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Bena LoboSabado ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2006. Used ... $6.99
A really wonderful little album from Bena Lobo – way way better than the last time we heard him a few years back, and a blend of soul, funk, and modern Brazilian grooves that firmly puts him in the best company of his labelmates at Trama Records! There's a definite samba undercurrent to some of the best tunes, but the execution is also more tightly modern – in a way that has the same sort of energy that first grabbed us in the work of Seu Jorge, although a slightly different sound overall. But as with Jorge, there's a quality to these tunes that often goes far beyond language – an appeal that's universal, even when the rhythms aren't funky – and a sense of soul that marks Bena's music as way more than just the happy accident of a few key styles. Titles include "Sabado", "Imagem E Semelhanca", "Amor Seguro", "Espelho Da Noite", "Um Novo Amor", and "Beijo Bom". CD
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Magic Drum OrchestraMagic Drum Orchestra ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
The drums here are certainly magic – a great live percussion ensemble who play their own funky variation of a batucada groove! Like Brazilian batucada, the interplay between the drums is amazing – criss-crossing in sound, style, and rhythms – all at a level that's as magically melodic as it is percussive – with a few traces of New Orleans roots and American funk as well! The album's got a core appeal that's really universal – as fresh as the style is ancient – and the set features covers of work by Pharrell and Cream, plus lots of original tracks too. Titles include "Mash The Pigeon", "Get Up", "Rewind The Gap", "Ragga Samba", "Drop It Like It's Hot", and "Crunked Up". CD

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Harvey MasonMVP – Most Valuable Player (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Harvey's fifth and final album for Arista – another win for the funk-soul-fusion MVP! Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have faltered! Here, though, Mason's much more in his all-out soul mode – singing, playing, and producing in a smooth blend of jazz and modern soul, still with some funky grit in the mix. It not only benefits greatly from his years as one of the great studio players, but even more so for his triple threat talent as a writer, producer and performer. Tracks are all quite tight and catchy – soul groovers with some funk. Feature arrangements from Kenny Mason, Patrice Rushen and Jerry Peters. Titles include "Universal Rhyme", "Don't Doubt My Lovin", "On and On", "You And Me", "Spell", and "How Does It Feel". This expanded edition from Soulmusic.com includes 2 bonus tracks: "How Does It Feel (UK Single)" and "On And On (UK Single)". CD

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New ModulationsWith A Made Up Mind ... LP
Savoy, 1978. Very Good ... $14.99
Incredible gospel work – by a 70s group that featured a young Glenn Jones in the years before he became secular! Despite what your leanings towards the man upstairs might be, if you're a fan of 70s group soul, you'll find this a tremendous LP – filled with deeply soulful numbers that have a universal appeal, no matter what the message. Jones is incredibly strong vocally – far more so than on his 80s solo recordings – and the recording is one of many fine Savoy sides supervised in the 70s by James Cleveland. Titles include "With A Made Up Mind", "Had It Not Been For Him", "Be Still My Soul", "He Didn't Have To Do It", and "I Sing This Song For You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mystic MoodsAwakening ... LP
Warner, 1973. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of their best 70s LPs – with a great spacey sound, and arrangements that are a lot more complicated than their earlier albums. Contains the incredible cut "Cosmic Sea", which has a great funky bassline and cool flanged drums under a string section. It begins with a nice break, and stays funky all the way through! Other tracks include "I Am, It Is", "Universal Mind", "The Seventh Plane", and "The Awakening". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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PleasureFuture Now ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A wonderful album from Pleasure – a group who were already great before, but who really seem to hit a great new level with this late 70s classic! Pleasure started out as a sweet jazz/funk combo with a great edge to their music – but by the time of this set, they'd actually gotten even tighter and better – but all without losing their depth at all! Most of the group's contemporaries just got slick and commercial – but instead, Pleasure found a way to hone their skills wonderfully – and take on some new spacey and electric touches in the process – definitely pointing towards the funky future promised in the title. The set's filled with some of the funkiest and most soulful moments of the group's career – including "Space is the Place", which has great funky drums on the intro; the mellow "Thoughts of Old Flames", a real stunner with a great moody feel; and the classic "Glide", a great dancefloor groover that still stands up well. Other tracks are all great too – and include "Universal", "Strong Love", "Nothin To It", and "Dedication To The Past". CD

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Sun RaSub-Dwellers – Space Poetry Vol 2 ... LP
Norton, Late 60s/1982. New Copy ... $12.99
Amazing sounds from Sun Ra – vocal recitations, weird words, and spoken bits – all set to some mighty cosmic music! The work here is all previously unissued, and pulled from rare tapes recorded in 1966, 1968, and 1982 – an amazing discovery in the Ra archive, with a real focus on his more poetic side! The set begins with some wonderfully echoey bits – Ra's vocals in the lead, and some cool abstract sounds and electronics behind him. Other tracks have even more obscure elements in the background, and a few others provide some more familiar jazz elements – but overall, the whole thing's got a wickedly spaced-out feel – very much what you might expect if you'd ever heard the myth of Ra before hearing one of his records! Titles include "The Universe Is Endless", "The Sub-Dwellers", "Music Is A Universal Language", "The Universe Sent Me", "A Cosmic Dimension Of Music", "They Taught Me To Share", and "Worship Of A Statue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shabba RanksShabba & Friends ... CD
Epic, 1990s. Used ... $4.99
Loads of crossover and hit dancehall reggae numbers, with guests galore: "Mr Loverman" with Chevelle Franklin, "Slow & Sexy" with Johnny Gill, "House Call (Morales rmx)" with Maxi Priest, "The Jam" with KRS One, "Shine Eye Gal" with Mykal Rose, "Telephone Love" with JC Lodge, "Mr G", "Pirate's Anthem" with Coco T & Home T, "Universal Loe" with Ky-Mani, "Ice Cream Love" with Patra and "Two Breddrens" with Chubb Rock. CD

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Ricardo RayJala Jala Y Boogaloo Vol 2 ... LP
Alegre, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled numbers with plenty of sock-soul touches – a definite boogaloo influence, but still some strong Puerto Rican modes too. Lyrics are mostly in Spanish, but the grooves have a universal appeal that kicks in no matter what the language! Stormin and groovy all the way through – with tracks that include "Tin Marin", "Mr. Trumpet Man", "More Richie", and "Musica Ye Ye". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rittor PresentsLatin Dance Mania 1950s to 1980s (paperback) ... Book
Rittor (Japan), 2012. New Copy Book ... $29.99
A totally great book for collectors of Latin music – one that features a whole host of rare records from the 50s through the 80s – complete with color images of the original covers, and dates and labels too! The core of the book is in Japanese – including mini reviews on each of the records – but the visual information is universal, and offers up plenty for the English-reading customer – listings of hundreds of rare records that are essential for any collection of classics! The book is divided up into various sections – Latin Jazz, Salsa, Latin Disco/Rock, Merengue, and Pachanga/Descarga/Boogaloo – and the book is done in the same great style as some of our other Japanese discographies. 158 pages, softcover, with lots of color images. Book

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Frank Skinner/Joseph GershensonImitation Of Life ... LP
Decca, Late 50s. Sealed ... $9.99
Pretty straight stuff – the dramatic score to Douglas Sirk's version of Imitiation of Life, written by Frank Skinner, and performed here by Joseph Gershenson at the head of the Universal International Orchestra. The album includes the vocal tracks "Imitiation Of Life" by Earl Grant and "Soon I Will Be Done With The Trouble Of The World" by Lillian Hayman – and the instrumental tunes "Break Up", "Rejected", "Disappointed", "Lovely", and "Secrets". Nice shot of Lana Turner on the cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Soil & Pimp SessionsCircles ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2013. Used ... $24.99
Beautiful grooves from Soil & Pimp Sessions – a sweet jazzy combo who are already plenty great on their own, but who get some help here from Jose James, DJ Kentaro, Rhymester, and a few other guests! Different singers grace each new number – helping to give even more shape to that great Soil & Pimp sound – a tight groove of acoustic bass, drums, piano, and horns – the epitome of all that's great about the Japanese club jazz scene in recent years! And yes, there name is terrible, but their sound is sublime – a really universal groove that's helped transform the role of jazz in the clubs in recent years. Titles include "Light Blue Soldier", "Bon Bon Villa", "Summer Love", "Frog In The Wrold", "Ananta", and "Iceburn". CD

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New Imarhan TimbuktuAkal Warled ... CD
Clermont, 2014. Used ... $7.99
A great group from the contemporary scene in Mali – one that's graced by some excellent Tuareg guitar lines from Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, who plays his instrument with a really nice range of melancholy tones! There's a special quality to the work here – very personal expressions of Mohamed, who often lets his instrument speak even more strongly than his lyrics – with this universal appeal that's as hypnotic as the well-spun lines that grace the entire album! Titles include "Akal Warled", "Aicha Talamomt", "Tidawt", "Taliat Malat", and "Ehela Damohele". CD

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Djelimady Tounkara & Super Rail Band InternationalAllo Bamako – Malian Dance Music Of The 1970s ... CD
Oriki (France), 1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 16.98
Incredible grooves from the Malian scene of the 70s – all long tracks that spin out with amazing rhythms and a great undercurrent of funk! There's a flowing, spun-out quality to most of these numbers – as percussion builds along with guitar and kora, in ways that create a hypnotic, evocative groove that would be great enough on its own – but which is then also topped with some even more beautiful vocals! Despite the difference of language, there's a really universal appeal to these tunes – a border-crossing brilliance that grabs us from the very first note – and which hangs on throughout, in an amazing journey in sound. CD features 8 titles that include "Djiguiya", "Marigoundo", "Ma Awaba", "Wasso", "Nama", "Yobalema", and "Affair Social". CD

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New Caetano VelosoMuito (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philips (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A late 70s gem from Caetano Veloso – masterfully understated, and handled in a mature "no tricks" mode, one that he began adopting strongly as he increased his abilities in songwriting and arranging in the latter half of the decade! The tracks are less crazy than on earlier records, but they're also much more well-constructed – with freshly-selected instrumentation, great little hooks, and excellent vocals from Caetano that really cut us to the quick, even if we can't understand the lyrics. The set's exactly the kind of universal record that pushed Veloso far out of Brazil as he regained his strengths back home – and titles include "Terra", "Quem Cochicha o Rabo Espicha", "Muito", "Sampa", and "Ca Ja". 2 bonus tracks on this Japanese CD edition: "Amante Amado" and "Pecado Original". CD

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XUnder The Big Black Sun (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Real Gone, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A key part of the initial tremendous legacy of X – one of the greatest run of records that any group could ever hope for! This third set has the group honing and refining their sound even more – losing none of their roots in the LA hardcore scene, but also inflecting their sound with a complexity that none of their previous scenemates could match – a sense of musicianship that was never too polished, but always razor sharp – at a level that brought even more righteous power to their lyrics and completely unique songplay. The quartet are one of the greatest ever in rock and roll – and this album's a classic that transcends time and style – essential listening on a shortlist of the best guitar-based sounds of the late 20th century. Titles include "The Hungry Wolf", "Riding With Mary", "Under The Big Black Sun", "Blue Spark", "Because I Do", and "Motel Room In My Bed". CD features the bonus tracks "Universal Corner (live)", "Riding With Mary (single)", "How I Learned My Lesson (live)", "Breathless (single)", and "X Rewrites El Paso/Because I Do". CD

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VariousAfro Beat Airways Vol 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974 to 1983 ... LP
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Amazing sounds from 70s Ghana – a killer collection that really lives up to all the greatness of other collections on the Analogue Africa label! There's a sharpness here right from the start – an approach to funk that's really universal, and shows why collections from a generation like this move way past the context of standard world music modes – and instead unlock a rich version of the world in which music alone can build plenty of bridges – way beyond the context of politics or national boundaries! By that, we mean that any Anglo crate-digger can find plenty to love here – wicked drums, scratchy guitar, riffing Hammond, and monstrous bass that bounces these tunes beautifully from start to finish – sewing together the grooves in a way that will have you forgetting you can't even understand most of the lyrics. And yet, as with other titles on this great label, the music is also well-situated culturally too – thanks to a hefty set of notes and great images – which will give you plenty of visual discovery while you're digging the sounds on the disc. Titles include "Wop Me A Ka" by The African Brothers, "Do Your Own Thing" by De Frank's Band, "Aja Wondo" by Uppers International, "Loose Up Yourself" by Rob, "I Beg" by Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrobisi, "Arabo" by K Frimpong, "Say Min Sy Soh" by Pierre Antoine & Vis A Vis, "God Is Love" by Complex Soundz, and "Kana Soro" by Los Issufu & His Moslems. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCosmic Machine – A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avant Garde 1970 to 1980 ... CD
Because (France), 1970s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99
Incredible electronics from the French scene of the 70s – spacey, funky, trippy, and even a bit clubby too – a perfect cross-section of all the cool analogue elements that were ebbing forth from Paris at the time! A few of the bigger French artists broke big on these shores – often paving the way for soppier work of the next generation – but this set features a much deeper range of talents than we ever would have expected – plenty of cats who easily match the most experimental styles of the German prog electronics world, or the dark corners of Italian soundtrack composers, or even some of the fiercer grooves to come in the pre-house years in the clubs! Reading the set list, you might be surprised to hear some of these artists in the same company as each other – but hearing the set, you'll be wonderfully pleased at the way the whole thing comes together – a great range of cuts that includes "Motel Show" by Pierre Bachelet, "Shanti Dance (parts 1 & 2)" by Droids, "Magic Fly" by Space, "Temps X" by Didier Marouani, "Le Reve" by Patrick Juvet, "Le Bracelet" by Alain Gouraguer, "Rocket Man (inst)" by Rockets, "Disco Energy" by Universal Energy, "Love Machine" by Space Art, "Survol" by Francois De Roubaix, "Le Physique Et Le Figure" by Serge Gainsbourg, and "Spirit" by Frederic Mercier. CD
Also available Cosmic Machine – A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avant Garde 1970 to 1980 (with bonus CD) ... LP

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New VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. CD
Also available Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP 25.99

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New VariousHaiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
A much-needed look at the confusing world of grooves from Haiti – a scene that's always been accessible to most listeners in the US, but never with the kind of focus and direction we need! Haitian records are often a bit perplexing to our crate-digging ears – they look great on the cover, usually feature a hip lineup of cats with jazz instruments, but often move into territory that's either too sweet or too loose – not the kind of heavier sounds we were expecting. Yet this set really brings the right sort of focus to Haitian music – and uses the Strut Records approach that's been tuned towards African and South American grooves in the past – all to pull out the funkiest, jazziest, grooviest tunes from the 60s and 70s. The package has a great set of notes that really illustrate the scene and styles behind the music on the disc – and titles include "Ce Pas" by Tabou Combo, "Pile Ou Face" by Les Loups Noirs, "Ti Garcon" by Ibo Combo, "Choc Vikings" by Les Vikings, "Ti Machine" by Les Animateurs, "Cote Moune Yo" by Super Jazz Des Jeunes, "Cochon St Antoine" by Ti Paris, "L'Artibonite" by Les Freres Dejean, "Suspann" by Caribbean Sextet, "Line" by Bossa Combo, and "Ti Lu Lupe" by Scorpio Universal. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Haiti Direct – Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds 1960 to 1978 ... CD 15.99

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VariousJazz Club – Henry Mancini Songbook ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1960s. New Copy ... $8.99
A mighty tribute to one of the greatest soundtrack composers of the 50s and 60s – served up in a host of jazz and vocal gems from the equally mighty Universal catalog! Most of the numbers here are from the 60s, and showcase Mancini at his jazziest – the period from Peter Gunn onward, when it seemed like every tune Hank touched turned to gold – and became a great jumping-off point for expression in a wide variety of musical styles. The 18 track package features some gems we've never seen reissued before, plus more familiar tunes that sound even better in this ultra-hip setting – and together, the tracks are a tremendous testament to the genius of Mancini at a time when he was working at his fullest potential. Titles include "Sally's Tomato" by Cal Tjader, "Wait Until Dark" by Walter Wanderley & Margie Dotson, "Peter Gunn" by Art Healie & The Electric Saxophone, "Days Of Wine & Roses" by Dizzy Gillespie, "A Shot In The Dark" by Shirley Scott, "Nothing To Lose" by Claudine Longet, "Moon River" by Billy Eckstine, "Shadows Of Paris" by Elsie Bianchi, "Baby Elephant Walk" by Bert Kaempfert, "Experiment In Terror" by Kai Winding, "Charade" by Johnny Hartman, "Slow Hot Wind" by Sarah Vaughan, "Bird Brain" by Quincy Jones, and "Two For The Road" by Gunter Kallmann Choir. CD

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VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 2 – For What It's Worth ... LP
Motor (Germany), 1993. New Copy ... $28.99
For what it's worth, this is a pretty wonderful compilation – only the second volume in the legendary Mojo Club series, but already hipper than most sets of this nature coming out these days! The package is filled with classic jazz, funk, soul, and bossa groovers – and was really one of the first to tackle this territory, at least with such depth, and in the hands of a major label (hats off again to Universal Germany!) The set list is wonderful – with 12 great tracks that include "Hicky Burr" by Quincy Jones, "Mr Clean" by Peter Herbholzheimer, "Monticello" by Monty Alexander, "For What It's Worth" by Sergio Mendes, "Gator Tail" by Lee Dorsey, "Boo-ga-loo" by Les McCann, "You Can't Love Me If You Don't Respect Me" by Lyn Collins, "Swimmin Home Baby" by Willis Jackson, and "Put Your Gun Down Brother" by Riot. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTisheh O Risheh – Funk, Psychedelia, & Pop From The Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Amazing sounds from the pre-Ayatollah years in Iran – an incredible blend of different global influences, coming together in the sort of sound you'd expect from one of the most progressive scenes in the Mid-East! The work here has some of the same psych elements of Turkish work from the time – but also borrows lots from other sources too – including elements of Bollywood grooves from India, heavy funk from the US, and even some of the more inventive post-colonial sounds from London and Paris! Vocals are almost never in English, but the song structures create a really universal feel to the music – a transcendent sound that's documented perfectly by the selections in this well-done set. Titles include "Asal" by Sattar, "Eshghe To" by Gita, "Dele Khoshbavar" by Shohre Soltai, "Asheghi Ham Hadi Dare" by Shahram, "Pichak" by Nooshafarin, "Tishe O Risheh" by Amir Rassaie, and "Yek Roose Taazeh" by Neli. CD

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ZZ HillLet's Make A Deal (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Around October 8, 2014
As with Johnny Taylor, ZZ Hill was a rootsier soul singer who was brought into the ranks of Columbia Records for some nice smooth recordings in the late 70s. This album's got ZZ singing with arrangements and production by Bert DeCoteaux, and on a set of tracks written by Jimmy Lewis, Fredrick Knight, Harvey Scales, and ZZ himself. Titles include "Let's Make A Deal", "Message To The Ladies", "Universal Love", and "Near But Yet So Far". CD

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Lebron BrothersSalsa Y Control ... CD
Cotique, Early 70s. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in Spanish all the way through, but delivering a groove that's musically universal! Titles include "Estoy Loco", "Bongo Loco", "Que Pana", "Piensa Lo Bien", and "Tu Llegaste A Mi Vida". CD

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VariousJohn Morales – The M&M Mixes – NYC Underground Disco Anthems & Previously Unreleased Exclusive Salsoul Mixes ... LP
BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Early May, 2014 (delayed)
An incredible compilation of dancefloor soul & disco from the early 80s – rare, extended and previously unreleased mixes by NYC legend John Morales – featuring essential material from Logg, Universal Robot Band, Tony Adderly, Class Action, Inner Life and more! Morales was a part of the DJ remix scene that made club ready soul gems out of a bunch of the pop and soul hits of the day, but this compilation on BBE goes deeper than that for the cream of the crop of the post disco grooves of the day, most running on the long side for that unstoppable dancefloor approach, while keeping the song based soul sound fully in place. Essential! 3LP version includes 9 long tracks, with a couple versions extended and longer or otherwise alternate versions than the CD mixes, including the 17+ minute A-side opener "Ain't No Mountain High Enough Parts I & II" (JM extended 4AM mix), "Breaking Down (Sugar Samba)" (JM extended After-Session M&M mix) by Julia & Company, "Barely Breaking Even" (demo version) by Universal Robot Band, "I Ain't Mad At You" (JM extended After-Session M&M mix) by Tony Adderly, "Never Can Say Goodbye" (demo version) by La-Rita Gaskin, "Move To The Groove" (JM After-Session M&M mix) by Margie Joseph, "You Got (That Something)" (JM After-Session M&M mix) by Logg and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album

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New David BoykinLove Power Magic ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of spirituality and direction – a great evolution after so many years in jazz, with a strong ability to build new ideas over a very long space – and still communicate in this universal style that transcends time and place! The package is lean – just a small cardboard sleeve – but the music is mighty, and feels like some lost underground jazz classic from the 70s. Boykin plays reeds and a bit of percussion – in a quintet with some really tremendous bass from Josh Abrams – plus piano from James Baker, guitar from Alex Wing, and drums from Marcus Evans – on the tracks "Love Power Magic", "Hyperspace", "6/10/13", and "Some Slick 8 Bar Blues". CD

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New Tyrone WashingtonDo Right ... LP
Blue Labor, 1974. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A set of sweet funky jams from saxophonist Tyrone Washington – a player who's probably known best for his late 60s session for Blue Note, but whose heard here in an electrified mode with plenty of choppy rhythms on the bottom – very much in the spirit of some of the best Gary Bartz work from the time! Washington is joined by keyboarist Hubert Eaves for the record – and Eaves weaves (can we say that?) lots of snakey electric piano lines underneath Tyrone's soulful work on tenor, alto, and flute – making for a Bartz-ish mix that's totally great, and sometimes augmented by vocals. Other players include Idris Muhammad on drums, Billy Nichols on guitar, and Rene McLean on alto sax – and the whole thing's great – a wonderful mix of soul and spiritual modes from the time! Titles include "Land Of Eternity", "Paradise", "Brother Man", and "Universal Spiritual Revolt", which is a bit "out" there. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousCosmic Machine – A Voyage Across French Cosmic & Electronic Avant Garde 1970 to 1980 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Because (France), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Incredible electronics from the French scene of the 70s – spacey, funky, trippy, and even a bit clubby too – a perfect cross-section of all the cool analogue elements that were ebbing forth from Paris at the time! A few of the bigger French artists broke big on these shores – often paving the way for soppier work of the next generation – but this set features a much deeper range of talents than we ever would have expected – plenty of cats who easily match the most experimental styles of the German prog electronics world, or the dark corners of Italian soundtrack composers, or even some of the fiercer grooves to come in the pre-house years in the clubs! Reading the set list, you might be surprised to hear some of these artists in the same company as each other – but hearing the set, you'll be wonderfully pleased at the way the whole thing comes together – a great range of cuts that includes "Motel Show" by Pierre Bachelet, "Shanti Dance (parts 1 & 2)" by Droids, "Magic Fly" by Space, "Temps X" by Didier Marouani, "Le Reve" by Patrick Juvet, "Le Bracelet" by Alain Gouraguer, "Rocket Man (inst)" by Rockets, "Disco Energy"b y Universal Energy, "Love Machine" by Space Art, "Survol" by Francois De Roubaix, "Le Physique Et Le Figure" by Serge Gainsbourg, and "Spirit" by Frederic Mercier. LP, Vinyl record album
(Standard gatefold edition with CD.)
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New AzymuthSpectrum ... LP
Milestone, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Proof that Azymuth were one of the few groups who could keep things real at a time when most of their fusion contemporaries were sounding cloying and commercial! The album's got a well-rounded sound that really shows the group's roots in the 70s, and their wonderful evolution over the years – that keyboard-heavy sound that's always warm and soulful, and never too tinny or beat-heavy. Jose Roberto Bertrami's keys come across with a 70s warmth that most groups were lacking by this time – and the backing from Alex Maheiros on bass and Ivan Conti is always very subtle, and simple too – swirled up alongside the keyboards, and mixed in with a few occasional bits of guest instrumentation – including trumpet from Marcio Montarroyos on one track, and flugelhorn from Paulinho Olivera on a few more. Titles include versions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", Jobim's "Song Of The Jet", and Ivan Lins' "The Island", plus the cuts "Universal Prisoner", "Candomble", and "Areis". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Don CherryHear & Now ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Important 70s work from Don Cherry – one of the first albums to bring his overseas experiments to a larger US audience! The set builds nicely off of styles that Don forged earlier in France and Scandinavia – a freer style of music than his work with Ornette Coleman, and a richly organic groove that builds up strongly from the bottom, often with elements of world music settled in alongside the jazz – but there's also some funkier moments here too, a bit like the Brown Rice album, but looser overall! The groups on most numbers are relatively large and spiritual – almost like Alice Coltrane at times, but a bit more electric and funky at others – and players include Collin Walcott on sitar, Michael Brecker on saxes, Cliff Carter on keyboards, Lenny White and Tony Williams on drums, Lois Colin on harp, and Raphael Cruz on percussion. Cherry himself plays conch shells, bells, and flute in addition to his usual trumpet – and he even sings a bit on a few numbers, in a soulful, scatting sort of groove. Narada Michael Walden produced, and the whole set's got a very righteous feel – with tracks that include "Universal Mother", "Buddah's Blues", "Eagle Eye", "Mahakali", "Karmapa Chenno", "Surrender Rose", and "Journey Of Milarepa". CD

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New CongosHeart Of The Congos ... LP
VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
VP reissue of this classic slice of Jamaican roots music. No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which was hard to get for many years, but reissued here in it's original format, with the origial cover art. Recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals and Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. 10 tracks, just like the original version: "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant" and 'Solid Foundation". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Lebron BrothersSalsa Y Control ... LP
Cotique, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone kicker by the Lebron Brothers – not as all-out Latin soul as the group's first few records, but a heck of a great session nonetheless! The album's got the brothers moving into more of a 70s salsa mode, but still keeping the small combo edge of their earlier albums – singing in Spanish all the way through, but delivering a groove that's musically universal! Titles include "Estoy Loco", "Bongo Loco", "Que Pana", "Piensa Lo Bien", and "Tu Llegaste A Mi Vida". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – very nice!)

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New Ivan LinsSomos Todos Iguais Nesta Noite ... CD
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime work from Ivan Lins – exactly the kind of record to get you started with his music, as it's one of the best that he ever recorded! The set's got all the best elements of Lins at his 70s stretch of greatness – wonderful songwriting, honest presentation of the lyrics, and this sublime mix of jazz and more lofty backings – at a level that places him in the space with Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges! Like both of those artists, the music here is earnest, but never overdone – balanced with a sense that no American artist could ever hope to touch – with this universal appeal that goes way beyond the boundaries of language. Gilson Peranzzetta handled the backings, and plays keyboards on the set – and titles include "Quadras de Roda", "Dinorah, Dinorah", "Choro Das Aquas", and the great "Aparecida". CD

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New OPMCAmalgamation (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pink Elephant/Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really rich, really moody little record – recorded on the Dutch scene at the start of the 70s, and done with this wonderfully universal blend of acoustic roots and sharper edges! Both guitar and harmonica figure heavily in the instrumentation – but the latter is hardly used in a bluesy way, as its rich tones and complex lines remind us more of jazz harmonica from Toots Thielmans – laid out over these slow-stepping grooves that have a nice folk-funk feel as the electric basslines trip out underneath moody lyrics. A really great set that's way more than just another rare record – the kind of set that would have hit worldwide appeal, had it been issued on labels like Harvest or Island. Titles include "Fire Child", "Easter Song", "Sick & Tired", "Overture", "Ballad Of The Sun", and "The Head". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Dizzy ReecePossession, Exorcism, Peace ... LP
Honeydew, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant later work from Dizzy Reece – music recorded in the 70s, and a full expression of the spiritual themes that were only hinted at in earlier years, but which blossom here beautifully! Side one is an extension of themes from the film The Exorcist – but aren't cheesy at all, and instead have this beautiful sort of spiritual exploratory feel. Dizzy's on trumpet and percussion, alongside flute from Richard Meldonian, piano from Richie Beirach, and additional bass and percussion that give the tune a nicely earthy quality. Side two has a similar approach – one that explores themes of meditation – and which is even sparer at times, with some sitar and tambura that give the tunes a nice Eastern feel. Beirach plays piano here again, and Steve Grossman is on tenor – and tracks on the album include "Possession", "We Smile", "Suite Meditation", "Offering", and "Universal Harmony". LP, Vinyl record album
(Top seam has some wear & a small split.)

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New Pedro Ruy-BlasPedro Ruy-Blas & Delores 1973 to 1976 (La Luna Llena /La Puerta Abierta) ... CD
Rama Lama (Spain), Mid 70s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky fusion from 70s Spain – and some incredible work by one of the most amazing European talents of the time! Pedro Ruy-Blas has a sound that's like no other – a blend of electric rhythms, acoustic guitar, and extremely soulful vocalizations that are somewhere between the work of Jon Lucien and Ed Motta – all set to grooves that borrow heavily from 70s Brazilian styles, but which also have some more ambitious European styles as well. There's a genre-less, groundbreaking quality to the work – an almost universal sense of joy and soul that's made Pedro one of the most enigmatic, and under-appreciated musicians in the global groove scene. This 2CD set finally brings to light much of his best work from the time – a total of 25 tracks that pass way beyond the boundaries of previous collections of his work, and which really present some wonderful tunes. Tracks include "Ceuta", "Despertar", "Lina", "Luna Llena", "La Ausencia", "La Cometa", "Eva", "La Suave Luiz", "Quisiera Ser", "Membrillo", "La Puerta Abierta", and "Lava Pies". CD
(Out of print.)

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New SomiLagos Music Salon ... CD
Okeh, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've really liked Somi's previous records, but here she's somehow even better than before – more soulful, jazzier, and with this sort of universal appeal that has his loving the record from the very first note! Somi's vocals slide perfectly alongside some relatively spare, jazzy backings – but often take flight in this way we never heard on her previous Obliqsound album – this magical sort of flow that's almost electric in the way she spins things out with her voice – but electric in a Fender Rhodes sort of warmth, and not any sort of processed sort of singing. Both Common and Angelique Kidjo make guest appearances – but Somi's definitely the main attraction, and could well burst huge on a global scale with this gem – on titles that include "Ginger My Slowly", "When Rivers Cry", "Lady Revisited", "Love Juju #1", "Hearts & Swag", "Four One Nine", "Two Dollar Day", "The Story Of Monkey", and "Shine Your Eye". CD

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New Spiritual VibesBefore The Words (aka Kotoba No Mae) ... CD
Idyllic/99 Records (Germany), 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second full album from Nobukazu Takemura's landmark group Spiritual Vibes – and even more beautifully lyrical than the first! There's a gentleness here that was missing on the group's first set – a sound that's still very much in love with the bossa and Brazilian jazz, yet which also works in fragile soundshapes and light pastel colors – shading in the best bits with nice jazzy touches, and making more than enough space for the vocals of the lovely Kiku. Most of the lyrics are in Japanese, but there's a sweetness here that's really universal – supported by warm basslines, bright colors, and a sound that made the group one of the best Japanese exports in the 90s! Titles include "Image", "Rhythm & Balance", "Impressions Of Rome", "Priming", "Bright Sound", "Il Porto", and "Square Root Of 5". CD
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New VariousSound Of TK Disco – 12" Choice For Boogie Generation ... CD
TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great look at the 12" single legacy of TK Records – and a set that goes way past the familiar album hits and chart singles from the label! There's some surprisingly unusual material here – either long mixes and rare takes of cuts by already-known TK artists – or some even groovier tracks from talents we never new worked with the label – including some great acts from the soul underground and the overseas scene as well! The overall flavor is disco, but there's also lots of variations too – funky club, boogie, and a whole lot more – on a double-length set of tracks that includes "Don't Stop" by Ish, "Get On Down" by King Sporty & The Roots Rockers, "Odyssey (part 2)" by Johnny Harris, "Dance To Freedom" by Sherman Hunter, "Moon Ride" by Universal Love, "Ooh Ooh I Like It" by Milton Wright, "Keep On" by King Tutt, "I Just Wanna Be Your Lovin Man" by The Imperials, "I Can't Turn The Boogie Loose" by The Controllers, "Cosmic Funk" by Mad Dog Fire Department, "Indigo Country" by Ultrafunk, "Safari (parts 1 & 2)" by Modern Sound Corporation, "What They're Doing Downtown" by Skybirst, and "Turn Me Turn Me Turn Me" by Mary Love. CD

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New Far Out Monster Disco OrchestaFar Out Monster Disco Orchesta ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – and the music really echoes that great late 70s/early 80s point when the Azymuth fusion groove crossed over into tighter, funkier territory – coming off here with a sound that's got really universal appeal and a wickedly classic vibe overall – like some unusual cross-breeding of Brazilian grooves and Salsoul Records! Vocals are by Mia Mendes and Marcina Arnold, but the instrumentation is even better than the lyrics – filled with jazzy touches, blended with bits of strings, and perfectly produced all the way through. Really tremendous stuff – one of the freshest records we've heard from Far Out in years – with titles that include "Mystery", "Keep Believing", "Dead Dance", "The Last Carnival", "A Disco Supreme", "Vendetta", and "Don't Cha Know He's Alright". 2CD set features 8 more bonus remix tracks too! CD

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New Far Out Monster Disco OrchestaFar Out Monster Disco Orchesta (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – and the music really echoes that great late 70s/early 80s point when the Azymuth fusion groove crossed over into tighter, funkier territory – coming off here with a sound that's got really universal appeal and a wickedly classic vibe overall – like some unusual cross-breeding of Brazilian grooves and Salsoul Records! Vocals are by Mia Mendes and Marcina Arnold, but the instrumentation is even better than the lyrics – filled with jazzy touches, blended with bits of strings, and perfectly produced all the way through. Really tremendous stuff – one of the freshest records we've heard from Far Out in years – with titles that include "Mystery", "Keep Believing", "Dead Dance", "The Last Carnival", "A Disco Supreme", "Vendetta", and "Don't Cha Know He's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jones Family SingersSpirit Speaks ... CD
Arts+Labor, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
A contemporary gospel group, but one with a killer sound that really takes us back to the best styles of 60s and 70s soul-influenced ensembles! The Jones Family Singers is a tight, well-crafted outfit – one who express themselves with plenty of secular passion alongside their spiritual message – a universal, earthbound appeal that's gotten them some great attention in the non-gospel world! Patriarch Bishop Jones comes from a long line of Texas gospel singers – and he puts that legacy to work strongly here, and really keeps the whole record crackling – without any of the too-polished modes of more contemporary gospel records. Titles include "Bones In The Valley", "Going Home", "Down On Me", "Leaning On You", "Through It All", and "You Woke Me Up This Morning". CD
(Penmark through barcode.)

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New KleeerI Love To Dance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever album from Kleeer – and a set that's already got them head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! The set's got just a bit of the keyboards that would later really define the Kleeer sound – and has some surprising disco elements, too – used by the quartet as a way to step away from the overblown mainstream of the time, into a groove that's leaner and cleaner for the next generation! The great Woody Cunningham is at the lead of the group – singing, drumming, arranging, and writing a good portion of the work – and the group members have already had plenty of experience as The Jam Band, Pipeline, and Universal Robot Band – years of background practice that's really helped them forge some very strong grooves. And while the title may reference the danceability of the times, there's also some nice deeper elements going on too – on titles that include "I Love To Dance", "To Groove You", "Kleeer Sailin", "Amour", "It's Magic", "Keep Your Body Workin", and "Tonight's The Night". CD features bonus tracks that include "Keep Your Body Workin (voc)", "Keep Your Body Workin (7" version)", "Tonight's The Night (7" version)", "It's Magic (long)", and "It's Magic (7" version)". CD

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New Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... LP
Dee-Lite, 1976. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's not – and instead has the group moving more towards a style of cosmic righteousness that was undoubtedly influenced by the early work (and success) of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The album has a few live cuts - including an amazing 8 minute long live version of "Summer Madness", with an extended keyboard solo that's just great! Other titles include "Cosmic Energy", "Do It Right Now", "Universal Sound", and a remake of "Hollywood Swinging". LP, Vinyl record album

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New MandrillMandrill Is ... CD
Polydor/Collectables, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of hard jamming funk from Mandrill – rougher than later work, with a mix of soul, jazz, and Latin influences, all coming together in a mode that reminds us of early 70s LA groups like War or El Chicano. The best element of the album's the mix of keyboards, bass-driven rhythms, and flute – which cuts across the top of the heavy jams in a light way that really spices things up! Tracks include "Cohelo", "Ape is High", "Universal Rhythms", "Central Park", and "Git It All". CD
(Out of print.)

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New SonnymoonSonnymoon ... CD
Plug Research, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spacey sounds, soulful vocals and a boundlessly creative overall vibe from Sonnymoon – inspired stuff on Plug Research! The Plug Research label has been a reliable resource for leftfield electronic and cosmic hip hop soul styled artists for a few years now, and this is another winner! It's the duo of Anna Wise and Dane Orr – Anna's vocals floating beautifully over freewheeling, atmospheric, though insistent production – the kind of record hat you hear something new in each time you play it. Includes "Wild Rumpus", "Greatness", "Flit, Fleet, Float", "Nothing Thought", "Universal Appeal", "Others By", "Zone 2", "Every Summer Night", "Just Before Dawn" with strings by Miguel Atwood-Fergusion and more. CD

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New Muriel WinstonA Fresh Viewpoint & Muriel Winston (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the tunes that feature Muriel in the lead on ballads, but gets a bit more righteous on some of the spoken passages, then feels really collaborative on some of the numbers that feature a chorus of younger singers (including Spike Lee's sister, Joy). The material is an unusual mix of styles – some straighter jazz vocals, some more spiritual – and the album's divided into two sides "The Universal Side" and "The Personal Side" – the latter of which features a number of lesser-known Tadd Dameron compositions. Lee handles the music direction and arrangements, and plays bass in a small combo that also features Clifford Jordan on flute, Stanley Cowell on piano, and Billy Higgins on drums. Winston's a vocalist with a slightly spiritual kind of sound, and some of the tracks on the record are nice light little ditties with piano by Stanley Cowell, drums by Billy Higgins, flute by Clifford Jordan, and bass by Lee. Titles include "Love Took the 7:10 Tonight", "I'm Never Happy Anymore", "We'll Remember Those Years", "Children's Trilogy", "A Song To Everyone In The World", "Soul Trane", and "Weekend". CD

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New VariousAfro Beat Airways Vol 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974 to 1983 ... CD
Analog Africa (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from 70s Ghana – a killer collection that really lives up to all the greatness of other collections on the Analogue Africa label! There's a sharpness here right from the start – an approach to funk that's really universal, and shows why collections from a generation like this move way past the context of standard world music modes – and instead unlock a rich version of the world in which music alone can build plenty of bridges – way beyond the context of politics or national boundaries! By that, we mean that any Anglo crate-digger can find plenty to love here – wicked drums, scratchy guitar, riffing Hammond, and monstrous bass that bounces these tunes beautifully from start to finish – sewing together the grooves in a way that will have you forgetting you can't even understand most of the lyrics. And yet, as with other titles on this great label, the music is also well-situated culturally too – thanks to a hefty set of notes and great images – which will give you plenty of visual discovery while you're digging the sounds on the disc. Titles include "Wop Me A Ka" by The African Brothers, "Do Your Own Thing" by De Frank's Band, "Aja Wondo" by Uppers International, "Loose Up Yourself" by Rob, "I Beg" by Tony Sarfo & The Funky Afrobisi, "Arabo" by K Frimpong, "Say Min Sy Soh" by Pierre Antoine & Vis A Vis, "God Is Love" by Complex Soundz, and "Kana Soro" by Los Issufu & His Moslems. CD
Also available Afro Beat Airways Vol 2 – Return Flight To Ghana 1974 to 1983 ... LP 26.99

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New VariousJazz Club – Psychedelic Jazz – The Best Mindblowing Spaced-Out Jazz Grooves ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Psychedelic Jazz galore – a wonderful look at the hip blend of funky grooves and tripped-out production that emerged at the end of the 60s! The sounds here are every bit as amazing now as they were a few decades back – a genre-busting blend of electric instrumentation, chunky rhythms, and weird techniques – all mixing up elements from soul, funk, rock, Latin, and other sources into a really unique sort of groove! The work here is both from the US and overseas – pulled from Universal-owned labels like MPS, Chess, and Philips – and the package does a great job of mixing key examples of the genre with some other under-reissued gems. 16 tracks in all – including "The Squire" by Mike Nock, "The Fuzz" by Roy Ayers, "Burning Spear" by Jimmy Smith, "Summertime" by Gabor Szabo, "Zoom" by Volker Kriegel, "Uwiii" by Wolfgang Dauner, "The Moving Finger" by Dorothy Ashby, "Big Family" by Free Orbit, "Love Me" by Johnny Teupen, "Ganges Delta" by Okko, "Misty Purple" by Kuhn Brothers & The Mad Rockers, "Guru-Vin" by Don Sebesky, and "Season Of The Witch" by Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger. CD

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New AbiahLife As A Ballad ... CD
Nia, 2012. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful second record from Abiah – warmly wonderful material that's as sensitive as a singer/songwriter set, yet also has a deep sense of soul as well! Vocals and piano are wonderfully intertwined – in a mode that has the depth of jazz, yet the focus of soul music as well – often handled at a gentle pace, but with a flow that really holds us rapt throughout – with an acoustic vibe that's somewhere in a space between Bill Withers and Joan Armatrading. Abiah is an artist who previously recorded for Universal under his first name, Jeremiah – but he sounds even more wonderful here, and the shift to using his last name is definitely a good choice for this next chapter in his music. Titles include "This Time", "Goodbye", "Foolish Heart", "September", "Turn The Light On", and "Life As A Ballad". CD

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New Full FlavaSweetest Flava – The Best Of Full Flava ... CD
Dome (UK), 2000s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully warm soul from Full Flava – a UK group with the same commitment to classic modes we love in the music of Incognito! Unlike Incognito, Full Flava have never gotten huge exposure on our shores – which makes this music mighty fresh, even though the set's a collection of older work – and a lot like Incognito, Full Flava often use different female singers in the lead – which gives their grooves a great sense of variety, thanks to super-strong guest appearances from vocalists who include Chantay Savage, Donna Gardier, Carleen Anderson, Ruby Turner, Kelli Sae, Ce Ce Peniston, Joy Rose, and Beverlei Brown – each of whom get a chance to shine on at least one track in this collection! Titles include "September", "Love's Comin At Ya", "The Glow Of Love", "Too Much Too Late", "I Need You Tonight (tonight's the night rmx)", "Was That All It Was", "You Are The Universe (universal truth rmx)", "Last Time", and "Change". CD

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New Snarky Puppy & Bukuru CelestinAmkeni ... CD
Ropeadope, 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool shift for the Snarky Puppy sound – one that has the group's great live instrumentation serving as the backdrop for Burundi singer Bukuru Celestin! The set's based around lyrics penned by Celestin, but inflected with the warm jazzy style of Snarky Puppy – a live groove that brings a really organic feel to the music, and which helps create this universal soulful appeal – even if you can't understand the language of the lyrics. There's a joyous quality to the music that really comes through, especially on some of the tracks when Bukuru is joined by a chorus – and titles include "Shima", "Ntumbero", "Muzogezahe", "Amkeni", and "Ndagunkunda". CD

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New Imarhan TimbuktuAkal Warled ... CD
Clermont, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great group from the contemporary scene in Mali – one that's graced by some excellent Tuareg guitar lines from Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, who plays his instrument with a really nice range of melancholy tones! There's a special quality to the work here – very personal expressions of Mohamed, who often lets his instrument speak even more strongly than his lyrics – with this universal appeal that's as hypnotic as the well-spun lines that grace the entire album! Titles include "Akal Warled", "Aicha Talamomt", "Tidawt", "Taliat Malat", and "Ehela Damohele". CD
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New VariousJazz Club – From Jamaica With Jazz ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the more far-reaching compilations in the Jazz Club series – reggae covers by jazz mainstays and more from late 60s onward, with a focus on great stuff from the 70s! All of the material was culled from the vast Universal vaults – and it's a pretty sweet set of jazzy reggae and reggae jazz, from artists as diverse as Ernest Ranglin, Bernard Pretty Purdie, The Skatalites, Bill Fraser, Deodato and Medeski, Martin & Wood! 14 tracks in all: "54-46 – (Was My Number)" by Ernest Ranglin, "Jammin'" by Monty Alexander, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Junior Mance, "Natty Never Get Weary" by Dean Fraser, "Rock Fort Rock" by Skatalites, "Montego Bay" by Pretty Purdie, "I Shot The Sheriff" by Deodato, "Walking On Sunshine" by Bill Summers, "Pressure Drop" by Brass Fraser and more. CD

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New VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 1 ... LP
Motor/Polydor (Germany), 1992. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first collection in the legendary Mojo Club run – a groundbreaking series that brought together jazz, soul, funk, and vocal cuts – and really set the stage for global groove expansion in the 1990s! Although the club itself is German, most of the tracks here are American – gems pulled from the huge Universal music catalog of the 60s and 70s – and served up in a very fresh way that still sounds wonderful all these many years later! Loads of essential listening here – 12 tracks that include "Dujii" by Kool & The Gang, "In & Out" by Brian Auger, "Cantaloupe Island" by Hugh Masekela, "No Hay Problema" by Art Blakey, "Watermelon Man" by The JBs, "Selma March" by Grant Green, "Popcorn" by James Brown, "Burning Spear" by Kenny Burrell, "He's A Superstar" by Roy Ayers, and "No 9" by Jack Daugherty. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Equipe 84ID (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dischi Ricordi/RPM (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An Italian prog album, but with a difference – the difference being that these guys are tighter and more tuneful than most of their contemporaries – and really show a style that's right up there with the best early proggish rumblings from the UK, before things ever got too noodly or over the top! There's an organic quality to most of the tunes that makes the music way more than pop – cool use of keyboards and larger concepts of sound, including some great orchestrations – yet there's also a focus to the presentation that really keeps things on track, and which makes the Italian language lyrics somehow have this really universal sort of appeal. Titles include "Id", "Buon Giorno Amico Mio", "Un Brutto Sogno", "Jo", "Padre E Figlio", "Giochi D'Amore", and "Fine". CD features lots of bonus tracks, many from earlier singles – an additional 11 tracks that include "Tu Pretendi", "Floating", "Da Domani", "Auschwitz", "Hey Ragazzo", and "Nel Cuore Nell Anima Uomo". CD

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New Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World ... CD
Numero, 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". CD
Also available Who's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP 18.99

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New Nathan HainesPoet's Embrace ... CD
Haven/Warner (UK), 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really great change for saxophonist Nathan Haines – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how much we already liked him before! The set's a straight jazz outing – of the kind that really lets Haines' strengths on reeds shine forth beautifully – soaring out soulfully in ways that are quite different than his more groove-oriented recordings – yet still equally soulful! Nathan's tenor is wonderful – as deep in tone and rich in feeling as some of the greats of the 60s generation – yet informed with a slight spiritual sense of phrasing as well, even though the overall production and setting is downright classic. The group's a quartet – with Kevin Field on piano, Alain Koetsier on drums, and Thomas Botting on bass – and titles include the Haines' originals "Realisation", "Universal Man", "Ancestral Dance", "The Poet's Embrace", and "Consequence" – plus a version of Roy Brooks' "Eboness". CD
Also available Poet's Embrace ... CD 13.99

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New Masaaki HiraoNippon Rock N Roll – The Birth Of Japanese Rokabirii 1958 to 1960 (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare rock from the Japanese scene of the postwar years – but sounds that definitely have a universal appeal overall! Masaaki Hirao is way more than just a novelty remake of American rockers of the time – as he's got a sharp-edged sound that easily rivals the best we had to offer here in the US – the charm of Elvis, the propulsion of Johnny Burnette, and the offbeat appeal of Buddy Holly! Yet the sounds here are often quite their own thing, too – especially on the Japanese language numbers which make up most of the set, and which have Masaaki stepping away from straight American cover versions, and really doing some great things on his own. The guitar lines are especially great – recorded with brilliant twang and echo that really matches the power of the vocals – and the set features some mighty nice live tracks that are even more biting than the studio material! 10 cuts in all – including "Lawdy Miss Clawdy", "Hoshi Wa Nandemo Shitteiru", "Isuki No Komoriuta Rock", "Crazy Love", "Ooh My Soul", "Jenny Jenny", "Miyo Chan", and "Blue De Memphis". LP, Vinyl record album

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New PleasureFuture Now ... LP
Fantasy, 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album from Pleasure – a group who were already great before, but who really seem to hit a great new level with this late 70s classic! Pleasure started out as a sweet jazz/funk combo with a great edge to their music – but by the time of this set, they'd actually gotten even tighter and better – but all without losing their depth at all! Most of the group's contemporaries just got slick and commercial – but instead, Pleasure found a way to hone their skills wonderfully – and take on some new spacey and electric touches in the process – definitely pointing towards the funky future promised in the title. The set's filled with some of the funkiest and most soulful moments of the group's career – including "Space is the Place", which has great funky drums on the intro; the mellow "Thoughts of Old Flames", a real stunner with a great moody feel; and the classic "Glide", a great dancefloor groover that still stands up well. Other tracks are all great too – and include "Universal", "Strong Love", "Nothin To It", and "Dedication To The Past". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Future Now ... CD 11.99
 
 
 



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