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King TubbyRoots Of Dub ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
The Roots Of Dub from The Dub Master – the one-and-only King Tubby – heard here in one of a trio of crucial records he cut in the mid 70s – all of which really helped define the sound of dub at the time! The production is wonderful – and the album rumbles with floor-shaking bass, thunderous reverb drops, and chattering echo – nicing up the heavy-duty rhythms laid down by the Aggrovators, with results that still blow away most of the competition. Hail to the King! Titles include "Natty Dub", "Dub Magnificent", "A First Class Dub", "the Stepping Dub", "Rude Boy Dub", "Dub You Can Feel", and "Dread Locks Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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RootsAnd Then You Shoot Your Cousin ... LP
Def Jam, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $21.99 23.98
The Roots still delivering the goods after all these years! And Then You Shoot Your Cousin is seemingly one of their more uncompromising efforts, which is saying something for this crew. Their career arc to this point is as fascinating as ever – going from backing up and sharing credit with singers as varied as John Legend and Elvis Costello, to delivering their own deep, concept driven records like this one and the preceding Undun – they're never predictable. It seems like the financial security of a steady TV gig has really liberated The Roots to follow their creative ideals when it's time to work on a new record, and the world's better for that! Existentialist hip hop soul? Whatever you want to call it, it's deeply thoughtful, timeless stuff. It takes a little while to sink in, but once it does, it stays with you. Includes "Never" with Patty Crash, "The Devil", "Black Rock" feat Dice Raw, "Dies Irie", "The Coming" feat Mercedes Martinez, "The Dark (Trinity)" feat Dice Raw & Greg Porn, plus "The Unraveling" and "Tomorrow", both feat Raheem Devaughn. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available And Then You Shoot Your Cousin ... CD 14.99

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Yabby You & The ProphetsDeeper Roots Part 2 – More Dub & Rarities ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $23.99 24.99
Rare tracks and a fair bit of unreleased dub plates too – a deep dig into the genius of Yabby You during the 70s! There's a dark, brooding intensity to these tracks right from the start – from the deep, bassy bottoms of the dubs – to the prophetic lyrics of the tunes, which often feature these unusual references to the Old Testament! All work here was done with the Prophets group, and some feature work from Vivian Jackson, Tony Tuff, or Wayne Wade – singers who flesh out the vibe of the tunes without changing the mood or spirit at all. The package is a great reminder of why Pressure Sounds is usually right out on top with reggae reissues like this – and it's filled with gems that include "I Can't Hide", "Walls Of Jerusalem", "Psalm 16", "Stop Your Quarreling", "Chant Down Babylon Kingdom", "Sipping I & I Chalice", "Time Changing", and "Mash Down". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Deeper Roots Part 2 – More Dub & Rarities ... CD 15.99

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VariousMore Jammy's From The Roots ... LP
VP, Early/Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 21.98
A further delve into the King Jammy archives from VP – featuring a heavy selection of mid 80s digital revolution – with roots-era inspired gems with a crisp, period production aesthetic! All tracks produced and arranged by Lloyd "King Jammy" James – with numbers by Wayne Smith, Nitty Gritty, King Kong, Cornell Campbell, Johnny Osbourne, Wailing Souls and many more! 20 tracks on the 2LP version: "My Lord, My God" by Wayne Smith, "Mr Boss Man" by Youth Man, "Dangerous System" by Pad Anthony, "Illegal Gun" by Junior Delgado, "Live And Save Life" by Horace Andy, "Nothing Don't Come Easy" by Cornell Campbell, "Dem A Terrorist" by Johnny Osbourne, "Down In The Ghetto" by Nitty Gritty, "Spread Propaganda" by Wailing Souls and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available More Jammy's From The Roots ... CD 18.99

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VariousStudio One Roots Vol 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Another blinding compilation of fantastic Studio One material from Soul Jazz! It seems more than redundant to say that at this point, as we're certain you're well aware of the quality of the material collected here, which is just as great as every other set in this long running series. This follow up to the first Studio One Roots set digs up a fiery batch of rootical knowledge, delivered by the cream of the Studio One crop, and includes loads of hard to get numbers, including a few that have been previously unreleased. And as usual, packaging and annotation are first class. 19 numbers in all, including Willie Williams & the Soul Dimension "Jah Righteous Plan", Cedric Im Brooks "Satta" and "Full Time", Ken Boothe & Joe Higgs "A Message Of Old", Devon Russell "Jah Hold The Key", Vin Gordon "Babylon Rock", the Gladiators "Talawah", Prince Lincoln "True Experience", Joseph Hill "Behold The Land", Winston Matthews "Sun IS Shining", Count Ossie & The Zion All Stars "Holy Mount Zion" and Tommy McCook & The Discosonics "Tenor On The Call". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Andrew HillGrass Roots ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real stroke of genius from pianist Andrew Hill – and a surprising one too! After an initial legacy of groundbreaking experimental sides for Blue Note, Hill returns to his "grass roots" on this excellent session of straight ahead, fairly funky, soul jazz piano tunes! In the notes, Hill claims a desire to get back to the people – and in a really unusual turn, he shakes off his previous modernist trappings and goes for territory that's much more in the mode of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, or Hank Mobley on Blue Note! Yet despite this turn, and amidst some more conventional arrangements, Andrew's work on piano is still quite dark and moody – filled with beautiful clashing lines and haunting off-beat changes that open up the session way more than you'd expect! Booker Ervin joins in on tenor – on what would become one of his last recordings – and the rest of the group includes Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, and Freddie Waits – all plenty darn hip players who really get the unusual balance of soul jazz and modernism that Hill's going for here! Tracks include "Mira", "Bayou Red", "Venture Inward", "Grass Roots", and "Soul Special". LP, Vinyl record album

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New RootsHow I Got Over ... LP
Def Jam, 2010. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A less tense and caustic Roots than the crew that hit us on the majority of Rising Down a couple years earlier – and this one's as strong of an album as they've delivered since moving over to Def Jam. In truth, we were a little scared when we saw some of the guests credited – Monsters Of Folk, John Legend, Joanna Newsom and other headscratchers on top of more likely collaborators such as Phonte, Blu, Peedi Peedi and Dice Raw – it gets over very, very well here! How I Got Over is a Roots effort through and through, with contemplative and soulful tracks that simmer and stew in tried and true fashion. The tracks with those indie rock guests turn out to be among the Roots-iest tracks on the record. Believe that! So you can rest easy, the Roots are The Roots here, just what we wanted and just what we get! Includes "A Peace Of Light" feat Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle, "Walk Alone" feat Truck North, PORN & Dice Raw, "Now Or Never" with Phonte & Dice Raw, "Dear God 2.0" with Monsters Of Folk, "The Day" feat Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash, "Doin It Again", "Tunnel Vision" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Wackie's Rhythm ForceAfrican Roots Act 3 – Strictly Dubwise ... LP
Wackie's (Germany), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very spare, stripped-down dub tracks – heavy on sweet moogy keyboard lines, with some jazzy solos too – all built around the Wicked Ago Feel It album from Sugar Minott! The music is stripped right down to its roots, in a really great way – with less of the overdone, overstated elements you might find in other 80s dub – although there's definitely some bass-rattling moments in the mix! Owen Stewart handled a lot of instruments in the mix – including bass, drums, organ, guitar, and keyboards – the latter of which also feature work by Jackie Mittoo – and titles include "Mother Land Dub", "Feel It Dub", "So Much Dub", "Dubmatic", "Freedom Dub", and "Stay On Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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New EW WainwrightAfrican Roots Of Jazz (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Aroj/Heritage (Belgium), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful bit of spiritual jazz from this richly collective ensemble! The album's got a groove that's as promising as its title – and features a large assemblage of percussionists, singers, and instrumentalists – all coming together in longer tracks penned by Wainwright, with a feel that's like the best Strata East sides from the mid 70s! Wainwright himself plays percussion on the session, and the tunes shift mood from number to number – sometimes coming on full on and soaring with a full vocal chorus – other times stepping out with a mostly-instrumental array of sounds that includes some nice work on vibes by Ricky Kelly! The whole thing's great, and extremely solid and visionary all the way through – with tracks that include "The Healer/Don't Break", "Imani", "Ayoka", "Our Song", and "The Mfecane". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies!)
 
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Tony Aiken & Future 2000Unity – Sing It Shout It ... LP
Kimsha, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 20.98
A mindblower – and the kind of record we only come across once in a blue moon! Tony Aiken & Future 2000 were an obscure mid 70s group from New York – all players skilled in the burgeoning club scene of the time, but who also had their roots in Caribbean music – coming together for this unique record in a festive blend of early disco and funky styles! The record's got a great home-grown feel – a warm ensemble effort that's got equal parts soul and groove – and which bubbles over with personal touches that really make the tracks stand out from the pack. Includes the side-long jammer "Unity Sing It Shout It", plus the funky disco classic "Better Days", and the soulful cuts "She Loves Me", "Good Things", and "Time Tunnel". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Unity – Sing It Shout It ... CD 6.99

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Curtis AmyKatanga (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1963. New Copy ... $28.99
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy had previously cut with Paul Bryant – and instead, is put together with a nascent spiritualism that's really wonderful – a sound that definitely lives up to the bold title and cover image, with lots of modal moments in the rhythms! The group features some equally under-acknowledge geniuses – including trumpeter Dupree Bolton, pianist Jack Wilson, and guitarist Ray Crawford – all coming together perfectly with Amy's work on tenor and soprano sax. The best tunes here are originals by the group members – including "Lonely Woman" (not by Ornette), "Katanga", "Native Land", and "Amyable". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Roy AyersChange Up The Groove ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers' early years with Polygram – often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that's got some wonderful funky numbers! There's a really jazzy feel going on here – Roy's nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations – especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout – often getting more space than vocals – and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy's arranging skills – and titles include the funky break classic "The Boogie Back", a sweet reading of "Feel Like Makin' Love", with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song's mellow righteous vibe – and the great cuts "Fishika", "Sensitize", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "When is Real Real?", and "Change Up The Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joan BaezBlessed Are (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Vanguard, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot Sings (pic disc) (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Philips/Doxy (Italy), Early 60s. New Copy ... $25.99
Classic 60s work from Brigitte Bardot – the roots of French female pop, with a set of tracks that mix together bits of rock, pop, and lively jazz-based arrangements – all in a unique blend that's totally great, and every bit as wonderful as you might expect! We might go so far as to argue that Brigitte Bardot on record is almost sexier than on the screen – and thanks to backing from the likes of Claude Bolling, Francois Rauber, and Pedro Serrano – the grooves are as great as the lovely lady's vocals! The set includes a great track written by Serge Gainsbourg, and titles include "L'Appareil A Sous", "Invitango", "Les Amis De La Musique", "Pas Davantage", "La Madrague", "El Cuchipe", "Everybody Loves My Baby", and "C'Est Rigolo". LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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
Also available Psychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... CD 16.99

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Captain BeefheartSun, Zoom, Spark – 1970 to 1972 (Lick My Decals Off/Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot/Outtakes) (4LP set – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4LP ... $89.99 99.98
The Reprise Records run of Captain Beefheart – presented here in a special package that also features a full album of never-issued rare material as well! Beefheart at Reprise was a real high point – as the Captain was still full of all the primal, gritty elements of the previous years – but also refining the sound of the Magic Band as well – to a point where the increased musicianship only got more complex, yet helped focus the energy of the songs as well! The whole thing's worth it alone for the mindblowing combination of roots and modern on the guitar work – and the progression over three albums is one of the most striking you'll see at the time for any artist, in any style. The package features the full three albums Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid, and Clear Spot – and the bonus Outtakes CD features titles that include "Little Scratch", "Kiss Where I Kain't", "The Witch Doctor Life (inst take)", "Harry Irene", "Alice In Blunderland (alt)", "Two Rips In A Haystack/Kiss Me My Love", "Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man (early mix)", "Dirty Blue Gene (alt 1)", "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints", and "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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Tony Bennett/Bill EvansTony Bennett/Bill Evans Album ... LP
Fantasy/OJC, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.99
If you've ever doubted the real jazz sensibility of Tony Bennett, then this is an album to change your mind – because Tony's working here in a marvelously unadorned setting – with only the piano of Bill Evans to back him up! The record's a rare gem from years after Bennett was cracking the pop charts, but was willing to pull back to the jazz of his roots – and the session's equally rare for Evans, who rarely worked with vocalists at this point in his career. The simplicity of the album is its strength – and together, the pair really sound tremendous – slightly faltering at times, but in a way that exposes a sense of humanity you might not find in other records, especially those by Bennett. Titles include "When In Rome", "Some Other Time", "The Touch Of Your Lips", "My Foolish Heart", "Waltz For Debby", and "Young & Foolish". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big Star#1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex Chilton's previous performances – yet the group's music has become a generation-defining sound in the way it blends southern inflections with harder rock influences, and a lean, gritty quality that's arguably in a late 70s space between punk and power pop. Every element is wonderful – guitars that are powerful, but never indulgent – vocals that are moving, but never overly emotive – and a balance between sensitive and searing moments that even The Replacements could never hope to match. A landmark all the way through – with tracks that include "Feel", "Ballad Of El Goodo", "In The Street", "The India Song", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "Give Me Another Chance", "Don't Lie To Me", "Thirteen", "Watch The Sunrise", and "Try Again". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available #1 Record ... CD 10.99

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New Walter BishopHot House ... LP
Muse, 1979. New Copy ... $4.99
Walter Bishop takes a trip back to his bop roots with this one – working in trio and quintet formation, and running through a host of mostly older bop standards! The quintet tracks are our favorites – as it's not often we hear Bishop in this stretch with a group larger than a trio – and the presence of Bill Harman and Junior Cook on trumpet and tenor, respectively, fleshes out the record with a nicely soulful sound. The rest of the group features Sam Jones on bass and Al Foster on drums – who also play on the trio tracks – and titles include "Dahoud", "Move", "My Little Suede Shoes", "All God's Children", and "Hot House". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)

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New Black Nasty/ADC BandIt's Hard Times – Rare & Unreleased Detroit Funk 1975 to 1981 ... LP
Funky Delicacies, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare funk from the Detroit underground of the late 70s – a lost link between the legendary Stax group Black Nasty, and their later mainstream incarnation, the ADC Band! The work here is from the years between Black Nasty's 1973 debut and some of the bigger ADC records for Cotillion – ensemble funk most of the way through, with a sound that's a bit less polished than the ADC groove, but a lot tighter and less guitar-heavy than the original Black Nasty sound. There's a nice indie feel to a lot of these tunes – so that even though the group's quite professional by this point, they're never too slick, and have retained a good party funk feel to many of the tracks. Instrumentation is relatively full, mixing heavy bass and guitar with larger horn passages and more compressed rhythms. Titles include "I'm Looking For My Roots", "Let Me Do It To You", "Let's Groove", "You Wanna Dance", "Ride In My Brand New Car", "It's Hard Times", and "Let The Music Lead The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brothers UnlimitedWho's For The Young ... LP
Capitol, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A excellent album of southern funk – and darn rare, too! We know almost nothing about the Brothers, but they're a 14 piece combo with a tight ensemble funk sound that clearly shows roots of both the Memphis and Muscle Shoals scenes where the album was recorded! There's a lot of fuzzy guitar, almost in a Detroit Westbound mode – but the band's also got a sweetly southern funk style, with lots of organ bubbling underneath the tracks, punctuated by some pretty tight drum work that really makes the best cuts groove nicely in a more righteous take on the Stax/Volt sound of the time. A really wild one – and the kind of record that makes your jaw drop when you realize that some lucky A&R guy was actually able to get an underground soul album released by a major label! Titles include "Got To Get Over", "Life, Dreams, Death", "Get Away", "Take Me Back", and a great psychedelic cover of Willie Dixon's "Spoonful". (Plus, the back cover's got a photo of the band eating at a big table – with the words "Excuse their appearance, but the cameraman caught them at suppertime. You understand.") LP, Vinyl record album

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Nick Butcher, Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, etcFree Jazz Bitmaps Vol 1 ... LP
Sonnenzimmer, 2013. New Copy ... $18.99
A pretty compelling record from the Chicago scene – one that brings together the city's historical music roots and some of the best improvisers working today! Side one features these cool little cuts from Nick Butcher – made up of "microsamples" of older Chicago jazz and house records, and really deconstructed so that you can hardly hear a trace of the original sounds at all – nicely obtuse, and sounding a lot like Nick was working from scratch! Side two features other musicians each given a track from side one, then encouraged to play their own live improvised take on the track – each with a very different flavor! So on the first half, you've got Nick serving up cuts like "Cozy Kitchen", "Great Lake", "Formats", and "Implements" – and side two features 6 solo numbers, each with a different artist – Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Keefe Jackson on tenor, Jason Roebke on bass, Tim Daisy on marimba, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, and Mike Reed on drums! Very nice package, too – with a hand-printed die-cut cover and sleeve! LP, Vinyl record album
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John CaleAcademy In Peril (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale mixing modes that include spare passages that are very evocative and contemplative, with fuller orchestral outbursts that are somewhere in the territory of his material with Terry Riley, but more freewheeling and less minimalist overall. Piano is the main instrument on many numbers, and Cale stuns us with his command of the keyboard – and the album features one striking vocal performance on the song "King Harry", alongside other titles that include "The Philosopher", "Brahms", "Legs Larry At Television Centre", "John Milton", and "Intro/Days Of Steam". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Academy In Peril (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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CanCan (Inner Space) (180 gram pressing with bonus download) ... LP
Virgin/Mute, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 20.98
Sweet late 70s work from Can – working here at a level that's a cool compression of the group's earlier ideals, but with a style that's very true to their roots! Drums are still by Jaki Liebezeit, who has this great way of being loose and stiff at the same time – a bit of a flow that seems to reflect changes in jazzy funk during the 70s, but still with more of that forward-moving energy of Krautrock – which is furthered by the long keyboard lines spun out by Irmin Schmidt! Some of the guitar parts get a bit more focused on stronger lead elements, but never in a way that's overindulgent – and likewise, the vocals can stand out at points, but never dominate the overall mix of music. The group handle production this time by themselves – and titles include "All Gates Open", "Safe", "Sunday Jam", "Sodom", "A Spectacle", "EFS Nr 99", and "Can Be". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandMirror Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Friday Music, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
An early 70s set from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – but one that was actually recorded in the mid 60s – a bit before the classic Trout Mask Replica! The set shows Beefheart and the band at their most unbridled – really jamming with bluesy roots, but into the very trippy outer limits – with the Captain on vocals, harmonica, and "first-time musette" – plus Alex St Claire Snoufer and Antennae Jimmy Simmons on guitars, Jerry Handley on bass, and Drumbo on drums. Titles include "Tarotplane", "Kandy Korn", "25th Century Quaker", and "Mirror Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Don CarlosWipe The Wicked Clean ... LP
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Prime late 70s work from the great Don Carlos – one of Jamaica's most soulful singers of the 70s, heard here in material from the second half of the decade – a time when he was working with producer Bunny Striker Lee, and really coming into his own! Rhythms have a slow-stepping, roots-based feel – and Carlos' lyrics have this sly and subtle wit, delivered with an easygoing vocal approach that slice in nicely alongside the grooves. Titles include "Stop Fussing & Fighting", "Money & Women", "Spread Out", "Ababa John I", "Lazer Beam", "Back Wey With Your Mix Up", and "My Brethren Party". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby CharlesBobby Charles (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bearsville/Light In The Attic, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 22.99
A near-perfect classic from the greatly under-appreciated Bobby Charles – a cat with who worked for Chess Records as far back as the 50s, but also managed to deliver this soul-drenched swamp rock gem in 1972! Bobby's got this great sense of delivery – a bit laidback and almost laconic, without some of the other cliches of some of his contemporaries – this mode that makes you feel like you're just happening upon the man in his best spirits – even though the record's filled with top-shelf work from a super-pro lineup that includes Dr John, Geoff Muldaur, Levon Helm, Rick Danco, and others. Danko and John Simon helped produce with Bobby – and the album's got the same sort of blend of southern rock, soul, and roots that you'd also find in the best work by Tony Joe White. Titles include "Street People", "Long Face", "I Must Be In A Good Place Now", "Let Yourself Go", "Grow Too Old", "I'm That Way", and "Tennessee Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great super-heavy gatefold pressing – remastered from the original tapes!)

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ClashCombat Rock (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
Sure, the cover's a bit dated – but the politics have stayed surprisingly strong over the years – as has the music as well! Keep in mind that The Clash were waging war in the Mideast years before Desert Storm – in this searing mix of London punk, rocksteady roots, and slight new wave elements – delivered here with a surprising sense of self that really gave the whole thing a sense of wit – and more than enough legs to keep on going without collapsing under the passage of time! Titles include the hit "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", the classic "Rock The Casbah", and the tracks "Ghetto Defendant", "Car Jamming", "Know Your Rights", "Straight To Hell", and "Inoculated City". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry Coryell with The Wide Hive PlayersLarry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players ... LP
Wide Hive, 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A really old school jam from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that takes us back to some of the most tripped-out sounds of his early years! Given the cover, you can definitely expect a psychedelic influence to the music – and the group here really helps Larry get back to his roots – finding a sound that's still plenty jazz, but which mixes in some funky and progressive elements too – that genre-stepping quality that really helped Coryell break down a lot of barriers back in the day. Coryell plays both acoustic and electric on the date, and the lineup features some especially nice Fender Rhodes – plus trombone, saxes, bass, and plenty of percussion. Titles include "Torchlight", "Terco", "The Last Drop", "Return Of Shirtless" and "January Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album

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DeRobert & The Half-TruthsI'm Tryin' ... LP
GED Soul, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99
The greatest work we've heard so far from DeRobert Adams and the Half-Truths – a record that really pushes the singer into classic soul territory! DeRobert has always had a vintage approach to his music – but this full set plumbs a depth we never would have expected at the start – an extremely rich sense of delivery that's rooted in gospel, linked together with a range of southern soul and funk modes that really belie the Tennessee roots of the group, plus contemporary touches that really get past some of the more stock modes of the deep funk underground! All tracks are originals, but they're so good you'd swear you know them from older records – and by that, we don't mean that they're copies or cliches – just the kind of work that's so good, you're surprised you're hearing it for the first time. And if the strength of the record is any indication of justice in the mainstream, you'll be hearing lots more from the group in the near future – as this sweet set sounds like the start of a great career. Titles include "My Momma Told Me", "Goin Places", "Write A Letter", "Do It Alone", "I Don't Get Mad No Mo", "The Speech", "The Dole (part 2)", and "Ooo Wee". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I'm Tryin' ... CD 6.99

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Bo DiddleyAnother Dimension ... LP
Chess, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky Bo Diddley – one of Bo's key early 70s sessions for Chess Records – all of which have him stepping out in a much harder groove than years past! The sound here is relatively tight – with Diddley guitar and vocals on top of some larger arrangements from Bob Gallo – backings that mix together sounds from contemporary rock and soul, but always with an ear for the roots that Bo inspired in the first place – put forward towards a new generation with nicely kicking rhythms and really fuzzy guitars! The standout number here is the break classic "Go For Broke" – a drum-heavy instrumental that's worth the price of the record alone – and other titles include the great original "Pollution", plus versions of "The Shape I'm In", "Down On The Corner", "Lodi", "Bad Side Of the Moon", and "Bad Moon Rising". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Another Dimension ... CD 13.99

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DinAuthenticity (includes bonus CD) ... LP
Din Jam, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99
The long-overdue return of Din – a group missing from this planet for a quarter of a century – recently reformed and revived from the ashes of their California roots! The record's got a relatively vintage feel – from the cloud-swirling production on the guitars, to the sense of static and crackle on the vocals, to the lavish Independent Projects packaging of the limited vinyl-only release – but it's also clear that these guys have a lot more to offer than "din", and have really honed their craft over the years. Tunes are well-penned, with a sense of the old mixed with optimism of their revival – on titles that include "Winning", "Never Again", "Going Down", "Words From Jack", "Voodoo Hotel", and "If". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing of 500 copies – done by Bruce Licher/Independent Projects.)

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Eek-A-MouseMouse & The Man ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
An early 80s bit of genius from Eek-A-Mouse – chatting on the mic nicely, in the singjay style he helped pioneer – with tight production by Linval Thomson. The Mouse is backed by the then ruling rhythm section of Roots Radics, and the titles include "Hitler", "Stadium Hot", "Struggle", "The Mouse & The Man", "Modelling King", "Terrorists In The City", "Pretty City" and "Schoolboy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eek-A-MouseMouseketeer ... LP
Greensleeves, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
A mid 80s classic from Eek-A-Mouse! The Mouse's creative peak really hit a high point just a couple years in the decade – and it kept going for quite while – including this steller record from '84. It's among Eek-A-Mouse's best albums ever – featuring the masterful backing of the Roots Radics, and production by Henry Junjo Lawes. Includes "Queen Elizabeth", "Star, Daily News, Or Gleaner", "Atlantis Lover", "Treason", "Anarexol", "Chip Out, "Don't Run And Cry", "How I Got My Name" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Eek-A-MouseWa-Do-Dem ... LP
Greensleeves, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99
Eek-A-Mouse's early 80s classic – and the benchmark meeting between the wildly unique deejay and vocalist with producer Henry Junjo Lawes! The Mouse is out front of stellar rootsy backing by The Roots Radics Band. Titles Include "Ganja Smuggling", "Long Time Ago", "Operation Eradication", "There's A Girl In My Life", "Slowly But Surely", "Wa-Do-Dem", "Lonesome Journey", "Noah's Ark", "I Woll Never Leave My Love" and "Too Young To Understand. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy Preacher EllisStory Of Jimmy Preacher Ellis 1963 to 1972 ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
Heavy funk from the great Jimmy Ellis – billed here with a "preacher" in his name, which is a great indication of the spiritual soul going on in the music! Jimmy's grooves here are definitely secular, but there's a depth that definitely echoes some gospel roots too – mixed nicely with some sharp jazzy changes in the instrumentation, and given a sweet funky 45 twist throughout! Some of the best cuts here are in that great space between late R&B and early soul – but often still have the funkier bite of later years too – a perfect blend that makes the music here really stand out, and which makes the set essential for fans of all things funky. Titles include "Cry No More", "Go Head On", "Kiddio", "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love", "Tough Competition", "Puttin It On Your Mind", "Work With What You Got", "Baby I Love You", "Happy To Be", and "Don't Tax Me In". LP, Vinyl record album

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Family AtlanticaFamily Atlantica (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
A brilliant criss-crossing of group from this cool trans-global group – a set recorded in London, but with roots in Venezuela, LA, and Ghana – served up with a sound that's even greater than the sum of its parts! Malcolm Catto recorded the record – and really helps bring a funky energy to the record, by working alongside lead studio help from Jack Yglesias of The Heliocentrics – pushing here into a space that's even more offbeat than the grooves of that group! There's loads of rich acoustic instrumentation – especially percussion – and Mulatu joins the record at one spot, furthering the exotic appeal of the set. Some tracks have an almost ethnographic vibes, while others are a bit more contemporary – although the overall sound is more than worthy of placement on the Soundway label. Titles incude "Arena", "Cumbacutiri", "Fly Through The Lightning To Speak With The Sun", "El Negrero", "Escape To The Palenque", "Manicero", "La Familia", and "Speak To The Spirit Of The Sea". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lee FieldsFaithful Man (with download) ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99
Smoking soul from the mighty Lee Fields – and a set that really has him getting back to his roots, as well! The record's billed as a follow-up to the previous My World – but it's got a style that's much more deep soul, much more southern-tinged than that great record – a beautiful indication of Lee's rich legacy in soul music – which stretches back decades, with rare releases on small indie labels! Yet the sound here is much stronger than Fields ever got back in the day – thanks to help from The Expressions, and some sublime Truth & Soul production – a combination that really has the record feeling as if it were recorded for Atlantic at Muscle Shoals at the end of the 60s. Lee's vocals really rise to the setting, and may well be some of his best in years – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given how great he always is! A stone home run throughout – with titles that include "Faithful Man", "Wish You Were Here", "Moonlight Mile", "Walk On Thru That Door", "Still Hanging On", "You're The Kind Of Girl", and "I Still Got It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Faithful Man ... CD 13.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World – Instrumentals ... LP
Truth & Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $12.99
Killer instrumentals from the My World album by Lee Fields – a set that features none of Lee's vocals at all – just some great slow funk grooves by The Expressions! The vibe here is wonderful – even without Fields on deck – and in a way, leaving the vocals off unlocks a whole new side of the album's brilliance – showing the kind of roots the group hits with their music. The Expressions features the mighty Leon Michels on sax, bass, guitar, and keyboards – and overall, there's plenty of El Michels' elements in the music – slow, snakey rhythms – a slight dash of southern funk – and a great way of staying mellow and laidback, yet still funky and soulful too! Titles include "Money Is King", "My World Is Empty", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", "These Moments", and "Ladies". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brigitte Fontaine13 Chansons Decadentes Et Fantasmagoniques (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jacques Canetti/Because (France), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
The roots of Brigitte Fontaine – and a really wonderful record that we love every bit as her later work – but in a completely different way! The style here is more strikingly jazzy in the territory of early 60s Serge Gainsbourg or Jacques Brel – and the lyrics are mostly all by Brigitte, but with some key collaborators too – set to these sublime jazz backings by Jimmy Walter, who brings in loads of great instrumental touches to illuminate the words! The style is light years from more commercial French pop of the time – as are the lyrics – and Fontaine's got a richer, fuller style of singing that's quite different than her later breathy modes – but one that's equally great. Titles include "Le Mauvais Coton", "Devaste Moi", "Hallucinante Aventure", "C'Est Pas De Ma Faute", "Je Suis Decadente", and "Le Train". LP, Vinyl record album

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Foreign ExchangeLove In Flying Colors ... LP
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in the US! They're much more than duo, too – co-running their own label and serving as a linchpin of a soul scene that includes Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and others. As a project, FE is more community-based than ever! Their roots as a leftfield hip hop soul project are still healthy, with crisp, easygoing beats and occasional rhymes by Phonte – but Phonte has grown more confident as a singer over the years, and that continues stronger than ever. Nicolay's pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist and spacey soul producer has also grown nicely! Love In Flying Colors features the above mentioned guests, plus Carmen Rodgers, Carlitta Durand, Gwen Bunn, Eric Roberson and others. Includes "If I Knew Then" with Carmen Rodgers, "Right After Midnight" with Sy Smith, "Better" with Shana Tucker & Eric Roberson, "On A Day Like Today", "Listen To The Rain", "Call It Home", "The Moment", "Can't Turn Around" wih Gwen Bunn, "Dreams Are Made For Two" with Carlitta Durand and "When I Feel Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Friends From RioFriends From Rio 2014 ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the best records in years from the mighty Far Out label – and a set that really takes the imprint back to its roots! The name of the record echoes the first Friends From Rio session that launched Far Out almost two decades ago – and like that classic, this one's a collaborative effort between a range of Brazilian and British talents – served up in a style that bridges the gap between older bossa and more contemporary modes! The music is perfect from the ground up – not a cheesy bossa remix project, but a true blend of all the best elements, served up in a rich new style. The project gets key Incognito-style help from Daniel "Venom" Maunick, and a real Azymuth pedigree from Alex Malheiros – and the whole thing features a great range of different singers, including Hyldon, Robertinho Silva, Aleh Ferreira, Ivan Matheus, Denise Pinaud, Sabrina Malheiros, and Carlos Dafe – each wrapped up in a sweet blend of Fender Rhodes, organ, riffing guitar, and sweet jazzy horns. Titles include "So Resta A Porta Se Abrir", "Mas Que Nada", "Garota", "Casino Bangu", "Batucada Bidu", and "Mulher Malagueta". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gilberto GilLouvacao ... LP
Philips/Soul Jazz (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $25.99
A brilliant early moment for the young Gilberto Gil – a set recorded right before his jump into the Tropicalia movement, but with a sound that's already pretty darn unique! The style here has Gilberto singing upfront and playing acoustic guitar – in a mode that's certainly rooted in bossa nova, but which really moves past its basic approach – showing some of the deeper, darker, more sophisticated tunes you'd find in similar early music by Nara Leao or Gal Costa! The songwriting is superb – of the sort that already had many others picking up some of Gil's important early tunes for their own recordings – and there's a nice nod to deeper Brazilian roots in some of the arrangements, particularly the regions that were sometimes pushed into the corners of the culture. Arrangements are by Dori Caymmi and others – and titles include Gil's classic "Roda", which was covered by many artists, but done brilliantly here in the original – plus "Lovacao", "Maria", "Ensaio Geral", "Lunik 9", and "Procissao" – all early classics! LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter Howell & The BBC Radiophonic WorkshopThrough A Glass Darkly (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Very evocative sounds from Peter Howell – a musician with his roots in trippier folk work, recording here in a special sound library set for the BBC! Side one features the extended "Through A Glass Darkly" – billed as "a lyrical adventure", but all instrumental – with moody synth work alongside solo piano from Howell – sometimes building to more illustrative passages, before then leaping off into some especially nice electronic territory in the last half! Side two has shorter songs, and is a bit more robust – a cool mix of synth lines and guitars – all in a style that's years ahead of its time, as most of the music feels like it's from some 80s action soundtrack! Titles include "The Astronauts", "Wind In The Wires", "Cashes Of Gold", and "Magenta Court". LP, Vinyl record album

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David HudsonRoyal Sessions ... LP
Soul Junction (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Rare Memphis soul from David Hudson – work recorded at the Royal Studios with producer Willie Mitchell – issued here for the first time ever! The material is great, and really augments David's too-small catalog of recorded works – with a style that's kind of a modern evolution of older southern modes, as Hudson still stays vocally strong in his roots, yet moves into some warmer modes too. Mitchell's production style is in a post-Hi Records sort of approach – and Willie also wrote all the tracks on the set, titles that include "When I'm Loving You", "The Best Is Yet To Come", "Ally My Love", "Be That Way Sometimes", "Let's Make Love", and "Something Good". LP, Vinyl record album

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Derdiyoklar IkilisiCoban Mamos – Disco Folk ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A second set of Disco Folk from this unique Turkish pair – duo working in late 70s Germany, and mixing up their own roots with a range of different electric instrumentation! The odd modes of the sound are wonderfully captured in the unique three-necked guitar on the front cover – and the styles of the tunes really further that approach – blending some cool plucked stringed instrumentation with rootsy percussion elements, then warming the whole thing up with 70s production styles – all in a way that almost makes the music a clubby version of the musical mix that you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey a few years before. The sound's not really disco – at least not in any conventional sense – but definitely has a dancefloor appeal at times – and titles include "Coban Mamos", "Kanser", "Kara Uzum Habbesi", "Derdiguzel Aglama", "Baris Icinde", "Garip Modalar", and "Kotuler Ermez Menzile". LP, Vinyl record album

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IlaiyaraajaIlectro – Euphoric Electronics & Robotic Funk ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Great electronics from the Indian scene of the 80s – music that's a lot warmer and more evocative than you might guess from the "robotic" in the title – thanks to plenty of roots in the Kollywood soundtrack scene! The instrumentation is often spare, but still echoes the fuller scope of Bollywood brilliance – and at some level, Ilaiyaraaja's music here represents an 80s take on earlier Bollywood funk – sometimes a bit quirkier, due to the instrumentation – but hardly ever cold or stark at all, and very different from the kind of electronics that were brimming big on the European scene. Part of this quality really comes from the vocals – sung by singers who include KS Chitra, Malaysia Vasudevan, SP Balasubrahmanyam, Vani Jayaram, and others – often in styles that have the playful back/forth approach of Indian film lyrics. The set's a treasure through and through – with 17 mesmerizing tracks that include "Kadal Mele", "Mancha Podi", "Adi Rani", "Poo Poo Kkum", "Ilasa Sirusa", "Eswarane", "Needhi Idhu", and "Poongatre". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jose JamesWhile You Were Sleeping ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
Jose James sounds even deeper than ever here – really moving forward with that amazing voice, and really finding a special space between all the jazz, soul, and funk projects of previous years! The album has James almost emerging as a singer who can span genres and reach out to new scenes – especially on some of the tunes that make heavier use of fuzzy guitar than before, and which have a seductive appeal that's bound to grab any ears that haven't been tuned to Jose's music so far! Yet other tracks still hold onto those great roots that made us love him so many records back – a classic style of soulful expression that hearkens back to giants of the 70s, but which always has this 21st century bristle and unique sense of phrasing. Backings are heavy on organ, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – and titles include "Angel", "Simply Beautiful", "Salaam", "Without U", "Every Little Thing", "Bodhisattva", "Anywhere U Go", and "While You Were Sleeping". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings100 Days 100 Nights ... LP
Daptone, 2007. New Copy ... $13.99
They might be borrowing her band, but they sure can't dampen her soul – because Sharon Jones is strongly back in action, and sounding funkier and more deeply soulful than ever! Given that Sharon wasn't singing back in the 60s, it's hard to think we'd be calling her the real deal – but in a world of crossover classic-copping soul singers, or slightly rewarmed older acts, Jones is a true treat through and through – the kind of soul singer whose work still recalls the best era of the funky 45 underground! The mighty Dap-Kings are in full force here – snapping along the groove with a range of classic soul influences – styles borrowed from Memphis, Miami, Muscle Shoals, and more – all sifted down to some of the tightest grooves any singer ever had the chance of working with! The production is amazing – as sharp-edged as the music – and handled by Bosco Mann with a sound that's as faithful to the roots as the cover might imply. Titles include "100 Days 100 Nights", "Tell Me", "Be Easy", "Nobody's Baby", "When The Other Foot Drops Uncle", "Something's Changed", "Keep On Looking", "Answer Me", and "Humble Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 100 Days 100 Nights ... CD 3.99

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Kaleta & Zozo AfrobeatCountry Of Guns ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2008. New Copy ... $9.99
Hypnotic grooves from Kaleta – a searing set of Afrobeat titles that really burns with a lot of energy! There's a complexity here that goes beyond most other contemporary Afro Funk ensembles – one that takes especial joy in the solo parts, which are really well-crafted, and have an almost jazz-like sophistication at times – especially on the reed parts. But the complexity never gets in the way of the rhythms, either – as these are right on the money, and a great balance between African roots and funkier elements – every bit what we'd expect from a release on the mighty Tramp Records label! LP features 4 long tracks – "Get Up", "Baba Nla Iya", "Shake Your Nyansh", and "Fimile". LP, Vinyl record album

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Cem KaracaNin – Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar, Ferdy Klein Orchestra ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
Very hip sounds from a very hip-looking cat – Cem Karaca, a Turkish contemporary of Baris Manco and Erkin Koray – heard here on a really great second album from the 70s! Some of the best cuts here mix in exotic Turkish roots with modern psychedelia – a sound that's set to vocals from Karaca that often have a raspy quality that makes us think he's trying to blow away his mustache while he sings! Acoustic and electric elements come together in a nice sense of interplay – maybe a bit more of the former than on some of the Arabesk rock of the time, but still often undercut by sweet drums that make for more than a few funky moments. Titles include "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Ihityar Oldum", "El Cek Tabip", "Obur Dunya", "Askoros Deresi", "Unut Beni", and "Bir Of Ceksem". LP, Vinyl record album

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King TubbyKing Tubby's Reggae Dub (3LP colored vinyl box set) ... LP
Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)... $39.99
A triple vinyl set of bedrock-style dubs from King Tubby – one of the most pivotal pioneers of the sound and style – in a heavy duty box set from Clocktower Records. It's loaded with prime era dubs, including cuts from the legendary Aggrovators tracks, classics like "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" and comparably lesser remembered (and less often reissued) winners. 30 dubs in on 3LPs, including, "555 Dub Street", "Blood Sweat And Dunza Dub", "Fancy Up Dubs", "Stalag 80 Dubwise", "Rockers Almighty Dub", "Rastafari Dub", "Natty Roots Man Dub", "Jam Style Dub", "Roots Of Dub", Hijack The Barber", "Dub Of A Woman", "Iyatha", "Dread Locks Dub", "Mind Dub On My Mind" and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes King Tubby T Shirt – Size XL.)

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Klaus Johann GrobeIm Sinne Der Zeit (with download) ... LP
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Damn great stuff from the duo Klaus Johan Grobe – and even with just a couple of members, they're able to come across with a bass-heavy, forward-moving sound that's almost in the territory of Can! This group is more tuneful, and a bit more focused – with shorter tunes overall – and bass and drum work that's totally great, and often mixed with krautrock-like keyboard elements, plus some other cool touches. Yet the record is hardly krautrock at all – but some much later, much cooler take on those roots – with a vibe that clearly knows the great European post-punk work too – but then takes its best inspiration, and moves past that as well. Damn genius throughout – a record you never knew you needed, but will want forever after hearing the first few notes. Titles include "Les Grecks", "Koffer", "Aufsltand", "Regen Raus", "Between The Buttons", and "Kothek". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)
Also available Im Sinne Der Zeit ... CD 6.99

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KutimangoesAfro Fire ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
An Afro Funk combo, but one who really open up their groove, too – mixing in some great outside instrumentation that still stays close to the roots! The core combo is a sextet with a really firey brace of saxes in the lead – a pair of players, one of whom sometimes shifts to flute – mixed with tight drums, percussion, keyboards, guitar, and a bit of trombone – all with a style that really shows the best merger of deep funk sharpness with older Nigerian styles in recent years. Some cuts add in lots of extra percussion – plus balafon and ngoni as well – and titles include "Fire", "Feeling Good", "Pass It On", "Song For Fela", "Moanin", "Walking Man", "Slowly", and "Something Yellow". LP, Vinyl record album

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Yusef LateefBlue Yusef Lateef (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $36.99
One of our favorite Atlantic albums by the great Yusef Lateef – an incredible session that has him dipping back into his earlier exotic roots with those great reed styles of the early 60s – yet also hitting a mix of soul and funk like some of his other albums from the time! The sound is tremendous – wonderfully righteous, at a level that really set the tone for more ambitious soul jazz projects of the 70s by other artists – including the best of the soul jazz underground who were often as inspired by Lateef as they were by Coltrane! The group's great, too – and features Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Sonny Red on alto, Hugh Lawson on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Roy Brooks on drums – next to Yusef's own work on tenor, flute, bamboo flute, tamboura, and percussion. Titles include "Sun Dog", "Moon Cup", "Othelia", "Like It Is", and the groovy "Juba Juba". LP, Vinyl record album
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Barrington LevyRobin Hood ... LP
Jah Life/Greensleeves, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
We have to admit, even if this record wasn't a fierce salvo loaded down with tough dancehall tracks, we'd still love it for the great photos of Levy in a red, green and gold Robin hood getup on the cover! Junjo Lawes and Roots Radics may well have robbed from the rich for the mighty blasts of rhythm under Levy's outstanding vocals on this set that keeps up the pressure from start to finish! 10 tracks in all, including "Robin Hood", "Rock And Come In", "Love Sister Carol", "Gonna Tell Your Girlfriend", "You Come To Ask What Is Love", "Why Did You Leave Me", "Na Broke No Fight Over No Woman", "When Friday Comes", "Like How You Kiss & Caress Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Los HacherosPilon (with bonus download) ... LP
Chulo, 2013. New Copy ... $12.99
A contemporary Latin combo, but one with a really unique feel as well – a mix of 60s charanga modes, 50s Cuban roots, and some definite modern phrasing! The group has a really wonderful blend of flute, violin, trombone, tres, and percussion – and congolero Hector "Papote" Jimenez sings lead vocals on the set, but often seems more than willing to step back and let the instruments themselves provide plenty of voice! Production is nice and raw – with an echoey quality you don't always get in recent records of this nature – and titles include "Convergencia", "Pilon", "Cha Cha Herzilia", "Mami Me Gusto", "Desastre", and "Azucar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes card for bonus download of the album.)

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Magic SamBlack Magic ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 15.99
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Jose". LP, Vinyl record album

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Malombo/JabulaSpirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 24.99
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the UK! Malombo existed under a few different names – Malombo Jazz Makers, Malombo Jazz Men, and just plain Malombo – and almost always worked in a style that put lots of earthy percussion first, then added on jazzy solo passages on guitar and flute, plus other occasional instrumentation as well. The group sometimes vocalized a bit – and their overall approach is a tremendous precursor to the burst of spiritual jazz in America during the 70s – but here served up much closer to the roots, with a sound that's wonderful – and really points the way towards styles that would emerge in the AACM and Strata East scenes. The collection then follows the group's move to London, and their growth into the Jabula group – a more contemporary Afro-styled combo who did a wonderful job of reworking South African styles with a 70s London vibe! As usual with Strut, the research, notes, and presentation are wonderful – and titles include "Bahula Dithabeng", "Abie's Mood", "Matshenyogo", "Bird Meets Elephant", "Jikeleza", and "Abbey's Body" by Malombo – plus "Jabula Happiness", "Let Us Be Free", "Tender Into Our Hearts", "Journey To Africa", and "Mathome" by Jabula. 17 tracks in all – but 2LP set features one exclusive track "Mama", plus all the CD tracks on a bonus CD! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Spirit Of Malombo – Malombo Jazz Makers, Jabula, & Jazz Afrika 1966 to 1984 ... CD 15.99

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Zara McFarlaneIf You Knew Her ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $24.99
An even better album than Zara McFarlane's debut – and a record that lets us dig even deeper into the wonderful world of her vocals! The instrumentation here is mostly stripped down – usually just a bit of percussion, bass, or piano – used as sparingly here as on some of Jose James' early work for the Brownswood label – material that would be a great comparison for Zara's approach here, as the style is a really personal blend of jazz roots, contemporary soul phrasing, and individual musical vision! Most lyrics are McFarlane's own – spun out warmly and without any sense of cliche or overdone phrasing – and even when she turns to songs by others, she really finds a way to make them all her own. Titles include "Open Heart", "Her Eyes", "Move", "You'll Get Me In Trouble", "Plain Gold Ring", "Woman In The Olive Groves", "Love", and "Angie La La". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available If You Knew Her ... CD 13.99

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New McKayInto You ... LP
Obscure Oxide/Lion, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A really unusual set from the mid 70s underground – recorded by an obscure group in a tiny studio, but with a care and class that easily matches bigger records from the time! The guitar work is excellent – as tight as any heard on 70s AOR albums of the period, but much more relaxed, and not nearly as slick – so that the chromatic tunes really have a way of cascading out and illuminating the surprisingly sensitive lyrics of the tunes! The overall style is a bit hard to peg – might be roots or country-tinged, but not really – and with the intimacy of folk at times, but definitely an electric album all the way through. Whatever the case, it's a great lost treasure that has really held up over the years – if not grown even better! Titles include "Know That I'm Not Alone", "This Road", "Roll On Life", "On He Goes", "The Wind", and "At My Home". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Into You (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Michigan & SmileyDownpression ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Masterful early 80s toasts from Papa Michigan & Gernal Smiley for Greensleeves! Legendary material, sporting Junjo production and Roots Radics rhythms – channeled at Channel One, with titles that include the classic title cut, plus "Natty Heng On In Deh", Come When Jah Call You", "Diseases", "The Ghetto Man", "Jah Army", "Arise", "Jah Know" and "Living In Babylon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ennio Morricone/Gruppo Improvvisazione NuovaGli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (aka Cold Eyes Of Fear) ... LP
Dagored (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 32.98
A dark and extremely avant garde soundtrack from the great Ennio Morricone – one that's done in collaboration with his own Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an ensemble with roots in film scoring, but expressions that are more in the mode of 20th century avant! The music is a blend of free improvisation and more straight ahead jazz – with electric guitar, trumpet, violin, and percussion mixed with lots of weird effects and electronics – much more experimental than some of Morricone's more famous soundtracks of the time, and given a nice sense of direction from conductor Bruno Nicolai. The whole thing's incredibly spooky – one of the most turgid scores we've ever heard from the pen of Morricone – and the titles include "Sequita", "Evaporazione", "Dal Sogno E Ritorno", "Folle Folle", and "Notte E Misteri". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Meshell NdegeocelloComet Come To Me ... LP
Naive (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
Meshell Ndegeocello comes on with the force of a comet – and delivers one of her boldest records in years – a crackling set of cosmic soul tunes that have all the power of the singer in her early years! Meshell's definitely absorbed some of the headier elements of her varied projects over the past decade or so – including some stronger jazz elements, a respect for older roots, and even a complicated sense of rhythms – but she also moves forward with a focus and presence that we haven't heard this strongly in years – proud, righteous, mature, and very much her own self throughout the course of this wonderful album! Titles include "Friends", "Shopping For Jazz", "Conviction", "Folie A Deux", "Choices", "Modern Time", "American Rhapsody", "Tom", "Good Day Bad", and "Comet Come To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Comet Come To Me ... CD 14.99

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Orquesta Afro BrasileiraOrquesta Afro Brasileira (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBS/Polysom (Brazil), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
A wholly unique late 60s record by Orquesta Afro Brasileira – with these raw, heavy and unforgettable roosty rhythms and chorus vocals that give it something of a spiritual, folkloric vibe – yet the overall sound is still indicative of the genre-busting creativity of the many different late 60s Brazilian scenes! Those folk and roots elements are balanced by more modernly inspired sax, clarinet and piano that remind us a bit of some of nascent Afro jazz and funk from the late 60s. The mix of styles has a really hypnotic effect! Includes "Ago Lonan", "Rei N'Aruanda", "Nagana (Senhor)", "Xango". "Os Oinho De Iaia", "Babaloxa", "Tire O Calundu", "Palmares", "India", "Mo-Fi-La-Do-Fe", "Saudacao Aos Orixas" and "Canto Para Omolu". LP, Vinyl record album

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PeddlersThree In A Cell ... LP
Epic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
A heck of a cool group – with a really wonderful sound! The Peddlers were a late 60s British trio, with a sound that's part soul, part jazz, part supper-club vocals – all done with a clean, clear, hard-grooving approach – and strong instrumentation that often includes a heavy dose of Hammond organ! A big chunk of the work on this album has a gently funky sound that really takes it miles from its original roots – as familiar numbers get transformed into nicely party-rocking tunes with a very hip groove – making for a few tracks that have nice breaks, and others that cook with a nice mod little sound! Keith Mansfield's helping the trio get their groove on here – and titles include their classic break take on "On A Clear Day", plus "Nobody Likes Me", "I'm A Boy In Love", "Comin Home Baby", "Just A Pretty Song", "Prime Of My Life", and "Lost Continent". LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert Plant & The Sensational Space ShiftersLulllaby & The Ceaseless Roar (2 X 180 gram vinyl – with CD) ... LP
Nonesuch, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $35.99 39.98
The late-career high points get loftier and loftier for the great Robert Plant! Plant is working here with his Sensational Shapeshifters, a band name that just as aptly applies to Plant himself, having shifted over to a progressive folk and roots mode, decades after conquering hard rock in Led Zeppelin! Recorded in England, after moving back home, with a more global-centric vibe than the Americana style of his previous couple records, it's really great stuff – and we genuinely appreciate him pushing creative boundaries at this stage, rather than coasting on his legend status. Includes "Little Maggie", "Rainbow", "Pocketful Of Golden", "Turn It Up", "A Stolen Kiss", "Somebody There", "Poor Howard", "House Of Love", "Up on The Hollow Hill (Understanding Arthur)" and "Abraden (Maggie's Babby)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Prince JammyPrince Jammy Destroys The Invaders ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
This is sort of a Prince Jammy riff on the format of the popular Junjo Lawes-produced Scientist dub series. Nonetheless, he steps up to bat, and indeed defeats the evil planet munchers, with the able help of the Roots Radics rhytnm section. Recorded at Channel One and mixed at Tubby's – and how can you argue with that!? Fat, heavy rhythms dubbed into deep, deep outer space by the heir to the throne! 8 tracks in all, including "Conspiracy On Neptune", "Saturn Bombardment", "Attack on Ganymede", "Martian Encounter", "The Great Red Spot", "Life On Uranus", "Final Destruction" and "War In The Asteroid Belt". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael ProphetRighteous Are The Conqueror ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The first of a pair of underrated efforts from Michael Prophet from the early 80s – solid, soulful material produced by Henry Junko Lawes and backed by the Roots Radics band! Warm, rumbling and melodic tunes backed by tight rhythms and resonately passionate vocals by Michael. It's a steady selection of rhythms with some surprisingly swirling sounds in the mix! Titles include "Righeous Are The Conqueror", "You Are No Good", "Long Long Tribulation", "Cassandra", "What Is The Difference", "Happy Days", "Conscious Dreadlocks", "Make Me A Romance", "Originally" and "Gypsy Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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New QuasimotoYessir Whatever (plus bonus Stones Throw Fan Club 45 and download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.98
2 tracks recorded in roughly as many years from Quasimoto – maddest of all Madlib personas – in a batch of rarities and unreleased archival cuts that's as fresh and funky as anything 'Lib's delivered in years! Lord Quas is often described as Madlib's id – delivering top notch, but wigged out, if smoke mellowed rhymes that are out of character for Madlib the influential producer. That's fair enough, but we dig it for the smarts, the unshakable funky mood and its roots in sample-based hip hop craftsmanship. Hypotic boombap that'll sound fresh forever – paired mad blunted rhymes! Titles include "Broad Factor", "Seasons Change", "The Front", "Youngblood", "Astronaut", "Planned Attack", "Brothers Can't See Me", "Catchin' The Vibe", "Am I Confused?", "Sparkdala (Original Version)", "Green Power (Original Version)" and "LAX To JFK". LP, Vinyl record album
(Peelable cover image – but their a bit tough to peel, folks! So peel at your own risk! Limited vinyl version also comes with a bonus 45 featuring the track "Hittin Hooks".)
Also available Yessir Whatever ... LP 19.99

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Matana RobertsCoin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Constellation (Canada), 2013. New Copy ... $18.99 25.98
Powerful sounds from reed player Matana Roberts – the second chapter in her ambitious Coin Coin project, and one that's even more moving than the first! Mantana's got strong ties to the avant scenes in Chicago and New York – but works here in this very unusual style that also embraces older spiritual modes and deeper African American tradition as well – with many songs that have their roots in older folk or spiritual numbers, but which get a very inventive reworking by Roberts and the group – even though there's still some vocals in the mix too! The vocals are sung mostly by Jeremiah Abiah – with contributions from Roberts and other group members – in ways that recall a richly expressive tapestry of styles – but which take on a very different flavor amidst the instrumentation. In addition to Matana's own work on alto, the group features Shoko Nagai on piano, Jason Palmer on trumpet, Thomson Kneeland on bass, and Thomas Fujiwara on drums. Titles include "Spares Of The World", "Secret Covens", "For This Is", "Confessor Haste", "Lesson", "Woman Red Racked", and "Invocation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes art print poster – and bonus download!)
Also available Coin Coin Chapter Two – Mississippi Moonchild ... CD 12.99

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Gil Scott-HeronFree Will (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter from his roots as a writer in touch with the streets, and the former part of a brilliant new direction that he was taking on the Flying Dutchman label. Side one features classic jazzy tracks recorded with Brian Jackson – like "Free Will", "The Middle Of Your Days", "Speed Kills", and "Did You Hear What They Said?". Side two moves over to a much sparer sound – and has Gil reciting some of his poetry with very heavy percussion, and a very righteous approach. The wisdom and knowledge of those pieces is a perfect example of the kinds of issues that were haunting black America in the early 70s – especially on the tracks "No Knock", "The King Alfred Plan", and "Sex Education: Ghetto Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gil Scott-HeronNothing New (2014 Record Store Release) ... LP
XL, 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
Plenty new here – a wealth of unheard tracks by Gil Scott-Heron – and some of the best music he recorded late in his life! The sides are all remakes of tracks from older 70s albums by Gil – but they're done in these stripped-down styles that usually just feature voice and guitar – recorded as kind of a side project to the two late-life albums Scott-Heron did for XL, but with a real tie back to his roots as well! The tunes might be familiar, but the presentations here are very different – and really graced by Gil's rich life experience as well. Titles include "Pieces Of A Man", "Your Daddy Loves You", "Did You Hear What They Said", "Betty Days Ahead", "The Other Side", "Blue Collar", and "95 South". LP, Vinyl record album
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Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensCold World ... LP
Daptone, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show how crucial it still is today – no mere nostalgic revival, but a continuation of a tradition that's never going away. That's absolutely the case on Cold World – and the album is also as perfect of a mix of beauty and grit as anything we've heard on the label. Naomi Shelton's slightly gravelly, intensely soulful vocals are backed beautifully by the Gospel Queens vocal trio – and the band, led by piano player Cliff Driver, is fairly stripped down – piano, organ, drums, bass, and a guitar get the job done instrumentally – and no more is needed. Testify! Includes "Sinner", "Movin'", "Heaven Is Mine", "Bound For The Promised Land", "It's A Cold, Cold World", "I Don't Know", "Get Up, Child", "One Day", "I Earned Mine", "Humble Me", "Thank You Lord" and "Everybody Knows (River Song)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain SinbadSeven Voyages Of Captain Sinbad ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
Early 80s deejay set for Greensleeves from Captain Sinbad – backed by the Roots Radics crew – and while it's not one biggest or best remembered efforts of the period, it's a pretty great one! Sinbad, otherwise known as producer Carl Dyler cedes the production help here to Henry Junjo Laws, and we're surprised he didn't break out in bigger way as headline act – as this is a voyage worth taking. ncludes "Bam Salute", "All Over Me", "Wa-Dat", "Girls Girls", "Sugar Ray", "Sinbad And The Eye of The Tiger", "Construction Plan", "Fistherman", "Morning Teacher" and "Mary Moore". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nikki Sudden & The JacobitesTexas ... LP
Creation/Numero, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 22.98
The stunning Creation Records debut of Nikki Sudden – a record that has the solo Sudden sounding even tighter and more classic than ever – yet without any sort of commercial leanings at all! The songs here flow effortlessly from Nikki's hands – instant classics that were completely unappreciated at the time, given how un-80s Sudden's style is overall – work that would nestle down nicely next to classics from the Rolling Stones' generation, but which also has a more stripped-down, less-posturing feel – one that comes from Nikki's roots in punk with the Swell Maps. Titles include "Jangle Town", "Death Is Hanging Over Me", "Such A Little Girl", "Dumb Angel", "Wedding Dress", and "When I Left You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Super Djata BandSuper Djata Band Vol 2 – Yellow ... LP
Musique Mondiale/Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An amazing mix of modes from the Super Djata Band – a record that has deep Malian roots in the rhythms, but which also offers up some key electric touches on guitar – served up here with plenty of lead solos from Zani Diabate! And when we say "lead", we don't mean the kind of cock-rocking posturing of American players – but this really subtle, snakey approach to the instrument that breaks out from the rhythms in key passages – often with bluesy undercurrents, but not in the usual overdone way you'd hear from the Mali scene. Other elements include some excellent sax lines that burst out in equally soulful solos – and vocals that may well be some of the group's most powerful on record. Titles include "Sinaya", "Signanna", "Limaniya Kile Do Boro", "Noumouna Kouloumba", and "Maliniwoula". LP, Vinyl record album

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Thievery CorporationCosmic Game ... LP
ESL, 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming Lips! But over and above these bigger crossover names, the team's also sticking very true to their roots on other tracks – bringing in some great downtempo and Brazilian influences, and fleshing out tunes with an equally great array of lesser-known talents that includes Sista Pat, Gunjan, Verny Varela, Gigi Rezende, and Patrick De Santos. Titles include "Marching The Hate Machines", "Pela Janela", "Sol Tapado", "The Time We Lost Our Way", "A Gentle Dissolve", "Holographic Universe", "The Heart's A Lonely Hunter", and "The Cosmic Game". LP, Vinyl record album

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Linval ThompsonBaby Father ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
Top shelf early 80s dancehall from the mighty Linval Thompson! Recorded at Channel One with the Roots Radics backing him, with an all around deeper soul resonance than a lot of what was coming out in the early 80s nascent digital revolution period – with warm, emotionally resonant vocals by Linval and all around solid backing. Dean Fraser's sax and Nambo's trombone add nicely to the sound – and the titles include "Love Me Forever", "If You Want My Love", "Shouldn't Lift Your Hand", "Baby Father", "All Night Long", "Poor Man", "She Gone" and "Tell Me The Right Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tradisyon KaGwo Ka – Music of Guadeloupe, West Indies ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.99
A wonderful recording of gwo ka – a style unique only to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – but a mode that's also got very strong roots in Africa! The album's a contemporary recording, but it's got an instantly timeless feel – strong use of acoustic percussion instruments, including the special "ka" drum – mixed with a range of chorus and solo vocals, in a very chant-like sort of structure! Vintage gwo ka grooves have been dug up by collectors over the years, but this set is maybe as good or better than most of those records – as it's got a very clear, crisp sound, while still feeling very old school too – put together with the usual Soul Jazz strong support and package of notes. Titles include "Adam E Eve", "Kan La Line Leve", "La Gwadloupeyen", "O La Ou Te Ye", "O Moman Lesclavaj", "Yo Pe Ke Jen Chanje", and "Elwa". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gwo Ka – Music of Guadeloupe, West Indies ... CD 21.99

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UnwoundNo Energy (3LP set) ... LP
Numero, 1995/1996. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... $36.99 39.98
Numero's great Unwound excavation moves into the mid 90s for No Energy – featuring the underground rock heroes' timeless The Future Of What and Repetition LPs, plus rare singles and live recordings from the period – in a 3LP, 33 song box set! The albums were originally issued in fairly rapid succession, considering modern era release patterns – The Future Of What was released in the the spring of 1995 and Repetition followed barely a year later – and both LPs find the band hanging on to their invigorating post-punk inspired roots, though layering in more ambitious, noisy textures, without compromising the insisting songcraft. It hasn't aged a day! Comes with loads of photographs and a long, engrossing essay by band diarist David Wilcox. Tracks include "New Energy", "Demolished", "Natural Disasters", "Equally Stupid", "Vern's Answer To The Masses", "Disappoint", "Corpse Pose", "Lady Elect", "For Your Entertainment", "Next Exit", "Seen Not Heard", Swan", "Pardon My French", "Message Received", "Here Come The Dogs" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Vivaldi/RichterFour Seasons – Recomposed By Max Richter – Hope/De Ridder/Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin ... LP
Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A really great little project – and one that's different both from the original Vivaldi composition, and from the spirit of the other releases in Deutsche Grammophon's "recomposed" series! Max Richter takes The Four Seasons completely apart, then composes some of his own music as well – in this amazing blend of styles that draws surprising links between the work's baroque roots and contemporary minimalism as well. Richter plays moog, Daniel Hope handles violin solos, and Andre De Ridder conducts the larger Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. The piece features different seasonal passages, plus some added "Shadow" tracks by Richter too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Four Seasons – Recomposed By Max Richter – Hope/De Ridder/Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin (CD &DVD) ... CD 12.99

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Igor WakhevitchLet's Start (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pathe/Fauni Gena (Spain), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
The last French album from Igor Wakevitch – recorded before eventually settling in India – and a very meditative set that possibly marks the trajectory of that move! The songs are longer than before, and filled with very hypnotic lines – somewhere in a space that echoes La Monte Young or Terry Riley, but still touched with all the darker corners and textures we live in Igor's earlier music! Voices intertwine with keyboards in a very weird way – almost whispers in the dark when they do appear, but with an elliptical sense of repetition that makes them more musical too – especially alongside Wakevitch's strong tendencies to really abstract the his keyboard sounds way past their roots. Titles include "Monks In the Snow", "Ramallah's Road", "Eriador", and "Taddy's Fruit Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
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Josey WalesOutlaw Josey Wales ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
A stone classic early 80s set from dancehall heavyweight Josey Wales! Outlaw Josey Wales is an essential Greensleeves effort from 1983 – produced by Henry Junjo Lawes and backed by the mighty Roots Radics crew. Includes " It A Fi Burn", "Love I Want", "Beg You Come Home", "Jam It Again", "Music Diseases", "Asking For Love", "Music Diseases", "No Botehr Tax Me", "Let Go Mi Hand" and "Stalk Of Sensimila". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby WomackSafety Zone ... LP
United Artists, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Sweet funky soul from the great Bobby Womack – a record that mixes Bobby's roots with some of the more righteous modes he picked up on Across 110th Street – blended here in a style that's completely sublime! The record was one of Womack's first to be entirely recorded on the west coast – and has these core grooves that come from the great Wah Wah Watson on guitar and Sonny Burke on keyboards – both players who bring in sharp edges, but can also lay back in a groove as well – helping Bobby perfectly balance funky impulses and mellower moments throughout. There's a sophistication here that really shows the continuing growth of Womack as a musical visionary – and titles include "Everything's Gonna Be Alright", "Daylight", "Love Ain't Something You Can Get For Free", "I Feel A Groove Coming On", and versions of "I Wish It Would Rain" and "Something You Got". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBoogie – Australian Blues, R&B, & Heavy Rock From The 70s (180 gram poressing) ... LP
Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $43.99
Not the kind of boogie that most of us associate with the sound of discos at the end of the 70s, but a unique moment in Australian rock of that same decade – a return to older roots mixed with heavy freak and fuzz – all in a freehweeling style that really gave the down-under scene a voice of its own! There's definitely a few echoes of older modes that might be associated with the word "boogie" – including some heavy piano triplets, and lots of blues-based phrasing – but often mixed with tighter, more compressed guitar lines and vocals, used in very catchy ways – almost an echo of 70s production styles in the UK rock scene, but more rootsy overall. Only a few of these groups ever made it big outside of Australia – and the set's a really great dip into this overlooked scene, complete with full notes as well. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Boogie – Australian Blues, R&B, & Heavy Rock From The 70s ... CD 19.99

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VariousCocktail Disco – Mixed By Dimitri From Paris – Part 1 ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LPs ... $22.99
A whole new genre of disco – served up by one of the biggest club collectors in the world! Dimitri's the man who's guided us through so many other great sets of rare disco tracks over the years – and this time around, he's launching new look at the form! Cocktail Disco is a unique variation that's often heavy on orchestrations, and which sometimes has echoes of older jazz, vocal, or Latin recordings – classic influences that simmer nicely through the mix – and help deepen the sound of the already-soulful late 70s style! And although "cocktail" normally means laidback or sleepy, these tunes definitely aren't – because all tracks here are in a soaring midtempo mode or better – cuts you'd be happy to play with some of the funkier numbers on the dancefloor, and which should stand out nicely, given their unique twist. Vinyl part 1 features 11 tracks that include "Summertime" by Blue Velvets, "What You Need Is My Love" by Cindy Rodriguez, "It's Got To Be Love" by Darcus, "Ocean's Apart" by Vast Majority, "Show You The Way To Go" by Charlie's Roots, "Again" by Night People, "Lady Of The Night" by Ray Martinez, and "Disco Village" by J Elliot Group – plus vinyl-only tracks "Keep It Up (Dim's DJ friendly re-edit)" by Nightfall and "Who Can I Turn To (Dim's DJ friendly re-edit)" by Marti Lynn. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 7 – Give Me Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Motor/Universal (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
A searing entry into the Mojo Club series – and one that really shows the way the compilations have evolved over the years! The album's heavier on soul music than ever before – but also features some tremendous jazz, Brazilian, and European gems as well – a wonderful set list that really keeps things fresh! Titles include "Give Me Your Love" by The Sisters Love, "Wouri" by Manu Dibango, "Maracaibo" by Michel Legrand, "Take Us Down To The River" by Michael Naura, "Sambao" by Walter Wanderley, "Roots" by Willie Bobo, "Soul Soul Soul" by Wild Magnolias, "Strange Games & Things" by Love Unlimited Orchestra, "Praise The Lord" by Mary Lou Williams, "In Memory Of" by Randy Weston, "Nao Bate O Coracao" by Astrud Gilberto, "Mundo Deserto" by Elis Regina, and the great "El Soul Condor" by Certain Lions & Tigers (a very rare German release from 1970!) Plus, the LP version includes 4 bonus cuts by the likes of Serge Gainsbourg, Ekseption, Os Reis Du Batuque, and Fats Sadi – all very nice rarebits! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousPunk 45 Vol 3 – Sick On You One Way Spit – After The Love & Before The Revolution – Proto Punk 1970 to 1977 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The deeper roots of the pre-punk generation – not the obvious garage acts of the 60s, or the early rockers on the New York 70s scene – but a whole host of very underground acts who recorded in virtual obscurity, but had a sound that paved the way for huge musical changes to come! The package is easily the most compelling in the Punk 45 series – as it brings together a number of artists we'd never have heard otherwise, from both sides of the Atlantic – plus a few others we know, but forgot were ever this raw or loud – all laid out in one searingly nasty, abrasive set that really shows that punk didn't just start with the Pistols or Ramones. The package includes full notes and original record art too – and titles include "She Smiled Wild" by Mirrors, "Hot Wire My Heart" by Crime, "One Way Spit" by Debris, "Ain't Got You" by Count Bishops, "Acid Revolution" by Rob Jo Star Band, "Space Age Love" by Zolar X, "Mad Dog" by Stavely Makepeace, "Patsy" by Radio Pete, "Rear Guard Action" by Victoria Vein & The Thunderpunks, and "Sick On You" by The Hollywood Brats. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Punk 45 Vol 3 – Sick On You One Way Spit – After The Love & Before The Revolution – Proto Punk 1969 to 1976 ... CD 22.99

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VariousStudio One Dancehall – Sir Coxsone In The Dance – The Foundation Sound ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 3LP ... $29.99 31.99
The first great wave of dancehall from Studio One – which also marks the late wave of Jamaican innovation before the label's move to New York in the 80s! The music here is often build upon structures forged in earlier Studio One recordings – but updated with a dubbier late 70s vibe, and sometimes infused with a sense of politics that reflects the growing hardship in Jamaica, and the heady political struggle that was taking place. There's a harder edge to these tracks than reggae from a few years before – and you can definitely hear the core sounds that lead to the more bombastic dancehall that would come to play a decade later. Titles include "I Don't Know Why" by Doreen Schaeffer, "Rebel Disco" by Brentford Disco Set, "Thanks & Praise" by Devon Russell, "Noah In The Ark" by Lone Ranger, "Lend Me The Sixteen" by Johnny Osbourne, "Why Oh Why" by Ernest Wilson, "Roots & Herb Style" by Field Marshall Haye, "Lonely Lover" by Slim Smith, and "Far East" by Barry Brown. Packaged with the usual Soul Jazz flair and great set of notes! LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Studio One Dancehall – Sir Coxsone In The Dance – The Foundation Sound ... CD 22.99

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Tony AllenFilm Of Life ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy ... Mid-October, 2014 (delayed)
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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ExcelsiorsControl This ... LP
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Early December, 2014
A sweet mix of soul, funk, and Jamaican styles – all put together by Shane "Sureshot" Hunt, who we've trusted for grooves for many years! The package draws on Shane's deep knowledge of old school roots – but it also reflects the cultural melting pot of San Francisco's Excelsior district, from which the project takes its name – a real criss-crossing of scenes and styles, coming together with a mighty crisp vibe! Hunt provides most of the beats and instrumentation – and vocals are by The Mighty Pope and Omega Rae – on tracks that are a nice mix of originals and classic remakes from the 70s. Titles include "People Make The World Go Round", "Mrs Magic", "It's Too Late", "Cold As Steel", "This Is Sunshine Music", "Mirror In The Bathroom", and "Lookout Weekend". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Control This ... CD 16.99

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Hypnotic Brass EnsembleFly – The Customs Prelude ... LP
Pheelco, 2013. New Copy ... Early November, 2014 (delayed)
This mighty combo do it again – and really blow our minds with their rich reworking of older traditions, complex instrumentation, and tight rhythms – all served up in a set that may well be the group's funkiest ever! The horns are tremendous – as always – but the percussion is what really sends the whole thing home, and gives the record a power and punch that really knocks this one out of the park – and really makes the group come across like a funk band more than ever before! There's still plenty of jazz in their roots – and the brass band modes they've borrowed from down south – but the grooves here really push things forward in a mighty positive way – one that will have plenty of new heads nodding to Hypnotic Brass. Titles include "City Livin", "POTA", "Rebel Rousin", "Saiko Shibuya Nights", "Exchange Rate", "Favela Funk", and "Hornets Nest". LP, Vinyl record album

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KinksKinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society ... LP
Reprise/Sanctuary (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Around December 10, 2014
Incredible! This is one of the best-ever British pop albums from the 60s – and it has the Kinks moving past their garage rock roots into a whole new realm of picture postcard pop perfection! The 15 songs on the album are the blueprint for closeted Brit postwar worry, anxiety, and disillusion – classics like "Do You Remember Walter?", "Picture Book", "Sitting By The Riverside", "Village Green", "All Of My Friends Were There", and "The Village Green Preservation Society". LP, Vinyl record album

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MombasaAfrican Rhythms & Blues 2 ... LP
Spiegelei/Sonorama (Germany), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Around November 18, 2014 (delayed)
The second album from Mombasa – and possibly even better than the first! The group have really come into their own by the time of this date – mixing together jazz and African roots with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – quite unique in its approach to rhythms, sounds, and solos! The grooves aren't really the Afro Funk you might expect – and instead, they're based on a headier brew of basslines and percussion, one that's somewhere in a space between Boscoe, The Pharoahs, and Demon Fuzz – but with a sound that's ultimately different than both. The trombone of Lou Blackburn carries the lead on most tracks – snaking out wonderfully over the grooves, with a quality that's amazingly soulful, and which almost has him standing head to head with Fred Wesley as a 70s innovator on his instrument. Other members of the group include Doug Lucas on trumpet, Bob Reed on percussion, Alan Tatham on drums, and Don Ridgeway on electric bass – the last of whom really does a great job shaping the sound of the tunes. Titles include "Yenyeri", "Holz II", "Nomoli", "African Hustle", and "Al Rahman". LP, Vinyl record album

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Santa Y Su GenteUrgente ... LP
RCA/Lion, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Around December 27, 2014
That's not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album's got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that's mighty unique, and which makes the record a real standout on the South American scene of the time! Some tunes are quite funky, with great electric piano lines over the rhythms – while others have more of a warmly glowing groove, one that seems to borrow a bit from Brazilian jazz of the time – yet make things into a style that's all its own. Some of these numbers have a bit of vocals, but the instrumental interplay of the album is much stronger overall – especially the Fender Rhodes lines that make the album well worth owning for any fan of 70s electric funk! Titles include "El Salero", "Colores", "Murumba", "La Muneca", "Niebla", "Pajaros En El Jardin", and "Triangulo Espanol". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Urgente ... CD 12.99

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New Rob Mazurek & Black Cube SPReturn The Tides – Ascension Suite & Holy Ghost (with download) ... LP
Cuneiform, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to make the sounds all his own! This project has Rob furthering the electronic sounds of recent records, while still holding onto a core element of jazz with his work on cornet – an instrument he uses here with wonderfully rich acoustic tones, and hardly at any sort of easy Miles electric modes, or anything like that. The players here are all part of his scene in Sao Paulo – including Mauricio Takara on drums, Guilherme Granado on keyboards, Thomas Rohrer on electronics and soprano sax, and Rogerio Martins on percussion – but all players also take on other instruments, add in bits of voice, and work with the production and processing to really create some amazing sonic energy throughout. All tracks are long – and titles include "Let The Rain Fall Upwards", "Return The Tides", "Oh Mother", and "Reverse The Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album
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Also available Return The Tides – Ascension Suite & Holy Ghost ... CD 15.99

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



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