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Redd FoxxYou Gotta Wash Your Ass ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1975. New Copy ... Around January 6, 2015
Redd Foxx doing is thing live in '75 at the Apollo – his return to recording after 12 years without a comedy album! You Gotta Wash Your Ass was cut while Sanford & Son was still in its run – making this blue performance a gritty return to form for Foxx! It isn't as flamboyantly raw as some of his earlier records – but there are a lot of funny moments here – with a laidback Foxx riffing on themes that younger black comics were only then catching up with! It's best routine might be the one on the meaning of "Funky" – and that one's just waiting for one of you budding DJs to start cutting it up on the 1's and 2's! Other bits & punchlines include "Ugly Kids In New York", "Two Sissies", "I Was An Altar Boy", "Have You Tried Ban Roll On?", "I Love Black Women", "You're Kind Of Dumb & Ugly", "I Hate A Loud Broad", "I Stick It In Beans", "Ni**er's In The Dictionary", "You Look Like A Pu**y To Me" and "You Gotta Wash Your Ass". CD
 
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Mose AllisonMiddle Class White Boy ... CD
Elektra, 1982. Used ... $2.99
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Beach BoysCarl & the Passions – So Tough/Holland ... CD
Brother/Capitol, 1972/1973. Used 2CD ... $5.99
2 Beach Boys albums on 2CDs – plus the bonus ep of material from Holland. The Carl & The Passions album was supposed to be a back to basics rocker, but it's a bit weak from this vantage point – although has some of those nice little later numbers that we always seem to overlook when shuffling through BB albums too quickly. Holland is a much more impressive effort – as it kicks off with the sublime "Sail On Sailor", proof that the group were ready to forge a whole new sound of 70s pop, plus a nice mix of tight pop songs and looser Smile-like tracks. Titles include "The Trader", "Funky Pretty", "Only With You", and the "California Saga". The CD also includes "Mount Vernon & Fairway" – a "fairy tale" that was included with the original LP as a bonus ep. The work's interesting – especially in that it shows that the group could still be pretty trippy and experimental – but gosh, we really have a hard time getting through it! CD

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Beach BoysGreatest Surfing Songs ... CD
CEMA, Early/Mid 60s. Used ... $3.99
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New Beenie ManTropical Storm ... CD
Virgin, 2002. Used ... $2.99
Produced by the hotter-than-Mercury Neptunes, Dave Kelly, Irv Gotti, Taxi (Sly & Robbie) and others. 13 tracks in all, including "Feel It Boy" with Janet Jackson, "Fresh From Yard" with Lil Kim, "Street Life", "Pure Pretty Gal", "Bossman" with Lady Saw & Sean Paul, "Real Gangsta" and "You Babe". CD

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New Bell Biv DevoePoison ... CD
MCA/Universal, 1990. Used ... $0.99
A second chapter for boy band 80s soul! After Bobby Brown set off on his own, the remaining three members of New Edition decided to remain a group and give it a go, and far from being a sad collection of the leftover members, their debut album was actually one of many successful New Jack Swing efforts the group would produce! Given a helping hand from the Shocklee brothers on production, this set includes "Poison", "Do Me!", "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph & Johnny (Word To The Mutha!)", "She's Dope!", "BBD (I Thought It Was Me)?", "When Will I See You Again?" and "Ain't Nut'in Changed!" CD
Also available Poison ... LP 16.99

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Seamus Blake & Chris CheekReeds Ramble ... CD
Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
No rambling here – as the reed players are very focused – both Chris Cheek on tenor and soprano sax, and Seamus Blake on his consistently well-blown tenor! The pair come together in ways that are very fresh for a twin-sax session of this nature – more woven together in spirit, with less of a need to challenge each other – and really flowing with the solid groove of the rhythm section of Ethan Iverson on piano, Matt Penman on bass, and Jochen Rueckert on drums. The song choices are as vibrant as the players – and include versions of Chico Buarque's "Na Carreira", Elmo Hope's "De Dah", Eddie Harris' "1974 Blues", and The Beach Boys' "Till I Die". CD

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Mary J BligeMary Christmas ... CD
Verve, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A sparkling Christmas set from Mary J Blige – one that takes full advantage of those wonderful vocals, and lets them loose on a whole host of Holiday tunes! The album's on Verve, and has a feel that's a lot more classic than some of Mary's other work – a vibe that's somewhere between contemporary R&B and the older vocal jazz you'd hear on Christmas favorites from years past – an approach that comes through strongly in Mary's choice of tunes. Most of the numbers are favorite standards from the Holiday season, given a special Blige twist – arranged by David Foster, and titles include "Little Drummer Boy", "My Favorite Things", "This Christmas", "The Christmas Song", "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "The First Noel", and "Petit Papa Noel". CD

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Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... CD
B-Boy/Traffic, 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance, courtesy the lyricism and delivery of KRS-One. Importance aside, though, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". CD
(2014 remastered edition.)

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David BowieNothing Has Changed (2CD version) ... CD
Sony, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2014. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.98
Some of the greatest moments from David Bowie, mixed with some rare tracks, collaborations, 45 mixes, and more – as well as the single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" – which is one of Bowie's best singles in years! The package is available in a number of varieties, with a number of covers – and each different iteration offers a special sort of focus on Bowie's varied creative career – reminding us in more different ways how much we've continued to love his music over the years! This 2CD version features the track "Sue" – plus 38 more tracks that include "All The Young Dudes", "Dancing In The Streets" with Mick Jagger, "Blue Jean", "This Is Not America" with Pat Metheny, "Oh You Pretty Things", "Moonage Daydream", "Drive In Saturday", "Sorrow", "Fame", "Boys Keep Swinging", "Fashion (single)", "Ashes To Ashes (single)", "Love Is Lost (DFA hello Steve Reich mix)", "New Iller Star (radio)", "I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1 radio edit)", "Jump They Say (radio)", "Let's Dance", "Life On Mars", "Hello Spaceboy (PSB rmx)" with Pet Shop Boys, "Under Pressure" with Queen, "Sound & Vision", "Golden Years (single)", "Absolute Beginners (single)", "Starman (single)", "Rebel Rebel", "Jean Genie (orig single version)", "Changes", "Where Are We Now", "China Girl (single)", and "Heroes (single)". CD

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David BowieNothing Has Changed (3CD version) ... CD
Sony, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2014. New Copy 3CD ... $21.99
Some of the greatest moments from David Bowie, mixed with some rare tracks, collaborations, 45 mixes, and more – as well as the single "Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)" – which is one of Bowie's best singles in years! The package is available in a number of varieties, with a number of covers – and each different iteration offers a special sort of focus on Bowie's varied creative career – reminding us in more different ways how much we've continued to love his music over the years! This 3CD version features the track "Sue" – plus 58 more tracks that include"All The Young Dudes", "Dancing In The Streets" with Mick Jagger, "Silly Boy Blue", "Can't Help Thinking About Me", "Liza Jane", "You've Got A Habit Of Leaving", "Wild Is The Wind (2010 Harry Maslin mix)", "Buddha Of Subburbia", "Your Turn To Drive", "The Stars Are Out Tonight", "Blue Jean", "This Is Not America" with Pat Metheny, "Oh You Pretty Things", "Moonage Daydream", "Drive In Saturday", "Sorrow", "Fame", "Boys Keep Swinging", "Fashion (single)", "Ashes To Ashes (single)", "Love Is Lost (DFA hello Steve Reich mix)", "New Iller Star (radio)", "I'm Afraid Of Americans (V1 radio edit)", "Jump They Say (radio)", "Let's Dance", "Life On Mars", "Hello Spaceboy (PSB rmx)" with Pet Shop Boys, "Under Pressure" with Queen, "Sound & Vision", "Golden Years (single)", "Absolute Beginners (single)", "Starman (single)", "Rebel Rebel", "Jean Genie (orig single version)", "Changes", "Where Are We Now", "China Girl (single)", and "Heroes (single)". CD

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New Tommy Boyce & Bobby HartI Wonder What She's Doing Tonite (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant 60s pop from the team of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – best known for their key early songwriting work for The Monkees, but a heck of a great duo on their own! Boyce & Hart have a sparkly, sunshiney sound that's very much a part of The Monkees generation – a beautiful post-folk, post-surf blend of styles, and one that's served up with all the warmth and charm that made The Monkees so great – yet also with some cool twists and turns that make a record like this so great – the kind of chance-taking that A&M sometimes allowed its artists to take at the time! Backings are super-groovy – arranged by Artie Butler and Don McGinis – and titles include "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite", "Teardrop City", "I Wanna Be Free", "The Countess", "Population", and "Two For The Price Of One" – a great cover of a Larry Williams & Johnny Watson soul tune! Features bonus mono single tunes – "The Ambushers", "Love Every Day", "Where Angels Go Trouble Follows", and "I Wanna Be Free". CD

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David BoykinGalaxophone ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2004. New Copy ... $6.99
Spare improvisations from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – recorded as a duet with butoh artist Nicole Legette, who also seems to be vocalizing a bit on the record! The album's easily one of the most challenging that Boykin's ever given us – quite open, and very expressive – sometimes concerned strongly with low tones on the saxophone, while at others screaming out with almost voice-like qualities. There's a feel here that's almost like some of Roscoe Mitchell's best solo work from years back – and the 27 minute CD features 11 smaller excerpts that are all pretty wonderful! CD

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New Jesse Boykins IIILove Apparatus ... CD
Empire, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Warm love and plenty of soul from Jesse Bokyins – an artist who keeps on perfecting his craft more and more with each new record – to create a special place in soul that's very much his own! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, but with these very trippy touches – and the whole thing has a unique, handcrafted feel that almost makes Boykins a kind of Shuggie Otis figure for the 21st Century – a supreme master of mellow soul, able to wrap together voice and instrument with this incredible sense of flow! Bass and beats can sometimes be heavy, but always with a slow, crispy vibe that resonates strongly with the more cosmic elements of the music – on titles that include "Show Me Who You Are", "Create Beauty", "Make Believe", "4Ever No More", "Matter Of The Heart", "GreyScale", and "I Wish". CD
(Comes with a bonus download for 8 extra tracks!)
Also available Love Apparatus ... LP 21.99

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New James BrownJames Brown – Icon Christmas ... CD
King/Universal, Late 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 8.98
Have a funky funky Christmas with the great James Brown – an artist who has a surprisingly great way with a Holiday tune! James was always great all the other months of the year – but at Christmas he really stepped things up, and cut a whole host of excellent Holiday singles and albums in the late 60s – some of the best of which are featured here! The tight set features 11 classic Christmas cuts from The Godfather – some of them deeply soulful, some of them short and funky – all of them great. Titles include "Soulful Christmas", "Go Power At Christmas Time", "The Christmas Song", "Sweet Little Baby Boy (parts 1 & 2)", "Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas", "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto", "Merry Christmas Baby", "Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay", and "Please Come Home For Christmas". CD

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Alvin CashWindy City Workout – The Essential Dance Craze Hits & Rarities 1964 to1973 ... CD
Mar V Lus/Charly (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 17.98
The full scope of genius from the legendary Alvin Cash – not just his 60s gritty groovers, but a host of later funk tracks as well – all packaged into a beautiful book-styled package! Cash is one of our favorite Chicago artists ever – a dancer by trade, but a flamboyant personality who always managed to make his way center stage – whether live or in the recording studio! The set begins with early "twine" numbers from Alvin – some romping heavy soul tracks that have a very deep bottom, and a raw sound that's equal part R&B and Chicago soul – definitely tuned towards the dancefloor crowd that was a natural fit for Cash's energy. As the set moves on, it then picks up some wicked late 60s singles for the Toddlin Town label, and also includes some excellent early 70s groovers for Sound Stage Seven – some of Alvin's hardest, heaviest numbers ever. The set features work by Alvin Cash with The Registers, Hundred Dollar Bills, The Crawlers, and Scott Brothers Orchestra – and titles include "Keep On Dancing (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky 69", "Moanin & Groanin", "Doin The Creep", "It's Party Time", "Funky Washing Machine", "Alvin's Doin His Thing", "Funky Street", "Doin The Ali Shuffle", "Whip It On Me", "The Charge", "Boston Monkey", "The Philly Freeze", "Alvin's Boogaloo", "Let's Do Some Good Timing", "The Bump", "Twine Time", "Twine Awhile", "The Barracuda", and "You Shot Me Through The Grease". CD

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John ColtraneJohn Coltrane Quartet Plays ... CD
Impulse, 1965. Used ... $6.99
Modal Coltrane at its finest – a record that almost returns the great one to the territory explored at the end of his years at Atlantic Records, but which still incorporates all of the new ideas learned afterwards! The album's actually one of the straightest that John Coltrane cut after 1964 – and it features 4 long, beautiful tracks that soar with rhythms from McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones – topped with searing, searching work on tenor and soprano sax from Coltrane! Titles include one of the greatest readings of "Chim Chim Cheree" we've ever heard – a version that remakes the tune almost as a part 2 of "My Favorite Things" – and other titles include "Song of Praise", the classic "Nature Boy" and "Brazilia". The CD features two bonus versions of "Nature Boy", one of them live, and the bonus track "Feelin' Good"! Great stuff, and an album that ranks up there with the best of his work! CD
(MCA/Impulse pressing.)

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Henri CrollaJazz In Paris – Begin The Beguine ... CD
Universal (France), 1955. Used ... $6.99
Short swing based tracks recorded by French guitarist Henri Crolla in the mid 50s – originally issued on one LP and 2 45 rpm eps, and lovingly repackaged here with full notes, in a set that includes 16 tracks in all. About half the tracks feature vibes work by George Daly and piano by Georges Arvanitas – and some of the other tracks feature a young Martial Solal on piano, recording under the nom-de-date of Lalos Bing. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "Begin The Beguine", "If I Loved You", "Alembert's", "The Continental", "If I Had You", "Stardust", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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CrystalsDa Doo Ron Ron – The Very Best Of The Crystals ... CD
Philles/Legacy, 1960s. Used ... $6.99
The beautiful early-to-mid 60s girl group sound of the 60s – immaculately arranged by Jack Nitzche and others, and grandly produced by Phil Spector and his Wall Of Sound – possibly the sweetest vocal group that Spector ever produced! Best known for "Da Doo Ron Ron" and "Then He Kissed Me" all these years later (for good reason, those are among the greatest pop songs ever), The Crystals don't get enough credit for the more delicate, romantic and slower grooving numbers these days. The good news is that many of those numbers, with such an uncommon depth of emotion, are in this great set, too – as well as the more rollicking R&B and brassy pop. Beautiful! 18 tracks in all: "There's No Other Like My Baby", "What A Nice Way To Turn 17", "Please Hurt Me", "Then He Kissed Me", "Little Boy", "I Wonder", "Da Doo Ron Ron", "I Love You Eddie", "He's A Rebel", "He's Sure The Boy I Love" and more, plus the previously unreleased "Woman In Love (With You)". CD

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James Darren/Shelley Fabares/Paul PetersenMore Teenage Triangle ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
An even more compelling bit of 60s pop than the first Teen Triangle set from these three singers – as the album actually gives the artists a chance to interact, not just bring back solo songs on their own! The whole thing's maybe even worth it for the leadoff version of "Put On A Happy Face", done mostly as a duet by Darren and Peterson, but with some input from Fabares – and in a similar Byrdie mode, the set features Paul and Shelly singing a version of "Kids", but from a reverse point of view. Other titles are solo – and include "One Girl" by Paul Peterson, "Grande Luna Italiana" by James Darren, and "Billy Boy" by Shelly Fabares. CD

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Nick DrakeBryter Layter ... CD
Island, 1970. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
The second album from the legendary Nick Drake – one of those records we could never ever live without – and a true piece of genius that's been turning on generations of listeners since Nick first recorded it back at the start of the 70s! The format is folksy, but the execution is something else entirely – filled with jazzy phrasing, hypnotic lyrics, and arrangements that really go far beyond any cliches or contemporary work you might expect. The great Joe Boyd produced – and really helps give a strong focus to Nick's vocals and guitar – and the cool mix of added instrumentation – which includes organ and celeste from John Cale, flute and alto from Ray Warleigh, piano from Chris McGregor, and guitar from Richard Thompson. Drake's work is impossible to describe adequately, but if you've ever heard him, you probably stopped dead in your tracks the minute you first caught his voice. We still do the same – and it's a pleasure to have this one in stock! Titles include "Fly", "At The Chime Of A City Clock", "Hazy Jane", "Poor Boy", and "One Of These Things First". CD
(24 bit digitally remastered edition, with lyrics and rare photos.)

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Jacques DutroncJacques Dutronc (1969) (aka L'Hotesse De L'Air) ... CD
Vogue/BMG (France), 1969. Used ... $19.99
Excellent work from the great Jacques Dutronc – a wonderful French pop singer who could be as classy in a tuxedo as he could crazy in a cowboy outfit! This album is a perfect blend of Jacques' different styles – from the mad rocking pop of "Le Reponsable" to the easy pop of "La Maison Des Reves" – and the balance is amazing, a great illustration of the unique Dutronc charm, which set Jacques apart from any other figures in French pop! Other tracks include "L'Idole", "L'Aventurier", "L'Hotesse De L'Air", "Ou Est-il L'Ami Pierrot?", and "L'Amour Est Le Moteur Du Monde". CD
(Out of print.)

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Earth Wind & FireHoliday ... CD
Sony, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Earth Wind & Fire are plenty darn spiritual most of the rest of the year, but here they bring a special sort of spirit to a great set of seasonal tunes – one that's maybe one of the best soul Christmas albums we've heard in a long time! The group have lost none of their groove over the years – and the overall vibe of the music is right up there with their classics of the late 70s – an upbeat, righteous sort of crackle that really keeps things moving throughout, and which brings lots of new energy to old Holiday favorites like "Joy To the World", "What Child Is This", "Little Drummer Boy", "Sleigh Ride", "Snow", "December", and "Jingle Bell Rock". CD

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New Eazy-EEazy-Duz-It (clean) ... CD
Ruthless/Priority, 1988. Used ... $2.99
Eazy's first and best LP, from back when he was trying to kid everyone that he was still a teenager. As we all know, Eazy Duz It is a lot more of a companion piece to Straight Outta Compton than a standout solo album by Eazy E, with most the writing credits going to almost everyone involved with NWA EXCEPT Eazy. We all also know that that is a good thing, as the puckish MC was a much better mouthpiece than he was a great thinker. As an instrument of helium voiced anger and bile spewing, Eazy was pretty hard to top in those days (Eminem is Humpty Hump in comparison), and those tight, propulsive beats Dre and co. conjured up in the late 80s will keep our lowriders bouncing until the end of time. Truly a conceptual masterpiece, whether you're comfortable with that or not. Includes "Radio", "Eazy Duz It", "Boyz In The Hood", and "We Want Eazy", and the full 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick EP as bonus cuts. Remastered for the first time since the original release. CD
(Clean version.)
Also available Eazy-Duz-It (with bonus tracks) ... CD 2.99

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Eazy-EEazy-Duz-It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ruthless/Priority, 1988. Used ... $2.99
Eazy's first and best LP, from back when he was trying to kid everyone that he was still a teenager. As we all know, Eazy Duz It is a lot more of a companion piece to Straight Outta Compton than a standout solo album by Eazy E, with most the writing credits going to almost everyone involved with NWA EXCEPT Eazy. We all also know that that is a good thing, as the puckish MC was a much better mouthpiece than he was a great thinker. As an instrument of helium voiced anger and bile spewing, Eazy was pretty hard to top in those days (Eminem is Humpty Hump in comparison), and those tight, propulsive beats Dre and co. conjured up in the late 80s will keep our lowriders bouncing until the end of time. Truly a conceptual masterpiece, whether you're comfortable with that or not. Includes "Radio", "Eazy Duz It", "Boyz In The Hood", and "We Want Eazy", and the full 5150 Home 4 Tha Sick EP as bonus cuts. Remastered for the first time since the original release. CD
Also available Eazy-Duz-It (clean) ... CD 2.99

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Eighth DayOn The Eighth Day ... CD
Kapp (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Seven guys and gals, coming together in harmony pop brilliance – thanks to a great set of arrangements from the legendary Artie Butler! In a world of soundalike groups in the 60s, The Eighth Day really stand out – working in a batch of all-original material here, one that uses folk, Sunshine, and harmony styles in the presentation – but somehow manages to focus the best elements of all modes together into a really sparkling little sound! Most numbers have a catchy sing-songy quality that should have made them bigger hits – yet there's also an under-discovered quality here that's probably one the things that makes the record so great! Titles include "Hey Boy", "Raining Sunshine", "Long Winter Nights", "Bandit Of Brazil", "Building With A Steeple", "Brandy", and "It Takes The Rain". CD

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New Mark EricMidsummer's Day Dream (expanded edition) ... CD
Uni/Now Sounds (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $8.99
An incredible fantasy of California pop – recorded too late in the 60s to really strike big, but with a perfect approach to mid-decade Beach Boys at their best! Mark Eric's clearly borrowing plenty of pages from Brian Wilson's bag for this set (and maybe Brian Hyland too) – and the original tunes have the beautiful quality of Wilson's best writing in the pre-Pet Sounds years – dealing with deeper themes, but in a very careful and sometimes guarded way that makes the tunes that much more heartfelt. The arrangements are Wilson-inspired too – but have a more mature style than the lyrics – handled by Vic Briggs with a quality that's similar to the brilliant Surf Symphony album of the same year – almost a dreamy remembrance of the sweeter side of California earlier in the decade, but undercut with some of the bluer, more adult modes of the time. Backings feature swirling strings, ringing vibes, and some groovy guitar – and Mark's vocals are often recorded in a way that harmonizes them against the lead – a one-man vocal group, with echoes of The Four Freshmen at times. Titles include "California Home", "Move With The Dawn", "Laura's Changing", "Lynn's Baby", "Just Passing By", "Sad Is The Way That I Feel", and "Take Me With You". Newly expanded edition features a whopping 16 bonus tracks – mono mixes of some cuts from the album, some very cool airline commercials, and rare tracks that include "Build Your Own Dreams", "Place For The Summer", "No Days No Nights", "Naked Lady", "Goin Native","Summer Goes This Way", and "Hey In The Water". CD

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New Roky EricksonHalloween – Live 1979 to 1981 ... CD
Steady Boy, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $7.99
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John Fahey & Blind Joe DeathLegend Of Blind Joe Death (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Takoma, 1967. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The seminal debut of the great John Fahey – posing here as Blind Joe Death – an acoustic guitarist whose bluesy undercurrents showcase Fahey's love of early recorded music! The style is pure Fahey throughout – those magical tones that cascade effortlessly off the heavily-plucked strings of his guitar – echoing older blues and folk modes, but never in a way that's stereotypical – and which is already woven through with the kind of sonorities that continued to make Fahey such an important artist over the years. Think of the set as a skewed version of American history – filtered through one mind and one set of hands – and you'll be well on the way to understanding the power of this music. The set features songs penned by Fahey, and redone versions of older numbers – and tracks include "West Coast Blues", "St. Louis Blues", "I'm A Poor Boy Far Away From Home", "John Hardy", "Transcendental Waterfall", "Desperate Man Blues", "Sun Gonna Shine In My Back Door", and "On Doing An Evil Deed Blues". Fahey originally recorded some of the material in 1959, then again in 1963 – and this double-length CD features all of the many tracks that appeared on various versions of the record – 21 titles and over 75 minutes of music! CD

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New Five Blind Boys Of MississippiSomething To Shout About From The Golden Age Of Gospel (Precious Memories/Father I Stretch My Hands) ... CD
Peacock/Shout (UK), 1950s/1964. New Copy ... $8.99
Dynamic gospel soul from the Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi – featuring tracks from 2 incredible Peacock LPs, tunes that were cut throughout the 50s and in 1964 – back to back on a great CD! The first 11 tracks of the CD features all of the numbers from the 1964 LP Father I Stretch My Hands To Thee – with glorious harmonies and searing lead vocals by Henry Johnson, who capably stepped into some pretty big shoes left after the death of Archie Brownlee in 1960. Titles include "Something To Shout About", "Time Is Winding Up", "Oh Why", "Just A Little While" and more. The LP Precious Memories makes up the remaining 11 tracks on the CD – a slightly rootsier sounding set with Brownlee's incredible, emotive lead vocals fronting the beautiful harmonies. The set is made up of tracks recorded throughout the 1950s and released as an LP in '61. Titles include "Our Father", "Come Home", "Song Of Praise", "Walk Together Children", "That Awful Hour", "Don't Give Up" and more! CD

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Handsome Boy Modeling SchoolSo. . . How's Your Girl? ... CD
Tommy Boy, 2000. Used ... $2.99
How many different personalities does Dan the Automator have? Way better than we'd expected, but we were only expecting a sort of joke one-off project. We should have known better, given that Prince Paul's themed projects (like Prince Among Thieves) have been pretty dope. Guest spots by just about everyone: Money Mark, DJ Shadow, Del, J-Live, etc. etc. Tracks include "Metaphysical", "Waterworld", "Truth", "Projects", "Sunshine", "Runway Song" "Rock N Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This)" and more. CD

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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live/In Performance ... CD
Atco/Shout Factory, 1972/1980. Used 2CD ... $11.99
Both Donny Hathaway concert albums in a single set – both on US CD for the first time! CD 1 features Donny Hathaway Live – massively beautiful work from the legendary Donny! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. In Performance was issued after Donny's untimely death, and features rare live material from his classic years – most recorded during the same concerts on Donny Hathaway Live! As the fame of his first concert album will attest, Donny's an extremely wonderful live performer, with a wealth of talents that show that his studio work is only half the picture of his soulful creativity. Includes a great version of "Sack Full Of Dreams", plus "Nu-Po", "Song For You", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", and "To Be Youg, Gifted, & Black". 2CD set features new remastering too – better than ever! CD

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Donny HathawayNever My Love – The Anthology (4CD set) ... CD
WEA, Early 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $45.99 49.98
Don't think "anthology" – think "new musical discovery" – as this amazing package features two full CDs' worth of unreleased music from Donny Hathaway – plus some bonus rare tracks from singles, mono mixes, and key Roberta Flack duets as well! To our ears, the most exciting music comes from the unreleased cuts – work that really goes a long way towards filling out the all-too-short catalog of this legendary soul singer – and a perfect complement to his classic Atlantic Records albums from the 70s. Unreleased studio tracks include "A Lot Of Soul", "Let's Groove", "Latin Time", "Tally Rand", "Sunshine Over Showers", "Don't Turn Away", "Always The Same", "Zyxygy Concerto", "Sands Of Time & Changes", and the instrumental "Brown Eyed Lady" – and the set also features 10 previously unreleased cuts from Donny's famous 1971 run at The Bitter End – live tracks that include "Jealous Guy", "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know", "Hey Girl", "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother", "The Ghetto", "Voices Inside", "Sack Full Of Dreams", and "What's Going On". Another CD features great singles – including the rare early duets with June Conquest on "I Thank You Baby" and "Just Another Reason" – plus mono single versions of "This Christmas", "Magnificent Sanctuary Band", "Lord Help Me", and "A Song For You" – as well as a duet with Margie Joseph on "Come Back Charleston Blue", the studio version of "Little Ghetto Boy", and the cuts "Love Love Love", "You Were Meant For Me", "I Believe To My Soul", and "Young Gifted & Black". The final CD features duets with Roberta Flack on 13 tracks that include "Mood", "Back Together Again", "You Are My Heaven", "Be Real Black For Me", "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling", "For All We Know", and "When Love Has Grown". 58 tracks in all – and a sweet package too! CD

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Donny HathawayThese Songs For You, Live! ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic document of the genius of Donny Hathaway – and a set that shows that the 70s soul legend was every bit as wonderful live as he was in the studio! The set features a huge number of unreleased tracks by Donny – grouped with numbers pulled from his two successful 70s live sets (Donny Hathaway Live and In Performance, neither of which are in print in the US!) The tracks feature Donny on electric keyboards and organ – leading a group of players that includes Phil Upchurch, Cornell Dupree, and Richard Tee – all coming together in a tightly-jamming small group formation that's quite different than the backing on Hathaway's studio albums. There's a warm, organic feel to the set that's really wonderful – and which offers new versions of tunes you might only know from their studio incarnations, as well as a few covers of work by contemporary soul acts that come off amazingly well. Includes previously unreleased live recordings of "Flying Easy", "Valdez In The Country", "Superwoman", "Yesterday", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" – as well as a short interview – plus the tracks "Little Ghetto Boy", "A Song For You", "Sack Full Of Dreams", "The Ghetto", and "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". CD

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Fred HughesBaby Boy ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $15.99
A soaring full length debut from Fred Hughes – a singer who cut some key singles for Brunswick Records in the late 60s, and more than lives up to their strength here on an album! The set's got some very in-the-pocket backings for Fred to work with – arrangements from Sonny Sanders, Tom Tom, and Willie Henderson – all in that brilliantly bouncy blend of Chicago soul modes that Brunswick was putting forth at the time! The style's a great blend with the rootsier modes of Hughes' vocals – a style that might have been more blues in another setting, but which works here with a great sense of righteous presence and power. Titles include Fred's own compositions "Who You Really Are", "Don't Let This Happen To Us", "Baby Boy", and "I Understand" – plus "Oo Wee Baby", "In My Time Of Need", and "San Francisco Is A Lonely Time". CD

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New Willie HutchSoul Portrait/Season For Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of overlooked albums from the great Willie Hutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soul Portrait – pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that Willie uses the same sort of righteous undercurrent as Curtis – not yet as over the top political, but brewing under nicely with a really marked sense of power! The backings are great too – all arranged by Hutch himself, and already showing some of the hipper styles that he'd bring into play in his later blacksploitation work. One of the deepest soul albums on RCA at the time – with a righteous vibe that's totally great – and filled with wonderful original tunes that include "Lucky To Be Loved By You", "Ain't Gonna Stop", "You Gotta Try", "Let Me Give You The Love You Need", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Good To The Last Drop". Season For Love is early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen classics – all in a mix of soul and strings that definitely grooves, but which could also have gotten Hutch some bigger exposure in the larger music world as well. A few numbers are almost more in a jazz vocal territory – or at least in territory of artists like Lou Rawls or Arthur Prysock – while others have the righteous energy of Willie's later sound too. The arrangements are by Rene Hall and Perry Botkin Jr – and titles include "Season for Love", "The Shortest Distance", and "Trying To Understand A Woman", plus covers like "Hurt So Bad" and "Twelfth of Never". CD also features a bonus track – "When A Boy Falls In Love (parts 1 & 2) (45 version)". CD

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InternetFeel Good ... CD
Columbia, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Bubbling avant soul from The Internet – aka Syd The Kid & Matt Martian – who really step up their game on Feel Good! Syd has developed strongly as a singer – with a light, breathy touch that's a warmly welcoming foil to some of the more abstract production touches. That said, it's never too loose or abstract on the production tip – with a focus on tighter songcraft, and featuring solid guest appearances by singers Yuna Zanai, Tay Walker, Jesse Boykins III and more. They're recording for Columbia, but The Internet is working in a very strong indie soul mode here – and like Frank Ocean, they're at the top of the line of Odd Future alums we feel best about. Includes "Sunset" feat Yuna Zarai, "Dontcha", "You Don't Even Know" with Tay Walker, "Pupil I The Patience", "Red Balloon", "Cloud Of Our Own", "Runnin'" feat Tay Walker, "Shadow Dance", "Wanders Of The Mind" feat Mac Miller, "Higher Times" with Jesse Boykins III and more. CD

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Mahalia JacksonSilent Night Holy Night ... CD
Columbia, Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 4.99
Soul stirring Christmas songs from Mahalia Jackson – beautiful, deeply felt holiday recordings from the 50s – with piano and generally low key backings, wisely leaving Mahalia's powerful, soulful voice as the lead instrument. "Silent Night", "White Christmas", "Oh Little Town Of Bethelehem", "The Holy Babe", "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" and more. CD

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Jackson 5Third Album ... CD
Motown, 1970. Used ... $13.99
The Jacksons' third album for Motown – and definitely one that has the quintet moving full steam ahead! There's a sense of perfection here right from the get-go – that really put-together quality the boys hit with their second album, thanks to great studio help from The Corporation and Hal Davis! Michael's vocals are beautiful, but so are the rest of the bros' – and titles include their sweet, sweet rendition of "I'll Be There", plus the groovy "Goin Back To Indiana", and other nice ones like "Mama's Pearl", "Darling Dear", "Can I See You In the Morning", and a tight version of "Ready Or Not (Here I Come)". CD
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JBsBreakin' Bread ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in some really tight song formats that almost go back to the early days of the group's first few singles. The album's filled with great playing, wonderful grooves, and Fred Wesley's keen sense of humor – which sparks the whole set with a sense of warmth and creative play that show why the JBs are still the greatest funk band ever. Includes the excellent "Little Boy Black", which begins with some tasty James Brown vocals; the oft-sampled "Rockin' Funky Watergate"; plus "Step Child", "Makin Love", and "Rice & Ribs". Not as drawn out as Doing It To Death, but more complicated than Food For Thought, and still a totally essential bit of funk! CD
Also available Breakin' Bread ... LP 9.99

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Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary – 2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Mercury, 1973. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 29.98
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative – but it works beautifully as a set of little pictures of the world seen through the eyes of Elton and Bernie Taupin – both at the height of their powers, and able to balance catchy commercial tunes with some grittier undercurrents. The set's filled with classics – and titles include "Candle In The Wind", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Bennie & The Jets", "Social Disease", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Harmony", "Jamaica Jerk-Off", and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Features a bonus CD – with 9 tracks recorded live at Hammersmith Odeon in December of 1973 – plus Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Revisited, with versions of the album's tunes by Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, John Grant, The Band Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and others. CD
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary – 4CD/DVD combo) ... CD 58.99

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Elton JohnGoodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary – 4CD/DVD combo) ... CD
Mercury, 1973. New Copy 4CD & DVD ... $58.99 79.99
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative – but it works beautifully as a set of little pictures of the world seen through the eyes of Elton and Bernie Taupin – both at the height of their powers, and able to balance catchy commercial tunes with some grittier undercurrents. The set's filled with classics – and titles include "Candle In The Wind", "Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding", "Bennie & The Jets", "Social Disease", "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting", "Harmony", "Jamaica Jerk-Off", and "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road". Amazing 4CD/DVD package! Features the full 2014 remaster of the album, plus Beyond The Yellow Brick Road – with rare tracks that include "Grey Seal (version 1970)", "Jack Rabbit", "Whenever You're Ready", "Screw You", "Step Into Christmas", "Candle In The Wind (acoustic)", and "Ho Ho Ho". Also features Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Revisited, with versions of the album's tunes by Zac Brown Band, Fall Out Boy, John Grant, The Band Perry, Ed Sheeran, Miguel, and others – plus 17 tracks from a December 1973 performance at the Hammersmith Odeon! DVD features the film Elton John & Bernie Taupin Say Goobye To Norma Jean & Other Things – plus a 100 page hardcover book. CD
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Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ... LP 8.99
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (40th Anniversary – 2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 19.99

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Angela JohnsonNaturally Me ... CD
Nia, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe, but a really powerful use of rhythms and instrumentation to push Johnson's sublime vocals at a level we've never heard before – a really fresh mode that's completely current, yet very aware of the best sounds of decades past as well! We might liken the approach to Swing Out Sister at their recent best – even though the record's nothing like theirs at all – and our hats are off to Angela for continuing to win us over and over again after all these years – especially when she could have just been sitting back and doing the same old thing. Titles include "To Love Again", "Deja Vu", "Black Boy Lullaby", "Handz", "Music's My Religion", and "A Beautiful Place". CD

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Roy Lee JohnsonWhen A Guitar Plays The Blues ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B years up to some deeper soul recorded at Fame Studios – a really rich journey in soul music, put together with the usual Bear Family love of historical details! Plenty of notes come with the package – tying Roy to other work with Piano Red (aka Dr Feelgood) – and titles include "Mister Moonlight", "Sea Breeze", "Black Pepper Will Make You Sneeze", "I'm So Happy", "Busybody", "Love Birds", "When A Guitar Plays The Blues", "Plowing Playboy", "Cheer Up Daddy's Comin Home", "Boogaloo #3", "Can You Handle It", "It's All Over", "Stanback Headache Powder", and "She Put The Whammy On Me". CD

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KingsmenHow To Stuff A Wild Bikini ... CD
Wand/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A groovy American International Pictures (which is to say charming and kinda seedy) beach movie from the mid 60s – starring Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Mickey Rooney, and Buster Keaton (!!!) – with an even groovier soundtrack! The Kingsmen really only did 2 songs on the set – "Give Her Lovin" and "How To Stuff A Wild Bikini" – and other songs are sung by the cast members – and it's really fun, vintage teensploitation groovy stuff! Titles include "How About Us", "That's What I Call A Healthy Girl", "After The Party", "Better Be Ready", "Follow Your Leader", "The Perfect Boy", and "Madison Avenue". CD

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KinksSomething Else By The Kinks (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Essential (UK), 1966/1967. Used ... $7.99
Wickedly clever British pop – plucked from our favorite period of this legendary British band! The record features the group hitting their songwriting stride – moving past the simple topics of earlier songs, into a flurry of snapshots of British life in the postwar years. Each song is a brilliant three minute ode to a certain aspect of life in England – and titles include classics like "Waterloo Sunset", "David Watts", "Death Of A Clown", "Two Sisters", "Situation Vacant", "Afternoon Tea", and "No Return". Plus, the CD features 8 bonus singles – including "Act Nice & Gentle", "Autumn Almanac", "Wonderboy", "Lincoln County", and "There's No Life Without Love". CD
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L'OrangeOrchid Days ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Hypnotic hip hop from L'Orange – a freely creative producer/artist delivering nicely for the Mello Music Group – with the busiest and most ambitious indie hip hop labels of the new millenium teens! L'Orange's production has lots of moody touches, ranging from gritty beats and samples to soul jazzy melodic backdrops. The impressive guest list includes Blu, Homeboy Sandman, Erica Lane, Erik Todd Dellums, Jeremiah Jae and Billy Woods. Titles include "Unreliable Narrator" feat Erik Todd Dellums, "Second Person", "Man Of The Night" feat Erica Lane, "The Pull Of Warmth". "Mind Vs Matter" feat Homeboy Sandman, "Eventually", "A Spring Like You", "Haiku", "The Stars Were Made Of", "Love Letter" feat Jeremiah Jae, "Spilled Together", "The Orchard", ""Like Nothing And Nobody", "The End" feat Billy Woods and "What Was Left". CD
Also available Orchid Days (orange & gray colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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Nathan Lincoln DeCusatis/Joseph Hallman/Justin BoySprung Rhythm – Richard Scerbo/Inscape (CD & Blu-Ray audio) ... CD
Sono Luminus, 2013. Used CD & Blu-Ray audio ... $4.99
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Louvin BrothersClose Harmony (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 8 CDs & Book ... $163.99 175.98
Whoa! An incredible, gargantuan 8 CD box set of the Louvin Brothers complete catalog for the Capitol, Apollo, Decca, and MGM labels in the late 50s and early 60s! Ira and Charlie are probably the greatest country harmony duo of all time – and the set is way too huge to even think about soaking up in a single sitting – but it's an essential slice of history for the completists out there, and thanks to Bear Family many of these tracks that might have disappeared forever live on thanks to the magic of CD! 220 songs – including tons of alternate versions from throughout the years, many of which still have the crackly quality you have on a lot of Folkways recordings – the kind that only contribute to the sincerity of the recordings rather than standing out as a flaw. The box also includes a massive book, with rare photos, a montage of all the original album cover art, a complete list of tracks recorded by other artists, and everything you need to know about the boys and their lives at the time! A small sample of what you'll find here – "Alabama", "Seven Year Blues", "Weapon Of Prayer", "Robe Of White", "Great Atomic Power", "Broadminded", "Satan And The Saint", "I Can't Say No", "Pitfall", "In The Pines", "Kentucky", "Katy Dear", "We Could", "Tennessee Waltz", "Dog Sled", "Blue", The Drunkard's Doom", and a couple hundred more! CD

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Hugh MasekelaBoy's Doin' It ... CD
Casablanca/Verve, 1975. Used ... $9.99
A mid 70s effort from Hugh Maskela, recorded in Nigeria, an excellent melding of his jazz inflected pop sound with some deeper soulful grooves. The vibe here is showing both some funk and disco influences, but with trademark South African style melodies floating over top and a dedication to Fela, you know there's some afro beat creeping in too. 6 tracks in all: "The Boys Doin' It", "Mama", "Excuse Me Please", "Ashiko", "In The Jungle" and "A Person Is A Sometime Thing". CD
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Massive AttackDanny The Dog ... CD
Virgin, 2004. Used ... $5.99
Dreamy cinematic soundscapes and opaque, raggedly easy groove from Massive Attack – the group's soundtrack to the Luc Besson film Danny The Dog! The sound is certainly a departure for the trip hop pioneers, but they do find their full-bodied, identifiable characteristics – with lots of soft, but rough around the edges psych groove. Washes of lilting electric guitar, downtempo beats, and a deeply emotional sweep filters throughout the tracks. Tracks include "Atta Boy", "P Is For Piano", "Simple Rules", "Polaroid Girl", "Sam", "One Thought At A Time", "Confused Image", "You've Never Had A Dream", "Everybody's Got A Family", "Sweet Is Good", "Montage" and more. CD

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Howard McGheeLife Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way past just sleepy orchestrations – into a realm of playful passages that help coax some quite unfamiliar sounds from Howard's horn! The approach is quite different than some of McGhee's more seminal sides, but is also a great illustration of this under-acknowledge side of his talents – and a voice that definitely seems to echo some of his personal struggles at the time. Titles include "Sonny Boy", "The Thrill Is Gone", "The Best Things In Life Are Free", "Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries", and "My Sin". CD

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Me & The PlantRomantic Journeys Of Pollen ... CD
Criato (Brazil), 2012. Used ... $9.99
A cool contemporary set from Brazil – one that's got a great mix of folksy roots and inventive production – the latter of which comes from some great help in the studio by Kassin! Kassin co-produced the recorded with singer Vitor Patalano – whom himself already has a pretty compelling musical vision – one that almost echoes the hippest aspects of the late 60s/early 70s UK scene on labels like Harvest or Decca – yet which also comes across with a leaner, more personal feel too – one that's amplified strongly by Kassin's efforts. The record's a gem through and through – the sort that might have broke big, had it come out on a hipster label in the US – but even better as a Brazilian secret (at least for now!) Lyrics are all in English – and titles include "Cordillera Girl", "Not The Time", "Seagulls", "Death Cheating Tuna Cowboys", "Butcher The Savior", "We Want Your Genes", and "The Core". CD

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Dave Mihaly & The Shimmering Leaves EnsembleRivers ... CD
Dave Mihaly, 2013. Used ... $5.99
Unusual sounds from drummer Dave Mihaly – a player who's well-schooled in jazz tradition, but also really opens himself up to more genre-crossing sounds on this set – a mode that partly echoes his participation in the group Mushroom, but which also shows a much more sensitive side too! Some tracks have a mixture of jazz and other guitar-based instrumentation – while others are more tune-based, and even feature Dave doing a bit of singing – in this folksy style that's really great, and very different than any too-arty jazz/rock or improv projects. Other instrumentation includes tenor and soprano sax from David Boyce and trumpet from Ara Anderson – and titles include "The Cat Tried To Catch A Hummingbird", "Mexican China", "Blue England", "Cherry Blossom Road", and "Chinese Mexico". CD

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Mission Of BurmaSignals, Calls, & Marches ... CD
Matador, 1980/1981. Used ... $4.99
One of the best American post punk albums ever – the great Signals, Calls, And Marches By Mission Of Burma! This one's the most esteemed of the group's career by virtue of it including their two best known songs, but what ultimately makes this thing the masterpiece it is the agelessness of it. Featuring the blunt force of the most caustic punk with a sneaking melodicism and emotional depth, thanks in part to the two distinct voices of Clint Conley and Roger Miller, plus the secret weapon and perhaps most influential facet of Martin Swope's tape effects. Includes "That's When I Reach For My Revolver", "Outlaw", "Fame And Fortune", "All World Cowboy Romance", This Is Not A Photograph", "Academy Fight Song", "Devotion", "Max Ernst" and "Excecution". CD

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James MoodyJames Moody's Moods ... CD
Prestige (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99
James Moody really blows us away with this mid 50s set – already stepping past the straighter bop of early years, and finding a way to extend his sounds and moods through some tremendous solos and mighty fresh arrangements! The album's exactly the kind that makes Moody unlike anyone else – a deeply personal voice on both the alto and tenor, and a player who's got a way of constructing these dark lines with the rest of the group – sounds that undeniably pave the way for the younger generation to come. James gets great help from a lineup that includes Dave Burns on trumpet, William Shepherd on trombone, and Pee Wee Moore on baritone – and rhythm is from the trio of Jimmy Boyd on piano, John Latham on bass, and Clarence Johnston on drums. Eddie Jefferson sings on the classic "I Got The Blues" – and other tracks include "Faster James", "Blue Walk", "The Strut", and "Jammin With James". CD
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New New Christy MintrelsMerry Christmas – The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings 1963 to 1966 (Merry Christmas/Christmas With The Christies) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A pair of Holiday albums from one of the biggest pop folk acts of the 60s – the sprightly, jaunty New Christie Minstrels – a group whose style always made for some lively Christmas music! The large ensemble features both male and female voices, coming together in unison with a fair bit of guitar and banjo backing as well – working in one of the more uplifting folk modes of the 60s, to serve up their own twist on a whole host of Holiday goodies. The CD features two full albums, plus bonus tracks too – and titles include "White Christmas", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "The Christmas Song", "Here We Come A Caroling", "The Little Drummer Boy", "Lullaby My Liking", "One Star", "Christmas Wishes", and "Go Tell It On The Mountain". CD

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Mats ObergImprovisational Two.Five ... CD
Caprice (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Really really great work from pianist Mats Oberg – a musician we've always loved, but who really blows us away with this solo set of improvisations! Mats has this free-flowing sense of imagination that really loves us breathless – a way of creating on the keys of the piano that almost rivals Keith Jarrett at his 70s best, but which also has a more soulful focus and sense of direction too – so that each of the creations feel like preconceived songs more than spontaneous moments of music. The package has images of Mats posed before vintage albums by Berndt Egerbladh and a life-sized image of Stevie Wonder – and we might well say that the music has a soulful core that lies somewhere between the spirit of these two great musicians of the 70s. Titles include "Song For Amy", "Charlie Boy & Verkstadsbossa", "Sarek", "You Shall Find Your Way", "Ossians Vast", and "November Min Van". CD

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Patti PageChristmas With Patti Page (Columbia) ... CD
Columbia, 1965. New Copy ... $5.99 6.98
Patti Page brings a special sort of warmth to these Holiday tunes – an approach that almost feels more postwar than the mid 60s date of the record – thanks to a seasonal sound that's pretty timeless overall! Patti's singing style is a bit different than on her non-Christmas work for Columbia in the 60s – and although the record throws in the odd kiddie voice for exclamation, Page is pretty much out front in the spotlight on her own – with arrangements from Bob Johnston, Vic Schoen, and Belford Hendricks! Titles include the slightly creepy "Happy Birthday Jesus", plus "Christmas Bells", "Pretty Snow Flakes", "Santo Natale", "Little Drummer Boy", "Silver Bells", and "Rudolph The Red Noised Reindeer". CD

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Marvin Hannibal PetersonAngels Of Atlanta ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... $11.99
One of the most ambitious works ever by Marvin Hannibal Peterson – a larger work dedicated to the 20 African-American children murdered by a serial killer in Atlanta, performed here with a mix of choral voices and jazz instrumentation! The piece follows strongly in a legacy of that format started by Max Roach and continued by Billy Harper – and Peterson works here with players that include George Adams on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Dierde Murray on cello – plus the voices of The Harlem Boys Choir, and lead vocals by Pat Peterson. The whole thing's wonderful – soaring and spiritual without sounding hokey at all – and titles include "The Angels Of Atlanta", "The Story Teller", "The Inner Voice", "Mothers Land", and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". CD
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Oscar PetersonThis Is Oscar Peterson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA (Japan), Late 40s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Rare pre-Verve material from the great Oscar Peterson – a host of early tracks recorded for RCA in the 50s! If you think that Peterson only emerged fully-formed in the hands of Norman Granz during the 50s, then think again – because this work really shows a young player already hitting tremendous heights – full, fluid, and very commanding – at a level that's kind of a rougher around the edges version of his Verve years – but in a great way! Peterson echoes some of his predecessors a bit – and you can hear a bit more proximity to Erroll Garner or Eddie Heywood in the way he embraces the rhythms with his solos – but the overall presentation is still pure Oscar. Titles include "China Boy", "I Got Rhythm", "My Blue Heaven", "Honeydripper", "Humoresque", and "The Sheik Of Araby". Plus, this amazing CD features a huge amount of bonus tracks from the same time – more than the 8 on the original 10" release – and also material from later RCA albums that issued other singles from the time, including a few that only ever came out overseas. A massive 49 tracks in all – and a very rich look at Oscar Peterson in the pre-Verve years! CD

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Prince & 3rdeyegirlPlectrumelectrum ... CD
Warner, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, in a small combo psych-rock-soul guitar mode – letting his Hendrix and Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic influences fly, and recalling his his own trailblazing 80s style. The 3rdeyegirl trio of Donna Grantis, Hannah "Ford" Welton and Ida Nielson more sharp indeed. Nice stuff! Titles include "Wow", "Pretzelbodylogic", "Aintturninaround", "Plectrumelectrum", "Whitecaps", "Fixurlifeup", "Boytrouble", "Stopthistrain", "Anotherlove", "Tictactoe", Marz" and "Funkinroll". CD
Also available Plectrumelectrum ... LP 16.99

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New Sun RaSome Blues But Not The Kind That's Blue (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
El Saturn/Unheard Music Series, 1977. Used ... $11.99
Definitely no blues here – but the album's a wonderful mid 70s session from Sun Ra & The Arkestra – done in the same slightly-straight style they were using on their rare recordings for the Horo label around the same time! The album's a mixed session of standards and a Ra original – played by the group with a relaxed, open feel that really allows for some particularly soulful solo moments – of the sort you sometimes don't always get from the Arkestra! John Gilmore's tenor sounds great – sometimes played with a brief nod to Coltrane, or to some of the Gilmore's other contemporaries of the Chicago tenor school of the 50s – and Ra's piano is especially expressive, reaching back over years of pianistic tradition with great command, almost in a way that reminds us of Jaki Byard, but a bit more adventurous. Other group members include Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, Akh Tal Ebah on trumpet, James Jacson on flute and bassoon, Eloe Omoe on clarinet, Richard Williams on bass, Luqman Ali on drums, and Atakatune on congas – and titles include "Some Blues But Not The Kind That's Blue", plus versions of "Nature Boy", "My Favorite Things", "Black Magic", and "Tenderly". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Untitled" from the same 1977 session as the main album, plus two takes on "I'll Get By", both recorded in 1973 and featuring Ra on organ in a trio with Ronnie Boykins – on one version with John Gilmore on tenor, and another with Akh Tal Ebah on flugelhorn. CD
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RegentsBarbara Ann ... CD
Gee/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A legendary set from The Regents – a blue-eyed vocal group who were every bit as important as The Four Seasons and Beach Boys, even though their legacy never lasted as long! The quintet are in top form here – really more soul than rock and pop, with an approach that's extremely faithful to the best New York doo wop acts of the time – and production that really lets the interplay stay upfront, with only a bit of rhythm to get things going on the more upbeat numbers. This approach is heard to best effect on the album's classic title cut – "Barbara Ann" – and also comes through on the ballads as well. Other titles include "Laura My Darling", "A Sunday Kind Of Love", "Just Cry", "Lonesome Boy", "A Fool In Love", "Your Love Captured Me", and "I'm So Lonely". CD

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Clarence ReidClarence Reid On The Job ... CD
Alston/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A great lost record from Clarence Reid – one of the most multi-talented artists on his scene, stepping out here with the depth and sensitivity of some of his best southern soul contemporaries of the 70s! Despite the fact that at the time of the record, Reid was simultaneously recording as the goofy raunch-soul act Blowfly, the cover of this set features him sitting alone at a grand piano, looking all sensitive and serious – like he's Billy Joel or somebody! The style of the album, fortunately, doesn't match the cheesy singer/songwriter presentation – and it's a strong batch of Miami soul tracks that roll along with the classic TK groove of the mid 70s, yet without any of the too-pop or disco modes that were holding back some other artists. Reid's vocals are more heartfelt than ever – really soaring out at a level that almost matches Latimore – and all tunes were written by him, with a bit of help from Steve Alaimo, who also produces the record. Tracks include "The Best Part Of A Man", "The Only Time She Loves Me", "Caution! Love Ahead", "Down Where The Love Is", "Nappy-Haired Cowboy", and "Sleep With Me". Hmmm...kind of sounds like a Blowfly album after all! CD

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Archie RoachCreation (Charcoal Lane/Jamu Dreaming/Looking For Butter Boy/Sensual Being( (4CD set) ... CD
Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1990/1993/1997/2002. New Copy 4 CDs ... $42.99
A great run of work from Archie Roach – one of the most important talents to come from the Australian rock scene in the 90s – heard here on four albums recorded for Mushroom Records, plus a host of bonus tracks as well! Archie's got a rootsy style that's not only timeless, but also has a surprising global range – that depth of songwriting and expression that brewed up in Australia over decades, then almost surprised the world when Roach and his generation (including Paul Kelly) got more worldwide exposure. The 4CD set features 51 tracks in all, plus great notes – the albums Charcoal Lane, Jamu Dreaming, Looking For Butter Boy, and Sensual Being – plus demo tracks, live recordings, and early cassette songs! CD

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Eric RobersonMusic Fan First ... CD
Blue Erro Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99
Damn wonderful music from Eric Roberson – an artist who never lets us down! Eric's got a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – warm, wonderful, and full of joy – without any posturing modes at all, and a down to earth sensibility that's kept him at the top of our playlists for years – and which makes each new record a delight! This set's Roberson's first for a few years, but it's well worth the wait – as there's a deepened sense of soul that really comes through in the songwriting – a new level of maturity in the way he looks at life, yet still all the boyish, honest charm that's always drawn us into his music. Production is beautiful – simple and elegant, yet in ways that get far past some of the overdone modes of the underground – proving once again that Roberson is one of the few cats out there who's actually setting new standards all the time in his music – an under-discovered genius that we're plenty proud to know! Eric gets help on the record from guests who include Sy Smith, Wayna, Lalah Hathaway, Geno Young, and W Ellington Felton – but as always, it's the Roberson genius that really grabs us – on titles that include "The Hunger", "A Tale Of Two", "Borrow You", "Dealing", "How Could She Do It", "Further", "Bad For Me", "Breakitdown", "Pave A New Road", "Wanna Believe Again", and "Celebrate". A very long album – over 75 minutes of music – proving that Eric's definitely a music fan first! CD

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David SanciousTransformation (The Speed Of Love) ... CD
Epic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Cosmic fusion from David Sancious – one of his headphone-popping albums for Columbia from the 70s! The record has a really outerspace kind of approach – long tracks that build and layer sound, mostly electric instrumentation, with lots of keyboards, guitars, and percussion. He's again working as a trio with longtime friends and collaborators Gerald Carboy on bass and Ernest Carter on drums and percussion – now working together under the banner of Tone. The songs on Transformation are longer on Transformation, and they're working with more diverse style, adding some bluesy jamming and spacier prog sounds to their hard-hitting fusion sound. Gayle Moran sings lead vocals on the cut "Transformation (The Speed Of Love)", and other tracks include "Sky Church Hymn #9", "Piktor's Metamorphosis" and "Play & Display Of The Heart". CD

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SandpipersGift Of Song ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Late work by The Sandpipers – the smooth vocal trio who were one of A&M's greatest pop acts in the 60s! This obscure set is from 1971 – and has the boys singing to a bit more of an electric LA sound, produced to perfection by Bones Howe, and featuring work by LA studio gods Hal Blaine, Pete Jolly, Dennis Budimir, Larry Bunker, and others. Tracks are as spooky as they always are on the group's albums – and titles include "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Leland Loftis", "Chotto Matte Kudasai", "An Old Fashioned Love Song", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "It's Too Late", and "A Gift Of Song". CD

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Marlena ShawMarlena Shaw Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
At last! Someone's finally gone and put together a real collection of Marlena Shaw's fantastic jazzy soul work! Sure, there's been other compilations out on the market – but this one's the real deal, and spans her years at Chess/Cadet, Blue Note, and Columbia – years that saw Marlena emerging to become one of the greatest smooth soul singers of all time! The set begins with the oft-sampled cuts "Woman Of The Ghetto" and "California Soul" – both righteous classics in their own right. The groove then moves onto the excellent "Liberation Conversation", and other smoother material, like "This Feeling's Good", "Loving You Was Like A Party", "Feel Like Making Love", "Without You In My Life", and "Yu Ma/Go Away Little Boy", which features one of the greatest monologues on record! Also includes a version of Al Johnson's "Back For More", and "Could It Be You", a duet with Phil Upchurch. CD

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SinkaneMean Love ... CD
DFA, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other stylistic twists and turns – but it all works together really well, thanks in no small part to memorable songs and his airy voice. Very cool stuff! Titles include "How We Are", "New Name", "Yacha", "Young Trouble", "Moonstruck", "Mean Love", "Hold Tight", "Galley Boys", "Son" and "Omdurman". CD
Also available Mean Love (with download) ... LP 13.99

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New Billy StewartI Do Love You ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
There's nobody like Billy Stewart at all – one of the first big overweight lovers in soul music, and still one of the best – and a godlike talent who was blessed with a voice that can still send us into raptures so many years later! Billy passed way to early to leave his mark in the wider annals of soul – but a record like this is more than enough of a legacy – as it's filled with just the sort of tunes that made Stewart so unique – especially the kind of slow-stepping ballads that still managed to come off with a really hard edge. The vocals are sublime – with the same reach as in his "Summertime" hit, but turned towards some more personal original material – including classics like "Sitting In The Park", "I Do Love You", "Fat Boy", "Fat Boy Can Cry", and "Strange Feeling". A treasure! CD

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U-Nam & OthersWeekend In LA – A Tribute To George Benson ... CD
Skytown, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A nice little tribute to soul, jazz and fusion legend George Benson – and a project that's a labor of love for Benson-devotee, soulful spirit and brilliant guitarist U-Nam – with an allstar lineup that features Ronnie Foster, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Andreas Oberg, Tim Owens, Marcus Millers and others! Benson is an artist who embraced diversity and creative evolution – and this tribute does that legacy proudly. It's rich with fusiony soul groovers that are laced with some truly impeccable guitar work. It's got some throwback swagger in spots, but it's also got some distinctly modern soul appeal – and an all around affectionate spirit. U-Nam plays guitars, keyboards and more here – on top of handling the recording and arrangements – and the guests bring their best! Includes "Weekend In LA" with Rhodes and clavinet by Ronnie Foster and vocals by Andreas Oberg, "Give Me That", "Shiver" and more with singer Tim Owens, "This Masquerade" with more great Fender Rhodes – this time by George Duke, "Hip Ship", "Before You Go/Breezin'" with Patrice Rushen, "Nature Boy" with Stokely Williams and more. CD

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Dana ValeryNot The Flower But The Root (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
A tremendous bit of Chicago soul – from a very unlikely source! Dana Valery's an Italian singer by birth, and spent some time on the London scene in the 60s – but she soars out here in the best sort of Windy City groove we've come to love from the Brunswick label – a sound and style to rival that of labelmates like Barbara Acklin or Jackie, but with a different sort of twist as well! Given Dana's pedigree, the set's almost her own Chicago-styled version of Dusty Springfield's Memphis recordings – as Valery works with killer Brunswick backings put together by Tom Tom Washington and Sonny Sanders – set to that sublime production that only Carl Davis and Willie Henderson could provide – a studio team who really help pull out the best grooves and deepest soul of all the cuts in the set. Added to the mix is the fact that a host of tracks were penned by Eugene Record – making for a mighty sweet set with titles that include "Lady Lady Lady", "I'm Gonna Pay You Back", "Have You Seen Him", "Oh Boy", "The Fountain", and "This Love Is Real". CD

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Grover Washington JrAll My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/Breath Of Heaven ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs ... $12.99
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". Breath Of Heaven is a holiday record from Grover Washington – but one that's got a fair bit more to offer than just the usual Christmas tunes! The set mixes older favorites and lesser-known numbers – all done in that soulful fusion style that Washington brought to his records from other seasons of the years – set up here with the leader on alto, tenor, and soprano sax – amidst arrangements from vibist Joe Lock, and keyboardist Donald Robinson, and guitarist Hiram Bullock – all of whom play on the record. Lisa Fischer sings on one number, but most of the record is instrumental – and titles include "Breath Of Heaven", "The Magi's Song/A Child Is Born", "I Wonder As I Wonder", "Christmas Time Is Here", "The Love In His Infant Eyes", and "Christmas Day Chant". CD

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Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, & OthersFolk Festival Of The Blues ... CD
Argo (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
Not the folk festival you might expect – especially given that the blues here are electric – and a set that was recorded at a small Chicago club, not some stuffy outdoor concert on the east coast! The album's an early powerhouse meeting of the best Chess blues talents at the time – a date that features Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Howlin Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Willie Dixon in varying settings – mostly getting center spotlight as a solo act with the same backing combo, but also coming together as well at one point too. The whole thing's great – a gritty live record of electric Chicago blues in the 60s – with a strong sense of liveness that really recreates the small club feel! Titles include "Wee Wee Baby", "Sitting & Thinking", "Worried Blues", "Sugar Mama", "Bring It On Home", "Got My Mojo Working", "May I Have A Talk With You", and "19 Years Old". CD

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Jean WellsHere Comes Jean Wells ... CD
Calla/Warner (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the greatest work ever from Jean Wells – a 60s soul singer who never fully got her due, but really shines here in the company of some top-shelf Atlantic Records talent! The album's a great mix of deep soul vocals and tighter uptown soul production – with sublime arrangements from Horace Ott, Bert DeCoteaux, and Chris Towns – all of whom really know how to let the personality of the lead lady come through, but also keep things tight enough to make the album fit together wonderfully! The great Clyde Otis produced – with the same sort of hip soulful flair he brought to his best work for Mercury – and although Jean's vocals are always great, on this set they're really set up in some wonderful arrangements that totally let her do her thing! Titles include "What Have I Got To Lose", "Broomstick Horse Cowboy", "Have A Little Mercy", "Try Me & See", "Our Sweet Love Turned Bitter", and "I Feel Good". CD

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Mary WellsNever, Never Leave Me – The 20th Century Sides ... CD
Ichiban/Soul Classics, Mid 60s. Used ... $18.99
A much-needed collection of Mary Well's lost recordings for the 20th Century label – featuring titles from her self-titled album for the company, plus other assorted singles, and even some unreleased material! The work on the set is perfectly-done uptown soul – a mixture of Motown and the New York sound of the time – sung beautifully by Mary in a voice that's a bit fragile, but solidly soulful all the way through. Titles include "Ain't It The Truth", "Stop Takin Me For Granted", "Jive Guy", "Everlovin Boy", "Never Never Leave Me", "I'm Learnin", "I'm Sorry", "Memories Are Creeping Up On Me", and "Say What You Gotta Say". 18 tracks in all – and oddly, the collection features none of the tracks from Mary's Love Songs To The Beatles album – but that's likely because of copyright issues! CD
(Out of print.)

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Mary WellsOne Who Really Loves You/Two Lovers ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... $19.99
A pair of incredible early Motown albums from Mary Wells – one of the label's first truly great singers – in a great single set from Kent UK! Mary Wells never sounded better than in her Motown years – and 1962's The One Who Really Loves You is key proof of her talents, as it's overflowing with laidback and mellow soul tunes – done in Mary's great blend of bluesy and classy styles! Titles include classics like "Drifting Love", "Strange Love", "The Day Will Come", "I've Got A Notion", "The One Who Really Loves You", "You Beat Me To The Punch", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "I'll Still Be Around" and more. The follow-up Two Lovers features the subtitle And Other Greatest Hits, but it's actually a great batch of songs that were most newly-recorded by Mary at the time – and not at all a simple round-up of singles! The approach here has just a little more rawness than some of the girl groups Berry Gordy was scoring hits with at the time, but also a sense of urban classiness. As is their wonderful way, Kent goes above and beyond here – with a great booklet of notes and photos – which shines a light on the making of these great records. Wonderful stuff! Titles include "Two Lovers", "Guess Who", "My 2 Arms - You = Tears", "Goody, Goody", "Stop Right Here", "Laughing Boy", "Looking Back", "(I Guess There's) No Love", "Was It Worth It" and "Operator". CD

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New Barney WilenTilt (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vogue/Sony (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
Important early work from one of the greatest European saxophonists of the 50s – a seminal batch of music recorded for the Vogue label in the 50s! Wilen also recorded famously with American musicians during the 50s – including Miles Davis and Art Blakey – but this set features Barney's searing tenor in the company of an all-French group – with the boppish Maurice Vander on piano, plus Charles Saudrais on drums, and Bibi Rovere on bass. Titles include more than a few Monk tunes – including "Hackensack", "Think of One", and "Mysterioso" – plus other jazz standards like "Night In Tunisia" and "Blue N Boogie" – all given a new sort of voice by Wilen. The 6 bonus tracks include alternate versions of "Blue N' Boogie", "Nature Boy", "Hackensack" and "Blue Monk", plus "We See" and "Let's Call This". CD

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New Andy WilliamsComplete Christmas Recordings (Andy Williams Christmas Album/Merry Christmas/Christmas Present with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1963/1965/1974. New Copy 2 CDs ... $25.99 27.98
A sublime selection of Christmastime treats from Andy Williams – most of them pulled from his landmark 60s run on Columbia Records, at a time when Williams presence on the television screen was equal to his role in the record racks! Given Williams strong TV reach during the rest of the year, the singer was a natural for big Holiday specials in December – which made his vocals some of the most-associated with Christmas hits at the time – a warm, mellow tone that was perhaps only matched by those of Bing Crosby or Perry Como in its connotation of Christmas to the postwar crowd. This set brings together three full albums by Andy – The Andy Williams Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, and Christmas Present – plus a few singles and even two unreleased Spanish and Italian tracks too! Titles include "Christmas Bells", "Let It Snow", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "Little Altar Boy", "What Child Is This", "The Christmas Song", "O Holy Night", "White Christmas", and the seminal "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year". CD

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John WilliamsMissouri Breaks ... CD
United Artists/Kritzerland, 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
A surprisingly intimate score from John Williams – recorded right at the start of his bigger fame for late 70s epics, but done with a personal quality that really fits the mood of this unusual film with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson! The style is definitely western, but in modes that are different than the more dramatic styles used in other films of the genre – almost more Americana overall, with lots of playful folksy touches, and a fair bit of acoustic guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and other instruments that get a lot of space out front in the lead. This great 2CD package features the original album of music, plus the work used in the film – and some bonus tracks as well! Titles include "Crossing The River", "Clayton At The Wake", "Boys Will Play", "The Chase", "Crossing The Missouri", and "Bizarre Wake". CD
(Limited edition of 1200 copies.)

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Sonny Boy Williamson99 ... CD
Wenton Wesgram (Holland), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $5.99
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New Sonny Boy WilliamsonBummer Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1957/1958/1960. New Copy ... $13.99
No bummer here, as the set's a really great one – filled with late 50s Chess Records sides by Sonny Boy Williamson – a number of which are previously unissued! The package does a great job of reviving this material for a newly-informed blues audience of the modern age – giving liner notes, recording details, and more – in addition to pulling together sides that hadn't appeared on album before. Titles include "Little Village" – which is 12 minutes long, and interestingly marked as "not suitable for airplay" – plus "She Got Next To Me", "Santa Claus", "Unseen Eye", "I Can't Do Without You", "Temperature 110", and "This Old Life". CD features four bonus tracks too! CD

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Sonny Boy WilliamsonWhen The Sun Goes Down – Blue Bird Blues – The Secret History Of Rock & Roll ... CD
Bluebird, Late 30s/1940s. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print. Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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Billy WootenLost Tapes ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s. New Copy ... $28.99
Rare material from Indianapolis vibesman Billy Wooten – previously unreleased tracks that start with his years in The Wooden Glass, then stretch out into even more obscure territory! The first 3 tracks on the set are all live jams with plenty of heavy vibes from Billy – tracks that have that chilled out, slow funk approach that's made Wooten a big artist with the Stones Throw generation. Other tracks feature Wooten in a number of different modes – working in a small combo mode with guitar on some tracks, jazzing it up with Oliver Nelson Jr on another, and moving back to heavier funk on the last 3 numbers – live trio numbers that feature some great work on organ from Caesar Frazier! Titles include "Let's Stay Together", "You Are Everything", "Crown Royale", "Summerlight", "Never Too Late", "Feel So Good", "Jammin With The Boys", and "On The Avenue". CD

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Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy ... $13.99
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Funky Beat is his second album – an 80s groove electro classic that's quite different than his first LP! It takes Bernard firmly into a b-boy jazz mode – working keyboards, bass, and drum programs into a groove that's farther reaching and more soulful than anything that Herbie Hancock was doing at the time. And as with his first album, Bernard's got plenty of great help on this one – as the record features work by Weldon Irvine, Lenny White, Dave Grusin, and others. The album includes some great Weldon Irvine compositions – like a remake of "Mr Clean", and the sweet vocal numbers "Won't You Let Me Love You" and "Keep On Doing That Right Thing", both of them warm wonderful tunes that stand with the best work on the album! Also includes a straight jazz version of "Joy Spring", and the breakin' tracks "Funky Beat", "Get Your Lover Back", "Video Generation", and "Move Your Body". CD

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Lester YoungLester Young Memorial Album ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99
Some of Lester Young's first great moments of prominence – his late 30s recordings with the Count Basie Band, offered here in a well-done collection issued as a memorial after his death in 1959! The sets are all led by Basie, but most feature strong saxophone lead by Young – solos that helped define the tenor sax sound of a generation, nestled in alongside other top-shelf players who include Buddy Tate on tenor, Freddie Green on guitar, and Harry Edison and Buck Clayton on trumpets. The set features a hefty 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Broadway", "Blow Top", "Dickie's Dream", "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie", "Pound Cake", "Rock A Bye Basie", "Riff Interlude", "Easy Does It", "Jump For Me", "Hollywood Jump", "Tickle Toe", "12th Street Rag", "I Left My Baby", and "Shoe Shine Boy". CD

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Lester Young & Harry EdisonPres & Sweets ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... $11.99
A classic Verve pairing of two of its greatest soloists – both recorded here in a laidback, easily-swinging session that allows both players to shine equally! Young's tenor is always a welcome addition to any set of this nature, and Edison's playing here in a gentler, relaxed mode that's a wonderful fit to the easygoing groove laid down by the rhythm section of Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich. Titles include "Mean To Me", "That's All", "She's Funny That Way", and "Red Boy Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Timi YuroI'm A Star Now – Rarities 1956 to 1982 ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Really rare work from the great Timi Yuro – a set of never-issued tracks, plus a few unusual Memphis soul singles she cut in the 60s! Timi's voice is wonderful – one of the most emotive of her generation – including the best singers in soul, country, and pop – all styles that Yuro seems to borrow from in her music, as well as some of the more expressive vocalists working in France during the postwar years! By that, we mean that we might well want to call Timi the American Edith Piaf – especially in the early material that takes up the bulk of the CD – as only a handful of songs were cut after the 60s. And as the set moves on, you can hear Yuro really get a strong sense of soul – the style that put her in more record collections back in the day than you might expect. Titles include "You're Gonna Smile", "Love Is A Beautiful Thing", "Bye Bye Little Boy", "This Is My Song", "I'll Belong To You", "Daddy", "It's Only A Daydream", "Wings Of Inspiration", "Words", and "Let's Write A Love Song". 25 tracks in all! CD

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Warren ZevonExcitable Boy ... CD
Elektra, 1978. Used ... $3.99
Titles inlcude "Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner", "Accidentally Like A Martyr", "Nighttime In The Switching Yard", "Tenderness On The Block", and "Veracruz". CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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New Various90 Degrees Of Shade – Hot Jump-Up Island Sounds From The Caribbean – Mambo, Calypso, Goombay, Mento, Merengue, Cult & Compas Music ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99 22.99
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by the Soul Jazz Records crew! The music here is tighter and better produced than some of the earlier calypso featured on compilations on Honest Jons – but the sounds are still quite striking, and the music goes way beyond familiar modes from Harry Belafonte – to mix of jazzy elements, Latin rhythms, local styles, and lots more – with wonderful notes that really get at the music as well. A real surprise – one we love a lot more than we expected – with titles that include "Come To The Caribbean" by The Eloise Trio, "Timbales" by Alfredito, "Mississippi Mambo" by Noro Morales, "Donkey Wants Water" by Bay Street Boys, "Nago" by Katherine Dunham Ensemble, "Nassau Blues" by Peanuts Taylor, "West Indies" by Sonny Burke, "Mary's Lamb" by Hubert Porter & The Jamaica Calypso Funmakers, "Theme For Conga" by Julio Gutierrez, "Yembe Laroco" by Celia Cruz, "Omo Belli" by Gina Martin, "Maiz" by Katherine Dunham Presents Singing Gods, "Fifty Cents" by Duke Of Iron, "Anna Macao" by Eloise Trio, "Liza See Me Here" by King Scratch, "Con La Punta Del Pie Teresa" by Cortijo, "Perseverance" by Count Lasha, and "Whai Whai Whai" by Lord Fly. CD

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New VariousBest Of Cookin' ... CD
Ubiquity, 1990s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Now-classic jazz funk gems – recorded during the height of the west coast acid jazz boom of the mid 90s, and originally released by Ubiquity records as part of its Cookin series! This great double-length set brings together a huge amount of the best cuts from those days – tracks that have stood the test of time way better than most of the other acid jazz material that was coming out of America at the time. The folks at Ubiquity have done an excellent job of pulling out the most enduring cuts from their sessions – and the set's got loads of great tunes, like "Unwind Your Mind" by Greyboy & Karl Denson, "Goin Downhill" by Ping Pong, "Outerspace" by Slide 5, "Suzanne's Jam" by Jacko Peake, "Solar Funk" by Spirit Level, "Jungle Strut" by Greyboy All Stars, "Pork Pie Stride" by The Sharpshooters, "Mantra" by Vibes Alive, "Monkey Wrench" by Sweet Potato, and "Tachyon" by The Rhythm Section with Sonny Simmons. Loads of great stuff that still sounds excellent today – and even a few unreleased cuts! CD

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VariousBluesin' By The Bayou – Rough & Tough ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Not just bluesin', but layin' the bedrock foundation for some of the greatest southern soul, funk and swamp rock to come! Rough & Tough is the most revelatory compilation in Ace's By The Bayou series to date – digging deep into the rare recordings of 2 of south Louisiana's pivotal musical figures – JD Miller and Eddie Shuler – with amazing tunes by Lightin Smith & Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Wonder Boy Travis, Mad Dog Sheffield, Lonesome Sundown, Vince Monroe, Guitar Jr and many more. 28 tracks in all, and an astounding 17 of them have never been issued before – amazing! Includes "Trip To Chicago" by Lightin' Slim & Lazy Lester, "Look Out Baby" by Joe Mayfield, "I Wanna Boogie" by Jimmy Anderson & The Joy Jumpers, "I'm Gonna Stick To You" by Lonesome Sundown, "My Little Queen Bee" by Slim Harpo, "Got Me A Brand New Mojo Hand" by Boozoo Chavis, "Don't You Want A Man Like Me (Everybody Calls Me Crazy)" by Clifton Chenier and many more. CD

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VariousBowie Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
The genius of Ziggy Stardust didn't just spring out of the blue – as David Bowie spent years listening to other music by a range of different artists – engaging them, supporting them, and absorbing them in the process – all to weave into the rich tapestry that became his own musical legacy! Bowie famously covered 60s tunes on his Pin Ups album, and did others' tracks on some other studio sides as well – and his live performances were famous over the years for surprising remakes that offered unabashed homage to those who influenced him – a few of whom would become musical partners as well. This loving package features 24 tracks that were all later performed by Bowie, but delivered here in their original versions – all with detailed notes that trace the lines between the initial takes and the remakes – with the kind of flourish we've come to love from Ace Records. Titles include "Fill Your Heart" by Biff Rose, "It Ain't Easy" by Ron Davies, "Sorry" by The Merseys, "Rosalyn" by The Pretty Things, "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Nite Flights" by The Walker Brothers, "Alabama Song" by Lotte Lenya & The Three Admirals, "Kingdom Come" by Tom Verlaine, "Where Have All The Good Times Gone" by The Kinks, "White Light White Heat" by The Velvet Underground, "Louie Go Home" by Paul Revere & The Raiders, "If There Is Something" by Roxy Music, "Criminal World" by Metro, "Amsterdam" by Jacques Brel, "Wild Is The Wind" by Johnny Mathis, "I Took A Trip On A Gemini Space Ship" by The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, and "Pablo Picasso" by The Modern Lovers. CD

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VariousBoyce & Hart – The Songs Of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart ... CD
Varese, 1960s. Used ... $9.99
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VariousChicago Soul – Electric Blues, Funk & Soul – The New Sound Of Chicago In The 1960's ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $22.99
A massive overview of the genius Chicago scene of the late 60s – and a set that's overflowing with some of the heaviest music ever recorded! The collection focuses on the most groundbreaking work from the later Chess years – particularly the funky blues, psychedelic soul, and tripped out jazz that was coming out of the Cadet Concept studios in the hands of producers like Charles Stepney, Richard Evans, and Marshall Chess! The Chess groups were ahead of their time by decades – blending together styles without a thought of simple genre restrictions, often forsaking chart fame and record sales in pursuit of an adventurous groove. And while some of the artists on the set may be familiar names, we can promise that most of them are presented in styles that you may not have heard before – as the collection features many unreissued numbers that are making their first reappearance here! CD set comes with a 40 page set of notes – and features 20 tracks in all, including "Please Newsboy" by Eve Barnum, "Burning Spear" by Soulful Strings, "More & More" by Little Milton, "Baltimore Oriole" by Lorez Alexandria, "Soul Vibrations" by Dorothy Ashby, "Evil" by Howlin Wolf, "Stereo Freeze" by The Stereos, "The Way I Feel" by Phil Upchurch, "Mama's Got A Good Thing" by Laura Lee, "The Wailer" by Sonny Cox, "Leave It In The Hands Of Love" by Fontella Bass, "Why Am I Treated So Bad" by The Majestic Choir & The Soul Stirrers, "She Suits Me To A Tee" by Buddy Guy, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, and "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler. CD

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VariousCosmic Country ... CD
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
Not the kind of country music you'd hear from the mainstream of Nashville, and instead a really cool collection of underground work from a variety of US scenes at the end of the 60s – most with the kind of trippy currents you'd expect from the "cosmic" in the title! Lots of the work here shows the breaking influence of country on the LA scene, but other tracks also show the trippier influences of that scene on the south as well – especially the spots where longer hair and headier attitudes were not only tolerated, but encouraged in the process of making music! The set's a really unique approach to this period, and draws together so many different strands we wouldn't have thought of – creating a rich tapestry of sounds that includes "Sam Stone" by John Prine, "Catch The Wind" by Vern Gosdin, "Close The Door Lightly" by The Dillards, "Dance Dance Dance" by Crazy Horse, "Deep Water" by Beau Brummels, "Cowboy Movie" by David Crosby, "I Wonder If I Care As Much" by The Everly Brothers, "Truck Stop Girl" by Little Feat, "From A Silver Phial" by Gene Clark, "Some Of Shelly's Blues" by The Monkees, "Wallflower" by Doug Sahm, "Do Right Woman Do Right Man" by Delaney & Bonnie, "$1000 Wedding" by Gram Parsons, "Jesus In 3/4 Time" by John David Souther, and "Pretend I Never Happened" by Willie Nelson. 2CD set features 38 tracks in all! CD

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VariousCracking The Cosimo Code – 60s New Orleans R&B & Soul ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $18.99
Seminal sounds from the New Orleans scene of the 60s – all great soul tracks recorded in the studios of Cosimo Matassa – as important a force in the Crescent City sound as Allen Toussaint at the time! The grooves here are plenty deep – building off New Orleans modes from the R&B generation, but bursting out with a whole new sort of soul – really righteous vocals that go far beyond the overdone cliches you might know from overplayed New Orleans hits – even though there's a few familiar numbers nestled in here, next to the more obscure material. As usual with Ace, the production is superb – great notes on Cosimo, done in conjunction with the folks who've carried on his legacy – and a rich range of titles that include "Trick Bag" by Earl King, "New Orleans Twist" by Blazer Boy, "This Is The City" by Berna Dean, "I'm Gonna Get You Yet" by The Tick Tocks, "You Told Me" by Willie West, "Teasin You" by Willie Tee, "I Got To Know" by Eddie Bo, "We Got A Party (part 2)" by The Party Boys, "The Joke" by Reggie Hall, "Second Fiddle Girl" by Barbara Lynn, "Play A Cornbread Song For Me & My Baby" by Joe Haywood, and "Did She Mention My Name" by Ronnie Barron. CD

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VariousDJ Snowboy Presents The Good Foot – The Soundtrack To His Soho Night ... CD
BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
A different groove than usual from the mighty Snowboy – not the Latin you may know from his own records, or the funk you'll find on his other compilations – but instead a smoking batch of 60s soul, with a really wonderful batch of well-chosen cuts throughout! The album's a counterpart to Snowboy's hip Soho club night – and it's got the feel of mod London in the 60s, but the side of the city that was overflowing with appreciation for American soul, jazz, and R&B! Most artists here are familiar, but the cuts are mostly nice and obscure – really great singles and a few key album tracks – all the kind of wonderful numbers you'll only find at a set spun by a legendary DJ like this. Titles include "You Don't Love Me" by ZZ Hill, "Can't Shake It" by Etta James, "Soul Brothers Testify (part 2)" by Chester Randle's Soul Senders, "Just A Mistake" by The Barrino Brothers, "Coming Back To Me Baby" by James Carr, "Boys" by The Shirelles, "Nuthern Like Thuthern" by Willis Jackson, "Do The See Saw" by The Contours, "The Watusi Roll" by Hank Marr, "Looking At The Future" by Little Johnny Taylor, "Misery" by The Dynamics, "I Say You're Driving Me Crazy" by Dorothy Berry, "I'll Give You My Love" by Sun Ann Jones, and "Baby Don't You Know" by The Brownettes. CD
 
 
 



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