A soundtrack of sorts, but a set that feels more like some private press collection of singer/songwriter material – in this case, all put together by the enigmatic Palmer Rockey, for use in his legendary self-made movie! Rockey's a hell of a character – one whose story is told in the ... (Rock) read moreCD
A pretty amazing and surprisingly lovely LP from theremin player Clara Rockmore – accompanied on piano by Nadia Reisenberg – and a record that really strips away the sci fi futurist stereotype of the theremin! The material was recorded in the mid 70s, an LP "presented by" ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
Cold Fact ... CD Sussex/Light In The Attic, 1970. New Copy ....
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano – but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano, but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino —
Heat Wave ... LP Fonseca/Andale, 1965. New Copy (reissue)....
Excellent rare album from Willie Rodriguez with Leo Casino – a tight mix of Latin Soul, descarga, and salsa tracks that hit hard from the start and don't let up! Rodriguez leads a great band, and they're joined by vocalist Casino some of the tracks – with tunes that have an uncommon, ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Crisply popping funky grooves from Roger – an underappreciated mid 80s solo record from the voice of Zapp! The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work well into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't think "waltz music", think "modal jazz" – because the version of jazz waltz that Shorty Rogers serves up here is a great precursor to the great grooves to come on the European scene – especially the work from the artists at MPS Records! Tunes all have this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sonny Rollins' classic sides for Blue Note from the 50s – all of which are excellent! For the set, Sonny's working in a relatively free quartet format, with Wynton Kelly on piano, and rhythm from the team of Doug Watkins and Philly Joe Jones. Overall, the session's got a bit more of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A tremendous little album from Sonny Rollins – one of his most sharp-edged sessions of the mid 60s, and a bold departure from some of his previous work for RCA! The album has a crackling sense of energy that more than lives up to the exclamation point in the title – a starker quality ... (Jazz) read moreCD
As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking album from Rollins, largely for the extended track "Tenor Madness", which runs on for 13 minutes, and features him and Coltrane blowing head to head – redefining the sound of the tenor sax in jazz through the course of that amazing track! Backing is by the Red ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groundbreaking album from Rollins, largely for the extended track "Tenor Madness", which runs on for 13 minutes, and features him and Coltrane blowing head to head – redefining the sound of the tenor sax in jazz through the course of that amazing track! Backing is by the Red ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A standout session from Willie Rosario – an album that has him introducing singer Junior Toledo, who really makes the record sparkle with his vocals! The grooves here are in those warmly jazzy styles that kept Rosario on top well into the 80s – an approach to salsa that has a bit more ... (Latin) read moreCD
Tremendous work from Biff Rose – a near-lost singer-songwriter from the late 60s, barely remembered as the author of "Fill Your Heart" from David Bowie's Hunky Dory album – but an incredible talent that we'd rank right up there with Van Dyke Parks or early Randy Newman for ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Modern Muscle Shoals work from The Rose Brothers – the group's first album, and a surprisingly catchy album of tunes that has most brothers doing a bit of singing, and a rap from one of the others! The record has some nice ballads like "I Get Off On You" and "The Edge Of Good-b ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rotary Connection —
Hey Love ... CD Cadet (Japan), 1971. New Copy ....
A massively beautiful piece of work by "the new Rotary Connection" – a version of this groundbreaking Chicago soul ensemble which featured Phil Upchurch, Henry Gibson, and Charles Stepney – the cream of the Chicago production scene! Minnie Riperton's still in the band on ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the best Rotary Connection albums for Cadet – with an incredible baroque spacey soul sound that still feels very fresh today! The group's vocals are especially eerie – and float around these wild arrangements by Charles Stepney, peppered with strings, soul, fuzzy guitars, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare early date as a leader for pianist Jimmy Rowles – a player who was a key part of the LA scene in the 50s, but didn't often get to front a group for a recording session! Even at this young point in his career, Rowles already has that warm charm that got him noticed again in the late ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the last great albums that Rudd played on before going into retirement! The group features Rudd on trombone, Enrico Rava on trumpet, Dve Burrell on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Harold White on drums – and the overall feel is similar to some of the best ESP work of the 60s. The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great full length album from Motown's mighty Jimmy Ruffin – and a set with a lot deeper soul sound than you'd guess from the "top ten" in the title! The music's not commercial, but some of the sharpest Motown soul of the time – the kind of work that made the young Jimmy as ... (Soul) read moreCD
A funky bit of blues from Otis Rush – the guitarist's debut album, and a surprisingly great batch of tracks recorded at Fame Studios! Production is by Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, who are clearly going for more of a crossover sound than Rick Hall might have given the set – but ... (Soul) read moreCD
Three wonderful albums – all wrapped up in a sweet single packag! First up is the self-titled Patrice album – a sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her ... (Soul) read moreCD
A wonderful set from vocalist Connie Russell – a sexy singer whose sound perfectly matches her bottomless look on the cover of the record! Arrangements are relatively soft, but with a nice touch of jazz – and Connie's dusky vocals move effortlessly through the tunes – with nice ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pee Wee Russell —
Ask Me Now! ... LP Impulse, 1965. Very Good Gatefold ....
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A record that will blow your mind – way different than you might expect from the cover! Sure, Pee Wee was a bit of a traditionalist on his instrument – the clarinet – but he's working here in a starkly modern way that almost recalls some of the best 50s work of Jimmy Guiffre, or ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Harvie S with Kenny Barron —
Witchcraft ... CD Savant, 2013. Used ....
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A beautifully warm duo – working together here with effortless ease! Bassist Harvie S sounds wonderful in the spare space of the setting – lots of gently swinging lines on acoustic bass, both rhythmic and melodic at the same moment – topped with brilliant piano work from Kenny ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Wanda de Sah —
Softly ... LP Capitol, 1965. New Copy (reissue)....
A lost bossa classic from Wanda De Sah – aka Wanda Sa, the wife of Edu Lobo, and a singer who worked with Sergio Mendes in his pre-Brasil 66 days! The album's got a wonderfully laidback feel – languid, yet jazzy, with the feel of some of Astrud Gilberto's best work on Verve, yet with ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Philly classics for the Holidays! The legendary Christmas Jolllies set by the Salsoul Orchestra was one of the label's biggest-selling albums – originally recorded in 1976, and pressed again and again over the years – and eventually remixed even stronger in the early 90s. Vince ... (Holiday Music) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A second set of Christmas Jollies from the legendary Salsoul Orchestra – working here with Patrick Adams this time around, in a groove that occasionally bears echoes of his own music on P&P Records! The vibe's nicely different from the first Jollies set – a different inflection of ... (Holiday Music) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 12" of Philly disco numbers for your holiday party! Vince Montana heads this little Christmas and New Year's disco project – pushing the Salsoul Orchestra with that great full sound he had at the time – a blend of strings and soul that could be kitschy, but comes off great ... (Holiday Music) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read moreCD
Salty Dog —
Salty Dog ... CD Strawberry Rain, 1976. New Copy Gatefold ....
Plenty of fuzz and plenty of spirit – a wonderful debut from this African group of the 70s – a combo who work here with equal parts of influence from Jimi Hendrix and some of the other Zamrock groups of the time! Lyrics are in English, and have this blue-toned quality that's really ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A fusion classic from keyboardist Joe Sample – exactly the kind of record that really helped him carve a name for himself away from The Crusaders! There's a vibe here that's a bit deeper than some of Joe's work with that famous group – keyboard lines that are more introspective at some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Motown's answer to Chicago's Soulful Strings – an instrumental group of studio players, working under the name of the San Remo Strings – ostensibly to give the outfit a bit of European class! The tunes on the set are essentially Motown instrumentals, played with a bit more flair, and a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite a nice little album from Pharoah – the kind of session we always overlooked when we were digging for Impulse titles, and which we're now going back to, and almost appreciating more than the classic ones! The album's a quartet session – recorded live, of course – with a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pharoah Sanders is working here with some excellent horn players in the frontline – Woody Shaw on trumpet and Gary Bartz on alto sax – both of whom really bring a lot of power to the record! As with some of Sanders' other Impulse albums of the period, the record only features two long ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring spirits and joyous jazz-based expression – an overlooked treasure from Pharoah Sanders – and proof that his work on Impulse Records just kept on getting better and better! The style here is a bit tighter than some of the previous Impulse albums – no side-long tracks here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin soul from Mongo! At some level, it might be hard to keep track of his late 60s sides for Columbia – but all you have to know is that they're all great, filled with pop Latin soul grooves that pushed way past his contemporaries, dancing around the conga with tight arrangements by ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin soul from one of the all-time greats – a collection of greatest hits from Mongo Santamaria, but a set that's every bit as essential as his full length albums for Columbia! Most of the cuts on the album were arranged by Mongo's key right-hand man – the great Marty Sheller, ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great lost smoker from the legendary Fonseca Records – put together by a singer with Puerto Rican roots, and rich experience on the New York scene – which seems to give him an incredible ear for the hippest styles of the late 60s Latin generation! There's a wonderful sense of depth ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully done look at the music of Harvey Scales – a damn funky cat from the Milwaukee scene, finally getting his due! The package is overflowing with groovers – hard funky 45 cuts that Scales recorded for the Magic Touch label – mostly in the late 60s and start of the 70s ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Scherrie & Susaye —
Partners ... CD Motown (Japan), 1979. New Copy ....
$13.99Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly great album from these two former member of The Supremes – Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene-Brown – put together with production help from Eugene McDaniels, who really helps give the whole thing a hipper spin than some of the girls' more famous work from before! There's ... (Soul) read moreCD
Electric 70s work from Lalo Schifrin – with a tight uptempo funky sound that's similar to his strong "cop show" soundtrack themes of the time! This album's a pretty great testament to Lalo's durability as one of the great composer arrangers – sublime stuff from the late 70s, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Irmin Schmidt & Inner Space (Can) —
Kamasutra ... LP Crippled Dick (Germany), 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
A lost soundtrack as brilliant as we hoped it'd be when we were first hipped to its existence – made for the late 60s German erotica production Kamasutra – Consummation Of Love from composer Irmin Schmidt and Inner Space, the group that was soon to be Can! Its a really ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare modern soul and sunny, easygoing jams from singer Jim Schmidt – kind of a blue eyed soul set with period touches, but without any of the tinny stylistic trappings of the early 80s – bright, warm and good natured grooves that deserve some late love. Jim brings some spiritual ... (Soul) read moreCD
Great photographs from Mike Schreiber – a New York-based artist who worked heavily for The Source and Vibe back in the day – and managed to capture a whole heck of a lot of great shots in the process! Schreiber includes some nicely personal memories along with the photos – some ... (Books) read moreBook
Lost southern soul from George Scott – on the tiny Maple Records, with a stripped down and gritty soul sound! We don't know much about George Scott, or if he recorded more than this one LP, but it's a storming set southern soul that's stands strong with the bigger names of the 70s! Scott's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from California soul singer Marilyn Scott – a sweetly grooving album with loads of warm modern touches – all coming together in a style that's sophisticated, yet still manages to groove – like the best later work by Marlena Shaw on Columbia! Production is by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A simple formula, but one of Shirley's best records from the mid 60s, and a tight batch of quartet tracks that also features Stanley Turrentine on tenor. The title cut's a classic jazz stepper in Chicago, with a subtly loping groove that works pretty darn well. Other tracks include "Blue ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hip soulful work from organist Shirley Scott – one of the first records that has her breaking out of the straighter soul jazz sound of her work on Prestige and Impulse – and a gem of a set that features some great funky arrangements from the great Marty Sheller! The group's all-Atlantic ... (Jazz) read moreCD
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Gil Scott Heron's first album for Arista – very much in the mellow soul jazz work of his legendary album on Strata East! The record features some wonderfully moody jazz backing that really marks a shift in Gil's style – never going too far over the top, but hitting a sweet groove that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album that's often overshadowed by its hit – the 15 minute "B-Movie", which was sort of an overly-wrought protest piece about how the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980 was going to turn America into a bad b-movie. Not that that track's bad – although its ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s collection, but one that's filled with gems from Gil Scott-Heron's legendary early years at Flying Dutchman – a time when he was recording some of his most impressively righteous material ever! The music's a hip mix of protest poetry and sweet jazzy numbers – played with great ... (Soul) read moreCD
The revolutionary soul classic – a benchmark set that that brings together the most essential cuts from Gil Scott-Heron's first 3 albums on Flying Dutchman! The stuff on here is legendary – and is a great mixture of jazzy soul songs and righteous political poetry and protest. Gil's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful jazzy classic, and perhaps Gil Scott-Heron's most perfectly realized album ever! The record has a completely sophisticated jazzy approach – one that's miles ahead from even Gil's previous work on Flying Dutchman, and which shows him to be one of the most distinctive and emotive ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fuzzed-out LA wonderfulness from Sky Saxon and his legendary Seeds – a garagey barrage of guitar, organ, and raspy vocals – and it's fleshed out brilliantly on this 2CD edition with the complete stereo and mono mixes, alternate versions and the rare original mono version of Sly Saxon's ... (Rock) read moreCD
Alongside the Specials, the stars of the Two Tone ska revival scene. How can you go wrong with classics like "On My Rradio", "Time Hard", "Missing Words", "My Collie (Not A Dog)", "Three Minute Hero", "Too Much Pressure", "Murder" ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Afrika Bambaata, Bill Laswell and Material run through an 80s take on Sly's "Thank You Fallettin Me Be Myself Again", not as electro as you might hope. The B-side provides a little more B-Boy satisfaction. ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
The title tells it all – as Ravi delivers three long ragas, with backing on tabla and tamboura. A nice one to plug in and drop out to – with the 28 minute-long "Raga Jog", plus "Raga Simhendra Madhyaman" and "Raga Ahir Bhairav". ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those electro groovers that's a real guilty pleasure for us! The cut's sure a bit silly – with popping linn drums and bass pedals, and the lyrics are even sillier – but the whole thing's got that great post-punk/post-funk sound that we've always grooved to, and Shannon's sincere ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
An amazing record – bold, proud, and soulful – a set that we'd easily rank with any classic early 60s session on Blue Note – and for good reason too! This rare date is the debut as a leader for trumpeter Gene Shaw – also known as Clarence Shaw in an earlier history of work ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A beautiful piece of soulful spiritualism! This great Muse album is one of Woody Shaw's strongest seventies LPs, and one of the few that really captures the energy that he had when he first appeared on the scene in the mid 60s. The group is a large ensemble packed with great players like Azar ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vintage 70s Swiss radio recordings by American jazz legends Sahib Shihab, Art Farmer and Clifford Jordan – each performing a few numbers with the excellent, ever-adaptable Jazz Live Trio! The set kicks off with a 1970 performance featuring Sahib Shihab out front. First is a laidback, moody ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Rhymes by Shingo2, produced by Vector Omega with a little live instrumentation on top, and cuts by DJ Nozawa. 16 tracks in all, including "Pinnacle", "Nobody Knows", "Newsflash", "Game Of Life", "Do You Copy?" and "To Whom It May Concern". ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice bit of 80's groove from Fantasy, and a good adaptation of a 70's funk sound to an 80's mix of electronic instrumentation. The group's got nice soulful vocals, which keeps the material from sounding a bit too cold, and Paulette McWilliams sings backup on a number of tracks. With the nice ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet little album from Shotgun – one of those 70s funk ensembles who never cracked the big time, but who manage to sound all that much fresher because of that! The set's a nice mix of full funk tracks and a few more laidback soul numbers – often heavy on the basslines, in the way ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More great jazzy stepping grooves from this Fantasy band. Wayne Henderson's still at the helm on production, and there's some nice cuts, including "I'm A Winner", and the mellow "She's A Lady", plus "Peace Of Mind", "Falling In Love Again" and the title ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from Side Effect – a wonderful set that mixes their soulful harmonies with some killer jazz funk from Wayne Henderson! The album may be the most perfect realization of the groove that Henderson was going for during his At Home Productions years – ... (Soul) read moreCD