Bootsy Collins' first solo album as a leader – and a masterpiece of slow bassy funk that set the tone for countless other groups to come! Bootsy steps into the spotlight with a tremendous amount of confidence and personality on the record – emerging as the one real star that could ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Lo Borges – one of the best singer/songwriters on the Brazilian scene of the 70s! Borges first burst into the spotlight for his work on the Club Da Esquina album by Milton Nascimento – and his work as part of Milton's "corner club" really helped shape ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary approach – one that' ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bossa Rio —
Alegria! ... LP Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
An incredibly groovy record – and one of two rare sides cut by Bossa Rio – a short-lived vocal group handled by Sergio Mendes! The sound here is kind of an extension of Sergio's work with Brasil 66 – but Bossa Rio have deeper chops vocally, with both male and female singers ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hmmm . . The cover's got crowds of people flocking to (or from?) a giant alto sax – but we're still not convinced that the album contains tracks that Earl finally succumbed to recording after exceissive popular demand. Still, we love that tone – as always – and it's a pleasure to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear with splitting seams & some tape.)
One of Bostic's best – played with a group that includes Stanley Turrentine and John Coltrane, although you'd never know it, because Earl's alto sax is right up front in the mix. There's no problem with that, though – and as you'll hear from his tone, it's more than likely that Trane ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has wide brown tape on the seams and spine.)
An excellent album by Bostic – one of his only few true jazz sessions! Bostic's tone has always been a favorite for us – and in this rare small combo jazz session you get to hear it alongside the Hammond of Groove Holmes, guitar of Joe Pass, and rhythm backing by James Bond and Shelly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label King pressing. Cover has split top & bottom seams, with a bit of pen on the back.)
A wonderful soundtrack to a very odd film – one of Jane Fonda's early French cinematic efforts, directed by (then) husband Roger Vadim. The score has a wonderful sweeping French feel – with bits of easy instrumentation, slight touches of jazz, and even a bit of tripped-out Eastern ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's got a hokey title and cover – but it's a great batch of groovy 60s grooves! The album's supposed to feature songs from old-timey radio shows of the 30s and 40s, but Jimmy Bowen re-casts the songs (with the help of Ernie Freeman) into these campy 60s tunes, almost like a Laugh-In ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner & light aging.)
David Bowie's late career peak arrived just days before he left us! The preceding record The Next Day was a solid reminder of Bowie at his fuzz guitar-graced 70s best, while still standing firm in the here-and-now, yet we still sort of wished for more creatively daring work. Here it is! Once again ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing – and comes a cool blackout sleeve with a cut-out star pattern, too! Includes digital download.)
The first truly great David Bowie electric guitar album – an all-out, power-driven set of tracks played by a group that included Mick Ronson and Tony Visconti! Bowie's in prime pre-Ziggy mode here – ripping into tunes that blister with dark energy that are some of the first truly ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Bowie back in costume at the end of the 70s – but informed enough from his Berlin trilogy that he's coming at things quite differently here! The album's a great summation of the sounds on Low, Heroes, and Lodger – taken almost back to some Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from the Bowman Trio – a group named not for any of the musicians who perform , but for the writer J Bowman – whose words inspired each of the songs on the set! The trio features Tomi Nikku on trumpet, Joonas Tuuri on bass, and Sami Nummela on drums – all Finnish ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman – with tracks that include "The Happy Song", "Rock Me Baby", "Sweet Cream Ladies", "I Must Be The Devil", "Midnight Angel", and "Soul Deep". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a hype sticker and a piece of masking tape on front.)
A fantastic Japanese-only collection of early Chess Records material by Eddie Boyd – including some unreleased tracks! Most numbers are small combo tracks – with accompaniment from Robert Lockwood Jr on guitar, Purcell Brockenborough on tenor, and Willie Dixon on bass! (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums so far from mighty Chicago reedman David Boykin – and easily a set that lives up to the rich legacy of avant jazz in the Windy City! There's a depth to the record that comes through right from the very first note – a sense of history and feeling that shows ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Of all the R&B bandleaders of the 50s, Tiny Bradshaw was one of the wildest! He had a tight rolling groove that managed to infuse his whole band with a lively sense of rhythm that was often unmatched by some of the other sleepier groups of the time – and he also managed to hire some of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the coolest and grooviest music we've heard from the obscure Braen's Machine sound library project from early 70s Italy – a record that's less tripped out than its predecessors, and instead has this great style that's heavy on bossa elements and funky jazz! The vibe's a bit like the ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that definitely lives up to its title – a stone stormer from Brainstorm – one of the tightest funky ensembles of their generation, and one of the few who could go deep while still laying down a groove! The set's got a perfect balance of modes – enough of the appeal of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Jaimie Branch —
Fly Or Die ... LP International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
An incredible debut from trumpeter Jaimie Branch – an artist who seems ready to be one of the boldest new voices in jazz on the Chicago scene! Branch works here at a level that both lives up to an AACM legacy of experimentation, and the rich exploration in new jazz forms that we love from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Haunting solo work from Dollar Brand – recorded live in Copenhagen, with a sound that's full of tone, texture, and subtle beauty! Dollar Brand is one of the few players that can hold us rapt with a session like this – and as with his trio and larger group work, the tunes have an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare, solo, and incredibly haunting work from Dollar Brand – recorded in Switzerland in the early 70s, and featuring Brand on both flute and piano, playing a set of 14 original compositions designed to provide small sketches of his African homeland. The mood of the work is less sprightly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
South African pianist Dollar Brand was still going strong into the 80s – as this excellent quartet session will attest! The record features a group with Carolos Ward on alto sax and flute, playing next to Brand's own piano and occasional soprano sax, backed by the bass of Essiet Okun Essiet ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dollar Brand (Abdullah Ibrahim) —
Natural Rhythm ... LP Gallo/Sun (South Africa), 1977. Near Mint- ...
Fantastic South African material from Abdullah Ibrahim – a set that has the pianist playing both acoustic and electric piano – in a quartet with Barney Rachabane on flute and alto, Victor Ntoni on bass, and Timmy Kwebulana on drums! The set also features one track – "Blues ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album of jazz tracks by one of Brazil's greatest reed players of the 70s – the mighty Victor Assis Brasil – a free-thinking spirit who really took Brazilian jazz in bold new directions at the time! The record shows Victor absorbing a lot of post-Coltrane influences, and ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brasilia Modern Six —
Estreia ... LP RCA (Brazil), 1969. Very Good+ ...
Groovy vocal pop from Brazil – an unusual group with a mellow harmony sound – one gal and five guys, gently singing together over some light arrangements of American and Brazilian pop tunes! The style of the record is different than work by other Brazilian harmony combos of the 60s ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing from 2002, with great vinyl and heavy cover! Long out of print.)
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lesser-remembered gem from Brass Construction – and a tight bit of 80s groove that builds nicely on the group's ensemble funk work of the 70s! The group's still quite large, with a brassy finish that befits their name – but there's also a nice undercurrent of funky guitar, bass, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)
Nice record by Brass Fever, and a one that was recorded before their more disco-y Time Is Running Out LP. The band includes a host of great horn players like George Bohannon, Jerome Richardson, Oscar Brashear, and John Handy – plus some good solos by Odell Brown on keyboards. Five long cuts ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The ninth in Phillips' compilation of the work of this twisted French singer, and material culled from the time when he was really pushing the envelope. As with all of his recordings, this one features a spare folksy sound – with Brassens accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Titles ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton plays a host of horns on this powerful mid 80s set – a batch of numbers all based around his unique imagistic compositions! Braxton's reeds include alto, tenor, sopranino, and C melody sax – plus clarinet and flute as well – and other quartet members include David ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's best records for Arista, and a great quartet session that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. The playing is extremely tight, and Braxton and Wheeler trade very sharp solos, while Holland pulls these amazing lines out of his bass. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Anthony Braxton – an album that has him playing straight ahead jazz – but at a time when he was also making some of his most complex recordings of the 70s! The approach here is sublime – as Braxton's reputation has ears already anticipating some far-out ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice 2LP set that brings together 3 different sets of live material recorded by Braxton during the mid 70s! The first set features Braxton in trio with Kenny Wheeler and Dave Holland at Montreux, in 1975; the second set features Braxton and George Lewis, along with the Circle rhythm team of Dave ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some ring & edge wear.)
A seminal meeting between two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 70s – reedman Anthony Braxton, whose roots in the Chicago AACM scene were already expanding to a huge influence on the European world of free jazz – and guitarist Derek Bailey, the British player who ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second volume in this seminal series from the mid 70s – one that did a great job of documenting some of the formative underground playing that was happening in the New York loft scene, almost more creative work than in previous generations, thanks to a lack of commercial venues, and hence ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, with a sticker remnant in one corner.)
The second set from St Louis funk combo Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(With bonus CD.)
70A ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
An early gem from this hip Polish group – a quintet on this outing, and working in a mode that brings a lot more to the music than just a set of blues-inspired roots! The group have some great elements going on here – including sax and flute from the great Wlodzimerz Nahorny, whose ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blues ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
An enigmatic set from Poland – one that's definitely got the bluesy touches promised in the title, but which also served up some other compelling sounds as well! Breakout's not just a straight blues rock combo – at least not in the mode of US or UK groups of the time – as they ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kamienie ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A 70s classic by one of the greatest Polish groups of the time – the mighty Breakout, who work here in a nicely raw, nicely spare version of blues-inspired rock! The group's got plenty of Chicago influence on both the guitar and harmonica – but they never use those instruments in any ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Karate ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A smoking little album from this hip Polish combo of the early 70s – a group that may well boast some of the best rootsy guitar work on the Eastern side of the Iron Curtain at the time! Breakout take plenty of lessons from American blues – and from the then-contemporary generation who ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joshua Breakstone —
Echoes ... LP Contemporary, 1987. Very Good ...
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves – absolutely killing it early on with this self-titled second album! Brick has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a way of fusing older funky soul on a tighter modern ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked killer from Brick – the group's fourth album, but every bit as tight and funkier as earlier sets! Brick's Atlanta-bred groove is very much in place here – that lean, mean approach to funk that made them a standout right from the get-go – almost setting the scene for ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky female duo from the P-Funk empire – one of George Clinton's few girl-based projects of the 70s, and a group who are markedly more funk-based than Parlet! Vocals are by the duo of Lyn Mabry and Dawn Silva – but the main sound of the set comes from the tightly crafted rhythms ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has sticker remnants and heavy wear on the spine.)
A tremendously soulful session from the late 70s P-Funk empire – sung by a group who were George Clinton's answer to Three Degrees, First Choice, and other female club trios of the time! The sound here is hardly as disco as those other groups, though – and there's plenty of funky ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky little record from a groovy German trio – one who recorded this gem at the start of the 70s, with a vibe that's very similar to some of the best MPS material at the time! The group features Joe Nay on drums, Pawel Jarzebski on bass, and Kristian Schultze on keyboards – the last ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful turn in direction from the legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater – a return to some of the soul-based modes she used in the 70s, but served up here as a tribute to Memphis soul of an earlier generation! The set was recorded in that fine southern city, at the Royal Studios ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky keyboard tracks from Julius Brockington – a mad early 70s figure who not only cut some wild funk, but who also ended up doing a fair bit of gospel work in later years. This set's a good bit of stoner funk tracks – in the wilder mode of the Perception/Today label – and it's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album