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AxidentalsAxidentals With The Kai Winding Trombones ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
A groovy little vocal group with a swinging 50s sound – working here with some great jazzy arrangements from trombonist Kai Winding! The style of the set prefaces Winding's pop/jazz sides for Verve in the mid 60s – but has a sound that's somewhat similar – with lead vocals by the male/female Axidentals group, and some trombone-based jazzy backings that showcase Winding's horn amidst a larger brass section. There's a great poppy punch to these tunes – and the Axidentals themselves can be credited for some extremely inventive vocal arrangements at times – in styles that go way beyond those of conventional groups of the period, in a mode that reminds us of some of the work by the Kirby Stone Four or the John LaSalle Quartet. Titles include "Walkin", "Out Of This World", "You Gotta Wail", "No Moon At All", "Day In Day Out", and "Close To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Back cover has some aging.)

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Four FreshmenDifferent Strokes ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sublime 60s work from The Four Freshmen – a record that's very different than their 50s classics, but in a wonderful way! The Freshmen had had a key influence on the sound of sunshine pop in the 60s – a fact that was often noted by Brian Wilson, who'd wanted the Beach Boys to sound like the Freshmen in the early days – and by other groups, who'd said that the group's harmonies were a key factor in their sound. Here, the Freshmen get a chance to turn the tables, and sing in a groovy groovy style that's almost an older jazz harmony approximation of the sunshine pop sound. For the set, they've got some great arrangements by Mike Melvoin, who also produced the record – and they come off with some excellent versions of tunes that include "Everyday People", "Hey Jude", "I Will Wait For You", "Bitter Honey", "A Man & A Woman", "Faces", and "It's Not Unusual". LP, Vinyl record album

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KrystolGettin' Ready (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1984. Used ... $11.99
An 80s girl group classic from Krystol – the debut album from this tight quartet who really seem to rise to the challenge of the album's polish! Production is quite tight – handled by Leon Sylvers III, and a few others, in that west coast Sylvers mode of the time – but the girls have a way of stepping out with their own sort of feeling – harmonizing, switching leads, and even trading lines that really give us a feel for the character of each member of the group – singers Tina Scott, Roberta Steiger, Karon Floyd, and Dee Marie Warren. There's definitely a vibe here that prefaces lots of other female group soul to come – and titles include "Obsession", "Same Place Same Time", "You're The One For Me", "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You", "You Ask Too Much", "Acrobat", "After The Dance Is Through", and "Information 411". CD features four bonus tracks – "After The Dance Is Through (vocal mix)", "After The Dance Is Through (inst)", "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You (special version)", and "Nobody's Gonna Get This Lovin But You (inst)". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Getting' Ready ... LP 9.99

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MatchNew Light ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $23.99
A Sunshine Pop treasure – and a record that perfectly straddles a few different strands of late 60s pop! The quintet have fabulous harmonies – of the sort rooted in The Four Freshmen, and given a sunny finish by The Beach Boys – but they also move here in a way that prefaces soft rock modes of the decade to come – working in arrangements from Jack Pleis that still have plenty of jazz and pop, but which also compress things in a cool way too – giving the whole album a sublime sound that's really unique! The album's not exactly like the Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends, but it's definitely got a similar vibe – and no surprise, the group start things off with a great version of "Don't Take Your Time". Other tracks include "Where Do I Go", "Mornin I'll Be Movin On", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "Love Years Coming", "A Time For Us", and "Free & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing!)

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New VariousTraces Three ... LP
Recollection GRM (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Lost work from the legendary GRM archives of electronic music – a selection of four shorter pieces that otherwise would have been lost to the shifting sands of time! Charles Clapaud delivers "Ruptures" at the start – a work that's filled with lots of short, sharp bursts of electronic sound – over deeper, darker, more continuous tones – at a level that's almost more tuneful than you'd guess from the title! "Hypnos" is part of a larger piece by Janez Maticic – and overall has a very spare, subtle feel – as electronic sounds and shapes bubble up from the bottom, make a brief appearance, and bubble back down. "Moulin Diabolique" is the longest piece in the set – created by Eugeniusz Rudnick with a mix of processed vocal sounds, which really give the feel of the title! Servio Tulio Marin is perhaps the most striking here – with lots of strong, almost noisy electronic textures on "Impresiones Fugitivas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Full notes, and a beautiful package as always from this great series!)

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New Ahmad JamalJamal At The Penthouse ... LP
Argo, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A compelling title – as the record was recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios in New York, one of the hippest places to lay down tracks at the time – but the cover shows an image of the Playboy building in Chicago, famous from the TV show Playboy's Penthouse, Hugh Hefner's first foray into television! The actual music is equally compelling too – as the record is one of Ahmad's first non-trio sessions, and features some great larger arrangements from Joe Kennedy – backing the trio of Jamal, Vernel Fournier, and Israel Crosby with some light strings that create a wonderfully dreamy feel! Ahmad's piano glides along wonderfully in such a setting – set free a bit more than usual, and really sounding great on tracks that include "Ivy", "Comme Ci, Comme Ca", "Tangerine", "Never Never Land", "Ahmad's Blues", and "Seleritus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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New Small FacesThere Are But Four Small Faces (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Immediate/Snapper (UK), 1968. New Copy 2CD (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A transitional, though completely incredible Small Faces record for Immediate – with some of the greatest Brit rock ever recorded! The album's amazing right from the very first note – a perfect bridge between the ongoing mod energy of the London scene, and the psychedelic sounds in years to come – served up with a tight, compact, focused approach that still blows away most of the many groups it helped inspire! The group would dive into a heady psychedelic groove about a year later with incredible success on Ogden's Nut Gone Flake – but here, the group is still riding on the walloping soul and R&B influences on this record – driving and tuneful, with some hints at the strange sounds to come in the freewheeling organ and occasional odd instrumentation. Released as Small Faces in the UK with an alternate title, cover and tracklist, but this US version shares a number of the greatest tracks and includes a few others that are just as essential – with "Itchycoo Park", "Talk To You", "My May Of Giving", "I'm Only Dreaming", "Get Yourself Together", "Green Circles", "(Tell Me) Have You Seen Me" and more. 2CD 40th Anniversary edition includes the original stereo version, plus the complete album in mono (originally promo only), plus 7 bonus mixes. CD
(Beautifully packaged, too!)

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New Humble PieComplete Performance – Rockin' The Fillmore (4CD set) ... CD
A&M/Omnivore, 1971. New Copy 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of the most hard-hitting work ever recorded by Humble Pie – and that's saying a lot, given the power of the group on other albums! The performance is very unbridled – really open-ended, at a level that showcases not just the mindbending early guitar talents of Peter Frampton (something you'd never guess if you only knew his hits), but also the raw power that Steve Marriott could unleash in the group – quite a change from his work with the Small Faces. The tunes include a number of non-Humble Pie tracks, given a raw bluesy workout on extended versions – and titles include "Four Day Creep", "Stone Cold Fever", "I'm Ready", "Rollin Stone", and "I Walk On Gilded Splinters". 4CD set features a huuuuge amount of material that's never been issued before – 15 more long tracks, pulled from all the Friday and Saturday shows that went into recording the album! CD

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New Taj MahalSing A Happy Song – The Warner Brothers Recordings (Music Fuh Ya/Brothers/Evolution/live tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from Taj Mahal – and some unreleased live tracks as well! First up is Music Fuh Yah – a sweetly soulful set that has Taj Mahal really trying on some new flavors – yet still keeping things strongly in the bluesy territory of his roots! In addition to the lead vocals and lots of acoustic guitar, the set also features key contributions from Rudy Costa on a range of saxes, plus flute and kalimba too – plus other unusual elements that include steel drums, timbales, and banjo – all of which inflect different moments with freshly playful sounds, and a surprisingly Caribbean vibe at times. Titles include "You Got It", "Sailin", "Truck Driver's Two Step", "Curry", and "The Four Mills Brothers". Brothers is one of the better records that Taj Mahal cut during in the later 70s – probably because it was a soundtrack, and pushed the groove into some interesting places – with Taj's gruff vocals working over some Caribbean rhythms and modern blues, and more smoothed out moments! The latter moments actually creep near or even cross over the line into kind of a fusiony soul feel, with the tightly thumping electric bass and rolling sax, but Taj keeps the overall vibe as uncommonly diverse as his other records for Columbia. Tracks include "Malcolm's Song", "David & Angela", "Night Rider", "Brother's Doin Time", "Free The Brothers", "Love Theme In The Key Of D", and "Funky Butt". Evolution is a well-titled set – given that the record really shows an evolution in the style of Taj Mahal! Some cuts are still in an older bluesy mode, but a few others feature some great backings from Leon Pendarvis – who creates this fuller, soaring sort of style that takes off with plenty of power! The approach is a great way to use Taj's vocals in a richer 70s soul setting – and those cuts are balanced by some more stripped-down numbers that include a few that follow in the recent Mahal use of steel drums. Titles include "Sing A Happy Song", "Lowdown Showdown", "Why You Do Me This Way", "Highnite", and "Salsa De Laventille". 2CD set also features 7 bonus live tracks recorded in Chicago in 1977 – but not issued at the time! CD
 
 
 



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