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

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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

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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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PenaPena (CD & DVD) ... CD
Secret Stash, 2010. Used CD & DVD ... $9.99
A beautiful snapshot Afro-Peruvian music from Secret Stash – a huge, ambitious step for the label – a labor of love to capture the passionate, percussive and amazing strain of Peruvian music that's been too little heard outside of Peru! Secret Stash headed to Lima in March of 2010 with portable recording equipment, an interpreter, and an informal plan to capture local musicians. There they caught the Afro-Peruvian music that blossoms in the country to this day, music rooted in the slave culture of coastal Peru, recorded at gatherings of local musicians, singers, dancers and otherwise passionate performers. The guitarists, percussionists and singers are credited as Pena – so named for the musical gatherings unique to the culture. The music was recorded in classrooms, living rooms, balconies, offices, stoops and auditoriums in a whirlwind journey through Lima – none of it in a modern studio, yet the sound and the performances are impeccable. Twin Cities guitarist Cory Wong made the trip and plays in the loose Peruvian ensemble, which includes percussionists Chico Chavez, Hugo Alcazar and others, guitarists Alberto Gil & Javier Choy, vocalists Paloma Godoy, Sofia Rei Koutsovitis, bass player Jorge Roeder and others. Titles include "El Carmen", "El Mayoral", "Mi Corazon Roto", "Todos Vuelven", "Chincha", "Tarumero", "Jose Maria", "San Miguel De Piura", "Romance Del Peru", "Puente De Los Suspiros", "Vals De La Costa"Comes with a DVD documentary featuring hi def live performance and session recording footage, interviews, and the history of the music. A beautiful, unique package of timeless Peruvian music that truly deserves wider international exposure. Don't pass it up! CD
(Comes in a straight up beautiful wooden box – one of the most lovingly crafted CD packages we've seen in a long time!)

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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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New 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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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 ... $8.99
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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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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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 ... $18.99
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
(Sealed early pressing!)

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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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Perez PradoLatin Dance Party Vol 4 ... LP
Seeco, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
Perez plays a number of short hard groovers – including a remake of "Mambo #5", "Habana", "Chambeleque", "Saca La Mano", "Electricidad", "Siempre Contigo", and "Actopan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Seeco pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Prince PaulMore Than U Know (album, inst, acapella)/Trailer ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1998. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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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PudditoriumReunion (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disques Dessinee (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $13.99
A surprisingly ambitious recording for this up-and-coming Korean artist – a set recorded in New York, Boston, LA, and Sao Paulo – with all the transcontinental blend of styles that might imply! Pudditorium has this great style that borrows a bit from Brazilian music, French pop, and the American AOR height of the 70s – all wrapped up in this lush style that features great orchestrations from Gil Goldstein – a heavyweight talent who really helps deliver the right sort of professional balance for the record! The songwriting has a depth that really grabs us – and which goes beyond the barrier of language on some of the Portuguese tunes – and at some level, the record's one that would really fit nicely next to some of Ed Motta's recent AOR experiments too. Marlon Saunders guests on the excellent track "This Is Love" – and other titles include "After 11:59pm", "Viajante", "We Get As Warm As The Cold Wind Blows", "Sans Rancune", "Pra Fazer Uma Cancao", and "Long Rainy Winter". CD

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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
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Pyramid VritraIndra (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
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
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New 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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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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New Rare EarthEcology ... LP
Rare Earth/Motown, 1970. Very Good ... $2.99
A stone smoker from Rare Earth one of those really early gems by the group – recorded a a time when they were able to easily handle a groove made up of equal parts funk, rock, and soul! The vibe here is almost like War at times – not for the LA touches in the mix, but for the heady and heavy way these guys roll forward – pulling together all the best elements of the underground at the time, and bringing them into their own smoky groove. Instrumentation is wonderful – and some of the cuts have a really great jamming sort of feel – especially the 11 minute reading of "(I Know) I'm Losing You" – originally done by the Temptations, and produced by Norman Whitfield for the album! Other titles include "Long Time Leavin", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Nice Place To Visit", "No 1 Man", and a sweet version of "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & initials in marker.)

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Ras GRaw Fruit Vol 1 & 2 (with download) ... LP
Leaving/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy 2 LPs ... $16.99
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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Enrico RavaElectric Five ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1995. Used ... $13.99
Enrico Rava's no stranger to electric work – and although an acoustic player himself, often makes great use of electric instruments to really help expand the sound of his music! The electricity here comes from the album's two guitarists – Roberto Cecchetto and Domenico Caliri – who sometimes really get to stretch out and dominate the sound, but at other times hang back and just provide a sparkling backdrop for Rava's always-bold, well-formed lines on trumpet and flugelhorn – soaring out with that trademark sound that's always made him one of the most distinctive players of his generation. Other group members include Gianluigi Trovesi on alto and bass clarinet, Giovanni Maier on bass, and UT Ghandi on drums – and titles include "Da Silva", "Fefe", "La Strada", "Boplicity", "Lady Orlando", and "Satie For Two". CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny RayReggaeton Con Salsa ... CD
JZ Productions, 2007. New Copy ... $6.99
Johnny Ray's got a new groove here – one that takes his older salsa mode and changes it up for the younger generation by bringing in a fair bit of reggaeton rhythms! The backings are often a bit more programmed and electric than Johnny's other records, but there's still a bit of live salsa touches too – and vocals are often rapped, in the style of the genre. Titles include "Ramon", "Bandolera", "El Que La Hace La Paga", "La Descarada", "Hasta Que Amanezca", "Asi Es La Vida", and "Y Sin Embargo Te Quiero". CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con Clase40 Anos De Canonazos ... CD
JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy ... $7.99
A mighty tribute to Johnny Ray's many years in music – including his early work as Johnny Zamot – and proof that the percussionist is still one hell of a cooker after all these years! The charts are tight, upbeat, and very jazzy – served up with a really classic feel throughout, and just the right sort of horns to keep things sparkling on the top. Johnny throws in a few mellower cuts from time to time, showing off his ballad style – but of the album's many tracks, it's the groovers that we really dig the most – and there's more than plenty of them here to please our ears. Titles include "Bandolero", "Pastillas De Amnesia", "Sonando Con Puerto Rico", "Mi Amor Amor", "Lejos De Ti", "Olivdame", "El De La Rumba Soy Yo", and "Mascarada". CD

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Johnny Ray & Salsa Con ClaseEncendido ... CD
JZ Productions, 2006. New Copy ... $6.99
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 ... $7.99
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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New RedboneBeaded Dreams Through Turquoise Eyes ... LP
Epic, 1974. Sealed ... $9.99
Despite the Native American theme of the title, the group, and the cover image, the set is mostly a pretty straight mix of soul and rock, mid 70s crossover material with a flanged-out LA kind of appeal. Titles include "Interstate Highway 101", "Blood Sweat & Tears", "Cookin With D'Redbone", "One More Time", "Suzy Girl", "Only You & Rock & Roll", "Moon When Four Eclipse", and "Beautiful Illusions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed. Cover is shopworn.)

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New Della ReeseDella Reese Live ... LP
ABC, 1966. Very Good ... $1.99
One of Della Reese's greatest records – and a unique little session cut "live in the studio" before a very appreciative crowd! Bobby Bryant wrote out some very hip charts for the session, and they're made even better by organ work by Bill Doggett and piano lines by Gerald Wiggins – both of whom are in Della's group on the record. The whole thing's got a very nice groovy feel – similar to some of the best pop jazz coming out of LA at the time – and titles include "Gotta Travel On", "Girl Talk", "Driftin Blues", "Good Morning Blues", and "Detour Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Django ReinhardtJazz In Paris – Swing 48 ... CD
Universal (France), 1947. Used ... $3.99
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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New 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

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Miguel Atwood FergusonMochilla Presents Timeless – Suite For Ma Dukes ... LP
Mochilla, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Around July 29, 2014
Part of the Timeless live series – the already legendary concerts organized by Mochilla in honor of influential composers J Dilla, Mulatu and Arthur Verocai! The Dilla tribute is billed as A Suite For Ma Dukes (Dilla's moms is rightly proud of Mr Yancey and deserves to be honored for his work) features Miguel Atwood-Ferguson fronting a 60-piece orchestra – if that doesn't speak volumes for Dilla's legacy, what could? It's wonderful stuff, bringing soaring, orchestral movements to instantly identifiable inspiration from Dilla's classic productions. Guests include Shafiq Husayn, Amp Fiddler, Bilal, Dwele, Illa J, Karriem Riggins, Pos from De La Soul and Talib Kweli. Tracks include "Morning Order", "Antiquity", "Le Yachting", "Untitled/Fantastic", "Welcome 2 Detroit", "Gobstopper", "Affolements Grantiques", "Don't Nobody Care About Us", "Jealousy", "Angel" feat Dwele, "Reminisce" feat Bilal, "Stakes Is High" feat Pos & Talib Kweli, "Fall In Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Al GreenLet's Stay Together (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Around July 23, 2014 (delayed)
A damn good bit of beautiful soul from Memphis that stands as one of Al Green's most enduring classics! There's nothing to say about the record except that it's beautiful – and that it's one of Al's most solid albums all the way through (although it's always hard to find fault with any of his classics from the same time.) Includes "I've Never Found A Girl", "La La For You", "Let's Stay Together", and his beautiful reading of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", one of the best soul covers ever! CD
Also available Let's Stay Together ... LP 7.99

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New Herbie HancockHerbie Hancock Trio (1981) ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy ... Early August, 2014
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
Also available Herbie Hancock Trio (1981) ... CD 22.99

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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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New Lee HazlewoodLove & Other Crimes ... LP
Reprise, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Around August 5, 2014
One of Lee Hazlewood's little masterpieces from the late 60s. Filled with dry sardonic songs, and recorded in Paris with a team of LA guys that included Hal Blaine and Don Randi, the only way we might think of describing this if you hadn't already heard any of Hazlewood's work was to imagine a countrified 60s version of Tom Waits, minus the jazzy cabaret pretensions – and that wouldn't be doing this justice! Worth the price of the record alone just to hear Lee say "I too, have comitted Love – and other crimes." Loads of other great stuff, including "The House Song", "Forget Marie", "Morning Dew", and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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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 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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New 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
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)... Late June, 2014 (delayed)
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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New Eddie PalmieriVamonos Pa'l Monte ... CD
Tico, 1976. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014
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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New Tito PuenteHomenaje A Beny ... CD
Tico, 1978. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014
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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New Tito Puente & Celia CruzCuba Y Puerto Rico Son ... CD
Tico/Fania, 1966. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014
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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RatsRats ... LP
Mississippi, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Around May 1, 2014 (delayed)
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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New Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassWhipped Cream & Other Delights ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
Trumpety magic from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – a record that's known not only for its classic cover of a model dipped in whipped cream, but also for it's tremendously groovy groove! The Tijuana sound is very firmly in place by the time of this set – Mexican-inspired, but compressed down into a sweet little LA groove in that magical A&M way – never too over the top, done in a way that takes a previously-hokey brassy sound, and smoothes it out for the Now Sound generation! Titles include the hit single "Whipped Cream", plus "Taste Of Honey", "Green Peppers", "Bittersweet Samba", "Lemon Tree", "Ladyfingers", and "Butterball". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a faded spine.)

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Automatic ManVisitors ... LP
Island, 1977. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Later work by a group fronted by fusion keyboard maestro Bayete – known most to Dusty Groove customers for his two classic albums on Prestige, both of them Herbie-esque soulful explorations. Some of that fusion feel is still here on this set – which is a mixture of smooth soul, rock fusion, and some compressed LA production. The group's a quartet, and Bayete's singing and playing keyboards – and the album's got some really wonderful moments that are a lot more soulful than you'd expect from the album's Krafterk-like cover. Titles include "Here I Am Now", "What's Done", "Give It To Me", "Live Wire", "Y 2 Me", and "So You Wanna Be". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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New Maria CreuzaMaria Creuza – Grabado En Buenos Aires (aka Yo Maria Creuza) ... CD
Inter CD (Brazil), 1971. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Maria Crueza's greatest albums – recorded in Buenos Aires, but with a bossa sound that's all Brazil, all the way through! The album features a wonderful set of classic tunes arranged by Mike Ribas with a sound that reminds us of the 60s recordings on labels like Elenco or Forma – light, airy, and just a little bit jazzy – in a mode that differs nicely from some of Maria's other work of the time, and which makes the record glisten like a true Brazilian classic! Titles include "Das Rosas", "Mas Que Nada", "Marina", "Saudade Da Bahia", "Chove La Fora", "O Cantador", and "Estrada Do Sol". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Kenny DorhamAfro-Cuban (75th Anniversary Edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1955. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A completely unique little session – and a record that's every bit as musically striking as you might guess from its title and cover! The date's a rare Latin-tinged one for trumpeter Kenny Dorham – a record that takes his usually smooth sound and sets it up against octet backings with horns from JJ Johnson on trombone, Cecil Payned on baritone sax, and Hank Mobley on tenor – plus piano from Horace Silver, bass from Oscar Pettiford, and drums from Art Blakey – plus added congas from Patato Valdes! The expanded group plays with a great sense of power – really pushing Kenny's sound tremendously – and although the album also features a few tracks by a smaller group with less percussion, these also have a bit of a Latin/exotic tinge too. Titles include "Basheer's Dream", "Lotus Flower", "KD's Motion", "Venita's Dance", "Minor's Holiday", "La Villa", and "Afrodisia". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Afro-Cuban (45rpm – 180 gram pressing) ... LP 42.99
Afro-Cuban ... CD 7.99

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New Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... LP
Capitol, 1973. Near Mint- ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
Also available Multiplication Rock ... CD 13.99

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New George DukeDukey Stick/Yeah, We Going ... 12-inch
Epic, 1978. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
"Dukey Stick" is one of George's best from the later funk years, and it's a track that was a big sample for someone back in the day. (Was it De La Soul?) Served up here in an original 12" single, with a full 8 minute version of the cut! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some marker.)

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New JBsDoing It To Death ... LP
People, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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 seques 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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Doing It To Death (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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New Elvin JonesMerry Go Round ... LP
Blue Note, 1971. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A gem of an Elvin Jones session – quite different than most of his other work from the time! The album's got Elvin working with a larger group of mixed electric and acoustic players – with Chick Corea on piano and electric piano, Yoshiaki Masuo on guitar, Gene Perla on electric and acoustic bass, Dave Liebman and Joe Farrell on saxes, Steve Grossman on tenor, Don Alias on conga, and Pepper Adams on baritone sax. The tracks are shorter and gentler than some of Jones' other full-on work from the time – with some great light rhythms, sweet melodies, and a slight bit of funk mixed into the grooves. All in all, the album's a wonderful batch of tunes – really memorable, with plenty of great moments that we might have missed otherwise! Titles include "Who's Afraid", "La Fiesta", "A Time For Love", "Lungs", and "Brite Piece". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing.)

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New Verrill KeeneAn Afternoon Affair ... CD
Del-Fi, 1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Nice batch of lost slinky instrumental tracks from the Del-Fi subsidiary Show Town. Music played by the mysterious reed player Verrill Keene (a pseudonym for Del-Fi's Bob Keene?), with a great sort of pop Now Sound feel that features a sleezy clarinet sliding around some sharp LA instrumentation with a sexy feel. Considering that many of the tracks have titles like "An Afternoon Affair" and "Hot Pink", and that the book contains some sexy photos of female "employees" of Show Town, this is a nice bit of sexy sleeze that foregrounds the "easy" in Easy Listening. One weak track (the first one) with a plunky banjo, but the rest is spot-on and very nice for an affair at any time of the day. CD

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsOn A New Street/Hold On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Avco/Soulmusic.com, 1973/1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
Harmony heaven – a pair of Little Anthony & The Imperials albums together in a single set, with some sweet bonus tracks too! On A New Street is wonderful work from Little Anthony – and a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album – using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other – both of whom really help take the group to a whole new level! The Thom Bell material fits perfectly with his work with The Stylistics from the same time, and the cuts have a wonderfully mellow east coast harmony style that's quite different than Anthony's earlier work. Teddy Randazzo does a pretty nice job, too – but with a fuller sound too, almost in a Manhattans mode that makes for a nice change from the previous fragility of Anthony's vocals. Titles include "I Don't Have Time To Worry", "That's What Love is All About", "I'm Falling In Love with You", "Heartache Never Entered My Mind", and "The Loneliest House on the Block". Also features an alternate take on "La La La At The End". Hold On has Little Anthony & The Imperials really hitting some great Philly modes – working with help from Tony Bell and Phil Hurtt, and getting lots of sweet backing from the Sigma Studio team – all in a mode that rivals some of the bigger soul group work of the 70s! The vibe's got a bit of Spinners in the mix, but still also holds on to the more fragile style that made The Imperials so great – especially on the mellower cuts, which have Anthony's voice cracking in that completely wonderful, very human way. But like Eddie Holman on Salsoul, he can also really shine on the clubbier cuts too – and the blend makes for a mighty compelling album from the group! Titles include "Hold On", "You Are The World To Me", "Promise Me", "I've Got To Let You Go", and "Back Where You Belong". CD also features some bonus cuts – "Hold On (stereo single mix)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo single)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo)", and "I've Got To Let You Go (mono short version)". CD

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Bernard ParmegianiDe Natura Sonorum ... LP
Recollection GRM (Germany), 1975. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Tremendous 70s electronic work from Bernard Parmegiani – performed at a level that's both tuneful and bracing at the same time – as waves of sound are broken up by fragmented moments – creating a sense of tension and surprise that really holds us rapt throughout! The procession almost makes for a narrativity you don't always get in electronic music like this – a sense of exploring a space, or making a move that really warrants the extended length of the set. Titles include "Points Contre Champs", "Geologie Sonore", "Incidences/Resonances", and "Dynamique De La Resonance". LP, Vinyl record album

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Prince Lasha & Sonny SimmonsCry! ... LP
Contemporary, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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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New Charles MingusCharlie Mingus (aka Jazz Experiments Of Charles Mingus) ... LP
Everest, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bethlehem material that Mingus recorded earlier in the 50s with his pivotal group that included the great John La Porta on alto and clarinet, plus Teo Macero on tenor, Thad Jones on trumpet, and Clem DeRosa on drums. The tracks show Mingus' early experiments with modernist arrangements – and have the kind of raw power and emotion that made all of the experiments from this time work so well, no matter what direction Mingus wanted to take them. Titles include "Four Hands", "Spur Of The Moment", "Minor Intrusion", and "Thrice Upon A Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Everest Archive pressing.)

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New VariousMo' Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Second great volume in this cool Kent series of "mod" jazzy tracks from the Prestige/Fantasy vaults. The emphasis here is definitely on "mod", and a lot of these tracks are the kind of cuts that you'd imagine Brit hipsters in the 60's listening to – with loads of Hammond riffs, choppy guitar, and the occasional bluesy vocal. There's 22 cuts on here, and the tracks include "Smokey Joe's La La" by Googie Rene, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Cholo" by Brown Brothers of Soul, "Soul Jam" by Booker T & The MGs, "Money" by Freddie Roach, "Mission Impossible" by Johnny Gilliam, "Brother Ray" by Willis Jackson, and "Right On" by Boogaloo Joe Jones. Very very groovy, and like finding an excellent jazzy jukebox in a lost corner tavern! CD

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New VariousNames You Can Can Trust – Volume One ... CD
Names You Can Trust, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full length compilation from NYC Trust – including cuts from limited vinyl releases and some previously unreleased bits – with tracks by Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, Midnight Lab Band, Frente Cumbiero, Doctor Stereo and Beverly Road All Stars! It's modern dancefloor grooves with global roots – the kind that eschews trends, yet has a contemporary feel. It was mostly recorded from 2009-2012, and built to last – this will still sound fresh a decade down the road! Includes "Secret Stash (Fumaca Jazz Remix)", "Over Easy's: and "Guajira '78" and more by Greenwood Rhythm Coalition, "Pavita" and "Unconvention" by Frente Cumbiero, "Moonwalking", "The Forgotten Chant (Revisted by Los Fulanos)" and more by Midnight Lab Band, "La Cumbia Perdida" by Doctor Stereo, "Murder She Wrote" by Beverley Road All Stars and more. CD

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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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