Lost genius from the great John Coltrane – a never-issued set, but one that's attained legendary status over the years – thanks to its placement in the Impulse Records vaults! The performance is amazing – filled with soul and spirit, and so much searching that at one famous point ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 2000 copies – with an insert and special collector postcards too!)
The title may say "standard", but with Coltrane at the helm, the record is anything but! Sure, the tunes are all familiar ones, but the presentation here is a far cry from mainstream piano jazz of the 50s – as John's working in a group with the Red Garland trio for rhythm, as well ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing in a non-gatefold cover. Cover has a bumped corner.)
A great meeting of tenor sax talents old and young – as the up-and-coming John Coltrane plays alongside Paul "Vice Pres" Quinichette – in a classic Prestige session of well-blown saxophone work! The rhythm section on the album features Mal Waldron on piano, Julian Euell on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Commodores tenth album – as you might guess from the big X on the cover – and a set that features some of the last great moments of Lionel Richie with the group! The album's a bit overlooked, but has a really great groove – kind of a middle ground between The Commodores' ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Early funk from the Commodores – back in the days when Lionel Richie could still get up and groove! We'll be the first to admit that we're sometimes put off by the group, given their later hits, but it's records like this that actually remind us how great they could be – a mixture of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live! ... LP Motown, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A bit a hit for a live soul album as the 70s ever saw – and a great document of the versatility of the Commodores in the years when they still had their funky chops up strong enough! The live setting has the group running through some of their heavier earlier numbers, and veering strongly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and an index label. Labels have index labels.)
Lionel Richie come back! All is forgiven! We'd said bad things about you for years until we heard this funky groover – The Commodores' first album, a tasty bit of funk that almost makes us want to forgive you for all of your later crimes! The whole thing's pretty funky all the way through ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is an unofficial "promo" white label pressing with 11 beats off the Resurrection LP. With "I Used To Love H.E.R.". "Book Of Life", "Chapter 13 (Rich Man vs. Poor Man)", "Nuthin' To Do", "In My Own World (Check The Method)", "Main ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We can't think of anyone we'd rather have sitting round the Christmas tree than ol' Perry Como! The guy's more relaxed, laidback, trusting, and honest than any of our old relatives combined – and all of his old barber charm comes through perfectly on this late 60s set of Christmas tunes ... (Holiday Music) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rootsy gospel from The Como Mamas – a tremendous trio of female singers, working here in an all-acapella mode that's completely sublime! The set's an offshoot of the Como Now project done by Daptone a few years ago, and has the same timeless feel – quite a difference from the heavy ... (Gospel) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl limited to just 1000 copies!)
Con Funk Shun —
Touch ... LP Mercury, 1980. Very Good ...
A killer from Con Funk Shun – one of the few mainstream funk groups who actually managed to sound better and better with each new record – and on this set, they really seem to come into their own! The group's sound was always suited better to a smoother groove than a rougher one – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)
Condello is Michael Condello – a pretty heady talent from the 60s who should have been huge, given the overall sound of this psych nugget from the time! Condello has this very sinister sort of vibe – folksy at the core, but electrified in really fuzzy, freaky ways – as if he ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual session of trad jazz for the mostly-west coast World Pacific label – one that features guitarist Eddie Condon at the host of an all-star group that includes Rex Stewart on cornet, Bud Freeman on tenor sax, Herb Hall on clarinet, and Cutty Cutshall on trombone. The sound's in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese King pressing. Includes insert. Cover has a small old sticker.)
A great set of tracks that represents some of Chris Connor's first recordings as a solo act – culled from earlier ep and 10" releases, and issued here on a full LP with a total of 14 tracks. Backing is by three groups – the Ellis Larkin Trio, Vinnie Burke's Quartet, and Sy Oliver's ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – deep groove and heavy vinyl, with the more relaxed facial expression in the photo. Cover has a split bottom seam, a half-split top seam, and light wear, with some staining and marker on the back.)
Chris Connor —
Classic ... LP Contemporary, 1986. Near Mint- ...
A fantastic cover, and some great music to match – a key early classic in Chris Connor's late 50s run for Atlantic Records! As on her debut for the label, Ralph Burns handles the arrangements here – in a mode that's somewhat modern, but never too academically so – with just the ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with the "Long Playing Unbreakable" logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and a small tear on the back.)
A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion Brown ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Late 80s – but Norman's still the king of the mellow soul groove! The album's got Connors working with his Starship Orchestra on a set of tunes that bubble forth with the same jazzy touches as in earlier years – showing a bit of the trace of their time in the group's silly costumes on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is missing a corner where a promo stamp was applied.)
A stone classic – not just from Sam Cooke, but in the genre of "best of" records too! The set's overflowing with classic singles from the legendary soul singers – almost the perfect record to start with if you've ever wanted to sample Sam's genius – that amazing voice, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed later pressing. Shrinkwrap has a "Best Buy Series" sticker.)
A classic live album – one of the first in soul music, and a beautiful set of smooth soul tunes from Sam Cooke! Sam's singing at the high-end nitespot The Copacabana – and like many live sets performed there, this one's tailored a bit to the classy crowd at the show – but that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some edgewear and a few names in marker on the front and back. Label has a name in marker.)
Collection of Sam Cooke's wonderful soul for RCA, compiled just after his untimely death. The set's divided into more uptempo numbers on the first side, and Sam's great ballads on the flip, all with his rich voice ringing clearly on top. Features "Shake", "Yeah Man", 'Win ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track five. Cover has some wear, a split spine, and some splitting on the other seams, with some stains and a name in pen on the back.)
An album of twisting tunes, designed to cash in on the big craze of the early 60s – but also one of Sam Cooke's best full albums for RCA! True, most of the tracks have "twist" in the title – but that also means that they're nice groovers too – usually with the kind of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove – LPM 2555. Cover has some wear.)
Four tracks from Sam Cooke – "Tenderness", "I'm Gonna Forget About You", "I Ain't Gonna Cheat On You No More", and "Talkin Trash" – plus more by Paul Anka and Neil Sedaka. (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing.)
Cookin On 3 Burners —
Blind Bet ... LP Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy ...
This fierce funky trio just gets better and better with each new record – to the point where we'd be hard-pressed to think of any better combination of funky drums, guitar, and Hammond! The core rhythms are sublime – in a Meters-esque territory, but even sharper, given the group's love ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No need to refrigerate this great little set – as room temperature's only going to make the whole thing even funkier over time! The Coolin System are hotter than ever here – not only tighter on the instrumental tip than we remember, but also picking up some much deeper influences from ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from the Alice Cooper band – working in a hard grooving, late 60s psyche and garage rock informed sound, a couple years before the Bob Ezrin produced, shock rock juggarnaut – but still a nicely sinister Detroit rock & roll sound! Alice's sneering, snakelike vocals are ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Straight pressing. Cover has some wear, split top and bottom seams, a name in pen on the front, and some small stains.)
The third album from Alice Cooper and perhaps the first great one – starting the 70s sleaze show win streak with the massive "I'm Eighteen" and an LP full of great, gritty and grimy rock and roll. Bob Ezrin's producing for the first time, and if the songs and the whole show isn't ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of wonderful albums from British folkie Mike Cooper – both recorded for the Dawn Records label, in a really genre-breaking style! Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing childish here – as the album's a beautiful set of short, spare numbers from Chick Corea – a perfect reminder that he could still maintain a subtle approach to his music, even after years of more dramatic electric sides! The bulk of the album features short "Children's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late 60s recording from Chick Corea from the period where he was exploring free and modal playing, hinting at the feel of the Circle LPs we love so much that he participated in. Hubert Laws does a great job meeting the vibe of the tracks in an unexpected fashion, and Woody Shaw does a great job ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great straight set from Chick Corea – one that has him playing acoustic piano throughout, and reclaiming some of the bolder jazz territory he first forged in the 60s! The tracks are long and soaring – very soulful in their construction, and played in a dynamic way that's surprisingly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best ECM teams of the 70s – working here together in a wonderful live set! Chick Corea's got this wonderful flow on his piano – almost a quality that's more like the most unbridled Keith Jarrett work for ECM – bursting out with light and color at each new turn, but in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a promo stamp.)
Chick Corea & Nicolas Economou —
On Two Pianos ... LP Deutsche Grammophon (Germany), 1982. Very Good+ ...
A mixture of jazz improvisation and more avant ideas – performed by twin pianists Chick Corea and Nicolas Economou during the Munic Summer Piano Festival in 1982! The session is a great reminder that, even at a time when Chick was cutting some music that was very commercially successful, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
14 tracks, with beats by Buckwild, Large Pro, Alchemist, Hi Tek and others, includes "Verbal Graffiti", "Ain't Gone Change", "The Legacy", "The Come Up", "Souol Food", "Endangered Species" and "Therapy". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Correction with Mats Gustafsson —
Shift ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 2013. New Copy ...
Nothing needs correction here – as the set's one of the most compelling settings we've heard for reedman Mats Gustafsson in a while – a record that really bubbles over with a wonderful sense of energy and musicality, and which shows a really fresh side of Gustafsson's talents! Mats ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost later slice of work from Cortex – a bit tighter than some of the group's previous albums, but equally funky overall! There's a bit less jamming here than before, the Cortex have definitely developed an ear for the dancefloor – a jazzy funk style that would be perfect in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe edition – very nice! In heavy tip-on jacket with poster, too!)
Stomping organ instrumentals from Dave Baby Cortez – a great little batch of work for the Clock label at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s, all of which helped to really find a place for the organ in American pop and soul! Cortez brought a style to the instrument that was as wild as ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Light blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of tape residue in one corner and a couple of small stains, with two factory stamps and a name in marker on the back.)
Larry Coryell —
Fairyland ... LP Flying Dutchman/Mega, 1971. Very Good+ ...
One of Coryell's trippest LPs from the time – a live set recorded in Montreux, with a trio that includes Pretty Purdie on drums and Chuck Rainey on bass. Coryell's the main focus of the set – stretching out on long tracks, singing a bit, but mostly jamming, sometimes with a darker and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and small stains at the bottom.)
A really old school jam from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that takes us back to some of the most tripped-out sounds of his early years! Given the cover, you can definitely expect a psychedelic influence to the music – and the group here really helps Larry get back to his roots – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The most mindblowing work we've ever heard from guitarist Amancio D'Silva – a really freewheeling blend of jazz and Indian music, and a set that goes far beyond most of his other albums! The album definitely lives up to the dream sequence promised by the title – as it features one long ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don Costa hits a rock thing here, and his "concept" features his puffy orchestrations, a vocal chorus, and lots of easy versions of pop hits like "Soulful Strut", "Hey Jude", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" na d"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", plus a few ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some light wear, and some minor splitting on the seams.)
Gal Costa —
Baby Gal ... LP Polygram (Brazil), 1983. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
It's the early 80s, and Gal's working with a style that's sure a lot sweeter and slicker than her earlier albums – but her voice is still fantastic, and we can't help liking the catchy tunes on the album, which are produced in a style that's similar to some of the modern soul-oriented work ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gal Costa —
Plural ... LP Ariloa (Brazil), 1990. Near Mint- ...
Leo Gandelman produced this one, and it's got sort of a modern jazzy sound that sits well with some of Gal's singing on here, especially on standards like "I Didn't Know What Time It Was" and "Begin the Beguine". (Brazil) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and a ding on one corner.)
Costa Brava —
90 ... LP Hitt Makers, 1989. Very Good+ ...
Original pressing of some Jack "Mr. Bongo" Costanzo's hard LA Latin sides from the late 50's. Issued on the budget TOPS label, but a strong batch of tracks that shows the Latin percussionist at his best. The band is a tight little combo with percussion, piano, and trumpets – plus ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has discoloration due to age, some light wear, a partially split top seam, and small splits on the spine and bottom seam.)
Titles include "Mystery Dance", "Pay It Back", "Alison", "Blame It On Cain", "Watching The Detectives", "Miracle Man", "Welcome To The Working Week", "Less Than Zero", and "The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Second pressing with the white back cover. Cover has moisture staining across the front and back, with some edge wear.)
A damn great little record from Clifford Coulter – a set that's much tighter and more soul-based than his earlier funk albums for Impulse Records – but which comes together beautifully, too – thanks to help from Bill Withers in the studio! Bill produced, and the record has this ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of Coultrain – an artist we've been digging right from the start, when he dropped off a pile of handmade CDs as freebies to give away in our store! Since that time, Coultrain has emerged to become one of the freshest talents of the underground – through work ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Swirling, harmony enriched psychedelic country rock from Country Funk – an odd record that's kind of a more psychedelia tinged sibling to to sounds of west coast groups of the Gram Parsons, Byrds and CSN & Y era! There's nothing particularly funky about the sound – Country Psyche ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and bottom seam, and a cutout hole.)
Quite possibly the most righteous work ever from The Counts – a move away from the heavier funk of their Westbound years, and a shift into some great jazz-based material! The vibe here draws heavily on the electric keyboard scene of the early 70s – with echoes of Lonnie Liston Smith's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don Covay —
See-Saw ... LP Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- (reissue)...
See-Saw and socking soul from a young Don Covay – working here with his killer early combo The Goodtimers – as one of the most self-contained acts on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's overflowing with classic numbers from Covay – soul tunes, but punched up heavily from the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of of the grooviest groups of their time – and a quintet who manage to exceed the usual on two different fronts – both as a family group, and as a harmony outfit too! The Cowsills have a vocal approach that's far richer than their years on the planet – never kiddie at all, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Juice Crew classic, in spite of some less than stellar moments like "Turn This House Into A Home", though Craig G's so fierce on the mic on cuts like "Shootin' The Gift", that we can forgive him for the few tracks on this LP that don't quite live up to that standard. Hyped ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford turns his back on the cover of this sweet little set from Kudu – but the groove itself is very upfront, strongly in the best mix of funky jazz and club the label had going down into the late 70s! Arrangements are by David Matthews, who keeps things lean and mean, even when the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford slides into the electric 70s with this sweet little set of funky tracks – working in a tight small combo format with Richard Tee on electric piano and Cornell Dupree on electric guitar – and grooving in a laidback slinky funk mode that's perfect for his soulful tone on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hank Crawford takes a decidedly mellower approach on this set – working with warm and wonderful arrangements by Marty Paich, in a series of soulful readings of familiar ballads and love songs – all of which come out in a dreamy late night mode! There's still a fair bit of Ray Charles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on Side 2.)
A cool cooker from altoist Hank Crawford – cut in a tightly-grooving ensemble mode that really reflects his roots with Ray Charles! The tunes are mostly short, but have a great sense of personality – a vibrant approach that comes not just from Hank's lead solos, but also from the group ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Randy Crawford, Flora Purim, Eddie Harris, et al —
Sharky's Machine ... LP Warner, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
One of the coolest soundtracks ever for a Burt Reynolds film – an a hip mix of soul and jazz tracks that's gone onto become a classic over the years! The album's a compilation of sorts, but most of the material was recorded fresh for the film – and the different artists really work ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wild, far reaching psychedelic rock kaleidoscope from Arthur Brown and his Crazy World! The sounds range from wailing organs and heavy drum backed bigness, to more of a tightly grooving r&b garage influenced trip as the core backdrop – with vocals ranging from falsetto freakouts to ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album