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AguabellaHitting Hard! ... LP
Epsilon/CuBop, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as congolero Francisco Aguabella comes on hard, hitting strong throughout – and serving up a wicked blend of Latin, funk, and soul! The mid 70s set is a standout recording from Aguabella – done after he left the group Malo, and one of the best west coast takes on the modes that scene was changing up from New York at the time – really transforming the sound of contemporary Latin with a trans-genre vibe that was easily some of the most revolutionary music of the period. Rhythms are acoustic, but there's a nice dose of electric energy too, thanks to some sweet keyboards. Some cuts have English vocals, others are instrumental – and titles include "Hitting Hard", "I Wanna Know", "Cisco", "Image of a Star" and a nice version of Edu Lobo's "Casa Forte". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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New Tony AllenBlack Voices ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on the Paris scene in the 90s – really refining a new sound, while keeping all the best bits from before – creating this new sort of darker groove that almost mixes older percussion with kind of a spacey style that's echoes proggish funk from a range of groups from Can to Cymande! There's loads of cool keyboards and tight guitar lines, and even the vocals have some spacey production that makes them fit nicely with the grooves. Titles include "Asiko", "Get Together", "Black Voices", and "The Same Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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AloaAloa (180 gram green colored vinyl) ... LP
Medical, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
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
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Archie WhitewaterArchie Whitewater (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Cadet/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 19.98
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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Roy AyersAfrica, Center Of The World ... LP
Polydor, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy's usual smooth jazzy production style – but the overall influence is very much in the Afro-Funk vein, and the album's sort of a "part 2" to the Music Of Many Colors set that was cut a few years before. William Allen worked on the record with Roy – playing choppy Afro-Funk bass, and arranging and producing a lot of the material with Roy and Jaymz Bedford – and the record also features a host of extra percussion players, as well as some vocals by the lovely Sylvia Striplin. Includes the great groover "Africa, Center Of The World", plus "The River Niger", and a great remake of "Third Eye", which was on Everybody Loves The Sunshine, but is redone here with a heavier sound! Other tracks include "There's A Masterplan", "I'll Just Keep Trying", and "Destination Motherland". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Africa, Center Of The World ... CD 16.99

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Roy AyersChange Up The Groove ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers' early years with Polygram – often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that's got some wonderful funky numbers! There's a really jazzy feel going on here – Roy's nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations – especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout – often getting more space than vocals – and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy's arranging skills – and titles include the funky break classic "The Boogie Back", a sweet reading of "Feel Like Makin' Love", with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song's mellow righteous vibe – and the great cuts "Fishika", "Sensitize", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "When is Real Real?", and "Change Up The Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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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
Also available Everybody Loves The Sunshine ... CD 8.99

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BBC Radiophonic WorkshopFourth Dimension & Other Synthesiser Music From The BBC Radio Workshop (180 gram pressing) ... LP
BBC/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Very groovy electronics from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop – the team who first pioneered the use of early synth in 60s soundtracks – still going strong here in the 70s! The record sparkles with the best energy of a moogy sound library session on KPM from the same time – lots of keyboard lines upfront, used in ways that range from spare and spooky to cool and jazzy – sometimes with a bit of funk at the bottom, sometimes a more whimsical soundtrack theme! Paddy Kingsland plays the synth, and wrote all the tracks – and titles include "Flashback", "Scene & Heard", "Vespucci", "Reg", "Tamariu", "One Eighty One", "Colour Radio", and "Take Another Look". LP, Vinyl record album

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Blat BrutBlat Brut (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
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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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 Erasmo CarlosCarlos, Erasmo – Erasmo Carlos (1971) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $38.99
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier Tropicalia vibe – a mode that Erasmo never embraced, but which leaves its impression in some of the more striking arrangements here – especially in the way things trip out at all the best times! Fuzzy guitar and offbeat production really add a lot to the set – and titles include "Maria Joana", "Agora Ninguem Chora Mais", "26 Anos De Vida Normal", "Cica Cecilia", "Mundo Deserto", "Sodoma E Gomorra", "Masculino Feminio", and "De Noite Na Cama". LP, Vinyl record album

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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
Also available
Revelation ... LP 14.99
Revelation ... CD 29.99

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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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CerroneBrigade Mondaine (140 gram vinyl pressing) ... LP
Malligator/Vinyl Lovers (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 31.98
A rare soundtrack from the mighty Cerrone – recorded right at the height of his electro disco fame, and with a very similar groove! The film was also titled Vice Squad in the US market – and the music here definitely echoes the sleaze of its subject matter – with loads of sweet clubby lines that are heavy in the keyboard styles you'll know from "Supernature" – but maybe even leaner and meaner here – with a stripped-down punch that makes for plenty of funky disco moments! The tracks are mostly groovers, but even the few mellow moments are great – and titles include "Phonic", "Give Me Love", "Make UP", "The Loft", "Strip Tease", "Experience", and "Deauville". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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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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Die ParteiLa Freiheit Des Geistes (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
The album's got a classical-styled cover image, but the work is plenty modern within – some great electronic grooves from the best years of the German new wave! Die Partei are a duo we'd rank right up there with Pyrolator and Der Plan – easily as playful as both of those great acts, and graced with a talent for taking the simplest of analogue electric sounds, and really making them sound fresh and groovy! There's no darkness at all in the music – just these cool rhythmic passages that mix beats and keyboards in a way that's very different from US or UK material of the time – never overblown, never too moody – just simple, tuneful, and still wonderful after all these years. Titles include "Ostafrika", "Guten Morgen In Koln", "Rote Schuhe", "Allerheiligen", "Nord Sud Fahrt", "Wo Sind Sie", and "Austauschprogramm". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available La Freiheit Des Geistes ... CD 16.99

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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
Also available Donato-Deodato ... LP 24.99

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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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New Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Numero, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 19.99
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Fela & Africa 70He Miss Road (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Knitting Factory, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A gem of a set from the legendary Fela Kuti – a classic set of Nigerian grooves produced by Ginger Baker – who was already a frequent musical partner of Fela! The set's got a sharp groove right from the start, and possibly some slighty darker elements than some of Kuti's other records of the time – particularly in the way the guitars echo out next to the saxophones, which are often highlighted by the wonderful rhythms of the great Tony Allen! "Monday Morning In Lagos" is a really blue-tinged track that goes beyond the usual Afro Funk of the time – one of those moments when it seems as if there's a surprising link between Fela's Africa 70 group and Sun Ra's Arkestra. "He Miss Road" is a burning, building groove that has the keyboards layered up strongly with the saxes – and "It's No Possible" is a great side-long track with this really wonderful use of electric piano – again sometimes at a level that almost feels Sun Ra-like! 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
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Fire Orchestra (Mats Gustafsson)Enter (with bonus CD) ... LP
Rune Grammafon, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long piece – the mighty "Enter" – a strongly spiritual number that mixes soulful jazz expressions with freer improvisations, and some psych elements from time to time – a really amazing blend that holds up tremendously well, even throughout the double-length space of the recording. In addition to Gustafsson on tenor – and also conducting the group – the lineup features Jonas Kullhammar on baritone sax, Fredrik Ljungkvist on baritone and clarinet, Anna Hogberg on alto, Magnus Broo and Emil Strandberg on trumpet, Goran Kajfes on cornet, Sten Sandell on keyboards, Raymond Strid on drums, and the trio of Mariam Wallentin, Sofia Jernberg, and Simon Ohlsson on voices. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Enter ... CD 16.99

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Lubos FiserMorgiana (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Amazing music from composer Lubos Fiser – delivered with sounds and styles that go way beyond conventional instrumentation, to make the record one of Fiser's most striking releases ever! Organ and keyboards are often produced and played with lots of weird tones – on short tracks that also mix conventional orchestrations with very offbeat elements from tapes, percussion, and sound effects – sometimes electronicized at a level that really abstracts them past their original sources! The approach is sometimes striking, sometimes subtle, but always powerful throughout – with this dark beauty that really holds us rapt over the course of the film score's twenty short titles – including "Message From Marek", "Swan Steps", "Red Ghost", "Quinine", "Viktoria's Darkest Moment", "Lost In The Tavern", "Blood Red Roses", and "The Cards". Very cool 10" LP pressing, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Garotas SuecasFeras Miticas ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $25.99
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild – fused perhaps with a sense of the songwriting strengths of Caetano Veloso in his later years. Yet the work also has a contemporary vibe that's definitely the group's own, too – a sense of spirit that really marks these guys as a group to watch, already even more exciting on this second album than their first. Titles include "New Country", "Bucolismo", "Manchetes Da Solidao", "A Nuvem", "Bicho", and "Charles Chacal". LP, Vinyl record album

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Remi GassmannElectronics (10 inch vinyl) ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $22.99
Remi Gassman's groundbreaking music for George Balanchine's Electronics – a ballet of sorts, but one that's got a definite space age score! Gassman's sounds here are amazing – raw analogue electronics, played by the Studioatonium keyboard, and manipulated by tape – so that cycles often emerge, and shift slowly – as music that must have been pretty darn hard to dance to, but which is still mesmerizingly mindblowing all these many years later! The work has some of the best qualities of Jon Appleton's later electronics, but is more serious overall – and titles include "Postlude", "Trio", "Curtain Music", "Declamation", "Echo Stretta", and "Scherzo". LP, Vinyl record album

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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

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Lori GoldstonCreekside – Solo Cello ... LP
Mississippi, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
Beautiful solo cello work from Lori Goldston – an extremely evocative use of the instrument, inflected with lots of personal color and tone! The tracks are all original compositions, with a structure that's somewhere between more serious music and looser, more intimate acoustic improvisation – maybe like some of the most personal solo passages from Arthur Russell, but more bowed overall. Titles include "Messy", 'Pizz", "Serenade", "Art Film", "Tremolo", "Loping", and "Cruel Sister". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee HazlewoodNSVIPs – Not So Very Important People (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/1972, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 24.98
A pivotal record in the career of the great Lee Hazlewood – one that presents his personal with all its wit and warmth, yet also lets Lee take on some more mature topics as well! Most of the tunes start in the same sort of storytelling style as the album Trouble Is A Lonesome Town – but Hazlewood's a lot more tongue-in-cheek with his presentation, and directs the lyrics towards much more biting commentary – not entirely politically progressive, but definitely a larger sense of society beyond the individual. The cast of characters spin out wonderfully – the NSVIPS promised in the title – but they also tie together to present this portrait of an America just waking up in the mid 60s – able to see itself more clearly, yet without any of the overpowering emotions in years to come. That balance is Hazlewood's really special contribution to music at this point – and is given great shape here with help in the studio from Reprise Records whiz kid Jimmy Bowen. Titles include "Have You Made Any New Bombs Today", "I Ain't Gonna Be", "I Might Break Even", "Go Die Big City", "I Had A Friend", and "Everybody Calls Me Something". LP, Vinyl record album

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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
Also available Magic Of Hokis Pokis ... CD 12.99

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IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... LP
Numero, 1970s. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
Spacey sounds from the enigmatic Iasos – a legendary figure in the 70s underground – and an artist with a heck of a great ear for organic electronics and unusual recording techniques! This cool collection of Iasos' music was put together by Carlos Nino with the guys at Numero – and as such, it's got a really sensitive feel – a way of bringing together the sounds and stories that really get at the subtle genius of Iasos – packaged in a lavish set that also features lots of vintage photos too. The style is often quite personal, and almost naive – as Iasos works on guitar, keyboards, amplified flute, and other odd tape and studio effects – all flowing out with a style that's often a bit cosmic, and pretty darn compelling. Titles include "Crystal Petals", "Procession On The Horizon", "Cloud Prayer", "Rainbow Canyon", "I Passion You A Leap Of Love Flame", and "Spring Temple Forest". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 11.99

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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!)
Also available One ... CD 9.99

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New Jose JamesWhile You Were Sleeping ... LP
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
Jose James sounds even deeper than ever here – really moving forward with that amazing voice, and really finding a special space between all the jazz, soul, and funk projects of previous years! The album has James almost emerging as a singer who can span genres and reach out to new scenes – especially on some of the tunes that make heavier use of fuzzy guitar than before, and which have a seductive appeal that's bound to grab any ears that haven't been tuned to Jose's music so far! Yet other tracks still hold onto those great roots that made us love him so many records back – a classic style of soulful expression that hearkens back to giants of the 70s, but which always has this 21st century bristle and unique sense of phrasing. Backings are heavy on organ, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – and titles include "Angel", "Simply Beautiful", "Salaam", "Without U", "Every Little Thing", "Bodhisattva", "Anywhere U Go", and "While You Were Sleeping". 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
Also available
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Dap-Dippin' With Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings ... CD 7.99

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Joy UnlimitedInstrumental Impressions ... LP
Devega/Sonorama (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $24.99
Sweet sound library funk from Joy Unlimited – an early 70s German combo heard here on their rarest record ever! As with the group's commercial releases, there's a wicked blend of funky jazz and hard-riffing instrumentation – and unlike other records, this one's got an even leaner, meaner groove – all instrumental, and with a great focus on key elements of the sound – funky flute here, sweet keyboards there, and lots of tightly-played guitar lines – which really help give the music a nice edge! The set's got a sound that's a lot like some of the best MPS funk of the time – no surprise, given that it comes from the same scene – and instrumentation includes Fender Rhodes, flute, guitar, saxes, marimba, trumpet, and lots of sweet drums. Titles include "Jamara", "Soul Gravy", "Homunkulus", "Breeding Ground", "Jigsaw Man", "Blue Box", "Parabolica", "Spectrum", "Herbie", and "Laguna Seca". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Instrumental Impressions ... CD 19.99

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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 ... $10.99
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)... $23.99
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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New KrokodilFirst Recordings (180 gram pressing with DVD) ... LP
Krokodil (Switzerland), Late 60s. New Copy LP & DVD ... $36.99
Some of the earliest recordings ever from prog rock legends Krokodil – a set that even includes a track they recorded at a commercial for Camel cigarettes! Most of the music is on a par with the group's later work on Liberty, but maybe a step back or two – with some leaner elements, and still slight echoes of more 60s styles amidst more way-out moments on sitar, Farfisa, moog, and violin! Yet there's definitely a madness to the music that's undeniable – that same freewheeling quality that made Can so great at the start, and which made even more blues-based groups from the German scene sound weird and wonderful. Titles include "I Was Cool", "Blue Flashing Circle", "You're Still A Part Of Me", "Hurra Alive", "Hey You Don't Care", and a cover of Tim Hardin's "Don't Make Promises" – plus the above-mentioned "Camel Is Tops". Also comes with a bonus DVD – Krokodil Still A Part Of Me – a documentary on the group with subtitles in German and English. LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo DestroyersQue Chevere ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A real old school set from Ray Lugo & The Boogaloo Destroyers – just about the only contemporary combo we've ever heard come close to the classic sound of the Latin Soul scene in the 60s! The album smokes like some rare gem on Fania or Cotique – with wicked Latin rhythms tied up in a fair bit of Spanish Harlem jazz – including some smoking tenor parts that are a nice change from the more typical trumpet and trombone in later salsa. The tunes are often topped with English or Spanish language lyrics that are every bit as catchy as anything you might have heard from Pete Rodriguez or Joe Cuba – and the production is perfect – just right to capture the sound of the music! Titles include "Hong Kong Shing A Ling", "Batongo", "Let Me Tell Ya Bout The Boogaloo", "Rico Boogaloo", "Ven Al Jala Jala", and "C'Mon Everybody". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Tim MaiaWorld Psychedelic Classics 4 – Nobody Can Live Forever – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia ... LP
Luaka Bop, 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.98
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – and the grooves are often mixed together in a sound that's nice and fuzzy around the edges, with some slight psychedelic elements that makes the cuts a perfect fit for this Luaka Bop series! Yet Tim Maia's hardly a guy who can easily fit into any easy slot or series – because as you'll hear on this set, he's got a vibe that's all his own – a really wonderful approach that's different even from some of his hippest contemporaries in Brazil – and which has gone onto have influence on countless other generations of singers and musicians – including his nephew Ed Motta. The package is great – a real visual tribute to the sounds within – and titles include "Que Beleza", "Ela Partiu", "Do Leme Ao Pontal", "Brother Father Mother Sister", "Quer Queira Quer Nao Queira", "Let's Have A Ball Tonight", "I Don't Care", "The Dance Is Over", "Rational Culture", "You Don't Know What I Know", and "Nobody Can Live Forever". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available World Psychedelic Classics 4 – Nobody Can Live Forever – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia ... CD 10.99

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Baris MancoYeni Bir Gun ... LP
Guerssen (Spain), 1979. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
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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New 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 8.99

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MerkinMusic From Merkin Manor (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Out-Sider (Spain), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
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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New 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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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
(Includes digital download!)

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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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New William OnyeaborWho Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 (3LP set with download) ... LP
Luaka Bop, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 LPs Gatefold ... $27.99 29.99
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too – as the instrumentation is heavy on keyboards, handled by William with incredible dexterity – and spun out in these soaring lines that bristle with righteous touches that really support the message of his tunes! The vibe mixes in some electro elements with long-drawn rhythms – and the vocals often step aside for lots of keyboard and rhythm interplay, then come in to send things home at just the right moment. Onyeabor's been a pretty elusive cat over the years, and it's taken Luaka Bop quite some time to put this collection together – amazing work that may well make the album one of the most important to ever come from the label – and the first introduction to the non-African world of Onyeabor's incredible sounds. Titles include "Body & Soul", "Atomic Bomb", "Something You'll Never Forget", "Why Go To War", "Love Is Blind", "Fantastic Man", and "Let's Fall In Love". 3LP set features four bonus tracks not on the CD! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Who Is William Onyeabor – World Psychedelic Classics 5 ... CD 13.99

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Orchestra SuperstringKalopia (with download) ... LP
Dionysus, 2012. New Copy ... $7.99 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
(Comes with bonus download too!)

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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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New 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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Mammane SaniTaaritt ... LP
Sahel Sounds, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet electric keyboards from Mamman Sani Abdoulaye – recorded in both Niger and Paris, on a host of cool keys with a very spacey vibe! The music here is neither the Afro Funk you'd expect, nor the electro sounds of New York or Europe – but an unusual fusion that's very individual, and which almost places Abdoulaye in the cerebral territory of an artist like Laraaji, but with a bit more force! The tunes are definitely melodic, and have a nice sense of rhythm – even though most numbers are relatively mellow – and although Mamman can spin out an introspective passage when he wants, he keeps things from ever getting too meditative in the end. All tunes are instrumental – recorded on Roland, Yamaha, and other keyboards – on titles that include "Alfarey", "Ci Da Dy", "Ya Bismillah", "Dangay Kotyo", and "Taaritt". LP, Vinyl record album

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Severed HeadsCity Slab Horror (bone white colored 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ink/Medical, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
If you only know Severed Heads from their late 80s material, you'll find a very different group in place here – one that's got a great sense of spareness, understatement, and even a bit of playfulness – as they mix together keyboards, beats, and sounds from a wide range of tape, turntable, and sampling sources! The music has some nice noisy edges at points, but also hits some warmer, catchier elements too – like the better Benelux acts of the period, or maybe like Cabaret Voltaire right at the point when they discovered a hook! Yet these guys also have a very special touch of their own – a love of minimalism, as they work Steve Reich-like repetitions – ala his early tape experiments – but never allow they to get too abstract. Great stuff all around – with titles that include "We Have Come To Bless The House", "Goodbye Tonsils", "Spastic Crunch", "Spasm", "Spitoon Thud", and "Now An Explosive New Movie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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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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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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New 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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Miles TackettFool Who Wonders (with download) ... LP
Rootdown LA, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99
A great solo set from music man Miles – an artist you'll know best for his fierce work in Breakestra – the legendary Cali funk and soul torch carriers! The set's got a very hip vibe – done in a diverse blend of LA styles – from early 70s folk and psychedelic soul, to harder-edged funky grooves – always with Miles' guitar in the lead! Tackett is not only a hella talented guitar, bass and keyboards player, he's also a surprisingly strong singer and songwriter – breaking out strongly on tracks that include "Just What I Need", "Everything", 'Come Away", "Release Me", "The Fool Who Wonders", "Out In The Canyon", "Golden Child, Honey Child", "One More Time", "Paradise", and "Shake Your Tambourine" – as well as a nice cover of The Byrds' "Everbody's Been Burned". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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New Thievery CorporationSaudade ... LP
ESL, 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 19.98
Maybe our favorite record ever from Thievery Corporation – and one that really stays true to the sound of all the styles that have inspired them! For over a decade, the duo have been playing with elements borrowed from bossa nova, old soundtracks, French pop, and lounge – but this is the first time they really take the trouble to respectfully re-present the music of their roots – with all the right modes of instrumentation and production to stand head to toe with previous legends! The feel of the record is a lot more like a Schema session than most other ESL recordings – and even more like a 60s record, too – thanks to warm acoustic instrumentation on guitar, percussion, and strings – mixed with bossa percussion, gentle keyboards, and some really great vocals from a range of different female singers. Titles include "Para Sempre", "Bateau Rouge", "Saudade", "Claridad", "Nos Dois", "Le Coeur", "Firelight", and "Decollage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy tip-on cover too!)
Also available Saudade ... CD 13.99

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Third EyeConnexion ... LP
Ring/Sonorama (Germany), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Wonderfully wild funky jazz from the 70s – played by an obscure group in Germany, and originally only issued as a small-pressing sound library set! The music's way more than you might expect – a tremendous mix of electric and acoustic reeds with some sweet Fender Rhodes lines – all spun out in a style that's hipper than CTI at its best, and maybe even hipper than most 70s electric work on European labels too! The style is never too jamming at all – and instead has this great sense of space that really makes the grooves great, especially the Fender Rhodes lines from keyboardist Rob Van Den Broeck – which are balanced nicely with reed solos from the legendary Wilton Bogey Gaynair and fusion whiz Gerd Dudek. The music is quite far from the usual fusion style, and has this openness that's really wonderful – not what you'd expect from a sound library label, given that the tracks all push near the ten minute mark, with lots of room for solos. The group also features Frank Kollges on drums, Ali Haurand on bass, and Steve Boston on congas – and titles include "The Healer", "Maroon Dance", "Landings", and "Ogetnom". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Connexion ... CD 19.99

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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

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TRASE (Tape Recorder & Synthesiser Ensemble)Tape Recorder & Synthesiser Ensemble ... LP
Finders Keepers (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
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

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Igor WakhevitchLet's Start (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pathe/Fauni Gena (Spain), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
The last French album from Igor Wakevitch – recorded before eventually settling in India – and a very meditative set that possibly marks the trajectory of that move! The songs are longer than before, and filled with very hypnotic lines – somewhere in a space that echoes La Monte Young or Terry Riley, but still touched with all the darker corners and textures we live in Igor's earlier music! Voices intertwine with keyboards in a very weird way – almost whispers in the dark when they do appear, but with an elliptical sense of repetition that makes them more musical too – especially alongside Wakevitch's strong tendencies to really abstract the his keyboard sounds way past their roots. Titles include "Monks In the Snow", "Ramallah's Road", "Eriador", and "Taddy's Fruit Garden". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a sweet insert too!)

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Igor WakhevitchNagual (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Pathe/Fauni Gena (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Amazing keyboards from Igor Wakevitch – very dark and moody, and with sounds and textures that seem to echo the industrial generation growing up at the same time – but which Igor's music definitely precedes! Wakevitch is a real obscurity – an artist whose influence is only being felt all these many years later, but who has the ability to create striking sounds that rival or beat some of his more flamboyant contemporaries – especially those on the London scene. This album is a second collaboration with dancer Carolyn Carlson, and like the first, it's way more than any dance project you might expect – very textural and electronic, with sounds that are very abstracted from their sources! Titles include "Nagual", "The Smile Of The Wolf On The Bench", "Never Poem For The Other", "In The Nagual's Time", "Spenta Aramati", "Cinderalla", and "Sets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a nice insert too!)

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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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New Bernard WrightNard ... LP
Arista, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. And despite what you might think about the crap that Grusin headed up later in the 80s, the early days of the GRP label were amazing years for jazz funk. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Great all the way through, though – and a record that still delights us year after year! LP, Vinyl record album

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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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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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New VariousFunk Globo – The Sound Of Neo Baile ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $12.99
Contempoary Brazilian grooves compiled by the folks at Funk Globo – blistering batch of beats and basslines – all served up with a very intense sound! The music here isn't the trendy, intellectual style coming from Brazil in recent years – but instead the sort that plays big at house parties, underground clubs, and even street festivals where the booming beats are a perfect match for a well-crafted soundsystem! In fact, the sound here is so heavy, you might want to turn down the bass a bit on your stereo before playback – lest you blast the dishes off your shelves in the kitchen. Titles include "Vai Danada" by Guto De Almeida, "Saca Me Desse Banze" by Gato Preto, "Cicadas' Dance" by Chuck Upbeat, "Gostoso" by Ophex, and "Xao Trap" by DJ Comrade. 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 ... $9.99
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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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
Also available 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
Also available 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 ... $11.99
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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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

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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
Also available Purple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (2CDs with book) ... CD 36.99

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BeatlesBeatles For Sale (180 gram vinyl – mono) ... LP
Parlophone/Apple, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 9, 2014
The Beatles for sale, but never in a commercial way at all – early proof of the group's great balance between mainstream appeal and sounds that still stick to the frontiers of rock and roll! The tunes are short, and heavy on influences from American R&B – yet the Fab Four are already crafting their new sound strongly, and have a melodic brilliance that's hard to deny! Titles include "Eight Days A Week", "Words Of Love", "Honey Don't", "Every Little Thing", "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party", "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'm A Loser", "Rock & Roll Music", "I'll Follow The Sun", "Mr Moonlight", and "No Reply". LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsCity Life ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Around September 2, 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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James BrownPayback ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 7, 2014
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

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John CarpenterThey Live ... LP
Death Waltz (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... Around October 6, 2014
Amazing work from John Carpenter – still a dedicated soundtrack composer long into his film career – and always a master of spare, spooky electronics! The instrumentation here is a bit evolved from some of his earliest classics – different keyboards and electronics developed during the 80s – but the overall approach is still very similar, and co-performed with Allan Howarth, who always gives Carpenter's music the right sort of careful balance! Carpenter does a lot with just a little – never making things overblown, especially in the way that some of his contemporaries might do – and titles include "Transient Hotel", "Wake Up", "Underground", "A Message", "Return To Church", and "The Siege Of Justiceville". This limited edition on orange & black vinyl comes with an exclusive 12 x 12 lithograph & a poster of the cover art. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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