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John Abercrombie & John ScofieldSolar ... CD
Quicksilver, 1984. Used ... $8.99
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New 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

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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

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New Whispers, Shalamar, Lakeside, & DynastySolar Galaxy Of Stars Live ... LP
Solar, 1980. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
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(Cover has some light wear.)

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ShalamarComplete Solar Hit Singles Collection ... CD
Solar/Sanctuary (UK), New Copy ... Late September, 2014 (delayed)
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WhispersComplete Solar Hit Singles Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Solar/Sanctuary (UK), New Copy ... Late September, 2014 (delayed)
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Solar – Source Of Live Arkestra RevelationFaith For My Mind ... CD
Solar/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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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New Cal TjaderMambo Sangria – Cal Tjader Plugs In/Solar Heat (Boa) ... CD
Skye/Boa, Late 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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 Sun RaSolar-Myth Approach Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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New Solar ShieldReesis/Beeturia ... 7-inch
Austin Boogie Crew, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
"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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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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CallowayLet's Get Smooth ... CD
Solar/Epic, 1992. Used ... $2.99
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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LakesideGalactic Grooves – The Best Of Lakeside ... CD
Solar, Late 70s/1980s. Used ... $14.99
CD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)

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LakesidePower ... LP
Solar, 1987. Sealed ... $1.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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LakesidePull My Strings/Visions Of My Mind ... 12-inch
Solar, 1978. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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New LakesideShot Of Love ... LP
Solar, 1978. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Lakeside's first album for Solar – and the beginning of a very fruitful relationship for the band and the label! The record's a great one – cut long before the Solar funk sound had gotten cliched – and it includes a key early hit in the Solar sound, the band's "It's All The Way Live", a seven minute funky workout in the tight LA ensemble funk mode. Other tracks include "Given In To Love", "Time", "Visions Of My Mind", and "Shot Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have a name in marker.)

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ShalamarFriends (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy 2 CDs ... $22.99
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". 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

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New ShalamarHeartbreak ... CD
Solar/Right Stuff, 1984. Used ... $8.99
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.)

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ShalamarMy Girl Loves Me/Dead Giveaway ... 12-inch
Solar, 1983. Very Good+ ... $0.99
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ShalamarRight In The Socket/Girl ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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New WhispersBest Of The Whispers ... LP
Solar, 1982. Very Good- ... $2.99
A nice collection of the Whispers hits and a handful of other strong numbers, 8 tracks in all: "And The Beat Goes On", "Make It With you", "(Olivia) Lost And Turned Out", "Living Together (In Sin)", "One For The Money", "I Can Make It Better", "It's A Love Thing" and "Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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WhispersCan't Do Without Love (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Promo copy.)

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WhispersI Can Make It Better/Say You (Would Love For Me Too) ... 12-inch
Solar, 1980. Very Good ... $1.99
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New WhispersThis Kind Of Lovin ... LP
Solar, 1981. Very Good- ... $0.99
Not as sublime as some of the group's earlier efforts, but still with a strong harmony sound that keeps things moving nicely ahead. The arrangements are in a smooth soul mode – still uptempo on a number of tracks, in the same style that they were using with the Philly crew. The difference is that there's a bit more of a modern LA soul sound in the mix – although not as much as you'd expect from some of the other albums on the Solar label. Includes the nice midtempo groover "Can't Stop Loving You Baby", plus "World Of A Thousand Dreams", "What Will I Do", "This Kind Of Lovin", and the retro jazzy "The Bright Lights & You Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some small stains, a cutout notch, and a tiny rip at the opening.)

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New BabyfaceLovers (balloon cover) ... LP
Solar, 1986. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The beginning of an empire! This was the first solo album cut by the now-famous Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds – cut after years of work in the music business that included stints in the groups Manchild and The Deele, and lots of production work for other LA soul acts. The record's kind of a rougher version of the modern R&B style that you'll know from Babyface's big hits of the early 90s – more in the style of some of the Solar Records acts of the early 80s, and some of the other big keyboard/bass pedal bands on the market at the time. The real contribution, though, is Kenny's ability to infuse the whole thing with soul – taking these tinny little tracks and making them come out kind of sweet, not only through his famous production, but through his faltering vocal style, which is about the most honest-sounding aspect of the record. Titles include "Lovers", "Marry Mack", "If We Try", "Take Your Time", and a cover of "You Make Me Feel Brand New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a spot of price sticker residue.)

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New Art BlakeyPisces ... CD
Blue Note/Solar (Spain), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those excellent Japanese-only releases of lost Blue Note recordings from the classic years. This LP only release came out in the early 80's, and it features material recorded by Blakey with the classic Lee Morgan/Wayne Shorter/Bobby Timmons lineup of the early 60's, plus one more track recorded in 1964, when the group was briefly reunited. There's some great unreleased stuff, and alternate takes of tracks that were on the Roots & Herbs LP. Cuts include "United", "Pisces", "Blue Ching", "Uptight", and "It's A Long Way Down". Great great great stuff, and some of the best jazz material you can ever sink your hard-earned cash into! CD

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New Ruby BraffComplete Bethlehem Recordings (Swings/Ball At Bethlehem/Holiday In Braff/Bud Freeman Quintet With Rudy Braff/Ruby Braff Special) ... CD
Solar (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)

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New CoilConsequences Of Raising Hell – The Unreleased Themes For Hellraiser (10 inch LP) ... LP
Solar Lodge (UK), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Black vinyl pressing.)

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New DynastyI Don't Want To Be A Freak (But I Can't Help Myself)/Your Piece Of The Rock ... 12-inch
Solar, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little freaky track from "Dynasty" –one that begins with some really great rhythms, and which has a slightly electric vibe bubbling up underneath! "Piece Of The Rock" is a bit warmer overall – very much in the Solar funky soul mode! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an RCA Disco sleeve.)

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New Midnight StarHeadlines ... LP
Solar, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New ShalamarDisco Garden ... CD
Unidisc/Solar, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Snapping soulful grooves from Shalamar – one of the group's big early albums, and an important part of the Solar sound of LA! The trio groove nicely over a set of upbeat tracks that were clearly aimed at the clubs, but which also have more than enough straight soul to get them on the charts. Includes the classic "Take That To The Bank", plus the cuts "Lovely Lady", "Cindy Cindy", "Tossin Turnin & Swingin", "Shalamar Disco Gardens", and "Stay Close To Love". CD features 3 bonus mixes of "Take That To The Bank". CD

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New WhispersHeadlights ... LP
Solar, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New WhispersImagination ... LP
Solar, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Whispers crack into the 80s with one of their biggest selling sets! The group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New WhispersJust Gets Better With Time ... LP
Solar, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late 80s winner from The Whispers – one of the few 70s groups who really found a way to keep themselves going strong into the next decade! The album gave the group their super-huge hit "Rock Steady" – possibly their biggest mainstream success ever – and it's got the group working with the team of Babyface and Reid, in a snapping kind of soul that's partially pop, but which almost hints at new jack at points. Titles include "Rock Steady", "I Want You", "No Pain No Gain", "In The Mood", "Just Gets Better With Time", "Love's Calling", and "Give It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New WhispersLove Is Where You Find It ... LP
Solar, 1981. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Solar material by The Whispers, with two sides of tracks – one "for dancin", one "for romancin". The dancin side was produced by Leon Sylvers, has a tight 80s groove sound that's very nice, 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New WhispersSo Good ... LP
Solar, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring uptempo soul from The Whispers – still going strong with the Solar sound well into the 80s – and stepping out here in a real hit-making style! The vocals are great, the grooves are solid – and there's a snapping, rhythmic feel to the first side – which is billed as the "Dancin" side, and done in a very 80s groove mode! Side two is named the "Romancin" side – and as such, has a slightly mellower feel – still some beats on the bottom, but mostly in a gentler way that really lets the harmonies take over. Titles include "On Impact", "Contagious", "Suddenly", "Don't Keep Me Waiting", "Sweet Sensation", "Never Too Late", "Are You Going My Way", and "Some Kinda Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New WhispersThis Kind Of Lovin'/What Will I Do ... 12-inch
Solar, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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 some wear.)

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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
 
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New BrickBrick ... LP
Bang, 1977. Very Good- ... $2.99
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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Vinnie BurkeString Jazz Quartet ... LP
ABC, 1957. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Features Burke on bass, Bobby Grillo or Kenny Burrell on guitar, Calo scott on cello, Dick Wetmore on violin, and Jimmy Campbell playing brushes on the Manhattan phone directory! Titles include "Topsy", "Blues For Skeeter", "Solar", "C & V", and "Blues In The Closet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of gloss separation along the opening.)

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New Miles Davis All StarsWalkin' (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, 1954. Used ... $4.99
As classic an early album by Miles Davis as you can find – truly filled with the "all star" players billed in the title, and a session that has the sharpness of Davis' bop work for Blue Note, yet also lets him stretch out in a slightly more relaxed format! The album features Miles trumpet with 2 different groups – one a sextet with Horace Silver, JJ Johnson, and Lucky Thompson; the other a quintet with Silver and the obscure altoist Davey Schildkraut! Tracks are long, with lots of solo room – and titles include his classic takes on "Walkin", "Blue N Boogie", and "Solar" – plus versions of "You Don't Know What Love Is" and "Love Me Or Leave Me". CD

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New Bill EvansSunday At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Victor. Cover has some light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, track 3.)

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Pete Magadini with Don MenzaBones Blues (with bonus track) ... CD
Sackville/Delmark, 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of power he's packed into his horn for larger group, fuller ensemble sessions – and opening up with a richness that really puts him at the top of his league for the time! Most numbers really let Don take the lead right from the start – with the sort of presence that Sonny Stitt might have on a small independent side like this – but the rest of the group gets some good moments in too – including Wray Downes on piano and Dave Young on bass. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Solar", "I Remember Clifford", "What A Time We Had", and "Poor Butterfly". CD features a bonus alternate take of "Freddie The Freeloader" CD

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Ray ManzarekGolden Scarab ... CD
Mercury, 1974. Used ... $11.99
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray working with an array of keys – organ, piano and synths. There's bits of jazz rock and influences from Latin grooves and more otherworldly wierdness, but they still find an accessible groove throughout. Includes "He Can't Play Today", "Solar Boat", "Downbound Train", "The Golden Scarab", "The Purpose Of Existence Is?", "The Moorish Idol" and "Oh Thou Nectar Filled Form, Or A Little Fart". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Osaka MonaurailRiptide ... CD
Shout (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $19.99
Tremendous work from one of our favorite funk combos ever – Japan's legendary Osaka Monaurail, easily one of the sharpest, tightest, most soulful groups of the past 20 years! These guys have a really no-nonsense approach to funk – from the top to the bottom, from the execution to the production, from the street to the speaker – with a sound that's one of the few to really get a pure approach to the best funky 45 material of the late 60s and early 70s! There's no hoke, no easy references, no simplistic retro sensibilities – just rock-solid, razor-sharp instrumentation – at a level to match the James Brown band on late 60s King Records – who are clearly an inspiration for the crew. This set's got all their best funky 45 energy firmly intact, but also features a few longer numbers with sweet solos too – and as usual, the vocals are completely unique – raw funk, but with an accented twist that really grabs us. Titles include "Riptide", "The Horse", "Liberty", "Solar Eclipse", "Calinga", "Fruit Basket", and "Determination". CD

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New Sun RaArt Forms Of Dimensions Tomorrow (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Saturn, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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 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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Sun RaLive at Montreux ... LP
Inner City, 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
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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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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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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Sun RaVisits Planet Earth ... LP
Saturn, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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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Phil Ranelin & Tribe RenaissanceReminiscence – Live ... CD
Wide Hive, Early 2000s. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
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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Reign GhostReign Ghost Featuring Lynda Squires (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Paragon/Out-Sider (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
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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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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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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MandreMandre ... CD
Motown/Fever Dream, 1977. New Copy ... Around November 4, 2014
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". CD

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New Miles DavisTune Up ... LP
Prestige, 1953/1954. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Excellent 2 LP compilation, put together and remastered in the late 70s, of sides cut by Miles for the Prestige label. There's some remarkable performances from some of his greatest LPs from that early period, like Bags' Groove, when Miles was still playing smoldering bop and his sidemen include Max Roach, Lucky Thompson, Sonny Rollins, Monk and Kenny Clarke. 13 tracks in all: "Tune Up", "Solar", "Walkin", "Blue N Boogie", "Bag's Groove", "When Lights Are Low", "Four", "Old Devil Moon", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "I'll Remember April", "But Not For Me" and "The Man I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & initials in marker written multiple times.)

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New Jim Holman with Ira SullivanBlue Skies ... CD
Delmark, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pianist Jim Holman works here in the company of Chicago jazz legend Ira Sullivan – who "presents" the group on the cover, even though this is Jim's second set for the Delmark label! The presence of Sullivan is mighty nice, though – as Ira's work on both trumpet and tenor stand out beautifully – rich in a sound that shows his many years on the scene, with a laidback sense of soulfulness that takes the album way farther than it might with just the trio! Most numbers are nice and long – and feature fluid piano work from Holman, who's got a great sense of shape and tone – alongside beautiful solos from Sullivan. Titles include "Blue Skies", "Just Friends", "Solar", "Blue In Green", "Along Came Betty", "Just In Time", and "Someday My Prince Will Come". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Ray ManzarekGolden Scarab ... LP
Mercury, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray working with an array of keys – organ, piano and synths. There's bits of jazz rock and influences from Latin grooves and more otherworldly wierdness, but they still find an accessible groove throughout. Includes "He Can't Play Today", "Solar Boat", "Downbound Train", "The Golden Scarab", "The Purpose Of Existence Is?", "The Moorish Idol", "Oh Thou Nectar Filled Form, Or A Little Fart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some light wear.)

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New Hod O'BrienAutumn Leaves – The Fabulous Hod O'Brien Trio ... CD
Blue Jack Jazz (Netherlands), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hod O'Brien just like we like him – playing in a relaxed, live setting with a great approach to the piano – one that's never too overstated, but which is filled with continually creative moments that really hold our attention! O'Brien's one of those players that never seems to fully get his due – a quiet genius who often works out of the spotlight, but in ways that are quietly beautiful, and which always deserve more attention. This date's just the sort that could bring that to Hod – a simple, elegant set of trio material – recorded overseas with Harry Emmery on bass and John Engels in drums – opening up on a set of tunes that includes "Minority", "Autumn Leaves", "Oleo", "Solar", "Pent-Up House", "My Romance", and "Laverne Walk". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Sun RaVisits Planet Earth/Interstellar Low Ways ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 lost classics by Sun Ra on one CD! Visits Planet Earth 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". Interstellar Low Ways is a record that features material was recorded in 1959 and 1960, but unissued until the mid 60's. Ra plays piano, chimes, and gong, and the tracks have a nice laid back spacey feel, with some ensemble vocals chanted by the group. Ronnie Boykins also plays the space gong on one cut, which sounds very nice. Cuts include "Somewhere In Space", "Space Loneliness", "Space Aura", and "Interplanetary Music". CD
Also available Visits Planet Earth ... LP 9.99

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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 VariousAnn Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Sun RaAtlantis ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
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". CD features 2 versions of "Yucatan" – one from the original Saturn record, and one from the later Impulse album. CD

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New Bill WolferWolf ... LP
Constellation, 1982. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare set of blue-eyed soul from the early 80s – recorded by Bill Wolfer, singer and keyboardist who'd worked heavily with Stevie Wonder in the late 70s, and also a bit with the Jacksons in the early 80s. Wolfer's one of the only white artists to record for the mega-hit Solar label in LA – and this album has a great sound that's somewhere between the work of other Solar artists, and the work that Stevie Wonder was doing at the end of the 70s. Titles include "Call Me", "So Shy", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", "Nobody Knows", "Soaring", "Wake Up", "Pop Quiz", and "Camouflage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New VariousGypsy Creams & Ginger Nuts – Sounds That Swept The Supermarkets ... CD
Rediffusion/RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 Half JapaneseHalf Japanese Vol 1 – 1981 to 1985 (3LP box set) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Fire (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
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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New Rich RistagnoWhat Would It Be Like To Be Rich? ... LP
Drag City, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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William BellComing Back For More ... CD
Mercury/Solaris, 1977. Used ... $9.99
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

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New Billy CobhamTotal Eclipse ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $3.99
Full throttle fusion from Billy Cobham, the kind of stuff we once winced at because of the really over the top moments of heavy, heavy jamming, but that we find ourselves more sympathetic to these days, probably for the more sublime moments that poke through the onslaught here and there, including some nice spacey tracks. The Brecker brothers are up front, and the group has the tight electric approach you'd guess, with some easier grooves sliding in between the full on moments, and even a bit of funk, too. Includes "Solarization", "Lunarputians", "Total Eclipse", "Bandits", "Moon Germs","The Moon Ain't Made Of Green Cheese", "Sea Of tranquility" and "Last Frontier" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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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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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New Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena ... LP
ECM, 1976. Used ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has wide clear tape on the seams, a streak of marker on front, and some marker on back.)

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New Spirit Of AtlantaBurning Of Atlanta (with bonus track) ... CD
Buddah/Solaris, 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
Also available Burning Of Atlanta ... LP 9.99

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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 Creative SourceCreative Source (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sussex/Solaris, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
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New 9th CreationBubble Gum ... CD
Rite Track/Solaris, 1975. New Copy ... 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 (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Mirumir (Russia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... 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 Keith Jarrett with Charlie Haden & Jan GarbarekArbour Zena ... CD
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". CD

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New TeiscoMusiche De Teisco ... CD
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 70s. New Copy ... 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". CD

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New William BellComing Back For More ... CD
Mercury/Solaris, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 ... CD 9.99
 
 
 



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