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New Jerry GoldsmithBlue Max – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Legacy/La La Land, 1966. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the most famous Jerry Goldsmith soundtracks ever – even if the film itself wasn't much of a hit! Goldsmith really rose to the top ranks of film composers with his work for Blue Max – able to orchestrate both full action and quiet moments with effortless ease – often through these compressed passages that really move beyond the usual Hollywood scoring standard of the time! Things are never too flowery, yet still remain quite full at times – and Goldsmith really demonstrates his great skill with creating special odd sounds out of more familiar instruments. Titles include "First Blood", "Bridge Duel", "The Lonely Victor", "Food Riot", "Confirmed Kill", and "Waltz". Very special 2CD version features 25 tracks from the "lost" final score – plus 15 more from the original 1966 album, and an additional 13 more source and cue music! CD
(Limited edition of 2000 copies.)
 
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New Eden Ahbez & OthersExotic World Of Eden Ahbez (180 gram red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Hills Of Hollywood, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.95
A totally great set that goes way beyond the few familiar sounds we know from the legendary Eden Ahbez – the strange mystical figure who was to LA exotic music what Moondog was to the sounds of the streets of New York! The set steps around Eden's one and only album for Del-Fi – and features side projects from the same time, a few rare outtakes, and cool records done in collaboration with other artists – many of which have a surprisingly jazzy vibe at times! Like Eden's one album from before, the sound here is wonderful – very moody, often eerie, and pitched very different than the mainstream of exotica – much more towards the more offbeat sound of the underground. Titles include "Anna Was Mine", "Nature Girl", and "Tobago (inst)" by Eden Ahbez – plus "John John" by Nature Boy & Friends, "End Of Desire" and "California" by Nature Boy Orchestra, "Sahara" and "Zen" by Bob Romeo & The Jungle Sextet, "Nature Boy" by Don Reed & Lorelei, "Yes Master" by Don Carson & The Casuals, and "Ahbe Casabe" by Marti Barris. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 500 copies on red vinyl.)

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New Tito AllenMaldades ... CD
Alegre, 1975. Used ... $29.99
A strong 70s salsa session featuring this popular vocalist and a crack little combo. Luis Ramirez and Luis Cruz arranged, and the whole thing's got a nice batch of jazzy arrangements backing up Tito's strong voice. Titles include "Rico Melao", "La Puerta", "Los Colaos", and "Vaya Ahi Na'Ma". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mose Allison TrioBack Country Suite ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Very Good ... $19.99
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country Suite" – an extended piece of shorter numbers, composed by Allison with a wonderfully evocative feel. The depth of the work is wonderful, and shows that even at an early point, Allison was forging a unique voice in jazz that went far beyond simple work on piano as an accompanist. Other players on the set include bassist Taylor La Fargue and drummer Frank Isola – and side two features the tunes "Blueberry Hill", "I Thought About You", "In Salah", and "One Room Country Shack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & black label NJ pressing. Cover has a name in pen on back.)

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassWhipped Cream & Other Delights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1965. Used ... $7.99
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but compressed down into a sweet little LA groove in that magical A&M way – never too over the top, done in a way that takes a previously-hokey brassy sound, and smoothes it out for the Now Sound generation! Titles include the hit single "Whipped Cream", plus "Taste Of Honey", "Green Peppers", "Bittersweet Samba", "Lemon Tree", "Ladyfingers", and "Butterball". Includes the bonus tracks "Rosemary" and "Blueberry Park". CD

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

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Curtis AmySounds Of Broadway & Hollywood ... LP
Palomar, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A strange record by Curtis Amy! The album changes the style from his smaller soul jazz albums – and mostly features his hard sax solos over larger orchestrations by Camarata. The shift here is typical of the move that Amy made (along with other LA jazz players) to more studio oriented work – work that found him playing on an awful lot of rock albums by the end of the decade. The whole album features themes from groovy 60s TV shows and musicals – with tracks that include "Goldfinger", "Love Line", "Sunrise, Sunset", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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AntoineElucubrations – Antoine On 45 1965 to 1966 ... CD
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period – lots of jerky mod grooves, mixed with fuzzy guitars and sweet organ lines – all to support Antoine's upfront, to-the-point presentation of the lyrics. A few tunes throw in a bit more acoustic guitar – ala Francoise Hardy – and a bit of Dylan-esque harmonica too – and the collection brings together all the tracks from Antoine's highly collectible EP release of the time, plus a rare British single in English too. Titles include "Votez Pour Moi", "La Guerre", "Un Jour C'Est Longtemps Pour Nous Deux", "N T'En Fais Pas", "Pourquoi Ces Canons", "Nadine", "An Elephant's Looking At Me", and "Before The Good Thing". CD

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Arnaldo Antunes, Carlinhos Brown, & Marisa MonteTribalistas ... CD
EMI, 2002. Used ... $2.99
3 of Brazil's most important artists of the past 10 years team up in this Tribalistas project – a genre-blurring set of tracks that recalls similar efforts of the Tropicalista generation, updated to reflect the styles of the 3 artists involved, with some nice complicated production touches from Monte herself. Titles include "Carnavalia", "La De Longe", "O Amor E Feio", "Passe Em Casa", "Velha Infancia", and "Ja Sei Namorar". CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Magic Disc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". CD

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AssociationComplete Warner Bros & Valiant Singles Collection ... CD
Warner/Now Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Mindblowing music from The Association – a heady double-length package that features every single the group ever cut for the Valiant and Warner Brothers label – which together make for an amazing evolution in sound! Although best remembered for their few soft rock hits, The Association were a hell of a group who never stopped growing back in the 60s – from sublime folksy harmonies at the start, to more complicated baroque pop as years went on, to some psych elements, and even a return to rootsier sounds they never had in the first place – always delivered with qualities that were head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries – and perfectly put together in the best LA studio styles, with help from giants like Curt Boettcher, Gary Paxton, Bones Howe, and others. The group also became quite skilled in the studio themselves – as you'll hear in the book's copious notes and comments from members themselves – all a perfect package for a set that features 37 mighty tunes that include "Six Man Band", "Goodbye Columbus", "Like Always", "No Fair At All", "Standing Still", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", "Looking Glass", "Birthday Morning", "Makes Me Cry", "PF Sloan", "Just About The Same", "Traveler's Guide", "I Am Up For Europe", "Hear In Here",a nd "Forty Times" – not to mention some bigger hits! CD

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AssociationRenaissance ... LP
Warner, 1966. Very Good+ ... $6.99
An aptly-titled album, as it sprung the genius of The Association fully onto the world – and forever changed the rules for dreamy vocal pop music! The album's a wonderful blend of sweet harmonies, LA production, and the kind of slightly-trippy song stylings you already know from The Association's biggest hits. However, the album's also filled with great little songs that you probably haven't heard before – which makes it an even bigger treat, kind of like stumbling upon a treasure box of unheard musical gems that you've been looking for your entire life! Titles include "Songs In The Wind", "Memories Of You", "No Fair At All", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", and "Another Time Another Place". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pre-Warner stereo pressing on Valiant. Cover has some wear.)

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Pierre BacheletLe Dernier Amant Romantique/Capitaine X ... CD
Music Box (France), 1978/1983. New Copy ... $23.99
A pair of slinky soundtracks from Pierre Bachelet – back to back on a single CD! Le Dernier Amant Romantique features music penned for a film directed by Just Jaeckin – with whom Bachelet had worked famously on Emmanuel and other sexy films in the 70s. This one's got the same sort of slink and sleaze in all the right places – and a soundtrack from Pierre that's equal parts Euro disco and mellower keyboard moments – mixing upbeat rhythmic tunes with some excellent laidback numbers that pace the keyboards nicely. Vocal tunes include "Romantic Lover" sung by Cher Komisar and "Roman D'Amour" sung by Marie Laforet – and other tracks include "Conte De Fee", "Motel Show", "La Roulotte", "Paradis Samba", and "La Mort Du Lion". Captain X is a spy series from the 80s – scored by Pierre Bachelet with this spacious, airy approach that's almost in the territory of Francis Lai – with some strong acoustic piano melodies stepping out beautifully in the front. Titles include "Dans Les Yeux D'Une Valse", "Fin De Soiree", "Croisere", "Swing Boat Blues", and "Le Marteau Du Crime". CD
(Limited edition of 500.)

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LaVern BakerLaVern Baker – Rock & Roll ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $9.99
Rockin soul from the legendary LaVern Baker – a killer collection of classic 50s work for Atlantic Records – tunes that went on to have an undeniable influence on the sound of female soul in the 60s! Baker's vocals are amazing right from the start – raw, but with a vocal range that's really impressive – able to soar, dip, and turn on a dime – even when Atlantic's giving her some larger backings, the sorts of sounds that might hold back another singer – but hardly slow LaVerne at all! The package is the first full LP to bring together Baker's classic singles for Atlantic – with titles that include "Jim Dandy", "Tra La La", "Bop Ting A Ling", "Tweedle Dee", "Still", "Soul On Fire", "I Can't Love You Enough", and "Get Up Get Up". CD

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Lavern Baker/Chris Connor/Herbie Mann/Bobby ShortNo Strings – An After Theater Version ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and Bobby Short – all brought together to perform the tunes, which are recast nicely in arrangements by Mann, Al Cohn, and Bobby Scott. Chris Connor sings "The Sweetest Sounds", "No Strings", "Look No Further", and "Nobody Told Me"; Bobby Short sings "Be My Host", "An Orthodox Fool", and "The Man Who Has Everything"; Lavern Baker sings "Eager Beaver" and "Loads Of Love"; and Herbie Mann plays a cool Latinized version of "La La La". CD

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BalojiKinshasa Succursale ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2011. New Copy ... $7.99 13.98
One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – particularly in Baloji's sharply-spoken lyrics – which are more bold messages than straight hip hop rhymes – especially set amidst some of the warmer, more flowing musical passages. The set features guest work from a wide range of talents – including Konono No.1, soukous stars Zaiko Langa Langa, American soul maverick Amp Fiddler, brass band Fanfare La Confiance, and the choir Choeur La Grace – all of whom leave their unique imprint on the set – creating a great sense of change as the music flows along. Titles include "Tshena Ndekela", "De L'Autre Cote De La Mere", "Genese 89", "Kesho", "Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo", "Nazongi Ndako", and "Karibu Ya Bintou". CD

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New Banana Splits/BeaglesWe're The Banana Splits/Here Come The Beagles ... CD
Hollywood, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Way more than just another kiddie soundtrack – or an album for a childish TV show – as the set's a surprisingly groovy little record, almost Sunshine Pop in its best moments! We're not sure about the nature of the players or the singers – but arranger Jack Eskew put the whole thing together with a bouncy, bubbly groove that rivals the best pop-psych work of the late 60s on labels like Kapp or Uni – right down to the perfect combination of fuzzy guitars and organ in the instrumentation. Titles include "This Spot", "I'm Gonna Find A Cave", "We're The Banana Splits", "In New Orleans", "Toy Piano Medley", "Don't Go Away Go Go Girl", and the classic "Tra La La Song". CD also features bonus Splits songs – "The Very First Kid On My Block", "The Beautiful Calliope", "Let Me Remember You Smiling", and "Soul". The CD also features the album Here Comes The Beagles – from a very Splits-like show that features another group of singing animals! The Beagles aren't The Beatles, but they definitely have a strong Brit Invasion feel in their music – a UK way with a melody that's mixed with a few sunny Cali pop touches too. Very 60s, very groovy, and way better than just a kiddie record – with tunes that include "What More Can I Do", "Be The Captain", "I Wanna Capture You", "Indian Love Dance", and "You Satisfy". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder/Can You Feel It ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". Can You Feel It offers sweet sounds from the days when Fania Records was one of the greatest things going on the New York scene – and some of its key artists got a chance to work for other labels! This set's one of the best examples of that moment – as Ray Barretto steps out here in some sweet soulful territory for Atlantic Records – on an album that mixes his Latin roots with warmer soul backings that have the same sort of full, rich sound of the best Atlantic R&B of the time. Ray's conga is still part of the sound – especially on the funkier cuts – but the album's also got some strong soul vocals, too – sung by Prince Phillip Mitchell on one of the album's best cuts, and by Cissy Houston and Googie Coppola on a few others. Tracks include "Sting Ray", "Can You Feel It", "What Part Of Heaven Do You Come From", "Stargazer", and "Confrontation". CD

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Ray BarrettoBarretto Power ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great Ray Barretto album from 1972 – one that beautifully showcases the master percussionist as he effortlessly shifts between Latin soul and 70's salsa styles! The group's nice and lean – with Adalberto Santiago on vocals, Papy Roman on trumpet, Louis Cruz on piano, and the great Andy Gonzalez on bass – a heck of a player whose solid rhythmic pulse was a big part of so many great albums of the time. Two great tracks make the album totally worth owning – "Right On" and "Power", both of are funky Latin soul numbers that are right out of Ray's Hard Hands period! Other tracks are equally great salsa numbers – and titles include "Y Dicen", "Perla Del Sur", and "Oye La Noticia". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe BataanMr New York & The East Side Kids ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing work from the Spanish Harlem underground of the late 60s! From the title, to the cover, to the beautiful blend of songs, this album perfectly sums up the rich energy and raw power bubbling in the NuYorican scene of the time – effortlessly blending together soul, Latin, jazz, and funk – making the whole thing work perfectly because that's the way it was! These cats didn't know anything about rules – at least not until the big bad older Latin mafia snapped them in place – and the result is a freewheeling album of hard grooving jammers and sweetly emotive soul tunes! Tracks include "Puerto Rico Me Llama", "Make Me Smile", "Es Tu Cosa", "The Prayer", "Aguanta La Lengua", and "Chili Beans". LP, Vinyl record album

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopBBC Radiophonic Workshop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Synthy, echoey soundscapes from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! This mid 70s compilation features a range of tripped out electronic soundtrack music made by workshop veterans Dick Mills (who was responsible for quite a bit of the trippy sounds on Dr. Who), John Baker, Paddy Kingsland, Malcolm Clarke and others – who brilliantly blend jazz, pop and otherwise more conventionally melodic sounds with waves of period electronic atmosphere – with lots of spacey synth! Includes "La Grande Piece De La Fiore De La Rue Delaware" by Malcolm Clarke, "Brio" by John Baker", "Adagio", "Crazy Dazy" and "Major Bloodnok's Stomach" by Dick Mills, "The Panel Beaters" and "World Of Science" by Paddy Kingsland, "Veils And Mirrors" by Glynis Jones, "Kitten's Lullaby" by Roger Limb and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BeatlesBeatles – The White Album (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP
Apple, 1968. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99 39.98
The Beatles at their late best – on a self-titled set that's been long immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band, with a double set that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender acoustic balladry, psych blues jams and some flat out weird bits. As was always the case, John's and Paul's songs cover the majority of the sides, but The White Album also features what's arguably George's most vital moment as a Beatle with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Other tracks include "Back InThe USSR", "Dear Prudence","Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Martha My Dear", "Rocky Raccoon", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Julia", "Yer Blues", "Sexy Sadie", "Helter Skelter", "Revolution 1", Good Night" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Regina BelleThis Is Regina ... CD
Peak, 2001. Used ... $3.99
Classy soul from Regina Bell – a mellow, mature set that's filled with seductive charms! Titles include "Take My Time", "Someone Who Needs Me", "La Da Di", "Let Me Hold You", "Oooh Boy", "What If", "Gotta Go Back", and "Johnny's Back". CD

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Ben & The Platano GroupParis Soul ... CD
Barclay/Dare Dare (France), 1971. New Copy ... $9.99
A rare groove from 70s France – the legendary Paris Soul album from this totally cooking combo! Despite their European origins, the group have a strong American approach – a groove that's heavy on bass and congas at the bottom, with almost the same Latin funk touches you might find in some of the Chicano soul groups of the LA scene – but served up here with an even tighter sound overall! All tracks are instrumentals, and they're heavy on Hammond along with the percussion – peppered with just a bit of horns and some sweet fuzzy guitar – all wrapped together beautifully, in a sound that's tight but never slick! There's almost a funky soundtrack vibe to the set – and titles include "Paris Soul", "Hang Out", "Black Waders", "Platano Split", "Salute To Santa", and "Woluwe Strip". CD

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Vicki BenetIntroducing Vicki Benet – Woman Of Paris ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Good+ ... $2.99
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
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New Benitez & NebulaNight Life/Essence Of Life ... CD
Vaya/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1976/1979. Used ... $7.99
2 tremendous 70s albums from Eddie Benitez – both of them a great mix of jazz, funk, and Latin soul! Eddie's style here is totally great, and very unique – a laidback approach to the groove that has echoes of the Chicano soul coming out of LA in the early 70s – but which is often a lot more fluid, and with strongly jazzy overtones on guitar. Most numbers feature great organ or keyboards – really setting up the flow of the record nicely – and there's almost a Santana-inspired quality to some of the tracks – but one that really goes back towards Latin music much more strongly, thanks to lots and lots of heavy congas and percussion! CD version features 19 tracks from both albums – with titles that include "Nightlife", "Viejo", "We Are The One", "Hey Girl", "Dreams Can Come True", "Love's Way", "Waiting For Your Love", "Anyone", "Essence Of Life", "Latin Thing", "Hermano", and "Nueva Generacion". CD
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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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New Gary BiasEast 101 ... CD
Nimbus, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
A dream of a record from the LA spiritual underground of the 70s – and one of the only records we've ever seen from reedman Gary Bias! The date's got a soulful depth that makes it one of the most compelling albums on the legendary Nimbus label – a rhythmic pulse that's often modal, and a sense of spiritualism in the solos that often has Gary stretching out strongly on alto, soprano sax, or flute – yet always with an inherent focus, and strong sense of direction! Other players are equally great too – David Tillman on piano, Rickey Kelly on vibes, Roberto Miranda and John Heard on bass, and Fritz Wise on drums – and the tunes are wonderful original numbers that mark Bias as an extremely strong voice in jazz – one that should have gotten better exposure over the years. The album's got a great Strata East sort of vibe – and titles include "As Children Play", "East 101", "Asiki", "Arthur's Vamp", and "Dear Violet". CD

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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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Franco BixioValeria Dentro E Fuori (with bonus track) ... CD
Saimel (Spain), 1972. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet and sexy little soundtrack – penned by Franco Bixio, conducted by Vince Tempera – and filled with cool keyboards, gentle rhythms, and a few cool vocal bits from Edda Dell'Orso! The album's got the laidback, mellow vibe of some of Ennio Morricone's best love themes – mixed with the erotic undercurrents of Stelvio Cipriani, and touched with a few slightly moody, eerie moments as the soundtrack moves on – although even these have a slightly slinky, sexy feel. The set's got one great funky keyboard number – "Per Clavicembalo E Archi" – and other titles include "Fool Play", "Valeria", "La Mente Persa", "Electronic Sound", "Diamonds", and "Rituale". Also features a bonus track – "Valeria Dentro E Fuori". 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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Lou BlackburnComplete Imperial Sessions (Jazz Frontier/Two Note Samba) ... CD
Imperial, 1963. Used ... $13.99
Pure genius from the hipper side of the LA scene – 2 rare early sessions from trombonist Lou Blackburn, both cut in collaboration with a young Horace Tapscott! The style here is quite hard to peg – a unique blend of soul jazz and modernism – handled with a key focus on unusual rhythms and timings. Blackburn's work on trombone is nicely matched with trumpet by Freddie Hill in the frontline – and the pair work together perfectly in a recasting of some of the modes explored by both instruments in the more mainstream side of the LA scene of the 50s. Tapscott's piano is not nearly as unbridled as in later years, but his presence here is clearly felt on the record – as there's a similar collaborative feel here to some of his later, larger, more spiritual groups. The albums are filled with great original tunes – and titles include "Harlem Bossa Nova", "New Frontier", "The Clan", "Scorpio", "Two Note Samba", "Grand Prix", "Jean Bleu", "Blues For Eurydice", and "Jazzanova". 19 tracks in all – and incredible throughout! CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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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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New 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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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.)
Also available Criminal Minded (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 8.99

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

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

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

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Boogie Down ProductionsMan & His Music ... LP
B-Boy, 1988. Sealed 2LP ... $9.99
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 tracks in all: "Advance", "D Nice Rocks The House", "Red Alert (Criminal Minded)", 'Doc Mix (Criminal Minded)", "Super Hoe #4", "Word From Our Sponsor #8", "BDP Medley #5", "Poetry" (#s 1, 2 & 3)" and lots more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed early pressing!)

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

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Boogie Down ProductionsSuper Hoe (voc, inst)/Scott LaRock Megamix ... 12-inch
B-Boy, 1986/1998. Very Good+ (reissue)... $3.99
Reissue single of this classic, with the Scott La Rock Megamix on the b-side. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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

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

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

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

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Boyce & HartTest Patterns ... LP
A&M, 1967. Sealed ... $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
(Sealed original stereo pressing!)

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Bobby BradfordLove's Dream (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Seminal sounds from cornet player Bobby Bradford – a date recorded in the UK in the early 70s, but with all the free-thinking and imaginative energy as his best sessions in LA! The group pits Bobby's horn against three young modernists – Trevor Watts on alto and soprano sax, Kent Carter on bass, and John Stevens on drums – all working in these long-flowing, very rhythmic numbers that lie somewhere between Bradford's work with John Carter, and the early 60s sound of Ornette Coleman. The alto/cornet interplay is especially nice – very mesmerizing over the course of the album's very long tracks – and Watts turns out to be a great musical partner for Bobby. Titles include "Love's Dream", "Coming On", and "Roswita's Dance". CD features bonus tracks ""She", "HM Louis 1", and an alternate take of "Coming On". 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+ ... $1.99
Includes "TYSON", "Pull A Fast One", "Loungin", "LA Posse", "Scene Of The Homicide", and "Steadily Tryin' To Flow Like". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a cutotu notch.)

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

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New 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 BrownJazz Immortal ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Manhattan, 1954. Used ... $1.99
Seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Bones For Jones", "Joy Spring", "Finders Keepers", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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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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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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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album
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Red CallenderLowest – The Music Of Red Callender ... LP
Metro, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Given that Red was one of the few tuba players in jazz, this album certainly was "The Lowest" – at least in terms of tone, as Red spends a lot of time rumbling around in bottom notes! The style's less clunky than you might think, though, as the setting is late 50s LA – with chamber-type arrangements that match Red's tuba with more breezy players like Buddy Collette, Bill Pitman, Gerald Wilson, Gerald Wiggins, and Billy Bean – who work with Red in a mode that's almost like some of the Chico Hamilton albums on Pacific Jazz, a mixture of jazz and whimsical instrumention with a tightly arranged and haunting feel. Tracks include "Of Thee I Sing", "The Lowest", "Pickin Pluckin Whistlin & Walkin", "Another Blues", "Volume Too", and "Five Four Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light marks.)

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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
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New John Carter & Bobby BradfordSecrets ... LP
Revelation, 1972. Near Mint- ... $44.99
A treasure of modernist jazz from the west coast underground! John Carter and Bobby Bradford were part of a hip LA soul/avant scene that included Horace Tapscott and Nate Morgan – and this album is one of a rare few that the pair cut together during their golden days of the late 60s and early 70s. The overall sound is hard to describe – part soulful spiritualism, part Ornette-like riffing and comping, part free jazz in an Ayler mode, part AACM experimentation – and the creative vision is very clear, very fully developed, and a key part of the American underground that rarely gets a chance to be heard. In addition to Carter's work on alto and clarinet, and Bradford's on trumpet, the session features piano by Nate Morgan and Bill Henderson, bass by Louis Spears and Henry Franklin, and drums by Ndugu or Bruz Freeman, the lost brother of Von and George! Titles include "Circle", "In A Pretty Place", and "Resevita's Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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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 ... 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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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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New 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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New Cheech & ChongCheech & Chong ... LP
A&M, 1971. Very Good ... $2.99
We don't know about you, but we never get tired of Cheech & Chong's jokes about reefer and East LA. Loads of classic material on this first LP: "Blind Melon Chillin", "Wink Dickerson", "Acapulco Gold Filters", "Vietnam", "Trippin In Court", "Dave", "Emergency Ward", "Dave", "Emergency Ward", 'Welcome To Mexico", "The Pope Live At The Vatican", "Cruisin With Pedro De Pacas" and "Waiting For Dave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mostly split spine and a small sticker on front.)

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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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Coralie ClementSalle Des Pas Perdus ... CD
Capitol, 2001. Used ... $9.99
Lovely French pop – with a stripped-down retro groove that's really delightful! Coralie's got a breathy vocal style that reminds us of a young Jane Birkin – and the backing on the set is in a small combo mode, with guitar, organ, bass, drums, and sax – grooving in a mode that's halfway between the left bank of the 60s, and the current underground pop stylings of groups on the Siesta label. Coralie's vocals are great – and the album's filled with loads of lovely original tunes that feel as if they were dug up off of lost 60s eps from France! Titles include "La Mer Opale", "L'Ombre Et La Lumiere", "Salle Des Pas Perdus", "Lou", "Le Dernier Train", and "Le Jazz Et Le Gin". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Buddy ColletteBuddy's Best (remastered edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1957. Used ... $6.99
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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New 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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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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Bill CosbyBill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days – Rat Own, Rat Own, Rat Own ... LP
Capitol, 1976. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A bit silly at times, but still pretty great! Bill Cosby teams up with old LA cronie Stu Gardner to do a set of tracks that are parodies of other big soul artists of the early 70s – and thanks to Stu's good work with the music, most of the tracks work a lot better than you'd expect! The record leads off with some sly slinky Barry White parodies – including "Yes, Yes, Yes" and "Shift Down"; then goes into a great James Brown funk number, "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself". It's hard to figure out where some of the other tracks are going – but the album also features a great spacey jazz number with lots of keyboards, "You're Driving Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Bill CosbyHooray For The Salvation Army Band! ... LP
Warner, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
An early funk album by Bill Cosby – with backing by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Bill was pals with Charles Wright and crew in the hip LA of the late 60s, and he was also responsible for bringing the group to Warner Brothers – so the fit here is quite a natural one. The record was also produced by Fred Smith – who handled the Watts Band's albums – and it's got a very similar feel to their classics for Warner from the late 60s – but with Bill Cosby stepping out in front on vocals, in a similar style to Charles Wright. Cosby's singing is often a bit goofy, but works beautifully with the stoned to the bone feel of the group – a madder match than even Charles Wright, especially on the album's "parody soul" cuts. Titles include a classic break version of "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" – plus the titles "Ursalena", "Funky North Philadelphia", "Sunny", and a surprisingly great screaming version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Vladimir CosmaDiva ... LP
DRG, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
When we were impressionable little arty tykes, this was one of our favorite soundtracks. It's got some beautiful Satie-esque tracks that feature solo piano by Vladimir Cosma, plus some weird Euro electronic stuff that has a nice cold feel to it. Also features a few tracks from the opera "La Wally", but we always skipped over these. Titles include "Voie Sans Issue", "Gorodish", "Promenade Sentimentale", "Metro Police", and "Lame De Fond". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on DRG.)

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

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

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Jack Costanzo & His OrchestraMr Bongo Plays Cha Cha Cha In Hi-Fi ... LP
Tops, 1957. Very Good ... $11.99
Original pressing of some Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's hard LA Latin sides from the late 50's. Issued on the budget TOPS label, but a strong batch of tracks that shows the Latin percussionist at his best. The band is a tight little combo with percussion, piano, and trumpets – plus occasional vocals by Kaskara and Marda Saxon. Cuts include "Silencio", "Jack, Jack, Jack", "Bongo", "Mary Lou", "Mira Como Los Pollos", and "Jarochita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has discoloration due to age, some light wear, a partially split top seam, and small splits on the spine and bottom seam.)

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

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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $4.99
One of the hippest, tightest albums ever from Randy Crawford – a set that's got a great blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all with the kind of poise and polish she brought to her famous work with The Crusaders! Crawford's wonderful vocals are wrapped up perfectly in some cool combo backings which are then augmented by larger strings – a blend that's got a great sort of richness right from the start, but also that special late 70s LA style that never has things getting too soppy or commercial, even when tight. Randy's the perfect sort of singer to make a record like this come out right – and titles include "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Over My Head", "Single Woman Married Man", "Half Steppin", "This Man", and "At Last". CD
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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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Sonny CrissThis Is Criss! ... LP
Prestige, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
A beautiful comeback LP recorded by LA alto genius Sonny Criss in the mid 60s – his first American session after a few years in France, and a few years off the scene back home! Sonny's time away had profound effects on his playing – and on this album, he returns transformed from the straight bop mode of his early days, into a mature sensitive artist in sound – capable of an amazing range of emotion, tone, and style! A number of the tracks in this set are pop tunes or standards – like "Black Coffee", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "When Sunny Gets Blue" – but Criss plays them with a style that transforms them into something completely new, with a lyricism and emotional edge that extends well beyond the original structure of the song. Other tracks include "Steve's Blues", "Greasy", and "Sunrise Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some wear, aging, and marker on both sides.)
Also available This Is Criss! (RVG remastered with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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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.)
Also available This Is Criss! ... LP 9.99

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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
Also available Cave Rock ... CD 5.99

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CromagnonCave Rock ... CD
ESP, 1969. Used ... $5.99
Crazy psyche era wierdness from Cromagnon – the band name and album title may reference prehistory, but this stuff is actually way ahead of it's time – if we didn't see the date on this thing, we'd have sworn it to be from the art damaged post punk early 80s! The group is credited to Austin Grasmere, Brian Elliot and "The Connecticut Tribe" – and the instrumentation is billed as vocals, music and sounds – you figure out the rest. The set opens with some soundbites of Hollywood fan fare that segues into a mix of bagpipes, thundering percussion and vocals that sound like screams and whispers at the same time. The following track "Ritual Fest Of The Libido" rivals "LA Blues" by the Stooges in gutteral grunted nightmare soundscapes, but later tracks mix in more laidback grooves that are just as freaky. A total mindfrack of a record, and a pretty amazing one, if not for everybody! Other titles include "Organic Sundown", "Fantasy", "Crow Of The Black Tree", "Genitalia", "Toth, Scribe I" and "First World Of Bronze". CD
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New CrusadersFree As The Wind ... LP
MCA, 1977. Very Good ... $1.99
The Crusaders are really going strong at this point – in near-hit status, almost acting as the Steely Dan of LA jazz. The sound is certainly slicker than before, but in a way that's actually pretty darn nice – as Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, Stix Hooper, and Larry Carlton come together with effortless ease – dipping, turning, twisting, and still hitting a nice groove on the best tunes. Tracks include "Nite Crawler", "Feel It", "River Rat", "Free As The Wind", and "Sweet N Sour". LP, Vinyl record album

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New CrusadersHollywood ... CD
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the "jazz" from their name, but it's still a great bit of LA funky soul jazz – with electric keyboards from Joe Sample that are very much in a late 60s mode, plus guitar from David T Walker and Arthur Adams, and bass from Chuck Rainey, in addition to fine work by regulars like Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, and Wilton Felder. Tracks have a tight and uncomplicated funky approach, with a slightly smooth edge – and titles include "Do Yourself A Favor", "Try A Little Harder", "Cold Duck Eddie", "Way Back Home", and the Afro-funky groover "Alekesam"! CD
 
 
 



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