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Orchestra SuperstringKalopia (with download) ... LP
Dionysus, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A collection of cool sounds from the Orchestra Superstring – a contemporary lounge music project from a host of long-term LA hipsters – including the great DJ Bonebrake on vibes! Most of these musicians have a pedigree in other styles, especially rock – but they do a very good job of emulating the coolest, most complex styles of early 60s exotica – often with some slight jazzy touches that really keep things interesting, and push the groove way past any simple sort of retro gimmick approach! Other instrumentation includes a fair bit of percussion, plus accordion, keyboards, and even some "guitorgan" too – and titles are pulled from two previous CDs by the group, and include "Silberstrasse", "Evidence", "No Sho", "Waterbed", "Mambalita", "Kalopia", and "Ambrosia". 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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OrgoneKillion Floor ... CD
Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy ... $8.99 16.98
A monstrous debut from one of the heaviest acts we've heard in years – LA's Orgone, easily one of the most up-and-coming funky combos around! Although Orgone share a bit with some of the leaner deep funk groups who've cropped up in the past decade or so, they've also got a sound that's a bit more advanced overall – sort of that second-generation approach to funk that hit the scene by the mid 70s, as some of the bigger funk acts like Black Heat or War moved out of the indie scene and really started to hit a wider audience! That doesn't mean that Orgone's commercial at all – because they've got a sound that's still as sharp-edged as any smaller group – but with a lineup that's quite large, they're able to encompass a very wide range of soulful styles – gritty 45 riffing, slinky Chicano-styled grooves, Afro Funk, tighter soul tracks, and lots lots more – all carried off with perfection throughout. The album feels like some lost masterpiece on Fantasy, or possibly some overlooked early 70s major label funk set on WEA or United Artists – and titles include "Who Knows Who", "I Get Lifted", "Funky Nassau", "Lone Ranger", "Prism Break", "Crabby Ali", "Duck & Cover", "Dialed Up", "Said & Done", "Hambone", "It's What You Do", "Do Your Thing", and "Sophisticated Honky". CD

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Orquesta AragonJa Ja Pacha ... LP
Discuba, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Sweet pachanga grooves from Orquesta Aragon – and a set that's a lot more stripped down than some of their material from the 50s! There's still a few echoes of the cha cha groove here, but the overall approach is definitely in keeping with the image on the cover – light flute lines that skip around wonderfully, carving out a groove with a jazzy sensibility – with some great support from violin and percussion! Most numbers have vocals, but the flute gets plenty of lead space too – and titles include "Gladys", "No Quiero Lios", "La Fruta Ja Ja", "Solamente Tu", "Solo De Ti", "Heriste Mi Corazon", and "La Criticona". LP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label with deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)

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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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Johnny Otis Show/Snatch & PoontangsCold Shot/For Adults Only ... CD
Ace (UK), 1969. Used ... $6.99
Man, we don't know if Johnny and show were growing their own weed in the back of the tour bus or what – but these late 60s efforts for the band are nice and messed up! The tipoff's probably a young Shuggie, looking very stoned on the cover of the album Cold Shot (the first one on this set), and just managing to hold up his fingers for a peace sign! (Better than Johnny, though – who's flipping the bird in the same photo!) Shuggie still manages to get in some nice guitar work on the album, though - and Mighty Mouth Evans adds some color to the proceedings with his usual flair. Titles include "Country Girl", "Cold Shot", "I Believe I'll Go Back Home", "You Better Look Out", and "Goin' Back To LA". Next up is the rare album by Snatch & The Poontangs – a bit bluesy, a bit funky, and pretty raunchy all the way through – as you might expect from the name of the group! We're not sure, but this kind of feels like a Johnny Otis side project – especially hearing the guitar and choppy rhythm on a few tracks. No players are named on the album – but vocals are by "The Mouth", guitar is by "Prince Wunnerful", and drums and piano are by "The Hawk", all of which leads us to believe that the record was cut by players with bigger status, who had something to hide. Titles include "Big John Jeeter", "The Signifyin' Monkey (parts 1 & 2)", "Hey Shine", and "Two Girls In Love (With Each Other)". CD features 20 tracks in all, with 2 bonus previously unissued titles by Snatch! CD

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information ... CD
Epic/Luaka Bop, 1974. Used ... $5.99
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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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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PachecoVolando Bajito ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $18.99
Pacheco grooving hard in his second period – working with his "Nuevo Tumbao" group, with a lot more focus on percussion than on his earlier albums. Plenty of firey timbales – and lead vocals by Pete Conde Rodriguez. Titles include "Azucar Mami", "Negra Bon Bon", "Vengo Caliente", "Ovidio Y Cecilia", "Menu De chivo", and "Agarrate De La Brocha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Multicolor label pressing. Vinyl and cover are great!)

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Pacific DriftFeelin Free ... LP
Deram, 1970. Very Good- ... $29.99
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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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 ... $36.99
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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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 ... LP
Warner, 1968. Near Mint- ... $49.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Peanut Butter ConspiracyFor Children Of All Ages (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Rev-Ola (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $6.99
Great work from The Peanut Butter Conspiracy – even tighter and more groove-happy than previous records – with a very hip blend of mod soul influences underneath their Sunshine Pop sound! There's a lot of Hammond bubbling up in the rhythms here, and the drums are nicely forceful too – never totally funky, but with a force that pushes the record along nicely, and makes for a fair bit of rockish groovers! Vocals are both by the group's male and female singer, often shifting off from track to track – and titles include "Gonna Get You Home", "Back In LA", "It's Alright", "Loudness Of Your Silence", "Out In The Cold Again", "Now", "Think", and "Return Home". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – including "Try", "Try Again", "You're Not Getting Into It", "What Did I Do Wrong", and "Show You The Way". CD

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Teddy PendergrassLive Coast To Coast ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
Teddy Pendergrass follows up the style of Lou Rawls' double live album for Philly International – and goes for a very similar mix of modes that showcases all his charm and soulful spirit! The 2LP set features material recorded in both Philly and LA – with a fair bit of Teddy's working the audience along with the tunes. And as an added bonus, side 4 of the album also features radio interview material with Teddy, plus a few new studio tracks for the set – a nice addition, but one that also makes us wonder why, after 2 locations of live recording, they couldn't get together enough concert material for the record! Titles include "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "Only You", "Turn Off The Lights", "Do Me", "Close The Door", "Come Go With Me", "Where Did All The Lovin Go", "Get UP Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "When Somebody Loves You Back", "Shout & Scream", "It's You I Love", and "LA Rap". LP, Vinyl record album

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People Under The Stairs12 Step Program ... CD
Piecelock 70, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The PUTS sound as fresh as ever on 12 Step Program – their 9th album, believe it or not – and it's among their best ever! People Under The Stairs hit the their creative stride in the 90s, relying on golden age styled rhymes and production, at a time when mainstream hip hop had gotten away from head nodding beatcraft, soulful samples, and dexterously rhymed wordplay. But the PUTS never felt retro, or "throwback", thanks to their contemporaneously relevant rhymes, off-kilter use of samples, and straight-up high quality work. 12 Step Program continues their long creative win streak to say the least. Like all of their best efforts, it's built to last, and we'll be listening to it for years to come. Includes "Roundabouts", "Ste. For Reefer", "Up Til Sun Up", "Cool Story Bro", "The Strand", "LA Nights", "Get Hip", "Pictures On My Wall", "Breakup Music", "Yes I Can", "Doctor Feelgood" and more. CD

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New Art PepperNo Limit ... LP
Contemporary, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nice lost late number from Art Pepper – a freewheeling set of tracks that really show the influence of John Coltrane on Pepper's work – cut with a quartet that includes George Cables on piano, Tony Dumas on "blitz bass", and Carl Burnett on drums. The tracks are long, and two numbers have a really nice Latiny flair – with Art spinning out some aggressive solos on top of fast-running grooves, in a way you'd be surprised to hear on one of his albums from the time! Titles include "Rita San", "My Laurie", "Ballad of The Sad Young Men", and "Mambo De La Pinta". LP, Vinyl record album
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Pere UbuModern Dance ... LP
Blank, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A seminal album from the American underground of the late 70s – the unexpected debut of Pere Ubu, bursting forth from the Cleveland scene with a sound to challenge the greatness of anything coming from New York or LA at the time! The album's not exactly punk, not exactly art rock, but has strong elements of both – all wrapped around the unique conception of singer Dave Thomas, whose vocals are some of the oddest ever recorded! The tunes here are a lot more straightforward and upfront than some of Pere Ubu's later work – in a way that definitely makes the album their biggest favorite with continuing new generations of indie rockers. But there's also still a fair number of more experimental touches too – odd sonic tricks and almost-abstract moments that were quite revolutionary for the time – especially from Cleveland! Titles include "Non Alignment Pact", "The Modern Dance", "Chinese Radiation", "Real World", "Life Stinks", "Over My Head", and "Humor Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill PerkinsConfluence ... LP
Interplay, 1978. Sealed ... $6.99
Surprising 70s work from tenorist Bill Perkins – a set with a very different groove than his better-known sides from the 50s, with lots of sharp angles, modern touches, and a wonderfully rich sound overall! Perkins plays tenor, baritone sax, and flute – and he's working with some very hip players who include Pepper Adams on baritone, Gordon Goodwin on tenor and soprano sax, and Lou Levy on piano – the last of whom is most likely a key component in the sound, as Perkins' music here has some of the same fresh notes and new tones we've heard on Lou's overlooked 70s recordings. Goodwin's a player we don't know at all, but we love his work here – and he also contributed two great tunes to the set too. Titles include a killer remake of Natalie Cole's "La Costa" – plus "Confluence", "Indoor Sports", "Civilization & Its Discontents", and "Dylan's Delight". LP, Vinyl record album

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New PharcydeSold My Soul – The Remix & Rarity Collection ... CD
Funky Chemist/Traffic, 1990s. Used 2CD ... $8.99
A double disc batch of remixes and rarities from the Pharcyde – many of which appeared on 12-inches over the years, and are long overdue for a CD retrospective! This relative goldmine of loopy left coast hip hop is comprised of alternate mixes of the hits and album cuts by the legendary crew – with remix work and appearances by Jay Dee, Brand New Heavies, Jazzyfatnastees, Rae & Christian, Beatminerz, Kenny Dope and others – plus some choice b-sides! 24 tracks in all: "Soul Flower (Brand New Heavies version)", "Ya Mama (Matt Dike rmx)", "Otha Fish (LA Jay rmx)", "Drop (Da Beatminerz rmx)", "Pandemonium", "Y? (Be Like That) (Jay Dee rmx)", "Emerald Butterfly", "Runnin' (Rae & Christian rmx)" feat Mark 1 & Funky Fresh Few, "Pork (OG version)", "She Said (Fuzz Face & tWANK boy rmx)", "Soul Flower (2 Tha 3 mix)" and more! CD
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Piero PiccioniScacco Alla Regina (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime work from Piero Piccioni – a really Morricone-like soundtrack, and one that's filled with hauntingly beautiful melodies! There's a lightly gliding feel to the record that's really wonderful – light lines on organ, topped with wordless vocals from Edda Dell'Orso and I Cantori Moderni, alternating to suit the mood of the film, and really bringing out some of the most lovely qualities in Piccioni's music. The tunes unfold gently, like the petals of a flower in soft summer rains – and there's also an undercurrent of darkness at a few points, but one that hardly gets in the way of the breathy, bossa-styled tunes. Titles include "La Torre", "Da Soli In Vacanza", "Capriccio", "The Redcoat", "I Cavalli", and "Nero Piu Bianco". CD also features 11 more bonus tracks – really wonderful alternates of the main tunes, making for a huge 25 track package! CD

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New Piero Piccioni/Lydia MacDonaldMafioso & Other Great Piccioni Scores (plus Piero Piccioni Presenta Lydia MacDonald) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Early soundtrack work from the great Piero Piccioni – heard here on his famous score for the film Mafioso, plus some even cooler more obscure work! The set begins with some jazzy numbers for the film Il Mondo Di Notte Numero 2 – as well as a bold jazz cut from Adua E La Compagne – then moves into the rich score for Mafioso – which has a sardonic blend of darkness and comedy to really fit the narrative of the film. Jazzy elements still pervade in that store – and show up throughout the rest of the CD – which features work from Senilita, L'Imprevisto, Guendalina, and I Magiliari. The set then finishes with a full vocal album – Piero Piccioni Presenta Lydia MacDonald – a great jazz vocal album with English language lyrics by singer Lydia MacDonald! CD

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Enrico Pieranunzi/Marc Johnson/Joey BaronPlay Morricone ... CD
CAM (Japan), 2001. Used ... $8.99
A great idea – jazz piano trio versions of Morricone soundtrack tunes, played here by Italian pianist Enrico Pieranunzi, with backing by Marc Johnson on bass and Joey Baron on drums. The team of Johnson and Baron have a perfect touch of lyricality to open these tunes up – taking lesser-known Morricone themes, and working them like jazz standards to show the depth of composition and possibilities available to the tunes. One of the great shames of Morricone's career is that he wrote so many darn great soundtracks that most of his tunes never got as much variation and acclaim as the work of other 60s soundtrack composers – and hopefully a set like this will begin to correct that! Titles include "Addio Fratello Crudele", "Stanno Tutti Bene", "Escalation", "La Voglia Matta", and "Just Beyond The Horizon". CD

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Nicola PiovaniCiliegine (Cherry On The Cake) ... CD
Emergency (Italy), 2012. New Copy ... $19.99
A sweet mix of swing and strings from maestro Nicola Piovani – working here in a style that's a bit jazz, but a bit more sentimental too – a bit like some of those great late 70s/early 80s moments from Georges Delerue! There's a sense of history in the music, but one that's never overdone – and the instrumentation makes some really great use of woodwinds, piano, vibes, and even a bit of gypsy violin – on a set of tracks that include "Il Planetario", "Valzer Equivoco", "Ciliegine", "La Favola Di Noemi", and "Skype Love". CD also features 8 more bonus tracks from the film Tutti Al Mare. CD

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Andre PoppPresenting Popp! (original pressing) ... LP
Columbia, Late 50s. Sealed ... $14.99
An obscure US album that presents some late 50s work recorded by Parisian easy maestro Andre Popp! Popp's had a strong reputation for years as being the Esquivel of the other side of the Atlantic, and this album's a perfect illustration of that point – very much like the earliest Esquivel work at RCA, a mixture of older romantic easy listening styles with some stranger twists and odd instrumentation – a bit less electric and spatial than Esquivel's own albums, but definitely with that "pushing the envelope" sound that was shifting the mood music era at the time. Tracks include "La Bardinette", "Sexy Sax", "La Pendule", "Musique Mechanique", "Du Vent Dans Les Voiles", "Melodie Du Sud", and "Tunisia Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
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Roy PorterInner Feelings ... CD
Vistone/P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $23.99
A crazy bit of funk from drummer Roy Porter – a player who first rose to fame during the LA bop years of the late 40s, but who sounds even hipper here in the 70s! The album's got a madly skittish approach to funk – one that's highly rhythmic, but often in unconventional ways – somewhat similar to Redd Holt's excellent albums for the Paula label. Roy plays drums, percussion, and sings a bit – and the grooves run from break-heavy instrumentals to even cooler numbers that bring in more of a sense of flow and soul – really opening things up beyond any simple 70s jazz funk cliches, and hitting some really wicked new territory! Instrumentation includes plenty of great horns, electric piano, guitar, and even a bit of Arp – all used in really inventive anc reative ways. Titles include the classic crate-digging favorites "Panama" and "Party Time", plus a vocal version of "Jessica", a cover of Jobim's "Waver-ing", and another nice original called "Funny Feelin'"! Tremendous stuff all the way through! CD

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New Prince Lasha & Sonny SimmonsCry! ... LP
Contemporary, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A classic of spiritual jazz! The album is one of the few rare pairings of Sonny Simmons and Prince Lasha from the 60s – and it's arguably the greatest album they ever cut! The set was recorded for the Contemporary label in LA, but it's far far different than the cool jazz that was the label's stock in trade during most of the 50s – done instead with a pulsating spiritual feel that really takes off as the album progresses! The lineup features the twin-reed frontline of Lasha on flute and Simmons on alto, plus an amazing rhythm section that includes 2 bass players (Gary Peacock and Mark Procter), who really give the tunes a pulsating feel overall – plus drums by Gene Stone. Titles include the famous groover "Congo Call", plus the tracks "AY", "Lost Generation", "Red's Mood", and "Green & Gold". LP, Vinyl record album

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Prince PaulMore Than U Know (album, inst, acapella)/Trailer ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1998. Near Mint- ... $1.99
The cut we're checking for here is the 12-inch only "Trailer" which was a preview of the then upcoming LP, put together like a movie preview. The narrator introduces each MC (including Kool Keith, Xzibit, Sadat X and Everlast "as Officer Bitchkowski") as if they were stars of the movie "Prince Among Thieves." And the a-side is a Prince Paul - De La Soul reunion. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Richard Pryor with Richard & WillieRichard Pryor Meets. . . Richard & Willie And. . . The SLA ... LP
Laff, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A very "current events" oriented set – one that sums up a variety of bigger news stories of the time, spinning them all out with a hip, underground take on the events. Richard and Willie (mostly Willie) dominate, but Richard Pryor gets in a bit too – and the language on the album is very very off-color. With "LA N!ggers", 'Sex Organs", "Getting Some", "Nixon","Douche Powder", "Toilet Tissue – Brand X-Brand B", "Line Up", "Black Preachers", "Ugly Suckers", "White Chicks", "Crap Game", "The Nut", "Passing Gas" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Alex Puddu with Edda Dell'OrsoRegistrazioni Al Buio (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2013. New Copy 2 LPs ... $18.99
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he really takes it a step further here – using these beautifully full arrangements with a feel that's right up there with the best soundtrack or sound library work from Europe in years past – in a style that's funky sometimes, superb at all times, and especially great when Edda's eerie vocals come into play! Alex himself plays keyboards, organ, and lots of other instruments – and the set also has some great vibes and these really lean rhythms that hold the whole thing together wonderfully. Tracks include "Mother's Milk", "La Paura E Una Lama Di Ghiaccio", "Angeli Della Morte", "Alta Tensione 3am", "Il Canto Delle Orchidee", "Il Deserto Sotto La Pelle", and "Mirror Madness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus CD of the whole album!)

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Pyramid BluePyramid Blue (with download) ... LP
Lovemonk (Spain), 2012. New Copy ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download.)

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QuanticMagnetica ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, Latin, and other global styles – and brings them back to that crispy production sound of the earliest Quantic records for Tru Thoughts – albums we really loved, but which also never had the sort of depth of this one either! The colors, flavors, sounds, and styles are stunning – definitely that rich tapestry that Quantic's come to express over the past decade – and if anything, the album's even more striking in the way he brings it all together with his magical touch. Guests include Alice Russell, Shinehead, Pongo Love, and Nidia Gongora – and titles include "La Planta", "Soul Clap", "Magnetica", "You Will Return", "Painting Silhouettes", "Aguas De Sorongo", and "La Callejera". CD

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Quire (Christine Legrand)Quire ... LP
RCA, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A very groovy little record! Quire is a harmony group led by Christine Legrand – sister of Michel Legrand, and ex-member of similar groups The Swingle Singers and Les Double Six. The music on the set is very much like that of the latter – in that it's harmony vocal versions of famous jazz tunes, done in an instrument-less style that recalls the work of the Swingles. The sound is quite odd, but wonderful – handled with the dreamy delightful style we've always come to love in Christine's work. Titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Django", "Misty", "Body & Soul", and "Waltz For Debby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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Sun RaSun Song (aka Jazz By Sun Ra) ... LP
Transition/Delmark, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any similarities to work going on in New York or LA – a voice that was all his own, and already quite boldly stated, even in these early years! The format might be somewhat familiar – an ensemble with horns and rhythm – but the overall execution really starts to open up as the album moves on – with odd phrasings, timings, and unusual moments that live up to all the promise you might expect from Ra. Even Mingus and some of his better-known contemporaries weren't heading in these directions in the mid 50s – and the record is a proud showcase of the freedoms that players were often accorded in the less-trafficked Chicago scene of the time. Horns include Art Hoyle & Dave Young on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor sax, Pat Patrick on baritone, Julian Priester on trombone, and James Scales on alto sax – and rhythm includes Jim Herndon on tympani, Robert Barry on drums, Wilbur Green on electric bass, and a young Richard Evans on acoustic bass! Titles include "Brainville", "Call For All Demons", "Transition", "Lullaby For Realville", "Street Named Hell", "New Horizons", "Fall Off The Long", "Possession", and "Future". LP, Vinyl record album

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RamoncitoRamoncito Y Su Salsa ... LP
Discofon/Wah Wah (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Killer Latin sounds from the 70s Spanish scene – and a record that would be much more at home in the New York scene of the 60s! The percussion is very lively – in a way that takes us back to the sound of Cortijo's combo in the 60s – and is mixed with a sweet range of salsa flourishes on saxes and trumpets, and held together with some great electric bass work too! A few tunes bring in a slight South American flourish, but in ways that seem to illustrate a wider Latin vision from Ramoncito – and titles include "Severa", "Dejalo Que Suba", "Avisale A Mi Compay", "Plechanga", "Con La Punta Del Pie", and a sweet version of "Che Che Cole". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies.)

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Ras GRaw Fruit Vol 1 & 2 (with download) ... LP
Leaving/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy 2 LPs ... $11.99
Raw, spacey beatcraft from LA producer Ras G! These particular fruits were picked by Ras G himeself from his own beat tapes – raw, thickly atmospheric material that doesn't sound at all like tossed off material – this stuff is as mesmerizing as anything we've heard from Ras G to date! Heavy beats, cosmic synths hypnotic atmosphere to spare – really fantastic stuff, and it's with 30 beats on 2LPs, it's chock full o' prime pickings! The Volume 1 LP includes "Raw Fruit", "BuzzLightYear", "HouseParty 1 (VHS Bootleg Version)", "Agaveman", "Bell Beez Record", "Oi 21", "News @ 11", "Been A Min", "Dumb Down", "Yuums**t", "Late Night Hype (Outro)" and more. Volume 2 LP includes "GMO Hoes", "Hyksos Invaders (SP 303)", "SuperBad!!!!! (MPC 2000 XL)", "Altered States (SP 404)", "Wreka Sto (MPC 2000 XL)", "Oju Ntru (SP 303)" and more. 30 cuts on 2LPs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download card.)

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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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BeatlesBeatles – The White Album (180 gram pressing – mono) ... LP
Apple, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 9, 2014
The Beatles at their late best – on a self-titled set that's been long immortalized as The White Album! The White Album capped offed a period of intense creativity for the band, with a double set that's as freewheeling as anything they'd ever release. It's got raw rockers with wry lyricism, tender acoustic balladry, psych blues jams and some flat out weird bits. As was always the case, John's and Paul's songs cover the majority of the sides, but The White Album also features what's arguably George's most vital moment as a Beatle with "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Other tracks include "Back InThe USSR", "Dear Prudence","Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Happiness Is A Warm Gun", "Martha My Dear", "Rocky Raccoon", "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Julia", "Yer Blues", "Sexy Sadie", "Helter Skelter", "Revolution 1", Good Night" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beatles – The White Album ... LP 19.99

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Chico Buarque De HollandaChico Buarque De Hollanda Na Italia ... CD
RGE/Bomba (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
60s work from Chico Buarque – recorded in Italy, but with all the charm and sparkle of his classic Brazilian recordings! Chico sings in Italian, doing versions of some of his best early songs – all in a lively mode, inflected with samba and post-bossa grooves, and some of the best young songwriting of his youthful years. There's a slightly different vibe here than some of his other early records – but the overall sound is every bit as appealing – and titles include "La TV", "La Banda", "Ciao Ciao Addio", "Juca", "Ole Ola", "Far Niente", "Maddalena E Andata Via", and "C'E Piu Samba". CD

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CrusadersHollywood ... CD
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
A great record that's really the beginning of The Crusaders' strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s. The album's got the group dropping the "jazz" from their name, but it's still a great bit of LA funky soul jazz – with electric keyboards from Joe Sample that are very much in a late 60s mode, plus guitar from David T Walker and Arthur Adams, and bass from Chuck Rainey, in addition to fine work by regulars like Stix Hooper, Wayne Henderson, and Wilton Felder. Tracks have a tight and uncomplicated funky approach, with a slightly smooth edge – and titles include "Do Yourself A Favor", "Try A Little Harder", "Cold Duck Eddie", "Way Back Home", and the Afro-funky groover "Alekesam"! CD

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FusionTop Soul ... LP
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... Mid-September, 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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Herbie Hancock & Chick CoreaEvening With Herbie Hancock & Chick Corea In Concert ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Twin-piano magic – on long tracks that include "Maiden Voyage", "Button Up", "Liza", "La Fiesta", and "February Moment". CD

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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
Also available Night Of The Cookers Vol 1 ... LP 19.99

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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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Etta JamesEtta James (1973) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
Heavy funk from the great Etta James – one of her standout classics from the later Chess years, done with a style that's completely different than her work of the 60s! The set was recorded in LA with a super-dope sound that's almost in a funky soundtrack mode – full horns, bits of strings, wah wah guitar, and a core tight rhythm combo that features keyboards from William D Smith, percussion from King Errison, and lots of stepping bass from Chuck Rainey! And while funky, the style isn't as rough and ready as some of the other Chess funky blues from the late 60s Chicago years – showing instead a bit more of a soul influence in the mix, at a level that Etta matches beautifully with her vocals. Titles include "All The Way Down", "Only A Fool", "Down So Low", "Lay Back Daddy", "Just One More Day", and a version of "Leave Your Hat On" with a great funky keyboard break! CD

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Etta JamesEtta James Sings Funk ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Around August 27, 2014
The title says it all, and Etta hits a very new groove on this sweet LP of funky tracks recorded in LA with arrangements by Gene Barge. Lots of good hard drums, which kick Etta's soulful vocals into a new dimension. Once dismissed as a throwaway album, this is now one of her more sought-after recordings. Cuts include "The Man I Love", "Sound Of Love", "Nothing From Nothing Leaves Nothing", "Your Replacement", and "Tighten Up Your Own Thing". CD

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JBsDoing It To Death ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group playing hard, long, and loud, in the free funk improvisational mode that was James' real contribution to the music at the time. The tracks are all incredibly long, with James at the forefront, egging the band on with shouts and comments – but also letting them open up large instrumentally, playing in a mode that's as much jazz as it is funky soul. The whole thing's peppered with some nice shorter segues between tracks – but the long cuts are the winners, and are some of the best funk ever recorded! Titles include "Mo Peas", "Doing It To Death", "La Di Da La Di Day", "You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight", and "Sucker". CD
Also available Doing It To Death ... LP 9.99

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Elvin JonesPutting It Together ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Around October 22, 2014
Proof that Elvin Jones wasn't just riding on the laurels of the Great One during his years with John Coltrane – as the album's a breakout date that has Jones firmly establishing his own voice in jazz! There's an explosive power here that makes us think that Elvin must have really just been biding his time with Coltrane – waiting for the chance to try out his own new ideas in music, and finding the perfect accompanists here in a trio that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and a young Joe Farrell on tenor, soprano sax, and flute! The lack of a piano in the group really makes for a sense of new freedom that's totally great – not dreamy, melodic piano-less work, as in some of the LA groups of earlier years – but a searing, soaring intensity that Farrell was a perfect choice to head up. And while the format might serve to be an excuse for Coltrane-styled blowing, the approach here is decidedly not – a more focused, energy driven approach that really makes strong use of Jones' work on the drum kit, throbs with soulful undercurrents from Garrison's bass, and is topped off by angular, effortlessly-blown lines from Farrell – clearly pointing the way towards a generation of players that would emerge in his wake during the 70s. Tracks include "Village Greene", "Reza", "Kei Ko's Birthday March", and "Sweet Little Mama". CD

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Andrzej KorzynskiSecret Enigma 1968 to 1981 – Rare & Unreleased Polish Experimental Orch-Pop-Rock-Jazz & Film Music ... CD
Finders Keepers/B- Music, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Early August, 2014 (delayed)
Weird and wild sounds from 60s/70s composer Andrzej Korzynski – an artist we mostly know from soundtrack material, but represented here by a rich array of rare material from his personal archives! The scope of styles is really wonderful – as the set steps between funky numbers and very offbeat instrumentals – kind of the full range of sound library elements you might get from the hippest European scenes of the 70s – no surprise, given that this material was recorded in France, Italy, and Poland! Some tunes are heavy on electronics, others use a mix of acoustic and electric instruments together – and almost all the tracks are relatively short, and work together as this shifting palette of musical statements from Korzynski – almost a mini-movie in sound, with all the vivid qualities that reference implies. Titles include "Third Part Of The Night Czolownica", "Diabel", "La Gabuge", "Rosa Rosa", "Bossa Nova", "Saved From Obilvion", "Trying To Catch A Fly", "Agent No 1", "Tajemnica Enigmy", and "W Instyucie". CD
Also available Secret Enigma 1968 to 1981 – Rare & Unreleased Polish Experimental Orch-Pop-Rock-Jazz & Film Music ... LP 19.99

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LewisL'Amour (with download) ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Summer 2014
A strangely beautiful rarity from the early 80s, by a singer-songwriter billed only as Lewis – a mystery man who looks like a shirtless soap opera actor – but delivers one of the coolest pieces of period LA esoterica we've heard in a long, long time! The sound is tough to describe, but it's somewhere between haunting acoustic folk and spare synth pop – with the gentlest of piano and acoustic guitar, smoothed out synth waves and fragile solo vocals – with a surprisingly genuine sense of emotion, but that comes as a surprise only after reading the notes and considering the scant biographical tidbits available. Whoever this guy is (or was?), it's a fascinating listen – falling in some strange musical realm where it makes sense to blend spacey synth backdrops with acoustic songcraft and unashamedly romantic lyricism. Includes "I Thought The World Of You", "My Whole Life", "Like To See You Again", "Things Just Happen That Way", "Summer's Moon", "Love Showered Me", "Romance For Two", "Even Rainbows Turn Blue" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Orchestra HarlowHommy – A Latin Opera ... CD
Fania, 1973. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
Orchestra Harlow's answer to the Who's Tommy – Hommy, a Latin Opera, and one of the few concept albums we know from the New York Latin scene of the time! The tracks are fairly short, and they're separated by short "interludes" throughout the album that feature some cool spoken bits that trace the story of the record, but which also have the humorous touches of some of the older Alegre All Stars albums from the 60s. And although Orchestra Harlow borrow the name of the Who's album, the work here is all original – not covers – two long "acts", spread out over the sides of the record with a sophisticated approach that shows the Harlow group moving into much deeper territory at the time. Lead vocals are by Junior Gonzalez, and you'll also hear Adalberto Santiago, Cheo Feliciano, Justo Betancourt, and Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez. Tracks include "Gracia Divina", "Mantecadito", "El Doctor Y La Razon", "Es Un Varon", "El Dia De Navidad", and "Soy Sensacional". CD

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Tony PabonTony Pabon & His All Stars ... CD
Tico, Early 70s. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
A stone winner from trumpeter Tony Pabon – our favorite record by him, and a great set from the end of the Latin Soul era! The group perform 2 great covers on the set – "Sunny", done in a strident bouncing style with a heck of a lot more life than the original; and "Oh Calcutta", the nudie musical number, done here in a snapping Latin style that really grooves the chorus vocals with some sweet piano and cackled comments! The album features some great vocals from Nestor Sanchez – a really soulful singer we'd like to hear more from – and titles include "Vamos A Gozar", "El Samaritano", "La Mentira/Yellow Days", "Candido Bandido", and "Averigua". 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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Tito PuenteHomenaje A Beny ... CD
Tico, 1978. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014 (delayed)
A smoking little tribute to Cuban great Beny More – recorded in the mid 70s by Tito Puente, in a way that nicely updates the classic sound! The style here is certainly traditional, but the record really benefits from tighter salsa-era production from Louie Ramirez – who gives the music a really strong focus, and creates a shifting showcase of sounds to present a range of guest vocalists who include Celia Cruz, Santos Colon, Nestor Sanchez, Junior Gonzales, and Adalberto Santiago. Tito himself over saw the whole direction of the music and feel of the set – and plays a bit of vibes and timbales throughout. Titles include "Que Bueno Baila Ud", "Encanto De La Vida", "Camarera Del Amor", "Baila Mi Son", "Francisco Guayabal", and "Santa Isabel De Las Lajas". CD

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Tito Puente & Celia CruzCuba Y Puerto Rico Son ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1966. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014 (delayed)
The initial meeting of Tito Puente and Celia Cruz on record – the first of many great partnerships on wax, and a well-rounded set that has Cruz stepping out strongly in many modes! As the title implies, the styles are a range of Cuban and Puerto Rican musical themes – handled straightly at some points, romantically at others, and in a more playful mode on some of the best titles in the set. Tito's got a nice brace of saxophones in his group for the record, and titles include "Mi Desesperacion", "La Guarchera", "Tinicue", "Cumbiando", "La Bomba Me Llama", "La Rueda", "Salve Pa Ti", "No Hay Amigos", and "Herencia Gitana". CD

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet/Quintet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes – with added work from John Fawcett or Jimmy Gannon on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. Titles include "Loose Walk", "Like Someone In Love", "Music For Walkin", "Fascinating Rhythm", "A Foggy Day", and "Little Girl Blue". CD

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New Ethel AzamaCool Heat ... LP
Liberty, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An album of straight jazz vocals from Hawaiian singer Ethel Azama – an artist who's perhaps better known for her more exotic Liberty album with Martin Denny, but who's working here in a much straighter mode with backings from the great Marty Paich! Paich is at the height of his powers here – using that warmly jazzy approach that could make just about any singer great – so when combined with the strength of Ethel's vocals, the record makes for a very nice sound all the way through! The "cool heat" in the title comes from the fact that some of the arrangements here have a nice 50s LA jazz component (complete with a few solos) – yet still swing with enough heat to groove! Titles include a great version of "You Smell So Good", plus "Daybreak", "All I Need Is You", "You're So Bad For Me", "Time After Time", "I'm Glad There Is You", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Walter Becker & Donald FaganWalter Becker & Donald Fagan ... CD
Park South, 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Ok, so we'll admit it, we're big Steely Dan fans. But even as such, we still flipped when we heard this stuff. These are early demos recorded by Becker and Fagan, with very very minimal accompaniment, like piano and metronome, and a very cool spare sound to the songs. The record is a complete divergence from their later polished LA sound, and very tough and gritty, with a real New York singer/songwriter feel to it. The CD features 16 excellent tracks that show what geniuses these guys were as songwriters – even when they were working in a spare setting. Titles include "Stone Piano", "You Go Where I Go", "Yellow Peril", "Brooklyn", "Sun Mountain", "I Can't Function", "Android Warehouse", and early versions of "Charlie Freak" and "Any World That I'm Welcome To". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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

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New Natalie ColeThankful ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Great earlier stuff from Natalie Cole – actually her third great album in a row – a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her a nice jazzy sound that made the record one of her best of the 70s. Richard Evans and Gene Barge arranged, which probably had something to do with that, too – but Natalie truly deserves most of the credit of the strength of this set. It includes the standout groovers "La Costa" and"Annie Mae", but the whole record is really sweet – with "Lovers", "Our Love", "Be Thankful", "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Keeping A Light". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bill Coleman/Jef GilsonJazz Pour Dieu ... LP
Unidisc (France), Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best of the "jazz meets church" sessions that seemed to be popular in Europe in the late 60s – one that features the trumpet of Bill Coleman over arrangements by Jef Gilson, in a mode that's similar to some of the Donald Byrd/Coleridge Perkins albums on Blue Note. Gilson sets up some great backings that are inspired by the church, but which also take off in some nice modal grooves at times – a real crossing of soul jazz worlds in the European scene – with Coleman's sweet trumpet in the lead, and some vocals in Israeli and English by singer Tshura, plus other vocalizations by Jacques Degor. Gilson's compositions are the real highlight, though – as they move far beyond cliché and easy expectations, into a realm that's got nice touches of modern without going too far out – and which captures all the edgieness of the best MPS sessions of this nature. A great one, beyond definition, with titles that include "Oraisons Pour La Paix", "Kyrie", "Les Beatitudes", "Pax", and "Sanctus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Candian pressing – on Select.)

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New CommonOne Day It'll All Make Sense ... LP
Relativity, 1997. Near Mint- 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
3rd LP by the man who put Chicago on the map as a hip hop center. 2 LPs deep, 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". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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
Also available Multiplication Rock ... LP 34.99

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New Jane Fielding with The Kenny Drew QuintetEmbers Glow ... LP
Jazz West, 1956. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Quite a rare vocal jazz session – recorded for the short lived Jazz West label, which was one of the hippest LA imprints of the 50s! Jane Fielding's a pretty decent singer – with kind of a Chris Connor-ish style about her – but the real charm is from Kenny Drew's work as a pianist and arranger, both of which push the session past the usual sleepiness of a Bethlehem or Mode vocal jazz album from the time. Kenny's group features Joe Maini on alto, Ted Efantis on tenor, Lawrence Marable on drums, and either Leroy Vinnegar or Paul Chambers on bass. Titles include "Embers Glow", "Our Waltz", "Right Boy For Me", "Key Largo", "Make The Man Love Me", and "Round Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi – in beautiful shape!)

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GameLAX ... CD
Geffen, 2008. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The third album by The Game – still striving to both modernize and represent the old school of LA gangsta – diversifying the production and the rhymes with a freewheeling selection of guests – including Common, Bilal, Keyshia Cole, Nas, Ice Cube, Lil Wayne and others. Production by JR Rotem, Cool & Dre, Nottz, Jellyroll and others. Titles include "LAX Files", "State Of Emergency" feat Ice Cube, "Bulletproof Diaries" feat Raekwon, "My Life" feat Lil Wayne, "Money", "Cali Sunshine" feat Bilal, "Ya Heard" feat Ludacris, "Angel" feat Common, "Letter To The King" feat Nas and more. CD

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New Chico HamiltonChic Chic Chico ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Very very cool set of weird grooves from Chico Hamilton. Some tracks are Latiny, others have lots of weird guitar, and they're all kind of spacey, but not exactly free. This period of Chico's is one of his weirdest, and it's kind of hard to figure out where he was heading, but the trip to that place is always a joy, and these tracks are all marked by a very fresh approach to jazz. Players include Willie Bobo, Jimmy Woods, Harold Land, Lou Blackburn, and other obscure jazz players from the LA underground. Gabor Szabo, of course, plays guitar on most tracks as well. With "Tarantula", "Swampy", "Fire Works", and "Carol's Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp – in beautiful shape!)

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Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Trio (1981) (Japanese pressing) ... 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.)
Also available Herbie Hancock Trio (1981) ... CD 10.99

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Coleman HawkinsHawk Eyes ... LP
Prestige/Swingville, 1959. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Gritty grooves from Coleman Hawkins – a set that has the aging tenorist still working in swing-based formation, but with a much blusier tone than on his Verve albums of the decade! The group's a small one – with Hawkins on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet – plus some especially nice guitar work from Tiny Grimes, who really underscores the soul of the session, and almost makes the whole thing feel a bit more laidback and open than usual. Rhythm is from the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, George Duvivier on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums – and the album features two very long tracks – "Hawk Eyes" and "C'Mon In" – which are more blowing session numbers – plus the shorter tunes "Stealin The Bean", "La Rosita", "I Neer Knew", and "Through For The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and partially split spine.)

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Phyllis Hyman, Spinners, Four Tops, etc.Fish That Saved Pittsburgh ... LP
Lorimar, 1979. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Great soundtrack to one of the best B-Ball films of the 70s, and certainly one of Stockard Channing's finest moments! Thom Bell wrote most of the stuff, and put it together with a sound that rivals some of his best 70s work. The album has vocal performances by Phyllis Hyman, The Spinners, and The Four Tops, but the real star is the arrangements, and the cool smooth studio sound that the music has. Tracks include "No One Does It Better", "Magic Mona", "Theme For LA's Team", "Moses Theme", "Chance Of A Lifetime", and the title cut. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some writing in pen on front.)

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Jazz CrusadersTalk That Talk ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
One of the coolest records the Jazz Crusaders ever cut! The album's got their usual hard soul jazz quintet sound augmented by a bigger band – strangely uncredited on the record, but giving the group a lofty sound that pushes them into a whole new sound! The core style is still the LA soul jazz that the group virtually pioneered – but the added instrumentation gives them a hard-swinging feel that makes the album feel like a lost gem on MPS. Cool tracks include the group's strident reading of Edu Lobo's "Arrasto", a tenor-heavy version of "Walkin My Cat Named Dog", and the great original track "Turkish Black", which has some excellent organ work by Joe Sample! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo ink stamp.)

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BB KingMidnight Believer ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most tightly-produced of BB King's albums for MCA, but a set that's still filled with undeniable charm – and which really shows King more than able to step up to some well-deserved superstardom! There's a bit of an LA finish to the backings, but things are never too smooth – and BB's vocals and guitar both really shine in this setting – with inflections and edges that are just wonderful throughout! The balance is great – that rare ability that MCA had to serve up such records at the time – and titles include "A World Full Of Strangers", "Midnight Believer", "Never Make A Move Too Soon", "Hold On", "I Just Can't Leave Your Love Alone", and "When It All Comes Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Hubert LawsCrying Song ... LP
CTI, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The record is a sublime exploration of sound and space – very different than Laws' 60s Latin sides for Atlantic, and handled in a baroque mode that has his flute drifting over a mixture of organ, piano, and rhythms augmented with strings – easy and jazzy in the same moment, with a hip sophistication that points the way towards a new flute sound in the 70s! Titles include "Crying Song", "Listen To The Band", "Cymbaline", "Feelin Alright", "I've Gotta Get A Message To You", "La Jean", "Love Is Blue/Sing A Rainbow", and "How Long Will It Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and a few creases.)

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Duke LumumbaJungle Funk ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Do yourself a favor, and buy this album – you won't be disappointed! The record is a gem all the way through – a really unique mixture of LA soul jazz and African rhythms, with a sound that's almost like Hugh Masekela sitting in with the Jazz Crusaders! Of course, there's a lot of Jazz Crusaders in the set – as Wilton Felder plays electric bass on the album, giving it a fantastic loping groove – but there's also plenty of unique albums on the record, especially its way of approaching the rhythms with a sly, syncopated groove that's immediately infectious! Duke's trumpet solos are great, and they're augmented by tenor work by Chester Washington and trombone by George Bohannon – all nicely grooving on the album's brilliant blend of jazzy tracks. Titles include "Jungle Funk", "Afrikaloo", "Akagruge", "Like It Is", "Mafam", and "Peace Brother". Somebody put this one on CD – and do us all a treat! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Johnny MathisTender Is The Night/Wonderful World Of Make Believe ... CD
Mercury/Real Gone, 1964. Used 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of Mercury Records albums from Johnny Mathis – on CD for the first time ever! Tender Is The Night is tremendous work from Johnny's short years on Mercury – a set that has the singer hitting a new level of maturity in his music – thanks in part to arrangements from Don Costa! Costa's scored plenty of singers before this set – but with Johnny, he hits a level of sophistication that's really amazing – the depth of tones and colors that Frank Sinatra was getting on his late 60s years at Reprise – perfect for the new level of expression that Mathis was hitting in his vocals. There's loads of numbers here that go way beyond what you might expect from the usual hits from Johnny – and titles include "Laura", "No Strings", "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes", "Forget Me Not", and "Tomorrow Song". Wonderful World Of Make Believe features Mathis working with arranger Allyn Ferguson – who often gives Johnny the same sort of shimmering charts he might get from Glenn Osser, but who takes a bit more liberties here with the "make believe" modes promised in the title! Lots of the tunes are numbers from shows – but those of a whimsical, wistful variety – postwar tunes with a fantasy vibe that's perfect for the inherent sense of longing in Mathis' vocals. Titles include "Shangri La", "House Of Flowers", "Beyond The Sea", "Camelot", "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows", "Sands Of Time", and "When You Wish Upon A Star". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Prince PaulPrince Among Thieves ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1999. Sealed 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
On this double LP Prince Paul delivers one of the funniest and most original hip hop projects we've heard in a long while. He puts together a hip hop b-movie, along the lines of Lightning Rod's legendary "Hustler's Convention." "Prince Among Thieves" goes through the journey of the journey of an MC, Tariq (played by Breezly Brewin' of Jugganauts), to get signed. And along the way he encounters all the usual subplots of drugs, sex, violence, and betrayal. In addition to Breeze, Prince Paul uses whole batch of MC's (including Sadat X, RZA, Biz Markie, Everlast as Officer Bitchkowsky, and Kool Keith as a gun-selling ex-marine) and industy people form Rodd Houston to Wendy Day. Prince Paul is definitely one of hip hop's unsung creative forces – from his start with Stetsasonic, to his work with De La Soul, to Resident Alien on his short-lived Do Dew Man label and the Gravedigga's and Psychoanalysis projects. Don't miss this destined-to-be-classic LP. LP, Vinyl record album

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Pyramid VritraIndra (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Tripped out beatcraft and fairly accessible rhymes from producer/rhymer Pyramid Vritra – aka LA's Hal Williams – his full length debut for Stones Throw! From its very beginning,s the label's had a real knack for releasing records by some of the more progressive beatmakers and MCs in the game – and Pyramid Vritra is another solid score from leftield – albeit with fairly accessible rhymes, on the more vocal centric cuts. Good stuff! Includes "Vanessa Hill", "Impulses", "Dntlsp", "Monkeybread", "Spyglass". "Drown", "Cruel", "Shining", "Tea And Lemonade", "Spool", "Eleven12" and "Lemo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download card.)

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New Pyramid VritraPalace EP (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A tight EP from LA by way of ATL rhyme slinger and beatmaker Pyramid Vritra – with a trio of strong tracks produced by the man himself – plus some equally solid cuts produced by Archibald Slim, Knxwledge and Tyler Major. Pyramid's work reminds us a bit of the early days of Stones Throw, when the young label was turning out one high quality underground hip hop gem after another, but that reminscience is just on the inspirational tip. Sound wise, he's got a vibe of his own, and we're digging we've heard to date. Includes "Palace", "Black Belts", "Track Three", "Retrograde", "224" and "Howlonghaveubeenthatway?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digitial download.)

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New VariousUK Sue Label Story Vol 4 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The 4th volume of work to appear on the UK Sue Records label in the 60s – and quite possibly the most hard-hitting so far! This set follows strongly in the soul-based sound of volume 3 – and includes a range of key singles from American labels Sue, Okeh, Vee Jay, Fire, Enjoy, and Jamie – all issued by Sue UK in England during the mid 60s, with tremendous impact on mod, mainstream, and Northern Soul scenes! But even getting past the origin or issuing label of the music, the set's a really great one – with a hard-edged groove that mixes New York uptown with some more R&B-styled numbers – a great little all-legit collection that's presented with really great notes. Titles include "The Whip" by Alexander Jackson & The Turnkeys, "Warm & Tender Love" by Joe Haywood, "I'm Dedicating My Life" by Danny White, "Goin Home" by Rosco Gordon, "Round Midnight" by Jimmy McGriff, "Lenny Goofed" by The Naturals, "Lost In A Dream" by Buster Brown, "Pork Chops" by The Dorsets, "La De Da I Love You" by Inez & Charlie Foxx, "Good Time Tonight" by The Soul Sisters, "So Far Away" by Hank Jacobs, and "Stepping Stone" by The Anglos. CD
 
 
 



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