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RoyalsDubbing With The Royals ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Another great set from Pressure Sounds! They really got us open when they pulled together their first set by the Royals, Pick Up The Pieces, and this dub and Dee Jay outing makes a perfect companion set. Excellent dubs rendered by the heaviest of the heavy mixologists: Tubby, Jammy, Scientist, Lee Perry and Errol T plus some rare, rare DJ versions from Prince Far I and I Roy, all packaged to the usual high Pressure Sounds standards. 19 tracks casting the Royals soulful reggae in a new light, 68 minutes of music in all, with rhythms built in Kingston by the cream of Jamaica's session players. Check the massive track list: 2 versions of "If You Want Good": "Negusa Nagast" featuring Knowledge & Prince Far I, dub mix by Scientist and "Nose Hole" with a dub mix by Ernest Hookim, "Waizero" ("Facts Of Life") dub mix by Scientist, "Wigwam" ("Blacker Black") dub mix by Scientist at Channel One, 3 versions of "Pick Up The Pieces": "Llongo" dub mix by Lee Scratch Perry & King Tubby, "Pride Of A Black Man" by Gladdy Anderson, and "Monkey Fashion" chatted up by I Roy, "Land Of Milk & Honey" ("Promised Land") dubbed by Errol T at Randy's, "Manna From The Sky" ("Malnutrition") dubbed by Prince Jammy, "Peace, Love & Dub" ("Peace & Love") dubbed by Ernest Hookim at Channel One, "Tirang" aka "Only For A Time" dub, "Tekla" with King Tubby being dubby on "Sufferer Of The Ghetto", "MIA" a dub of "Way Of Life" by Gregory Isaacs, "Jemima Antonia Dub" a dub of "Oh My Love", 2 versions of "Ghetto Man" "Sugar Candy" by I Roy and "Oongaan" by King Tubby, "Janhoi" featuring Knowledge & Prince Far I versioning "Make Believe" and "Jammy's Dub" with Prince Jammy dubbing the same rhythm and "Dub The Wrong" ("When You Are Wrong") dub mix by Ernest Hookim at Channel One. CD

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DillingerCB 200/Bionic Dread ... CD
Mango/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Around December 17, 2014
Two mighty albums by the famous Dub Organiser – back to back on one limited edition CD! CB 200 is a straight up classic – one of his first LPs to break large on the international scene, and certainly one of the first Dee Jay records to do so! Channel One Hoo Kim production features the Ragnam Piza toasting mightily over some fat rhythms provided by Benbow & Sly, Family Man and an all star cast of other great Jamaican session men. There's a bit of back & forth toasting with Trinity on "Crankface", the huge hit "Cokane In My Brain" and other essentials like "Buckingham Plaace", "Plantation Heights" and the title track. On Bionic Dread, Dillinger cuts loose on the mic in his six million dollar style over a set of tasty Hookim riddims, laid nicely at Channel One in the mid 70s. Tracks include "Bionic Dread", "King Of The Road", "Invisible Dread", "Forward Commandments", "Ragnampiza", "Eastman Skank", "Ital Fighting", "Combination Two", Selassie I" and "Natty B SC". 20 tracks in all! CD

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New VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The wealth of music from the Louisiana scene knows no bounds – as you'll hear in this tremendous batch of R&B work from the end of the 50s – a set that not only features a batch rare singles, but also a whopping 19 previously-unissued tracks! The work lies in a special space between early soul, rock, and blues – and has a quality that's quite different than R&B from bigger spots like Memphis or Texas – styles that maybe echo modes from both locales, but which also mix in some grittier, swampier sounds as well! The whole "By The Bayou" series from Ace is mighty darn great, but we're especially in love with this R&B volume – and know you'll dig great cuts like "Silly Filly Oh Baby" by Jay Nelson, "She's Got Eyes Like A Cat" by Wonder Boy Travis, "Walkin In The Park" by King Karl, "Lucille" by Classie Ballou, "Tomorrow" by Carol Fran, "I'm A Country Boy" by Ivory Jackson, "My Girl Across Town" by Lester Robertson & The Upsetters, "Teenage Queen" by Tabby Thomas, and "You're So Good Looking" by Otis Smith. CD
 
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New Jayne Cortez & The FirespittersTaking The Blues Back Home ... CD
Verve/Harmolodic, 1996. Used ... $16.99
Jayne Cortez recites her poetry over jazz backing from a group that includes Frank Lowe on tenor, Talkib Kibwe on alto, Bern Nix on guitar, Billy Branch on harmonica, and Denardo Coleman on drums. Titles include "Cultural Operations", "Taking The Blues Back Home", "Bumblebee You Saw Big Mama", "The Guitars I Used To Know", "You Can Be", and "Nobody Knows A Thing". CD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode and gold promo stamp on booklet.)

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Charlie HadenHelium Tears ... CD
West Wind (Germany), 1988. New Copy ... $19.99 21.99
A lost late 80s recording from Charlie Haden – one that has the bassist working in territory that echoes some of his ECM moments of previous years – but which also bursts forth with some fresh colors and ideas as well! The tunes have a nice sense of movement throughout – and Haden's leadership brings together a compelling lineup that includes performances from Jay Clayton on vocals, Robben Ford on guitar, Ralph Towner on synth, Julian Priester on trombone, and Denny Goodhew on alto and bass clarinet – musicians who shift their configurations over the course of the record, and burst out with new ideas at each step. Titles include "Julia's Child", "In The Moment", "Koputai", "I Could See Forever", "23rd & Cherry", and "Helium Tears". CD

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Vijay IyerMutations ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Vijay Iyer on ECM – a great new setting for one of the most-discussed pianists in recent years – and a chance for him to offer up some even more creative sides of his talents! The record still features Vijay playing piano with some of those blocky tones and rhythmic pulses that we love from his other trio and solo recordings – but the album also features him on electronics, and working with a string quartet on one number too – all in ways that are looser and more abstract than some of his better-known records, and creates a bridge between his jazz work and some of the new music modes of ECM. Titles include "Vuln Part 2", "Spellbound & Sacrosanct Cowrie Shells & The Shimmering Sea", "Mutations I to X", and "When We're Gone". CD

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Jay-ZAmerican Gangster ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2007. Used ... $2.99
A recommitted Jay-Z is back on his game with American Gangster – referencing the '07 film in spots, but this is no soundtrack – it's a return to solid hip hop from the biggest name in the game! American Gangster takes a couple minutes to get rolling, but once the hard hitting "Hello Brooklyn 2.0"w/Lil' Wayne hits the speakers you know well that the ruler's back! Nothing on the perceived soft comeback album Kingdom Come approaches the deft wordplay on AG – and the beats are solid, and not at all geared for the pop charts or beer commercials. Diddy, along with partners LV & Sean C handle around half of all the beats, and it's good stuff. For real. Titles include "Pray", "American Dreamin'", "Sweet", "I Know", "Roc Boys (And The Winner Is)", the killer "Success" feat Nas (produced by No ID), "Fallin'" and more. Plus 2 bonus tracks "Blue Magic" and "American Gangster" CD

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Jay-ZBlueprint 3 ... CD
Roc Nation, 2009. Used ... $5.99
There are not many hurdles left for Jay Z to clear on Blueprint 3 – but staying vital and hungry despite all his triumphs is the strain that connects the best tracks here – and the best tracks here are pretty tight. The sound ranges from No ID soul grit to Timbaland star trips – with more beats by Kanye West, Swizz Beatz, The Inkredibles and The Neptunes. Titles include "What We Talking About" by Jay Z & Luke Steele, "Thank You", the mega buzzed "DOA (Death Of Auto-Tune)", "Run This Town" feat Rihanna & Kanye West, "Empire State Of Mind" with Alicia Keys, "Real As It Gets" with Young Jeezy, "Venus Vs Mars", "Hate" feat Kanye West, "So Ambitious" feat Pharrell, "Young Forever" feat Mr Hudson and more. CD

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Jay-ZKingdom Come (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2006. Used CD & DVD ... $4.99
Jay Z picks up pretty close to the point where he left off for Kingdom Come – his first album in 3 years – and you can only call it a comeback if you really thought he'd stay away! For Kingdom Come he uses a number of the same production geniuses as he did for the Black Album and his previous LPs – including Just Blaze, Kanye and the Neptunes – and Dr Dre's along for the ride, too. Overall, the album lacks the arch drama that made the Black Album such a great front-to-back listen, but Kingdom Come starts fairly strong and sustains well enough to warrant a welcome home. Tracks include "Oh My God", "Kingdom Come", "Show Me What You Got", "Lost One" feat Chrisette Michele, "Do U Wanna Ride" feat John Legend, "30 Something", "Reflective", "Anything" feat Usher & Pharrell, "Hollywood" feat Beyonce, "Trouble", "Dig A Hole" feat Sterling Simms, "Minority Report" Ne-Yo and "Beach Chair" featuring Chris Martin. This edition includes a bonus DVD. CD

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LudacrisTheater Of The Mind ... CD
Def Jam, 2008. Used ... $2.99
Luda may be making movies more than rapping these days, but Theater Of The Mind is a pretty sharp, true-to-form, high quality set from one of the kings of southern hip hop. Big, hard thumping productions and Ludacris's unrivaled booming delivery. Guests include T-Pain, The Game, TI, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Common, Nas, Jay-Z and others from the hip hop game – plus Hollywood colleagues Ving Rhames, Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Spike Lee. Titles include "Undisputed", "Wish You Would", "One More Drink", "Call Up The Homies", "Last Of A Dying Breed", "Contagious", "I Do It For Hip Hop" and more. CD

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New Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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O'JaysO'Jays Live In London (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Philadelphia International (Japan), 1973. Used ... $19.99
A seminal album in the development of Philadelphia International – who seemed to be taking a cue from Motown and Stax in the 60s, by bringing their biggest act to a European audience! The set features the O'Jays working as beautifully in a live setting as they had in the Sigma Sound studios – singing to arrangements by Dennis Williams, but still getting enough production by Bobby Martin to keep the sound in line with their better known studio work from the time. There's a bit of a deeper soul sound overall here – especially on the vocals, which crackle nicely with a live sense of spontaneity. Titles include "Back Stabbers", "Sunshine", "Love Train", "When The World Is A Peace", and "Put Your Hands Together" – plus a few vocal introductions! CD
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New Mike SternStandards (& Other Songs) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1992. New Copy ... $13.99
A really nice surprise from guitarist Mike Stern – a set that definitely delivers the standards promised in the title, and also creates a new sort of classic sound for Stern's guitar! Mike still plays with some chromatic modes that have that wider, arier sound of the guitar – but other moments focus on more of a tight line, deftly soloing on standards, almost taking Stern back to jazz of the generation before he got his start. There's still a few more contemporary moments on the set – and the lineup includes Al Foster on drums, Jay Anderson on bass, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gil Goldstein on keyboards, and Bob Berg on saxes – on titles that include "Peace", "Windows", "Straight No Chaser", "Like Someone In Love", "Lost Time", "Nardis", and "Moment's Notice". CD

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Trio 3 (Lake/Workman/Cyrille) & Vijay IyerWiring ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Pianist Vijay Iyer with a tremendous trio of talents – the Trio 3 group of Oliver Lake on alto, Reggie Workman on bass, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – all avant jazz heavyweights who really help Iyer hit some new territory! Vijay's been making spectacular sounds under his own direction – but working here with Lake, Workman, and Cyrille we see a whole new side of his talents – a surprising sympathy for the more experience musicians – especially Workman and Cyrille, who fuse with his blocky style of piano to create these forward flows that really set Lake's horn free! The album's a surprising delight in all aspects, and has a depth and variety that really holds our interest throughout – and titles include "Shave", "The Prowl", "Wiring", "Chiara", "Tribute To Bu", "Suite For Travyon & Thousands More", and "Rosemarie". CD

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Stu WilliamsonStu Williamson ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others from the west coast – and he's got some excellent company on saxophone here – the great young Charlie Mariano on alto, playing with a nice edge on a few tracks – plus equally great work from Bill Holman on tenor and Jimmy Guiffre on baritone. The rhythm section cooks nicely, too – with a boppish swing on the best numbers, delivered on piano by Claude Williamson, bass by Leroy Vinnegar, and drums by Mel Lewis. Titles include "Oom's Tune", "Big Red", "Red Cross", "Hongry Child", and "Pee Jay". CD

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VariousBeehives & Bumper Bullets – Country Girls Of The 60s ... CD
T-Bird (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99
A sweet little compilation of obscure female honky tonk singles – songs in the genuine honky tonk style of stripped down guitar, steel, bass and drums – material cut for the Bullet, Sur-Speed and Star labels in the 60s! Red Wortham's Bullet & Sur-Speed labels might be best known for some underappreciated R&B in the 60s, but a bunch of honky tonk and rock & roll was cut for the label(s), too, and here's a fine female roster doing the country. True school 50s & 60s honky tonk music from ladies, at a time when few women were aloud to cut this kind of music at the major labels – weepers from from Penny Jay, Beverly Buff, Carol Johnson, Freda Burrell, Ricky Page and others. Titles include "Convict's Angel" by Penny Jay, "I'll Love You As A Friend"and more by Beverly Buff, "You've Lost Every Right" by Carol Johnson, "I'm A Sports Nut" by Freda Burrell, "Making A Fool Of Myself" by Ricky Page, "Find Out What You Want" by Christy Page and more. 22 tracks in all. CD

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New VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – One-Der-Ful Records ... CD
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
An unassuming cover, but a set that's got a really colorful batch of rare Chicago soul – including a number of never-issued tracks from the legendary One-Der-Ful Records! The label was one of the true indie greats in Chicago back in the 60s – almost as much a force for local soul as bigger imprints like Chess, Okeh, and Brunswick – and home to an equally great array of artists – including a few who'd later hit big on different labels! The work here is all the handiwork of the Leaner brothers, who not only recorded most of the cuts here – but also helped distribute One-Der-Ful and a host of other midwestern indies – which really gave them a great ear for the best sounds coming from the underground, and the new trends that were breaking big way before the rest of the country picked them up. And although there have been other collections of One-Der-Ful material before, this one may well be the most thoughtful – from the detailed notes on the label and each artist, to the research that uncovered never-issued tracks that include "Happy Times" by Beverly Shaffer, "Enjoy Yourself" by The Five Du-Tones, "I'm Guilty" by Liz Lands, "Thank You Love" by Otis Clay, "Now That You're Gone" by McKinley Mitchell, Meet Me Halfway" by Everly Shaffer, "Take Me To Your Leader" by The Sharpees, "When You Get That Feeling" by The Five Du-Tones, "Got To Find A Way (alt)" by Otis Clay, "Seventh Hour" by Liz Lands, and "Here Comes My Baby" by Mary Silvers. The set features lots more great cuts too – including "Who Is She" by Lucky Laws, "The Prettiest Girl" by Joe & Mack, "The Sock" by The Sharpees, "All For You" by the Admirations, and "The Man Of The Town" by Jay Jordan. CD

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VariousPhiladelphia International Classics – The Tom Moulton Remixes (4CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Harmless (UK), 1970s. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99
Massive mixes from the mighty Tom Moulton – a huge 4CD package that not only includes some classic lost and rare mixes from the 70s, but also a whopping 17 previously unreleased Moulton mixes, appearing here for the first time ever! If there's anyone who's ever been well-suited to reworking a Philly groove, it's Tom – given his long standing association with the soul scene in the City Of Brotherly Love – and his crucial role in pushing soul tracks into the clubs during the 70s. As with most of Tom's best work, the mixes here are richly faithful to the originals – and never try to overstate themselves at all, just focus on the best elements, and bring them to the forefront of the groove! 4CDs, 31 tracks, and Moulton remixes of "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Dirty Ol Man" by Three Degrees, "Trusting Heart" by The Trammps, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "Nights Over Egypt" by The Jones Girls, "I Don't Love You Anymore" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Year Of Decision" by Three Degrees, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Williams, "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "She's A Winner" by The Intruders, "Trammps Disco Theme/Zing Went The Strings" by The Trammps, "Let's Groove" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "The Devil Made Me Do It" by Robert Upchurch, "Love Is The Message" by MFSB, "Party Time Man" by The Futures, and "See You When I Get There" by Lou Rawls. CD

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New VariousWow – Belgium Popcorn – More Soul & R&B With Eastern Promise ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Not Belgian music – despite what you might think from the title – but an assortment of great American soul and pop from the early 60s – all of which have a very sweet-stepping groove! The style here is the mode that's always been a favorite of Belgian soul fans – who dig a more midtempo groove than the British Northern Soul dancers – and the tracks do a great job of stepping across scenes and genres, to bring in a surprisingly wide range of music – all of which really sounds great together! The set (and the whole series) is a really nice change from the usual Brit soul collections – and is filled with wonderful tunes we never would have discovered otherwise – a great lineup that includes "I Say That's Allright" by Roosevelt Jones, "High In The Misty Sky" by Jackie Lynton, "Let Me Be The Fool" by Lucky Clark, "Thinking Of You" by Freddy Jaye, "Familiar" by Richard Hayes, "Kiss Away" by Otis Blackwell, "Magic Carpet" by Al Reed, "Someday & Someway" by Michael Stevens, and "Big Hand Little Hand" by Ronnie Savoy. CD

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New Roy AyersAfrica, Center Of The World ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy's usual smooth jazzy production style – but the overall influence is very much in the Afro-Funk vein, and the album's sort of a "part 2" to the Music Of Many Colors set that was cut a few years before. William Allen worked on the record with Roy – playing choppy Afro-Funk bass, and arranging and producing a lot of the material with Roy and Jaymz Bedford – and the record also features a host of extra percussion players, as well as some vocals by the lovely Sylvia Striplin. Includes the great groover "Africa, Center Of The World", plus "The River Niger", and a great remake of "Third Eye", which was on Everybody Loves The Sunshine, but is redone here with a heavier sound! Other tracks include "There's A Masterplan", "I'll Just Keep Trying", and "Destination Motherland". CD

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New Archie Bell & The DrellsDance Your Troubles Away ... CD
TSOP/Edsel (UK), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place – because their work with the team on Atlantic yielded some instant hits that really pointed the way towards the hit Gamble & Huff style of the 70s, and that sound is brought up-to-date nicely on this set. The record really retains the strong vocal sound of earlier years – and has some of the best harmonies the band ever recorded, very much in the mode of The O'Jays or Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. McFadden & Whitehead and Bunny Sigler wrote most of the material, backing is by the Instant Funk group, and the Gamble & Huff team handled production on all cuts. Titles include "Let's Groove", "I Won't Leave You Honey, Never", The Soul City Walk", "Dance Your Troubles Away", and "I Love You (But You Don't Even Know It)". CD

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New Screamin Jay HawkinsPortrait Of A Man & His Woman ... CD
Hot Line/Fuel 2000, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure albums ever recorded by Screamin Jay Hawkins – and one of the best, as well – a rare session done down in Nashville, and with a rootsy vibe that works perfect for Jay's amazing voice! There's a bit less hoke here than Hawkins can sometimes have – and although the songs still resonate with that striking approach that got Hawkins rediscovered by a whole generation at the end of the 60s, there's also less gimmick, too – and a mode that goes for some deeper southern soul elements at all the best moments. Titles include "Portrait Of A Man", "Don't Deceive Me", "Ashes", "We Love", "I Don't Know", "Please Don't Leave Me", and "Guess Who". CD
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New Jay DeeYancey Boys Instrumentals ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2008. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The J Dilla beats that provided the stellar backdrop for his worthy brother Illa J's rhymes – the instrumentals for the Yancey Boys album – a record that stands up very well against many of the better LPs Dilla produced in his lifetime. It could have gone wrong in a number of ways for a number of reasons – but truth be told it's a quality record that's will worth picking up! On the vocal versions, Illa J's proved a worthy talent – rolling with a mix of singing and rhyming is really unique – and this set of bright, spacey funk beats by Dilla are naturally top notch & timeless and sound wonderful out on their own. Tracks include "Timeless", "We Here", "R U Listenin'", "All Good", "Swagger", "Illasoul", "Air Signs" and more. CD

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New Jay-ZBlack Album ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"This here is the victory lap," raps Hove midway through The Black Album, his supposed career-capper (for this stage, anyway), and if nothing here immediately dazzles us to the core the way the best of his past singles have done, overall this is probably the most consistent front-to-back listen of all his albums. One of the nicest things about the Black Album is the brevity. As tight as the best of his recent output has been over the last couple of years – from singles, to album tracks, to guest spots – Jay-Z's simply been TOO productive, which has diluted the overall power of his presence. That issue is addressed right off the bat here – with a very manageable 14 tracks, no guest rhymers, and a consistent overall sound and mood thanks in part to strong production by Kanye West, 9th Wonder, Neptunes, Timbaland, Eminem (who's baroque synth productions are getting dangerously close to going stale, but it fits Jay-Z's dramatic finale theme very well), Rick Rubin and DJ Quik. It's a wildly disparate cast behind the boards, but this thing flows incredibly well thanks to Jay-Z's predetermined mission to make a great album, not just a hot record. Smart ass critics are gonna whine that Jay-Z hasn't reinvented the wheel here or anywhere else in his career, but that was never the point. The point HERE is to go out on his own terms (for the time being, anyway) after achieving so much more than he ever would have dreamed, and as the clear victor of all of his challengers without really taking any parting shots (why the hell would he bother, when he's already won?) We may still have to lean towards Blueprint as his late masterpiece, but this is way up there. "December 4th", "What More Can I Say?", "Encore", "Change Clothes", "Dirt Off Your Shoulder", "Threat", "Moment Of Clarity", "99 Problems", "Justify My Thug", "Lucifer", "Allure", "My First Song", and a couple of brief interludes. CD

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New Kanye WestCollege Dropout ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kanye West finally dropped the full length in early '04 – and it's one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Kanye is probably the hottest beats producer of the year, too, having dug through the greatest soul hooks of the past few decades for his samples, and piled on the chunkiest, catchiest, thickest beats anywhere. And if he doesn't have the greatest vocal delivery in hop hop (if he did, he'd be Superman considering his production pedigree), he makes up for it with some masterful lines, like "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali?" from "Breath In Breath Out". Hilariously, Kanye also found just about the sharpest theme for a record that we've scene in a while – the tangential connection between gang bangers and frat boys! He ain't granola, he ain't bling bling, he's just a guy from Chicago with a sometimes astoundingly strong production aesthetic, very smart rhymes and a lot of people who owe him great guest spots, and deliver. Were you looking for more than that? It's a triumph, one that Chicago couldn't be more proud of! "We Don't Care", "Graduation Day", "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson, "Spaceship" with GLC & Consequence, "Never Let Me Down" with Jay-Z, "Get 'Em High" with Talib Kweli & Common,"New Work Out Plan", the great single "Slow Jamz" with Twista & Jamie Foxx and more. CD

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New Nancy WilsonTurned To Blue ... CD
MCG Jazz, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A recent album by Nancy Wilson – but a really great one too, and a set that takes her back to the jazziest style of her roots! The record's a simple, unadorned affair – with smaller combo jazz backings on most numbers, arranged by John Wilson, Jay Ashby, and Llew Matthews – all of whom bring in a gently soulful sound that's more than enough to earn the record it's "blue" in the title! Soloists include Jimmy Heath, James Moody, Hubert Laws, Dave Samuels, and Bob Mintzer – all of whom flesh out the tracks with a deeper instrumental sound, and help get past some of the too-hollow styles that marred some of the other Nancy Wilson records from later years. Titles include "Be My Love", "Knitting Class", "Take Love Easy", "This Is All I Ask", "I Don't Remember Ever Growing Up", "Old Folks", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Turned To Blue", and "Just Once". CD

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New VariousBoppin By The Bayou Again– 28 More Raw Louisiana Rockers ... CD
Ace (UK), Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rollicking follow-up to one of the best compilations of rare rockers from Bayou country you could ever hope to score – and it's just as great as the first Boppin' By The Bayou set – with tracks by Rocket Morgan, Pee Wee Trayhan, Mickey Gilley, Tony Perreau, Glen Owens, Jay Chevalier, Wiley Jeffers, Al Ferrier and many more! It's got some material that's akin to rockabilly, boogie woogie and R&B-fueled rockers from the period made famous elsewhere in the south – but with some surefire swampy characteristics that's pure Louisiana, too! 28 tracks in all – with rare singles and LPs released on labels such as Zynn, Castle, Flyright, Speedy, Goldband and others – plus some previously unreleased stompers! "You're Humbuggin' Me" by Rocket Morgan, "Too Hot To Handle" by Vince Anthony, "Got A Right To Cry" by Glen Owens, "Going Back To Cocodrille" by Cajun Joe, "Oh Nell" by Warren Storm, "Castro Rock" by Jay Chevalier, "Rock-A-Me Lulu" by Johnny Jano, "She's Coming Back Again" by Wiley Jeffers, "Whose Baby Are You" by Robert Owens and more. CD

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New VariousSearching For Soul – Rare & Classic Soul, Funk & Jazz from Michigan 1968 to 1980 ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searching for soul? You just hit the jackpot in this killer set that's filled with Michigan-recorded gems that go way beyond the shadows of Motown! The sound here is madly tripped out throughout – a blend of funky 45 rhythms with more interesting influences from the spreading sprawl of the Michigan soul underground of the 60s and 70s – groups who recorded not just in Detroit, but also other cities that were taking the motor city groove and turning it on in whole new ways. Overall, there's an approach here that reminds us of Westbound Funk at its best – a blend of psychedelic influences, jazz phrasing, and deeper soul that echo nicely together in most of the collection's tracks. Filled with great tunes we'd never heard before – a total of 14 tracks that include "Take Time Out" by Wendell Harrison, "Why She Had To Go" by Burning Desire, "Do It Right" by El Riot, "Let's Get Down" by The Black Aces Of Soul & The Eyes Of Ebony, "Be Mine Tonight" by Lloyd W Williams, "Back To Funk" by Robert Lowe, "Searching For Soul (part 1)" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "I Can Deal With That" by Dee Edwards, "Alcohol (part 1)" by Robert Jay, "Give & Take" by Tommy McGhee, "I Stayed Away Too Long" by Manual B Holcolm, and "Rap It Together" by The Detroit Sex Machines. CD

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New Eek-A-MouseWa-Do-Dem ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
Eek-A-Mouse's early 80s classic – and the benchmark meeting between the wildly unique deejay and vocalist with producer Henry Junjo Lawes! The Mouse is out front of stellar rootsy backing by The Roots Radics Band. Titles Include "Ganja Smuggling", "Long Time Ago", "Operation Eradication", "There's A Girl In My Life", "Slowly But Surely", "Wa-Do-Dem", "Lonesome Journey", "Noah's Ark", "I Woll Never Leave My Love" and "Too Young To Understand. CD

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New Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". On New Vintage, Maynard really grooves it – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". Carnival is a cool cooker from Maynard Ferguson – and a set that has all the upbeat tones you'd expect from the title, but lots of funky currents underneath! The set really sparkles right from the start – and has that sweet vibe that Maynard was really getting perfect on these late 70s records for Columbia – jazzy fusion that's tight, but never too uptight – with lots of room for sweet solos from the leader himself, plus Bill Hannon on moog, John Qdini on guitar, Eric Traub on tenor, and Mike Migliore on alto. Titles include a famous working of Earth Wind & Fier's "Fantasy" – plus "Battlestar Galactica", "MF Carnival", "Baker Street", "Birdland", "How Ya Doin Baby", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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New VariousR&B Singles Collection Vol 3 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smoking work from the early years of soul music – that time when the style was just coming into its own, through equal parts jazz, R&B, blues, and gospel! The cuts here are those which might be called R&B in another setting, but definitely work together to inform the roots of soul – all in the style that's carried on by the later 60s reissues on the Outta Sight label. Lots of the cuts have the feel of some of the best Jazzman/Jukebox Jam reissues in recent years – a very different take on R&B than previous generations of collectors have explored. Titles include "I Get The Feeling" by Eli Lee, "Let's Start A Romance" by Little Joe Hinton, "Hard Times" by Jacki Ross, "Cherringale" by Ed Townsend, "Twist 62" by Jerry McCain, "My Book" by Bruce Cloud, "The Girl That Radiates The Charm" by June Alexander, and "Dynamite" by Big Jay Bush & The Houserockers. CD

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New Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 ... CD
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". CD

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New Tapper ZukiePeace In The Ghetto (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Kingston Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the top dee jay sides from the early years of the Frontline series on Virgin – a 70s classic that beautifully blends righteous politics with a smoking laidback groove! Tappa Zukie, then at the height of his career, gets busy on some of the finest rhythms of the day – courtesy the great Striker Lee, and a lineup that also includes Sly & Robbie on drums and bass, Ansel Collins on organ, and Vin Gordon on trombone. Titles include the deep-bottomed "Tribute To Steve Biko" and the nice rockers cut "Peace In The Arena" – plus "Dangerous Woman", "Ghetto Rock", and "Bimbo Bimbo". CD features bonus tracks – "Jay Is I Guiding Light" and "No Natty No Cry". CD
Also available Peace In The Ghetto ... LP 13.99

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New Milton SuggsLyrical Vol 1 ... CD
Skiptone, 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from a singer who makes us proud to live in the Windy City – vocalist Milton Suggs, who emerges here as a hell of a writer and arranger too! Milton's easily one of the best new voices in jazz we've heard in years – filled with a rich sense of imagination on his lyrics and phrasing, and a depth of soul that makes sure that his music and movements are always right on the money – a sound and style that puts him the company of a rare few in jazz – a short list that might include Jon Hendricks, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, and Mark Murphy! Yet like all those talents, Suggs has a sound that's uniquely his own – a way of putting over a tune that's tremendous – especially when he takes musical inspiration from others, and makes it something all his own – as he does here with core compositions by Wayne Shorter, Belly Golson, and Roy Hargrove. The Shorter inspiration is especially strong – which is great with us – and the album also features great instrumental accompaniment as well. Titles include "Jayme's Song", "Walking Out", "Only A Memory", "Side By Side", "Die Laughing", "Will You Fly With Me", and "Joy Enough To Spare". CD

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New VariousNobody Wins – Stax Southern Soul 1968 to 1975 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Think you know Stax Records? Guess again – as this mindblowing collection offers up a whole new side of Stax we've never heard before. Forget the hits, forget the overplayed oldies – this set's brimming full of deep soul gems from the legendary Memphis label – including a fair bit of heartbreaking tracks that go way beyond any southern soul cliches! The music is amazing – proof that Ace still really knows how to put together a compilation – and in addition to some real rarities, there's also some killers appearing here for the first time ever – making the whole thing essential to any fan of Stax – or southern soul in general. A massive amount of music, all of it great – and titles include "Stay Baby Stay" by Johnny Daye, "I've Done It Again" by The Charmells, "Move Over" by Soul Children, "Hold On This Time" by Chuck Brooks, "Groovin' On My Baby's Love" by Freddie Waters, "Make A Joyful Noise" by Bettye Crutcher, "The Fault Is Not In Me" by Sylvia & The Blue Jays, "A Love Affair Theat Bears No Pain" by Shack, "Two Fools" by Willie Singleton, "Let Em Down Baby" by Jimmy Hughes, "Love Changes" by Charlene & The Soul Serenaders, and "Woman Across The River" by Little Milton. CD

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New VariousStudio One Classics ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It just doesn't stop! The heavyweight selectors at Soul Jazz brew up another chubby batch of blazing Studio One jams, delivering nothing but the classics this go 'round, just like the title says! Another chapter from Coxsone Dodd and crew showcasing the label and studio that laid the foundation for a huge swath of Jamaican music for generations to come, this set delivers 18 mighty, mighty reggae jams of all flavors, including the Skatalites "El Pussycat Ska", Sound Dimension "Rockfort Rock", the Heptones "Pretty Looks Isn't All", Lone Ranger "Automatic", Horace Andy "Fever", Burning Spear "Rocking time", Alton Ellis "I'm Just A Guy", Don Drummond "Confucious", Michigan & Smiley "Rub A Dub Style" and Johnny Osbourne "Sing Jay Stylee". CD
Also available Studio One Classics ... LP 26.99

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New VariousStudio One Soul 2 ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Another essential batch of Studio One Soul, every bit as great as the first! 18 more astoundingly great Jamaican renditions of soul and R&B numbers from the hands of Coxsone Dodd and his extraordinary stable of artists, some deeply soulful, and others with a more rootsy, raw grain to them. All flavors of reggae get represented here, but never departing from the soul theme, with dee jay numbers and dark dubs rubbing up against straight up renditions of numbers that are unafraid to pledge their allegiance to the great originals! Tracks include "Swing Easy" by the Soul Vendors, "Choice Of Colours" by the Heptones, "People Make The World Go Round" by Hortense Ellis, "Choice Of Music (Part 2)" by Jackie Mittoo and the Brentford Disco Set, "Thinking" by Ken Boothe, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Tony Gregory, "Fool For Love" by Prince Jazzbo, "Fancy Pants" by Jackie Mittoo, and "Darker Block" by the Dub Specialist. CD
 
 
 



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