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Modern Jazz QuartetComedy ... CD
Atlantic, 1962. Used ... $8.99
A great early 60s set from Modern Jazz Quartet! This one marked the then growing sophistication in the sound of the Modern Jazz Quartet – a concept album based on themes and characters from the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte. The music is served up in gentle sound poems that have a haunting, timeless sort of feel – very spare and melancholy – with lots of tragic overtones, and hardly the comedic sound you'd expect from the title! Diahann Carroll sings on the track "La Cantatrice" – and other numbers include "Spanish Steps", "Columbine", "Piazza Navona", and "Harlequin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Prestige LP 170) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Very Good ... $49.99
Ah, the genius of the early Modern Jazz Quartet – summed up perfectly in two words: Kenny Clarke! At this early point in the group's history, Kenny was in the quartet on drums – and his magic touch on the kit makes for a style that's a bit harder, and a bit more swinging than some of the later albums from the MJQ, especially those on Atlantic. Additionally, Milt Jackson was coming off of his bop years at Blue Note – another good influence on these sides, as most of the tracks swing with that mix of bop and modern that you'd find on the the best Jackson 10" recordings from the time. This tasty early album is some of our favorite work by the group – and features tracks that include "La Ronde", "Milano", "One Bass Hit", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice clean copy! Cover has a bit of seam splitting, but is nice overall.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet/Milt Jackson QuintetMJQ ... LP
Prestige, 1952/1954. Very Good- ... $19.99
Nice stuff from the early days of the MJQ – recorded back when Kenny Clarke was still playing drums with the group, and giving them a bit more of a bottom! One side of the record features material recorded from one of the quartet's first sessions – in late 1952, with the tracks "La Ronde", "Vendome", and "Rose Of The Rio Grande". The rest of the record features material by Jackson's group with Horace Silver on piano, Percy Heath on bass, Kenny Clarke on drums, and the obscure Henry Boozier on trumpet. That material's a bit more bop-oriented, and titles include "Opus De Funk", "Buhania", and "Soma". LP, Vinyl record album
(NYC 50th street pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp! Cover has some light wear, some light stains, a tiny split on the bottom seam, and a very small peeled mark at the opening.)

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Airto MoreiraI'm Fine, How Are You? ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A lot smoother than most of Airto's other work – and almost more of a soul record than a jazz one – but also a great batch of grooves with a really spirited feel! Airto's percussion is still relatively up front in the mix, and smooth funky LA arrangements take the album to a warm soulful place – giving the more uptempo tracks a tight dancefloor groove that's still kept a bit rootsy by all the acoustic percussion. Tom Scot lays down great solos on two tracks – "I'm Fine, How Are You" and "The Road Is Hard (But We're Going To Make It)" – and other good tracks include "The Happy People" and "Celebration Suite". CD

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Nate MorganLive In Santa Barbara ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A great set from LA pianist Nate Morgan – one of the leading underground talents in the west coast soul jazz scene of the late 70s and early 80s! The album's a trio set, performed in an blocky, exploratory style that recalls McCoy Tyner's best early work – but which also has a free and open sensibility of its own. Titles include "Darius The Bold", "All Blues", "Forest Flower", "Night In Tunisia", and "Invitation". CD

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New Nate MorganRetribution, Reparation ... CD
Nimbus, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Great soul jazz from the LA underground! Pianist Nate Morgan plays in the tradition of McCoy Tyner and Stanley Cowell, with a swirling spiritual feel that's deeply rooted in a Love Supreme tradition. On this LP, he leads a quintet with Jesse Sharps on reeds and Danny Cortez on trumpet – and the record's filled with spiralling modal grooves that glisten with the best of the 70s soul jazz underground. The set's a great batch of original compositions by Morgan, including "UGMAAGER", "Impulse", and "Mass Madness" – and also includes versions of Herbie Hancock's "One Finger Snap" and Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday". CD

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Ennio MorriconeEnnio Morricone – The Complete Edition (15CD set) ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 15 CDS ... $59.99
An incredible amount of classic and obscure film music, original compositions, orchestral arrangements and more from maestro Ennio Morricone – a 15CD retrospective, and at a stunningly affordable price – selected by the man himself! We wouldn't assume that the set is literally the complete Morricone, he's been so productive, it's hard to imagine that a true complete Morricone box set is possible, but it's absolutely the most encompassing set we've ever seen for him! Of course he's most famous for his international film score work, from cult horror to classic Hollywood – so 9 of the 15 discs are film themes and score material, selected by Morricone and sequenced chronology on discs 1-9, selections including the themes or other bits from Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo, Escalation, Galileo, Gli Intoccabili, Slalom, Svegliati E Uccidi, Metti Una Sera A Cena, Veruschka, La Donna Della Domenica, Copkiller, Malena, and so much more! Discs 10 & 11 cover his best work for television, disc 12 is a set of Ennio's contemporary classical compositions, disc 13 features favorite original songs he composed for a wide range of international artists, disc 14 includes favorite orchestral arrangements, and disc 15 features arrangements he did for hit songs by artists such as Gino Paoli, Donatella Moretti, Paul Anka, Jimmy Fontana and others. CD

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Ennio MorriconeFilm Music Volume 1 ... LP
Virgin, 1960s/1970s/1980s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A collection of the title themes from many of Morricone's most well known film soundtracks, spanning his entire career. Thirteen tracks in all, showcasing the depth and breadth of his work: "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly", "The Sicilian Clan", "Chi Mai", "Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion", "Moscow Farewell", "Marcia In LA", "The Battle Of Algiers", "The Infernal Trio", "Dedicace", "Sacco & Vanzetti", "La Tragedia Di Un Uomo Ridicolo", "Once Upon A Time In The West" and "On Earth As It Is In Heaven (remix)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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Ennio MorriconeHigh – The Trippier Side Of The Morricone Genius ... CD
El (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Our favorite side of the genius of Ennio Morricone – and a really wonderful collection that completely illustrates why we love Morricone so much! In the mainstream world, Morricone's best known for his famous scores for spaghetti westerns and horror films – both of which have a trademark sound that's pretty well known to audiences at large. But during the same period he was penning soundtracks for those genres, Morricone was also working in a style that was even more completely his own – a gentle, mellow, easy-grooving mode that was inspired by jazz, bossa nova, and easy instrumentation – yet which emerged with qualities that were completely unique, and which still stand today as some of the most inventive work of its generation! There's a simple, economical approach here that's really mindblowing – rhythms that flow slowly like fog escaping from a riverbank, notes that fall in slight spare patterns like drops of rain from a leaf after a storm, and gently cascading waves of sound that float and shimmer in the mix – rising as carefully as the sun to give the music a wonderfully redemptive spirit. The tracks on the set are carefully chosen from films that include Scusi Faciamo L'Amore, Verushka, La Donna Invisible, Le Foto Proibite, and Il Gatto A Nove Code – and we can honestly say that the set is a perfect introduction to the Morricone that we love more than anyone else! CD

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Ennio Morricone & OthersCanto Morricone Vol 3 – The Ennio Morricone Songbook – The 70s ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 24.99
Excellent vocal tunes pulled from Ennio Morricone soundtracks of the 70s – including a host of lovely female vocal numbers! The themes to Morricone scores are always quite strong – dreamy little numbers that dance along gracefully, often without any words on the original soundtracks – with lyrics added in here that make the tunes sparkle beautifully. Most of the songs are in Italian, as you might guess, but there's also a few in other languages. Titles include "Immagini Del Tempo" by Milva, "Pas Vu Pas Pris" by Mireille Mathieu, "Una Donna Che Ti Ama" by Astrud Gilberto, "Io E Te" by massimo Ranieri, "Chi Mai" by Lisa Gastoni, "Un Amico" by Daniel Beretta, "La Donna Madre" by Mireille Mathieu, "Questa Specie D'Amore" by Milva, and "We Are One" by Carol Connors. CD

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Ennio Morricone (as Leo Nichols)I Crudeli ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $28.99
A really wonderful western soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – done at a level that's a bit different than the usual style for the time – with more of some of the elements that the maestro might bring to later horror material! The main theme is wonderful – with a snapping snare and haunting trumpet part – but then later tracks have a more brooding sense of tension – sometimes abstracting off the main theme in a very spacious way, sometimes working with oddly tuned strings, and that great Morricone way of isolating and abstracting a single instrument – so that the original sound is quite obscured, leaving the listener to reach with their ears with a great sense of curiosity! The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "I Crudeli", "La Congiura", "Dopo La Congiura", "Un Momento", and "Minacciosamente Lontano". CD

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Bheki MselekuStar Seeding ... CD
Verve (France), 1995. Used ... $3.99
A really tremendous little album that was one of our favorite soul jazz sessions of the 90s! Bheki Mseleku plays piano, tenor, guitar, and vocalizes a bit – crafting long, drawn out tunes that have a hint of Soul African jazz, and which swell and sway in a cosmically soulful style that reminds us of some of our favorite indie jazz of the 70s. Charlie Haden plays bass and Billy Higgins is on drums – but other than that, Bheki handles all instruments, working equally well across the board to craft some amazing tunes that restore our faith in higher powers and the human spirit! Titles include "The Age Of The Divine Mother", "Melancholy In Cologne", "Thula Mtwana", "LA Soul Train Blues", and "Star Seeding". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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Gerry Mulligan & Chet BakerMulligan/Baker ... LP
Prestige, 1950s/Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
2LP set released in the 70's featuring work from both of these West Coast giants. The first half focuses on recordings of Gerry Mulligan working with a strong early group – Chet Baker on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, and Carson Smith on bass – on 4 tracks recorded in San Francisco, and 4 others recorded slightly later in LA. The tunes are short, piano-less, and have that fluid 50s Mulligan groove – and titles include "Turnstile", "Limelight", "Carioca", "Bark For Barksdale", and "Line For Lyons". Also included are recordings that feature Gerry's own group – an ensemble that features Nick Travis on trumpet, Allen Eager on tenor, and George Wallington on piano – on all original Mulligan titles that include "Ide's Side", "Bweebida Bobbida", "Kaper", "Funhouse", and "Mulligan's Too". The second half of this set contains material recorded for Prestige by Chet Baker in 1964. Baker plays fluegelhorn, and he's backed by a fairly soulful combo that includes George Coleman on tenor, Kirk Lightsey on piano, Herman Wright on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums. The set grooves in a way that few other Chet Baker albums do, which is something you might expect from a record that has tracks with titles like "Go Go", "Bevan Beeps", and "Rearin' Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mykestro feat Kendrick LamarSet Precedent EP (gold colored vinyl) ... 12-inch
Someothaship, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)... $7.99 12.98
A pretty cool 12-inch from Mykestro – his Georgia Anne Muldrow-produced gem "Set Precedent" – featuring the increasingly influential Kendrick Lamar as a guest – and it's a far more extensive presentation than most 12" singles! "Set Precedent" is here in 4 distinct regionally monikered mixes – LA Gee-Mix, Las Vegas Gee-Mix, Oakland Gee-Mix and Detroit Gee-Mix – with the instrumentals for each on the flipside. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition colored vinyl.)

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Randy NewmanRandy Newman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's nicely undercut by Newman's familiar sense of wit – a bit more subtle here, and presented with amazing backings from Van Dyke Parks – who almost brings in a lightly symphonic touch at times. The work's almost in the vein of hipper jazz sides by Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg at the time – and although some of the tunes are familiar from later versions, they still sound best here in Randy's originals. Titles include "Love Story", "So Long Dad", "I Think He's Hiding", "Laughing Boy", "Cowboy", "The Beehive State", "Davy The Fat Boy", and "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Randy Newman (second cover) ... LP 19.99

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Randy NewmanRandy Newman (original cover) ... LP
Reprise, 1969. Sealed ... $28.99
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's nicely undercut by Newman's familiar sense of wit – a bit more subtle here, and presented with amazing backings from Van Dyke Parks – who almost brings in a lightly symphonic touch at times. The work's almost in the vein of hipper jazz sides by Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg at the time – and although some of the tunes are familiar from later versions, they still sound best here in Randy's originals. Titles include "Love Story", "So Long Dad", "I Think He's Hiding", "Laughing Boy", "Cowboy", "The Beehive State", "Davy The Fat Boy", and "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Randy NewmanRandy Newman (second cover) ... LP
Reprise, 1969. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's nicely undercut by Newman's familiar sense of wit – a bit more subtle here, and presented with amazing backings from Van Dyke Parks – who almost brings in a lightly symphonic touch at times. The work's almost in the vein of hipper jazz sides by Bob Dorough or Dave Frishberg at the time – and although some of the tunes are familiar from later versions, they still sound best here in Randy's originals. Titles include "Love Story", "So Long Dad", "I Think He's Hiding", "Laughing Boy", "Cowboy", "The Beehive State", "Davy The Fat Boy", and "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Randy Newman (180 gram pressing) ... LP 36.99

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Bruno NicolaiCase Of The Bloody Iris (aka Perche Quelle Strane Gocce Di Sangue Sul Corpo Di Jennifer) (10" vinyl pressing) ... LP
Gemelli/Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the greatest soundtracks we've ever heard from Bruno Nicolai – a wonderful array of lightly groovy tunes that's as fantastic as any of the Mondo Morricone work from the same time! The main theme of the film has a catchy La Donna Invisible sort of feel – building on waves of sound with piano over orchestrations, skipping along to an altered bossa beat – showing up in a number of different variants throughout the score. Other tracks are darker and moodier, but really vary things up to fit the moods of the scene – using Morricone-styled bits of harpsichord, violin, or strings to come up with some incredible sounds – to a point when the rhythms get especially deep near the end. Features liner notes from Andy Votel – a good point of reference for the music! Titles include "Ambush", "Killer's Violin", "Love Scene", "Pursuit", "Living Nightmare", and "Jennifer's Recall". Also features two bonus alternates of "Pursuit". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack NitzscheChopin '66: Modern Sounds Of Jack Nitzsche & His Orchestra ... LP
Reprise, 1966. Very Good- ... $14.99
The work of Chopin, turned over to the godlike studio talents of a young Jack Nitzsche! The tunes here are all pulled from Chopin's original compositions, but they're reworked very strongly in a 60s LA studio mode – made shorter and given more focus on the main themes, and supported by full orchestrations that still manage to step along at times with a slight 60s groove. The overall feel is relatively serious, almost soundtracky – but there's definitely plenty of Nitzche touches in the overall production and arrangements – a sense of sound that makes wonderful use of electric bass or guitar alongside the more traditional strings and woodwinds. Titles include "Funeral Procession", "Revolutionary Etude", "Prelude #6 In D", "Fantasie Impromptu", "Etude in E", and "Prelude #4 In G". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging, a cutout grommet in one corner, and small splits on the top and bottom seams.)

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NomoNomo ... CD
Ypsilanti, 2004. Used ... $4.99
A massive slice of Afro Funk from the Detroit scene – recorded by a group that we'd rank right up there with The Daktaris, Antibalas, and the best of the Afro-revival scene! The group's got a really great approach that brings plenty of jazz into the mix – really using the horns to great effect, and throwing in plenty of warm electric keyboards to give the tunes a sweeping, soulful groove. The sound is great throughout – and really caught our surprise, as we had no idea that music this great was burning out of Michigan these days! Titles include "Better Than That", "Hourglass", "Busy", "The Seams", "La La La", and "Moving In Circles". CD
(Original silkscreen cover – now out of print!)

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Sally Nyolo & The Original Bands Of YaoundeStudio Cameroon ... CD
Riverboat/World Music Network, 2006. Used ... $2.99
Earthy and relaxed recordings from vocalist Sally Nyolo – done in a richly collaborative style with an array of musicians and singers in her native Cameroon! The setting is relatively informal, and the work marks a nice return to basics by Sally after years working on the Paris scene – yet there's also a sense of tightness here that shows the influence of the French scene, particularly on the grooves on most of the numbers. Sally sings lead on a number of tracks, but also steps back on other numbers – singing only backup vocals, and allowing others to lead while she directs the production. Titles include "Djim Miadje", "Esclaves", "Ikoak Soat", "Obili Eba", "La Vie", "Chantal", "Souris Moi", and "Bikoutsi". CD
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101 North101 North ... LP
Valley Vue, 1988. Sealed ... $2.99
One of THE smooth jazz albums of the 80s – a great little set put together by George Duke, who wrote most of the tracks on the set, produced the album, and even selected the group specially for the project! So in essence, at some level, the album steps off of Duke's own work of the time – but it's also got a cleaner, fresher, almost indie approach to the music – and the record circulated heavily in scenes that were a bit to the left of the mainstream. Guest players include Duke, Leon Ndugu Chancler, and other LA fusion luminaries – and titles include "Africa", "Night Voices", "So Easy", "Lady Of The Night", "Pillow Talk", and "Sashimi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orgasmo SonoreRevisiting Obscure Film Music Vol 2 ... LP
Cineploit (Austria), 2012. New Copy ... $22.99
A sublime second set of work from Orgasmo Sonore – even hipper than their first, and again a wonderful reworking of soundtrack modes from the Italian scene of the 70s! Compositions here are by Ennio Morricone, Stelvio Cipriani, Piero Piccioni, and others – but the group makes the music very much their own – by transforming the tunes with tighter, funkier instrumentation – almost giving the songs a small combo sort of feel, while still retaining all the majestic charm of the originals! The approach is mindblowing – easily one of the best contemporary experiments of this nature we've ever heard – and the record is pleasing both to ears that love vintage soundtracks, and to those that dig funky instrumentals too. Titles include "Too Risky A Day For A Regatta", "Incubi Ricorrenti", "Metropolis", "Summertime Bossa", "Volto Di Donna", "Pillage", "Les Dunes D'Ostende", "Un Ombra Nell'Ombra", "La Sconda Caccia", and "Pearls". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orquesta Afro BrasileiraOrquesta Afro Brasileira (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBS/Polysom (Brazil), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different late 60s Brazilian scenes! Those folk and roots elements are balanced by more modernly inspired sax, clarinet and piano that remind us a bit of some of nascent Afro jazz and funk from the late 60s. The mix of styles has a really hypnotic effect! Includes "Ago Lonan", "Rei N'Aruanda", "Nagana (Senhor)", "Xango". "Os Oinho De Iaia", "Babaloxa", "Tire O Calundu", "Palmares", "India", "Mo-Fi-La-Do-Fe", "Saudacao Aos Orixas" and "Canto Para Omolu". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orquesta El MacabeoLluvia Con Sol ... CD
Disco De Hoy, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99
These guys just keep getting better and better – and this time around, they've got such a tight groove, it's hard not to compare the group with some of the best of the 70s salsa generation! Rhythms are right on the money, and the instrumentation is completely sublime – very jazzy, with lots of rich inflections – yet also able to hone to the groove at all the right moments, especially on the trombone and trumpet parts that give the record so much soul! Vocals are strong, too – and the use of tenor sax at just the right points almost acts like a second "voice" for the record – furthering the richness of the whole set. Titles include "Me Repito", "La Sensacion", "Boda", "No Te Debo Nada", "Macacoa", "Olvidame", and "Lluvia Con Sol". CD

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Orquesta SublimeCharangas Pa Todo El Mundo ... CD
Uniko (Canada), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Charangas for everyone – served up here in a sweet, lean 60s style by Orquesta Sublime! The flute is especially strong in the combo – very sharp and high up in the mix – so that its lines stand out very strongly, and have this forceful feel that really brings the violin and percussion along in its wake! The production is very no-nonsense – and the dominance of the flute almost makes the record feel like early Pacheo Alegre recordings, although the vocals take a slightly stronger role at times. Titles include "Dices Tu", "Son Los Anos", "Echale Grasa", "El Yayabo", "Club Cubanacan", "Eres La Chica Ideal", and "Bendita Mujer". CD

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information ... CD
Epic/Luaka Bop, 1974. Used ... $2.99
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. For this album, though, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day". Plus, this reissue features 4 tracks from Shuggie's Freedom Flight LP – including his original version of "Strawberry Letter 23", and "Sweet Thang", "Freedom Flight", and "Ice Cold Daydream". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Shuggie OtisInspiration Information (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. For this album, though, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD

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Pacific DriftFeelin Free ... LP
Deram, 1970. Very Good- ... $24.99
A gem of an album from Pacific Drift – a UK group from the end of the 60s, but one who would have been right at home amongst the hippest luminaries of the LA scene at the time! The group have a beautiful way of putting over a tune – some warm harmonies, ala CSN, and a soaring sense of rhythm that's really great – almost joyous at times, and quite different than some of the heavier, darker groups that got issued on UK Deram at the time. The vocals are decidedly American-inflected too – as are the guitars, which are played to perfection, often with a ringing quality that matches the vocals – yet never in a way that's too overproduced or commercial. Titles include "Garden Of Love", "Norman", "Plaster Caster's USA", "Tomorrow Morning Brings", and "Happy Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some wear.)

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Gene PageHot City ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $8.99
An excellent album of Barry White-styled instrumentals – put together by Barry's right hand man Gene Page, and produced by Barry himself! The record's one of the best that Gene Page ever cut – apart from his seminal blacksploitation soundtracks – and it's very much in the mode of White's Love Unlimited Orchestra albums from the same time, although perhaps with less of a string section – and more of an emphasis on funky drums at the bottom. Players are an all-star cast of LA studio groovers that includes David T Walker and Ray Parker on guitar, Ernie Watts and Wilton Felder on saxes, and Clarence McDonald on keyboards – and tracks are mostly originals by Page and White. Titles include "Jungle Eyes", "She's My Main Squeeze", "I Am Living In A World Of Gloom", "Satin Soul", and "To The Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Marty PaichNew York Scene (aka Broadway Bit) ... LP
Warner/Discovery, 1959. Very Good ... $0.99
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for arrangements here – one that manages to make a large ensemble swing with even more dynamic modes than some of his 50s LA contemporaries, but never in ways that fall into some of the more hi-fi oriented tricks or gimmicks of the time. There's always great space for solo voices and personal feelings in the music – which is important, given that the lineup includes Art Pepper on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, and Stu Williamson on trumpet – not to mention the legendary Scott LaFaro on bass. Titles include "I Love Paris", "I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face", "It's All Right With Me", "Just In Time", "Lazy Afternoon", "If I Were A Bell", and " Younger Than Springtime". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Discovery pressing. Cover has some wear, staining along the spine, some other stains, some seam splitting, two torn-off corners, and some marker. Labels have some marker.)

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. CD

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. CD

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Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
An excellent swinging Bethlehem session from the mid 50s – one that's recorded in LA, but with a sound that's way hotter than most of the label's other west coast sides! The group's extremely tight – and features Marty Paich on piano as the leader, next to great trombone from Herbie Harper and vibes from Larry Bunker! Bunker's vibes offer a nice contrast to the usual smooth west coast group from the time – as he hits the bars with a nice hard clang that wakes everyone up to groove – and Jack Costanzo is on bongos on all tracks, and he adds a great little kick that keeps things fresh, too. Mickey Lynne sings vocals on "That Old Black Magic", and all other tunes – like "Zing! Went The Strings", "Blues In The Closet", and "The Natives Are Restless Tonight" – are instrumental. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice, but has a split top seam.)

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Eddie PalmieriMozambique ... LP
Tico, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An important early album from Eddie Palmieri – one in which he introduces the "mozambique" rhythm – essentially a conga-styled approach to the tune, and one that features a lot more percussion than on his earlier sides! The group that supports him is strong enough to carry off the sound well – and features Manny Oquendo on timbales and bass, Tommy Lopez on conga, and vocals by Ismale Quintana – and the overall shift is similar to the one that Pacheco made between his records on Alegre and those on Fania. The album's filled with loads of great upbeat tracks – and titles include "Mi Mambo Conga", Manha De Carnaval", "Que Suene La Orquesta", " "Estamos Chao", "Camagueyanos Y Habaneros", and "Pobre Pedro". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Eddie Palmieri & Harlem River DriveLive at Sing Sing Vol 1 ... LP
Tico, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Landmark work from Eddie Palmieri – a stunning performance by his Harlem River Drive band, recorded live before a very wild crowd at Sing Sing Prison! The feel here is a blend of the sound heard on the legendary Harlem River Drive album – a unique fusion of Latin, soul, and political consciousness – and some of the styles of Eddie's own groundbreaking albums of the early 70s – and it's made all the much deeper by its performance in front of an audience who was very receptive to the message of the tracks. All tracks are long and very hip, and titles include the protest poetry cut "Jibaro/My Pretty N*gger", plus the groovers "Azucar (parts 2 & 3)", "Muneca", "VP Blues", and "Pa La Ocha Tambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used ... $6.99
Van Dyke Parks' masterpiece – and one of the hippest records to come out of LA in the 60s! The album's a strangely anachronistic one – steeped in the kind of past-days scoring found on early records by Harpers Bizarre and Randy Newman (both of which Parks had a hand in!), wrapped around simply poetic songs about the scene and state of affairs in late 60s LA, all handled with a cinematic approach that's aging Hollywood at its best! Titles include Randy Newman's "Vine Street" – plus "By The People", "Laurel Canyon Blvd", "Donovan's Colours", and "The All Golden". CD

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Ray BarrettoGuajira Y Guaguanco ... CD
Tico, 1964. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
Great early Ray Baretto album of Guajira and Guaguanco tracks, featuring a bunch of short hard Latin grooves, with a nice dancefloor sound. Tracks include the groovy "Ska Cha" (a cha cha/ska number!), "Guajira Soul", "Swing La Moderna", and Guaguanco Bonito" – plus a cool version of "Nature Boy". CD

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Compton's Most WantedIt's A Compton Thang ... CD
Orpheus/Universal (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
For a long time we thought of these guys as a second rate NWA knock off, but this album's ultimately held up quite well to the test of time. Production by LA old school-er the Unknown DJ and CMW's DJ Slip give this set a nice stripped down west coast sound, with MC Eiht holding up his own end of things (and taking up the slack for the Chill MC) on the mic. 11 tracks in all, including "It's A Compton Thang", "One Time Gaffled Em", "This Is Compton", "Late Night Hype", "Duck Sick", "I'm Wit Dat" and "Rhymes Too Funky Pt 1 (Live at Lonzo's 1988)". CD

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CowsillsCowsills ... CD
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
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. CD
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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Around November 12, 2014
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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Sonny CrissGo Man! ... CD
Imperial/Universal (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Around December 3, 2014
A great little album that's as hip as its cover image – one of 3 seminal mid 50s recordings for Imperial by LA altoist Sonny Criss! At this point in his career, Criss had a sharp-edged sound that could easily rival the best work by Sonny Stitt or Charlie Parker on the alto sax – but he also had a groove that was a bit more spacious, and a tone that was slightly more raspy – a wonderful quality that we can only describe as Criss-esque, recorded perfectly in the Imperial studios! The group here is a tight quartet – with Sonny Clark on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Lawrence Marable on drums – and Criss' solos are brilliant throughout! Titles include "Wailin With Joe", "The Man I Love", "Blues For Rose", "Blue Prelude", and "Summertime". CD

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Joe CubaEl Alma Del Barrio – The Soul Of Spanish Harlem ... CD
Tico, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Around September 1, 2014 (delayed)
The Soul of Spanish Harlem – and the upbeat sound of the Joe Cuba Sextet – a hard-to-find album recorded just before the dawn of the classic Latin soul era! This one has been underappreciated for years, which is a shame, because it's got a lot of very nice grooves with that tight Joe Cuba Sextet sound – full snapping percussion and tight rhythms. There's also a few romantic tracks led by keys and a surprisingly warm approach to the vocals, but most of the set is pretty straight ahead Latin! Tracks include "You're Gone", "La Fuga Pal Monte", "Galan, Galan", "Y Sigue", "Solo Por Ti", "Guaguanco Del Jibarito", "Una Nenita", and "El Tapon". CD

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FusionTop Soul ... LP
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... Early November, 2014
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". LP, Vinyl record album
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Joao GilbertoChega De Saudade (with bonus CD) ... LP
Odeon/Doxy, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 5, 2014 (delayed)
Pure bossa magic – and a wonderful illustration of why the early music of Joao Gilberto was so tremendous! (Actually, all of his music is tremendous, but that seems to be especially the case here!) The tracks are all fantastic – breezy, breathy, and almost effortlessly sung throughout – songs that drift in air almost of their own accord, yet also manage a gently rhythmic groove that's probably the best definition of the style of bossa that you could ever hope to find! Most numbers feature acoustic guitar upfront in the mix alongside the vocals, plus a bit of light percussion – and even when there's fuller orchestrations on the record, they're used spaciously and gently – often with some nice jazzy inflections. Titles include "Briga Nunca Mais", "Ho Ba La La", "Rosa Morena", "Bim Bom", "Lobo Bobo", "E Luxo So", "Aos Pes Da Cruz", "Saudade Fez Um Samba", and "Desafinado". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddie HubbardNight Of The Cookers Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
A landmark set for Blue Note – one that features Freddie Hubbard working in raw, firey, freewheeling territory – given space that few other players at the label were getting at the time! The two volume set features tracks recorded live at Club La Marchal in Brooklyn – and have Hubbard working with a completely hip group that features Lee Morgan, James Spaulding, Harold Mabern, Larry Ridley, Pete La Roca, and Big Black on conga. Each side of the album features one long track – and this first volume features the tunes "Pensativa" and "Walkin" – done in an extended style that's much rougher and rawer than Hubbard's studio albums of the time! CD
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Freddie HubbardNight Of The Cookers Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
A landmark set for Blue Note – one that features Freddie Hubbard working in raw, firey, freewheeling territory – given space that few other players at the label were getting at the time! The two volume set features tracks recorded live at Club La Marchal in Brooklyn – and have Hubbard working with a completely hip group that features Lee Morgan, James Spaulding, Harold Mabern, Larry Ridley, Pete La Roca, and Big Black on conga. Each side of the album features one long track – and this second volume features the tunes "Jodo" and "Breaking Point" – done in an extended style that's much rougher and rawer than Hubbard's studio albums of the time! CD

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Jungle FireTropicoso ... CD
Nacional, 2014. New Copy ... Late September, 2014 (delayed)
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial either – just really well-crafted instrumentation in a mostly vocal-free setting – which allows for plenty of great moments from the individual members, especially some of the reed players! The group have kind of snuck into our world through a handful of 7" singles, but they've really got our attention with this full length set – a record that includes the tracks "Firewalker", "Tropicoso", "Culebro", "La Mano", "Village Hustle", "Chalupa", "Snake Pit", and "Comencemos". CD

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King TeeAct A Fool ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
King Tee's first album, in the days before the Likwit crew had started to come together, when he was still working with DJ Pooh. Come to think of it, this was cut in the days before G-funk ruled the west coast, and LA in particular. With spare late 80s production, and lyrics that are definitely from the street, but without coming off as a candy @ss gangsta. 11 tracks in all, including "Act A Fool", "Ko Rock Stuff", "Baggin On Moms", "Bass (rmx)", "Payback's A Mutha", "Just Clowning", "The Coolest", "Flirt", "Let's Dance", "Guitar Playin'" and 'I Got A Cold". CD

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Roland KirkThird Dimension ... LP
Bethlehem/Doxy, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... Around November 1, 2014
Excellent early work from Roland Kirk – not as groundbreaking as later sessions, but still filled with fire and imagination, and proof that the famous blind player was a genius even at an early age! Kirk plays alto, tenor, and soprano – and on all tracks, he plays them in his unique "3-in-1" style, in which he's actually blowing all horns at the same time! The result is an incredible sound, unlike anyone else we can think of – and it's an amazingly raw tone that still swings very hard. Players include Jimmy Madison on piano, Carl Pruitt on bass, and Hank Duncan on drums – a really rootsy quartet that helps Roland hit a really gutbuckety sound on the record. Titles include "Triple Threat", "Slow Groove", "Roland's Theme", "Easy Living", "The Nearness Of You", and "A La Carte". LP, Vinyl record album

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Claudine LongetClaudine ... CD
A&M (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply perfect, on this first LP – set to lightly groovy arrangements by the great Nick DeCaro, gliding through a host of tunes that encompasses some of the grooviest hits of the decade – from soundtrack numbers to bossa tunes to familiar numbers that sparkle anew with Claudine's brilliance! Titles include "A Man and A Woman", "Wanderlove", "Meditation", "My Guy", "Sunrise Sunset", "A Felicidade", and "Hello Hello". CD

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Merry Go RoundMerry Go Round – You're A Very Lovely Woman/Live ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
A standout early set from The Merry Go Round – a classic A&M set that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with introspective folksy touches – and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style! There's a depth here that reminds us of our favorite Hollies albums of the period – a ear that goes way beyond simple pop single stylings, but also never gets too bogged down in overly-complicated song structures. The balance is a hard one to pull off, but Merry Go Round do it perfectly – thanks to the creative vision of Emmitt Rhodes, who whote most of the tunes and sings lead vocals. Titles include the seminal "You're A Very Lovely Woman", plus "Live", "Time Will Show The Wiser", "We're In Love", "Gonna Fight The War", "Early In The Morning", "Gonna Leave You Alone", and "Where Have You Been All Of My Life". CD

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Merry Go Round/Emmitt RhodesListen Listen – The Definitive Collection (Merry Go Round/American Dream) ... CD
A&M/Rev-Ola (UK), 1967/1970. New Copy ... Early October, 2014 (delayed)
The complete A&M recordings of The Merry Go Round and later solo act Emmitt Rhodes – lesser-remembered pop treasures from the end of the 60s, really sparkling nicely in this well-done set! The Merry Go Round's heard here on their one and only album for A&M – a self-titled set from 1967, done in a style that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with slightly introspective folksy touches, and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style. There's a depth here that reminds us of our favorite Hollies albums of the period – a ear that goes way beyond simple pop single stylings, but also never gets too bogged down in overly-complicated song structures. The balance is a hard one to pull off, but Merry Go Round do it perfectly – thanks to the creative vision of Emmitt Rhodes, who whote most of the tunes and sings lead vocals. Rhodes later stepped out on his own as a solo act, and is heard here on his 1969 album The American Dream, plus some additional bonus singles – all of which follow the Merry Go Round style nicely, but also get even more personal, and seem to pick up a few well-placed singer-songwriter touches along the way. The CD features a total of 29 tracks in all – plus some great notes that helps you reconstruct the history of Rhodes and the group. Titles include "You're A Very Lovely Woman", "Live", "Pardon Me", "Mother Earth", "Low Down", "Where Have You Been All My Life", "We're In Love", "Gonna Fight The War", "In Days Of Old", "Holly Park", "Come Ride Come Ride", and "Textile Factory". CD

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Chris MontezMore I See You – Call Me ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode that makes us want to be driving down Highway 101 with the top down, AM radio blasting out all of Chris' early singles at once! Chris' real genius here is the way that he takes standards and pop tunes – and, working with Herb, crafts them into a whole new sound – stripped down, streamlined, and perfect for the 60s! Titles include "One Note Samba", "The More I See You", "Fly Me To The Moon", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Call Me", "Hey Baby", and "Little White Lies". CD

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New Ennio MorriconeGood, The Bad, And The Ugly – Original Soundtrack (2014 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Capitol, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Around November 28, 2014
A great little version of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly soundtrack – packaged under the Italian title, with a lot of bonus tracks that weren't on the original album! The set features 21 titles in all – which should be more than a bit of spaghetti for all of your western fantasies. Morricone's work, as always, is excellent – with lots of guitar twanging over the plains, and that cool little "whootle" sound that made the theme so famous! Titles include "Insequimento", "Il Deserto", "Il Bandito Monco", "Fine Di Una Spia", "Marcetta", "Padre Ramirez", and "La Carrozza Dei Fantasmi". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Saturday, 11/29/14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Black Friday. It will not be pre-sold, or reserved in any way. However, the day after Black Friday, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Good, The Bad, And The Ugly – Original Soundtrack ... LP 11.99

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New Ennio MorriconeIl Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly) ... LP
RCA/Cinevox (Italy), 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Early December, 2014
The classic Good, The Bad, & The Ugly soundtrack – one of Ennie Morricone's first super-huge soundtracks, and a record that set the tone for countless other scores to come! Morricone's work, as always, is excellent – with lots of guitar twanging over the plains, and that cool little "whootle" sound that made the theme so famous! Titles include "Il Tramonto", "Il Deserto", "Triello", "La Storia Di Un Soldato", and "Il Forte". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ennio MorriconeIl Prefetto Di Ferro ... LP
Beat/Dagored (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 20, 2014 (delayed)
A record with a core sound that's very much in keeping with Morricone's approach to crime and cop films – a bit warmer and funkier at times than his horror scores, but also touched here with some slight Mediterranean moments on guitar or flute. Titles include "La Mafia", "Omerta", "Canto Di Sicilia", "Siccita", "Morte Di Ferrarello", and "Una Rete Di Protenzi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of FriendsRoger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis on groovy harmonies in a male/female style that reminds us of We Five or The Free Design – but a lot hipper too, as its more adult in its themes – with this way of bringing innocence into play with mature thoughtfulness, but in subtle modes that are perfect for the unique album's placement on A&M! Nichols would later be known for his songwriting with Paul Williams, and was also part of a core group of underground LA pop luminaries that included the whole Warner crew under Lenny Waronker – and this album definitely has some of the sly undertones of some of the hippest late 60s Warner work as well. Titles include "Snow Queen", "Love So Fine", "Don't Take Your Time", "Can I Go", and "Kinda Wasted Without You". CD

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Eddie PalmieriLo Que Traigo Es Sabroso ... CD
Alegre, Early 60s. New Copy ... Around November 1, 2014
Great early material from Eddie Palmieri! The album's one of his classics recorded with his Conjunto La Perfecta – a group that's poised on contrapuntal trombone lines, and which had a very important influence on Latin jazz styles in the 60s. The use of trombone makes for lots of dark edges – a bass-heavy sound that works well with the percussion, and really lets Eddie open up on some of his free-thinking piano lines. Lead vocals are by Ismael Quintana – and titles include "Muneca", "Baila Guanguanco", and the great "Descarga Palmieri"! CD

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Eddie PalmieriVamonos Pa'l Monte ... CD
Tico, 1976. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014 (delayed)
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the more descarga-driven styles of his Coco albums. Eddie plays both electric and acoustic piano on the session – and the group is small and tight, with a sound that really compresses the energy of the grooves on the album! One that we'd recommend in a minute, with great tracks that include "Vamanos Pa'l Monte", "Viejo Socarron", "Comparasa De Los Locos", and the excellent "Revolt/La Libertad Logico". CD

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ParadeParade ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Around November 19, 2014
Sunshine Pop genius from The Parade – a wonderfully groovy LA trio that included Murray MacLeod of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends! The Parade works with a sound that's very similar to Nichols' classic group – a sing-song blend of harmony pop vocals that's completely sublime, and which is carried off to perfection in all aspects of the recording. The sound's slightly different, as The Parade is a trio of all male voices, compared to the one gal and two guys in Small Circle Of Friends – but there's definitely a post-folk mode here that's sweetened heavily with LA Sunshine, and presented with a charming quality all the way through – way different than most mainstream pop of the time. Production is by group member Jerry Riopelle, a former staff member for Phil Spector – and titles include "Sunshine Girl", "She Sleeps Alone", "Lovers", "The Radio Song", "Kinda Wasted Without You", "AC/DC", "Frog Prince", "I Can See Love", and "Laughin Lady". CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsMan & His Music ... LP
B-Boy, 1988. Sealed 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
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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Richard BooneI've Got A Right To Sing ... LP
Nocturne, Late 60s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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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New John Carter & Bobby BradfordSecrets ... LP
Revelation, 1972. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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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New EsquivelLatin-Esque/Exploring New Sounds In Stereo (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/El (UK), 1959/1962. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Hi-fi heaven from the legendary Esquivel – two albums back to back on a single CD! Latin-Esque is quite possibly our favorite Esquivel album ever – a tremendous little session that was recorded for RCA's Stereo Action series – with incredible sound that leaps back and forth between each speaker! The notes describe the record as having a "block long sound" – given that Juan Garcia recorded the record in 2 different studios, a block apart – and given the dynamic range of the music, you can almost believe that quote, given the way the instrumentation leaps around! There's a definite Latin flavor here – thanks to more bottom percussion than before – but all instruments really come off beautifully, including guitar and piano, and lots of other odd bits too. There's a slight bit of vocals, but not much – and titles "Jungle Drums", "Estrellita", "Latin-esque", "La Paloma", "La Raspa", "You Belong To My Heart", and "Cachito". CD also features the album Exploring New Sounds In Stereo – a classic bit of Esquivel, with a genius summed up perfectly in the cover image – a photo that features Juan Garcia gazing into a telescope, looking at the stars and contemplating his next musical direction! The sound here is great – a hard-swinging blend of dynamic orchestrations, wordless scatting vocals, and other instrumentation that feels like it seeped out of some spaceship that was just passing by! There's some nice percussion touches at times, and the interplay between all instruments is quite lively – never nearly as sleepy as other easy albums from the time. Titles include "My Blue Heaven", "My Number One Love", "All Of Me", "Spellbound", "Whatchamacalit", "La Ronde", and "Bella Mora". CD also features bonus tracks from the two Infinity In Sound albums. CD

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Ella FitzgeraldElla In Hollywood ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A nice little Verve session that breaks from the usual format – especially the "Songbooks" one – and features Ella in LA with small group backing by Jim Hall, Lou Levy, Wilfred Middlebrooks, and Gus Johnson. The set was recorded live at the Crescendo – in a jazzily swinging mode that's a bit looser than some of Ella's other Verve sessions, but which still demonstrates some nice control on the vocals. Titles include "Mr Paganini", "Stairway To The Stars", "Air Mail Special", "Blue Moon", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", and "Just In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has light wear and a partially split top seam.)

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Slim GaillardSlim Gaillard Rides Again! ... LP
Dot, 1959. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Some of the best material Slim Gaillard ever recorded! Although he's best known for his Verve work, and for his early 40s sessions in LA – these 1959 recordings for Dot have Slim hitting a groove that's far tighter than usual, with a better jazz influence, and a much freer approach to singing than his usual stock style. There's a wonderful version of "How High The Moon" that's got crazy guitar, and wild lyrics from Slim about life on the moon. Other nice cuts include "Sukiyaka Cha Cha", "Chicken Rhythm", "Slim's Cee", "Lady Be Good", and "Thunderbird". If you've ever wondered why people think Slim is so great, check this one out – and you'll flip! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, some light stains, a partially split bottom seam, and some pen on the back.)

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Heaven Bound with Tony ScottiHeaven Bound With Tony Scotti (aka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do) ... LP
MGM, 1972. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Pure AM radio pop from the glory days of MGM! Pop impresario Tony Scotti was one of the harmony vocalists who comprised Heaven Bound – and he produced the album with a sweet sound that's part late Beach Boys, part 70s Four Seasons, and part LA electric soundtrack. The record's got some real charms, and plenty of breathy 70s pop song hooks. Includes versions of Neil Young's "On The Way Home" and The Beatles' "I Will" – plus "He'd Rather Have The Rain", "I Kept On Loving You", "Five Hundred Miles", and "Come Run With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a wavy corner.)

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Woody HermanGiant Steps ... LP
Fantasy, 1973. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Genius 70s work from Woody Herman – funky big band with electric touches, served up on a range of wonderful tunes! Woody's still at the helm of the group on saxes and clarinet – but as with other Fantasy and Cadet albums, the real thanks here goes to arrangers – who include Bill Stapleton, Alan Broadbent, Tony Klatka, and Richard Evans – who's making a brief post-Cadet appearance here to serve up a fierce version of his classic "First Thing I Do" – a jazzy reworking of the Joyce Williams tune, done here with a nice break, wah-wah guitar, and a real badass soundtrack style! Rhythm players include Joe Beck and Ray Barretto – and the whole album's great throughout. Titles include "Think On Me", "A Child Is Born", "Freedom Jazz Dance", "First Thing I Do", "Giant Steps", and a great take on Chick Corea's "La Fiesta", complete with electric piano! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bobbi HumphreySatin Doll ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Fabulous stuff – one of the legendary albums that funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey cut with producer Larry Mizell! The record's a prime example of the Mizell genius at work – as Larry's arranged these fantastic backdrops for Bobbi's flute – soaring keyboard lines, layers and layers of rhythm, and just enough space for Bobbi to come in and send the record to the heavens with her spiritually grooving sound. Harvey Mason plays drums, Jerry Peters is on keyboards, and the rest of the group's an all-star LA studio jazz assemblage – perfectly fit together by Larry's arrangements and production in that classic cosmic mid 70s Mizell wall of sound! Tracks include "Fun House", "Satin Doll", "San Francisco Lights", and "New York Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Quincy JonesDollar ($) ... LP
Reprise, 1972. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of Quincy Jones' best soundtracks of the 70s – filled with some great slick electric funky crime tracks, perfectly played by LA jazzers that include Clare Fischer, Paul Humphrey, Arthur Adams, David T Walker, Milt Holland, and Jerome Richardson. A few cuts feature vocals by Little Richard – but the best tracks are the instrumental ones – like the classic sample cut "Snow Creatures", which has an amazing intro and a very dark mood. Other tracks include "Passin The Buck", "Rubber Ducky", "Money Is", "Do It Do It", and "Money Runner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)

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New MacondoMacondo ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A blend of soulful styles from the mighty Macondo! This self-titled set is pretty hip batch of tracks – sort of a mixture of early 70s LA Latin funk, with some lighter elements of Brazilian music, possibly added into the record by Claudio Slon, who produced the set for Sergio Mendes. The best cuts have hard-jamming organ and guitars, rocking along in an El Chicano mode – but some of the others have mellower vocals that work really well, too! Titles include "Do It To Me", "Wishes", "Get It On Girl", "Sneaking In The Back Door", "Why", "Battery", "Never Thought I'd See You Gone" and "Cayuco". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch, some stains, a promo sticker, another small sticker, and an ink stamp on the back.)

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Hugh MasekelaColonial Man ... LP
Casablanca, 1976. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A later album from Hugh Masekela – but still plenty darn hip, way more so than most of the other artists on the Casablanca label at the time! Hugh's South African groove is still very firmly in place here – mixed with a slightly warmer LA soul sound, but expanded with loads of great arrangements that get a lot more complicated than before – and which bring in some great keyboard and percussion bits. Sivuca makes a wonderful appearance on 2 tracks – using that blend of voice and accordion that sounds so great – and the whole record's got a depth and sense of soul that you'd never guess from it's silly title and cover! Titles include "Colonial Man", "Song For Brazil", "Vasco Da Gama", "For The Love Of You", "Witch Doctor", and "Cecil Rhodes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a peeled mark on the front, and a light stain on the back.)

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New Randy NewmanGood Old Boys ... LP
Warner, 1974. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A gem of an album from Randy Newman – a masterpiece of understated with from the mid 70s, and one of his most fully-conceived records for Warner Brothers! The album offers up a vision of the south, past and present, through Newman's eyes – eyes that are partially clouded by the distance of the scene seen from the vantage point of smoggy LA, but which still manage to pull out various strands of life with surprising poignancy. It's easy to write this one off as some sort of slap against the face of the backward south in the 70s, but Newman actually approaches his subjects with some sort of subtle tenderness – not nearly as mean as you might think on first listen, as evidenced by the beautiful orchestrations he penned for the sessions. Titles include "Birmingham", "Marie", "Rednecks", "Louisiana 1927", "Rollin", "Back On My Feet Again", and "Wedding In Cherokee County". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen on back.)

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OsibisaSuper Fly TNT ... LP
Buddah, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Some nice heavy Afro-funk grooves, courtesy of Osibisa, for this follow-up score to the original Super Fly! The sound of the music is quite different than Curtis Mayfield's famous soundtrack – and there's lots of heavy bass and percussion, plus some additional arrangements by Michael Gibbs. Tracks include "La Ila I La La", "TNT", "Superfly Man", "Oye Mama", and "The Vicarage". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousNYC Salsa 2 – The Incendiary Sound Of Latin New York ... CD
Fania, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A heavy-hitting batch of salsa from the legendary Fania Records catalog – and a collection that's almost more on fire than the first volume in the series! As before, the tracks here showcase the best sounds of New York's glory days for Latin music – that point in the 70s when the scene was exploding anew with a fresh sense of power and pride – and really hitting the best elements of the groove that was starting to be known as salsa! The package digs a bit deeper than before, and features some great lesser-known gems – and like other titles from the revived Fania, the packaging and presentation is superb. Titles include "El Remolon" by Cabrerita, "Timbalero Mayor" by Menique, "Payaso" by La Muralla, "Resignacion" by Gilberto Cruz, "Don Anastacio" by Javier Vazquez, "Arenque" by Alfredo Vargas, "Nosotros" by Monguito Santamaria, "Catano" by Justo Betancourt, "La Fiera" by Kako & Azuquita, and "Dejame En Paz" by Johnny Colon. CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousPunk 45 Vol 1 – Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! – Underground Punk In The USA 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just the usual punk collection you might expect – not just LA hardcore or New York downtown, and instead a really wide range of work from the American underground of the 70s – including some really key tracks by artists who were working in a punkish mode a few years before the style ever had a name! Soul Jazz have really done an excellent job with this set – scanning a wealth of rare indie singles to come up with a set of tracks that virtually writes the history of the emergence of punk rock on the American shores – work that owes very little to the UK wave, and which instead really reflects the unique hybrid of styles that infected US material from the start. There's loads of cuts on here that we'd totally forgotten about – all brought together with the usual great Soul Jazz sense of history, reflected in the notes – and titles include "Let's Get Rid Of New York" by The Randoms, "I'm A Bug" by The Urinals, "Cakes In The Home" by Crash Course In Science, "Not Now No Way" by The Pagans, "Flash Of The Moment" by Pastiche, "Neutron Bomb" by The Controllers, "Action" by The Knots, "Dog Meat" by Flamin Groovies, "Kill The Hippies" by The Deadbeats, "US Millie" by Theoretical Girls, "Wild Weekend" by The Zeros, "Ice Age" by The Bizarros, and "Hillside Strangler" by Hollywood Squares. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Punk 45 Vol 1– Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! – Underground Punk In The USA 1973 to 1980 ... CD 22.99

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New VariousStudio One Ska Fever – More Ska Sounds From Sir Coxone's Downbeat ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Forget everything you know about ska music from recent years – no Mighty Mighty cliches, no retro-styled clunkers, no two-toned sounds at all – just the real deal, the roots of the style, served up here in classic recordings that go right to the source! These are the cuts that started it all – and which still sound way better to our ears than any of the countless imitations that have been crafted over the years – played with a freshness and a sharp edge that recent recordings can never hope to touch! The music here is the roots of reggae crafted in the soil of Kingston – recorded by the legendary Studio One Records, with all the soulful undercurrents you'd find in the rocksteady generation as well. It's been a few years since Soul Jazz have served up a set of Jamaican grooves this tight – but it's been well worth the wait, given the track selection and always-stellar level of presentation from the label. Titles include "Live Good" by The Ethiopians, "Mr Talkative" by The Wailers, "There's A Reward" by Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson, "Ska La Parisienne" by The Skatalites, "Don't Try To Reach Me" by The Gaylads, "Gumma" by Lee Perry, "Freedom Sounds" by Soul Brothers, "You Won't See Me" by The Clarendonians, and "Old Rocking Chair" by Jakie Opel. CD

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New VariousClaudio Abbado – The Complete RCA & Sony Recordings (38CD set) ... CD
Sony, 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 38 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful memorial collection of recordings from the great Claudio Abbado – one that collects together his complete recordings for both the RCA and Columbia Records label – all in one beautiful box with tiny LP-styled sleeves! Abbado's run for Columbia is the stuff of legend – a place where the maestro really found a home, and continued to grow amidst a range of impressive orchestral recordings – and his earlier recordings for RCA are an added bonus here, all remastered well for the first time. The package features 39 CDs in all – with performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, and London Symphony Orchestra – as well as with solos by artists who include Martha Agerich, Murray Perahia, and Lazar Berman. The set also features a 1976 recording of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos with the soloists of La Scala Orchestra – plus works by Mozart, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Nono, Mahler, Verdi, Rossini, Schumann, and others. CD

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New Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Trio (1981) (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant Japanese-only album from Herbie – quite different than his US work at the time! Although the Herbie in America in 1981 was very heavily involved in electric keyboard work and more R&B-oriented styles of expression – this Japanese-recorded Herbie's an all-acoustic one, working here in a great trio with Ron Carter and Tony Williams, grooving nicely on some long lyrically soulful tracks! The record's straight and sweet – and Herbie's work on piano is stunning – easily flowing with inventive solos that never cease to delight. And the warm accompaniment he gets from Carter and Williams really make the album sparkle – easily the best sort of session of its sort you'll find from the time. Titles include "Stablemates", "Dolphin Dance", "A Slight Smile", and "La Maison Goree". CD
(Blue Spec CD2.)
 
 
 



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