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New Dave BrubeckMy Favorite Things ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy .... $13.99
There's plenty of favorite things going on here – the alto of Paul Desmond, piano of Dave Brubeck, bass of Gene Wright, and drums of Joe Morello – that perfect Dave Brubeck Quartet, captured here at the height of their powers! The set's got no gimmicks, no special settings, but the group manage to make things every bit as impressive as on all their high concept records of the period – really finding a way to open up older songs with completely fresh energy, and really make them their own! Dave has an especially great tone to his piano – maybe a bit more human and personal than on some other records – and titles include "My Favorite Things", "Why Can't I", "Little Girl Blue", "This Can't Be Love", "The Circus On Parade", and "Over & Over Again". CD

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New John ColtraneMy Favorite Things ... CD
Atlantic, 1961. Used .... $2.99
Wonderful wonderful wonderful work from the legendary John Coltrane – and even though it's probably one of his best-selling albums of all time, it's still a treasure – and has an essential place in just about any jazz collection! We've heard the original title version of "My Favorite Things" a million times – but it still blows our mind the way Coltrane hits this incredibly soulful modal groove, twisting and turning on soprano sax, always keeping things interesting, so that we're surprised that the cut's 13 minutes have gone by so quickly! The rest of the record's equally great – and the 3 other long cuts are "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "Summertime" and "But Not for Me". As great today as when it was cut, and still one of Coltrane's most revelatory albums! With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. CD

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Elmer GillFew Of My Favorite Things ... LP
Rada (Canada), Mid 70s. Very Good+ 2LP .... $6.99
Beautifully lyrical piano from this overlooked Canadian player! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a slight mark on the bottom edge.)

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New Van McCoyMy Favorite Fantasy ... LP
MCA, 1978. Sealed .... $2.99
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks, and maybe Van's best record of the 70s! The record shows Van sitting at the piano in an intimate setting – ala Barry White – and it's got a similar Love Unlimited Orchestra approach, with much large backing behind Van's voice, and a very full instrumental sound. Van sings lead vocals, which aren't always that great – but he more than makes up for it with some great piano and keyboard work, and some wonderful soul songwriting and arranging that recall his best uptown moments of the late 60s. The record has a few uptempo hustle-type tracks, but they're all pretty darn great soul songs, and there's loads of great mellow soul moments woven in to make the record a nice album of ballads and groovers. Titles include "Before & After", "Wings Of Love", "My Favorite Fantasy", "That's The Story Of My Life", and "You're So Right For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is torn in back from promo sticker application. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Sergio MendesSergio Mendes' Favorite Things ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1968. New Copy .... $14.99
A sweet little pairing of the keyboards of Sergio Mendes and the early arranging styles of Dave Grusin – and a set that's quite different than some of Sergio's vocal albums with Brasil 66! The style here is all instrumental – and Mendes plays both piano and electric piano, plus a bit of harpsichord too – working with a hip LA group that features Grusin on organ, Tom Scott on flute and soprano sax, and John Pisano on guitar – plus a bit of Brazilian percussion from Joao Donato and Moacir Santos! The result is a heavenly 60s groove – some slight larger backings, plus great work from the jazzy group at the core – and titles include a stunning version of "Ponteio" – plus other Brazilian groovers like "A Banda", "Veleiro", and "Tempo Feliz". There's also a few tracks of US material like "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Comin' Home Baby", done with a nice bossa groove! CD

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Moon MullicanMoon Mullican Sings & Plays 16 Of His Favorite Tunes ... LP
King, Mid 50s. Near Mint- .... $28.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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Oscar PetersonExclusively For My Friends Vol 4 – My Favorite Instrument ... LP
MPS, 1968. Very Good+ .... $3.99
The fourth in the MPS reissue series of long unreleased late 60s recordings from the home of producer/engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer finds Oscar Peterson in a glorious solo piano mode! All of the recordings in the series were from very relaxed, loose sessions that were some of Peterson's favorite of the time – and they're done in a mode that has Oscar playing loosely and soulfully throughout. Titles include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Perdido", "Body And Soul", "Bye, Bye Blackbird", "Lulu's Back In Town", "Little Girl Blue", "Who Can I Turn To", "Take The 'A' Train" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pausa pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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New Oscar PetersonSoul-O! (aka Exclusively For My Friends Vol 4 – My Favorite Instrument) ... LP
Prestige/MPS, 1968. Near Mint- .... $5.99
The fourth in the MPS reissue series of long unreleased late 60s recordings from the home of producer/engineer Hans Georg Brunner-Schwer finds Oscar Peterson in a glorious solo piano mode! All of the recordings in the series were from very relaxed, loose sessions that were some of Peterson's favorite of the time – and they're done in a mode that has Oscar playing loosely and soulfully throughout. Titles include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Perdido", "Body And Soul", "Bye, Bye Blackbird", "Lulu's Back In Town", Little Girl Blue", "Who Can I Turn To", "Take The 'A' Train" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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New Rita Reys & Pim JacobsOur Favorite Songs ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by Dutch vocalist Rita Reys – done as a set of duets with longtime accompanist and life partner Pim Jacobs on piano! The setting is even more spare than some of Reys' trio dates – just voice and piano, the latter handled by Jacobs with this spacious quality that lets Rita really take the lead in all numbers, and inflect tunes with this sense of phrasing that really amazes us – and which provides one of the clearest examples of the touch that made her one of the best jazz vocalists on the European scene in the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Lover Man", "Two Sleepy People", "In The Wee Small Hours", "Where Or When", "When I Fall In Love", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD

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RovaFavorite Street – Rova Plays Lacy ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1983. New Copy .... $11.99
A fitting album for the Rova Sax Quartet – as the angular, modern explorations of Steve Lacy virtually set the stage for the experiments of Rova and other similar groups in later years! The music here is all composed by Lacy, but the Rova variations are quite different altogether – a cool combination of horns that includes baritone, alto, and clarinet from Jon Raskin; tenor and sopranino from Larry Ochs; alto, soprano, and flute from Andrew Voigt; and soprano and clarinet from Bruce Ackley. Titles include "The Dumps", "Sidelines", "Undone", "Moon", and "Snips". CD
(Official pressing of the CD, with full artwork – not the CDr pressing found at other online retailers.)

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QuasimodeMy Favorite Songs ... CD
New Copy .... Around April 23, 2014
CD

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QuasimodeMy Favorite Songs (CD/DVD) ... CD
New Copy .... Around April 23, 2014
CD

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New BeethovenThree Favorite Sonatas – Sonatas No 14 Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight), No 8 Op13 (Pathetique), & No 23 Op 57 (Appassionata) – Rudolf Serkin ... LP
Columbia, 1963. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. White label promo. Cover has a radio station track list sticker.)

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New Sergio MendesSergio Mendes' Favorite Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little pairing of the keyboards of Sergio Mendes and the early arranging styles of Dave Grusin – and a set that's quite different than some of Sergio's vocal albums with Brasil 66! The style here is all instrumental – and Mendes plays both piano and electric piano, plus a bit of harpsichord too – working with a hip LA group that features Grusin on organ, Tom Scott on flute and soprano sax, and John Pisano on guitar – plus a bit of Brazilian percussion from Joao Donato and Moacir Santos! The result is a heavenly 60s groove – some slight larger backings, plus great work from the jazzy group at the core – and titles include a stunning version of "Ponteio" – plus other Brazilian groovers like "A Banda", "Veleiro", and "Tempo Feliz". There's also a few tracks of US material like "I Say a Little Prayer" and "Comin' Home Baby", done with a nice bossa groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear, some splitting on the bottom seam, and a scratch on the front.)
Also available Sergio Mendes' Favorite Things ... CD 14.99

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New O'JaysMy Favorite Person ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1982. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although they didn't have as big of chart success as in earlier years, the O'Jays managed to do alright as the 80s moved in on them. Their sweet vocal style was a perfect match for Philly International's move to more modern soul production, and this album has them nicely set up by McFadden & Whitehead, still recording at Sigma Sound. The record includes the classic "My Favorite Person", one of the group's best later cuts, and a really catchy number – plus "Out In the Real World", "Don't Walk Away Mad", and "One On One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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New O'JaysYear 2000/My Favorite Person ... CD
Philadelphia International/Right Stuff, 1980/1982. New Copy 2CDs .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We know what you're thinking: "These guys were best in the 70s." Hold that thought for a moment and check out these great albums – because unlike a lot of their other chart-topping contemporaries from 1972 and 1973, the O'Jays actually continued to mature as a group, and managed to turn out some really fantastic material during the 80s! Year 2000 is a wonderful album that kicked off the group's strong run in the 80s – a set that features their sublime harmonies next to some tight mellow soul arrangements – hitting a mellower sound than before, and really letting them stretch out on the lyrics! The title cut's a real gem, but the whole album's great – and titles include "Year 2000", "To Prove I Love You", "The Answer's In You", "Once Is Not Enough" and "You're The Girl Of My Dreams (Sho'nuff Real)". My Favorite Person has the group nicely set up by McFadden & Whitehead – still recording at Sigma Sound, and working in a beautifully warm later Philly mode. The record includes the classic "My Favorite Person", one of the group's best later cuts, and a really catchy number – plus "Out In the Real World", "Don't Walk Away Mad", and "One On One". CD

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New VariousDick Clark America's Favorite Presents – All Time Hits (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch
Click, Late 50s. Used (pic cover).... Out Of Stock
Includes the tracks "At The Hop" by Danny & The Juniors, "Seachin" by the Coasters, "School Day" by Chuck Berry, "CC Rider" by Chuck Willis, "Over The Mountain" by Johnny & Joe, and "La Dee Dah" by Billy & Lillie. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some edge wear with a small split on the bottom seam.)
 
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Lucas ArrudaSambadi – Original Brazilian Groove Series Vol 1 ... CD
Favorite (France), 2012. New Copy .... $19.99
A contemporary set, but one that sparkles with all the best brilliance of the 70s scene in Brazil – and that includes such heady company as Marcos Valle, Azymuth, and Joao Donato! As with all those artists at the time, Lucas Arruda has a groove that's strongly based on Fender Rhodes – warm keys that are underscored with some great acoustic percussion that gives the whole thing an earthy core at the bottom, and a vibe that's quite different than any American fusion of the time! The music is completely sublime throughout – very jazzy in its inflections, but also with a more freewheeling approach – as you'd hear on classic keys from Jose Roberto Bertrami. The set's got a bit of vocals, but really focuses on the keyboards – and titles include "Physis", "Rio Afternoon", "Batuque", "Alma Nova", "Sambadi", "Carnival", and a sweet cover of "Who's That Lady". CD

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Harry BluffTowel Man/Drug Stores ... 78 rpm
Favorite, Early 30s. Good .... $1.99
78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Funk LeagueFunky As Usual ... LP
Favorite (France), 2012. New Copy 2LP .... $22.99
Plenty of great guests really make this one sparkle – Diamond D, Sadat X, Large Professor, Gift Of Gab, and others – all of whom really live up to the true school style of beatmaking from Hugo! The tunes have some especially great keyboards at times, scratches by Suspect, and even a bit of bass from Patchworks! Titles include "On & On", "MC3", "More Blue Funk", "Why You", "Humble Arrogance", "You're Gonna Learn", and "What's Wrong With Groovin". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Glerum OmnibusTwo ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2004. Used .... $9.99
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Joubert SingersStand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix, Patchworks remix, Panoptikum Arkestra remix, Walter Mecca remix) ... 12-inch
Favorite (France), Early 80s. New Copy .... $14.99
A quartet of mixes of this club soul and gospel crossover classic – featuring a stellar Larry Levan mix plus remixes by Patchworks, Panoptikum Arkestra and Walter Mecca! The original is such unique, unimpeachable gem, the remixes are wise to be respectful of it's style. It kicks off with the much loved Larry Levan mix. The Patchworks remix follows, one that tightens it up just a bit, with a nicely bass-heavy groove under the vocals. The percussion gets some nice focus to start the Panoptikum Arkestra remix, before the choir comes soaring along along with some bubbling bass prominent in the mix. The Walter Mecca mix has a fuzzy, funky vibe. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Life ForceLife Force (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Strawberry/Favorite (France), 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $26.99
A real lost treasure from the rare groove years of the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from this funky club combo, issued on the tiny Strawberry label from Roulette! The group have a great mix of jazzy club and blue-eyed soul – served up with loads of soaring work on keyboards from Livingstone Graves, who also leads the group – mixed with some jazzy touches on tenor and alto from Don Count Williams – who gives the music a nicely spontaneous feel! Life Force have a mix of spiritual undercurrents that recalls some of the excellent work reissued on the Soul Cal imprint – and although the obvious intent of the record was aimed at the dancefloor, there's definitely a deeper vibe going on here too. Titles include the instrumental "New York City Streets", plus vocal cuts "Robeson", "Shango", "Come On Let's Do It", "Funky Mama", and "Hard Time Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing deluxe reissue – super-heavy cover, great vinyl, and limited!)

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Jean-Pierre Massiera (Revolution Francais)Translocomotion (Psychemagik rmx, orig)/Discocorico (Dwilt Sharpp rmx, orig) ... 12-inch
Favorite (France), 1978. New Copy (pic cover, reissue).... $15.99
A rare couple of cuts Jean-Pierre Massiera – working in a late 70s avant disco mode – and officially billed as Revolution Francais, though purportedly the work of the work of the legendary French producer himself! "Translocation" has some nice, funky bass, dancefloor ready percussion and a nice dose of strings in the mix. "Discocorico" on the flip is another gem in a similar mode, and more vocals in the mix. This great 12" from Favorite includes some nice remixes by Psychemagik for "Translocomotion" and "Dwilt Sharpp" for "Discocorico". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Patchworks Galactic ProjectSpace ... CD
Favorite (France), 2013. New Copy .... $19.99
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set – and mixes tight funky backings with some amazing work on keyboards – a rich array of keys that are heavy in moogy and synthy moments, yet have some warmer Fender Rhodes touches too – all served up in a way that's never gimmicky or cheesy at all, and which makes the album every bit as appealing as any rare record of this nature from years back! There's no vocals at all that we can tell – which leaves even more room for the cool keys – and titles include "Cosmic Tripping", "Approaching The Black Whole", "Behind The Moon", "Visions", "Gobblins Are Gone", "Cruising Through Space", and "Time & Space". CD

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VariousMy Love Is Underground ... LP
New Copy .... Early March, 2014 (delayed)
LP, Vinyl record album

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Joubert SingersStand On The Word (original, For The Record mix, GSRP mix, inst) ... 12-inch
Favorite (France), Early 80s. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
A classic crossover of gospel and club – a legendary cut that was played big back in the day by Walter Gibbons – with subsequent showings at Paradise Garage and The Loft! The tune's got a bouncy groove that's more disco than gospel – and the vocals have this soaring, righteous sound that mixes with the rhythms wonderfully – a bit like the best work by the NYCC! The full original is here, along with an instrumental – and the remixes are pretty faithful to the spirit of the original too. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Glerum OmnibusMovie Music ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2011. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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New Glerum OmnibusPaper Models ... CD
Favorite (Netherlands), 2012. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Comes in a slim cardboard sleeve.)

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New Onra1.0.8 ... LP
Favorite (France), 2009. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Weird and funky beats from French producer Onra – a selection of very short tracks, with styles that run from the electronic to cinematic! The project's supposedly inspired by Bollywood, although we're a bit hard pressed to hear that on some of the grooves – but we can more than forgive that reference, given the unusual quality of Onra's music – a really fresh approach to this genre, with an especially great ear for odd little elements that help give each number a different flavor. Titles include "Nadiya Nice", "Dirty Loop", "Hard Times", "Bombs", "The Spy", "Dreams", "Haterproof", "Move", "Beef", and "Come Closer (kicks & claps edit)". LP, Vinyl record album

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New OnraChinoiseries ... LP
Favorite (France), 2007. New Copy 2LP .... Out Of Stock
The best work yet from Parisian producer and hip hop instrumentalist Onra – delving deeper into Southeast Asian inspired soundscapes than ever before – a project that Onra ban after a trip to Viet Nam, the land of his grandparents! Chinoiseries trades in timeless boom bap, build from and inspired by Asian records that Onra picked up on that trip – giving it a very natural flow and a cohesive vibe. One of our favorite records on Favorite Records! Includes "The Anthem", "Chop Your Hands", "Relax In Mui Ne", "Welcome To Viet Nam", "Live From Hue", "Clap Clap", "I Wanna Go Back", "War", "Dark Sea", "Boundless Boundaries", "What Up Duyet?", "Take A Ride", "The Ritual", "One Day", "They Got Breaks Too" and "Hope". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Patchworks Galactic ProjectSpace (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Favorite (France), 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest projects so far from Bruno "Patchworks" Hovart – a set that's put together as a tribute to all the spacey electronic 70s grooves from artists like Patrick Adams, Alain Goraguer, or Jean Pierre Massiera! Patchworks definitely gets the sound right for the set – and mixes tight funky backings with some amazing work on keyboards – a rich array of keys that are heavy in moogy and synthy moments, yet have some warmer Fender Rhodes touches too – all served up in a way that's never gimmicky or cheesy at all, and which makes the album every bit as appealing as any rare record of this nature from years back! There's no vocals at all that we can tell – which leaves even more room for the cool keys – and titles include "Cosmic Tripping", "Approaching The Black Whole", "Behind The Moon", "Visions", "Gobblins Are Gone", "Cruising Through Space", and "Time & Space". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Space ... CD 19.99

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New Lucas ArrudaSambadi – Original Brazilian Groove Series Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Favorite (France), 2012. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A contemporary set, but one that sparkles with all the best brilliance of the 70s scene in Brazil – and that includes such heady company as Marcos Valle, Azymuth, and Joao Donato! As with all those artists at the time, Lucas Arruda has a groove that's strongly based on Fender Rhodes – warm keys that are underscored with some great acoustic percussion that gives the whole thing an earthy core at the bottom, and a vibe that's quite different than any American fusion of the time! The music is completely sublime throughout – very jazzy in its inflections, but also with a more freewheeling approach – as you'd hear on classic keys from Jose Roberto Bertrami. The set's got a bit of vocals, but really focuses on the keyboards – and titles include "Physis", "Rio Afternoon", "Batuque", "Alma Nova", "Sambadi", "Carnival", and a sweet cover of "Who's That Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sambadi – Original Brazilian Groove Series Vol 1 ... CD 19.99

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New Mighty Mocambos with Afrika BambaataaBattle (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Favorite (France), 2011. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The Mighty Mocambos sound even better here than usual – grooving out in a style that mixes their usual deep funk with a dose of old school South Bronx rhythms! The cut's a perfect blend of hip hop and funk – and features guest appearances by Charlie Funk, King Kamonzi, and Afrika Bambaataa – the last of whom is right at home, given that the cut is one that Bam would have spunk in a mix back in the day! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 300 copies.)
 
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Tandyn AlmerAlong Comes Tandyn (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sundazed, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold .... $19.99 21.98
A fantastic collection of unreleased material by mid-to-late 60s psych pop songwriter genius Tandyn Almer – who's probably best know for penning the eternally great "Along Comes Mary" for The Association – but we sure didn't know how great of a performer he was on his own! The 15 track record was cut for his publisher Davon Music, who circulated it to insiders at the time, looking to sell the songs – but what they should have done was found a label and released it. Fuzzy guitars, raw drums and great keyboards, excellent background harmonies – and the good-natured, melodic quality that attracted groups like the Association to Tandyn! Sundazed has long been a favorite source of rewarding 60s and 70s reissues, but they really deserve some bigger love for releases like this one – which is a first-ever commercial release. It feels like a complete, finished production for the most part – and not at all like a bunch of demos. Psych pop greatness! Includes "Find Yourself", You Turn Me Around", "Anything You Want", "About Where Love Is", "Face Down In The Mud", "I Get High", "Bring Your Own Self Down" (by The Purple Gang)", "Where Will They Go", "Sunset Strip Soliloquy" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Nancy AmesSpiced With Brasil ... LP
Epic, Mid 60s. Very Good- .... $19.99
Bossa with a great American twist! Nancy Ames was an American pop singer of the 60s – one who did mostly folksy tunes with a light California feel, and who here is coming up with some great bossa nova numbers, set to arrangements by Stu Phillips! The package has all the sunniness of a summer LA afternoon at the beach – with the driving groove of a pop bossa session from Rio. The album's perennial favorite is Nancy's remake of "Mas Que Nada" (done here as "Pow Pow Pow") – but there's loads of other wonderful numbers, and the whole album's great! Titles include "Laia La Daia", "Love's Like Wine", "So Nice", and "A Man & A Woman". As the song says – Pow Pow Pow! Her greatest LP by a mile, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some ring & edge wear, and a bit of aging on the back.)

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ArsonistsBlaze (radio, inst)/Geembo's Theme (radio, inst)/Flashback (radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Fondle 'Em, 1998. Near Mint- .... $6.99
The Arsonists second single on Fondle 'Em with three tracks produced by Q-Unique, now long out of print. These early singles still outshine everything they've done since with a posse cut approach: "Blaze" has five MC's rhyming double time over mid-tempo beats, while "Flashback" is their back-in-the-day tribute, but "Geembo's Theme" is our favorite here, making good use of the stacatto rhyme style over live sounding samples. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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ArtifactsBetween A Rock And A Hard Place (deluxe edition on yellow colored vinyl – with download and bonus 45) ... LP
Art Of Facts, 1994. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue).... $23.99 24.98
The timeless classic from Artifacts – the great duo of El Da Sensei and Tame One – and one of favorite records from the mid 90s east coast! Dope rhymes and nice beats with a perfect balance mellow vibes and thick funky samples. Includes "Drama (Mortal Kombat Fatality)", "C'Mon With Da Git Down", "Wrong Side Of Da Tracks", "Heavy Ammunition", "Whayback", "What Goes On?", "Dynamite Soul", "Lower Da Boom" and more. Production by T-Ray, Buckwild and Redman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited deluxe edition on yellow vinyl – with poster and bonus 7-inch.)

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AthanorFlashback ... CD
Guerssen (Spain), 1970s. New Copy .... $16.99
A brilliant, first-time collection of the few rare singles ever recorded by north suburban Chicago psych folk group Athanor – plus some previously unreleased songs that are just as solid – and it might be our favorite rare rock discovery yet from the great Guerssen label! Most of the songs were recorded in the early 70s, and blend late 60s sunny psych and Brit Invasion inspired vocals, with a tighter melodic sensibility that pre-figures the power pop of underground heroes like The Shoes. The vocals are sweet and the songs are excellent, but they're also incredible musicians – with some great 12-string guitar, keyboards and effects in the mix that give it a unique edge, but don't bury the tunefuless one bit. We're not gushing over it because they're unsung hometown geniuses, either – this really, really good stuff! Includes "Graveyard", Inner Space", "Urizen", "I Don't Mind", "Habits", "Read Me", "Rock Me, Roll Me", "Hidden Monsters", "Wonder Why I'm Sick", "Like A River Flows" and more. CD
Also available Flashback (180 gram pressing) ... LP 25.99

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AthanorFlashback (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1970s. New Copy (reissue).... $25.99
A brilliant, first-time collection of the few rare singles ever recorded by north suburban Chicago psych folk group Athanor – plus some previously unreleased songs that are just as solid – and it might be our favorite rare rock discovery yet from the great Guerssen label! Most of the songs were recorded in the early 70s, and blend late 60s sunny psych and Brit Invasion inspired vocals, with a tighter melodic sensibility that pre-figures the power pop of underground heroes like The Shoes. The vocals are sweet and the songs are excellent, but they're also incredible musicians – with some great 12-string guitar, keyboards and effects in the mix that give it a unique edge, but don't bury the tunefuless one bit. We're not gushing over it because they're unsung hometown geniuses, either – this really, really good stuff! Includes "Graveyard", Inner Space", "Urizen", "I Don't Mind", "Habits", "Read Me", "Rock Me, Roll Me", "Hidden Monsters", "Wonder Why I'm Sick", "Like A River Flows" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl – and includes a nice insert with notes and historical info.)
Also available Flashback ... CD 16.99

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AvengersAvengers (180 gram pressing) ... LP
4 Men With Beards, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99 18.99
The incendiary full length by The Avengers – their almighty, unjustly overlooked self-titled set (aka the Pink Album)! This is one of our absolute favorite Bay Area punk albums of any era – recorded in '77 and '78, but it went unreleased until 1983. We have no doubt that if this thing came out properly in '78 and got any kind of distribution, The Avengers could have built a massive legend – similar to the way X busted out of LA – and conquered punk fans the world over. Righteous, rage-filled, fearless and catchy – with one of great punk frontwomen in Penelope Houston. Do not dismiss this as just another 70s punk album. It's a masterpiece! Includes "We Are The One", "Car Crash", "No Martyr", "Desperation", "The Amerikan In Me", "Second To None", "Corpus Christi", "Uh-Oh" and more. 14 on all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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Roy AyersLove Fantasy ... LP
Polydor, 1980. Very Good .... $7.99
One of our favorite Roy Ayers albums of all time – and an overlooked gem from Roy's late 70s years at Polydor! This set's a bit more laidback and less clubby than some other Ayers work of the period – which means it's got this wonderful jazzy groove throughout – a sweet mix of midtempo modern soul and the vibes-based style that Roy kept on perfecting at the time. Tracks are longer than usual, and they really open up in a way that fits the title – slinky and seductive, but never soppy or commercial at all – that really special blend of warmth and wisdom that's always made Roy Ayers so great. Titles include the sublime title track "Love Fantasy", which begins with Roy chatting up some girl in the intro, then sliding into a nice smooth jazz funk tip on the chorus – plus the great cut "Sigh", a sweet little bubbling number with a wonderfully breathy quality! Other titles include "Believe In Yourself", "Betcha Gonna", "Baby Bubba", and "Rock Your Roll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Roy AyersSoulful Vibes – Jazz Club ... CD
Polydor/Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s. New Copy .... $8.99
A cool collection of work from one of our favorite artists ever – literally one of the guys whose music was so great, it inspired us to start Dusty Groove! The package brings together a really hip assortment of Roy Ayers' best work for Polydor in the 70s – really incredible tracks that merge together jazz, soul, and funk at a level that nobody else can touch – not just the sum of the parts, but a sublime fusion that's completely Ayers-like, and which has gone onto inspire countless other folks over the years – even though nobody else can ever do it this well! The track selection is great – way hipper than the usual best-of on Roy – and titles include "And Don't You Say No", "Moving Grooving", "Come Out & Play", "Magic Lady", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "Vibrations", "Tear To A Smile", "When Is Real Real", "Together", "He's A Superstar", and "He Gives Us All His Love". CD

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Roy AyersVibrations ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". CD
Also available Vibrations ... LP 9.99

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Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vibrations ... CD 10.99

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AztecsWorld Of Woe/Why Can't You Tell Me (colored vinyl) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... 7-inch
Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (pic cover, reissue).... $9.99
Rare organ-laced late 60s garagey rock from the Aztecs! "World Of Woe" has woozy keyboards and raw rhythms that remind us of our favorite garage nuggets of the period, but works on a deeper level, thanks to some moody lyrics and surprisingly strong group harmonies. "Why Can't You Tell Me" is a more raucous, uptempo rager – but again, cuts deep thanks to some groovy harmonies. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... CD
Curtom (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $13.99
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". CD

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Dave Bailey2 Feet In The Gutter ... LP
Epic, 1961. New Copy (reissue).... $7.99
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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Bobby BareSingin In The Kitchen ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good .... $0.99
What a warm, wonderful record from the Bobby Bare family and Shel Silverstein – the long buried, deeply underappreciated Singing In The Kichen album from 1974! Though originally released as a children's LP, this one works for our adult ears just as well as the far more celebrated Lullabies, Legends & Lies from the previous year. It's got a loose, ragged charm that's endearing as can be – with the wife and kids singing backup and duets with Bare's laconic drawl of a lead – and the songs highlight the most folksy and family geared wit of family friend Shel Silverstein! Bobby Bare will always be one of our favorite personalities of the 60s & 70s country heyday – and this LP only adds to our fondness! Includes "Singin' In The Kitchen", "The Monkey And The Elephant", "Lovin' You Anyway", "You Are", "The Unicorn", "Scarlet Ribbons", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a promo stamp, light edge wear, a sticker, and a spot of tape on the spine. Labels have a bit of pen and a sticker.)

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Pastor TL BarrettLike A Ship (Without A Sail) ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy .... $12.99
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorite ones that the city of Chicago produced in the early 70s – and it's literally a soul record – a beautiful gospel set by Pastor TL Barrett & The Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, on the city's south side! There's genuine spirit and passion in this record to make it an exceptional gospel record, but it's the deep secular soul production touches and instrumentation that makes this one of the true, uh, holy grails of Chicago soul. The album was cut at the affordable Sound Market Studio, but behind the soaring, spirited lead and chorus vocal arrangements are players supervised by Chess Records sax player and arranger Gene Barge – with legendary players Richard Evans and Phil Upchurch in on the recordings. Raw drums, grooving organ, and incredible bass lines lay the foundation, but it's the voices that really shine on this completely wonderful, totally essential set! Includes "Like A Ship", "Wonderful", "It's Me O Lord", "Ever Since", "Nobody Knows", "Joyful Noice", "Medley...Dr. Watts Hymn & The Disciples Prayer" and "Blessed Quietness". CD

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New Beach BoysBeach Boys' Party ... LP
Capitol, 1965. Very Good Gatefold .... $5.99
A really cool little album from the Beach Boys – a set that definitely takes its "party" title seriously, in a way that has the group singing in a somewhat live and spontaneous manner! There's sort of a "live in studio" feel here – with production that's less polished than on other records, and instrumentation that's heavy on acoustic guitar and percussion – almost like the group are hanging out at the beach, riffing on some of their favorite tunes. The album features the group's famous take on "Barbara Ann" – plus versions of a number of other 60s classics, like "The Times They Are A Changin", "Papa Oom Mow Mow", "Mountain Of Love", "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", "Devoted To You", "Alley Oop", and "I Should Have Known Better". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with some marker on the labels. Cover has some wear.)

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BeatlesRevolver ... CD
Apple/EMI, 1966. Used .... $5.99
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature and sweet lyrics on the love songs – cross-cut with a bit of witty social commentary too! Tracks include "Taxman", "Eleanor Rigby", "Love You To", "Here There & Everywhere", "She Said She Said", "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Tomorrow Never Knows", and "For No One". This is also an enhanced version that includes a mini-Revolver documentary. CD
Also available Revolver (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 21.99

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BeatlesRevolver (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Apple/EMI, 1966. New Copy (reissue).... $21.99 22.98
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature and sweet lyrics on the love songs – cross-cut with a bit of witty social commentary too! Tracks include "Taxman", "Eleanor Rigby", "Love You To", "Here There & Everywhere", "She Said She Said", "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Tomorrow Never Knows", and "For No One". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing, with 2009 stereo remaster – and 14 tracks in all!)
Also available Revolver ... CD 5.99

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New Bembeya Jazz NationalSyliphone Years ... CD
Sterns (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD .... $19.99 23.99
An awe-inspiring mother lode of classic Guinean grooves from one of Africa's greatest bands! Senegal's Orchestra Baobab have become the media favorite of Africa's golden era, but it only takes one spin of this fabulous anthology to realize that Bembeya Jazz National were as good as any band the continent ever produced. As the title says, this material is culled from the recordings the band made for the great state-owned Syliphone label, and it reflects an era of dazzling creative potency – sensual Afro-Cuban tropes are blended into a powerful mix of Mande melodies, sashaying grooves, and jaw-dropping solos. Most of this collection features lead vocals by the sweet and soulful Aboubacar Demba Camara, who died in a tragic car accident in 1973, while the prodigiously talented Sekou "Diamond Fingers" Diabate unspools one astonishing lead after another. A still-powerful version of the group reunited in 2001, but nothing can match these recordings. Truly essential stuff! Tracks include "Dembaty Galant", "Waraba", "Super Tentemba", "Fatoumata", and "Sina Mousso". Newly repackaged and with and extra track!! CD

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New Buster BentonVery Best Of Buster Benton ... CD
Ronn/Fuel 2000, Late 70s. New Copy .... $4.99 11.98
One of the last great blues artists to record for the Jewel/Paula label – and a key figure in the Chicago underground as well! Buster Benton works here with a style that's definitely got the Chicago electric vibe of the 70s – but which also echoes earlier, rootsier modes as well – often delivered with a style that's a lot earthier than most of the other blues work coming out at the time on bigger labels – exactly the kind of sound that kept Benton a club favorite back in the day. Titles include "Sweet 94", "Spider In My Stew", "Sorry", "Lonesome For A Dime", "Do It In The Rain", "Lean On Me", "Love Like I Wanna", "Born With The Blues", "Dangerous Woman", and "Money Is The Name Of The Game". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Big BoiSir Lucious Left Foot – The Son Of Chico Dusty ... CD
Def Jam, 2010. Used .... $6.99
A solo set from once and hopefully future half of Outkast Big Boi – and he delivers big here for Def Jam – classic Outkast level excellence from Sir Lucious Leftfoot! Production by Organized Noize, Scott Storch, J Beattzz, DJ Cutmasta Swiff and others, many songs with co-production credit to Big Boi, and we would take that seriously. The way his deft, charismatic rhymes meld with spacey thumping funk beatcraft doesn't feel like a batch of commissioned productions, but a unique, flowing tapestry that's got Big Boi written all over it. Fantastic and heartening to us to see a hip hop veteran and longtime favorite delivering this sharply and adventurously after all these years. 15 tracks: "Daddy Fat Sax", "Turns Me On" with Sleepy Brown & Joi, the instant classic single "Shutterbugg" feat Cutty, "General Patton", "Tangerine" feat TI & Khujo Goodie, "Hustle Blood" feat Jamie Foxx, "Be Still" with Janelle Monae, "Fo Yo Sorrows" feat George Clinton , Too Short & Sam Chris, "Shine Blockas" feat Gucci Mane, "Back Up Plan" and more. CD

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New Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy .... $18.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. Features a bonus alternate take of "The Witch Doctor" too. CD
(SHM CD pressing!)

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Colin BlunstoneOne Year (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic/4 Men With Beards, 1971. New Copy (reissue).... $18.99 21.98
Amazing solo work from ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone – his first album after parting ways with his former group – and one of our favorite albums of all time! Blunstone's vocals were already amazing in The Zombies – especially near the end – but this set takes things even further, by blending his sublime lyrics with spare arrangements that often just feature simple string passages and warm piano parts – subtle accompaniment that leaves Colin strongly in the lead! The songs are wonderful – penned to recall the changes and issues of the year after the parting of the group – with plenty of help from old buddies Rod Argent and Chris White too. There's never been another record like this again, and there never will be – one of the true treasures of the greatest generation of music! Titles include "Let Me Come Closer To You", "I Can't Live Without You", "Smokey Day", and "Say You Don't Mind" – plus a fantastic cover of "Misty Roses", and the more rocking "She Loves The Way They Love Her". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby Jimmy & The CrittersFone Freak/Wienie Whistlers/NY- LA Rappers ... 12-inch
Ruthless, 1988. Near Mint- .... $4.99
Bobby Jimmy & The Critters certainly aren't one of our favorite groups, but we do like the goofy "N.Y. - L.A. Rappers", an excellent parody cut that features impersonations of a lot of the big acts at the time. Their version of EPMD has the group falling asleep because they're rapping so slow! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy .... $12.99 13.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". CD
Also available Victim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP 13.99

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)
Also available Victim Of Love ... CD 12.99

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Easy Kabaka BrownOpotopo (with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
There's nothing "easy" about this sweet little set – as the music's got a raw edge and righteous power that even blows away most of our favorite Afro Funk jams of the time – thanks to an approach that's even more jazz-based than some of Easy Kabaka Brown's contemporaries! The tracks are nice and long, and build in an organic way that takes off from highlife, but which features developing instrumental passages on horns, too – often leading to solos that echo some of the best South African jazz modes. The music itself still isn't really jazz, especially when the vocals and choruses come into play – but the solos really send the whole thing home in an amazing way we never would have expected. Titles include "Ibi Dyna", "Agboho", "Belema", "Kele Chi Gi", and "Onbumi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited pressing – with heavy tip-on cover, great vinyl, and bonus download of album!)

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Ray BryantRay Bryant Trio (Epic) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1956. New Copy .... $13.99
The first full album from the great Ray Bryant – recorded shortly after his famous Epic Records session with Betty Carter! The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass – at a level that still shows some influence from other pianists, but already with that unique hard-left style that would make Bryant a big favorite in short years to come. Candido joins in on congas on 2 of the album's best tracks – a hard grooving take on "Night In Tunisia", plus Ray's classic "Cubano Chant", a dancing Latin groover that went onto become an oft-recorded Latin Jazz standard – and other titles include "Pawn Ticket", "Philadelphia Bound", and "Off Shore". CD

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Dave BurnsWarming Up! ... LP
Vanguard, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A legendary set of firey jazz tracks recorded by trumpeter Dave Burns! This is one of Burns' few recordings as a leader, and it's a shame he didn't make more, because this one is stellar. The group features Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Harold Mabern on piano, and the great Billy Mitchell on tenor. They all swing high, wide, and mightily, especially on some of the set's standout tracks, like "Rigor Mortez", written by Burns, and "Warm Up", which is by Joe Farrell. Other highlights include "Now Ain't It", written and arranged by Melba Liston, and "Richie's Dillemma, an old favorite from the book of Harold Mabern. Excellent set, and a very tough one to find! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry ButlerBest Of Jerry Butler (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Near Mint- .... $4.99
Seminal work by one of our favorite soul singers of all time! Jerry first came to fame with The Impressions and on his own in the early 60s – singing dark moody easy tunes that well earned him the nickname of "Iceman". In the late 60s, though, he moved onto Mercury where he broke through even bigger with some excellent early production by Gamble & Huff, which took Jerry to a whole new level, and which gave his work a swinging soul groove that worked great with his vocals. This set compiles some of the best moments of the Mercury years – including "Never Give You Up", "Lost", "Moody Woman", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Hey Western Union Man", and "Only The Strong Survive". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Mercury / Applause.)

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Cabaret VoltaireRed Mecca (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP
Rough Trade/Mute, 1981. New Copy LP & CD (reissue).... $17.99 19.98
Cabaret Voltaire at a perfect point in their career – a time when their overall sound was still pretty raw, and awash in these dark analogue electronics – but also getting a focus it never had before, the kind of rhythmic intensity that would make the group a huge influence on other acts for years to come! The album's a perfect portrait of the Northern UK scene at its best – moodiness that never falls into goth cliches, electronics that distill the experiments of the 70s with post-punk energy, and rhythms that point to the dancefloor but never in a way that's really dance music at all – just pulsatingly hypnotic, in a way that somehow makes the other qualities even more eerie! The whole thing's wonderful – one of our favorite albums ever by the Cabs – and titles include "Landslide", "A Thousand Ways", "Red Mask", "Split Second Feeling", and "A Touch Of Evil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl pressing – and includes bonus CD of the album too!)

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

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Terry CallierTurn You To Love ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Our favorite Elektra album by Terry – different than his earlier work for Cadet, with a smoother jazz-based style of backing. The change works surprisingly well for Terry, pushing him into a new sound that still preserves his honest soulful vocals. The album includes nice remakes of "Ordinary Joe" and "Occasional Rain", both from his days on Cadet, plus the great track "Turn You To Love". Also includes a groovy cover of Steely Dan's "Do It Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Labels have some marker.)
Also available Turn You To Love ... CD 19.99

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... $16.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Carpet Patrol (Suff Daddy & Torky Tork)Carpet Patrol ... CD
Melting Pot (Germany), 2014. New Copy .... $22.99
Hazy, largely instrumental hip hop from the team of Suff Daddy & Torky Tork – working together as Carpet Patrol – and it's another timeless set of sample crafted beatcraft from the Melting Pot team. MPM has always done a solid job of honoring classic hip hop production aesthetics, while delivering a distinctive vibe of their own – bearing the influences of some of our favorite producers of the early 90s to today, without ever coming across as derivative. Carpet Patrol has a dark and gritty with pretty tripped out vocal samples. Includes "Carpet Patrol Theme", "Game Of Tork", "Diaper Party", "Mooncircle Project", "Yoga", "Cokeface" feat Brenk Sinatra, "It's Yo Man (Get Off Man)", "Indian Slip", "Flat Booty Judy", "Happy Ending", "Carpet Patrol Reprise" feat Dexter, "Sandwich" and "Bob Molly (Pop Pillies)". CD

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Alvin CashWindy City Workout – The Essential Dance Craze Hits & Rarities 1964 to1973 ... CD
Mar V Lus/Charly (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $15.99 17.98
The full scope of genius from the legendary Alvin Cash – not just his 60s gritty groovers, but a host of later funk tracks as well – all packaged into a beautiful book-styled package! Cash is one of our favorite Chicago artists ever – a dancer by trade, but a flamboyant personality who always managed to make his way center stage – whether live or in the recording studio! The set begins with early "twine" numbers from Alvin – some romping heavy soul tracks that have a very deep bottom, and a raw sound that's equal part R&B and Chicago soul – definitely tuned towards the dancefloor crowd that was a natural fit for Cash's energy. As the set moves on, it then picks up some wicked late 60s singles for the Toddlin Town label, and also includes some excellent early 70s groovers for Sound Stage Seven – some of Alvin's hardest, heaviest numbers ever. The set features work by Alvin Cash with The Registers, Hundred Dollar Bills, The Crawlers, and Scott Brothers Orchestra – and titles include "Keep On Dancing (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky 69", "Moanin & Groanin", "Doin The Creep", "It's Party Time", "Funky Washing Machine", "Alvin's Doin His Thing", "Funky Street", "Doin The Ali Shuffle", "Whip It On Me", "The Charge", "Boston Monkey", "The Philly Freeze", "Alvin's Boogaloo", "Let's Do Some Good Timing", "The Bump", "Twine Time", "Twine Awhile", "The Barracuda", and "You Shot Me Through The Grease". CD

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New Johnny CashOut Among The Stars ... CD
Columbia, 1981/1984. New Copy .... $12.99 13.98
A surprisingly strong set of previously unreleased Johnny Cash – recorded with producer Billy Sherrill, mostly in 1984, but with a couple sessions from '81 – and it's honestly as great, and a heck of a lot better than a bunch of Johnny's music that actually DID see commercial release during the 80s! Our favorite Billy Sherrill productions are ones like this, where he's providing a clean, polished backdrop for hardscrabble honky tonk heroes, without compromising their gritty nature. He worked that kind of magic for Johnny Paycheck and George Jones, and it works just as well for Johnny. Johnny's voice is as rich and booming as ever – and it includes a couple duets with June Carter, and one with fellow Highwayman Waylon Jennings. Includes the great title track, "Baby Ride Easy", "She Used To Love Me A Lot", "After All", "I'm Movin' On", "If I Told You Who It Was", "Call Your Mother", "I Drove Her Out Of My Mind", "Tennessee", "Rock And Roll Shoes", "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time", "I Came To Believe" and a bonus Elvis Costello mix of "She Used To Love Me A Lot". CD
Also available Out Among The Stars (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP 19.99

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New Johnny CashOut Among The Stars (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP
Columbia, 1981/1984. New Copy 2LP .... $19.99 24.98
A surprisingly strong set of previously unreleased Johnny Cash – recorded with producer Billy Sherrill, mostly in 1984, but with a couple sessions from '81 – and it's honestly as great, and a heck of a lot better than a bunch of Johnny's music that actually DID see commercial release during the 80s! Our favorite Billy Sherrill productions are ones like this, where he's providing a clean, polished backdrop for hardscrabble honky tonk heroes, without compromising their gritty nature. He worked that kind of magic for Johnny Paycheck and George Jones, and it works just as well for Johnny. Johnny's voice is as rich and booming as ever – and it includes a couple duets with June Carter, and one with fellow Highwayman Waylon Jennings. Includes the great title track, "Baby Ride Easy", "She Used To Love Me A Lot", "After All", "I'm Movin' On", "If I Told You Who It Was", "Call Your Mother", "I Drove Her Out Of My Mind", "Tennessee", "Rock And Roll Shoes", "Don't You Think It's Come Our Time", "I Came To Believe" and a bonus Elvis Costello mix of "She Used To Love Me A Lot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Out Among The Stars ... CD 12.99

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Gene ChandlerGirl Don't Care (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $19.99
A wonderful wonderful soul album from the great Gene Chandler – quite possibly our favorite work ever from this under-acknowledged Chicago singer! Chandler's way past his "Duke Of Earl" years on this record, and is hitting his stride as one of Chicago's best soul singers of the late 60s – working with a style that's harder than ever before – and a bit more sophisticated, too – with touches of that masculine maturity that Walter Jackson helped to bring to the scene. Carl Davis produced, and backings are by Sonny Sanders and Gerald Sims – providing a great Chicago groove over tunes penned by Curtis Mayfield, Billy Butler, and Otis Leavill – as well as Davis, Sanders, and Sims – all representing the unusual depth in Windy City soul at the time. Tracks include "To Choose", "Nothing Can Stop Me", "You Can't Hurt Me No More", "The Girl Don't Care", "Good Times", "Here Come The Tears", and "Fool For You". CD features two bonus tracks – "There Goes The Lover" and "Tell Me What Can I Do". CD

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Merry ClaytonGimme Shelter ... CD
Ode/Repertoire, 1970. New Copy .... $13.99 19.99
A classic from Merry Clayton – and a record whose title follows from her big fame of singing on the original version of "Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones! The sound here is a lot more soul-based, as you'd guess – arranged beautifully by Gene Page, with a really righteous feel that's perfect for Merry's deeply soulful vocal approach – and produced to perfection by Lou Adler, with some surprising help from Curtis Amy – one of our favorite saxophonists ever. Music is by a hip cast of top-shelf talents from the coast – including Billy Preston on organ, Joe Sample on piano, David T Walker on guitar, and Paul Humphrey on drums – all nice and tight, but totally right in the pocket with their grooves. Titles include Merry's classic version of "Gimme Shelter", plus "Tell All The People", "I've Got Life", "Here Come Those Heartaches Again", and "Good Girls". CD

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Nat King ColeWelcome To The Club ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Very Good+ .... $1.99
One of our favorite albums by Nat King Cole – done with a bit more depth and feeling than some of his other Capitol sets of the time – and some great jazzy backings, too! Arrangements are by Dave Cavanaugh, but there's almost a Basie-like quality to the group at times – never too hard-swinging, but definitely that slow-burning quality the Count could hit so well with a singer, especially on the horns! The group is awash with Basie-ites – and saxes are by Marshall Royal, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, and Frank Wess; trumpets include Joe Newman and Thad Jones; trombones feature Al Grey, Henry Coker, and Benny Powell; and rhythm features guitar from Freddie Greene, piano from Gerald Wiggins, and drums from Sonny Payne – definitely a swinging lineup. Titles include the great "Welcome To The Club" – plus "Anytime Anyday Anywhere", "The Late Late Show", "Wee Baby Blues", "Avalon", "She's Funny That Way", and "The Blues Don't Care". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has splitting on the top seam & some wear.)

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Alice ColtraneWorld Galaxy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1972. Used Gatefold .... $28.99
One of Alice Coltrane's most ambitious albums of the early years – recorded with a full set of heavenly orchestrations! The core group features Alice on piano, organ, and harp – alongside Frank Lowe on saxes, Reggie Workman on bass, Leroy Jenkins on violin, and Ben Riley on drums. Added to this combo is a much larger set of strings – swirling around in a rich musical backdrop that gives Alice's work a sense of majesty and power we could have never imagined. This is the album that really showed the world that she was far far more than just the wife of the late great one – a true mystical visionary with a sound that demanded to be heard! Side 2 features a recitation by Alice's spiritual mentor, Swami Satchdiananda – and the album features a wonderful version of "My Favorite Things", done with both organ and harp, plus the tracks "Love Supreme", "Galaxy In Turiya", and "Galaxy In Satchidandana". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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John ColtraneOlatunji Concert – Last Live Recording ... CD
Impulse, 1967. Used .... $6.99
Coltrane's last live show ever – in case you couldn't guess from the title – recorded in 1967, but never officially released! The set features a group with Pharoah Sanders, Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali, Alice Coltrane, Algie DeWitt, and possibly Jumma Santos on percussion. As you'd guess from the added percussion, there's a pronounced spiritual approach to the set, although the solo work by Trane, Alice, and Pharoah is also quite free. The set features a short introduction by Billy Taylor, and 2 long tracks: "Ogunde" and "My Favorite Things". CD
(Out of print.)

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John Coltrane/Archie SheppNew Thing At Newport ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used .... $4.99
An essential piece of 60s avant garde jazz that often gets overlooked because the album is split between two different leaders – but with John Coltrane and Archie Shepp at the helm, what leaders they be! Shepp leads a quartet that includes Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Barre Phillips on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums – and the music is some of his best from the 60's. Hutcherson is haunting, and Shepp plays in a beautifully restrained style that brings out all of his best elements, without any of the indulgence that sometimes mars his playing. The group plays all original tracks, including "Rufus", "Le Matin Des Noire", and "Scag". Coltrane's quartet with Tyner, Garrison, and Jones adds two additional long tracks to the album, the lively "One Down One Up" and "My Favorite Things". A great set, and one not to pass up! CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Common SenseCommunism (radio, LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Relativity, 1994. Near Mint- .... $5.99
One of our favorite cuts off the now classic Resurrection LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original promo pressing.)

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Con Funk ShunCon Funk Shun/Secrets (plus bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy .... $13.99
A super-funky set – two vintage albums from Con Funk Shun – back to back on a single CD! The self-titled Con Funk Shun album is quite different than their later, better known hits! The group sure knew how to slap that bass, even back on this first album for Mercury – but then again, they – along with other big Mercury groups like The Ohio Players – were pioneering the bass-heavy sound that would influence countless bands over the next decade in soul. This first album's actually one of the group's best, with some nice rough edges that we like even more than the smoother sound of later albums. And oddly, some of our favorite cuts are the mellower ones – like the smooth jazzy instrumental "Foley Park", which has a nice moogy solo in the middle. Other good mellow cuts include "Another World", which almost has a "Summer Madness" quality to it, plus "Forever Just Ain't Long Enough" and "Never Be The Same". Secrets is a great early album from Con Funk Shun – a mix of funkier tunes and some excellent smooth modern ones in step with the mellower work by Cameo or Maze – done with more soaringly emotional sounds that moves beyond their peers! A love for earlier 70s styles might be what pushes Secrets above and beyond – honest, intimate, and at times just more focused in the vocals department than both the funky soul groups of the time and the quiet storm singers of the approaching early 80s – and still doesn't spare the bass, horns and funky interplay! High points include the closing instrumental "Indian Summer Love" and funky centerpiece "Ffun" –plus "Doowhachawannadoo", "Who Has The Time", "Secrets", "Tear In My Eye" and "I'll Set You Out OK". CD also features a bonus track – "Ffun (12" version)" – a clubby killer! CD

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New Ruth CopelandSelf Portrait (Japanese pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Used .... $19.99
A surprisingly groovy little set – one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland a favorite with break freaks over the years – thanks to help on the album from Dennis Coffey, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, and George Clinton! Ruth arranged, performed, and produced the core part of the album herself – but the production style is surprisingly strong – with a use of space and strings that almost shows a bit of Axelrod influence at times, although more skewed towards the Detroit soul scene that Copeland called home. Titles include the classic "Your Love Been So Good To Me", which starts with a very fuzzy electric break, and "I Got a Thing For You Daddy", which has some great spacey guitars on the intro – plus "Child of the North", "No Commitment", "A Gift of Me", and "The Music Box". CD features three bonus tracks too – single versions of "The Music Box", "A Gift Of Me", and "No Commitment". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Ruth Copeland featuring ParliamentSelf Portrait/I Am What I Am (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2CD .... $14.99
A killer 2CD set – both of the Ruth Copeland albums for Invictus – plus bonus tracks too! First up is Self Portrait – a surprisingly groovy little set, and one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland a favorite with break freaks over the years – thanks to help on the album from Dennis Coffey, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, and George Clinton! Ruth arranged, performed, and produced the core part of the album herself – but the production style is surprisingly strong – with a use of space and strings that almost shows a bit of Axelrod influence at times, although more skewed towards the Detroit soul scene that Copeland called home. Titles include the classic "Your Love Been So Good To Me", which starts with a very fuzzy electric break, and "I Got a Thing For You Daddy", which has some great spacey guitars on the intro – plus "Child of the North", "No Commitment", "A Gift of Me", and "The Music Box". I Am What I Am is a second sublime set from Ruth Copeland! There's a bit more emphasis on soul here than the funk of Copeland's previous efforts – but in a way that makes for an even more impressive record overall, especially when you realize that Ruth arranged and produced the whole thing. George Clinton and Eddie Hazel both had a hand in co-writing songs with Copeland – and instrumentation features Hazel on guitar, plus Bernie Worrell on piano – so there's still a key P-Funk link. Titles include the breakbeat track "Suburban Family Lament", the fuzzy stoner funk number "Don't You Wish You Had", and covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and "Play With Fire" – plus "Crying Has Made Me Stronger", "Hare Krishna", and "The Medal". Bonus tracks include single versions of "Hare Krishna", "Gimme Shelter", "The Music Box", "A Gift Of Me", and "No Commitment". CD

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CortexCortex Volume 2 ... CD
Trad Vibe (France), 1977. New Copy .... $10.99
The second album by Cortex – the obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years! The group's got a strong fusion-driven groove on this set – with plenty of tight drumming, hard riffing, and spacey keyboards that give the tunes a nicely soulful finish. The best tracks are actually the mellower ones, which have a nice use of space and sound – creating strong little patterns of groove that stand out from the rest of the tracks. Lots of work on Fender Rhodes, mini korg, Hammond, and clavinette – and titles include "Poxa", "Datura", "Regina", "Mister J", "Efficace Swing", "Oh Lord", and "Devil's Dance". CD
Also available Cortex Volume 2 ... LP 21.99

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CortexCortex Volume 2 ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue).... $21.99
The second album by Cortex – the obscure French jazz group that's been a favorite of funky collectors for years! The group's got a strong fusion-driven groove on this set – with plenty of tight drumming, hard riffing, and spacey keyboards that give the tunes a nicely soulful finish. The best tracks are actually the mellower ones, which have a nice use of space and sound – creating strong little patterns of groove that stand out from the rest of the tracks. Lots of work on Fender Rhodes, mini korg, Hammond, and clavinette – and titles include "Poxa", "Datura", "Regina", "Mister J", "Efficace Swing", "Oh Lord", and "Devil's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cortex Volume 2 ... CD 10.99

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Crash CrewOn The Radio (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Bay City, 1981. Near Mint- .... $7.99
One of our favorite tracks from the early 80s on Sugar Hill, with a sort of beeping, bouncing good time boogie track and back and forth rhymes from the Crash Crew over top. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo in a grey Sugar Hill sleeve.)

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New Ted CursonQuicksand ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
A really rare album from trumpeter Ted Curson – a unique 70s session recorded for Atlantic Records, but only ever issued overseas at the time! The date has Ted's trumpet coming into play with some of the electric touches of the 70s – not a full-on fusion record, but a really great session that updates some of his modern ideas with some of the fresher, younger elements of the underground – particularly keyboards, which are played here by Kenny Barron strongly – as he shifts effortlessly between electric and acoustic piano on the set. Other players are quite strong too – with Robin Kenyatta on alto and soprano sax, Herb Bushler on acoustic and electric bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums. Most of the tracks feature a fullish sound that's got lots of extra percussion added at the bottom, but still in a very organic way – almost like a Black Jazz label session – and a few other tracks feature a slightly smaller acoustic combo. The whole thing's great – a real lost moment of genius from one of our favorite trumpeters ever – and titles include "Typical Ted", "Greasy As A Porkchop", "Quicksand", "Spiderlegs", and a version of "Tears For Dolphy". CD

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New Miles DavisAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Fontana (France), 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
One of our favorite-ever Miles Davis albums – and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. Titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", "Nuit Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "Le Petit Bal", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac" and "Sur L'Autoroute". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles DavisJazz Track (mono) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
Although not actually a proper album – this is still one of the greatest Miles Davis albums of all time! Side one features 10 tracks from Miles' amazing soundtrack to the film Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – with excellent work by French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, on haunting moody tracks like "Generique", "Lassassinat De Carala", "Au Bar Du Petit Bac", and "Dinner Au Motel". Great stuff – and with a wonderful sound that's like no other Miles album! Side 2 is equally great – as it features 3 classic sextet tunes – "On Green Dolphin Street", "Put Your Little Foot Right Out", and "Stella By Starlight" –peformed with Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, and Bill Evans in that amazing Kind Of Blue mode of perfection. Truly one of our favorite albums of all time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition.)

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New Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismBrighter Days ... CD
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy .... $11.99
Sublime sounds from the legendary Stanton Davis – a rare 70s gem that's been a favorite of groovehounds for years! The set's got a really unique feel – part spiritual jazz, part soaring club – a blend that's similar to the sound you'd get on James Mason's legendary album too – a unique hybrid of American undergrounds that comes off beautifully throughout! Production is perfect – a Mizell-like blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements, layered with a bit of vocals – and Davis plays soulful trumpet lines, in a group that has some especially nice keyboards! Titles include "Space A Nova (parts 1 & 2)", "Play Sleep", "Brighter Days/Brighter Daze", "Nida", "High Jazz", and "Things Cannot Stop Forever". CD

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New Steve Davis with Larry WillisLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. New Copy .... $8.99 14.99
One of our favorite records ever from trombonist Steve Davis – a live date recorded at Smalls, and one that lets him stretch out a lot more than most of his studio albums! The setting is wonderful – an open-ended, easygoing quintet with great piano from Larry Willis – and a groove that is a nice change from some of the tighter modes that Davis often hits with his One For All compadres. As a result, Steve really takes some nice chances on the solos – and shows a range of his horn that impresses us even more than usual – and heck, we already think he's a great player! Altoist Mike DiRubbo brings a nice edge to the proceedings with some great solo work of his own – and the rest of the group features Gerald Cannon on bass and Willie Jones III on drums. Titles include "Spirit Waltz", "Nature Boy/To Wisdom The Prize", and "Daydream/Outro". CD

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Tyrone DavisIn The Mood (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
Our favorite album ever from Tyrone Davis – even if it's completely different than most of his other work too! The set's got a wonderfully smooth feel right from the start – a mellow-grooving, slow-stepping approach that works perfectly for Tyrone's wonderful vocals – pushing them out of their bluesy roots, into a more sophisticated modern soul style that's mighty nice! The change is a key illustration of the way that Chicago soul was really growing in the 70s – moving into some of the richer territories that you'd find in work from Philly, too – and Davis' growth on a record like this is a real testament to his maturity as a singer. James Mack handled the arrangements – and titles include the sublime "In The Mood" – plus "You Know What To Do", "Keep On Dancin", "All The Love I Need", "I Don't Think You Heard Me", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do", and "I Can't Wait". CD features 2 bonus tracks – single mixes of "In The Mood" and "Ain't Nothing I Can Do". CD

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Doris DayDoris Day Sings Her Great Movie Hits ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy .... $15.99
Doris Day is a lovely presence both on screen and on record – and this sweet little set brings together the best of both! The collection is a very well-done package of tunes that Doris herself sang in films – some-recorded, and all presented with much better fidelity than any of those knock-off CDs that just pull together tracks off DVD. The set list features a whopping 26 tracks in all – from films like Glass Bottom Boat (an old favorite of ours!), Do Not Disturb, Please Don't Eat The Daisies, Pillow Talk, The Pajama Game, Lover Come Back, and many more – and titles include "We'll Love Again", "The Tunnel Of Love", "Possess Me", "Run Away Skidaddle Skidoo", "Twinkle & Shine", "Au Revoir Is Goodbye With A Smile", "Glass Bottom Boat", "Caprice", and "It Happened To Jane". CD

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Guida De Palma & JazzhinhoToca Piano Fala Frances ... CD
Proper, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
Really wonderful work from singer Guida De Palma – an album with jazzy bossa backings from Jazzinho, and a groove that's even more sublime than any of their previous work! The album easily ranks right up there with our favorite 70s classics by Brazilian legends like Joyce or Tania Maria – with the flowing, breezy quality of the former, and the wickedly jazzy vocal modes of the latter! Guida really steps out in a brilliant way on the set – with a depth of expression, strength of songwriting, and instant classic status we never would have expected. Leon Ware guests on the album's great leadoff track – "A Seed In You" – and other titles include "Autumn Monsoon", "Abracao Da Bossa", "Papao", "Ready To Feel Again", and "Whispers In The Darkness". CD
Also available Toca Piano Fala Frances ... LP 18.99

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Guida De Palma & JazzhinhoToca Piano Fala Frances ... LP
Proper, 2013. New Copy .... $18.99 19.98
Really wonderful work from singer Guida De Palma – an album with jazzy bossa backings from Jazzinho, and a groove that's even more sublime than any of their previous work! The album easily ranks right up there with our favorite 70s classics by Brazilian legends like Joyce or Tania Maria – with the flowing, breezy quality of the former, and the wickedly jazzy vocal modes of the latter! Guida really steps out in a brilliant way on the set – with a depth of expression, strength of songwriting, and instant classic status we never would have expected. Leon Ware guests on the album's great leadoff track – "A Seed In You" – and other titles include "Autumn Monsoon", "Abracao Da Bossa", "Papao", "Ready To Feel Again", and "Whispers In The Darkness". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Toca Piano Fala Frances ... CD 14.99

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Deep JazzMeeting ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy .... $12.99
The amazing second album from Deep Jazz – and every bit as spiritual and soulful as the first! These guys really blew us away with their debut, and we're loving them even more this time around – and can honestly say that they're one of the few contemporary combos to ever get our favorite sounds of the 70s just right – that magical music that came out on labels like Strata East and other small indies of the time – that post-Coltrane generation when musicians really stretched their skills to the heavens in search of new sounds! The arrangements, production, and execution here are wonderful – with no modern tricks or gimmicks to get in the way at all – and in addition to great warm acoustic bass from group leader Jerker Kluge, the set also features alto, tenor, flute, bass clarinet, and piano – plus some great Alice Coltrane-like harp, sweet percussion, and even female vocals on a few cuts. Titles include the great originals "No Doubt", "The Meeting", "Movement", "Mystic Sky", "Invisible", and "East & West" – plus great versions of "Little Sunflower" and "Spirits Up Above". CD

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Del The Funky HomosapienDr Bombay (LP, rmx, inst)/Hoodz Come In Dozens (LP, SD50 rmx)/Eye Examination ... 12-inch
Elektra, 1992. Good+ (pic cover).... $5.99
Some of our favorite tracks off the I Wish My Brother George Was Here LP, including a nice remix from the Stimulated Dummies and the non-LP track "Eye Examination". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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

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Marco Di MarcoMarco Di Marco Trio At The Living Room ... CD
Modern Jazz/Arision (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $18.99
One of our favorite piano jazz albums of all times – a slyly funky set from the legendary Marco DiMarco – and one that features him on both acoustic piano and Fender Rhodes! The beauty of this record is hard to describe in words – as it's simple and subtle, but with a depth that has pleased our ears for years of listening. Marco's keys are backed by the incredibly round, warm bass tones of Jacky Sampson – and drumming is in a nicely snapping mode by Samson's longtime partner in rhythm, Charles Saudrais. The set was recorded live in Paris in the early 70s – and Marco tipples the Fender Rhodes incredibly on the slow funk classic "I Mei Ricordi" – then grooves into acoustic piano on tunes that include "Le Mors Aux Dents", "Au Boeuf Gros Sel", "Valse", and "Par Avion". The album's got some great funky acoustic basslines – and Marco's piano work is beautifully lyrical throughout! CD

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Gregg DiamondGregg Diamond's Star Cruiser ... LP
Marlin, 1978. Very Good+ .... $2.99
Gregg Diamond takes his Bionic Boogie sound to a different level – soaring to the skies with a leaner disco groove than before – almost hinting at the coming 80s groove in the process! The rhythms are nice and tight, and often augmented by keyboards that sweeten things up – never overwhelming the overall groove, but packing things in with a mighty nice punch – one that lets the vocals on the record really explode! Most numbers have a chorus singing the spare lyrics – but Diva Gray and Gordon Grody each sing lead on a track each, then give the rest of the record to a backup group that also includes Jocelyn Brown. Our favorite track may well be "Holding Back", which snaps along in a great funky dancefloor groove with some old Bionic Boogie elements – and other cuts include "Arista Vista", "Bring Back Your Love", "Fancy Dancer", and "This Side Of Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is shopworn, with a hole in front.)
 
 
 



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