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MandreSolar Flight (Opus I)/Money (That's What I Want) ... 7-inch
Motown, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99
"Solar Flight (Opus 1) has a groove that's clearly indebted to 70s keyboard and bass heavy funky soul & disco – but done with even more of a consciously cosmic synth groove – a real precursor to 80s synthesizer music! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker.)

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Very dark stuff from Sun Ra – one of his records that received wider circulation than most of the Saturn releases of the 70s, and a set that maintains a pretty sharp edge overall! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. Recorded at the Sun studios in New York in 1970, the album features a number of shorter tracks like "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III, Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", and the longer tracks "Legend" and "The Realm Of Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Solar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Very dark stuff from Sun Ra – one of his records that received wider circulation than most of the Saturn releases of the 70s, and a set that maintains a pretty sharp edge overall! Ra plays some killer keyboards – moog, spacemaster, and acoustic piano – often with these really eerie tones – and other players include Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Akh Tal Ebah on space dimension mellophone, Ali Hassan on trombone, Marshal Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor, and Pat Patrick on baritone – and the whole group vocalizes at points, joined by other singers who include June Tyson and Art Jenkins. Recorded at the Sun studios in New York in 1970, the album features a number of shorter tracks like "Spectrum", "The Satellites Are Spinning", "Seen III, Took 4", "Adventures Of Bugs Hunter", and the longer tracks "Legend" and "The Realm Of Lightning". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Solar-Myth Approach Vol 1 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
The 2nd volume of the Solar-Myth sessions! Recorded in New York in 1970, with an Arkestra that includes Kwame Hadi, Ali Hassan, Danny Davis, John Gilmore, and Clifford Jarvis – and instrumentation that includes moog, space dimension mellophone, ancient Egyptian Infinity drum, and lots of other weird percussion instruments. Longer titles are "The Utter Nots", "Scene 1, Take 1", and "Strange Worlds", and the whole thing's packaged in a glossy gatefold cover, with good photos of the band, and a good cover shot of Ra wearing cool goofy glasses! LP, Vinyl record album

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Solar – Source Of Live Arkestra RevelationFaith For My Mind ... CD
Solar/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $28.99
A beautiful, beautiful little record – as righteous and soulful as some of the best spiritual jazz classics of the 70s – and arguably even rarer, as it was only issued on a tiny label from Atlanta! Solar have a sound that uses 3 female lead vocalists in chorus formation – one that comes across with the righteousness of Roy Ayers' best use of such a style, but which is taken even further in a wave of soul jazz expression – in a mode that reminds us a lot of the work of Dee Dee Bridgewater or Jean Carn singing together on key early records by Norman Connors, Carlos Garnett, or Mtume! The vocals share equally with the instrumentation on the set – delivering a message that's rich and positive, but never cliched or hokey. Instrumentation includes flute, soprano sax, piano, and some great percussion – and playing is inside, but exploratory – definitely in a post-Coltrane vein. Titles include "Rejoice", "Vanity", "Living For The Most High", "Faith For My Mind", and "It's A New Day". Really great stuff – and right up there with the classics of spiritual soul jazz! CD
Also available Faith For My Mind ... LP 29.99

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Solar – Source Of Live Arkestra RevelationFaith For My Mind ... LP
Solar/Superfly (France), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A beautiful, beautiful little record – as righteous and soulful as some of the best spiritual jazz classics of the 70s – and arguably even rarer, as it was only issued on a tiny label from Atlanta! Solar have a sound that uses 3 female lead vocalists in chorus formation – one that comes across with the righteousness of Roy Ayers' best use of such a style, but which is taken even further in a wave of soul jazz expression – in a mode that reminds us a lot of the work of Dee Dee Bridgewater or Jean Carn singing together on key early records by Norman Connors, Carlos Garnett, or Mtume! The vocals share equally with the instrumentation on the set – delivering a message that's rich and positive, but never cliched or hokey. Instrumentation includes flute, soprano sax, piano, and some great percussion – and playing is inside, but exploratory – definitely in a post-Coltrane vein. Titles include "Rejoice", "Vanity", "Living For The Most High", "Faith For My Mind", and "It's A New Day". Really great stuff – and right up there with the classics of spiritual soul jazz! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Faith For My Mind ... CD 28.99

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Solar ShieldReesis/Beeturia ... 7-inch
Austin Boogie Crew, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
"Reesis" is a sweet bit of instrumental electro funk from Solar Shield – almost a small combo version of an 80s track by Zapp – but retooled for a funky 45 sort of sound! Keyboards are great – and really take off on "Beeturia" – a tune with an equally 80s sort of groove, but a bit more of an instrumental solo over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to just 300 copies!)

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Cal TjaderSolar Heat (plus Cal Tjader Plugs In) ... CD
HDJ (Germany), Late 60s. Used ... $11.99
One of Cal Tjader's best albums eve – Solar Heat – a sweetly electric side that features Joao Donato on organ and Gary McFarland on vibes! The record is a brilliant extension of Cal's styles at Verve – a bit of Latin, a bit of jazz, with some easily grooving numbers that have just the right dose of funk! Donato's organ sounds especially great, and there's also some added electric piano and electric harpsichord on the record, which expands the electricity even more – and gives the whole thing a really groovy sound! Loads of great numbers – including "Mambo Sangria", "Fried Bananas", "Solar Heat", and "Ode to Billy Joe". As a bonus, the first part of this CD edition includes the beautifully plugged-in, turned-on session from Cal Tjader – Cal Tjader Plugs In – one that features the funky vibist alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! The session was recorded live, but it's got a flowing, modal quality that rivals Tjader's best work in the studio for Verve and Fantasy at the end of the 60s – a soaring, spacious sound that comes from the interplay between Cal's ringing vibes and the Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano work of Al Zulaica – an excellent player we only know from a few of Tjader's albums. Armando Peraza provides some tight conga work on the set – and titles include "Spooky", "Tra La La Song", "Morning Mist", "Alonzo", "Nica's Dream", and "Get Out of My Way" – a great instrumental take on the Latin soul hit from Joe Torres! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Ramsey LewisSolar Wind ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays plenty of Fender Rhodes, in addition to bits of Arp and moog too – in a setting that's mostly trio, with a few guest players stepping into the mix from track to track! There's a nice degree of fuzz at points, thanks to added help from Steve Cropper – and titles include a great funky version of "Summer Breeze", plus "Solar Wind", "Come Down In Time", "Love for A Day", "Hummingbird", "Jamaican Marketplace", and "Sweet & Tender You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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New Travis BiggsSolar Funk ... LP
Source, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Very cool electric funk album with a nice, spacey, jazzy vibe. Travis Biggs plays electric harp (and we don't mean harmonica!), and the sound is very breezy and cool. The whole thing's got an amazing sound in the right place, and is especially great on the track "Tibetan Serenity". Other tracks include "Solar Funk", "Autumn Jewel", and "After The Storm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Cal TjaderMambo Sangria – Cal Tjader Plugs In/Solar Heat ... CD
Skye/Fabulous (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 totally great Cal Tjader electric albums – both recorded originally for the Skye label, and back to back on one CD! Cal Tjader Plugs In is a beautifully plugged-in, turned-on session from Cal Tjader – one that features the funky vibist alongside some sweet Fender Rhodes! The session was recorded live, but it's got a flowing, modal quality that rivals Tjader's best work in the studio for Verve and Fantasy at the end of the 60s – a soaring, spacious sound that comes from the interplay between Cal's ringing vibes and the Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano work of Al Zulaica – an excellent player we only know from a few of Tjader's albums. Armando Peraza provides some tight conga work on the set – and titles include "Spooky", "Tra La La Song", "Morning Mist", "Alonzo", "Nica's Dream", and "Get Out of My Way" – a great instrumental take on the Latin soul hit from Joe Torres! Solar Heat is even better – a record that features Joao Donato on organ and Gary McFarland on vibes! The record is a brilliant extension of Cal's styles at Verve – a bit of Latin, a bit of jazz, with some easily grooving numbers that have just the right dose of funk! Donato's organ sounds especially great, and there's also some added electric piano and electric harpsichord on the record, which expands the electricity even more! Loads of great numbers – including "Mambo Sangria", "Fried Bananas", "Solar Heat", "Ode to Billy Joe", and Donato's great "Amazonas". CD

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New Solar PlexusSolar Plexus (Inner City pressing) ... LP
Inner City, 1979. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Great album of electric fusion by this breezy jazz group from San Francisco. The sound has a lot of touches of Brazilian jazz, accented with some freer post-Coltrane reed solos, and a nice choppy approach in parts. A few tracks feature some nice wordless vocals by Lin McPhillips – and the whole thing has a very fresh sound to it. Tracks include "Xango Bahiana", "Seascape", "Voa, Quetzal!", and "Rubaiyat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a small tear on the opening.)
 
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CallowayLet's Get Smooth ... CD
Solar/Epic, 1992. Used ... $4.99
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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LakesidePower ... LP
Solar, 1987. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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New Midnight StarFreak-A-Zoid/Move Me ... 12-inch
Solar, 1983. Very Good ... $4.99
Get ready to pop and break – because this one's a monster! "Freak-A-Zoid" was one of our favorite tracks back when we owned a pair of parachute pants and a 10 foot square of linoleum – and it's a darn good thing you're not at our offices to watch us spinning on our shoulders to the track now! It's backed here by the great "Move Me", a nice jazzy stepper that shows a totally different side of Midnight Star! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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ShalamarAmnesia (lp, edit)/You're The One For Me ... 12-inch
Solar, 1984. Near Mint- ... $0.49 1.99
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ShalamarFriends ... CD
Solar/Unidisc (Canada), 1982. Used ... $9.99
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial – despite the hit status of an album like this. If anything, the group have a style that's a bit more relaxed and personal than some of their contemporaries on the Solar Records scene at the time – one that matches the friendly title, and unassuming cover image of the set. Titles include "A Night To Remember", "Playing To Win", "Friends", "On Top Of The World", "Help Me", "There It Is", "I Can Make You Feel Good", and "I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know". CD
(Out of print.)

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New ShalamarHeartbreak ... CD
Solar/Right Stuff, 1984. Used ... $9.99
8 songs total including "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)" and more. CD
(Out of print, promotional sticker over barcode.)

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WhispersHeadlights ... LP
Solar, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Sublime stuff from The Whispers – a record that features some wonderfully easy-drifting harmony vocals, put together in a careful way that preserves the smooth mellow tip that always made the group sound best! Includes the great cut "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out", a sweet little groover with a hook that's undeniably catchy – and which has made it a longtime favorite here on the steppers scene in Chicago. Other tracks include "The Planets Of Life", "Disco Melody", "Children Of Tomorrow", "All The Way", and "You're A Special Part Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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ShalamarCircumstantial Evidence ... LP
Solar, 1987. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
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(Cover has a a cutout notch.)

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New ShalamarThree For Love ... CD
Solar/Right Stuff, 1980. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Shalamar's fourth album – a wealth of hit-making tracks with the patented Solar Record sound firmly in place! Leon Silvers produced and tracks include "Full Of Fire", "Attention To My Baby", "Work It Out", "Some Things Never Change", "Somewhere There's A Love", "This Is For The Lover In You", and "The Pop Along Kid". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a light water stain.)

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New Midnight StarNo Parking On The Dancefloor ... CD
Solar, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A popping party classic from the 1980s – filled with plenty of catchy electro numbers, all served up in a sublime blend of pop and soul! The Calloway brothers are at the height of their powers here – and the album strikes a perfect balance between mainstream soul and percolated electronics – never falling too far into one direction, and making a number of different strands resonate perfectly together – from mellow soul, to street sound jammers, to more conventional tracks that helped make the record a huge crossover success for years to come! The set features 2 of Midnight Star's undisputed classics – "No Parking" and "Freak A Zoid", the latter of which is a great electro number that's as groovy as it is silly – and other tracks include "Slow Jam", "Playmates", "Electricity", and "Wet My Whistle". CD
(Out of print.)

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New WhispersLove For Love ... LP
Solar, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Love for Love, but still a pretty groove-heavy set too – one that continues the mix of "dancin and romancin" The Whispers served up on their previous album! Side one is heavy on "dancin" – and features some bass-heavy tunes that are very much in the best mainstream LA soul modes of the time – production by the group and Leon Sylvers, all in a sound that's heavy on basslines and keyboards, but which still has harmonies that are way ahead of most of the group's younger contemporaries! These harmonies come into play even more strongly on the "romancin" side of the record – a batch of ballads that have The Whispers in the mellower territory that first got them started – updated slightly here with an early 80s soul vibe, but sung with proof that the quintet were still at the top of the harmony game. Titles include "Tonight", "Keep On Lovin Me", "This Time", "Had It Not Been For You", "Try It Again", "Lay It On Me", and "Keep Your Love Around". LP, Vinyl record album

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New WhispersWhisper In Your Ear ... LP
Solar, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful sweet modern soul from this great harmony group, with some of the good early production that they were getting from the Solar label – production which only helped them reach better heights, and which didn't get in the way of their beautiful voices. There's lots of nice arrangements on here by folks like Tom Tom 84, Gene Page, and Keni Burke, and the tracks include lots of mellow groovers like "Homemade Lovin'", "If I Don't Get Your Love", "Love At Its Best", "Can't Do Without Love", and "Pretty Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Labels have some marker.)

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New WhispersWhispers (1979) ... LP
Solar, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums by The Whispers – a later gem with some really great songs, and a sound that shows the group strongly moving into hit territory! In some way, the album's almost a return to the mellow harmony soul of the group's roots – slowing down the pace from the disco years to craft some extremely great ballads and midtempo numbers. There's still a bunch of great club tracks too – like the classic "And The Beat Goes On" – but in a way, our favorite tracks are the mellower ones, like "Lady", "I Love You", and the sublime, "A Song For Donny", a tribute to the late Donny Hathaway, written around the music of his classic "This Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Label has some marker.)

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New Red Garland, Paul Chambers, Art TaylorComplete Studio Recordings 1956 to 1958 (5CD set) ... CD
Solar (Spain), Mid 50s. Used 5CD ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print. Includes original booklet and slipcase.)

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New LakesideFantastic Voyage ... LP
Solar, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A crowning achievement from Lakeside – one of the key albums to link Ohio funk roots with a smoother LA groove – all served up in a way that had limitless influence for years to come! Bass is definitely at the head of these arrangements, but there's plenty of great guitar too – riffing and scratching in a way that percolates the tunes wonderfully – keeping plenty of funk in the mix without falling into the too-uptight traps that sometimes mired other groups. But almost even better are the vocals – which are tight and well-placed – never an afterthought, but always a key part of the groove, thanks to plenty of great hooks that really send the tunes home! Titles include "Eveready Man", "Say Yes", "Strung Out", "Fantastic Voyage", "I Need You", and "Your Love Is On The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New ShalamarFriends (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial – despite the hit status of an album like this. If anything, the group have a style that's a bit more relaxed and personal than some of their contemporaries on the Solar Records scene at the time – one that matches the friendly title, and unassuming cover image of the set. Titles include "A Night To Remember", "Playing To Win", "Friends", "On Top Of The World", "Help Me", "There It Is", "I Can Make You Feel Good", and "I Don't Wanna Be The Last To Know". 2CD version is overflowing with goodness – 15 more bonus tracks that include "Talk To Me", "Good Feelings", "Sweeter As The Days Go By" – all originally left off the Friends album – plus "There It Is (12" M+M inst mix)", "A Night To Remember (12" M+M mix)", "Megamix – A Night To Remember", "Friends (single)", "Night To Remember (12" M+M inst)", and "I Can Make You Feel Good (single)". CD
Also available Friends ... CD 9.99

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New WhispersGreatest Slow Jams Vol 2 ... CD
Right Stuff/Solar, Late 70s/1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A smooth collection of some of The Whispers' best mellow cuts – stretching back to the early 70s, and running all the way up through their successful sides of the early 80s. Titles include "I Only Meant To Wet My Feet", "Just Gets Better With Time", "You Are Number One", "I Love You", "Lost & Turned Out (Olivia)", "I'm The One For You", "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", "Love At Its Best", "Just A Memory", "This Time", "Only You", and "You're A Special Part Of My Life". 13 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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New CollageGet In Touch ... LP
Solar, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic LA modern soul recorded for Solar, during the same era as the great Whispers LPs on the label. Collage has a little bit more of a dancefloor feel to them, but their sound is nice and soulful, with lots of good midtempo grooves. Cuts include "Get In Touch With Me", "Young Girls", "Move In Time", "Near To Me", "Simple", and "Love Is For Everyone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot from price sticker removal.)

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New LakesideFrom 9:00 Until/All In My Mind ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New WhispersLove Is Where You Find It/Love For Love ... CD
Solar/Cherry Red (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic early 80s Solar material by The Whispers – the Love Is Where You Find It and Love For Love albums – back-to-back! The original vinyl release of Love is Where You Find It had one side described as "for dancin" and other "for romancin", so you get a couple of great modes here! The dancin numbers are produced by Leon Sylvers, with a tight 80s groove sound that's nice as can be, and includes the cuts "Turn Me Out", "In The Raw", and "Emergency". The romancin side is much more mellow, and features some good modern soul harmonies by the group, set to production by Wallace Scott. Romancin tracks include "Love Is Where You Find It", "Say Yes", "Only You", and "Small Talkin". Love for Love is a pretty groove-heavy set too – one that continues the mix of modes The Whispers served up on their previous album! It includes some bass-heavy tunes that are very much in the best mainstream LA soul modes of the time – with production by the group and again by Leon Sylvers – all in a sound that's heavy on basslines and keyboards, but which still has harmonies that are way ahead of most of the group's younger contemporaries! These harmonies come into play even more strongly on the record's later songs – a batch of ballads that have The Whispers in the mellower territory that first got them started – updated slightly here with an early 80s soul vibe, but sung with proof that the quintet were still at the top of the harmony game. Titles include "Tonight", "Keep On Lovin Me", "This Time", "Had It Not Been For You", "Try It Again", "Lay It On Me", and "Keep Your Love Around". CD
 
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Half JapaneseHalf Japanese Vol 1 – 1981 to 1985 (3LP box set) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fire (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $79.99
Three very early albums from Jad Fair and crew – packaged together in one limited edition box! The set features Loud from 1981, Our Solar System from 1984, and Sing No Evil from 1985 – all records that show the Half Japanese ethos at its purest, with original artwork as well! LP, Vinyl record album

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Sun RaAtlantis ... LP
Saturn, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An incredible record from Sun Ra! The session was recorded in New York in the late 60s – and it features Ra playing the "solar sound instrument", which is actually a modified Hohner Clavinet, used here with some really spooky sounds! The setting of the album is spare and moody – with Ra striking out first on the "solar sound instrument" – laying down a groove that's filled in by John Gilmore on tenor, plus additional percussion by Robert Barry (who plays a bit of the "lightning drum"), Clifford Jarvis, Marshall Allen, and Pat Patrick. Titles include "Mu", "Lemuria", "Atlantis", "Bimini", and "Yucatan". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaNidhamu/Dark Myth Equation Visitation ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
Sun Ra returns to the motherland – to serve up a host of classic recordings done in Egypt in the early 70s! There's a cool exotic feel to some of the best tracks here – a vibe that's quite similar to the groove Salah Ragab was hitting at the time in Cairo, although probably a bit more outside overall – thanks to the Arkestra's strongly modern tones. Recordings were done at a few locations – and the set mixes live concert material with even more intimate sides done at the home of Hartmut Geerken, who was a key force in getting the Arkestra to play in Egypt at the time. Ra plays a host of great keyboards – including rocksichord, tiger organ, and moog – and other players include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute and alto, Danny Thompson on baritone and flute, Kwame Hadi on trumpet, Hakim Rahim on alto and flute, and the trio of Tommy Hunter, Clifford Jarvis, and Lex Humphries on drums. Occasional vocals are sung by June Tyson, Verta Grosvenor, Gloristeena Knight, and Richard Wilkinson – and the set features a whopping 11 tracks, orignally issued on two different Saturn albums, with bonus material too. Titles include "Space Loneliness #2", "Discipline #11", "Nidhamu", "Solar Ship Voyage", "Discipline #27", "Cosmo Darkness", "The Light Thereof", "Friendly Galaxy #2", "To Nature's God", and "Why Go To The Moon?" CD

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New Sun RaSpace Probe – A Tonal View Of Times Tomorrow, Vol 1 (includes unissued tracks) ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard, 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... $15.99 16.99
The rare Space Probe sent out to the cosmos by Sun Ra in the mid 70s – with material recorded from the early 60s onward – the heart of it being Sun Ra's first ever recordings on a moog synthesizer in 1969, and it's one heck of a trip! This excellent edition on Art Yard includes the material from the original Saturn release – the epic, nearly 18 minute interstellar trip that is the title track – with Sun Ra crafting hallucinatory moog magic throughout it. He shifts gears on "Earth Primitive Earth" (the complete version), an earlier recording, as much influenced by ancient sounds as futuristic ones, with hand drums for the beat and bass clarinet by John Gilmore. The closing "Conversion Of JP" is the other holdover from the earlier Space Probe LP and it's another gem steeped in primitivism, believed to feature Marshall Allen on flute (sure sounds like him to us). Art Yard includes some really incredible unissued material here from sessions that produced the Secrets Of The Sun and When Sun Comes Out sets – titles including "Solar Symbols II", "Dance Of The Wind", "Recollections Of There" and "Destiny". Other players include James Jacson on log drums, Nimrod Hunt on hand drums and vocalist Thea Barbara. CD

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Reign GhostReign Ghost Featuring Lynda Squires (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Paragon/Out-Sider (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A set that's a bit more tuneful and well-written than the first album by Reign Ghost – but a record that still has all the raw power and spooky feel of that debut! As before, the vocals are by male singer Bob Bryden and female singer Lynda Squires – who each take the lead at times, along with another male member of the band – but who often seem to occupy a different space, both lyrically and spiritually. This contrast gives the record a very weird sort of energy – like Grace Slick trying to break away from Jefferson Airplane, or those weird Velvet Underground moments when Lou Reed and John Cale sing in contrast. Titles include "Pudsy's Parable", "Mother's Got Troubles", "Long Day Journey", "Enola Gay", "Solar Nice", and "Breast Stroke Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – with a bonus insert of notes, too!)

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

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VenturesVentures In Space ... LP
Dolton, 1964. Very Good- ... $7.99
The Ventures In Space is a really wonderful idea – especially given that the quartet had so much energy in their guitars at this point, they could easily make it to the moon! The set's cooking with great little numbers that really keep with the space theme of the title – tracks like "One Step Beyond", "Twilight Zone", "The Fourth Dimension", "Moon Child", and "Solar Race" – all as captivating as they sound from the titles, and served up here with that sweet mix of guitar twang and jamming that made The Ventures so great back in the day! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, small splits on the top and bottom seams, and a small corner rip on the back paste-on.)

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New Whispers30th Anniversary Anthology ... CD
Sequel (UK), 1994. Used 2CD ... $16.99
A great compilation that traces the full career of The Whispers – with tracks that begin in their Soul Clock years, run through their days at Janus and Solar, and go all the way up to 1987! The range of material is great – with mellow sweet soul tunes, strident disco numbers, complicated modern soul tracks, and more wonderful styles that will show you the versatility of this incredible group as the years went by. There's a total of 32 tracks on the set – and titles include "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", "A Mother For My Children", "The Beat Goes On", "My Girl", "It's A Love Thing", "Can't Do Without Love", "Tonight", "Just Gets Better With Time", "Somebody Loves You", "Can't Help But Love You", "(Let's Go) All The Way", ("Olivia) Lost & Turned Out", "Bingo", "I Only Meant to Wet My Feet", and the incredible tribute to Donny Hathaway, "Song for Donny"! CD
(Out of print. One CD has a name written in marker.)

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Phil Woods, Gene Quill, Jackie McLean, & OthersBird Feathers ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $16.99
A really great title for this classic late 50s set – as the record showcases a host of young alto players who've all come up in the generation of Charlie Parker – but who are each bringing their own sense of style to the instrument! There's hardly any "bird feathers" here – as the Charlie Parker modes are never used slavishly, but instead as a way to sprout wings and really take off in new direction – a difference that really comes through wonderfully on the tracks that feature two different altoists playing together. Titles include Phil Woods and Gene Quill on alto on "Solar" and "Airegin"; Jackie McLean and John Jenkins on alto on "Bird Feathers"; and Hal McKusick on alto with Billy Byers on trombone and Eddie Costa on piano – on the tracks "Interim", "Don't Worry Bout Me", and "Con Alma". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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VariousAnn Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 18.98
A classic set from this legendary Detroit festival – a mighty assemblage of roots and jazz performers that was put together by John Sinclair! The event was legendary at the time – and has lived on strongly via this great recording by Atlantic – one that really gets at the special fire of all the performers, and their very enthusiastic welcome by the audience too! Most of the material here is blues – but the set features a key track from Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra – a performance of "Live Is Splendid" from the Space Is The Place Suite. Other tracks include "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Dr John, "Road Runner" by Jr Walker, "Wang Dang Doodle" by Koko Taylor, "Gambler's Blues" by Otis Rush, "Ain't That Loving You" by Bobby Blue Bland, "Honey Bee" by Muddy Waters, "Form Kinetic" by CJQ, "Dust My Broom" by Johnny Shines, and "Goin Down" by Freddie King. CD

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VariousAtomic Cafe – Music From The Original Soundtrack, Plus Music Inspired By The Film ... CD
Stilton (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
An excellent compilation of rare funky jazz tunes – issued here supposedly as a lost soundtrack, but really just a collection of tunes from other sources, all with a nice soundtrack-y jazz feel! There's a few familiar names here, but most of the material is from rare European and American indie jazz LPs, and sound library sources of late 60s/early 70s vintage, with a nice mix of electric and acoustic playing. Titles include "Troublemaker" by John Cameron, "Voodoo Love Dance" by Melvyn Price, "Do Whatever Sets You Free" by Gus Giordano, "Chili Mac" by Preston Love, "La Folla" by Solar Plexus, "A New Generation" by Oscar Brown Jr & Jean Pace, "Dancer" by Gregory Charles Royal, "Zazueira" by Meta Roos, and "Jody's Freeze" by James Reese & The Progressors. CD

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VariousGypsy Creams & Ginger Nuts – Sounds That Swept The Supermarkets ... CD
Rediffusion/RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99
If the supermarket still sounded this funky, they'd never have any trouble getting us to do the shopping – thanks to the wonderfully groovy sound library tunes served up on this CD! The collection's a great reminder of the days when Muzak could still sound plenty darn wonderful – an instrumental soundtrack to shopping that was very much in line with the best film and TV themes of the period – fuzzy guitar, burning Hammond, and more – all set to subtly funky rhythms that were more than enough to help keep the mood bright as the shoppers moved down the aisles with their carts! All tracks here are from the UK Rediffusion sound library – an under-tapped source of great bits that's similar to DeWolfe or KPM, but much less familiar. Most numbers are by the cream of the crop of the Brit Easy scene – and although most tracks are originals, there's also a few surprising covers too. Titles include "Take Eight" by Pete Moore, "The Cutter" by Vic Flick Sound, "Some Other Time" by Alan Moorehouse, "Hold Tight" by Howard Blaikley Orchestra, "Flash" by Val Merrall, "Next Of Kingsleigh" by Harry Stoneham, "Cat Walk" by Pete Moore, "Spoofin" by Tony Evans, "John & Paul" by Tony Osborne, "Cubanana" by Vic Flick Sound, "Friendship Train" by Rosetta Hightower, "Solar Wind" by Pete Moore, and "Soul In Space" by Harry Stoneham. 25 tracks in all – and great notes too! CD

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New Bill EvansBill Evans Complete Village Vanguard Recordings 1961 (3 CD box set) ... CD
Riverside, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Magical trio recordings from the classic trio that featured Bill Evans on piano, Scott LaFaro on bass, and Paul Motian on drums – a massive 3CD set of music, and one that brings together the complete June 1961 Village Vanguard recordings! The revolutionary bass work of LaFaro, and free-thinking rhythms of Motian really helped open up Evans' work on piano at the time – and their influence is heard to best effect on this spontaneous live set, spread out over the course of 22 tunes, recorded throughout the afternoon and evening on June 25, 1961. The package features one newly-discovered take, plus a number of alternates, spoken bits from Bill, and even a few final bars of music. Titles include "Solar", "Milestones", "All Of You", "Gloria's Step", "My Man's Gone Now", "Detour Ahead", "My Romance", and "Waltz For Debby". CD
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New Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Bill Evans' landmark sessions with the young bassist Scott LaFaro – a player who made key contributions on every record he touched, then left this earth far too soon in his career! The live session's a perfect demonstration of the way that the Evans trio format not only re-worked the use of the piano in jazz, but also the bass and drums as well – as LaFaro's deeply evocative playing is paired with the equally fresh drum work of Paul Motian – heard here at his youthful early best, before some of his contributions to jazz had become cliche in the hands of other players. The session was caught live at the Village Vanguard on the night of June 25, 1961 – and titles include longish takes on "Solar", "Jade Visions", "Gloria's Step", and "Alice In Wonderland". CD

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New MandreMandre ... LP
Motown, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We have to admit we've passed this album up for years and years, as it seems to be rather ubiquitous in these parts, and boy were we mistaken! Side one is mostly instrumental, and sounds like a lost Dexter Wansel album, with sophisticated, spacey post-fusion arrangements and a quasi-futuristic vibe. Side two changes up the vibe a bit, with vocals and a slightly slicker approach, with a kind of Bootsy-esque funk vibe creeping in just a bit. 9 tracks in all, including the sublime "Solar Flight (Opus I)" and "Third World Calling (Opus II)", plus "Keep Tryin", "Masked Music Man" and "Masked Marauder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some creasing.)

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New Sun RaLive at Montreux ... LP
Inner City, 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sun RaVisits Planet Earth ... LP
Saturn, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost Sun Ra classic – from the early days of the Arkestra! This 1966 release on Saturn features music that was recorded by The Arkestra in Chicago in 1957 and 1958. Some of the tracks are from the same session as the Sound Of Joy LP, and a few others were from sessions later in the year. Ra plays piano and "solar piano", and the group's got some added percussion and tympani. Along with the usual suspects, James Spaulding also sits in with the group on a few tracks, playing both alto and flute. Titles include "Eve", "Overtones Of China", "Two Tones", and "El Viktor". Cool cover, too, with a colorful painting of a surrealistic space scene! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Phil WoodsAltology (Pairing Off/Phil & Quill With Prestige) ... LP
Prestige, 1956/1957. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 mid 50s sets by a young Phil Woods! Record one features Pairing Off – a well-blown album with lots of room for solo space! – Working with a group that includes Donald Byrd, Gene Quill, Kenny Dorham, and Tommy Flanagan – and the 4 tracks off of that album are all quite long, with an open, hardbop-driven blowing session feel, including "The Stanley Stomper", "Cool Aid", "Suddenly It's Spring", and "Pairing Off". Record 2 features material from Bird Feathers, an alto player anthology, & the album Phill & Quill, including the tracks "Crème de Funk", "Solar", "Black Cherry Fritters", and "Altology". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Woods EmpireUniversal Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
80s grooving from Woods Empire – a short-lived group, but one with a great talent for balancing catchy lyrics and tight grooves with a slightly hipper sensibility! The group's a quintet with Tommy Woods in the lead, supported by his four sisters on vocals – almost a family-style approach, like Debarge, but groovier overall. The backing's very much in the Tabu/Solar mold, with nice jazzy touches from the session players like David T Walker, Paul Jackson Jr, Paulinho da Costa and Don Myrick. We're particularly fond of the smooth jazzed out "Universal Love", with a midtempo stepper's feel, and the set also includes "Sweet Delight", "In Your Ear With It", "Misty Eyes", "Destiny", "In The Night Air", "The Boogie's Gonna Get You", and "So Hot". 4 bonus tracks on this great CD version: ""The Boogie's Gonna Get You (extended version)", "The Boogie's Gonna Get You (edit)", "Sweet Delight (extended version)", "Come On Give Me Love" and "Love Makes The World Go Round". CD

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New Sun RaArt Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Saturn, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A fantastic Sun Ra album – with otherworldly sounds that perfectly sum up his unique jazz vision! The album features material recorded in New York in 1961, and released on Saturn in 1965 – but whatever the date, it's still light years ahead of its time! Ra plays piano, as usual, but he also works with some beautiful instruments of his own creation – including the strangely wonderful Sun Harp, the Dragon Drum, and the Spiral Percussion Gong. The percussion instruments are heard to great effect on the track "Solar Drums" – which has an echoey percussive sound that's really wonderful! The rest of the group includes John Gilmore, Ronnie Boykins, Pat Patrick, Clifford Thornton, Marshall Allen, and Clifford Jarvis – classic Ra players all of them – and other titles include "Lights On A Satellite", "Kosmos In Blue", and "Cluster Of Galaxies". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Phil Ranelin & Tribe RenaissanceReminiscence – Live ... CD
Wide Hive, Early 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great title for this one – given that the music here is right up there with the best Phil Ranelin recordings of the 70s! That likeness is no surprise, though – given that the group here is Phil's Tribe Renaissance ensemble – a lineup of players put together to recreate the groundbreaking music that Ranelin and others of the Tribe Records scene were doing on the Detroit scene of the 70s – wonderfully spiritual jazz, with a deeply soulful component too – clearly inspired by the work of creative scenes in Chicago and St Louis, but a lot more inside than both, and always with a righteous undercurrent as well. Players here include Ranelin on trombone, Nate Morgan and William Henderson on piano, Michael Session on alto and soprano sax, Carl Randall on tenor, Louis Van Taylor on flute and bass clarinet, George Harper Jr on tenor and baritone sax, Keith Fiddmont on soprano sax and flute, Danny Grissett on organ, and Taumbu on percussion. Titles include "A Tear In Elmina", "Shades Of Dolphy", "Solar", "Thrivin On A Groove", "Caravan", and "A Close Encounter Of The Very Best Kind". CD

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New Sun RaLive at Montreux ... CD
Inner City, 1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The album was recorded during the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival, and has a bit more focus and polish than some of the other Arkestra live material from the time – a mature, coherent sound that almost points the way towards some of their work to come in the 80s – when Ra and the group were finally reaching the wider audience they deserved. The set's a double-length one, and features players who include John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Pat Patrick on baritone, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, and James Jackson on Ancient Egyptian Infinity drum – which is always a treat. Ra plays solar organ and moog, as well as piano – and titles include "Of The Other Tomorrow", "On Sound Infinity Spheres", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "Gods Of The Thunder Realm", "Gods Of A Thunder Realm", "The House Of Eternal Being", and "Lights On a Satellite". CD

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New Wallace RoneyMunchin' ... CD
Muse, 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Underground grooving from trumpeter Wallace Roney – one of the excellent albums he recorded for the Muse label in the 90s – a wonderfully well-rounded set that's a tremendous tribute to his tone! The group here is every bit as great as Wallace's work in the frontline – Ravi Coltrane on tenor, Geri Allen on piano, Christian McBride on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums – an especially sympathetic rhythm section who bring out some nice warmer touches to offset Roney's occasionally bold tones on trumpet. Tracks are strongly in a traditional soulbop mode – and titles include "Smooch", "Whims Of Chambers", "Lost", "Bemsha Swing", and "Solar". CD

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New BrickBrick ... LP
Bang, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves – absolutely killing it early on with this self-titled second album! Brick has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years later by LA funk combos – particularly those on the Solar label – and their style of slicking up funky licks into a tightly compressed sound was obviously a big hit with the kids of their generation. Includes the sample classic "Dusic", plus "Living From The Mind", "Happy", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "Honey Chile", Fun", "Hello" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New WhispersVintage Whispers ... LP
Epic, Early 70s/1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful west coast vocal group soul by The Whispers! Although the material they had recorded for Solar and Epic around the time this compilation of earlier material was issued had earned them bigger fame, we just love this early stuff – and this album's pulls together many our favorites by them from their days recording for Soul Clock and Janus, darn tough records to find! The tracks have a soaring harmony sound, and titles include "A Mother For My Children", "Your Love Is So Doggone Good", "If You Feel Like Coming Home", "Can't Help But Love You", "Planets Of Life", "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong" and "I Only Meant To Wet My Feet". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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William BellComing Back For More ... CD
Mercury/Solaris, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A really wonderful post-Stax album from the great William Bell – a set that has the singer still stepping out with all those great deep soul modes from the 60s, but also finding a hipper, more laidback approach as well! There's a beautiful mellow vibe to the record – one that recalls some of Millie Jackson's best ballad work of the time, especially in the way it warms things up with a bit of class, while taking away none of the power of the vocals. Bell produced and arranged the whole set with help from Paul Mitchell – and there's still lots of nice down home themes and feelings to the record, but William's also working with a bubbling groove that comes off great – and which updates his sound without selling his soul – making for a great set in the modern/southern mode. Titles include "Tryin To Love Two", "If Sex Was All We Had", "Relax", "You Don't Miss Your Water", "Coming Back For More", "Just Another Way To Feel", and "I Absotively Posolutely Love You". CD
Also available Coming Back For More ... LP 4.99

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Creative SourceCreative Source (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sussex/Solaris, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The massive first album from Creative Source – a really unique group who really helped push the ensemble vocal mode forward in the 70s! The mixed male/female lineup recalls similar groups of the late 60s – but Creative Source also have a deeper, hipper style that comes through right away – a good ear for jazz in their phrasing, and an ability to get past any of the hoke of more sing-song gal/guy groups. The tunes are very progressive, and the album features sublime arrangements from Skip Scarborough – who's working here in a wonderful realization of the style he'd work later for so many other artists. The group does a classic rendition of Scarborough's "You Can't Hide Love", which was a hit for Earth Wind & Fire, plus nice covers of two tracks by Sussex labelmate Bill Withers – "Who Is He & What Is He To You" and "Let Me In Your Life". Also includes the group's own "Oh Love", which is a nice groover – plus "Magic Carpet Ride", "Wildflower", and "Lovesville". CD also includes 5 bonus cuts, with some of their best titles, like "Corazon", "Pass The Feeling On", "I'd Find You Anywhere", and "I Want Ya (Loving Me)". CD
Also available Creative Source ... LP 6.99

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Richard Dimples FieldsDimples ... CD
Boardwalk/Solaris, 1981. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A surprise hit for Richard Dimples Fields – and one of those albums that seems to turn up in just about every collection of records from the 80s! Although Fields first got his start turning out self-produced soul albums, and you'd expect him to sound a lot slicker here, recording for MCA's Boardwalk imprint, the record's still got a nice down-home feel that almost makes it feel like an indie soul record, despite the fact that Richard is going for a smooth modern sound on most cuts. Our standout favorite is the classic "She's Got Papers On Me", Richard's entry into the Barbara Mason/Shirley Brown song cycle ("you got my man", "he's your man, but he's my lover", etc) – one that takes the view of the man, but which has a sassy female monologue coming in at the end, telling him off! Other tracks include "I Like Your Lovin", "Let Me Take You In My Arms Tonight", "Let The Lady Dance", "In The Still Of the Night", "I've Got To Learn To Say No", and "Don't Ever Take Your Love". CD

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Terry Huff & Special DeliveryLonely One ... CD
Mainstream/Solaris, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A heartbreaking classic from Terry Huff and his Special Delivery group – a hip 70s harmony soul ensemble who deliver some wonderful backup on the set! The record's a stone east coast classic from way back – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, with a vibe that's a slightly more polished take on the harmony modes used by George Kerr over at All-Platinum – still never slick or commercial, but that great indie blend of heartbreaking vocals and deeper male sensibilities. Terry Huff has a high-end vocal approach that's great – never cloying or too-sweet, but nicely crackling and almost in a Ralfi Pagan mode at points. Huff wrote most of the songs, and titles include "Poochie", "The Lonely One", "When You're Lonely", "I Destroyed Your Love", "That's When It Hurts", and "Why Doesn't Love Last". (In case you didn't notice, this guy's pretty broken up about love!) Also features the bonus tracks "The Lonely One (inst)", "Come Back With Love (parts 1 & 2)", and "The Lonely One (single)". CD
Also available Lonely One ... LP 9.99

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LowrellLowrell ... CD
AVI/Solaris, 1979. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Excellent solo work by Lowrell Simon – once a singer with Lost Generation, but opening up a whole new style of Chicago soul here on his own! The album's a tasty batch of smooth soul tracks with a midtempo club groove – not disco, but with the kind of large production and loping groove that you'd find in a good Barry White album – hitting all the right mellow funky moments at once! The prime example of this is the killer "Mellow Mellow Right On" – offered up here in two long parts that take up most of side two of the original album. Other nice ones include a version of Lowrell's "Overdose Of Love", plus the tracks "Out Of Breath", "You're Playing Dirty" and "Smooth & Wild". CD
Also available Lowrell ... LP 9.99

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Shorty RogersMartians Come Back!/Way Up There ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955/1956. Used ... $7.99
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, Bud Shank, Leroy Vinnegar, John Graas, Lou Levy, Shelly Manne, etc). Both albums are also darn hard to find on vinyl, so it's super-nice to have them on one CD at a nice low price. The tracks are nearly all originals by Rogers, written during a point at which he was really hitting his stride as a composer, and titles include "Pixieland", "Solarization", "Baklava Bridge", "March Of The Martians", "Chant of The Cosmos", and "Astral Alley". (The time limitations of the CD mean that they had to leave off Roger's version of "Moten Swing" – but who cares, since you've probably heard that too much anyway!) CD

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Spirit Of AtlantaBurning Of Atlanta (with bonus track) ... CD
Buddah/Solaris, 1973. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Totally great – and a record you probably know nothing about! The album's one of the greatest ever to come out of the Hotlanta scene of the 70s – a tight batch of funk tracks with a heck of a lot of guitar. The set was produced by Tommy Stewart, of "Bump and Hustle" fame – and it's got an unusual style that's equally appealing to fans of funk, and fans of clubbier music – lots of tight playing, hard riffing, and longer grooves that soar along with impeccable grace. The whole thing's almost like the classic Wood Brass & Steel album – but with some rougher edges that make it even better! Includes the great tracks "Vine City" and "Messin Around", both of which are very long funk tracks, plus shorter cuts that are just as funky, like "Down Underground", "Freddie's Alive and Well", and "Buttermilk Bottom". Don't pass this up, it's a funky monster classic! This CD version includes a bonus 7-inch edit of "Buttermilk Bottom". CD

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TeiscoMusiche De Teisco ... CD
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Very cool electronic sound library work – heavy on moog and guitar with effects – and spinning out at a level that reminds us a lot of the coolest spacey electronics from the French scene of the 70s! The tunes are all put together by Teisco, from instrumentation that's relatively spare, but nicely processed to create this full, fluttering quality that we really love – almost as if the instruments are going through a vocoder, which is used a few times on the record for voice. There's a nicely "squishy" quality to the music, even when there's a nice groove going on – and titles include "Sfida Sul Mare", "Vaticano", "Raggi Solari", "Lamentazione", and "Industria Meridionale". CD

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Leon WareLeon Ware (1972) ... CD
United Artists/Solaris, 1972. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Sublime work from Leon Ware – the mellow soul master who's one of our favorite talents of the 70s! This album is Leon's first – recorded years before he did his records for Motown and Elektra – and it's done with a less polished sound that's a striking contrast to some of his more famous albums – a great beginning to a long career, and a strong illustration of the deep soul roots of Ware's style and sound! Leon's got a very spiritual approach in his vocals here – with touches of rootsiness that bring a lot of honesty to the album, yet which also still operate in the same sexy manner that we've come to love him for on later records. Titles include "What's Your World", "Tamed To Be Wild", "It's Just A Natural Thing", and "The Spirit Never Dies". CD

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VariousKing Britt Presents Black To The Future ... CD
Handcuts (Japan), 2002. Used ... $9.99
A blinding selection of grooves from a man who's got a better set of ears than anyone we know! Nobody's better than King Britt at picking out a track with something special – and the work he's produced, remixed, and compiled over the past few years have been some of our favorites – both for their cutting edge approach to the music, and for their commitment to solid soul and classic roots, something that always sets Britt apart from the pack! This album features some great numbers hand-picked by Britt – some on which he works, others that simply have a similar sound and approach to his own magical music. The set's bubbling over with soul and vision – and tracks include "How's Life" by The Society featuring Ovasoul 7, "The Essence" by Jody Watley, "This Journey In" by The Rebirth, "Everlasting" by Ivana Santilli, "Bare Naked" by Scuba with Imani Izuri, "Drums Of Passion" by Charlie Dark, "Butter Angel" by Face, "You Know What You Need To Do" by Wah Chu Ku, "18 & Untitled" by Yesterday's New Quintet, "Speaking In Love" by DJ Dozia presents Solaris, and "Love Waiting" by Ivan Ross. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Edward ArtemievSolaris (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Mirumir (Russia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing electronic score – put together for an equally amazing film – Edward Artemiev's wonderful music for Andre Tarkovsky's Solaris – sounds that are as riveting as the images on the screen! Artemiev beautifully blends analogue keyboard lines with strings, sometimes creating waves of melodic joy, sometimes shifting into much darker, more abstract passages – but all always at a level that really goes past the usual electronics of the time! There's a visionary feel to the music that makes the album completely sublime – and titles include "Ocean", "Dream", "Station", "Disease", and "Return". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Billy CobhamRudiments – The Billy Cobham Anthology ... CD
Atlantic, 1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Super-heavy spacey fusion from the master of the genre! By the time of these recordings – his classic 70s years at Atlantic – Cobham had emerged as one of the most compelling drummers of his generation, borrowing influences from rock and soul, but never losing sight of his jazzy side, which is more than could be said for other players who attempted to wander down the wayward path of fusion! The set's the kind that should have you grabbing your headphones, heading for the back of your fuzzed-out van, and locking the doors to hide the smoke coming out of your ears! Titles include "Quadrant 4", "Stratus", "Moon Germs", "Total Eclipse", "Shabazz", "Some Skunk Funk", "A Funky Thide Of Sings", "Life & Times", "Hip Pockets", "Earthlings", "Do What Cha Wanna", "Juicy", and "Solarization". CD

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New Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena ... CD
ECM (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – well, not excitement that you'd get in other jazz-based styles – but kind of a sense of hope, drama, and unfolding that really shades the record nicely – and gives it a different flavor from some of Jarrett's other larger form projects of the time – possibly creating the first really unified, extended musical vision he brought to a record like this in the 70s. Beautiful sounds throughout – with titles that include "Runes", "Solara March", and "Mirrors". CD

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New 9th CreationBubble Gum ... CD
Rite Track/Solaris, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the one lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California funk acts of the time – especially Pleasure, who with their sharp sense of a groove are probably the closest comparison to the group's sound. The album is best known for the cut "Bubble Gum" – a great number with lots of jazzy changes, and a modern funky groove that still sounds pretty darn fresh – but the whole album is totally great, and filled with plenty of other songs that have the same feel as the title cut! Tracks include "Sexy Girl", "Quit It", "Falling In Love", "We Need Love", and "Rule Of Mind". CD

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New Edward ArtemievSolaris (suite) (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Mirumir/Superior Viaduct, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing companion to the soundtrack album from the film Solaris – an extended suite of tracks that works in a very similar way – with electronics layered in these beautiful, hypnotic modes – sometimes noisy, sometimes pleasant – always compelling throughout, thanks to the visionary music of Edward Artemiev! This lovely package features a cool gatefold cover, with the images from the Italian poster of the film from the 70s – but the mindblowing music on the record is the real appeal – an extended suite of electronic sounds, in 17 movements! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ECM (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful large-concept album from Keith Jarrett – one that features his piano, the bass of Charlie Haden, and the tenor and soprano sax of Jan Garbarek as the main solo instruments over larger string orchestrations! There's a sense of excitement to the record right from the start – well, not excitement that you'd get in other jazz-based styles – but kind of a sense of hope, drama, and unfolding that really shades the record nicely – and gives it a different flavor from some of Jarrett's other larger form projects of the time – possibly creating the first really unified, extended musical vision he brought to a record like this in the 70s. Beautiful sounds throughout – with titles that include "Runes", "Solara March", and "Mirrors". LP, Vinyl record album

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New TeiscoMusiche De Teisco (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Very cool electronic sound library work – heavy on moog and guitar with effects – and spinning out at a level that reminds us a lot of the coolest spacey electronics from the French scene of the 70s! The tunes are all put together by Teisco, from instrumentation that's relatively spare, but nicely processed to create this full, fluttering quality that we really love – almost as if the instruments are going through a vocoder, which is used a few times on the record for voice. There's a nicely "squishy" quality to the music, even when there's a nice groove going on – and titles include "Sfida Sul Mare", "Vaticano", "Raggi Solari", "Lamentazione", and "Industria Meridionale". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Rolf KuhnSolarius ... CD
Amiga (Germany), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the hippest work we've ever heard from German clarinetist Rolf Kuhn – a beautiful set from the 60s, and one that's filled with modern touches, but never goes too far out! Rolf's clarinet is definitely sharper here than in the decade before – informed by much of the modern jazz changes around him, and stretching out in space that's nicely open, and often moved along with some modal rhythms on the bottom. As with some of his other European contemporaries, Kuhn manages to use the instrument in completely new ways than before – no trad jazz clarinet lines that echo Benny Goodman's generation – and instead, an extremely evocative sound that often carries some nicely exotic overtones. The rest of the group's great too – and includes brother Joachim Kuhn on piano, Michal Urbaniak on tenor and soprano sax, and Czeslaw Bartkowski on drums. Titles include "Lady Orsina", "Mountain Jump", "Minor Impressions", "Solarius", and "Soldat Tadeusz". CD
 
 
 



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