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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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New Branch ManagerTop Scale Speed! – Floored & To The Left/Midget/Girlfriend Seminar/Sharp ... 7-inch
Sweet Portable You, 1994. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record

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BreakawayBreakaway/Right On To The Top ... CD
Breakaway/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
A pair of completely rare albums from Breakaway – a St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were essentially a local club act who got the chance to record a bit in a local studio! The feel is very much in the best LA mode of the time, but maybe a bit looser too – with emphasis on some funky riffing from the male members of the group, plus sweet lead vocals from singer Kathy Newbry-Taylor – an artist who might have been pop, had she worked on the coasts – but who stretches her style nicely here. The album's been made famous by both On Track and Americana comps on BBE – and titles include "There's A New Group In Town", "Who Was It This Time", "Love My Eyes", "Understudy DJ", "Everything's Been Said About You", and "My Symphony". Right On To The Top is the second set from Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. The set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". CD
Also available Breakaway (with bonus CD) ... LP 22.99

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New James BrownSoul On Top (German pressing) ... LP
Polydor (Germany), 1970. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A different James Brown album – but a nice one! James doesn't sing soul, so much as jazz – in front of large backings by Louis Bellson, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson that are in his best 60s soul mode – and which give the album a very very groovy feel overall! The record's not funky, but James' vocals are plenty darn soulful – and the album is proof that he could be a huge talent in just about any mode that he chose – shining with a brilliance that was irrepressible! James covers a few of his older tracks on the album, and sings a few other pop standards – and titles include nice versions of "It's Magic", "The Man In The Glass", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "That's My Desire", and "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)

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CD Plastic Sleeves20 Polyclear Japanese Open Top Plastic Sleeves – Multi-Disc CD ... Record Care
Nagaoka (Japan), New Copy ... $4.99
A cool open-top plastic sleeve for storing your CDs! This one works like the LP and 45 sleeves we stock – in that the plastic hugs your CD package on the front and back, and on the sides and bottom – but the top is open, so you can slide out the jewel case for easy access when listening! There's no flap at all to get in the way – and the sleeves are great if you store your CDs on shelves vertically, and don't like the outside cases to get scratched up. This version fits a range of multi-disc packages – including older-styled jewel cases that handle 2 to 4 CDs, and most of the contemporary larger slipcover styled CD packages too. Record Care

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CD Plastic Sleeves30 Polyclear Japanese Open Top Plastic Sleeves – Jewel Case Single CD ... Record Care
Nagaoka (Japan), New Copy ... $4.99
A cool open-top plastic sleeve for storing your CDs! This one works like the LP and 45 sleeves we stock – in that the plastic hugs your CD package on the front and back, and on the sides and bottom – but the top is open, so you can slide out the jewel case for easy access when listening! There's no flap at all to get in the way – and the sleeves are great if you store your CDs on shelves vertically, and don't like the outside cases to get scratched up. This version fits a standard jewel case CD. Record Care

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CD Plastic Sleeves30 Polyclear Japanese Open Top Plastic Sleeves – Slim Single CD ... Record Care
Nagaoka (Japan), New Copy ... $4.99
A cool open-top plastic sleeve for storing your CDs! This one works like the LP and 45 sleeves we stock – in that the plastic hugs your CD package on the front and back, and on the sides and bottom – but the top is open, so you can slide out the jewel case for easy access when listening! There's no flap at all to get in the way – and the sleeves are great if you store your CDs on shelves vertically, and don't like the outside cases to get scratched up. This version fits a digipack, CD single, or slimline case. Record Care

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Paul ChambersBass On Top (RVG remaster edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note, 1957. Used ... $3.99
One of the most obscure of the Paul Chambers albums on Blue Note – and one of the most interesting as well! Although best known for his solid rhythm work on late 50s hardbop recordings, Chambers breaks out here with a more introspective, more exploratory style on the bass – using the instrument "on top", as a lead solo force in a group with Kenny Burrell on guitar, Hank Jones on piano, and Art Taylor on drums. The sound is surprisingly soulful, and modern yet swinging – in the manner of Oscar Pettiford's best sides of this style. Titles include "Yesterdays", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Confessin", and "The Theme". CD also features the bonus track "Chamber Mates" CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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New Doug E FreshKeep Risin' To The Top (voc, inst)/Guess Who? (voc, hip hop voc, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Reality, 1988. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Fred FrithTop Of His Head ... LP
Made To Measure (Belgium), 1989. Near Mint- ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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Heavy D & The BoyzBlack Coffee (Hip Hop rmx, Manslaughter rmx, ext LP)/Spend A Little Time On Top ... 12-inch
Uptown, 1994. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
"Black Coffee" has production by Pete Rock & Easy Moe Bee, "Spend A Little Time" produced by Marly Marl. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Heavy D & The BoyzBlack Coffee/Something Goin On/Keep It Goin/Sex Wit You/This Is Your Night/Spend A Little Time On Top ... 12-inch
Uptown, 1994. Near Mint- ... $3.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo In an Uptown sleeve.)

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Lena HughesQueen of The Flat Top Guitar ... CD
Tompkins Square, Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
A great and rare solo guitar record by Lena Hughes – issued here by Tompkins Square – a label that's put out some of the best fingerstyle guitar folk releases in recent memory – in both the contemporary and archival realms! Queen Of The Flat Top Guitar is an archival release in their Long Gone Sound Series – and it's one of best yet! Lena, born in 1904, was rural Missourian amateur guitarist and mainstay at Ozarks area folk festivals. This record is her one-and-only known album – and though she's also remembered as a fine fiddler and banjo player, it finds her focusing on flat top guitar in the tradition of 19th century parlor music. Warm and wonderful stuff – as inviting as anything we've heard on Tompkins Square. Includes "Pearly Dew", "Under The Double Eagle", "Letter Edged In Black", "Blue Heaven", "Galloway Bay", "You Are The Only Star Of My Blue Heaven", "Spanish Fan-Dango", "Kentucky Moon Waltz", "Silver Treads Among The Gold", "What A Friend We Have In Jesus" and"Cedar Brook Waltz". CD

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New BB KingBlues On Top Of Blues ... LP
Bluesway/ABC, 1967. Very Good- ... $5.99
There's some bigger arrangements here than you'd usually get on a BB King album of the 60s – but they're used in a really great way that makes the album one of our favorites by King from his years at ABC! Johnny Pate arranged and produced, and he gives the whole thing a Chicago soul punch that's mighty nice – a mix of blues and soul that's not unlike some of the best Bobby Blue Bland work at Duke a few years before – and a blend that's really a lot like some of the best indie soul coming out of Chicago's west side in the late 60s too. The album's a killer all the way through, and it's great to hear BB in such a setting – on cuts that include "Dance With Me", "Heartbreaker", "I'm Not Wanted Anymore", "Having My Say", "That's Wrong Mama", "Now That You've Lost Me", "Until I Found You", and "Worried Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam and some wear, with an ink stamp and some marker on the back.)

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Little Buck & The Top CatsDon't Make Me Cry/Cat's Back ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $7.99
A really rare one from Little Buck – although all of his singles are plenty darn rare! "Don't Make Me Cry" has a very special sort of sound – Buck's raw soul vocals mixed with an overall feel that's maybe more sweet soul structure overall – almost as if a deep soul singer was singing on a tune by Sam Cooke! The hook is great, and the Top Cats really hold the groove – and get a chance to shine even more on the flipside, which is an instrumental with cascading horns and drums! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Marcy Jo & Eddie RambeauCar Hop And The Hard Top/Lover's Medley ... 7-inch
Swan, 1963. Very Good+ ... $4.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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Prince Phillip MitchellTop Of The Line ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good- ... $6.99
A classic set of smooth 70s soul from an under-recognized genius! Phillip Mitchell is a bit like his Atlantic Records contemporary Sam Dees – in that he wrote a lot of material for other singers, recorded a handful of singles, and worked mostly in the southern scene – but he also had a sophisticated, modern style that sounded a lot more like work coming out of New York, Philly, or Chicago. This lost album for Atlantic is a great example of that fact – as it was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but also features some Philly elements too – creating a great mix of modes that's wonderfully unique! There's a feel here that's just like some of the best work from Leroy Hutson, Johnny Bristol, or Leon Ware at the same time – a majestic, mature approach to soul that's simply tremendous. Titles include "In Between Lovers", "Top Of The Line", "I'm So Happy", "Let's Get Wet", "Paying The Price", and "If It Ain't Love It'll Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a bent corner, some staining and waviness in the bottom right corner, and a bit of cellophane stuck on the back.)

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Van MorrisonBack On Top ... CD
Pointblank, 1999. Used ... $1.99
CD

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O'JaysBack On Top ... LP
Bell, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $39.99
Although the O'Jays' Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that's very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. Includes the single "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", plus "I'm So Glad I Found You", "Look Over Your Shoulder", "Going Going Gone", and "I Dig Your Act". Also issued later, under the title "The O'Jays". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny bit of seam splitting on one corner, and a small name stamp on the back.)

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Tito PuenteTop Percussion ... CD
RCA, 1957. Used ... $5.99
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other additional sounds are some occasional vocals, and a pounding bassline. The set's extremely raw, with a very tight groove – and the sound is incredible – easily enough to make this one of Tito's best percussion dates ever! Titles include "Ti Mon Bo", "Elequana", "Bragada", "Alaumba Chemache", "Hot Timbales", and "Four By Two". CD
(Cover image differs slightly.)

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Wayne RikerGroovin With The Top Brass ... CD
Fretfull, 2014. Used ... $3.99
CD

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New Style CouncilShout To The Top (voc, inst)/Piccadilly Trail/Ghosts Of Dachau ... 12-inch
Polydor (UK), 1984. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $3.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Clark Terry/Kenny DorhamTop Trumpets ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Very Good ... $16.99
A strange little album that combines tracks from 2 different earlier Riverside LPs – Serenade To A Bus Set by Clark Terry, and another session that features Kenny Dorham and Ernie Henry, possibly issued under Henry's name as Seven Standards & A Blues. The Terry set features Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones – on tracks that include "Boomerang", "Digits", and "Donna Lee". The Dorham set features Henry, Wilbur Ware, and GT Hogan – on the tracks "Soon", "Sposin", and "Lotus Blossom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Smaller orange label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a split top seam with some tape residue, some splitting on the other seams, and some stains and an ink stamp on the back.)

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Trey MaxTop Secret Beats Vol 2 ... LP
Freeze, 1992. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Stripped down beat tracks, some of them just drums, some of them drums plus a loop or two. Identified only by their BPMs, no titles, 12 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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ZZ TopAfterburner ... LP
Warner, 1985. Very Good+ ... $4.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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New ZZ TopTres Hombres ... LP
London, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on Warner.)

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BreakawayStraight On To The Top ... LP
Breakaway, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Spring 2014 (delayed)
The second set from Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. The set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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New FusionTop Soul ... LP
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... Mid-September, 2014
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousExtra Rich In Soul – 15 Top Quality Tracks From The Soul Junction Label ... CD
Soul Junction (UK), New Copy ... Around March 15, 2014 (delayed)
CD

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New Top QualityMagnum Opus (voc, inst, rmx, rmx inst) ... 12-inch
RCA, 1993. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Charizma & Peanut Butter WolfMy World Premiere (raw, head nod, inst, acapella)/Methods (part 1 & 2, fresh for 86)/Top Notch Competitor ... 12-inch
Stones Throw, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)

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New Damu The FudgemunkEgo Trip –Top 20 Sample Flips Mixtape ... Cassette
Redefinition/Ego Trip, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beat tape from Damu The Fudgemunk! In a world of download and/or CD "mixtapes" and "beat tapes", it's frankly pretty sweet to see a nicely done, good ol' fashioned cassette tape – and beyond the novel release format, Damu delivers the goods on a creative level – a one-take, all vinyl mix, sans tracklist, thank you very much! Released in collaborabation of the fine purveyors of blueprint era hip hop culture at Ego Trip and Redefinition Records. Cassette

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New Tav Falco's Panther BurnsLore & Testament Vol 1 – Behind The Magnolia Curtain/Blow Your Top (with download) ... CD
Fat Possum, Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tav Falco himself and his unimpeachable Panther Burns – snarling, scorching trash rock genius from one the later greats of the idiom – the killer Behind The Magnolia Curtain LP and the Blow Your Top EP – together in 2CD set! Arkansas born and Memphis based (early on, anyway)– just like the rockabilly greats that came decades earlier – Falco is in part real deal rockabilly firebrand, part performance artist, tearing it up in the early 80s, a decade that simply didn't deserve this dude. Adding to the magic, Behind The Magnolia Curtain was recorded at Ardent and Alex Chilton himself was a Panther Burns player – and the titles include"Come On Little Mama", "Brazil", "Snake Drive", "Blind Man", "Moving On Down The Line" and more. Blow Your Top was recorded in NYC in '83 after making a fan of Chris Stein. Titles include "I'm On This Rocket", "Pantherman", "Love Is My Business" and "Bertha Lou". CD
(Digipack has two small rips on the spines.)

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New FusionTop Soul ... CD
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". CD

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New Ahmad JamalPoinciana Revisisted – Ahmad Jamal At The Top ... LP
Impulse, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful open-ended Ahmad Jamal music from the end of the 60s – and a set that really shows his growth as a player at the time! The "revisited" in the title refers to Jamal's earlier success on Argo records with a recording of "Poinciana" – one that forever made the tune his, thanks to a long-flowing approach that took the familiar standard, and turned it into the perfect foil for Jamal's expressive piano style. But the vibe here is very different – even more open than before, with a beautiful 9 minute reworking of the tune that's worth the price of admission alone! The trio features Jamil Sulieman on bass and Frank Gant on drums – and titles include "Poinciana", "Call Me", "Lament", "How Insensitive", and "Have You Met Miss Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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New Bob JamesTake It From The Top ... CD
Koch, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Tito PuenteTop Percussion ... LP
RCA, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other additional sounds are some occasional vocals, and a pounding bassline. The set's extremely raw, with a very tight groove – and the sound is incredible – easily enough to make this one of Tito's best percussion dates ever! Titles include "Ti Mon Bo", "Elequana", "Bragada", "Alaumba Chemache", "Hot Timbales", and "Four By Two". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Top Percussion ... CD 5.99

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New Jimmy RuffinJimmy Ruffin Sings Top Ten ... CD
SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great full length album from Motown's mighty Jimmy Ruffin – and a set with a lot deeper soul sound than you'd guess from the "top ten" in the title! The music's not commercial, but some of the sharpest Motown soul of the time – the kind of work that made the young Jimmy as important a solo male act to Motown as Marvin Gaye – thanks to a wonderfully crackling, raspy style of singing that makes any tune really stand out strongly. Some of the numbers here are originals associated with Ruffin, and others are 60s hits by others – but completely remade by Jimmy with his wonderful approach – and titles include the classic "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted", plus "I've Passed This Way Before", "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got", "World So Wide Nowhere To Hide", "Black Is Black", "Bless You", "How Can I Say I'm Sorry", and "As Long As There Is Love". CD

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New VariousGotta Have Gospel Vol 2 – World's Top Gospel Artists & Songs (2CDs with bonus DVD) ... CD
Integrity/Zomba, Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used 2CD & DVD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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New VariousSavage Rhythm – Swingin' Dance Floor Sounds To Blow Your Top ... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1930s/1940s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tightly swinging batch of late 30s jazz and nascent rhythm & blues numbers from the early 40s – the pivotal period in which veteran players of the grander swing orchestras of the years prior were paring down into smaller combo – and knocking out a grittier, more primal sound! It's exciting stuff, with jumping rhythms and thumping arrangements, with some well-remembered tunes and comparably forgotten numbers, too. Impeccable stuff, and you can hear the groundwork being laid for the R&B and bebop to come! Includes "House Rent Party Day" by Louis Prima & His New Orleans Gang, "Shout, Sister Shout" by Tiny Bradshaw, "Loose Lid Special" by Tommy Dorsey, "Traffic Jam" by Artie Shaw, "I Never Knew" by Big Sid Cartlet, "Chicken Rhythm" by Slim Galliard & His Flat Foot Floogie Boys, "Ridin' & Jivin'" by Earl Hines & His Orchestra, "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles" by Gene Krupa & His Chicago All Stars and more. 24 tracks in all! CD

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New ZZ TopEliminator ... LP
Warner, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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New Frank Cunimondo TrioTop Shelf Collection ... LP
Sound Idea, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Although he's best known for his funky version of "Feelin' Good", Frank Cunimondo's true legacy is perhaps better remembered by this set of tracks recorded for the Top Shelf Lounge in Pittsburgh, where he was a regular performer. The record's got this weird cover with an actual cork finish on the front, and pictures of Frank and the restaurant on the inside of the gatefold. The whole thing's a groovy set of piano jazz tracks, and while none of them have any sinister breaks or anything, they do have some nice moments with a tight sound, and some good basslines. Titles include "Aqua De Beber", "Blue Bossa", "Close To You", and "Hullo Bolinas". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great copy – with original cork cover in great shape!)

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New Kool & The GangKool & The Gang Spin Their Top Hits ... CD
De-Lite/Mercury, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Way more than "top hits" from Kool & The Gang – as the classic package focuses on material from their funkiest years – that great early De-Lite period of the early and mid 70s! There's a lot more funk here than hits – and the titles show Kool & The Gang evolving from the kings of the funky 45 scene to the tight ensemble funk act that would storm the charts at the start of the 80s – yet still quite free of any of the sweeter sounds from those years too! Titles include the classics "Open Sesame", "Hollywood Swinging", "Jungle Boogie", "Kool & The Gang", "Funky Stuff", "More Funky Stuff", "Summer Madness", "Caribbean Festival", "Love & Understanding", and "Spirit Of The Boogie". CD
(Out of print.)

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New VariousGotta Have Gospel – World's Top Gospel Artists & Songs (2CDs with bonus DVD) ... CD
Integrity/Epic, Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used 2CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Shleu ShleuShleu Shleu Et Top Shleu (Back To Stay/Les Bibles De Orchestras/Original Shleu Shleu/Creation) ... CD
Rotel, Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Four great albums from this hip Haitian group – all packaged together in one nicely-priced set! First up is Back To Stay – a set that features Haitian grooves, but from the New York scene – making for an excellent mix of modes that really keeps things interesting! The core sounds have that bouncy vibe you'd expect from the Caribbean, but there's definitely some horn arrangements that show some American influences from funk and Latin, and maybe even a bit of jazz – all well-recorded here with a style that avoids any of the too-polished modes that can sometimes hold back a record like this. Tony Moise handles most of the arrangements and music – and also plays lead tenor – and titles include "Haiti", "Mariage", "Devine", and "Boat People". The other three albums – Les Bibles De Orchestras, Original Shleu Shleu, and Creation – all have a similar feel – and the 2CD package features 25 tracks in all! CD

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New VariousTop Deck Presents Ska Vocalists – 40 Crucial Vocal Classics ... CD
Universal (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The birth of ska – served up in a host of hard-edged classics from the early years – great Jamaican tracks that sound a lot more like soul music than most later incarnations of the genre – no surprise, given that many of these cuts were crafted from the strong influence of American radio on the Kingston airwaves! The rhythms are definitely what you'd call ska, but the vocals often have a deeper approach than we're used to in later work of the genre – heavily tilted towards the soul and R&B side of the spectrum, especially when more than one singer is featured on a track – and often mixed with razor-sharp instrumentation that packs the punch of a vintage funky 45! Titles include "Valley Of Green" and "Take Your Time" by Jackie Opel, "Men Alone" by The Deacons, "Lonely & Blue Boy" by Ferdie Nelson, "Sweet Dreams" by Bibby & The Astronauts, "Snake In The Grass" by Larry Marshall, "Ten Virgins" by The Angelic Brothers, "Everyday" by The Avalons, "My Darling Josephine" by Joe G Henry, "Dream For Tomorrow" by Al & The Vibrators, "Fresh Out Of Love" and "Someone" by The Jetts, and "Never Too Young To Learn" by Andy & The Avalons. 40 tracks in all! CD

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New O'JaysBack On Top ... CD
Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Although the O'Jays' Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that's very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also features a few songs that were covered by those groups, too). The band have heavenly harmonies that are more fragile than on their tightly-sewn Gamble/Huff work, with some elements of the deeper soul that was on some of their earlier recordings. Includes the single "I'll Be Sweeter Tomorrow", plus "I'm So Glad I Found You", "Look Over Your Shoulder", "Going Going Gone", and "I Dig Your Act". Also issued later, under the title "The O'Jays". CD

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New VariousBillboard Top R&B Hits 1960 ... CD
Rhino, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)
 
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James BardenTheme From Judas/Thirty Pieces Of Silver ... 12-inch
House Top, 1978. Sealed (pic cover)... $0.99
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Sallie BlairMore Than Anything/That Remains To Be Seen ... 7-inch
Top Rank, Late 50s. Very Good ... $0.49
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Chords/ClassmatesRock Me/It's Your Thing ... 7-inch
Top Pop Hits, Very Good (reissue)... $1.99
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CoctailsEarly Hi Ball Years – Recordings On The Hi Ball Label 1989 to 1991 ... CD
Carrot Top, 1989/1990/1991. Used ... $3.99
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Tony CrombieDrums Drums Drums ... LP
Top Rank (UK), Early 60s. Very Good- ... $24.99
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Das Escolas De Samba Do Grupo 1Sambas De Enredo – Carnaval 1977 ... LP
Top Tape (Brazil), 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $5.99
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Anson Funderburgh & The RocketsShe Knocks Me Out! ... LP
Black Top, 1989. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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Rappin' 4-TayBrin' The Beat Back (album, inst, radio)/What's Wrong Wit The Game (album, inst)/Where Ya Playn' At ... 12-inch
Rag Top Records, 1997. Sealed ... $0.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Bobby RushGotta Be Funky/Gotta Find You Girl ... 7-inch
On Top, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Two monster tracks from Bobby Rush! Both are blues numbers, but both tracks have these hard funky grooves underneath, with drums kicking it up, bass rolling in tight riffs, and Bobby's guitar wailing away in fuzzed-out trippy riffs. Excellent stuff for the sample crowd – but great funky cuts on their own! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Success-N-EffectFreeze (voc, inst)/Roll It Up (Remix – fat mix, radio, bass kickin' beats) ... 12-inch
On Top, 1989. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Since we couldn't put it any better, here's a quote from Frankie Knuckles off of discogs – "For the first 6 months of my arrival to the U.K. back in the later months of 1989, this was my most treasured track, the one people would remember me for. The vocal "Let The Bass Kick" followed by The Winstons "Amen Brother" breakbeat with a sub 808 that was deadly. Felix Samas edit work was effective on this chopping Big Daddy Kanes Vocal "Let It Roll" (made popular by Doug Lazy) into little bits before crashing into that 808/breakbeat again. Carl Cox would get his copy from Lenny Dee in Feb. 1990 and went and did a white label remix which would result in his ink with Perfecto Records for "I Want U (Forever). After that it became the template for the young U.K. youth who began to experiment in the studio. The end result being Jungle and Drum & Bass. This record was the prototype." 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Wild OnesKeep It Safe ... LP
Top Shelf, 2014. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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(Black vinyl pressing.)

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Kid RockYo-Da-Lin In The Valley (time 2 lick mix, instrumuffled mix)/Wax The Booty (wax on mix)/Pimp Of The Nation ... 12-inch
Jive/Top Dog, 1990. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
Wax The Booty produced by Too Short. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New DolphinsDance/Pony Race ... 7-inch
Tip Top, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Schoolboy QOxymoron (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Top Dawg Ent./Interscope, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Schoolboy Q's breakout Oxymoron – with appearances by Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Raekwon, Tyler The Creator and others. Includes the standout "Collard Greens" with Kendrick Lamar, "Los Awesome" feat Jay Rock, "Hoover Street", "What They Want" with 2 Chainz, "Studio" feat BJ The Chicago Kid, "The Purge" with Tyler The Creator & Kurupt, "Blind Threats", "Break The Bank", "Blind Threats" feat Raekwon and more. Deluxe edition vinyl version has 3 bonus tracks: "His & Her Friend" feat SZA, "Groveline Pt 2" feat Suga Free and "**** LA". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Roscoe SheltonLet It Shine ... CD
Black Top, 1998. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New FireballsVaquero (Cowboy)/Chief Whoopin-koff ... 7-inch
Top Rank, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Top Rank sleeve.)

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New Inner CircleNew Age Music ... LP
Top Ranking, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a mark from sticker removal, and a couple of small stains.)
 
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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good ... $4.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partially split top and bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... $16.99
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD

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Eric AlexanderBlues At Midnight ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... $32.99
Massive work from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player who never lets us down, and who always manages to sound extra great on expensive Japanese-only sessions like this! The album's got a clear, simple focus that really sums up the classic tone and timing that Alexander brings to his tenor – a style that has him handling the horn at a level that's certainly timeless, but instantly fresh too – that crisp sense of creativity you get when hearing a rare top-shelf jazzman at his best! Of course, the rhythm section does plenty to help Eric find the right space – the perfect trio of Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all recorded in a way so that the tones of the tunes are incredibly deep and richly soulful. Titles include "Is It You", "Sayonara Blues", "Hittin The Jug", "Dis Here", "Edward Lee", and "Dance With Me". CD

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Steve AllenSteve Allen Plays ... LP
Dot, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a half split top seam.)

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New Allman BrothersBeginnings ... LP
Atco, 1973. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
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(Yellow label pressing. Cover has heavy ring & edge wear, a split bottom seam, and some splitting on the other top and bottom seams.)

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Allman BrothersEat A Peach ... LP
Capricorn, 1972. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A landmark in southern rock! Titles include "Les Brers In A Minor", "Melissa", "Mountain Jam", "One Way Out", "Trouble No More", "Little Martha", and "Blue Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, split top seams, some splitting on the bottom seams, and some light stains.)

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Alternative TVSol EP ... LP
Chapter 22 (UK), 1990. Very Good+ ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small creases on the top seam.)

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Gene AmmonsBig Bad Jug ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Jug's big and bad here in tone – and the style is nicely complicated at times – a bit more open-ended and electric than before, with a sound that's almost like the shift that Stanley Turrentine was making during his years at CTI! There's still a bit of the previous Prestige funk in the mix – thanks to drums from Billy Cobham, and organ from Sonny Phillips – but the group also includes up-and-comer Maynard Parker on guitar, who gets in some nicely snakey lines at times – slinking through the tunes with a warmly chromatic edge that's mighty nice, and which sets the tune for some of Ammons' more laidback solo moments. His tenor's still as strong as ever, though – blown with a beautiful sense of tone, on tracks that include "Lady Mama", "Big Bad Jug", "Lucille", "Fly Me", and "Fuzz" – plus a nice version of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" with a sweetly gentle break! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear and a small split on the top seam.)

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Gene AmmonsBoss Tenor ... LP
Prestige, 1960. Very Good- ... $7.99
A soul jazz classic from Gene Ammons – the kind of session that easy made him "boss" on tenor – with a tone and conception that few other players could touch! The set is done in a style that's laidback, but never too loose – bouncing along in that "with conga" style of rhythm that was used strongly at the start of the 60s – with Ray Barretto on percussion, alongside Tommy Flanagan on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. The style is nice and echoey – a mode that works well not only here, but on most of the 22 other albums that Ammons went onto record during the next 2 years! Titles include "Close Your Eyes", "Canadian Sunset", "Hittin' The Jug", "Confirmation", and "Blue Ammons". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing in the orange cover. Cover has some wear, split top & bottom seams, and a partially split spine.)

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New Gene AmmonsHello Love (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Ra-Bra, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Try to find this one in your Gene Ammons discography! The cut's a nice two-part groover, very fast and driving, with organ and guitar setting up a tight and hard groove for Gene to blow in over the top. Sounds almost like George Freeman on guitar, especially on the solo. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit (2nd cover) ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Very Good- ... $6.99
A definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, with a small split on the bottom seam.)

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Gene Ammons, Etta Jones, & Jack McDuffSoul Summit Vol 2 ... LP
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and half split spine.)

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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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Apollo Brown & Guilty SimpsonDice Game ... CD
Mello Music Group, 2012. Used ... $7.99
A tight duo outing from producer Apollo Brown and rhymer Guilty Simpson – and one of the stronger records either of those guys have been headlined! Dice Game didn't seem like much of a gamble, given -the top shelf, beat heavy funk and soul production aesthetic of Apollo Brown – and tough, no nonsense rhyme style of Guilty. It actually seemed like sure bet, and that's what it is! One of stronger indie hip hop releases of 2012 for sure! Includes "Reputation", "Let's Play", "One Man", "I Can Do No Wrong", "Potatoes" feat Torae, "Changes", "Dear Jane". "Lose You", "Truth Be Told", "The Cook Up", "Wrong Hand", "Ink Blotches", "Never Ending Story", "How Will I Go" and more. CD

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Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP
Now Again, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". Features a great 16 page booklet with extensive liner notes and photos! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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

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New Louis ArmstrongAmbassador Satch ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good- ... $3.99
Ambassador Satch is a key statement of Armstrong's global power in the postwar years, a time when the State Department was using his talents to mend fences and open doors after WWII. The material is Armstrong at his best comeback stretch – and most of these recall the classic sound of his early years, without any of the pop inflections of other later recordings. Titles include "Muskrat Ramble", "All Of Me", "West End Blues", and "Tiger Rag". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a mostly split top seam and a center split on the bottom seam.)

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New ArtisticsI Want You To Make My Life Over ... LP
Brunswick, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of The Artistics' most beautiful albums for Brunswick – and the one that includes the title song that was perhaps their greatest single! "I Want You To Make My Life Over" is a classic bit of Chicago soul – done at a level that really sums up all the sophisticated changes the city had brought to the music at the start of the 70s – and served up with cool vibes, great vocals, and a heavenly production style that wraps up the harmonies tightly together, and floats them over the top with nary a wrinkle! That cut kicks off the album, and things only just get better and better – on titles that include "Just Another Heartache", "Nothing But Heartaches", and "Trouble Heartache & Pain" (hey, these guys had a lot of heartache!) – plus "Out In The Country", "Sugar Cane", and "What The World Needs Now". Production's by Chi-soul geniuses Carl Davis, Willie Henderson, and Eugene Record. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Magic Disc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Fred AstaireAstaire Story (3LP set) ... LP
Verve/DRG, 1952. Near Mint- 3LPs ... $6.99
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new interpretations of tunes made famous by Astaire in films, but offered here in a much more relaxed, jazz-based mode. And whether you're a fan of his films or not, Astaire is one heck of a great singer – and hearing him in a setting like this, without the distraction of dancing or film, is really great proof of that fact! Titles include "Cheek To Cheek", "S'Wonderful", "You're Easy To Dance With", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "No Strings", and "I Concentrate On You" – plus a few instrumental numbers by the combo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes booklet. Box has some wear.)

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New Chet AtkinsFinger-Style Guitar ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good ... $7.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a mostly split bottom seam and a split on the top seam.)

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AtmosphereSouthsiders (silver colored vinyl pressing with download) ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 26.98
The eighth album (!!!) from MN hip hop lifers Atmosphere – one of the most consistent, reliable duos in the game – and Southsiders is another honest, moody gem. Hip hop music in general doesn't get enough props as songwriter's genre, but Slug is hell of a good writer, with a compelling flow to suit, and a perfect production partner in Ant. It's as good as they've been in years. Includes "Camera Thief", "Arthur's Song", "The World Might Not Live Through The Night", "Star Shaped Heart", "Southsiders", "Bitter", "Fortunate", "Kanye West", "We Ain't Gonna Die Today", "Flicker", "Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Excellent Rhymesayers top quality package, too – with 8-page booklet, double metallic silver colored vinyl and code for digital download.)

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Audio TwoWhat More Can I Say? ... LP
First Priority/Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Nothing serious, righteous or hardcore here, just a straight ahead hit you'll still hear dj's cutting up and getting sampled – a true classic. Includes "Top Billin" (vocal and intrumental) with the first(?) use of the ubiquitous "Go Brooklyn" beat, and "What More Can I Say?", "I Like Cherries", "The Questions", "I Don't Care", and "Giz Starts Buggin'". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Georgie AuldManhattan With Strings ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good- ... $5.99
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(White label promo, with deep groove. Cover has masking tape on the top and bottom seams, clear tape with a rip on the spine, a sticker, and some pen and a promo stamp on the back. Labels have a sticker, a light stain, and a bit o pen.)

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Australian Jazz QuintetSelections Of Rodgers & Hammerstein ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... $9.99
The music of Rodgers & Hammerstein gets a very groovy twist here – thanks to the mighty talents of the Australian Jazz Quintet! The group have a great mix of instruments – both the vibes of Jack Brokensha and piano of Bryce Rhodes, and the intertwining reeds of Erroll Buddle and Dick Healey – both players who've learned a lot from the west coast scene of the early 50s, and really know how to get creative with their phrasing and solos! The vibes often give the tunes a nicely moody feel – one that's underscored even more by the reeds on some of the more exotic tunes – and titles include "The Gentleman Is A Dope", "Do I Love You", "Wonderful Guy", "Hello Young Lovers", and "March Of The Siamese Children". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, a bit of pencil, and light stains along the top and on the back.)

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Vitin AvilesCon Un Combo Tipico ... LP
Tropical Buddah, 1984. Near Mint- ... $24.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a crease at the top.)

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New BabymanIron Man/Sexy In The Night ... 7-inch
Staatsakt (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99
A funky disco cover of "Iron Man" – served up by the mysterious Babyman! The tune bubbles along like some lost Munich Machine cut from the late 70s – lots of electro elements in the rhythms, and a female chorus handling most of the lyrics – while the baby man broods a bit himself over the top! "Sexy In The Night" definitely lives up to its title – and is a groove that's even better than the main one – a midtempo romp with breathy female vocals alongside keyboards and sweet snapping drums, almost in a Barry White mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Benny BaileyMirrors ... CD
Freedom/Rearward (Italy), 1971. Used ... $12.99
An excellent early 70s set from Benny Bailey – originally issued on Freedom, but recorded by Gigi Campi, with arrangements by Francy Boland – and very much in the mode of work at the time on MPS. The session features Bailey as the lead soloist amidst bandmates from the Clarke-Boland Big Band – including Francy Boland, Sahib Shihab, Tony Coe, and Tony Inzalaco. The smaller group's augmented by a string section that provides dark, but lush washes of sound – dramatic texture that's perfect for Benny to blow blue solos over the top in a complicated way, but makes it sound easy. Francy Boland also conducted, and wrote a few of the tunes – and titles include "Mirrors", "Flunkeyania", "At Ronnie's", "Effluves", "Everything Happens To Me" and "Sum Umbra". A beautiful set of somber, mellow work that gets in our soul – and straight up wonderful! CD

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B Baker Chocolate CoB Baker Chocolate Co ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $26.99
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue Note or Fantasy in the mid 70s – a quality that's especially strong on the vocal tracks on the set – one of which features Lew Kirton in the lead! The players are all totally top-shelf – and include Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff on keyboards, John Faddis and Marvin Stamm on trumpets, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – and the set's got a beautiful balance that few other records like this can match. Lew Kirton sings on "It's Where You're Coming From", and "Dreamer" features Gene Scott – and instrumental tracks include the funky classic "Snowblower", plus "Carousel" and "Spirit Level". CD

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Chet BakerChet Baker With Len Mercer & His Orchestra ... LP
Up Front, 1959. Very Good ... $11.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam & some wear.)

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Baltimore & Ohio Marching BandBaltimore & Ohio Marching Band Plays Music From The Comics ... LP
Jubilee, Late 60s. Very Good ... $0.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, with a small split on the top seam.)

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Bar-KaysFlying High On Your Love ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good ... $5.99
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded in Memphis, with production that's tight, but never uptight – enough to firmly put the group at the top of the funk superstar scene of the mid 70s, yet never sell out the rich Memphis groove that first got them going! Titles include "You Can't Run Away", "Let's Have Some Fun", "Can't Keep My Hands Off You", "Whatever It Is", and "Shut the Funk Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Count BasieBasie (aka E=MC2) ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Very Good ... $4.99
One of THE seminal Basie albums of all time – and a masterful pairing between the Count and arranger Neal Hefti! Hefti has an amazing ear for the Basie groove, and he works here to re-fit the overall sound of the group with a tighter, more fluid approach – one that ensured that they'd be alive and booming well into the 60s. The Hefti touch is one that's slightly lighter than the Basie of before – one that assumes the bump at the bottom, but never overdoes it – and instead almost uses the sound of no sound at all to carry the rhythm – while the horns at the top of the group are vamping around in these majestic charts that break out into fantastically searing solos. Basie's on piano, natch – and other players include Thad Jones, Joe Newman, Henry Coker, Al Grey, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. Titles are all brilliant Hefti originals – and include "After Supper", "Flight Of The Foo Birds", "Teddy The Toad", "Splanky", "Fantail", and "Lil Darlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & pink label stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Count BasieBasie At Birdland ... LP
Roulette, 1961. Very Good- ... $1.99
A killer set from Count Basie – recorded during the height of his years at Roulette! The back cover of the record proclaims that "Basie Is Back Home" – clearly a bit by Birdland to lay claim to being the Count's home address, which is a bit of a challenge to his KC roots! Whatever the backstory, though, the set's a nice one – swinging hard in that completely tight 60s mode, with a great lineup that includes Frank Foster, Freddie Green, Thad Jones, and Bennie Powell. Tracks include "Good Time Blues", "Segue In C", "Little Pony", "Discommotion", and "Whirly Bird", which has a vocal by Jon Hendricks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi-color bar pressing. Cover has some wear, masking tape on the top and bottom seams, a spot of tape with a rip on the spine, some pen, and a promo stamp on the back. Label has a sticker.)
 
 
 



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