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Live In London 1971
Discobertas (Brazil), 1971. New Copy 2CD
Really stunning stuff – a never-heard live performance from early 70s London – one that features Gilberto Gil in exile, working alongside the great Gal Costa! The album's got a lean, stripped-down feel – similar acoustic instrumentation to both Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso's ... CD (Brazil)
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Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
A legendary label that you may know for its deep soul and blues-drenched work of the 60s – served up here with a special focus on the imprint's funkier tracks and groovers! The Goldband studios were down in Louisiana, not far from New Orleans – but the styles here aren't just the usual ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Edsel (UK), Late 80s/1990s. New Copy 3CD
The roots of Lisa Stansfield, and lots of great lost moments too – a wealth of rare remixes and other odd bits – and from what we can tell, none of these were used as bonus tracks on the other 2CD reissues of her albums! The depths of Lisa's music knows no bounds – as her strong ... CD (Soul)
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Vampi Soul (Spain), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
A really wonderful dip into the music of Colombia – and a set that offers way more than just the usual Latin-styled sounds! The collection definitely takes its "Afrosound" title seriously – and goes for grooves that are deeper than usual, with rhythmic interplay that ranges ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Brasilified Nights
Hydra (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Monday Michiru returns to one of our favorite modes from her early years – collaborative grooves cut with some of the best talents of the underground – all of whom breathe incredible new life into her Brasilified album! We loved that record to death – and so did most of you ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Possible Musics – Fourth World Vol 1
EG/Glitterbeat (Germany), 1980. New Copy
Incredible sounds from trumpeter Jon Hassell – a really genre-defining record, and the start of a great run of music for years to come! The album's part of Brian Eno's "fourth world" series – explorations in mixing his own inventive modes with other global styles – but ... CD (Rock)
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If Love Comes With It
A&M (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Baroquely beautiful work from the Alan Copeland Singers – a super-groovy session of vocal ensemble tracks, all produced and put together with some sunshiney A&M touches! There's a sound here that's complex, but also wonderfully grooving – one that takes a mixture of male and female ... CD (Vocalists)
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Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy
A trio of rare records from Janko Nilovic – all packaged together in one box set! First up is Pop Impressions – hardly pop at all – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from ... CD (Sound Library)
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Century 67, 1965/2014. New Copy CD & DVD
A lost treasure from the great Gary McFarland – a never-heard live recording, matched here with a beautiful documentary on his too-short life! The live performance is wonderful – a small combo date in a Seattle nightclub in the mid 60s – with a very groovy group that features ... CD (Jazz)
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Portia Monique
Reel People (France), 2014. New Copy
A hell of a debut from Portia Monique – a singer who gets very strong support here from Reel People – who are very much at the top of their game too! The record's a bit like a Reel People album, but a lot more soulful up top – as Portia's vocals have this rich, righteous feel ... CD (New Grooves)
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University Of Central Arkansas, 2014. New Copy Magazine & CD
A stunning Southern Music issue of Oxford American – one that takes a look at the scene in the state of Texas – through a whole range of styles and subject matter! The prose is superb, as always – definitely a cut above the usual music writing – and the issue manages to ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Sublime Frequencies, 2014. New Copy
Great field recordings from Southeast Asia – material recorded during local festivals or ceremonies, with an overall focus on the event as much as the music within! Each track is relatively long, and titled by location, not artist – and instrumental moments are mixed with spoken bits, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Music from outer space, but sounds with an origin on planet earth – all recorded during that late 50s/early 60s stretch when so many folks were experimenting with new modes of expression in the studio! The tracks here are a mix of rockers and more offbeat instrumental ones – great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Blue
Hot Cup, 2014. New Copy
One of the greatest records we've heard so far from this ultra-hip ensemble – the group's own version of the classic Miles Davis album Kind Of Blue – played in track by track sequence, but with a lot of the group's own flavors on the solos, even though they follow the originals very ... CD (Jazz)
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Mess Hall
Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
Striking improvisations from the trio of Joe Morris on guitar, Steve Lantner on keyboards, and Jerome Dupree on bass – working here on material that's composed on the spot during performance, but which has a surprising sense of structure at times! Both Morris and Lantner use cycles of sound ... CD (Jazz)
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Island/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Tremendous! This album is one of the few relics cut by the British group Nirvana – a late 60s ensemble that is not to be confused with the more famous Seattle one – a really cool combo who are way more than the usual pop psych of the time – and have so many great twists and turns ... CD (Rock)
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Touch Sensitive (UK), 2014. New Copy
One of the darkest soundtracks we've ever heard from David Holmes – presented here as one single long piece of music, put together almost as an audio collage that evokes all the tension and black mood of the film 71! Holmes really stretches himself strongly here – and goes for these ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Tabu (UK), 1978. New Copy
An ambitious set of funky jazz tunes from Lalo Schifrin – cut in the clubby style of some of his later CTI work, but also done with some interesting instrumental flourishes from track to track – which gives the album some of the depth of his soundtrack work of the 70s! The album's got ... CD (Jazz)
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Ancient Afrika/Shout (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... CD (Jazz)
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Sdban (Belgium), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Fantastic funk from the Belgian scene of the 70s – a really mad mix of sounds and styles, and a really revelatory set overall! Few people might use the words "Belgium" and "funk" in the same sentence – but that may well change after this sweet set gets a few spins ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Delmark, 1969/1970. New Copy
An incredible slice of Chicago blues – and maybe one of the most important contributions Delmark ever made to the Windy City scene! The album captures Junior Wells in all his rough and raw brilliance – working in territory that's quite similar to the Chess Records vibe of the early 60s ... CD (Blues)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy
A great little package that brings together killer cuts from bit wave of calypso in the 50s – all served up in a beautiful retro-styled cover and a limited edition 10" LP! The music here is the sort of harder-biting, rougher-rocking calypso that played bit in the West Indian underground ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Sublime Frequencies, 2014. New Copy
The ethnographic recording is alive and well in the hands of Sublime Frequencies – the contemporary imprint that's come to rival older giants like Folkways or Nonesuch for its presentation of sounds from around the globe! This time around, we're taken to local spaces in Bengal – both ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Pop Impressions
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Nothing pop about this groovy little record – save, perhaps, for the fact that it's been sampled by a number of hip hoppers over the years – because the set's one of the greatest ever from the legendary Janko Nilovic – a real masterpiece of complex grooves and offbeat ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Harmless (UK), 1985. New Copy
A lost 80s album from Barbara Pennington – a singer we normally associate more with the disco generation, but who's still very strong here on a Record Shack session with Ian Levine! The style is still clubby, but slows things down a bit more from the disco years – a snapping 80s vibe ... CD (Soul)
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Gearbox (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
One of the most striking, most unusual settings for the voice of Leon Thomas we've ever heard – a rare 1970 performance with the Brit group Nucleus – done right at the same time that Thomas was recording his classics with Pharoah Sanders! The initial approach is similar, and the songs ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Africa Avenue
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy
One of the freshest psych albums we've heard in years – a set that gets all the right sort of 60s touches just perfect – but which also has a more contemporary vibe at times too! There's no paisley underground weakness going on, nor any simple mod 60s cliches – and instead these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Face Up (2CD/DVD set)
Arista/Edsel (UK), 2001. New Copy 2CD & DVD
Lisa Stansfield expands her groove, but loses none of her soul in the process – on a record that keeps on reminding us why Lisa's music is such a delight to our ears over the years! Some cuts have those rock-solid rhythms that got Stansfield going so strongly at the end of the 80s – ... CD (Soul)
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Once In Awhile
Jump, 1946/1949. New Copy
Great jazz guitar work from George Van Eps – a player who could nicely sit on the fence between two different generations – bringing in some modern elements, while also retaining a bit of the rhythmic pulse of older swing! The sessions have a nicely intimate feel, and the CD features a ... CD (Jazz)
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So Natural (2CD/DVD set)
Arista/Edsel (UK), 1993. New Copy 2CD & DVD
A great title for this gem of a record from Lisa Stansfield – as the album's got a feel that's maybe even warmer and more natural than Lisa's previous records – and those were already pretty darn great! At a point when Stansfield could have gone for more clunky, commercial work, she ... CD (Soul)
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Mandre
Motown/Fever Dream, 1977. New Copy
A classic set of spacey club from Mandre – aka Andre Lewis – an artist we'd place right up there with some of the best cosmic sounds from Dexter Wansel at the time, and maybe even some of the more space-bound club artists of the European scene as well! The album's got some wonderful ... CD (Soul)
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Super America
Montparnasse 2000/Underdog (France), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Not a record from America, but instead one of the standout gems from the legendary Montparnasse 2000 sound library series in the 70s – filled with funky grooves from the madman Janko Nilovic! The set's got Nilovic really working at his best – still quite jazzy at the core, but bringing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Columbia/FTG, 1980. New Copy
Stellar Manhattans from the start of the 80s – and proof that the group could still hold strong, even at a point when soul music was really changing up around them! The sound is somewhat smoother than before, but never in a throwaway style – and as you might guess from the title, the ... CD (Soul)
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Hat Art (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
A stunning performance of this key composition from Karlheinz Stockhausen – one that uses two pianos, both with very different sounds, plus electronics as well – all working together in this progression of notes and tones that may well be some of Stockhausen's most beautiful work! The ... CD (Out Sound)
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Hung Up On You (with bonus tracks)
Pride/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
A gem of a record from the great Billy Butler – brother of better-known Jerry from the Chicago scene, and maybe best known for his northern soul work of the 60s – but a hell of a great artist here in a rare group soul date from the 70s! Billy's lead vocals are supported by the Infinity ... CD (Soul)
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Gift Of Song
A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Late work by The Sandpipers – the smooth vocal trio who were one of A&M's greatest pop acts in the 60s! This obscure set is from 1971 – and has the boys singing to a bit more of an electric LA sound, produced to perfection by Bones Howe, and featuring work by LA studio gods Hal ... CD (Vocalists)
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Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 5CD
Two rare albums from this great Brazilian singer – packaged here with three more CDs that offer up a wealth of rare music too – all to make the best reissue collection we've ever seen on Maysa! Maysa's a rich-voiced singer with a style that predates bossa nova, but also found a great ... CD (Brazil)
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Tabu (UK), 1979. New Copy
A sweet set of fusiony soul from Lalo Schifrin – a great little record that's almost better than most of his other late 70s efforts, including some of his soundtrack work! The album's in the same territory that Quincy Jones was hitting at the time – at its core, a set of funky electric ... CD (Jazz)
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Solar/Sanctuary (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
All the best work from the legendary Whispers – material from their tremendous run on Solar Records – a time when the group really came into their own! The Whispers hit Solar as an act that had already been forging their harmonies in the indie underground for years – which makes ... CD (Soul)
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On The Eighth Day
Kapp (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Seven guys and gals, coming together in harmony pop brilliance – thanks to a great set of arrangements from the legendary Artie Butler! In a world of soundalike groups in the 60s, The Eighth Day really stand out – working in a batch of all-original material here, one that uses folk, ... CD (Rock)
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So Long Eric – Homage To Eric Dolphy
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
Twin pianos come together wonderfully here in a tribute to the late Eric Dolphy – as Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase play together on the instrument, and lead a larger ensemble that includes Karl Berger on vibes, Axel Dorner on trumpet, Nils Wogram on trombone, Tobias Delius on ... CD (Jazz)
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Sweet September
AVA/VSOP, 1963. New Copy
Great work from one of the grooviest pianists of the 60s – a player who could always keep things lively and swinging, even in a small combo session! The album's one of Pete Jolly's gems for the Ava label – a follow-up to his semi-hit Little Bird, and like that one, a record done with ... CD (Jazz)
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Escape From Witchtropolis
Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy
A spooky little cover, and a spooky sort of sound to match – a great variation on synth-heavy rock modes – with strong echoes both of the early 80s post-punk generation, and of some of the best horror soundtracks of the time! Alex Cuervo plays all the instrumentation himself – ... CD (Rock)
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Love Apparatus
Empire, 2014. New Copy
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Warm love and plenty of soul from Jesse Bokyins – an artist who keeps on perfecting his craft more and more with each new record – to create a special place in soul that's very much his own! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, but with these very trippy touches – and the whole ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Me About You
Imperial (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sophisticated Jackie at her best – working with great arrangements from Jack Nitzsche and Nick DeCaro – both cats from the California scene we can really trust for "cut-above" pop work like this – music that goes way past the simple sounds of DeShannon's start – ... CD (Rock)
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TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from the legendary TK Records family of labels – home to some of the coolest, grooviest music from Miami in the 70s – plus more grooves from other sources too! The package focuses on a style that was definitely TK's strongest suit at the time – their wonderful way ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Island/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Not Kurt Cobain's Nirvana, but a totally great effort from the late 60s Brit group of the same name – true pop psych geniuses, and able to work here with a sound that's nice and trippy, but never self-indulgent! These guys manage to get nice and spacey with some of the arrangements and ... CD (Rock)
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Sackville All Star Christmas Record
Sackville, 1986. New Copy
A sweet little Christmas jazz album – done in a mix of older styles, which creates a nicely different vibe than other records of this nature! The lineup is spare and focused – Jim Galloway on soprano sax, Ralph Sutton on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Gus Johnson on drums – and ... CD (Holiday Music)
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Supernatural
Atlantic (UK), 1975. New Copy
A brilliant 70s comeback for Ben E King – a record that shows the world that his vocals are still some of the best in soul, long after his early hits – and a massively mature effort that also grooves like a mofo! King's style here is completely different than before – rich, full, ... CD (Soul)
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Discobertas (Brazil), 1972. New Copy 2CD
A stunning live set from Jorge Mautner – and maybe a record that's even better than some of his studio albums of the time! Jorge's a stunning talent here – a great inheritor of the experiments put forth during the Tropicalia movement, but also able to work with some of the rootsier, ... CD (Brazil)
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Gifted & Black
Canyon, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Don't confuse this set with Young Gifted & Black – which got much wider circulation – as the session's a cool indie date from the early 70s, recorded in a moody studio mode with arrangements by Monk Higgins! There's a bit of strings in the background, which colors in the tunes with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists)
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Tartaglian Theorem
Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sweet and dreamy instrumental pop from John Andrews Tartaglia – an arranger we only know from a few late 60s sides at Capitol Records – all of which are pretty great! Tartaglia's got a style that's still heavy in mainstream 60s easy modes, but borrows a fair bit from the generation of ... CD (Now Sound)
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Placebo (1973) (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal sounds from Placebo – one of the hippest electric groups going on the European scene of the early 70s, thanks to some great keyboards and electronics from the legendary Marc Moulin! Placebo's sound here is a unique approach to funky jazz – one that certainly draws from the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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RCA/Legacy, 1971. New Copy CD & DVD
A key transitional album for The Kinks – a record that took them from the lighter "picture postcard" rock of their late 60s albums, into the headier concepts that would mark most of their early 70s work! The concept here is fortunately a light one – a faux-hillbilly sort of ... CD (Rock)
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Lost Love (10 inch LP)
Bethlehem, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
One of the few albums ever cut by 50s singer Paula Castle – a really great vocalist with a sound that matches the best Bethlehem records work of her labelmate, Chris Connor! Castle's got a nicely-composed approach to singing – never too flowery or overdone, yet also never too cool, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists)
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Heavenly Sweetness (France), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Really hypnotic sounds from Ethiopian singer Kassa Tessema – heard here on two records from the 70s, both of which have a very ancient feel! Kassa has this very deep sound in his voice – a range that really goes down right to the bottom, with less of the higher tones of other Ethiopian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Songs My Mother Loves
Blujazz, 2014. New Copy
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An instant classic from Chicago vocalist Dee Alexander – one of the greatest jazz singers working today – and an artist we'd easily rank right up there with old school talents like Shirley Horn or Lorez Alexandria! Dee can sometimes be far-reaching in her style, but here she steps back ... CD (Vocalists)
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We're Back
Whaling City Sound, 2014. New Copy
Drummer Gerry Gibbs has a hell of a trio for this set – and a great batch of guests as well – all of whom help make some real magic on jazz instrumental versions of soul tunes from the 70s! The core trio features Kenny Barron on piano and Ron Carter on bass – both wonderfully ... CD (Jazz)
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Paramount/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy
One of the later albums cut by the Brady Bunch crew – a bit towards the end run of the show, and with a feel that's arguably hipper than some of their other records! The arrangements are by Al Capp, and have a nice bass bounce at the bottom – almost hitting a light funk style at times, ... CD (Rock)
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Today
Mercury (Japan), 1968. New Copy
The Lennon Sisters get groovy – as you might guess from the "Today" title, and from the set of cool 60s covers they perform on the set! The sound here is quite far from Lawrence Welk on Sunday night, and the girls sound great with fab 60s arrangements from Al Capps, and some top-she ... CD (Vocalists)
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Placebo (1974) (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
The second amazing album from Placebo – a wicked mix of funky fusion styles, and a real standout on the European scene of the early 70s! The group's the brainchild of Marc Moulin – who wrote all tracks, and plays a wealth of great keyboards, in ways that almost make him the European ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy
One of the most spiritual, soulful albums ever from the great Charles Earland – a set that's almost his answer to the keyboard styles of Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – and done with a very spiritual vibe! We love Earland on Hammond – but here he also plays Fender Rhodes, ... CD (Jazz)
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Capitol (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Very groovy work from the Four King Cousins – a sweet quartet of lovely voices peeled off of the larger King Family ensemble, singing here in a spare and syncopated groove with lots of late 60s Capitol touches! Maestro Lex De Azevedo produced, arranged, and conducted – and the album's ... CD (Vocalists)
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New Song
Motema, 2014. New Copy
Soaring spiritual sounds from bassis Omer Avital – a musician we love more and more with each new record, and one who only seems to be honing his vision even more strongly over recent years! The material is all original by Avital – performed by a core quintet that features sparkling ... CD (Jazz)
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Death Waltz (UK), 1971. New Copy 2LPs (reissue)
Morricone fans – this one's got it all! The music is completely wonderful throughout, and a great mix of everything that makes Ennio Morricone so tremendous – a bit of bossa here, some funky bits there, and even some spookier slow passages with a nice atonal feel! The main theme of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Montage
Imperial (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Easily the greatest album ever from Love Generation – a heavenly bit of harmony pop that we'd easily trade for any of our favorites by The Association! The group are always great on all of their records – but on this incredibly sweet set, they really hit a new level – letting ... CD (Rock)
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Island/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Brilliant work from Nirvana – a duo who bring together so many wonderful elements of late 60s Brit pop – from weird trippy touches to tuneful melodies to superb full arrangements – handled here by giants Mike Vickers, Johnny Scott, and Tony Visconti! There's a bounce and a push ... CD (Rock)
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Soul Saviour Stew (with download)
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy
There's no reverend here – despite the name of the group – but the set is one smokingly righteous set of funky instrumentals – more than enough to send us to the heavens with its stunning sense of spirit! The group's a lean one, with an especially strong focus on Hammond and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Hollywood
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the ... CD (Jazz)
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Jazz Haus (Germany), 1957/1962. New Copy
Tony Scott in two different settings – caught right around the cusp of the 60s, which was a pivotal point in his career! The first half of the record features 1957 material from Germany – tracks that already have Scott moving out with a freer, looser style of clarinet than his earlier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Luaka Bop, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5LP box set
An incredible legacy in music – presented here in a really wonderful package! For years, the music of William Onyeabar has been the stuff of legend, but only accessible to a few who could get their hands on scarce original pressings – but that lack has really been corrected by this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Say Somethin
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy
A great Canadian soul singer – and one that we'd rank right up there with the contemporary best from the American underground! Dawn Pemberton's got a great approach here – sliding into the record in a very personal, subtle way (without any sort of "intro" track either – ... CD (Neo Soul)
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RCA/Sony, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 9CD
A treasure trove of work from the great Henry Mancini – a very cool package that not only includes some of his biggest soundtracks of the 60s, but also features a number of more obscure gems as well! The package features 9CDs, but 18 full albums in all – and titles include The Pink ... CD (Soundtracks)
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June 1975 – Livelove Series Vol 1
Promising (Germany), 1975. New Copy
Really great work from Larry Coryell and his Eleventh House combo – a set that's maybe even harder and funkier than we remember from any of the group's studio work! The performance was caught live by German radio in the mid 70s – and is a wonderfully-recorded date that has the guitar ... CD (Jazz)
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We Could Be Flying
Meantime (Norway), 1974. New Copy
Magnificent work from European jazz vocalist Karin Krog – a landmark album that shows why she sings like no other singer! On this 1974 session, Karin moves far beyond the standard jazz of her roots – into territory that's spacey, cosmic, and filled with the best influences bubbling ... CD (Vocalists)
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BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
The long lost first album from Rodion GA – the legendary electronic music pioneer from the Romanian scene of the 70s – equally talented as Cluster, Eno, or some of the best German forces of the time – but far more obscure, given the Iron Curtain of the time! The music is a heady ... CD (Rock)
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Reprise/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4CD
The Reprise Records run of Captain Beefheart – presented here in a special package that also features a full album of never-issued rare material as well! Beefheart at Reprise was a real high point – as the Captain was still full of all the primal, gritty elements of the previous years ... CD (Rock)
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Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A great litle early album from Ann Peebles – rawer than most of her more familiar stuff, with a gutbuckety soul quality that really keeps things fresh! We always love Ann's work, but in these early years she has a deep soul vibe that few other singers can touch – a level that easily ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Cambria/BBE (UK), 1983. New Copy
Very hip vocal work from singer Janet Lawson – an under-discovered vocalist with a very groovy sound! Janet's got a soaring, breezy feel that's a bit like some of the best Bay Area or European work from a few years before – inflected with some Brazilian influences, but also delivered ... CD (Vocalists)
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Spread Of The Future
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1979. New Copy
A funky fusion classic from the 70s – totally great work from Chocolate Jam Company, a hip little group headed up by percussionist Leon Ndugu Chancler! The core sound is soul, but there's plenty of fusion touches as well – thanks to a great lineup of players that includes Oscar ... CD (Soul)
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Radio Retaliation
ESL, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
No radio retaliation here, as Thievery Corporation are miles from the airwaves – working in their own unique blend of a globe's worth of grooves! The sound here is every bit as lush and full as before – a mix of classic funky elements, exotic instrumentation, and a few contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Dawn
Hope Street (Australia), 2014. New Copy
Richly soulful vocals and gritty funk backdrops from singer Emma Donovan and the funky Putbacks band – an great little set from the Australian scene! We had a pretty good idea of how strong the Putbacks are, thanks to a stellar couple of singles – but their stylistic breadth comes into ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Rasta Communication
Greensleeves (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A classic from Keith Hudson – his Rasta Communication set from the late 70s! It was recorded at Randy's and Channel One with many of the greatest players in Jamaica at the time, which of course includes the finest reggae players ever – but it's Hudson's confident, proud vocals that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Fire Eater
Prestige (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing ... CD (Jazz)
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Honest Jons (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 x 10 inch LP
Timeless vocal work from Ogoya Nengo and her Dodo Women's group – an Kenyan ensemble with a really creative approach to their work! The dodo style refers to traditional music used for entertainment at weddings and festivals – but the voices have this really complex quality that's way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Mark IV
Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same ... CD (Soul)
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Lone Rider
Artist/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1972. New Copy
Some of the coolest use of trombone in jazz we've ever heard – a set that features multiple musicians on the instrument, but in ways that are different than any similar projects from the 50s or 60s! The style here is very loose and open, and the record steps along beautifully with electric ... CD (Jazz)
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GED Soul, 2014. New Copy
A contemporary singer, but one with a vibe that takes us way back to the best Detroit sound of the 60s – not Motown, but the best grooves of the smaller labels like Groovesville or D-Town! James has a nicely raspy voice that's a bit like Darrell Banks at his best – and he steps out ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Lofty Fake Anagram
RCA (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A standout classic from Gary Burton – the kind of fresh-voiced and angularly modern session that showed why his sound on the vibes was one of the most revolutionary in jazz at the time! The session features a quartet with Larry Coryell on guitar, Steve Swallow on bass, and Bob Moses on drums ... CD (Jazz)
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Last Judgment
Tzadik, 2014. New Copy
Heady heady work from John Zorn – part of his Moonchild series of projects, and done with the same great group as the album In Sacred Blood! Like that set, there's a weird blend of jazz and spiritual modes going on here – a sound that's more forward-moving than some of Zorn's more ... CD (Jazz)
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Improvisations For Theremin & Piano
Butterscotch, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Really beautiful sounds – and a record that's far more haunting than you might expect! The record's not just piano notes alongside sci fi sound effects – and instead has this really subtle use of theremin, so that the instrument almost comes across more like a cello, or acoustic bass ... CD (Out Sound)
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Culture Of Fear
ESL, 2011. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Brilliant work from Thievery Corporation! This duo truly seems to be getting better and better as the years go by, progressing to deeper realms in both tone and craft – and somehow doing that while pulling us in with immediate, insistent appeal. That's no small feat! Tripped out jazzy hip ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Jamaican Recordings (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A great collection of underground dub tracks from late 70s Jamaica – the kind of limited-run dub plates that would circulate between some of the bigger sound systems on the scene, and offer up radically trippy versions of better-known tunes! The set is heavy on echo and slow-stepping rhythms ... CD (Reggae)
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Into Life
Moserobie (Sweden), 2014. New Copy
Maybe the best album so far from Mathias Landaeus – a wonderful pianist, and one we've dug for years for his excellent albums on the Moserobie label – working here at a level that has so many things going on at once, the end result is far different from the usual piano trio album! ... CD (Jazz)
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Cosmic Game
ESL, 2005. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1964. New Copy
The earliest album we've ever seen from pianist Louis Van Dyke – a bit more swinging than some of his later work, but a set that's already got his great sense of space very firmly in place! Half the record features really wonderful vibes from Carl Schulze – stepping out on some numbers ... CD (Jazz)
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Thelonious Monk In Italy
Riverside, 1961. New Copy
A famous European set from Thelonious Monk – recorded early in the 60s with his famous quartet that included Charlie Rouse on tenor! Even at this point before the Columbia sides, Rouse is already amazing – really stretching out in these modern, angular lines that are quite different ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Dynamic Sounds/BBE (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy (pic cover)
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Polydor/Because (France), 1978. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
One of the coolest club projects of the 70s – a set of tracks based around the keyboards of Don Ray, but handled with lots of electronic disco touches from Cerrone! The pair are great arrangers on their own, but together they really make some magic – kind of a leaner take on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Sign Of The Myth (with download)
Roaratorio, 1973. New Copy
Tremendous work from Sun Ra – a studio recording from the early 70s, never issued before – but done around the same groundbreaking time as his few bits of new material for the Impulse label! The Arkestra is really reaching out here – ruminating with an intensity that demands to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Avonmore
BMG, 2014. New Copy
Bryan Ferry, still going strong after all these years – and finding a new sort of sweet space that really seems to make the most of his aging vocal approach! Ferry's still very much in the best modes of his excellent solo records – especially the gems of the late 70s and early 80s ... CD (Rock)
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Computer Ugly, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Detroit producer/MC double threat Black Milk doing his thing as sharply as on anything he's done in the past few years! He's certainly at a near peak on the production tip here – which is saying something, given how high up on the top shelf of post millenium hip hop production he sits – ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Tennessee Firebird
RCA (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Quite an unusual session from Gary Burton – recorded in Nashville, with a mix of jazz and country session players – coming together in an open-ended sound that's got lots of complicated touches. Gary's jazz side is represented by Roy Haynes on drums, Steve Swallow on bass, and Steve ... CD (Jazz)
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Vogue/Sony (Japan), 1953. New Copy
A wonderful French session from alto genius Lee Konitz – and a record that we might well rank up there with Lee's best 50s material on Atlantic and Storyville! The session's got the open, tone-centric feel of those gems – with Lee's crisp alto right out front, already finding countless ... CD (Jazz)
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Blue Note, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
No room for squares with grooves this great – a classic Hank Mobley session from the mid 60s, and one that really shows the growth in his style at the time! The work's still strongly in a hardbop style, but modal elements are definitely creeping into the mix – a bolder sense of rhythm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy
Clubby funk galore – as this great series keeps on going strong! The tunes here are all early 80s, and all have a tight post-disco approach to the dancefloor – that great style that we also know as 80s groove – with a mix of modern soul, electro, and other underground modes ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Columbia/Rev-Ola (UK), 1968. New Copy
A wonderful post-Millenium project from godlike California producers Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher – working together here as Sagittarius, and getting help from a whole host of LA hipsters too! The work has a dreamy Sunshine Pop vibe all the way through – even more gentle and personal ... CD (Rock)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1976. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
The fantastic first album by Cerrone – a landmark disco record that features the 16 minute long "Love In C Minor" – a swirling bit of strings, beats, and female voices – one of those tunes that forever went onto change the face of dance music in the 70s! Cerrone really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest Christmas compilations we've ever heard – a massive amount of rare funk and soul tunes – all with a special seasonal bent! These aren't just soul covers of Holiday hits, or spiritual numbers either – but all-new tunes that bring a whole new sound to the ... CD (Holiday Music)
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Drastic Plastic, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
The second album from Love & Rockets – and for the core members, it's the biggest step away from the heavy goth moodiness of Bauhaus to date – but it's still got a distinctive, nocturnal vibe, even if the melodies have some poppier strains. The way they mix of dissonant touches with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Hills Of Hollywood, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A totally great set that goes way beyond the few familiar sounds we know from the legendary Eden Ahbez – the strange mystical figure who was to LA exotic music what Moondog was to the sounds of the streets of New York! The set steps around Eden's one and only album for Del-Fi – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound)
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Decoder – Original Soundtrack (DVD/CD)
Transparency, 1984. New Copy CD & DVD
A strange bit of German cult cinema from the mid 80s – with an incredible soundtrack! Decoder is based on the writings of William S Burroughs, and the film features the man himself in some key scenes, and other cast members include some of avant rock and industrial music legends on the ... CD (Rock)
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy
Keep the party going all night long – with another great set of grooves from this long-running series! The music here is similar to the other collections on the PTG/Vinyl Masterpiece label – a strong focus in the best sounds of the 80s – not the underground work or indie sides ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Sire/Drastic Plastic, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
Legendary late 80s industrial rock from Ministry! They had been moving step-by-step into more aggro territory with each successive effort, but The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste was their biggest leap to date, and pretty much sets the template for the heavy sound that they'd be known for for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Wire, 2014. New Copy
A very cool issue of The Wire – and rather than showcasing a particular featured artist on the cover, this one covers a 16-page exploration of musical "Freedom Principles – with a variety of essays on sounds and styles liberated of rules and genre trappings! The pieces cover free ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Groovin
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy
The wonderful return of Philly Cream – a group who made some great records at the end of the 70s, and who seem like they haven't missed a beat at all! The style here is really in the old school Philly harmony mode – maybe the modern soul variant, with some slight contemporary touches ... CD (Soul)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
LP...$26.99 29.99 (LP)
A way cooler set of music than you might expect – not the kind of overdone Caribbean cliches of the mainstream, but some really great lesser-known gems that mix together sounds and styles from Cuba to Haiti, to Jamaica, and beyond – served up here in a host of gems all hand-picked by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Mellotronen (Sweden), 1971. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a rare Swedish film – noteworthy not just for the end result, but for the lineup of people who were part of the process! The movie itself starred rising soul star Johnny Nash – in the lead in a tale about interracial romance – and although Johnny sings on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
A really great jazz-based Christmas album – one that's done in the best style of vintage gems like Jingle Bell Jazz or God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen – with an equally great blend of instrumental and vocal artists throughout! The package highlights some of the best artists on the Mack ... CD (Holiday Music)
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EM/Paradise Bangkok (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy
With a singer this obscure, you might take the word "essential" in the title a bit loosely – but the set is a stunning batch of work from this popular Thai vocalist of the 70s! Dao Bandon's voice is amazing right from the start, even if you can't understand the language (although ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1992. New Copy (reissue)
Early soul material from the great Ed Motta – a record that really has the Brazilian singer hitting his stride! Ed's a singer that we've loved for many years, and await eagerly for each new record – but this early 90s set is one of his first great musical moments, a set that has him ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil)
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Dream Sequence (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Roundtable (Australia), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Westbound (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare tracks from one of the greatest soul labels ever – Detroit's legendary Westbound Records, the famous home of Funkadelic – but a source for countless many more grooves! This set features really rare singles and unreleased tracks from Westbound – a flurry of great soul tracks ... CD (Soul)
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Chess/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy
You might need to be a Diddley diehard to know it, given the pretty hokey early 60s Beach Party cover photo – get past that and what you'll find is a rowdy, rumbling and completely incredible live album from Bo! It features material captured on a 2 night stand at The Beach Club in Myrtle ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Pastoral
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... CD (Jazz)
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They Live
Death Waltz (UK), 1988. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Amazing work from John Carpenter – still a dedicated soundtrack composer long into his film career – and always a master of spare, spooky electronics! The instrumentation here is a bit evolved from some of his earliest classics – different keyboards and electronics developed ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Tompkins Square, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD
A legendary group, working here with a legendary singer too – presented in raw, earthy brilliance in this set of recordings by Alan Lomax! Lomax first encountered the Georgia Sea Island Singers a few decades before these tracks – but when he reunited with the group in the late 50s, ... CD (Gospel)
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Cuneiform, 2014. New Copy
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... CD (Jazz)
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Cache/Finders Keepers (UK), 1980s. New Copy
Rare underground sounds from Germany in the 80s – unique 4-track home recordings that are low-fi and fringe-y, but also oddly tuneful and compelling! You can pretty much discard any preconceived notions of what you might expect from 80s underground Germany – there's hardly a strobe-lit ... CD (Rock)
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Saga
JSR (Brazil), New Copy 2 CDs
A great debut from Rodrigo Lima – a double-length set that has the guitarist working in modes that range from Brazilian roots to samba jazz, with lots of stops in between! Lima plays acoustic throughout, and with a deftness that rivals some of his Brazilian predecessors – and that ... CD (Brazil)
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Fonit H602/603
Schema (Italy), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
Wonderful work from one of the greatest Italian jazz groups of the 60s – heard here in two of their rarest recordings! The set brings together material from two sessions that were only issued on the Fonit sound library label – but both are every bit as sharp and soulful as the best ... CD (Jazz)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Deeply spiritual jazz from the American underground of the 20th century – music that sits in a perfect space between straight jazz and more avant garde material – always reaching out in this really soaring, searching sort of way – but never too outside or free! Rhythms are at the ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A tight remix of "Knicks" from the instant classic Pinata – one of the finest straight-up hip hop records Madlib has produced in years, thanks in no small part to the furious Freddie Gibbs rhyme skills! Guests in the "Knicks" remix include Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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People, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Trunk (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Weird and wonderful work from the enigmatic Bruce Lacey – a character whose life and ideals are as compelling as his music! This package is really the first to ever do Lacey justice – and it brings together a rich range of electronic explorations and a few more acoustic improvisations ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1977. New Copy LP & CD (reissue)
Cerrone's second album – a swirling mix of disco beats and strings that follows very clearly on the spirit of his landmark first one! Like that album, this one's got a title track that runs well over 15 minutes long – building in a slowly dancing way that says everything about European ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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ECM (Germany), 1961. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
2 amazing albums from the 2nd version of the Jimmy Giuffre 3! After working with his first combo of Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Hall during the late 50s, Giuffre hooked up with a pair of younger modernists – Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – reintroducing the piano and bass to his trio format, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Dust To Digital, Late 30s. New Copy
Amazing sounds and really gorgeous images – maybe one of the best book and CD combinations we've seen so far from the always-great Dust-To-Digital label! The volume features nearly four dozen vintage 78rpm recordings – all from the pre-WWII years, in a range of southern styles that ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Escandalo
Schema (Italy), 1972. New Copy Gatefold
Not the Perez Prado of "King Of Mambo" fame, but actually his younger brother Pantaleon Perez Prado – working in a grittier early 70s Latin Funk mode than the more famous elder Perez! This Perez Prado plays bongos and congas – keeping a nicely thumping Latin beat underneath ... CD (Latin)
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Dust To Digital, Late 40s/1950s. New Copy 2CDs & Book
An incredible portrait of the legendary Parchman Farm – legendary for its poor treatment of prisoners at a level that continued the slave legacy in America long into the 20th Century! The stunning package features vintage Alan Lomax recordings of music made at the prison, in a book that's ... CD (Blues)
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Boogie Chillun
Fantasy, Early 60s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Sublime live work from John Lee Hooker – a set that features the legend on solo guitar and vocals, but recorded at a level that's even crisper and more personal than some of his other albums from the time! The performance is clearly pitched more towards the folk blues audience of the time, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Malligator/Because (France), 1976/1977. New Copy 3LP & 3CD (reissue)
A wonderful package – a very limited set that includes the first three albums from Cerrone, with bonus CD versions as well! First up is Love In C Minor – the fantastic first album by Cerrone – a landmark disco record that features the 16 minute long "Love In C Minor" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Jona Che Visse Nella Balena
Beat (Italy), 1993. New Copy
A later soundtrack from Ennio Morricone, but one with a great old school mode – part of that return to smaller scoring styles that the maestro brought to his European work in later years! The music is often relatively gentle and intimate, and features spare passages on chimes, guitar, or ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Trialogue
Sunday (Germany), 2014. New Copy
Really spare, really beautiful sounds from the great Bugge Wesseltoft – working here on acoustic piano, alongside electronics from Henrik Schwarz and bass from Dan Berglund – a trio setting that's every bit as moody as Bugge's solo music on his own! The sound shapes are very murky at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Love Child (plus bonus CD)
Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy Gatefold
Whoa! Funky work from Afro Cuban percussionist and bandleader Pantaleon Perez Prado – sharing credit with singer Don Alfio – with a surprising wealth of spacey funk in the mix! Before your mind is rendered full- blown by this obscure, funky record, we need to let you know that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin)
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Mellotronen (Sweden), 1971. New Copy
Amazing sounds from a rare Swedish film – noteworthy not just for the end result, but for the lineup of people who were part of the process! The movie itself starred rising soul star Johnny Nash – in the lead in a tale about interracial romance – and although Johnny sings on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Think you've heard everything on Motown? Think again – because this sweet little set is filled with unissued 60s recordings by some of the best male singers on the label! The collection is a soul fan's dream come true – as the music here represents some real lost corners of Motown, ... CD (Soul)
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Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
The influence of Sam Cooke runs deep in American soul music – not just because Sam was one of the first great soul singers of the 60s, but also because he had a really special way of putting over a message of hope and pride! This wonderful collection really shows that influence at its best ... CD (Soul)
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Burnt Offering
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Hell On Earth
Loud/Get On Down, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
While the other standouts of the class of '95 like Nas, Jay Z and AZ drifted towards the Escobar/Gambino/Cristal style, Mobb Deep avoided that trendy hopping trap in this tight follow-up to their legendary Imfamous debut! Their subject matter may not have evolved or expanded too much beyond what ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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GRP/P-Vine (Japan), 1981. New Copy
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend ... CD (Soul)
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Movement
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
Plenty of movement from the great Gerardo Frisina – a set that's awash in all the Latin and modal elements we've always loved in his music – and a record that filled with jazzy touches throughout! Rhythms are both live and programmed – but even the latter have a very spontaneous ... CD (New Grooves)
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Columbia, 1967. New Copy 2CD
Dylan & The Band's legendary Basement Tapes – those amazing late 60s Woodstock recordings – and an album that was a classic long before it was officially released in the mid 70s! Bootleg after bootleg of some these recordings might have sold enough copies on the grey market in the ... CD (Rock)
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Columbia/Now Sounds (UK), 1966. New Copy
The breakout album for The Cryan Shames – a wonderfully groovy harmony pop combo from the 60s – one with a sound that's very much the best Sunshine Pop of LA, even though these guys hail from our hometown of Chicago! The vocals come together with a really magical feel – sometimes ... CD (Rock)
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Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil)
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Standing Tall
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
A great debut from Imaani – the soulful singer who's made some great music with Incognito in recent years! The cover's got a shoutout from Bluey on the front – but the music has a nicely different vibe than Imaani's music with Incognito, as she works here with studio talent Kevin Leo, ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Truth & Soul, 2005. New Copy 2CD
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Norton, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
Maybe the coolest volume so far in this all-amazing series – a heady dip into the farther reaches of the Kim Fowley universe! This time around, Kim's only the performer on a few track – and most numbers are by obscure groups, both soul and rock – originally recorded by Fowley for ... CD (Rock)
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Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
It's like a Christmas wish come true – a fantastic album of Holiday music, all sung by the soulful Maysa Leak! We've loved Maysa's vocals for years – from her work in Incognito to her long run of solo albums – but she grabs us all over again with the style of this set – a ... CD (Holiday Music)
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Posi tone, 2014. New Copy
The "libations" in the title here is very well-placed – as pianist Art Hirahara has a wonderfully warm, welcoming quality right from the very first note – not a sound that's cliched or commercial, but an oddly festive feel in the way he approaches the piano – a sound ... CD (Jazz)
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Harmless (UK), Late 60s/2014. New Copy 14 x 7 inch box set
A stunner of a soul set – put together to support the film on England's Northern Soul scene! The package is worth it for the music alone – a massive 28 tracks that stand together as one of the sweetest Northern Soul collections we've seen in years – a really great choice of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy
Not a free jazz set – as you might guess from the title – but an excellent mix of funk and rock elements with the sweet electric style of MPS jazz – a totally hip, slightly psych album that sits well with the label's classics from artists like Dave Pike or Dee Dee, Barry & The ... CD (Jazz)
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White Goddess
Kapp/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy
An exotica classic from the great Frank Hunter – an arranger who worked in many other formats in the 50s and 60s – but who's really left his mark with this haunting little record! The instrumentation is quite unique – as Hunter blends electric sounds from an ondionline with core ... CD (Now Sound)
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Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Some of the most underground sounds you could ever hope to hear – quite literally, as the music on the set was recorded in a subterranean studio based in a cavern in Missouri! We could go on making endless jokes about "hard rock" and things like that – but we'll quickly skip ... CD (Rock)
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Hat Art (Switzerland), 1996. New Copy
Excellent solo work from the great Joe McPhee – heard here at a time when he was really reigniting the creative fire in his music! The album is all solo McPhee – and Joe plays various reeds, pocket cornet, piano, and even a bit of electronics – shifting modes and moods with the ... CD (Jazz)
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United Artists/Mute, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A mid 70s set from Can that's still very much in the best spirit of their earliest work – mostly longish tracks and all quite hypnotic – wonderful stuff from the team of Irmin Schmidt, Jacki Liebezeit, Holger Czukay, and Michael Karoli. Sure, Damo's not on vocals any more, but the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Ethio Jazz (180 gram vinyl)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 1970s. New Copy (reissue)
Mad funk from Ethiopia – classic work by the legendary Mulatu, one of Africa's heaviest artists of the 70s! Mulatu's been kind of a beathead secret for years – as most of his exotic grooves were never issued properly outside of Africa, and have only been the province of collectors who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Designer/Big Legal Mess, 1960s. New Copy 4CD
A tremendous legacy in gospel music during the 60s – a crucially important indie from the Memphis scene – and one who recorded really great groups from around the country! Designer were helping shape the sound of modern gospel at the same time as Chess, Savoy, and some of the bigger ... CD (Gospel)
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Pharoah & The Underground – Spiral Mercury
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... CD (Jazz)
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Reprise/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest, most unusual albums ever from the great John Cale – a set that draws strongly on his roots in the New York underground of the mid 60s – including time spent with Tony Conrad and other experimentalists! The record is almost all instrumental – and has Cale ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Modern Feelings
Sahko (Finland), 2014. New Copy
A weird little project that supposedly has the group improvising alongside abstracted samples of Muzak and easy listening – which themselves are manipulated in really unusual ways too! In fact, those core elements seem to be so buried in the mix, that the main focus is really on the live ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Lion, 1975. New Copy
A very groovy record from a very unique band – a homegrown set by an obscure Pennsylvania combo from the 70s – a group who were equally schooled in jazz fusion and progressive rock! Probe 10 are a rock group at their core, but they've also drank heavily from the brew of 70s Mahavishnu ... CD (Rock)
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Walking In The Night
RCA (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Some of the best modern jazz Italy had to offer in the postwar years – and a record that's gone onto be the blueprint for countless recent work from groups on labels like Schema and Deja Vu! Tracks are short, but very groove-centered – often mixing modal jazz rhythms with hardbop solo ... CD (Jazz)
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Intrada, 1969/1971. New Copy 2CD
A pair of great soundtracks from the legendary Michel Legrand – including a huge amount of never-heard work from The Picasso Summer! First up, though, is Summer Of 42 – one of Michel Legrand's greatest moments of the 70s – a sweetly romantic score that lasted a lot longer than ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Stop Time
Sonorama (Germany), 1962. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums we've ever heard from German reedman Rolf Kuhn – a set that not only features a fair bit of tunes penned by Horace Silver – but one that also includes lots of sweet Hammond from the great Ingfried Hoffmann! You might know Hoffman from his excellent ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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King/Sundazed, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
Bossa nova and blues? Turns out they're a surprisingly great combination – but not in a mode that's really the more mainstream conception of either – and instead more of that mix of Brazilian rhythms and soul you'd find in early 60s work by The Drifters! The record's a real standout ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Soft
DFA, 2014. New Copy
A pretty wonderful set by Montreal-raised, Berlin-based singer and songwriter Dan Bodan for the DFA label – softly-sung, emotive tunes done with modern electronics and other more timeless instrumentation – and it's the some of the best material yet by Bodan! We really dig the range of ... CD (New Grooves)
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Golden Dawn Arkestra EP
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2014. New Copy
Wonderful work from this fuzzy, funky group – a project headed by Topaz McGarrigle, who released some great records as Topaz over the years – working here with the excellent Golden Dawn Arkestra! This set draws inspiration from fuzzy rock as well as funk – but there's also some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2 CDs
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... CD (Jazz)
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RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early ... CD (Jazz)
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Soused
4AD, 2014. New Copy
Incredible work from Scott Walker – maybe the best album so far in his revival stretch of the last few decades – and a set that has even more depth and power than the previous albums! The album's a collaboration with Sunn0))) – who provide these dark textures and sonic patterns ... CD (Rock)
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Light In The Attic, 1969/1970. New Copy
An incredible snapshot of the funky soul genius of Sly Stone in an early transitional period – featuring all the known recordings of his short-lived Stone Flower label and production house from 1969-1970! Sly was a rising star at this point, and while the Stone Flower Productions name had ... CD (Soul)
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Caprice (Sweden), 2014. New Copy
Really really great work from pianist Mats Oberg – a musician we've always loved, but who really blows us away with this solo set of improvisations! Mats has this free-flowing sense of imagination that really loves us breathless – a way of creating on the keys of the piano that almost ... CD (Jazz)
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Abnormal Sensations
Cacophonic (UK), 1973. New Copy
Italian soundtrack gurus Alessandro Alessandroni, Giuliano Sorgini and Giulia De Mutiis – working together under the pseudonyms Braen, Raskovich and Kema – and delivering a killer rare set of Abnormal Sensations! It tows the line tightly between seedy early 70s sound library/soundtrack ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Trunk (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Weird and wonderful work from the enigmatic Bruce Lacey – a character whose life and ideals are as compelling as his music! This package is really the first to ever do Lacey justice – and it brings together a rich range of electronic explorations and a few more acoustic improvisations ... CD (Sound Library)
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Impulse/Resonance, 1966. New Copy 2CD
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 ... CD (Jazz)
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4 Blokes
Ogun (UK), 2014. New Copy
Not just four blokes, but a killer quartet led by legendary drummer Louis Moholo – one that works at the same searing intensity as his Blue Notes group in the 70s! The combo is especially adept at quick-paced, fast-thinking creativity – and really leap forward with a great sense of ... CD (Jazz)
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Monastic Trio
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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SSJ (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Unusual later work from the great Carol Sloane – a session that was cut for a major label in Japan, but never issued here in the US – and a date that maybe even surpasses all the class and care of Sloane's indie sides from the 70s! The vocalist has a nicely maturing style, especially ... CD (Vocalists)
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House Boat
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other ... CD (Jazz)
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Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but ... CD (Soul)
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Gal Costa (1969)
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... CD (Brazil)
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Atlantic/Tummy Touch, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... CD (Soul)
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Milton Nascimento (1969)
Odeon/RPM (UK), 1969. New Copy
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the ... CD (Brazil)
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Thought Of You
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and ... CD (Jazz)
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Pharoah & The Underground – Primitive Jupiter
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)




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