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Nina SimoneAt The Village Gate ... LP
Colpix, 1961. Very Good ... $16.99
Live Nina Simone – a perfect setting to hear her unique magic at work, as Nina works before a very appreciative crowd at the hip Village Gate – effortlessly tying together strands of jazz, folk, and nascent 60s soul – all with a righteousness that was perfect for the time and the setting! The recording quality is great – intimate, yet lively – and the set's filled with longish readings of some great tunes that include "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Brown Baby", "Zungo", "Children Go Where I Send You", and "He Was Too Good To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label 60s pressing.)

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New Nina SimoneBaltimore ... LP
CTI, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A real standout 70s set from Nina Simone – a one-off date for CTI Records, done with a sound that's different than her earlier work for RCA, Philips, and Colpix! The groove here is often as soul-based as it is vocal jazz – thanks to arrangements from David Matthews, who brings a similar sound here to his other work with Esther Phillips in the decade – another older singer who'd hit some very hip territory at the time. The groove here is very much like Phillips' best for Kudu – smooth and soulful, but in ways that still retain all the rasp and character of the lead vocals. Titles include a sublime reading of Randy Newman's excellent "Baltimore", plus "The Family", "My Father", "Music For Lovers", "Rich Girl", and "Balm In Gilead". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Baltimore ... LP 7.99

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New Nina SimoneBaltimore ... LP
CTI, 1978. Very Good- Gatefold ... $7.99
A real standout 70s set from Nina Simone – a one-off date for CTI Records, done with a sound that's different than her earlier work for RCA, Philips, and Colpix! The groove here is often as soul-based as it is vocal jazz – thanks to arrangements from David Matthews, who brings a similar sound here to his other work with Esther Phillips in the decade – another older singer who'd hit some very hip territory at the time. The groove here is very much like Phillips' best for Kudu – smooth and soulful, but in ways that still retain all the rasp and character of the lead vocals. Titles include a sublime reading of Randy Newman's excellent "Baltimore", plus "The Family", "My Father", "Music For Lovers", "Rich Girl", and "Balm In Gilead". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, heavy edge wear, a stuck gatefold, and creased corner.)
Also available Baltimore ... LP 9.99

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New Nina SimoneFolksy Nina ... LP
Colpix, 1964. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A fitting title, as Nina's always mixed in a bit of folksy influences with her jazz – increasingly so at this point in her career, as she was opening up her bag a bit to include traditional songs of pride, protest, and despair. The album's a great precursor for her work on Philips a few years later – and includes many fine tracks like "The Young Knight", "The Twelfth Of Never", "Vanetihu", "Lass Of The Low Country", and "When I Was A Young Girl". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nina SimoneGifted & Black ... LP
Canyon, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Don't confuse this set with Young Gifted & Black – which got much wider circulation – as the session's a cool indie date from the early 70s, recorded in a moody studio mode with arrangements by Monk Higgins! There's a bit of strings in the background, which colors in the tunes with a melancholy feel – a sound that's a bit different than some of the more upbeat, righteous modes of other Simone sessions from the period – almost like Nina's taking a step back to evaluate herself, with somewhat striking results. The sound is somewhat echoey, which furthers the mood of the music – and titles include "Black Is The Color", "Since My Love Is Gone", "Blue Prelude", "Spring Is Here", "Porgy", "Remind Me", "Near To You", and "The Thrill Is Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nina SimoneIt Is Finished ... LP
RCA, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Wonderful work by Nina – the kind of record that once made purists turn up their noses, but which is now being rediscovered as a unique jazz/soul crossover album, filled with loads of nice moments! The instrumentation's pretty darn interesting – and includes sitar, harp, Spanish guitar, and other odd percussion instruments. Includes Nina's nice version of "Funkier Than a Mosquito's Tweeter", plus "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Dambala", "Obeah Woman", and "The Pusher". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nina SimoneJazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club ... LP
Bethlehem, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting the tunes with gospel-inspired soul, and showing some very slight folksy touches – of the sort that would come in more heavily on later records. Backing is by a small combo, and tracks include "Plain Gold Ring", "Good Bait", "He Needs Me", "Don't Smoke In Bed", and "I Loves You Porgy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club (Bethlehem pressing) ... LP 16.99

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Nina SimoneJazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club (Bethlehem pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, Early 60s. Very Good- ... $16.99
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting the tunes with gospel-inspired soul, and showing some very slight folksy touches – of the sort that would come in more heavily on later records. Backing is by a small combo, and tracks include "Plain Gold Ring", "Good Bait", "He Needs Me", "Don't Smoke In Bed", and "I Loves You Porgy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with a red label and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club ... LP 9.99

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New Nina SimoneLet It All Out ... LP
Philips, 1965. Very Good- ... $8.99
Excellent Philips work by Nina – a set of tracks that mostly features spare combo backings from Rudy Stevenson on guitar and flute, Bobby Hamilton on drums, and Lisle Atkinson on bass. One track, "For Myself", features arrangements by Horace Ott – and another, "Images", was recorded live – but overall, the album's got a warmly intimate feel that's really great, and which has Nina singing in that perfect righteous mode of the time. Titles include "Chauffeur", "The Other Woman", "This Year's Kisses", "Nearer Blessed Lord", "Ballad of Hollis Brown" and "Don't Explain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and peeling along the opening on the back.)

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New Nina SimoneNina Simone ... LP
Up Front, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
A nice little live set from Nina – offered up here with no dates or location notes, but sounding a lot like some of her best 60s live sets for the Coolpix label. Backing is by a small group, and although the sound quality is a bit echoey, the album has a dark quality that brings out the best in Nina's vocals. Titles include "Zungo", "One More Sunday In Savannah", "For All We Know", "Nobody", and "When I Was In My Prime". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nina SimoneNina Sings Duke Ellington (red cover) ... LP
Colpix, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Nina sings Ellington – but as always, she makes whatever she sings all her own! The album's a bit straighter than later efforts – with large backings by Stu Phillips that also feature vocals by the Malcolm Dodds Singers – but Nina also conceived the whole thing herself, as an effort to bring a new level of spiritualism to Ellington's work. The result is a masterpiece – proof that even in her early years, Nina could completely transform anything she laid her hands on – and unlock a soulful depth that even the original recordings might have missed. Titles include "I Got It Bad", "Solitude", "The Gal From Joe's", "It Don't Mean A Thing", and "I Like The Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul ... LP
RCA, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Silk & Soul ... LP 11.99
Silk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD 5.99

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Nina SimoneSilk & Soul ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of Nina's first for RCA – a mixture of jazz and soul tunes handled with some classy arrangements by Sammy Lowe, most of which feature nice electric bass work at the bottom by Gene Taylor! Taylor's bass gives the tracks a nice "dip" that's not exactly funky, but does provide a strong kick that keeps things moving along nicely – in a way that points towards the direction Nina would take in the 70s, and which makes this album a fair bit hipper than some of her Philips work! Nina's not as over the top as on other records, but still lays it out quite hiply – and tracks include "Consummation", "Go To Hell", "Love O Love", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "Turn Me On", and "Some Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has some edge wear & a dime-sized stain on the back.)
Also available
Silk & Soul ... LP 9.99
Silk & Soul (expanded edition) ... CD 5.99

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New Nina SimoneTo Love Somebody ... LP
RCA, 1969. Very Good ... $24.99
One of Nina's greatest records – recorded with her cool combo that included Weldon Irvine! Weldon's on organ on the set, and he co-wrote the two-part track "Revolution" with Simone, one of the album's strongest numbers! That track is set amidst covers of other hip 60s material, including "Turn Turn Turn", "To Love Somebody", "I Can't See Nobody", and "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" – all done with a freely righteous style that has Nina cutting loose at the end of the 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on"Revolution Part 1".)

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New Nina SimoneBlack Gold ... LP
RCA, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Black Gold indeed – as the album's a real classic from Nina, one of the excellent sets she cut with the Stroud Productions imprint during the early 70s! The style here is even hipper than her late 60s work on Philips – with a mixture of open-ended jazz and soul that's best summed up in the album's extended reading of "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair", and a great version of "To Be Young Gifted & Black", which was written by Weldon Irvine, who's probably playing piano here with Nina. Other titles include the funky "Ain't Got No I Got Life", plus "Westwind", "Who Knows Where The Time Goes", and "The Assignment Sequence" – all very hip numbers! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Nina SimoneI Put A Spell On You ... LP
Philips, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Captivating work by Nina – working here in that unique crossover style she was using in the mid 60s – a blend of jazz and soul arrangements that were perfect for her intimate folksy style. The album's one of her first few for Philips, and it really has her opening things up a bit – going for a new range of expression that includes influences that wouldn't have been heard on her sets a few years back. And as some great examples, the album includes a classic rendition of "Feeling Good", plus "Take Care of Business", "Gimme Some", Jacques Brel's "Ne MeQuitte Pas" and the title track, "I Put A Spell On You", which is an incredible reworking of the classic by Screaming Jay Hawkins! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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New Nina SimoneLive In Europe ... LP
Trip, Early 70s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Devil's Workshop", "Just In Time", "Life", "Gin House Blues", "When I Was A Young Girl", "Back Lash", and "See Line Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "Gin House Blues". Cover has ring & edge wear and some seam splitting.)

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New Nina SimoneNina Simone At Town Hall ... LP
Colpix, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An important early live show for Nina – a move to the classy Town Hall crowd, filled with left-leaning listeners who were the perfect audience to get the unique bag she was working on at the time – heard in very appreciative tones throughout the set! The performance is a great one – mellow, moody, and a bit folksy – with Nina singing and playing piano on tracks that include her classic reading of "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair", plus "The Other Woman", "Under The Lowest", "Summertime", and "Cotton Eyed Joe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a heavily stained corner that is delaminated, peeling, and flaky. Bottom seam is split.)

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New Nina SimoneAmazing Nina Simone (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Colpix/4 Men With Beards, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Amazing is right – as the album features Nina caught at a great early point in her career, delivering a mix of ballads and folkish tunes – all with the kind of emotion that has kept us listening to her over the years. The approach is simple, but legendary, and filled with righteous power even at this early stage in her recorded career! Arrangements are by Bob Mersey, and titles include "Blue Prelude", "You've Been Gone Too Long", "Chilly Winds Don't Blow", "Can't Get Out Of This Mood", and "That's Him Over There". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Amanda AmbroseAmanda ... LP
Dunwich, 1967. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Early work by Amanda Ambrose – Chicago-based singer who sang in a variety of styles that approached work by folk/soul/jazz singers like Oscar Brown Jr. and Nina Simone. This rare Dunwich album was recorded live at Chicago's Mother Blues nightclub, and it features Ambrose running through material like "Day Tripper", "While I Am Still Young", "Yes I Can", and "Yesterday". The best track, though, is her groovy version of "Feelin' Good", which is taken at a nice up-tempo groove. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has very light wear.)

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Amanda AmbroseLaughing ... LP
BeeGee, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Ok, we'll admit that most of this album is kind of weak – and Amanda's a sort of Nina Simone wanna-be – but there are a few nice songs on here with a pretty good groove! Both "Sad Songs" and "That's It" have some great arrangements that mix complicated guitar/bass/drum parts into a nice mix that feels a bit like late 60s Capitol funky soul. Amanda's vocals are still a bit off – but there's at least some nice moments to sample! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Roberta FlackFirst Take ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $5.99
What can we say? We've heard this one a million times, it sold over a million copies – but it's still incredible! The record is Roberta's first, and it features her in a mellow trio format, augmented by some occasional larger arrangements by William Fischer. At most points, though, the sound is incredibly spare – with vocals that are much more soulful than any of Roberta's other records, and a sound that hints at Nina Simone, but which has it's own jazzy groove and deep sense of feeling. Includes the classic funky version of "Compared To What", plus "Angelitos Negros", "Our Ages Our Our Hearts", and "Tryin Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small CRC sticker in one corner.)

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Weldon IrvineLiberated Brother ... LP
Nodlew, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best titles on Black Jazz or Strata East at the time, but also filled with an even richer array of colors and musical ideas. Weldon's work on electric piano is worth the price of admission alone – often spare, spacious, and perfectly placed – especially on the funky classics "Homey", "Mr Clean", and "Sister Sanctified" – a tune later cut by Stanley Turrentine, but heard here in Weldon's original version! Other cuts include "Gloria", "Juggah Buggah", "Blues Wel-Don", and "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". LP also features two bonus tracks – "Time Is Ticking" and "Water Under Bridges (robato version)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Liquid Spirit ... CD 13.99

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VariousSlow Grind Fever Vol 2 – More Adventures In The Sleazy World Of Popcorn Noir ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
Plenty of great grinding here – a set of slow-stepping soul tunes, laidback R&B, and more – all with a great late 50s/early 60s sort of vibe! The music here follows strongly in the spirit of Little Willie John's "Fever" – with all the vamping slinky energy that might apply – but the range of artists is surprisingly strong, and includes a few really surprising entries from singers we never would have expected in this style! Titles include "Swinging On A Chandelier" by Bobby Beck, "He's A King" by Barbara McNair, "The Gal From Joe's" by Nina Simone, "Rain Down Rain" by Big Maybelle, "Dead Man's Blues" by Scatman Crothers, "Ghost Town" by Eddie Miller & His Band, "Summertime" by Santo & Johnny, "Cindy Lou" by Dick Penner, "Lilly's Lament" by Helen Grayco, and "Taboo" by Sylvie Moro. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStudio Rio Presents The Brazil Connection ... LP
Sony (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $33.99
A very unusual set of work – original vocal tracks pulled from classic soul and jazz songs – all set to new bossa nova rhythms done especially for the project! Sony Records gave Studio Rio free access to its vaults – and the team was able to pull off original vocals, then rework them over sweet instrumentals that have a sound that's strongly bossa jazz – at a level that almost makes us think the artists had recorded these tunes originally! The approach is surprisingly seamless – no clunky bossa remix project, or dance beats at all – and the song structure is maintained, with just a change in the instrumentation. Titles include remakes of "Lovely Day" by Bill Withers, "Walk On By" by Aretha Franklin, "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" by Nina Simone, "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck & Carmen McRae, "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers, "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye, "Music To Watch Girls By" by Andy Williams, and "Family Affair" by Sly & The Family Stone. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Studio Rio Presents The Brazil Connection ... CD 19.99
Studio Rio Presents The Brazil Connection ... CD 8.99

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VariousVerve Remixed ... LP
Verve, 2002. Near Mint- 3LP ... $14.99
A very groovy idea! This sparkling set takes older vocal jazz tunes from the Verve catalog, and uses the songs as the basis for new tracks by some of the better producers in the global groove underground. The mix of styles and eras is quite compelling – as torchy vocals drift over the top of cutting edge beats – creating a sound that's bound to get you digging through the crates for some of these singers, and reevaluating work from the past like never before! Titles include "Who Needs Forever" by Astrud Gilberto remixed by Thievery Corporation, "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday remixed by Tricky, "Hare Krishna" by Tony Scott remixed by King Britt, "See Line Woman" by Nina Simone remixed by Masters At Work, "Return To Paradise" by Shirley Horn remixed by Mark De Clive-Lowe, "Feelin Good" by Nina Simone remixed by Joe Claussell, "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" by Dinah Washington remixed by Rae & Christian, and "How Long Has This Been Going On" by Carmen McCrae remixed by MJ Cole. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a crinkled corner.)

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VariousVerve Remixed 4 ... LP
Verve, 2008. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
The Verve vaults are open again – and as with other Remixed sets, they've let in a host of hip talents to change up their classics! This time around, the results seem even better than before – thanks partly to a very strong array of mixers, including some of our own personal funky favorites – but also thanks to a change in remixing styles for this sort of work – an added complexity, and respect for the originals – so that the tunes aren't just simple smatterings of old vocals over contemporary beats! Titles include "Cry Me A River" by Dinah Washington remixed by Truth & Soul, "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" by Roy Ayers remixed by 9th Wonder, "Gimme Some" by Nina Simone remixed by Mike Mangini, "There Was A Time" by James Brown remixed by Kenny Dope, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw remixed by Diplo, "Take Care Of Business" by Nina Simone remixed by Pilooski, "Bim Bom" by Astrud Gilberto remixed by Psapp, "Dilo Como Yo" by Patato & Totico remixed by Antibalas, "Evil Ways" by Willie Bobo remixed by Karriem Riggins, "I Get A Kick Out Of You" by Ella Fitzgerald remixed by Cinematic Orchestra, and "Tea For Two" by Sarah Vaughan remixed by Chris Shaw. LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track two. Cover has a bumped corner and some waviness inside the gatefold.)

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New Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier ... LP
Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that sound is the genius that is Terry Callier! This is very stripped down material, very dark and brooding – a good chance to hear Terry before he hit the Chess studios and they backed him up with a lot of orchestrations (although we love the orchestrations, too.) The material has a soulful spiritual feel, and is sung with a lot of passion over acoustic guitar. Think of Nina Simone's folksier stuff from the same time, if you need a reference. Tracks include "900 Miles", "Cotton Eyed Joe", "It's About Time", "Promenade In Green", and "I'm A Drifter". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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