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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con ClaseEncendido ... CD
JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy .... $11.99
Salsa with class from congolero Johnny Ray – a set that's got many of the same tight edges used in his 70s work as Johnny Zamot, but which comes across with a sound that's slightly more contemporary overall! The group here features Johnny on congas, plus horns, piano, percussion, and a bit of keyboards – plus lead vocals in Spanish by Jose Davila and David Millan, sometimes in a slightly romantic mode. Tunes are mostly upbeat, and titles include "Tatuajes", "No Me Mires Asi", "Droga", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", "Si No La Tengo", "Asi Fue", and "Preso". CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con ClaseYo Soy Boricua ... CD
JZ Productions, 2007. New Copy .... $11.99
Johnny Ray's combo is cooking nicely on this set – steeped in Puerto Rican salsa sounds, but carrying off the music with lightly grooving quality! The instrumentation here includes trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion – plus a bit of more contemporary keyboards on a few tracks, but not too much to keep the music from sounding too classic. One title is a bit of a reggaeton number, but the rest are older styled salsa, with vocals by Jose Davila and Sammy Gonzalez – and titles inclu de "Preciosa", "Lejos De Ti", "Jibarito Mio", "Sonando Con Puerto Rico", "Amanecer", "La Parranda", and "Aunque Me Llore". CD

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Django ReinhardtJazz In Paris – Swing 48 ... CD
Universal (France), 1947. Used .... $7.99
Some of the last great recordings by Django Reinhardt – a series of 78 rpm recordings for the Blue Star label in Paris, done in a variety of settings, both large and small! About half the tracks on the CD feature Django with the Hot Club lineup that included Hubert Rostaing on clarinet and Joseph Reinhardt on rhythm guitar – and other titles include 2 recorded with the quintet of trumpeter Rex Stewart, 1 with the Orchestre Du Boeuf Sur Le Toit, and 1 with a quintet that includes Michel De Villers on alto sax. The CD features 12 titles in all, all remastered from the original 78s – and titles include "Vette", "Swing 48", "Minor Blues", "Peche A La Mouche", "Danse Norvegienne", and "Blues For Barclay", done in 2 takes. CD

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Althea ReneIn The Flow ... CD
Trippin' N' Rhythm, 2013. New Copy .... $11.99 18.99
One of the most dynamic albums we've ever heard from flutist Althea Rene – a set that's still got all her sweet soulful solo work firmly in place, but one that also adds in a bit more groove at the bottom too! The album's done in close collaboration with Michael Broening – who plays keyboards and handles the rhythm tracks throughout – providing a fresh setting for Rene's well-crafted lines on both conventional and alto flute – both instruments she blows with a slinky, soulful depth that takes us back to Bobbi Humphrey in the 70s! Titles include "La Solstice", "Flutations", "Free", "In The Flow", "FM 1960", "Song For Wilhelmina", and "Used To Love You" CD

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New Sandra RhodesWhere's Your Love Been (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fantasy/Omnivore, 1973. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
A nice little album from Sandra Rhodes – an artist who sung backup vocals on more than a few southern soul sides in her day – emerging here on her own in a style that's part country, part rock, and plenty touched by the Memphis soul scene from which she emerged! The album's produced and arranged by Charles Chalmers, and it's got a flanged-out, laidback sound that makes it a bit hipper than you'd expect – almost Memphis meets LA, with a quality that really takes the music past its Tennessee roots, but also without losing them as well. Titles include "Sho Is Rainin", "It's Up To You", "Sowed Love & Reaped The Heartache", "Where's Your Love Been", "No Such Thing As Love", and "Never Grow Old". CD features 7 previously-unreleased bonus tracks from the same sessions – including "Jingo", "I Don't Play The Game", "Linda Was A Lady", "Baby Don't Go", "I'd Rather Hurt You Now", and "Someday Sweet Baby". CD

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Emil RichardsSpirit of 1976 ... LP
Impulse, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold .... $14.99
Excellent groovy jazz from the great Emil Richards! The legendary LA vibist is caught live at Donte's – and is playing with Dave Makay on piano and percussion, as well as a bunch of other LA hipsters. The general groove is more jazz oriented than Emil's other records, but still very nice. Titles include "One Tooth Grin", "Spirit Of 1976", "Peek A Boo", "All Blue", and "10 to 5". LP, Vinyl record album
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Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel ... CD
Capitol/Micro Werks, 1974. New Copy .... $7.99 9.98
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest soul divas! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". CD
Also available Perfect Angel (Japanese version) ... CD 16.99

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New Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel (Japanese version) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1974. Used .... $16.99
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest soul divas! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Perfect Angel ... CD 7.99

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Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel/Adventures In Paradise ... CD
EMI (UK), 1974/1975. New Copy .... $13.99
A dream come true – Minnie's first two solo albums for Epic, back to back on one CD! Perfect Angel was one of THE albums that helped define the sound of female soul in the 70s – a record that moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". Adventures In Paradise is even better – and may well be Minnie's greatest album ever! The album's a sparkling work of jazzy soul, with touches of the heavenly production that Minnie got in years past, and lots of smooth mellow songs that are perfectly suited to her other-worldly voice. Includes the massive track "Baby, This Love I Have" – a slow funk number that's be sampled many times over the years – plus the spacey tunes "Minnie's Lament", "Inside My Love", and "Alone In Brewster Bay", remade from Minnie's first LP! 19 tracks in all – and an essential CD for any fan of 70s soul! CD

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New Max Roach & Clifford BrownHistoric California Concerts 1954 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used .... $14.99
It's hard to overstate the influence of Max Roach and Clifford Brown on the west coast scene of the 50s – as the two players helped draw out the bop sound of LA that was quickly getting lost in the cool jazz shuffle of the time, and gave it a strength and focus that not only made the group one of the strongest of the time, but which also sparked new life and a hardbop generation on the LA scene! This classic set of live recordings was one of the first great Brown/Roach moments – recorded during 2 different concerts by Gene Norman Presents, and featuring some great tenor work by LA giants Teddy Edwards and Harold Land, plus some piano by the amazing "sideways" player Carl Perkins, as well as Bud Powell's brother Richie – a key factor of the group's studio recordings on Mercury, and a player who would perish in the same accident that took the life of Clifford Brown. This CD features the full versions of most of the tracks that have been highly edited on the GNP albums over the years – including "Clifford's Axe", "Sunset Eyes", "Jordu", "I Can't Get Started", "Parisian Thoroughfare", and "Tenderly". A few edits persist in a few parts, as the unedited tapes appear to be lost – but many of the tracks are in nice longish versions! CD

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New Alexander RobotnickVintage Robotnicks (180 gram tri color transparent vinyl)(2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Materiali Sonori/Medical, 1980s. New Copy .... $19.99
Rare material from the legendary Alexander Robotnick – tracks from mid 80s European singles, plus a few from his own archives as well! Robotnick's got an approach to his work that borrows from earlier Kraftwerk experiments, but fuses the electronics with a much more dancefloor-driven groove – a sound that's held up far more strongly over the years than most of his Italian and German contemporaries, and which often displays a free-thinking approach to melody that was years ahead of its time! This is work that can be appreciated by experimentalists and clubbers alike – a rare breed of tracks that are finally getting their proper exposure to the world! Titles include "Soundtrack", "Araba", "The Vampir", "Ambient Robo", "Minore Terzo", "C'Est La Vie (7" mix)", "Appuye Sur Le Champignon", "Les Grands Voyages De L'Amour (orig version)", and "I Remember Kamchaka". LP, Vinyl record album

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RoctoberIssue #43 ... Magazine
Roctober, 2006. New Copy .... $2.99 4.00
Interviews with songwriter Paul Williams (focussing on his soundtracks to Phantom of the Paradise and The Muppet Movie), Chicago R&B radio legend La Donna Tittle, Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, CD6), blues guitarist Walter Trout (Canned Heat), pop vocalist April March, Franco-genius Bertrand Burgalat, Mecca Normal, and Nardwuar versus Afrika Bambaataa. Plus Jobriath, Def Leppard, a lushly illustrated history of Studio One, archival Pedro Bell cartoons, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Voivod, Syd Barrett, Arthur Lee, Johnny Thunders, and over 1000 poorly written record reviews! Magazine

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Jair RodriguesA Popularidade De Jair Rodrigues ... LP
Fontana (Brazil), 1960s/1970s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold .... $14.99
2LPs worth of material by Jair Rodrigues – one of Brazil's most soulful samba singers, and a talent who remained huge over many years! The package features 24 tracks pulled from Jair recordings for the Philips label – dating back to the 60s, and running up into the mid 70s – and titles include "Tengo Tengo", "Martin Cerere", "Irmaos Coragem", "Leva Meu Samba", "Mundo Velho", "O Conde", "Disparada", "Mascara Negra", "Pra Que Dinheiro", "Deixa Isso Pra La", and "Se Deus Quiser". LP, Vinyl record album

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Silvio RodriguezCuba Classics 1 – Silvio Rodriguez Greatest Hits ... CD
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/1980s. Used .... $5.99
Luaka Bop compilation of recordings by Cuban vocalist Silvio Rodriguez – most of them recorded for the Egrem label during the late 70s and 1980s. As with all the other Luaka Bop comps, this one's a very complete look at the artist – with a great set of notes that provides a strong introduction to the music. Titles include "Canto Arena", "Unicornio", "La Maza", "Causas Y Azares", "Sueno De Una Noche De Verano", and "O Melancolia". CD
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Tito RodriguezCharanga Pachanga ... LP
United Artists, 1961. Very Good- .... $5.99
Tito gets in on the Charanga craze of the early 60s – and like everything he does, the album's handled strongly, although perhaps not at the top level of its field. Back cover has dance steps illustrated – and tracks include "El Panuelo", "El Latigo", "Oiganlo", "Que Cocine Caridad", and "La Comparza". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – heavy! Cover has light wear, splitting on the top and bottom seams, and some tape on the top seam.)

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Tito RodriguezReturns To The Palladium – Live! ... CD
United Artists/West Side Latino, 1961. New Copy .... $12.99
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and great ear for jazzy inflections on the horns – especially saxophone. But added to this are some charanga elements on piano and in the rhythms – supported by the vocals on the cuts as well. Tracks include the originals "Ritmo Charanga", "El Que Se Fue", "Baila La Charanga", "El Oso Y La Osa", "Bartolo Saco La Flauta", and "Que Lo Gocen Todos" – plus "Oyeme Antonia", "Si Te Contara", and "Yambu". CD

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Tito RodriguezReturns To The Palladium – Live! ... LP
United Artists, 1961. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Tito Rodriguez returns to the Palladium – in a smoking set that's got all the great jazzy touches of his first volume at the famous club, but a bit more of a charanga groove overall! The core combo elements that make Tito great are firmly in place – that strong sense of rhythm and great ear for jazzy inflections on the horns – especially saxophone. But added to this are some charanga elements on piano and in the rhythms – supported by the vocals on the cuts as well. Tracks include the originals "Ritmo Charanga", "El Que Se Fue", "Baila La Charanga", "El Oso Y La Osa", "Bartolo Saco La Flauta", and "Que Lo Gocen Todos" – plus "Oyeme Antonia", "Si Te Contara", and "Yambu". LP, Vinyl record album
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Shorty RogersBossa Nova ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $14.99
A real standout from the great Shorty Rogers – and a smoking set that has him turning his many talents towards the world of bossa nova! By the time of this set, Shorty was as great an arranger as he was a trumpeter – really one of the go-to guys around LA for hipper soundtracks and vocal dates – and he really shows off his skills on a set of lively arrangements that pop and sparkle a lot more than other American bossa jazz outings of this nature! The set features lots of acoustic guitar and percussion – and bold trumpet and flugelhorn solos by Shorty – on titles that include "Samba Do Lorinho", "Samba Triste", "O Amore E A Rosa", "Pao De Assucar", "So Um Amor", and "O Menino Desce O Morro". CD

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Nino Rota & OthersTutto Fellini ... CD
CAM (Italy), 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $18.99
A 2CD set that offers up nearly 50 years' worth of music from the films of Federico Fellini – most of it scored by Nino Rota! The package is a great introduction to this amazing body of work – and not only does the set include key themes from the most important Fellini films, it also comes with a full color, 64 page booklet that offers up images from and details on the movies! 23 tracks in all – including "I Vitelloni", "La Strada", "Il Bidone", "Boccccio 70", "I Clowns", "Roma", "Fellini Satyricon", "Amarcord", "La Dolce Vita", and "Otto E Mezzo" by Nino Rota– plus "Itervista", "Ginger E Fred", and "La Voce Della Luna" by Nicola Piovani; "La Citta Delle Donna" by Luiz Bacalov; "E La Nave Va" by Gianfranco Plenizio; and "L'Amore In Citta" by Mario Nascimbene. CD

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Jimmy RowlesRare But Well Done ... CD
Liberty (Japan), 1954. New Copy .... $15.99
A rare early date as a leader for pianist Jimmy Rowles – a player who was a key part of the LA scene in the 50s, but didn't often get to front a group for a recording session! Even at this young point in his career, Rowles already has that warm charm that got him noticed again in the late 70s – that relaxed, almost world-weary way of playing the piano – quite subtle, but filled with soul – and an approach that's even more captivating every time we give the record a spin! The tunes are mostly familiar, but like good jazz singer taking on some standards, Jimmy relaxes into the songs and really makes them his own – illuminating them wonderfully, with some help from Red Mitchell on bass and Art Mardigan on drums. Titles include "Topsy", "Chloe", "The Day You Came Along", "So Far So Good", "Serenade In Blue", "Remember Me", and "Let's Fall In Love". CD

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New RufusRufus ... LP
MCA, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $1.99
The first album – and an archetypal bit of jazzy rocking soul that would forever change the face of 70s pop. Chaka Khan and the band are still working things out at this point, but the record's got some excellent sweet funky moments, and some great LA production that drives the whole thing home nicely. Titles include "Haulin Coal", "Satisfied", "Feel Good", "Keep It Coming", "Slip N Slide", and "There's No Tellin". LP, Vinyl record album
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Wanda de SahSoftly ... LP
Capitol, 1965. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A lost bossa classic from Wanda De Sah – aka Wanda Sa, the wife of Edu Lobo, and a singer who worked with Sergio Mendes in his pre-Brasil 66 days! The album's got a wonderfully laidback feel – languid, yet jazzy, with the feel of some of Astrud Gilberto's best work on Verve, yet with vocals that are possibly better – thanks to Wanda's pedigree in Brazilian pop. Recordings were done in California, not Rio – and arrangements are handled by the great Jack Marshall – who's got a strong ear for keeping things interesting with a mix of strings, Latin rhythms, and Capitol pop shadings. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Ho Ba La La", "Sweet Happy Life", "The Dreamer", and a great version of "Aruanda". LP, Vinyl record album

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Saint TropezJe T'Aime ... LP
Butterfly, Late 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $5.99
The legendary Rinder & Lewis team headed up this Frenchy effort by the pop disco group Saint Tropez. The centerpiece is the album's cover of Serge Gainsbourg's classic "Je T'Aime", redone here with a distinct 70s feel, and a groove that's just right for the dancefloor. Other tunes include "Coeur A Coeur", "On Rien A Perdre", and "La Symphonie Africaine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sandy SalisburyEverything For You ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), 1960s. New Copy .... $6.99
Sweet sunshine pop from ex-Millenium singer Sandy Salisbury – Rev-Ola's second collection of obscure demos cut by Sandy back in the 60s! The sound is wonderful – lightly folksy, but also with plenty of warm LA 60s pop styles – not as fully harmonic as the sound of Millenium's recordings, and with a slightly fragile sound that we really like a lot. Most tracks have Sandy's vocals, overdubbed, alongside warm lines on acoustic guitar, propelled by light percussion. Titles include "Married to The World", "Everything For You", "Let It Rain Let It Pour", "Content I Am", "Do I Miss You", "Dealer", "Invitation Forever", "Measure Of A Man", "Misty Eyes Smokey Places", and "Some Other Place Some Other Time". 20 tracks in all! CD

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Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Late 70s. New Copy .... Around May 24, 2014
Moogy moogy moogy! A nice little album of LA 70s funk – with kind of a super-dope slow groove on many tracks, backed up by some larger disco-ish production, all augmented by some great keyboards, vibes, and percussion by Jack Ashford. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moog sound that's very nice – and other tracks have some good electronic elements, and an offbeat approach to the groove. Titles include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right ON Top". CD

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Jane BirkinLolita Go Home ... CD
1975. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
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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BlossomsShockwave ... CD
1972. New Copy .... Around June 18, 2014
An obscure girl group soul album from the early 70s, recorded in LA with arrangements by such folks as Gene Page and The Paris Brothers – and with a sound that's similar to Love Unlimited, or other West Coast combos like that. Page's work is probably the best on the album, and his titles include "Touchdown", "Last Call For Love", and "Cherish What Is Dear To You". CD
Also available Shockwave ... LP 13.99

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Severin BrowneSeverin Browne ... CD
1973. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
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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ChakachasJungle Fever (with bonus track) ... CD
1972. New Copy .... Around May 12, 2014
A mad mix of Latin and funky rhythms – a 70s classic from the Belgian group Chakachas! The album's best known for its title hit "Jungle Fever" – an insane cut that features heavy drums, choppy guitar, and a stop/start action that's peppered with sounds of female pleasure! The track was a worldwide hit, and continues to be a funky classic today – thanks to a heavy sample history, and a life in playlists worldwide – but the rest of the album's pretty darn great too, and even weirder. Some tracks mix easy Euro grooving with heavy conga, others have kind of an LA Chicano funk approach, and still others throw in some mad horns to complicate matters with nice jazzy riffing. Really great throughout – and maybe one of the best funky albums to ever come out on a major label! Titles include "Jungle Fever", "El Canyon Rojo", "Chica Chica Bau Bau", "Eso Es El Amor", "Ay Mulata", "Cha Ka Cha", "Latin Can Can", and "Yo Soy Cubano". CD
Also available Jungle Fever ... LP 19.99

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Marpessa DawnMarpessa Dawn EP Collection ... CD
Early 60s. New Copy .... Around June 11, 2014
Very cool compilation that features rare French recordings made by the lovely actress featured in the film Black Orpheus. The first batch of tracks have a lively loud raw quality, similar to the stuff on the original soundtrack – and titles of these include "Carnaval Samba", "Samba D'Orphee", and "Adieu Tristesse". Other tracks have more of a French pop feel, with titles like "La Fille De La Montagne", "C'est Lui Ma Vie", and "Va-t En Vit Mon Amour". Very nice stuff overall, and some extremely rare recordings served up in a lovely package! CD

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DeodatoKnights Of Fantasy ... CD
1979. New Copy .... Around June 25, 2014
Smooth jazzy work from Deodato – done in an LA late 70s style that's kind of like work by Joe Sample or The Crusaders, but a bit more R&B oriented, and with a deeper soul style overall! You can definitely hear Deodato's growing taste for modern soul here – especially on the seminal club jammer "Whistle Bump", which is a tight keyboard-driven groove, with some sweeping strings underneath wah wah guitar. The cut's the real standout on the album – although there's a few other nice moments, like "Space Dust" and "Lovely Lady", which has a great mellow Bob James-ish sound. CD

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Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... CD
1973. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – partly because the tunes are all so groovy, and partly because we've really come to know the jazz-based work of composer Bob Dorough! At the time of this set, Dorough was coming off some great work in the 60s – his own rare recordings, music for Spanky & Our Gang, and others – all of which seems to inform these math-based tunes written for Saturday morning TV. The tunes are all pretty darn catchy, and often quite jazzy – and instrumentation often features some great electric piano nestled in alongside the vocals. Dorough sings the lion's share of the work for this album – although Grady Tate sings on two numbers, and Blossom Dearie on one more. Titles include the amazing "Three Is A Magic Number" – plus "Lucky Seven Sampson", "Little Twelve Toes", "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "I Got Six", "Naughty Number Nine", "Figure Eight", and "The Four Legged Zoo". CD

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Wardell GrayWay Out Wardell ... CD
1956. New Copy .... Around May 26, 2014
Seminal sounds from the LA scene of the late 40s – one of the most important records to showcase the tenor talents of the legendary Wardell Gray – a key player on the harder side of the west coast for its formative bop years – and one whose career was cut short all too soon! The material here really shows that strong LA tradition of fervent jam session work – recorded here with Gray alongside additional tenor from Vido Musso – plus guitar from Barney Kessel and Irving Ashby, trumpet from Ernie Royal and Howard McGhee, trombone from Vic Dickenson, piano from Arnold Ross and Erroll Garner, and bass from Red Callender and Harry Babison. Tracks are nice and long – with plenty of room for Gray to show of his solo talents – and titles include "Tenderly", "Blue Lou", "Just You Just Me", and "One O'Clock Jump". CD

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Richard Groove HolmesWorkin' On A Groovy Thing ... CD
1969. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
Groove Holmes and Gerald Wilson – a wonderful combination on this late 60s session – in a style that's everything great about mainstream LA jazz at the time! Wilson really has a way with the charts on the session – and although the group is large, they've got a lean, clean sound that bounces along nicely – slightly funky at times, always soulful at others – a perfect backdrop for the well-played Hammond lines that Groove brings to the set! The album's not as much of an all-out organ wailer as some of Holmes' albums for Prestige – but that's a-ok with us, because Wilson's group features some other great players too – including Dennis Budimir on guitar, Tony Ortega and Arnie Watts on saxes, and Paul Humphrey on drums! Titles include "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife", "High Blues Pressure", "Listen Here", "Oklahoma Toad", "Rhythm & Groove", "In & Out", and "Isole Natalie". CD

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Glenn JonesTake It From Me (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
1986. New Copy .... Late April, 2014
Sweet 80s soul from the mighty Glenn Jones – one of the best mainstream singers of his generation, as you'll hear on this set of mellow grooving tunes! Instrumentation's pretty electric at most moments – lots of synth, keyboards, and beats – but Glenn's well-trained vocals bring in a nice sense of humanity and depth to most numbers – especially the mellower tracks, which are really some of the standout moments in the set. Production's handled by La La and Hawk Wolinski – and titles include "Be My Lady", "Love Will Show Us How", "Stay", "Set The Night On Fire", "All Work No Play", and "Take It From Me". CD
Also available Take It From Me (plus bonus track) ... CD 11.99

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ManhattansToo Hot To Stop It ... CD
1985. New Copy .... Around April 20, 2014 (delayed)
Tracks include "Don't Say No", "Angel Of The Night", "C'Est La Vie", "Dreamin", "Too Hot To Stop It", and "When We Are Made As One". CD

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New Franco MicalizziLo Chiamavano Trinita ... LP
1970. New Copy (reissue).... Around May 20, 2014
One of the grooviest spaghetti western scores we've ever heard – penned for an early collaboration between Terence Hill and Bud Spencer! The main theme "Trinity" starts off with some cool vocal backing by Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni, singing underneath the English-language lead vocal – and the group also make an appearance on the film's reprise of this song at the end of the movie. Other tracks mix together guitar, organ, whistling, and some other cool sonic elements that give the soundtrack a cool late 60s feel that reminds us more of some lost French gem than an Italian thriller! Titles include "Lazy Cowboy", "Un Cowboy e Due Ragazze", "Di Fronte Ai Killers", "Trinity: Con La Stella Di Viceseriffo", and "C'e Un Tempo Per Vincere". LP, Vinyl record album

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Airto MoreiraI'm Fine, How Are You? ... CD
1977. New Copy .... Around June 25, 2014
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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Gene PageHot City (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1974. New Copy .... Late April, 2014
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 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. Players are an all-star cast of LA studio groovers that includes David T Walker, Wah Wah Ragin, Ernie Watts, Wilton Felder, and others – 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". CD
Also available Hot City ... LP 3.99

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New Marty Paich, Herbie Harper, Larry Bunker, et alJazz City Workshop ... CD
1955. New Copy .... Around May 27, 2014
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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New Michel PolnarefPolnarevolution ... CD
Early 70s. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
Killer work from Michel Polnaref – one of our favorite French pop singers ever! The set appears to be live – with backings by Jean-Claude Vannier – and it runs through a range of modes that goes from 60s groovy to 70s funky, with plenty of great French touches, and always-great vocals from Michel! Titles include "La Mouche", "La Tormpette", "Qui A Tue Grand Maman", "Ame Caline", "Dans La Maison Vide", "Gloria", and "Love Me Please Love Me". CD

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New Michel PolnarefPolnarevolution ... LP
Early 70s. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
Killer work from Michel Polnaref – one of our favorite French pop singers ever! The set appears to be live – with backings by Jean-Claude Vannier – and it runs through a range of modes that goes from 60s groovy to 70s funky, with plenty of great French touches, and always-great vocals from Michel! Titles include "La Mouche", "La Tormpette", "Qui A Tue Grand Maman", "Ame Caline", "Dans La Maison Vide", "Gloria", and "Love Me Please Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New RatsRats ... LP
1980. New Copy (reissue).... Around May 1, 2014
Rough-edged punk from The Rats – a power trio formed by guitarist/singer Fred Cole after earlier work in The Lollipop Shoppe, and before his better-known run in Dead Moon! The group have a sound that's somewhat unique – not as tight as LA punk of the time, with some of the more cerebral energies of the New York scene – but also a different vibe that's all their own, which is no surprise given that they were working up in the under-tapped Portland scene. Lots of tracks have a chugging sort of groove that's a bit like X – especially when female singer Toody Rat handles vocals. A nice little treasure from the prime indie days of the US scene – with tracks that include "Panic On 39th", "DC 10", "Rat Race", "It's Too Late", "Tactics Plan", "Flash Dogs", "World War III", "Until It Rains", and "Secrets". LP, Vinyl record album

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CommonOne Day It'll All Make Sense ... CD
Relativity, 1997. Used .... Just Sold Out!
3rd album by the man who put Chicago on the map as a hip hop center. 2 albums strong, and with a lot of guest appearances by folks like De La Soul, Q-Tip, Chantay Savage, Erykah Badu, and Cee-Lo. No I.D. produced most of this, and a few tracks were done by Doug Infinite. Includes "1 '2 Many", "Reminding Me Of Sef", "My City", "Real Nigga Quotes" and "Retrospect For Life". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Raul De SouzaBossa Eterna ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2008. Used .... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful bossa work from trombonist Raul DeSouza – a jazzy session that takes us back to his first 60s recordings as Raulzinho! The group's a quartet, with some especially nice work from Joao Donato on piano – a player who really helps shape the sound of the record here, as the album almost feels more like a Donato trio record with Raul joining in, than it does some of the more polished music that DeSouza recorded in previous decades for US audiences. Raul's tone is tremendous, and given that Donato once played trombone too, it's clear that the players have a great sensitivity for each other – a shared talent for keeping things fresh and modern, and avoiding the sorts of cliches that might normally hurt a bossa-revival set like this. The rest of the group features Luiz Alves on bass and Robertinho Silva on drums and percussion – and titles include "Malandro", "A La Donato", "Balanco Zona Sul", "Fim De Sonho", "Bossa Eterna", "Lugar Comum", and "Pingo D'Agua". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter GordonDexter Blows Hot And Cool (remastered edition) ... CD
Dooto/Boplicity (UK), 1955. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
A seminal 50s session from the mighty Dexter Gordon – one of his few full albums from the decade, and one of the only ones to really capture him at the heart of his original LA scene! The set's got a nice bite, and a strong sense of focus – shorter tracks that step off strongly from the bop years that saw Gordon rise to fame, but without as much of the longer blowing from some of his "chase" recordings with other tenorists. Instead, the focus here is on great tight group sounds – just the right solo space to let each player open up and groove a bit, then come back together in sharp formation. The group features Dex on tenor, Jimmy Robinson on trumpet, Carl Perkins on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Silver Plated", "Rhythm Mad", "Bonna Rue", "Blowin' For Dootsie", and "Cry Me A River". CD

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Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Trio (1981) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1981. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
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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Lyricist Lounge All-StarsCIA (Mighty Mi rmx, Mighty Mi rmx inst, Kasz mix, Kasz inst)/Talking To You (street, radio, inst) ... 12-inch
Rawkus, 1998. Near Mint- .... Just Sold Out!
"C.I.A (Criminals In Action)", from the Lyricist Lounge LP, features KRS One, Zack De la Rocha & The Last Emperor, with production by Mighty Mi & Reef, as well as Kasz. "Talking To You" features Mos Def, Pharoah Monche, Rah Digga, A-Butta & Talib Kweli, with production by Hi-Tek. As dope as it sounds, it's mixed with all the vocals doubled, so it sounds like the MC's are almost rhyming over each other – with Mos Def singing the chorus of "Who The Cap Fits" throughout. The idea might sound goofy, but it works. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Patricia MarxPatricia Marx ... CD
Trama/Ether (UK), 2004. Used .... Just Sold Out!
Heavy Brazilian soul from Patricia Marx – her greatest album to date, and a solid stunner that gets us from the very first note! The album was mostly recorded in Brazil, but it's got a fluid funky groove that almost reminds us of our favorite work from the Atlanta scene in recent years – as beats and keys intertwine in joyful chorus – supporting Patricia's wonderful vocals on a set of tracks in both English and Portuguese! We've been loving Patricia's music for years, but honestly, this could well be the set that pushes her over the top – and opens her great music up to a whole new world of listeners. Titles include "Burning Luv", "Diz", "New Life", "Lotta Luck", "Nu", "Menino", and "La Do Mar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Franco MicalizziLo Chiamavano Trinita (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1970. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of the grooviest spaghetti western scores we've ever heard – penned for an early collaboration between Terence Hill and Bud Spencer! The main theme "Trinity" starts off with some cool vocal backing by Alessandro Alessandroni's I Cantori Moderni, singing underneath the English-language lead vocal – and the group also make an appearance on the film's reprise of this song at the end of the movie. Other tracks mix together guitar, organ, whistling, and some other cool sonic elements that give the soundtrack a cool late 60s feel that reminds us more of some lost French gem than an Italian thriller! Titles include "Lazy Cowboy", "Un Cowboy e Due Ragazze", "Di Fronte Ai Killers", "Trinity: Con La Stella Di Viceseriffo", and "C'e Un Tempo Per Vincere". CD also features 12 more bonus tracks – including alternate versions and music from a rejected score! CD
(Limited edition.)

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Ennio MorriconeVeruschka ... LP
Right Tempo (Italy), 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
One of the most haunting Morricone soundtracks ever – and one of the grooviest too! The album's a perfect blend of our two favorite styles of Morricone work – that of the floating female vocal over a gentle groove, and the darker, tenser side of his music. The main "Verushka" theme is one of his most beautiful – a variation of female vocals with a gentle edge, in the tradition of classic soundtracks like La Donna Invisible or Le Photo Proibite. This theme shifts from mood to mood over the course of the LP, occasionally giving way to some more atonal passages and other more jazz-based tunes – more of which are included here than on the original release, thanks to an expanded reissue job by Right Tempo! In fact, the whole thing's bubbling over with great music – one of the best Morricone reissues we've ever stocked – done with great sound and a huge array of extra tracks! Titles include a number of takes on the "Verushka" theme, plus "Astratto", "La Bambola", "Le Fotografie", "Magia", "La Spiaggia", and "Dopo L'Intervista". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Veruschka (Right Tempo pressing) ... CD 9.99

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Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used .... Just Sold Out!
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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New Pyramid BluePyramid Blue ... CD
Lovemonk (Spain), 2012. Used .... Just Sold Out!
A Spanish group, but one with a sound that's heavy on Afro Funk – served up here in a culturally criss-crossing way that really lives up to the enigmatic title! There's some exotic moments that definitely echo the ancient strains you'd hear in Ethiopian and Egyptian funk – mixed with other elements that show more of a Nigerian influence as well – all filtered together, and served up with some occasional Latin and contemporary touches too! Almost all the instrumentation is acoustic – with lots of percussion and horns – but the group also make great use of riffing guitar and organ too – on cuts that include "Aracnido", "Pajaritos", "La Oportunidad", "Judias Comen Habas", "Rio Niger", and "Que Bonitas Son Las Flores". CD
Also available Pyramid Blue (with download) ... LP 22.99

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New VariousHip Hop 101 ... LP
Tommy Boy, 2000. Used 2LP .... Out Of Stock
Strong compilation from Tommy Boy with more than a few tracks that fit nicely into the great lost middle ground of hip hop – avoiding the excesses of both the somber, self-righteous extra-underground and the commercial fluff. Stand-out tracks include De La Soul & Camp Lo "So Good", Jigmastas "Let Me Hear It", Defari "Blast", plus Self Scientific "Best Part", Talib Kweli & Tony Touch "What They May Seem", Natural Elements "Live It Up, Part 2", Masta Ace "Splash" and Medina Green "I See". 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New VariousJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 4 ... CD
Universal (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A wonderful collection of some very cool jazz recordings – all of them made for French films of the New Wave era, and rarely, if ever, reissued! The package is the 4th in this excellent Jazz & Cinema series within the larger Jazz In Paris line – and it's actually the rarest of the bunch, with work that we'd never heard before on CD. Most tunes were originally issued only as singles or short 7" eps – a common format for French soundtracks, and the reason that many of them were rarely issued as albums – and although the sources are different, there's a really unified feel to the material. Titles include "Touchez Pas Au Grisbi" and "Grisbi Blues" by Jean Wetzel, from the film Touchez Pas Au Grisbi; "No Hay Dinero Caballo", "Va Ya Pa'Ti", and "L'Espionnage" by Gonzalo Fernandez & Martial Solal, from the film Les Ennemis; "Sentimental Slow" by Martial Solal from the film Le Proces; "Cora", "Patricia", and "Amanda" by Alain Gourager from the film Le Piege; and "Generique", "Le Ciel C'Est Toi", and "Cha Cha De Cullera" by Michel De Villers from the film Le Saint Mene La Danse. CD

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New VariousMen In Black - The Album ... LP
Columbia, 1997. Used 2LP .... Out Of Stock
A few nice ones you won't find on any other LP, including De La Soul "Chanel No. Fever", Tribe Called Quest "Same Ol Thing", Roots & D'Angelo "The 'Notic". Also includes Nas "Escobar '97" and the Will Smith title track. Most of the rest is non-hip hop from people like Destiny's Child, Trey Lorenz, Emoja, and sorry to say, the Danny Elfman theme. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New VariousPaul McCartney – Letra & Musica ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), 2011. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The music of Paul McCartney – not only given a Brazilian twist, but a feminine one as well! The set features a host of fresh reworkings of Paul's best compositions – mostly Beatles' tunes, and really done in some compelling new versions – hardly covers at all, and more like completely new ideas that are formed from the original songwriting! Some tracks are vintage, and a lot more are more recent recordings – and all are pretty darn great – hardly what you'd expect at all on an album like this. Titles include "Eleanor Rigby" by Cassia Eller, "I Will" by Erika Martins, "And I Love Him" by Rita Lee, "My Love" by Leila Pinheiro, "Girlfriend" by Liah, "I Am Your Singer" by Hevelyn Costa, "Suicide" by Twiggy, "Here There & Everywhere" by Gal Costa, and "Ob La Di Ob La Da" by Pato Fu. CD

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New VariousWattstax 2 – The Living Word ... LP
Stax, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
The second volume of live material recorded at Stax's legendary Wattstax concert in LA. Richard Pryor is the MC, and does a lot of comedy material, and titles include "Steal Away" and "Stop Doggin Me" by Johnny Taylor, "Lift Every Voice" by Kim Weston, "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" by The Dramatics, "Rolling Down A Mountainside" by Isaac Hayes, "Peace Be Still" by The Emotions, and "Can't See You When I Want To" by David Porter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a factory sticker & light wear.)
 
 
 



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