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Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA/Get On Down, 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – and actually not his first solo record – but it's certainly the first one to really show the world he could stand so strongly on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bobby BrownDon't Be Cruel ... LP
MCA, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Breakout brilliance from Bobby Brown – the album that really showed the world he could stand on his own strongly after leaving New Edition! Given the tight production from LA & Babyface, among others, the sound here is hardly cruel – and instead, the album's got a catchily commercial groove that holds up surprisingly well – and arguably sounds a lot better these days, many years after these tunes were getting a bit too overplayed on the radio. Includes the hit singles "Don't Be Cruel" and "My Prerogative", plus "Every Little Step", "Rock Wit'cha", "Take It Slow", "All Day All Night" and "Roni". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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Jason AjemianFolklords ... CD
Delmark, 2014. Used ... $7.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Punk The Blues", "Material Girls", and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". CD
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New Jason AjemianFolklords ... LP
Delmark, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
One of the trippiest albums we've heard from Delmark in recent years – a really creative session from bassist Jason Ajemian, and one that links the label's avant jazz work to some of the deeper sides of Chicago's indie scene! Ajemian is free to work without any sense of genre or convention – in a mode that still hits plenty of jazz, with key use of work by Monk, Mingus, and Sun Ra – but which really abstracts things and takes them to a whole new level – opening up cosmic territory that lives up to the album's stated request to "Please Feel Yourselves". Ajemian plays bass and some electronics, in a quartet that also features Owen Stewart Robertson on guitar and electronics, Kid Bliss on alto sax and vibrolux, and Jason Nazary on drums – the last of which are played in a very slow, spacious style. All tracks are long – and titles include "Ask Mr Blunt Now" – which features extrapolations of "Satellites Are Spinning" and "Ask Me Now" – and "Orange Is The Color Of The Sun Then Blue Sky" – which is built upon some key Charles Mingus tunes. Other titles are originals, and include "Material Girls" and "Freedom Is A Trail Of Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
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Alessandro AlessandroniSangue Di Sbirro ... CD
Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the funkiest soundtracks we've ever heard from Alessandro Alessandroni – a set that clearly shows he'd been listening to the score for Shaft, as well as a host of 70s sound library music too! There's lots of great Italian cop/crime grooves on the set – done at an understated level that's almost better than more familiar work of the genre – often strongly focused on the core rhythms, which are lean and plenty darn funky – bad-stepping with instrumentation that's often small combo funky jazz more than it is the bigger orchestrations of American cop scores. Titles include "Cop's Blood", "Amusement", "Duke Soul Jazz", "Tema Di Susie", "Club Jazz", "Palance", "Knell", "Sbirro In Fuga", and "Luxury". CD
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies.)

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New Alessandro Alessandroni/Francesco DeMasiLesbo (limited edition) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Sexy ladies on the cover, and some equally sexy sounds underneath – served up in a perfect 60s Italian blend of jazz and bossa-based styles! Sweeping strings bring a nice sense of depth to some numbers, while others have a more intimate feel – either via spare guitar, or some jazzy elements on piano, sax, and organ – shifting instrumentation that really keeps things interesting throughout, and which makes the record feel like some rich narrative on its own, in sound – without any need for the images on the screen. The whole thing is wonderful – one of those Italian soundtrack treasures that delivers even more than it promises – and music was composed by Alessandro Alessandroni and Francesco De Masi, then orchestrated by De Masi, with some cool wordless vocal moments as well. Titles include a number of variations on "Lesbo" plus the sweet vocal opener "Qualsiasi Cosa", "Crepuscolo Sul Mare", and "IL'Isola Dell'Amore". CD
(Limited edition – very limited! Just 500 copies!)

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AlpayYekte ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
Unusual sounds from Alpay – an artist who perfectly shows the unique east/west crossroads that ran through the Turkish scene of the 70s! At one level, Alpay's as Western as you might guess from his look on the cover – and attempts here to serve up rockish tracks aimed at the mainstream – but his music is also heavy on plenty of older Eastern elements too – unusual inflections on the vocals, exotic instrumentation alongside electronic, and a really compelling style that sounds both ancient and futuristic at the same time! There's a budding spiritualism that seems to seep out around the corners of more conventional song structures – and the blend definitely echoes some of the best modes of the Turkish scene of the same time. The package features a very well-selected batch of Alpay recordings from the early 70s, complete with notes – and titles include "Bak Kalbim", "Akca Kizlar", "Can Karagozlum", "Ask Boyledir", "Suna", and "Denizciler". LP, Vinyl record album

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AnikaAnika EP ... LP
Invada/Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
A great follow-up EP to Anika's addictive Stones Throw debut – a darkness-tinged batch of covers – bringing some great songs by The Kinks, The Crystals, Chromatics and Shocking Blue along with a pair of dubbed up versions of earlier Anika singles. There's a bit of no wave vibe of stark electronics and moody vocals, but Anika's got an overall presense unlike anyone else. Once again she gets some excellent production by Geoff Barrow of Beak> and Portishead. Titles include "I Go To Sleep", "He Hit Me", "Love Buzz", "In The City", "No One's There (Dub)" and "Yang Yang (Dub)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aphex TwinSyro ... CD
Warp, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complicated track titles, and you might expect the strangest, most outre aural science of his career, but to the contrary, it's highly melodic and insistent stuff – finding him him working comfortably at home in his own canon, without repeating past glories. Excellent later work from one of the most consistently rewarding electronic music artists of the past several decades. It seems like Richard D. James doesn't ever bother to release his stuff if he doesn't have something great in the hopper, and Syro is indeed pretty great! "Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]", "XMAS_EVET10 [120] [Thanaton3 Mix]", "[Produk 29 [101]", "4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]", "180db_ [130]", "CIRCLONT6A [141.98][Syrobonkus Mix]", "CIRCLONT14 [152.97][Shrymoming Mix]", "Syro u473t8+e [141.98][Piezoluminescence Mix]", "PAPAT4 [155][Pineal Mix]", "Aisatsana [102]" and more. CD

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Art BearsHopes & Fears ... LP
ReR, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A legendary meeting of the talents of Dagmar Krause on vocals, Fred Frith on guitars, and Chris Cutler on percussion and electronics! Titles include "On Suicide", "Piers", "Labyrinth", "The Dance", "Maze", and "In Two Minds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original UK pressing.)

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New Ash Ra TempelAsh Ra Tempel ... CD
OMM/Spalax (France), 1971. Used ... $9.99
A landmark set from the German prog scene – the first amazing utterance of Ash Ra Tempel, and a standard-setting album that few others could ever hope to match! The sound here builds beautifully – coming out of abstract, noisy territory, then finding shape as the record goes on – a perfect blend between the instruments and new studio modes that really help the textures and tones come to the forefront! The group features Klaus Schulze on drums and electronics, Manuel Gotsching on guitar, and Hartmut Enke on bass – and Conny Plank worked the knobs, to help the whole thing come together like magic! Each song takes up a side of the record – and titles include "Amboss" and "Traummaschine". CD

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Robert AshleyIn Sara, Mencken, Christ & Beethoven There Were Men And Women ... CD
Cramps/EMI (Italy), 1972. Used ... $18.99
Wonderful early work by Robert Ashley – a great example of the way he always brought playfully clever touches to his compositions! As with some of Ashley's other work, the piece is spoken, but heavily processed too – layered back on itself with an aesthetic that's certainly informed by the minimalist generation, but sometimes a bit more offbeat too – with echoes of both the work of Jon Appleton and Steve Reich! Paul DeMarinis handles a lot of electronics alongside the voice of Ashley – and the piece was recorded live at Mills College in 1972, and is based on a text from John Barton Wolgamot. CD
(Out of print.)

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David Axelrod & OthersAxelrod Chronicles ... CD
Fantasy, Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
It's great to see that David Axelrod's finally getting his due – and this reissue of material from Fantasy is one of the first reissues of his work in the US! Most cuts here are much more jazz-based than Axelrod's higher-concept material under his own name for Capitol in the late 60s – and the music represents Axe's key move to Fantasy after bigger label fame – a move that he made with Cannonball Adderley, who also figures in on some of these tracks. The CD features 8 tracks from Axelrod's Full Axe album – a tasty bit of funky fusion that's one of his best jazz-oriented releases – plus a sampling of tracks from other albums he produced and/or arranged for Fantasy. Titles from Full Axe include "My Family", "Mucho Chupar", "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", and "Everything Counts" – and other tracks include "Cantaro" and "Solitario" by Gene Ammons, "Bach" and "Sierra Morena" by Hampton Hawes, "Quit It" by Nat Adderley, "Goodbye So Long" by Funk Inc, and "Stayin Place" from the Big Man 2LP set. CD
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Kevin AyersJoy Of A Toy (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Harvest/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
A wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often quite catchy – almost a Donovan-esque blend of folksy roots and jazz inflections – but tuned a bit more towards trippier ends, thanks to instrumentation that includes celeste, electronics, flute, oboe, kazoo, cello, organ, and a wide range of different guitars! David Bedford handled arrangements, and other players on the session include some ex-Soft Machine comrades – like Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt! Ayers' vocals are produced with a nicely compressed quality that squeezes them in alongside the instrumentation – and titles include "Joy Of A Toy Continued", "The Lady Rachel", "All This Crazy Gift Of Time", "Eleanor's Cake", and "Girl On A Swing". LP, Vinyl record album

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BacheloretteEnd Of Things EP ... LP
Drag City, 2005. Very Good+ ... $3.99
The very cool electronic folk guise of Annabel Alpers – ekeing genuine emotion and leftfield pop melodies out of vintage electronics and plaintive vocals in a sublime way! This mid 00s set is her first record, and it's on vinyl for the first time thanks to our friends at Drag City. Includes "My Electric Husband", "Down In The Street", "Love Is A Drug", "Pebbles And Dirt", "Song For A Boy", "On The Four" and "The End Of Things". LP, Vinyl record album

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BacheloretteIsolation Loops ... LP
Drag City, 2007. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The first full length from Bachelorette – delivering on the promising End Of Things EP with the excellent Isolation Loops LP! Everything is fleshed out just a bit more, taking vintage electronic instrumentation into the realm if intimate folk music and sweeter pop. The acoustic guitar and vintage keys and drum programming pair with her voice very well, thanks in no small part to solid songs and emotionally resonant voice. Titles include "Duet Minus One", "A Lifetime", "Doo-Wop", "Your Magic Air", "Holding Back One", "Subatomic Pop", "And The Earth Knew Absence" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Henk Badings & Dick Raaijmakers/Yvonne GeorgiEvolutions (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $22.99
Amazing early electronics from Henk Badings – originally created as music for the ballet Evolutions, but done with a sound that lives way past its source! Henk's working here with frequent partner Dick Raaijmakers, in that eerie, other-worldly style that the pair brought to their groundbreaking experiments at the Philips Laboratories in the Netherlands – music that's made the Dutch sound some of the most unusual of the postwar years, still yet to be duplicated today! Much of the work features dark tones and analogue elements coming together in passages that are more sonic and textural than rhythmic or musical – very beautiful utterings from a future yet to be experienced. Titles include "Overture", Air", "Intermezzo", "Waltz", and "Finale". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg Holm & Stale SolbergParty Knullers Meets Jim Baker – Four Images Of Wank ... LP
Hispid (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
Jim Baker plays some pretty great analog synth here – which is mixed with both electronics and cello from Fred Lonberg-Holm – with similar acoustic-sounding elements that really link the players' performances together nicely! The music is improvised with a rich sense of texture and tone – one that's subtle and never hits you over the head with the possible variations of the instrumentation – and as usual, drummer Stale Liavik Solberg proves himself to be a careful participant in such a setting. Titles include "Muhldorfl", "Wallgau", "Krun", and "Schlattan Hofle". LP, Vinyl record album

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BallisterBoth Ends ... LP
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Maybe one of the most vibrant musical performances ever from the Ballister trio – for reasons that are recorded in the notes on the album – a stunning collaboration between Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion! The players have a great way of swinging between sound and space – really letting things out to create the right sort of suspense, then bounding back in with the sort of bold energy that really feeds their fire – almost with a sensitivity that's surprising, given the situation! The album features one long live performance – divided up into "Front" and "Back" passages. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow vinyl pressing, too!)

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New Nik Bartsch's RoninLlyria ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2010. Used ... $7.99
A rhythmic, moody and moving set from Nik Bartch's Ronin for ECM – somewhat relaxed material that still has an something of sinister melodic undercurrent. Bartch's piano leads some dynamtic, and quite wonderful drum work by Kaspar Rast and percussion by Andi Pupato, with bass by Bjorn Meyer and alto sax and bass clarinet by Sha. Patterns repeat for hypnotic effect, but it's an ever evolving landscape. 7 pieces including "Modul 48", "Modul 52", "Modul 55", "Modul 47", "Modul 53", "Modul 51" and "Modul 49_44". CD

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Gary BartzMusic Is My Sanctuary ... LP
Capitol, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional keyboards, percussion, and often a sweet bank of chorus vocals to give the tracks an extra soulful sound! By the time of this album, Larry had already worked to great fame with Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond – and the record has him turning his talents towards Gary Bartz to unlock a whole hidden side of soulful expression that would never be matched again! The title cut – "Music Is My Sanctuary" – is a jazz fusion classic in anyone's book, and it features characteristic Mizell keyboards alongside Gary's soulful sax, augmented by a deep vocal chorus that's simply fantastic. Other highlights include "Carnaval De L'Esprit" and "Macaroni" – and the whole album's nice! LP, Vinyl record album

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopBBC Radiophonic Music (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A incredible and innovative batch of late 60s sound library grooves from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – short bits of forward-thinking electronic music! It's a compilation of material composed and recorded by John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire – and it's a pretty amazing set of trippy, yet tuneful sounds. Lots of spacey, kinda 60s sci-fi sounds, eerily droning effects, and playful little riffs of more conventional incidental music. The record features more than 30 short pieces: "Radio Sheffield", "Artbeat", "War Of The Worlds", "Crossbeat" and more by David Cain, "Radio Nottingham", "Boys And Girls", "Time And Tune", "Milky Way" and more by John Baker, "Mattachin", The Delian Mode", "Door To Door", "Air" and more by Delia Derbyshire. LP, Vinyl record album

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopBBC Radiophonic Workshop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Synthy, echoey soundscapes from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop! This mid 70s compilation features a range of tripped out electronic soundtrack music made by workshop veterans Dick Mills (who was responsible for quite a bit of the trippy sounds on Dr. Who), John Baker, Paddy Kingsland, Malcolm Clarke and others – who brilliantly blend jazz, pop and otherwise more conventionally melodic sounds with waves of period electronic atmosphere – with lots of spacey synth! Includes "La Grande Piece De La Fiore De La Rue Delaware" by Malcolm Clarke, "Brio" by John Baker", "Adagio", "Crazy Dazy" and "Major Bloodnok's Stomach" by Dick Mills, "The Panel Beaters" and "World Of Science" by Paddy Kingsland, "Veils And Mirrors" by Glynis Jones, "Kitten's Lullaby" by Roger Limb and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopFourth Dimension & Other Synthesiser Music From The BBC Radio Workshop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Very groovy electronics from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – the team who first pioneered the use of early synth in 60s soundtracks – still going strong here in the 70s! The record sparkles with the best energy of a moogy sound library session on KPM from the same time – lots of keyboard lines upfront, used in ways that range from spare and spooky to cool and jazzy – sometimes with a bit of funk at the bottom, sometimes a more whimsical soundtrack theme! Paddy Kingsland plays the synth, and wrote all the tracks – and titles include "Flashback", "Scene & Heard", "Vespucci", "Reg", "Tamariu", "One Eighty One", "Colour Radio", and "Take Another Look". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francis BebeyPsychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra cool sansa, which is a similar thumb piano to the kalimba – amplified here in really great ways, and mixed with some moody, dark elements throughout! The music has much more of a 70s vintage than you'd guess from the dates on the record – thanks partly to the raw percussion, and very offbeat production – which sometimes is mellow, sometimes bursts out in these shocking waves of sound. Titles include "Sanza Tristesse", "Forest Nativity", "Sunny Crypt", "Ngoma Likembe", "Guinee", "Di Saegi", and "Binta Madiallo". CD
Also available Psychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... LP 26.99

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Francis BebeyPsychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... LP
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra cool sansa, which is a similar thumb piano to the kalimba – amplified here in really great ways, and mixed with some moody, dark elements throughout! The music has much more of a 70s vintage than you'd guess from the dates on the record – thanks partly to the raw percussion, and very offbeat production – which sometimes is mellow, sometimes bursts out in these shocking waves of sound. Titles include "Sanza Tristesse", "Forest Nativity", "Sunny Crypt", "Ngoma Likembe", "Guinee", "Di Saegi", and "Binta Madiallo". LP, Vinyl record album
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BEF (British Electric Foundation)Music Of Quality & Distinction Vol 1 ... LP
Virgin (UK), 1982. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A strangely compelling project from the British Electric Foundation – the production alter ego of Heaven 17 from the early 80s! The core of the package features tracks from a BEF tribute to pop of the 60s and 70s – featuring a great assortment of (then) nearly-lost singers, working through an equally great assortment of tunes of older vintage – all produced with some slightly ironic new wave touches, but also still coming across in versions that clearly respect the originals. Titles include "It's Over" and "The Secret Life Of Arabia" by Billy Mackenzie, "Wichita Lineman" and "Perfect Day" by Glenn Gregory, "Suspicious Minds" by Gary Glitter, "These Boots Are Made For Walking" by Paula Yates, "There's A Ghost In My House" by Paul Jones "You Keep Me Hanging On" by Bernie Nolan, "Ball Of Confusion" by Tina Turner and "Anyone Who Had A Heart" by Sandie Shaw. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Beady BelleCewbeagappic ... CD
Jazzland (UK), 2003. Used ... $6.99
Stunning – simply stunning! This album by Scandinavian group Beady Belle is the first to really unlock their full potential – and offers a haunting blend of jazz, electronics, and other elements that make for a record beyond description. Beady has a style that's impossible to peg right away – but one listen to this set, and you'll be pulled into a strange world of sound, one that will restore your faith in modern music! Lyrics are in English, and titles include "Hindsight", "Big Balloon", "One & Only", "Shadow", "On The Ground", "April Fool", "Bella", and "Wounded Pride". CD

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Philippe BesombesLibra – Un Film Du Groupe Pattern ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $27.99
Tripped out electronics meet progressive rock jamming – all in a weird and wonderful film score from the early 70s! The record's one of the best by French experimentalist Philippe Besombes from the time – and it's got a style that sort of starts in the territory of Francois De Roubaix similar electronic work for film – but gets a lot darker and noisier right away! There's a textural depth here that's really great – almost a pre-industrial music exploration of sounds – but the work's also not that over-indulgent, either – and Besombes always has a great way of getting back to a tune, especially on the shorter tracks. Titles include "La Plage", "Rugby", "Ceremonie", "Hache 06", "La Ville", "Les Cosmonautes", "Tis A Song", "Boogimmick", and "PJF 261". LP, Vinyl record album

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Franco BixioValeria Dentro E Fuori (with bonus track) ... CD
Saimel (Spain), 1972. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet and sexy little soundtrack – penned by Franco Bixio, conducted by Vince Tempera – and filled with cool keyboards, gentle rhythms, and a few cool vocal bits from Edda Dell'Orso! The album's got the laidback, mellow vibe of some of Ennio Morricone's best love themes – mixed with the erotic undercurrents of Stelvio Cipriani, and touched with a few slightly moody, eerie moments as the soundtrack moves on – although even these have a slightly slinky, sexy feel. The set's got one great funky keyboard number – "Per Clavicembalo E Archi" – and other titles include "Fool Play", "Valeria", "La Mente Persa", "Electronic Sound", "Diamonds", and "Rituale". Also features a bonus track – "Valeria Dentro E Fuori". CD

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Black HeatNo Time To Burn ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their razor-sharp rhythms! There's a slight hint of Afro Funk in some of the rhythms – and the keyboards cook with lots of sweet clavinet lines – mixed with a production style that features some bubbling electronic elements that remind us a lot of that crazy "magic bag" that was used by the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band. That group might be a good point of comparison, but the band also shares a lot of Kool & The Gang's ensemble funk style – especially on their cover of "Love The Life You Live" – which they burn here beautifully! Other tracks include "Super Cool", "M&M's", "Rapid Fire", "You Should Have Listened", "Times Have Changed", and "Check It All Out". CD

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Mark Bolan & T RexGreat Hits – 1972 to 1977 – The A Sides ... CD
Chronicles, 1970s. Used ... $1.99
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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD
Also available Elegancia Tropical ... CD 13.99

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Bomba EstereoElegancia Tropical ... CD
Sony/Polen (Argentina), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
The best album so far from this up-and-coming Colombian group – a great mix of rootsy elements and more electronic production – served up in the forward-reaching style we've come to love in recent projects from the Soundway label! Bomba Estereo are easily one of the most contemporary groups to hit the imprint of late – and they've got no trouble at all moving between upbeat, soulful styles and more earthy levels of instrumentation – all fused together with the kind of warmth and joy we might expect in some of the older productions from Luaka Bop, but with a bit more edge too. Titles include "Bosque", "Bailar Conmigo", "Pa Respirar", "Mozo", "Pajaros", "Pure Love", and "Caribbean Power". CD
Also available Elegancia Tropical ... CD 13.99

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Boney MNight Flight To Venus ... CD
Hansa/BMG (Germany), 1978. Used ... $8.99
A nice bit of space age disco fantasy from Boney M – a set that's got a few more electronic touches than some of the group's other records, but which still continues in a straight ahead poppy vein! There's a sound here that's arguably a bit more sophisticated than before – especially on some of the rhythms, which almost hint at Bohannon like complexity at the bottom. There's almost a bit more club appeal than you might expect – although other tunes are definitely more the stuff of hotel lobby dancefloors than warehouse parties in New York. Titles include "King Of The Road", "Nightflight To Venus", "Voodoonight", "Brown Girl In the Ring", "Heart Of Gold", and the hit version of "Rivers Of Babylon". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fabrizio Bosso & Marco MoreggiaMagic Susi ... CD
Verve (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the more electronic projects we've heard from trumpeter Fabrizio Bosso – a set of work done with electronic musician Marco Moreggia, who creates a very different sound for Fabrizio's horn! The music is a blend of sound sources, keyboards, and other elements – sometimes augmented by warmer touches on guest strings and jazz instrumentation, but often laid out just by Marco as a soundscape for Bosso's well-crafted trumpet lines – with some abstracted vocals drifting through the music as well. The mix of acoustic lead and electric elements takes us back to classic work by Jon Hassel, or maybe more recent efforts by Nils Petter Molvaer – and titles include "Blu", "Pour Un Ami", "Little Children", "Stone Mountain", "Fabri Space", and the four part "Seasons". CD

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Simon BoswellHardware ... LP
Flick (UK), 1990. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 42.98
Moody music from the Richard Stanley film Hardware – done by Simon Boswell in a range of styles that expand from his famous material for the movie Phenomena! The sound shifts greatly throughout the expanded release of this music – from eerie electronic passages that have more of an Argento vibe, to richer orchestrations that often plumb the depths of the sonic range, to some weird guitar numbers that either use slide or a bit of twang to introduce a surprising element of humanity that's missing from other tracks. Many numbers have this low-end noise present throughout – dark vibrations that really shape the feel of the record – and titles include "Droid Attack", "Metal Finger", "On The Road", "No Flesh Shall Be Spared", "Mark 13", "Cockroach Tea", and "This Is What You Get". Also features "Good Morning Amerika" – with Iggy Pop! LP, Vinyl record album

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Bounty Killer/Rahsun & Skeeta RanksEyes A Bleed (RZA rmx, Tom Larock rmx, dancehall version)/Weed Life (rmx, dancehall version)/I Need More Chronic ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1996. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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(Promo in a Tommy Boy sleeve.)

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Braen's MachineUnderground (with bonus CD) ... LP
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $26.99
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros Alessandro Alessandroni and Oronzo De Filippi, working as the pseudonymous Braen and Gisteri – in a batch of heavy drums and basslines, topped with lots of fuzzed up guitar – but all with a tightness that's a lot more forward-moving than the usual set of this nature! Things never get to overdone, but still go plenty far out – and titles include "Flying", "Imphormal", "Murder", "Gap", "New Experiences", "Fall Out", "Description", and "Obstinacy". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Billy BrooksWindows Of The Mind ... LP
Crossover, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky trumpet galore – and a lost break classic! At the time of this 1974 LP, Billy Brooks was an obscure LA trumpeter working in the Ray Charles band – and although this record didn't bring him instant fame when it was released, it's grown to become a groove classic over time – and always in demand these days! The standout cut is the sample track "Forty Days" – a masterpiece of jagged drums and floating horn work, sampled to great fame by Tribe Called Quest, and instantly famous for years after. The whole album's great, though – a funky big band mix of electronic and acoustic playing, with some really mad numbers! Tracks include "Shetter Cheeze", "Good News Blues", "Cooling It", "Black Flag", "Shetter Cheeze", and "CP Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownDead On The Heavy Funk 1975 to 1983 ... CD
Chronicles/Polydor, Mid 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CDs ... $39.99
Although James' early 70's ouvre is often cited as his best funky stuff, he made some darn nice tracks at the end of the 70's, as this swell 2CD set hopes to prove! The package compiles some of the best work that James did during the disco era – and although a few of the tracks have an obvious nod to the club dancefloors, most of the material is dead-on funk, with the classic Godfather sound. Titles include "Bodyheat", "Your Love", "Sex Machine" (the 12 minute version from 1977), "For Goodness Sakes, Take A Look At Those Cakes", "Spank", "Nature", "Rapp Payback", and "Bring It On, Bring It On". Some nice unreleased material, good notes, and even a few 12" single mixes! 23 tracks in all – and a great batch of material! CD
(Out of print.)

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James BrownFoundations Of Funk – A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 ... CD
Chronicles/Polydor, 1996. Used 2CD ... $11.99
Killer work from James' late 60s period – the time when he was working with the Pee Wee Ellis/Maceo James Brown Band, and developing some of his most crucial conceptions of funkiness. The 2 CD set is filled with nice extra bits – like extended versions of tracks you might already know, alternate takes, and even a few unreleased live performances. Titles include "I Got The Feelin", "There Was A Time", "Funky Drummer", "She's The One", "You Got To Have A Mother For Me", "Licking Stick", "Let A Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", "It's A New Day", "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)", and "Get It Together (parts 1 & 2)". Niceness! CD
(Includes origingla slipcase. Slipcase has some light edge wear.)

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Jonathan Raimes & Lakshmi BhaskaranRetro Graphics – A Visual Sourcebook To 100 Years Of Graphic Design ... Book
Chronicle, 2007. New Copy ... $4.99 24.95
A really inspirational book based around the history of 20th Century design – put together with vivid pages that allow you to steal all the best ideas, and integrate them into your own work! The package spans the most important design decades of the century – and pulls together vivid images from magazines, advertisements, posters, flyers, and even typographic elements too! The volume is designed as a "sourcebook" to give designers new ideas and inspiration – but it reads well enough as an art book on its own, thanks to key historical details and information on artists and illustrators. 175 pages, softcover, in full color. Book

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Peter BrownDo Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me?/Burning Love Breakdown ... 12-inch
TK, 1977. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Hit work from the legendary Peter Brown – a key player in far more club sides than we can remember, but a real chart-topper with this one! You may know the a-side, which is offered here in a nice long take with a drum break in the middle – but don't miss "Burning Love", which has lots of flanged percussion, and even some nice electronics! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a TK sleeve. Label has some marker.)

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Bumblebee UnlimitedSting Like A Bee ... LP
RCA, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A spacey Patrick Adams/Greg Carmichael dance classic – and very much in the P&P disco mode! The record's filled with extended club cuts that have a lot of keyboards and electronics, and although the lyrics are a bit silly at times, the groove is rock solid – with that amazing funky disco sound that was sort of a precursor to the house grooves of the 80s. Adams and Carmichael are on keyboards – and vocalists include Donna Green and Leroy Burgess. Nice all the way through – and tracks include "Lady Bug", "I Love You", "Honey Bun", "Space Shuttle Ride", and "I Got A Big Bee". LP, Vinyl record album

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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bwana ... CD 8.99

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Donald ByrdDonald Byrd & 125th Street, NYC ... CD
Elektra, 1979. Used ... $9.99
Smoking work from Donald Byrd – post-Blue Note, post-Larry Mizell, and with a modern funk groove that's still pretty darn tasty! Not one to rest on his laurels – which he could have easily done with endless Mizell-based recordings – Donald shifts his groove here towards more of a boogie-styled 80s approach – one that's got the same sort of loping funk that was showing up in the work of Tom Browne and some of the younger players on the scene at the time. There's a fuller, richer, more soul-based approach to the set – but still some strands of the Mizell years – especially in the album's great keyboard work by Clare Fischer, and its use of chorus vocals on a number of tracks. Wade Marcus and George Bohannon helped with arrangements – and titles include a great funky remake of Fischer's "Morning" – plus "Veronica", "Gold The Moon, White The Sun", "Marilyn", "Pretty Baby", and "People Suppose To Be Free". CD
(Out of print.)

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Robert CacciapagliaSei Note In Logica (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Wah Wah (Spain), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Sublime minimal sounds from Italian composer Robert Cacciapaglia – a record we'd rank right up there with the 70s best from Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass! Cacciapaglia follows in a tradition begun by other Italian modernists – like Giusto Pio and Franco Battiatto – but he also adds in phase-oriented playing that really opens things up – a beautifully lyrical vibe that's probably most close to Terry Riley in its hypnotic swell, but which is carried off here through complicated variations of strings, woodwinds, electronics, marimba, and some especially great vocal passages! The cover's as wonderful as the music – and the whole thing's a set we've treasured for years. LP, Vinyl record album

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Walter CarlosClockwork Orange ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
This isn't the official soundtrack for the film, but a separate recording of Walter Carlos' score that was released apart from the original soundtrack album. The LP includes electronic renditions of a few classical pieces – like the "William Tell Overture" and Beethoven's 9th – plus a lot of spooky stuff written by Carlos himself – including "Timesteps", "Country Lane", and "March From A Clockwork Orange". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New John Carpenter & Allan HowarthHalloween 2 ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $24.99 26.98
Totally classic work from John Carpenter – and maybe one of the greatest horror/slasher soundtracks ever! Halloween was already pretty darn great – but here, Carpenter pushes it even further – using all the best elements of the first – including the incredible theme – in ways that go even further, and which shake off any schlocky moments and turn into a total creepfest overall! The keyboards and electronics are wonderful – done with frequent partner Alan Howarth – and the sense of spacing and timing makes every musical moment a horrific delight! Titles include "Halloween II Theme", "Laurie's Theme", "The Shape Stalks Again", "Operation Room", and "Flats In The Parking Lot". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Cha Cha GuitriFrench Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... CD
Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Really cool work from the far-flung French underground of the electro years – a quirky quartet who operated out of St Etienne, and hardly got the same sort of exposure as groups up in Paris! Yet Cha Cha Guitri have this really great sound that could have easily stood head and shoulders next to their bigger contemporaries – a playful approach to analogue electronics in the post-punk years, with the kind of tunefully dark elements that almost link them to German groups like Der Plan or Pyrolator! Most tunes are simple, but really make a lot with a little – focusing on key sounds and really finding the right way to put them together – and titles include "Nonononon", "Tete De Bois", "Beau Rivage", "Jonque Chinoise", "Monsieur Madame", "La Lumiere Est Blanche", and "1938 Les Petits Nains". CD
Also available French Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... LP 18.99

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Cha Cha GuitriFrench Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... LP
Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Really cool work from the far-flung French underground of the electro years – a quirky quartet who operated out of St Etienne, and hardly got the same sort of exposure as groups up in Paris! Yet Cha Cha Guitri have this really great sound that could have easily stood head and shoulders next to their bigger contemporaries – a playful approach to analogue electronics in the post-punk years, with the kind of tunefully dark elements that almost link them to German groups like Der Plan or Pyrolator! Most tunes are simple, but really make a lot with a little – focusing on key sounds and really finding the right way to put them together – and titles include "Nonononon", "Tete De Bois", "Beau Rivage", "Jonque Chinoise", "Monsieur Madame", "La Lumiere Est Blanche", and "1938 Les Petits Nains". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available French Synth Wave – St Etienne 1981 ... CD 14.99

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CherrystonesRed Nails ... CD
Brutal (UK), 2013. Used ... $4.99
Some of the noisiest music we've heard so far from Cherrystones – a sweet set that's heavy on fuzz and electronics, but which still holds onto the strong sense of beat from before! There's a pretty dark vibe to most of the record – a bite that goes way beyond downtempo, and which reminds us of the way that Cherrystones first shook things up years ago – opening ears to corners of sounds that weren't always treated in the same way as funk – a journey that's taken us miles to get to the place of this striking little set! Titles include "Bruised Meats", "Dirty Washing", "Molecular Battler", "Moonstone", "Red Nails", and "Robots Kin". CD

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Chicago Underground DuoLocus (with download) ... LP
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Pretty electric sounds from the Chicago Underground Duo – a set that has Rob Mazurek adding in lots of electronics (even a Game Boy!) to his usual cornet lines, plus some other acoustic elements that work really well with the drums, mbira, and balaphone of Chad Taylor! The record shows an earlier spirit of the Chicago scene alive and well – that genre-crossing, generation-spanning love of so many different sounds and styles at once – a mode that first burst forth on the scene two decades back, often in the hands of John McEntire, who produced this album – and which still stands strong in the hands of its best purveyors like this. Titles include "Yaa Yaa Kole", "Blink Out", "Kabuki", "Dante", "House Of The Axe", "Borrow & Bury", and "Locus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)

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New Chicago Underground TrioFlamethrower ... CD
Delmark, 2000. Used ... $8.99
Another wonderful album from this groundbreaking Chicago combo! The group's now a permanent quartet, with the extremely great addition of Jeff Parker on guitar and electronics – and the album continues to push the boundaries of Rob Mazurek's unique sound. The liner notes on the back refer to a NY Times article that described the group's sound as "painterly", and to us, that's a pretty fair estimation of their sound. The group work in wide washes of sound – structured around conventional jazz traditions, but touched with a more abstract approach derived from their connection to the Chicago rock and experimental scene. Titles include "Warm Marsh", "Elroy", "504", "The World Has Changed", "Woman In Motion", and "Antiquity". CD

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Suzanne CianiLixiviation – Ciani/Musica Inc 1969 to 1985 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Heavy electro work from Suzanne Ciani – an artist who peaked a bit later than some of her sound library contemporaries – which means she was able to contribute music experimental films, record productions, and video games – and not just the usual mainstream outlets! Ciani's electronics here are a great mix of modes – both analogue and digital – and her sounds often have a darkness that's really compelling, especially when you consider the ways some of them were used in areas that reached some larger audiences – really cool little spooky bits that underscore the more potent ways that electronic sounds were often used in the 70s generation. The music is light years beyond the playfulness of Perry & Kingsley – and has none of the softness of Ciani's later new age sides – a great revelation that will hopefully get her the recognition she deserves. Titles include "Atari Video Games Logo", "Princess With Orange Feet", "Paris 1971", "Live Buchla Concert 1975", "Sound Of Wetness", "Eighth Wave", "Liberator Atari TV Spot", "Pop & Pour Coca Cola Logo", and "Lixiviation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles CohenGroup Motion ... LP
Morphine (Netherlands), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
Late 80s recordings from electronic genius Charles Cohen – but music with a spare, analogue quality that feels much more like material from the late 60s! The set features two pieces that Cohen scored for dance performance – but served up at a level that's quite spare and spacious – light years from the usual dance themes of the time, and very much at a level that recalls some of the earliest use of electronics in relation to the human body. The album is relatively short, but has a richness that's undeniable – real power and variety that come from the tracks "Group Motion" and "Generator". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles CohenMusic For Dance & Theater ... LP
Morphine (Netherlands), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $24.99
Hardly the regular sort of music you'd expect for dance or theater – as all the tracks here are the creation of Charles Cohen – an overlooked American electronic pioneer, and one with a great ear for unusual sounds and styles! The music is almost all performed on analogue synthesizers – and often balances perfectly between cosmic soundscapes and more creative passages – some of which really show Cohen's strong talent for creating unusual sounds. Yet unlike other musicians of this nature, Charles is never out to shock or overwhelm – and instead has this minimal, organic sense to his music – which often makes you feel like there's a lot more "heart" inside than usual. Titles include "The Street", "Velcro Dance", "Water", "Bell Jar", "Blue Krishna", "Tubs", and "Sunrise Women/Men". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles CohenRetrospective ... CD
Morphine (Netherlands), 1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
Cool 80s electronic work from Charles Cohen – an overlooked American artist from the mid-Atlantic scene, but one whose music rivals some of the early greats from the previous analogue years! At a time when so many others were either overly bombastic, or way too laid back, Cohen had a way of really keeping things interesting – pushing around the edges for unusual electric sounds and phrasings, but never pushing things into the territory of noise or industrial expressions. There's a tunefulness to most of these tracks that's really wonderful – even though most of them hardly have a tune at all – and the set features music from all three previous volumes of Cohen's material on the same label – including work for theater, and some longer pieces too. Titles include "Tubs", "Bell Jar", "Sonomama", "Group Motion Performance", "Dance Of The Spirit Catchers", "The Street", "Water", "The Middle Distance", "Camera Dance", and "Duos Solos". CD

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Brian ColemanCheck The Technique Vol 2 – More Liner Notes For Hip Hop Junkies (paperback) ... Book
Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy ... $25.99 27.98
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling a choice selection of 25 bonafide classic albums, breaking them down track-by-track, peppered by interviews with the artists, producers and other principle personalities behind the work, for the most honest histories that Coleman can get. Volume 2 uses a broader time frame than the previous collection, going as far back as 1981's Wild Style Breakbeats, and as recent as the late 90s for Mos Def & Talib Kweli's Black Star and The Coup's Steal This Album. Other records discussioned include The Cactus Album by 3rd Bass, A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing by Black Sheep, The Sun Rises In The East by Jeru The Damaja, Mantronix The Album, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Links, Stetsasonic In Full Gear, Stunts, Blunts & Hip Hop by Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics and more. Like the author's Check The Technique Vol 1 and Rakim Told Me, it's vital hip hop history, breezily readable and engrossing as can be. 525 paperback pages, and each chapter includes photos of the artists, the records and associated singles, and other choice historical tidbits. Essential! Book
(Initial copies are signed by author Brian Coleman! Quantities extremely limited – get 'em while we got em!)

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Karol ConkaBatukfreak ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Beat-heavy Brazilian work from Karol Conka – a set that's got some of the same urban vibe of the baile beat work of a few years back, but which also focuses the energy into a tighter, more compact R&B groove! Karol rhymes her way along the groove, but at a pace that's a bit more laidback than some of her contemporaries – and the rhythms bring in lots of earthy, organic elements alongside the electronic ones – creating this fusion of favela roots and contemporary urban – on tracks that include "Caxambu", "Gueto Ao Luxo", "Sandalia", "Boa Noite", "Gandala", "Bate A Poeira", and "Vo La". CD

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Bill CosbyBill Cosby Is Not Himself These Days – Rat Own, Rat Own, Rat Own ... LP
Capitol, 1976. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A bit silly at times, but still pretty great! Bill Cosby teams up with old LA cronie Stu Gardner to do a set of tracks that are parodies of other big soul artists of the early 70s – and thanks to Stu's good work with the music, most of the tracks work a lot better than you'd expect! The record leads off with some sly slinky Barry White parodies – including "Yes, Yes, Yes" and "Shift Down"; then goes into a great James Brown funk number, "I Luv Myself Better Than I Luv Myself". It's hard to figure out where some of the other tracks are going – but the album also features a great spacey jazz number with lots of keyboards, "You're Driving Me Crazy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Valerio CosiCollected Works ... CD
Porter, Mid 2000s. Used ... $2.99
An earthy blend of jazz and improvisation from multi-instrumentalist Valerio Cosi – a collection of tracks from some recent self-released records, pulled together as a really great introduction to his music! Valerio plays a fair bit of alto sax on the record, often in looped fashion – and also handles flutes, sitar, guitars, and a variety of percussion instruments – often overdubbed on the same track, and occasionally processed with a bit of electronics too, but always with a sound that's pretty organic overall – as if the work was being done by a collective of spiritual avant players. Titles include "I Wanna Be Free", "Making Love In Lhasa", "Silver Stars & Golden Moon", "Harmonia Raag", "Mozambico", and "Interstellar Trane" – plus "Love Is Everywhere", which features some abstractions of the original by Pharoah Sanders! CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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New Vladimir CosmaDiva ... LP
DRG, 1982. Near Mint- ... $1.99
When we were impressionable little arty tykes, this was one of our favorite soundtracks. It's got some beautiful Satie-esque tracks that feature solo piano by Vladimir Cosma, plus some weird Euro electronic stuff that has a nice cold feel to it. Also features a few tracks from the opera "La Wally", but we always skipped over these. Titles include "Voie Sans Issue", "Gorodish", "Promenade Sentimentale", "Metro Police", and "Lame De Fond". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on DRG.)

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Gal CostaGal – Serie Grandes Nomes Vol 1 ... CD
Polygram (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
2 CD set with a motherlode of great tracks by Gal Costa from the late 60s and early 70s! 28 cuts in all, including "Bom Dia", "London, London", "Assum Preto", "Antonico", "Volta", "Meu Nome E Gal", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Candeias", and "Tuareg". Very cool stuff, with a mix of bossa grooves, weird guitars, wild electronics, and lots of pretty singing by Gal. We've got some of these cuts on other CDs – but most of the rest are currently out of print in any format, and at this price, the CDs a great way to track some of them down! 28 tracks in all – you can't beat that! CD
(Out of print.)

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Gal CostaGal Costa (1969) ... CD
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy ... $10.99 12.98
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. Arrangements are by the legendary Rogerio Duprat – who effortlessly shifts the backings between stark electronics, sweet bossa, gliding strings, jazzy piano, and baroque orchestrations that dance around with a surprising amount of grooves! Tunes include some classics by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Gilberto Gil – served up in amazing new versions by Gal and Duprat! Titles include "Nao Identificado", "Lost in the Paradise", "Que Pena", "Sebastiana", "Namorinho De Portao", "Divino Maravilhoso", and "Deus E O Amor". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Gal CostaRecanto Gal Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Universal (Brazil), 2013. New Copy DVD ... $16.99
Amazing sounds from Gal Costa – a brilliant live album that follows strongly in the mode of her Recanto studio album! Like that set, this one features Gal in the most experimental style she's used in years – bits of electronics and contemporary underground modes layered in with her sublime vocals – all in ways that reopen that leftfield side of Costa's talents that have been buried for so many years! Some tracks are quite intimate and personal, others are very powerful – and the performance was put together by both Caetano and Moreno Veloso, with backing by a trio that also features percussion from Domenico too. Titles include "Tudo Gil", "Da Maior Importancia", "Mansidao", "Forca Estranha", "Meu Bem Mel Mal", "O Amor", "Baby", "Deus E O Amor", "Segunda", "Barato Total", and "Autotune Autoerotico". DVD features subtitles in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. DVD
(DVD is All Region.)

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Gregor Curten & Anselm RogmansPlanes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Brilliant electronics from the German underground of the 70s – a small label release by a duo who work here in the same highly-processed mode as early Cluster – using lots of electronics alongside processed keyboards, guitar, and voice! Each track takes up a side of the record – and the sound is wonderfully experimental, without ever being too dark or over the top – almost the same sort of sensibility you might find in the music of Meredith Monk, although obviously in a more processed, electronic mode. A few passages remind us of Terry Riley in his best Curved Rainbow modes – although these guys are hardly just minimalists, and really bring a great sense of variety to their work! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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New CybotronEnter Cybotron (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1983. Used ... $5.99
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house – served up here as a spare, fuzzy approach to funk – but with lots of the colder touches you'd find from post-punk imports at the time! The blend is quite unique, and even more unusual given the fact that the trio were working in virtual obscurity on the Detroit scene – as an early project from the legendary Juan Atkins, with guitarist Jon-5, and the mysterious electronician 3070! There's more funk here than most of the group's electro contemporaries – but the sound is still nicely cold in all the right parts too – and titles include the seminal "Clear", which was years ahead of its time – plus "Cosmic Cars", "Cosmic Raindance", "Industrial Lies", "The Line", and "Alleys Of Your Mind". CD reissue also features some nice bonus cuts – including "Clear (Jose Animal Diaz rmx)", "Cosmic Cars (Detroit style mix)", "Techno City (voc)", "Techno City (inst)", "R-9 (inst)", and "Eden (voc)". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Philippe D'AramFascination (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
A totally cool score from Philippe D'Aram – one that's heavy on electronics, amidst the usual horror movie moods – which gives the music a cold, stark feel that's really amazing – incredibly spooky at points, and nice and spacey at others! D'Aram doesn't just use the usual familiar moog and Rhodes elements – and instead seems to be working with early sample-type textures – using blocks of sound in these slow-building ways that are almost an electronic equivalent of a Phantom Of The Opera-type organ – especially at points when dark voices filter in to the mix, alongside acoustic elements on tuned instruments. Titles include "La Louve", "Apparation Du Chateau", "Bizarre Cult 2", "L'Amour Des Deux Filles", "Death Brigitte", and "La Valse Grincante". LP, Vinyl record album

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Philippe D'Aram/Pierre RaphFascination/Requiem Pour Un Vampire ... CD
Finders Keepers (UK), 1972/1979. Used ... $13.99
A wicked double-header – a pair of rare French vampire soundtracks, packaged together in a single CD! First up is Fascination – a totally cool score from Philippe D'Aram – one that's heavy on electronics, amidst the usual horror movie moods – which gives the music a cold, stark feel that's really amazing – incredibly spooky at points, and nice and spacey at others! D'Aram doesn't just use the usual familiar moog and Rhodes elements – and instead seems to be working with early sample-type textures – using blocks of sound in these slow-building ways that are almost an electronic equivalent of a Phantom Of The Opera-type organ – especially at points when dark voices filter in to the mix, alongside acoustic elements on tuned instruments. Titles include "La Louve", "Apparation Du Chateau", "Bizarre Cult 2", "L'Amour Des Deux Filles", "Death Brigitte", and "La Valse Grincante". Next up is Requiem Pour Un Vampire – a Pierre Raph soundtrack for a really moody film – and one that's scored with music that's surprisingly sensitive at times too! There's a mix of dark and sweet here that really creates a great sort of tension – a mix between light acoustic instrumentation and some heavier sounds in the background – and really offbeat styles of tuning, and of putting the sounds together for the record! The music often features little snippets of sound effects – which pop out in a nice sense of surprise – reflecting the interplay of drama and sensuality in the film's images – and as the set moves on, the arrangements get fuller, and darker too. Titles include "Dominique's Organ", "Jade Vampyre", "Crimson Gates", "Steps To Eternal Youth", "Jade Lake", "Crimson Pond", and "Sad Clowns In The Cornfield". CD

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New Daft PunkRandom Access Memories ... CD
Columbia, 2013. Used ... $7.99
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul producer extraordinare Nile Rodgers, Italo disco pioneer Giorgio Morodor, soft rock genius Paul Williams and others! What a big, affectionate, timeless and lovable electronic pop record this is. It might not be the best of Daft Punk from the perspective of longtime fans of theirs, but it's certainly our favorite! Includes "Give Life Back To Music", "The Game Of Love", "Giorgio By Morodor", "Within", "Intstant Crush", "Lose Yourself To Dance", "Touch", "Get Lucky", "Beyond", "Motherboard", "Fragments Of Time", "Doin' It Right" and "Contact". CD

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New Karen DaltonIn My Own Time ... LP
Light In The Attic, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
Enigmatic folk rock and soulful bluesy vocals from Karen Dalton – her legendary lost 1971 album that's credited with inspiring some the most idiosyncratic work by folk rock superstars and contemporary freak folk heroes alike! Karen was a fixture on the 60s NY folk scene – Dylan even gives her props in his Chronicles Vol 1 memoirs – but she rarely recorded. Her voice carries a huge Billie Holiday influence – but the delivery is wholly unique in her earthy folk phrasing, a real dip back into Harry Smith territory. Her guitar and banjo picking is strong, too! In My Own Time was recorded for Paramount at the end of 1970 and beginning of '71, with really rich and surprisingly soulful backing on an interesting selection of material written or popularized by Dylan & The Band, George Jones, Paul Butterfield, and even a folksy soul take on "When A Man Loves A Woman". Light In The Attic shines a huge light for this reverential reissue – pristinely remastered with notes by Lenny Kaye, Nick Cave and Devendra Banhart. Other tracks include "Something On Your Mind", "In My Own Dream", the traditional "Katie Cruel", "One Night Of Love" and "Are You Leaving For The Country". LP, Vinyl record album
(Repressed!)

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Miles DavisSiesta ... CD
Warner, 1987. Used ... $4.99
One of Miles' last great albums – a soundtrack composed in conjunction with Marcus Miller, and recorded with a mix of atmospheric electronics and trumpet solos, coming off in a way that sounds far better than most of his other attempts at this style fro the time. Miller plays all the other instruments in the set, apart from some occasional guest work by players that include John Scofield, Earl Klugh, Omar Hakim, and Jason Miles. Titles include "Conchita", "Lament", "Los Feliz", "Lost In Madrid", "Siesta", "Kitt's Kiss", and "Wind". CD

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Franco De GeminiListen To My Harmonica ... CD
Beat (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Classic soundtrack selections from the Italian scene – all of which feature the harmonica of Franco De Gemini in the lead! Franco's the harmonica player you've heard on countless famous film scores from Italy – especially westerns – and this set brings together some great overlooked moments from his most glorious years on the instrument – including material composed by Alesandro Alessandroni, Narholz Candler, and Gemini himself! There's a number of tracks here we'd never heard before – and titles include "City Walk", "Walking In The Rain", "Weekend Love", "Harmonica Waltz", "Smiling Face", "Shuffle Baby", "String Of Diamonds", and "Black Widow". CD

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Der PlanGeri Reig (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Medical, 1979. Near Mint- (reissue)... $16.99
Insanely wonderful electronics from the German post-punk underground! Der Plan were a crazy little group that played analogue electronics with a nutty edge and a great sense of humor. Their music is extremely difficult to describe – but it sort of fits in a trajectory that includes Mort Garson, Brian Eno, and Bruce Haack, but which also includes some other elements of the cold post-punk (and in that case, post-prog) German scene of inventive young bands of the early 80s (most of whom are sadly overlooked these days). Titles include "Adrenalin Lasst Dast Blut Kochen", "Hans Und Gabi", "Gefahrliche Clowns", "Nessie", "San Jose Car Muzak", and "Was Ich Von Mir Denke". 6 bonus tracks on this 180 gram vinyl pressing: "Es Piept", "Furstenwall", "Intermezzo", "Dark Porn", Heinz, Komm Zum Feuer" and "Money Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green vinyl pressing, #462/550.)

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New Delia Derbyshire & Anthony NewleyMoogies Bloogies/I Decoded You (Moogies Bloogies part 2) ... 7-inch
Trunk (UK), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)... $13.99
The wonderfully weird side of Anthony Newley – the side of the singer that only came out in a handful of settings – when he could be goofily creative, and almost psychedelic in his conception! Here, Anthony sings and talks alongside mad electronics from Delia Derbyshire – a pair of very odd recordings that were done for a TV project in the mid 60s, but issued here for the first time ever! Moogy sounds mix with music hall styles – in this really wonderful little record! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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DevoNew Traditionalists ... LP
Warner, 1981. Near Mint- ... $11.99
By 1981, the gentlemen Devo had been up to their collective arse in irony since the early 70s, and having made a sizable fortune for the Brothers' Warner with the ultra-ironic "Whip It" the previous year, they took a sharp right turn into cranky sincerity. They did so on a wave of new wave synth funk, of course, resulting in the all-time great singles "Beautiful World", "Through Being Cool", and a few more gems. Mtv and a lot of the fans couldn't understand how four guys with plastic hair and outerspace uniforms could be so pissed off, and thus killed the prospect of Devo as hitmakers forever. New Traditionalists is a hit-and-miss affair, but a worthy effort from one of the most innovative pop groups ever! Other tracks include "Pity You", "Soft Things","Going Under", "Race Of Doom", "Love Without Anger" and "Enough Said". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the order form, bonus 7", and poster! Cover has a small sticker on back. Label has a name stamp.)

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New Die Like A Dog QuartetAoyama Crows (180 gram pressing) ... LP
FMP/Jazzwerkstatt (Germany), 2002. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
Heavy sounds from this mighty quartet – a lineup that features Peter Brotzmann on tenor, alto clarinet, and tarogato – plus Toshinori Kondo on trumpet and electronics, William Parker on bass, and Hamid Drake on drums! The album spins out in relatively free space – with Drake's drums and Parker's bass propelling the music for most of the moments – and lots of compressed notes from Kondo's trumpet, which also then seem to be processed by his electronics – creating a mix between electric Miles Davis and a Varitone! The set includes the three-part suite "Aoyama Crows" – composed by Brotzmann, but feeling like some moody Japanese mix of fusion and avant from the early 70s. LP, Vinyl record album

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Die ParteiLa Freiheit Des Geistes ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
The album's got a classical-styled cover image, but the work is plenty modern within – some great electronic grooves from the best years of the German new wave! Die Partei are a duo we'd rank right up there with Pyrolator and Der Plan – easily as playful as both of those great acts, and graced with a talent for taking the simplest of analogue electric sounds, and really making them sound fresh and groovy! There's no darkness at all in the music – just these cool rhythmic passages that mix beats and keyboards in a way that's very different from US or UK material of the time – never overblown, never too moody – just simple, tuneful, and still wonderful after all these years. Titles include "Ostafrika", "Guten Morgen In Koln", "Rote Schuhe", "Allerheiligen", "Nord Sud Fahrt", "Wo Sind Sie", and "Austauschprogramm". CD
Also available La Freiheit Des Geistes (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 24.99

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Die ParteiLa Freiheit Des Geistes (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The album's got a classical-styled cover image, but the work is plenty modern within – some great electronic grooves from the best years of the German new wave! Die Partei are a duo we'd rank right up there with Pyrolator and Der Plan – easily as playful as both of those great acts, and graced with a talent for taking the simplest of analogue electric sounds, and really making them sound fresh and groovy! There's no darkness at all in the music – just these cool rhythmic passages that mix beats and keyboards in a way that's very different from US or UK material of the time – never overblown, never too moody – just simple, tuneful, and still wonderful after all these years. Titles include "Ostafrika", "Guten Morgen In Koln", "Rote Schuhe", "Allerheiligen", "Nord Sud Fahrt", "Wo Sind Sie", and "Austauschprogramm". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available La Freiheit Des Geistes ... CD 16.99

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Jorrit DijkstraMusic For Reeds & Electronics – Oakland ... CD
Driff, 2014. Used ... $8.99
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New Aby Ngana DiopLiital ... CD
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and tama drums are very hard and beaty – almost as if they're electronic, or processed samples – but still sounding very live and raw. Most tracks feature a trio of female singers as backup – which, when mixed with the percussion, almost puts the work in some sort of weird offshoot ESG territory – although a lot more driving than funky overall. Titles include "Liital", "Sapaly", "Ndadje", "Yaye Penda Mbaye", and "Ndame". CD
Also available Liital (with bonus download) ... LP 14.99

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Aby Ngana DiopLiital (with bonus download) ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and tama drums are very hard and beaty – almost as if they're electronic, or processed samples – but still sounding very live and raw. Most tracks feature a trio of female singers as backup – which, when mixed with the percussion, almost puts the work in some sort of weird offshoot ESG territory – although a lot more driving than funky overall. Titles include "Liital", "Sapaly", "Ndadje", "Yaye Penda Mbaye", and "Ndame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Liital ... CD 11.99

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Dr DreChronic ... CD
Death Row, 1992. Used ... $6.99
We're the first to admit, we've taken a few shots at Dre over the years on these pages, but there's no denying his impact on hip hop, and that he's probably the producer with one of the longest and most solid careers. We're not pretending this album's any kind of landmark as far as mic skills are concerned, but it's a classic nonetheless. For better or worse, this LP was the template for too many pale imitators, but taken on its own, stands up to the test of time, whiny keyboards and all. 16 tracks in all, counting the interludes, including "F**k wit Dre Day", "Let Me Ride", "Nuthin' But A G Thang", "Lil Ghetto Boy", "A Nigga Witta Gun", "B!tches Ain't Sh!t", "The Chronic", "Deeez Nuts", "Stranded On Death Row" and more. CD
(Enhanced CD.)

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New DSPIn The Red ... LP
Ninja Tune, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP ... $11.99
Dynamic Syncopation returns, dropping another slice of hard hitting UK hip hop, recruiting the cream of the crop in underground MC's to bless the mic for them. It's a bit ironic that we have to look to Great Britain for raw, funky beats with straight ahead lyrics and on beat flow (all right, most of the MC's are from the States), but that must be the state of Hip Hop in the new millenium. Vocals by Mass Influence, Ev.on, Dell Donahue, Apathy, Phi Life Cypher, Chill Rob G, Juice Aleem and Def Tex. 14 tracks, counting the skits, including "Systematic", "My Verse First" and "No Regrets". LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeGeorge Duke (1986) ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
A real move forward for the George Duke keyboard sound of the 80s – and a set that has George using a fair bit of synclavier and linn drums in the mix! Things are almost even more electric than before – and that's saying a lot for Duke – with almost no acoustic instrumentation at all, save for some slight piano – and heavy electronics that not only touch the programmed rhythms, but also process some of the vocals as well! Duke's still very much in fine form, though – and his experience with generations of fusion assure that his efforts in this area are still much stronger than most, even on some of the more hook-heavy tunes in the set. There's a bit less lead vocals than before, and titles include "King For A Day", "Broken Glass", "Good Friend", "So Mean To Me", "I Can Make It Better", "African Violet", and "Stand With Your Man". CD

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Durutti ColumnChronicle LX – XL (2CD box) ... CD
Kooky, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $39.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've heard in years from Vini Reilly – and a set that really takes back to the magic we felt when buying the first few Durutti Column albums on factory! Not only is the sound here very much the Durutti approach we first fell in love with – a strange combination of post-punk production and performance filtered through the aesthetic of Erik Satie – but the package also has a very special look – like one of those cool cassette boxes for Factory that were originally designed by Peter Saville! This set's got way more to offer than those, though – two CDs' of music (plus inserts and even sandpaper) – originally written by Reilly to accompany an exhibition of his portraits, and expanded here to include an even greater range of personal sounds. Vini is in the lead on most numbers on his wonderfully atmospheric guitar – and plays piano, an instrument that's also handled by Poppy Morgan on some tracks – with longtime partner Bruce Mitchell on drums. Vocals are done by Reilly, as well as Jilly Taylor, Billy Rance, and Caoilfhionn – but are definitely secondary to the instrumental sounds on the set. Titles include "Poppy & Pancho", "Nine Years", "The Party", "Embattled Heart & Rattling", "Fanfare", "Electrostatic", "Free From All The Chaos", "Hotel Calderon", and "Sharrock's Tune". CD

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Thomas DybdahlWhat's Left Is Forever ... CD
Manhattan, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Quite a set from Norwegian singer Thomas Dybdahl – at one level a blue-eyed soulster with a flair for weaving his vocals with electronics, at another level a more personal singer-songwriter with a captivating approach to a tune! The music maybe feels a bit like some of the more tuneful records on Norway's Jazzland in the past decade or so – vocals in English, and a quality that could cross Thomas over to many different camps – especially with this album's wider distribution in the US. Some of our favorite moments bubble with keys next to Dybdahl's mix of lightness and rasp – and titles include "City Lights", "The Sculptor", "So Long", "Man On A Wire", "But We Did", and "Soulster". CD

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Electric IndianKeem-O-Sabe ... LP
United Artists, Late 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
A goofy mix of groovy instrumental tracks with a weird "Apache"-esque instrumentation made up of some nicely processed guitars. The album's sort of funky in parts, with arrangements by Vince Montana that were recorded at Sigma Sound – and which have a late 60s Philly soul vibe to them. You may know the title cut, a goofy instrumental mini-hit, and other tracks include "Storm Warning", "Rain Dance", "What Does It Take To Win Your Love", and "Geronimo". Kind of Philly soul meets the Ventures! LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has a pressing flaw bump that clicks a bit on track three. Cover has ring & edge wear and a cut corner.)

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Don EllisNew Don Ellis Band Goes Underground/Don Ellis At Fillmore ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Pivotal electric work from Don Ellis – a pair of albums back to back! The New Don Ellis Band Goes Underground is a monumental jazz rock crossover album from Ellis – soaring along on a fuzzed-out big band groove! The set's got most of the elements of Ellis' other electric sets for Columbia – but also features a tighter, shorter approach to the tunes – plus some vocals by Patti Allen, which adds a nice soul component to the set. There's a lot of nice production touches on the set, making the instrumentation take on whole new sounds in an electro-acoustic way – and the best tracks get nice and funky! Titles include "Higher", "Bulgarian Bulge", "Eli's Comin", "Acoustical Lass", "House In The Country", "Gooood Feelin", "Send My Baby Back", and "Black Baby". Don Ellis At Fillmore features funky madness at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium – and a searing set of tracks that rivals the best studio work from trumpeter Don Ellis! The feel here is really open, spontaneous, and inventive – and tunes are a lot more extended than on most of Don's studio sides from the time – with not only more room for solos, but also a seemingly greater focus on rhythms, which are often upbeat, firey, and very grooving on most numbers. There's a really great mix of trumpet and electronics on the record – including ring modulator and Fender Rhodes – and possibly inspired by the Fillmore setting, Don really opens up on all burners, spacing out with a really hip little groove. Titles include "Pussy Wiggle Stomp", "Salvatore Sam", "Rock Odyssey", "Final Analysis", "Excursion II", and "Antea". CD

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Emerald Web/Sam Mcloughlin & Alison CooperGarden Of Mirrors/Supernatural Lancashire Vol 2 ... LP
Disposable (UK), Mid 80s/2013. New Copy ... $15.99
A wonderful split set of sound library work – very much in keeping with the best Finders Keepers impulses behind this limited series! Side one features music by Emerald Web – a set of electronic tracks used for 80s planetarium projects – very moody and slightly spooky, with a weirdly unsettling quality that really echoes the experience of sitting in the dark with a bunch of strangers, tilting back to watch projected stars on the ceiling of a dome! The quality is one that's hard to describe if you've never had the planetarium experience – but Emerald Web really get it right, on tracks that include "Freefall", "Dreamspun", "Emergence", "Through The Garden Of Mirrors", and "Doppler Bells 2". Side two is titled Supernatural Lancashire – and features a really spooky take on pastoral sounds of England – served up in this eerie mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation that feels like scene-setting music for The Wicker Man! Titles include "The Fox Moth", "Hleapan", "Strikers Steal Into Sight", "Lunaris", and "Consumed By Opal Waters". LP, Vinyl record album

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EmotionsChronicle – Greatest Hits ... CD
Volt/Stax, Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
A nice collection of early work by The Emotions – pulled from their 2 early albums for Volt, as well as a few singles for the label. The set came out in 1979, and is clearly designed to catch the eye of late 70s customers hopped up on the group's disco hits – but the tracks were all recorded in the early 70s, and have a great Memphis soul sort of approach. Titles include "Baby I'm Through", "Stealin Love", "The Best Part of A Love Affair", "So I Can Love You", "Show Me How", "From Toys To Boys", and "Baby I'm Through". 14 tracks, and many are produced by Isaac Hayes & David Porter! CD

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Gil Evans OrchestraTribute To Gil ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1989. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A tribute to Gil Evans, after his passing – with a lineup that includes Lew Soloff and Hannibal Marvin Peterson on trumpets, Chris Hunter on alto and flute, Alex Foster on tenor and soprano sax, Michal Urbaniak on violin, and Gil Goldstein on piano and keyboards – plus a bit of voice and electronics from Urzula Dudziak! LP, Vinyl record album

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Fairport ConventionFairport Chronicles ... LP
A&M, 1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
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New Jim FassetSymphony Of The Birds ... CD
EM (Japan), Late 50s. Used ... $14.99
Wild stuff – and one of the oddest records we've ever heard! The work is truly a Symphony Of Birds – in that all the source material here was recorded in the field, out of the mouths of actual birds – but the overall execution is far different than just a bunch of birdcalls, and thanks to careful studio manipulation, Jim Fassett makes the whole thing sound like a record of analogue electronics! From what we can tell, the album involves Fassett manipulating and re-assembling his bird call recordings in ways that form a whole new kind of music – one that has some bird-like elements, but which sounds hauntingly electronic at most moments – and which comes across in a beautiful array of chirps and cheeps. The package features some notes in Japanese, others in English, lots of photos – and even a massive "disc guide", listing dozens of related albums of field recordings, bird calls, and even whistling! Titles include some initial "Explanatory Comments" by Fassett, plus different movements of the suite. The second half features more birdcall recordings, narrated by Fassett – but presented in a more straightforward way. CD
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FatbackSo Delicious ... LP
Cotillion, 1985. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A sweet set of street soul from Fatback – delivered with a bit more electro influences than some of their classic funk, but a groove that's still always right on the money! Bill Curtis is at the helm of the group, laying down most of the rhythms via DMX – but even with the electronics, the funky sensibility of the music comes through strongly – nicely percolated on the midtempo tunes, and gliding a bit more softly on the mellower ones. John DeBerry makes his debut with the group on lead vocals for the record, but Ben E King also guests on two tracks – "So Delicious" and "Evil". Other titles include "Lover Undercover", "Go Out With A Bang", "Girls On My Mind", "Start It Up", and "She's A Go-Getter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in pen on front and notes on back. Labels have a name in pen.)

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New Nico FidencoZombi Holocaust ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the grooviest zombie soundtracks you'll ever hope to own – courtesy of Italian sex maestro Nico Fidenco! Nico scored plenty of previous sex romps before this film, and really brings that heritage into play – as he mixes sweet keyboards and weird electronics with some moodier elements designed to invoke the living dead – who then seem encouraged to dance by some of the funkier moments in the set! The whole thing's way different than the usual Italian horror score of the time – and is much closer to some of Fidenco's groovier material of the 70s – including some of the more exotic sex scores as well, given the use of percussion on some key tracks. Titles include "From The Beyond", "Fascinating Horror", "Make Love On The Wing", "Living In The Past", and "Dive Into The Past". CD

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Lubos FiserMorgiana (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Amazing music from composer Lubos Fiser – delivered with sounds and styles that go way beyond conventional instrumentation, to make the record one of Fiser's most striking releases ever! Organ and keyboards are often produced and played with lots of weird tones – on short tracks that also mix conventional orchestrations with very offbeat elements from tapes, percussion, and sound effects – sometimes electronicized at a level that really abstracts them past their original sources! The approach is sometimes striking, sometimes subtle, but always powerful throughout – with this dark beauty that really holds us rapt over the course of the film score's twenty short titles – including "Message From Marek", "Swan Steps", "Red Ghost", "Quinine", "Viktoria's Darkest Moment", "Lost In The Tavern", "Blood Red Roses", and "The Cards". Very cool 10" LP pressing, too! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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