One of Ernestine's early albums for Mercury – a bit unsure as to its direction: soul jazz, straight ballad vocals, or a bit of vocalese jazz – but that's kind of what makes it interesting! Pete Rugolo conducts the group on the session – and he also contributed the original tune ... read moreCD
A great step forward for The Bar-Kays – an album that actually has them taking on a few mellower moments, amidst the heavy funk you might expect – yet all without softening their groove at all! The album's very much in the best spirit of the group's Mercury debut – still recorded ... read moreCD
We'll admit it's not as dope as the first LP but in our opinion, it deserved more attention than it got. Not as clever as you might hope both in the production and lyrics, but this LP still has its share of jazzy beats and whimsical but memorable rhymes from Dres and Lawnge, with a little extra ... read moreCD
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest 80s groove bands around – the mighty Central Line, one of the few British soul groups to really kick it up back in the day! Central Line had a sound that was very much in the spirit of the times – a sweeeet blend of bass riffing, keyboards, ... read moreCD
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims —
You N Me ... CD Mercury/Verve, 1960. Used ...
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One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the ... read moreCD
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now ... CD Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ...
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Verve Elite pressing. Digipack has some light wear.)
Some of Serge Gainsbourg's first recordings – a mixture of left bank chic, jazzy rhythms, and some of the strangest songwriting to grace the Parisian scene! All titles feature great backings by Alain Goraguer, Serge's longtime musical partner, who brings in some wonderful elements to the ... read moreCD
Very early work from Serge Gainsbourg – but still every bit as wonderful as ever! The tracks have Serge singing with small jazz combo arrangements by Alain Gouraguer – tight and groovy, maybe not as funky as later work, but still with an odd twist that shows that he was apart from the ... read moreCD
A great lost date from the wonderful Gigi Gryce – a set that features the altoist in an sextet, but often swinging with a looser vibe than on some of his better-known albums from the 50s! There's a mix of soulful and modern here that's not unlike the Art Farmer/Benny Golson Jazztet – ... read moreCD
Bernard Herrmann —
Vertigo ... CD Mercury/Varese, Mid 50s. Used ...
Bernard Herrman's classic spooky score to this great Hitchcock thriller. The music is very intense, and has that great jagged edge that Herrman brought to some of his best soundtrack scoring. The tracks are long, and with a very edgey sound. Titles include "Vertigo Prelude & ... read moreCD
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs ... read moreCD
Perhaps THE greatest Quincy Jones album of the 60s – a hard-swinging batch of big band bossa tunes – and one of the greatest American takes on the bossa sound ever! Quincy really brings a lot of soul to the set – syncopating the bottom end of the tunes to really bring out the ... read moreCD
One of Roland Kirk's classic early recordings for Mercury, and the kind of stuff that has him mixing his wild reed playing with more traditional hardbop structures. Most of the tracks are quartet sides, with piano, bass, and drums backing Kirk up – but the real focus is on Kirk's solos, ... read moreCD
Way more than "top hits" from Kool & The Gang – as the classic package focuses on material from their funkiest years – that great early De-Lite period of the early and mid 70s! There's a lot more funk here than hits – and the titles show Kool & The Gang evolving ... read moreCD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)
A pivotal album in the career of Kool & The Gang! This album has the band operating at the top of their early 70s funky powers – and it also shows them dabbling a bit with electronics, which would become a big part of their sound a few albums later. The best example of this is the ... read moreCD
Rarely has a compilation on an artist ever been done so well! This materful set compiles all of the rare recordings made by The Left Banke for Mercury during the late 60's – and it puts all 26 tracks together with a great set of notes that details the rocky history of the group. If you don't ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Chuck Mangione —
Compact Jazz ... CD Mercury (Germany), 1970s. Used ...
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Really adventurous early solo work from Ray Manzarek – bursting with creativity and a world of ideas on The Golden Scarab! Lots of oddball instrumentation, particularly in the percussion – with bongo, wood block, congtas, tuned cowbell, whistles, cabassa and quica – plus Ray ... read moreCD
A pair of Mercury Records albums from Johnny Mathis – on CD for the first time ever! Tender Is The Night is tremendous work from Johnny's short years on Mercury – a set that has the singer hitting a new level of maturity in his music – thanks in part to arrangements from Don ... read moreCD
Charles Mingus —
Pre Bird ... CD Mercury, 1960. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual chapter in the label-hopping career of Charles Mingus – a one-off date recorded for Mercury right after Mingus' legendary sessions for Columbia! The format here may well be Mingus' most ambitious to date – as the album features larger groups than before, exploring a range of ... read moreCD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition.)
Vinicius De Moraes —
Millennium ... CD Mercury (Brazil), Mid 60s/1970s/Early 80s. Used ...
A treasure trove of classic work from Gerry Mulligan – all pulled from those mid 50s years when he was really hitting his stride! CD 1 features the full Volume 2 of the California Concerts album for Pacific Jazz – expanded to include the entire concert recorded in December of 1954 in ... read moreCD
One of the most legendary groups from the bossa era in Brazil – a combo of incredible players, working with sublime arrangements by Eumir Deodato – all in a sound that hardly been matched again! The group only ever recorded two albums, but they've had a lasting impact on the sound of ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Remixes of Pine's excellent crossover into the modern London groove scene, the Modern Day Jazz Stories LP. Given that this is the mid 90s, there's loads of jungle and drum and bass mixes here, but executed with grace and respect for the originals that makes them more timeless than many tracks of ... read moreCD
A great album that has arranger Pete Rugolo working with some of the bigger tunes from the Stan Kenton band – all in a tribute to the time when Pete was Stan's number one arranger, and a key force behind the success of the group! The groove is a mixture of west coast cool and sharper modern ... read moreCD
A nicely-priced set that features 2 of Nina's 60s classics on one CD! Pastel Blues is wonderful stuff from Nina – still with one foot in the jazzier style of early days, but with haunting elements of the later progressive style to come! The album features an incredible 10 minute version of ... read moreCD
A super huge hit for Donna Summer – a disco classic as well as a pop crossover smash! The album was produced by disco powerhouse Giorgio Morodoer, and featured the hits "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", and "Dim All The Lights". Plus the songs "On My Honor", ... read moreCD
One of The Maestro's true materpieces! Fragile, sexy, sinful soul, held together by interwoven strings and keyboard lines, with Barry's voice over the top like rich cream on a sweet piece of cake. Includes the long versions of "Honey Please, Can't Ya See" and "Never, Never Gonna ... read moreCD
Certainly a more pop-based effort than some of Yello's previous albums, but still a great little record – filled with playful electronics and a really unique sense of rhythm and groove! Even at the height of their fame, Yello never abandoned the spare analogue-heavy styles that made their ... read moreCD