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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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New Wackie's Rhythm ForceAfrican Roots Act 3 – Strictly Dubwise ... LP
Wackie's (Germany), 1983. New Copy ... $15.99
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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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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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
Also available Studio One Roots Vol 2 ... CD 19.99

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VariousMore Jammy's From The Roots ... LP
Greensleeves, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Around September 26, 2014
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New King TubbyRoots Of Dub ... LP
Jamaican Recordings (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New RootsHow I Got Over ... LP
Def Jam, 2010. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 RootsThings Fall Apart (180 gram vinyl) (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
MCA, 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A landmark effort from the Legendary Roots Crew – one that a lot of folks hail as their greatest album – and there's a strong case to be made for that! Jazzy soul backdrops and lyrics that are both personally and culturally reflective – and it's also the best produced Roots album to this point, with an unpredictable, yet perfect flow from track to track. Guests include Mos Def, Common, Erykah Badu and JazzyFatNastees. Titles include "The Next Movement", "Step Into The Realm", "The Spark", "Dynamite", "Without A Doubt" "Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New", "Double Trouble", "Adrenaline!" and "Don't See Us". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013.)

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New Andrew HillGrass Roots ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... 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 King TubbyRoots Of Dub (3 X 10" colored vinyl box set) ... LP
Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 x 10" (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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
(3 X 10" colored vinyl in a heavy duty box. One of the highest quality reissues of the material we've ever seen!)

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New Elvis Costello & The RootsWise Up – Ghost Remixes & Reworks (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Remixes, reworkings, and beats centric interludes of cuts from Wise Up Ghost – from the supergroup team of Elvis Costello and The Roots – courtesy Stones Throw beats genius Karriem Riggins, contemporary funky soul heavies Menahan Street Band, and Antibalas with Chico Mann! Includes "Cinco Minutos Con Vos" (Karriem Riggins remix feat Black Thought)", "Sugar Won't Work" (Karriem Riggins interlude)", "Come The Meantimes (Karriem Riggins remix)", "The Puppet Has Cut His Strings (Karriem Riggins interlude), "Viceroy's Row" (Karriem Riggins interlude), "Tripwire" (Menahan Street Band rework) and "Walk Us Uptown" (Antiibalas Rework – Chico Mann edit). LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Wise Up – Ghost Remixes & Reworks (2013 Black Friday Release) ... CD 8.99

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New Everly BrothersRoots (180 gram pressing) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sublime country rock and superb vocals from the Everly Brothers – an album as close to our hearts as the much more hipster-celebrated work of the era by Gram Parsons, the Byrds and others! The Everlys grasped onto their significance throughout the 60s by hopping from trend to trend with little success – but they finally nailed it in 1968 with this effort. (Artistically, if not commercially.) The boys apply their staggering harmonies to country and country-ish material, adding their own unique spin to the tunes – and earnestly work in some montages of their family radio shows from the early 50s! It's easily their most endearing work of the 60s. Produced by Lenny Waronker with strings by Nick DeCaro. Includes wonderful versions of Jimmie Rodgers' "T For Texas", "Shady Grove", Randy Newman's "Illinois", Ray Price's "You Done Me Wrong", Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried" and "Sing Me Back Home", plus "Ventura Boulvard" and "Turn Around" written by Ron Elliot of Beau Brummels. LP, Vinyl record album

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New King TubbyDub From The Roots (3 X 10" colored vinyl box set) ... LP
Clocktower, 1975. New Copy 3 x 10" (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Wicked dub from mighty King Tubby – a set of reworked sounds from cuts by Jackie Edwards, Johnny Clarke, John Holt, Horace Andy, and others – all given some heavy-bottomed touches by Tubby! The tracks are all instrumentals, with plenty of bass bubbling in an echoey pit – mixed with organ, drums, and especially nice guitar that often glides out highest in the mix – with a slightly cleaner feel than other instrumentation. Titles include "Double Cross", "African Roots", "Iyahta", "Dub From The Roots", "Hijack The Barber", "Invasion", and "Dub Of A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(3 X 10" colored vinyl in a heavy duty box. One of the highest quality releases of the material we've ever seen!)

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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 8.99

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Edip AkbayramEdip Akbayram ... LP
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... $25.99
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric guitar with offbeat Eastern phrasing, rootsy percussion, and very hip production that gives the whole record a sound that's as bold as it is brooding! Like Koray at his best, the music often has a bit of a groove – not entirely funky, but with these strong undercurrents that really move us – despite the barrier of language. Titles include "Bosu Bosuna", "Dumanu Dumanu Oy Bizim Eller", "Kukredi Cimenler", "Seve Beni Beni", "Deniz Ustu Kopurur", "Yakar Inceden Inceden", and "Daglar Dagladi Beni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Edip Akbayram ... CD 16.99

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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... LP
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $20.99
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front cover – and the instrument really sounds great on the tracks throughout – piercing with a punctuated sound that's almost like an electric sitar, but a more more straightforward – a perfect accompaniment to the rich, flowing lines of Selda's vocals. None of the tunes are in English, but there's a really universal appeal to the music – as Selda's the kind of singer that's so expressive, one hardly needs to know the lyrics to get the meaning of her tunes. Titles include "Ona Don", "Hele Yar", "Ayaginda Kundura", "Hizir Pasa", "Cendarme", "Izin Ize Benzemiyor", and "Sorsunlar Beni". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Selda (1979) ... CD 11.99

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BatidaBatida (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $12.99
The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary beats and rhythms – often in a blend that's got the quick-stepping sort of pace you'd hear in favela grooves from the Brazilian scene – yet which comes across completely differently, thanks to the rich array of acoustic elements in the original recordings! There's loads of sweet guitar lines that rifle through the music – and the set also features guest contributions from contemporary MCs and producers. Titles include "Alegria", "Pronta Pra Batida", "Puxa", "Bazuka", "Ka Heueh", "Saudade", "Cuka", and "Tirei O Chapeu". LP, Vinyl record album
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New 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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Dennis BrownVisions Of Dennis Brown ... LP
17 North Parade, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
The late night lover gets on the African Roots wagon and heads deep into Rasta territory with Joe Gibbs at the helm on this mid 70s gem! Dennis Brown was well established as a leading Lovers Rock and Jamaican soul singer by the time he cut this excellent roots effort for Joe Gibbs in the mid 70s, and the transformation is noteworthy. Brown's vocals pair wonderfully with Gibbs' heavy roots rhythms for a combination that's among either man's finest work! 10 excellent tracks in all, including "Deliverance Will Come", "Love Me Always", "Concrete Castle King", "Malcolm X", "Repatriation", "Milk & Honey" and "Stay At Home". 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
(Limited to 300 copies!)

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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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ClashLondon Calling (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1979. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $22.99 29.98
Quite possibly the crowning masterpiece by The Clash – and a record that certainly pushed them out of the punk rock ghetto and into the collections of countless mainstream folks over the years! This is the set that really pushed the group over the top – the one that harnessed all the best energy of the previous two records and gave it a strong new focus – one that draws on roots as deep as the late 50s Elvis reference of the cover art, but which also bubbled over with newly approaching 80s musical ideas and politics! Yet the message never gets in the way of the guitar-heavy tuneful appeal of the songs – ringing out for decades on classics like "Train In Vain", "London Calling", "Spanish Bombs", "Lost In The Supermarket", "Guns Of Brixton", "Clampdown", and "Rudy Can't Fail". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available London Calling ... CD 3.99

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (2LP deluxe edition) ... LP
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A classic slice of Jamaican roots! No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which has been hard to get in spite of being reissued in a number of different formats. This version features a slight twist on the original cover art, but is an expanded double LP set with a bonus disc of later self-produced material. On the original album, recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals, with Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. The second LP features material from 4 different sessions, all great, with tracks from the 1979 LPs Cvongo Ashanti and Image of Africa, the 1981 LP Face The Music and a couple of tracks from 1999. 22 tracks in all, including "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant", "Don't Blame On I", "Solid Foundation", "Days Chasing Days", "Youth Man", "Only Jah Know", "Music Maker", "Stay Alive (ext)", "Problems", "Face The Music", "Enemy & Spy (ext)" and "Aaron & Moses (ext)". LP, Vinyl record album

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CortexI Heard A Sigh ... LP
Trad Vibe (France), 1979. New Copy ... $23.99
The lost fourth album from Cortex – recorded near the end of the 70s, but still with a groove that's heavy on Fender Rhodes! The record's really just the effort of keyboardist Alain Mion – who also uses lots of moog, Hammond, and other keyboards too – and sings lyrics on most tracks, with a slightly soulful sort of groove. Drums are by Alain Gandolfi, who plays live, and gives the tunes a great sort of snap to offset the keyboards in the lead – especially on the longer solo passages. The vocals are maybe a bit more upfront than before, but Mion still leaves plenty of room for the keyboards – and there's a warmth to the record that still belies his roots in jazz. Titles include "High On The Funk", "Emily", "I Heard A Sigh", "Bring My Bonnie Back", "A Winning Team", and "Hannibal March". 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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New 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
(Includes a bonus download of the album!)

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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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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
Also available Love In Flying Colors ... CD 11.99

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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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GoblinIl Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
A rare non-soundtrack record from Goblin – but done in a style that's equally wonderful as their famous music for horror films! The set really shows the progressive roots from which they sprang – with a sound that's a bit fuller than some of their soundtrack work, and which also has vocals too – sung in Italian, but with a very Peter Gabriel sort of edge to them. Keyboards figure heavy in the mix, and there's also some really nice dark undercurrents too – on titles that include "La Danza", "Mark Il Bagarozzo", "Terra Di Goblin", "Un Ragazzo D'Argento", and "Notte". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry HeardAlien ... LP
Alleviated (UK), 1996. New Copy ... $24.99
The further evolution of Larry Heard – and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves – done with a sensitivity that's really great, and which we never would have expected in his Fingers Inc days – even though those tracks already set Larry apart from the rest of his contemporaries. There's almost a future soundtrack sort of approach at times – especially on some of the colder numbers – and titles include "Cosmology Myth", "The Beauty Of Celeste", "DNA RNA", "Micro Gravity", "The Dance Of Planet X", and "Faint Object Detection". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alien ... CD 18.99

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Joe HiggsUnity Is Power ... LP
Elevation/Pressure Sounds (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.98
One of the best records ever by Joe Higgs! Higgs is one of classic reggae's best songwriters and one of it's most distinctive voices – having written for, performed with or simply influenced some of the biggest names in the game – but his own great records didn't really crossover to the mainstream. While he doesn't pander to the mainstream, the strength of the songs, his soulful voice and the strains of American soul that lace the roots-ish vibe here are broadly appealing to say the least. As incredible as it is important! Includes "Devotion", "One Man Kutchie", "Unity Is Power", "Love Can't Be Wrong", "Small World", "Think Of The Moment", "Sadness is A Part Of My Heart" and "Sons Of Garvey". 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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Keith HudsonFlesh Of My Skin Blood Of My Blood ... LP
Basic Replay (Germany), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A lost gem, finally reissued! Hudson's voice as a producer remains one of the most unique and idiosyncratic of his era, and this first LP issued under his own name stands as a shining document of his genius. Cut very near the time of his classic dub side Pick A Dub, this album shares the haunting mood that runs through the best of Hudson's work, all the while delivering a resounding roots message. The rhythms are fierce, laid down by Leroy Sibbles, Fully Fullwood, Santa Davis, Count Ossie and Augustus Pablo, a dozen mighty tracks in all: "Hunting", "Flesh Of My Skin", "Blood Of My Blood", "Testing Of My Faith", "Fight Your Revolution", "Darkest Night", "Talk Some Sense (Gamma Ray)", "Treasures Of The World", "My Nocturne", "I Shall Be Released", "No Friend Of Mine" and "Stabiliser". 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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Orlando JuliusSuper Afro Soul (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1966. New Copy 2 LPs & CD ... $18.99
A landmark album of Afro Soul! Orlando Julius was one of Nigeria's biggest soul artists in the 60s – and has been credited with virtually inventing the Afro Funk sound, and for being the inspiration to some of James Brown's funkier work of the late 60s! Julius came to the US at the end of the 60s, and worked with Hugh Masekela and the Crusaders – but this is the real deal, his 1966 masterpiece, cut in Africa, and only ever issued in Nigeria. The whole album has been lovingly reissued by Strut – with the same care they took with their Tony Allen reissues – and the record's got a tasty batch of hard soulful tunes that mix African rhythms and American melodies. Includes the monster track "Going Back To My Roots" (supposedly the inspiration for "I Got You (I Feel Good)"), a great cover of "My Girl", and the cuts "Solo Hit", "Efoye So", "Jagua nana", and "Wakolele". Also features 4 bonus cuts – originally issued as singles – "Ijo Soul", "E Se Rere", "Olulofe", and "Topless". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes full album on CD – too!)

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New 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
Also available Nin – Apaslar, Kardaslar, Mogollar, Ferdy Klein Orchestra ... CD 10.99

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New KassinSonhando Devagar (with download) ... LP
20/20/20, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
Really wonderful work from Alexandre Kassin – easily one of the most important contemporary figures in Brazilian music of the past decade or two! Kassin's best known on these shores for his work with Moreno Veloso and Domenico – but he's also had a hand in countless collaborations with others, both as a musician and a producer – helping shape the sound of Brazil in ways that rival American efforts of the post-rock generation. Yet Kassin's music is uniquely Brazilian, too – filled with warmth and imagination, and a careful balance of roots from older styles and cool contemporary execution – yet all without any of the genre-clashing styles of some of his compatriots on the scene – who sometimes try too hard to sound unique. Kassin's got a way of sounding universally appealing, yet never commercial – a really beautiful balance that's has his work at the top of our stacks for years – and which, with a record like this, may finally get him the global attention he deserves. The tunefulness at play is purely infectious – timeless sunshine pop hooks and overall catchiness, mixed with buzzing, avant touches on the edges that push it into weirder, but no less accessible realms. Percussion, guitar, vibes, Rhodes, horns and flute are often in the mix, with easygoing vocals by Kassin and backup singers. Includes "Mundo Natural", "Potassio", "For a De Area", "O Que Voce Quiser", "Calca De Ginastica", "Sorver-Te", and "Quando Voce Esta Sambando". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download – and 3D glasses for looking at the cover!)

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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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Mike James Kirkland (Mike And The Censations)Don't Sell Your Soul – The Complete Story Of Mike And The Censations (plus Unreleased) ... LP
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.98
Incredible material from the formative years of Cali soul great Mike James Kirkland – singles and previously unreleased tracks that he recorded with his group Mike & The Censations in the years leading up to his underground soul classic LPs Hang In There and Doin It Right! Mike & The Censations were often lumped in with doo wop groups in their day, given Mike's roots in doo wop and gospel – but what you'll actually hear here is a range of soulful styles that dabbles in nascent 70s group soul and a little bit of funk – with charismatic vocals from Mike and perfect group backup vocals by the Censations (spelled with a C-, so they wouldn't be confused with the Philly Sensations). A stunner from our friends at Luv & Haight/Ubiquity – still the greatest champions of the work of Mr. Kirkland! Disc 1 is The Complete Story Of Mike & The Censations: "Victim Of Circumstance" (Pts 1 & 2), "Don't Mess With Me", "There's Nothing I Can Do About It", "Be Mine Forever", "Don’t Sell Your Soul", "Shopping For Love", "A Man Ain't Nothing But A Man", "I Need Your Lovin", "Baby What Are You Going To Do", "Split Personality" and more. The vinyl version includes more previously unreleased tracks on LP2 – exclusives to the limited edition vinyl version: "Feeling In My Heart", "I Need Your Love", "Strut On", "Love Is Back" and "Whirling Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Pat MartinoEl Hombre ... LP
Prestige/OJC, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
The first album that guitarist Pat Martino ever cut as a leader – and an excellent mix of styles that links his soul jazz roots with his later, trippier recordings! The group here is a sextet, and it features organist Trudy Pitts (who was Martino's boss at the time), plus flute, drums, and percussion – all stretching out with a really unique sort of sound! The tracks have a bit of an Eastern feel to them, especially when Martino stretches out on his solos – but they also have a nice solid groove that keeps them right in the pocket rhythmically. Titles include "Waltz For Geri", "El Hombre", "Cisco", "Blues For Mickey-O", and "One For Rose". Very groovy! LP, Vinyl record album

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Zara McFarlaneIf You Knew Her ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $20.99 21.98
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

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MulatuSketches Of Ethiopia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2013. New Copy ... $25.99
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential musicians of the latter few decades of the 20th Century – an artist who's only finally getting his due in recent years, as a range of different artists help to transform his sound. Yet there's still nothing better than Mulatu himself – as you'll hear on this wonderful set of tracks played with the Step Ahead band, with the leader on vibes, piano, and keyboards. There's a bit of vocals on a few tracks – sung by Tesfaye – but most of the record is focused on the instrumental passages, which are filled with lots of wonderful exotic inflections. Titles include "Gmuz", "Assosa Derache", "Azmari", "Gamo", "Hager Fiker", and "Surma". LP, Vinyl record album
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Lemon NashPapa Lemon – The 1959 to 1961 Oster & Allen Recordings ... LP
Arhoolie, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
Seminal recordings of Lemon "Papa Lemon" Nash from New Orleans – an artist who handled a ukulele with a soul that most blues musicians brought to the guitar! Despite the usual Hawaiian associations the instrument might have, the work here is all blues all the way through – with Nash singing alongside his instrument in a rootsy, stripped-down style that hasn't moved far from its roots in the delta! The recordings all really fit the early spirit of Arhoolie Records – almost a folkloric approach to blues – and the set features 27 tracks in all, with titles that include "Trouble With The Man", "Gold Digger's Blues", "Bourbon Street Parade", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Barrelhouse", "We Played Anywhere", "Stagolee", and "Rabbit Brown". LP, Vinyl record album

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NkengasDestruction (plus download) ... LP
Orbitone/Secret Stash, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Early work from a group who later grew into the famous Ikenga Super Stars Of Africa – recording here in London with a great raw sound – and an unusual mix of modes that's part Afro Funk, part something else entirely! The set's got that unique post-colonial vibe of some of the other great London recordings of the early 70s – such as work by Cymande or Demon Fuzz, both of whom have some dubby similarities to the Nkengas work on this set – possibly because the whole thing was served up for the Orbitone Records label – usually a home to sounds from Jamaica! There's a nice use of echo that really abstracts the basslines and percussion – although the grooves themselves are still more straightforward than any from Kingston at the time – and definitely echo the Nigerian roots of the group. Tracks have a lot of cool little funky corners and sharp edges that really set them apart – and titles include "London Special", "Ndu Bu Isi", "Anyi Bundi Igbo", "Jungle Beat", "Anyi Buofu", and "Ube Frank Special". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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QuanticFifth Exotic (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2001. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
Wonderfully beat-heavy work by Quantic – a wicked mix of classic elements and lots of funky roots – but served up in a leaner, cleaner style overall! The approach is a bit more produced than the live work of Quantic – almost in the early Ninja Tune mode – mixing together spare elements of funky tunes with a slightly abstract edge. But the set's also got a life of its own, as some of the tracks have the group taking off a bit more, and showing they've got a more soulful side to express. Titles include "Common Knowledge", "The 5th Exotic", "Infinite Regression", "Life In The Rain", "Long Road Ahead", "Meaning", "In The Key Of Blue", and "Time Is The Enemy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital download.)
Also available Fifth Exotic ... LP 34.99

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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".)

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RelativesElectric Word (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP
Yep Roc, 2013. New Copy LP Gatefold ... $14.99 22.99
The magnificent return of The Relatives – the group's first new recording since the 70s – hot on the heels of their rediscovery on the Don't Let Me Fail compilation! The lineup features some younger members alongside leader Reverend Gean West – but the sound here is very much in the spirit of the early recordings – with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies, served up in the righteous blend of soul and gospel roots that made the group so great in the first place! Other instrumentation is mostly funky, and pretty darn respectful – some sharp-edged guitar and tight drums that often sit out and let the vocals take center stage. Titles include "Revelations", "We Need Love", "Say It Loud", "Trouble In My Way", "Things Are Changing", and "Bad Trip". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and cover – with a bonus CD of the whole album, and an MP3 of the album as well!)
Also available Electric Word ... CD 6.99

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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-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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Sid SelvidgeCold Of The Morning (blue vinyl pressing with bonus tracks) ... LP
Peabody/Omnivore, 1976. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
An under-discovered gem from the Memphis scene of the 70s – one of the few records ever by Sid Selvidge, a singer with an amazing pedigree! Sid had a varied career that included time as a soul DJ in the south, a Greenwich Village folkie, and a key part of the Ardent Studio scene in Memphis – and all these different roots come into play beautifully here in an under-circulated album that was only Sid's third time in the studio, and second full release. Stax had noticed Selvidge early – a great choice for the label, given the mix of roots and soul in his sound – and he'd also recorded an album for Elektra which was never issued. But this set may well be the purest moment ever for Sid – a wonderful hybrid of Tennessee styles that really gets at the complex, personal vibe of some of the best singer-songwriters in Memphis during the 70s – many of whom, like Sid, never got their due because they weren't living on the coast. Instrumentation has some nice rootsy elements, very acoustic overall – and Selvidge's vocals have this trill that takes us back to classic Nashville, but served up with a much more contemporary spirit. Titles include "Frank's Tune", "Joudge Boushe", "Lazrus", "Many A Mile", "Miss The Mississippi & You", "I've Got A Secret", and "The Outlaw". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card, which includes the bonus tracks.)

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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
Also available Cold World ... CD 12.99

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Souljazz OrchestraInner Fire (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
Easily the best work we've ever heard from the Souljazz Orchestra – a set that pushes their sound way past their Afro Funk-styled roots – into a realm of spiritual sounds that really live up to their name! The jazz component is even stronger than before – really wonderful instrumentation in both the rhythms and solo passages – at a level that's richly expressive and very personal, in a way we never would have expected from these guys a few years back! Elements of different styles run through the music – including an occasional undercurrent of Ethio-jazz or Afro-Cuban grooves – and the lineup includes vibes, tenor, alto, flute, and lots of great percussion. Titles include "Agoya", "East Flows The River", "Sommet En Sommet", "Initiation", "Kingdom Come", "As The Crow Flies", "Black Orchid", "One Life To Live", and "Completion" – plus a version of the Andy Bey classic "Celestial Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD, too!)

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Staple SingersUncloudy Day ... LP
Vee Jay/Mississippi, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
Hard to imagine a cloud in the sky with music this brilliant – early work from The Staple Singers, done in a bluesy blend of gospel and roots – with some pretty soulful undercurrents too! Most numbers are virtually acapella – but have this wonderful guitar from Roebuck staples – electric, but played with loads of delta blues inflections – in this way that was really revolutionary for gospel music at the time, and which has now been copped by legions of regional acts in the south! There's a perfect clarity to the record that really makes it a landmark – and the set's one of the best illustrations of the unique contribution the Staples brought to music right from the start. Titles include "I'm Leaning", "I Had A Dream", "Low Is The Way", "Uncloudy Day", "Let Me Ride", and "I'm Coming Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great vinyl pressing – with insert book too.)

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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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Tom TragoLight Fantastic (with download) ... LP
Rush Hour (Netherlands), 2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $14.99
An excellent full length set from Tom Trago – an artist who's been bubbling under on singles, but who sounds even better in the space of a complete album! Tom's got plenty of cosmic electronic roots – a style that takes us back to the best of Detroit in the glory days of early techno, but with a more sophisticated, more put-together vibe overall – one that makes for a wonderful blend of tuneful impulses and darker corners in his keyboard-laden cuts! Titles include "The Elite", "Cosmic Blacksmith", "The Light Fantastic", "For The Children", "Jack Me", and "True Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download card.)

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New Bobby ValentinYoung Man With A Horn ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Massive work from the great Bobby Valentin – his first-ever album, issued back when he was a jazzy trumpeter! The record offers the "best in boogaloo" – as the cover states – and features a very mod mix of tunes that really gets at the mish-mash crossover energy of the Spanish Harlem scene of the late 60s! Highlights include the very groovy "Batman's Boogaloo", a reworking of the "Batman" theme; a hard driving remake of the hit "Good Lovin", one that really exposes its Latin roots; a driving descarga number called "The Gate"; a Latin jazz remake of "Song For My Father"; and the super-hip, super-swingin tune "Geronimo" – a Latin soul winner all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album

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Marcos ValleMarcos Valle (1970) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Odeon/Light In The Attic, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99
Some of the most brilliantly baroque work ever recorded by Marcos Valle – an obscure 1970 album that collects together tunes from a few of his odd soundtrack experiments of the late 60s, plus a few others that are in a very similar vein! Marcos is really going over the top here – breaking way way out from his bossa roots, into a mode that has him pushing the envelope of Brazilian music to unheard of heights, with equal parts groove and sophistication, hardly ever matched by any other artist since! Things are funky one minute, groovy the next, and subtly sophisticated at other points – a completely captivating blend that's one of the best illustrations of Valle's genius we can think of. Titles include "Quarentao Simpatico", "Ele E Ela", "Dez Leis", "Freio Aerodinamico", "Os Grilos", "Suite Imaginaria", and "Esperando O Messias". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing – with notes, lyrics, and a great cover that's even better than the original!)

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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
(Comes with a sweet insert too!)

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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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VariousCalypso – Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 to 1969 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The deeper roots of calypso music in the Caribbean – a rich set of tracks that goes way past any preconceptions you might have about the genre! The music here goes way past the hits of Harry Belafonte – and really gets at the harder, more biting side of calypso – the sounds that came out most strongly when the music was heavy in Afro-styled percussion, and when the lyrics offered up biting commentary on political and social issues! There's a quality to this music that prefaces later Caribbean styles – even the social sensibility of reggae – and ttracks here have a raw production style that gives the music a heck of a lot of power – a bit like pre-Castro Havana recordings, with a nice sense of darkness and echo – although the vocals are usually upfront in the mix, which allows for more concentration on the lyrics. Leave it to the folks at Soul Jazz to help us discover a genre we never thought we'd dig this strongly – a great package that features the tracks "Elena" by Carlos Malcolm & His Afro Jamaican Rhythm, "Out De Fire" by Lord Flea & His Calypsonians, "The Bed Bug Song" by Brownie, "Man On The Moon" by Lord Cobra & Los Pana Afros, "Pussy Galore" by Young Growler, "Voodoo" by Cyril Diaz, "Love In The Cemetery" by Lord Kitchener, "Exchange No Robbery" by Mighty Dougla, and "People Will Talk" by King Fighter. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Calypso – Musical Poetry In The Caribbean 1955 to 1969 ... CD 22.99

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New 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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VariousDifferent Kind Of Blues – Music From Another Dimension (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
Some blues, but not the kind that's blue – and instead a batch of messed-up, freaked-out, turned-on sounds from the end of the 60s – that magical time when it seemed like so many different genres were crashing together, and coming up with really great new music in the process! The set begins in the funky blues territory of the Chicago scene, but then takes off to explore new versions of bluesy roots in the rock underground on both sides of the Atlantic – and in the world of soul music as well, with a range of styles that's surprisingly rich overall. The package features mostly vintage tracks, plus a few cuts from recent years too – and titles include "Black Rock Yeah Yeah" by Blackrock, "25th Century Quaker" by Captain Beefheart, "Funky" by Freddie King, "Gris Gris Gumbo Ya Ya" by Dr John, "Tramp" by Lowell Fulson, "Stonehead Blues" by Eric Quincy Tate, "I Just Want To Make Love To You" by Cold Blood, "Messin With The Kid" by Buddy Guy & Junior Wells, "Evil" by Howlin Wolf, "Homework" by Sam Samudio, "Leaving Trunk" by Johnny Jenkins, "Going Down" by Molch, "She's Arlight" by Muddy Waters, and "Me" by Otis Rush. 2LP set features 23 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHorse Meat Disco 4 (with bonus CDs) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $24.99 25.99
No horsing around here – as the set may well be the most compelling so far in this mighty hip series – a wicked blend of underground club from the post-disco and post-punk generation! The tracks here definitely push towards the more obscure side of the spectrum, and really show the way that American and European funky modes were mixing together at the start of the 80s – simmering in seminal scenes on both sides of the Atlantic, and coming across with a wickedly fresh approach to funk and disco! The set features a few contemporary cuts that draw deeply from this key musical moment, but most are of older vintage – and titles include "Misaluba" by KSB, "Don't Stop" by Ish, "Ain't No Way (special club mix)" by Opal, "Stop" by Valery Allington, "Get On Down" by King Sporty & The Roots Rockers, "I Love Your Beat" by Rena, "Get Ready For The Future" by Winners, "Let's Make Love Tonight" by L'Amour feat Krystal, "Some Love" by Laura Taylor, "Barah (sampled version)" by Cleavage, and "Bee Sting" by Camouflage. LP, Vinyl record album
(LP package includes both CDs – including one mix CD!)
Also available Horse Meat Disco 4 ... CD 15.99

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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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VariousStudio One Ska Fever – More Ska Sounds From Sir Coxone's Downbeat ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $26.99
Forget everything you know about ska music from recent years – no Mighty Mighty cliches, no retro-styled clunkers, no two-toned sounds at all – just the real deal, the roots of the style, served up here in classic recordings that go right to the source! These are the cuts that started it all – and which still sound way better to our ears than any of the countless imitations that have been crafted over the years – played with a freshness and a sharp edge that recent recordings can never hope to touch! The music here is the roots of reggae crafted in the soil of Kingston – recorded by the legendary Studio One Records, with all the soulful undercurrents you'd find in the rocksteady generation as well. It's been a few years since Soul Jazz have served up a set of Jamaican grooves this tight – but it's been well worth the wait, given the track selection and always-stellar level of presentation from the label. Titles include "Live Good" by The Ethiopians, "Mr Talkative" by The Wailers, "There's A Reward" by Joe Higgs & Roy Wilson, "Ska La Parisienne" by The Skatalites, "Don't Try To Reach Me" by The Gaylads, "Gumma" by Lee Perry, "Freedom Sounds" by Soul Brothers, "You Won't See Me" by The Clarendonians, and "Old Rocking Chair" by Jakie Opel. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousThis Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... $11.99
Contemporary grooves, but all pretty darn funky – thanks to an excellent track selection by Tobias Kirmayer – the same guy who brought us the excellents Movements collections! A few of the titles here are of older vintage, but most are pulled from the same deep funk underground that Kirmayer services with his Tramp Records label – groups steeped in the styles of the 60s and 70s underground, but who serve up new work that's filled with plenty of funky roots! Despite the wide range of styles promised in the title, most of the titles here are on the grittier side of the spectrum – which is a good thing for us – and even the few tracks that are a bit more programmed still work with plenty of soulful and jazzy elements to keep things real throughout. Titles include "Nothin But A Party" by The Blenders, "Get Clean" by The Nitesounds, "Skins Funk" by Skin Williams & His Dominoes, "Bubbles" by The Boogoos, "Violet" by Hi-Fly Orchestra, "Rhythmo" by Dusty, "Get High" by Dr Sonnenschein, "Barbados Stew" by Caldonia, "First Time Around" by Sagaflex & Rudy Tee, and "Trip To Afrika" by Baccarola. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Is My Thing! – Deep Funk/Jazz Breaks/Hip Hop/Afrosoul – Selected By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD 11.99

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ApartmentsEvening Visits (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Rough Trade/Captured Tracks, 1985. New Copy ... Early October, 2014
An overlooked 80s pop masterpiece – the first full album from The Apartments, one of the most blue-tinged groups of the decade! Ex-Go Between Peter Milton Walsh heads the group, which is a showcase for his wonderfully-penned songs – unique little tracks that show his Australian roots, but which also share links with some of the smartest UK pop of the period – no surprise, given the original release of the record on Rough Trade. There's a subtle genius here, but one that grabs you right away – given Walsh's distinct vocals, and the album's blend of jangle pop guitars with sadder elements like cello and flugelhorn, which help push things slightly towards 4AD territory, but without any goth. The whole thing's wonderful – one of those records we've loved for decades, from the moment we first heard it – and titles include "Sunset Hotel", "Mr Somewhere", "All The Birthdays", "Great Fool", "Speechless With Tuesday", "Cannot Tell The Days Apart", and "Lazarus Lazarus". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Bennett/Bill EvansTony Bennett/Bill Evans Album ... LP
Fantasy/OJC, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 23, 2014
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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Burning SpearMarcus Garvey ... LP
Mango/Island, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 23, 2014
An absolute classic! If you can own only one reggae LP, this one's in the front running – it's as if the words crucial and conscious were created to define the sound Winston Rodney, Burning Spear & the Black Disciples capture on this landmark roots LP. Though this is the Island version which many claim was cleaned up a bit too much to appeal to white audiences, we still think it's pretty powerful. Featuring the tracks "Slavery Days", "Marcus Garvey", "The Invasion", "Red, Gold, & Green", "Resting Place", and "Live Good". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandMirror Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Friday Music, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 7, 2014
An all time classic! While the back cover says that this records was recorded in 1965 it was actually recorded a couple of years later just before Trout Mask Replica. 4 long tracks that find the band stretching out from their bluesy roots into the outer limits before they reeled it back in for the skronky Trout Mask. Includes the tracks "Tarotplane", "Kandy Korn", "25th Century Quaker", and "Mirror Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eek-A-MouseMouse & The Man ... LP
Greensleeves, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 30, 2014
An early 80s album from Eek-A-Mouse chatting on the mic nicely, produced by Linval Thomson. The Mouse is backed by the then ruling rhythm section of Roots Radics with 10 tracks in all, including "Hitler", "Stadium Hot", "Struggle", "The Mouse & The Man", "Modelling King", "Terrorists In The City", and "Schoolboy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hypnotic Brass EnsembleFly – The Customs Prelude ... LP
Pheelco, 2013. New Copy ... Around September 30, 2014
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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Thievery CorporationMirror Conspiracy ... LP
Eighteenth Street Lounge, 2000. New Copy ... Around September 30, 2014
Downtempo? Loungey? Loungetempo? The Thievery team have a great talent for blending old inspirations into new grooves – grooves so slow and slinky and sexy that you won't be afraid show your retro cool roots! A range of easy and bossa and soundtrack and jazz elements collide with ease – and tracks include "Air Batucada", "The Hong Kong Triad", "Illumination", "The Mirror Conspiracy", "Indra", and "Lebanese Blonde". LP, Vinyl record album

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Latin Jazz QuintetChant ... LP
Prestige/Tru Sound, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
One of the best albums ever recorded by this groundbreaking Latin jazz combo – and a magnificent blend of jazz instrumentation and deeper Latin roots! Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet was a new sound in Latin jazz – one that took the piano/bass/conga rhythms of smaller groups of the 50s, who were usually a bit more "cool" – and blended it with larger instrumentation that really opened up the groove – but in ways that were freer and more personal than some of the larger Latin orchestras! The blend is completely sublime – one of the best realizations of the concept of Latin jazz at the time – thanks to excellent work from Bobby Capers on alto and tenor sax, Willie Gardner on piano, Victor Allende on flute, and Willie Bivens on some especially nice vibes. Manny Ramos adds in some killer timbales, too – and titles include "GT's Theme", "Invitation", "The Chant", "Star Eyes", "Dorian", and "Jackie's Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sabu MartinezJazz Espagnole ... LP
Alegre, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece of Latin jazz – and one of the truest expressions of the genre we can think of! The album's quite unique, especially for the time – a spare, stripped-down presentation of Latin-influenced jazz – a sound that has its roots in the cubop experiments of a decade before, but which comes off here with even more dynamic energy! Sabu's sound is quite different from the more staid styles of the cha cha/charanga generation at the time of this recording – and thanks to his own heavy conga, percussion from Louie Ramirez, trumpet from Marty Sheller, and alto sax from Bobby Porcelli, the whole album bristles with electricity and excitement. The horn solos are given plenty of room to do their thing – space you might find more on Blue Note or Prestige – and Sabu adds in some great sparer percussion bits too. Titles include "The Oracle", "Breakin' It In", "Flipping", "Nica's Dream", "Otra Vez", and lots lots more great ones! LP, Vinyl record album

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Alwin NikolaisChoreosonic Music Of The New Dance Theatre Of Alwin Nikolais ... LP
Hanover/Cacophonic (UK), Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Here's some of the deep deep deepest roots of electronic dance music – sounds from a time when the use of new technologies was often a very abstract thing in a dance-based environment – usually served up without any sense of rhythm at all! Unlike edm of today, these analogue sounds are almost acoustic, and have a very personal, poetic feel – sometimes sounds with a naive impulse that almost recalls 50s records by Moondog, other times even spacier – at a level that must have left the dancers lots of space to do their own thing alongside the music. There's a really strong sense of space on the record – and the music is somewhere in a continuum between similar vintage recordings by Harry Partch and Pierre Henry. Titles include "Lyre", "Shivaree", "Illusional Frieze", "Eruptions & Evolvements", and "Fetish". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dom Um RomaoDom Um Romao ... LP
Muse, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians – creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – a rich harmony of Brazilian roots and more creative 70s electric instrumentation – filled with complicated shades, tones, and colors! We'd place this record next to the best electric work by David Axelrod, the dopest funk on CTI, and a rare few other jazz funk albums from the 70s – and the whole thing's completely sublime all the way through! Players include Joao Donato on piano, Dom Salvador on Fender Rhodes, Lloyd McNeil on flute, Mauricio Smith on tenor and soprano sax, Sivuca on organ and guitar, and Joe Beck on electric guitar – and titles include the spare spacey groover "Dom's Tune", the lively dancer "Cinnamon Flower", the jazzy "Family Talk", a great version of "Ponteio", and a take on Sivuca's "Adeus Maria Fulo". 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 ... Just Sold Out!
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
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New Big Star#1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
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