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New Gene Chandler'80 ... LP
Chi Sound/20th Century, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice record of modern soul that got a bit overlooked at the time because of the poor fate of the Chi-Sound label. The record's filled with Chicago soul talent like Tom Tom 84, Sonny Sanders, and Carl Davis, and it's a good updating of Gene's Chicago soul sound towards a style that's more modern soul-oriented. We've got a huge soft spot for the track "Does She Have A Friend?", which is a nice two-step groover, and the LP includes a number of other nice ones like "All About The Paper", "Let Me Make Love to You", and a remake of his classic, called "Rainbow '80". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a sticker, and some staining.)
 
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Gianni FerrioI Dolci Vizi Della Casta Susanna ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1967. New Copy ... $16.99
A sexy lady in a bath on the cover – and an equally sexy batch of music underneath! The score's got a sweet sound that mixes together playful percussion, lively strings, and some occasional mod touches – as well as a bit of vocalizing from the great I Cantori Moderni – who always have a way of making things even groovier than before! The CD features the full 23 track original album, plus 16 more bonus tracks – almost 80 minutes of music from this lost film, with titles that include "Per Un Eva Blonda", "L'Osteria Del Fiume Lahn", "Una Gavotta Per Gli Ospiti", "L'Albero Della Cuccagna", "La Locanda Dul Fiume", and "Prima Del Lieto Fine". CD

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K-RobThe Day K-Rob Came Back (voc, inst)/Hey, Hey, Hey (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Profile, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of those early Profile singles that somehow never made it on all the Mr. Magic or other Profile compilations. Maybe not quite as dope as the classic K-Rob track "I'm a Homeboy", but still captures that mid-80's big beat sound, along the lines of Word of Mouth. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Profile sleeve.)

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Sun RaComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (Reflections In Blue/Hours After/Mayan Temples/Tribute To Stuff Smith) (4CD box set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Mid 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $55.99
A great run of 80s work from Sun Ra – and some of his best-known records from the time! First up is Reflections In Blue – a later classic from Sun Ra – a record that bears one of his most beautiful cover shots ever! The record's got a wonderfully tight feel – a sound that's often not as out as Saturn sides, and which shows Ra's ability to lead a larger ensemble with a very complex sound – drawing on Ellingtonish roots, but inflecting them with his own space-tuned sensibilities! Players include Tyrone Hill on trombone, Pat Patrick on alto and clarinet, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, and James Jacson on bassoon and african drums – and Ra himself plays synth as well as piano. Titles include "Yesterdays", "Say It Isn't So", and the originals "State Street Chicago" and "Reflections In Blue". Hours After is a strange little late record from Sun Ra – late night, soulful and bluesy, with a sound that's in keeping with the traditionalism of the late Arkestra! The group's an all-star one – Pat Patrick, Danny Thompson, Marshall Allen, and John Gilmore – and Ra sings a bit on the session. Side B of the session steps out a bit more from the first side – which is the more traditional one – and Ra plays a bit of synthesizer, in a 70s avant kind of mode. Titles include "Dance Of The Extra Terrestrians", "Love On A Far Away Planet", "Hours After", and "Beautiful Love". Mayan Temples is a studio set recorded in Italy in 1990, and one that draws strongly from the tightening of tradition the Arkestra experienced in the 80s – working at a time of some of their greatest acceptance by jazz audiences worldwide, and able to express themselves fully in a range of different modes! The sense of tone and timing here is beautiful – almost Ellington-like at points, but still with a decidedly Sun Ra-like quality – and players on the date include Michael Ray and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor, Noel Scott and Marshall Allen on alto sax, and Tyrone Hill on trombone – and June Tyson also sings just a bit on the set. Ra plays both piano and synth, and titles include "Alone Together", "Discipline 1", "Sunset On The River Nile", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "I'll Never Be The Same", "Theme On The Stargazers", and "Opus In Springtime". A double-length set too – nearly 80 minutes of music! Last up is A Tribute To Stuff Smith – an unusual session that features Billy Bang on violin, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and Sun Ra on piano – all in tribute to legendary violinist Stuff Smith. CD

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ShangoShango Message (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Celluloid, 1983. Near Mint- ... $0.99
Single with the trademark Celluloid/Bill Laswell early 80's sound, this time including some electro/vocoder sounds plus vocals from Bernard Fowler. Produced by Afrika Bambatta and Material. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Celluloid sleeve.)

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Valentine BrothersValentine Brothers ... LP
Source, 1979. Very Good ... $4.99
Very nice midtempo 80's groove material, with a sound that's just right for the steppers here in Chicago, and pretty darn nice anywhere else! This is the VB's first LP, and it's got lots of nice tracks like "We Belong Together", "Let Me Be The One", "I'm In Love", "Feelings Inside", and "Love Me Like You Mean It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wrinkles along the opening.)

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WhistleJust Buggin'/Buggin Much Hard ... 12-inch
Select, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
It's hard to place these mid-80's singles on Select – the production and rhyming definitely sound ancient, and they're not timeless in the way the early 80's singles on Enjoy are – but that doesn't mean they weren't kind of fresh at the time. This one, Whistle's best cut, is a good example of what the pop side of hip hop sounded like in 1985. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Select sleeve.)

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Wild MagnoliasWild Magnolias ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Nicely done reissue of this classic New Orleans funk featuring backing from the "New Orleans Project" that includes the Gaturs' Willie Tee, Earl Turbinton, and other Crescent City session stalwarts like Larry Panna and Julius Farmer. Includes lots of tracks that rocked the rare groove scene in the 80's, including "Soul Soul Soul" and "Corey Died On The Battlefield" – both the source of more than a few samples over the years. With nice sweet keyboards by Willie Tee, and a good funky New Orleans sound that you'll be hard pressed to beat! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousGilles Peterson Worldwide – A Celebration Of His Syndicated Radio Show ... CD
BBE (UK), 1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 18.99
A brilliant collection of spacey soul, funk, hip hop from Gilles Peterson – a well chosen set of modern classic, many of which originally premiered on his incomparable Gilles Peterson Worldwide radio show! The stylistic breadth is as great as the material is – and it's also amazing to see so many great artists and tracks in one place that in many cases first came to our attention thanks to Gilles! It ranges from the tripped out sound tapestries of Cinematic Orchestra, the boundless creativity of Jay Dee, spacey grooves from Sa-Ra Vikter Duplaix and Spacek, the proud Afro Funk Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80, blunt funk hip hop from Madlb/Quasimoto, deeper gems from stars such as Erykah Badu, Amy Winehouse and Jill Scott and more. A treasure trove of material from the 90s onward – chosen by Gilles Peterson himself! 27 tracks on the 2CD version: "All Things To All Men" by Cinematic Orchestra feat Roots Manuva, "Let's Ride" by Q-Tip, "Take The Box" by by Amy Winehouse, "Manhood" by Vikter Duplaix, "Just A Lil' Lovin" by Outlines, "Wesley Music" by RSL, "Many Things" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80, "La Ritournelle" by Sebastien Tellier, "Too Fly" by Dwele, "Dollar" by Steve Spacek, "Rosebuds" by Sa-Ra, ""Emotions" by Benga, "Twice" by Little Dragon, "1 Thing" by Amerie, "Tides" by Nitin Sawhney and more. CD

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VariousKeep Looking – 80 More Mod, Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $28.99
The mod sound of 60s London had a lot more to offer than just rock and roll – as you'll hear in this blistering collection of British R&B, soul, and blues-drenched tunes – mixed in with more familiar garage, early psych, and even a few post-colonial elements too! The package digs way way deeper than the usual "mod hits of the 60s" set – and features a stunning array of really rare singles we'd never heard before – all presented with great fidelity, and a heavy booklet that includes track-by-track notes on every single gem in the collection. Fuzzy guitar mixes with jazzy hammond, garagey grooves, and loads of other vintage touches – and the set features 80 tracks that include "Something's Coming Alng" by The Schepters, "Cornflake Zoo" by Andy Ellison, "Major Catastrophe" by Katch 22", "Summer Leaves Me With A Sigh" by Tuesday's Children, "Gimme Gimme Some Shade" by The Untamed, "Smokestack Lightning" by The Others, "I'm Leaving" by The Tribe, "Make Your Mark Little Man" by National Pinion Pole, "Touch Of Velvet Sting Of Brass" by The Mood Mosaic, "Archipelgo" by The Underground Set, and "Sookie Sookie" by The Valentines. CD

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VariousLive Convention 80 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disco Wax (Japan), 1980. Used ... $1.99
Live old school hip hop and funky disco breaks from the first school – previously unreleased material recorded straight from the Ecstasy Garage Disco sound board at the dawn of the 80s – party rockin' rhymes from a loose collective of "Ecstasy Garage All Stars"! Live Convention 80 includes a non stop party with rhymes by a whos who of early hip hop who all found their way to the stage – including Grandmaster Caz, JDL, and Kay Gee (of the Cold Crush Brothers), Whipper Whip, Ruby Dee, and Grand Wizard Theodore (of the Fantastic Five Freaks), the Soul Sonic Force, and the Nice and Nasty Four. Broken into 7 cuts, a couple shorter and a jams that run 5-6 minutes. Digitally remastered from grainy source material, but the vibe transcends! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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VariousUp! The Psycho Mellow – A Brief Excursion Into The 70's Sound ... CD
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Stunning compilation of Italian grooves from the early 70's – and one that has a slightly different twist than some of the other one's we've been stocking. The folks at Schema have put this one together, and the set's got a feel that's similar to some of the newer releases they've been working on over the past few years. The grooves are funky, yes, but they also have a light and airy sound, with lots of groovy bossa tinges, cool vocal parts, and the kind of smooth Italian feel that you'd never find on American records from the time. The tracks are played by groups like Expo 80, The Paris Studio Group, The Psycheground Group, The Black Fire, and The Hawksworth Big Band and String. Most of the tracks are breezy and groovy, with a sound that's similar to some of the best stuff on the Sound Gallery compilation – and different than the other funky Italian grooves we've been stocking! Nice one. CD

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New Barry GrayStand By For Adverts – Rare Jingles, Jazz & Advertising Electronics ... LP
Trunk (UK), Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally cool little record – like taking a TV time machine into the past – and stopping off in 60s London on the way! Barry Gray's a name best known for his famous soundtracks – including the music to Thunderbirds – but he's also scored plenty of commercials over the years too – often with the kind of weird, wild, and wonderful sounds used in his other recordings! The package is a great revelation – a whopping selection of over 80 short little numbers – music and songs for companies as diverse as Shell gasoline, Herald Cinema, Quaker Banana Mellows, Ridgeways Country House, Leeside Cakes, and many others – often with a short introduction from Gray, and some cool sound effects too. The Mike Sammes Singers provide vocals on some cuts – and the package is even groovier than usual for Trunk Records – and that's saying a lot! LP, Vinyl record album

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New King TubbyKing Tubby's Reggae Dub (3LP colored vinyl box set) ... LP
Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A triple vinyl set of bedrock-style dubs from King Tubby – one of the most pivotal pioneers of the sound and style – in a heavy duty box set from Clocktower Records. It's loaded with prime era dubs, including cuts from the legendary Aggrovators tracks, classics like "King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown" and comparably lesser remembered (and less often reissued) winners. 30 dubs in on 3LPs, including, "555 Dub Street", "Blood Sweat And Dunza Dub", "Fancy Up Dubs", "Stalag 80 Dubwise", "Rockers Almighty Dub", "Rastafari Dub", "Natty Roots Man Dub", "Jam Style Dub", "Roots Of Dub", Hijack The Barber", "Dub Of A Woman", "Iyatha", "Dread Locks Dub", "Mind Dub On My Mind" and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes King Tubby T Shirt – Size XL.)

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New Sun RaMayan Temples ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sun Ra's made the move here from Egyptian pyramids to Mayan temples – but the sound is every bit as cosmic and compelling as ever! The album's one of Ra's last – a studio set recorded in Italy in 1990, and one that draws strongly from the tightening of tradition the Arkestra experienced in the 80s – working at a time of some of their greatest acceptance by jazz audiences worldwide, and able to express themselves fully in a range of different modes! The sense of tone and timing here is beautiful – almost Ellington-like at points, but still with a decidedly Sun Ra-like quality – and players on the date include Michael Ray and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor, Noel Scott and Marshall Allen on alto sax, and Tyrone Hill on trombone – and June Tyson also sings just a bit on the set. Ra plays both piano and synth, and titles include "Alone Together", "Discipline 1", "Sunset On The River Nile", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "I'll Never Be The Same", "Theme On The Stargazers", and "Opus In Springtime". A double-length set too – nearly 80 minutes of music! CD

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New Wild MagnoliasWild Magnolias ... LP
Polydor, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic New Orleans funk featuring backing from the "New Orleans Project" that includes the Gaturs' Willie Tee, Earl Turbinton, and other Crescent City session stalwarts like Larry Panna and Julius Farmer. Includes lots of tracks that rocked the rare groove scene in the 80's, including "Soul Soul Soul" and "Corey Died On The Battlefield". With nice sweet keyboards, and a good funky New Orleans sound that you won't find on many other records from the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mostly split spine and bottom seam.)
Also available Wild Magnolias ... LP 9.99

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New VariousUp! The Psycho Mellow – A Brief Excursion Into The 70's Sound ... CD
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning compilation of Italian grooves from the early 70's – and one that has a slightly different twist than some of the other one's we've been stocking. The folks at Schema have put this one together, and the set's got a feel that's similar to some of the newer releases they've been working on over the past few years. The grooves are funky, yes, but they also have a light and airy sound, with lots of groovy bossa tinges, cool vocal parts, and the kind of smooth Italian feel that you'd never find on American records from the time. The tracks are played by groups like Expo 80, The Paris Studio Group, The Psycheground Group, The Black Fire, and The Hawksworth Big Band and String. Most of the tracks are breezy and groovy, with a sound that's similar to some of the best stuff on the Sound Gallery compilation – and different than the other funky Italian grooves we've been stocking! Nice one. CD
Also available Up! The Psycho Mellow – A Brief Excursion Into The 70's Sound ... CD 18.99

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New Pat Metheny80/81 ... LP
ECM, 1980. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the most striking Pat Metheny albums of the period – as the set features the guitarist working with an all-star group that actually features 2 horn players! The group's a quintet, with Dewey Redman and Michael Brecker on tenor sax – blowing in open and spacious modes that complement the sound of Metheny's guitar nicely and really give the set a different feel. The rest of the group features Charlie Haden on bass and Jack De Johnette on drums – and the double space of the set is well used on a set of tracks that includes "Two Folk Songs", "The Bat", "Turnaround", "Open", "Pretty Scattered", and "Goin Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole some wear.)
 
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Afro Latin Vintage OrchestraPulsion ... CD
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to loads of cool keyboards and fuzzed-out production! The acoustic elements resonate wonderfully with the electric ones – so that percussion, bass, horns, and strings add a rich organic level next to the guitar, Fender Rhodes, and Wurlitzer – blending beautifully with a musical vision that really surprises us, given the earlier work from this group – a much richer sound, and one that's got us loving them way more than before. Titles include "Kagemusha", "Rituel", "Pulsion", "Complot", "Shaman", "Drama", "En Sursis", "Code Panthera", "French Connexion", "Homo Analog", and "Resurrection". CD

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AfterbachMatinee ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A distant star in the Earth Wind & Fire galaxy – and the only album by this sweetly grooving group that owed a lot to the EWF sound! The record's produced by Verdine White, executive produced by Maurice White, and even features a bit of guest vocals by Philip Bailey – and the overall style is sort of in a bouncy 80s groove mode, with a mix of jazzy touches, and warmer instrumentation than you might usually hear on this sort of set. The sound's a lot leaner than Earth Wind & Fire – but carries some of the best modern soul influences of the massive group, and certainly shows some of the best influences of both White and Bailey. Titles include "Ladies Of The 80s", "Wanna Fill You Up", "I Thank Heaven", "It's You", "Wrap It Up", and "Me Myself & I". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and fraying on the spine.)

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Rob AgerbeekHome Run ... LP
Medium (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99
A definite home run from Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek – a hip set recorded in 1971, and one that's done with a very soulful groove! The group's a quintet, and Rob really sparkles in this setting – pushing the players with a subtle skill that recalls Horace Silver at his Blue Note best – especially in the way that Agerbeek mixes upbeat grooving with more sensitive sounds on the set! Other players include Dick Vennik on tenor and flute, Willem Reinen on flugelhorn, Rob Langereis on bass, and Eric Ineke on drums – a really great group of players who fit toghether wonderfully here – pushing the grooves of the tunes strongly forward with warm energy, but also breaking out with some sharp solos of their own. Titles include the funky classic "The Chair Dance" – plus "Little Miss Dee", "Just Robbish", "Minor Rush", and "The Blue Countess". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mahmoud AhmedEre Mela Mela (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Buda/L'Arome/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard in your life – an assortment of mid 70s tunes from Mahmoud Ahmed, the second grooviest Ethiopian artist, next to Mulatu! Ahmed's sound is a lot more out there than Mulatu's – less funky and jazz-based, and more in the mode of snakey rhythms, complicated guitar parts, and vocals that have a melancholy quality that's simply amazing. This set features tunes that recently appeared on volume 7 of the Ethiopiques CD series – but which are presented here in the format of the original 1975 LP! Titles include "Ere Mela Mela", "Ohoho Gedama", "Tezeta", "Abbay Mado", "Atawurulegn Lela", and "Endenesh Gedawo". LP, Vinyl record album

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AirAir (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $28.99
Not the Chicago group of AACM fame, but a completely different Japanese combo from the 70s – a very cool outfit who are equally avant in their approach – and work together in a very spiritual blend of acoustic and electric sounds! The album features one long track, improvised in a very organic way – so that the spare sounds build up into these parts rich in meaning, but still with plenty of sharp edges – based on work from Yasuo Shimura on flute, amplified soprano sax, Arp, and radio; Renkichi Hayashi on guitar, ring modulator, and other effects; Nobuyoshi Ino on electric and acoustic bass, Turkish guitar, and tape recorder; Hiroshi Murakami on drums and percussion; and Yuji Imamura on amplified and acoustic tabla, plus other percussion. The sound's as compelling as the instrumental lineup – and the album's comprised of one long jamming track "Air (parts 1 & 2)", with a groove that ranges from funky and break-oriented, to wild and free out-oriented soloing. CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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AirLive Air ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980. Used ... $11.99
A great live document of one of the greatest groups to emerge from the Chicago AACM and reach a larger audience during the 70s – the mighty trio of Fred Hopkins on bass, Steve McCall on percussion, and Henry Threadgill on reeds! The album's got a soulful and inventive approach that merges their Chicago AACM roots with a New York loft scene sensibility – organic improvisation at the core, carried off with a very open, free sort of sensibility – a bit less structured than the group might have sounded in earlier years. The 4 long tracks are a great showcase for their dynamic interplay – 2 recorded in New York and 2 recorded in Ann Arbor – and titles that include "Eulogy For Charles Clark", "Portrait Of Leo Smith", "Keep Right On Playing Thru The Mirror Over The Water", and "Be Ever Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mats Aleklint QuartetMats Aleklint Quartet ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy ... $20.99
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong structures – so that Mats can stretch out on these amazing lines on both slide and valve trombone, with a sense of voice and vision on the instrument that we haven't heard since Roswell Rudd! The rest of the lineup is great too – a quartet with mighty nice tenor and bass clarinet from Per Texas Johansson, bass from Joe Williamson, and drums and synth from Christopher Cantillo. Aleklint also plays a bit of thumb piano and pump organ too – and titles include "Nattbuss", "Hur Eller Dur", "Braxen", "Algskog", "Landet Runt", and "Snabbt In Snabb Tut". CD
Also available Mats Aleklint Quartet ... LP 24.99

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Alessandro Alessandroni/Francesco DeMasiLesbo (limited edition) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Sexy ladies on the cover, and some equally sexy sounds underneath – served up in a perfect 60s Italian blend of jazz and bossa-based styles! Sweeping strings bring a nice sense of depth to some numbers, while others have a more intimate feel – either via spare guitar, or some jazzy elements on piano, sax, and organ – shifting instrumentation that really keeps things interesting throughout, and which makes the record feel like some rich narrative on its own, in sound – without any need for the images on the screen. The whole thing is wonderful – one of those Italian soundtrack treasures that delivers even more than it promises – and music was composed by Alessandro Alessandroni and Francesco De Masi, then orchestrated by De Masi, with some cool wordless vocal moments as well. Titles include a number of variations on "Lesbo" plus the sweet vocal opener "Qualsiasi Cosa", "Crepuscolo Sul Mare", and "IL'Isola Dell'Amore". CD
(Limited edition – very limited! Just 500 copies!)

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Lorez AlexandriaSings The Songs of Johnny Mercer Vol 1 ... LP
Discovery, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
While not as funky as some of her other records for Discovery, this tasty session of vocal tracks still has Lorez singing in a beautifully soulful style, of the type that she's finally getting recognition for these days! The lady has always been one of our favorite vocalists, and she's got some nice backing here from the Mike Wofford trio, plus some additional tenor and flute work by Herman Riley. The whole thing's got a very nice round soulful sound – and titles include "Days of Wine & Roses", "I Remember You", "Early Autumn", and "My Shining Hour". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Mose AllisonWestern Man ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good- ... $7.99
An amazing record by Mose Allison – with some good funky tracks! The real key here is the fact that Mose plays electric piano and is working in a hip trio with Billy Cobham playing some funky and soulful drums! We don't know what kind of piano Mose is using, but on the tracks where he's playing the electric, it's got a jagged and raw kind of sound, almost recalling the one used on the Atlantic albums by Eugene McDaniels. Includes the great funky track "If You Only Knew", which has a real McDaniels kind of feel – plus the cuts "Western Man", "Mountains", "Ask Me Nice", "Night Club", and "Meadows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, with a small split on the bottom seam.)

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AllspiceAllspice ... CD
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
The only album ever from Allspice – but a hell of an incredible soul record – and one that's kept the group's name strong with collectors and rare groove fanatics for years! The album's on of the best Fantasy Records productions by Wayne Henderson and his At Home team – and like some of the others, is handled with a groove that's tight, yet plenty sophisticated too – light years from mainstream disco or common club of the late 70s, and instead informed by plenty of jazz and deeper ideas as well! The vibe is perfect – as heavenly and righteous as some of the best Roy Ayers club tracks of the time – which proves to be a perfect foil for the Allspice style of mixing male and female vocals – which again is often done in an Ayers-like mode. The sound is sublime throughout – one of those real treasures that should have been a huge record in the 70s, but was barely pressed up at all – and quickly forgotten about by the record company. Yet even after all these years, the whole thing sounds amazing – one of those albums we'd never part with at all! Titles include the groovy "Slipped Away", the funky stepper "Hungry For Your Love" – and loads of other great tunes that include "Love Fire", "Destiny", "She's A Lady", "I Don't Know", and "Give It Time". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Misha AlperinHer First Dance ... CD
ECM (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $19.99
A really lovely record from pianist Misha Alperin – a set that might initially seem to be one of the ECM New Series albums, but which has more of the sensitive feel of older work on the label! Misha plays piano with this gently lyrical feel, mixed with these earthy lines on French horn and flugelhorn from Arkady Shikloper – who blows spaciously to really feel out the edges of the recording – almost opening up new space in sound to make way for Alperin's carefully understated notes. Anja Lechner also plays cello, to underscore some of the subtle feelings in the music – and titles include "Vayan", "Her First Dance", "A New Day", "Frozen Tears", and "April In February". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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American GypsyAmerican Gypsy ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
An album that begins with an amazing break – and then rolls into a great batch of fuzzy guitar grooves! The set is one of the odder albums to be issued by Chess Records during its funk years – as American Gypsy were a Dutch band, recording in Holland, and the record was only licensed to Chess for release in the US. We're not sure what made them make this international ploy in their dying years (as they also did with the album Atlantis, by Daniel Salinas), but the move gave them a great bit of funk that's been a favorite with collectors for years! At some point, the album's got a rock/soul sound – almost in the vein of Thin Lizzy or some of the other European groups of the time – but on the best cuts, that heavy guitar gets used to great funky ends, and the rest of the group jumps in line with a good groove. The most famous cut is the massive "Inside Out", which has an excellent breakbeat, funky bass, and very soulful grooves – but other nice cuts include "Golden Ring", "While It's Cold Outside", and "Let Your Life Lead By Love". CD

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Amrals Trinidad Cavaliers/Ozel TurkbasIt Sure Is Funky/Ozel's Dance Routing – Strange Breaks & Mr Thing III Sampler ... 7-inch
Dynamic Sounds/BBE (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits "Ozel's Dance Routine" on the flip – really making the most of the funky drums and freaky guitar while letting the bassline take center stage, and drive the whole thing into freaky Turkish madness! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ernestine AndersonNever Make Your Move Too Soon ... LP
Concord, 1980. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A key moment in the career of vocalist Ernestine Anderson – a record that not only returned her to the public eye after a flurry of initial sides in the late 50s and early 60s, but which also finally helped Anderson find a sound that worked! The album's done with backing by the Monty Alexander trio – in a style that's bluesy and soul jazz inflected, but with a sweeter west coast sound – almost an early 80s equivalent of the groove explored by Lou Rawls or Ernie Andrews in LA during the mid 60s, but done with an even more relaxed, jazz-based approach here. The title track – "Never Make Your Move Too Soon" – was an instant standout that got Anderson play in many corners of the US – and other tracks are more familiar numbers, but done in a similar mode – with titles that include "Old Folks", "As Long As I Live", "Just One More Chance", "Poor Butterfly", and "My Shining Hour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the corner.)

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Laurie AndersonBig Science ... LP
Warner, 1982. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of the greatest albums to come from the New York underground of the early 80s – even if it was a relatively big "hit" on a major label! Laurie Anderson is in perfect form here – drawing on a strong tradition of avant garde performance, but without any of the indulgences that would mire down performance art in years to come. Instead, she's got a clean, clear style that's simply amazing – spoken passages that are poetic and pointed, but which also have a slight undercurrent of wit – a charming quality that never takes itself too seriously, even when the sounds and styles are somewhat dark. Instrumentation includes some great rhythm passages from David Van Tieghem, plus surprising performances from Rufus Harley on bagpipes and George Lewis on trombone. Titles include "From The Air", "Big Science", "O Superman", "Born Never Asked", "Walking & Falling", "Example #22", "Let X = X", and "It Tango". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a fairly large patch of light adhesive residue on front.)

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AortaAorta ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $9.99
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summer Of Love pop mode – and titles include "Magic Bed", "What's In My Mind's Eye", "Heart Attack", "Strange", "Thoughts & Feelings", and "Ode To Missy Mxyzosptlk". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and a crease across the front.)

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New Aphex TwinSyro ... CD
Warp, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complicated track titles, and you might expect the strangest, most outre aural science of his career, but to the contrary, it's highly melodic and insistent stuff – finding him him working comfortably at home in his own canon, without repeating past glories. Excellent later work from one of the most consistently rewarding electronic music artists of the past several decades. It seems like Richard D. James doesn't ever bother to release his stuff if he doesn't have something great in the hopper, and Syro is indeed pretty great! "Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]", "XMAS_EVET10 [120] [Thanaton3 Mix]", "[Produk 29 [101]", "4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]", "180db_ [130]", "CIRCLONT6A [141.98][Syrobonkus Mix]", "CIRCLONT14 [152.97][Shrymoming Mix]", "Syro u473t8+e [141.98][Piezoluminescence Mix]", "PAPAT4 [155][Pineal Mix]", "Aisatsana [102]" and more. CD
Also available Syro (with download) ... LP 29.99

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Aphex TwinSyro (with download) ... LP
Warp, 2014. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $29.99 31.99
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complicated track titles, and you might expect the strangest, most outre aural science of his career, but to the contrary, it's highly melodic and insistent stuff – finding him him working comfortably at home in his own canon, without repeating past glories. Excellent later work from one of the most consistently rewarding electronic music artists of the past several decades. It seems like Richard D. James doesn't ever bother to release his stuff if he doesn't have something great in the hopper, and Syro is indeed pretty great! "Minipops 67 [120.2][Source Field Mix]", "XMAS_EVET10 [120] [Thanaton3 Mix]", "[Produk 29 [101]", "4 bit 9d api+e+6 [126.26]", "180db_ [130]", "CIRCLONT6A [141.98][Syrobonkus Mix]", "CIRCLONT14 [152.97][Shrymoming Mix]", "Syro u473t8+e [141.98][Piezoluminescence Mix]", "PAPAT4 [155][Pineal Mix]", "Aisatsana [102]" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(3LP gatefold on heavy, high quality vinyl. Includes download.)
Also available Syro ... CD 13.99

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Joan ArmatradingTo The Limit ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $22.99
One of Joan Armatrading's real classics of the 70s – a record that perfectly blends her acoustic soul with some slightly tighter arrangements – but all at a level that still feels really personal and spontaneous! Joan's unique singing style is very much upfront – that individual voice that no other singer's ever been able to touch – and it sounds great next to the sweetly slinky arrangements in the backings, which often mix acoustic guitar from Joan with some mellow keyboards and a slight bit of electric fuzz. There's a great sense of feeling on most tracks – but at a level that's different both from conventional soul or rock – and titles include "Bottom To The Top", "Your Letter", "Am I Blue For You", "You Rope You Tie Me", "Baby I", "Wishing", and "Barefoot & Pregnant". CD

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New Art Ensemble Of ChicagoGreat Black Music – Reese & The Smooth Ones (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
BYG/Actuel, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $11.99
Beautiful work from the Art Ensemble – and one of their undisputed classics! The record features some of the most perfectly realized moments the band ever cut to wax, with a blend of whimsical multi-instrumental improvisation, and a strong sense of the spiritual tradition in jazz. The album features one long piece – "Reese & The Smooth Ones" – and it's a stunning array of spontanteous instrumentation, with a jagged sound that never stops reinventing itself! LP, Vinyl record album

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AshburyEndless Skies ... LP
Rockadrome, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A hard rocker from the Arizona scene of the early 80s – recorded by a bunch of cats who've clearly not let the rise of punk faze them at all – as the set has a sound that's confidently set smack dab in the middle of the 70s! The guitars are strong, yet far from any sort of metal modes – and instead, these guys have a rockish confidence that's quite stunning, given the indie obscurity of the record – kind of the power of the best bigger label guitar hero bands of the mid 70s, but without any of the attitude or commercial tones. A great discovery, from guys who should have been huge – and titles include "The Warning", "Twilight", "Vengeance", "Madman", "Endless Skies", and "No Mourning". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a bonus insert and poster too!)

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Ashford & SimpsonHigh Rise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
Always-great work from the team of Ashford & Simpson – the kind of a record that has them at the top of their game, even though they'd changed their overall sound over the years! The vibe here is more in an 80s groove mode than some of the duo's Warner albums, but they've still got an undeniable talent for a massive hook – the kind that makes even the simplest tunes really go over the top. Plus, they're just about one of the only male/female duo teams that you can hear on record and actually believe that both singers are on the same page! Titles include "Side Effect", "Experience", "It's A Rush", "High-Rise", "Still Such A Thing", "It's Much Deeper", "I'm Not That Tough", and "My Kinda Pick Me Up". 5 bonus tracks on this Big Break UK remastered edition: single versions of "High-Rise", "It's Much Deeper and "I'm Not That Tough", plus a "High Rise (12" Version and 12" M+M Instrumental Mix)". CD

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Atlantic StarrBrilliance ... LP
A&M, 1982. Very Good ... $1.99
The title's certainly right on this one – because Atlantic Starr serve up a really brilliant blend of electro funk and mainstream soul – balanced with that near-perfect sound that made them one of the best groups of their generation! Despite the size of the combo, the sound is relatively lean – a very focused balance of basslines, keyboards, and some tightly snapping 80s groove rhythms – served up with vocals that warmly cascade over the tops of the tunes, but usually take a second seat to the extremely compelling instrumentation. The sound is polished, but never too slick – and the group are a great example of how well soul from this time could sound when done just the right way! Titles include "Love Me Down", "Sexy Dancer", "Circles", "Love Moves", "Your Love Finally Ran Out", and "You're The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an index label on back.)

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New AtomicThere's A Hole In The Mountain ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe the most brilliant work so far from Atomic – and definite proof that this Swedish ensemble just keeps getting better and better with each new recording! Every player in the quintet is a star in his own right – Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and baritone sax, Magnus Broo on trumpet, Havard Wilk on piano, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums – but what's really amazing is the way they come together as one for the record – wrapping their strong identities together, and forging out with this focused sound that has a lot more power than ever before! All the musicians know the open space of freedom, but have found a territory that can hold them all – where they can respectfully create this wonderful new sound together – in a mix of modern jazz and avant expression that seems to echo some of the best recent work from Chicago. Titles include "There's A Hole In The Mountain", "Civilon", "Wolf Cage", "Accidentals", "Labyrinths", and "Available Exits". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available There's A Hole In The Mountain ... CD 14.99

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AurraLive & Let Live ... LP
Salsoul, 1983. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Great grooves from Aurra – a group with a sound that's rooted in the late 70s funk of Slave, but which is given a whole new life at Salsoul by fearless leader Stephen Washington! The album's tight and right on the money at the very first note – heavy on bass, but not in a way that's ever overdone – and sparkling much more strongly from the vocal contributions of Curt Jones and Starleana Young – two singers who really know how to open up while holding a groove! The whole thing's great – polished and tight, but never slick or commercial – and a perfect summation of the 80s groove at its best. Titles include "Baby Love", "Such A Feeling", "Undercover Lover", "You Can't Keep On Walking", and "One More Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Dutch pressing on Rams Horn. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and a name in pen on both sides.)

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Roy AyersAfrica, Center Of The World ... LP
Polydor, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy's usual smooth jazzy production style – but the overall influence is very much in the Afro-Funk vein, and the album's sort of a "part 2" to the Music Of Many Colors set that was cut a few years before. William Allen worked on the record with Roy – playing choppy Afro-Funk bass, and arranging and producing a lot of the material with Roy and Jaymz Bedford – and the record also features a host of extra percussion players, as well as some vocals by the lovely Sylvia Striplin. Includes the great groover "Africa, Center Of The World", plus "The River Niger", and a great remake of "Third Eye", which was on Everybody Loves The Sunshine, but is redone here with a heavier sound! Other tracks include "There's A Masterplan", "I'll Just Keep Trying", and "Destination Motherland". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Africa, Center Of The World ... CD 16.99

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersFeeling Good ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
Stellar sounds from the great Roy Ayers – an early 80s album for Polydor, but a set that's still got the wonderfully tight, wonderfully groovy feel of his late 70s albums for the label! Roy's really perfected his sense of balance by this time – and does a great job of balancing groovers with sweet mellow steppers – the kind of cool, compressed, jazzy numbers that we love so much! Ayers heads for the clubs one minute, the bedroom the next – and draws us in beautifully whichever direction he takes – thanks to some sublime vibes and electric piano – and great lead vocals from Roy, and other singers who include Terri Wells, Vivian Prince, John King, and Ricky Williams. Titles include "Ooh", "Let's Stay Together", "Feeling Good""Knock Knock", "Turn Me Loose", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Our Time Is Coming". CD

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AzymuthLight As A Feather (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil – a pushing forward of the soulful sides of their style, but with just the right blend of quirkier elements as well – one that still keeps the edge of the early years, yet helps the group reach out with a wonderfully warm sound! Most tracks are quite spare, and without any too-smooth polishing in production – and titles include the classic "Jazz Carnival", a funky fusion classic if there ever was one – plus "Light As A Feather", "Avenida Das Manguerias", "This Exists", "Partido Alto", "Dona Olimpia", "Amazonia", and "Young Embrace". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remixed and remastered version – with better sound than ever!)
Also available Light As A Feather ... LP 14.99

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Burt BacharachTogether? – Original Soundtrack Recording ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A lost Burt Bacharach treasure – a bit later than classic vintage, but a wonderful album from the mature maestro – and sometimes overlooked, due to its status as a soundtrack! The work here is totally great – that mellow, easy-flowing style that Burt really perfected around the time of Living Together – served up here in a batch of sweet instrumental tracks, plus a few key vocal numbers with lyrics sung by Jackie DeShannon, Libby Titus, and Michael McDonald – all of whom slide down more into the Bacharach ethos than stand out as their usual selves – and we mean that in a good way! Titles include "I Don't Need You Any More", "In Tune", "If We Ever Get Out Of Here", "On The Beach", "I've Got My Mind Made Up", "Find Love", "Luisa", and "I Think I'm Gonna Fall In Love". CD

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Pierre BacheletLe Dernier Amant Romantique/Capitaine X ... CD
Music Box (France), 1978/1983. New Copy ... $23.99
A pair of slinky soundtracks from Pierre Bachelet – back to back on a single CD! Le Dernier Amant Romantique features music penned for a film directed by Just Jaeckin – with whom Bachelet had worked famously on Emmanuel and other sexy films in the 70s. This one's got the same sort of slink and sleaze in all the right places – and a soundtrack from Pierre that's equal parts Euro disco and mellower keyboard moments – mixing upbeat rhythmic tunes with some excellent laidback numbers that pace the keyboards nicely. Vocal tunes include "Romantic Lover" sung by Cher Komisar and "Roman D'Amour" sung by Marie Laforet – and other tracks include "Conte De Fee", "Motel Show", "La Roulotte", "Paradis Samba", and "La Mort Du Lion". Captain X is a spy series from the 80s – scored by Pierre Bachelet with this spacious, airy approach that's almost in the territory of Francis Lai – with some strong acoustic piano melodies stepping out beautifully in the front. Titles include "Dans Les Yeux D'Une Valse", "Fin De Soiree", "Croisere", "Swing Boat Blues", and "Le Marteau Du Crime". CD
(Limited edition of 500.)

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New Derek BaileyFairly Early – With Postcripts ... CD
Emanem (UK), 1970s/1980s. Used ... $16.99
Possibly the best document you could ever hope to find of the inventive guitar skills of Derek Bailey – a CD that brings together his seminal In Whose Tradition album with rare bonus tracks and unreleased numbers too! The core of the record features Bailey playing solo – both acoustic and electric – using the guitar less like an instrument than as a tool for exploring sound – both those coming from his own hands, and those which echo forth in the space around him! Two more tracks feature Anthony Braxton on flute and sopranino sax, and two others have Bailey in a trio with Kent Carter on bass and John Stevens on drums – and the long CD features tracks that include "Tunnel Hearing", "Rehearsal Extract (area 7)", "Six Fairly Early Pieces", "In Whose Tradition", "Postscript", "A Bit Of The Crust", and "The Last Post (morning)". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Anita BakerSongstress ... LP
Beverly Glen, 1983. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
From the female singer in the obscure group Chapter 8, Anita went onto become one of the biggest selling soul music acts during the 80s – and this album's her first effort as a solo act. The record's a smooth sophisticated batch of soul tunes, with lots of nice jazzy touches, and a classy sound that was quite refreshing in the face of some of the overly-synthesized soul work of the time. Patrick Moten produced and wrote most of the cuts – but it's Anita's deep vocals that make the record work so well. Titles include "You're The Best Thing Yet", "Feel The Need", "No More Tears", "Will You Be Mine", and "Do You Believe Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is slightly bent at the spine.)

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New Chet BakerIt Could Happen To You – Chet Baker Sings ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $3.99
A classic album from Chet – and one that's got a perfect mix of vocal and instrumental moments, of the sort you don't find easily on other albums! Chet plays trumpet and sings, and is backed by Kenny Drew, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones – a different style of group from his west coast years, but one that helps give the record a fresher sound too! Tracks are still shortish, with those breathy Baker vocals we love so much – and titles include "It Could Happen To You", "Do It The Hard Way", "Old Devil Moon", "Dancing On The Ceiling", and "The More I See You". Nice cover, too – with Chet sitting on the moon! CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae 45 Soundsystem – The Label Art Of Reggae Singles (paperback) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.99
The most massive book of record art we've ever stocked – and a groundbreaking look at the art of reggae 45s, put together by the folks at Soul Jazz Records! Albums are usually featured in a book like this, but the authors do a great job of illustrating the diversity of 45 labels on the Jamaican scene – the wealth of designs and colors that make collecting reggae 45s a past time that's almost as pleasing from a visual perspective as it is from an audio one! Plus, given the obscurity of most of these records, the book's even more valuable – a much-needed record of these small pressings that never got much distribution – laid out here in beautiful full color images. The book is super-heavy, with a cool cover that's between a hardcover and soft cover – and almost 500 pages of images throughout! Book

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Stuart Baker & Steve BarrowReggae Soundsystem – Original Reggae Album Cover Art (hardcover) ... Book
Soul Jazz (UK), 2012. New Copy Book ... $19.99 49.95
Amazing images galore – some classic covers from the Jamaican scene of the 60s and 70s, and lots more obscure images too – all presented in very vivid color, with a lot more clarity than any of the beat up original copies we have in our collection! The book really does full justice to the visual side of the reggae scene – and brings together a huge amount of covers we've never seen before, with others that look way more vibrant here than on a tiny CD reissue – presented in this record-shaped book that reminds us why albums always look so great in the racks! Most images are overflowing with color – really beautiful reproductions – and the oversized book is hardcover, and almost 240 pages overall. Book

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Balkan Beat BoxBalkan Beat Box ... CD
Jdub, 2005. Used ... $6.99
A mad mix of styles pulled from Balkan, Mediterranean, Jewish, and American cultures – served up in a mode that more than delivers on the enigmatic promise of its title! There's a feel here that almost takes us back to the playful creativity of the New York scene of the early 80s – the criss-crossing of sounds that were showing up often in some of the most forward-thinking indies, and which reflected the rich mix of cultures bubbling together in the post-punk years. As you might guess from the "beat box" in the title, there's a bit of a hip hop influence here – but one that's pretty small, and mostly just used on the bottomest part of the rhythms – leaving the core components of the tunes to a range of exotic instrumentation and some occasional haunting vocals. Title sinclude "Cha Cha", "Bulgarian Chicks", "Sunday Arak", "Gross", "9/4 The Ladies", "Adir Adiram", "Meboli", and "Hassan's Mimuna". CD

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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". CD

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Barbara & ErniePrelude To ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1971. Used ... $6.99
A folk funk classic from the early 70s – and a weird little record that has a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The arrangements are quite soulful, almost funky at times – with a righteous undercurrent that reminds us of Richard Evans or Charles Stepney at Cadet Records. But the vocals – by singer Barbara Massey – have a flanged-out quality that's clearly overdubbed, creating a double-voiced sound that's almost a bit like Brasil 66! This mix of modes is really great – completely unique, and sublime throughout – with a vibe that was years ahead of its time, and which is finally beginning to get some recognition these many years later. Arrangements are by the pair, but Deodato also had a hand in the record too – and the core combo of musicians includes Grady Tate on drums, Ralph McDonald on percussion, and Sam Brown on guitar – alongside more guitars from Ernie and keyboards and piano from Barbara. Tracks include "Searching the Circle", "Do You Know", "For You", "Play With Fire", "My Love & I", "Satisfied", and "Prelude" – plus a wild remake of "Somebody to Love"! CD

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Syd BarrettMadcap Laughs (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Harvest/Parlophone, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The brilliant full exposure of the voice that was always buried in the larger sounds of Pink Floyd – a definite madcap romp from the amazing Syd Barrett – and a record that still sounds as captivatingly chilling all these many decades later! There's a stripping-down here that's really tremendous – no need for all the overblown, long-winded excursions of other forces in the psych generation – as Syd takes the whole thing down to its core, and carries it off with a charm that's almost folksy – yet which, like David Bowie at about this point in his career, manages to manipulate and dismiss the folk generation as much as it does the psych one too! David Gilmour and Roger Waters are on hand to help a bit with production – and titles include "Octopus", "Golden Hair", "Long Gone", "She Took A Long Cool Look", "Late Night", "If It's In You", "Love You", and "Terrapin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Madcap Laughs ... CD 4.99
Madcap Laughs (180 gram pressing) ... LP 19.99

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New Syd BarrettMadcap Laughs (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Harvest/Parlophone, 1971. Sealed (reissue)... $19.99
The brilliant full exposure of the voice that was always buried in the larger sounds of Pink Floyd – a definite madcap romp from the amazing Syd Barrett – and a record that still sounds as captivatingly chilling all these many decades later! There's a stripping-down here that's really tremendous – no need for all the overblown, long-winded excursions of other forces in the psych generation – as Syd takes the whole thing down to its core, and carries it off with a charm that's almost folksy – yet which, like David Bowie at about this point in his career, manages to manipulate and dismiss the folk generation as much as it does the psych one too! David Gilmour and Roger Waters are on hand to help a bit with production – and titles include "Octopus", "Golden Hair", "Long Gone", "She Took A Long Cool Look", "Late Night", "If It's In You", "Love You", and "Terrapin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a scratch through the barcode.)
Also available
Madcap Laughs ... CD 4.99
Madcap Laughs (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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Ray BarrettoGiant Force ... LP
Fania, 1980. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Ray Barretto lost his shirt somewhere on the way to the photo session for the cover of this one – but the record's got more than enough grooves to cover his back – an all-great batch of 70s salsa tunes that show that Ray was still cooking strongly into the next decade! The group have a really full, rich sound here – a bold approach that features four trumpets and two trombones – all held together by really tight rhythms from Ray and the rest of the combo. Vocals are by Ray De La Paz and Eddie Temporal – and the sound is a lot more traditional than the late 70s sessions that Ray was doing for bigger labels – all acoustic, and pure salsa throughout. Titles include "Tu Propio Dolor", "Pura Novela", "Fuerza Gigante", "Guarapo Y Mecocha", and "Arallue". LP, Vinyl record album

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John BarryConducts His Greatest Movie Hits ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Sealed ... $4.99
Barry conducts versions of his famous soundtrack themes from the 60s – as you'd guess from the title – taking them in different directions than on the original recordings, and coming up with some nice moody readings that show the direction he was heading in the late 60s. There's some nice instrumentation that makes these versions well worth seeking out – even if the overall album is a bit more somber than some of his soundtracks – and titles include "Space March", "The Girl With The Sun In Her Hair", "You Only Live Twice", "The Wrong Box", and "Dutchman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn, with small tears.)

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Gary BartzFollow, The Medicine Man ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky wonderfulness from Gary Bartz – one of his hip sets from the early 70s recorded with his NTU group – a very righteous blend of soul, jazz, and funky elements! Huber Eaves plays some great electric piano on the record – and so does Bartz, alongside his usual soprano and alto sax – and the wonderful Andy Bey is on vocals, bad-rapping his way through an incredibly positive, powerful batch of tunes. Stafford James plays these nice phat funky basslines – and the album's got kind of a mix of modal jazz and shakey soul – that unusual Gary Bartz sound of the time! Cuts include "Sing Me A Song Today", "Sifa Zote", "Standin' On The Corner", and "Etoiles Des Neiges". CD

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New Gary BartzMusic Is My Sanctuary ... CD
Blue Note, 1977. Used ... $6.99
A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Larry Mizell! This is Gary Bartz's second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz artist, then expand it using additional keyboards, percussion, and often a sweet bank of chorus vocals to give the tracks an extra soulful sound! By the time of this album, Larry had already worked to great fame with Donald Byrd, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond – and the record has him turning his talents towards Gary Bartz to unlock a whole hidden side of soulful expression that would never be matched again! The title cut – "Music Is My Sanctuary" – is a jazz fusion classic in anyone's book, and it features characteristic Mizell keyboards alongside Gary's soulful sax, augmented by a deep vocal chorus that's simply fantastic. Other highlights include "Carnaval De L'Esprit" and "Macaroni" – and the whole album's nice! CD
(On demand CDr pressing.)
Also available Music Is My Sanctuary ... LP 9.99

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Robbie BashoSeal Of The Blue Lotus (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Takoma/4 Men With Beards, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 18.99
A perfect illustration of the genius of guitarist Robbie Basho – a set recorded early in his career, but with music that's light years ahead of most of his contemporaries! Although a set of solo acoustic guitar tracks, the music isn't really folk – nor is it the sort of acoustic underground music that would emerge more strongly in the 70s – and instead, it's got a real edge throughout – lots of odd tones and weird phrasings that almost preface a whole generation of guitar experimentalists like Derek Bailey or Eugene Chadbourne – yet still within a setting that's relatively tuneful overall! Basho's music has this subtle mysticism that we really love – and the solo sounds here are as evocative as the titles – which include "Mountain Man's Farewell", "Seal Of The Blue Lotus", "Sansara In Sweetness After Sandstorm", "Dravidian Sunday", and "Bardo Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy pressing – with a paste-on cover image, just like the original version!)

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Count BasieCount Basie & The Kansas City Seven ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Stripped-down Count Basie from the start of the 60s – a great little set that has the Count working with some of the best players from his larger group, in a session of even more intimate small combo material! The sounds here echo the Basie groove of the earlier years, but the overall presentation is a fair bit more modern – nicely syncopated with that sense of space discovered by Basie in the 50s – and perfectly interpreted by players who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Frank Wess on flute, Frank Foster on tenor, Freddie Green on guitar, Eric Dixon on flute, and Basie himself on both piano and organ – the latter of which is quite a treat! Titles include "Secrets", "Count's Place", "I Want A Little Girl", "Tally Ho Mr Basie", "Senator Whitehead", "Whatcha Talkin", and "Shoe Shine Boy". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s non-gatefold pressing, with liner notes on the inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and two stickers on the back.)

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Basso Valdambrini QuintetFonit H602/603 ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best Basso-Valdambrini work for bigger labels – including their early 60s gems on RCA! And like those records, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm here – kind of the soul jazz side of Blue Note, but handled with a fresh sound that's nicely free of any copycat cliches – and which instead really has the group finding their own voice through their writing and solos. The H602 album is billed as "pop jazz" – which is more a 60s soul jazz style – and H603 is called "Californiano", with a bit of a west coast vibe, but still very much the best grooves we've come to love from the combo. The lineup on both includes tremendous trumpet from Oscar Valdabrini and tenor from Gianni Basso – with rhythms from Ettore Righello on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Lionella Bionda on drums. Titles include "Pick Up", "Glaucus", "Gold Mine", "From Me", "Maglione", "Muy", "Plinius", and "Transistor". CD
Also available Fonit H602/603 (with bonus CD) ... LP 25.99

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Basso Valdambrini QuintetFonit H602/603 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best Basso-Valdambrini work for bigger labels – including their early 60s gems on RCA! And like those records, there's a wonderful sense of rhythm here – kind of the soul jazz side of Blue Note, but handled with a fresh sound that's nicely free of any copycat cliches – and which instead really has the group finding their own voice through their writing and solos. The H602 album is billed as "pop jazz" – which is more a 60s soul jazz style – and H603 is called "Californiano", with a bit of a west coast vibe, but still very much the best grooves we've come to love from the combo. The lineup on both includes tremendous trumpet from Oscar Valdabrini and tenor from Gianni Basso – with rhythms from Ettore Righello on piano, Giorgio Azzolini on bass, and Lionella Bionda on drums. Titles include "Pick Up", "Glaucus", "Gold Mine", "From Me", "Maglione", "Muy", "Plinius", and "Transistor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the entire record too!)
Also available Fonit H602/603 ... CD 18.99

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Petrowsky/Bauer/Gumpert/SommerSynopsis ... CD
Amiga (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Bold sounds from this German quartet – a group who certainly deliver one of the most striking avant jazz sessions on the legendary Amiga label! The set's got a free frenzy that's right up there with the 70s best from FMP – played by musicians who often made key appearances on that label too – including Ernst Ludwig Petrowsky on saxes and flute, Conrad Bauer on trombone, Ulrich Gumpert on piano, and Gunter Sommer on drums and percussion! The album takes off with a machine gun-like energy at the start – a real blast of sound that shows all the revolutionary power of this generation of German jazz – but then as things progress, the players explore some wonderful tones and textures that reflect a more contemplative mode as well – still very groundbreaking, but in a more subtle way. Titles include "Traumtanzer", "Quartett Diskurs", "Holzland", "Kommit Ihr G'Spielen", and "Post Aus Vogelsang". CD

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopBBC Radiophonic Music (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A incredible and innovative batch of late 60s sound library grooves from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – short bits of forward-thinking electronic music! It's a compilation of material composed and recorded by John Baker, David Cain and Delia Derbyshire – and it's a pretty amazing set of trippy, yet tuneful sounds. Lots of spacey, kinda 60s sci-fi sounds, eerily droning effects, and playful little riffs of more conventional incidental music. The record features more than 30 short pieces: "Radio Sheffield", "Artbeat", "War Of The Worlds", "Crossbeat" and more by David Cain, "Radio Nottingham", "Boys And Girls", "Time And Tune", "Milky Way" and more by John Baker, "Mattachin", The Delian Mode", "Door To Door", "Air" and more by Delia Derbyshire. LP, Vinyl record album

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Beach Boys20/20 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
An understated masterpiece from The Beach Boys – a record that's probably best known for its inclusion of some key tracks from the Smile sessions – but an album that stands pretty darn nicely on its own! The group are really maturing here – and the mix of Smile-era songs and some of their later ones is really great – a wonderful follow-up to material explored on Friends, and a great hint at the genius to come on Sunflower. The album's essential listening if you dig post-Pet Sounds Beach Boys – especially before they hit their mix of nostalgia and indulgence in the 70s – and titles include the sublime "Cabinessence", plus "Do It Again", "I Can Hear Music", "Be With Me", "All I Want To Do", "I Want To Sleep", and "The Nearest Faraway Place". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beach BoysFriends (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
An under-discovered album from The Beach Boys – and one of our favorite records by the group! The set's kind of a slinking back to the personal, quirky territory of Smile, but with a somewhat more intimate, less-ambitious feel – one that comes off like a tapestry of simple expressions from the group – surprisingly heartfelt at times, fragile at others, and always with a soul-bearing quality that's really wonderful. This one's light years from their surfer pop of a few years before – even a strong maturation from the Pet Sounds set of just two years back – and the harmonies really have the group hitting new strides – hardly a copycat of earlier male group modes, pure harmony heaven for the late 60s! The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Friends", "Transcendental Meditation", "Anna Lee The Healer", "Wake The World", "Meant For You", "Busy Doing Nothin", "Little Bird", "Be Here in the Mornin'", and "Diamond Head". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Friends ... LP 19.99

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BeatlesHard Day's Night (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
EMI/Apple, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.99
Quite different than the original US release of this classic soundtrack – as this UK lineup features a lot more songs – a side one's worth of gems from the film, and side two featuring additional new tracks from Lennon & McCartney! Movie tunes include "If I Fell", "Hard Day's Night", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Tell Me Why", "I Should Have Known Better", and "And I Love Her" – and other tracks include "You Can't Do That", "Any Time At All", "Things We Said Today", and "I'll Cry Instead". LP, Vinyl record album

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BeatlesSgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
Capitol/Apple, 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $21.99 22.99
Hard to deny the lasting power of this crucial album from The Beatles – a set that unleashed some of their trippiest sounds and most tender moments too! The mix of wit and honesty is wonderful – and the sonic range is dynamic as the archetypal cover image – a package that's had an undeniable impact on modern music for the past few decades! Titles include "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds", "She's Leaving Home", "Lovely Rita", "When I'm Sixty Four", "A Day In The Life", and "Fixing A Hole". LP, Vinyl record album

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BeatlesWith The Beatles (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
Parlophone/Apple, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
An iconic early cover image from The Beatles – with iconic early music to match! The tunes are short, tuneful, and undeniably great – that sound that instantly set the group apart from just about all of their contemporaries. Titles include "It Won't Be Long", "All My Loving", "Hold Me Tight", "Roll Over Beethoven", "You Really Got A Hold On Me", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "Money", "Little Child", and "Devil In Her Heart". LP, Vinyl record album

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Francis BebeyPsychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra cool sansa, which is a similar thumb piano to the kalimba – amplified here in really great ways, and mixed with some moody, dark elements throughout! The music has much more of a 70s vintage than you'd guess from the dates on the record – thanks partly to the raw percussion, and very offbeat production – which sometimes is mellow, sometimes bursts out in these shocking waves of sound. Titles include "Sanza Tristesse", "Forest Nativity", "Sunny Crypt", "Ngoma Likembe", "Guinee", "Di Saegi", and "Binta Madiallo". CD

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BeckMorning Phase (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Capitol, 2014. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
The first proper album from Beck in a few years – following some solid production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and others – and bit of a return to the quiet singer-songwriter style of his classic Sea Change! Morning Phase finds Beck mixing up subtle, spacey sounds with acoustic guitar and straight forward songcraft – and perhaps ultimately not quite as melancholic as Sea Change. Again, he's delivered a timeless, distinctive piece of work. Includes "Cycle", "Morning", "Heart Is A Drum", "Say Goodbye", "Blue Moon", "Unforgiven", "Wave", "Don't Let It Go", "Blackbird Chain", "Phase", "Turn Away", "Country Down", "Waking Light". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download card.)

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BedheadBeheaded (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Numero, 1996. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
Bedhead's second, and perhaps best album – coming pretty close to perfecting the moody, mellow-sounding, yet emotionally-arresting slowcore sound they helped pioneer – and an effort that's as rewarding of a listen today as it was the day it came out! Beheaded is quiet, but disarmingly so, with a slow-building tension that takes a little while to sink in, but is unshakable once it does. Remarkably strong material that holds up incredibly well, despite the oft-imitated style in the years to come. Includes "Beheaded", "Left Behind", "What's Missing", "Smoke", "Burned Out", "Roman Candle", "Withdraw", "Lares And Pentates", "Losing Memories" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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BedheadWhatFunLifeWas (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Numero, 1994. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
The first album from Bedhead – a 1994 record that helped usher in something of a quiet revolution in 90s indie rock – paving the way for lusher, moodier and slower soundscapes, soon be dubbed slowcore! Bedhead is as much a breath of fresh air a couple decades later, delivering a timeless, moody sound that takes some cues from the vibe of the Velvet Underground at their mellowest, and more recent trailblazers like Spaceman 3 – but ultimately deliver their own distinctive, and now oft-imitated sound. Includes "Liferaft", "Haywire", "Bedside Table", "The Unpredictable", "Landlord", "Crushing", "Unfinished", "Powder", "Foaming Love", "To The Ground", "Living Well" and "Wind Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Captain BeefheartSun, Zoom, Spark – 1970 to 1972 (Lick My Decals Off/Spotlight Kid/Clear Spot/Outtakes) (4LP set – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4LP ... $89.99 99.98
The Reprise Records run of Captain Beefheart – presented here in a special package that also features a full album of never-issued rare material as well! Beefheart at Reprise was a real high point – as the Captain was still full of all the primal, gritty elements of the previous years – but also refining the sound of the Magic Band as well – to a point where the increased musicianship only got more complex, yet helped focus the energy of the songs as well! The whole thing's worth it alone for the mindblowing combination of roots and modern on the guitar work – and the progression over three albums is one of the most striking you'll see at the time for any artist, in any style. The package features the full three albums Lick My Decals Off Baby, The Spotlight Kid, and Clear Spot – and the bonus Outtakes CD features titles that include "Little Scratch", "Kiss Where I Kain't", "The Witch Doctor Life (inst take)", "Harry Irene", "Alice In Blunderland (alt)", "Two Rips In A Haystack/Kiss Me My Love", "Nowadays A Woman's Gotta Hit A Man (early mix)", "Dirty Blue Gene (alt 1)", "Pompadour Swamp/Suction Prints", and "I Can't Do This Unless I Can Do This/Seam Crooked Sam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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New Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $16.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note – This copy has a slightly bent corner from shipping.)

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Bernstein/Goldings/StewartLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2011. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A trio of modern talents, working beautifully together on a set of extended live tracks! The group features guitar from Peter Bernstein, Hammond from Larry Goldings, and drums from Bill Stewart – coming together in ways that remind us of the hipper side of 60s organ combos – those moments when Grant Green and Larry Young really opened things up with a long-flowing groove! There's still a nice undercurrent of soul in the mix, but the rhythms are relatively free and unfettered too – moving forth with energy that might be called modal by some, but which is even less constricted by a simple tag like that – more just pure, beautiful waves of sound from both the organ and guitar. Titles include "The Danger Zone", "Milestones", "Just A Thought", "Molto Molto", and "Chant". CD

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Marco BettaLe Cose Che Restano ... CD
Beat (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $19.99
Lovely work from Marco Betta – a contemporary film that's scored with all the sensitivity of the Italian scene from years back – set up here in a light mix of piano, orchestrations, and some occasional solo passages on cello, violin, and guitar! The tunes are relatively short, but swell with a strong sense of promise right from the start – and work together beautifully as the soundtrack unfurls – with cascading colors that build in really subtle ways, with a strength that's undeniable. The album's a real contemporary gem – and titles include "Ripensare", "Ul Altro Sguardo Sulla Vita", "Microscomo Interiore", "Tracce Di Citta", "Tracce Trascorse 2", "Frammenti Di Stori", and "Preludio E Risveglio". CD

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BG Knocc Out & DrestaReal Brothas ... CD
Outburst/Universal (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong, consistent and nowadays under-acknowledged standout in the early-to-mid 90s west coast gangsta rap boom from Eazy E proteges BG Knocc Out & Dresta! They don't reinvent the wheel on Real Brothas, but it really is a solid snapshot of the sound and the era – and the rhyme skills are top notch – flowing as strongly as their more legendary Compton peers. Includes "Everyday All Day", "Jealousy", "Whose The G", "Life's A Puzzle", "Micc Checc", "Compton & Watts", "Do Or Die", "Take A Ride", "50/50 Love", "Real Brothas", Down Goes Anotha N***a" and more. CD

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Big Boss ManLast Man On Earth (180 gram vinyl – with download) ... LP
Blow Up (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from this mod British combo – a set that gets way past the easy retro references of previous albums, and goes for a vibe that's quite complicated, but still pretty darn groovy! The set's got the look and feel of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60s – and these guys bring in a nice range of styles to match – from jaunty groovers to more complicated sonic explorations – served up on a blend of Hammond, Fender Rhodes, mellotron, timbales, tablas, electric sitar, and more – all with a feel that's maybe somewhere in the best territory of Roy Budd during his Get Carter years! The whole thing's wonderful – a great evolution from before – and titles include "Trans Adonis", "Theme From Last Man On Earth", "Aardvark", "Blow Your Own", "Hail Caesar", and "Changing Faces" – and although most of the set is instrumental, three tracks feature some guest vocals too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)

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Big MaybelleGospel Soul Of Big Maybelle ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $21.99
An obscure session for Big Maybelle, but a great one too – a record that has her moving past the melancholy blues of her earlier work, into a lively gospel-based mode that's surprisingly great for her voice! The sound is quite upbeat and joyous – in a style that really has Maybelle's voice soaring to the skies – supported by arrangements from Alan Lorber and John Jacobs that are a bit like some of the backings Jackie Wilson received at Brunswick, including some additional chorus support. Tunes are a mix of gospel standards and a few secular tracks as well – and titles include "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", "Do Lord", "Dry Bones", "Down By The Riverside", and "Swing Low Sweet Chariot". CD

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Big Star#1 Record ... CD
Ardent/Stax, 1972. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex Chilton's previous performances – yet the group's music has become a generation-defining sound in the way it blends southern inflections with harder rock influences, and a lean, gritty quality that's arguably in a late 70s space between punk and power pop. Every element is wonderful – guitars that are powerful, but never indulgent – vocals that are moving, but never overly emotive – and a balance between sensitive and searing moments that even The Replacements could never hope to match. A landmark all the way through – with tracks that include "Feel", "Ballad Of El Goodo", "In The Street", "The India Song", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "Give Me Another Chance", "Don't Lie To Me", "Thirteen", "Watch The Sunrise", and "Try Again". CD
Also available #1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Big Star#1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex Chilton's previous performances – yet the group's music has become a generation-defining sound in the way it blends southern inflections with harder rock influences, and a lean, gritty quality that's arguably in a late 70s space between punk and power pop. Every element is wonderful – guitars that are powerful, but never indulgent – vocals that are moving, but never overly emotive – and a balance between sensitive and searing moments that even The Replacements could never hope to match. A landmark all the way through – with tracks that include "Feel", "Ballad Of El Goodo", "In The Street", "The India Song", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "Give Me Another Chance", "Don't Lie To Me", "Thirteen", "Watch The Sunrise", and "Try Again". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available #1 Record ... CD 10.99

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Jo BissoLove Somebody ... CD
Marlin/Henry Stone, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
Disco grooves, but with a definite difference – given that Jo Bisso had previously worked on the Parisian club scene, and brings a special flourish to this American album from the late 70s! Jo sings lead vocals on the side-long "Love Somebody" – a tune that builds strongly as Bisso gets answered by a trio of lovely ladies who really brighten up the sound – and who then seem to take over even more on the flipside working with singer Claudia Ferrari. This second side is even better than the first – as things get a bit more spare and stripped-down – snaking out on the smooth stepper "Your Love", getting some funky moogy touches on the P&P-like "Let's Keep It Together", and warming up on the mellow disco number "Thank You Baby". Special bonus – CD features a fifth track – not titled or credited at all! CD

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New James BlackI Need Altitude – Rare & Unreleased New Orleans Jazz & Funk 1968-1978 ... CD
Night Train International/Tuff City, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Sweet 70s funk from drummer James Black! The tunes were recorded in New Orleans, but have a bass-heavy groove that sounds a lot more like New York funk of the early 70s – tightly grooving with lots of rhythmic interplay, and a nice dose of spacey soul! About half the cuts have vocals – either by Sister Mary, Mary Jane Hooper, Eddie Bo, or Black himself – done in a odd style that works well with the messed-up groove of the tracks. There's a few nice drumbreaks on the set, and titles include "That Certain Someone", "Psychedelphia", "There's A Storm In The Gulf", "Mr Gris Gris Man", "I Need Altitude", "Tune #6", and an instrumental version of "Hook & Sling"! CD's got some bonus cuts too – including a few 80s versions of older tracks – making a total of 15 titles in all. CD

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Black Market BrassBig Muffler/Snake Oil Man ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99
Killer contemporary Afrobeat from Black Market Brass! "Big Muffler" has deep sounds at the bottom that perfectly match the sharp guitar and horns on the top – a brooding bassy energy that really gives the whole thing a very classic feel – and a sound that's mighty funky too! "Snake Oil Man" is mighty great too – a bit more, well, snakey in approach – but in a way that makes for some mighty great keyboards between the horns and rhythms! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Black Nasty/ADC BandIt's Hard Times – Rare & Unreleased Detroit Funk 1975 to 1981 ... LP
Funky Delicacies, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
Rare funk from the Detroit underground of the late 70s – a lost link between the legendary Stax group Black Nasty, and their later mainstream incarnation, the ADC Band! The work here is from the years between Black Nasty's 1973 debut and some of the bigger ADC records for Cotillion – ensemble funk most of the way through, with a sound that's a bit less polished than the ADC groove, but a lot tighter and less guitar-heavy than the original Black Nasty sound. There's a nice indie feel to a lot of these tunes – so that even though the group's quite professional by this point, they're never too slick, and have retained a good party funk feel to many of the tracks. Instrumentation is relatively full, mixing heavy bass and guitar with larger horn passages and more compressed rhythms. Titles include "I'm Looking For My Roots", "Let Me Do It To You", "Let's Groove", "You Wanna Dance", "Ride In My Brand New Car", "It's Hard Times", and "Let The Music Lead The Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayo (180 gram pressing with bonus 7" single & download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $25.99
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in the mid 70s era in which the Afro Funk sound was hitting it's peak – when African rhythms and James Brown style funk were being fused so furiously – but Black Truth Rhythm Band take a different approach, working more with sounds from African spectrum and the West Indies. It's really amazing stuff that takes unpredictable twists from stripped down rhythms, to jazzy guitars and cosmic synths – always with straight up brilliant playing by the group. A fusion of African rhythms, strains of Calypso and boundary free jazzy grooves that balance and exploratory sensibility with tight, irresistible rhythms. Soundway raises the bar once again! Titles include "Ifetayo", "You People", "Saved Musician", "Kilimanjaro", "Aspire", and "Umbala" – plus a bonus 7" single with the track "Imo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Ifetayo (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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New BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 17.98
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... CD
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 17.98
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". CD
Also available Walking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP 22.99

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... $22.99 23.98
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Walking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... CD 16.99

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J BlackfootCity-Slicker ... CD
Sound Town, 1983. Used ... $3.99
Later material cut by this great singer from the Soul Children. The tracks are produced by Homer Banks, and still have a very strong sound, even though the style's a bit more modern than Blackfoot's classic work. Writing is by Betty Crutcher, Homer Banks, and Chuck Brooks – and in a way, the album's sort of an early 80s updating of the early 70s Stax sound. Titles include "Taxi", "The Way Of The City", "Street Girl", "All Because of What You Did To Me", and "Where Is Love". CD

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J BlackfootU Turn ... LP
Edge, Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Not as strong as some of Blackfoot's other solo work – a mix of styles that has his roots in the Memphis scene getting a bit of an 80s production touch, sometimes a bit too tinny to sound great, at others rolling into more comfortable territory with a warmer feel. Homer Banks wrote and produced most of the record – and titles include "Sunshine Lady", "U Turn", "Warning", "Bad Weather", and "Friendship". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Art BlakeyWitch Doctor (plus bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $18.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – but a set that was unreleased by Blue Note for quite a few years! The set's one of two gems the group recorded in 1961, but which were held back until the end of the 60s – and it features a stellar version of the group with Wayne Shorter on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – all wonderful players who were really coming into their own at the time, and starting to bring a richness to the Messengers sound that would leave its mark in jazz for many years to come! The group is razor-sharp on the rhythms, but also really able to take new chances with their phrasing and timing – on a host of wonderful tracks that include "Those Who Sit & Wait", "The Witch Doctor", and "A Little Busy" – all real classics from this special group. Features a bonus alternate take of "The Witch Doctor" too. CD
(SHM CD pressing!)
Also available Witch Doctor ... CD 11.99

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BlondieAutoamerican ... LP
Chrysalis, 1980. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Out of New York rock and roll ideas, Debbie Harry decides to pilfer the subcultures to make her sound a bit more interesting! Fortunately for us, she got some help from guitar maestro Chris Stein on the track "Rapture" – and Stein's real interest in the music gave it a stone old school groove that's held up pretty well over the years! More famously, Harry went for a bit of reggae on the track "The Tide Is High" – taking Duke Reid's original, and turning it into a global hit! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a Nice Price stamp and a small sticker on the spine.)
 
 
 



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