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New Gene ChandlerChi-Sound Sessions 1978 to 1982 (When You're #1/80/Here's To Love/bonus tracks) ... CD
Chi Sound/SPV (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gene Chandler's one of those artists who never fails to surprise us – and this wonderful package is a great illustration of one of the best chapters in his career! Gene's first known for his big early hits for Vee Jay – including "Duke Of Earl" – and stayed strong over many many years, shifting labels from time to time, continuing to grow as a singer and move through a range of different styles all handled quite well. This set offers an oft-lost side of Gene's career – his later recordings for Carl Davis' Chi-Sound label, home to a number of older Chicago soul artists who worked with Davis earlier at other labels. As with other singers on the label – such as Walter Jackson – Gene here moves into a smooth modern soul vein, mixing uptempo and midtempo tunes with ease, showing a sophisticated vocal style that you'd hardly ever expect from his earlier work! There's some real gems on this set – which features not only all three albums that Chandler recorded for the label, but also 9 more bonus tracks from singles as well – a massive 31 track package that's the first full look at this side of Gene's career. Titles include "Does She Have A Friend", "That Funky Disco Rhythm", "I'm Attracted To You", "For The Sake Of The Memories", "God Send", "Almost Daylight", "I Keep Coming Back", "I'll Make The Living If You'll Make The Living Worth While", "Skate", "Time Is A Thief", "Where Have You Been", "Get Down (demo)", "Let Me Make Love To You (long version)", "All About The Paper", "Rainbow 80", "You've Been So Sweet To Me", and "When You're #1". CD
 
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MX 80 SoundAlways Leave Them Wanting Less – Live In Chicago & San Francisco ... CD
Atavistic, 1997. Used ... $6.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Sounds Of BlacknessImages Of Blackness ... LP
Sound 80, Late 70s. Near Mint- ... $59.99
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(In great shape!)
 
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AhmadBack In The Day (rmx, jeep mix, album, rmx inst, album inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Giant, 1994. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $7.99
Nothing else he did was worth it, but this track, radio hit and all, is still kinda dope. When "Back In The Day" actually was depends on how old y'all are – and for Ahmad it's the late 80's with some dope verses about what was going on back then. To our ears, the vocals and production on this one sound like they could have been from a lost classic-era Pharcyde track, and you can't argue with that. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Fela & Egypt 80Army Arrangement (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Celluloid/Movie Play (Portugal), 1985. Used ... $9.99
The full-length version of the Army Arrangement album, issued here with 3 long tracks – "Army Arrangement", "Cross Examination", and "Government Chicken Boy". The record was recorded in 1985, with Bill Laswell producing, and it's got a bit more of an electro sound than some of Fela's earlier albums. Bernie (P-Funk) Worrell plays keyboards on 2 of the 3 tracks, and Sly Dunbar adds a little bass-heavy drumming to "Army Arrangement". Tough to track down in this form, and an essential chapter of Fela's career! This version also includes three mixes of "Army Arrangement". CD
(Out of print.)

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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. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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
(In a Profile sleeve.)

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King TubbyKing Tubby's Reggae Dub (3LP colored vinyl box set) ... LP
Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)... $39.99
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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Ms MelodieWake Up, Wake Up! (extended, edit, inst)/Live On Stage (extended, edit, inst) ... 12-inch
Jive, 1989. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $0.99
Written and produced by KRS, while he was still married to her. Not a bad KRS sound from the late 80's. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Oneness Of JujuElectric Juju Nation ... LP
Name Brand Records, Early 80s. Very Good ... $38.99
An obscure release that compiles tracks from a number of different sessions by this legendary American soul jazz combo. The tracks are less soul jazz oriented than their records from the mid 70's, and much more oriented towards their big club sound from the early 80's. Plunky's still in the group on sax, and they're joined here by Virtania Tillery, who sings vocals on a number of cuts. There's some nice groovers on here, including "Plastic Is Easy To See Through", issued here for the first time, plus "Get Your Head Together", and "Be About The Future". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but vinyl is nice.)

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Point Blank MC'sHard To The Body (voc, radio edit, inst) ... 12-inch
Beauty & The Beat, 1984. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Produced by Duke Bootee with scratches by DJ Finesse, the Point Blank MC's use the heavy beat production style of the early Profile singles, similar to Coast to Coast's "Word of Mouth" and the rock-the-party loud vocal style of '83-85 hip hop. It might sound dated to some, but to us it's still a great example of hip hop vocals between the classic old school rhyme style and the post-Run-DMC MC's. Plus the sticker on the cover has the MCs in some early 80's hip hop flix. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Rockers RevengeWalking On Sunshine '82 (long, short)/Rockin On Sunshine/Acapella Sunshine ... 12-inch
Streetwise, 1982. Very Good ... $0.49
Not strictly hip hop, but a breakin/electro/dance classic! With that early 80's club sound and sung vocals, produced by Arthur Baker and Jellybean. The 10-minute Rockin On Sunshine mix is a mostly instrumental version, with much more spare production, where each drum/bass/snyth line is allowed to go on for a minute without all the other orchestration. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track one. Label has some pencil.)

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Shorty Rogers & His GiantsRe-Entry ... LP
Atlas (Japan), 1983. Very Good ... $14.99
Early 80's Japanese-only session featuring a reunion of some of Rogers' old bandmates in his legendary Giants ensemble. Rogers heads up the group on flugelhorn, and other players include Bob Cooper, Bill Perkins, Pete Jolly, Bud Shank, and Shelly Manne. The set's got a nice straight ahead sound, with a style that's very much in keeping with Rogers' 50's RCA sessions. Titles include "Bunny", "Walk, Don't Run", "The Goof & I", "Powder Puff", and "Short Stop". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert and obi.)

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VariousRalph Records Presents Frank Johnson's Favorites ... LP
Ralph, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A classic collection of quirky rock and experimental tracks from one of the greatest American labels of the time! Titles include "Crash" and "Dark Companion" by Tuxedomoon, "IT Splash" by Yello, "What A Dilemma" by Fred Frith, "Melvyn's Repose" by Renaldo & The Loaf, "White Night" and "O Type" by MX 80 Sound, "Collapse" by Art Bears, "Loser = Weed" by The Residents, and "Smelly Tongue" by Snakefinger. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and the remnants of a sticker.)

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VariousUp! The Psycho Mellow – A Brief Excursion Into The 70's Sound ... CD
Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
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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FelaTeacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense (with bonus download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... Around August 19, 2014
Different stuff than usual, but with a sound that's equally compelling as Fela's earlier work! Fela's working here with groundbreaking producer Wally Badarou, who gives the keyboard stylings of the Egypt 80 groove the same spacey spooky sound that you'll find in his own work from the time – blending the Afro Funk groove with a dubbier approach that has a bit more space, one that opens up the sound nicely! As with his other work, there's 2 long cuts: "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense" and "Look & Laugh". LP, Vinyl record album

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New PerriFlight ... LP
Zebra/MCA, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An 80's classic from Perri – a quartet of female singers who are really a cut above most of their contemporaries! The vocals come together in a great mix of harmonies and leads that really points the way towards the En Vogue sound a few years later – and although there's a crossover feel to some of the backings here, the overall sound is a lot less pop than other groups of this nature at the time – still warm and deep at the best moments, and very respectful of the voices. There's a nicely jazzy undercurrent on some tunes, and tracks include "Fall In Love", "The Flight", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "Eternal Life", "Travels Two", "Secret Weapon", and a great remake of Steely Dan's "Caves Of Altamira". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Soul II SoulKeep On Movin' ... LP
Virgin, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential! When this one came out at the end of the 80's, it not only restored our faith in modern soul music, but it also drew the world's attention to the rich, rich talents that had been bubbling under in London's mid 80's rare groove scene. The record's a classic, and most of the tracks still sound as fresh today as when they were first minted – probably because Jazzie B drew heavily upon a classic soul sound in his production style, which assured the album an instant place in the upper lineage of R&B! Cuts include "Jazzie's Groove", "Keep On Movin", "Back To Life" "Fairplay", and "African Dance". Great stuff, and surprisingly fresh! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Wild MagnoliasWild Magnolias ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New VariousKeep Looking – 80 More Mod, Soul, & Freakbeat Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New VariousRoller Boogie 80's – Mixed By Kenny Dope ... CD
Dungeon, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of work that represents one of the best sides of early 80s soul – the roller boogie groove, hand-picked and mixed up by Kenny Dope himself! The set features 18 tracks from the laidback post-disco years – all done in a style that's got plenty of soul, nice jazzy touches, and the kind of mellow two-stepping rhythms that made the roller boogie sound so great! We love every single cut on the set – as does Kenny, we're sure – and the whole thing's put together with a gentle approach to the mixing that leaves pretty much every cut intact. Titles include "Mama Used To Say" by Junior, "Over Like A Fat Rat" by Fonda Rae, "All Night Long" by Mary Jane Girls, "Don't Look Any Further" by Dennis Edwards, "Funky Sensation" by Gwen McCrae, "Walking Into Sunshine" by Central Line, "I Want To Thank You" by Alicia Myers, "I'll Do Anything" by Denroy Morgan, "A Little Bit Of Jazz" by Nick Straker, "Come Let Me Love You" by Janet Lady Day, and "Rock Your World" by Weeks & Co. 18 cuts in all! CD

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New VariousLive Convention 80 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Disco Wax (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
(Limited edition.)

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New Would Be GoodsCamera Loves Me ... CD
El/Richmond (UK), 1988. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the grooviest records to come out on the late lamented El label! Would Be Goods are a slightly-silly girl pop combo – with a style that's a bit like Bad Dream Fancy Dress (the other great girl group on El), but with a sound that's a little sweeter. The album's nice and cheesy, and includes a lot of nice tracks that have a style that's sort of "60's Brit Pop meets 80's Brit Indie production." Includes the great cut "The Camera Loves Me", plus the tunes "Young Man From Caracas", "Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook", "Pinstriped Rebel", "Marvellous Boy", and "Wrong Way Round". CD

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New VariousFree Soul – Classic Of Mainstream Records ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazz, soul, and a whole lot more – even a rare psychedelic track from the vaults of Mainstream Records – all brought together in one of the most dynamic entries we've ever seen in the Free Soul series! The cuts here go way past the obvious, and way past the familiar – and the genre-hopping approach is a great reminder that the Mainstream label had a heck of a lot more to offer than just some of its famous funky jazz classics. And as always, Free Soul compiler Toru Hashimoto does a great job of digging up and bringing the music together in ways that really sets unlocks its magic – a whole new way of looking at Mainstream, and one that's really helped us get a new sort of appreciation for the label! CD features 23 tracks, and nearly 80 minutes of music – titles that include "Four" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fuit Of The Desert" by Orient Express, "I Want You Back" by Bobby Shad & The Bad Men, "My Heart Said" by Emily Yancy, "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "Soul Makossa" by Afrique, "The Sweetest Sounds" by Carmen McRae, "Down Yonder" by David Young, "Sound Song" by Barry Miles, "I Just Want To Be There" by Jay Berliner, "Hard Hard Promises" by Alice Clark, "Make It With You" by Maxine Weldon, "Moonlight Serenade" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fly Me To The Moon" by Gloria Coleman, and "What's Going On" by Charles McPherson. CD
 
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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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AirAir Time ... LP
Nessa, 1977. Very Good+ ... $29.99
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago trio – a great example of the way that records on the Nessa label can really get to the heart of artists' intentions! The trio of Henry Threadgill on reeds, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Steve McCall on percussion have never sounded better – and have this intimate, soulful interplay that's sometimes missing from other efforts – that special kind of energy that makes the AACM so great when it's really clicking this well – as deeply spiritual as it is freely expressive! Threadgill plays alto, tenor, bass flute, and the compelling hubkaphone –a nd titles include "I'll Be Right Here Waiting", "No 2", "GvE", "Subtraction", and "Keep Right On Playing Thru The Mirror Over The Water". LP, Vinyl record album

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Toshiko AkioshiLast Live In Blue Note Tokyo ... CD
Wounded Bird, 2004. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A sweet Japanese set from Toshiko Akioshi – recorded at the Blue Note in Tokyo, with a group that really replicates the sound of her big band from the 70s! Key partner from those years – Lew Tabackin – is in the group playing loads of great tenor and flute solos – and other players include a range of younger Americans, including Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Jim Snidero on alto and flute – all working in that great Akioshi/Tabackin formation – tight head arrangements, but lots of room to soar out on solos on the longer tracks! Terumasa Hino also guests a bit on trumpet – and titles include "Hirohiko's Delight", "The Village", "Lady Liberty", "Unrequited Love", and "Hope". CD

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Alborosie, Shane Brown, & Prince JammyEvolution Of Dub Vol 8 – The Search For New Life (Computerised Dub/Voyage Into Dub/Juke Boxx Dub/Dub Clash) ... CD
Greensleeves (UK), 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $22.99 25.98
A box set snapshot of the evolving art of dub – with Prince Jammy's Computerized Dub, Two Friends Crew's Voyage Into Dub, Shane Brown's Juke Box Dub and Alborose's Dub Crash – for complete dub albums, each in mini LP replica sleeves, in a 4CD box set! Prince Jammy's is the best known set of the bunch – and a nice little set of mid 80s digital dub that certainly helped pave the way for dubby sounds to come. Mikey Bennett & Patrick Lindsay's Two Friends Crew, the Shane Brown and Alborosie sets are more contempory spins on the style. More than 50 tracks on 4CDs! CD

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Alessandro Alessandroni/Francesco DeMasiLesbo (limited edition) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Alessandro Alessandroni/Gianfranco PlenizioLa Signora Gioca Bene A Scopa/L'Infermiera ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1974/1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A duo of mid 70s Italian erotic comedy scores – Alessandro Alessandroni's La Signora Gioca Bene A Scopa and Gianfranco Plenizio's L'Inermiera from '74 and '75 – back-to-back! La Signora Gioca Bene A Scopa features fun waltzy numbers with tinkering keys and sweet strings, and some of the most playfully out there vocalism we've ever heard Edda Dell'Orso! Includes 19 sequences of the title theme. L'Infermiera features a fairly straight, nicely groovy score by Gianfranco Plenizio with style to spare – from laidback & jazzy to more playful with grooves with oddball comic sound flourishes. Includes 12 variations on the title theme. CD

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Johnny AlfEle E Johnny Alf ... CD
EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by Johnny Alf – a sweet and mellow set of tracks that retains all the charm of his earlier bossa work, yet which adds in some warmer electric touches to really expand the sound. The set's totally wonderful – warm and raspy vocals from Johnny, set in lightly dancing jazz arrangements that groove with a gentle edge. Titles include "Leme", "Garota Da Minha Dicade", "Pensando Em Voce", "Decisao", "Anabela", "Ama Me", and "Eh Mundo Bom Tai". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Sandalia De Prata", "Tema Carnaval", "Eu E A Brisa", and "Nao Deixa A Zorra Morrer". CD

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AllspiceAllspice ... CD
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 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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AloaAloa (180 gram green colored vinyl) ... LP
Medical, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Not a Hawaiian band, as you might think from misreading the title – but a very cool early 80s German electronic duo – one with an equally great ear for tuneful melodies and darker moments! The music here rivals the best of the German new wave of the time – and shares that scene's style of winnowing down all the best keyboard and electronic moments of the prog years into a much leaner, meaner sound – often with playful little touches, and some starker rhythm passages that preface later years of Euro dance – but without any of its cliches. Titles include "Banane Zitrone", "Duetsche Begegnung", "Traumfrau", "Wiesser Wal", "Flamingos", and 'Hostessendienst". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with bonus insert too.)

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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)... $6.99
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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Curtis AmyKatanga (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pacific Jazz/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1963. New Copy ... $28.99
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy had previously cut with Paul Bryant – and instead, is put together with a nascent spiritualism that's really wonderful – a sound that definitely lives up to the bold title and cover image, with lots of modal moments in the rhythms! The group features some equally under-acknowledge geniuses – including trumpeter Dupree Bolton, pianist Jack Wilson, and guitarist Ray Crawford – all coming together perfectly with Amy's work on tenor and soprano sax. The best tunes here are originals by the group members – including "Lonely Woman" (not by Ornette), "Katanga", "Native Land", and "Amyable". LP, Vinyl record album
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Leny AndradeA Arte Maior De Leny Andrade (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $32.99
Leny Andrade's a singer with a huge legacy of work in Brazilian music – but she sounds especially great on this rare early album with jazzy backing from Milton Banana on drums and Tenorio Jr on piano! The record's got all the depth of Andrade's mature work – and really shows her as a key link between the emotive modes of the previous generation and the jazzier styles of the bossa years – a balance that comes across here with a nicely personal feel, given the live setting and spontaneous energy of the record. The whole thing's great – maybe one of the best albums from Leny you'll ever find – and titles include "Embalo", "Vai De Vez", "Moca Flor", "O Mar E O Amor", "Vivo Sonhando", "Consolacao", and "Amor De Nada". CD

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New AortaAorta ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good- Gatefold ... $16.99
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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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A damn legendary record from the last years of Chess Records – and for good reason, too! Archie Whitewater were a group that was years ahead of its time – a rock combo, but one with real genre-crossing sensibilities that made them perfect for the experimental styles at the Cadet/Concept side of Chess – the same slice of the musical universe that gave us Rotary Connection and important productions from Charles Stepney! The sound here has some surprisingly soulful elements at times – especially the instrumentation, which features some great break moments that get nice and funky, and strands of soulful jazz and blues that really make the music way different than most other groups we can think of – or maybe a bit like a rare elite who shared such visionary territory with Archie Whitewater, such as Shades Of Joy on their first Fontana record. The keyboards and sax lines are as great as the drums – and the vocals have a melancholy undercurrent that's a really refreshing change from some of the overly-postured modes you'd get from other groups in 1970. Titles include the sublime sample cut "Cross Country" – but there's loads of other nice ones with the same stripped-down "Dusty Fingers" sort of groove – and other titles include "Life Is A River", "Home Again", "Lament For The Walking Dead", "Seacoast", "Country To the City", "Friends & Neighbors", and "Mist Of The Early Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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India ArieTestimony Vol 1 – Life & Relationship ... LP
Motown, 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 29.98
India Arie continues her sensuous journey in sound – working here in the same earthy blend of acoustic and electric elements that made other records so great, and showing that she's still one of the strongest voices in contemporary soul! The record's got a personal, intimate quality that's head and shoulders above most of the harder-hitting divas on the charts these days – and although other indie singers have attempted India's sound on their own recent records, Arie shows that she's still one of the few who can get a sound like this right. Gentle guitar and warm vocals float together in perfect tandem throughout the record – and the whole thing has a very cohesive approach that never seems to ruin the groove, even on the few obvious attempts at a hit! Titles include "India Song", "I Am Not My Hair", "Summer", "Good Mourning", "Private Party", "There's Hope", "These Eyes", and "Wings Of Forgiveness". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Joan ArmatradingWalk Under Ladders ... LP
A&M, 1981. Very Good ... $0.99
Early 80s synthy soul and new wave sounds from Joan Armatrading – really taking her earlier, kind of folk soul based sound confidently into the early 80s keyboard heavy grooves with some pronounced Caribbean flourishes! Lots of punchy rhythms and neon bright 80s sounds, but it's the songs that transcend here – the tunes are always insistent, and Joan's voice is as warm and inviting as ever. Titles include "At The Hop", "I Wanna Hold You", "I'm Lucky", "The Weakness In Me", "No Love", "Romancers", "Ican't Lie To Myself", "Only One" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoJackson In Your House/Message To Our Folks/Reese & The Smooth Ones ... CD
BYG/Snapper (UK), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... $17.99 19.98
An incredible package – and one that features three of the most important records ever cut by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! All three albums were recorded at the Saravah Studios in the summer of 1969 – during a time when the Art Ensemble of Chicago were making big waves on the Parisian scene (including their work in the film Les Stances A Sophie) – and finding a way to refine their new Chicago sound in the world away from the Windy City! These were the albums that really put the Art Ensemble on the map – letting them find new freedoms, and reach new heights in expression – in a mode that even surpassed previous recordings by individual members back home. The lineup is very heavy on reeds – with a variety played by Roscoe Mitchell and Joseph Jarman – and features bold trumpet from Lester Bowie, warm basslines from Malachi Favors, and a range of percussion and other instruments by all members of the group! The set comes in a nice book-like cover, with a booklet inside – and titles include "Reese & The Smooth Ones (parts 1 & 2)", "Rock Out", "Brain For The Seine", "Dexterity", "Jackson In Your House", "The Waltz", and "Song For Charles". CD

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNice Guys ... LP
ECM, 1979. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A key later session from the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – a record that gained them global exposure through the ECM label, and which has them working in a beautifully subtle sense of sound, space, and tone! The work is less all-out challenging than some of the group's earliest recordings – but no less strong, as if anything, the AEC has mastered their musical vision so well, they're coming across here with an extremely cohesive sound. Instrumentation includes a wide range of percussion, plus the usual bass of Malachi Favors and the saxes of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell – and tracks include "Ja", "Folkus 11", "597-59", and "Dreaming Of The Master". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a gold promo stamp.)

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Edward ArtemievSolaris (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Mirumir (Russia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
An amazing electronic score – put together for an equally amazing film – Edward Artemiev's wonderful music for Andre Tarkovsky's Solaris – sounds that are as riveting as the images on the screen! Artemiev beautifully blends analogue keyboard lines with strings, sometimes creating waves of melodic joy, sometimes shifting into much darker, more abstract passages – but all always at a level that really goes past the usual electronics of the time! There's a visionary feel to the music that makes the album completely sublime – and titles include "Ocean", "Dream", "Station", "Disease", and "Return". LP, Vinyl record album

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ArtisticsLook Out ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $21.99
Heavenly group soul from The Artistics – a quartet who already sounded great on the Chicago scene of the 60s – but who really opened up into something special with records like this! The group's harmonies were well forged on early upbeat groovers – which means that here, when they're kicking back a bit more they really take off – mixing voices and leads in this way that easily rivals the best east coast groups of the period – and which gets some massive kick at the bottom from the team of Sonny Sanders and Willie Henderson – both of whom bring in a gentle funk to some of the best numbers. Titles include their seminal "I Want You To Make My Life Over" – a cut that we never tire of hearing – plus "Being In Love", "If You Had A Change Of Mind", "Don't You Know That I Love You", "She's Heaven", "Look Out I'm Gonna Get You", and "This Love Is Mine". CD

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Artvark Saxophone Quartet with Claron McFaddenSly Meets Callas ... CD
Zennez (Netherlands), 2012. Used ... $4.99
Soprano voice and four different saxophones – a really unusual combination, with sparkling musical results! The title's a bit hokey, but the record's got a wonderfully fresh feel – angular lines from this Dutch sax quartet – very much in the best spirit of 80s experiments in the style – but mixed with wonderful lead vocals from Claron McFadden – a singer with an amazing range, and one who sings both lyrics and wordless passages on the record! The voice is often used as a fifth instrument on the record – combining beautifully with the sounds of the reed players, in a mode that works especially well without any piano, bass, or drums. The record's unlike anything we've heard before – and titles include "Aux Anges", "Burns Blues", "Beyonzz", "Breathe In Breathe Out", "Ode To A Mouse", "Karpuz", and "Claron's Song". CD

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Greg AshleyAnother Generation Of Slaves ... CD
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $6.99
A pretty amazing record from this Texas up-and-comer – an artist who's got this way of bridging past and present, folk and rock, all with a timeless sensibility that could make this album at home in just about any record collection! The tunes are simple and stark, but have this really compelling vibe – almost that quality of Nikki Sudden in the mid 80s, when he really started writing some of his best material – the kinds of tunes that might have been mainstream classics from the album generation of the previous decade, but which were lost among the less-sensitive ears of the post-punk and indie crowd. The instrumentation is less jazz than you'd expect from the clarinet pictured on the cover – but that instrument does fit in the small combo sounds, alongside trumpet, piano, vibes, and Ashley's own guitar and bass – in ways that do occasionally have some jazzy colors next to more rootsy phrasing. Titles include "Misery Again", "East Texas Plain", "Brother Raymond", "Awkward Affections", "Bruises", and "Medication #7". CD

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Atlantic StarrBrilliance ... CD
A&M/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
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". CD

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New Atlantic StarrRadiant ... LP
A&M, 1980. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the other, and never sounding as commercial as some of their contemporaries! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to most of the grooves on the set – never too much fake bass, nor too many electric touches – and the vocals shift a bit from track to track, taking good advantage of singers Wayne Lewis, David Lewis, and Sharon Bryant. Titles include "When Love Calls", "Think About That", "Mystery Girl", "Under Pressure", "My Turn Now", "Does It Matter", and "Send For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some marker on front.)

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Audio featuring Vince BroomfieldNew Beginnings ... LP
Soul Junction (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Unreleased soul from Vince Broomfield – a singer and saxophone player with a warm and smooth style! The work here is all from private recordings of the late 80s and early 90s, and has a sound that echoes mainstream R&B of the period, but which is served up in a much more stripped-down approach overall – one that offers up some nice indie elements that help keep things fresh, especially on the album's mellow steppers! All tracks are original – and titles include "My Girl", "I've Been Watching You", "She's Gone", "I've Got You Back", "Just What The Doctor Ordered", and "Rain Rain Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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AurraSatisfaction ... LP
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens and Sheila Horne (the latter of whom sung with Brides Of Funkenstein), wrapped together in that great male/female duo mode that always made the Aurra sound so great! Stevens and Horne handle both ends of the spectrum wonderfully together, and bring a wide soul sound to the lyrics – while Washington keeps things mighty tight in the background – using these bumping basslines that bounce between 80s groove and boogie effortlessly – no surprise, given that the set was recorded right at the heart of the Ohio funk scene of the time. There's nothing "lost" or half-baked about the sound here – as the album's easily one of the tightest ever from Aurra – and tracks include "Turn The Lights Down Low", "Satisfaction", "My Lovin Is For You", "Perfect Date", "Hide & Seek", and "Never Met No One Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Satisfaction (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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AurraSatisfaction (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Family Groove, 1984. New Copy ... $11.99
A previously-unreleased album from Aurra – laid down in the studio after the group's famous run for Salsoul Records – and with a groove that's even leaner and meaner than before! Mainmain Steve Washington is still at the helm of the group – but vocals are handled by Mark Stevens and Sheila Horne (the latter of whom sung with Brides Of Funkenstein), wrapped together in that great male/female duo mode that always made the Aurra sound so great! Stevens and Horne handle both ends of the spectrum wonderfully together, and bring a wide soul sound to the lyrics – while Washington keeps things mighty tight in the background – using these bumping basslines that bounce between 80s groove and boogie effortlessly – no surprise, given that the set was recorded right at the heart of the Ohio funk scene of the time. There's nothing "lost" or half-baked about the sound here – as the album's easily one of the tightest ever from Aurra – and tracks include "Turn The Lights Down Low", "Satisfaction", "My Lovin Is For You", "Perfect Date", "Hide & Seek", and "Never Met No One Like You". CD features two bonus tracks – "Turn The Lights Down Low (inst)" and "Perfect Date (7" single mix)". CD
Also available Satisfaction ... LP 14.99

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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A very cool quartet with a very unusual sound – one that mixes up reeds, piano, and vibes with a very fresh approach – one that's partly west coast cool, and partly east coast modern! Key players in the group include Bryce Rhode on piano and Errol Buddle on bassoon – both musicians who'd make bigger waves in the 60s back home in Australian – and the set also features excellent vibes by John (Jack) Brokensha, who'd stay on these shores and make some groovy records for the US, and Dick Healy on flute. The group's joined by Jimmy Gannon on bass and Nick Stabulas on drums – and titles include "Saxophone Pads", "Tune For Jaimey", "Spring Is Here", "Nostalgia", and "Thou Swell". CD

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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
Also available Coffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP 9.99

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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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Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Near Mint- ... $39.99
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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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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Back Door with Alexis KornerBBC In Concert (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $26.99
Rare live work from Back Door – a Brit trio with plenty of connections to the blues rock scene of the time, but one who has a fair bit of jazzy undertones too! The live set's presented by Alexis Korner, who also plays some guest guitar on the record – but the core sounds come from the heady trio of Ron Aspery on saxes, Colin Hodgkinson on bass, and Tony Hicks on drums – with vocals from both Aspery and Hodgkinson too! The tracks arguably have a bit more bite than the group's recordings for Warner Brothers at the time – and the set's very well recorded, and pulled from the vaults of the BBC. Titles include "Walking Blues", "Folksong", "Roberta", "Forget Me Daisy", and "His Old Boots". LP, Vinyl record album

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Anita BakerRapture ... CD
Elektra, 1986. Used ... $1.99
A classic album of classy vocals – one that helped set a whole new tone in 80s soul music! Anita had already gained a bit of experience on the soul scene before this set, but with this record she emerged as a full-formed diva who could effortlessly blend jazz and soul into a magnificent new sound. The production has a few touches that date the record a bit, but there's a timelessness to the set that was apparent to listeners the moment it was released. Titles include "Mystery", "No One In The World", "Sweet Love", "You Bring Me Joy", and "Caught Up In The Rapture". CD

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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
(These copies have a slight indintation on the spine under the shrinkwrap, nothing major.)

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BalancoBossa & Balanco ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1997. New Copy ... $15.99
Mindblowing work from the early years of Schema Records – a set that really helped set a whole new tone for a generation – and which still sounds wonderful all these many hears later! Balanco work up a perfect blend of bossa rhythms and soulful jazz – all wrapped up with the kind of slinky, sexy vibe the Italian scene first perfected back in the 60s – when they were borrowing lots of Brazilian elements for their best soundtracks! Balanco's sound here really recalls those glory days – mixing together sweet female vocals, lively bossa rhythms, and great work on Fender Rhodes – all under the guidance of Nicola Conte, who manages to make everything sound beautiful together. Highlights include versions of Morricone's "Metti Una Sera A Cena" and the classic "Cinnamon & Clove", but there's loads of other cool originals – like "Butterfly", "Fantasia", "Sister Bossa", "Aguadream", and "Blue Skat Samba". CD

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Gary BartzShadow Do ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A key early pairing of saxophonist Gary Bartz and producer Larry Mizell – working here together before their more famous collaboration on Capitol Records, in a sound that's even more freewheeling and open-ended! Bartz still has a bit of an edge in his horn here – the style laid down heavily on his NTU Troop records from a few years before – and Mizell takes that edge and runs with it nicely, helping Gary to focus his rhythms a bit more, and reach out with some really wonderful electric sounds. Hubert Eaves plays keyboards here – and Mizell brings in a bit too – and the blend of keys and reeds is really great, with that double-edged depth that makes Gary Bartz so great on his best albums! A bunch of the cuts have that airy Mizell feel to them we totally love, including "Love Tones", "Gentle Smiles (Saxy)", "Sea Gypsy", and "Winding Roads". CD

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BatidaBatida (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2012. New Copy ... $18.99
The first-ever contemporary recording on Soundway – but a set that's still got firm roots in the 70s African scene that's usually represented by the label! Batida is the brainchild of Portuguese DJ Mpula – who brings together samples from older Angolan recordings with contemporary beats and rhythms – often in a blend that's got the quick-stepping sort of pace you'd hear in favela grooves from the Brazilian scene – yet which comes across completely differently, thanks to the rich array of acoustic elements in the original recordings! There's loads of sweet guitar lines that rifle through the music – and the set also features guest contributions from contemporary MCs and producers. Titles include "Alegria", "Pronta Pra Batida", "Puxa", "Bazuka", "Ka Heueh", "Saudade", "Cuka", and "Tirei O Chapeu". LP, Vinyl record album
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Les BaxterLost Episode Of Les Baxter (10-inch ep) ... LP
Dionysus, 1961. New Copy ... $11.99
Some of the coolest sounds ever recorded by Les Baxter – issued here for the first time ever! The material was done during Baxter's famous run of exotica albums for Capitol Records – but is pulled from a videotape of an obscure TV performance, and features some of the few live performances that Les ever did of this music! There's some great jazz elements in the music at times – thanks especially to wonderful vibes from the great Larry Bunker, who also plays a fair bit of percussion too – and two numbers feature sublime vocals by Beverly Ford, a singer with a space-age range to match that of Bas Sheva or Yma Sumac, but with an almost-electronic quality that rivals that of Mary Mayo with Dick Hyman. Titles include "Quiet Village", "Ruby", "Lover", "Chopsticks", and "It's A Big Wide Wonderful World". LP, Vinyl record album

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BB & Q BandGenie (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/PTG (France), 1985. Used ... $9.99
The last true classic from the masters of the 80s groove genre – a post-Capitol effort for Elektra, but one that's still awash in great keyboards and snapping electro beats! Some of the jazzier sound from the past is gone here, but in its place is a leaner, cleaner sound that's still a fair bit more compelling than most work by the group's contemporaries! Nearly all tracks snap along with rhythms that are nicely placed between the street and the dancefloor – never gimmicky and never too cloying, and tightly focused enough to make the most of the hooks in the vocals. Lots of DX7 on the album, and more than a few numbers have a great sort of breakdance vibe. Tracks include "Riccochet" and "Dreamer" – both remixed by Shep Pettibone –"On The Shelf", "Genie", "Main Attraction", and "Don't Force It". CD features 6 bonus tracks – including "Dreamer (no 1 rmx)", "Main Attraction (finest rmx)", "Dreamer (Shep's dream version)", "Riccochet (Ben Liebrand mix)", and "Dreamer (Shep Pettibone long voc version)". CD

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Alberto Baldan BemboIo E Mara ... CD
Easy Tempo (Italy), 1969. New Copy ... $11.99
Wild! Another beautiful release in the Easy Tempo series of lost Italian music from the late 60's and early 70's. This one's a haunting moody set of tracks that mix percussion, electric bass, organ, and a wordless female voice in a haunting soundscape of sexy tracks with a totally unique feel. The stuff is spooky, sexy, tinged with a 60's soundtrack groove, but imbued with all the erotics of the best 70's stuff. We can only compare this one to some of the best moody tracks on Camille 2000, but it's also got a feel that's totally unique. The tracks are all numbered, and titled "Ore 18", "Ore 20", etc – and the CD works beautifully as an extended sexy soundscape. More great stuff that we'd never have heard otherwise, put together in a stunning package by Easy Tempo! CD

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Jorge BenBig Ben ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant early work from Jorge Ben – a set that shouldn't be confused with the US album of the same name, and which is one of Jorge's first few gems of the 60s! The album's got Ben stepping out with a slightly jazzier feel than on his debut – a style that's still heavily steeped in the guitar-driven samba that first won him fame, but which also features a fair bit of bossa-influenced instrumentation too – bits of piano, flute, and horns that echo with some darker colors and tones that really add a lot to the tunes! The backings are never too full – nor too full of themselves – but this added level of sophistication really helps push Jorge into a range of fresh new sounds – and that's saying a lot, given how fresh his music from the time already was. Titles include "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "Telefone De Brotinho", "Patapatapata", "Na Bahia Tem", "Jorge Well", "Deixa O Menino Brincar", "Bom Mesmo E Amar", and "O Homem Que Matou O Homem Que Matou O Homem Mau". CD

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New Jorge BenForca Bruta (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.99
A fantastically soulful album from Jorge Ben – one of his greatest records ever, and a key part of Brazilian music in the 70s! The album marks an earthier shift for Jorge – a sound that's still rooted in the samba influences of the 60s, but which also takes on a bit more soul at the bottom – thanks to rhythmic contributions from Trio Mocoto, who work here famously to help Ben shape the overall feel of the set! There's still a bit of larger orchestrations at moments, but these are used sparingly just to sweeten the sound – leaving the main force of the music to come from Jorge's guitar, and the cuica, percussion, and tamborim of the trio. The vocals are wonderful too – slightly raspy, and with a bit more feeling than we ever remember Jorge having on record – sometimes a bit intimate, yet always with an undeniable presence throughout. One of those records that still sends chills up our spines, year after year – with tracks that include "Oba La Vem Ela", "Ze Canjica", "Pulo Pulo", "Apareceu Aparecida", "Terezinha", "Mulher Brasileira", "Forca Bruta", "O Telefone Tocou Novamente", and "Charles Junior". LP, Vinyl record album

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John BerberianOud Artistry (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mainstream, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Groovy Eastern sounds from John Berberian – a musician we know from more rockish projects, but who steps out here on a relatively traditional set of tunes! As you'd guess from the title, Berberian's instrument is the oud – that weird stringed instrument we probably know best from Ahmed Abdul-Malik's jazz experiments of the early 60s, used here by John in styles that are much more in keeping with its Middle Eastern roots. The rhythms draw from Turkish, Armenian, and Arabic inspiration – and other instruments on the record include finger cymbals, clarinet, bongos, guitar, and assorted percussion. Most number features vocals sung in a haunting sort of tone – and tunes include "Rast Taksim", "Yarus", "Sevasda", "Savgulum", "Sevan 5/4", and "Azziza". LP, Vinyl record album

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New 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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Chuck BerryChuck Berry Is On Top (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
Chuck Berry is definitely on top with this classic Chess Records set – an album that shows that Berry always had a lot more to offer than some of his oldies rocker contemporaries! Sure, there's a few hits here, but the overall quality of the music is more in the mode of Chess blues of the time – lots of raw backings that are as heavy on piano lines and romping rhythms as they are Chuck's own searing lead guitar – a sound that definitely sets the tone for generations to come, and which is always heard best here in its early hoke-free setting. The whole album's wonderful, and even familiar hits sound newly brilliant in this context – a smoking lineup that includes "Jo Jo Gunne", "Around & Around", "Hey Pedro", "Anthony Boy", "Sweet Little Rock & Roller", "Almost Grown", "Roll Over Beethoven", and "Maybellene". CD features an insane 11 bonus tracks – with titles that include "Oh Yeah", "Time Was (fast version)", "House Of Blue Lights", "Long Fast Jam", "Long Slow Jam", "Do You Love Me", "Run Rudolph Run", and "That's My Desire". CD

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Chuck BerryOne Dozen Berrys (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
One dozen "berrys", all of them great – the fresh fruits of the labors of a young Chuck Berry – heard here at his raw, early best! The sound here is stunning – a version of Chuck that gets way past any oldies cliches – and which reminds us that at the start, his music was coming from the same Chess Records fount as Bo Diddley's riffing guitar and Muddy Waters' Chicago blues! The tunes all work together perfectly – and the familiar numbers fit in perfectly with overlooked gems that really make the album great – especially when Chuck's guitar is really given a chance to step out and solo. Titles include "La Juanda", "Sweet Little Sixteen", "It Don't Take But A Few Minutes", "Rock & Roll Music", and "Low Feeling". CD features an insane 14 bonus tracks – including "21", "Vacation Time", "Beautiful Delilah", "21 Blues", and lots of alternate and different takes of other tunes too! 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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Big BlackBulldozer (with bonus download) ... LP
Touch & Go, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 15.98
The second EP by Chicago's underground 80s rock gods Big Black! Lungs was a great and all, but Bulldozer is where the Big Black really starts hitting it's signature sound – caustic vocals, that incredible shrapnelly guitar, thick, scary bass and don't forget Roland – who needs a drum kit when you got Roland back there! Includes "Cables", "Pigeon Kill", "I'm A Mess", "Texas" (with some human drumming), "Seth" and "Jump The Climb". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered 2013 version. Includes download.)

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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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New Big StarThird (180 gram pressing) ... LP
4 Men With Beards, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
Big Star's amazing Third (or 3rd if you please) – one of the best one-time lost rock albums of the 70s, if not ever – a record that was tough to find for years before finally becoming an acknowledged classic! How this could have ever been thought of as anything less than essential is a mystery. There's this weary quality to the vocals and songwriting of Alex Chilton that's sublime – paired with a raw, rocking underbelly – and finished with strings, horns and other Memphis-y accents. You could think that it all sounds like an ill fit – but no, it's glorious! This vinyl version from 4 Men With Beards features the original cover and original mixes of the 1978 release. Tracks include "Stroke It Noel", their great cover of the Velvets "Femme Fatale", "Thank You Friends", "Jesus Christ", "Holocaust", "Blue Moon", "Take Care" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl. Comes with a replication of the original inner sleeve, too!)

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Jo BissoLove Somebody ... CD
Marlin/Henry Stone, 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 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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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 IvoryThen & Now ... CD
Panoramic (France), 1984. Used ... $8.99
Later work from Black Ivory – but still plenty darn great – and a record that hits nicely on both upbeat groovers and mellow ballads! Given that Leroy Burgess had moved on well before the time of this record, we're not sure who's driving the train – but the album is a good update of the group's dancefloor sound of the mid 70s, taking their talent for midtempo harmony groovers, and turning it on some 80s groove material with a modern finish – work that's not unlike some of the best indie soul productions that Burgess was doing on his own at the time. The album's divided into two sides – "Now", which features these uptempo numbers pretty strongly, and "Then", which goes back into the early 70s harmony style, and features a few tasty ballad remakes. Titles include "You & I", "Hold On Tight", "You Are My Lover", "Don't Turn Around", "Words", "Find The One Who Loves You", and the great dancefloor stormer "Mainline". CD
(Out of print.)

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Black Market BrassBig Muffler/Snake Oil Man ... 7-inch
Secret Stash, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
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 NastyTalking To The People (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Enterprise/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
Excellent heavy funk from Stax! Black Nasty were one of the heaviest groups on the label – with a rock-solid guitar-based groove that went even farther than the Bar-Kays, who were no slouch in the guitar department themselves! The grooves are all slow to midtempo, with the band coming down hard on the downbeats, jamming away in a style that sounds more like heavy Detroit Westbound than sweetly soulful Memphis. Most all cuts have vocals – sung in a shouting style by the band that works well with the tripped-out hooks of the songs. This was the only album the band ever cut, but it's become a fast favorite among those who like their funk raw. Tracks include "We're Doin Our Thing", "Rushin Sea", "Booger The Hooker", "Black Nasty Boogie", "Nasty Soul", and "Getting Funky Round Here". LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs ... $16.99 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

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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!)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers w/ Barney WilenLes Liaisons Dangereuses (with bonus track) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
Art Blakey's soundtrack to this fantastic French film is one of his best non-Blue Note albums ever – and it's got the additional bonus of featuring performances by the great French tenor star Barney Wilen! The tunes here are way more than just short scene-setting soundtrack numbers – and are instead some incredibly memorable numbers from these great years of the Jazz Messengers – handled with all the fire of their Blue Note sides. The date was recorded in New York – with Wilen on tenor, Lee Morgan on trumpet, and Bobby Timmons on piano – and the tracks are a great mix of hardbop riffs and very catchy jazzy themes for the soundtrack. Titles include "No Problem", "Weehawken Mad Pad", "Valmontana", and "Miguel's Party". CD features a bonus track too! CD

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Johnny BlasKing Conga ... LP
CuBop/Ubiquity, 1999. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A killer album of Latin jazz tracks! This is most likely the best album that Johnny Blas has cut for the Cubop label – and it's stone solid all the way through. Johnny's playing here with his new band – and most of the tracks have a nice stripped-down lineup that features piano, conga by Blas, and a very hard-hitting trombone section, playing with a classic jazzy groove. The set's got excellent production in keeping with the usual Cubop high standards – and titles include "Our Sound", "Sobale", "Debbie's Mambo", "Sidewinder", and "King Conga". Also includes a great remake of Freddie Hubbard's classic "Little Sunflower"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter BlechaSonic Boom – The History Of Northwest Rock, From "Louie Louie" To "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (paperback) ... Book
Backbeat Books, 2009. New Copy ... $5.99 19.99
Not a biography of one-time Spacemen 3 mainman – but a very cool look at the wealth of great guitar rock that emanated from the Pacific Northwest from the late 50s onward! There must be something in the water up there, because countless great guitar giants have hailed from Washington State and nearby locals – artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, and a huge host of important guitar groups like The Ventures, Wailers, Kingsmen, and others! The book wisely gives its strongest focus to the 60s – with a wealth of information on the local scenes and small labels who really brought the Northwest sound to the rest of the world – then follows with a bit more on the 70s and 80s, as well as the 90s wave of punk and grunge. 304 pages, softcover, with some black and white images. Book

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BloPhase II (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strawberry Rain, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A 70s Afro Funk classic from Blo – really trippy grooves from this legendary Nigerian trio – and arguably their greatest album ever! Rhythms here are tremendous – not the usual sort of Afro style, and instead tightly focused at the roots, and coming off with this blistering blend that really drives the tunes strongly – jamming, but without ever jamming too much – kind of a steady fire that really sounds great underneath the vocals! The core elements of the trio are augmented by keyboards from Joni Haastrum and Segun Bucknor – each important Afro Funk players in their own right, who both really help add a nice sort of psych element alongside the skittish grooving of the guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", "Do It You'll Like It", "Atide", and "Whole Lot Of Sh*t". LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue NotesOgun Collection (5 CD set) ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1964/1970s/1980s. New Copy 5CDs ... $55.99
A long-overdue look at one of the most important groups to grace the British jazz scene of the 60s and 70s – the legendary Blue Notes, a group of South African expatriates with an undeniably huge influence on the music of their new homeland! The ensemble featured key players who went onto do some amazing work on their own, but first came together in this group – trumpeter Mongezi Feza, saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, pianist Chris McGregor, bassist Johnny Dyani, and drummer Louis Moholo – all players as dynamic together and important on their own as the members of the Art Emsemble of Chicago from the US. The set finally brings out all of the group's key albums for the Ogun label, plus some great bonus material too – a rich tapestry of work that shows the combo's evolution from African-tinged jazz of the 60s to some much more farther-reaching sounds in the 70s – all beautifully packaged, with each album presented on its own inside a larger slipcase! The set features The Blue Notes Legacy, a live date in South Africa from 1964; Blue Notes For Mongezi, a double-length set recorded after the passing of group trumpeter Mongezi Feza; Blue Notes For Johnny, a date recorded after the passing of bassist Johnny Dyani; and Blue Notes In Concert, a great live date recorded in 1977. There's a wealth of wonderful music here – and along with the bonus tracks, the set also features a great booklet of remembrances and vintage photos! CD

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Bo-KeysGot To Get Back ... CD
Electraphonic, 2011. Used ... $4.99
The great second album from The Bo-Keys – the stellar Memphis combo that's a mix of younger players and veteran session musicians from of the vaunted Hi Records scene of the classic era – who deliver a straight up knockout with Got To Get Back! We dug the group's earlier work, but this one really raises the bar. It's not so much a throwback to the late 60s and 70s golden era of Memphis and other points southern soul as it is a modern statement on the sounds longevity – committed with the purest authenticity. There's funky and smouldering soul instrumentals and vocal numbers with an incredible lineup of guests – including the great Otis Clay, plus Percy Wiggins, William Bell and Charlie Musselwhite. They work equally great in a number of modes, too. Titles include "Hi Roller", "Jack And Ginger", "Sundown On Beale", "90 Days Same As Cash", "Cauley Flower", "Got To Get Back (To My Baby)" with Otis Clay, "Weak Spot" with William Bell, "Catch This Teardrop" with Percy Wiggins and more. CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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Bo-Keys with Percy WigginsHandwriting On The Wall/I'm Still In Need ... 7-inch
Electraphonic, 2012. New Copy ... $5.99
Memphis soul legend Percy Wiggins joins the Bo-Keys – who help him cut one of his greatest records in years! The Keys drop their groove nicely for Percy's vocals – hitting this sweet compressed sound that's almost like Hi Records in the 70s – a perfect fit for the snakey lyrics of "Handwriting On The Wall"! The slow burn continues on "I'm Still In Need" – the kind of track that feels like it might have been lifted from some lost Otis Clay session of the 70s! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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BohannonBohannon (with bonus track) ... CD
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $22.99
A massive amount of fast funk groovers from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – just the kind of skittish, upbeat, and totally amazing tracks that have made him a legend for years! The sound is really stripped down – usually just bass, drums, and guitar – wrapped together in this groove that's super tight, but not slick at all – like someone had dug deep into the best resources of the funky 45 underground, then pushed them to the limit! The guitar work alone is completely amazing – razor-sharp perfection at a level that blows away any previous chicken scratch lines – and titles include "Can You Feel It", "Think Of Me", "The Funky Reggae", "The Bohannon Walk", "Bohannon's Beat Part 1", and "Gentle Breeze". CD also features the 7" single version of "Bohannon's Beat". CD

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BohannonInsides Out ... CD
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
A wonderful early record from Bohannon – and with a very different feel than usual! Although most of Bohannon's work from the time is up-tempo and funky, side two of this album has some amazing slow spacey cuts – done with a drum sound that's still quite hard, but just slower than usual, in a style that creates some nice stepping grooves that are augmented by some wild off-beat, out-of-tune piano work! Sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does – and the ultimate moment on the album is the amazing "Thoughts And Wishes", a cool instrumental that's been a major steppers track in Chicago for years. Side one is more in the usual Bohannon funk mode – and tracks on the album include "Disco Stomp", "Foot Stompin Music", "Love Is Fading", and "Happy Feeling". CD

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Marc Bolan & T RexZinc Alloy & The Hidden Riders Of Tomorrow (180 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, New Copy Gatefold ... $11.99 15.99
Here's where it started getting weird for Bolan & T Rex – with strange bits of soul and other elements in the shiny, spacey veneer! Includes "Venus Loon", "Sound Pit", "Galaxy", "Change", "Teenage Dream", "Interstellar Soul", "The Meathawk Immaculate", "Nameless Wildness", "Liquid Gang", "The Leopards Featuring Gerdenia & The Mighty Slug" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with code for digital download.)

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BombersBombers 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
Funky rhythms, riffing guitar, and just the right touch of strings – all to make a smoking second set from The Bombers! The album's even tighter than the group's first effort for the West End label – and manages to mix all the right elements of funky Canadian club music with some of the sharper New York sounds of the time – including a few key spots where there's some great disco breaks that really get things moving! Most cuts have female vocals – either in the lead or as a chorus – but the instrumentation definitely shares plenty of time in the spotlight too. Titles include "Disco Galaxy", "Shake", "Get Dancin", "Pistolero", and "Let's Dance". Features bonus tracks – "Let's Dance (orig 12")", "Get Dancin (orig 12")", "Get Dancin (orig single)", and "Get Dancin (unreleased single)". CD

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Gianni Boncompagni, Bruno Canfora, Italo GrecoColpo Di Sole/Spia Spione/Riuscira' Il Nostro Eroe A Ritrovare Il Piu' Grande Diamante Del Mondo ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1966/1967/1968. New Copy ... $16.99
A trio of mid-to-late 60s Italian spy soundtracks – Italo Greco and Gianni Boncompagni's work for Riuscira' Il Nostro Eroe A Ritrovare Il Piu' Grande Diamante Del Mondo, Boncompagni's score for Colo Di Sole, and Bruno Canfora's work for Spia Spione – on one great CD from Beat Records! We'll admit to knowing very little about the films, but we must say, this material is very nicely curated, which shouldn't come as surprise given Beat's always warmly presented film score sets. It covers the genre terrain beautiful, from big scale, action-y orchestras, to stripped down, loungey cocktail jazz and beyond. The material from each of the three soundtracks is comprised of sequences on the title themes. 31 tracks in all! CD

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Bonniwell Music MachineBonniwell Music Machine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
An amazing second chapter for The Music Machine – working here with the last name of leader Sean Bonniwell in their name – in a groove that's even weirder and wilder than before! The group take on an odd new sound here – still the heady brew of fuzz and Hammond on their original garagey recordings from LA – but with a mode that also really lets Bonniwell's offbeat character come to the forefront – both in the odd lyrics, and his stark presentation in the lead – a Sunset Strip sense of personality that's almost up there with Kim Fowley at times! The record's definitely one of the weirder, more edgey sides cut for Warner Brothers in the mid 60s – and titles include "Astrologically Incompatible", "Double Yellow Line", "The Trap", "Soul Love", "Bottom Of The Soul", "Me Myself & I", and "The Eagle Never Hunts The Fly". CD features an insane 49 tracks in all – the full 14 track album, other Warner singles, and demos and rare material that includes solo tracks by Sean Bonniwell too! CD

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Lo BorgesLo Borges (1972) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
EMI/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
An incredible album from the great Brazilian singer who's best known to the world for his work on Milton Nascimento's legendary Club Da Esquina album, but Lo is truly one of our favorite singers that Brazil has ever produced! This record is easily as the Nascimento classic, and has a more rock-oriented sound that's laid down with help from Beto Guedes, Nelson Angelo, Toninho Horta, and Tenorio Jr. The songwriting is amazing – and we rank this one up there with the best work by Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso from the late 60s and early 70s. Wonderful all the way through – and with tracks that include "Cancao Postal", "Voce Fica Melhor Assim", "Nao Foi Nada", "Pensa Voce", "Como O Machando", and "Aos Baroes". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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