the 22 minute "Drum/Percussion Jam Part 1" and the 11 minute "Drum/Percussion Jam Part 2". CD

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New James BrownHell ... CD
Polydor, 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Reissue of JB's wildest album, with a crazy cover that shows him running away from the devil, and great gatefold inner photo with him standing amidst a bunch of declarations of "Hell". The record was originally a double album filled with lots of different styles from James' funky bag. Nicer bits include "My Thang", "Hell", and "A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads" – but the real highlight is the epic 13 minute version of "Papa Don't Take No Mess", as tight and jamming as any cut from Doin' It to Death or The Payback! CD

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New Built To SpillUltimate Alternative Wavers ... LP
C/Z/Modern Classics, 1993. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The early 90s debut of indie rock powerhouses Built To Spill! The band's youth shows through on Ultimate Alternative Wavers, with a rawer sound and a more sarcastic bent to the songwriting – but the seeds are definitely being firmly planted for the more epic, emotionally resonant sound to come. An absolutely worthy early effort from band that gets better and better with each album. Includes "The First Song", "Three Years Ago Today", "Shameful Dread", "Nowhere Nothin' F***up", "Built To Spill", "Hazy", "Lie For A Lie" and "Built Too Long Parts 1, 2 & 3". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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