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5th DimensionPortrait ... LP
Buddah, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
A wonderful record by The 5th Dimension – hip, sophisticated, and one that shows that they had a depth that went beyond simple soul harmonies! The proof of this is the group's killer track "One Less Bell To Answer", one of the frankest songs about adult love and breakup to ever crack the charts in the 60s – but there's plenty of other gems, including "Puppet Man", "Feelin Alright", "A Love Like Ours", "Save The Country", "Dimension 5ive", and the extended medley of "The Declaration/Change Is Gonna Come/People Got To Be Free". Arrangements are by producer Bones Howe, with the team of Bob Alcivar and Bill Holman – both of whom helped to shape the group's sound nicely in the post-Jimmy Webb years. LP, Vinyl record album

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FlashbackIssue 3 – Spring 2013 ... Magazine
Flashback (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Flashing back with a flurry of under-discovered work from the late 60s and early 70s – a treasure trove of words and images that well warrants the large size of this book-style magazine! Mighty Baby grace the cover – and the issue also features long pieces on Syd Barrett and the Making Of Madcap Laughs, The Common People, and Tripsichord Music Box – plus a long feature of 50 Singer-Songwriter Classics Everyone Should Hear! There's also a detailed discussion of Mono Vs Stereo – and Richie Unterberger looks at a host of rock autobiographies. Lots of other reviews, features, and more – full color, over 200 pages. Magazine

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Frank FosterLoud Minority ... CD
Mainstream/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the most amazing albums ever from Frank Foster – a totally righteous set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with the Basie Band! The format here is right up there with the best on Strata East at the time – a large-group session that's filled with some of the hippest players of the early 70s – all coming together with a joyous, spiritual sense of power! Foster's in the lead on tenor and soprano sax, but other players include Cecil Bridgewater and Hannibal Marvin Peterson on trumpets, Harold Mabern on keyboards, Elvin Jones on drums, Dick Griffin on trombone, Stanley Clarke on bass, Airto on percussion, and even Dee Dee Bridgewater on vocals! Tracks are all quite long and flowing – spiritual expressions of jazz that rival the greatness of anything recorded for Impulse – and titles include "The Loud Minority", "Requiem For Dusty", "JP's Thing", and "EW – Beautiful People". CD

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Four FreshmenDifferent Strokes ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sublime 60s work from The Four Freshmen – a record that's very different than their 50s classics, but in a wonderful way! The Freshmen had had a key influence on the sound of sunshine pop in the 60s – a fact that was often noted by Brian Wilson, who'd wanted the Beach Boys to sound like the Freshmen in the early days – and by other groups, who'd said that the group's harmonies were a key factor in their sound. Here, the Freshmen get a chance to turn the tables, and sing in a groovy groovy style that's almost an older jazz harmony approximation of the sunshine pop sound. For the set, they've got some great arrangements by Mike Melvoin, who also produced the record – and they come off with some excellent versions of tunes that include "Everyday People", "Hey Jude", "I Will Wait For You", "Bitter Honey", "A Man & A Woman", "Faces", and "It's Not Unusual". LP, Vinyl record album

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Four FreshmenFunny How Time Slips Away ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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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FoxyFoxy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dash/Big Break (UK), 1976. Used ... $9.99
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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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
(Cover has some wear, with a small split on the top seam.)

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New Eddie GaleBlack Rhythm Happening (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
One of the most righteous albums of jazz ever recorded – a brilliant blend of soulful and avant garde styles, backed up by a chorus of voices that have a really soulful sound! The album's the second recorded for Blue Note by the Ghetto Music ensemble of trumpeter Eddie Gale – a lesser-known talent who recorded previously with Cecil Taylor, but who made a turn away from modernism at the end of the 60s, in order to express himself at a level that he felt was more clearly grounded in the people. The result of that effort is sheer brilliance – an album that sounds like nothing else you can imagine. Part of the style shares the energy of similar vocal/jazz projects by Max Roach and Billy Harper, but Gale's conception of the music is much more dynamic, and very carefully rooted in song structures – with a sound that's as powerful today as it was when it was recorded! Titles include "Ghetto Love Night", "Song Of Will", "Ghetto Summertime", "Black Rhythm Happening", and "Look At Teyonda". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gap BandGap Band VII ... LP
Total Experience, 1985. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sweet electro funk from The Gap Band – a group who are still grooving strong here, hitting the best of their Total Experience modes! The trio's mighty tight throughout – and their familiar funk is augmented by some electro touches that definitely keep things fresh – and we mean that in the best mid-80s use of the word! A bit of an old school influence comes into the vocals at points – which are spoken as much as sung on some cuts – and as always, The Gap Band really show their strength with the kind of catchy chorus that works great with a bassy groove. Titles include a great ballad reworking of "Going In Circles" – plus the groovers "Lil Red Funkin Hood", "Automatic Brain", "Desire", "Bumpin Gum People", and "I Know We'll Make It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Luis GascaCollage ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
A standout classic from trumpeter Luis Gasca – and a set that may well be the artists' most complete musical vision of the 70s! The group here is larger than on previous records, and Gasca's dropped a bit of his Latin roots in exchange for a soaring, slightly spiritual sound put together by arranger Don Menza – who's really at the top of his game here! There's a perfection and poise that's almost like CTI or Kudu at their best – almost a bit above the usual Fantasy Records session like this from the 70s, too! Other players include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Menza and Hadley Caliman on reeds, Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Harvey Mason on some mighty nice drums – which makes for more than a bit of funk in the mix. Titles include the sweet vibes/Rhodes number "Kathy", the stepper "Sara", and the tracks "Visions", "The Way I Feel Sometimes", "Patrice", "Collage", and "Night People". CD

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New Dexter GordonTower Of Power! ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Dexter Gordon certainly was a tower of power by this point – as his lengthy 60s stay in Europe helped him to work work work, and season his playing considerably – to a point at which he emerged as a masterful soloist far beyond the limits of his early bop recordings! This session features Dexter back with an American group – one that features Barry Harris on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums – plus a very welcome James Moody on tenor on one track, "Monmartre", blowing in that raspier tone of the late 60s we love so much! Other titles include "Stanley The Steamer", "The Rainbow People", and "Those Were The Days" – all nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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GP WuDon't Go Against The Grain ... CD
MCA, 1998. Used ... $6.99
Tracks include "Smoking", "1st Things First", "Two Gats Up", "Blow Up", "Party People", "If Only You knew", "Hit Me With That Sh*t", "Hip Hop", "Chamber Danger", "Underground Emperor", "Life Bid", "Don't Go Against The Grain", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", and "Black On Black Crime". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct 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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Herbie HancockSecrets ... CD
Columbia, 1976. Used ... $5.99
Soulful 70s work from Herbie Hancock – a record that tightens things up from the Headhunters and Sextant sessions, but which still retains a lot of their depth and charm! Players here including some previous partners – like Bennie Maupin on reeds and Paul Jackson on bass – plus the mighty Wah Wah Watson on guitars, James Levi on drums, Kenneth Nash on percussion, and Ray Parker on additional guitar. Tracks are tightly electric fusion, but still have some of the sharper tones of Herbie's electric work – weird moogy moments mixed into more straight ahead funk – all with a sound that's not unlike some of Ramsey Lewis' best Columbia work of the period. Herbie plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, clavinet, mini-moog, and more – and titles include "Doin' It", "Spider", "Swamp Rat", "People Music", and a remake of "Cantelope Island" that's pretty darn tasty! CD
(Out of print original pressing.)

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Julius HemphillCoon Bid'ness ... CD
Freedom (UK), 1972/1975. Used ... $14.99
2 different sessions by Julius Hemphill – one from 1975, with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, and Abdul Wadud; the other from 1972, with Bluiett, Wadud, and Baikida Carroll. The 1972 session's a bit more interesting, and was recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain (of all people!). It's one long track entitled "The Hard Blues", and has an excellent mix of styles, emotions, and voices – with all the players getting in some beautiful solo moments. The 1975 session's not too bad either, but it's just a little too self-consciously out, and lacks the warmth of the other piece. Other tracks include "Skin 2", "Lyric", "Reflections", and "Skin One". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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Patrick HernandezBorn To Be Alive (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Cherry Pop (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
Patrick Hernandez looks a bit silly on the cover here – almost like some 70s reject for the role of Doctor Who – but the album's got a tight disco groove that's right in keeping with his other work from the time, and with the French club scene from which he sprang! Some of the best moments here mix a Giorgio Moroder-like keyboard style with some driving Munich Machine grooves – but warm things up in the way that made Paris disco a bit different from other 70s sounds on the European scene – maybe a bit more emphasis on the hooks, or on playful melodic elements in the music. Titles include "Born To Be Alive", "Disco Queen", "I Give You Rendezvous", "Show Me The Way You Kiss", and "It Comes So Easy". CD features bonus tracks – "Too Many People", "Back In Time", "Born To Be Alive (single)", and "Born To Be Alive (12" disco mix)". CD

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Honey ConeTake Me With You ... LP
Hot Wax, 1970. Very Good ... $14.99
A brilliant early set from Honey Cone – and a perfect illustration of the way the trio really moved past simple girl group modes of the 60s! There's a bold, proud, righteous tone to the record right from the start – thanks to these soaringly soulful vocals from the girls, and these fuzzy arrangements from Tony Camillo – who seems to borrow a bit from the more righteous modes of Norman Whitfield at Motown, then give things a bit more of a girl soul twist! The combination is amazing, and the album's rock-solid all the way through – filled with great original tunes that really keep a unified feel throughout – and titles include "Are You Man Enough", "Take Me With You", "Girls It Ain't Easy", "While You're Out Looking For Sugar", "The Feeling's Gone", "Sunday Morning People", and "Take My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam with pieces of clear tape and a stain on one corner.)
Also available Take Me With You (with bonus track) ... CD 19.99

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Honey ConeTake Me With You (with bonus track) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
A brilliant early set from Honey Cone – and a perfect illustration of the way the trio really moved past simple girl group modes of the 60s! There's a bold, proud, righteous tone to the record right from the start – thanks to these soaringly soulful vocals from the girls, and these fuzzy arrangements from Tony Camillo – who seems to borrow a bit from the more righteous modes of Norman Whitfield at Motown, then give things a bit more of a girl soul twist! The combination is amazing, and the album's rock-solid all the way through – filled with great original tunes that really keep a unified feel throughout – and titles include "Are You Man Enough", "Take Me With You", "Girls It Ain't Easy", "While You're Out Looking For Sugar", "The Feeling's Gone", "Sunday Morning People", and "Take My Love". CD features a bonus 7" mix of "While You're Out". CD
Also available Take Me With You ... LP 14.99

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Bobby HutchersonLinger Lane ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Very Good- ... $7.99
A beautiful later Blue Note album from vibist Bobby Hutcherson – a set recorded after his famous association with Harold Land, but with a groove that's wonderfully soulful in a whole different way! Bobby plays marimbas instead of vibes this time around, and he's working with his own arrangements for a slightly larger group – one that has some sweet fusion overtones, and these wonderful mellow funk inflections – so that even the mellow cuts have this warmly glowing, ultra-soulful sound that's mighty nice – a bit like some of the work from Gene Harris around the same time. Other players include Jerry Peters on Fender Rhodes, who also helped out with the arrangements – plus Harvey Mason on drums and Ernie Watts on reeds – and a few tracks feature sweet backing vocals from The Waters. The highlight here is a nice moody extended version of "People Make The World Go Round", but all cuts are great, and titles include "Silver Rondo", "Manzanita", "NTU", and his dark cover of "Theme From MASH". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing. Cover has some light wear, a lightly stained corner, and a partially split top seam.)

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Isley BrothersHarvest For The World (Japanese pressing) ... CD
T Neck/Sony (Japan), 1976. Used ... $9.99
Fantastic Isleys from the mid-70s! The record has the group dropping their heavy funk style (which was sounding a bit tired by this point), and picking up a strident soul groove that buoyed their tracks with a spiritual sound that reminds us of some of the best moments from the Brother Brother Brother album! This one includes the incredible song "Harvest For The World", one of the most anthemic soul songs of the 70s – and a monster groover that mixes message-driven vocals with some tight guitar work. Other tracks include "You Still Feel the Need", "Let Me Down Easy", and "People of Today" – and the whole album's one of the group's best from the 70s! Features a bonus track – a version of"Summer Breeze", recorded live in the studio! CD

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Jackie IvorySoul Discovery ... LP
Atco, 1965. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Obscure organ jazz record by the player who's probably best known to people from the good records he made with Willis Jackson on Prestige. This set's a nice stripped down set of tracks, with Ivory on organ, Paul Renfro on tenor, and Bill Nicks on drums. Good spare organ and tenor lines, with a mix of originals and jazz standards. Tracks include "The Monkey Woman", "Thank Heaven", "Do It To Death", "So What", and "Lonely Avenue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label pressing – very nice!)

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Michael JacksonBen ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Milt JacksonSunflower ... CD
CTI, 1972. Used ... $3.99
Proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI is totally great – a whole new chapter for Jackson's vibes, and a real re-setting of the soulful modes he'd explored as a leader in the 60s. There's a wonderfully warm and chromatic feel to the set from the start – as Milt's vibes are set in fuller arrangements from Don Sebesky – with added instrumentation from Herbie Hancock on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Phil Bodner on reeds. The highlight of the album is a nice long take on "People Make The World Go Round", but it's all pretty sweet, and other titles include nice versions of "Sunflower" and "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life" – and Jackson's own "SKJ" and "For Someone I Love". CD

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New Milt JacksonSunflower (digipack) ... CD
CTI, 1972. Used ... $3.99
Proof that Milt Jackson was easily the hippest member of the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one of the few who could really open up into different sounds away from that combo! This sweet 70s set for CTI is totally great – a whole new chapter for Jackson's vibes, and a real re-setting of the soulful modes he'd explored as a leader in the 60s. There's a wonderfully warm and chromatic feel to the set from the start – as Milt's vibes are set in fuller arrangements from Don Sebesky – with added instrumentation from Herbie Hancock on electric piano, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, and Phil Bodner on reeds. The highlight of the album is a nice long take on "People Make The World Go Round", but it's all pretty sweet, and other titles include nice versions of "Sunflower" and "What Are You Doing For The Rest Of Your Life" – and Jackson's own "SKJ" and "For Someone I Love". CD
(Out of print limited edtion digipack.)
Also available Sunflower ... CD 3.99

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Jazztronik & OthersJazztronica 2 ... CD
Gate (Japan), 2006. Used 2CDs ... $14.99
Jazzy grooves in 2 different flavors – served up nicely in a double-disc set that's compiled and mixed by Jazztronik! The styles here are a bit farther-reaching than their first Jazztronica set – with one CD of "break beats/brokenbeats", tracks that have a more classic jazz funk mode – and a second CD of more house-oriented grooves – both of which are great! The tunes are pulled from the hippest of Jazztronik's contemporaries on the global groove scene – with no fluff, and a great variety of import and underground work! 34 tracks in all – with titles that include "Raw" by Beatfanatic, "Tron" by Wajeed, "Let That Sound Out (Gerd's 4Lux rmx)" by Delgui, "Cat & Mouse" by Hint, "Ronco Da Cuica" by Da Lata, "Conundrum (Phil Asher's Restless Soul bonus beats)" by Landslide & Don Freeman, "Chi Ching (acapella)" by Lady Sovereign, "The Illout" by Kenny Dope", "What's Up With The Underground" by Linkwood, "Late Night Junction" by Stockholm Cyclo, "Can't Do Without" by Peven Everett, "So Let The Wind Come (rmx)" by Kerri Chandler, "Love Is Everywhere (Kyoto Jazz Massive reconstruction)" by Masa Collective, and "The Rain (Rafa's dub)" by Reel People. CD
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Pete Jolly & His TrioHello, Jolly! ... LP
AVA, 1964. Sealed ... $9.99
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)... $16.99 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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Thad JonesDanish Radio Big Band & Eclipse ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1978. New Copy 2CDs ... $14.99 15.99
A pair of 70s gems from Thad Jones – both recorded for the Storyville label in Denmark! First up is Live At The Montmartre – a great live set from Thad Jones and his ultra-hip Danish Radio Big Band – a large group we love even more than Thad's more famous ensemble with drummer Mel Lewis! This group's got lots of European players in the mix, and feels a lot like an MPS ensemble from the late 60s or early 70s – with lots of bold colors, soaring solo energy, and a few breakout grooves that make the album sound especially great overall! In addition to Thad's work on cornet, the set also features stellar horn work from Allan Botschinsky and Idrees Sulieman on trumpets, Richard Boone and Erling Kroner on trombones, Jesper Thilo and Bent Jaedig on reeds, and Ole Kock Hansen on Fender Rhodes – which make an especially nice appearance on a few key tracks. Titles include "Day Dream", "Tip Tope", "New York City", "Kids Are Pretty People", "A Good Time Was Had By All", and "61st & Richit". On Eclipse, Thad Jones is in great European company – leading a large group that's filled with wonderful soloists – all of whom bring a soulful depth to the music, at a level that may well top similar recordings by the Jones/Lewis Big Band! Thad's great ear for color and tone really shapes the proceedings – but it's also the work by the soloists who really make the record sparkle – a lineup that includes work from Idrees Sulieman and Allan Botschinsky on trumpets, Jesper Thilo on alto, Erling Kroner and Vincent Nilsson on trombones, and Ole Kock Hansen on piano. Titles include "Honky Punk", "Baby I Can't Get Over It", "I Hope This Time Isn't The Last", "Arrival", and "La Solitude". CD

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New Kanye WestCollege Dropout ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2004. Used ... $2.99
Kanye West finally dropped the full length in early '04 – and it's one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Kanye is probably the hottest beats producer of the year, too, having dug through the greatest soul hooks of the past few decades for his samples, and piled on the chunkiest, catchiest, thickest beats anywhere. And if he doesn't have the greatest vocal delivery in hop hop (if he did, he'd be Superman considering his production pedigree), he makes up for it with some masterful lines, like "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali?" from "Breath In Breath Out". Hilariously, Kanye also found just about the sharpest theme for a record that we've scene in a while – the tangential connection between gang bangers and frat boys! He ain't granola, he ain't bling bling, he's just a guy from Chicago with a sometimes astoundingly strong production aesthetic, very smart rhymes and a lot of people who owe him great guest spots, and deliver. Were you looking for more than that? It's a triumph, one that Chicago couldn't be more proud of! "We Don't Care", "Graduation Day", "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson, "Spaceship" with GLC & Consequence, "Never Let Me Down" with Jay-Z, "Get 'Em High" with Talib Kweli & Common,"New Work Out Plan", the great single "Slow Jamz" with Twista & Jamie Foxx and more. CD

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King CurtisInstant Groove ... LP
Atco, 1969. Very Good- ... $8.99
An instant groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping number that pushed funk further into the mainstream back in the day – and lots of the rest of the album follows suit, by bringing in some of the rougher King Curtis edges that usually only showed up on b-sides of 45s – while other full albums usually focused on sweeter sounds. There's a few of those here too – but even those tracks have a looser, more personal feel than before – not as much "perfect" soul sax, and a bit more grit. Arrangements are by Arif Mardin and King Curtis – and Duane Allman plays guiter on some cuts! Titles include "The Weight", "Sing A Simple Song", "Instant Groove", "Hey Jude", "Games People Play", "La Jeanne", and "Foot Pattin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a small cutout grommet, and a bit of pen on the front, with some splitting along the bottom on the back and on the bottom seam.)

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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 LabelleWinner In You ... LP
MCA, 1986. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A bit one for Patti Labelle in the 80s – a set that crossed over big at the time, but which still has the lady in very soulful territory! Patti seems to sparkle most here on the mellower cuts – the gentle groovers and laidback ballads that helped open her up to a whole new audience, and which really give her a different sound than her 70s Labelle years. Titles include the Bacharach/Carol Bayer Sager title "On My Own" – sung as a duet with Michael McDonald – plus "Oh People", "There's A Winner In You", "Finally We're Back Together", "Beat My Heart Like A Drum", "Kiss Away The Pain", "Something Special", and "You're Mine Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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LAMPShades Of Green ... CD
Peng (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet collaboration from Lamp – a duo that features Andy Compton of The Rurals, and singer Ladybird – who's worked before with Soldiers Of Twilight and Llorca! Ladybird's got this sweetly slinky style of singing – and Compton's grooves here are a bit more laidback than with The Rurals – less house in the rhythms at times, and a bit more jazz funk – but of the smooth variety that really works perfectly with the lyrics! Some of The Rurals join in for backing, giving the record a solid groove that definitely holds up to the Compton legacy – and titles include "My People", "Love The Love", "Only You Know", "Fly Baby Fly", "Sun & The Moon", "Springtime", and "Your Fortune". CD

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Last PoetsLast Poets/This Is Madness (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Douglas/Snapper (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 17.98
The first two Last Poets albums back to back in one great 2CD set! The Last Poets is the first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – and as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as tight as Gil Scott-Heron's first album! The group here is the key second lineup of the ensemble of wordsmiths – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja – and most cuts feature only spare percussion backing over the spoken protest poetry – delivered with a brutal edge that really sums up the righteous politics of the time. Titles include "Run, N*gger", "On The Subway", "When The Revolution Comes", "Jones Comin' Down", "Black Thighs", "N*ggers Are Scared Of Revolution", and "Wake Up, N*ggers" – all of which should give you a good picture of what's going on with the record! This Is Madness is one of the Last Poets' greatest albums – and one of their most sophisticated as well! Gone are the rough-hewn rhymes of the group's first album, and in their place are better arranged, more thought-out tracks that mix in a wealth of musical influences – and which expand the group's verbal expression past simple protests, and into the realm of Jazzoetry that became their trademark during the mid 70s. Tracks include "Related to What", "Black Is", "White Man's Got a God Complex", "Black People What Y'All Gonna Do", and "This is Madness" – and a number of tracks are preceded by strong and forceful chants before the lyrics kick in! Deluxe package comes with 2 CDs – and bonus tracks that include "Sport" and "Spoon" by Lightnin Rod – plus "Doriella Du Fontaine", which features Lightnin Rod and Jimi Hendrix! CD

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Abbey LincolnTalking To The Sun ... CD
Enja/Rhino, 1983. Used ... $9.99
Something of a comeback set for Abbey Lincoln – an extremely powerful set from the early 80s, and one that helped set the tone for some great albums to come! Abbey's working here in a bold style that includes a fair bit of original material – done in collaboration with alto saxophonist Steve Coleman, whose edgey tone really adds a lot to the record! There's a sense of voice here that takes us back to Abbey's bold experiments with Max Roach in the early 60s – a righteous tone that effortlessly mixes politics and art, yet which never forgets its key mission of music. The set includes original compositions "The River", "Talking To The Sun", "People On The Street", and "Prelude/A Wedding Song" – plus a nice take on the Mercer/Mancini number "Whistling Away The Dark". CD

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New Little Beaver & OthersLittle Beaver Songbook ... CD
TK/Shout (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $19.99
A heavy helping of Miami soul – all of it composed by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and performed by Beaver and some of his best contemporaries at TK Records! Little Beaver is easily one of our favorite artists from the 70s glory years of Miami soul – a hell of a singer, a great guitar player, and a wonderful songwriter who manages to balance rootsy modes with really personal reflections– at a level that comes off beautifully here even when Willie's not singing his own tunes! Tracks include lots of gems from the Cat, Glades, and Blue Candle label – with titles that include "Give A Helping Hand" by William Howard, "I've Got To See You Tonight" by Timmy Thomas, "Jealous Man" and "I Love The Way You Love" by Betty Wright, "Jimmy Bo Charlie" and "Tears Of The World" by Robert Moore, "Wish I Had A Girl Like You" by All The People, "He Don't Ever Lose His Groove" by Gwwen McCrae, "Don't Let It End This Way" by Betty Wright, and the tracks "Mama Forgot To Tell Me", "Don't Let It End This Way", "Katie Pearl", "Joey", "Night Girl Blue", "Miami Girl", "Ain't No Time", and "I Love The Way You Love" by Little Beaver himself! CD

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Mike LongoAwakening ... LP
Mainstream, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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New LoveForever Changes ... CD
Elektra/Asylum, 1967. Used ... $3.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest albums of all time! The record's got a sound that's completely unique – as crack LA garage punk rock meets Hollywood baroque production, and the result is an amazing bit of loud guitar noise backed by strings and horns, all graced by the godlike vocals of the great Arthur Lee. Forever Changes is a milestone in rock – an incredibly bleak document about insanity, escape, and the coming revolution that never happened. Think of all the best moments of Wild In The Streets, Zabriske Point, and Invocation of My Demon Brother rolled into one – and you'll only have a tiny slice of the picture! A record that will haunt us until the day we die – filled with incredible songs like "Alone Again Or", "Old Man", "Red Telephone", and "Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark & Hilldale". CD

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New Lucy PearlLucy Pearl ... CD
Pookie, 2000. Used ... $2.99
Raphael Saadiq meets Dawn from En Vogue meets Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Sounds too good to be true? It's not, it's Lucy Pearl. With the huge hit "Dance Tonight" plus "La La", "Everyday", "Without You", "Don't Mess With My Man" and "Do It For The People". CD
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Barbara LynnJamie Singles Collection 1962 to 1965 ... CD
Jamie, Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99 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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New Johnny LytleDone It Again ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $16.99
Very very very groovy stuff by this masterful jazz vibist, recorded with a sort of late 60s swingin' feel – but still very much in the pocket and warm as a summer breeze! Lytle has a pretty remarkable way of playing the vibes with speed and energy, yet the overall feel still has kind of a relaxed West Coast vibe – a beautiful blend that rivals, if not beats, the sound of Cal Tjader on late 60s Verve! Jimmy Foster grooves along on organ, and the interplay with Lytle is key to the classic sound – but the whole group is great here – Major Holley on bass, Peppy Hinant on drums and Don Alias on conga, which brings in plenty of Latin kick. 6 of the 10 numbers are Lytle originals, including "Done It Again", "Sleepy Dozier", "Zote", "Jungle Child" and "Happy Preacher" – plus "If Ever I Should Leave You", "People" and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Bob MarleyExodus ... CD
Island, 1977. Used ... $3.99
One of our favorite Wailers LPs – as solid a statement as Marley had made, and to our ears, the finest moment of his later career. The album features classics like "Natural Mystic", "Three Little Birds", "One Love/People Get Ready" and the excellent, driving title track "Exodus". The 10 tracks of the original LP also include "So Much Things To Say", "Guiltiness", "The Heathen", "Jamming", "Waiting In Vain", and "Turn Your Lights Down Low". CD

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Masquerade/Boris MidneyPinocchio/Black Russian – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1979/1983. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
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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Masta Ace IncorporatedSittin' On Chrome ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $69.99
Delicious Vinyl gone G Funk! Masta Ace's second solo helmed album may not be the most topically innovative thing you'll find on the lyrical side, but the low ridin' gangsta thing rarely ever sounded sweeter than it does on these sides! A very worthy release that gets lost in the shuffle of high profile 90s hip hop classics. With "The INC Ride", 'Eastbound", "Sittin' On Chrome", "People In My Hood", 'Ain't No Game", "Born To Roll" and "The Phat Kat Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original "chrome" vinyl pressing with WALLY etching in runout. Cover has a very light crease on one corner.)

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! ... LP
Curtom, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $16.99
We think this may be his best album ever! Caught live at a small club, with a tight band, Curtis delivers extended, intimate versions of some of his best work, like "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" and "Stare and Stare". We can't recommend this highly enough, and there's 2 full LPs worth of stellar material that stands among some of the best soul of the 70s! Other tracks include "Check Out Your Mind", "Stone Junkie", "I Plan To Stay A Believer", and "The Makings Of You". Incredible! LP, Vinyl record album

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Curtis MayfieldThere's No Place Like America Today ... LP
Curtom, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great album by Curtis Mayfield – filled with some excellent lesser-known gems! There's No Place Like America was Curtis' scathing testament to the State Of The Union – and it's got a hip political tone that's right up there with the best of his early 70s songwriting – perhaps even more so, as the message is a bit subtler than on other albums, and laid out in this stoner mellow funk vein that's very tasty throughout, and which makes for an extremely unified album! The album includes a version of the cut "Hard Times", which was done earlier by Baby Huey, plus "Blue Monday People", "Love To The People", and "When Seasons Change". Also includes the great sweet love song, "So In Love"! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Curtis Mayfield & The ImpressionsABC Collection ... LP
ABC, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nice mid 70s collection of classic 60s ABC work by Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions. It's almost all hits here, but a few tracks that are a little more off the beaten path, and they're all seminal Chicago soul besides – some with arrangements by Johnny Pate, sung with that sweet crackling harmony style the group was using at the time. 16 tracks in all, including "Gypsy Woman", "Minstrel & Queen", "You've Been Cheatin'", "It's All Right", "We're Rolling On", "We're A Winner", "Talking About My Baby", "I'm So Proud", "People Get Ready", "I'm The One Who Loves You", "Woman's Got Soul", and "Sad, Sad Girl & Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original envelope style sleeve, with the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)

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New Marshall McLuhan/Jerome AgelMedium Is The Massage ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good ... $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.)

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Meat PuppetsOut My Way (with bonus tracks) ... LP
SST/MVD, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 19.99
The Meat Puppets in one of their peak periods – less shambling than on their first few trailblazing records, sure – and kind of recasting ragged rock in their defiantly weird image! They're flirting with more the mainstream rock sound here, but it's still too weird and Meat Puppet-y for most people. Kinda boogie-oriented southwestern hard rock, but wild-eyed and frayed in ever-brilliant ways. Includes "She's Hot", "Out My Way", "Other Kinds Of Love", "Not Swimming Ground", "Mountain Line", their insane take on "Good Golly Miss Molly" (a song that's rambunctious in anyone's hands, but you'll need to sit down after the Meat Puppets version) and more. 2013 reissue includes 4 bonus tracks that weren't on the original vinyl release: "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "On The Move", "Everything Is Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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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Metro-TonesGet Together (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Savoy/Clinck (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
Killer heavy soul! The Metro-Tones were one of those great 70s groups with a gospel background, but who also picked up a lot of the stylistic elements of their secular contemporaries, and managed to craft a very nice, very tight, often-funky sound that can't be beat! This rare album features the great "Get Together", which begins with hard drums (a bit of a break), and some nice electric piano under some great vocals. Keyboards show up on most other tracks, too, giving the album a nice heavy sound. Titles include "The Message", "You Can Do It", "Nobody Knows", "People Get Ready", and "Why Won't You Love A Man Like This". This great CD version from Clink Japan also includes instrumental versions of "Get Together" and "Why Won't You Love A Man Like This". CD

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Blue MitchellHeads Up! ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $14.99
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 wear, thick colored tape on the seams, and some stains and pen scribbles on the back.)
Also available Heads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Blue MitchellHeads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
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". CD featuers bonus alternate takes of "Togetherness" and "Good Humor Man". CD
(SHMCD.)
Also available Heads Up! ... LP 14.99

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Joni MitchellCourt & Spark ... LP
Elektra/Asylum, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $5.99
Includes her classic version of "Twisted" – plus "Just Like This Train", "Car On A Hill", "Help Me", "Court & Spark", "Down To You", "Free Man In Paris", and "People's Parties". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Court & Spark ... CD

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Money MarkChange Is Coming ... CD
Emperor Norton, 2000. Used ... $3.99
The mad funky keyboard wizard is back – back with a great set of heavy-duty instrumentals with his usual "speakers blown out" kind of sound! Mark's picked up a bit of moog along the way since the last release, and he's given a few of these tunes a fuzzed out trippy edge that moves the tunes on nicely since his earlier work. The usual penchant for a strong funky groove is still well in place – as it was on his work with the Beastie Boys – and titles include "Rain (NYC)", "People's Party (Red Alert)", "Love Undisputed", "Doo Doo Doo", "Use Your Head", "Chocochip", "Information Contraband", and "Another Day To Love You". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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MonkeesHeadquarters ... LP
Colgems, 1967. Very Good ... $11.99
One of the best ever efforts from the Monkees – really the first album where Mickey, Peter, Davy and Mike took creative control from the TV people – and created and album of groovy late 60s pop to rival those of their influences! Headquarters famously features a lot more original material than previous LPs – and it still sounds remarkably fresh! It really doesn't feature any of their huge hits, so it stands up really well without the crutch of nostalgia! Titles include "You Told Me", "I'll Spend My Life With You", "Band 6", "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind", "Mr Webster", "Sunny Girlfriend", "Zilch", "No Time", "Early Morning Blues And Greens", "Randy Scouse Git". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a bit of splitting on the spine and bottom seam, and some light stains.)

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New 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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Ennio MorriconeL'Assoluto Naturale (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy ... $22.99
An incredible soundtrack from Morricone's best period ever! The score has that totally sublime Morricone quality that you'll find on on a small handful of his best works – like La Donna Invisible, Photo Prohibite, Le Casse, and Metti Una Sera A Cena – and it's filled with amazingly precise orchestral washes of sound, pierced by smaller solo instruments, tuned with strangely angular qualities. If you've ever wondered why people think Morricone's one of the 20th century's best composers – this is the kind of CD that will open your mind. The whole incredibly complex, yet never too academic – and always extremely pleasant and lovely to listen to! We love this one to death and it's an honor to have it in stock! Titles include "L'Assoluto Naturale", "Sempre Piu Verita", "E Facile", "Il Profumo Della Tua Pelle", and "Sembaravi Desiderare" – and this limited CD features 7 more bonus tracks too! CD

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Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. Used ... $26.99
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". CD
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New Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan & The Concert Jazz Band Live (At The Village Vanguard/On Tour) ... LP
Verve (UK), 1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
2 classics from Gerry Mulligan's large Concert Jazz Band! First up is a live date at the Village Vanguard – a sweet little large group session from Gerry – a bit harder swinging than some of his mid 50s small group work, but still with that mellifluous glide that's the trademark Mulligan sound! Arrangements are by some great talents – including Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel, and Bob Brookmeyer, who also plays valve trombone on the set – and titles include "Blueport", "Body & Soul", "Black Nightgown", and "Let My People Be". Next is the great On Tour album, with Zoot Sims as a lead soloist – a really wonderful collection of live work from Gerry's early 60s Concert Jazz Band – a really forward-thinking large group that was one of Mulligan's greatest accomplishments of the time! In some ways, the ensemble worked in a sound that was like that of Mulligan's small group recordings of the 50s – with the horns moving around in free space, interacting beautifully in a fresh, modern, unfettered style. Gerry himself plays a bit of piano on the session, but most of the strength of the set is from the horn interplay from the larger group – from players that include Gene Quill, Bob Brookmeyer, Nick Travis, Gene Allen, Conte Candoli, and star soloist Zoot Sims. Material was recorded on a European tour of the time – and titles include "Go Home", "Barbara's Theme", I Want To Live", "Red Door", and "Apple Core". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Mutual UnderstandingIn Wonderland (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Nimbus 9/Beatball (Korea), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Incredible harmony pop – an album that's as sunshiney as anything coming from the west coast in the late 60s – but which was recorded up in Canada by this obscure little group! Mutual Understanding features both male and female voices – strung together wonderfully, with a sophistication that's way more than simple pop – and backed with full strings and tightly groovy rhythms, in a quality that's almost like A&M pop at its best, but even more unique. There's a near-perfect quality to the record through and through – a sound that makes us wonder why this one stayed so off the radar, but which makes us love it all that much more for its uniqueness. A number of tracks are familiar, but redone with a very groovy 60s edge – and titles include "Look Around", "Wonderland", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Pretty People", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Always True To You Darling In My Fashion", and "When The World Was Young". CD

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NewbanNewban ... LP
Guinness, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". LP, Vinyl record album

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NewbanNewban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Guiness/BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A wonderful package – a set that brings together two rare funk albums by Newban, an early version of Atlantic Starr – plus bonus tracks too! The first Newban record is one of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". Newban 2 is every bit as great as the first album – if not better – with some excellent excellent lost material that's the kind of stuff that still keeps you diggin' for the hard ones. Includes the track "Greenburgh", with a tight funky intro and a smooth sweet soul groove, plus lots of other great cuts like "Free Your Mind", "Easin' Through", "Find a Place to Live", and "Rhythm & Rhyme". This deluxe package also features three rare bonus tracks – "Oh Wow", "Miracle Holiday", and "Bells" – tracks recorded before the first two albums! CD

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Leonard NimoyTwo Sides of Leonard Nimoy ... LP
Dot, Late 60s. Sealed ... $24.99
Great stuff from Leonard Nimoy – one of his best records, largely because he's upfront about the Spock side of his persona! As is well known, Nimoy really thought of himself as more of a serious singer than just a pointy-eared alien – so other records have a lot more of him singing straight pop numbers. This one, though, actually features about half Spock material – a full side of goofy sci-fi numbers like "The Difference Between Us", "Amphibious Assault", "Highly Illogical" and "Spock Thoughts". The other side still has some nice pop tunes – including a great reading of "If I Were A Carpenter", plus "Cotton Candy", "The Ballad Of Bilbo Baggins", and "Love Of The Common People". 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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New 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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New 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 wear. Label has some marker.)

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O'JaysShip Ahoy (expanded version – with bonus track) ... CD
Sony/Philadelphia International, 1973. Used ... $3.99
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul (ala The Temptations), fused with the warmer more sophisticated styles of the Philly sound! The blend is perfect – and has a way of getting the message from the underground right into the living room – and a bit onto the charts as well! From the image on the cover – which features the group in a slave ship setting – to politics of tracks like "Don't Call Me Brother", "For The Love Of Money", "Put Your Hands Together", and "This Air That I Breathe", the record's an extremely unified effort – kind of to the O'Jays what What's Going On was to Marvin Gaye. Other titles include "You Got Your Hooks In Me", "Now That We Found Love", and "People Keep Tellin Me". Includes bonus track "Put Your Hands Together" – recorded live in London. CD

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OsibisaOsibisa ... LP
Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
Although Osibisa were one of the most successful of the London-based Afro-funk groups, they were also one of the best. This cool first album is filled with (as the label says) "criss cross rhythms that explode with happiness". Translated, that means that the record's got lots of nice cuts that have African percussion, electric funk rhythm, and a fairly joyous groove. Tracks include "Akwaaba", "Oranges", "The Dawn", "Think About The People", and the groovy "Music For Gong Gong". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Pretty & NiceQ_Q/On & On (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Equal Vision, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)... $2.99
"Q_Q" from the Golden Rules For Golden People record, plus the exclusive "On & On". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013.)

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Richard PryorIs It Something I Said? ... LP
Warner, 1975. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Pryor's really hit his stride here, and made the transition to the mainstream, though he's still a darn funny motherf*#ker. Skits include "Shortage Of White People", "New N*ggers", "Cocaine", "Mudbone", "When Your Woman Leaves You" and "Our Text For Today". Recorded live at the Latin Casino, NJ. LP, Vinyl record album

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Richard PryorWanted – Live In Concert ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
It's 1978 so that means Richard's heavy into the basing backstage, right? We can't tell for sure, but he cuts loose with the reckless abandon that we love about his late 70s records. Loads of hilarious skits, including 'White & Black People", "Black Funerals", 'Discipline", "Dogs & Horses", "Jim Brown", "Monkeys", "heart Attacks", "Ali", "Leon Spinks", "Things In the Woods", "Deer Hunter", "Chinese Food" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Public EnemyFear Of A Black Planet ... CD
Def Jam, 1990. Used ... $5.99
PE's third LP, and their last with full on Bomb Squad production. With classics like "Fight The Power", "Burn Hollywood Burn", "Welcome To The Terrordome", "Power To The People", "911 Is A Joke" and the title track. CD

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David RaksinToo Late Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kritzerland, 1961. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the coolest jazzy soundtracks of the early 60s! David Raksin's other great film work has jazz elements, too, but he goes all in on Two Late Blues. It has these incredible small combo cues – with little more than piano, drums, bass and horns – but they still manage to deliver the grand emotional sweep of larger scale scores. The film is one of just a couple of Hollywood productions directed by indie icon John Cassavetes early in his career – about a jazz player named "Ghost" – who's played by Bobby Darin of all people! Being a Hollywood project, the film doesn't get a lot of mentions alongside Cassavetes's indie triumphs, but its gritty portrayal of life in the jazz world was revolutionary for a major film studio at the time. It's got a killer soundtrack to show for it! Titles include "Theme From Too Late Blues (A Song After Sundown)", "Look Inward, Angel", "Ghost Blows Test", "Blues For Tomorrow", "Like Lasagna", "Cuidad De Mexico", "Wither Thou, Ghost!", "Wife's Other John", "Finale – The Rimshot Heard 'Round The World" and more. Lost of bonus tracks on this great Kritzerland edition – including "Danzon", "Some Other Time", "Sambalero", "Wife's Other John (Extended Version)" and more. CD
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New Lou ReedRock N Roll Animal ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good ... $6.99
Lou Reed at his mid 70s live peak! Volumes have already been and will continue to be written about Lou's output in the 70s, and rightly so. This set is particularly amazing in that it follows the artful highpoint/financial failure that is Berlin – so Lou is doing the rock & roll star thing here, kinda given the people what they want in a way. What's so amazing here is that it doesn't feel like a cash-in, it's crazy good and geniunely passionate stuff! The blazing guitars don't hurt, nor does the fact the the set is heavy with Velvets-era faves. Includes "Intro/Sweet Jane", "Heroin", "White Light/White Heat", "Lady Day" and "Rock N' Roll". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later Best Buy Series pressing. Cover has a bit of waviness, staining and a few small peeled spots.)

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Rita Reys & Pim JacobsOur Favorite Songs ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by Dutch vocalist Rita Reys – done as a set of duets with longtime accompanist and life partner Pim Jacobs on piano! The setting is even more spare than some of Reys' trio dates – just voice and piano, the latter handled by Jacobs with this spacious quality that lets Rita really take the lead in all numbers, and inflect tunes with this sense of phrasing that really amazes us – and which provides one of the clearest examples of the touch that made her one of the best jazz vocalists on the European scene in the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Lover Man", "Two Sleepy People", "In The Wee Small Hours", "Where Or When", "When I Fall In Love", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD

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Rich RistagnoWhat Would It Be Like To Be Rich? ... LP
Drag City, 1981. New Copy ... $11.99
A should-be private press classic from Detroit's Rich Ristagno – a record he had pressed up, but didn't see through to release – and a wild, but pretty amazing mix of murky post disco funk, soul and rock! Recorded quickly and on the cheap, you can sort of hear an aspiration to make a late 70s style groove rock record – something along the lines of the Steve Miller – but the threadbare production and instrumental accompaniement courtesy of area funk band Solar Flight gives it oddball, but compelling feel all its own. There's some primitive electronic touches, too, that bear unintended, but real similarities to groups like Suicide. A cool discovery from Drag City! Includes "God's In The Chips", "I'm The Poorest", "Women Thinkin'", "Eye Of Love", "Not Good Enough", "There Are People", "Coming From", "England", "Eileen Reach", "Richman Poorman", "Never At The Top", "What Is A Man", "See Me Hear Me" and "Trace It Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mavis RiversMavis ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Maybe the grooviest album cut by singer Mavis Rivers – thanks to some wonderful backings from west coast jazzman Marty Paich! Paich brings a cool compressed swing to the set – a groove that's very similar to his sublime late 50s work with Mel Torme, which is a great choice for Mavis – who has a style that's equally smooth and warm! If Rivers is a singer you've never dug before, this set's definitely the place to dig her best – set up in the company of players who include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Bud Shank on alto, and Bill Perkins on tenor – all of whom really make the music shimmer nicely alongside the lyrics. Titles include "Day In Day Out", "People Will Say We're In Love", "Massachusetts", "Saturday Night", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", and "All My Tomorrows". CD

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New Max RoachLift Every Voice and Sing ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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
(White label promo. Cover has promo stickers and some wear.)

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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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Adele SebastianDesert Fairy Princess ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A beautiful set of 70s soul jazz flute tracks – featuring work by flautist Adele Sebastian, with backing by a hip group that includes Billy Higgins, Ricky Kelly, and Roberto Miranda. The tracks have a nice mellow Strata East/Black Jazz kind of sound to them – and the production is equally hip and mellow, with a soulful approach that's righteous and gentle at the same time. Includes a version of McCoy Tyner's "Man From Tanganyika", plus "Belize", "Prayer For The People", and "Day Dreamer". CD

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SeedsRaw & Alive – The Seeds In Concert – Merlin's Music Box (2CD version – with bonus material) ... CD
GNP/Big Beat (UK), 1968. New Copy 2 CDs ... $21.99
One of the great fake live albums of the 60s – a set that promises to be a concert performance from the title and cover, but which actually just features The Seeds playing live together in the studio! Yet that little trick is hardly a problem – because the album's the last-ever from this seminal group, and captures them in a format that really lets them take off! Their studio sessions were always great, but this one's got a special edge from letting all the instruments work together in the same space at once, with no edits or dubs. The core combo sounds wonderful – searing guitar, trippy keyboard lines, and all the sneering vocals the young Sky Saxon can muster – served up over tracks that include "Mr. Farmer", "No Escape", "Satisfy You", "Night Time Girl", "Up In Her Room", "Gypsy Plays His Drums", "Mumble And Bumble", "Forest Outside Your Door", "900 Million People Daily All Making Love", and "Pushin' Too Hard". Amazing 2CD reissue – presents both the original album with crowd noises dubbed in, and the undubbed performance too! Also features a huge booklet of notes, and 16 more tracks that have never been issued before – the band's first attempt to record the album live in the studio. CD

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Session IISession II ... LP
Yamaha (Japan), 1979. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A classic set of 70s fusion – featuring Lee Ritenour on guitar and both Don Grusin and Pete Robinson on keyboards! There's a bit of vocals – courtesy of Bill Champlin, Venette Gloud, and Carmen Twillie – and titles include "Puzzle People", "The Baron", "Fly By Night", "Single Again", and "All Night Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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ShindigAnnual Number 1 (hardcover) ... Book
Shindig, 2009. New Copy ... $19.99
All the articles from the out of print Volume early issues of Shindig! Magazine – with additional photos and redesigned for this deluxe book treatment – hardcover bound, and beautifully so! Features those excellent articles on class psychedelic, garage and other 60s & 70s titans – including The Move, Love Affair, Ugly Ducklings, John's Children, SRC, Grapefruit, We The People, Buffalo Springfield, Kaleidoscope and more! Hardcover, 112 pages. Book

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New SoftonesSoftones ... LP
Avco, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A stellar first set from The Softones – labelmates of The Stylistics in their early years, and a group who really share a similar sense of east coast harmony soul! There's a nicely fragile approach to the group at all the best moments – a style that's better than shakey indie soul, but which is still quite personal – even amidst some really well-penned charts by Van McCoy! The strings have all these sweet and subtle touches and changes – never detracting from the vocals, but instead really underscoring the unique appeal that makes the group this great. A wonderful set to file next to your New Jersey classics by The Moments and Whanauts – with tracks that include "The First Day", "Extra Ordinary People", "Why Why Baby", "Never Let A Woman Like That Go By", and "Everybody Knew But Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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SoftonesSoftones/Black Magic ... CD
Avco/Clinck (Japan), 1973/1977. New Copy ... $22.99
Harmony soul heaven – and two great albums back to back in a single set! The initial Softones album is a stellar first set from The Softones – labelmates of The Stylistics in their early years, and a group who really share a similar sense of east coast harmony soul! There's a nicely fragile approach to the group at all the best moments – a style that's better than shakey indie soul, but which is still quite personal – even amidst some really well-penned charts by Van McCoy! The strings have all these sweet and subtle touches and changes – never detracting from the vocals, but instead really underscoring the unique appeal that makes the group this great. A wonderful set to file next to your New Jersey classics by The Moments and Whanauts – with tracks that include "The First Day", "Extra Ordinary People", "Why Why Baby", "Never Let A Woman Like That Go By", and "Everybody Knew But Me". Black Magic is a funkier set than the first one by The Softones – and a record that has the group picking up a bit more confidence in their groove! The style is never too tight or slick – and even amidst full arrangements from Horace Ott, the vocals really come through nicely – mixing with the studio help at a level that recalls some of the hipper Philly productions of the time, or maybe the second generation of New Jersey group soul. Those fragile lead vocals still entrance us wonderfully – and titles include the Landy McNeal tracks – "Maybe Tomorrow", "Laundromat", and "Call It Love" – plus versions of "That Old Black Magic", "Love Story", and "Love Child". CD

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New Staple SingersWe'll Get Over ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Perfect work from The Staple singers – a tight blend of gospel soul and Memphis funk, handled here with a tightness that avoids all the cliches of some of the group's later work! The group's hard vocal approach is very much in place on all tracks – raw but not careless, with great leads from Mavis Staples – and support from the rest in a way that reminds us of their gospel roots, but never gets too mired down in the old days. Titles include "We'll Get Over", "Give A Damn", "Everyday People", "The Challenge", "A Wednesday In Your Garden", "The Gardner", and "When Do I Get Paid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Step By StepI Always Wanted To Be In The Band (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
Quite possibly the greatest soul band ever to come out of Milwaukee – and a tight little ensemble who've got a really great sound! The overall feel of their work is a bit hard to peg – as the group are equally great at mellow midtempo group numbers as they are at tighter, clubbier tunes that snap with a bit more of a horn-heavy sound – and throughout the record there's a really playful feel that shows that whatever the sound, whatever the setting, these guys just had a heck of a great time working with each other! That quality can be heard especially well on the title track "I Always Wanted To Be In The Band" – a great little number that's almost an updating of the TSU Tornadoes sound for the 70s – but the whole set's great, and other tracks move into some great super-dope production that we really love! Titles include "I Am A Lonely Man", "People", "Cool Days Are Out Of Style", "I Ain't Never Gonna Let You Go", and "Cash Money". CD

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Sonny Stitt & OthersMatadores Meet The Bull ... LP
Roulette, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A strange one for Sonny Stitt – but also a real gem! The album has Sonny, who'd been working for the Roost/Roulette label, coming together with other jazz players in the same boat, plus Latin musicians who were recording for the related Tico label. Moishe Levy never made such a good talent judgement as he did with this session – which features an all-star Latin jazz jam that includes the likes of Ray Barretto, Joe Cuba, Junior Mance, Les Spann, Billy Taylor, Wild Bill Davis, Barry Galbraith, Walter Perkins, and Tito Puente. The organ of Davis is a particularly great touch – odd for a Latin session, but creating a cool groove on the best tracks, and a nice way to touch back with a soul jazz sound. Stitt's tone is right out front, and never sounded better – making us wish he'd recorded a few more albums in this manner! Titles include "Duketation", "Twana", "Icey Stone", "Let My People Split", "Samba De Orfeo", "Liberian Love Song", and "Handkerchief Head". Very hip stuff – and organized by Henry Glover, which might be part of the explanation for that! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light water staining near the bottom.)

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Success-N-EffectFreeze (voc, inst)/Roll It Up (Remix – fat mix, radio, bass kickin' beats) ... 12-inch
On Top, 1989. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Since we couldn't put it any better, here's a quote from Frankie Knuckles off of discogs – "For the first 6 months of my arrival to the U.K. back in the later months of 1989, this was my most treasured track, the one people would remember me for. The vocal "Let The Bass Kick" followed by The Winstons "Amen Brother" breakbeat with a sub 808 that was deadly. Felix Samas edit work was effective on this chopping Big Daddy Kanes Vocal "Let It Roll" (made popular by Doug Lazy) into little bits before crashing into that 808/breakbeat again. Carl Cox would get his copy from Lenny Dee in Feb. 1990 and went and did a white label remix which would result in his ink with Perfecto Records for "I Want U (Forever). After that it became the template for the young U.K. youth who began to experiment in the studio. The end result being Jungle and Drum & Bass. This record was the prototype." 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Donna SummerShe Works Hard For The Money (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Mercury/Culture Factory (France), 1983. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
One of the last great pop records from Donna Summer – thanks to super huge radio and video play for the title cut – and to a huge amount of tuneful tracks put together by producer/arranger Michael Omartin! By this point, Summer isn't trying to fool anyone that she's a deeper soul artist – and has really relaxed into a reworking of her previous 70s disco mode – a catchier, more crossover-pointed style that kept Donna's fire going a lot stronger than most of her club diva contemporaries from the decade before. Titles include "She Works Hard For The Money", "Woman", "Stop Look & Listen", "Tokyo", "People People", and "I Do Believe". CD
(Limited edition!)
 
 
 



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