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VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
A great document of the transformation of soul music in the 70s – a unique stretch when folks started experimenting with some of the new electronic elements that were surfacing on the market – using them to really change things up with a new groove! Key examples of this trend can be found in the music of Shuggie Otis (Inspiration Information) and Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together) – but there was lots more activity going on as well – and this wicked set from Chocolate Industries brings together the best from the late 70s/early 80s underground! Most tracks here were issued on small labels, and barely got any circulation – but they all show a Shuggie-like sense of experimentation with electronic sounds and rhythms – often used in key ways to create a slinky, percolating style of soul music that's mighty nice – not the upbeat electro disco of the 80s, but a mellower soul-based mode that's very unique! Titles include "Don't Challenge Me" by Makers, "It's All Over" by T Dyson & Company, "Master Ship" by Starship Commander Woo Woo, "Love Vibrator" by Johnny Walker, "One More Time" by Steve Elliott, "Are You Ready To Come With Me (part 2)" by USAires, "Time To Go Home" by Otis G Johnson, "A Man" by Key & Cleary, and "All About Money" by Spontaneous Overflow. CD
(Out of print – and we were able to get a hold of just a few!)
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New VariousPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974 to 1984 ... CD
Chocolate Industries, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
A great document of the transformation of soul music in the 70s – a unique stretch when folks started experimenting with some of the new electronic elements that were surfacing on the market – using them to really change things up with a new groove! Key examples of this trend can be found in the music of Shuggie Otis (Inspiration Information) and Timmy Thomas (Why Can't We Live Together) – but there was lots more activity going on as well – and this wicked set from Chocolate Industries brings together the best from the late 70s/early 80s underground! Most tracks here were issued on small labels, and barely got any circulation – but they all show a Shuggie-like sense of experimentation with electronic sounds and rhythms – often used in key ways to create a slinky, percolating style of soul music that's mighty nice – not the upbeat electro disco of the 80s, but a mellower soul-based mode that's very unique! Titles include "Don't Challenge Me" by Makers, "It's All Over" by T Dyson & Company, "Master Ship" by Starship Commander Woo Woo, "Love Vibrator" by Johnny Walker, "One More Time" by Steve Elliott, "Are You Ready To Come With Me (part 2)" by USAires, "Time To Go Home" by Otis G Johnson, "A Man" by Key & Cleary, and "All About Money" by Spontaneous Overflow. CD
(Slipcase has some light wear.)
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Casino Vs JapanGo Hawaii ... CD
Wobblyhead, 1999. Used ... $0.99
Wobbly sounds from Casino Vs Japan – loads of great low fi electronics that really take us back to that key 90s moment when so many folks were rediscovering the sound of the analogue generation! The music here comes from a few years after that moment, but still shares the same love of shapes and textures that made the rediscovery so great – and if anything, the lack of immediacy allows these guys to just lay back and find their own space – often letting the tunes just take form slowly, without any overdone qualities – giving the whole thing a really personal feel that's still quite vibrant all these many years later! Almost like a post-rock version of the Sky Records sounds from the German scene of the late 70s/early 80s – with tracks that include "It's Very Sunny", "Metrobolt", "Dielectric Saints", "The Larp", "Medery", "Warm Windows", and "Theme". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny ClarkeKenny Clarke Meets The Detroit Jazzmen ... CD
Savoy/Nippon (Japan), 1956. Used ... $13.99
One of the first albums from guitarist Kenny Burrell as a leader – a date that has him working with players from his hometown scene in Detroit – in case you couldn't guess from the title! Kenny's style here is a bit different than on the Blue Note dates of the time – almost a bit more personal, and leaner – which is a surprise, given the usual heavier feel of a Savoy session. Other players include Pepper Adams on baritone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums – and before you complain, we know that not all of these guys are from Detroit – but that's the way they titled the thing, so you'll have to write to the label! Adams is a bit down in the mix, so he never over-dominates Burrell's tone – but he still gets plenty of space to sparkle on his solos, working with those sharp edges that make his Savoy appearances so great. Titles include "Your Host", "Afternoon In Paris", "Apothegh", "Cottontail", and "Tom's Thumb". CD
(Out of print.)

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Natalie ColeThankful/I Love You So/Don't Look Back ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1977/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Classic early work from Natalie Cole – packaged here in a sweet 2CD set! First up is the album Thankful – the third record in a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy of the Independents, and they give her a nice jazzy sound that made the record one of her best of the 70s. Richard Evans and Gene Barge arranged, which probably had something to do with that, too – but Natalie truly deserves most of the credit of the strength of this set. It includes the standout groovers "La Costa" and"Annie Mae", but the whole record is really sweet – with "Lovers", "Our Love", "Be Thankful", "Just Can't Stay Away" and "Keeping A Light". I Love You So is a Capitol killer from Natalie Cole – a really great record from the time when she really seemed to be starting out her career with a bang! As with other gems on Capitol, the record features some great production work from Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, getting a bit of help here from Gene Barge too – all wrapped up with a strong, sophisticated sound that shows plenty of Chi-soul touches in the music – a great approach for Natalie's maturing vocals. The sound is wonderfully balanced, and really stays away from easy hit modes – leaving the lady in a space that's all her own, on tracks that include "The Winner", "I Love You So", "Oh Daddy", "Sorry", "Stand By", and "Who Will Carry On". Don't Look Back is an overlooked gem from Natalie Cole – a set that still has her working strongly with songwriter Marvin Yancy, who really helped her find her sound and style during the early years of her career! Natalie actually helped with writing a fair bit on the record herself – sometimes with Yancy, sometimes alone – and the result is a surprisingly personal batch of tunes that really show a deepening of spirit in the singer, especially in the mellower moments. Gene Barge handles the arrangements – still bringing a bit of Chicago soul roots to the record – that mix of deep and sophisticated modes that always brought out the best in Natalie. Titles include "Don't Look Back", "I'm Getting In To You", "Paradise", "Hold ON", "Danger UP A head", and "Someone That I Used To Love". CD

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DamonSong Of A Gypsy (includes download) ... LP
Now Again, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. Titles include "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download – and a great 16 pasge booklet too!)

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Ned DohenyHard Candy ... CD
Asylum/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
A seminal set from Ned Doheny – a lasting bit of California cool from the 70s, and a record that's every bit as refreshing as its image on the cover! The sound is tight, but never too slick – well-crafted songwriting with equally well-crafted production and studio execution – but somehow in a space that's far from the charts, too – which makes the whole thing a really great discovery in music! Ned Doheny's got a way of hitting an AOR vibe, but holding onto more personal elements too – and the vocals glide along with the music with the same charming vibe we'd find in a vintage Chris Rainbow record. Titles include "Get It Up For Love", "Each Time You Pray", "When Love Hangs In The Balance", "A Love Of Your Own", "On The Swingshift", "Sing To Me", and "If You Should Fall". CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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Dragging An Ox Through WaterPanic Sentry ... LP
Mississippi, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99
A wonderfully weird mix of acoustic guitar, vocals, and a lot of echo – used in ways that almost make the record feel like a folksy version of Suicide! Not that the themes and tones are as strong as that legendary group – but Dragging An Ox definitely share a similar love of space and sounds, and really seem to enjoy the way the reverb makes the simple elements of each tune really take on a new sense of strength. The album's one of the most unique we've heard in quite awhile, and has a haunting, personal feel that goes way beyond any sense of gimmick – on tunes that include "Mint Of The Seasons", "Mole Song", "Wire Haunts", "Don't Understand What You Like About It", and "Daisies Moment". LP, Vinyl record album

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FloacistRise Of The Phoenix Mermaid ... CD
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
The title's really evocative here, and so is the music – maybe the strongest solo moment we've heard from Floacist so far! The tunes have a sensual quality that grabs us right away – not cloying, commercial romantic modes – but a laidback, personal, positive vibe that's produced with just the right sort of subtle touches by Chris Davis – who keeps things in just the right mellow space for the easygoing vocals! Keyboards round out the sound with just the right sort of tripped-out lines – working perfectly, whether the lyrics are spoken or sung – and titles include "Womyn", "Mami Loves You", "Try Something New", "Doing This", "Good Love", "Wisest Thing", "Feel Good", and "Grandma". CD

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David GrubbsRecords Ruin The Landscape – John Cage, The Sixties, & Sound Recording ... Book
Duke University Press, 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 23.95
One of the best-written books we've ever seen on music from the left side of the spectrum – from an artist we mostly know as a musician! David Grubbs has been making amazing sounds for years – first in Squirrel Bait, then in Gastr Del Sol, then more recently as a solo artist – but during most of that time, he's also been working as an academic, and one with a uniquely personal perspective on the world of creative music. This book is David's first, but it's also a masterpiece – a very readable tome that ties together a late 20th century history of art and music, recording and performance, and the role of each in the circulation of sounds that weren't designed to circulate – the things that happen when music of chance and improvisation get locked into the space of a recording. Grubbs covers John Cage, Tony Conrad, AMM, Henry Flynt, and many others – working with both their words and their music – then moving things into a more contemporary field of record collecting, digital sound, and the internet. The book is a far better read than most academic offerings of this type – and is bound to make big waves in years to come. 220 pages, softcover. Book

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Barry GuyAmphi/Radio Rondo ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Two great large group works from bassist Barry Guy – both with the sort of individual qualities we love in his music with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra! The players here are from a wider range of European sources, and all work together as a whole, but get plenty of space for personal expression – tones and voices that are initially most strong from the bass of Guy and violin of Maya Homburger – but which evolve to include Evan Parker and Mats Gustafsson on saxes, Hans Koch on bass clarinet, Johannes Bauer on trombone, and Paul Lytton and Raymond Strid on percussion. "Amphi" is a long work that begins with a more careful sense of presence – but "Radio Rondo" rolls in with much greater group force, and continues boldly for nearly 30 minutes. CD

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Fritz HauserPieces For Percussion ... CD
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Wonderful ensemble work from drummer Fritz Hauser – a player whose recent music has gone far beyond jazz, with a mixture of compositional ideals and creative improvisation! This set features Hauser working with a larger percussion ensemble – really exploring his sense of texture and tone far beyond rhythm, with these very evocative works that ring out in the open space of the studio, but with a very personal, spontaneous approach as well. The music is quite different than some of the early 20th Century avant percussion compositions – more poetic, and informed by discoveries of improvised music – yet presented in a more structured way overall, with a sense of spaciousness directed by the composer. Most of the pieces are quite long, and works include "60", "Nothing Will Ever Change", "Die Klippe", "Zeichung", "As We Are Speaking", and "Le Souvenir". CD

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Evelyn Champagne KingCall On Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful gem from Evelyn Champagne King – her third effort with the great producer T Life, who always helped bring out the most soulful elements in King's music! Life's got a way of grooving, but never going for modes that are too easily commercial – still lots of disco and club in the mix, but with more than enough space for Evelyn to really stretch out and be her own woman on the vocals, too! This mix comes out especially well on some of the more midtempo groovers – which have this flourish and polish that's really wonderful – way beyond some of the cliches of King's contemporaries, and with a personal quality that really comes through right away. Some of these cuts include "Your Kind Of Loving" and "Call On Me" – both real standouts on the record – and other numbers include "Let's Get Funky Tonight", "I Need Your Love", "Universal Girl", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Just A Little Bit Of Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Let's Get Funky Tonight (12" mix)", plus "I Love You", "Is It Good", "Sweet Delight", and "Long Time Waiting On You". CD

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Roland KirkComplete Limelight/Verve Albums (Slightly Latin/Now Please Don't You Cry/Spirits/Rip Rig & Panic) (180 gram 4LP set) ... LP
Universal/Mosaic, Mid 60s. New Copy 4LP ... $99.99 100.00
Some of the coolest, hippest albums Roland Kirk ever recorded – Slightly Latin, Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith, I Talk With The Spirits, and Rip Rig & Panic – each very different in their own way, and a key part of his great leap forward in the 60s! The box features four heavy vinyl albums, with detailed booklet with rare photos and notes – and the whole package is very limited too! Slightly Latin is one of the maddest Roland Kirk albums of all time! The title says "Slightly Latin", but it's more of a mixed-up blend of orchestrations and voices, plus Exotica tinges – with Roland playing some very off-kilter reed solos on flute and various saxes. The sound is incredible, and the arrangements are incredibly strange – and the album sounds like nothing that Kirk (or anyone else) has ever done. Now Please Don't You Cry Beautiful Edith is Roland Kirk's only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic. The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie Boykins on bass and Grady Tate on drums – all free-thinking talents that are enough to match the whimsy of Kirk's own playing on tenor, flute, stritch, and manzello – but also strong enough jazz players to hold tight during the straighter jazz moments of the set. I Talk With The Spirits is one of Roland Kirk's moodiest albums – and a record that really helped him find a big new audience in the 60s. The approach here is a bit different than some of Kirk's more bombastic jazz albums from previous years – gentle, and almost spiritual at times – thanks to heavy use of flute, which Kirk explores with a deeply personal tone – easing out gentle lines that really foreshadow the use of the instrument in the post-Coltrane generation. The record has a dark somber tone at times, and a sweetly redemptive one at others. Rip Rig & Panic is a record that really pushes the boundaries of his music even farther than some of his earlier, and excellent, albums for the Mercury label! Kirk's really stretching out here – finding a space in jazz that's uniquely his own – modern, yet playful – creative, yet never overindulgent – and perfectly balanced to find a whole new sound of soul for the 60s! Things never get too far outside, but Kirk's reedlines are always breaking out into fresh territory – incredible tenor parts, and also some amazing work on manzello and stritch too, both lesser-known reed instruments that Roland employs to incredible ends. LP, Vinyl record album

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Karin Krog with John SurmanFreestyle ... CD
Odin (Norway), 1986. New Copy ... $16.99
Vocals, reeds, and some compelling percussion and electronics too – all served up by the groundbreaking team of Karin Krog and John Surman! Both artists alone are well-known for their creative power – Krog for vocal jazz material that has really pushed the boundaries, and Surman for a range of modern jazz experiments that includes seminal sides for the UK avant scene and a legacy of records for ECM! Yet together, they're even more progressive than on their own – as Karin's vocals find a personal space to really unfold, alongside sensitive instrumentation from John on soprano sax and electronics – matched by Krog's efforts on global percussion and ring modulator too. Most tracks are originals, with a captivating lyrical quality to match Krog's best records of the 70s – and titles include "Karima Two", "Open Sandwich", "Just Holding On", "Sorrowful Day", "Raga Variations", and "The Red Dragon" – plus a great medley of Fran Landesman tunes too. CD

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MastersoundsMastersounds Play Compositions By Horace Silver ... LP
World Pacific, Late 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
Masterful work from The Mastersounds – performing the works of Horace Silver with Silver's personal endorsement! The Mastersounds were a short lived, little-remembered group that had a strong resemblance to the Montgomery Brothers – mostly because Buddy and Monk Montgomery were in the group, along with pianist Richie Crabtree. This set features the group in a laidback live performance of Silver compositions, all arranged by Crabtree, and featuring nice takes on the tracks, with vibes and piano out front in the solo space. Titles include "Ecaroh", "Enchantment", "Moonrays", and "Buhania". Nice stuff, with a very haunting sound. LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a light stain in one corner, but is nice overall.)

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Jackie McLeanJackie's Pal – Introducing Bill Hardman ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $16.99
Jackie McLean's got a great pal here – trumpeter Bill Hardman, who'd work with Jackie in the Jazz Messengers a year later! Here, the pals are cutting sharp lines in a perfect early hardbop mode – a great Prestige session with big bold sound from Rudy Van Gelder, and fresh modern tones from the rhythm section of Mal Waldron on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums! Both McLean's alto and Hardman's trumpet get plenty of space to open up and ring out in a very personal voice – and titles include "Dee's Dilemma", "Sublues", "Just For Marty", and "Sweet Doll". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Alwin NikolaisChoreosonic Music Of The New Dance Theatre Of Alwin Nikolais ... LP
Hanover/Cacophonic (UK), Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
Here's some of the deep deep deepest roots of electronic dance music – sounds from a time when the use of new technologies was often a very abstract thing in a dance-based environment – usually served up without any sense of rhythm at all! Unlike edm of today, these analogue sounds are almost acoustic, and have a very personal, poetic feel – sometimes sounds with a naive impulse that almost recalls 50s records by Moondog, other times even spacier – at a level that must have left the dancers lots of space to do their own thing alongside the music. There's a really strong sense of space on the record – and the music is somewhere in a continuum between similar vintage recordings by Harry Partch and Pierre Henry. Titles include "Lyre", "Shivaree", "Illusional Frieze", "Eruptions & Evolvements", and "Fetish". LP, Vinyl record album

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Piero PiccioniI Fratelli Karamazov ... CD
Kronos (Austria), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $28.99
A really great soundtrack for a late 60s film version of The Brothers Karamazov – scored by the mighty Piero Piccioni with a sensibility that's nicely balanced between epic modes and more personal, individual moments! The orchestrations on the album are often nicely restrained – never pushing too far, and soon laying back once the score gets moving – to allow great solo space for Piccioni on organ or Severino Gazzelloni on flute. I Cantori Moderni make a few key appearances, adding in their lovely vocals – and this expanded reissue features 2CDs, and a whopping 52 tracks in all! CD
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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Enrico PieranunziDay After The Silence – 1976 Piano Solo ... CD
Edipan/Alfa (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Hard to imagine any silence here, as the piano of Enrico Pieranunzi is wonderfully free-flowing and sonically powerful – even in a solo setting like this! Enrico's command of the keyboard has always been great, but is especially compelling in this early session from the 70s – a record that really balances rhythmic complexity with lyrical elements that always keep things warm and personal – spilling out over the keys of the piano with amazing dexterity, but only ever in a manner that's searching out for the most expressive sounds, instead of just showing off. Some tunes balance space out nicely, to create a really resonant feel – while others cascade the notes together with effortless ease. Titles include "The Mood Is Good", "Blue Song", "Prolusion", "The Day After The Silence", and "Trichromatic Line". CD

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Sun RaOut There A Minute ... CD
Blast First (France), Late 60s. Used ... $13.99
A legendary collection of work from Sun Ra – rare 60s New York recordings from the Arkestra archive, put together at the end of the 80s, at a time when there was very little Ra material on the market! The quality of the work here is extremely high – and the tunes are almost a bit more personal and intimate that some of Ra's more drawn-out recordings of the 70s. Some of the jazz is somewhat straight, but always inflected with creative touches – especially on the rhythms, or on some of the odder instruments used – and there's almost a flavor here that hearkens back to some of the best Arkestra recordings during their later years in Chicago. CD features 13 tracks in all – including "Somewhere In Space", "Out There A Minute", "Starships & Solar Boats", "Other Worlds", and"When Angels Speak Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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John WilliamsMissouri Breaks ... CD
United Artists/Kritzerland, 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
A surprisingly intimate score from John Williams – recorded right at the start of his bigger fame for late 70s epics, but done with a personal quality that really fits the mood of this unusual film with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson! The style is definitely western, but in modes that are different than the more dramatic styles used in other films of the genre – almost more Americana overall, with lots of playful folksy touches, and a fair bit of acoustic guitar, harmonica, fiddle, and other instruments that get a lot of space out front in the lead. This great 2CD package features the original album of music, plus the work used in the film – and some bonus tracks as well! Titles include "Crossing The River", "Clayton At The Wake", "Boys Will Play", "The Chase", "Crossing The Missouri", and "Bizarre Wake". CD
(Limited edition of 1200 copies.)

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Michel Wintsch/Christian Weber/Christian WolfarthWilisau ... CD
Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Very open, spacious sounds from pianist Michel Wintsch – working here at a level that goes far beyond the usual trio mode – neither straight nor free, but a really evocative sound space in between! The performance is from the Willisau jazz festival, but has the intimacy of some personal sonic explorations between the trio members in private – beautifully balanced between long lines from Witsch, alongside quieter passages that allow the drums of Christian Wolfarth and bass of Christian Weber some equally creative moments. The work is improvised, yet never too frenetic or overdone – and titles include "2.8 Feet Below/Tiny Fellows/Distant Neighbors", "Fragile Paths", and "North West". CD

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VariousBalani Show Super Hits – Electronic Street Parties From Mali ... LP
Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99
Very cool contemporary work from Mali – music that's a lot more electric and beat-oriented than other sounds you might already know from the scene – but still served up in a style that's nice and stripped-down too! There's a mix of electricity and organic acoustic elements that almost recalls the sound of Konono at times – and although some of the percussion is programmed, it's never stiff or commercial – and really leaves a lot of open space for personal improvisations, both on vocals and instrumentation. Titles include "Goni Bala" by DJ Bamanan, "Tassaba" by Meleke Et MC, "Furu Djougou" by Kaba Blon, "Bacoungana" by DJ Sandji, and "Bobo" by Adama Yalomba. LP, Vinyl record album

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Carmen McRaeBook Of Ballads ... CD
Kapp/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
Carmen McRae's book of ballads is a great set of standards – performed by a core trio that features Don Abney on piano, over larger backings by Frank Hunter! The set's a treasure from Carmen's early years – and is filled with dusky renditions of tunes that are familiar, but which have a very different feeling here – thanks to McRae's sense of care and space with the material – one that almost brings a personal, reflective quality to the whole thing. Titles include "He Was Too Good To Me", "By Myself", "My Romance", "When I Fall In Love", and "Please Be Kind". CD

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New David BowieHunky Dory ... LP
RCA, 1971. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Quite possibly David Bowie's first complete moment of genius – an incredibly-formed album that's filled with tunes beyond definition and description! There's still some traces of the earlier madman in the mix, but the overall sound is much more rock-heavy – although not without the fuzzed-up and full-on guitars of Space Oddity or Man Who Sold the World – and often augmented with a bit of strings and softer touches that really bring out the humanity in the songs. The balance here is amazing – as is the fact that a few short years before, Bowie was singing "The Laughing Gnome", but is here one of the most sensitive songwriters of his generation. Tunes are quirky and personal, and titles include "Changes", "Oh You Pretty Things", "Andy Warhol", "Life On Mars", "Kooks", and "Queen Bitch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing. Cover has edge wear & some seam splitting.)

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New David BowieSpace Oddity ... LP
RCA, 1969. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
An amazing departure for David Bowie – hardly the kind of record you would expect from his oboe-filled tunes of a few years before – and really the start of the groundbreaking, earthshaking, reinventionist era of his genius! There's a spacious, soaring quality to Space Oddity that's every bit the kind of magical music you might hope for in a set recorded at the close of the 60s – a shift into new modes, new sounds that seem to suck up all the best influences in rock from the previous few years, but fuse it into a new cosmic vision for the next decade. And while others might stumble on cliche with the weight of such a task, Bowie pulls it off brilliantly – mixing his fuzzier feelings with some of his more personal leanings – and showcasing a newly deep sense of songwriting here that's really amazing. Some tunes have the sensitivity of work on Hunky Dory, while others burn with the fire of Man Who Sold The World – all in a balance that never sounds schizophrenic at all. Titles include"Space Oddity", "Memory Of A Free Festival", "God Knows I'm Good", "Cygnet Committee", and "Unwashed & Somewhat Slightly Dazed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing, with obi, including a bonus 12".)

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New David BowieHunky Dory (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
RCA/Ryko, 1971. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Quite possibly David Bowie's first complete moment of genius – an incredibly-formed album that's filled with tunes beyond definition and description! There's still some traces of the earlier madman in the mix, but the overall sound is much more rock-heavy – although not without the fuzzed-up and full-on guitars of Space Oddity or Man Who Sold the World – and often augmented with a bit of strings and softer touches that really bring out the humanity in the songs. The balance here is amazing – as is the fact that a few short years before, Bowie was singing "The Laughing Gnome", but is here one of the most sensitive songwriters of his generation. Tunes are quirky and personal, and titles include "Changes", "Oh You Pretty Things", "Andy Warhol", "Life On Mars", "Kooks", and "Queen Bitch". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a piece of the obi taped to the back.)

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". CD

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New Gregory PorterLiquid Spirit (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a songwriter too – and although his roots are in jazz, he's got a rare ability to step between genres with plenty of soul – a special space that belongs to a very rare few – like Nina Simone, Bill Withers, Roberta Flack, or Gil Scott-Heron! Gregory's voice is amazing, his lyrics are both personal and pointed – and he does so much here with so little, the album should be handed out to the hundreds of mis-directed vocalists who think that a few extra tweaks in the studio is all they really need. Most numbers just feature small combo backing, with wonderfully warm piano from Chip Crawford – and the whole thing's got a timeless feel that makes us think this is the beginning of a rich new season for Porter. Titles include "Free", "Water Under Bridges", "Lonesome Lover", "Liquid Spirit", "No Love Dying", "Brown Grass", "When Love Was King", and "Wind Song". LP also features two bonus tracks – "Time Is Ticking" and "Water Under Bridges (robato version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Don CooperHowlin' At The Moon – Best Of Don Cooper ... CD
Delay 68 (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully funky folk by the vastly under-rated Don Cooper – a singer who recorded briefly on Roulette at the start of the 70s, and who worked in a unique space that blended together personal singer-songwriter vocals and guitar with some heavier, nicely-bumping bass and drums. There's a gentle groove to all of these tunes that we really love – and the mix of earthy and funky is totally great – personal and heady at one minute, yet also never too in love with itself to let loose and have a good time. There's a sound here that's light years ahead of most work from Cooper's time – a groove that was barely appreciated at the time the records were cut, but which is oddly contemporary today. The set brings together 15 tracks from Cooper's 4 albums for the Roulette label – and titles include "Mad George", "Easily Said", "A Better Way", "Rhinestone In The Rough", "Fat Love Birds", "Bless The Children", "A New Gun", "Howlin At The Moon", and "Rapid Rainbow Times". CD

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New Jerry Goldsmith/Lionel NewmanBandolero ... CD
Project 3/La La Land, 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A way cooler soundtrack than you might expect – not only different than the usual western score of the time, but surprisingly sophisticated work for a movie that featured stars like Dean Martin, Jimmy Stewart, Raquel Welch, and George Kennedy! The music was conducted by Lionel Newman, and it's often got this sense of spareness and space that really makes things magical – sounds just hanging there in air, isolated instruments moving in Morricone-like fashion, yet in ways that still occasionally have some of the boldness you'd expect from Jerry Goldsmith too. The themes are often personal, almost romantic – yet never soppy, and occasionally inflected with exotic elements that really keeps things interesting. CD features 28 tracks in all – the full original album, music from the film, and bonus cuts as well – with titles that include "El Jefe", "The Imposter", "Main Title", "The Violator", "The Bait", "Ambushed", "A Bad Day For Hanging", and "Sabinas". CD
(Limited pressing of 2000 copies.)

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New Toninho Horta E Orquestra FantasmaTerra Dos Passaros ... CD
Warner (Brazil), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Toninho Horta – a set that's head and shoulders above most of his later work, and a record that we'd easily rank right up there with the best 70s albums from Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges! Like both of those artists, Toninho works here in a spacious, majestic sort of space – with a sound that perfectly blends together jazz elements and more sophisticated arrangements – yet always with a personal, intimate sort of feel that's really wonderful. Instrumentation includes keyboards from Wagner Tiso, percussion from Airto, reeds from Mauro Senise, and lots of guitar from Toninho – and Milton Nascimento sings guest vocals on a few tracks as well! The end result is the kind of record would have been enough to make Horta legendary, had it been the only one he ever did – and titles include "Ceu De Brasilia", "Diana", "Pedra Da Lua", "No Carnival", "Aquelas Coisas Todas", "Falso Ingles", "Serenade", and "Dona Olimpia". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Willie WrightTelling The Truth (with bonus 5" vinyl single!) ... CD
Numero, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredibly beautiful work from Willie Wright – an album of folksy soul with a slight island spirit – one that nicely nestles Willie's music in a space somewhere between the best 70s work of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien! The sound is wonderful – lean, stripped-down, and wonderfully personal – just the right fit for the sensitive lyrics in Wright's tunes! Instrumentation is mostly bass and guitar, plus some great flute and light percussion – produced with a sound that's just right, too – hardly what you'd expect for the time, without any too-slick modes at all. This beautiful reissue may well set a whole new standard for the Numero label, too – as it comes with the usual great sound and rich notes, plus a great package that also features a really unique 5" vinyl single! There's also 3 bonus tracks added to the record – and titles include "Nantucket Island", "Lady Of The Year", "Love Is Expensive", "Dressing For The Occasion", "Indian Reservation", "Right On For The Darkness", and "Africa". CD

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New Anna Christoffersson & Steve DobrogoszIt's Always You ... CD
Amigo (Sweden), 2006. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully personal music from the team of Anna Christoffersson and Steve Dobrogosz – music penned and played on piano by Steve, interpreted vocally by Anna with a lightly crackling quality that's really wonderful! The sound is spare and very intimate – mostly just Steve's piano with a bit of extra cello or bass on some of the tunes – a setting that allows plenty of space for Anna's wonderful vocals to dominate the session, and paint magical pictures in sound with Steve's English language lyrics. The style is somewhere between jazz and more contemporary singer/songwriter work – but is also handled in a carefully individual mode that eschews any easy comparisons. Titles include "Through The Rain", "Remember Me", "Better", "Higher", "That Other Land", "I'm Falling", "Life With You", "Let Me In", "Hold Me Tight", and "Looking Like That". CD

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New Karin KrogGeorge Gershwin & Karin Krog ... CD
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The music may be Gershwin, but Karin Krog gives it a twist that's all her own – working here with wonderful small combo backing, and putting the tunes over in a style that's spare and personal – yet never sleepy or cloying! The approach is really fresh, yet never also overly modern or gimmicky – and Krog shows once again that she's one of the best interpreters of song on either side of the Atlantic – hitting a space here that's just perfect, and which makes us love the record a heck of a lot more than we ever would have expected for a Gershwin-titled set! The group's a quartet, with some excellent tenor from Bjarne Nerem – who sounds especially great on an instrumental reading of "That Certain Feeling" – and titles include "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "Who Cares?", "Our Love Is Here To Stay", and "They All Laughed". CD

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New Alon NechustanVenture Bound ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Pianist Alon Nechustan has a really deft tone on this set – a record that's filled with vibrant rhythms, exotic elements, and some strong tenor lines that are almost as great as the work from the leader! All the tunes are originals, with a really personal, poetic feel – yet they also bristle with this strong sense of soul that makes plenty of space for individual expression from tenorists Donny McCaslin and John Ellis – each of whom shine on different tracks, sometimes with strong soulful solos, sometimes with more exotic tones. Nechustan gets especially nice rhythmic support from Chris Lightcap on bass and Adam Cruz on drums – who help the album bounce along in a really forward-moving line – and two tracks feature trumpet from Duane Eubanks, and one more soul oud from Brahim Brigbane. Titles include "L'Avventura", "The Gratitude Suite", "Dark Damsel", "FAQ", "Snow Flow", and "Serpentrails". CD

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New Hidefumi TokiToki (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Deeply personal work from Japanese saxophonist Hidefumi Toki – a player who manages accomplish a great deal in a fairly stripped down setting – filling spare space with gentle notes on alto and soprano sax, often delivered with a nicely raspy tone! The group here is a quartet – with Kazumi Watanabe on guitar, Nobuyoshi Ino on bass, and Steve Jackson on drums – and the setting is laidback and mellow, often moving at a pace that's slow, but always flowing with a great gentle swing. Tracks are long, and titles include the great originals "Darkness", "Lullaby For The Girl" and "Old Song Blues" – plus nice takes "When Sunny Gets Blue" and Ornette Coleman's "Blues". CD
(Blu Spec CD.)

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New Paul BleyPlay Blue – Oslo Concert ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best material in years from pianist Paul Bley – a sublime solo set recorded live, and done with the warmth and personal expression of Bley's best albums from the 70s! The tunes have this balance between modern ideas and slightly more sentimental touches – the latter of which never overwhelm the freshness of Bley's piano, but definitely serve to humanize it a bit – such that the range of soul here is greater than we can remember in many years! It's great to hear Paul still find this sort of space – and it's even more captivating when he's out there on his own, which seems an even greater reminder of all the contributions he's made to jazz piano over the decades. Titles include "Far North", "Way Down South Suite", "Flame", "Longer", and "Pent-Up House". CD

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New DamonSong Of A Gypsy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Now Again, Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An amazing reissue of this now-legendary album – once a lost psych oddity, but a set that's gone onto make plenty of waves over the years! Song Of A Gypsy may well be one of the best self-issued psych sets from the American underground – a really well-written, well-recorded record that has a very dark personal vision – an approach to the music that's instantly unique, and which shows that digging for rare psych albums can really yield the occasional gem that stands head and shoulders with the bigger names of the time! Damon's voice is darkly spooky, and couched with these cool flanged-out guitar lines on the sides – creating a space that's very personal, and which seems to let the lyrics hit these qualities that go much deeper than usual. The core album's been treasured for years by the few fans who had an original copy, and by a few more who had a previous reissue – but this double-length set is the first to ever tell the true tale of the enigmatic Damon – with a huge 64 page booklet of notes, and a massive amount of rare bonus tracks too. The core album includes "Song Of A Gypsy", "Funky Funky Blues", "Don't You Feel Me", "The Night", "Feel Your Love", "Oh What A Good Boy Am I", and "Birds Fly So High". Bonus tracks include some demo and 45 versions of "Song Of A Gypsy", plus "Don't Cry", "Lonely Surfer", "Bowlin Alley Jane", "Everything Is Alright", "The Little White Cloud That Cried", "I Wonder Why", and "I've Got My Pride". CD
Also available Song Of A Gypsy (includes download) ... LP 22.99

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New Keefe Jackson's Likely SoRound Goal ... CD
Delmark, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Keefe Jackson's an artist who seems to change the name of his group with each new recording – and for good reason too, given that every album has a very unique, personal feel! This date's a live recording done at the Jazzwerkstatt Festival – and it features Keefe working with a few key saxophonists from the Chicago scene, in an expanded lineup that also makes way for a rich array of European horns too – a brilliant array of reeds that carves out some marvelous tones and colors throughout! The approach is like a doubling (or tripling) of the sax quartet approach – really taking the concept to a whole new level – using the horns for rhythm, melody, and more – but also allowing plenty of solo space from this amazing lineup. Horns include tenor, alto, soprano, sopranino, and baritone saxes – plus bass clarinet, e flat clarinet, and alto clarinet as well – played by Keefe Jackson, Mars Williams, Waclaw Zimpel, Dave Rempis, Marc Stucki, Peter Schmid, and Thomas Mejer. Titles include "Overture", "Hierarch Follies", "Round Goal", "Roses", "Neither Spin Nor Weave", and "My Time Is My Own" – plus "Bridge Solo" tracks by Jackson and Rempis. CD

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New Roscoe RobinsonLet Me Be Myself – The Best Of Roscoe Robinson ... CD
Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great deep soul from Roscoe Robinson – a singer who hardly ever got his due, but who made some killer singles at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s! The package definitely lives up to its promise of the "best" – as it brings together wonderful Robinson material cut for both the Sound Stage Seven and Jewel/Paula Labels – spanning a short space, but an incredibly powerful one in the singer's career. Roscoe's got a style that's rooted in the south, but has funkier touches too – a blend that marks his time spent both in the south and up in Chicago. There's a gritty edge to most of these tunes – not one that comes from rough production or uncareful recording, but from Roscoe's raspy, personal vocals – which are unlike any other singer of his time we can think of. Robinson's got a great way of avoiding cliches, and moving towards the unfamiliar – on titles that include "Fox Hunting On A Weekend", "One Bo Dillion Years", "Let Me Know", "Why Must It End", "I'm Satisfied", "Prove It", "Safety Zone", "You Qualify", "You & Me", "Why Are You Afraid", "My Pride Won't Let Me", and "I'm Burning & Yearning". CD
 
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Barbara CarrollLullabies In Rhythm ... LP
RCA, 1954. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
The lovely Barbara Carroll was one of the greatest female pianists of her generation – and this beautiful mid 50s set for RCA is a key demonstration of her powers at their best! Barbara's got an approach to the keys that's warm and almost tentative – at times swinging with the light rhythms and sense of space of Garner and Heywood, but also moving along with a more thoughtful approach that's echoed on the few tracks that also feature her vocals – sung gently, and personally, in a style that almost makes you feel like Barbara's conjuring up the words of the tunes as they come to her. Titles include "Garrow's Way", "But Not For Me", "I Love A Piano", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "I've Got The World On A String", and "I Saw Stars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original gatefold pressing.)

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John DankworthZodiac Variations ... LP
Fontana, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
One of Dankworth's greatest albums of the 60s – recorded in both New York and London, with a mix of American and British players that includes Ronnie Scott, Bob Brookmeyer, Phil Woods, Chuck Israel, Lucky Thompson, and Kenny Wheeler. The album's a suite of tracks based on the Zodiac – and, like other albums of this nature, it oddly rises to the occasional with some wonderfully creative playing, and some of the most solid writing that Dankworth did in the 60s. (Why is it that these records work so well? Is it because the 12 sides of the Zodiac inspire such a change of moods and personalities that the musicians really get into the spirit of things?) Tracks are shortish, but quite evocative – and the soloists all get enough space to express themselves well within the scope of the piece. Titles include "Aquarius", "Pisces", "Cancer", etc. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original US mono pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... CD
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy ... $2.99 16.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". CD
Also available Chicago Forever ... LP 14.99

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Roy Davis JrChicago Forever ... LP
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back work from Chicago. The beats are tight, but never overbearing; the keyboards are spacey, but never too noodly; and Roy's got some great vocal help on a few cuts from singers that include Terry Dexter, Khalid, and Ayro! As a side note, the album was actually recorded a year or two before release, but delayed due to personal issues in Roy's life – which further enforces the "lost classic" feel of the set, and makes us even happier to finally have it out. Titles include "My Soul Is Electric", "If You Wanna", "Strings & Things", "Wonderland", "Nu Roots", "Heavenly Father", and "U Give U Take". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chicago Forever ... CD 2.99

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FoolFool (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99
It's hard to get any more tripped out than this at the end of the 60s – and this one and only album by Fool kind of out-Peppers Sgt Peppers! Fool were actually better known at the time for their work as designers – including more than a few famous covers for groups on the British scene of the 60s – but on this debut LP, they take a whole new turn by stepping into a musical vein – playing in an odd blend of folk, rock, and ethereal instrumentation that has all the baroque and filled-in spaces of their design work! The set was recorded in LA, with production by Graham Nash – and the musical accompaniment by The Magi features drifting piano, earthy percussion, and lots of other unusual instruments that are produced with weird touches that completely transform their sound. The lyrics are all very playful and sing-songy – loose and unstructured at times, but in a way that only gives the record a more personal feel overall. Titles include "Hello Little Sister", "No One Will Ever Know", "Cry For Me", "Rainbow Men", "Voice On The Wind", "Fly", "Lay It Down", and "Inside Your Mind". CD also features the bonus single tracks "We Are One" and "Shining Light". CD

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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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Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 12.99
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Kool KeithSex Style ... LP
Funky Ass, 1997. Sealed 2LP ... $24.99
13 tracks produced by Kut Masta Kurt, 4 tracks produced by T.R. Love. Less space imagery, more porn industry imagery from yet another of Kool Keith's personalities. Guest appearances by Spontaneous Xtasy and Noggin Nodders. With "Don't Crush It", "Sly We Fly", "Plastic World", "Still The Best" and "Keep It Real. . .Represent". LP, Vinyl record album

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Phoebe SnowSecond Childhood ... CD
Columbia, 1976. Used ... $4.99
A 70s classic from Phoebe Snow – one of those records that it seemed like everybody had to own back in the day – and for good reason! Phoebe's vocals are wonderful – laidback, but inflected with plenty of personality – at times kind of hovering in a 70s space between Minnie Riperton and Joni Mitchell, but often underscored with some folksy acoustic guitar – which makes for a nice contrast to the jazzy backings! Arrangements are a masterpiece of understatement – really letting Snow's spirit come right up front in the mix – and our hat's off to Pat Williams for some great work on the record. Titles include "Two Fisted Love", "Inspired Insanity", "Pre-Dawn Imagination", "All Over", "Isn't It A Shame", "Sweet Disposition", and "No Regrets". CD
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Emma TriccaEmma Tricca ... CD
Bird/Finders Keepers (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $22.99
A contemporary set, but one that would be right at home in the best acid folk years of the British scene! Emma Tricca has this really unique voice – warm, but with a crackle too – which really fits these ancient-sounding lyrics of her folksy tunes – as does the album's light instrumentation on Hammond, harmonium, autoharp, and acoustic guitar – all elements that are used gently, to shade in the spaces beneath Tricca's astounding voice – which always is at the forefront of the arrangements. The album's even more haunting and personal than her previous set – and titles include "Golden Chimes", "The Painter", "Sunda Reverie", "Distant Screen", and "Drunken Conclusions". CD

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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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Matching MoleMatching Mole (180 gram pressing) ... LP
CBS/Esoteric (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Around August 25, 2014
A record of pure genius – and one of the greatest albums ever to come out of the British jazz rock scene! Matching Mole was a bit of a supergroup at the time – one that featured the piano, drums, and voice of Robert Wyatt next to the guitar of Phil Miller – topped off by additional piano, organ, and electric piano – in a wonderfully spacey, wonderfully mellow style that's never been matched again! If you dig the quieter, gentler side of Wyatt's work – or some of Miller's most intimate recordings on Virgin – you'll totally flip over the album – but even that's not giving it it's full due, because the sound is totally unique. Wyatt's vocals are wonderfully personal, and almost heartbreaking at times – handled with a fragility that few others of his generation had the courage to match! Titles include "Part Of The Dance", "Signed Curtain", "O Caroline", "Instant Kitten", "Beer As In Braindeer", and "Dedicated To Hugh But You Weren't Listening". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
Also available My Music ... CD 10.99

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New QuasimotoUnseen ... LP
Stones Throw, 2000. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Madlib is back with his split personality rhymesayin self, the one and only weird and wacky sounding Quasimoto. Another Stones Throw hip hop classic, with Madlib producing and rhyming on the tracks, speakin about jazz, outerspace, and microphones. Tracks include "Bad Character", "Microphone Mathematics", "Good Morning Sunshine", "Low Class Conspiracy", "Put A Curse On You", "Astro Travellin", "Phony Game", "Astro Black", "Return Of The Loop Digga", "Basic Instinct", "Bluffin", "Boom Music", "Green Power", "24-7" featuring Medaphoar, and seven more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Emma TriccaEmma Tricca ... LP
Bird/Finders Keepers (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A contemporary set, but one that would be right at home in the best acid folk years of the British scene! Emma Tricca has this really unique voice – warm, but with a crackle too – which really fits these ancient-sounding lyrics of her folksy tunes – as does the album's light instrumentation on Hammond, harmonium, autoharp, and acoustic guitar – all elements that are used gently, to shade in the spaces beneath Tricca's astounding voice – which always is at the forefront of the arrangements. The album's even more haunting and personal than her previous set – and titles include "Golden Chimes", "The Painter", "Sunda Reverie", "Distant Screen", and "Drunken Conclusions". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Emma Tricca ... CD 22.99

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New PipelinePipeline ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2000. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The long-overdue issue of the only recording by this lost Chicago/Swedish project – a massive lineup of young avant players from the start of the millenium – similar in construction to the Peter Brotzman Tentet, but working here with a very different sound! The group came together over the space of months, on both sides of the Atlantic – and really took their time to develop the album's two long compositions by Ken Vandermark and Fredrik Ljungkvist – working in amazing shades and tones that really reflect the individual personalities and strengths of the 16-member lineup. Each track spins out towards the half-hour mark – which allows lots of space for sounds from Mats Gustafsson on tenor, Ken Vandermark on clarinet and tenor, Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor, clarinet, and baritone (were these guys having a competition?) – plus Guillermo Gregorio on alto and clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Per Ake Holmlander on tuba, Joe Morris and David Stackenas on guitars, Sten Sandell on piano, Jim Baker on piano and Arp, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kent Kessler and Johan Berthling on basses, Michale Zerang and Raymond Strid on drums and percussion, and Kjell Nordeson on drums, percussion, and vibes. There's a heck of a lot going on here – and titles include "Codeine Picasso" and "In This Very Room" – each of which have a mix of composition and improvisation that's not unlike some of the projects directed by Lonberg-Holm around the same time. CD

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New VariousNew York Sound 2 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
New York grooves from the start of the 80s – a great batch of tracks that sits nicely in the space between late 70s disco and old school hip hop! Many of these tracks are quite long – extended 12" groovers that mix electro keyboards, slapping basslines, and snapping beats with vocals that are sung, rapped, and chanted – always in a catchy groove that slinks along nicely at a midtempo pace. There's no too-fast numbers here, and the vibe is nice and laidback – one that takes full use of the space of a bigger single to let the tunes open up slowly and find the time to do their thing! Titles include "I'm The One" by Rainbow Brown, "I Had To Say It" by Millie Jackson, "King Tim III (Personality Jock)" by Fatback, "No One Can Do It" by Carol Williams, "Heobah" by Fonda Rae, "Burn Me Up" by Frisky, "Mysterious" by Twilight 22, "Magic's Message" by Mr Magic, "We Come To Jam" by Blaze, and "I Wanna Get With You" by Ritz. CD

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New Nacka Forum with Akira SakataLive In Tokyo ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The heavy Nacka Forum quartet meets up with reed giant Akira Sakata in Tokyo – in a set that's easily one of their most searing ever! Each side features one long track – balanced between the group's sense of structure, and some of the bolder improvisations that we'd expect from Sakata – who blows both clarinet and alto sax, with some amazing power on the latter! Side one features "Buss 446" – penned by the great tenorist Jonas Kullhammar, who leads the group alongside Goran Kajfes on cornet and electronics, Johan Berthling on bass, and Kresten Osgood on drums. Side two is even more amazing – with this version of Sun Ra's "We Travel The Spaceways" that really takes off in a balance between personal improvisations and the overall structure of the tune. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to a few hundred copies – and on red vinyl too!)

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New Kaoru AbeLast Date ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The very last live recording from this overlooked Japanese musical genius of the 70s – and a performance that in an of itself would be enough to make Abe the stuff of legend! The record features three long tracks – one a 30 minute alto sax improvisation, with these sharp notes learned from Ayler, but a really open sense of space that's quite unique. Another track is a 20 minute guitar improvisation – with echoes of Derek Bailey in the creative way that Abe approaches the strings – yet again, a deep sense of personality all his own. Last up is a harmonica improvisation – quite possibly the most unique moment of the album, and the most beautiful too – as we've never heard the instrument played in such a freely creative way! This cut alone is mindblowing – the kinds of sounds we drink to keep us alive. CD

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New IasosCelestial Soul Portrait ... CD
Numero, 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
Also available Celestial Soul Portrait ... LP 18.99

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New Munich MachineBody Shine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Repertoire (Germany), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A German disco classic from Munich Machine – and maybe the tightest album ever from the always-sharp studio group! Giorgio Moroder's at the head of the record on production, but the sound here is often a bit warmer than some of his own recordings – thanks to an ear for some of the more soulful instrumental sides of the dancefloor spectrum, particularly on the keyboard solos, which never have the coldness of Moroder's music – and thanks also to some well-placed vocals from soul singers Judith Jones and Yolande Howard, both of whom add a bit of personality to the record too! Yet that great Moroder ear for a dancefloor groove is still perfectly intact – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Let Your Body Shine", "Space Warrior", "Bolectro", "Easy", "Reputation", and "Fallen Angel". CD features two bonus tracks – "Space Warriors (blue eyed DJ rmx)", and "Giorgio Moroder Medley (blue eyed DJ rmx)". CD

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New VariousIn The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... CD
Still Music, 2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
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. And the double-length nature of the package is further testament to this magical moment – two CDs' worth of music, with no filler at all! Titles include "Free Your Mind" by Mike Agent X Clark, "Cyber Love" by Reggie Dokes, "Cosmic Rituals" by Patrice Scott, "The Answer" by Craig Huckaby with Kelly Hayes, "Magic Water (St Jean rmx)" by Rick Wilhite, "As She Moves" by Raybone Jones & Jon Easley, "Celebration (Amp Fiddler rmx)" by Patchworks, "The Fall Guy (part 1)" by Terrence Dixon, "Cash Neutral" by Alex Israel, "Inception Dub" by Delano Smith, and "Fly High Like Eagles" by Gerald Mitchell. CD
Also available In The Dark – Detroit Is Back ... LP 19.99
 
 
 



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