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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. Used 2CD ... $8.99
Deluxe version of one of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One and Boogie Down Productions, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Other tracks include "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9MM Goes Bang". Includes a second CD featuring a number of tracks that are on CD for the first time ever – 12" versions of "Avance", "$ucce$$ Is The World", "P Is Free", "Stop The Violence", "Essays On BDP-ism" and much more. 26 tracks on 2CDs! CD
Also available Criminal Minded ... CD 13.99

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New Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (2LP edition with bonus track and poster) ... LP
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
One of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One and Boogie Down Productions, and a landmark batch of tracks recorded with the late Scott La Rock! The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Other tracks include "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9MM Goes Bang". This 2011 2LP remastered edition includes the bonus track "P Is Free (Original 12" Version)", liner notes by Brian Coleman and KRS One and a 24" X 36" poster. LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered version on 2LPs with a 24" x 36" poster and liner notes by Brian Coleman with KRS-One.)
Also available Criminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch 49.99

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy 5 x 7" ... $49.99
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced – in 5 X 7" box set! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang" – with the cuts paired up, 2 per single, in this sweet 7" box set edition. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Criminal Minded (2LP edition with bonus track and poster) ... LP 22.99

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Boogie Down ProductionsMan & His Music ... LP
B-Boy, 1988. Sealed 2LP ... $11.99
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 tracks in all: "Advance", "D Nice Rocks The House", "Red Alert (Criminal Minded)", 'Doc Mix (Criminal Minded)", "Super Hoe #4", "Word From Our Sponsor #8", "BDP Medley #5", "Poetry" (#s 1, 2 & 3)" and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed early pressing!)

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Boogie Down ProductionsSouth Bronx Teachings – A Collection Of Boogie Down Productions ... CD
Traffic/B-Boy, Late 80s. Used ... $4.99
A selection of late 80s South Bronx Teachings – classic Boogie Down Productions circa Criminal Minded! South Bronx Teachings focuses soundly on the class of '87 – so you get fistful of the Criminal Minded cuts and a few other blasts from KRS-One & Scott La Rock, nicely paced over 13 tracks. Includes "Poetry", "South Bronx", "9MM Goes Blang", "Word From Our Sponsor", "Elementary", "Advance", "D-Nice Rocks The House", "The Bridge Is Over", "Criminal Minded", and "P Is Free (rmx)". CD
(Digipack has a cutout notch.)

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Booker T & The MGsSoul Limbo ... LP
Stax, 1968. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Very hip work from Booker T & The MGs – an album that has them standing out under a pier by the ocean on the cover – clearly a long way from their Memphis roots! The sound here still has a good dose of those roots, though – but it also shows them picking up some hipper rhythmic touches too – heard most famously on the title tune, "Soul Limbo" – which is a great number to signal the more open styles in the group's approach. Other hip originals on the set include "Heads Or Tails" and "Over Easy" – and the record also sports some great covers that include "La La Means I Love You", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Hang Em High", which they do in a nice western vein! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a very light stain on back.)

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New Richard BooneI've Got A Right To Sing ... LP
Nocturne, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
We've honestly never heard of Boone before – but according to the notes, he sang with Basie in the 60s – and overall, he does have a sound that's somewhere in the range of Joe Williams. However, unlike Williams, Boone seems to fancy himself as more of an overall singer – and works through a number of genres on the set, not just Basie blues. The backings are either by a core quintet that includes Herman Riley on tenor and Dolo Coker on piano, or by the Allen Ray Orchestra. There's a few righteous moments on the set that make the album worth checking out – kind of higher concept numbers in which Boone expresses himself with that groovy approach to pop soul that was floating around LA in the 60s – kind of a "dashiki" hip approach. Titles include "Framed", "Old Folks", "Beyond The Moon", "Cocoa Joe", "Hard Hearted Hannah", and "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a color cover, with a slightly different image, with some wear and a mostly split top seam.)

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BossacucanovaOur Kind Of Bossa ... CD
Six Degrees, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Bossacucanova serve up the kind of bossa they do best – a sweet mix of classic instrumentation and contemporary touches – but they also work here with some great help from a rich array of guest artists, all of whom really help the trio to deepen their sound! The vocalists are especially important – a mix of older and modern singers that includes Wilson Simoninha, Marial Rita, Elza Soares, Emilio Santiago, Cris Delanno, Moska, and Teresa Cristina – working alongside guest instrumentation from Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, David Feldman on piano, and Roberto Menescal on guitar – all players who are really respected by the group, and given plenty of room to shape the tunes. It's been awhile since we've heard from the trio, and the time has really helped them sharpen their sound – and continue to find a way to persist, where so many of their contemporaries have fallen away. Titles include "Adeus America", "Segure Tudo", "Ficar", "Deixa Pra La", "Rio De Inspiracao", "To Voltando", and "Waldomiro Pena". CD
Also available Our Kind Of Bossa ... CD 9.99

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BossacucanovaOur Kind Of Bossa ... CD
Six Degrees, 2014. Used ... $9.99
Bossacucanova serve up the kind of bossa they do best – a sweet mix of classic instrumentation and contemporary touches – but they also work here with some great help from a rich array of guest artists, all of whom really help the trio to deepen their sound! The vocalists are especially important – a mix of older and modern singers that includes Wilson Simoninha, Marial Rita, Elza Soares, Emilio Santiago, Cris Delanno, Moska, and Teresa Cristina – working alongside guest instrumentation from Oscar Castro Neves on guitar, David Feldman on piano, and Roberto Menescal on guitar – all players who are really respected by the group, and given plenty of room to shape the tunes. It's been awhile since we've heard from the trio, and the time has really helped them sharpen their sound – and continue to find a way to persist, where so many of their contemporaries have fallen away. Titles include "Adeus America", "Segure Tudo", "Ficar", "Deixa Pra La", "Rio De Inspiracao", "To Voltando", and "Waldomiro Pena". CD
(Cutout notch through digipack case.)
Also available Our Kind Of Bossa ... CD 13.99

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Fabrizio Bosso/Guido DiLeone/Bassi/CampanaleFour Friends In Bari ... CD
Four (Italy), 2012. New Copy ... $11.99
Four friends in Bari, making really beautiful music together – a lineup that features sparkling trumpet from the great Fabrizio Bosso, plus guitar from Guido Di Leone, bass from Giuseppi Bassi, and drums from Mimmo Capanale! The set's got all the subtle charm of Bosso's best work in recent years – that stone classic approach to jazz trumpet – played with a talent that we'd rank right up there with folks like Freddie Hubbard or Art Farmer at their best – set to some inventive arrangements that really make great use of guitar in the place you'd normally find piano in such a group. The change of instrument makes for a nicely gentle quality at times in the rhythms, which seems to make Fabrizio's horn sound even more upfront and soulful – and titles include "E La Chiamano Estate", "King Dorian", "Wide Green Eyes", "Bernie's Tune", "Mack The Knife", and "Nostalgia Di Cuba". CD

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Boyce & HartTest Patterns ... LP
A&M, 1967. Sealed ... $24.99
A standout set from the songwriting team who provided plenty of greatness for The Monkees – but who sound equally great on their own! The music here really soars nicely – tight LA pop from the late 60s, but never too overdone – and often set up with a jaunty groove that's a perfect A&M approach to the music! Vocals are often compressed nicely into the instrumentation – further enforcing the cooler sounds of these hook-heavy tunes – and titles include "Shadows", "Out & About", "I Should Be Going Home", "In The Night", "Abe's Tune", and the cool "Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original stereo pressing!)

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BreakawayBreakaway (with bonus CD) ... LP
BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were essentially a local club act who got the chance to record a bit in a local studio! The feel is very much in the best LA mode of the time, but maybe a bit looser too – with emphasis on some funky riffing from the male members of the group, plus sweet lead vocals from singer Kathy Newbry-Taylor – an artist who might have been pop, had she worked on the coasts – but who stretches her style nicely here. The album's been made famous by both On Track and Americana comps on BBE – and titles include "There's A New Group In Town", "Who Was It This Time", "Love My Eyes", "Understudy DJ", "Everything's Been Said About You", and "My Symphony". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes album on CD.)
Also available Breakaway/Right On To The Top ... CD 19.99

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BreakawayBreakaway/Right On To The Top ... CD
Breakaway/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A pair of completely rare albums from Breakaway – a St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were essentially a local club act who got the chance to record a bit in a local studio! The feel is very much in the best LA mode of the time, but maybe a bit looser too – with emphasis on some funky riffing from the male members of the group, plus sweet lead vocals from singer Kathy Newbry-Taylor – an artist who might have been pop, had she worked on the coasts – but who stretches her style nicely here. The album's been made famous by both On Track and Americana comps on BBE – and titles include "There's A New Group In Town", "Who Was It This Time", "Love My Eyes", "Understudy DJ", "Everything's Been Said About You", and "My Symphony". Right On To The Top is the second set from Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. The set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". CD
Also available Breakaway (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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BreezeYoung Son Of No One ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Includes "TYSON", "Pull A Fast One", "Loungin", "LA Posse", "Scene Of The Homicide", and "Steadily Tryin' To Flow Like". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a cutotu notch.)

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Jacques BrelQuand On N'A Que L'Amour ... CD
Barclay (France), 1960s/1996. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
Nice 2CD set that serves as a perfect introduction to the work of this legendary French singer/songwriter – and which includes a whopping 37 tracks in a very handsome package! The titles here are instantly recognizable – both from Brel's own famous versions, and from the English ones that have been done by other artists over the years. Titles include "Ne Me Quitte Pas", "Mathilde", "Jacky", "Mon Enfance", "Au Suivant", "Amsterdam", "Madeline", "Les Biches", "La Valse A Mille Temps", "La Ville S'Endormait", and "Le Moribond". CD
(Out of print.)

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New BrickBrick ... LP
Bang, 1977. Very Good- ... $2.99
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves – absolutely killing it early on with this self-titled second album! Brick has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years later by LA funk combos – particularly those on the Solar label – and their style of slicking up funky licks into a tightly compressed sound was obviously a big hit with the kids of their generation. Includes the sample classic "Dusic", plus "Living From The Mind", "Happy", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "Honey Chile", Fun", "Hello" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Billy BrooksWindows Of The Mind ... LP
Crossover, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky trumpet galore – and a lost break classic! At the time of this 1974 LP, Billy Brooks was an obscure LA trumpeter working in the Ray Charles band – and although this record didn't bring him instant fame when it was released, it's grown to become a groove classic over time – and always in demand these days! The standout cut is the sample track "Forty Days" – a masterpiece of jagged drums and floating horn work, sampled to great fame by Tribe Called Quest, and instantly famous for years after. The whole album's great, though – a funky big band mix of electronic and acoustic playing, with some really mad numbers! Tracks include "Shetter Cheeze", "Good News Blues", "Cooling It", "Black Flag", "Shetter Cheeze", and "CP Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA/Get On Down, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – and actually not his first solo record – but it's certainly the first one to really show the world he could stand so strongly on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don't Be Cruel ... LP 6.99

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New Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA, 1988. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – the album that really showed the world he could stand on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don't Be Cruel ... LP 16.99

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Clifford BrownJazz Immortal ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Manhattan, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Bones For Jones", "Joy Spring", "Finders Keepers", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Herb Geller, et alBest Coast Jazz ... LP
EmArcy, 1954. Very Good- ... $19.99
Not west coast, but "best coast" jazz – a prime example of the way the Clifford Brown/Max Roach team helped to cook up the intensity of the LA scene of the 50s by infusing it with a bit of New York fire! The album takes off in the extended mode of Clifford's All Stars album – and like that one, features Max Roach on drums alongside a lineup of players that includes Herb Geller and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Walter Benton on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, and Curtis Counce on bass – all jamming together in really extended, side-long tracks that have plenty of space for creative solo work and free-flowing improvisation! The format's a very unusual one for the 50s – and a great side-stream to the better-known Brown/Roach albums – with the 2 long tracks "Coronado" and "You Go To My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing, with deep groove. Cover has several white splotches under the gloss finish and masking tape on the seams, with some pen, light stains, and some pen on the back. Label has some marker.)

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New Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Herb Geller, et alBest Coast Jazz (Trip Pressing) ... LP
EmArcy/Trip, 1954. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Not west coast, but "best coast" jazz – a prime example of the way the Clifford Brown/Max Roach team helped to cook up the intensity of the LA scene of the 50s by infusing it with a bit of New York fire! The album takes off in the extended mode of Clifford's All Stars album – and like that one, features Max Roach on drums alongside a lineup of players that includes Herb Geller and Joe Maini on alto saxes, Walter Benton on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, and Curtis Counce on bass – all jamming together in really extended, side-long tracks that have plenty of space for creative solo work and free-flowing improvisation! The format's a very unusual one for the 50s – and a great side-stream to the better-known Brown/Roach albums – with the 2 long tracks "Coronado" and "You Go To My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing on Trip. Cover is stained at the bottom.)

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Severin BrowneNew Improved Severin Browne ... LP
Motown, 1974. Very Good ... $1.99
A lot more folksy than any other work on Motown from the 70s – and proof that the label was getting more and more influenced by their new LA setting – but a nice sampling of mellow tracks, with a definite Free Soul bent. In a way, Brown's style is similar to that of Jose Feliciano in the 70s – with warm electric production backing up mellow pop/rock lyrics and acoustic guitar. Titles include "Love Song", "Do Magnolia Do", "Love Notes From Denver", "Cooking School", and "More Dreams In The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Severin BrowneSeverin Browne ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A great easy groover from early 70s Motown! Severin Browne's the brother of Jackson Browne – and as such, is more of a mellow rock artist than a soul artist – but this album's got a sweet soul vibe in the mix, and is a surprisingly nice release from Motown's early LA years! In a way, you can hear a James Taylor-ish influence in Browne's vocalizing and guitar work, but the backing behind him is more in the smooth LA studio style – a bit like that used on the 70s work of Jose Feliciano or Nick DeCaro. The songs are surprisingly wonderfully crafted – and to discover Browne's work is to tap into the lost career of a under-recognized 70s singer/songwriter. Titles include "Darling Christina", "Snowflakes", "Sister", "Not Quite Time", "Skip Tune", and "Just A Matter Of Time". CD

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Kenny BurrellTender Gender ... CD
Cadet/Passion (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
Straight, strong, and soulful sounds from guitarist Kenny Burrell – quite possibly one of his best albums of the 60s, thanks to a really well-focused sound throughout! The groove here is nice and tight – a cooking little rhythm section that features Richard Wyands on piano, Martin Rivera on bass, and Oliver Jackson on drums – snapping away on the kit on some of the best tracks, and really helping Burrell to hit this groove that's mighty nice! Kenny seems to have a bit more bite than usual too – and even the laidback tunes have plenty going on to keep our ears happy. Titles include "La Petite Mambo", "Suzy", "The Tender Gender", "Girl Talk", "Isabella", "If Someone Had Told Me", and "Hot Bossa". CD

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BwanaBwana ... CD
Acid Symposium, 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice break! Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". CD
Also available Bwana ... LP 9.99

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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bwana ... CD 8.99

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Red CallenderLowest – The Music Of Red Callender ... LP
Metro, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Given that Red was one of the few tuba players in jazz, this album certainly was "The Lowest" – at least in terms of tone, as Red spends a lot of time rumbling around in bottom notes! The style's less clunky than you might think, though, as the setting is late 50s LA – with chamber-type arrangements that match Red's tuba with more breezy players like Buddy Collette, Bill Pitman, Gerald Wilson, Gerald Wiggins, and Billy Bean – who work with Red in a mode that's almost like some of the Chico Hamilton albums on Pacific Jazz, a mixture of jazz and whimsical instrumention with a tightly arranged and haunting feel. Tracks include "Of Thee I Sing", "The Lowest", "Pickin Pluckin Whistlin & Walkin", "Another Blues", "Volume Too", and "Five Four Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light marks.)

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New Cha Cha GuitriFrench Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... LP
Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Really cool work from the far-flung French underground of the electro years – a quirky quartet who operated out of St Etienne, and hardly got the same sort of exposure as groups up in Paris! Yet Cha Cha Guitri have this really great sound that could have easily stood head and shoulders next to their bigger contemporaries – a playful approach to analogue electronics in the post-punk years, with the kind of tunefully dark elements that almost link them to German groups like Der Plan or Pyrolator! Most tunes are simple, but really make a lot with a little – focusing on key sounds and really finding the right way to put them together – and titles include "Nonononon", "Tete De Bois", "Beau Rivage", "Jonque Chinoise", "Monsieur Madame", "La Lumiere Est Blanche", and "1938 Les Petits Nains". LP, Vinyl record album

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ChakachasJungle Fever (with bonus track) ... CD
Polydor/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". Features a bonus track – "Jungle Fever (Greg Wilson re-edit)". CD

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Paul ChambersChambers' Music – A Jazz Delegation From The East ... LP
Imperial, 1956. Very Good+ ... $59.99
Great early work from one of the hippest bassists of his generation! Paul Chambers cut this obscure little album in LA, featuring a "jazz delegation from the east" that included Philly Joe Jones on drums and John Coltrane on tenor – plus pianist Kenny Drew, who had already been working on the west coast – all in a style that's much more relaxed and stretched-out than most other jazz recorded in LA at the time! The album is one of the earliest small group sessions with Coltrane, and it's a very spare batch of tracks that lead off with Chambers' amazing work on bass – but which also feature some incredible early work from Trane – very raw and loud in the mix, with a lot more bluesiness than you'd expect – and we mean that in a good way! Titles include "Dexterity", "Visitation", "John Paul Jones", and "Eastbound". LP, Vinyl record album
(Imperial pressing with a deep groove – and yellow/blue cover. Cover has some wear.)

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New Teddy Charles/Shorty RogersCollaboration West ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1953. Used ... $14.99
Great vibes from the legendary Teddy Charles – a set that brings together some of his best early moments for Prestige Records! This full set combines two earlier 10" sessions recorded by Charles – both done in LA in 1953, in small group formations with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, Curtis Counce on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – plus Jimmy Giuffre on tenor on a few added tracks! The tunes have more of a west coast groove than some of Charles later 50s work – but his tone and approach still keeps things nice and edgey – filled with those great tones and colors that made Teddy one of the most inventive players on vibes at the time. The other west coast players definitely rise to the occasion, playing with an modern style that's greater than usual – and titles include "Variations On A Motive By Bud", "Wailing Dervish", "Further Out", "Boabalob 1 & 2", and "Margo". CD
(SHMCD pressing, includes obi.)
Also available Collaboration West ... LP 7.99

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Teddy Charles/Shorty RogersCollaboration West ... LP
Prestige, 1953. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Great vibes from the legendary Teddy Charles – a set that brings together some of his best early moments for Prestige Records! This full set combines two earlier 10" sessions recorded by Charles – both done in LA in 1953, in small group formations with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, Curtis Counce on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – plus Jimmy Giuffre on tenor on a few added tracks! The tunes have more of a west coast groove than some of Charles later 50s work – but his tone and approach still keeps things nice and edgey – filled with those great tones and colors that made Teddy one of the most inventive players on vibes at the time. The other west coast players definitely rise to the occasion, playing with an modern style that's greater than usual – and titles include "Variations On A Motive By Bud", "Wailing Dervish", "Further Out", "Boabalob 1 & 2", and "Margo". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)
Also available Collaboration West ... CD 14.99

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Paige ClairePaige Claire (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Vivid (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $23.99
An obscure bit of LA pop from the early 70s – featuring the breathy Paige Claire, a heavenly vocalist with a sound like a porn star! The album's got arrangements by Al Capps and Harry Betts, and kind of an early 70s easy sound to it that works wonderfully with Paige's voice. She's a better singer than you'd think – although it's hard to figure out why, we just like her sound a lot. The songs on the record are kind of like mellow vocal gems from obscure 70s soundtracks – the sorts that are written very well, but which never made it as big hits. Titles include "Just A Little Lovin (Early In The Morning)", "I Will Love You", "You Say I Should Forget", "It Was Always You", "I'm Back Where I Started With You", and "Paint My World Blue". CD

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Coralie ClementSalle Des Pas Perdus ... CD
Capitol, 2001. Used ... $9.99
Lovely French pop – with a stripped-down retro groove that's really delightful! Coralie's got a breathy vocal style that reminds us of a young Jane Birkin – and the backing on the set is in a small combo mode, with guitar, organ, bass, drums, and sax – grooving in a mode that's halfway between the left bank of the 60s, and the current underground pop stylings of groups on the Siesta label. Coralie's vocals are great – and the album's filled with loads of lovely original tunes that feel as if they were dug up off of lost 60s eps from France! Titles include "La Mer Opale", "L'Ombre Et La Lumiere", "Salle Des Pas Perdus", "Lou", "Le Dernier Train", and "Le Jazz Et Le Gin". CD
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Anna ClementiLove Is A Reason ... CD
Milano 2000 (Italy), 2005. Used ... $4.99
A current Italian vocalist – but one who's taking a lot of cues from older singers of the 50s and 60s – particularly those of the ice-blonde sexpot variety! Anna's working here in a blend of acoustic and electric instrumentation – often given a retro-styled mode that reminds us of some of the Irma La Douce artists in recent years – but which also gets a bit more abstract as the set moves on. From covers of tunes like "Call Me" and "An Occasional Man", Anna moves into more personal original material like "Swimming" and "Could Be", which have a more modern, chilled out sort of groove that pushes the album into new territory. Other tracks include "Hopelessly Fool", "A Guy What Takes His Time", "U Go To My Head", "Adrian", and "Love Is A Reason". CD

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New Joe CockerJoe Cocker! (1969) ... LP
A&M, 1969. Very Good- ... $5.99
A landmark album from Joe Cocker – and a set that took blue-eyed soul in a whole new direction at the end of the 60s! The album's a surprising stunner all the way through – one that really gets past some of the overdone Cocker cliches that held on a bit too strongly in later years – served up here in relative simplicity, with core backing by Chris Stainton and The Grease Band, plus some key LA help from Leon Russell, and a bevy of backup singers that includes Merry Clayton, Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, and Patrice Holloway. Russell co-produced the set, and his soulful touch definitely helps do a lot for Cocker's already-amazing vocals – adding in an undercurrent of funk that wasn't heard on Joe's first album. Titles include a classic remake of "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", plus "Delta Lady", "Something", "That's Your Business Now", "Hitchcock Railway", "Dear Landlord", "Darling Be Home Soon", and "Hello Little Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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New CokeCoke ... LP
Sound Triangle, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky Latin breaks and very groovy grooves – the kind of record that you hear for only a second, and say "oh yeah, this is the stuff!" Coke were an obscure Florida combo who mixed together Latin, funk, and soul – served up in a crossover style that's halfway between the sound of the NuYorican generation and the heavier hitters of LA's Chicano funk scene! Instrumentation includes organ, guitar, and trumpets – and vocals are delivered in a brown eyed soul style that burns nicely with the heavier grooves of the group. But best of all is the drummer, who really kicks it large on the kit – and creates some really nice funky numbers on the set! Includes the break classic "Na Na", plus the tunes "Got To Touch Your Face", "Te Amo Mas", "Quiero Decirte", "Bang Bang", "Bun Bun Bun", "You Turn Me On", and "Que Seria De Mi". A really great album – with a totally unique sound! LP, Vinyl record album

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Natalie ColeThankful/I Love You So/Don't Look Back ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1977/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Classic early work from Natalie Cole – packaged here in a sweet 2CD set! First up is the album Thankful – the third record in a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her a nice jazzy sound that made the record one of her best of the 70s. Richard Evans and Gene Barge arranged, which probably had something to do with that, too – but Natalie truly deserves most of the credit of the strength of this set. It includes the standout groovers "La Costa" and"Annie Mae", but the whole record is really sweet – with "Lovers", "Our Love", "Be Thankful", "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Keeping A Light". I Love You So is a Capitol killer from Natalie Cole – a really great record from the time when she really seemed to be starting out her career with a bang! As with other gems on Capitol, the record features some great production work from Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, getting a bit of help here from Gene Barge too – all wrapped up with a strong, sophisticated sound that shows plenty of Chi-soul touches in the music – a great approach for Natalie's maturing vocals. The sound is wonderfully balanced, and really stays away from easy hit modes – leaving the lady in a space that's all her own, on tracks that include "The Winner", "I Love You So", "Oh Daddy", "Sorry", "Stand By", and "Who Will Carry On". Don't Look Back is an overlooked gem from Natalie Cole – a set that still has her working strongly with songwriter Marvin Yancy, who really helped her find her sound and style during the early years of her career! Natalie actually helped with writing a fair bit on the record herself – sometimes with Yancy, sometimes alone – and the result is a surprisingly personal batch of tunes that really show a deepening of spirit in the singer, especially in the mellower moments. Gene Barge handles the arrangements – still bringing a bit of Chicago soul roots to the record – that mix of deep and sophisticated modes that always brought out the best in Natalie. Titles include "Don't Look Back", "I'm Getting In To You", "Paradise", "Hold ON", "Danger UP A head", and "Someone That I Used To Love". CD

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Buddy ColletteBuddy's Best (remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1957. Used ... $9.99
One of the best albums ever from reedman Buddy Collette – a great small group session with a harder edge than some of Buddy's later records for bigger labels! Collette was always one of the more interesting players from the LA scene of the 50s – and although he had his roots in harder jazz styles, he also played a lot of studio sessions – and had an amazing ability to shift through different modes and settings with effortless ease – and also shift his work on different reed instruments too! This album's a nice mix of both sides of his style – with some cuts that have Collette playing flute or clarinet with a lyrical groove, and some more hard-blowing tracks that feature alto and tenor – in a cool quintet that features Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Al Viola on guitar, Wilfred Middlebrook on bass, and Earl Palmer on drums The session's a darn tough one to find, despite its importance in Collette's career – and titles include "Walkin' Willie", "Changes", "The Cute Monster", and "Orlando Blues". CD features a bonus track – "Soft Touch (take 5)". CD

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Willie ColonWillie ... LP
Fania, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A solid 70s session from Willie Colon – a combination of a few tracks from previous efforts, mixed with other new ones, all featuring lead vocals by the wonderful Hector Lavoe! The work on the album's the kind that was so influential at the time, it's almost hard to hear how important it was from this angle – because Willie's working in a tight, hard style that so many other groups copped afterward – yet this one's still the original, and a good solid listen will remind you of the power in these grooves! Tracks include the groovy "Ah Ah/O-No", "La Banda", "Ghana'e", "Pirana", and "Abuelita". LP, Vinyl record album

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CommonOne-Nine-Nine-Nine (radio, street, Hi-Tekstrumental, acapella)/Like They Used To Say (radio, street, infinitstrumental) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1999. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
Two tracks from Common Sense. "Like They Used To Say" is produced by Dug Infinite, with a sample of the JB's "Pass the Peas" for the chorus, and Maseo of De La cutting in samples from over a dozen hip hop classics – from Ultramagnetic to EZ & Troup to MC Lyte to T-La Rock. "1.9.9.9." uses more mellow production by Hi-Tek, with vocals from Sadat X. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a sticker on front.)

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Karol ConkaBatukfreak ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Beat-heavy Brazilian work from Karol Conka – a set that's got some of the same urban vibe of the baile beat work of a few years back, but which also focuses the energy into a tighter, more compact R&B groove! Karol rhymes her way along the groove, but at a pace that's a bit more laidback than some of her contemporaries – and the rhythms bring in lots of earthy, organic elements alongside the electronic ones – creating this fusion of favela roots and contemporary urban – on tracks that include "Caxambu", "Gueto Ao Luxo", "Sandalia", "Boa Noite", "Gandala", "Bate A Poeira", and "Vo La". CD

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CortexPourquoi ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A lost later slice of work from Cortex – a bit tighter than some of the group's previous albums, but equally funky overall! There's a bit less jamming here than before, the Cortex have definitely developed an ear for the dancefloor – a jazzy funk style that would be perfect in the clubs, even though it's light years from conventional disco. Vocals are a bit more upfront in the mix at times, but there's still loads of heavy keyboards – including Fender Rhodes, clavinet, micro moog, and more! Titles include "Runnin From You", "Le Visionaire", "Pourquoi", "Make Me Love You", "Matin Girls", "La Bulle", and "Pauvre Star". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack CostanzoBongo Fever – Jack Costanzo At The Garden Of Allah ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good ... $29.99
One of the best albums ever by Mr. Bongo! This one was recorded live at the Garden Of Allah, and it features Jack Costanzo leading up a tight little group of congas/bass/drums/piano, plus some nice tenor work by Jay Corre. Tracks include "Garden Of Allah Bongo", "La Cumparasa", "Birk's Works", "Quiere", and "Bongo Fever". A very tasty bit of Latin jazz, with a sound that's more stripped down and percussive than some of Jack's other LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original turquoise label pressing with deep groove.)

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Jack CostanzoScorching The Skins ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2002. New Copy ... $5.99 16.98
A slammer from percussionist Jack Costanzo – returning to the strength of his work from the 50s and 60s! Jack's playing here with a host of strong California Latin jazz musicians – in a freer style than his earlier work for Liberty, and filled with a fire that you'd hardly expect, given how long he's been in the music business. The record sparkles even more than Jack's previous Back From Havana album for Cubop – with a tighter jazz component that's more in keeping with Jack's hard snapping approach on the congas and bongos. A few tracks feature vocals by the lovely Marilu – and titles include "Bongo Jam", "Mambo Costanzo", "Green Onions", "Birk's Works", "Bop Mambo", and "La Connection". CD

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Jack Costanzo & His OrchestraMr Bongo Plays Cha Cha Cha In Hi-Fi ... LP
Tops, 1957. Very Good ... $14.99
Original pressing of some Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's hard LA Latin sides from the late 50's. Issued on the budget TOPS label, but a strong batch of tracks that shows the Latin percussionist at his best. The band is a tight little combo with percussion, piano, and trumpets – plus occasional vocals by Kaskara and Marda Saxon. Cuts include "Silencio", "Jack, Jack, Jack", "Bongo", "Mary Lou", "Mira Como Los Pollos", and "Jarochita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has discoloration due to age, some light wear, a partially split top seam, and small splits on the spine and bottom seam.)

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CowsillsCowsills ... LP
MGM, 1967. Very Good- Gatefold ... $5.99
The catchy and glowingly warm full length self titled set from The Cowsills – kind of coming off as a kiddie Mamas & Papas, and it's so sweet it almost makes your teeth hurt! We're total suckers from 60s pop sunshine with soaring vocal arrangements, and the Cowsills deliver hugely. The production and arrangements groovy as can be, and titles include "The Rain", "The Park And Other Things". "Pennies", "La Ru Du Soliel", "Dreams Of Linda", "River Blue", "Troubled Roses", "How Can I Make You See" (Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $6.99
One of the hippest, tightest albums ever from Randy Crawford – a set that's got a great blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all with the kind of poise and polish she brought to her famous work with The Crusaders! Crawford's wonderful vocals are wrapped up perfectly in some cool combo backings which are then augmented by larger strings – a blend that's got a great sort of richness right from the start, but also that special late 70s LA style that never has things getting too soppy or commercial, even when tight. Randy's the perfect sort of singer to make a record like this come out right – and titles include "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Over My Head", "Single Woman Married Man", "Half Steppin", "This Man", and "At Last". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pee Wee CraytonTexas Blues Jumpin In Los Angeles – The Modern Music Sessions 1948 to 1951 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $14.99
A tremendous guitarist, with a really mindblowing sound – easily one of the most powerful players on the electric guitar of the time! Pee Wee Crayton's got this full, rich tone that reminds us a lot of T Bone Walker – especially when he hits lots of raspy edges – and like Walker, the music here is more of a mix of jazz, jump, and R&B than the straighter blues you'd associate with Chicago electric guitarists a few years later – such as the musicians who recorded for Chess. The work's a rich illustration of the key criss-crossing of scenes and styles that happened in 40s LA – as musicians like Crayton moved from Texas, and picked up lots of hipper, modern elements on the coast! This package features 28 gems from the Modern Records vaults – all of them on CD for the first time ever, and most of them issued here for the first time ever too. Titles include "Texas Hop", "Old Fashioned Baby", "Huckle Boogie", "The Bop Hop", "Blues For My Baby", "Brand New Woman", "Central Avenue Blues", "Long After Hours", "I Love You So", "Tired Of Travelin", "Poppa Stoppa", and "Answer To Blues After Hours". CD

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New Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and marker on both sides.)

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CromagnonCave Rock ... CD
ESP, 1969. New Copy ... $8.99 15.99
Crazy psyche era wierdness from Cromagnon – the band name and album title may reference prehistory, but this stuff is actually way ahead of it's time – if we didn't see the date on this thing, we'd have sworn it to be from the art damaged post punk early 80s! The group is credited to Austin Grasmere, Brian Elliot and "The Connecticut Tribe" – and the instrumentation is billed as vocals, music and sounds – you figure out the rest. The set opens with some soundbites of Hollywood fan fare that segues into a mix of bagpipes, thundering percussion and vocals that sound like screams and whispers at the same time. The following track "Ritual Fest Of The Libido" rivals "LA Blues" by the Stooges in gutteral grunted nightmare soundscapes, but later tracks mix in more laidback grooves that are just as freaky. A total mindfrack of a record, and a pretty amazing one, if not for everybody! Other titles include "Organic Sundown", "Fantasy", "Crow Of The Black Tree", "Genitalia", "Toth, Scribe I" and "First World Of Bronze". CD

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New CrusadersStreet Life ... LP
MCA, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of our favorite albums ever from The Crusaders – a set that really sums up all the tightness they'd forged in the 70s, while still showing a new sense of soul and funk as well – expertly balanced with flawless LA production! The album may well be the group's equivalent of a Steely Dan album – no surprise, given the work they'd done on sessions for that group – and the title cut is the massive extended version of "Street Life", with killer vocals from Randy Crawford – and other titles include "My Lady", "Night Faces", "The Hustler", and "Rodeo Drive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available Street Life (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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New CrusadersStreet Life (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
MCA/Culture Factory (France), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
One of our favorite albums ever from The Crusaders – a set that really sums up all the tightness they'd forged in the 70s, while still showing a new sense of soul and funk as well – expertly balanced with flawless LA production! The album may well be the group's equivalent of a Steely Dan album – no surprise, given the work they'd done on sessions for that group – and the title cut is the massive extended version of "Street Life", with killer vocals from Randy Crawford – and other titles include "My Lady", "Night Faces", "The Hustler", and "Rodeo Drive". CD
(Limited edition.)
Also available Street Life ... LP 1.99

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New Celia CruzA Todos Mis Amigos ... LP
Tico, 1978. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A collection of tracks produced by Joe Cain, Al Santiago, Pancho Cristal, and Tito Puente – probably all collected from other albums, and featuring Celia singing to arrangements by Louie Ramirez, Tito, and Memo Salamanca. Titles include "La Guarachera", "Tatalibaba", "A Todos Mis Amigos", "Cuando Estoy Contigo", "Son Con Guaguanco", "Mi Treque Treque", and "Oye Mi Consejo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1967. Used ... $16.99
A late 60s album from Celia Cruz – but one with a sound that's very similar to her classic early recordings of the 50s! The feel here is quite similar to those – recorded in Mexico, with backings from the orchestras of Memo Salamanca and Juan Bruno Tarraza – both of whom support Celia's vocals with a warmly swinging Afro-Cuban approach! There's plenty of jazzy flourishes in the horns behind the vocals, and they really help keep things light and lively – without some of the more overdone modes that can sometimes show up on Cruz's work. The tracks include a lot of guarachas, plus a few that are referred to as "tropical a Go Go" numbers – titles include "Bravo", "La Campeona", "El Cinturon", "Guantanamera", "Suenan Los Tambores", "Asi VA Mi Cantar", and "Ay Que Vecino". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cuban All StarsCharanga Vol 2 – The Latest Dance Craze! ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
12 classic tracks, played by the Cuban All Stars, and issued on Seeco with their usual raw approach to putting together an album. The tracks are all fairly lively, with a heavy flute/violin line in all titles – including "Pachanga De Sabrina", "Bachanga, Bachanga", "Suena El Pachanga", "La Novia Pachanguera", and "Pachanga Cubana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has some wear. Top & bottom seams are lined with clear tape.)

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Philippe D'AramFascination (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
A totally cool score from Philippe D'Aram – one that's heavy on electronics, amidst the usual horror movie moods – which gives the music a cold, stark feel that's really amazing – incredibly spooky at points, and nice and spacey at others! D'Aram doesn't just use the usual familiar moog and Rhodes elements – and instead seems to be working with early sample-type textures – using blocks of sound in these slow-building ways that are almost an electronic equivalent of a Phantom Of The Opera-type organ – especially at points when dark voices filter in to the mix, alongside acoustic elements on tuned instruments. Titles include "La Louve", "Apparation Du Chateau", "Bizarre Cult 2", "L'Amour Des Deux Filles", "Death Brigitte", and "La Valse Grincante". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Philippe D'Aram/Pierre RaphFascination/Requiem Pour Un Vampire ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972/1979. Used ... $13.99
A wicked double-header – a pair of rare French vampire soundtracks, packaged together in a single CD! First up is Fascination – a totally cool score from Philippe D'Aram – one that's heavy on electronics, amidst the usual horror movie moods – which gives the music a cold, stark feel that's really amazing – incredibly spooky at points, and nice and spacey at others! D'Aram doesn't just use the usual familiar moog and Rhodes elements – and instead seems to be working with early sample-type textures – using blocks of sound in these slow-building ways that are almost an electronic equivalent of a Phantom Of The Opera-type organ – especially at points when dark voices filter in to the mix, alongside acoustic elements on tuned instruments. Titles include "La Louve", "Apparation Du Chateau", "Bizarre Cult 2", "L'Amour Des Deux Filles", "Death Brigitte", and "La Valse Grincante". Next up is Requiem Pour Un Vampire – a Pierre Raph soundtrack for a really moody film – and one that's scored with music that's surprisingly sensitive at times too! There's a mix of dark and sweet here that really creates a great sort of tension – a mix between light acoustic instrumentation and some heavier sounds in the background – and really offbeat styles of tuning, and of putting the sounds together for the record! The music often features little snippets of sound effects – which pop out in a nice sense of surprise – reflecting the interplay of drama and sensuality in the film's images – and as the set moves on, the arrangements get fuller, and darker too. Titles include "Dominique's Organ", "Jade Vampyre", "Crimson Gates", "Steps To Eternal Youth", "Jade Lake", "Crimson Pond", and "Sad Clowns In The Cornfield". CD

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Paulinho Da CostaHappy People ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Jazzy Brazilian drummer Paulinho Da Costa lays down a set of tight fusion cuts recorded in the U.S., along with folks like Larry Carlton, James Gadson, and Philip Bailey. There's vocals on about half the tracks, and the sound is sort of LA studio fusion from the 70's, with a nice bit of Brazil thrown in. Tracks include "Happy People", "Deja Vu", and "Dream Flow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a few creases and light stains at the bottom.)

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Damn Sam The Miracle ManDamn Sam The Miracle Man And The Soul Congregation (plus poster) ... LP
Tay-Ster, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Rare hard funky soul from early 70s titans Damn Sam The Miracle Man – and some of the rawest, fiercest funk we've ever heard! Damn Sam is actually a group – spearheaded by vocalist OC Tolbert – a man with a roaring voice and righteous delivery that could tear through brick – and producer Jack Taylor. If not for the amazing funky 45 tracks "Damn Sam The Miracle Man", "Smash" and "BJ" – all of which appear on this long lost LP – they may have been obscure to even the most diligent crate diggers, an argument in favor of that format if there ever was one. The group is a real killer, with absolutely pummeling funky drums and snapping electric congas & bongo work on just about every track – plus soaring trumpet and sax work that counterbalance the fury of Tolbert's vocals nicely. Tolbert's history with gospel lends a genuine spiritual aspect to the frenzy, too – one of the sweetest raw funk tornadoes you could every hope to get swept up by! Other tracks include "Give Me Another Joint", "Let Me Be Your Only Man", "LA 26000", "Poor Mary", Music Makes You Feel Alright", "Rainy Night In Georgia", and "Sonny B". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full-sized poster of the cover art!)

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Dandy's Dandy (Johnny Rodriguez Jr)Dandy's Dandy – A Latin Affair ... CD
Latin Percussion Ventures, 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 11.99
An obscure but excellent session – recorded at the end of the 70s with some of the best players in the New York salsa underground! The music is extremely vibrant – and the styles of the tracks range from hard Afro-Cuban percussion grooving to tight Latin jazz in a classic mode – with instrumentation that ranges from pachanga-styled flute and violin, to some harder-jamming grooves with a lot more piano in the lead. Production has that raw, but clear sound that we love so much in the Latin Percussion albums of the time – a groove that's very different than that of Fania or Tico – and Sonny Bravo plays piano, Rene Lopez is on trumpet, Nicky Marrera is on timbales, Dick Meza plays flute, Eddie Montalvo plays conga, and Mario Rivera is on saxes. Includes great Latin Jazz versions of "Tune Up", "Manteca", and "April In Paris" – plus "Jo Ca Nic", "Son De La Loma", and "Konkoina". CD

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Mary DavisSeparate Ways ... CD
Tabu, 1990. Used ... $4.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Mary Davis – a set that's almost got a new jack vibe at times, thanks to the dynamic energy of the production! Mary's voice has its own sense of power that really matches the groove – and the shift is a nice late Tabu extension of the label's previous modes with the team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Bernard Terry handles about half the production of the set, and helps keep things balanced between catchy numbers and a few more serious cuts – and other producers include LA & Babyface, and Derock & Kayo. Titles include "Separate Ways", "Don't Wear It Out", "I Wanna Be Sure", "Have You Ever Been Loved", "Sweet Obsession", and "I'm Gonna Love You Better". CD
(Out of print.)

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Marpessa DawnMarpessa Dawn EP Collection ... CD
Barclay (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A cool collection of work from the enigmatic Marpessa Dawn – an artist you might know best for her work in the film Black Orpheus – and a heck of a groovy singer as well! The style of the work is very much in the spirit of the film's famous soundtrack, but a bit more lyrical too – as Marpessa sings both French and Portuguese lyrics – on some tracks arranged by Sivuca, some from the film, and some that almost have a groovy French femme pop approach! Titles include "Carnaval Samba", "Samba D'Orphee", "Adieu Tristesse", "La Fille De La Montagne", "C'est Lui Ma Vie", and "Va-t En Vit Mon Amour". CD

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Paco De LuciaEl Duende Flamenco De Paco De Lucia ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1972. Used ... $9.99
The album may have "flamenco" in the title, but in the hands of Paco De Lucia, the style is something else entirely – a richly personal vision of music – played by Paco with incredible deftness on the guitar, yet with a way that's never trying to show off, or bury feeling with any overdone sense of technique! Instead, De Lucia creates this really special sort of magic on the instrument – unlocking amazing tones and colors with effortless ease – all with the energy you might expect from a free jazz musician on the instrument, yet always directed in a tuneful, musical way. The album's a key early accomplishment from Paco – and although some tracks have light additional strings, these are used very gently to shade in the background, and still leave the set with the feeling of a solo album overall. Titles include "Percusion Flamenca", "Barrio La Vina", "De Madruga", "Cuando Canta El Gallo", "Canestera", "Punta Del Faro", and "Farolillo De Ferria". CD

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Francois De RoubaixZita ... LP
Philips, Late 60s. Sealed ... $33.99
A beautiful soundtrack to this obscure erotic love film from the late 60's! Fracois De Roubaix did the score, and we're in love with the music on this one. It's sort of spare, sexy, atmospheric batch of tracks – with a bit of an instrumental Serge Gainsbourg feel to it. Electric bass rumbles underneath, electric harpsichord notes tinkle over the top, and the LP slides effortlessly from track to track. A real gem, and one of our favorite sexy soundtracks! Titles include "Loin", "Le Monde Est Fou", "Miniland No 2", "La Chambre", and "Musique Contrebasse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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New Michel De Villers/Claude BollingJazz In Paris – Danse A Saint Germain Des Pres ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/1961. Used ... $1.99
Reissue of two different swing-based albums from Paris! The first 12 tracks on the CD feature solo work by Michel De Villers on alto sax, over arrangements by Andre Persiani – on tracks that include "Topsy", "Mes Freres", "Symphonie D'Un Soir", "Rock De L'Inauguration", and "Demain" – kind of a mixture of swing and R&B, with a focus on the 50s dancefloor. The next 10 tracks are some great early work from Claude Bolling – a bit less boogie woogie than some of his other 60s recordings, featuring a group with Ivan Jullien on trumpet, Gerard Badinin on clarinet and tenor, Michel Gaudry on bass, and Roger Paraboschi on drums. The small combo plays tunes that include "En Chantant Cet Air La", "Rock A Bye Bolling", "La Piege", "Bach To Swing", and "Tranquillement". CD

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New DelfonicsSuper Hits ... LP
Philly Groove, Early 70s. Good ... $3.99
Classic East Coast harmony soul! This is one of the best-ever albums of the genre, and it's a massive collection of the Delfonics mighty singles from the early 70s. Thom Bell did all the arrangements and wrote nearly all the songs – 11 tracks in all: "La La Means I Love You", "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "Break Your Promise", "I'm Sorry", "You're Gone", 'With These Hands", "You Got Yours And I'll Get Mine", "Let It Be Me", "Loving Him", "My New Love" and "Somebody Loves You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. NOTE: In FAIR condition. Cover has light wear. Vinyl has numerous marks and plays with clicks and noise.)

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Delinquent HabitsHere Come The Horns ... CD
Loud, 1998. Used ... $9.99
Includes "This Is LA", "It's The Delinquentes", "Here Come The Horns", "Western Ways", "Western Ways Part II" and "Get Up, Get On It". 15 tracks total. CD
(Out of print, enhanced CD. Barcode has a cutout hole. Booklet has a promotional sticker.)

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Dengue FeverVenus On Earth ... CD
M80 Music, 2008. Used ... $4.99
Moody, kind of sultry and pulpy Cambodian rock, LA style – perhaps the best record yet from Dengue Fever! The backdrop of keys, horns, guitars, percussion and bass has never sound as measured, loose and assured as it does on Venus On Earth – with Chhom Nimol reminding us of the sweetness out front of the raucous, exuberant sounds of 60s underground Cambodian rock, and living up to that legacy quite well! Titles include "Seeing Hands", "Clipped Wings", "Tigher Phone Card", "Sober Driver", "Monsoon Of Perfume", "Integration", "Oceans Of Venus", "Tooth And Nail" and "Mr Orange". CD

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New Adolph Deutsch/Andre PrevinApartment/Fortune Cookie ... CD
Kritzerland, 1960/1963. New Copy ... $19.99
A couple of great soundtracks for the films of Billy Wilder – 1960's The Apartment, composed by Adolph Deutch, and Andre Previn's work for The Fortune Cookie – back-to-back on a single CD! Adolph Deutch's compositions from The Apartment roll from an easygoing jazzy vibe to sweeping brassy bits, and titles include "Lonely Room", "Where Are You, Fran", Hong Kong Blues", "Little Brown Jug" and more. Fortune Cookie is a great Andre Previn soundtrack for a later Wilder film that starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau – plus the young Judi West, who sings a version of "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To" on the album. The rest of the tracks are split pretty evenly between light jazzy numbers, featuring Previn's piano in the lead – and orchestral dramatic numbers directed with a pretty serious feel. Titles include "The Bad Guys", "The Nice Guys", "Second Chance", "Waltz Of The Fortune Cookies", and "The Detectives". CD also includes Previn's main title theme for "Irma La Douce". CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Ned DohenySeparate Oceans ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
Really great work from Ned Doheny – an overlooked talent on the LA scene of the 70s – one who had the tightest, smoothest touches of the best of the AOR generation – but a surprising undercurrent of soul as well! Ned's got that unique blend we find in a rare few artists from the time – like Nick DeCaro on his Blue Thumb album, or the self-titled set from Batteaux – a blue-eyed groove that's polished, but surprisingly human too – perfectly balancing all the best studio modes of the period, but in a way that's hardly commercial pop at all! Doheny issued a handful of albums during the 70s – none of which ever got the support they deserved – and he also touched countless other artists with his work. This excellent set brings together work from Ned's albums on Columbia and Elektra, plus some rare demo tracks too – with full notes that finally give Doheny his due, in the best Numero style. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "On & On", "Fineline", "Each Time You Pray", "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me", "A Love Of Your Own", "The Devil In You", "Standfast", "I Know Sorrow", and "Labor Of Love". CD
Also available Separate Oceans ... LP 18.99

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New Ned DohenySeparate Oceans ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $18.99 25.98
Really great work from Ned Doheny – an overlooked talent on the LA scene of the 70s – one who had the tightest, smoothest touches of the best of the AOR generation – but a surprising undercurrent of soul as well! Ned's got that unique blend we find in a rare few artists from the time – like Nick DeCaro on his Blue Thumb album, or the self-titled set from Batteaux – a blue-eyed groove that's polished, but surprisingly human too – perfectly balancing all the best studio modes of the period, but in a way that's hardly commercial pop at all! Doheny issued a handful of albums during the 70s – none of which ever got the support they deserved – and he also touched countless other artists with his work. This excellent set brings together work from Ned's albums on Columbia and Elektra, plus some rare demo tracks too – with full notes that finally give Doheny his due, in the best Numero style. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "On & On", "Fineline", "Each Time You Pray", "Whatcha Gonna Do For Me", "A Love Of Your Own", "The Devil In You", "Standfast", "I Know Sorrow", and "Labor Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Separate Oceans ... CD 14.99

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DoorsComplete Studio Recordings (7CD box set) ... CD
Elektra/Rhino, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 7CDs ... $43.99
Albums include "The Doors", "Strange Days", "Waiting For The Sun", "The Soft Parade", "Morrison Hote/Hard Rock Cafe", "LA Woman" and the bonus disc "Essential Rarities, The Best Of The '97 Box Set". CD
(Out of print – and in great shape!)

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New DoorsGreatest Hits ... LP
Elektra, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Titles include "Hello I Love You", "Light My Fire", "Love Me Two Times", "People Are Strange", "Touch Me", "Not To Touch The Earth", "Break On Through", and "LA Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with horns from JJ Johnson on trombone, Cecil Payned on baritone sax, and Hank Mobley on tenor – plus piano from Horace Silver, bass from Oscar Pettiford, and drums from Art Blakey – plus added congas from Patato Valdes! The expanded group plays with a great sense of power – really pushing Kenny's sound tremendously – and although the album also features a few tracks by a smaller group with less percussion, these also have a bit of a Latin/exotic tinge too. Titles include "Basheer's Dream", "Lotus Flower", "KD's Motion", "Venita's Dance", "Minor's Holiday", "La Villa", and "Afrodisia". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... LP
Capitol, 1973. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – partly because the tunes are all so groovy, and partly because we've really come to know the jazz-based work of composer Bob Dorough! At the time of this set, Dorough was coming off some great work in the 60s – his own rare recordings, music for Spanky & Our Gang, and others – all of which seems to inform these math-based tunes written for Saturday morning TV. The tunes are all pretty darn catchy, and often quite jazzy – and instrumentation often features some great electric piano nestled in alongside the vocals. Dorough sings the lion's share of the work for this album – although Grady Tate sings on two numbers, and Blossom Dearie on one more. Titles include the amazing "Three Is A Magic Number" – plus "Lucky Seven Sampson", "Little Twelve Toes", "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "I Got Six", "Naughty Number Nine", "Figure Eight", and "The Four Legged Zoo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandDr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that worked with a 20s aesthetic over a disco groove! There's a fair bit of acoustic instrumentation in the rhythms, and lots of those choppy, scratchy lines that we love so much in the Kid Creole work – all of which makes for a very nice change from the usual, especially in the late 70s mainstream. Darnell and Cory Daye are the main vocalists, and Darnell wrote all the lyrics for the album – on titles that include "Cherchez La Femme", "I'll Play The Fool", "Sour And Sweet", "We Got It Made", "Hard Times", "Sunshower", and "Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some light wear & a name in pen. Labels have some marker.)

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New Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandVery Best Of Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... CD
RCA, Late 70s. Used ... $4.99
One of the coolest club combos of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – a group with a sound that's a lot tighter than their name! The group's probably best known for giving exposure to August Darnell in his pre-Kid Creole years – but they've also got a sound that's really all their own, and which draws strongly from all members of the group – making them way more than just another Darnell side project. Old and new styles come together wonderfully in the band's music – but the approach isn't just easy retro disco, and instead is often a warmer take on mainstream 70s disco modes – one that dips into the past to pull back the right elements to bring a bit more life to the sound. Arrangements are mostly by Stony Browder Jr, who co-wrote most of the tunes – and titles include "The Gigolo & I", "You Got Something/Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha", "Transistor Madness/Future DJ", "Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon", "Mister Love", "Sunshower", "Nocturnal Interludes", "Soraya/March Of The Nignies", "Auf Wiedersehen/Darrio", "I'll Play The Fool", and "Hard Times". CD
(Out of print. Punch through barcode.)

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Dub ClubMeaning Of Dub ... LP
Stones Throw/Dub Club, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
LA dub torch carriers Dub Club deliver another winner – honoring the old school dub reggae tradition of bringing in multiple top notch vocalists and players to lay a bit of their own distinctive magic to a steady, single instrumental riddim! Meaning Of Dub features appearances by Jamaican Sound System legends Trinity, Josey Wales, and Tippa Lee, the great Cornell Campbell, Ranking Joe and more! 10 cuts in all: "Meaning Of Dub" with Tippa Irie, "Rasta People" with Josey Wales, "Live And Learn" with Trinity, "Victory" with Cornel Campbell, "Jah Jah Protect We" with Tippa Lee, "Dancehall Everlasting" with Blackout Ja and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a sweet, hand-printed sleeve, too! Limited to 500 copies.)

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Duke EllingtonSoul Call ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the 60s – Duke Ellington work that was recorded as part of the famous Duke & Ella At The Cote D'Azur album, but issued separately, under the name Soul Call! The stunning thing about the record is that, working on a live date in front of a European audience, with Ella on the bill, you'd expect Duke to keep things really safe and really conservative – but instead, he breaks out with some incredible long tracks, done in a complicated yet soulful mode that ranks with his best 60s experimentalism. The album features a wonderful 14 minute number called "La Plus Belle Africaine" that's easily one of the best of Duke's tunes from the time – plus the cuts "Skin Deep", "West Indian Pancake", "Soul Call", and "Jam With Sam". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 14.98
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". CD
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP 18.99

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.98
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 11.99

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Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, et alCharanga! ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Hard early 60s charanga tracks, played by a number of different groups – including Estrellas Cubanas, Orquesta America Del 55, La Sonora Matancera, and Hermanos Ferreira. Celia Cruz sings vocals on the track "Carmelos", and other titles include "Guachupita", "Que Me Digan Feo", "Espierta Viejo", and "Galletana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing, on Bronjo. Cover has split seams lined with clear tape, and some general wear.)

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Gil Evans/Gary McFarlandDedication Series IX – The Great Arrangers (Out Of The Cool/Profiles) ... LP
Impulse, 1960/1966. Sealed 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A great 2LP set – with two classic albums on Impulse! First is Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool – a pivotal session for Gil – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before this one – but the sparkling quality of this set is right up there with the charts he handled for Miles, and the quality of the players in the group make the performance every bit as great. Gil's band includes trumpeter Johnny Coles, plus Ron Carter on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Budd Johnson on tenor, and Ray Crawford on guitar. Titles include "Stratusphunk", "Sunken Treasure", "La Nevada", and a great reading of Kurt Weil's "Bilbao Song". Next is Gary McFarland's Profiles – a great little jazz record by Gary – very different than his groovy/easy albums on Verve, and with a dark sound that shows his strength as a composer and arranger. The group features McFarland in the lead on vibes, plus reed work by Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, and Richie Kamuca, and lots of rhythm backing by the likes of Richard Davis, Gabor Szabo, Sam Brown, and others. Willis Conover does a bit of narration, and tracks include "Sage Hands", "Milo's Other Samba", "Winter Colors", and "Bygones & Boogie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and a gold promo stamp in one corner.)

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Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky energy to the record, by working alongside lead studio help from Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics – pushing here into a space that's even more offbeat than the grooves of that group! There's loads of rich acoustic instrumentation – especially percussion – and Mulatu joins the record at one spot, furthering the exotic appeal of the set. Some tracks have an almost ethnographic vibes, while others are a bit more contemporary – although the overall sound is more than worthy of placement on the Soundway label. Titles incude "Arena", "Cumbacutiri", "Fly Through The Lightning To Speak With The Sun", "El Negrero", "Escape To The Palenque", "Manicero", "La Familia", and "Speak To The Spirit Of The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Fania All-StarsHabana Jam ... LP
Fania, 1979. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the better Fania All Stars albums from the time – recorded live in Havana, with a lineup that includes Roberto Roena, Larry Harlow, Reuben Blades, Johnny Pacheco, Ismael Quintana, and Papo Lucca. Includes the extended "Descarga A Cuba", plus "Castellanos Jam", "Mename La Cuna", "Llevale", and "Tres Lindas Cubanas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fela & Africa 70Upside Down/Fela & Roy Ayers – Music Of Many Colors ... CD
Barclay (France), 1976/1980. Used ... $8.99
Two of Fela's greatest collaborative efforts! Upside Down features Fela & Africa 70, with some guest vocals by Sandra Akane Isidore, a key figure in his political development, and the woman who introduced him to the Black Panthers when he was living in LA at the end of the 60s. The two tracks on that album – "Upside Down" and a version of "Go Slow" – still feature a considerable amount of vocals by Fela, but the addition of the female guest makes for a nicely different sound. Music Of Many Colors is a groundbreaking 1980 collaboration with American soul singer/jazz vibist Roy Ayers – and it brings together the best sides of these monster soul talents of the 70s! In keeping with Fela's work, the tracks are long and Afro-tinged, with a complicated groove that grows over the length of the track. And in keeping with Roy's work, the album has a sweet soulful feel, with lots of nice jazzy touches, cool vibes, and great vocals by Roy. Two long tracks, both classics: "2000 Black" and "Africa, Center Of The World". CD
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Also available Upside Down ... LP 39.99

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Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". CD

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Jose FelicianoAlive Alive O! ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A beautiful little live album from Jose Feliciano – recorded in London at the end of the 60s, with a sound that's often more stripped down than his studio work of the time! Jose's on vocals and guitar, backed by only a bit of bass and percussion – so the record's almost got the intimacy of a solo effort, which is quite astounding – given the obvious size of the concert setting! The double-length nature of the record allows Jose to stretch out a bit more than usual – and take on a nice variety of material that really show his growing talents at the time. Titles include "High Heel Sneakers", "Mama Don't Allow It", "La Entrada De Bilboa", "The Comedy Bit", "Malaguena", "No Dogs Allowed", "Day Tripper", "Black Orpheus Medley", "California Dreamin", "Light My Fire", "Day In the Life", and "El Voh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Jose FelicianoFireworks ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Classic work by Jose in the style he forged in LA at the end of the 60s – a mix of 60s pop and soul with that wonderful Latin style he used, the one that made his vocals and guitar cry slightly with the rhythms, taking conventional and familiar songs, and opening them up in a whole new way, with a depth that's quite unexpected! Titles include "Destiny", "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window", "Blackbird", "Once There Was A Love", "Susie Q", "Yesterday", and "Pegao". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the textured cover, including the insert.)

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Jose FelicianoJose Feliciano Sings ... LP
RCA, 1972. Sealed ... $6.99
Nice moody batch of soul tracks by this great LA Chicano soul singer. The tracks include a number of pop covers, but as with his classic "California Dreamin", Jose manages to turn the material into his own bag, and makes the cuts come alive with his soulful singing and guitar playing. Titles include "And I Love Her", "A Man & A Woman", "Sunny", "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right", and "Quit While You're Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jose FelicianoSouled ... LP
RCA, 1969. Sealed ... $8.99
One of Jose's classic early RCA sides, with a good Chicano soul groove and some nice LA backing by a small group that includes Ray Brown, Milt Holland, and Mike Melvoin. Tracks include "Younger Generation", "Sad Gypsy", "Hi Heel Sneakers", "She's Too Good To Me", and "Sleep Late, My Lady Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
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Miguel Atwood FergusonMochilla Presents Timeless – Suite For Ma Dukes ... LP
Mochilla, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Part of the Timeless live series – the already legendary concerts organized by Mochilla in honor of influential composers J Dilla, Mulatu and Arthur Verocai! The Dilla tribute is billed as A Suite For Ma Dukes (Dilla's moms is rightly proud of Mr Yancey and deserves to be honored for his work) features Miguel Atwood-Ferguson fronting a 60-piece orchestra – if that doesn't speak volumes for Dilla's legacy, what could? It's wonderful stuff, bringing soaring, orchestral movements to instantly identifiable inspiration from Dilla's classic productions. Guests include Shafiq Husayn, Amp Fiddler, Bilal, Dwele, Illa J, Karriem Riggins, Pos from De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Tracks include "Morning Order", "Antiquity", "Le Yachting", "Untitled/Fantastic", "Welcome 2 Detroit", "Gobstopper", "Affolements Grantiques", "Don't Nobody Care About Us", "Jealousy", "Angel" feat Dwele, "Reminisce" feat Bilal, "Stakes Is High" feat Pos & Talib Kweli, "Fall In Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New 5th DimensionStoned Soul Picnic ... LP
Soul City, 1968. Very Good ... $3.99
A great leap forward for the 5th Dimension – a record that seems to have better vocals than any of their previous efforts – a strongly soulful quality that moves past just pop, and which hits even deeper territory than before! Jimmy Webb's not in the lineup this time around, but Bones Howe is still fully in charge of the sound – producing and doing part of the arrangements, alongside help from Ray Pohlman, Bob Alcivar, and Bill Holman. Instrumentation's got a dreamy, late 60s LA mode – studio, but plenty darn groovy – thanks to performances from Hal Blaine, Larry Bunker, Tommy Tedesco, and Jimmy Rowles. Titles include the group's hit version of "Stoned Soul Picnic" – plus "California Soul", "Bobbie's Blues", "It's A Great Life", "Sweet Blindness", "Broken Wing Bird", "Good News", and "The Eleventh Song (What A Groovy Day)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric insert. Cover has some light wear.)

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New Brigitte Fontaine & AreskiVous Et Nous ... CD
Saravah (France), 1977. Used ... $13.99
A brilliant collaboration between these two dark moody French singers – every bit as great as their classics from the early 70s! Recorded in 1977, with enough material to make up 2 LPs, this set features 33 tracks that slip and slide into each other with cool sounds, spare instrumentation, and amazing vocals that are difficult to describe, but which cut you to the quick once you've heard them! Extremely haunting, with a feel that sounds like the wind blowing through an empty cottage on a rainy day – somewhat sad, but beautifully poetic, too. Even if you don't know French, this stuff'll grab you and send spooky shivers down your spine. Titles include "Vous Et Nous", "Mon Lit", "Personne", "Cher", "Diablo", "La Harpe Jaune", "Dans Ma Rue", and "Je Suis Venu Te Voir". CD
(Out of print.)

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Four TopsMeeting Of The Minds ... LP
ABC, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
A pretty great little album from the Four Tops – the kind of excellent sleeper that shows how strong the group stayed year after year! At some level, the album's got a similar relation to the group's Motown career as do Lamont Dozier's albums at ABC – and the arrangements by Gil Askey, Michael Omartin, and McKinley Jackson all have the feel of the older Detroit groove, updated with a bit of LA modern soul. Levi Stubbs' vocals are still in fine fine form – and titles include "Love Ain't Easy To Come By", "The Will Is Dry", "Midnight Flower", "Right On Brother", "All My Love", and "I Found The Spirit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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Redd FoxxBare Facts ... LP
King, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Redd gets down and dirty on this hard-to-find King album! The material here was recorded live at Redd's own nightclub in LA – and as you can imagine, it's a lot rawer than anything he ever did on TV! The cover has a pretty shocking image of a nude Redd standing with a majorly unattractive nude woman! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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FoxyGet Off (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dash/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A pretty catchy bit of Miami club from the late 70s – and an album that sounds a heck of a lot better than you might think from its silly pink cover! The group's actually got a strong acoustic sound underpinning their grooves – with some excellent percussion underneath the best tracks, and some vocals that almost hit a scatting harmony range that reminds us of Side Effect or the LA Boppers. There's a definite Latin bent to some of the better tunes too – almost hitting in a Kid Creole style, but without the retro touches. Titles include "Mademoiselle", "Tena's Song", "Ready For Love", "Get Off", and "It's Happening". CD features bonus tracks "Get Off (12" disco)", "Get Off (single version)", and "Tena's Song (inst)". CD

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Ruthann FriedmanComplete Constant Companion Sessions ... CD
Reprise/Now Sounds (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the only full albums ever issued by the lovely Ruthann Friedman – a talent who's known both for her seminal 60s work as a songwriter in LA, and for a slew of unreleased tracks that never saw the light of day! This album's different – and is a lasting testament to Friedman's strength as a singer/songwriter – a really under-produced late 60s Warner Brothers gem that mostly just features Ruthann's vocals and acoustic guitar – a mode that might have sounded folksy a few years before, but which takes on the pride and power of the Joni Mitchell generation in Friedman's hands – with lots of dark undercurrents and surprising jazzy inflections in both the vocals and guitar. Titles include "Topsy Turvy Moon", "Ringing Bells", "Morning Becomes You", "Peaceable Kingdom", "Danny", "No Time", and "Look Up To The Sun". CD also features 12 more tracks recorded for Warner at the time, but never issued – including sessions with help from Ry Cooder, Van Dyke Parks, and members of The Byrds. Some of these expand the instrumentation a bit more – but the vibe is very much the same – and titles include "World's End", "The Sky Is Moving South", "Have A Good Time", "Carry On Through", and "Chocolate Sea" – plus an early demo of her classic composition "Windy". CD
 
 
 



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