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Dub ClubMeaning Of Dub ... LP
Stones Throw/Dub Club, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
LA dub torch carriers Dub Club deliver another winner – honoring the old school dub reggae tradition of bringing in multiple top notch vocalists and players to lay a bit of their own distinctive magic to a steady, single instrumental riddim! Meaning Of Dub features appearances by Jamaican Sound System legends Trinity, Josey Wales, and Tippa Lee, the great Cornell Campbell, Ranking Joe and more! 10 cuts in all: "Meaning Of Dub" with Tippa Irie, "Rasta People" with Josey Wales, "Live And Learn" with Trinity, "Victory" with Cornel Campbell, "Jah Jah Protect We" with Tippa Lee, "Dancehall Everlasting" with Blackout Ja and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in a sweet, hand-printed sleeve, too! Limited to 500 copies.)

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DVDOur Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Blu-Ray & CD set) ... DVD
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy Blu-Ray & CD ... $19.99 21.98
A deep look at one of the hippest, grooviest record labels ever – the mighty Stones Throw! The imprint first got its start in the realm of hip hop – particularly key early work from Peanut Butter Wolf – but then went onto a huge range of projects over the years – from funk and soul reissues, to killer compilations, to unique blends of beats, jazz, and psych – all of which is still going strong today! This special documentary looks at the label through archival footage, live performance, home videos, photos, and interviews with artists who include Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Questlove, Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Madlib, J Dilla, Common, and others – and the film features music by Madlib, also included here on a bonus CD! DVD features subtitles in English, French, German, and Japanese – plus a bonus – "The B-Side – Extra Special Loving For The People". DVD
Also available Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (DVD & CD set) ... DVD 19.99

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DVDOur Vinyl Weighs A Ton (DVD & CD set) ... DVD
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy DVD & CD ... $19.99 21.98
A deep look at one of the hippest, grooviest record labels ever – the mighty Stones Throw! The imprint first got its start in the realm of hip hop – particularly key early work from Peanut Butter Wolf – but then went onto a huge range of projects over the years – from funk and soul reissues, to killer compilations, to unique blends of beats, jazz, and psych – all of which is still going strong today! This special documentary looks at the label through archival footage, live performance, home videos, photos, and interviews with artists who include Peanut Butter Wolf, Kanye West, Questlove, Snoop Dogg, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam-Funk, Madlib, J Dilla, Common, and others – and the film features music by Madlib, also included here on a bonus CD! DVD features subtitles in English, French, German, and Japanese – plus a bonus – "The B-Side – Extra Special Loving For The People". DVD
(DVD is NTSC.)
Also available Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton (Blu-Ray & CD set) ... DVD 19.99

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Earatik StatikFeelin' Earatik ... CD
Gravel, 2005. Used ... $3.99
One of Chicago's most established underground hip hop group continues to come correct on this nice disc. Beats are mostly by hometown heroes Rude One and Doc West of Single Minded Pros, the Opus and Panik of the Molemen, plus one by Diamond D and a couple by newcomers DJ Emmaculate, Bathgate, Brother El and Chester Copperpot. Guest rhymes by K-Solo, Profound, Rise & Shine, Kool Keith, Akrobatik, Pacewon, Edo G and others. 16 tracks counting the intro and interludes, including LMakin Moves", "Illstatik", "Stop Playin'", "Destruction Mission", "Illstate massive", "Getta Grip", "People Like Us" and 'Keep Rockin'". CD

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El RegoEl Rego (plus bonus 45 & download) ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy LP & 7 Inch ... $16.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download plus a bonus 45 with 2 extra tracks: "E Ma Non Tin Me" and "Se Na Min".)

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New Ex1936 – In The Spanish Revolution (CD & book) ... CD
Ex (Netherlands), 1986. Used 2CD & Book ... $14.99
One of the most ambitious, passionate punk projects ever assembled – Dutch collective The Ex's EP and nearly 150 page hardbound book commemorating the 1936 Spanish Revolution! The original 1986 package included the impressive book and a double 7" featuring the mighty, and dare we say revolutionary, tracks "They Shall Not Pass", "El Tren Blindado", "Ay Carmela" and "People Again" – this version replaces the vinyl with two 3" mini CDs. We think this thing's worth the purchase price alone for "They Shall Not Pass" – one of the greatest songs the group ever created, but the book is seriously cool, too, with a stunning number of photographs and essays in Spanish and English. All hail The Ex for keeping all of these great projects in print! CD
(Out of print.)

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ExcelsiorsControl This ... CD
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
A sweet mix of soul, funk, and Jamaican styles – all put together by Shane "Sureshot" Hunt, who we've trusted for grooves for many years! The package draws on Shane's deep knowledge of old school roots – but it also reflects the cultural melting pot of San Francisco's Excelsior district, from which the project takes its name – a real criss-crossing of scenes and styles, coming together with a mighty crisp vibe! Hunt provides most of the beats and instrumentation – and vocals are by The Mighty Pope and Omega Rae – on tracks that are a nice mix of originals and classic remakes from the 70s. Titles include "People Make The World Go Round", "Mrs Magic", "It's Too Late", "Cold As Steel", "This Is Sunshine Music", "Mirror In The Bathroom", and "Lookout Weekend". CD

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Lee FieldsProblems ... LP
Soul Fire/Truth & Soul, 2002. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99
Tight!! Lee Fields, one of the great criminally under appreciated funky geniuses of the 70s is back with another pounding, raw funk classic that still finds the man at the peak of his powers, decades after he first made mark on the funk landscape! This is Lee's first full length effort for Soul Fire, a label that we all know goes to painstaking lengths to carefully carry the torch lit by the People Records scene in the 70s into the future, and it's great to see a titan like Lee do amazing work for a great label that does it purely for the love! Lee is absolutely on fire on all 10 of these tracks, with a Godfather like delivery that knocks us out of our chairs every time, whether it's that fiery funk howl that we love so much, or a smooth, soulful glide on the occasional ballad. He's backed up by a bona fide funky orchestra at Soul Fire Studios that includes TONS of hot drums, propulsive percussion, and some driving conga work that steers things into an afro funk groove on several of the tunes. The group MVP, other than Lee himself, could be multi instrumentalist Leon Michels, whose work on flute, keys, tenor and baritone sax, as well guitar and bass not only helps keep the classic 70s feel going, but keeps things crackling at breakneck speed. This isn't newfangled funk revival, this is the real deal from one of the originators – a 33-minute funk maelstrom that will knock you right out of your chair, and have you restarting it the second it ends! Includes "Problems", "The Right Thing", "Rapping With Lee", "I Don't Know Where I'm Going", and "Honey Dove". Oh, if only all of our heroes remained this vital! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Problems (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99
Problems ... LP 14.99

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New Lee FieldsProblems ... LP
Soul Fire/Truth & Soul, 2002. Near Mint- (reissue)... $14.99
Tight!! Lee Fields, one of the great criminally under appreciated funky geniuses of the 70s is back with another pounding, raw funk classic that still finds the man at the peak of his powers, decades after he first made mark on the funk landscape! This is Lee's first full length effort for Soul Fire, a label that we all know goes to painstaking lengths to carefully carry the torch lit by the People Records scene in the 70s into the future, and it's great to see a titan like Lee do amazing work for a great label that does it purely for the love! Lee is absolutely on fire on all 10 of these tracks, with a Godfather like delivery that knocks us out of our chairs every time, whether it's that fiery funk howl that we love so much, or a smooth, soulful glide on the occasional ballad. He's backed up by a bona fide funky orchestra at Soul Fire Studios that includes TONS of hot drums, propulsive percussion, and some driving conga work that steers things into an afro funk groove on several of the tunes. The group MVP, other than Lee himself, could be multi instrumentalist Leon Michels, whose work on flute, keys, tenor and baritone sax, as well guitar and bass not only helps keep the classic 70s feel going, but keeps things crackling at breakneck speed. This isn't newfangled funk revival, this is the real deal from one of the originators – a 33-minute funk maelstrom that will knock you right out of your chair, and have you restarting it the second it ends! Includes "Problems", "The Right Thing", "Rapping With Lee", "I Don't Know Where I'm Going", and "Honey Dove". Oh, if only all of our heroes remained this vital! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Problems (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 14.99
Problems ... LP 17.99

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Lee FieldsProblems (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Soul Fire/Truth & Soul, 2002. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
Tight!! Lee Fields, one of the great criminally under appreciated funky geniuses of the 70s is back with another pounding, raw funk classic that still finds the man at the peak of his powers, decades after he first made mark on the funk landscape! This is Lee's first full length effort for Soul Fire, a label that we all know goes to painstaking lengths to carefully carry the torch lit by the People Records scene in the 70s into the future, and it's great to see a titan like Lee do amazing work for a great label that does it purely for the love! Lee is absolutely on fire on all 10 of these tracks, with a Godfather like delivery that knocks us out of our chairs every time, whether it's that fiery funk howl that we love so much, or a smooth, soulful glide on the occasional ballad. He's backed up by a bona fide funky orchestra at Soul Fire Studios that includes TONS of hot drums, propulsive percussion, and some driving conga work that steers things into an afro funk groove on several of the tunes. The group MVP, other than Lee himself, could be multi instrumentalist Leon Michels, whose work on flute, keys, tenor and baritone sax, as well guitar and bass not only helps keep the classic 70s feel going, but keeps things crackling at breakneck speed. This isn't newfangled funk revival, this is the real deal from one of the originators – a 33-minute funk maelstrom that will knock you right out of your chair, and have you restarting it the second it ends! Includes "Problems", "The Right Thing", "Rapping With Lee", "I Don't Know Where I'm Going", and "Honey Dove". Oh, if only all of our heroes remained this vital! CD
(A stellar and much deserved reissue of the incredible Soul Fire album that paved the way for the funk revival of the 00s – with heavy duty cardboard LP style sleeve! Essential!)
Also available
Problems ... LP 17.99
Problems ... LP 14.99

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5th DimensionIndividually & Collectively ... LP
Bell, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $25.99
An early 70s treasures from The 5th Dimension – continuing the group's amazing run from the late 60s onward – a sublime blend of the group's great harmonies with standout lead vocals – all produced by Bones Howe, and arranged with help from from Bob Alcivar and Bill Holman! There's a growing sophistication in the set that we really like – a deeper, more personal feel on some of the lyrics – especially some of the more "adult" styled numbers that always showed that the group was way more than just a simple pop machine. Tracks include a scatting vocal version of the Johnny Alf bossa groover "Sky & Sea", plus "I Didn't Get To Sleep At All", "All Kinds Of People", "Tomorrow Belongs To The Children", "Turn Around To Me", "Band Of Gold", and "Border Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the nice envelope style gatefold sleeve, with a spot of sticker residue.)

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49th Parallel49th Parallel ... LP
Lion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Lost pop psychedelia from the Canadian scene – with groovy arrangements that recall Nilsson, Donovan and the sunshine glory of the Association – plus some of the more driving efforts of groups like Love! Most of the tunes are as catchy as all get out – with swirling organs, fuzzed out guitars, and lushly trippy accents of horns, strings – with eccentric lyricism & group vocals. Titles include "Now That I'm A Man", "Get Away", "Eye To Eye", "Missouri", "Lazerander Flitchy", "Twilight Woman", "Close The Barn Door" and "The People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Four FreshmenFunny How Time Slips Away ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $0.49
Brilliant harmony vocals by the Four Freshman! A jaunty 1964 session that has the Freshmen moving into territory they'd explore more deeply on their work for Liberty Records – expanding into a range of new styles for the 60s, and working here with some nicely groovy arrangements from Jimmie Haskell and Shorty Rogers! There's some nice use of electric bass and guitar on a few tracks – giving them a bit more of a romp than usual – and a few others feature some nicely-recorded tinkling piano that trips alongside the vocals with a breezy 60s edge, including a few with country western tinges. Titles include "Don't Make Me Sorry", "My Baby's Gone", "Charade", "Wake The Town & Tell The People", "Funny How Time Slips Away", "Hold Me", "We've Got A World That Swings", and "Tears In Our Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kim Fowley & OthersTechnicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... CD
Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy ... $12.99
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for a variety of different labels, but instantly lost to the shifting sands of time! The music is every bit as mad as some of Fowley's more famous productions – and in the best Norton Records way, there's a real focus here on offbeat tunes and very odd musical moments. Kim himself supervised the project, and wrote some excellent notes for the whole thing – and titles include "Moonlight In Vermont" by The Crenshaws, "In This World So Small" by Althea & The Memories, "Hello Schoolteacher" by Four After Fives, "Justine" by The Rangers, "People Let's Freak Out" by Belfast Gypsies, "The Story Of Susie" by Bill Woods, "Atlantis" by Blue Bells, "Vito & The Hands" by Vito & The Hands, and "Pop Art 66" by Kim Fowley himself! CD
Also available Technicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... LP 12.99

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Kim Fowley & OthersTechnicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... LP
Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for a variety of different labels, but instantly lost to the shifting sands of time! The music is every bit as mad as some of Fowley's more famous productions – and in the best Norton Records way, there's a real focus here on offbeat tunes and very odd musical moments. Kim himself supervised the project, and wrote some excellent notes for the whole thing – and titles include "Moonlight In Vermont" by The Crenshaws, "In This World So Small" by Althea & The Memories, "Hello Schoolteacher" by Four After Fives, "Justine" by The Rangers, "People Let's Freak Out" by Belfast Gypsies, "The Story Of Susie" by Bill Woods, "Atlantis" by Blue Bells, "Vito & The Hands" by Vito & The Hands, and "Pop Art 66" by Kim Fowley himself! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Technicolor Grease – Lost Treasures From The Vaults Vol 4 – 1959 to 1969 ... CD 12.99

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FoxyFoxy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dash/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
The first album from Foxy – and maybe the best from the group, too – given that the whole thing's put together with some wonderfully funky and jazzy touches! The enigmatic Ish Ledesma is at the helm of the group, but he gets some great help from Ray Martinez on the production and arrangements which have a feel here that's a bit warmer and deeper than the later sounds from Foxy – almost more in that initial funk combo burst that really helped put the Miami soul scene on the map at the time! There's a really strange edge to some of these tunes – they're disco groovers, sure, but they've got some pretty quirky rhythms, strange jazzy touches on some of the vocals, and lots of nice percussion that really keeps things interesting – and which prevents any of the songs from ever sounding too stiff or commercial. Titles include the classic "Get Off Your Aahh & Dance" – plus "People Fall In Love", "Let's Love", "What's It Take", "Baby I'm Leaving", and "You Make Me Hot". CD features bonus tracks "The Way You Do The Things You Do (12" version)", "Get Off Your Aahh & Dance (part 1)", "You Make Me Hot (single)", "Let's Love (12" version)", "The Way You Do The Things You Do (12" inst)", and "The Way You Do The Things You Do (single version)". CD

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New FrantiqueFrantique ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1979. Very Good ... $3.99
Although Philly International relied mostly on home-grown talent to fill the label's ranks, this set is one of the rare ones that they picked up from another source – recorded in France, and licensed to the label in the manner of similar Euro disco projects that were turning up on labels like Prelude at the time. The set features 4 long tracks – all with chorus type female vocals, and a strong emphasis on slick dancefloor grooves. Titles include "Night People These Days", "Strut Your Funky Stuff", "Getting Serious", and "Disco Dancer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear and a small tear on the opening.)

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FreebornePeak Impressions ... LP
Monitor, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few straight rock records ever issued on the mostly-folk Monitor Records label – a great 60s outing from Freeborne, a group with a sound that's as tripped-out as you might expect from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on organ and guitars, both acoustic and electric, but there's also some cool percussion too – and interesting use of recorders, in a way that comes across with an ocarina-like charm! Vocals are somewhat soft, but have a dark undercurrent – and there's a really great folk-into-psyche sort of feel to the whole thing. Titles include "Images", "Land Of Diana", "But I Must Return To Frenzy", "Inside People", "Yellow Sky", "Peak Impressions & Thoughts", and "Visions Of My Own". LP, Vinyl record album

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New FunkadelicTales Of Kidd Funkadelic ... LP
Westbound, 1976. Very Good- Gatefold ... $9.99
An oft-overlooked gem by Funkadelic – the group's last album for Westbound, and a record that really has them growing into a great new groove! Bootsy and Eddie Hazel have stepped aside for the set, but that gives Bernie Worrell plenty of room to work his magic on keyboards – in a way that really increases the spacier elements of the set, and almost trades a messed-up moogy sort of feel for the heady guitars of earlier years – a slippery kind of Funky Worm groove that we totally love! The set is self-described as "delightfully putrid" on the Pedro Bell cover – and we couldn't agree more! Titles include "Undisco Kidd", "Let's Take It To The People", "How Do Yeaw View You", "Butt-to-Butt Resuscitation" and "Take Your Dead Ass Home!". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gap BandGap Band V – Jammin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Party Train (12" special dance mix)", "Jam The Motha (12" party mix)", "I'm Ready (12" version)", "Shake A Leg (dub)", "Party Train (single)", and "Jam The Motha (munchkin people mix)". CD

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Jan Garbarek/Miroslav Vitous/Peter ErskineStar ... CD
ECM, 1991. Used ... $8.99
Subtle sounds, in a beautiful space – the well-matched soprano and tenor sax of Jan Garbarek and bass of Miroslav Vitous – given a slight extra punch from the drums of Peter Erskine! Garbarek and Vitous always sound great together – and the record gives them plenty of room to really open up and explore in the best ECM tradition – while Erskine's work on the drums is nicely loose, too – and often almost seems to follow the impulses of the two other players, particularly Miroslav's warm, round basslines. Titles include "Lamenting", "Jumper", "Star", "Anthem", "Roses For You", "Clouds In The Mountain", and "The Music Of My People". CD
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Don GardnerStory Of Don Gardner ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $12.99
Maybe the first-ever really good collection we've seen of the music of Don Gardner – a hell of a strong soul singer, and one who was often associated with Hammond combos – especially his group with organist Dee Dee Ford! And although that pair's hits have been reissued often, this set's the first to dig deeper – into Don's other soul recordings of the 60s, and his wealth of gritty, groovy, hard-edged singles – many of which have a strong undercurrent of R&B! Funk label Tramp have really done a great job here – and are re-approaching Gardner's career with a whole new set of ears – giving his music a really fresh listen from a funk perspective, in a way that really opens up our understanding of his sound and style. The set's overflowing with gritty gems – and titles include "Take Five", "Excedrin", "My Baby Likes To Boogaloo", "I'm A Practical Guy", "People Sho Act Funny", "I Really Love You Baby", "Dog Eat Dog", "Let's Party", "I'm In Such Misery", "Tighten Up Your Love Bone", "Is This Really Love", and "Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy". CD

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Kenny Garrett with Pharoah SandersSketches Of MD – Live At The Iridium ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2008. Used ... $7.99
One of the most soulful sets we've heard from Kenny Garrett in years – thanks partly to the presence of Pharoah Sanders in his group! The tracks are all long and open, and really let both Garrett and Sanders get in plenty of solo space – often in ways that are a nice change from previous recordings. The lineup's a quintet – with Pharoah on tenor, and Kenny on both alto sax and bass clarinet, plus a bit of organ and synth as well – which makes for some sweet electric funky touches. Other players include Benito Gonzalez on piano and Fender Rhodes, Nat Reeves on bass, and Jamire Williams on drums – and titles include "The Ring", "Intro To Africa", "Wayne's Thang", and "Happy People". CD

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Herb GellerGypsy ... LP
Atco, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A familiar concept, but an incredibly hip album – versions of tunes from the musical Gypsy, all played by an incredible group led by altoist Herb Geller! Geller could be a fantastically modern player when he wanted to be – and this album pushes him distinctly in that direction, as it has him working with a strong group of young players that includes Scott LaFaro on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, Hank Jones on piano, and Thad Jones on trumpet – kind of a "Jones Brothers Plus" album! The basic premise is that Geller and his group play tunes from the hit musical Gypsy – but they take those tunes and turn them on their head, creating tight little modern jazz gems, sparkling with creativity, and polished by some exceptional work by Geller and LaFaro! Barbara Long sings vocals on a few numbers, but the rest of the album's instrumental – and titles include "Cow Song", "Together", "Little Lamb", "Small World", and "Some People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing!)

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Jared GoldJG 3+3 ... CD
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
Jared Gold's Hammond trio is nicely augmented here by three other horn players – as you might guess from the album's title! Gold's Hammond is one of the best things going for the Posi-Tone label these days – and a perfect fit for their old school style of recording – a mode that's expanded even more strongly with the presence of Patrick Cornelius on alto, Jason Marshall on baritone, and Tatum Greenblatt on trumpet! The added players soar strongly alongside the electric lines from Gold and guitarist Dave Stryker – in a formation that's definitely got some contemporary sense of structure, delivered with a classic sense of soul. Titles include "Cubano Chant", "Charcoal Blues", "Shower The People", "Sermonette", "Spirits", and "Pendulum". CD

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Babs GonzalesSunday Afternoon At Small's Paradise With Babs Gonzales ... LP
Dauntless, 1963. Very Good ... $39.99
A mad mad afternoon with the great Babs Gonzales – one of the hippest jazz singers ever! The set is one of Babs' best on records, and it features a mix of jazz vocals and hipster monologues that shows perfectly the mixture of talent and hustling that Babs used to make a name for himself in the New York scene. He's backed by a nice little combo that includes friends and songwriting partners like Horace Parlan, Clark Terry, and Johnny Griffin – and the set includes loads of great numbers like "Dem Jive New York People", "Keep An Ugly Woman", "Be Bop Santa Claus", and "Le Moody Mood Pour Amour". The whole thing's hung together with some great patter, and recorded in a way that shows the warm spirit of all the more famous folks who kept Babs going along during his glory years! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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Joni HaastrupWake Up Your Mind ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the US – a kind of powerhouse approach that really sends these tunes home beautifully! The lyrics are in English, which really helps broaden the appeal of the cuts – and the production has these cool compressed elements that are partly like the more psych-inspired modes of other Afro Funk groups, and partly those of the UK soul scene of the 70s. We've never heard a record exactly like this, and the whole thing's a truly memorable treasure from this key moment in African music. Cuts include "Watch Out", "Do The Funkro", "Greetings", "Free My People", "Wake Up Your Mind", and "Champions & Superstars". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sadik HakimCanada (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Radio Canada/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $42.99
One of the greatest moments ever from pianist Sadik Hakim – a player most people know for his contribution to the American bop scene of the late 40s – but an artist who grew even more strongly during his later years in Montreal! This album's a real highlight from that overlooked time in Hakim's career – a set that not only has the musician playing both Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, but which also highlights his tremendous skill as a writer, too – with a richness that easily rivals the best on the European scene of the time – such as some of our favorite London jazz musicians, or the great on MPS. Side one features the extended "London Suite" – a work that's poetic, but also pretty darn groovy too – and side two features on shorter compositions that include "Liliane", "Grey Cup Caper", and "Moon In Aquarius" – all carried off beautifully by a group that includes Al Khabyyr Sayyd Abdul on alto and flute, Billy Robinson on tenor, and Peter Leitch on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing, with heavy vinyl and cover – and limited to 250 copies!)

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New Hatfield & The NorthHatfield & The North ... LP
Virgin, 1974. Very Good ... $14.99
A pretty wild ride from Hatfield & The North – with a freewheeling debut that has it's proggy bits, masterful musicianship, and lots of smart (you could say snide) humor! The Hatfield group features some pretty influential players, including Dave Stewart on some supremely spacey keys, plus Richard Sinclair on bass & vocals, Pip Pyle on drums and Phil Miller on guitar – and the set is more in a spacey, unpredictable prog rock style than the more jazz rock based later records – and a dizzyingly creative album we recommend highly! Titles include "The Stubbs Effect", "Big Jobs (Poo Poo Extract)", "Going Up To The People And Tinkling", "Calyx", "Aigrette" "Rifferama", "Licks For The Ladies", "Bossa Nochance", "Big Jobs No 2", "Shaving Is Boring", "Gigantic Land Crabps In Earth Takeover Bid", "The Other Stubbs Effect" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Lee HazlewoodFriday's Child (aka Houston) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/1972, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
The wit and wisdom of Lee Hazlewood – served up here on one of his stunning sessions for Reprise Records from the 60s! Lee's music really finds its own space on this set – a mode that's neither rock nor country nor folk – but which definitely borrows all the best elements from those styles at the time – then cooks them up into its own sort of Hazlewood-esque blend – with Lee's special take on the world and those who inhabit it. The liner notes promise "different songs about different people who don't know the difference" – and although Lee's using a bit of twang here, to give the music a kind of homespun feel – the overall presentation is as biting and prescient as anything else coming from the LA scene of the time. Titles include "Friday's Child", "The Fool", "Four Kinds Of Lonely", "Sally Was A Good Old Girl", "Real Live Fool", "Since You're Gone", and his version of "Houston" – which became a big hit for Dean Martin. LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael HendersonGoin' Places (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
Massive work from Michael Henderson – exactly the kind of record we point to when people ask us what all the fuss is about! Michael perfectly blends funky jazz, mellow fusion, and his own warm style of vocals here – in a sophisticated mix that puts him right at the top of the 70s intelligentsia of soul – with artists like Roy Ayers or Norman Connors – the latter of whom gave Henderson his start as a singer! Yet the album's definitely Michael's own – filled with beautiful original compositions that take his work on bass as their starting point, but move into a sublime array of jazzy elements shaped to suit the spirit of each tune. Titles include the classic mellow stepper "Let Me Love You" – plus other great tracks "I Can't Help It", "Won't You Be Mine", "Whip It", "Goin Places", and "I'll Be Understanding". CD features bonus tracks – including "I Can't Help It (7" version)", "Let Me Love You (7" version)", and "Won't You Be Mine (7" version)". CD

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Freddie HubbardKeep Your Soul Together/Polar AC/Skagly ... CD
CTI/BGO (UK), 1973/1975/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A trio of 70s Freddie Hubbard – all packaged together in one sweet set! First up is Keep Your Soul Together – Freddie Hubbard at the peak of his 70s powers – and one of his finest albums of the decade! The record follows strongly in the tone that Freddie set at CTI on his mighty Red Clay set – long, drawn out tracks – done with lots of electricity in the rhythms, and a very cosmic approach to the solos! The groove is funky, yet easy – featuring playing that's very open and very soulful, by a group that includes Freddie, Ron Carter, George Benson, and Hubert Laws. Titles include "Keep Your Soul Together", "Spirits Of Trane", "Destiny's Children", and "Brigitte". Polar AC is warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of a record recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and introspective, but no less open-minded and electrically charged. The assortment of players is all top-shelf – with Billy Cobham, Airto, Lennie White, George Cables, Hubert Laws, and George Benson all backing Freddie up on the set – and titles include a great take on "People Make the World Go Round", plus "Naturally", and "Son of Sky Dive", which grooves just like its papa! Skagly has a title that reads like a typo, but the album's a great set of smooth fusion from Freddie Hubbard – self-produced, and almost a summation of all the styles he'd mastered in the 70s! The session's never too over the top or too ambitious – just features Freddie working with a hip group in a laidback setting – blowing lean and mellow lines that almost take him back to his best CTI funk. The group features Billy Childs on keyboards, Hadley Caliman on tenor and flute, and some guest work by George Duke and Paulinho Da Costa – on titles that include "Skagly", "Rustic Celebration", "Happiness Is Now", and "Cascais". CD

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Freddie HubbardPolar AC ... LP
CTI, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
Warm and wonderful work from Freddie Hubbard – a killer of a record recorded for CTI, and one of his most soulful efforts for the label! The album's got a bit more of a human heart than some of the more cosmic sessions Freddie cut at the time – a bit more contemplative and introspective, but no less open-minded and electrically charged. The assortment of players is all top-shelf – with Billy Cobham, Airto, Lennie White, George Cables, Hubert Laws, and George Benson all backing Freddie up on the set – and titles include a great take on "People Make the World Go Round", plus "Naturally", and "Son of Sky Dive", which grooves just like its papa! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some corner wear.)

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Luther Ingram/Hot ButterIf Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right/Popcorn ... 7-inch
Collectables, 1972. Near Mint- (reissue)... $1.99
"If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" is sort of the penultimate southern soul tune – with sweet vocals by Luther, warm bubbling backing, and the kind of "cheatin' on" love lyrics that so many people tried to copy, but never got right! "Popcorn" was the track that revolutionized electronica forever – and this is the great hit version that popped up on charts all over the world. Great drums, great strings, and a wonderful popping moog that won't lay down! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Collectables sleeve.)

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Isley Jasper IsleyBroadway's Closer Than Sunset/Caravan Of Love/Different Drummer ... CD
Superbird/CBS (UK), 1984/1985/1987. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
An Isley Jasper Isley 3-fer – the '84, '85 & '87's Broadway's Closer To Sunset Boulevard, Caravan Of Love and Different Drummer – in a single set! Broadway was the first breakaway effort from the trio of Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper, and Marvin Isley – a set that's got an even leaner groove than some of the Isley Brothers material from years before! The group really hit their stride right away – stepping out in a sweet array of funky rhythms that have some definite 80s touches on the beats, yet which still share all the best Isleys elements overall! Guitar parts are especially sharp – that carved in soul sound that showed up in most Isleys projects from the early 70s onwards – and the vocals have a great sense of warmth and soul, especially on the mellower tunes in the set, which turn down some of the more hook-heavy rhythms heard on other tracks. Titles include "Serve You Right", "Sex Drive", "Love Is Gonna Last Forever", "Kiss & Tell", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", "Look The Other Way", "Break This Chain", and "Broadway's Closer Than Sunset Blvd". Ernie and Marvin Isley team up with Chris Jasper and for Caravan, and more fully reinventing their for the 80s! The record features the wonderful "Caravan Of Love", a soulful spiritual tune that's kind of to 80s soul what The Impressions "People Get Ready" was to 60s soul! Different Drummer was the last album by this configuration of the group, taking on different modes, with some soul gems in the mix. Titles include "Dancing Around The World", "High Heel Syndrome", "Liberation" and more. Includes "Different Drummer", "Do It Right", "Blue Rose", "8th Wonder Of The World" and more. CD

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J RawlsLegacy ... LP
Polar, 2014. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Jazzy hip hop producer/rhymer and longtime under-appreciated uber-talent J Rawls delivers what's billed as his final album as a solo emcee – and to underline the point, it's called The Legacy – focusing squarely on rhymes and lyrics and letting top notch producers handle the beats! It's a testament the J Rawls skills that a record with a different producer for each track can hold together so strongly. They include Rashad, Bombeado, Kev Brown, Rob Riley, Lakim and more. Mic guests include Masta Ace, John Robinson, Illa J, Wordsworth and more. Titles include "Alpha" with Barb Fant, "My People". "Bilss" feat Masta Ace, "Non-Stop", "Southside" feat Ms Sarad, ""The Rest Of My Life" feat Illa J, "Omega" feat JG The Juggernaut, "One Time" feat Wordsworth, "The Legacy" feat John Robinson, Ceezar & Lea Anderson and more – plus the bonus "Best Producer On The Mic II" feat Oddissee, Nottz, Raw & Blueprint. LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael JacksonBen ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $9.99
Michael Jackson strikes out on his own, and does a pretty darn nice job! The overall sound is prime Motown pop soul – with some very very tight arrangements by Gene Page, The Corporation, and James Carmichael – but there's also a bit more depth here too, an attempt to give Michael even more feeling than in the group with his brother – quite a surprise for such a young solo act! Tracks have a pretty good groove to them – apart from the ballad title cut, "Ben" – and other titles include "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Everybody's Somebody's Fool", "My Girl", "In Our Small Way", "You Can Cry On My Shoulder", and a version of "People Make The World Go Round". CD

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Etta JamesIt Takes Love To Keep A Woman – The Allen Toussaint Sessions (aka Changes) ... CD
T-Electric/Fuel 2000, 1980. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
An overlooked gem from Etta James – a late 70s collaboration with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that's got some of the same funky power as her early 70s material for Chess Records! Toussaint's vibe is a bit different, but also has a lot more bite than some of his bigger-name productions of the period – a real return to the kind of sharp snaps and rugged rhythms he brought to his initial classics – as well as some deeper soul modes that really help keep James at her best, by fleshing out the record with a good degree of emotion. Titles include "Who's Getting Your Love", "Night People", "With You In Mind", "Mean Mother", "Don't Stop", "Night By Night", and "Wheel Of Fire". CD

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Keith JarrettKoln Concert (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 35.99
A genre-defining moment from pianist Keith Jarrett – a record that really set the world on fire, and which continues to charm all these many decades later! Although Jarrett had already made some amazing music in a trio setting during the 60s, and in his more freewheeling groups with Dewey Redman in the early 70s, it's this sort of format that forever put him on the map – long, extended improvised passages on solo piano – played at a level that's still extremely lyrical, tuneful, and thoughtful – quite different than the free jazz waves that were building at the time! And while so many other people copied the style over the years, nobody does it better than Jarrett – especially on this landmark outing for the style. The work is amazing – extremely compelling as little melodies drift in and out of the waves of piano improvisation – without any of the sloppiness of some of Jarrett's imitators, and a surprising sense of soul and direction throughout! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jay-ZBlueprint 2 – Gift & The Curse ... CD
Def Jam, 2002. Used 2CD ... $3.99
Jay-Z brings in a huge ensemble of producers including Kayne West, Just Blaze, Dr. Dre, Neptunes, Timbaland, No ID and more. There are also more guests than any other Jay-Z album, including Faith Evans, Notorious BIG, Beyonce Knowles, Big Boi, Rakim, Lenny Kravitz, and more. Tracks include "Hovi Baby", "Guns & Roses", "Some How Some Way", "Many Hoes", "Some People Hate", "As One", "A Dream", "U Don't Know", "All Around The World", "Poppin Tags", "I Did It My Way", and much more. CD

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New JBsBreakin' Bread ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in some really tight song formats that almost go back to the early days of the group's first few singles. The album's filled with great playing, wonderful grooves, and Fred Wesley's keen sense of humor – which sparks the whole set with a sense of warmth and creative play that show why the JBs are still the greatest funk band ever. Includes the excellent "Little Boy Black", which begins with some tasty James Brown vocals; the oft-sampled "Rockin' Funky Watergate"; plus "Step Child", "Makin Love", and "Rice & Ribs". Not as drawn out as Doing It To Death, but more complicated than Food For Thought, and still a totally essential bit of funk! CD
Also available Breakin' Bread ... LP 9.99

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Pete Jolly & His TrioHello, Jolly! ... LP
AVA, 1964. Sealed ... $2.99
Not the Hello Dolly album you might guess from the title, but instead a wonderfully groovy batch of tracks from pianist Pete Jolly – an album done with great larger arrangements from Dick Hazard and Dick Grove, and a tight vibe that makes the set one of Pete's grooviest albums ever! Pete's incredibly fluid on the keys of the piano – hitting with a hard punch on the left hand to really underscore the snapping rhythms of the tunes, but flying free on the right with these lyrical lines that are simply beautiful – really on a par with the best 60s work from Vince Guaraldi, and the kind of record that should have more folks talking about Jolly's genius. The core group features Howard Roberts on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Nick Martinez on drums – and Jolly's one hell of a pianist in this sort of setting – and it always seems that when he's got a big group behind him, he really lets loose with some great solos, freed from the rhythm of the tracks so that he can skate over the top of the songs in a magical way! Tracks include "Hard Day's Night", "People", "Moment Of Truth", "First Of May", "Blues Two Ways", and "The Grass Is Greener". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, but shrinkwrap has a small bit of marker.)

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George JonesGrand Ole Opry's Newest Star (with download) ... LP
Starday/Reserve, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
A really early record by a young, fresh-faced George Jones – his full length debut, actually – released in 1957 by Starday, not too long after his debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry! George had been recording some artistically promising, if underselling singles for a couple years prior, including the now legendary rockabilly sides (on which he was billed as "Thumper" Jones), but this was his first full length showcase as a rising country singer. The title is pure showbiz, as George wouldn't be a big star for a couple more years. He was ready, though! The songs are great, and he wrote or co-wrote most of 'em – and oh man, that VOICE – this is where the legend begins, people! Includes the early classic "Why, Baby, Why", and a whole bunch of great tunes, including "You Gotta Be My Baby", "Ragged But Right", "It's OK", "Still Hurtin'", "Boat Of Life", "Let Him Know", "Play It Cool" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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Jack JonesCurtain Time ... LP
Kapp, Early 60s. Sealed ... $2.99
Early magic from one of the greatest pop voices of the 60s – a singer that we'd rank right up there with Scott Walker for sheer godlike genius! Even in a simple setting like this, Jack shines brilliantly – taking familiar tunes from shows, and opening them up with a delivery that's straightforward, yet evocative – often touched with interesting rhythmic phrasing that prefaces a lot of the changes to come in male vocals during late years of 60s pop. Titles include "Luck Be A Lady", "I Love Paris", "A Lot Of Living To Do", "Shall We Dance", "People", and "I See Your Face Before Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Kanye West808s & Heartbreak ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2008. Used ... $3.99
A darkness tinged departure for Kanye West – his electro hip hop soul tome 808s & Heartbreak! Kanye's albums are always newsworthy, but this one divides opinions as sharply as any major release of 2008. That said, we'll go on the record with some real love for this sometimes confounding, often brilliant batch of tracks. Kanye is mostly singing on this one, and brazenly flaunting the Auto-Tune vocal fad to a point in which he's basically daring you to hate on him for it – but the deep, dark and confessional storytelling and mostly downbeat tone of the songs offsets the arch trendiness almost completely. It's an interesting dichotomy, but it it works, giving some fairly morose songs a needed light touch. Ultimately, this is a brave record for Kanye recorded in a year that must have been truly wrenching for him emotionally – and it's not the kind of set that most people are going to love the first time they hear it. It took us a couple spins to soak it in, but we'll call it a success! Tracks include "Say You Will", "Welcome To Heartbreak", "Heartless", "Amazing", the hit "Love Lockdown", "Street Lights", "Coldest Winter" and more. CD

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Boobie Knight & The SoulcietySoul Ain't No New Thing ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Reissue of an amazingly hard to find funk album on RCA! The Soulciety group was the brainchild of Boobie Knight, and they were one of the many funky groups that fell under the supervision of Harvey Fuqua while he was working for RCA. Boobie's group has a totally different sound than the others on the label, though, and the album's a complicated mix of soul, funk, and heavy-duty jamming. The set includes the nice breakbeat cut "Power To The People", plus a heavy funk workout on "Ego Trippin". Other nice ones include "The Changing Game", "Soul Ain't No New Thing", and "King Of The Real Good Guys". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangCelebrate (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A super-huge album for Kool & The Gang – and for good reason too! The set features their massive hit "Celebration" – a cut that firmly planted the group in the mainstream, and which keeps getting countless play over the decades – probably still earning them a fortune in royalties year after year from wedding bands alone! The group's got some great help on the record from Deodato – the Brazilian keyboardist who scored big with his own records in the 70s – and who's working here to arrange, conduct, and produced the album with a sweet jazzy finish! In a way, it's Deodato's ear for a great warm groove that really seems to make the set sparkle – giving it a strong soul sound, even with tighter production – still somewhat down to earth, despite its hit status – that core quality that's always made Kool & The Gang so great! Apart from "Celebration", other tracks include "Jones Vs Jones", "Love Festival", "Love Affair", "Night People", and "Morning Star". CD features the bonus tracks "Celebration (single)", "Take It To The Top (single)", "Jones Vs Jones (single)", "Morning Star (long version)", and "Celebremos (12" Spanish version)". CD

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Patti LaBelle & The BluebellesComplete Atlantic Sides Plus (Over The Rainbow/Dreamer/Saturday Night At The Uptown/singles) ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $28.99 29.98
The complete Atlantic Records material from Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles – a group who'd recorded for other labels before these sides, but who really hit their stride with Atlantic! The collection brings together live tracks, two full albums, singles, and even some unreleased tracks as well – all very early work by Patti LaBelle – working here with the young Bluebelles group, but in a setting that still points the way towards the Labelle sound of the 70s – given that the quartet also features vocals from Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx! The style is a great mix of female doo wop and uptown soul – harmony styles really maturing strongly for the 60s, and already taking strong advantage of the amazing vocals of Patti LaBelle, but also really using the other singers too – at a level that clearly draws a lot from female groups in gospel, and which is very different than the usual girl group soul sound. Things are sweet, but have a nice edge too – and even the familiar tunes take on a new life in the hands of the group – amidst studio work from a range of great talents like Bert Berns, Dan Penn, Don Davis, Jerry Wexler, and Swamp Dogg too. 2CD set features 40 titles – including "He", "Patti's Prayer", "Groovy Kind Of Love", "One Phone Call", "Forget It", "Count The Days", "Dreamer", "Tender Words", "Always Something There To Remind Me", "He's Gone", "Pride's No Match For Love", "Dance To The Rhythm Of Love", "People", "Family Man", "When Joe Touches Me", and "Suffer". CD

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Patti LaBelle & The BluebellesOver The Rainbow ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good- ... $24.99
Very early work by Patti LaBelle – working here with the young Bluebelles group, but in a setting that still points the way towards the Labelle sound of the 70s – given that the quartet also features vocals from Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx! The style is a great mix of female doo wop and uptown soul – harmony styles really maturing strongly for the 60s, and already taking strong advantage of the amazing vocals of Patti LaBelle! Things are sweet, but have a nice edge too – and even the familiar tunes take on a new life in the hands of the group – as you'll hear on "Over The Rainbow", "People", "More", "Groovy Kind Of Love", "He", "Patti's Prayer", and "Unchained Melody". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear and some seam splitting.)

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Wolfgang LauthNoch Lauther ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 26.99
Early work from the great Wolfgang Lauth – a key figure in German modern jazz during the 50s, but an artist who never fully got his due on this side of the Atlantic! Lauth is in the lead on piano, but many of the tracks on this set also feature great work on vibes by Fritz Hartschuh – a wonderful player who has this hard, chromatic style that's a key bridge between late Lionel Hampton and young Bobby Hutcherson – fierce in tone, but also very sensitive to color shadings as well. The mix of vibes and piano is wonderful – different than the modes of Milt Jackson and John Lewis, even though clearly inspired by them – and the groups also feature appearances from players who include Joki Freund and Rudi Steuranagel on tenor, Albert Mangelsdorff and Egon Denu on trombone and the core rhythm duo of Wolfgang Wagner on bass and Joe Hackbarth on drums. Titles include "Festival 57", "Warum Bist Du Fortegagangen", "Claude", "Dentology", "Waltz For People Who Hate Waltzes", "Sunday Picnic", and "Tele Funky". CD

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New Bettye LavetteDo Your Duty ... LP
Silver Fox/Sundazed, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Classic soul from Bettye Lavette – with some her best recordings ever – a batch of tunes cut in Memphis with Lelan Rogers for the Silver Fox label in '69 & '70! The Betty heard here is a lot harder than on her earlier soul sides – recorded with a raw power that could easily blow away Aretha Franklin or any of her hard soul sisters – and done with a unique crossing of southern, funky, and country soul modes! Amazing! Titles include "My Train's A Coming", "Do Your Duty", "Love Made A Fool Of Me", "At The Mercy Of A Man", "Piece Of My Heart", "Easier To Say Than Do", "He Made A Woman Out Of Me", "We Got To Slip Around", "I'm In Love" and "Games People Play". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ivan LinsNos Dias De Hoje ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Excellent work from Ivan Lins' best period! The record captures him at a perfect point – when he was honing his songwriting to an incredibly precise style that would match the best work of Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges, but before he's gotten a bit too slickly produced. This record features a great set of tracks written in collaboration with Vitor Martins, and with backing by Grupo Modo Livre, arranged by Gilson Peranzzetta. If you've ever wondered why people talk about Lins' genius as a songwriter – check out this album, and you'll see what they mean! Titles include "Cantoria", "Quaresma", "Temporal", "Aos Nossos Filhos", and "A Visita". CD

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsWe Are The Imperials ... CD
End/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups on the east coast scene at the end of the 50s – a wonderful harmony combo, but one with a hell of a lead singer too! Anthony's voice is hardly "little" here – as he belts it out with this raw soul power that's years ahead of its time – really bold on the upbeat tracks, heartbreaking on the ballads, but still able to slide back and harmonize with the Imperials at all the right moments. The album's one of the best examples of the group's genius at its height – a style that would later go onto become such a big influence on 70s groups like The Delfonics or The Stylistics – and titles include "Tears On My Pillow", "So Much", "The Diary", "Oh Yeah", "Wishful Thinking", "Two People In the World", and "What Did I Do". CD

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Mike LongoAwakening ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $28.99
Killer electric piano work from the mighty Mike Longo – recorded at a time when he was definitely at the height of his powers! The album sports a rare Mainstream Records appearance from James Moody – who was a frequent partner of Longos on sessions at the time – particularly on some of Dizzy Gillespie's funky records – which bear a lot of similarity to the sharp-edged grooves on this one! The rhythm section is wonderfully tight, and a big part of the success of the set – as they keep things grooving with a slightly sharper edge than some of Longo's other records – thanks to bass from Ron Carter, drums from Mickey Roker, and even a bit of extra congas from Dizzy Gillespie, of all people! Other players include Moody on alto, tenor, and flute – plus Virgil Jones on trumpet and Curtis Fuller on trombone. Titles include "Just To Let You Know", "A Piece Of Resistance", "The Awakening", "Pass It", and "Bitchin". CD

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New LoveReel To Real ... LP
RSO, 1974. Very Good ... $19.99
Quite an obscure one by Love – a mid 70s record that actually has quite a bit of soul in the mix! The album almost seems to be going for a Sly Stone approach – expanding the group past Arthur Lee and crew with a host of additional players that include Harvey Mandel, Bobby Lyle, and Joey Deguero. There's still plenty of bluesy and rocky tracks – but there's also a great cover of William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful For What You Got" – done in a chunky mode that really hits a great groove with us (and which is proof that people were covering the tune even back when it was first released!) Other tracks move between soulful rock, Thin Lizzy-esque compressed guitar numbers, and other styles that show a bit more soul than might be expected. Titles include "Time Is Like A River", "Everybody's Gotta Live", "You Said You Would", "Busted Feet", "With A Little Energy", and "Who Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve.)

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Barbara LynnJamie Singles Collection 1962 to 1965 ... CD
Jamie, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 29.98
The deepest look we've seen so far at the magical mid 60s work of Barbara Lynn – a set that features all the a- and b-sides of Lynn's singles for the Jamie label, plus some unreleased tracks as well! Lynn was a real standout in 60s soul – a self-contained entity who not only wrote most of her own music, but also played guitar too – in a way that matched her blue-tinged vocals perfectly! This package is the first we've ever seen to go way past Lynn's obvious hits – and it's a tremendous testament to her deep talents in soul music, put together with a thoroughness that's really wonderful. Most numbers are slow-moving, with a really deep soul sort of feel – but a few more have a slightly more upbeat feel, with echoes of Philly 60s modes. 32 tracks in all – with titles that include "Don't Be Cruel", "Lonely Heartache", "You'll Lose A Good Thing", "Money", "Jealous Love", "You're Gonna Need Me", "You Can't Be Satisfied", "To Love Or Not To Love", "Oh Baby", "Unfair", "Let Her Knock Herself Out", "People Gonna Talk", "It's Better To Have It", "Just Lay It On The Line", "Silly Of Me", and "All I Need Is Your Love". CD

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Harold MabernGreasy Kid Stuff! (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most hard-wailing albums that Harold Mabern ever cut – a bit of a shift from some of his more lyrical modes, and a soul jazz smoker that's almost in a Prestige jazz funk mode! The combo here is great, and a bit of a shift for Harold – with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Hubert Laws on tenor and flute, Buster Williams on bass, and the mighty Idris Muhammad on drums – playing in a way that's slightly more open than his hard-bumping grooves on other Prestige albums of the time. The whole thing's got a gritty energy that definitely lives up to the title – and which makes the album one of the best that Mabern ever cut as a leader. Boogaloo Joe Jones plays guitar on one track – a great version of "I Want You Back" – and other titles include "Alex The Great", "John Neely-Beautiful People", and "XKE". CD

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MachineMachine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
All Platinum/Essential, 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A stunning set from Machine – not the late 70s disco group, but a combo who were essentially the backing group for The Whatnauts – stepping out here in their own album of raw New Jersey funk! The set's a stunner right from the start – and features production by George Kerr, who gives the whole thing the same feel as the best Whatnauts material on All-Platinum – that unique blend of raw and sweet, funky and mellow – although in this case, probably a lot more funky overall! The Whatnauts guest on vocals at a few points, but the main vibe of the set is instrumental – with amazing guitar, bass, and drums that really set the grooves on fire. Titles include "World", "Why Can't People", "Time Is Running Out", "Only People Can Save The World", "Boots In The Snow", "Trails", and "Lock Your Door". CD features two bonus tracks – edits of "Time Is Running Out" and "World". CD

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New MandrillComposite Truth ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
Although some of the albums that Mandrill made were a bit weak, and had too much hippy-dippy stuff, this one is one of their best albums, and has a nice hard funky sound that they didn't always match. The album includes the funky break classic track "Fencewalk", plus other groovers like "Hang Loose", and "Don't Mess with People". Nice reissue, on good US vinyl! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob MarleyLegend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers ... CD
Island, 1970s. Used ... $2.99
While we're not big on career retrospective best of's, especially artists like Marley, whose been collected over & over, this is actually a respectable set, and the vinyl's pretty darn hard to get ahold of anymore. Includes 14 classics, like "Get Up Stand Up", "Exodus", "Stir It Up", "Is This Love", "No Woman No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Three Little Birds", "Buffalo Soldier", "One Love/People Get Ready", "I Shot The Sheriff", 'Waiting In Vain", "Satisfy My Soul" and "Redemption Song". CD
Also available Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers ... CD 1.99

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New Bob MarleyLegend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers ... CD
Island, 1970s. Used ... $1.99
While we're not big on career retrospective best of's, especially artists like Marley, whose been collected over & over, this is actually a respectable set, and the vinyl's pretty darn hard to get ahold of anymore. Includes tons of classics, like "Get Up Stand Up", "Exodus", "Stir It Up", "Easy Skanking", "Is This Love", "No Woman No Cry", "Could You Be Loved", "Three Little Birds", "Buffalo Soldier", "One Love/People Get Ready", "I Shot The Sheriff", 'Waiting In Vain", "Satisfy My Soul" and "Redemption Song". CD
Also available Legend – The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers ... CD 2.99

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Barbara MasonTransition ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Transition is right – as the cover has Barbara floating above a Curtis Mayfield-ish scene of drugs, war, gambling, and Satan – a really righteous image that beautifully sums up the vibe of the record! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philly – with excellent arrangements from Norman Harris, Richard Rome, and Bobby Eli – who all bring in a slight blacksploitation vibe to match the image on the cover – easily the funkiest setting that Barbara Mason ever had! But the real star here is the lady herself – who's pushed herself beyond the little girl soul themes of a few years before, to take on a host of societal issues with a surprisingly righteous vibe – mostly on tracks she penned herself. The song titles sum up lots of the energy of the record – and include "World in a Crisis", "Trigger Happy People", "The Devil is Busy", "Sunday Saint (Weekday Sinner)", "Half Sister Half Brother", and "Time Is Running Out". A real surprise from Barbara Mason – and a great one too! CD

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Masquerade/Boris MidneyPinocchio/Black Russian – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1979/1983. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
A pair of Boris Midney disco classics – back to back in a single set! First up is the Pinocchio album from Masquerade – a pretty wild batch of disco tunes – a suite of tracks loosely based around the Pinocchio theme, with vocals by the group Masquerade and arrangements by Boris Midney! The project's definitely got all the best Midney hallmarks in place – especially his penchant for longer tracks with lots of instrumental flourishes – the kind of grooves that build in a slow sort of way, and really let the vocals layer in with the rhythms! The style has lots of echoes of the best Canadian disco modes of the time – and titles include "Cat Tails", "Open The Secret Door", "LOVE/RSVP", and "I'm Attached To You". CD also features a bonus set of Francois K Edits – two different longer medley numbers of tracks from the album! The Black Russian album is even stranger – an ambitious project in which Boris Midney attempts to merge the life and work of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin with his usual style of disco grooves! The record was only partially finished back in the early 80s – but the handful of tracks stand here not only as testament to Midney's inventiveness for the clubs, but also his persistence in keeping a disco groove alive in any sort of setting. Titles include "A Child Is Born", "Now Is The Time", "Every Kind Of People", and "Pushkin's Theme". CD

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Mass ProductionWelcome To Our World/Believe ... CD
Cotillion/Expansion (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of gems from this great 70s funk ensemble! The group may be named Mass Production, but on Welcome To Our World, their sound is anything but – a really special fusion of key instrumental talents and vocal elements – all brought together in one of the tightest ensemble funk grooves of the time! Mass Production draw a bit from an Earth Wind & Fire tradition – especially some spiritual undercurrents to hold themselves together – but they've also got some of the fuller funk elements of the best dancefloor combos of the time – like Fatback, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun – all of whom would be a great comparison with this smoking debut. The instrumentation is razor-sharp, and never dips into any disco cliches at all – and at times, the guitars alone leave us breathless – as they chug forcefully over the rhythms, and really propel the tunes into the skies. Two of the best groovers include "I Like To Dance" and "Fun In The Sun" – and other titles include "Magic", "Wine-flow Disco", "Our Thought (To The World)", and "Just A Song". Believe is a massive stormer from Mass Production – a set that has the group's full, funky sound hitting right on the money for most of the cuts – then stepping back to let in a few mellower moments too! These guys were definitely at the top of their game at this point – moving in territory that rivals the tightness of other big funk groups, like Brass Construction or T-Connection – but with some occasional deeper soul sides that show up nicely on the slower cuts. Titles include the sweet moogy number "Cosmic Lust", which we really love – plus "Free & Happy", "I Believe In Music", "We Love You", "Superlative" and "People Get Up". CD

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Curtis MayfieldSweet Exorcist ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderfully wicked album from Curtis Mayfield – one that's not nearly as famous as his Superfly set, but which is every bit as great! The groove here is lean, mean, and totally righteous – a bit more stripped-down than some of the rumbling funk of other Curtom efforts, and served up with a fluid groove that makes the album a killer from start to finish! As with Superfly, there's a nice blend here between uptight funky tracks and some more laidback soul – showcasing both sides of the Curtis Mayfield sound of the 70s – the brash society-changing soul, and the mellower, more fragile voice that first came to prominence in The Impressions. Titles alone tell you the vibe of the record – and they include "Ain't Got Time", "To Be Invisible", "Kung Fu", "Suffer", "Power to the People", and "Make Me Believe In You". CD

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Eugene McDanielsOutlaw ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An incredible step forward for 60s soul singer Gene McDaniels – so much so, that most folks hearing this album can't believe he's the same guy who recorded for Liberty Records a few years before! The album's incredibly righteous right from the start – and has a genre-busting quality that isn't quite soul, but isn't rock or anything else either – and instead, the kind of progressive, "years ahead of its time" sort of set that guys like David Axelrod were cutting in the same stretch. Apart from the title, the whole record's got a strong political message that's probably best embodied in the statement on the back – "Under conditions of national emergency, like now, there are only two kinds of people – those who work for freedom, and those who do not – the good guys vs the bad guys". With words like that, you can definitely bet that Eugene is on the side of the good guys – really pushing a social agenda with some wonderfully-penned tunes on the album – set to cool musical backdrops from the equally-righteous William S Fischer. Titles include "Love Letter To America", "Black Boy", "Outlaw", and "Sagittarius Red". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ellen McIlwaineUp From The Skies – The Polydor Years ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
Long-overdue collection that brings together the classic Polydor recordings of the great Ellen McIlwaine! Ellen's style is a totally unique mixture of folk, funk, and jazzy singing – and although she's beyond comparison, we might put her in the same camp as Joyce, Linda Lewis, or Joni Mitchell. The tracks on the CD are a mix of styles – and although you may know groovers like "Jimmy Jean" or "Up From The Skies" – there's lots of other great stuff on here that shows the full range of Ellen's talent. Her guitar playing is excellent, and her voice has an amazing range that puts her up with some of the best singers of the 70's. This 21 track CD includes "Jimmy Jean", "Sliding", "Pinebo", "Wings Of A Dove", "All To You", "Toehold", "We The People", and the previously unreleased track "It's Growing". Nice notes, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Marshall McLuhan/Jerome AgelMedium Is The Massage ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Sealed ... $24.99
A real mind-trip – and an incredible document of the times – not just ideas floating around in the late 60s, but also new ways of making records too! The album is loosely based around ideas and writings from The Medium Is The Massage – McLuhan's important 1967 book, co-written with Quentin Fiore – and represented here as a wild sound collage that blends together music, sounds, media snippets, and readings by McLuhan, Fiore, and a host of other voices! The album's actually much more of a "happening" than a spoken word album – a real studio party that's cut up and messed up by all the added effects, sounds, and music – genius that comes from Jerome Agel, who put the whole project together – and delivered it to the loving hands of John Simon, who produced some other wonderful records of this nature for late 60s Columbia. A real delight throughout – and the kind of an album we wish people still kept making! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing – sealed!)

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Medeski, Martin & WoodCombustication ... LP
Blue Note, 1998. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
Seminal sounds from the great Medeski, Martin, & Wood – a Blue Note date that has the trio pushing forward even more strongly than before! The set has the band playing a great mix of haunting funky keyboard tracks, augmented at times by turntablist mixing and deep soulful production techniques – but in a way that's not nearly as dated as some of their contemporaries. The best moments on the record have a stellar electric spacey groove that sounds like it was lifted from a 70's CTI classic and infused with a 90's post hip-hop funk sensibility. Titles include "Sugar Craft", "Nocturne", "Start Stop", "Everyday People", "Coconut Boogaloo", "Latin Shuffle", and "Church Of Logic". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersRejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album alone – plus other nice ones like "Jungle Man", "Africa", "What'cha Say", and the perennial New Orleans favorite "Hey Pocky A Way". Also features the incredible funk jam "It Ain't No Use" – a monster track that's nearly 12 minutes long! Plus, the CD features 2 bonus tracks, single versions of "Hey Pocky A-Way" and "People Say"! CD

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New Monday MichiruBrasilified ... CD
Billboard (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $24.99
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a vibrant sort of energy that's very different than not only other singers of Brazilian music, but also from most of Michiru's contemporaries on the underground scene! The instrumentation is quite jazzy throughout – thanks to arrangements from Simone Giuliani and Alex Sipiagin – but there's also plenty of groove, too – a great mix of Brazilian roots and jazzier funk, of the sort you'd find on older projects from guys like Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge. Monday's vocals sound better than ever in this setting – really reaching for the skies with a new sense of glory – and titles include "Zanzibar", "Bossamore", "Celebrate", "New Morning", "Beautiful People", "Sunrise", "Things I Say", and "Bedtime Story". CD

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New Blue MitchellHeads Up! ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty pressing. Cover has some wear, and splitting with an address sticker on the front.)

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Airto MoreiraI'm Fine, How Are You? ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A lot smoother than most of Airto's other work – and almost more of a soul record than a jazz one – but also a great batch of grooves with a really spirited feel! Airto's percussion is still relatively up front in the mix, and smooth funky LA arrangements take the album to a warm soulful place – giving the more uptempo tracks a tight dancefloor groove that's still kept a bit rootsy by all the acoustic percussion. Tom Scot lays down great solos on two tracks – "I'm Fine, How Are You" and "The Road Is Hard (But We're Going To Make It)" – and other good tracks include "The Happy People" and "Celebration Suite". CD

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Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater's on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include "Sweat", "Lord Sideways", "Sweet Sister Funk", and a nice version of "People Make The World Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shirley NanetteNever Coming Back ... LP
Truth & Soul, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A gem of a female soul album from the 70s – recorded in Texas by singer Shirley Nanette, but issued on a tiny label and never circulated at the time! The music here is all handled by guitarist Hanc Swarn – who'd worked with Earl Grant, and helped create that cool syncopated groove that made Grant a favorite with the steppers – a style that's expanded here into some funkier 70s modes, which really let's Nanette's vocals soar! Shirley's hardly the rootsy singer you'd expect from the Texas scene – as she's sometimes got this poise and class that almost rivals Nancy Wilson or Marlena Shaw, but can also hit these badass modes when the tunes get funkier too. The set's great – way more than just another rarity, and the kind of overlooked 70s gem we'd rank right up there with lost indie soul treasures by Mike James Kirkland or Penny Goodwin. Titles include "Give & Take", "Limelight", "Tropic Of Love", "I'm So Glad", "Heaven On Earth", "People Are Thinking", and "Yours Truly Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP 9.99

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP
RCA, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary little funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD 7.99

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Nite-LitersNite-Liters ... LP
RCA, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Stone funky funky! This is an excellent reissue of the Nite Liters' classic first album, and a monster batch of funky instrumentals that we'd put up there with the great Meters records on Josie, or the classic JBs LPs on People! There's lots of hard drums, choppy guitars, and good funky grooves. The tracks are short and hard, with the kind of raw funk groove that you buy rare funk LPs for. Tracks include "Itchy Brother", "Snap Your Twig", "Down & Dirty", "The Heckler", and "Stuff N It". LP, Vinyl record album

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Notorious BIG & OthersDuets – The Final Chapter ... CD
Bad Boy, 2005. Used ... $3.99
The Biggie "duets" project is actually a lot bigger than just duets – with very few tracks that feature only Biggie and another voice, and many with a long list of names! The roster includes most of the biggest names in the hip hop game – and some other dead people, too. Guests include Diddy, Eminem, Mary J Blige, Missy Elliot, Scarface, Nelly, 2Pac, Nas, R Kelly, Bob Marley, Faith Evans, Jay-Z and more. 22 tracks in all (including intro & outro): "It Has Been Said" feat Diddy, Eminem & Obie Trice, "Spit Your Game" feat Twista & Bone Thugs N Harmony, "Get Your Grind On" feat Big Pun, Fat Joe & Freeway, "Living The Life" feat Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Faith Evans & others, "1970 Somethin'" feat Game & Faith Evans, "Living In Pain" feat 2Pac, Mary J Blige & Nas, "Beef" feat Mobb Deep, "Ultimate Rush" feat Missy Elliot, "Just A Memory" feat Clipse and more! CD

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OdysseyHappy Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
A really nice step forward for Odyssey – a record that's a bit tighter and more electric than previous sets, but which also has a nice sort of depth as well! These guys manage to balance a love of the hook with all the right sort of touches to keep the cuts from ever being too poppy or commercial – a balance that may well come from the album's great lineup of instrumentalists – who include Gary Bartz on alto, Bobby Eli on guitar, Marcus Miller on bass, and even some help from Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards on one track too. Titles include a surprisingly good funky soul cover of The Turtles' "Happy Together" – plus "Together", "Inside Out", "Happy People", "Love's Alright", and "Magic Touch". CD features bonus tracks – "Inside Out (single)", "Together (single)", "Magic Touch (single)", "Happy People (single)", "Inside Out (12" version)", and "Magic Touch (12" version)". CD

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O'JaysBack Stabbers ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1972. Very Good ... $7.99
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoulstatus! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear. Top seam has a small split.)

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O'JaysSurvival ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Not one of their most classic Philly LPs, but still a nice batch of soul tracks with the usual perfect Gamble-Huff production, and harmonies that definitely go the distance! Tracks include "What Am I Waiting For", "Give The People What They Want", "Rich Get Richer", and "Never Break Us Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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OZFever For The Flavor ... LP
Ubad, 1990. Sealed ... $14.99
Lost early 90s Chicago hip hop. 12 tracks in all, including "Legit", "Riding On E", "Fever For The Flavor", "It's A Black Thang", "Something For The People", "Z The Hard Way" and "Jimmy Make Her Happy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a tear on the spine.)

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PagesFuture Street ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $21.99
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at their best – catchy, but never too commercial – a way of using all the best elements of the 70s studio scene to craft a sound that's professional and tight, but definitely deeper than usual. The set's a great counterpart to albums by folks like Bobby Caldwell or Gino Vannelli – and titles include "I Do Believe In You", "Future Street", "Who's Right Who's Wrong", "Keep On Movin", "Two People", and "The Sailor's Song". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth degree on the cover – which has a front image of a young Asian boy eating a big watermelon, Sambo-style – and the back cover features notes that say things like "Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues." Fortunately, this comic packaging doesn't affect the album too much – as Junior's still in the fine form he was at the end of the 60s, cruising between blues and soul, with a slight touch of jazz, in a unique way that sounds better to our ears than the work of most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Five Long Years", "That's Alright", "Way Back Home", "Man Or Mouse", and "I Like Your Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used ... $4.99
Van Dyke Parks' masterpiece – and one of the hippest records to come out of LA in the 60s! The album's a strangely anachronistic one – steeped in the kind of past-days scoring found on early records by Harpers Bizarre and Randy Newman (both of which Parks had a hand in!), wrapped around simply poetic songs about the scene and state of affairs in late 60s LA, all handled with a cinematic approach that's aging Hollywood at its best! Titles include Randy Newman's "Vine Street" – plus "By The People", "Laurel Canyon Blvd", "Donovan's Colours", and "The All Golden". CD

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PersuasionsStreet Corner Symphony ... LP
Capitol, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A Capella revival material from this legendary 70s ensemble. This album's possibly their best, and features the sort of mix of material – gospel, soul, and rock – that made them big with the crossover crowd. Includes Dylan's "The Man In Me", Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready", Sam Cooke's "Good Times", and "Buffalo Soldier" – plus the group's successful "Temptations Medley". LP, Vinyl record album
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PharaohsAwakening (Japanese paper sleeve edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scarab/Shout (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of spirit you'd guess from the group's name and the album's cover image – but often served up with a tight enough groove to make the set a favorite for fans of funk as well! There's a really special mix going on here – and unlike other ensembles of the time, The Pharoahs never go too far out – and instead really have the great sort of focus you'd hear even more strongly with Earth Wind & Fire. The lineup features Louis Satterfield on bass, Willie Woods on trombone, Don Myrick on saxes, Black Herman on drums, and Derf Reklaw on percussion and flute – and titles include "Ibo", "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Damballa", "Freedom Road", "Great House", and "Black Enuff". CD features some great bonus tracks too – "Love & Happiness", "The Pharoahs Love Y'All", "People Make The World Go Round", and "In The Basement". CD

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Esther PhillipsAnd I Love Him (pink cover) ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good ... $11.99
The classic Atlantic LP that turned Esther from a rough-hewn, junkie, juvenile R&B singer into a sensitive interpreter of ballads, standards, and pop tracks. Her version of the Beatles title track is amazing, and she sings it with a fragility and sensitivity that Lennon and McCartney could only dream of. There's loads of other great cuts on here too – like "If You Love Me, Really Love Me", "Too Soon To Know", and "Make Believe Dreams" – and the arrangements are by Ray Ellis and Mort Garson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "People". Cover has some wear and a light stain on one corner.)

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Wilson PickettHey Jude (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
Wilson Pickett at Fame Studios – an unbeatable mix that yields up one of his greatest albums ever! All the best elements of Pickett's strength at Atlantic Records are firmly in place here – hard, raw vocals at the front, supported by funky accompaniment from Fame Studios regulars, plus a bit of vocals from The Sweet Inspirations – all tied together by near-perfect production from the legendary Rick Hall! But best of all, the tracks here are all winners through and through – mostly penned by the cream of the crop of southern-tinged soulsters of the time – including George Jackson, Bobby Womack, Raymond Moore, and the team of Isaac Hayes & David Porter. Of course, Lennon & McCartney contributed the title track "Hey Jude" – which Wilson redoes here with the same soulful inflection that Ike & Tina were bringing to some of the 60s rock cannon at the end of the decade – and other titles include "Save Me", "My Own Style Of Loving", "Toe Hold", "People Make The World", "A Man & A Half", and "Sit Down & Talk This Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pretty & NiceQ_Q/On & On (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Equal Vision, 2013. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
"Q_Q" from the Golden Rules For Golden People record, plus the exclusive "On & On". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Prince PaulPrince Among Thieves – clean promo version ... LP
Tommy Boy, 1999. Near Mint- ... $8.99
On this double LP Prince Paul delivers one of the funniest and most original hip hop projects we've heard in a long while. He puts together a hip hop b-movie, along the lines of Lightning Rod's legendary "Hustler's Convention." "Prince Among Thieves" goes through the journey of the journey of an MC, Tariq (played by Breezly Brewin' of Jugganauts), to get signed. And along the way he encounters all the usual subplots of drugs, sex, violence, and betrayal. In addition to Breeze, Prince Paul uses whole batch of MC's (including Sadat X, RZA, Biz Markie, Everlast as Officer Bitchkowsky, and Kool Keith as a gun-selling ex-marine) and industy people form Rodd Houston to Wendy Day. Prince Paul is definitely one of hip hop's unsung creative forces – from his start with Stetsasonic, to his work with De La Soul, to Resident Alien on his short-lived Do Dew Man label and the Gravedigga's and Psychoanalysis projects. Don't miss this destined-to-be-classic LP. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a Tommy Boy sleeve.)

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Michael Ray & The Cosmic KreweMichael Ray & The Cosmic Krewe ... CD
Evidence, 1994. Used ... $5.99
Trumpter Ray is one of the competing heirs to the Sun Ra legacy – having worked with Ra in the later years of the Arkestra, and currently pushing the space visions and jazz freedoms embraced by Ra in his work. This session is a mix of Ra-type playing with some of Ray's New Orleans-fueled jazz – a bit funky at strange points, and also with certain rootsy touches. Titles include "Pathology", "Echoes Of Boat People", "Island In Space", "Beans & Rice", "Rhythm & More", "Discipline 27", and "Carefree". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Rhythms Of LoveErotica – An Experimental High Fidelity Recording Featuring The Sounds & Rhythms Of Erotic Love ... LP
Fax, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Quite a weird one! The record clearly features people having sex – and you can hear a woman making some especially pleasurable noises – but the producers of the set have also chosen to overdub the sound of drumming and tribal chants, probably in an attempt to slightly mask the pornographic content of the album. The resulting sound is still pretty darn wild, though – and the added drums make the record even more silly, especially when you hear a bed start to squeak! Not for sale to minors. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee RitenourRit ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! Harvey Mason provides some great heavy drums, and also helped Lee produce – which gives the record a sharp, soulful focus that's like some of Harvey's own great records of the time – an undercurrent of funk that more than helps keep the Ritenour vocals moving along! Titles include "Mr Briefcase", "Countdown", "Good Question", "Dreamwalk", "Is It You", and "Just Tell Me Pretty Lies". CD

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Max RoachLift Every Voice and Sing ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A beautiful blend of jazz, voices, and soul – a landmark record in Max Roach's vocal experimental tradition, and a fitting companion piece to Billy Harper's classic Capra Black album – an equally soulful blend of styles! Like Capra Black, this set features Harper's sharp and soulful tenor up against a choir of voices – blowing on hard-hitting soul jazz arrangements handled by Max Roach, of the style he used on some of his classic early 60s sides for Impulse and Candid. The tracks are long, Harper's in top form, and the group also includes Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet and George Cables on piano – ultra hip cats, always! Cuts include "Motherless Child", "Let Thy People Go", and "Troubled Waters. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker and cutout notch.)

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Eric RobersonAppetizer ... CD
Blue Erro Soul, 2005. New Copy ... $9.99
If this is an appetizer, we can't wait until the full meal! Eric Roberson initially put this set together to whet people's appetite for his next album – which is still a long way off – but in doing so, he realized that he had way more tracks than he thought for the original EP, and he decided to release the set as a full album by itself! The set sports 10 tracks in all – and like Roberson's work on the excellent Vault albums, there's a personal, heartfelt style here that blows away most other male soul singers working today. Each tune is accompanied by some great notes by Eric that let you really get inside his head – and which show why he's one of the hippest, smartest singers working today. Titles include "What I Gotta Do", "Painkiller", "Hesitation", "Momma Told Me", "The Moon", "We Can't Pretend", "For Da Love Of Da Game", and "Just A Dream". CD

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RoctoberIssue #27 – Psychedelic Superhero Issue (88 pages) ... Magazine
Roctober, 2000. New Copy ... $2.99 4.00
Epic DJ Fontana (elvis presley's 50s-70s drummer) interview. The (pre-industrial) Wax Trax Records story – including the saga of the Jonny iii (Wax Trax house band). Czech prog-gods Plastic People Of the Universe interviewed. Little Richard is Jewish! 1950s country star Marvin Rainwater interviewed. The return, and self-destruction, of the Misfits. Flaming Lips interview. Don "Sugarcane" Harris obituary. Screaming Jay Hawkins obituary. David Lee Roth comix. 1960s psychedelic comic books explored. Interview with Gregg Gellar, master compilation producer, focusing on his "Sammy Davis Jr.-Yes I Can" box set, as well as the ins and outs of comp production. Plus Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, rock & wrestling, comix and Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. as you've always imagined them! Magazine

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Annie RossGypsy ... CD
Pacific Jazz (UK), 1962. Used ... $11.99
A tremendous album from Annie Ross – a new recording of songs from the musical Gypsy, done in versions that are far superior to any that you may have previously heard! Backings are by Buddy Bregman, and Annie's cool and swinging vocals really works magic with tunes like "Some People", "Let Me Entertain You", "Together", "Small World", and "Everything's Coming Up Roses". CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode, promo stamp on CD.)

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San Remo Golden StringsHungry For Love ... LP
Ric Tic, Late 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
The name on this one sounds cheesy – but the record's actually a great batch of Detroit soul instrumentals, with way more of a Northern Soul groove than you'd expect! The San Remo Golden Strings were a group of Detroit soul musicians – kind of similar to the Soulful Strings of Chicago Cadet fame, using strings to create a soulful stepping groove, but given a more exotic name here to "class" things up a bit. "Hungry For Love" is one of the group's most enduring instrumental tracks, the kind that you'll hear on some of those Goldmine collections filled with rare non-vocal soul tracks. The rest of the record features some original grooves – like "Joy Road", "Lonely One", and "I'm Satisfied" – as well as some San Remoed versions of tracks like "Everybody Loves A Lover", "People", and "Blueberry Hil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)
 
 
 



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