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Sylvie VartanBienvenue Solitude (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1980. New Copy .... $15.99 19.99
Sylvie Vartan's still going strong here into the 80s – working with frequent studio partner Eddie Vartan, who does a great job of balancing out the subtle drama of Sylvie's vocals with his production! The work's got a style that's partly rock, but which still hangs onto the kinds of cooler modes that always make French pop compelling – even past the initial explosion of the 60s – and in a way, the set's got the same sort of transformation from Vartan's earlier work as France Gall or Jane Birkin experienced in later years. Titles include "Tape Tape" – a cool cover of "Pata Pata" – plus "Jerry", "Bienvenue Solitude", "Donner", "Quand Le Vent Se Leve", "Tu Risques De Me Plaire", and "La Chanson Au Brouillon". CD

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Sylvie VartanLa Maritza (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1968. New Copy Gatefold .... $15.99 19.99
A wonderful collaboration between vocalist Sylvie Vartan and arranger Jean-Claude Vannier – a set that's really a cut above most of her other work of the 60s, thanks to Vannier's genius touch! The style here isn't as tripped-out as some of Vannier's later work, but it's still pretty darn great – a blend of some of the best maturing elements in French pop of the 60s – used to flesh out the normal pop sensibility of Sylvie's work. Some tunes show an early manifestation of the sense of space and timing that Vannier would develop more strongly with Serge Gainsbourg – and that approach is a really striking one to hear from Vartan. Titles include "Le Silence", "Il Sait Revenir", "Un Feuille D'Or", "Jolie Poupee", "Irresistiblement", "Face Au Soleil", and "Deux Bateux". CD features 10 more bonus tracks – including "Run For The Sun", "Le Roi David", "Mon Chinois Vert", "C'Est Un Jour A Rester Couche", and "Lie Ohne Widerkehr". CD

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Sylvie VartanSylvie (LP sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory (France), 1963. New Copy .... $15.99 19.99
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Sylvie Vartan – the French female singer of the 60s who had a distinct rock and roll sound! Sylvie's vocals are sweet, but the backings she gets here – either from Eddie Vartan or Mickey Baker – have a harder 60s rockin edge that make them rougher than some of the other female French pop you might be familiar with – a nice edge that makes Vartan more of a rocker than some others. Titles include many French translations of American pop hits – including "L'Amour C'Est Aimer La Vie", "Quand Le Film Est Triste", "Moi Je Pense Encore A Toi", "M'Amuser", "Gong Gong", and "Le Loco Motion". CD features an insane 18 bonus tracks – including "Je Suis Libre", "Aussi Loin Que J'Irai", "Madison Twist", "Sois Pas Cruel", "Nous Deux Ca Colle", and "Pourquoi Jamais Moi". CD

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Cootie WilliamsCootie Wiiliams In Hi-Fi ... CD
RCA, 1958. Used .... $8.99
(Out of print.)

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New Phil WoodsLive From The Showboat ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs .... $18.99
A double-length, ultra-cool set from saxophonist Phil Woods – yet another aspect of his great body of work from the 70s, and a live date that features Woods at the head of a sextet! The group here features acoustic piano, electric guitar, bass, drums, and percussion – all used in ways that are often a bit more organically building and spacious than some of Phil's more intense Rhythm Machine albums – showing a new sensitivity in Woods' music, but one that still has plenty of room for searing, searching solo moments! Titles include "Django's Castle", "A Little Peace", "Brazilian Affair", "I'm Late", "Superwoman", "High Clouds", "How's Your Mama", and "Rain Danse". CD

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Wyclef JeanPreacher's Son ... CD
RCA, 2003. Used CD & DVD .... $4.99
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousNipper's Greatest Hits – The 50s Vol 1 ... CD
RCA, 1950s. Used .... $0.99

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VariousNipper's Greatest Hits – The 50s Vol 2 ... CD
RCA, 1950s. Used .... $2.99
(Out of print.)

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Renee GeyerIt's A Man's Man's World ... CD
1974. New Copy .... Around May 1, 2014
One of the great early albums by this fantastic Australian soul singer. Recorded with her tight band, and featuring the great original "Love the Way You Love", plus lots of soulful covers of tracks like "It's Your Thing" and "Feel Good". More proof that Australia was actually a pretty funky place to be in the 70's! CD

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VariousLiving Stereo Collection Vol 2 (50CD set) ... CD
New Copy .... Mid-May, 2014

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New Major HarrisHow Do You Take Your Love ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1978. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of the few 70s albums from the wonderful Major Harris as a solo act – and a lesser-known set that's a great follow up to the Major's previous records for Atlantic! The vibe here is a bit less Philly, but still in that mellow grooving style that works so well for Harris' vocals – a mature modern soul mode, with some excellent production from Jerry Ragovoy, who co-arranged the set with David Matthews. A few of the numbers go for a clubby feel, the best tracks are the mellower ones – which have Harris hitting those mature and personal notes that always made him one of the best romantic male soul singers of his time. Titles include "Lucky Day", "Night Moods", "How Do You Take Your Love", "Pretty Red Lips", "You're So Good You're Bad", "Your Sweet Song", and "This Is Forever". CD

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New Mel LewisLost Art ... CD
RCA/Music Masters, 1989. Used .... Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)

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Harry NilssonGreatest Hits ... CD
RCA, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used .... Just Sold Out!

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New Bud PowellTime Was – The Bud Powell Trio ... CD
RCA, Mid 50s. Used .... Just Sold Out!
18 tracks, and all the great Bud Powell material recorded for RCA in 1956 and 1957! CD

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Sonny RollinsBridge ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1962. Used .... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – one that marked his comeback in the early 60s, after a brief period of retirement, and which also initiated a string of incredible recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowing late 50s sessions might not expect the album to work – but instead, it sets up his playing in a whole new mode that brings out a leaner, more confident, more sophisticated solo mode that shows that his time woodshedding in retirement was well spent. Rollins playing is impeccable, with a maturity not heard in his late 50's work, and the whole album is a beautiful study in measured, thoughtful soloing. Tracks include "John S.", "The Bridge", and "God Bless the Child". CD
(Out of print Victor Jazz pressing.)

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New Barney WilenBarney (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
One of the most classic albums ever from tenorist Barney Wilen – recorded at a time when he was making big waves on both sides of the Atlantic! The tracks are longer than on some of Wilen's more tightly-arranged albums – which really gives Barney a chance to show off his tremendous solo talent at this early stage – a soulful depth that easily made him one of the best European jazz artists of the time! As with some of Wilen's other gems from the period, the set also features key work from American players who admired his strengths – including Kenny Dorham on trumpet and Duke Jordan on piano – with rhythm from French players Paul Rovere on bass and Daniel Humair on drums. Titles include a classic reading of "Besame Mucho", plus "Lady Bird", "Jordu", and "Stablemates". CD also features 4 previously unissued titles – "Lotus Blossom", "I'll Remember April", "Temoin Dans La Ville", and "Everything Happens To Me". CD

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New Phil Woods & Gene QuillPhil & Quill ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1956/1995. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful twin-alto session from the mid 50s – and one of our favorites from the RCA jazz years! Gene Quill was always one of the crisper, tighter alto talents of the time, and he's ably paired here with a young Phil Woods – an equally crisp player at this point in his career, working alongside Quill in a wonderfully sharp sound! The group's a small combo, and seems to have a slightly looser, more relaxed feel than some other RCA assemblages of the time – a mode that really just lets the two lead saxophonists focus on sharing the heads, then breaking out solos – blowing with a bit less of the tightly arranged style that often showed up on the label. Players include Sol Schlinger on baritone, Dave McKenna on piano, Buddy Jones on bass, and Shadow Wilson on drums – and tracks include "Rib Roast", "Pottsville USA", "Frank The Barber", "Twin Funkies", and "Una Momento". CD
Also available Phil & Quill ... LP 9.99

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New David BowieDiamond Dogs ... CD
RCA/Ryko, 1974. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
David Bowie at his most sinister for the 70s – a landmark set that combines the harder rocking sound of the Ziggy Stardust years with the more sophisticated theatrics of Aladdin Sane – in a style that features some of the darkest, most political work of Bowie's career! There's a depth to the record that goes way beyond the silly, sensational cover image – and there's also a sonic complexity that's wonderful too – a songs slide into each other with a deftness that never fails to amaze us! The whole thing's great, and titles include "Diamond Dogs", "Sweet Thing", "Candidate", "Rebel Rebel", and "Big Brother". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Choice FourVery Best Of Choice Four ... CD
RCA/Koch, Early 70s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long-overdue collection of the great RCA work by this legendary east coast vocal group! The Choice Four had the great distinction of working with Van McCoy, back when he was one of New York's best uptown soul arrangers, and capable of creating lush warm backings that were perfect for a sophisticated vocal group like Choice Four. This set pulls 17 tracks from their albums of the mid 70s – including "The Finger Pointers", "Beside Me", "The Woman I'm Being True To", "I'm Gonna Walk Away From Love", "You're My Happiness", "Just Let Me Hold You For A Night", "Ready, Willing, & Able", "If I Don't Love You", "Can't Get Used To Sleeping Alone", and "Hook It Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Sam CookeGreatest Hits ... CD
RCA, Early 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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New Bill DixonIntents & Purposes (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/International Phonograph, 1967. New Copy Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing! One of the few rare records cut by Bill Dixon during the 60s, and a perfect example of "new thing" jazz in action. Trumpeter Dixon plays in 3 different ensembles – a nonet, a quintet, and a duet – with players like Byard Lancaster, Reggie Workman, Robert Pozar, and Jimmy Garrison. The tracks are long, with an approach that begins with compositional structures, but which also showcases the avant solo talents of the players – in a manner that's similar to some of the Blue Note work by Anthony Williams or Grachan Moncur III. A darn tough record to find – and with the tracks "Voices", "Nightfall Pieces I & II", and "Metamorphosis". CD
(Comes in a great gatefold sleeve, too!)

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New Duke EllingtonSolos, Duets & Trios ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Late 30s/1940s/1950s/1960s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New Gil EvansThere Comes A Time ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty great 70s album from Gil Evans – a set that's got some great use of electric instrumentation, and a mighty groove on the best cuts! The overall approach is different than the early modernist sound of Gil Evans, but still very striking – a 70s equivalent to Gil's famous 60s work – and as always with Evans, the players in the ensemble are impeccably well-chosen – as the lineup includes Hannibal Marvin Peterson on trumpet, Billy Harper on tenor, Ryo Kawasaki on guitar, and a young Dave Sanborn handling the solos. Includes the odd spacey Tony Williams number "There Comes A Time", plus a cover of Hendrix's "Little Wing" – both of which have vocals by Peterson. Other tracks include "Aftermath Of The Fourth Movement Children Of The Fire", "Anita's Dance", and "Makes Her Move". CD

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New Foo FightersGreatest Hits (CD & DVD) ... CD
Roswell/RCA, Mid 90s-2000s. Used CD & DVD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Marty GoldSounds Unlimited/For Sound's Sake ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1963/1964. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of instrumental classics from Marty Gold – back to back on a single CD! Sounds Unlimited is filled with soaring sounds from RCA maestro Marty Gold – maybe not the totally unlimited record you might expect from the title, but definitely a key 60s entry in the genre of bachelor pad hi fi records! There's a fair bit of horns in the orchestrations, with solos by Don Butterfield, Joe Wilder, Phil Bodner, and Mel Davis – all of whom help to color the tunes with lots of nice jazzy tones – giving the whole thing a bit more depth than the usual instrumental outing. Titles include "Alone Together", "When I Fall In love", "Ballerina", "Skylark", "The Donkey Serenade", and "Tonight". For Sound's Sake has Marty Gold really pushing the needle into the red – using lots of jazzy inflections to expand the dynamic range of the instrumentals on the set – with key solo work by players who include Phil Bodner and Jerome Richardson on reeds, as well as Joe Wilder on trumpet. Titles include "Mood Indigo", "Memories Of You", "Yesterdays", "All The Things You Are", "I Love Paris", "El Cumbanchero", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". CD

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New Jefferson AirplaneAfter Bathing At Baxters (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Culture Factory, 1967. New Copy Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jefferson Airplane's weirder follow-up to Surrealistic Pillow – and a pretty incredible record – concentrating their sprawling psychedelic impulses into fairly succinct 3 to 4 minute songs, for the most part! It's a creative approach,and it's a brave record. If Surrealistic Pillow lured the mainstream into the rabbit hole, this one is the tripped out tea party inside! Only a couple of tunes roll past the 5 minute mark, so it never gets too far out, and it's got plenty of chugging, bluesy rock to keep it neat. Includes "The Ballad Of You & Me & Pooneil", "Young Girl Sunday Blues", "Martha", "Wild Tyme", "Two Heads", "Watch Her Ride", "Won't You Try/Sunday Afternoon"and more. CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)

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New Sol KaplanSpy Who Came In From The Cold ... CD
RCA/Intrada, 1965. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A top notch soundtrack to this classic spy film by Sol Kaplan – and with a mix of jazz and orchestral themes that's similar to some of of our favorite Henry Mancini soundtracks from the same period! The main theme is nice and jazzy, with some good guitar, and a great crime theme vibe to it. Some other nice tracks are "The Pussy Willow Club" and "Pussy Willow Girl" – both with a loungey groove that's again nicely Mancini-ish – and other titles include "Waltz For A Spy", "The Compound", and "Piano Prelude". This excellent Intrada CD version includes the original 1965 soundtrack album material – which runs more than 30 minutes – followed by an addition half hour + of original soundtrack material! CD

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New Loose EndsLittle Spice (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/ (UK), Early 80s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really nice batch of early 80s soul from Loose Ends – one of the best remembered groups who were making strong soul music in Britain in the period – and who actually recorded this excellent first album at Philadelphia's Alpha Studios! Making the record in Philly was a wise decision – the sounds range from classic level slow jams, to solid modern soul to touches of electro and more dancefloor geared groovers – and it sounds like work of deft scene veterans rather than a full length debut for the group! The songs were written by the band who, at that time, included Jane Eugene, Carl McIntosh and Steve Nichol. Tracks include "Hangin On A String", "Choose Me", "Music Takes Me Higher", "Dial 999", "Tell Me What You Want", "A Little Spice", "So Much Love", and "Let's Rock". This great CD edition has wealth of bonus tracks: seven in all, including "In The Sky (UK Single – Long Version)", "Only A Day Away", "No Stranger To Darkness (UK Single)" and more. CD

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New Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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New MatchNew Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1969. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Sunshine Pop treasure – and a record that perfectly straddles a few different strands of late 60s pop! The quintet have fabulous harmonies – of the sort rooted in The Four Freshmen, and given a sunny finish by The Beach Boys – but they also move here in a way that prefaces soft rock modes of the decade to come – working in arrangements from Jack Pleis that still have plenty of jazz and pop, but which also compress things in a cool way too – giving the whole album a sublime sound that's really unique! The album's not exactly like the Roger Nichols & The Small Circle of Friends, but it's definitely got a similar vibe – and no surprise, the group start things off with a great version of "Don't Take Your Time". Other tracks include "Where Do I Go", "Mornin I'll Be Movin On", "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter", "Love Years Coming", "A Time For Us", and "Free & Easy". Includes two bonus tracks – "Time" and "Mirror Maze Lady". CD
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New Percy MayfieldPercy Mayfield Sings Percy Mayfield ... CD
RCA, 1970. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a few records recorded by 50s R&B singer Percy Mayfield during a brief late 60s/early 70s comeback – and actually one of the best of that bunch! The session was produced by Stroud Productions, who were doing some great rootsy work for RCA at the time – and it's got a real down-home feel, with arrangements by Joe James, guitar by Eric Gale, and tenor sax solos by Seldon Powell. All songs are originals by Percy – and titles include "A Lying Woman", "My Friend", "This Time You Suffer Too", "The Country", "My Error", "Painful Party", and "The Highway Is Like A Woman". CD
(Out of print. Comes in a slim sleeve.)

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New Marilyn McCooSolid Gold (with bonus track) ... CD
Real Gone/RCA, 1983. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A debut solo set from Marilyn McCoo – the singer who'd worked famously with the Fifth Dimension, and as a duo with Billy Davis Jr – but who by this point in her career was known best for her work on TV for the show Solid Gold! The weekly program had McCoo out front of the camera – a place where she'd always been comfortable presenting her charms – but this album's a great reminder that she's also still a great soul singer as well. The set's definitely got a pop-oriented feel, as you'd expect – but Marilyn's vocals are still center stage, and really spin out nicely as the album moves along – especially on some of the more midtempo numbers that get past the easier hits. In addition to the show's theme – "Solid Gold" – the set also features tracks "Just Like You", "One On One", "Always On My Mind", "Understand Your Man", and "Every Breath You Take". CD features the previously-unreleased bonus track "Relationship". CD

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New Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... CD
RCA (France), 1961. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD
(Please note that the teeth in the case are broken.)

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New MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
Also available Sweetest One ... CD 7.99

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New Hugo MontenegroMan From UNCLE & More Music From Man From UNCLE ... CD
RCA/BMG (UK), 1965/1966. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A set that brings together both classic UNCLE soundtracks from the 60s – both penned by the mighty Hugo Montenegro! The original Man From UNCLE soundtrack is an amazing little record that's almost better than the show for which it was written! The set's a landmark batch of work from Hugo Montenegro – working here in a jazzy style that has lots of 60s mod touches – traces of spy soundtrack influence, but a bit more straight ahead too – never losing a groove on most numbers, and really working with a wonderful range of rhythms and odd instrumental touches. Even at this early point, Montenegro already shows a great talent for making familiar instruments sound unusual – coming across with odd tones and effects that really keep things interesting, especially on some of the mellower tracks in the set. Tremendous work throughout – with tracks that include "Meet Mr. Solo", "A Martini Built For Two", "The Invaders", "Solo's Samba", and "Watch Out!". More Music is the second album of groovy tunes to come from the Man From UNCLE spy show of the 60s. As record collectors know, the second LP has always been harder to find than the first – and the tracks are every bit as groovy! Hugo Montenegro turns in some of his best scoring work ever, and comes up with a groovy groovy batch of cuts that are a mix of jazzy bits, bossa bits, and loud blaring spy themes. Lots of nice guitar, organ, and choppy rhythms – and more than enough grooves to keep you busy. Titles include "Jungle Heat!", "Slink", "Run Spy Run", "Solo Busanova", and "Boo-Bam-Boo, Baby". CD

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New OdysseyHollywood Party Tonight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Hollywood Party, recorded in New Jersey – with a groove that's every bit as tight as any of Odyssey's best records, but with a slightly jazzier vibe as well! The set's a great example of the way the trio pushed the 70s soul game further – taking the early 70s RCA AM radio style, and moving it forward with some elements from the club generation – but all at a level that was never throwaway disco either! The record's got a really rich feel from the start – and uses some great jazzy session players to flesh out the group's vocals in a wonderful way. Arrangements are by Sandy Linzer, who co-produced with Charlie Calello – and although there's some obvious disco fullness here, the main focus is on midtempo tunes that glide along in a slightly mellow way – almost like work by Side Effect from the time. Titles include "Lucky Star", "Single Again", "I Dare Ya", "Comin Back For More", "Hey Bill", and "What Time Does The Balloon Go Up". CD features bonus tracks – "Single Again/What Time Does The Balloon Go Up (single version)" and "Lucky Star (single rmx)". CD

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New Gene PageBlacula ... CD
RCA/Razor & Tie, 1972. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deadlier than Dracula – and a lot funkier too! This is the original soundtrack for the classic blacksploitation horror flick starring the baaadest Drac ever to grace the screen of all those shabby downtown theaters that were still around in the 70s – a wicked batch of wah-wah tunes penned by Gene Page, and featuring a great bit of keyboards as well! The set's got a few vocal numbers, sung by 21st Century Ltd and The Hues Corporation, but it's the instrumentals that really steal the show here – and there's plenty of great ones here that rank with the best blacksploitation work of the decade – hard and funky groovers that have kept this one grooving in the crates for many many years. Titles include "Blacula Strikes", "The Stalkwalk", "Movin", "Run Tina Run", "Firebombs", and "Good To The Last Drop". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Blacula ... LP 9.99

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New Elvis PresleyWalk A Mile In My Shoes – Out Of The Box Sampler ... CD
RCA, 1970s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock

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

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New Nina SimoneTo Be Free – The Nina Simone Story (3CDs & DVD) ... CD
RCA/Legacy, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A vital box set of both classic and rare Nina Simone! This is much more than just another Nina Simone hits package – and instead, a massive collection of work – one that not only features 8 previously unissued tracks, but also a full bonus DVD, which contains a never-reissued documentary on Nina! The package is quite impressive, drawing from a variety of different record labels – and even the presentation is different than the usual box treatment – 3CDs, 1 DVD, and a 48 page booklet that features rare family photos, and track by track details on the music. Unreleased titles include "Zungo (live)", "Nina (live)", "Let It Be Me (live)", "Tanywey", "No Opportunity Necessary (live)", and "When Malindy Sings/Swing Low Sweet Chariot (live)" – and the set features 51 tracks in all, with other numbers that include "Mood Indigo", "Mississippi Goddam (live)", "Four Women", "Feeling Good", "Baltimore", "Here Comes The Sun", "Just Like A Woman", "To Love Somebody", and "Revolution (live)". DVD features "Nina – A Historical Perspective" – a 1970 TV special with rare performances and interviews! CD
(Box has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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New ToomorrowToomorrow ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's "Toomorrow", not "tomorrow" – a pretty wild sci-fi musical from the start of the 70s – and one that features this very groovy group! The quartet features some vocals by a young Olivia Newton John – but it's the instrumentation here that really sends us – kind of a pop soundtrack presentation of psych modes, which often comes off with a lot more mod easy touches than you might expect! Hugo Montenegro wrote one tune for the record, but the rest of the material still has instrumentation and a feel that's very much in that spirit – almost the kind of rock songs on the Barbarella or Get Carter soundtracks from the same generation. Larger charts inflect the core sounds with some wonderful soundtrack-y elements – and some of the best tunes here are the instrumentals, including one very nice moogy track! Titles include "Toomorrow", "Walkin On Air", "Spaceport", "Let's Move On", "If You Can't Be Hurt", "Goin Back", and "You're My Baby". CD

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New George Wein's Dixie VictorsMagic Horn ... CD
RCA/BMG (Germany), 1956. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Barney WilenMore From Barney At The Club Saint-Germain ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1959. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set – never issued before, but recorded at the same time as Wilen's classic 1959 album Barney, caught live at the Club St-Germain with a group that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Duke Jordan on piano, Paul Rovere on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums. Like the Barney album, these tracks are fantastic – some of the most open-ended playing that Wilen ever did in the 50s, and proof that his tenor work was some of the best jazz coming out of Europe in the postwar years! All tracks are long – and titles include "Reets & I", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "All The Things You Are", "Round Midnight", and "Time On My Hands". CD

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New Esther WilliamsInside Of Me ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer batch of clubby soul from Esther Williams with a great New York sound! Inside Of Me a perfect example of the kind of excellent material that verges on disco, but which still keeps things pretty darn soulful. Released in '81, it's steeped in the warm, timeless and beautifully well produced style of the mid-to-late 70s rather than latching on to the electronics and programming that were soon to revolutionize the scene. The album doesn't include her breakbeat classic "Last Night Changed It All", but that's just about the only thing it lacks! Titles include "I'll Be Your Pleasure" (remixed by Larry Levan), "You Can Have It All", "You Can Use It", "Who Said It Was Wrong", "Ready For Love", and "Make It With You". CD

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New VariousHeifetz Collection Volumes 11 - 15 – The Concerto Collection – Heifetz/Primrose/Friedman/Munch/Reiner/Hendl/Sargent ... CD
RCA/BMG, Late 50s/1960s. Used 5CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes violin concertos by Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Vieuxtemps and others – plus Mozart's "Sinfonia Concertatnte K364" and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade Melancolique". CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and booklet.)

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New Beat 4Habia Una Vez ... CD
RCA/Shadoks (Germany), 1968. Used .... Out Of Stock
A really bold step forward for this cool Chilean combo of the late 60s – a set that still has all the raw garagey energy of their previous work, yet which also has them taking a lot more chances in the studio too! The album has this great core sound that's heavy in twang and fuzz – yet also frequently couches the music in larger ideas around the frame of the songs – not exactly Sgt Peppers material, but with a trippy aesthetic that really echoes the generation! At their core, these guys are still Anglo-inspired rockers, but it's great to hear what they're percolating on their own as well. Titles include "Civilizacion", "Obertura En Sol Mayor", "A Margarita", "La Tierra De Las Noches Largas", "Rodolfo Valentino", and "Postal No 56". CD
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New David BowieLow ... CD
RCA/Virgin, 1977. Used .... Out Of Stock
The Thin White Duke turns to the east – and gets a whole new sound with help from Brian Eno! The album is an amazing departure from some of David Bowie's previous work – a set that's sparer, more spacious, and which is often instrumental – quite a statement, given Bowie's reputation as a songwriter at the time! It's almost like Bowie's shaking off all the confused stardom of the previous parts of the 70s – and is stepping forward as a new being from a new space – cleaner, leaner, and simpler than before – but hardly evacuated of soul at all, certainly not as much as you might guess from the Man Who Fell To Earth image on the cover. Titles include "Speed Of Life", "Be My Wife", "A New Career In A New Town", "Warsawza", "Art Decade", "Weeping Wall", and "Sound & Vision". CD
(Enhanced CD.)
Also available Low (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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New Don BradenFire Within ... CD
RCA, 1999. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New BrownsComplete Pop & Country Hits ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1950s/1960s. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together/Milky Way ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1977/1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A heavy 2-fer – featuring a pair of 70s gems from Chocolate Milk! First up is We're All In This Together – an overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – a tight funky undercurrent that's definitely rooted in New Orleans soul, but has some warmer, more contemporary elements too – just like that mid 70s change Toussaint was bringing to his own grooves. Standout cuts include the funky numbers "Grand Theft" and "America" – plus the groover "Girl Callin" – although there's some mellower numbers we like pretty darn well too. Other tracks include "Help Me Find The Road", "Thinking Of You", "That's The Way She Loves", and "Fertility". Milky Way is tight, funky, and plenty groovy – a set that has Chocolate Milk sounding a lot smoother than at their start, but still pretty darn great overall! Allan Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn are still around to help the group on production, but the sound is more LA than New Orleans – a well-crafted set of grooves that almost seems to have the group's Crescent City roots shaking hands with the sunnier sound of California soul in the late 70s. That latter aspect adds in some nice jazzy touches – ala Fantasy Records – and almost gives the record a Wayne Henderson-styled groove at points, especially on some of the mellow steppers and midtempo numbers. Titles include "Milky Way", "You're The One", "Hurry Down Sunset", "Groove City", "Say Won'tcha", and "Paradise". CD

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New Sam CookeRhythm & The Blues ... CD
RCA, Early 60s. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Paul Desmond with Jim HallDesmond Blue (First Editions Series – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1962. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A cool jazz classic from altoist Paul Desmond and guitarist Jim Hall! The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! Unlike other RCA sides by Hall and Desmond, this one features the pair with larger string backings by Bob Prince, which create a dreamy pillow for alto and guitar to solo across. Titles include the Desmond originals "Late Lament" and "Desmond Blue" – plus "Ill Wind", "My Funny Valentine", and "Like Someone In Love". CD features 7 bonus tracks – masters and alternates, but tunes not on the album, including "Autumn Leaves", "Imagination", and "Advise & Consent". New notes, and extra photos too! CD

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New Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandDr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... CD
RCA, 1976. Used .... Out Of Stock
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that worked with a 20s aesthetic over a disco groove! There's a fair bit of acoustic instrumentation in the rhythms, and lots of those choppy, scratchy lines that we love so much in the Kid Creole work – all of which makes for a very nice change from the usual, especially in the late 70s mainstream. Darnell and Cory Daye are the main vocalists, and Darnell wrote all the lyrics for the album – on titles that include "Cherchez La Femme", "I'll Play The Fool", "Sour And Sweet", "We Got It Made", "Hard Times", "Sunshower", and "Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha". CD

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New Khachaturian/Prokofiev/ShostakovichConcerto/Concerto No 3 Op 26/3 Preludes Op 34 – William Kapell/Serge Koussevitzky/Boston Symphony Orch/Antal Dorati/Dallas Symphony Orch ... CD
RCA, 1945/1946/1949. Used .... Out Of Stock

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New LighthouseSuite Feeling (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA/Beatball (Korea), 1969. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – given that the album's got a full, spacious sound – one that definitely lives up to the "suite feeling" you'd expect! The style here is even more sophisticated than on the group's debut – still a mix of jazzy horns and rockish rhythms, but fused together even more perfectly – but with a leanness that's a good contrast to some of the more overblown groups of the same generation! There's just the right balance here to allow some standout solos – on horns, natch, but also some sweet Hammond too – and a young Howard Shore is also in the group on alto sax, and handled some of the arrangments for the record. Titles inlcude a great version of "A Day In The Life" – plus originals "Taking A Walk", "Could You Be Concerned", "Chest Fever", "Feel So Good", "Places On Faces Four Blue Carpet Traces", and "What Sense". CD

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New Love, Peace, & HappinessHere 'Tis ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1972. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A tremendous little record from Love Peace & Happiness – a great vocal trio from the early 70s, and one who really shine with this overlooked gem for RCA! The trio were part of the New Birth/Nite Liters universe that producer Harvey Fuqua brought to the label at the time – and they've got a hip sound that's right up there with the other two groups – with whom they were very intimately involved – working here with arrangements from Fuqua that are almost his contribution to post-Motown sounds in the 70s, the way that Holland-Dozier-Holland were working at Invictus. Ann Bogan really soars with righteous leads in the group – and gets equal support from brothers Leslie and Melvin Wilson – who really help underscore some of the bolder elements of the music – especially on the funkier cuts. Titles include "I Don't Want To Do Wrong", "Lonesome Lonely & Alone", "Don't Knock My Love", "If I Owned The World", "You Can't Cheat the Cheater", "Stay", "Mind", and "You've Chosen Me". Great reissue – with excellent sound and very detailed notes! CD

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New Main IngredientShame On The World/I Only Have Eyes For You ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Two great ones from The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! First up is I Only Have Eyes For You, a great later album from the Main Ingredient – professional, polished, and filled with wonderful harmony vocals! Maestro Patrick Adams arranged and produced the set – and he gives the record a really wonderful sound that's light years from his indie club work of the early 70s – a tight approach to vocal group soul that still lets the harmonies shine wonderfully, but which also takes them into more mature, sophisticated territory. Cuba Gooding's returned to the group, and his beautiful vocals are a very welcome (re)addition to their sound – and the album's got some key midtempo groovers that stand with some of the group's best work. Titles include "Party People", "Only", "Evening of Love", "Just Once", "All Because of You", "Rediscover Me", and a great modern soul remake of "I Only Have Eyes For You". Next up is Shame On The World – an album from 6 years earlier, but a great step forward for The Main Ingredient – a record that's still got all the harmony soul charm of their earlier work for RCA, but with a tighter feel overall – one that has them moving into the same mature group soul mode as The Manhattans over at Columbia! Production and arrangements are by Cuba Gooding and Luther Simmons of the group, with some help from Rene Hall on arrangements too – and the sound is polished, but never slick – a tightening up of the early 70s group soul sound, but in ways that sparkle even more than before! Titles include "Shame On The World", "Let Me Prove My Love To You", "Over You", "Old Greyhound", "Jamaica", "Put Your Love In My Hands", and "Lillian". CD also features the bonus track "Spoiled". CD

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New Main IngredientTasteful Soul/Bitter Sweet ... CD
RCA/Superbird (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A pair of great early albums from Main Ingredient – Tasteful Soul from 1970 and Bitter Sweet from 1971 – in a single set! Tasteful Soul is one of the groups earliest records, with a great set of Bert DeCoteaux arrangements, and a totally sweet soul harmony sound! The arrangements are nice and airy, with lots of smooth sweeping passages that let the vocals float around effortlessly. Tracks include "Magic Shoes", "I'm Better Off Without You", "Spinning Around", "Need Her Love", "Searching", and "Somebody's Been Sleeping". Bitter Sweet is another gem,, and the one that includes the big hit "Everybody Plays the Fool", one of the all-time great AM radio soul classics! Nice east coast group soul throughout, with that slightly heavy production style the band was hitting at the time. Other titles include "No Tears", "Fly Baby Fly", "You've Got to Take It", and "I Can't See Me Without You". 20 tracks in all! CD

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New Henry ManciniHangin Out/Mancini Generation ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Overlooked genius from Henry Mancini – and two albums back to back as a single set! The Mancini Generation is one of the first great electric moments for Henry Mancini in the 70s – and a record that's got a way groovier sound than you might expect from the title! Things are still very much in the best soundtrack Mancini mode – and pretty jazzy, too – but there's also a bit of Arp on the record, played by Hank himself – which makes for some mighty cool electronic touches! The rest of the lineup is pretty wonderful too – and features key work from west coast jazz soloists – including Clare Fischer on organ, Jerome Richardson on flute and soprano sax, and Jimmy Rowles on Fender Rhodes – all of whom sound great alongside the Arp. Titles include "The Mancini Generation", "Memphis Underground", "Killer Joe", "A Blusih Bag", "Charade", and "The Masterpiece". Hangin Out is very cool work from Henry Mancini – and one of the key 70s albums to feature the maestro himself playing an Arp! The added electric presence of the instrument really brings a lot to the usual Mancini charts here – creating some cool spacey and soulful moments you wouldn't expect, and some of those surprising Mancini funky bits that show up on records from the time! The set features a great medley of Barry White's "Love Theme" and MFSB's "TSOP"; classic soundtrack material like "The Thief Who Came to Dinner", "Theme From White Dawn", and the great "Theme From The Girl From Petrovka" (which was sampled by Pete Rock) – plus the tracks "The Sex Symbol", "Hangin' Out", "Song For Anna", "The Stripper", "Dolce" and "The Entertainer". CD

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New Harold McNairHarold McNair/Flute & Nut ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1970. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Two amazing sets from Harold McNair – a fantastic London 60s flute player with a really sharp edge! The self-titled Harold McNair has the leader working in a tight combo with some nice offbeat sounds – including a lot of breathy, soul-toned notes that remind us a fair bit of Roland Kirk – but which also showcase some of Harold's West Indian roots! (McNair was part of the same great West Indian influx of jazz musicians that also gave England Joe Harriott and Dizzy Reece.) The group features Harold mostly on flute, plus a bit of tenor – alongside Bill LeSage on piano, Spike Heatley on bass, and Tony Carr on drums – and titles include the seminal groover "The Hipster" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "Mento", "Indecision", "The Cottage", and "Mini Blues". Flute & Nut features the flute of Harold McNair alongside some sweet arrangements from John Cameron – with whom Harold worked famously on Donovan sessions in the 60s! Many tunes are McNair originals, and Harold's flute is definitely in the lead – but we also love the grooves that Cameron brings on board – a sweet blend of soulful jazz and sound library styles – all of which gives the album a similar feel to Roland Kirk's work with the Benny Golson group on Mercury. Titles include "Burnt Amber", "Herb Green", "Nomadic Joe", "Barnes Bridge", and "The Umbrella Man". CD

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New Sonny RollinsAll The Things You Are – 1963 to 1964 ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, 1963/1964. Used .... Out Of Stock
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New Sonny RollinsNow's The Time! ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1964. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A killer album from Sonny Rollins' prime 60s years at RCA – almost a return to basics, but always with that edge that makes Rollins stand out way more than most of his contemporaries – a subtle balance between straight and modern that really makes the album crackle! The album features Sonny working with Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter or Bob Cranshaw on bass, Roy McCurdy on drums – and a bit of welcome additional cornet from Thad Jones – sounding great here in a small group setting. Tracks are mostly jazz standards, but done with an incredible poise on the solos – completely transforming the tunes with Rollins' rich imagination! Titles include "52nd St Theme", "Round Midnight", "Four", "Afternoon In Paris", "St Thomas", and "I Remember Clifford". CD
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New Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means that it's sometimes overlooked next to her more forceful work of the time – but it's every bit essential Simone as some of her other key sides of the decade. The group is a small combo featuring Eric Gale, Bernard Purdie, Buddy Lucas, and Ernest Hayes – and titles include "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "Do I Move You?", "In The Dark", "Real Real", and "Backlash Blues". CD features bonus tracks "Whatever I Am (You Made Me)" and "Do I Move You (second version)". CD

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New Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, 1975. Used .... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for the migration of the cosmic jazz sound onto the dancefloor – a tune that's as funky as it is righteous – but other cuts on the album slow down the pace a bit too, and show off the mellower, more introspectively spiritual side that's always made Lonnie way more than just a funky jazz artist. Easily the best place to start in the all-great Lonnie Liston Smith catalog – and featuring tracks that include "Expansions", "Summer Days", "Desert Nights", "Shadows", "My Love", "Peace", and "Voodoo Woman". CD
Also available Expansions (UK pressing) ... CD 11.99

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New Porter WagonerBottom Of The Bottle/Confessions Of A Broken Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Omni (Australia), 1966/1968. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A pair of classic era-RCA albums from Porter Wagoner – the country music legend who was a master of singing songs of hardship and misery with tongue-in-cheek and a good-natured wink! Bottom Of The Bottle and Confessions Of A Broken Man both find Porter in his prime. Bottom Of The Bottle is full of drinking songs, and Confessions Of A Broken Man chronicles all kinds of misery – and Porter somehow finds the delicate balance of true empathy and folksy charm – with lots of great cover tunes, too!. Omni puts the 2 late 60s albums together, and adds some thematically appropriate added material from other great RCA records. 31 tracks in all: "Wino" (which is one of Porter's trademark monologues)", "Daddy And The Wine", "Turn The Juke Box Up Louder", "I Threw Away The Rose", "A Train That Never Runs", "Confessions Of A Broken Man", "My Last Two Tens", "Sing Me Back Home", "The Silent Kind", "Mama". "When I Drink My Wine", "I Judged A Man", "Bottle, Bottle", "Turn The Juke Box Up Louder" and more. CD

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New Paul DesmondTake Ten (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1963. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
That's "Take Ten", not "Take Five" – a great title cut that echoes Paul Desmond's previous work with Dave Brubeck – but which then gives way quickly to some sweet bossa-styled grooves done with guitar from Jim Hall! The album's one of the strongest of the Hall/Desmond collaborations for RCA – A sublime showcase not just for Paul's impeccable alto, but also for the amazing tones and chromes that fly freely from the strings of Jim's guitar! Both players are set up with just a bit of gentle backing – light percussion from Connie Kay, and a bit of bass from Gene Cherico or Gene Wright. The whole thing's a well-conceived study in economy, as the two players craft sly and subtle lines around spare drum and bass backings – slowly hanging sound in space to weave a rich web of sound that's as compelling as it seems to be effortless! Titles include "Take Ten", "El Prince", "Embarcadero", "Samba De Orfeu", "Theme From Black Orpheus", and "Alone Together". CD also features alternate takes of "Embarcadero" and "El Prince". CD

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New Paul Desmond & Gerry MulliganTwo Of A Mind (First Editions Series with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA, 1962. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A reunion of sorts for Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan – given that the pair had played together on record 5 years before, in a similar session for Verve! This album's almost lighter and more airy than the previous one – as it's done in a mode that echoes strongly with Desmond's own genius at RCA at the time – using a piano-less quartet format that has both horns carving out their own subtle space in sound, hanging together, but each occupying a different range of tonal color. The tracks are relatively longish, and the pair dart around each other nicely on tracks like "All The Things You Are", "Out Of Nowhere", "Blight Of The Fumble Bee", and "Two Of A Mind". CD features the bonus tracks "Easy Living", "All The Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight" & "Untitled Blues Waltz 1 & 2". CD

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New George DuningWorld Of Suzie Wong (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Kritzerland, 1960. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A strange film, but a great soundtrack! George Duning came up with an excellent batch of jazzy tracks for the film – and most of them swing hard and tightly, with strong jazzy solos, in a manner that's similar to some of Henry Mancini's best scores of the late 50s. A number of tracks have odd "Eastern" touches in the melody – mostly through the use of percussion – and this makes the jazzy tracks even nicer, and gives them a strange feel that's similar to some of the "east meets jazz" albums on Verve during the 60s. Titles include "Aberdeen Caper", "Gwenny Lee", "At The Namcock", "Groove For Suzie", and "Hit The Road To Dreamland" – and this great CD version features 29 tracks in all, with lots of rare bonus tracks! CD
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New Jayme MarquesStop ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
No stopping here – as the album's a groover from the word "go" – a sweet mix of Brazilian-styled rhythms and some warmer electric instrumentation! The set's one of the best from Spanish 70s maestro Jayme Marques – who sings and plays guitar on the record, amidst other instrumentation that's often heavy on percussion and Fender Rhodes! Some tracks feature a female backing chorus, but never used in ways that are too cheesy – and the record has some of the same soulful elements as the best groovers coming from Brazil at the time. Titles include the classic "Hooked On Green" – plus "Um Abraco A Tom Jobim", "Windsurfing", "Fifty, Fifty", "Gentes E Coisas De Bahia", and "Las Rosas No Hablan". CD

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New Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1961. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD
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New Elvis PresleyElvis At Stax (3CD set) ... CD
RCA, 1973. New Copy 3 CDs .... Out Of Stock
A really unique moment in pop music history – tracks recorded in a 1973 stretch when Elvis Presley was working at the legendary Stax Records studios in Memphis – home to a huge amount of great soul and funk over the years, and a place where Presley cut some of his best studio work of the 70s! The original masters were issued in a very unassuming way – spread out over a number of albums, and presented in a way that virtually ignored this key criss-crossing of Memphis sounds – but this excellent package finally does the sessions some justice – by bringing them together with proper studio and recording details, as a very unified studio album from Elvis! The music isn't as funk or soul-based as you might expect – although there are a few soulful tunes in the set – and the musicians are more the usual bag backing Presley, instead of Stax giants, like The Bar-Kays – but the quality of the work is undeniable, and it's finally great to get a proper picture of the Stax sessions like this. 3CD set fetaures a massive 55 tracks – with all the masters from 1973, plus outtakes from the sessions too – all rapped up in a 7" square box with a special 40 page book. Titles include "Promised Land", "Raised On Rock", "If You Talk In Your Sleep", "I've Got A Thing About You Baby", "Help Me", "It's Midnight (take 7", "My Boy (take 1)", "Three Corn Patches (take 14)", "Find Out What's Happening (takes 7 & 8)", "You Asked Me To (take 3A)", "Spanish Eyes (take 2)", "Talk About The Good Times (take 3)", "For Ol Times Sake (take 4)", and "Loving Arms (take 2)". CD

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New Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great keyboard accompaniment from frequent partner Brian Jackson on nearly every track – plus help from Hubert Laws on flute and sax, and Bernard Purdie on drums. CD features 17 tracks in all – much more than the album – and titles include "Pieces of a Man", "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Whitey on the Moon", "The Needle's Eye", "Home is Where the Hatred Is", "Did You Hear What They Said?", "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", "No Knock", "Sex Education Ghetto Style", "A Sign Of The Ages", "The Prisoner", and "When You Are Who You Think You Are". CD
Also available Revolution Will Not Be Televised ... CD 5.99

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New Harold VickWatch What Happens ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1968. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An incredible record – filled with tunes that are far groovier than you might expect! The session features saxophonist Harold Vick in a split setting – as half the tracks feature a larger group with Vick on tenor and soprano, playing with Herbie Hancock, Joe Farrell, Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh, and a chorus of breezy female singers – while the other half feature a quartet that includes some spectacular work by Hancock on piano. The female singers are surprisingly great – drifting behind Vick's horn with a breezy, moody feel that recalls similar use of voices on sessions by George Braith or Ahmad Jamal – and which, if anything, emphasize the soulfulness of Vick's horn – a sound that's extremely apparent in his rich Nathan Davis-like use of the soprano sax! Vick's sound is even more far-reaching and deeply soulful than on his other RCA albums from the time – with a nascent spiritual soul jazz tone even in the most familiar numbers. There's echoes here of Gary Bartz, Jimmy Heath, and the above-mentioned Nathan Davis – and the record is a massively soulful treasure that's one of our favorite jazz sessions ever! Titles include "Ode To Trane", "Serenata", "This Hotel", "Watch What Happens", "Guava Jelly", and "Autumn Sunset". CD

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New Henry Red AllenWorld On A String ... CD
Bluebird/RCA, 1957. Used .... Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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New Peter BrownBack To The Front (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1982. Used .... Out Of Stock
Surprisingly nice work from Peter Brown – a groover who still managed to hit on all burners after his early years at TK Records! Brown's definitely got a crossover feel here – clubby rhythms, but topped with vocals that belie his look on the front – and which, along with the catchy grooves, should have done more than enough to get Peter some wider play with early 80s audiences. Yet there's also some key dancefloor craft here – no-nonsense approach to the bottom of the tunes, and never too much cloying production up top – which serves to keep things nice and lean, and plenty clean too. Titles include "Give Me Up", "Heaven In Your Eyes", "Shall We Dance", "Danger", "The Love Game", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", and "Baby Gets High". CD features bonus tracks – "Baby Gets High (7" mix)", "Baby Gets High (12" mix)", "Overnight Sensation (12" mix)", and "Overnight Sensation (inst)". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New BrownsI Heard The Bluebirds Sing/Harvest Of Country Songs ... CD
RCA/Collectables, 1968. Used .... Out Of Stock

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New Jerry GoldsmithCassandra Crossing ... CD
RCA, 1977. Used .... Out Of Stock
Dramatic work from Jerry Goldsmith – a driving score to accompany this train-based action film from Italy. Just about the whole album's in the style of Goldsmith's typical action work – strings, sad themes, pounding forceful moments, and a few somber numbers – but there is one especially groovy tune that we really like. The number's called "It's All A Game", and is a sweetly stepping groover with harpsichord and wah wah guitar over strings – dancing like a lost early 70s soundtrack tune from Europe, and really worth the price of the album! The rest is pretty straight, and titles include "The Climber", "Kaplan's Death", "I Can't Go", "Helicopter Rescue", and "Safe Living". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Guess WhoBest Of The Guess Who ... CD
RCA, 1971. Used .... Out Of Stock
Also available Best Of The Guess Who ... LP 4.99

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New Neal HeftiOh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama's Hung You In The Closet & I'm Feelin' So Sad ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1966. Used .... Out Of Stock
Great grooviness from Neal Hefti – working here at the height of his 60s powers! The film stars Robert Morse, Barbara Harris, and Jonathan Winters – and the score's got a 60s screwball approach that mixes organ, woodwinds, percussion, and bits of strings together, all filtered through Hefti's rich style of arrangement. The overall feel is great – with loads of mod mod numbers, dancing around with wonderful rhythms that fall somewhere between bossa and beat. Ttiles include "Boy Girl Calypso", "Into The Sunset", "Spooky Coffins", "Oh Dad Calypso", "The Revolt of Johnathan Rosepettie III", and "Home Movies". CD
(Out of print.)
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New Dave BrubeckBossa Nova USA ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1962. New Copy .... $13.99
Way more than just a gimmicky bossa nova session – and a surprisingly great showcase for the inventive rhythms of the Brubeck group, and the sensitive alto work of Paul Desmond! The record's got a really different feel than some of Dave's other work for Columbia – in that the modernism is put slightly on the back burner – letting drummer Joe Morello snap out with some lightly gliding percussion that's a bit more straight ahead than usual, and which offers a unique take on the bossa groove. Paul Desmond's the real star of the set, though – and his alto steps out here with the best gentle presence of his later work for RCA and A&M – beautifully blown throughout, and with a tone that most other players would die for! Titles include "Bossa Nova USA", "Coracao Sensivel", "Theme For June", "Lamento", and "Cantiga Nova Swing". CD

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Jimmy CastorE-Man Groovin ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $15.99
Jimmy Castor's looking mighty butch on the cover of this one – what with the leather and motorcycle in the photo – and he's bringing all that energy to play strongly on the album's heavy heavy funk tracks! The record's a great extension of the funky style that Castor first started forging at RCA – touches with plenty of Jimmy's multi-instrumental touches on tenor, alto, and timbales – and given that great monster-inspired approach to lyrics – which ensures that the whole thing stays plenty vivid throughout! Vocals are nice and rough, and the instrumentation is heavy on basslines and clavinet – on titles that include the two part "Dracula", plus "Super Love", "I Love A Mellow Groove", "E Man Groovin", "I Don't Want To Lose You", and "Space Age". CD

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New Chicago Afrobeat ProjectMove To Silent Unrest ... CD
Chicago Afrobeat Project, 2007. Used .... $7.99
A magnificent set from the Chicago Afrobeat Project – the kind of group that makes us plenty proud we live in the Windy City! The record's got a quality that's a bit more ambitious than you might guess – a complicated style that's still plenty grooving, but which really features some sophisticated instrumentation overall – mostly in familiar Afrobeat modes, but served up with a freshness that we really love! The group's quite large – with instrumentation that's heavy on horns and percussion, but also features some killer keyboards too – snaking through the mix with a soulful vibe that really hits home, especially on the more righteous numbers in the set. Ugochi sings on one track, but the main focus is instrumental – and the great Bobby Broom also plays guitar on one cut too! Titles include "Superstar (part 7)", "Chupacabra", "Carcass", "Fix & Release", "Media Man", "Cloister", and "BSCG2". CD

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Rhonda ClarkBetween Friends (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1989. New Copy .... $9.99
A great set of modern soul Rhonda Clark – one that really should have catapulted to super-stardom in the late 80s! Rhonda has the goods here – crisp, modern productions that are as strong as any R&B circa '89 – a diverse, attractive voice and a bunch of great songs. We can't fathom why it didn't top the charts at the time, but it's really strong stuff! Between Friends has production on Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on the masterful single "State Of Attraction"– and their on board as musicians on some other tracks, too – with production by Randy Ran, Chuck Howard and Jellybean Johnson. Titles include "Does That Make A Man", "I Love Your Body", "Sugar", "Stay Here, Stay Near", "Now Matter How", "Sugar" and "Between Friends". This top notch CD version comes with deluxe packaging and booklet – it includes 6 alternate mixes of the classic "State Of Attraction" – 12" club mix, dub version, jazz version and more. CD

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Paulinho Da ViolaPaulinho Da Viola (1981) ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1981. New Copy .... $18.99
Wonderfully warm work from Paulinho Da Viola – an overlooked gem from the early 80s, and a set that bristles with all the classic energy of his music from the decade before! The overall sound is strongly acoustic – loads of great percussion underneath the guitar and vocals, with only a few bits of keyboards here and there to warm things up on a handful of tracks. And the rhythmic pulse of the record is nicely balanced with a few more mellow moments – which gives things a nice sense of depth and reflection, before jumping back into the groove! Titles include "Ultimo Lance", "Lua", "Forca De Vontade", "Onde A Dor Nao Tem Razao", "Flor Esquecida", and "Viver De Amor". CD

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Paco De Lucia & Ricardo Modrego12 Canciones De Garcia Lorca Para Guitarra ... CD
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1965. New Copy .... $18.99
Sublime early work from guitarist Paco De Lucia – working here with Ricardo Modrego on second guitar, in a wonderful batch of new readings of the work of Federico Garcia Lorca! The tunes are all instrumental, but have a richness that goes beyond words – amazing guitar interplay pulled from flamenco roots, but turned towards new Spanish modes of the 60s – light years from earlier recordings by cats like Sabicas, yet performed with a similar sense of prowess. Titles include "Anda Jaleo", "Zorongo Gitano", "Los Peregrinitos", "Las Tres Hojas", "El Vito", "Cafe De Chinitas", and "Los Cuatro Muleros". CD

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Francesco De MasiQuella Sporca Storia Nel West ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1968. New Copy .... $16.99
A really beautiful little soundtrack from Francesco De Masi – scored with a depth of feeling that's really surprising, and which goes way past the obvious! There's some beautiful woodwind passages that arc and turn with a quality that's almost fragile – yet bold enough to paint a vivid picture of the western setting of the film – mixed with some more dramatic numbers that still have a relatively unusual feel – almost as if De Masi was working as hard as he could to create a soundtrack that was different from other westerns of the period – while still staying within a familiar instrumental structure. Maurizio Graf sings the driving title tune "Find A Man" – and the CD features a whopping 27 titles that include "Emily E Johnny", "La Medaglia", "Addio Orace", "Santana E Johnny", "L'Assalto Di Santana", "Paura Notturna", "Non C'E Scampo", "Passi Nel Tempo", and "Johnny Sulla Croce". CD
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Mercan Dede800 ... CD
Double Moon (Turkey), 2007. Used .... $8.99
(Out of print.)

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Definition Of SoundLove & Life – A Journey With The Chameleons ... CD
Circa/Cardiac, 1990. Used .... $6.99
(Barcode and booklet have a cutout hole.)

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Paul DesmondFirst Place Again ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy .... $14.99
The first big Paul Desmond solo album of the 60s – and a standout set that's very much in the tradition of his best work on RCA! This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz – and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and Percy Heath on bass, all backing up Paul with a spare "after hours" sound that's a marked change from his tightly woven work with Brubeck. Desmond's alto is full of possibilities here – working wonders with familiar tunes like "Greensleeves", "You Go To My Head", "Time After Time", and "East Of The Sun" – as well as with the John Lewis modern number "2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West". CD

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George Duning/Henry ManciniDear Brigitte/Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Kritzerland, 1962/1965. New Copy .... $19.99
Two different Jimmy Stewart comedy soundtracks from the 60s – both of them nice! First up is Dear Brigitte – an overlooked 1965 score by George Duning – done with a mix of the playful modes you'd expect from the story, and some of those great deeper dramatic touches that Duning used in more serious soundtracks – a really rich mixing of modes with a sound that's much stronger than we expected! Titles include "On To BBs", "The Captain", "Magical Moment", "Puzzled Cap'n", "Hey Dad", "Is It A Trick", and "She Sank". Next is an even groovier record – a rare non RCA Henry Mancini soundtrack from the early 60s – the score to Mr Hobbs Takes A Vacation, done with all the best mix of jazz and groovy elements we love in classic Mancini! Instrumentation mixes a key electric guitar melody with some lighter touches on woodwinds – really getting the most out of the melody with some shifts in timing and tone, juxtaposed with a few numbers that are even more playful! Titles include "Barn Swallow", "Something For Lauri", "Cream Puff", "Up His Nose", "A Month Off", and "Rudders & Sails". CD features 39 tracks in all – including 7 bonus tracks from the Mancini score! CD
(Limited edition of 1000 copies.)

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Flying LotusUntil The Quiet Comes ... CD
Warp, 2012. Used .... $8.99
The best yet from Flying Lotus – who we keep allowing ourselves to believe has hit an insurmountable peak with each new record – but he just keeps getting better! Where the preceding Cosmogramma upped the stranger, spacier and more abstract textures, Until The Quiet Comes is a bit more inviting – and to his credit, Flying Lotus keeps things as innovative as ever, while still giving this one just a bit more immediately appealing atmosphere. There's nearly always a compelling beat, whether it's abstract boom bap or bubbly and synthy, with heavy bass and thick waves of sound floating over. An incredible roster of guests contribute, too – including string-arranger Miguel Atwood Ferguson, vocalists Erykah Badu, Laura Darlington and Radiohead's Thom Yorke, keyboardist Dorian Concept, and others – but there's little doubt that this is purely the Flying Lotus show. Greatness! Titles include "All In", "Sultan's Request", "See Thru To U" with Erykah Badu, "DMT Song" with Thundercat, "The Nightcaller", "Only If You Wanna", "Electric Candyman" with Thom Yorke, "Hunger" with Niki Randa, "Phantasm" with Laura Darlington, "Dream To Me" and more. CD

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Ghalib GhallabLive At VooDoo Lounge ... CD
Circa, 1997. Used .... $6.99
(Out of print.)

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Garland GreenVery Best Of Garland Green – 24 Tracks From Chicago's Master Soul Singer's Illustrious Career ... CD
Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... $14.99
A windy city hero – the amazing Garland Green, a singer who makes us mighty proud we hail from Chicago! Garland's got an incredible style that few others can touch – partly schooled in the 60s iceman modes of Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson, with all the sophistication that might imply – but also often given a raspier twist, with slightly southern echoes that make Garland's music feel even more deeply personal! And while most folks know Green's big hits for the Uni label, this package shows a rich legacy that goes much father than that – work recorded for labels that include Cotillion, Spring, RCA, Ocean Front, and Revue – in addition to some key Uni tracks. This trans-label set really does a wonderful job of showing the full range of Garland's mighty talents – a sublime set of soul cuts that run from the start of the 70s right up to the early 80s modern years – packaged with detailed notes too. Titles include "Since You've Been Gone", "These Arms", "Just Loving You", "Just My Way Of Loving You", "He Didn't Know", "Don't Think That I'm A Violent Guy", "Love's Calling", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", "Sweet Loving Woman", "Ask Me What You Want", "You Played On A Player", "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", and "Sending My Best Wishes". CD

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Randy HallI Belong To You ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy .... $18.99
A catchy slice of mid 80s soul from Randy Hall – an excellent musician who handles quite a bit of the instrumentation, on top of being a charismatic singer – and this one's produced by Ray Parker Jr, whose ear for catchy hooks is in top form! Hall spins a lot of plates on his own – most of the vocals, some guitar, bass, keys and programming – but there's a lot of other great players in the studio, including producer Parker – and that dedication to real musicianship puts I Belong To You on higher level than a lot of pop soul, circa '84! Great stuff! Includes "I've Been Watching You (Jamie's Girl)", "A Gentleman", "Feel My Eyes", "She's My Little Star", 'I Want To Touch You", "I Belong To You", "A Real Man" and more. CD

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Roland Hanna with George MrazSir Elf Plus 1 ... CD
Choice (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $9.99 11.98
A really great setting for pianist Roland Hanna – a player who always sparkles in a solo setting, but works here with just a bit of bass on the side! The record features duets between Hanna's piano and the bass of George Mraz – but most tracks feature Roland really leading things off, with those flowing lines that are filled with creative imagination – in a style that could only be dubbed Hanna-like, as so few players could ever handle it so well! The addition of bass makes for some nice subtle touches that shape the tunes in gentle ways – and titles include "Majorca", "Yesterdays", "Meeting Of The Minds", "What Does It Matter", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". CD

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John Lee HookerKabuki Wuki/Born In Mississippi, Raised Up In Tennessee ... CD
ABC/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 CDs .... $18.99
A pair of post-Chess albums from John Lee Hooker – both of them great! Kabuki Wuki is mighty great live work from John Lee Hooker – recorded during an all-night concert in early 70s San Francisco – but with a freewheeling groove that feels like a small club in Chicago during the early years of electric blues! Hooker's guitar and vocals are tremendous – often served up in that heavy pulse of his best vintage recordings – and Robert Hooker adds in some sweet Hammond licks on a few numbers, to give things slightly jazzy undercurrent as well. Tracks include "Hold It", "Look At The Rain", "My Best Friend", "Your Love", and "If You Got A Dollar". The second album is Born in Mississippi, raised in Tennessee, but recorded in California with some mighty great grooves! The album's a great mix of the rootsy blues of John Lee Hooker and some of the best production modes ABC Records was using at the time – no hoke or attempt to dampen the energy of the core music – but just the key addition of fresh elements from players who include Clifford Coulter on piano, Sugarcane Harris on violin, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Mel Brown on bass, George Bohannon on trombone, and John Klemmer on electrified sax with effects! These players all have a great ear for messing up jazz, blues, soul, and funk – and help Hooker to make the set one of his hippest ever – a record that nods strongly at the new generation, yet never panders to it at all. Titles include "Younger Stud", "King Of The World", "Tell Me You Love Me", and "Going Down". CD

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New Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... CD
Reflection/Numero, 1971. New Copy .... $11.99 15.98
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity – and quite possibly the best unearthed singer-songwriter folk gem we've heard in years! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural – recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter – we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year, it was pretty much automatically relegated to obscurity. Now, thankfully is a fertile time for the rediscovery post 60s folkish gems – and this one is at the very top of the line. Would you expect anything less from the Numero Group? Titles include "Up North", "On A Misty Morning", "Nothing More Than Strangers", "My Child", "The Innocence Of A Child", "It Comes With The Breezes" and more – plus the bonus demo "In The Hot Summer" – which led to the next phase of Catherine's career at RCA. CD
Also available What A Beautiful Place ... LP 15.99

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New Weldon IrvineIn Harmony (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $24.99
Weldon Irvine meets Strata East – and the result is one of the keyboardist's funkiest albums ever! The set's more jazz-based than the soul/funk outings Weldon cut for RCA and his own label – with great focus on Weldon's lines on clavinet and Fender Rhodes – supported by sweet guitar lines and lots of heavy percussion – often a mix of drums and congas, which really sounds great. Pianist Virginia Joe Jones joins the group on a few cuts – but the main star here is definitely Weldon, who sparkles wonderfully on some spiritual keyboard solos. Titles include "Pleasure Pain & Me", "Marjorie Moon", "Down Home", "Fat Mouth", "Turkish Bath", and "Gemini Mood". CD

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Kimiko Kasai with Kosuke MineYellow Carcass In The Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $28.99
A record that's far more beautiful than you'd guess from the "carcass" in the title – a strong set of vocal work from singer Kimiko Kasai – easily one of the hippest Japanese singers of the 70s! Although Kasai's sometimes straight on the album, she also stretches out in freer, more expressive modes – at a level that's quite similar to some of the more experimental modes used by Karin Krog during the same period – although with a slightly unique feel as well. Backings are from the quartet of reedman Kosuke Mine – whose lines on soprano and alto sax are almost worth the price of the album alone – and all tracks are long, with titles that include "Be Still My Soul", "Round Midnight", "Yellow Carcass In The Blue", "Alone Together", "River Dry", and "Blues In C Minor". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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LAMPShades Of Green ... CD
Peng (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $19.99
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