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Alessandro AlessandroniInchiesta ... LP
CMT/Sonor (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A sweet funky set from the 70s – originally recorded as a sound library session, but handled by Italian soundtrack maestro Alessandro Alessandroni! You might know Alessandroni's music best from the 60s, and this set is a later updating of the same groove – one that brings in a bit more electric keyboards, some bouncier basslines, and drums that snap nice and hard on the funky numbers – then lay back on the sweet mellow moments. A few cuts have vocals – ala I Cantorni Moderni – and the whole thing has a warm, sexy 70s groove that's right up there with the best Italian work of the scene from the time. Titles include "Femminismo", "Collettivo", "La Metropoli", "Pubblica Informazione", "Prima Eta", and "Ultimo Soggiorno". Very groovy stuff! LP, Vinyl record album

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

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AntibalasAntibalas (with bonus download) ... LP
Daptone, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Amazing sounds from one of the best funky combos anywhere – ever! Antibalas have certainly risen to fame in the years since we first heard their Afro-styled grooves – working famously in the Fela musical, and reaching generations of ears with their own brilliant records. Yet throughout it all, they've always stayed true to their sound – and, if anything, are even sharper, tighter, and funkier than before – all extremely adept not only at playing their instruments, but at hitting the right sort of sound to cut through all the BS that was holding back funky Afro grooves for years! Part of that sound comes from superb Daptone production by Gabriel Roth – who really knows how to keep things lean and mean and full of energy. But the core credit really goes to the group – who never cease to amaze us here – and continually come up with fresh sounds on their keyboards and horns – and inventive rhythms to match! Titles include "Dirty Money", "The Rat Catcher", "Ari Degbe", "Ibeji", "Sare Kon Kon", and "Him Belly No Go Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)

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

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

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

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New Roy AyersEverybody Loves The Sunshine ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Roy Ayers' biggest albums ever! The whole thing's an incredible album of mellow jazzy soul – and it shows Roy at the crossroads, perfecting his earlier funk style with a sweet mellow R&B edge, getting a bit slicker, but still staying on the righteous path, and opening up a whole new bag in soul music. There's a wonderful electric vibe running through the record – not just from Roy's vibes, but from the Fender Rhodes and Arp work by Phillip Woo. Features the landmark title cut – "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", one of those tunes that becomes more and more of a classic each year – plus spiritual numbers like "Third Eye" , "Keep on Walking", and "The Golden Rod". Very righteous, and with a cool dope jazzy groove! LP, Vinyl record album

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

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New Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 3 – Beat Konducta In India ... LP
Stones Throw, 2007. New Copy ... $12.99
Hazy beatcraft steeped in Indian soundtrack style funk, strings and percussion from the indefatigable Madlib – Volume 3 in the increasingly adventurous and conceptual outings of the Beat Konducta! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East – but the way in which the beats bluntly thump is quintessential Madlib – you know it and love it from the first beat! 'Lib really breathes fresh life into this approach – going miles deeper than anyone out there doing the Bollywood-hip hop hybrid – coming up with a sound all his own. Masterful! "Onthanewthing", "Indian Deli", "Rumble", "Dancing Girls Theme", "Piano Garden", "Dark Alley Incidental Music", "Early Party", "Fifth Chant", "The Rip Off (Scene 3)", and "Sitar Ride". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Blat BrutBlat Brut (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Heavy guitar, but with no vocals at all – which means that the psychedelic explorations here go out even more on a limb! The record's a stunning lost treasure – work that's clearly informed by the generations of Hendrix and early 70s prog – but it pushes the music into an exploratory space that's even more cosmic – with long lines on both electric guitar and electric flute – driven by soaring bass and drums, in a style that's almost more jazzy than anything else! There's none of the hoke of jazz rock groups here, though – maybe because of the lack of vocals – and while other groups of this nature might never give you the full instrumental spectrum you want, because they're always going for the hook – these guys really know how to stretch out and deliver. Titles include "Marxa Funebra", "Para Titania Y Oberon", and "Veralles Imperial" – plus some shorter "Jam" tracks too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 400 – with bonus insert!)

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Charles BradleyVictim Of Love (with bonus download) ... LP
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 15.99
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are completely sublime too – magical music from the Menahan Street Band, who sound here like some lost combo from 60s Memphis, but without any of the hoke that reference might imply – instead that really unique approach that you'd only find on one of your few favorite vintage soul albums – maybe Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, or Jesse James on his 60s album for 20th Century! Yet the sound here isn't just vintage for vintage sake, either – as there's an intensity that's very present, contemporary, and urgent – a sound that doesn't die – and which just gets better and better with each new listen. Tremendous stuff – even from the Daptone universe we've been loving for years and years – with titles that include "Strictly Reserved For You", "You Put The Flame On It", "Dusty Blue", "Love Bug Blues", "Hurricane", "Through The Storm", "Confusion", and "Where Do We Go From Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)
Also available Victim Of Love ... CD 12.99

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Julius BrockingtonUnited Chair ... LP
Today, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Wild funky keyboards from Julius Brockington – a player who worked a bit on both soul and gospel albums during the early 70s, and one of the odder talents in the funky music business. The album's got a nicely off-kilter sound – and most of the tracks are original compositions. Julius has his hands on an Arp, which he plays to great effect, and many of the tracks are nice and long – and kind of messed up! Titles include "Gettin' Into It", "Lost Tribe", "Jaded Jackie", and "In the Back of the Churchyard". LP, Vinyl record album

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New James BrownPayback ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $16.99
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same sessions as the JBs album Damn Right I Am Somebody – Payback has the group backing James with amazing intensity, playing on and on for very long stretches, improvising jams that perfectly match the vocals, which are often as improvised as the music. The most famous example of this style at work is "The Payback", which begins with a simple head arrangement, then has James riffing off on politics and power, letting the band come in at just the right moment, dropping solos that are still some of the best ever recorded on a funk album. The rest of the album's equally great, and even though most tracks run close to 10 minutes, and the album's a 2LP set, most of the material stays fresher than any 3 minute funk record we've ever heard. Some tracks are separated by these cool voices that rise up as seques – and titles include "Stone To The Bone", "Mind Power", "Take Some Leave Some", and "Shoot Your Shot". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Payback ... CD 4.99

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New Doug CarnRevelation ... LP
Black Jazz, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The Black Jazz recordings of Doug Carn are always a revelation – some of the most powerful, progressive work on the American underground of the early 70s – music that got Carn into way more record collections than you might expect! The sound here is a perfect summation of Doug's early genius – his own work on organ and keyboards, never overdone and mixed perfectly with a righteous array of acoustic sounds from Rene McLean on alto and tenor and Olu Dara on trumpet – both players who soar to the skies on waves of energy begun by Carn! Wife Jean Carn sings on a number of tracks – with this heavenly style that's mighty righteous – every bit as soulful as her later work at Philly International, but in a very different way. The set includes Doug's great reading of "Naima" – plus other wonderful cuts that include "Power & Glory", "Feel Free", "Jihad", "Fatherhood", and "God is One". LP, Vinyl record album

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New CaseBlackwood ... LP
RPC/Lion, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
An unusual little set from Pennsylvania's Case – a group who were decidedly younger and maybe geekier than some of their heady contemporaries in the early 70s underground – and who come across here with a garagey vibe that maybe recalls indie sets from the decade before! The album was recorded on a four track in the group's school music classroom over Christmas break – which gives the whole thing a nice sense of "room", and a relatively live feel – more like you were catching these youthful cats starting to practice before a gig. Titles include "Crystal Ball", "Coming Home", "Ali On The Run", "Lover", "Out Of It", and "Someday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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New Cheyenne's Comin'Cheyenne's Comin' ... LP
Shadybrook, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A totally righteous little record – the only set we've ever seen from Native American vocalist Cheyenne Fowler – and a wicked blend of jazz, soul, and funk – tied together with a really positive spirit! Gene Russell had a hand in putting the set together, and you can definitely hear some echoes of his more spiritual work in the music – and like some of the best underground acts of the 70s, Cheyenne has a way of mixing up all the hippest elements of the left side of the spectrum – then coming up with a sound that's deeply personal, and really unique! The best cuts on the record have a jazz funk approach to soul – with funky keyboard grooving, wah-wah guitar, and tasty horn flourishes over the top – and although Cheyenne's not the greatest vocalist in the world technically, she's got a strong and proud style that really carries the record. Titles include "I Don't Speak With Forked Tongue", "Cheyenne's Coming", "Grooving With You", "It Ain't All About That", "Come Back To Me", "I Love You But I Gotta Go", and "Dream Street". LP, Vinyl record album

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Correction with Mats GustafssonShift ... LP
No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ... $28.99
Nothing needs correction here – as the set's one of the most compelling settings we've heard for reedman Mats Gustafsson in a while – a record that really bubbles over with a wonderful sense of energy and musicality, and which shows a really fresh side of Gustafsson's talents! Mats plays baritone sax throughout – sometimes with a frenzy that drives bold sounds out of the instrument, as if it's an engine for generating fast tones – sometimes with a rich, soulful sense of tone that evokes an older jazz baritone scene, gone avant. But the Correction trio is very much part of the special nature of the record, too – a wonderful balance of piano from Sebstian Bergstrom, bass from Joacim Nyberg, and drums from Emil Astrand Melin – working in a way that's very different than some of the other trio modes you'd get on the sorts of power dates to usually feature a player like Mats. Titles include "Winters Within", "Personal Note 3", "Four Is A Sufficient Condition For Amendment", and "Correct This". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Clifford CoulterBetter Part Of Me ... LP
Columbia, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
A damn great little record from Clifford Coulter – a set that's much tighter and more soul-based than his earlier funk albums for Impulse Records – but which comes together beautifully, too – thanks to help from Bill Withers in the studio! Bill produced, and the record has this perfect sort of balance – never too slick or uptight, but really focused too – that great warm groove that Withers found with his own music at Columbia – but set up here as a perfect foil for Coulter's truly amazing voice! The singer's got a depth that comes through right away – on both the ballads and the groovers – and the record's one of those under-discovered gems that we've dug for years – proof that some really amazing soul music was coming out on major labels, between the hits. Withers plays lots of keyboards on the record – and titles "Another Day", "You And I Together", "Nothing In The World Is Free", "Don't Wanna See You Cry", "Magic Carpet Ride", "Maybe It's Better To Go", and "The Better Part Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Better Part Of Me ... CD 6.99

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New Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismIsis Voyage ... LP
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to a recent reissue – and this sweet batch of rare cuts really augments that rare musical moment, by offering up a further set of completely cosmic grooves! The style is spacey jazz funk with some deeper elements in the mix – all recorded and arranged with an indie vibe that reminds us a lot of the classic Oneness Of Juju albums on Black Fire, but without as much vocals – just a strong focus on the sweet keyboard lines and soaring horn passages. Some tracks are brand new, others are different versions of themes from the Brighter Days album – and titles include "Delta Six/Brighter Days", "Isis Voyage", "Odwalla", "Things Can Not Stop Forever (Al Kent version)", "High Jazz (reprise – alt mix)", "Things Cannot Stop Forever (inst mix)", and "Funky Fried Tofu (alt inst version)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Isis Voyage ... CD 14.99

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New Joao Donato/Eumir DeodatoDonato-Deodato ... LP
Muse, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier grooves on Deodato's work for CTI – served up here in a double-keyboard blend with help from a host of great guest musicians! Other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Romeo Penque on flute, Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica, and Michael Gibson on guitar – plus plenty of percussion from Airto and Ray Barretto, who both join in to round out this all star session. Tracks are nicely long, and very jamming at times – and titles include the funky "Whistle Stop", plus "Where's JD", "Capricorn", "Nightripper", and "Batuque". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dyson's FacesDyson's Faces (1977 – blue cover) ... LP
DRR, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $2.99
The second incredible album from Dyson's Faces – one of those underground 70s groups that should have been huge! The set's got a soaring sound that's even more righteous than the group's debut – a quality that glows wonderfully with the quartet's mix of male and female voices – a sound that almost reminds us a bit of Voices Of East Harlem at times. Backing is by the Hard Times Band – a tight combo who groove hard on the more uptempo numbers, and lay back nicely on the mellower ones – just throwing in some licks here and there on guitar or keyboards next to the warmer harmony vocals. The voices are an especially great part of the record, and really sparkle with a sound that's even fresher than most other groups from the time – a sound that shows that Dyson's Faces wasn't just one of those funk groups who happened to also be able to sing – but a strongly committed soul outfit who really put a lot of energy into their music! Titles include "This Time It's Gotta Be Love" in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "Till I've Got This Feelin Of Love", "Try Me Baby", "You & Me", "Working My Way To Something Better", and "Cry Sugar" – as well as "Welcome To All This Love Again" and "Don't Worry About The Jones", which both appeared on the group's first album. LP, Vinyl record album

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Emerald WebStargate Tapes 1979 to 1982 ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $22.99
A beautifully trippy duo who work here mostly with electronics – but who use the instruments in very organic ways that are almost acoustic! There's an earthy, almost hippieish quality to the sounds on the set – music that belies the pair's placement in the pre-New Age instrumental underground shared by Iasos, Laraaji, and others – but which also comes across here with a unique quality that's very much all their own! The music has a naive, optimistic feel that's very cool – and even when the keyboards step out front a bit more strongly on a few tracks, the energy of the record still has a lot more warmth than the Sky Records scene in Germany. After a smattering of various reissues, this full set finally does the duo justice – bringing together all the best track from their rare album and cassette-only releases – with the kind of notes and details we love from the Finders Keepers label. Titles include "Dawn", "The Dragon's Gate", "Flight Of The Raven", "Voices Of The Sage", "Chasing The Shadowbeast", "Nightsong", and "Valley Of The Birds". LP, Vinyl record album

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Donnie & Joe EmersonStill Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... LP
Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of a blue-eyed soul style with echoes of Hall and Oates or some of the hipper AOR artists of the LA scene of the 70s – but captured with an honest, earnest innocence because of the more stripped-down recording style – which almost makes the whole thing feel like you've stumbled across a lost stash of demo tapes from ABC Records, circa 1976. Lots of polymoog keys mix with Donnie's lead vocals and guitar lines – never too slick, but always a bit dreamy. Titles include "Big Money", "Ooh Baby Yeah", "Stand By Love", "Don't Disguise The Way You Feel", "Everybody Knows It", "Ride The Tide", "Don't Fight", and "One True Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Still Dreamin Wild – The Lost Recordings 1979 to 1981 ... CD 11.99

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Entourage Music & Theater EnsembleEntourage ... LP
Folkways, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 18.98
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a record that's got a really meditative blend of acoustic elements with a few electric touches – used in ways that start in jazz, then move way beyond! Instrumentation includes guitar, flute, keyboards, violin, and mbira – coming together with really unusual inflections that are partly borrowed from Eastern sources – like Noh theater, or Balinese music – but which unfurl with a more freewheeling, American underground vibe as well! No sounds are ever too sharp, and there's almost a hint of the instrumental experiments in the 80s underground – such as work by Penguin Cafe Orchestra or Soft Verdict – but with an earthier feel overall. Titles include "Jattle Boxes", "Giraffes", "Solo For Electric Viola", "Michael's Song", "Silver Drum", and "Percussion Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy vinyl and cover – feels like a vintage record on Folkways!)

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Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", and "Dance A Thon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee FieldsLet's Talk It Over (deluxe edition with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Angle 3/Truth & Soul, 1979. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Early early work from Lee Fields – a set originally issued at the end of the 70s, but with a raw funky power that's much more like music from a decade before! The set was a real anomaly at the time, and was passed over for years – but through the decades, it's earned Lee legendary status as one of the few cats who were keeping things hard and funky when the rest of the country was going disco – a reputation that's definitely held up strongly by the gritty tracks in the set! There's a strong echo of southern soul in the music – again the feel of something from years before – and the raw production only seems to make the whole thing sound even better – with an edge that's even different than Fields' better-known work of recent years. The album was done for the tiny Angle 3 label – a company so small that it opted for one of the "stock" images that was given the album by the pressing plant, which gave the album a very unspectacular cover – corrected on this deluxe reissue by the great cover image here. This reissue also features loads of bonus tracks too – other rare Lee Fields singles from over the years – making the package a true testament to his pre-revival genius! Album tracks include "Everybody Gonna Give Their Thing Away (parts 1 & 2)", "Flim Flam", "Wanna Dance", "She's A Lovemaker", "Mighty Mighty Love", and "Let's Talk It Over". Bonus tracks include "Fought For Survival", "Funky Screw", "The Bull Is Coming", "Take Me Back", "You Been Cutting Out On Me", and "Bewildered". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Let's Talk It Over (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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GoblinIl Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
A rare non-soundtrack record from Goblin – but done in a style that's equally wonderful as their famous music for horror films! The set really shows the progressive roots from which they sprang – with a sound that's a bit fuller than some of their soundtrack work, and which also has vocals too – sung in Italian, but with a very Peter Gabriel sort of edge to them. Keyboards figure heavy in the mix, and there's also some really nice dark undercurrents too – on titles that include "La Danza", "Mark Il Bagarozzo", "Terra Di Goblin", "Un Ragazzo D'Argento", and "Notte". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Il Fantastico Viaggio Del Bagarozzo Mark (remastered edition) ... CD 9.99

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New GoblinMurder Collection (with bonus CD) ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $29.99
The stunning return of Goblin – hot on the heels of a worldwide series of live performances too! The music is from the newly-reformed group headed by keyboardist Claudio Simonetti – whose instrumentation really dominates here, in a spacious blend of dark sounds and moody moments – many of which are recast versions of older Goblin themes, but done without as much fuzzy guitar as before! Simonetti's keyboards sound a bit more 80s than contemporary – but in a good way – and titles include "E Suono Rock", "Tenebre", "Zombi", "Phenomena", "Suspiria", "Profondo Rosso", and "Roller". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 500.)

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Hokis PokisMagic Of Hokis Pokis (with download) ... LP
Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s-Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $15.99 19.98
A Long Island group with a very groovy sound – a blue-eyed take on funk and disco, with a great small combo sound that must have been great in the clubs! These guys slide into a groove with a tightness that matches their leisure suits in the photo on the back cover – and serve up these tightly riffing numbers that explode into sweet moogy moments and longer percussion bits on the extended tracks! Vocals are often sung together – kind of harmonized, but mostly in a way that just provides more power – and the keyboards on the best numbers have this kind of cosmic power that really drives the music a lot more than you'd expect – almost a Working Man's Soul version of P&P Records. Titles include "Nowhere", "Can't Wait For Love", "Get Cha Girl", "City Rhythm", "Keep On Rollin", "Find What You're Looking For", "Swing", and "Fire". Also includes notes on the group, and two unissued tracks! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ibibio Sound MachineIbibio Sound Machine (with download) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A really fresh group with a very unique sound – a combo that's partly rooted in older Afro Funk modes, but who also deliver their groove with kind of a leaner, New York street soul vibe as well! The album's cover image really gets the groove right – as the vintage is more 70s through 80s – with some playful crisscrossing of modes that never hurt the core soul of the music, but which provide some really fresh touches throughout! Some rhythms are programmed, but in a spare old school mode – and then mixed with acoustic drums and percussion, warmed up with keyboards and horns – and carried off with some great vocals from Eno Williams Uffort in the lead! Imagine Fela recording for 99 Records – or ESG getting some time in Lagos – but that's only part of the album's appeal, which only broadens with repeat listens. Titles include "Voice Of The Bird", "Ibibo Spiritual", "Got To Move Got To Get Out", "Let's Dance", "The Tortoise", "Uwa The Peacock", and "The Talking Fish". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes MP3 download.)
Also available Ibibio Sound Machine ... CD 10.99

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New Weldon IrvineCosmic Vortex (Justice Divine) ... LP
RCA, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A genius bit of work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – a mightily righteous effort that more than lives up to its heady title and cover! After turning out 2 great albums on his own indie Nodlew label, Weldon really steps into greatness with this set – using the bigger budget of his deal with RCA to expand out his musical vision in a number of different directions. Keyboards are still very much at the forefront of his sound – played with that heavily vamping left hand that makes his work so funky – but there's also a focus on lyrics here too – sung by Weldon with support form singers Ojuleba & Nalo, in a way that creates a righteous "many voiced" mode on the lyrical tracks! Things get plenty jazzy on side two, though – and a few key tracks really take off in a heavily jamming way, mixing Weldon's keys with additional reeds, guitar, and percussion. Titles include excellent track "Walk That Walk, Talk that Talk", plus other great ones like "Love Your Brother", "Let Yourself Be Free", "Quiet", "I'll Name It Tomorrow", and "Love Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cosmic Vortex (Justice Divine) ... LP 14.99

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Weldon IrvineLiberated Brother ... LP
Nodlew, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best titles on Black Jazz or Strata East at the time, but also filled with an even richer array of colors and musical ideas. Weldon's work on electric piano is worth the price of admission alone – often spare, spacious, and perfectly placed – especially on the funky classics "Homey", "Mr Clean", and "Sister Sanctified" – a tune later cut by Stanley Turrentine, but heard here in Weldon's original version! Other cuts include "Gloria", "Juggah Buggah", "Blues Wel-Don", and "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob JamesOne (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CTI/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $36.99
A landmark record – not only for Bob James, but a seminal release for CTI and the Fender Rhodes as well! This is the album where all the magic starts – the first of many extremely successful albums that Bob recorded during the 70s under his own name, and almost the birthplace of the modern hip hop keyboard sample line! The album's stuffed with great numbers – including a sublime reading of "Feel Like Making Love", and the classic "Nautilus" – a slow, dark, funky tune that's worth the price of the album alone! Other tracks include "Valley Of The Shadows", "Night On Bald Mountain", and "Soulero". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited audiophile pressing!)

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Jazz Band De FreeEgo ... LP
Whatmusic (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99
A groundbreaking session from the Argentine scene of the early 70s – a record that blends together electric, free, and Latin jazz into some very extended groovers! The "free" in the group's name shouldn't be taken to mean that they've got the same free jazz sound as European avant players from the time – because the freeness here is more in spirit, and doesn't really mean that they leave behind the rhythmic pulse and essential swing that makes these tunes so great. There's certainly an intensity to the playing, but even when the group's going "out" for a moment, they swing right back inside – propelled along with some nice electric touches on keyboards and guitar. Titles include "Tema De Fatiga", "Shh Bea Duerme", "Ambientex", and "Ego Luego Existen". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsDap-Dippin' With Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings (with bonus track) ... LP
Daptone, 2002. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
A stunner – the first full album by deep funk singer Sharon Jones, and an instant soul masterpiece! The album's right up there with the best work by James Brown divas like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Lyn Collins – and overall, we might dare say that the album's even better than any of theirs, as it's an all-solid, all-funky effort all the way through! Backings are by the Dap-Kings – grooving hard in a sock-soul funky 45 mode that never lets up – and we can't think of a better album of funky female soul to recommend this year, or maybe even this decade. Just when you thought you'd be saying "they don't make soul music like this anymore" – here it comes to whomp you on the head! Titles include "Got A Thing On My Mind", "Make It Good To Me", "Casella Walk", "Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut", "Give Me A Chance", "The Dap Dip", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", and "Got To Be The Way It Is". LP, Vinyl record album

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Susan JustinForbidden World (180 gram vinyl with poster) ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $26.99
A sweet electric score to an odd early 80s Roger Corman production – served up with lots of Jupiter 8 keyboards and clavinet! The sound is relatively spare overall – fitting for the movie's alien themes – and the electronics pulsate at a level that feels very organic – similar to the spare, stark, and extremely striking sounds on early John Carpenter soundtracks! Bits of piano, drums, and "blaster waterphone" figure into the music at points – but the Jupiter 8 is really in the lead, and directs most of the action on this compelling electronic soundscape. Titles include "The Hole", "Steam Room", "Mutation", "Titles", "Mourning", "Birth & Death", and "Laser Shower". LP, Vinyl record album
(Housed in a heavyweight casebound tip-on sleeve with poster & booklet!)

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Karthala 72Diable Du Feu (140 gram pressing with download) ... LP
Electric Cowbell, 2012. New Copy ... $16.99
Heady sounds from Karthala 72 – a group with a very vintage sound – one that rings out with plenty of offbeat funky elements, African percussion, and maybe even a sense of bassline borrowed from Colombian music! The group have a wonderful criss-crossing of styles – and this full length set mixes electric and acoustic elements brilliantly – almost with a Konono approach at times, but with a groove that's much more expansive overall! The liner notes try to bill the record as an obscurity from the past, but it's our guess that these guys are contemporary – which is even more reason to love them. Titles include "Delores", "Diable Du Feu", "Marche De La Mort", "Bahari Farasi", "Armour Sombre", "Trop Fort", and "Le Vieux Chien Marcel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Download includes full album with bonus tracks & remixes.)

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Rodd KeithBlack Phoenix Blues (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, Late 60s-Mid 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
A great batch of tunes from Rodd Keith – the "King Of The Song Poems" – the third compilation to date of what we hope will be long running series from Roaratorio! If you're unaware of "song poem" business, it was service in which average joes and wannabe songwriters could send in their lyrics to professionally produced, composed, arranged and recorded – for a fee, naturally. Rodd Keith did this with oddball, eccentric charm that makes his work in the song sharking racket stand out, to say the least – and it's cool and strange to this day. The songs were often recorded with of the finer session players of the day – working under the table for a quick buck – giving these weird little songs a great sound! Rodd's an excellent musician himself, playing keyboards on top of composing, arranging and singing. Titles include "Green Bermudas", "Stroll Through The Wild Flowers", "You And I", "The Explosion Of Holden 22 Mine", "Abidin' Tuh The Rule", "Too Late For Tears", "Peaceful Valley", "I'm Proud To Be A Hippy From Mississippi" (which is, you guessed it, a groovy and good natured answer to Merle Haggard's "Okie From Muskogee"), "Black Phoenix Blues" (credited to The Real Pros), ""Let's Get Started (credited to Frank Keating)", "It Happened Anyhow" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download.)

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Fon KlementFon Klement (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BASF/Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A Dutch dude, but one with a really universal appeal – and a quality that links his music to the hippest sounds of the UK scene on labels like Island or Harvest! Fon Klement is a singer-songwriter, but with none of the cheesier qualities that were coming into the American scene of self-indulgence of the early 70s – and instead has this great way of really holding back, and letting his English vocals slide in and out of well-crafted arrangements that beautifully blend bits of strings with folksier rock elements – all in a blend that's maybe not as hip as Nick Drake, but which definitely has a similar space in the universe. Titles include "It's You", "Wonder Why", "New Love", "Why", "Early Morning", "Song For A Blue Lady", and "Margaret". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 500 copies.)

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Yusef LateefDoctor Is In & Out ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the music – but heck, this is just some pretty darn nice 70s jazz funk, and Lateef's angular reed work sounds very nice next to the smoother electric backdrops! In addition to Barron's keyboards, the record also features guitar from Billy Butler, drums from Al Foster, and percussion from Dom Um Romao – plus a bit of Arp from Dana McCurdy, which is mighty nice. Titles include "Hellbound", "The Improvisers", "Mystique", "Technological Homosapien", "Mushmouth", and "Mississippi Mud". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Doctor Is In & Out ... CD 13.99

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New Leong LauThat Rongeng Sound ... LP
Left Ear, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
The coolest sounds we've ever heard from Leong Lau – every bit as weird and wild as his previous music, but a bit more funky too – in a really great way that gives a sharp focus to his offbeat energy! The album begins with some great funky drums and keyboards – snapping with some jazzy energy, and topped by Leong Lau vocalizing over the top – maybe speaking more than singing, but with this odd sort of vibe that's really compelling! Later tracks still have great drum bits and keyboards – often laidback and trippy, but still pretty funky – and Lau also plays electrified tenor, flute, and a bit of weird guitar. Titles include "That Rongeng Sound", "Another Morning #37 + 2", "City Bleus", "Naga Rock Music", and "Salem Abdullah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Sven LibaekNature Walkabout (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Festival/Votary (Australia), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $23.99 25.98
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian jazz scene at the time, and its particularly strong influence from the LA scene, both cool jazz and 60s soundtracks – as well as some key European elements as well! Rhythms are wonderful – lively and loping, but also very gentle too – maybe an influence from bossa nova, but also very individual too. A gem through and through – and tracks include "Bush Theme", "Nature Walkabout", "Lonely Australian Landscape", "Fun Music", "Danger Elements", and "Excitement". LP, Vinyl record album
(Wonderful heavy vinyl and cover!)

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Galt MacDermotMore From The Basement – Unreleased Tracks Vol 2 ... LP
Kilmarnock, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
Funky madness from the mind of Galt MacDermot – the second volume of rare work from his deep deep vaults! Galt's best known to most of the world as the man who wrote the music for Hair, but to us beatheads, the best stuff is his rare work – a wealth of incredible drumbreaks, basslines, piano riffs, and quirky rhythms – recorded for years on his own, finally now getting out to the public! This album's almost better than the first volume – as it's filled with stripped down instrumental cuts that feature plenty of drums (by either Idris Muhammad or Bernard Purdie), electric keyboards, and other instrumentation like flute or guitar. A few cuts have vocals, but even those are nice and funky – and honestly, the album's maybe even better all the way through than most of Galt's classic albums from the old days! Titles include "Ba Ba Black Baby", "Lost Dreams", "Ghetto Suite Medley", "DD 2 03", "Wurly", "Water Fight", and "Cleanly & Pump". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Mad CurryMad Curry (180 gram pressing – with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
A trippy Belgian band with lots of heavy bass and Hammond, but no guitar at all – which makes for some wonderfully complex elements in their music! The bottom end is really right up front in the mix, but measured strongly with great work on saxophone as well – which often solos with the organ at a level that brings a fair bit of jazzy elements to the music! These guys are still very much on the rock side of the jazz/rock spectrum, but have a sound that really sets them apart from most of their European contemporaries as well – maybe a bit less posturing overall. Some vocals are by Viona Westra – who's somewhere in the Julie Driscoll/Norma Winstone side of the spectrum – and titles include "Big Ben", "Men", "Music The Reason Of Our Happiness", "The Worker", and "Sound For Tomorrow". Very cool reissue comes with fold-out sleeve, notes, and a bonus pic sleeve 7" single – with the tracks "Antwerp" and "Song For Cathren". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Baris MancoYeni Bir Gun ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
An overlooked late 70s album from the great Baris Manco – one that has the Turkish experimentalist unlocking even more strange corners of his music – finding a new way to combine eastern and western elements in his sound! The album's every bit as edgey and compelling as Manco's earlier work – and honestly played with an even greater proficiency for borrowing all the right bits from mainstream rock, and re-folding them into a darker Turkish sensibility – all with an undercurrent of politics that really brings a nice sense of irony to the whole thing! Sweet keyboards make some of these cuts stand out from earlier Manco work, and there's still lots of great guitar lines too – and as always, Baris has this style of singing that's instantly compelling, even beyond the boundaries of language. Titles include "2024", "Elveda Olum", "Bir Kelebegin Yasam Oykusu", "Gesi Baglare", "Coban Yildizi", and "Ne Ola Yar Ola". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hailu MergiaHailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument – Shemonmanaye (with download) ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 23.99
An incredible blend of sounds and styles – and one of the most enigmatic albums we've ever heard from the Ethiopian scene! Hailu Mergia plays alone here – but uses lots of overdubbing to layer together Fender Rhodes, accordion solos, and a rhythm machine – all mixed up in ways that make for some incredibly haunting melodies and wonderfully spacey grooves! There's a quality to the music that definitely echoes some of the most mysterious Ethiopian sounds of the 70s – but inflected through a sort of space-age vibe, given the keyboards and rhythm tracks – both of which are used sparingly, but in a really great way. Imagine Mulatu playing in Conny Plank's studio, and you'll get part of the picture of this one – a really unique album that includes the tracks "Hebo Lale", "Shilela", "Hari Meru Meru", "Wegene", "Laloye", "Sewenetuwa", and "Ambasel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Also available Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument – Shemonmanaye ... CD 12.99

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MerkinMusic From Merkin Manor (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Out-Sider (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Pretty hairy sounds from Merkin Manor – a group who have a great way of layering guitar lines over one another, then doing the same thing with the vocals! The approach is sunnier than you might expect – never that self-indulgent, thanks to good focus on the tunes' strongest elements – which usually crest most strongly when the voices come together along with the guitars! There's a bit of keyboards in the mix – usually buried a bit down – and the deftness of the interplay between rhythm and lead makes the album step out a lot more strongly than usual for a small indie set like this. Titles include "Watching You", "Sweet Country", "Todaze", "Take Some Time", "Ruby", and "Kind Of Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with an insert of notes, too!)

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Mickey & The Soul GenerationMickey & The Soul Generations (3LP set) ... LP
Cali Tex, Early 70s. New Copy 3 LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99 35.98
Was funk ever this great again? Maybe not – as Mickey & The Soul Generation were one of the greatest groups of their generation – a completely polished gem, in the sometimes rough-edged funky 45 rockpile! The band never cut a full album, but their 7" singles from the early 70s are the stuff of legend – some of the first funky 45s that started passing amongst collectors, prized for their incredibly tight sound – right up there with the JBs, Meters, and other established funky acts for pure "in the pocket" action. Most of that rare early work's never been reissued – save for the occasional dodgy boot – which is why it's even more wonderful to have this double-length set of work by the group, complete with a fuller track listing than we'd ever imagined they recorded, and full notes on the music and band by Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow! This insane 3LP set is bigger than any previous collection on the group – and has updated notes from Davis, plus a lot more tracks – including a previously unreleased LP, demo material, and live tracks too! Tracks include "Iron Leg", "Football", "Up The Stairs & Around The Bend", "Give Everybody Some", "Joint Session", "Chocolate", "Message From A Black Man", "Soulful Sickness", "UFO", "Hey Brother Man", "Southern Fried Funk", "How Good Is Good", and "We Got To Make A Change". LP, Vinyl record album

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Midnight Movers, UnltdFollow The Wind ... LP
Buddah, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of THE psychedelic funk masterpieces of the early 70s – a guitar-heavy set with a very fuzzed up feel – one that's halfway between the work of Fugi and some of the best early sides on Westbound Records! But more than just guitar-heavy funk, Midnight Movers also have a fair bit of a groove – a well-produced sound that's almost in the best funky Curtom mode of the early 70s – with plenty of grit in the mix, but also a top shelf level of arrangements that brings the music into hiply sophisticated territory! Bits of horns and keyboards are added in just the right doses to sweeten up the sound where needed – but never in a way that loses the overall intensity of the groove. Titles include the great 2 part "Frankenstein meets Blackenstein", plus "Party (With Every Muscle in Your Body) (parts 1 & 2)", "Mississippi Foxhole", and "Follow The Wind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roscoe MitchellConversations I & II – With Craig Taborn & Kikanju Baku (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Wide Hive, 2014. New Copy 2LPs ... $16.99 18.98
Roscoe Mitchell returns to a mode that he explored freely back in the 70s – loose, improvised collaborations with other musicians – done at a level that offers up a richly organic blend of sonic elements and musical moments! Some of Mitchell's later work has been more structured, but the approach here is very much in the best early AACM mode – or maybe a bit like Roscoe's classic Sackville recordings – extended "conversations" between his own flutes and saxes, the drums and percussion of Kikanju Baku, and the piano, organ, and keyboards of Craig Taborn. All players are nicely restrained – and as with Mitchell and the Art Ensemble, the mix of instruments is never used in any way that's gimmicky at all – but with subtle shifts that really emphasize the need of the players to communicate together. 2LP set features the highlights of the individual CDs – and titles include "Frenzy House", "Chipper & Bing", "Stay Hayfer", "They Rode For Them", "Just Talking", "I'll See You Out There", "Splatter", "Rub", "Who Dat", "Distant Radio Transmission", and "Knock & Roll". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ennio MorriconeLe Foto Proibite Di Una Signora Per Bene ... LP
Dagored (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 32.98
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a real standard-setting record that's one of the top choices we go to again and again to illustrate the genius of his music! The score is a fantastic mix of the two best sides of Morricone's work – the kind of light, lilting melodies that are schooled in bossa, but turned loose on their own devices – and the darker, more atonal passages that would come to play more strongly during the 70s. The light wins over the darkness in most of the record – especially the tracks that feature the sublime wordless vocals of Edda Dell'Orso, which swell and fall with the movement of the strings and keyboards. The whole thing's wonderful – and titles include "Le Foto Proibite", "Nel Vuoto", "Intermezzino Pop", "Amor Come Dolore", and "Quelle Foto". LP, Vinyl record album
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MulatuSketches Of Ethiopia (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2013. New Copy ... $25.99
A brilliant new recording from Mulatu – one that shows that the Ethiopian legend hasn't lost a bit of his edge in recent years! The sound here is still very strong and bold – that crucial blending of African roots and jazzy inflections that's made Mulatu one of the most influential musicians of the latter few decades of the 20th Century – an artist who's only finally getting his due in recent years, as a range of different artists help to transform his sound. Yet there's still nothing better than Mulatu himself – as you'll hear on this wonderful set of tracks played with the Step Ahead band, with the leader on vibes, piano, and keyboards. There's a bit of vocals on a few tracks – sung by Tesfaye – but most of the record is focused on the instrumental passages, which are filled with lots of wonderful exotic inflections. Titles include "Gmuz", "Assosa Derache", "Azmari", "Gamo", "Hager Fiker", and "Surma". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Gerhard NarholzDas Madchen Von Hongkong (Girl From Hong Kong) ... LP
Black Pearl (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... $44.99
A lost funky soundtrack from Gerhard Narholz – an artist we know mostly for his sound library sets of the late 70s, but who sounds even better here in a cinematic mode! The tunes are all hard, heavy funk numbers – of the sort you'd expect to find in a Hong Kong-set action thriller of the time – but they often use lots of weird electric touches around the edges – bits of bubbling keyboards, synth, or even wah wah guitar – which makes the music oddly watery while still staying funky – in this fierce, fluid mode that's completely wonderful all the way through! Some tracks are credited to other studio ensembles – including The Pierre Lavin Pop Band, The Motion Explosion, and The Harry Man Band – and titles include "UFO Invasion", "Towerstreet 17", "Fight In The Night", "No Sadness Please", "Bass Guitar Feature B", "Deep In My Drums", and "Beatin Boots". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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Fred NeilFred Neil (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Capitol/4 Men With Beards, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 18.98
Amazing stuff – the first album by Fred Neil, one of the 60s' most underrated singer/songwriters! The album is really one of the best places to start with Fred's work – as it's got a rough folksy quality that's really wonderful, and very much in the spirit of Tim Hardin, with whom we'd draw the closest comparison to Neil at the time. The album kicks off with Neil's sublime "The Dolphins" – one of those tracks that's lived far longer than his own music, and which has had the benefit of a number of more famous recordings, but which sounds no better than in Neil's own hands. Other tracks include the original version of "Everybody's Talking" – again far superior to the later one – plus the cuts "Sweet Cocaine", "Green Rocky Road", "Everything Happens", and "Badi-Da". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pax Nicholas & The Netty FamilyNa Teef Know De Road Of Teef ... LP
Daptone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 14.99
An Afro Funk treasure from the 70s – a rare album recorded by Pax Nicholas, a singer and percussionist who was part of Fela's legendary Africa 70 band! The album's got a sound that definitely echoes that heritage, but with a groove that's pretty weird too – more stripped down than most of Fela's work, with a thin keyboard part that often pulsates under the horns, creating an offbeat, edgey vibe in the music! Nicholas' groove is almost like taking Fela, and putting it through an odd sort of filter – one that turns things slightly sideways, and brings a really fresh sound to more familiar Afro Funk modes – kind of with the same other-worldly feel we love in some Ethiopian work of the time. Tracks are all nice and long – and plenty jamming – and titles include "Na Teef Know De Road Of Teef", "Ataa Onukpa", "Na Six Feet", and "You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nostalgia 77Journey Too Far (LP & 7" single) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $15.99 17.99
Always-wonderful sounds from Nostalgia 77 – a group who keep on evolving and developing their sublime style over the years! This time around, they're a bit more song-based than before – instrumentation that still has some of the warmer, spiritual jazz touches of previous releases – but often more in service to some very strong lead lyrics – sung by Josa Peit and Jeb Loy Nichols, who each get a number of tracks here on their own. Benedic Lambdin wrote, arranged, and played guitar on the set – and the album also features lots of nice Hammond and keyboards, trumpet, reeds, bass, and drums. The vocals bring a soulful quality to the music we haven't heard this strongly before from Nostalgia 77 – and titles include "What Do You Know", "Don't Run", "Crescent City", "Medicine Chest", "One", "Like Dark To Light", and "An Angel With No Halo". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Journey Too Far ... CD 10.99

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One Of YouOne Of You ... LP
Mississippi/Little Axe, Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Really compelling work from One Of You – a female singer from the Czech Republic who fled in 1968 – then emerged as a recording artist in the US during the big indie wave in the early 80s! The music here is unlike anything else we've ever heard before – spare, sad-tinged songs sung with mostly just spare keyboard backing – but with a melancholy vibe that seems to reach far back into Eastern European tradition – then refine the whole thing for a post-punk generation. Most numbers are very simple, with hypnotic use of rough language – some in English, some in Czech. Titles include "Riddle", "Waiting For Your Return", "Life Is Hard", "Faded Flowers", "Don't Be Desperate", "Cow Song", and "Life Is A Puddle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies – with a booklet of notes, and a nice heavy cover!)

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Orchestra SuperstringKalopia (with download) ... LP
Dionysus, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A collection of cool sounds from the Orchestra Superstring – a contemporary lounge music project from a host of long-term LA hipsters – including the great DJ Bonebrake on vibes! Most of these musicians have a pedigree in other styles, especially rock – but they do a very good job of emulating the coolest, most complex styles of early 60s exotica – often with some slight jazzy touches that really keep things interesting, and push the groove way past any simple sort of retro gimmick approach! Other instrumentation includes a fair bit of percussion, plus accordion, keyboards, and even some "guitorgan" too – and titles are pulled from two previous CDs by the group, and include "Silberstrasse", "Evidence", "No Sho", "Waterbed", "Mambalita", "Kalopia", and "Ambrosia". LP, Vinyl record album
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Penny PennyShaka Bundu (with download) ... LP
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 22.98
The debut album from Penny Penny – and a really unique record that's gone onto have legendary status over the years! Penny Penny was an little-known laborer, working far from the music business – but burst out strongly with this album's unique hybrid of contemporary rhythms and older South African vocal modes – a style that has a mellower house rhythm bubbling through many tracks, yet served up with a style that's nicely rough around the edges – and way different than some of the slicker Afro pop of the time. The vocals – both great lead and chorus – really shine through in the approach – and the keyboards and beats feel more like they're added in afterward – still important, but almost a more subtle prompting of the groove. Titles include "Shaka Bundu", "Shichangani", "Shibandza", "Nzihere Bhi", "Dance Khomela", and "Milandu Bhe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a coupon that can be used for a limited time to download MP3 audio files.)
Also available Shaka Bundu ... CD 5.99

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Roy PorterStory Of The Roy Porter Sound Machine – 1971 to 1975 ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $16.99
One of the coolest, grooviest cats who ever cut a record – an an artist with a really unique conception at the time of these recordings! Roy Porter got his start as a drummer during the bebop years, and worked hard on the LA scene of the R&B and soul scenes of the 50s and 60s – but to us, his crowning achievement is these amazing funk sides of the early 70s – amazingly complex, but right on the money too – and a whole new kind of music that's impossible to describe in words! Roy mixes funky drums with lots of cool jazzy changes – keyboard lines, horn parts, and bass bits that have the frenzy you might find in fusion, yet come across with the down-to-earth vibe of a funky 45 – a killer blend that goes way past jazz, and even most straight funk too – as you'll hear in this sweet little set. The package brings together all the best tracks from these key Porter years – and titles include "Jessica" and "Panama" in both vocal and instrumental versions, plus "Wow", "Funny Feelin", "Funky Twitch", "Love You", "Hense Forth", "Out On The Town Tonight", "Givin Me The Blues", "Waver-ing", "Party Time", and "Hip City". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Alex PudduGolden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most of which no longer had any sort of soundtrack. Puddu was called in because of his skills with vintage-styled grooves – and stepped up perfectly with the sweet instrumentals you'll hear in this wet – tracks that are heavy on sweet keyboards, slinky basslines, and funky guitars – often served up with tighter, funkier styles than you'd hear in the original films – even though the overall sound is still very vintage. There's lots of Fender Rhodes on the set – and titles include "Hot Mouth", "Horny At The Office", "Boys & Girls & Danish Hot Dogs", "She Wants It Black", "After Party", and "Bad Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the full album on CD.)
Also available Golden Age Of Danish Pornography Vol 2 ... CD 19.99

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Alex Puddu with Edda Dell'OrsoRegistrazioni Al Buio (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2013. New Copy 2 LPs ... $18.99
A great step forward for Alex Puddu, and a real return to form for the legendary Edda Dell'Orso – that sublime soundtrack singer from the 60s and 70s who made magic with Ennio Morricone and some of his best Italian contemporaries! Puddu's always had a cinematic vision to his music, but he really takes it a step further here – using these beautifully full arrangements with a feel that's right up there with the best soundtrack or sound library work from Europe in years past – in a style that's funky sometimes, superb at all times, and especially great when Edda's eerie vocals come into play! Alex himself plays keyboards, organ, and lots of other instruments – and the set also has some great vibes and these really lean rhythms that hold the whole thing together wonderfully. Tracks include "Mother's Milk", "La Paura E Una Lama Di Ghiaccio", "Angeli Della Morte", "Alta Tensione 3am", "Il Canto Delle Orchidee", "Il Deserto Sotto La Pelle", and "Mirror Madness". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus CD of the whole album!)

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP 9.99

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Sun RaStrange Celestial Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Celestial, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A very nice session that actually has a bit of a soul jazz touch – with elements that are similar to Ra's Lanquidity set, a much sought-after spacey fusion classic! The band still plays fairly out, but the singing's a bit more soulful than usual, and the music has some funky vibes, guitar, and bass in addition to the group's usual array of "out there" instrumentation. Players include Ra on keyboards, Michael Ray on trumpet, Craig Harris on trombone, Harry Wilson on vibes, and John Gilmore and Marshall Allen on reeds. The whole thing's got 3 long tracks – "Celestial Road", "Say", and "I'll Wait For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Strange Celestial Road ... LP 9.99

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Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity ArkestraOther Strange Worlds (with download) ... LP
Roaratorio, 1965. New Copy ... $21.99
Never-heard studio music from the legendary Sun Ra – material recorded right around the same time as the unique Strange Strings session – and which really stands as a "part 2" to that amazing record! The group here is very small – with both Sun Ra and John Gilmore handling a variety of different small stringed instruments, and Marshall Allen on kora as well – a trio of players who create these evocative sounds that used global instruments towards a more cosmic vibe – augmented by trombone from Ali Hassan and "space voice" from Art Jenkins! All group members play a bit of percussion, too – and Ra brings his keyboard skills to play on celeste and kalimba as well. The sound is very loose and open, but quite spiritual too – and the record is definitely one of the most unique Sun Ra sessions we've ever heard. Titles include "The Other Beings", "Journey Amongst The Stars", "Other Strange Worlds", "Celestial Beings", and "Voice Within The Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download!)

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RampCome Into Knowledge (180 graqm pressing) ... LP
Blue Thumb, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the greatest albums of all time – a masterpiece of moody soul, spacey vocals, and jazzy vibes – all produced by the legendary Roy Ayers! Ramp take their name from the anagram Roy Ayers Musical Productions – and in a way, the group's the summation of all the genius that Roy had been cooking up on his own albums of the 70s – served up at an even higher level than before! The group boasts a unique two-female vocal style – sung together in a mode that had been used on Roy's own albums, but never this fully – all supported by some complex jazzy instrumentation, very heavy on the vibes and keyboards! Nearly every cut is fantastic – and the album has a strange off-kilter vibe that's totally amazing, and which has captivated soul fans for years – a blend of mellow and upbeat, complicated and straightforward that's totally great. Titles include the massive cut "Daylight", sampled famously over the years, plus "American Promise", "Come Into Knowledge", "I Just Love You", and the band's great cover of "Everybody Loves the Sunshine", done in a way that's strangely both similar and different than Roy's own version! LP, Vinyl record album

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RokkI Want To Live High ... LP
Soul Craft/Numero, 1976. New Copy ... $15.99
An amazing bit of soulful funk from the 70s – never issued at the time, but with a mindblowing quality that we'd rank right next to some of our rare favorites from the decade! The set's not just rare for rare's sake – but has this sound that's really special – kind of a bottom that comes from jazz funk, which is then topped with righteous vocals from male and female members of the group – in a style that certainly echoes the 70s work by artists like Roy Ayers or Pleasure! There's some great flute in the lead at times, and plenty of keyboards – and although the music's upbeat, the approach is never club or disco – and instead still holds onto the jazzier elements in the way you'd find on the best Fantasy Records funk from the time. Titles include "Baby Please", "I Want To Live High", "It Better Git Better", "Don't Be No Fool", "Patience", and "You've Been Gone Too Long". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jonathan Snipes & William HutsonRoom 237 (180 gram orange & red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 2012. New Copy LP & CD ... $22.99 24.98
Contemporary work, but sounds that are greatly inspired by the best Italian soundtracks of the 70s and 80s – particularly those keyboard-heavy horror scores that have been so influential over the years! The music has the live, non-programmed feel of the best Goblin albums – but also comes across with less jamming, and a more thoughtful array of space overall – often letting the instrumentation echo out with one note before the next one comes along! There's a tiny bit of vocals at one point, but most sounds are instrumental – on keyboards, percussion, flute, and clavinet. Titles include "Ignorance Of Visual Information", "Moon Landing", "Emotional Architecture", "Dies Irae", and "To Keep From Falling Off". LP, Vinyl record album
(Insane package – a very hevy, very thick cardboard cover that acts like a pocket for the green vinyl, insert, and bonus CD!)

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New Andre SolomkoLe Polaroid ... LP
Favorite (France), 2014. New Copy ... $25.99
Andre Solomko is an artist who was born a few decades late – the kind of talent who would have been right at home in the CTI scene of the 70s – where he no doubt would have risen to great fame for his music! Yet we're also more than happy to have him working strong here in the 21st Century – where he's got a great ear for the kind of laidback electric jazz groove that few folks make this well anymore – a sort of spacious take on keyboard funk that features lots of Fender Rhodes, mellotron, clavichord, and other vintage instruments – mixed with some sweet sax solos from the leader, plus some occasional vocals from a few different female singers. There's a warm glow that pervades the whole record – like some of the best Japanese/American fusion projects of the 70s – and although the sound is tight, it's also laidback and never commercial at all. A real treasure through and through – with tracks that include "Teasing You", "Living In A Paper House", "Parafraser", "Last Day At Home/Melancolie", "Le Polaroid", and "Afternoon With Stiina". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy vinyl and cover!)

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Son PalenqueAfro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LPs ... $26.99
Seminal sounds from Son Palenque – one of the funkiest, earthiest groups to ever come from the Colombian scene – and an ensemble who draw so much inspiration from African styles, they've really found a musical bridge across the Atlantic! There's a fair bit of Afro Funk in the mix here, but given some rootsier twists and more intense rhythms that also reflect the group's Colombian origin – a blend that's almost their way of paying back the rich reworking of Cuban grooves done by key African artists in the 70s – extrapolated here even further by Son Palenque. Most tunes are very heavy on percussion, and feature chorus vocals that support the strongly criss-crossing instrumentation – and even some more electric moments on guitar and keyboards still seem to quickly give way to acoustic rhythms. The set's the first-ever to focus on this unique group – and titles include "Alocusa", "El Mojan", "Itan Pamajate", "Achinagua", "Pa Bete", "Arriba Arriba", "Chofao Apele", "Atina Tina", "El Tigre", "Azuca Y Limon", and "Chande". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afro-Colombian Sound Modernizers ... CD 16.99

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Omar SouleymanWenu Wenu (180 gram with bonus download) ... LP
Ribbon, 2013. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Maybe the most mindblowing record so far from the enigmatic Omar Souleyman – a set produced by Kieran Hebden with lots of weird, sharp edges – but in a way that still keeps all the core elements of Souleyman's music intact! Hebden doesn't do much more than bring the whole thing into focus – giving Omar better sound than ever before, and really setting up an amazing space for those frenetic guitar lines and super-fast percussion – which are then matched by these droning lyrics that are completely hypnotic! There's a cyclical quality to the tracks that's really sublime – and titles include "Nahy", "Wenu Wenu", "Ya Yumma", "Khattaba", "Warni Warni", and "Yagbuni". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl and tip-on cover, with bonus download – in a limited, numbered pressing!)

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Bruno Spoerri/MassonixHommage Au Fromage/Hollingsville ... LP
Disposable (UK), 1971/Mid 80s. New Copy ... $22.99
Wonderful sounds from the enigmatic Bruno Spoerri – initially a jazzman, but a pretty experimental sound library artist by the time of this early 70s set! Bruno comes up with some very cool sounds that mix together Varitone sax, vibes, and even some occasional funky drums – at a level that may well make his side of this sweet record some of the greatest music we've ever heard from the obscure Spoerri catalog! The vibes are especially nice, and often used in a way that's somewhere between The Stark Reality and Sven Libaek – on tunes that include "The Harp & The Whey", "Valse Du Frommager", "Hommage Au Fromage", and "Swiss Pack". Side two features short electronic numbers by Graham Massey – originally designed to accompany narrative passages on an FM radio show, and done with this complex array of progressive sounds that are still spare enough to allow for the voice in the lead – a style that's not unlike the later years of Ken Nordine's Word Jazz radio show. Titles include "Jet Bolero", "Raybestos", "Fast Ray Baroque", "Asteroid Waltz", and "The Maxwell Gap". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harry Dean StantonPartly Fiction (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Omnivore, 2014. New Copy Gatefold ... $17.99 19.98
Stark, but beautiful living room recordings of singer and actor Harry Dean Stanton – which is, stunningly, his first album ever – serving as his both full length debut and as the soundtrack to the documentary of the same name! On Partly Fiction, Harry sings plainspoken truth, backed only by acoustic guitar and occasional backing vocals, harmonica, and bass by Don Was on a few tracks. Much like he does to his roles as an actor, he brings a wisened country integrity and grit to the material, on some great songs from the classic American music songbook like "Blue Bayou", Chuck Berry's "Promised Land", Fred Neil's Everybody's Talkin'", "She Thinks I Still Care", "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain", "Tennessee Whiskey", "Hands On The Wheel" and more. Recorded when Harry was well into his 80s, with a very sagely feel. Strong and husky, like a sip of fine bourbon. LP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing on colored vinyl – and includes download.)
Also available Partly Fiction ... CD 14.99

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That's WhyBest Of That's Why ... LP
Jazzman (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
Vocal jazz, but with plenty of tripped-out touches – hardly what you'd expect from a Norwegian group with plenty of Christian leanings! That's Why were one of the key groups to reform the sound of church music in Norway at the end of the 60s – and work here with a unique hybrid of jazz fusion, folk, and these wonderful scatting harmonies that really make the music sparkle – almost a Free Design sort of energy, but even more complicated overall! Given that the lyrics are Norwegian, you'll miss most of the spiritual messages in the tunes – but that gives you an even greater chance to focus on the cool interplay between electric piano, acoustic guitar, soaring vocals, and core modal rhythms – a wonderful blend that's unlike anything else we can think of. Titles include "Noe Annet", "Dyp Av Nade", "Udoyeleg", "Mattheus 25", "Tiden", "Children Of The Future Age", and "Den Oppstadne". LP, Vinyl record album

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Asmus TietchensDer Funfte Himmel (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Audiplex/Bureau B (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
Some of the most tuneful music we've ever heard from the enigmatic Asmus Tietchens – but a record that still shares much of the darkness of his other albums too! The tracks here are all played by a small combo – Das Zeitzeichenorchester – a group that's heavy on synth keyboards and "rhymusbox" – which means that most of the tracks have some sort of electric rhythm, but usually in a way that's much more subtle than most 80s electronic music – almost pulsating, usually gently, as the shifting layers of electronics match the sense of moody sound we love in Tietchens' other recordings. The approach is a bit like Der Plan at their best – and titles include "Soiree", "Fururum Drei", "Fast Foot", "Flut", "Lebende Regler", and "Hertzlicht". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Der Funfte Himmel ... CD 16.99

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Asmus TietchensNachtstucke (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Egg/Bureau B (Germany), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
Amazing early music from Asmus Tietchens – and just the kind of record that shows why his talents at the time were so unique! Tietchens has a way of bridging two different generations of experimental electronics – the late years of the German prog scene, and the newer wave of noisemakers from the UK – both scenes that this album would appeal to, but in a unique hybrid of both! The instrumentation is mostly electronic, and relatively spare – but much darker than the Cluster/Moebius side of the German spectrum – with moody tones and lots of shadowy corners that really reflect some of the more challenging elements that the TG generation were bringing to their music. Yet there's also no sense of over-indulgence, over-statement, or over-done themes – as Tietchens still hangs onto a minimal approach that really keeps the whole thing in very special territory. Things are never sleepy or head-nodding, but they're also never screechy or atonal, either – and maybe the biggest charm of the record is the way that these lovely melodies still have a way of sprouting up in the corners of the darkness. Titles include "Falter Lamento", "Intrada", "Trekk", "Erstes Nachstuck", "Zweites Nachstuck", and "Ultima Tundra". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nachtstucke ... CD 16.99

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TRASE (Tape Recorder & Synthesiser Ensemble)Tape Recorder & Synthesiser Ensemble ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
Never-heard sounds from this amazing UK duo – an early 80s outfit who went by the name of Tape Recorder & Synthesizer Ensemble – a very good choice, given the instrumentation on the set! Most of the music here is relatively spare, but surprisingly tuneful – kind of in a space between early Sheffield electronics and some of the catchier electro instrumental work of the mid 80s – often tweaked with experimental production and bits of tape, but usually just based around a guitar riff, a keyboard line, and a drum machine rhythm! Both musicians were in their teens at the time, and had no further aims of mainstream fame – but the record's easily as good as the best UK indie electronics on labels like Factory, Rough Trade, or Cherry Red at the time. Titles include "Sketch 1", "Harmonium", "Electronic Rock", "Talk To Me", "Unrequited Love", "We Are So Fragile", "This Life Of Yours", and "War Machine". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tape Recorder & Synthesiser Ensemble ... CD 11.99

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Laurence Vanay (Jacqueline Thibault)Evening Colours (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Lion, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Amazing music from Laurance Vanay – actually a recording name for Jacqueline Thibault, a hell of a great keyboardist but an artist the label thought would be better off billed as a man! The sound here is halfway between the spacey experiments of Brian Eno and Cluster, and some of the more ambitious sound library work of the time – particularly those rare moments when prog artist got to do some studio work! Thibault's keyboards are wonderful – lots of Fender Rhodes mixed with Hammond and early synth – usually spun out at an instrumental level that has the tunes building slowly in these really great layers of sound – almost like a Popol Vuh soundtrack, but a lot more tuneful too. There's a fragile complexity that really makes the music special – and unlike anything we've ever heard from the European scene of the time – and titles include "Alone In The Rain", "Evening Colours", "Forgotten Moments", "Twin Cities", "Eyes Closed On The Way", "Sunshine In My Heart", and "Underwater Light Reflection". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)
Also available Evening Colours (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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Wide Hive PlayersTurnstyle ... LP
Wide Hive, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Maybe the best music so far from the Wide Hive Players – a group who draw keen inspiration from a 70s jazz generation, but make things fresh with their own sense of timing and rhythm – a kind of fluid yet laidback approach to soul jazz and funk! The legendary Calvin Keys is on guitar, to help give the younger players a sense of depth and history – but honestly, they're all pretty great on their own – with lead work from bassist/keyboardist Matt Montgomery and Hammond player Gregory Howe – who both wrote the tunes for the set – plus Doug Rowan on saxes, Mike Rinta on trombone, and both Thomas McCree and Josh Jones on drums. The horn parts are tight, but never too tight – just stepping and rolling over the core rhythms, which are played live in a way that's loose, but nicely funky too. Titles include "Left Coast Sangria", "All The Right Wrong Notes", "Turnstyle", "Winding Up", "Stained Glass Tribal Mask", "Where The Sidewalk Begins", and "Winding Dub". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernd WitthuserLieder Von Vampiren, Nonnen Und Toten ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99
Weird folksy tunes done in a duo mode that often has Bernd Witthusser singing in tandem with Walter Westrupp – echoing a 60s male folk style, but turned towards dark subjects of vampires and death! The music is as eerie as you'd expect from the cover – sweet from the harmonies, but really unsettling overall – maybe because of the sweetness. Instrumentation is usually just acoustic guitar, but sometimes a bit of harmonica, xylophone, or ukulele – and titles include "Dracula", "Das Stille Grab", "Ich Bin Dahin", "Welcher Wechsel Doch Im Leben", "Die Beschworung", and "Hinuber Wall Ich". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Milton WrightFriends & Buddies ... LP
Alston, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the most unique albums to ever come out of the Miami soul scene of the 70s – a sublime set of work that we'd easily rank right up there with the best material of the time from Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder! Milton Wright has a really jazzy groove to his music – and he mixes his own acoustic guitar lines with warm keyboards and unusual rhythms that often have a bit of synth or moog – never too much, and almost more of a Mizell-like touch, but a bit more understated overall! The cuts are wonderfully written – quite righteous, almost with a Terry Callier sort of sensitivity – and Milton's vocals more than have the chops to live up to the heady batch of artists we're comparing him to in these notes. The sound is amazing throughout – one of those soul records that feels like nothing else you've ever heard, but which you can't live without once you've heard it! Titles include "Friends & Buddies", "Keep It Up", "Brothers & Sisters", "Get No Lovin' Tonight", "Po Man", "Black Man", and "Silence That You Keep". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBrazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas – Tropicalista Psychedelic Masterpieces 1967 to 1976 (with download) ... LP
World Psychedelic Classics/Tropicalia In Furs, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99 19.98
A fuzzed out treasure trove of rare Brazilian psychedelia – wild stuff that's in many ways akin to the freewheeling sounds of the Tropicalia movement, but not necessarily taking on the cultural and political weight of that movement – and more about the boundless spirit of psychedelia and funk rock around the globe! The sounds are buzzing and indeed fuzzy throughout, ranging from raw and ramshackle guitar jams to more organ and drum driven funky, and it's really incredible stuff all around. We've been purveyors of hard to find Brazilian music for many many years, and this set – compiled by Joel Stones – brings to light some numbers we've never heard! 16 tracks in all: "Tema De Banana", "Era Uma Nota De" Loyce E Os Gnomes, "I Wanna Be Your Man" by Youngsters, "Ourico" by Serguei, "Lindo Sonho Delirante" by Fabio, "Cinturao De Fog" by Marisa Rossi, 'Som Imaginario De Jimmi Hendrix" by The Pops, "The Lantern" by Mac Rybell and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousElectroconvulsive Therapy Vol 2 - Fuzz Dance (180 gram colored vinyl)(2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Medical, Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
An excellent look at the the Italian Fuzz Dance label of the early 80s – an imprint that's probably best known for its cosmic club work by Alexander Robotnick, but which also featured some other great artists as well! This package is the first to ever dig into that deeper legacy – and brings to light some excellent Italian electronic cuts from the time – music that has some of the growing love of beats and keyboards in the Euro post-punk world, but which also still holds onto some warmer disco and club touches too! Titles include "Slow Flight" by Trophy – in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "Plastic Love" by Zed, "Hesitation (reflex version)" by Mya & The Mirror, "Just A Lover (glamour version)" by Mon Bijou, and "Check Out Five (disco version)" by Naif Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFor Dancers Also ... LP
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99
An early treasure from a great tradition in soul music – one of the first few compilations from Ace/Kent Records – issued way back in the early 80s, and still a treasure trove of great 60s soul after all these years! As you'd guess from the title, the tracks here are all upbeat and uptempo – numbers brought together for the Northern Soul audience in the UK, but which also represent a great sampling of underground soul from the US in the 60s! Many of these numbers mix rough-edged vocals with more tightly-crafted instrumentation – and the collection features a total of 16 tracks that include "Lay This Burden Down" by Mary Love, "You Just Cheat & Lie" by ZZ Hill, "Good Taste Of Love" by Danny Monday, "Wanting You" by Jimmy Bee, "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams, "Hole In The Wall" by The Other Brothers, "Talkin Woman" by Lowell Fulsom, "What Kind Of Man Are You" by Jackie Day, "Country Girl" by The Johnny Otis Show, "Everybody Needs Love" by Willie Gauff & The Love Brothers, and "My Baby Needs Me" by Yvonne Baker. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousHarafin So – Bollywood-Inspired Film Music From Hausa Nigeria ... LP
Sahel Sounds/Little Axe, Mid 90s. New Copy ... $14.99
Indian music with a Nigerian twist – heard here in a set of recordings from the Hausa cinematic scene! At first listen, you can hear the Bollywood influence right away – both in the rhythms of the tunes, which have that festive, bouncing quality of an Indian film music number – and in the vocals, which often feature upbeat female choruses, or male/female trading lyrics back and forth! The instrumentation is sometimes a bit more contemporary, but in a cool way – as vocal processing and keyboards bring a fresh take on the approach, as do some more locally-specific rhythmic touches at times. The package comes with some helpful notes on the music – and titles include "Fashion" by Karamin Lilisco, "Kauna" by Mudassir Kassim, "Aure" by Maryam Olomi, "Tofi" by Abubacar Sani & Fati Niger, and "Oloufemi" by Mai Dawayya. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousImaginations – Psychedelic Sounds From The Young Blood, Beacon, & Mother Labels 1969 to 1974 ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $25.99
A heady set of UK psych from the Young Blood, Beacon, and Mother labels – all very obscure imprints that go way way past mainstream work of the time! The music is trippy, but nicely melodic too – not really pop psych, but nicely focused – at a level that evolves past late 60s styles – with some swirling touches, especially on keyboards – mixed with heavy drums that show just a touch of the growing hard rock underground! A few bits have production that almost prefaces glam – or is certainly a nod to T Rex – and the set includes obscure numbers by Revolver, Shakane, UZI & The Styles, Rubber Band, Derek Paul, Taicoderoga and others – with "Imaginations" by Revolver, "Theta" by The Damned, "Morning Train" by Uzi & The Styles, "You Go Your Way" by Shakane, "Whitchi Tai To" and "Speakin' My Mind" by "Taiconderoga, "Drug Taker" by Derek Paul, "Chicago Calling" by Jelly, "Things About Yourself" by Funky Bottom Congregation and more. 15 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousIn The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... LP
Still Music, 2013. New Copy 3 LPs ... $19.99
Still Music returns to the contemporary Detroit underground – and the sound this time is even more amazing than their previous In The Dark collection – a really incredible illustration of the continuing vivid energy in this massive American urban space! Given the city's troubles in recent years, the power of the music has never been greater or more important – served up with an urgency that suddenly seems to imbue all the previous experimental modes with a new sense of meaning and possibility – a really hopeful, moving future for these mindblowing grooves. The music is warmer and more soulful than ever before – more spirit, more personality, yet still all the great electric touches we've loved in Detroit underground tracks for the past few decades. 3LP set features 12 tracks that include "Cash Neutral" by Alex Israel, "Free Your Mind" by Mike Agent X Clark, "As She Moves" by Raybone Jones & Jon Easley, "Cyber Love" by Reggie Dokes, "Cosmic Rituals" by Patrice Scott, "Bubble Wrap" by Alex Israel, "The Answer" by Craig Huckaby with Kelly Hayes, "The Fall Guy (part 1)" by Terrence Dixon, "Faygo" by DJ 3000, "Cyclops" by Keith Worthy, "2 Pace Back" by Gabba Monkey, and "Make It Work" by Marcellus Pittman. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousItalo House – A Personal Selection Of The Deeper Side Of Italian House Music –Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 1 ... LP
Z Records (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LPs Gatefold ... $32.99
A killer collection of Italo House tracks – maybe the best we've ever seen to really get at the heart of the genre! Disco never died in Italy during the 80s – as evidence by the number of dance compilations from the decade with a boot-shaped image on the front – and Italian DJs really kept alive some of the warmer touches of the 70s club scene – which they then merged with the growing wave of house music at the end of the 80s – to craft a cool new groove that was all their own! These cuts are quite different than the harder house of the rest of the European scene – especially trashier acid house – and they also have a deeper sound than most mainstream American dance too – with the kind of deeper basslines and keyboard bits you'd find in the farther corners of the US underground, like cuts from the Nu Groove label, or artists like Fingers Inc. There's an understated feel to this music that we really love – a kind of cool, classy quality that's kept it fresh for years – and which makes this set a great discovery for those who never dug the scene before. Joey Negro put the whole thing together – with the kind of care of his other club collections – and titles on this first vinyl part include "Alone (paradise version)" by Don Carlos, "Move Your Body (club mix)" by Korda, "Deseo (salsa club mix)" by Latin Blood, "I'm Gonna Love You (club)" by Jestofunk, "Never Get Enough (Sunday morning mix)" by Omniverse, "Everything (S-tone mix)" by Montego Bay, "Bring It On Down (Joey Negro edit)" by D-Rail, "Black (Jaco version)" by Steve Banzara, "Satisfy Your Dreams (club)" by Paradise Orchestra, and "My Love (club)" by Double Dealers. LP, Vinyl record album
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Italo House – A Personal Selection Of The Deeper Side Of Italian House Music –Compiled By Joey Negro ... CD 16.99
Italo House – A Personal Selection Of The Deeper Side Of Italian House Music –Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 2 ... LP 32.99

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VariousItalo House – A Personal Selection Of The Deeper Side Of Italian House Music –Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 2 ... LP
Z Records (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LPs Gatefold ... $32.99
A killer collection of Italo House tracks – maybe the best we've ever seen to really get at the heart of the genre! Disco never died in Italy during the 80s – as evidence by the number of dance compilations from the decade with a boot-shaped image on the front – and Italian DJs really kept alive some of the warmer touches of the 70s club scene – which they then merged with the growing wave of house music at the end of the 80s – to craft a cool new groove that was all their own! These cuts are quite different than the harder house of the rest of the European scene – especially trashier acid house – and they also have a deeper sound than most mainstream American dance too – with the kind of deeper basslines and keyboard bits you'd find in the farther corners of the US underground, like cuts from the Nu Groove label, or artists like Fingers Inc. There's an understated feel to this music that we really love – a kind of cool, classy quality that's kept it fresh for years – and which makes this set a great discovery for those who never dug the scene before. Joey Negro put the whole thing together – with the kind of care of his other club collections – and titles on this second vinyl version include "Sexitivity (club)" by MCJ, "Desire (martini club mix)" by Aural, "Understand Me (dreams piano rmx)" by Carol Bailey, "Alpha Centauri (ext rmx)" by Arkanoid, "What You Need (orig)" by Soft House Company, "Yo Te Quiero (Detroit version)" by DJ Le Roy, "Kiss Me" by Love Quartet, "You Too (atmosphere version)" by Nexy Lanton, "House Of Calypso" by Key Tronics Ensemble, and "Deep Inside (soul trance mix Joey Negro edit)" by Shafty. LP, Vinyl record album
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Italo House – A Personal Selection Of The Deeper Side Of Italian House Music –Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 1 ... LP 32.99

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VariousIvory Coast Soul – Edits EP ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
A set of sweet edits of some of the best tracks on the Ivory Coast Soul collection – all re-cut and re-worked for the dancefloor! These are edits, not remixes – so they never play too much with the best elements of the originals, and instead pull out all the best bass bits, beats, guitar riffs, and keyboard lines – to create extended grooves that have the same sort of vibe as the classics. Titles include "Yatchiminou (DJ Vas edit)" by Jimmy Hyacinthe, "Mansou Djouwi (reflex edit)" by Houon Pierre, "Francois Lougah (Mop Mop edit)" by Francois Lougah, "Melokoton Membun Ou (Alm Negra edit)" by Okoi Seka Athanase, and "I Love Music (Umoja edit)" by The Sumo Brothers. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMinimal Wave Tapes Vol 1 ... LP
Minimal Wave/Stones Throw, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $15.99
Sparsely furnished underground new wave from Europe and North America in the early 80s – the first official Minimal Wave compilation from Veronica Vasicka's Minimal Wave label and the arbiters leftfield funky errata at Stones Throw! This is some of the deepest and rarest music from the nascent electro rock and post punk electronic underground of the 80s – most purportedly released on scarcely distributed cassettes, if they were ever really distributed at all beyond the hands of the artists involved – which is fascinating and everything, but the real story here is the exceptional quality. It's incredible stuff! The sound is impeccable, those primitive synth melodies and drum machine rhythms sounding sharp and clear. The songs are great, too, maybe a bit darker edged than the mainstream of the time, and without the cheesy and poorly aging pop sheen of the hits, but we have no doubt the artists here could have been stars had the material reached the right people. It's all wholly ripe for discovery and we already can't wait for Volume 2! Titles include "Way Out Of Living" by Linear Movement, "Flying Turns" by Crash Course In Science, ""Tempus Fugit" by Tara Cross, "Mickey, Please" by Bene Gesserit, "Reassurance Ritual" by Das Ding, "Radiance" by Oppenheimer Analysis, "Who's Really Listening" by Mark Lane, "The Cabinet" by Das Kabinette and more. 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMovements Vol 4 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... LP
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
A massive fourth volume to this totally great series – and quite honestly, maybe the funkiest so far! Compiler Tobias Kirmayer really knows his stuff – after years of recording and reissuing great music on his own Tramp label – and if anything, his time in the funky underground has only given him a sharper ear for rare singles and lost soulful nuggets – as you'll hear in this wonderful compilation! The set's overflowing with killers from the late 60s and early 70s – and most of them are numbers we've never seen reissued before – quite a feat, given how many funk collections have shown up over the years. Snowboy bills the set as a "high-quality collection of obscenely rare" funk and soul 45s – and he's totally right about all of that – although we'll also add that musically, it's pretty darn great too! Titles include "Sticks & Stones" by Dino & The Dell-Tones, "Shakers & Movers (parts 1 & 2)" by Carl Westmoreland, "Talk About Soul" by Rudy Tee & The Reno-Bops, "Discotheque Soul (edit)" by Ricky Williams, "Hey Rugh Nut" by Zodiacs, "Hipster" by C Forture & J Brinson, "I Don't Think We Are Going Back Again" by Soul Brothers Inc, "Machine Gun" by Odyssey Group, "Night Club" by The Dave Harris Trio, "Honky Games" by Iris Bell with the Jive-Ettes, and "Booty Whip (unreleased acetate version)" by Bro Byron. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Movements Vol 4 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD 12.99

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VariousMy Love Is Underground – 12 House Tracks Selected By Jeremy Underground Paris ... LP
Favorite (France), 1990s. New Copy 3 LP Gatefold ... $38.99
Killer cuts from some of the most underground years of house music – that rich 90s stretch when there was some really excellent work coming out from a host of global labels – most of which never got the same sort of exposure as the first wave of house! Jeremy Underground pulls together some massive classics from 12" on labels like Jump Street, Strictly Rhythm, Dubweizer, Under Dog, and many others – tracks that are often heavy on deep basslines and keyboards, with a careful, soulful sound that's way different than house from the time that was topping the charts. To folks who dug these cuts back in the day, this is the real deal – the deep tracks that most people were ignoring – as you'll hear on titles that include "Why (ext voc)" by Bipo, "Pressure" by Aaron Arce, "Euro Disney (parts 1 & 2)" by Natureboy, "Latin Dream" by Dose Of Paradise, "Around The Way" by Level 3, "Is This Dream For Real (psychedub)" by Project Democracy featuring China, "SaturdayLuv" by Manhattan Project, "Get Up On Your Feet (edit)" by Vissal, and "Emotion" by The Poets. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMystic Males 2 – Tripped Out Troubadours From 1966 to 1969 ... LP
Pet Records, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Really mad music from this weird little series – a set of pop tracks from the end of the 60s, but all done with these weird psych and spiritual touches – definitely the "mystic males" promised in the title! The sound here isn't just that of mainstream pop-psych – and instead really reflects the deeper underground currents going on in the American scene at the time – on these small label singles that effortlessly swirl the vocals with trippy organ lines, fuzzy guitar, sparkling keyboards, and lots of cool twists and turns on the percussion and other acoustic instrumentation – often abstracted a bit in the production! Themes aren't that different from the mainstream, but also have an oddly eerie feel too – and titles include "London Bound" by Ed Powers, "Flower Song" by Shalynn, "Sometime Girl" by Gerry Pond, "I'm A Deeper Blue" by John Dunn, "How Much Do I Love You" by Darrius, "Four Robins Singing" by Tyroee Forrest, "Daydream" by Paul Stoop, and "Before She Goes" by Richard Coronado. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mystic Males 2 – Tripped Out Troubadours From 1966 to 1969 ... CD 9.99

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VariousPurple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (4LPs with book) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 LPs ... $77.99 84.98
The amazing prequel to the big wave of funk and soul that exploded from the Minneapolis scene at the end of the 70s – early sounds that really point the way towards later grooves from folks like Prince, Alexander O'Neal, Andre Cymone, and the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! The massive package is one of the best-ever sets from the Numero Group – not just a brilliant collection of music, but a rich book-like presentation of this important time in the Twin Cities scene – with a huge booklet of notes, memories, and loads of vintage photos! The whole thing's like taking the quality of Numero's books and mixing it with the focus of their best compilations – and the heavy package is filled with loads and loads of gems that really re-map the whole rise to glory of some of the bigger names of the time. You'll hear sounds here by folks who later recorded under more famous labels, and other sublime cuts by groups who never fully got their due at the time – such as the wonderful Haze, a group we've always loved. Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and bass – but used in ways that are often a bit warmer and more spontaneous than the electric funk of later Minneapolis years – tied in more strongly to the sound of the underground in other American cities. Titles include "Get It On" by Prophets Of Peace, "I Love You" by Herman Jones, "Taste Of Love" by Aura, "Expense" by Cohesion, "It's The Things That You Do" by Flyte Tyme, "Higher" by Lewis Connection, "I Do Love My Lady" by Haze, "Stone Lover" by Music Love & Funk, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Do You Dare" by Alexander O'Neal, "I've Got My Eyes On You" by The Girls, "Can You Deal With It" by Quiet Storm, "Should I Or Should I Not" by Sue Ann Carwell, "No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby" by Mind & Matter, and "Oh Lover" by Orville Shannon. LP, Vinyl record album
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VariousRough Guide To African Disco (180 gram vinyl plus download) ... LP
Rough Guide, 1970s. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Nothing rough here – as the set's one of the smoothest we've ever heard in this legendary series – a tight collection of vintage tracks that really serve up an African take on the sound of American disco! Rhythms are tight and quick, but the overall approach is still very much in the best spirit of the 70s Afro Funk generation – lots of live percussion keeping things kicking, tight instrumental solos on keyboards and guitar, and mighty soulful vocals all around! Titles include "Dance The Body Music" by Osibisa, "Brand New Wayo" by Mixed Grill, "Kazet" by Mahlathini & The Mahotella Queens, "Be Africa" by Bibi Tanga & The Selenites, and "Oh Yeh Soweto" by Teaspoon & The Waves. LP, Vinyl record album
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Alvarius (Francesco Zampaglione/Andrea Moscianese)Tulpa – Perdizioni Mortali (with bonus CD) ... LP
Cinedelic (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... Around July 1, 2014 (delayed)
A cool contemporary score from Italy – but one that feels like horror greats from the late 70s and early 80s! The instrumentation here is mostly in an old school electric style – keyboards and guitars that echo the music of Goblin, but at a level that's often more spare and less jamming – stretching out with this great sense of space that really builds up the tension and mood throughout – to create a really captivating record, even away from the screen. Titles include "Phurba", "Escape From Tulpa", "Lonely Nights", "Working My Ass Off", "Italian Giallo", "Lisa's Theme", and "Bloody Radio". LP, Vinyl record album
(Colored vinyl – limited to 333 copies!)
Also available Tulpa – Perdizioni Mortali ... CD 19.99

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BlackbyrdsCity Life ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Around August 12, 2014
A fantastic album from this legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these years – and which is the perfect fusion of jazz and soul that was going down with the best groups in the mid 70s. The best example of this sound can be heard on the massive cut "Rock Creek Park" – which begins with a wonderful bass on the intro, a killer moogy keyboard bit, and a super-catchy chorus that goes "doin' it in the park," which you should recognize in about 30 seconds! The rest of the album is great too – and titles include the classic sample track "Love So Fine" – plus "Happy Music", "Hash and Eggs", "Thankful Bout Yourself", and "All I Ask". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents ChurchMark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church ... LP
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy ... Summer 2014
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – some of which shift the sound of the acoustic instruments in the process! The shift is a bit like that taken by Jimi Tenor with his own music in recent years, but the overall sound is still very much in the soaring, cosmic territory we've always loved from Mark – but there's also a much deeper connection to the planet as well. Wonderful throughout – a great step forward for an artist we already love so much – and titles include "Sketch For Miguel", "Now Or Never", "Nova Roda", "The Mission", "Distractions", "Mason's Galaxy", "Imam", and "Sun Up Sun Down". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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