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Vicki BenetIntroducing Vicki Benet – Woman Of Paris ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Good+ ... $1.99
Vicki Benet sings in both French and English on this record and is joined by Charles Dant and His Orchestra. Some of the songs are just in English, some in French and the others alternate between the two. She is more of a cabaret type singer than a jazz singer and the tracks include "Autumn Leaves", "Pigalle", "La Seine", "Mademoiselle De Paris", "Mon Homme", and "Hymne A L'Amour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Philippe BesombesLibra – Un Film Du Groupe Pattern ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
Tripped out electronics meet progressive rock jamming – all in a weird and wonderful film score from the early 70s! The record's one of the best by French experimentalist Philippe Besombes from the time – and it's got a style that sort of starts in the territory of Francois De Roubaix similar electronic work for film – but gets a lot darker and noisier right away! There's a textural depth here that's really great – almost a pre-industrial music exploration of sounds – but the work's also not that over-indulgent, either – and Besombes always has a great way of getting back to a tune, especially on the shorter tracks. Titles include "La Plage", "Rugby", "Ceremonie", "Hache 06", "La Ville", "Les Cosmonautes", "Tis A Song", "Boogimmick", and "PJF 261". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bio RitmoPuerta Del Sur ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that you'd only find here and there on a classic Fania album – packed together on this release to make this record one hell of a cooker all the way through! Instrumentation is relatively classic – in a trumpet/trombone 70s salsa style – but there's some unusual touches from time to time, the kind of compelling inflections the group's using to make the music their own – especially as they get more confident over the years. Titles include "Pajaro Pio Pio", "Codeina", "Se Les Olvido", "La Via", "Picaresca", and "Motocilengua". CD
Also available Puerta Del Sur ... CD 11.99

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Bio RitmoPuerta Del Sur ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $11.99
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that you'd only find here and there on a classic Fania album – packed together on this release to make this record one hell of a cooker all the way through! Instrumentation is relatively classic – in a trumpet/trombone 70s salsa style – but there's some unusual touches from time to time, the kind of compelling inflections the group's using to make the music their own – especially as they get more confident over the years. Titles include "Pajaro Pio Pio", "Codeina", "Se Les Olvido", "La Via", "Picaresca", and "Motocilengua". CD
Also available Puerta Del Sur ... CD 16.99

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Mario BiondiSun ... CD
Sony, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD

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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home ... CD
Fontana (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin take Jane's ever-growing trash rock aesthetic into the Euro club world of the 70s – and the result is an insane batch of tracks that are among Birkin's craziest work of the decade! She sings with an incredibly deadpan style – as you'll hear especially on the English-language versions of "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Where Or When" – and the arrangements by J-P Sabar have a spare electric quality that work perfectly with Jane's flat voice. A real oddity, but the kind of oddity that kept Birkin a compelling artist throughout her career – and proof that style goes a lot farther than substance in the world of Euro pop! Tunes are almost all originals written by Serge Gainsbourg – and titles include "French Graffiti", "Just Me & You", "La Fille Aux Claquettes", and "Rien Pour Rien". CD

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New Black Voices (aka The Watts Prophets)On The Street In Watts ... LP
ALA, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A chilling statement from the west coast scene of the 70s – the first album from The Watts Prophets, the ultra-powerful group who emerged from the LA turmoil of the 60s. Like the Last Poets, the group blends together righteous spoken word passages and some spare rhythms and a touch of jazz – all stepping forth in the kind of message-driven recording that was too powerful for radio at the time, but which had an undeniable influence as it circulated amongst underground circles. The whole thing's summed up perfectly by the cover, which shows a fist held high in rebellion! Titles include "I'll Stop Calling You N*ggers", "Kill", "Black Pussy", and "The Meek Ain't Gonna". LP, Vinyl record album

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Art BlakeyKeystone 3 ... CD
Concord (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
Long, lean live energy from Art Blakey and a well-remembered version of The Jazz Messengers – a group that includes both Branford Marsalis on alto and Wynton Marsalis on trumpet – plus great tenor from Bill Pierce as well! The vibe is nicely different than the 60s years of the group – and even different than some of the late 70s incarnations too – and the longer, open performances really give all the players a great chance to show off their youthful energy – including Donald Brown on piano and Charles Fambrough on bass. The whole lineup is proof once again that just about anyone Blakey picks turns out to be a legend in their own right – and titles include "Fuller Love", "In Walked Bud", "Waterfalls", and "A La Mode". CD

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Bobby Blue BlandDreamer ... LP
ABC, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $13.99
Sure it's not his Duke recordings, and sure, the sound's a bit 70s-ish – but Bobby's voice is always fantastic, and he still sounds great in this smooth batch of tracks recorded in LA. Backings were arranged and conducted by Michael Omartian – but it's Bobby's vocals that really make the set shine. Titles include "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City", "The End Of The Road", "I Ain't Gonna Be The Fist To Cry", "Dreamer", "Who's Foolin Who", "Cold Day In Hell", "Lovin On Borrowed Time", and "Yolanda". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is wavy from moisture, with some wrinkles and peeled spots on the back panel.)

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Rene BlochMucho Rock ... CD
Andex/VSOP, 1958. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
Rene Bloch is probably best known for his work in a straighter Latin vein, but this excellent set from the late 50s has him "rocking" it up a bit with some really heavy sax! The approach is totally great – one that uses heavy Latin percussion on the bottom (played by Mongo Santamaria and Willie Bobo), but also brings in a full horn section led by Bloch, and working in a mode that's got plenty of great soundtrack touches. The feel here is almost like some of the best crime jazz that LA produced at the time – mixing together earthy, spontaneous percussion on congas, bongos, and timbales – then topping it off with some tighter horn charts, and letting one player break from the formation in a freely-crafted solo! We love this one to death, and the record's got a hell of a lot more to offer than you might guess from its gimmicky title – a great meeting of two different sides of the west coast scene, and a completely memorable session throughout. Titles include "Rene's Mambo", "Wa Pa Cha", "Frenesi", "Paul's Mambo", "Nature Boy", "Magitos", "Cha Cha Stroll", "Harry's At One", and "Sylvia". CD

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Willie BoboBobo! Do That Thing/Guajira ... LP
Tico, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early boogaloo approach to a number of the cuts, one that really makes them kick hard with some very catchy rhythms – and other numbers have a stripped down, rhythm-heavy small combo approach that's equally great, and which really helps expand the sound. Willie's vocals are kept to a minimum, and there's some really great instrumental touches on the best cuts – including some nice electric piano! Titles include "Bobo Do That Thing", "A La Bobita", "Azulito", "Chickadee", "Rigor Mortis", "Ritmo Tymbale", and "Grab Your Hat". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Willie BoboBobo! Do That Thing/Guajira ... LP
Tico, 1963. Very Good- ... $19.99
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early boogaloo approach to a number of the cuts, one that really makes them kick hard with some very catchy rhythms – and other numbers have a stripped down, rhythm-heavy small combo approach that's equally great, and which really helps expand the sound. Willie's vocals are kept to a minimum, and there's some really great instrumental touches on the best cuts – including some nice electric piano! Titles include "Bobo Do That Thing", "A La Bobita", "Azulito", "Chickadee", "Rigor Mortis", "Ritmo Tymbale", and "Grab Your Hat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has a large center split on the bottom seam.)

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Bonniwell Music MachineBonniwell Music Machine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
An amazing second chapter for The Music Machine – working here with the last name of leader Sean Bonniwell in their name – in a groove that's even weirder and wilder than before! The group take on an odd new sound here – still the heady brew of fuzz and Hammond on their original garagey recordings from LA – but with a mode that also really lets Bonniwell's offbeat character come to the forefront – both in the odd lyrics, and his stark presentation in the lead – a Sunset Strip sense of personality that's almost up there with Kim Fowley at times! The record's definitely one of the weirder, more edgey sides cut for Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – and titles include "Astrologically Incompatible", "Double Yellow Line", "The Trap", "Soul Love", "Bottom Of The Soul", "Me Myself & I", and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". CD features an insane 49 tracks in all – the full 14 track album, other Warner singles, and demos and rare material that includes solo tracks by Sean Bonniwell too! CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... Cassette
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! 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". Cassette

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! 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". CD
(2014 remastered edition.)

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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.)

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded - Hot Club Version ... CD
B-Boy, 1987. Used ... $4.99
The instrumental/dub versions of all the tracks from the Criminal Minded LP – one of the most important albums in the history of hip hop – the first full LP from KRS One, 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 – plus "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang" CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsSouth Bronx Teachings – A Collection Of Boogie Down Productions ... CD
Traffic/B-Boy, Late 80s. Used ... $2.99
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 TEvergreen (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Wounded Bird, 1974. Used ... $7.99
A surprisingly great album by Booker T – recorded after his Memphis years with The MGs, and his duets with Priscilla – and done in a sweetly mellow style that has Booker emerging as a whole new style of songwriter! As with all the post-MG albums, Booker sings lead vocals on all tracks – in a gently, almost folksy mode that fits beautifully with the compressed production of the set. There's almost a Terry Callier-ish quality to a few of the cuts, and on others, Booker's hitting a cool LA style that's kind of a west coast take on the Memphis vibe – but with a few more rock-based touches. Book plays a bit of organ and some keyboards on the set, and titles include "Jamaica Song", "Mama Stewart", "Flamingo", "Tennessee Voodoo", "Lie To Me", and "Evergreen". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – "Life Is Funky", "Take Me To The River", "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", "Higher & Higher", "Love Is Strange", and "Evergreen (single version)". CD

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Booker T & The MGsSoul Limbo ... LP
Stax, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
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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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

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New 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 ... $19.99
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
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New Bobby Bradford/John Carter QuintetComin On ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 1988. New Copy ... $19.99
A brilliant reinvention of the Bobby Bradford/John Carter partnership – a key force on the LA avant scene of the late 60s and early 70s – still filled with fire in this later recording! Bradford's cornet has lost none of its force – and the real shift here is Carter, who works only on clarinet – yet uses the instrument with incredible energy, with bold, stretching lines that move far past some of the more fragile aspects of the instrument – and which seem to get pushed even farther here by Bradford than on some of Carter's own albums as a leader during the 80s. The rest of the group features Don Preston on piano and keyboards, Richard Davis on bass, and the mighty Andrew Cyrille on drums – whose playing here really propels the whole set strongly – on titles that include "Comin On", "Sunday Afternoon Jazz Society Blues", "Room 408", and "Encounter". CD

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Braen RaskovichAbnormal Sensations ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Italian soundtrack gurus Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis – working together under the pseudonyms Braen, Raskovich and Kema – and delivering a killer rare set of Abnormal Sensations! It tows the line tightly between seedy early 70s sound library/soundtrack grooves and raw psych and funk-steeped prog. It's fairly stripped-down, with buzzing strings, eerie keyboards, flute and intense rhythms – mostly instrumental, but with some occasional haunting vocals. Amazing stuff! Includes "Sensazioni Abnormi", "Cattura", "Bisca", "Evasioni Psichiche", "Rastrellamento", "Braccio Della Morte", "La Mala", "Premeditazione" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Brazilian Love AffairVoce E Eu – Joao Gilberto Revisited By Brazilian Love Affair Project ... CD
Fonte (Italy), 2013. Used ... $9.99
A sweet set of contemporary bossa gems – all older numbers made famous by Joao Gilberto in his early days – spun out with a very fresh finish here by the Brazilian Love Affair combo! The group work in a mostly live jazz mode, with just a bit of programming on the rhythms – and the album's especially heavy on Fender Rhodes, which updates an older bossa sound nicely – amidst older-styled instrumentation on acoustic guitar, Hammond, trombone, and flute. The vocals are great – with the same raspy charm of Joao's early recordings – that very human, very honest quality that made his singing so different from other vocalists of his generation – and titles include "Rosa Morena", "Desafinado", "Voce E Eu", "O Barquinho", "Saudade Fez Um Samba", "Ho Ba La La", and "Chega De Saudade". CD
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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 ... $0.99
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 some masking tape along the opening, and some residue from tape removal.)

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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

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Clifford Brown, Max Roach, Herb Geller, et alBest Coast Jazz ... LP
EmArcy, 1954. Very Good- ... $14.99
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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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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New Severin BrowneSeverin Browne ... LP
Motown, 1973. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)
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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

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New Angel Canales & SaborEl San Juan ... LP
TR, 1976. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Tracks include "La Realidad", "Arrepentida", "Viejo Carruzell", "Mi Nina Bonita", and "Ana Isaoco". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carl CarltonEverlasting Love ... LP
ABC, 1974. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A bit of a hit for the young Carl Carlton – as the record features his version of "Everlasting Love", done in a mode that has a strident Stevie Wonder groove, with a few more touches of pop orchestrations in the background. The rest of the record has a similar feel, mixing older tunes with a Stevie sweet soul groove – and titles include "Morning, Noon, & Night", "Signed Sealed & Delivered", "Hurt So Bad", "Smokin Room", "Our Day Will Come", and "La La Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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John Carter & Bobby BradfordTandem – Vols 1 & 2 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1979/1982. New Copy 2 CDs ... $24.99
Previously unreleased material from the duo of Bobby Bradford and John Carter – two players who created ferocious energy together in their famous LA quartet of the late 60s and early 70s, but who here get at a completely different sound of their talents! In a way, the record really represents the growth that Carter had as a musician by this time – his wonderfully lyrical, evocative work on clarinet – which carries some echoes of Jimmy Giuffre's freeness on the instrument, but a more deeply personal quality as well – quite earthy and organic at times, with these really beautiful tones! Bradford's cornet really seems to follow suit strongly – beautifully blown, but at a level that's more intimate than we've heard from Bobby before – really wonderful phrasing that's free, but still always quite tuneful too. The set features a few tracks with solo clarinet, and one solo cornet – and this special 2CD package is an improved version of the previous releases of the music, with even better sound than before. Titles include "Tandem", "Petals", "Angles", "Circle", "Sweet Sunset", "Swiss Account", "And She Speaks", "Les Masses Jigaboo", "She", and "Echoes From Rudolph's". CD

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Cha Cha GuitriFrench Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... CD
Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
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". CD
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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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New ChakachasJungle Fever ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Very Good+ ... $16.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear.)
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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 ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
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". Plus, the CD also seems to include a few bonus titles from an additional 1956 session with Coltrane! CD

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Chambers BrothersPeople Get Ready ... LP
Vault, 1965. Very Good- ... $6.99
The first album ever from The Chambers Brother – a much rootsier set than the psychedelic soul that later earned them fame in the 60s! The set's heavy on influences from folk, blues, and gospel – and pitches the group more towards the crossover college scene than the mainstream soul crowd – thanks to an appreciatively rootsy style of production that really has the vocals and acoustic instrumentation presented without any other augmentation. Tracks were recorded live at The Unicorn in Boston and the Ash Grove in LA – and most numbers are covers, with versions of "Summertime", "Your Old Land", "It's All Over Now", "Reconsider Baby", "People Get Ready", "Tore Up", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a bit of sticker residue, fading on the top seam, some splitting on the bottom seam, and a torn-off corner on the back paste-on. Labels have a spot of sticker residue and a bit of marker.)

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Charanga Chicago/Eddie Drennon & Charanga SoulCharanga Chicago/Eddie Drennon & Charanga Soul ... CD
Alma, 1977/1983. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A really sweet charanga session from the 70s – one that mixes in some of the warmer instrumentation of the Latin disco generation, but which still keeps most of the older styles intact! The result is a really unique set – an album that has some of the clubby elements you'd find on Salsoul, mixed with the sort of elements you might find on the Fania or Vaya labels – as violin and percussion mix with warmer keyboard lines and guitar. Eddie Drennon put the project together – and it's definitely got elements of his other soulful work from the time – and titles include "Raindrops", "Descarga", "Isn't She Lovely", "Son Montuno Instrumental", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". CD also features four more tracks from Eddie Drennon in a similar mode – "Soul Montuno", "Proud Mary", "Llego La Charanga", and "Theme From Taxi". CD

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Cheech & ChongBig Bambu ... LP
Ode, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
We don't know about you, but we never get tired of Cheech & Chong's jokes about reefer and East LA. Loads of great pot jokes on this album with the nice rolling paper gatefold sleeve, including "Sister Mary Elephant", "Ralph & Herbie", "Streets Of New York Or Los Angeles Or San Francisco Or. . .", "The Bust", "Let's Make A Dope Deal" and "Unamerican Bandstand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the novelty rolling paper. Cover has light wear.)

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Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together/Milky Way ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1977/1979. Used ... $9.99
A heavy 2-fer – featuring a pair of 70s gems from Chocolate Milk! First up is We're All In This Together – an overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – a tight funky undercurrent that's definitely rooted in New Orleans soul, but has some warmer, more contemporary elements too – just like that mid 70s change Toussaint was bringing to his own grooves. Standout cuts include the funky numbers "Grand Theft" and "America" – plus the groover "Girl Callin" – although there's some mellower numbers we like pretty darn well too. Other tracks include "Help Me Find The Road", "Thinking Of You", "That's The Way She Loves", and "Fertility". Milky Way is tight, funky, and plenty groovy – a set that has Chocolate Milk sounding a lot smoother than at their start, but still pretty darn great overall! Allan Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn are still around to help the group on production, but the sound is more LA than New Orleans – a well-crafted set of grooves that almost seems to have the group's Crescent City roots shaking hands with the sunnier sound of California soul in the late 70s. That latter aspect adds in some nice jazzy touches – ala Fantasy Records – and almost gives the record a Wayne Henderson-styled groove at points, especially on some of the mellow steppers and midtempo numbers. Titles include "Milky Way", "You're The One", "Hurry Down Sunset", "Groove City", "Say Won'tcha", and "Paradise". CD

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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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Merry ClaytonMerry Clayton ... CD
Ode/Repertoire, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Righteous and rocking soul from Merry Clayton! The set was done in LA with arrangements by insiders that include Jerry Peters, Carole King, and Billy Preston – and features some tight and sometimes funky backing from players that include David T Walker, Wilton Felder, Paul Humphrey, and Curtis Amy. Some of the tunes are a bit too rock-soul for our taste, but there are a few tasty bits on here that we really like – including a hip Leon Ware tune called "Whatever", a nice cover of Bill Withers' "Grandma's Hands", and Jerry Peters "Love Me Or Let Me Be Lonely". Other tracks include "Southern Man", "Same Old Story", "Walk On In", and "A Song For You". CD

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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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Nat King ColeKing Cole Trio With Lester Young & Red Callender ... LP
Score, Late 40s. Very Good- ... $7.99
A great collection of bop sides from 40s LA – tracks that ostensibly feature Cole on piano, jamming with Lester Young on tenor and Red Callender on bass! Oddly, no other players are listed in the notes – even though there's clearly a drummer and trumpeter on the session – so it's a bit hard to date the material, or figure out the actual source of the work. But we can say that Young's tone alone is more than worth the price of admission – beautifully firm and strong – blown in a way that rivals his best early performances for Verve, but perhaps even with a bit more grit and soul. Titles include "SM Blues", "Jammin With Lester", "Can't Get Started", "Body & Soul", and "Indiana". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy maroon label pressing. Cover has completely split seams, some wear, staining, some waviness, and some pen on the back.)

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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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New Ornette ColemanNew York Is Now! (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
"New York is now" – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York downtown scene in years to come! Ornette's at his most late 60s unbridled here – freer than before, and working with a lineup that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – still no piano at all – plus great work from Dewey Redman on tenor, who really burst into new prominence with this album. Ornette plays a bit of violin alongside alto sax – and tracks include "Toy Dance", "Round Trip", "Broad Way Blues", and "We Now Interrupt For A Commercial". LP, Vinyl record album

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Buddy ColletteBuddy's Best (remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1957. New Copy ... $11.99
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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Buddy ColletteJazz Loves Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Specialty/OJC, 1958. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A hip little album from Buddy Collette – one that's ostensibly based around the then-popular idea of a set of Paris-inspired tunes – but which comes off with a sound that's a lot deeper than you might expect! David Axelrod produced the set – it was one of his early projects for Specialty Records – and Buddy Collette plays alto, tenor, and flute – in a group with Frank Rosolino on trombone, Howard Roberts on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Bill Richmond or Bill Douglass on drums. Red Callender joins in on some tracks, and his deep tones mixed with Rosolino's trombone, really help offset the lighter sounds of Collette's reeds in a nice way. Titles include "Domino", "Mam'Selle", "Pigalle", "I Love Paris", "La Vie En Rose", and "Under Paris Skies". CD features 4 bonus alternate takes, too! CD

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Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player Of The Year ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $9.99
What can we say? Bootsy's on top of the world here – not only The Player Of The Year, but also the most soulful artist in the P-Funk stable, and a master of the smooth, sly, slinky groove that would forever be taken up by bands from LA – both in the immediate soul years and in later sampling hip hop ones. The record's got a sophisticated soul approach that moves the music way past slapped basslines and funny glasses – and thanks to top-line musicianship, including some help from Fred Wesley, Bootsy avoids any cliches that might have buried this one under the mountain of P-Funk albums hitting the market at the same time. Includes the monster track "Hollywood Squares" – plus "May The Force Be With You", "Very Yes", "Bootsy?", and "Bootzilla". LP, Vinyl record album
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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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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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Martha Cooper & Nika KramerWe B Girlz (paperback) ... Book
Powerhouse Books, 2005. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A wonderful snapshot of female hip hop culture from Martha Cooper – a work that's sort of a companion piece to her collection that make up the essential book Hip Hop Files! We B*Girlz is all about the modern B-Girlz scene that has grown from the B Boys era that defined the mid 80s culture – focusing on Girlz that are building legacies from the Bronx to LA, from San Francisco to Rhode Island, from Germany to the Netherlands and points beyond. Text handled by Nika Kramer. Paperback, 156 pages, and bursting with color photos! Book

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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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New CortexTroupeau Bleu (deluxe edition) ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong Brazilian influence in some of the rhythms, and hip use of female vocals alongside the Fender Rhodes – which makes for a double layer of sound that's totally great! There's a bit of alto sax in the instrumentation, but most of the sound comes from the interplay between keyboards, voice, bass, and drums – rolling along in a sound that's stunningly soulful, and which makes the record one of the hippest European dates from the decade. Tremendous all the way through – with tracks that include "Automne", "L'Enfant Samba", "La Rue", "Go Round", "Madbass", "Sabbat", "Mary Et Jeff", and "Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe edition – very nice! In heavy tip-on jacket with poster, too!)

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Larry Coryell & The Eleventh HouseJune 1975 – Livelove Series Vol 1 ... CD
Promising (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
Really great work from Larry Coryell and his Eleventh House combo – a set that's maybe even harder and funkier than we remember from any of the group's studio work! The performance was caught live by German radio in the mid 70s – and is a wonderfully-recorded date that has the guitar of Larry Coryell coming out with all these amazing fuzzy tones, next to killer keyboard work from Mike Mandel – who really wins us all over again with is work here! Coryell's got lots of sinister tones in his guitar, but is never too rockish – and the rest of the group features Mike Lawrence on trumpet, John Lee on bass, and Alfonse Mouzon on some mighty heavy drums – on titles that include "Julie La Belle", "The Other Side", "Bird Fingers", "Diedra", "Low Lee Tah", "Funky Waltz", and "Adam Smasher". CD

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Don CostaDon Costa Concept ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Don Costa hits a rock thing here, and his "concept" features his puffy orchestrations, a vocal chorus, and lots of easy versions of pop hits like "Soulful Strut", "Hey Jude", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" na d"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", plus a few Brazilian numbers like "Goodby Sadness (tristesse)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some light wear, and some minor splitting on the seams.)

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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 ... $9.99
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
One of of the grooviest groups of their time – and a quintet who manage to exceed the usual on two different fronts – both as a family group, and as a harmony outfit too! The Cowsills have a vocal approach that's far richer than their years on the planet – never kiddie at all, and instead maybe even more well-crafted than most of the 20s pop harmonizers working at the time – thanks to these fab arrangements from Jimmy Wisner, who really has the group soaring from the start – and bringing in these darker, more mature elements to the music that you'd never expect. The whole thing's a wonderful mix of sweet and sad, in a style that goes way beyond the usual pop psych – on titles that include "The Rain The Park & Other Things", "Pennies", "La Ru Du Soliel", "Dreams Of Linda", "River Blue", "Troubled Roses", "How Can I Make You See" , and "(Come 'Round Here) I'm The One You Need". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and aging.)

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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 CrissI'll Catch The Sun ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good- ... $6.99
Excellent material from Sonny Criss' late 60's comeback period! By this point, Criss had a sound, style, and maturity that was unmatched by any of his LA contemporaries – a way of blowing the alto that was neither boppish, nor cliched in R&B modes – and instead burst forth with a sense of soulful sophistication that was quite unique! Sonny's sound here is incredible throughout – a clear, clean approach to his instrument that is quite different than his style of a few years before – and he's set up in a great little combo that includes Hampton Hawes on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Shelly Mann on drums. Titles include the killer "California Screamin" – plus "I'll Catch The Sun", "Blue Sunset", "Cry Me A River", and "Don't Rain On My Parade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)

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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! (RVG remastered with bonus track) ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1966. New Copy ... $5.99
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" – and the CD features the bonus track "Love For Sale". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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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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Celia CruzBravo Celia Cruz (remastered edition) ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1967. Used ... $13.99
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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Cryan ShamesSugar & Spice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Now Sounds (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
The breakout album for The Cryan Shames – a wonderfully groovy harmony pop combo from the 60s – one with a sound that's very much the best Sunshine Pop of LA, even though these guys hail from our hometown of Chicago! The vocals come together with a really magical feel – sometimes mellow and drifty, ala The Association – sometimes vibrant and soaring, in a really catchy way! The whole album's great – with just a touch of Brit invasion guitar jangle behind the vocals at times – and titles include "Heat Wave", "We'll Meet Again", "If I Needed Someone", "Hey Joe", "Sugar & Spice", "July", "I Wanna Meet You", and "Ben Franklin's Almanac". CD features the full album in mono – with bonus tracks that include "You're Gonna Lose That Girl", "Georgia", "The Road", "Bits & Pieces (version one)", "It Don't Matter To Me", and "Mr Unreliable". CD

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Cuban All StarsCharanga Vol 2 – The Latest Dance Craze! ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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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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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New 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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New Jack DaughertyJack Daugherty & The Class Of Nineteen Hundred & Seventy One ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
A lost treasure from A&M – a very hip set of big band jazz from LA, played by a group that's stuffed with great underground players. Hal Blaine is on drums, as is Paul Humphrey, and other players include Joe Pass, Dennis Budimir, Don Menza, Larry Carlton, and other likely suspects from the studio jazz scene. Tracks are all tightly strung, in an A&M style – with great production, a soaring approach to the mellow numbers, and some really tight playing on some of the album's funkier tracks. Titles include "Number Nine", "You Got It", "La Costa Drive", "Brothers & Sisters", "Feel So Good", "Getting Up", and "Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some seam splitting, a stained corner, marker on the back, and some pen and stickers on the back.)

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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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Louis De Funes (Vladimir Cosma & Others)Louis De Funes Vol 2 ... CD
Play Time (France), 1960s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
This is the 2nd volume of groovy tracks pulled from the 60's and 70's French comedies of Louis De Funes – like Rabbi Jacob, Pouic-Pouic, La Zizanie, and Le Petit Baigneur. The music on this volume was mostly written by Vladimir Cosma, but there's also some contributions by Georges Garvarentz, Alain Gouraguer, and Gerard Calvi. As would be expected from a comp like this, there's a variety of styles, but most of the music has a very groovy light comedy sort of sound – as if it was pulled from Brit 60's comedies, like the Carry On films. There's 33 titles in all, with a great package that includes a loving tribute to De Funes work, with reproductions of the posters from the films, and information on specific releases! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dead KennedysFresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (180 gram pressing with poster & prints) ... LP
Cherry Red (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Landmark work from The Dead Kennedys – and maybe still one of the greatest punk records to ever come from the American scene! There's so much here that so many other records are missing – razor-sharp instrumentation, a great sense of pacing, and most importantly, a biting wit that always keeps the whole thing from ever lapsing into any sort of over-serious cliches! Yet unlike their LA contemporaries, the group were also never ones to just lay into the jokes – as the political commentary here is especially pointed, and nearly every single song is a blistering attack on late 70s California mores and national obsessions. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Kill The Poor", "Forward To Death", "Let's Lynch The Landlord", "Your Emotions", "Holiday In Cambodia", "California Uber Alles", and "Stealing People's Mail" – plus a killer cover of "Viva Las Vegas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – super-heavy vinyl!)

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Def DeeDeja Vu ... LP
Redefinition, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
Sophmore album from producer/MC Def Dee – with an all star roster of guests that include Blu, Damu The Fudgemunk, Roc Marciano, El Da Sensei, Raw Poetic and more. Includes "The Host", "Place Your Bet (Instrumental)", "C'Mon Now (Instrumental)", "Church (Instrumental)", "Clan In Front" feat Kaimbr & Zar, "I'm Ghetto (Instrumental)", "New Burners" feat Blu/LA/Flex Matthews, "Toss N Turn" feat One Be Lo, "08 Beau" with Raw Poetic and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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DelfonicsSuper Hits ... LP
Philly Groove, Early 70s. Very Good ... $13.99
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
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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New Dengue FeverEscape From Dragon House ... CD
M80 Music, 2005. Used ... $7.99
Dengue Fever not only Escape From Dragon House on this second album – they also escape any knee-jerk attempts to write them off as a novelty group – here delivering a groovy update of the 60s & 70s Cambodian rock vibe! Dengue Fever may be an LA combo, but they do the fun Cambodian garage sound of earlier decades proud – with sweet, girly vocals and a backdrop of keys, horns and global garage, mod, pop and funk rock sounds with one foot in the retro and the other planted on a modern stage. Titles include "We Were Gonna", "Sni Bong", "Tip My Canoe", "Escape From Dragon House", "Made Of Steam", "Saran Wrap", "Hummingbird" and more. CD

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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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Al DiMeolaElectric Rendezvous ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet electric rendezvous from guitarist Al Di Meola – and a record that stands in sharp contrast to some of the mellower acoustic sessions he was cutting at the time! The album's got a mix of fuzz and funk that's a bit like some of Stanley Clarke's albums for Columbia in the same stretch – never too rocking, and always with a sense of jazz firmly in place – but definitely tuned towards a new electric generation for the 80s! The other players really support that energy – and include Jan Hammer and Philippe Saisse on keyboards, Anthony Jackson on bass, and Steve Gadd on drums – and although Al plays acoustic guitar at a number of points, the overall setting is highly electric. Titles include "Cruisin", "Black Cat Shuffle", "Somalia", "Jewel Inside A Dream", "God Bird Change", "Passion Grace & Fire", and "Ritmo De La Noche". CD

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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

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New Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban (45rpm – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/Music Matters, 1955. Sealed 2LP (reissue)... $36.99
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
(Amazing reissue pressing – done as a 2LP set, with heavy vinyl and cover, and played at 45rpm speed for extra-high fidelity!)

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New Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandDr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
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
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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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Jacques DutroncJacques Dutronc (1969) (aka L'Hotesse De L'Air) ... CD
Vogue/BMG (France), 1969. Used ... $19.99
Excellent work from the great Jacques Dutronc – a wonderful French pop singer who could be as classy in a tuxedo as he could crazy in a cowboy outfit! This album is a perfect blend of Jacques' different styles – from the mad rocking pop of "Le Reponsable" to the easy pop of "La Maison Des Reves" – and the balance is amazing, a great illustration of the unique Dutronc charm, which set Jacques apart from any other figures in French pop! Other tracks include "L'Idole", "L'Aventurier", "L'Hotesse De L'Air", "Ou Est-il L'Ami Pierrot?", and "L'Amour Est Le Moteur Du Monde". CD
(Out of print.)

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El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch ... $16.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)

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New Duke EllingtonSoul Call ... LP
Verve, 1966. Sealed ... $13.99
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
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Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP 18.99
Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 8.99

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used Gatefold ... $8.99
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
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Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 11.99
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
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Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 11.99
Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 8.99

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EsquivelLatin-Esque/Exploring New Sounds In Stereo (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/El (UK), 1959/1962. New Copy ... $13.99
Hi-fi heaven from the legendary Esquivel – two albums back to back on a single CD! Latin-Esque is quite possibly our favorite Esquivel album ever – a tremendous little session that was recorded for RCA's Stereo Action series – with incredible sound that leaps back and forth between each speaker! The notes describe the record as having a "block long sound" – given that Juan Garcia recorded the record in 2 different studios, a block apart – and given the dynamic range of the music, you can almost believe that quote, given the way the instrumentation leaps around! There's a definite Latin flavor here – thanks to more bottom percussion than before – but all instruments really come off beautifully, including guitar and piano, and lots of other odd bits too. There's a slight bit of vocals, but not much – and titles "Jungle Drums", "Estrellita", "Latin-esque", "La Paloma", "La Raspa", "You Belong To My Heart", and "Cachito". CD also features the album Exploring New Sounds In Stereo – a classic bit of Esquivel, with a genius summed up perfectly in the cover image – a photo that features Juan Garcia gazing into a telescope, looking at the stars and contemplating his next musical direction! The sound here is great – a hard-swinging blend of dynamic orchestrations, wordless scatting vocals, and other instrumentation that feels like it seeped out of some spaceship that was just passing by! There's some nice percussion touches at times, and the interplay between all instruments is quite lively – never nearly as sleepy as other easy albums from the time. Titles include "My Blue Heaven", "My Number One Love", "All Of Me", "Spellbound", "Whatchamacalit", "La Ronde", and "Bella Mora". CD also features bonus tracks from the two Infinity In Sound albums. CD

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Gil EvansOut Of The Cool ... CD
Impulse, 1961. Used ... $7.99
A pivotal session for Gil Evans – 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". CD

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New Gil Evans/Gary McFarlandDedication Series IX – The Great Arrangers (Out Of The Cool/Profiles) ... LP
Impulse, 1960/1966. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
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 light wear & a cutout notch.)
 
 
 



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