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Joshua AbramsNatural Information ... CD
Eremite, 2010. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
Some of the most meditative, spiritual sounds we've ever heard from the great Josh Abrams – a record that goes way past his more familiar work on bass – even though that's pretty darn great! For this set, Abrams reaches out to a host of different instruments – including the harmonium, dulcimer, and guimbiri – as well as additional percussion, and acoustic bass as well – all instruments he uses in this really rich, textured way – layring the organic sounds with contributions from Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Emmett Kelly on guitar, and Frank Rosaly on drums. The record also features a few more really compelling instruments – a bit of Arp from Jim Baker, harmonium from Lisa Alvarado, and autoharp from Ben Boye – instruments that come in towards the end of the record, to make things even more hypnotic and mesmerizing. Titles include "Dolphin Cave Dazzling", "Mysterious Delirious Fluke Of The Beyond", "Abide In Sunset", "A Lucky Stone", and "Soul Talisman". CD

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New Dee AlexanderSongs My Mother Loves ... CD
Blujazz, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back to an older generation of jazz – reworking numbers in a hip sort of 60s way, especially the more sophisticated end of the soul jazz spectrum, ala Horn and Alexandria's albums for ABC/Impulse. Backing is by a wonderfully fluid small group – with the piano of Miguel Delacerna, bass of Harrison Bankhead, and drums of Ernie Adams – plus guest work from Ari Brown on tenor, Oliver Lake on alto, and Corey Wilkes on trumpet. The album's a dedication to Alexander's mother – and the strong guidance she gave her growing up on the west side of Chicago – and tunes include "Soul Serenade", "As Long As You're Living", "Guess Who I Saw Today", "Nature Boy", "Lonesome Lover", "Letter From Home",a nd "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise". CD

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Mose AllisonMiddle Class White Boy ... CD
Elektra, 1982. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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New John BakerJohn Baker Tapes Vol 2 – Soundtracks, Library, Home Recordings, Electro Ads – Rare & Unreleased Workshop Recordings 1954 to 1985 ... CD
Trunk (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/Mid 80s. Used ... $8.99
A great companion to the first volume of music by John Baker issued by Trunk Records – as this set moves away from radio work, and features rare film music, electro jingles, commercials, and even a bit of jazz! The tunes are all wonderfully quirky, and filled with imagination – and often include some great electronics, done with weirdly whimsical styles that are somewhere between the work of Bruce Haack and Jon Appleton! Other tunes have some great horns too – arranged with an equally cool sort of feel, almost in the way that Raymond Scott used acoustic instruments when he wasn't working with electronics. Most tunes are short, which is a really great thing – because they kind of sneak in with a heavy sonic punch, and then quickly duck out before their special feature or gimmick has time to get boring. As with the first volume, this one features a huge array of music – 39 tracks in all, with titles that include "Get Happy", "Electri Twist MQ LP 1/1", "Boy On A Bicycle", "Out Of Nowhere", "JB Dubs", "Omo & Giro Adverts", "Electro Weird MQ LP 19/2", "Jazz Advert", "Brylcreem", "John Baker Goon Advert", and "Piano Strokes". CD

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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 BoysSmile Sessions (2CDs/book/poster/button) ... CD
Capitol, Mid 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
My God – they finally did it! After all these years of hearing about the legendary Smile album from The Beach Boys – hearing snippets on other albums, studio bonus tracks, re-recordings, and all the other sources they've dangled in front of us for decades – Capitol's finally gone and done what they never did back in the 60s – released the whole legendary set together, as one package – and in formats that even exceed anything that might have been issued back in the day! You've probably heard a good number of the songs here before – some as they were chopped up and included on Smiley Smile, 20/20, and other post-Pet Sounds albums by the group – and in some recent re-recordings by Brian Wilson. But trust us, they all sound amazing here together – in the original recordings, with sublime 60s studio production, and godlike arrangements by the young Brian Wilson. Titles include "Our Prayer", "Gee", "My Only Sunshine/You Are", "Cabin Essence", "Wonderful", "Surf's Up", "Holidays", "Vege-Tables", "Good Vibrations", "Love To Say Dada", "Do You Like Worms", "Barnyard", and "I'm In Great Shape". Plus, this hip box set has loads of cool bits – 2CDs that include the original album with 8 bonus tracks on the first disc – then a full bonus CD of "finished" work from the project – alternate takes, expanded versions, and more – including "Our Prayer Dialogue", "Surf's Up 1st Movement", "Vege-Tables (fade)", "Cool Cool Water (version 2)", "Heroes & Villains (children were raised)", and more. Box also comes with a poster, a 36 page booklet, and a button! CD

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Beach BoysToday (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1965. Used ... $4.99
A pre-Pet Sounds moment of genius from The Beach Boys – a record with some surprisingly wonderful songs tucked in amongst more familiar rockers! There's a growing brilliance here that's clearly evident in Brian Wilson's production, the tunes tender themes, and the complicated harmonics used to carry the whole thing off – a mixture of sadness, lust, and frustration that shows up beautifully on tunes like "Please Let Me Wonder", "She Knows Me Too Well", "In The Back Of My Mind", "Good To My Baby", and "Don't Hurt My Sister". And sure, the album does include the clunky "Bull Session With Big Daddy" – but that's offset by hits like "Dance Dance Dance", "Help Me Rhonda", and "Do You Wanna Dance". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Today! ... LP 9.99

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Bell Biv DevoePoison ... CD
MCA/Universal, 1990. Used ... $1.99
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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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.)
Also available Criminal Minded (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 8.99

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Bopland BoysJazz Concert West Coast – Jazz West Coast Live – Hollywood Jazz Vol 2 ... CD
Savoy, 1948. Used ... $2.99
Features Howard McGhee on trumpet, Trummy Young on trombone, Sonny Criss on alto, and Wardell Gray and Dexter Gordon on tenor. 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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David BoykinLove Power Magic ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of spirituality and direction – a great evolution after so many years in jazz, with a strong ability to build new ideas over a very long space – and still communicate in this universal style that transcends time and place! The package is lean – just a small cardboard sleeve – but the music is mighty, and feels like some lost underground jazz classic from the 70s. Boykin plays reeds and a bit of percussion – in a quintet with some really tremendous bass from Josh Abrams – plus piano from James Baker, guitar from Alex Wing, and drums from Marcus Evans – on the tracks "Love Power Magic", "Hyperspace", "6/10/13", and "Some Slick 8 Bar Blues". CD

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David BoykinMicrocosmic Sound Orchestra – Live At The Spareroom ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2005. New Copy ... $6.99
One of the most ambitious recordings to date from Chicago improviser David Boykin – a large group performance done in the freely collaborative spirit of older AACM recordings! There's a relaxed, spontaneous vibe here that we really love – as Boykin and other Chicago players work through a variety of sound textures and musical ideas, using a range of instruments that runs from conventional saxes, flute, and guitar, to more unusual sounds from nose flute, bible harp, kitchen bowls, shenai, and many other less-common instruments. The entire work runs for 70 minutes in length, divided up into 10 shorter segments. CD

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David BoykinVictory Honor & Glory – David Boykin Live In Concert ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2001. New Copy ... $6.99
A raw, live set from Chicago saxophonist David Boykin – but a great little record that really reminds us of a classic 60s session on ESP! Boykin's reeds are wonderful throughout – filled with the depth of soul we might expect from Kalaparusha or Albert Ayler – and set up here in an open-ended trio with Josh Abrams on bass and Andre Beasley on drums. The tracks are all quite longish and free – but never sloppy or overindulgent – held together with a tremendous focus and presence in Boykin's horn! Titles include "Victory Honor & Glory", "Conundrum", "Big & Fine", "The King", and "Meditation For Momma Long". CD

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David Boykin ExpanseHazel Boykin – Big & Fine ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2004. New Copy ... $6.99
A great lost performance from David Boykin's Expanse group – one of the boldest forces in Chicago underground jazz a few years back! The lineup here is great – with Boykin on tenor, Nicole Mitchell on flute, Josh Abrams on bass, James Baker on piano, and Myron Cherry on drums – working together beautifully in a tribute to the late Hazel Boykin – at a level that arguably has more structure and force than even other great Boykin recordings of the time! The interplay between tenor and flute is wonderful – very complex, but also deeply soulful, and quite organic – and David's especially great, blowing with that spiritual power that really made us sit up and take notice when he first came onto the scene. Titles include "His & Hers", "1/20/03", "Eli Whitney", "Gates", and "Big & Fine". CD
(Comes in an LP style sleeve.)

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David Boykin ExpanseLive At The Velvet Lounge ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2005. New Copy ... $6.99
"Expanse" is a mighty big name for the group that David Boykin uses on this record – especially given that the combo's only a quintet – but that's ok with us, because the sound here is more than large enough to warrant the name! Boykin's working with a great batch of players from the Chicago scene here – including frequent musical partner Nicole Mitchell on flute, sliding wonderfully alongside David's saxophones – plus Jim Baker on piano, Josh Abrams on bass, and Mike Reed on drums. The album features two longish tracks, both composed by Boykin with a vision that's freely expressive, yet never too free – a perfect balance that reigns things in wonderfully, and which shows him to be one of the key current heirs to a Chicago tradition that runs back to the early AACM and Sun Ra! Titles include "Nuance" and "47th Street Ghost". 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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Leonard CohenSongs Of Love & Hate (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1971. Used ... $4.99
One of the more heavily brooding albums ever cut by Leonard Cohen – and also one of the best – the iconic Songs Of Love And Hate from 1971! Cohen's aptly titled third LP, with the nice spare approach to production that most of his early work had, even more stripped down, with voice and acoustic guitar the focus, and some tasteful, more lush texture when the mood strikes – and oh so incredible wordplay and phrasing from the iconic maverick poet/songwriter. Classic bummers including "Avalanche", "Last Year's Man", "Dress Rehearsal Rag", "Diamonds In The Mine", "Love Calls You By Your Name", "Famous Blue Raincoat", "Sing Another Song, Boys" and "Joan Of Arc". Also features a bonus early version of "Dress Rehearsal Rag". CD

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John ColtraneClassic Quartet – Complete Impulse Studio Recordings ... CD
Impulse, Early/Mid 60s. Used 8CD Box ... $48.99
The classic quartet of John Coltrane, certainly the classic quartet of the 60s jazz scene and perhaps the classic jazz quartet of all time, compiled in one box set with all of their studio recordings! John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones set so many benchmarks for jazz with their envelope pushing style, recording and performances that it's impossible to overstate their importance in the modern musical oeuvre. This set features all of the LPs Coltrane, Ballads, Impressions, Live At Birdland, Crescent, A Love Supreme, The John Coltrane Quartet Plays, Kulu Se Mama, Transition, Sunship, Infinity and First Meditations, plus a number of tracks issued on compilations. 66 tracks in all, spread out over 8 CDs, in a beautiful bookbound package with a metal slipcase and extensive liner notes. The titles are too numerous to list here, but the set includes "Big Nick", "Soul Eyes", "Miles' Mode", "Tunji", "After The rain", "Lonnie's Lament", "The Drum Thing", "Wise One", "Crescent", "A Love Supreme", "Nature Boy", "Brasilia", "Song Of Praise", "Dear Lord", "The Last Blues", "Living Space", "Dusk Dawn", "Dearly Beloved", "Attaining", "Ascent", "Amen", "Love", "Compassion", "Joy", "Consequences", and "Serenity". CD
(Out of print. In the very heavy original metal case!)

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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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New 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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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 4.99

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Eazy-EEazy-Duz-It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ruthless/Priority, 1988. Used ... $4.99
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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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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Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". CD
Also available Inland Emperor ... LP 15.99

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Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... CD
Epic, 1995. Used ... $3.99
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". CD
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Handsome Boy Modeling SchoolSo. . . How's Your Girl? ... CD
Tommy Boy, 2000. Used ... $4.99
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 ... $13.99
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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Lena HorneStormy Weather – With Lennie Hayton's Orchestra (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
One of Lena Horne's greatest albums of the 50s – a rock-solid effort that takes its name from her famous film appearance of the 40s, but which features some wonderfully sophisticated songs in a very postwar mode! As with other RCA dates of the time, the orchestra's handled by Lena's partner Lennie Hayton – and has a nice jazzy pitch, especially on tunes that feature trumpet solos from Charlie Shavers. Titles include "Summertime", "Mad About The Boy", "Tomorrow Mountain", "Ridin On The Moon", "I Wonder What Became Of Me", and "Just One Of Those Things". CD features 10 more bonus tracks – including "Come Runnin", "From This Moment On", "I Have Dreamed", "Sweet Thing", "That Old Feeling", and "What's Right For You". CD
(Out of print First Editions pressing.)

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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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Illa JYancey Boys ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2008. Used ... $8.99
J Dilla's brother Illa J collaborates with Dilla for the Yancey Boys album – produced with a batch of Dilla's beats! This album could have gone wrong in a number of ways for a number of reasons – but truth be told it's a quality record that's actually worth checking out! Most importantly, Illa J's is a genuine talent – rolling with a mix of singing and rhyming is really unique – and the bright, spacey funk beats by Dilla are naturally top notch & timeless. Tracks include "Timeless", "We Here", "R U Listenin'" feat Guilty Simpson, "All Good", "Swagger", "Illasoul", "Air Signs" and more. CD

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International Submarine BandSafe At Home ... CD
Sundazed, 1968. Used ... $9.99
Seminal early country rock from Gram Parsons and the International Submarine Band – cut soon before Gram jumped ship to the Byrds for the legendary Sweetheart Of The Rodeo LP! The one-and-only International Submarine Band LP is the first official full length album from Gram Parsons, and probably the record in which GP's deep love of soulful 60s honky tonk is worn most proudly on his sleeve. He covers Merle Haggard's "I Must Be Somebody Else You've Known" and Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues", and overall the album sounds a little bit more Bakersfield than San Francisco. Notoriously produced by Lee Hazlewood's gal Suzi Jane Hokem. Essential! Tracks include "Blue Eyes", "A Satisfied Mind", "Folsom Prison Blues/That's Alright", "Miller's Cave", "Luxury Liner", "Strong Boy" and more, plus the previously unreleased bonus track "Knee Deep In The Blues". CD

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New 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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New Wanda JacksonRockin' With Wanda (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Collectables, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the best rock and/or country LPs of the late 50s and early 60s! Capitol signed the rockabilly rebel princess several years prior to the release of this collection of her jumpy, frenetic singles, and had Wanda record more crossover material, which she succeeded at in incredible fashion. That left Capitol to finally release a record of her earlier trademark style, and boy it's a doozy! You get "Fujiyama Mama", one of the most incendiary unsung rock and roll singles of all time, plus other great ones like "Rock You Baby", "Cool Love", "Honey Bop", "Baby Loves Him", "Mean Mean Man", "You've Turned To A Stranger" and bonus tracks including "Sinful Heart" and "I'd Rather Have You". Sweet, but feral honky tonk rockers of the first order! CD

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Jackson 5Dancing Machine/Moving Violation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, 1974/1975. Used ... $9.99
2 Jackson 5 classics on one CD! Dancing Machine contains some excellent later work by the Jacksons, featuring a shift from their earlier pop material, into a great style that was a bit more baroque, and which yielded some very nice moments. The album includes the funky pre-disco "Dancing Machine", a perennial favorite – but the real treats are the cuts "The Mirrors Of My Mind" and the haunting "I Am Love", an beautiful symphonic soul track with a sound that still blows us away! On Moving Violation the boys are expanding their sound with the club-oriented grooves of the time – using Holland, Dozier, and Holland on many cuts, trying for a similar strident groove as some of the trio's work on their own Invictus label. The move's actually a great one – as the maturing group has a strong adult harmony sound, the one that they would lean on more heavily during their years as The Jacksons, and which calls for much smoother arrangements than before. The record's got a strident righteous sound – and titles include "Forever Came Today", "Moving Violation", "You Were Made Especially For Me", "Honey Love", "Body Language", "All I Do Is Think Of You", and "Breezy". CD also contains 2 bonus tracks – "Through Thick & Thin" and "Forever Came Today" – for a total of 20 tracks in all! CD
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Jackson 5Third Album ... CD
Motown, 1970. Used ... $16.99
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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Jay DeeYancey Boys Instrumentals ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2008. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The J Dilla beats that provided the stellar backdrop for his worthy brother Illa J's rhymes – the instrumentals for the Yancey Boys album – a record that stands up very well against many of the better LPs Dilla produced in his lifetime. It could have gone wrong in a number of ways for a number of reasons – but truth be told it's a quality record that's will worth picking up! On the vocal versions, Illa J's proved a worthy talent – rolling with a mix of singing and rhyming is really unique – and this set of bright, spacey funk beats by Dilla are naturally top notch & timeless and sound wonderful out on their own. Tracks include "Timeless", "We Here", "R U Listenin'", "All Good", "Swagger", "Illasoul", "Air Signs" and more. CD

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New 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
Also available 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
Also available 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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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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ManuelaSchuld War Nur Der Bossa Nova (3 CD set) ... CD
BMG (Germany), 1960s/1970s. Used 3 CDs ... $19.99
Who the heck is this lady? We have no idea – but the set's got some very cool pop tunes with a mod 60s feel! The "bossa nova" in the title refers to Manuela's big hit "Schuld War Nur Dar Bossa Nova" – which is a German version of "Blame It On The Bossa Nova", the track that kicks off this 44 track 3CD set – but Manuela's got a lot more in her bag than just bossa nova, and manages to cover a wide range of 60s female pop styles that recall the work of some of our favorites, like Sandie Shaw, Petula Clark, France Gall, and Dusty Springfield. Lyrics are all in German – and apart from the title track, tunes include "Monsieur Dupont", "Schneeman", "Schiwwen Lernt Man Im See", "Jive Manuela", "Ich Danke Dir", "Mama", "Hey Boy, Lass Doch Den Whisky", "Sonntag Im Zoo", "Hand Auf's Herz", "Lollipop", and "Kapitan". CD
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Hugh MasekelaBoy's Doin' It ... CD
Casablanca/Verve, 1975. Used ... $11.99
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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New 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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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic ProjectionsEmerald Hills ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2010. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the sharpest sessions we've heard from Nicole Mitchell in years – a record that still holds onto the spiritual depth she's developed strongly over the past decade, yet one that also returns to some of the bolder avant modes of her roots! The group here is nice and lean – Mitchell on flutes, alongside David Boykin on tenor, Craig Taborn on piano, and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion – a Chicago group recorded in a comfortable local setting, one that really allows them to stretch out and hit new heights! It's great to hear Mitchell hitting so many voices with her instrument – and there's a broad range of tones and moods that really reminds us of the early AACM tradition. Titles include "Surface Of Syrius", "Visitations", "Ritual & Rebellion", "Chocolate Chips", "Wild Life", "Wishes", and "Affirmations". 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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Marvin Hannibal PetersonAngels Of Atlanta ... CD
Enja (Germany), 1981. Used ... $13.99
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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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 imflunces 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

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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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New Antoine RoneyTraveler ... CD
Muse, 1992. New Copy ... $4.99
Wallace Roney's hip brother Antoine is a heck of a tenor player – blowing in a post-Coltrane mode that makes him one of the better young talents of the Dewey Redman generation of new traditionalists! Although a 90s set, the record's got a deep sort of energy that almost hearkens back to the farther reaches of 70s soul jazz – almost outside at points, but always returning with a nice sense of soul and spirit – and often well balanced between opposite poles of expression. Roney plays tenor throughout – with brother Wallace on trumpet, James Spaulding on alto, flute, and soprano – and rhythm from Jacky Terrason on piano, Dwayne Burno on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Bean & The Boys", "Weaver Of Dreams", "On Green Dolphin Street", "The Traveler", "Chief Rahab", "Mayan Owl", "Tempus Fugit", and "Estate". CD

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New Brother John RydgrenSilhouette Segments/Cantana For New Life/Worlds Of Youth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1966/1967/1968. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Wild, psychedelic era material from the very hip Lutheran pastor Brother John Rydgren! He sports a smoky voice and a poetic, playful, almost comedic spoken word style – in a way that's very much reminiscent of Ken Nordine – as if Ken was a groovy Christian poet! The sound is fuzzy, tripped out psychedelic pop – and his mission seems to be to satirize the sounds and styles of the time as much as it is to spread the Good Word – but at the same time, he's fully embracing the psychedelic sounds! It's almost entirely spoken word on the vocal front – with some oddball choir backdrops and other, often female voices floating in and out from time to time – and pretty diverse instrumentation that often feels like he's vocalizing over some psych funk sound library grooves! Also like our man Nordine, Brother John was a radio personality – but he released some incredibly rare LPs – with '68's Silhouette Segments, '67's Cantata Of New Life and '66's World Of Youth anthologized here by Omni – along with some additional material and a nice little booklet. Incredibly cool stuff! Includes "Music To Watch Girls By", "The Happening", "An Offering Of Music", "Butterfly", "Great To Build Something", "The Air Terminal", the nearly half hour "Cantata Of New Life", "News (The Kite And The News)", "Forgiveness (The Boy Looking Natural)", "Baptism (Come To War)", "Martyrs" and more. 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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ScarfaceMr Scarface Is Back ... CD
Rap-A-Lot, 1991. Used ... $5.99
Twelve tracks, including such classics as "Born Killer", "Murder By Reason Of Insanity", "Your Ass Got Took" and "The Pimp". For real though, the Geto Boys were always a guilty pleasure of ours, and Scarface definitely had the best microphone skills of them all. A record that came early enough in the gangsta game to not be a parody of itself, or a total cliche. Also includes "A Minute To Pray And A Second To Die", "Diary Of A Madman" and "Mr Scarface". 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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Shel SilversteinBoy Named Sue & His Other Country Songs ... CD
RCA/Water, 1969. Used ... $4.99
One of the weirdest records ever from Shel Silverstein – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given what a weirdo he is! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the big Johnny Cash recording of "Boy Named Sue" – and it features Shel singing that famous tune, plus a host of other original country material – all of which is quite different than the usual songs coming from Nashville in the 60s! Production was done by Chet Atkins – who must have flipped a wig recording this one – and Shel's raspy, nasally voice is surprisingly at home in the professional Nashville backings. The record's a great leftfield country relic from the 60s – and titles include "Boy Named Sue", "Dirty Ol Me", "Alimoney", "Someday's Here", "Time", "Comin After Jinny", and "Daylight Dreamer". 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

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New Stanley BrothersStanley Brothers – 1949 to 1952 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
Timeless, traditional, beautiful bluegrass ballads of love and lament from the Stanley Brothers – including the best version of "I'm A Man Of Constant Sorrow" you'll ever hear! These earlier Stanley recordings from the late 40s and early 50s have some strains of tradition blues, rags, and spirituals – and kind of came on at the the tail end of the world Harry Smith would soon later shine a brilliant light on – that unique space between folk and country, roots and hillbilly – then still quite fresh, and almost without a mainstream audience. The set features 24 classics from the Sony/Columbia vaults – and titles include "A Vision Of Mother", "The White Dove", "Little Glass Of Wine", "We'll Be Sweethearts In Heaven", "I Love No One But You", "The Fields Have Turned Brown", "Hey! Hey! Hey!", "The Wandering Boy", "Let's Part The Best Of Friends", "Too Late To Cry", "Pretty Polly", and "The Old Home":. CD

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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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New 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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New 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 ... $21.99
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
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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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Margaret WhitingMaggie Isn't Margaret Anymore/Pop Country (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
London/Real Gone, 1967/1968. Used ... $9.99
A pair of London Records albums from Margaret Whiting – back to back on a single CD, with bonus tracks too! Maggie Isn't Margaret Anymore is cool crossover pop from Whiting – a late 60s album that still draws strongly on her roots in jazz, but which also has Maggie trying on some younger styles too! The set isn't all 60s pop overall, but there's definitely a nice choice of tracks that goes way past the usual Margaret Whiting bag – although often arranged in ways that still hold more strongly to the sentimental echoes of Whiting's past. Titles include "This Is My Song", "Somethin Stupid", "If This Is Goodbye", "Because","Only Love Can Break A Heart", and "Just Like A Man". Pop Country is exactly what's promised in the album's title – a set of popular country numbers, sung by Margaret Whiting in a style that carries plenty of echoes of Nashville! The style is often soft and dreamy – with Whiting's blue-tinged vocals moving gently over backings that are usually given a slight bit of electric bass, just to step things along slowly. The approach works surprisingly well – a real winner for Margaret – and titles include "I Love You So Much It Hurts", "Release Me", "I Hate To See Me Go", "Am I Losing You", "You Don't Know Me", and "Gentle On My Mind". CD also features four totally groovy cuts – unreleased tracks that include "I'm Losin My Mind", "The Heart Of A Sailor", "Boys Fall In Love", and "Believe In Me". 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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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
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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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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 ... $13.99
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
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New 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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New VariousArkansas At 78rpm – Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers ... CD
Dust To Digital, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy ... $12.99
Stunning sounds from the Arkansas string band scene of the late 20s and early 30s – one of the last of the local southern scenes to be captured on record at the time, but a real hotbed of uniquely local performers! The styles here run a nice gamut from early folksy modes to more modern sounds that point the way towards early country music – and instrumentation is mostly spare, and heavy on fiddle, guitar, and other stringed instruments – plus bits of banjo and harmonica too. The presentation is great – very much in the best Dust To Digital mode, which means surprisingly great sound from these ultra-rare 78s – and titles include "Dry & Dusty" by Morrison Twin Brothers String Band, "Bath House Blues" by Ashley's Melody Men, "Get Along Home Miss Cindy" by Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers, "Lonnie's Fox Chase" by Lonnie Glosson, "Turnip Greens" by Wonder State Harmonists, "Silver Nail" by Bob Larkin & Family, "Going To Leave Old Arkansas" by AE Ward & His Plow Boys, and "Ozark Mountain Rose" by Bonnie Dodd & Murray Lucas. CD

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VariousBaltic Soul Weekender Vol 4 – The Finest In Soul, Funk, Latin, Jazz & Disco ... CD
Unique (Germany), 1970s/1980s/2000s. Used ... $7.99
Timeless funky soul, jazzy grooves and disco learned sounds from the 70s & 80s – plus the most reverent modern numbers inspired by those time honored styles! It features tracks by Curtis Mayfield, Archie Bell & The Drells, Teddy Pendergrass, Leroy Hutson, The Jackson 5 and others on the old school tip, plus more recent, yet quite timeless tracks by Lucy Pearl, Haggis Horns and others. 15 tracks on the CD version: "You're So Good To Me" by Curtis Mayfield, "Heaven Only Knows" by Teddy Pendergrass, "The Traveller, Pt 2 (Edit)" by Haggis Horns, "I Remember" by Billy Ocean, ,"Watching You" by Avani feat Rahsaan Patterson & Carl McIntosh, "Stylin" by Omar & Angie Stone, "Big Boy" by Jackson 5 and more. CD

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VariousBeat From Badsville Vol 2 – More Trash Classics from Lux & Ivy's Vinyl Mountain ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Raw soul, heavy funk, snotty rock, and raucous R&B – all pulled from the legendary record collection of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy! The sounds here are the sorts that went onto form the blueprint for The Cramps – and the package is overflowing with rare gems that are hand-picked by the pair – the kind of underground, indie singles that have always made record-digging so great – plucked up by Lux and Ivy in the years before most of us even started searching for wax! The cool set features two dozen tunes – and titles include "Drive Daddy Drive" by Little Sylvia, "Stormy Weather" by The Five Sharps, "Rock A Bongo Boogie" by Terry Snyder, "Red Headed Flea" by The Caps, "Chickie Run" by Homer Denison Jr, "99 Chicks" by Ron Haydock & The Boppers, "Baby Brother" by Bill Carter & The Rovin Gamblers, "Service With A Smile" by The Kuf-Linx, "Imagination" by The Quotations, "Tongue Tied" by Betty McQuade, and "The Vulture" by Ronny Ray's Playboys. 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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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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VariousEl Barrio – Latin Funk – Ny Yorican Funk 1968 to 1976 ... CD
Fania, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Heavy funk with a Latin groove – a wonderful mixing of modes that's completely fresh and unique! The set follows nicely off other El Barrio explorations of late 60s Latin Soul, and traces the groove that emerged in its wake – a blending of hipper funky styles in the 70s with some of the bolder, prouder Latin modes of the time! Unlike Latin Soul, which was concentrated enough to get strong attention at the time, Latin Funk was often a bit more dispersed – just a track here and there, scattered over albums by both older artists and lesser-known newcomers – some of whom gave more famous acts a real run for their money. This overstuffed collection does a great job of pulling together tracks from a variety of different albums over an 8 year span – and it's a perfect introduction to an under-compiled genre that's finally getting its due! Track selection and notes are by the mighty Adrian Gibson – and titles include "You Need Help" by Monguito Santamaria, "Identify Yourself" by Cafe, "Dynamite" by Harvey Averne, "I'm Satisfied" by Joe Bataan, "Together" by Ray Barretto, "Guajiro Bacan" by Azuquita, "Funky Felix" by Seguida, "I Got The Feeling" by Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul Drives, "There You Go" by Fania All Stars, "I'm Gonna Get To You Yet" by TNT Boys, "Black Dice" by Mongo Santamaria, and "Hot Pants" by Gilberto Cruz. CD

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VariousEssential Chicago Blues – Rarities Edition ... CD
Varese, Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 11.98
Chicago blues, but of the grittier variety – not the more punched-up, polished work of the Chess Records and Vee Jay scene – but material by a host of older blues musicians who were still laying down some gritty styles in the 60s! Most numbers here almost verge on a folk blues mode – as instrumentation is lean, and often acoustic – and the main focus is just on the artist in the center spotlight. Titles include "Five Long Years" by Eddie Boyd, "Stack O Dollars" by Big Joe Williams, "Hobo Blues" by Dr Isaiah Ross, "Minglewood Train" by John Lee Granderson, "Cryin Won't Make Me Stay" by Maxwell Street Jimmy, "Lend Me Your Love" by Sunnyland Slim, and "Pleadin Blues" by Little Brother Montgomery. CD

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New VariousHillbillies – They Tried To Rock Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $18.99
Mid 50s proto-rock greatness, mostly from from the American south! It's got rollicking numbers by cats and dames better remembered for more traditional country sounds, as well as some treasures by well-acknowledged early rock heroes and heroines, and other names that have pretty much been forgotten after all these years, but it's not too late to celebrate 'em! Fantastic material by old school country heroes Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell, George Jones, Eddy Arnold and more working in more of a rockabilly mode then they're remembered for, classics by Wanda Jackson, Johnny Horton and Johnny Cash, long-buried gems by Keary Regan, Mimi Roman, Kirk Hansard and more. Like everything on Bear Family, it's put together with the utmost love and enthusiasm – and the titles include "Teenage Boogie" by Webb Pierce, "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Pee Wee King, "Little Lovin'" by Mimi Moman, "Ten Cats Down" by The Miller Sisters, "Hey Little Dreamboat" by Rose Maddox, "Go, Boy, Go" by Carl Smith, "Maybelline" by Carl Perkis, "Hep Cat Baby" by Eddy Arnold, "Let The Teardrops Fall" by Patsy Cline and many more. 31 tracks in all. CD

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VariousJazz Club – Summer Jazz ... CD
Jazzclub/Verve (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99
Summer jazz is 60s jazz – or at least that's the way it seems on this set – but that's A-OK with us, because 60s jazz is some of our favorite jazz ever! Although the package features a few numbers from other years, the main focus here is on the best 60s styles of labels like Verve, Impulse, and Mercury – particularly those tracks that borrowed heavily from the bossa nova, or used other Latiny rhythms to create a gently breezy groove! The styles here are subtle, but warm and wonderful – and the package is filled with plenty of jazzy numbers that slide along like waves on the shore on a sunny summer beach. Titles include "From The Hot Afternoon" by Paul Desmond, "Beach Samba" by Astrud Gilberto, "Sunny" by George Benson, "South Seas" by Wynton Kelly, "Little Sunflower" by Dorothy Ashby, "The Shining Sea" by Stan Getz, "Surfboard" by Roberto Menescal, "Summer Is Gone" by Carmen McRae, "The Things We Did Last Summer" by Art Van Damme, and "Boy From Ipanema" by Sarah Vaughan. CD
 
 
 



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