It's the mid 70s, and the Ohio Players were certainly turning out a lot of gold! Their move to Mercury Records from the smaller indie Westbound was a real winning move – as it gave them a smoother soul feel that only expanded their groove, not restricted it! This tasty "best of" ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a couple of small stains, and a bit of pen on the back.)
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ohio Players —
Skin Tight ... LP Mercury, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)....
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Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by singer Ruth Olay – a really unique 50s vocalist, working here in a sweetly jazzy setting! Ruth's vocals have a trill that almost takes us back to years before the session was cut – but the backings definitely modernize the set a lot – thanks to ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An amazing album that's probably one of the most unified albums that George Clinton ever recorded! The band's rawer style has been firmed up and economized – but a lot of the best elements are still in place, including a strange approach to vocals that has male and female voices interacting ... (Soul) read moreCD
Icon ... CD Mercury, 1970s. Used ....
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Here's where it all happens! George Clinton lands the mothership, forges the space-funk image, and blows the P-Funk empire into an arena-filling mega-star act! The record's got some extremely tight numbers that mix the best of the group's new slick playing with the edginess and naughtiness of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Oscar Peterson's trio is augmented here by a famous guest – trumpeter Clark Terry, whose horn adds a nice bit of punctuation to the set, and makes the record a strong standout in the 60s catalogs of both players! The addition of Terry to the record is a great one – as Clark's rising ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet 70s Wayne Henderson-produced set – quite a different groove for Esther! It's got elements of the lightly funky soul of some of the immediately preceding records, but this one has some elements in the arrangements that bring a more gentle touch – particularly the chimes & ... (Soul) read moreCD
Not solo piano from Bud Powell, but some searing work by the leader in trio that features Curley Russell on bass and a young Max Roach on drums! Bud's touch on the keys is wonderful – focused and full of his youthful intensity – not yet dimmed by his later struggles, and captured ... (Jazz) read moreCD
LJ's second album for Capitol – a nice batch of modern soul tracks with an equally warm soulful groove as his first for the label! Gene Dozier and L.J. produced most of the cuts on here, and although there might be a bit more DMX than you'd expect, the general groove is still pretty nice. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks two and three.)
Knowing Buddy's famous temper – this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Apart from being a drum-heavy set, though, the album's actually got a bunch of hip players – including Julian Prietser, Tommy Turrentine, and Stanley Turrentine from Max's group, the three of whom keep ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A percussion-heavy batch of tracks that has Pete Rugolo starting from a mode explored heavily in the hi-fi years, but taking the genre into much jazzier territory! With the help of a large group of west coast players – including Don Fagerquist, Larry Bunker, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolini, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)
Pete Rugolo was one of the best arrangers of the 50's, and although his work with Stan Kenton and June Christy is well-known, his better albums (like this one) don't really show up that often. Here, he conducts a tight set of orchestral tracks that feature solos by players like Pete Candoli, Don ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The teen Queens Of Noise tearing it up live in Tokyo! From the beginning, the jaibait cultural baggage tended to cast a larger shadow than their music, which is damn shame, because The Runaways are badass, killer rock & roll band – and they prove that here in epic fashion – ... (Rock) read moreCD
The one and only LP released by this funky soul duo from Chicago! Simtec & Wylie were formed in the shape of Sam & Dave, Bob & Earl, Mel & Tim, and other famous 60s male duos – but they had a madder approach that was the fruit of many years of making funky 45's, and (given ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two tunes from this funky Chicago soul duo! "Put Up" has a choppy groove that really unleashes the duo's best back/forth vocal mode – rising high, then dropping low, then rising up again over the top! "While You're Near" is sweeter, but very nice too – and done ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Heavy rock with a killer groove and a mighty thing to behold – and from Brooklyn! Sir Lord Baltimore aren't mentioned enough among the first wave of groups that would seen be defined as heavy metal, but they absolutely deserve to be. Pure bombast and thunderous rock that's of the same ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great late 70s work from Jimmy Smith – two albums back to back on a single CD! One of our favorite later albums from organist Jimmy Smith – and a set that cooks heavily in a wicked blend of jazz, funk, and soul! The style's a bit like the groove that Johnny Hammond hit during his ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Classic early Dusty Springfield, with excellent British pop production, and a great array of tracks like "Summer is Over", "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself", "Live It Up", "All Cried Out", and lots more. Arrangements were by Ivor Raymonde, with a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with some staining along the bottom.)
Genius, pure genius – and a record that will completely revise your thinking about Rod Stewart – a set that will blow away all the cliches you might know from later years, and will have you re-examining his early years in all their glorious brilliance! The sound is amazing right from ... (Rock) read moreCD
Rare Rod Stewart galore – a double-dozen tracks from Rod's wonderful early solo years at Mercury – presented here in a package that's a real treasure for folks like us who dig those first few records so much! We really love Stewart's initial solo moments for their simple, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Incredible! The record's one that will blow away all your previous understandings of Rod Stewart – a wicked reinterpretation of the Faces sound, done with heavily acoustic instrumentation and really wonderful production. Includes Rod's landmark take on "Handbags & Gladrags" ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the most obscure Stylistics albums of the 70s – a smooth late 70s modern soul effort, headed up by group soul maestro Teddy Randazzo! Teddy wrote, arranged, and produced the whole set – and the record nicely links together older group harmony styles, especially 60s uptown soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing vocals from The Stylistics – one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, heard here on one of their few albums for Mercury Records! As with their previous set, the group's very firmly in the hands of Teddy Randazzo – who comes up with a warm, mellow, east coast vibe that's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a bit of light edge wear, and a light mark and some residue from sticker removal.)
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy ... (Soul) read moreCD
Although this one's not from Gabor's classic period on the Skye label, it does have a nice R&B fusion sound to it, and was recorded at Sigma Studios in Philly. Bunny Sigler produced, and he gives the set a 70's soul sort of sound, but Gabor's cool guitar is still out front, and keeps the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Taos ... LP Mercury, 1970. Used Gatefold ....
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(Includes the insert. Cover & label has a drill hole.)
One of Billy Taylor's greatest albums – far more than his usual easy-handed soul jazz, and much more of a modernist-informed outing, with one of the hippest groups to ever back Taylor on record! The rhythm's by Bob Cranshaw and Walter Perkins of the MJT+3 – and the group's augmented by ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some marker on the back.)
Clark Terry, Paul Gonsalves, Joe Gordon, & Art Mad —
Jazz School ... LP Mercury/EmArcy, 1956. Very Good- ....
A compilation of Joe Gordon, Art Mardigan, Paul Gonsalves and Clark Terry each leading their own bands on a couple of tracks. All of the players and songs are too numerous to mention here but, for instance, the record features Art Mardigan on drums and he is joined by such performers as Milt Gold ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury/EmArcy pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some splotches from the removal of the gloss finish on the front, a split top seam, some splitting on the bottom seam, two small pieces of tape, some aging, and a stain in one corner.)
After a bit of work in the early disco underground, this is Gary's move to a major label, with a slicker sound than before, but still has some nice dance tracks. Includes the track "1-2-3-4 (Let's Do It Again)", "It's All Up To You", "Watch Out For The Lady", "Wal ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare promo pressing of an excellent album by one of the best mainstream R&B groups of the 90s! Issued here in a plain white sleeve, on 2LPs, with the tracks "Holy Smoke & Gee Whiz", "Let Me Know", "Thinking Of You", "Top Notch", "Let's Get ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Japanse-only album that brings together rare early material from Lennie Tristano – a player who was years ahead of his time in these 40s recordings, working in a trio with the great Billy Bauer on guitar! ... (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
The first single off the "Funk Your Head Up" LP. Almost Bomb Squad-style production by Ced Gee. "Chorus Line Pt 2" has a nice cut'n'paste break type track. ... (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Miyoshi Umeki —
Miyoshi ... LP Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+ ....
An obscure one – but pretty darn nice! Miyoshi is a Japanese vocalist who sings in English – ala Pat Suzuki – and like Suzuki, she's got a swinging way with a tune, mixing together strands of jazz and show styles in a loungey style that's a lot more compelling than you'd think. ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, including the rice paper inner sleeve.)
A totally cool record from Marcos Valle! The record is from the soundtrack from a film about the famous Brazilian race car driver Emerson Fittipaldi – and the tracks are a mix of cool music by Valle with some spoken passages that might be interviews from the film. You may recognize the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
One of Sarah Vaughan's best albums from the 50s – a swinging live set caught at Chicago's Mister Kelly's night club – and recorded with very small combo backing! The album's a great contrast to some of Sarah's more fully arranged sets of the era – and it features piano from Jimmy ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(BMG Music Club pressing.)
Caetano Veloso —
Millennium ... CD Mercury (Brazil), 1970s/1980s/1990s. Used ....
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Some of the greatest music ever recorded – seminal sounds from one of the most enigmatic artists to ever walk into a recording studio! This wonderful set brings together the five key albums in the early career of Scott Walker – Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4, and Til The Band Comes ... (Rock) read moreCD
Some of the greatest music ever recorded – seminal sounds from one of the most enigmatic artists to ever walk into a recording studio! This wonderful set brings together the five key albums in the early career of Scott Walker – Scott 1, Scott 2, Scott 3, Scott 4, and Til The Band Comes ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(5LPs on 180 gram vinyl. Includes a 40+ page, full-sized booklet of notes and photos.)
Wonderful work from Dionne Warwick's lesser-known sister – a hell of a great singer, and one who packs even more punch than her famous sibling! The gem of a set has all the poise and class of Dionne, but comes across with a lot more soul as well – a great mix that's very much in the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Dionne Warwick's lesser-known sister – a hell of a great singer, and one who packs even more punch than her famous sibling! The gem of a set has all the poise and class of Dionne, but comes across with a lot more soul as well – a great mix that's very much in the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Nice early stuff from Dinah! This album brings together a tasty batch of her earlier R&B sides for Mercury – older singles that have a much rawer R&B sound than any of her later sophisticated stuff. Dinah was a great R&B singer in her own right – and the material on this ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing – with lots of bonus tracks! Includes slipcover too.)
Dinah Washington with Quincy Jones —
Queen & Quincy ... LP Mercury, Late 50s. Used ....
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A 60s collection that brings together sides Dinah Washington cut with Quincy Jones in the 50s – packaged with a cover photo that clearly shows the affection between the pair! The set's an early one for Jones, and Quincy knows how to mix just the right doses of straight jazz and tighter vocal ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout notch.)
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole and booklet has a gold promo stamp.)
Barry White —
Ballads ... CD Mercury, 1970s/1980s. New Copy ....
Beautiful ballads from The Man – proof that Barry White had a great way with a mellow track and a love song! Of course, Barry was always singing about love, even when grooving – but over time, he really found a great way to use all that energy, but bring it down a few notches too ... (Soul) read moreCD
Flag ... LP Mercury, 1988. Near Mint- ....
One of the most dramatically poppy albums from Yello – a set that takes their older electric groove and infuses it with a bit more theatrics and dancefloor-styled rhythms! Flag's really the record that probably sums up the mainstream vision of Yello the best – that image of mustachioed ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album