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New Lord ChristoAuthentic Calypso ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some aging, and splitting.)

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New Bob & Doug McKenzieGreat White North ... LP
Mercury, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Melba MooreI Got Love ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great early work from Melba Moore – recorded at a time when she was winning big accolades for her work on stage as a parody of Diana Ross in Hair – but stepping out here as a hell of a great soul singer on her own! The tunes have a groove that's a bit more complicated than the usual soul work of the time – charts by Charlie Calello that show all his wonderful background in creative pop in the 60s – plus a few more numbers charted by Thom Bell and Jimmy Wisner. Melba's vocals are superb – very on the money, no matter what the setting – and titles include "Captain St Lucifer", "I Got Love", "Time & Love", "I Love Making Love To You", "I Messed Up On A Good Thing", "Easy To Be Hard", and "The Facade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New New York DollsNew York Dolls ... LP
Mercury, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"I need a fix – and a kiiiiiiiiiissssssss!" What can we say? Johnny Thunders, David Johansen and the boys reinvented the wheel with the of wildly hedonist glam skronk spun on this still incredible debut record. Both records they made for Mercury are incredible, but this is the bonafide masterpiece. It's a classic purely on a primal rock 'n' roll level, but it's also one of rock's greatest examples of style equaling substance! The Dolls brought glammer to the gutter and vice versa, and this is no doubt their greatest moment! Includes "Personality Crisis", "Looking For A Kiss", "Trash", "Frankenstein", "Pills", "Bad Girl", "Private World" and "Jet Boy". Produced by Todd Rundgren and engineered by Jack Douglas – the former a legend in his own right, the latter whose name appears on so many great records that range from other proto-punk and punk-era classics (Patti Smith Group, The Runaways) to the trashier side of the mainstream (prime early Cheap Trick, Aerosmith and Alice Cooper). LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ohio PlayersMr Mean ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lesser-known 70s album by The Ohio Players – tunes recorded for the soundtrack of the late blacksploitation film Mr Mean, but also very much in the tight funk format of the group's Mercury work! Tracks are nice and long overall – almost in a stretched-out take on the soundtrack mode, so that there's more "chase" numbers than usual. The real highlight is the sweet sticky tune "Good Luck Charm" – sweetly tripping across a 9 minute ballad mode that's got plenty of spacious mellow grooving underneath. Other tracks include the short percussive "The Controller's Mind", plus "The Big Score", "Mr Mean", "Magic Trick", and the flute-funk "Speak Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New ScorpionsLove At First Sting ... LP
Mercury, 1984. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear.)

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New Dusty SpringfieldJust Dusty (aka Dusty) ... LP
Mercury/Wing, Late 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early Dusty Springfield, with excellent British pop production, and a great array of tracks like "Summer is Over", "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself", "Live It Up", "All Cried Out", and lots more. Arrangements were by Ivor Raymonde, with a few by Ray Stevens. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with some staining along the bottom.)

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New Charlie StarrJust Plain Charlie ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some light ringwear and edge wear.)

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New SteamSteam ... LP
Mercury, 1968. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New StylisticsIn Fashion ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most obscure Stylistics albums of the 70s – a smooth late 70s modern soul effort, headed up by group soul maestro Teddy Randazzo! Teddy wrote, arranged, and produced the whole set – and the record nicely links together older group harmony styles, especially 60s uptown soul mode, with the more modern approaches that were appearing in the wake of the early 70s super-hit status of The Stylistics and other groups on the scene. The result is an approach that's more mature than the group's earlier work – still sweetly soulful, but also more confident and mature. Titles include "First Impressions", "You're The Best Thing In My Life", "Looking At Love Again", "I Can't Stop Lovin", and "California Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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New StylisticsLove Spell ... LP
Mercury, 1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing vocals from The Stylistics – one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, heard here on one of their few albums for Mercury Records! As with their previous set, the group's very firmly in the hands of Teddy Randazzo – who comes up with a warm, mellow, east coast vibe that's perfect for the group – one that still hangs onto all the best elements of their earliest classics, yet updates the sound a bit too – almost going for a more sophisticated sound, yet still heartbreakingly youthful too! Titles include "Broken Wing", "One Night Affair", "Love Spell", "Love At First Sight", "Fantasy", and "I Won't Forget To Tell You I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a bit of light edge wear, and a light mark and some residue from sticker removal.)

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New Donna SummerShe Works Hard For The Money ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Gabor SzaboNightflight ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although this one's not from Gabor's classic period on the Skye label, it does have a nice R&B fusion sound to it, and was recorded at Sigma Studios in Philly. Bunny Sigler produced, and he gives the set a 70's soul sort of sound, but Gabor's cool guitar is still out front, and keeps the tracks sharp, in a sort of pop fusion way. Cuts include the spacey "Concorde (Night Flight)", plus "Babby Rattle Snake", "Smooth Sailin", and "Keep Smilin". LP, Vinyl record album

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New TaosTaos ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Includes the insert. Cover & label has a drill hole.)

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New Billy TaylorImpromptu ... LP
Mercury, 1962. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Billy Taylor's greatest albums – far more than his usual easy-handed soul jazz, and much more of a modernist-informed outing, with one of the hippest groups to ever back Taylor on record! The rhythm's by Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins of the MJT+3 – and the group's augmented by guitarist Jim Hall, who's working here in a slightly less contemplative mode than his recordings with Art Farmer and Paul Desmond from the similar time, but who also adds a great deal of mood and color to the set. Titles are all Taylor originals – and tracks include "Impromptu", "Capricious", "Free & Oozy", "Paraphrase", and "Muffle Guffle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some marker on the back.)

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New Bachman Turner OverdriveII ... LP
Mercury, 1973. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some wear.)

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New William BellComing Back For More ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used .... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful post-Stax album from the great William Bell – a set that has the singer still stepping out with all those great deep soul modes from the 60s, but also finding a hipper, more laidback approach as well! There's a beautiful mellow vibe to the record – one that recalls some of Millie Jackson's best ballad work of the time, especially in the way it warms things up with a bit of class, while taking away none of the power of the vocals. Bell produced and arranged the whole set with help from Paul Mitchell – and there's still lots of nice down home themes and feelings to the record, but William's also working with a bubbling groove that comes off great – and which updates his sound without selling his soul – making for a great set in the modern/southern mode. Titles include "Tryin To Love Two", "If Sex Was All We Had", "Relax", "You Don't Miss Your Water", "Coming Back For More", "Just Another Way To Feel", and "I Absotively Posolutely Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen and a light stain.)
Also available Coming Back For More ... CD 11.99

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New Black SheepWolf In Sheep's Clothing ... LP
Mercury, 1991. Used (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – but the title is apt, as the wit is pretty sharply barbed – especially when they're skewering hardcore and gangsta cliches. It's as brilliant as ever. Includes the massive "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The Meantime", "Strobelite Honey", "Are You Mad?", "Blunted", "For Doz That Slept" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)
Also available Wolf In Sheep's Clothing (2LP pressing) ... LP 22.99

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New CovenWitchcraft ... LP
Mercury, Early 70s. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
An insane record – and very very spooky! This is the same group that recorded the hit "One Tin Soldier" – but the record is very different than that single. It's a black mass, ostensibly an anti-witchcraft record, but pretty darn spooky, so much so that you really think that these guys are taking the whole thing seriously. There's bits of rock on some of the record, but the scariest bit is the "Satanic Mass", which runs for 13 minutes, and is a real shocker in a Kenneth Anger kind of way. Oddly produced by the Dunwich Productions team from Chicago! LP, Vinyl record album

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New DiamondHatred, Passions & Infidelity – Instrumental ... LP
Mercury, 1997. Used 2LP .... Out Of Stock
Double LP promo pressing with instrumental versions of all the tracks from the Hatred, Passions & Infidelity LP, including "5 Fingas Of Death", "This One", "No Wondah (The Projects)", "The Hiatus", "Painz & Strife", and "JD's Revenge", 13 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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New Charles EarlandOdyssey ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Used .... Out Of Stock
After his run of funky organ records for Prestige in the early 70s, Charles took a similar route to Herbie and others, and picked up a host of electric keyboards for his spacey fusion records on Mercury. The core of Earland's groove here is the Arp, which he plays masterfully – running from tight funky melodies to wilder outer spacier sounds. The groups that back him up include many crack 70s fusion players – and the record has a style that's overall more slick and sophisticated than his Prestige sessions. Titles include "Journey Of The Soul", "Phire", "We All Live In The Jungle", and "Cosmic Fever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New FolkstersNew. . .In Folk ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Original mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a spot of tape with a rip on the spnie, a small split on the bottom seam, a bit of pencil, and a promo stamp on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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New Ohio PlayersContradiction ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
An overlooked bit of mid 70s funk from the Ohio Players – cut right at the height of their brilliant Mercury years! The album's got a smooth and slinky finish that has the band tightening up a lot from their Westbound years – going for a compressed spacey soul sound on some of the album's mellower numbers, in a style that's equally as mindblowing as their heavier funk. This approach makes for some really nicely tripped-out tunes that have some nice jazzy touches – expanding the group's sound way past the hits, into some complicated grooves that are plenty darn nice! Titles include "Contradiction", "Who'd She Coo?", "Far East Mississippi", "Tell The Truth", "My Life", "Bi-Centennial", and "My Ladies Run Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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New Ohio PlayersHoney ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums the Ohio Players cut during the years at Mercury! Most folks go for their big hit "Love Rollercoaster", but we've always been partial to the smooth, mellow funky track "Sweet Sticky Thing", served up here in the cool long version, which has a groove that builds and builds. With an excellent sexy cover, of course! Also includes "Honey", "Fopp", "Let's Love", "Ain't Givin' Up No Ground" and "Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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New PlattersEncore Of Golden Hits ... LP
Mercury, Late 50s. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New RushExit... Stage Left ... LP
Mercury, 1981. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
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New RushMoving Pictures ... LP
Mercury, 1981. Used .... Out Of Stock
The classic – with "Limelight", "YYZ", "Red Barchetta", "Tom Sawyer", and "Vital Signs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a spot of sticker residue.)

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New Big Jim SullivanSitar Beat ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Used .... Out Of Stock
Groovy groovy sitar pop – played by Big Jim Sullivan, also known as Lord Sitar! This set is a great session of 60s pop tunes, turned Eastern, in the mode of work by Ananda Shankar or Vince Bell – with a blend of original compositions, mixing sitar, tabla, and all manner of baroque 60s arrangements. The tracks include some excellent originals – like "Ltts" and "The Koan" – plus groovery covers like "She's Leaving Home", "Sunshine Superman", and Donovan's great "Trans Love Airways"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing! Cover has some wear, light stains, some marker, some seam splitting, and a small rip in the top right corner.)

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New Gabor SzaboFaces ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used .... Out Of Stock
Nice one! Gabor Szabo's fluid guitar stylings are folded into a nice Wayne Henderson At-Home production from the mid 70s with a slick, thick groove, replete with strings, a brass section and some nice bckground vocals on several numbers. While we mostly know Szabo from his breezy 60s sides, his sound well matched to this more produced affair, where he's joined by Bobby Lyle and a West Coast rhythm section that lays a tight groove down for his guitar in a post CTI mode. 8 tracks in all "The Biz", "Magic Mystic Faces", "Gloomy Day", "Desiring You", "Misty Malarky Ying Yang", "Alicia", "The Last Song" and "Estate". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Uriah HeepLive – January 1973 ... LP
Mercury, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
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(Missing the booklet. Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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New Wal-Berg & His OrchestraExotic Music From The Far East ... LP
Mercury, 1960. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(White label promo. Cover has some tape on the spine, with some pen, a promo stamp, and a couple of rips on the back paste-on. Label has a sticker.)

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New Quincy JonesBig Band Bossa Nova (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Perhaps THE greatest Quincy Jones album of the 60s – a hard-swinging batch of big band bossa tunes – and one of the greatest American takes on the bossa sound ever! Quincy really brings a lot of soul to the set – syncopating the bottom end of the tunes to really bring out the rhythms, and working with a jazzy flourish of horns that creates all these quick and clever little turns in the tunes! The sound's been heard most famously on the incredible track "Soul Bossa Nova" – an original by Quincy for the set, which has gone onto much greater fame through its use in the film Austin Powers, and a bazillion TV commercials! But the whole album's great too – and other tracks include "Serenata", "Lalo Bossa Nova", "Boogie Bossa Nova", and "Chega De Saudade". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sil AustinPlays Pretty Melodies Of The World ... LP
Mercury, 1964. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(White label promo.)

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New BizetCarmen Suite/L'Arlesienne Suites Nos 1 & 2 – Paul Paray/Detroit Symphony Orchestra ... LP
Mercury, 1956. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Mono pressing. Vinyl has a short click on side one, track one and side two, track one.)

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New Roy C HammondMore Sex & More Soul ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used .... Out Of Stock
Classic 70s southern soul from Roy C – a brilliant follow-up to his excellent Sex & Soul album, but a great little record that more than stands on its own! Although Roy's roots are in New York City, his sound here is one that echoes strongly with the changes going on down in the Memphis, Jackson, and Miami soul scenes at the time – an approach to southern soul that still maintains the rootsiness of the vocals, yet which wraps them up in a warmer, more adult sort of mode – almost inspired by the work of Al Green, but a bit more down home. Titles include "From The Outside Looking In", "Sure Nuff In Love With You", "After Loving You", "Show Me Love, I'll Show You Pain", and "Great Great Grandson Of A Slave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Gloria LynneVery Gentle Sound ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Used .... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Gloria Lynne – and a record that has her reinventing her sound beautifully at the end of the 60s! Production on the set is by Jerry Butler and Jerry Peters, and Peters also handles the arrangements in a really great style – one that brings in a gentle groove on the bottom, and creates a sly funky undercurrent on a number of tunes. Gloria herself is singing in a style that's even deeper than before – one that's clearly picking up from the changes at Atlantic and Stax, and which allows her own excellent vocals to find a whole new audience at the time. Titles include the excellent original "Kickin Life", plus "A Very Gentle Sound", "The Reason Why", "More Love", "Just Let Me Be Me", "I Got Your Love", and "The Summer Knows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Tony Toni ToneHouse Of Music ... LP
Mercury, 1996. Used 2LP .... Out Of Stock
Rare promo pressing of an excellent album by one of the best mainstream R&B groups of the 90s! Issued here in a plain white sleeve, on 2LPs, with the tracks "Holy Smoke & Gee Whiz", "Let Me Know", "Thinking Of You", "Top Notch", "Let's Get Down", "Lovin You", "Don't Fall In Love", and "Still A Man". Excellent harmonies, and a warm classic soul sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)
 
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Jerry ButlerIt All Comes Out In My Song ... LP
Motown, 1977. Sealed .... $2.99
Proof that Jerry Butler could always be great, no matter what the setting – and that even an overlooked album like this can still be pretty darn great! The album's got less of a focus than Jerry's earlier Mercury work or later sides for Philly – but it's also got a subtle and sometimes spare approach that really lets Jerry's voice come to the forefront of the set – dominating the whole thing in a great batch of mellow tunes that really show the shift from younger Iceman to confident adult soul that Jerry worked in the 70s. Butler produced, and arrangements are by Paul David Wilson and James Mack. Titles include "Just You & Me Forever", "Everything's Cool", "Living My Life Just For You", "I'm Music I'm Your Friend", "How It Used To Feel", "It All Comes Out In My Song", and "I've Got To Make It On My Own". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn, with some tears. Cover has a cutout notch and a crease.)

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Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Numero, 1973. New Copy Gatefold .... $18.99 19.99
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who's Gonna Save The World ... CD 13.99

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Roland KirkRip, Rig & Panic ... LP
Limelight, 1965. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Mindblowing work from Roland Kirk – a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. Other group members fit his vibe perfectly – Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – each stepping quickly to catch the energy of each new twist and turn in Kirk's music. Titles include the sublime "From Bechet Byas & Fats" – plus "No Tonic Pres", "Rip Rig & Panic", "Mystical Dream", "Black Diamond", and "Slippery Hippery Flippery". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ramsey LewisMore Music From The Soil ... LP
Argo, 1961. Very Good .... $1.99
In case you think the folks at Chess were putting too fine a point on the earthy origins of Ramsey's jazz, the title's actually one that follows from an earlier album Ramsey cut for Mercury – and features a similar cover of a shovel digging in the dirt! The tracks are a great blend of the rich approaches to piano jazz performed by the Lewis trio with Eldee Young and Red Holt – with some tracks bluesy, some tracks upbeat, some whimsey, and a few that groove in very surprising places. Titles include "Volga Boatman", "Around The World In 80 Days", "Hello Cello", "Blues For The Nighty Owl", and "Gonna Set Your Soul On Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Rob Mazurek Pulsar QuartetStellar Pulsations ... LP
Delmark, 2012. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
One of the most striking records so far from the mighty Rob Mazurek – a set that makes us more than glad we've been following his musical journey for the past two decades! The set's got a nicely compressed feel – one that takes some of the looser energy that's been bubbling up in recent Mazurek records, and delivers it in a tight quartet format – with Rob's sparkling cornet in the lead, amidst great piano from Angelica Sanchez, bass from Matt Lux, and drums from John Herndon! Given the wide resumes of all players, there's a really shifting sense of sound here – one that's bold one minute, introspective the next – and never falls into too-familiar jazz phrasing modes. Yet Mazurek's also really matured as a player, too – working here with a sensitivity we never would have expected years ago – captured with great clarity in the recording. Titles include "Magic Saturn", "Twister Uranus", "Spanish Venus", "Folk Song Neptune", "Primitvie Jupiter" and "Spiral Mercury". LP, Vinyl record album

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James MoodyJames Moody Story ... LP
EmArcy, 1953. Very Good .... $2.99
According to the liner notes this was Moody's first record for Mercury after returning to the US after residing in Paris. There is no indication of who plays with him on this record except for one mention of Babs Gonzales who sings with him on "The James Moody Story". Moody plays both tenor and alto sax and the tracks include "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", "Moody's Theme", "And Now Moody Speaks", "Serenade In Blue", "Poor Butterfly", "Wiggle Wag", "Moody's Home", and "The Bite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Emarcy drummer logo pressing with deep groove! One side has some light oxidation, but it doesn't seem to affect play that much. Cover has a bit of light tape, but is nice overall too.)

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Mickey NewburyFrisco Mabel Joy ... LP
Elektra, 1971. Very Good+ .... $9.99
The second in Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded when Newbury was at Elektra Records, a label that was apparantly as unable to find an audience for him as Mercury was a few years earlier – but all these years later it stands just as beautifully of a leftfield bit of spacious, moody genius just about any singer-songwriter record of the period we can think of! Recorded at Nashville's Cinderella Sound Studios, it's really wonderful stuff that defys genre and convention, but is as emotionally connective and sastisfying as anything from the mainstream. Titles include "The Future's Not What It Used To Be", "Frisco Depot, "Swiss Cottage Place", "How I Love Them Old Songs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover, missing the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Ohio PlayersOhio Players Live 1977 ... LP
Cleopatra, 1977. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold .... $27.99 29.98
Amazing sounds from The Ohio Players – the only live performance ever issued by the group, and a set that captures them right at the height of their mid 70s fame! The sound here is every bit as tight as on their classic studio albums for Mercury Records, but the music has a lot more bite, too – a sharpness that really comes through in the live setting, where the bass, drums, and other instruments come across with a raw power that's really incredible – a great reminder that groups like this could do everything they did, long before ever walking into a studio. Titles include "Alone", "Who'd She Coo", "Love Rollercoaster", "Skin Tight/Fopp", "Drum Solo", "Sweet Sticky Thing", and "Fire (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ohio Players Live 1977 ... CD 14.99

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Max RoachAward Winning Drummer ... LP
Time, 1959. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a cool piano-less group that hits some really unusual notes! Draper's horn provides a deep bottom to the record, mixing with Davis' exotic tones nicely – and the album represents Roach's increasing penchant for experimentation in the post Clifford Brown years – tunes with an offbeat edge that's really great. Titles include "Pies Of Quincy", "Tuba De Nod", "Milano", and "Sadiga". LP, Vinyl record album

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Max RoachDeeds Not Words ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99 15.98
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the directions Max would explore fully on the Candid, Impulse, and Fantasy labels in the 60s – an approach to hardbop that often really pushes its limits – not content to simply set up solos for the players, and instead moving with a much more forceful energy overall! Group members include Booker Little on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Ray Draper on tuba, and Art Davis on bass – and the lack of a piano makes for a very exciting sound! The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha-Cha" and "Deeds Not Words" – plus Draper's classic "Filide", and the groundbreaking "Conversation" – a very cool solo by Roach on the drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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Max RoachDeeds Not Words (multiple photo cover) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good+ .... $13.99
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the directions Max would explore fully on the Candid, Impulse, and Fantasy labels in the 60s – an approach to hardbop that often really pushes its limits – not content to simply set up solos for the players, and instead moving with a much more forceful energy overall! Group members include Booker Little on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Ray Draper on tuba, and Art Davis on bass – and the lack of a piano makes for a very exciting sound! The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha Cha" and "Deeds Not Words" – plus Draper's classic "Filide", and the groundbreaking "Conversation" – a very cool solo by Roach on the drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(60s ABC/Riverside pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and a spot of sticker residue.)

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Max Roach & Clifford BrownDaahoud ... LP
Mainstream, 1956. Very Good Gatefold .... $6.99
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is right up there with the best 50s classics by the pair – really showcasing that amazing trumpet style that made Brownie a genius right from the start – next to some of the burning energy he forged with Roach in the group. Every player's tremendous – Harold Land on tenor, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass – and titles include two Clifford Brown originals – "Daahoud" and "Joyspring" – plus Roach's "Mildama", plus the standards "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker in one corner.)

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VariousGhana Special – Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968 to 1981 (5LP box set) ... LP
Soundway (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP .... $52.99
A compilation of Ghana music like we've never seen before – and straight up beautifully put together by Soundway – 70s sounds that fused regional traditions with boundary free soul, rhythm & blues, and rock! Ghana in the 1970s was in a transition from a more prosperous, and less militarily tenuous culture, and the music at the time is really wonderful. This collection of obscure album tracks and singles from the time feature many smaller combo groups, rather than large scale dance bands, with highlife jazz & soul, guitar and percussion based Afrobeat, and Ghana traditions fused with international styles wonderfully. Fantastic stuff that sits proudly up there with the great Nigeria Special sister series from Soundway! The vinyl box set version has 2 tracks on on the CD version or digital download, and 2 more tracks previously only available on the CD version of the Ghana Soundz compilation: 37 tracks on 5 LPs, plus a 12 page booklet with rare photos and history: "Kai Wawa" by The Mercury Dance Band, "Din Ya Sugri" by Cristy Azuma & Upper International, "Nya Asem Hwe" by City Boys Band, "Edinya Benya" by Hedzoleh Soundz, "Odo Mmera" by Pa Steele's African Brothers, "Wompe Masem" by African Brothers International Band, "Akampanye" by The Sweet Talks, "You Can Go" by Bokoor Band, "Owuo" by Sawaaba Soundz, "Sisi Mbon" by Honny & The Bees Band and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry ButlerLove's On The Menu ... LP
Motown, 1976. Near Mint- .... Just Sold Out!
An overlooked sleeper from Jerry Butler – the kind of record that follows nicely off of his best strengths for Mercury in the early 70s – and which has him furthering the level of mature soul that was his greatest contribution to music in the decade! As before, the best tunes here are often the mellower ones – sung in a mode that's warmly soulful, and which often raises the bar for mainstream soul – to a level that would allow a lot more work to come from other singers a few years later. The title cut – "Love's On The Menu Tonight" – is a perfect illustration of this style – and other cuts include "The Devil In Mrs Jones", "Thank You Early Bird", "I'm Goin Left", "Don't Let This Smile Fool You", "I Don't Want Nobody To Know", and "This Is Your Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New AlzoAlzo (aka Looking For You) ... LP
Bell, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really unique little record – soulful, folksy, and with a slight jazzy tinge at times – and the first solo album cut by one half of the Alzo & Udine Latin soul duet who recorded for Mercury in the late 60s! This solo album has a bit of a different flavor than Alzo's work with Udine, but the singing and instrumentation have a lot of nice jazzy changes – and the whole thing skips along with the same earthy, personal feel that made the earlier album so great. The whole thing's sort of in between Colin Blunstone and Nick Drake, but with a bit more of a soulful vibe – and an ultra-hip mix of styles that makes us wonder why Alzo wasn't hailed as the hippest thing going at the time. Bob (Multiplication Rock) Dorough arranged and produced, with a very groovy style – and tracks include "Country", "That's Alright", "Without You Girl", "Some People", "Lookin' For You", and "You Know Me, I Know You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tear on the top left corner, and some wear.)

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New Suzanne Ciani/CloneLogo Presentation Reels 1985/Octabred ... LP
Disposable (UK), Early 80s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very cool sound library work – in a wicked split LP from Finders Keepers! Suzanne Ciani steps out on side one – offering up a huge host of short instrumentals that are all designed to back the presentation of new corporate logos in the mid 80s – tracks that are often heavy on keyboards and synth, some with a dark ominous quality – some with a triumphantly proud feel! The side features work done for Time, AT&T, ABC, Mercury, and Atari – plus other more unusual bits too. Clone are on the flipside – offering up a well-matched batch of electric numbers that continue the moody feel of the first side – 80s keyboard and electronics that are often used in a spare, trippingly rhythmic way that might well be some lost horror soundtrack, interspersed with some more Kraftwerk-like bits too. Titles include "Harpbirds 2", "Octabred At The End", "Instrumental", "Becomes A Loner", "Tape 38", and "Clone Meets Octabred". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Charles EarlandEarland's Jam ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stellar grooves from Charles Earland – a great mix of jazz, soul, and funk – put together in a way that's quite different from his previous records on Prestige or Mercury Records! The sound here is tight 80s soul – put together by Tom Tom Washington, who gives the whole thing a sophisticated Chicago vibe – and one that matches Charles' sweet keyboard solos with wickedly sharp rhythms, and some occasional vocal bits too. Singers include Larry Blackmon, TC Campell, and Charles himself – but there's still a focus that seems to be more on the instrumentation overall – served up with some mighty nice organ lines from Earland. Titles include "The Only One", "Marcia's Waltz", "You Belong To Me", "Never Knew Love Like This Before", "Guilty", "Laser Lips", "Earland's Jam", and "Animal". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has peeling along the bottom two inches, bending the bottom corners, a partially unglued bottom seam, a mark from sticker removal, and some ring & edge wear.)

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New HE3 ProjectChapter One ... LP
Family Groove, Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the SF scene of the 70s – previously unreleased work that really opens up a whole new chapter of jazz on the west coast! The HE3 Project is the brainchild of keyboardist Herman Ebertizsch – who plays lots of Fender Rhodes and moog on this sweet little record – really driving some amazing lines for a wickedly soulful group that also features Coke Escovedo on timbales and Linda Tillery and Johnny Lovett on vocals! Supposedly, these sessions were the genesis of the groove that Escovedo later laid down on Mercury Records – but the sound here is a lot more open-ended and funky – a beautiful combination of jazz and soul elements, put together in ways that are quite different than any other Bay Area acts of the time. Titles include "Rapture Of The Deep", "Funk Punk", "Appreciation", "Life Is A Tortured Love Affair", "Make It Sweet", "We All Have Our Own Lives", "In A Soft & Subtle Way", and "Easy Come Easy Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited heavy vinyl pressing – beautiful cover stock, too!)

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New Quincy JonesQuintessence ... LP
Impulse, 1961. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very soulful set of big band material from Quincy Jones – recorded during that tight early 60s period when his arrangements just couldn't fail! The album's his only session for Impulse, and it's got a slightly deeper style than his work from the time for Mercury – a bit more sophisticated, with nice modern touches that take the tunes in surprising directions. Part of the greatness of the set lies in the players – as the album features work by Curtis Fuller, Thad Jones, Stu Martin, Freddie Hubbard, Patty Brown, Phil Woods, and Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Robot Portrait", "Hard Sock Dance", "The Twitch", and "For Lena & Lennie". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing, in a non-gatefold cover, with the original liner notes on the inner sleeve. Cover has a creased corner.)

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New Jimmy McGriffTailgunner ... LP
LC, 1977. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later album by Jimmy – recorded in a smooth slick jazz funk mode, a bit like the style that Jimmy Smith used on some of his Mercury recordings. The organ of Jimmy is augmented by keyboards played by Pat Rebillot and Paul Griffin – which makes for a nice mix of organ and electric piano sounds, plus some occasional moog that's very nicely placed! If you're not looking for full out funk, this is actually a great little album – with some wonderful little steppers that come across in a cool mellow jazz funk way. Titles include "Flexible Flyer", "Sky Hawk", "Grandma's Toe Jam", and "Bullfrog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small mark from an old sticker.)

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New Max Roach & Clifford BrownDaahoud ... LP
Mainstream, 1956. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is right up there with the best 50s classics by the pair – really showcasing that amazing trumpet style that made Brownie a genius right from the start – next to some of the burning energy he forged with Roach in the group. Every player's tremendous – Harold Land on tenor, Richie Powell on piano, and George Morrow on bass – and titles include two Clifford Brown originals – "Daahoud" and "Joyspring" – plus Roach's "Mildama", plus the standards "I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Daahoud ... LP 6.99

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New San Francisco ExpressGetting It Together ... LP
Reynolds/Family Groove, 1979. Used (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing funky jazz from the 70s – a completely rare little set recorded in the Bay Area scene of the time – featuring hip trumpet work from Woody Shaw, and lots of cool keyboards from Patrick Gleeson! The feel here is somewhere in the territory of work that Gleeson did with Herbie Hancock in the mid 70s, or of some of the spinoff Headhunters funky jazz projects recorded on Mercury – but the groove's also a bit looser too, given that the album was done by the small Reynolds indie label. Other players include Norman Williams on alto, Michael Howell on guitar, and Allan Pittman on additional trumpet – and there's a simple, focused approach to the grooves that's totally great – very soulful, and very in the pocket – never too spacey or overly jamming, like some of the best Fantasy Records funky fusion of the time! Titles include "Getting It Together", "Getting To The Moon", "Hozrot", "Waterman", and "Love Ballad". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jorge SantanaJorge Santana ... LP
Tomato, Mid 70s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone 70s classic from Carlos Santana's lesser-known brother – a set that effortlessly brings together Latin and soul, often with the same sort of vibe as the Coke Escovedo records on Mercury from the same time! Jorge plays guitar, but lead vocals are from Richard Bean (of Malo and Sapo fame) – often in a sweetly crackling style that's kind of a smoother 70s update of Latin Soul modes from a few years before. Tunes are all lively, with nice hooks – never too uptempo, and carried off with a jazzy edge on most numbers. Titles include "Sandy", "Seychells", "Nobody's Perfect", "Love The Way", "We Were There", and "Tonight You're Mine". LP, Vinyl record album

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New ShockShock ... LP
Fantasy, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Electrified funk with Shock – a group who come across with almost enough energy to warrant the lightning bolt on the cover of this record! There's a great mix here between 70s ensemble funk and leaner 80s groove – a sound that's a bit warmer than some of Shock's contemporaries, and still very much in the modes you might hear from some of the best Mercury Records funk groups of a few years before. Vocals are a key part of this mix – surprisingly strong for a group like this, in ways that balance things out with some great warmer moments – and titles include "I Think I Love You", "Shock", "Let's Get Crackin", "Got To Have Your Love", and "Shock Talk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner & some light wear.)

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New Ohio PlayersEverybody Up ... LP
Arista, 1979. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
The Ohio Players may have skimped a bit on the budget for a sexy model this time around, but the album's still very much in the best mode as the rest of their 70s classics for Mercury Records – a sweet mix of ensemble funk with some upbeat styles that were perfect for the clubs! The group's shifted a bit by the time of this one and only album for Arista, but they've still got most of their best strengths right out front – including that subtle sense of wit that always made the group one of the most charming mainstream funk acts, as well as the sharp instrumentation that ensures that most of the tracks are still tight and funky at the core. Titles include "Don't Say Goodbye", "Everybody Up", "Take Da Funk Off Fly", "Something Special", "Say It", and "Make Me Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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