An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced by Frederick Knight – with titles that include "Lay Another Log On The Fire", "I Just Don't Know", "Boomerang Love", "50/50", "Never Let Me Go", and "I Need To Love You". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Great sounds from the Carla Bley band of the 80s – and a record that still has all the modern elements of Bley's initial years in jazz, but also brings in some warmer elements too! If anything, these years unlocked a playfulness that we might not have expected from Carla years before – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A blasting barrage of sound from Paul Bley – a fierce session that's right up there with the most dynamic ESP work of the 60s – and quite different from some of Bley's more introspective music! The group here is a quintet – with bold work from Marshall Allen on alto sax and Dewey ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Possibly the first true moment of genius from Paul Bley – a key indie standout after a few years working for bigger American labels! By the time of this early ESP album, Paul Bley was no stranger to the American scene – having recorded a few records for different labels in the 50s, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The earliest work on record from pianist Paul Bley – the Canadian modernist who'd become much better known for his more experimental work in later years, but who's heard here in a slightly straighter trio set! Even at this early point, though, Bley's talents are amazing – sharp-edged ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, still in the shrink.)
Paul Bley —
Solo ... CD Justin Time (Canada), 1989. Used ...
Paul Bley/John Gilmore/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian —
Turning Point ... CD Improvising Artists Inc (Italy), 1964. Used ...
An excellent album – and one of the few rare non-Ra sides by John Gilmore! Bley's in perfect form at this point – working in an angular modernist mode that perfectly draws out sharp-edged tones from Gilmore's horn, and which is warmed considerably by great bass work by Peacock. We're ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The queen of hip hop soul takes it back to the gutter with guest spots by Jay-Z and P-Diddy on "Love & Life", 50 Cent on "Let Me Be The One", and Method Man on "Love @ 1st Sight", but overall this one has Mary in a better mood than the last album! You've probably ... (Soul) read moreCD
The roots of the new soul... Mary J's first, and still her best, 12 tracks in all including "Real Love", "Sweet Thing", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "What's The 411?", "I Don't Want To Do Anything", "Change ... (Soul) read moreCD
Chapter One ... LP EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Mindblowing sounds from Blo – easily one of the most compelling groups of the African scene of the 70s – summed up perfectly here in this really essential set! Blo began as an Afro-rock combo, but grew to have plenty of funky touches too – which means that the set's got amazing ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the excellent overlooked Latin albums recorded by Atlantic during the 60's – most of which were never issued again. Rene Bloch leads a nice little orchestra through a lively set of mambos and Latin jazz tracks, with a set that's mostly instrumental, and which has a different sound, ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has sticker remnants on front and very light surface wear.)
Urs Blochlinger Tettet —
Neurotica ... LP Hat Art (Switzerland), 1984. Near Mint- 2LP ...
Out of New York rock and roll ideas, Debbie Harry decides to pilfer the subcultures to make her sound a bit more interesting! Fortunately for us, she got some help from guitar maestro Chris Stein on the track "Rapture" – and Stein's real interest in the music gave it a stone old ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The pretty rare, much sought soundtrack to Cannibal Apocalypse, aka Apocalypse Domani – a dawn of the 80s flick with John Saxon about a virus that causes a hunger for human flesh – and a disco funk steeped score by Alessandro Blonksteiner! The vibe has the genuinely funky feel of ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blood Sweat & Tears —
3 ... LP Columbia, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Blood Sweat & Tears are really stretching out here – working their already-famous magic through a range of great tunes, both originals and covers – and coming up with some great longer-form expressions of their sound in the process! David Clayton-Thomas is firmly in the lead on ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wild debut from Blood Sweat & Tears – one of those records that forever changed the face of popular music! The set's noteworthy not just for early vocals from Al Kooper – who was a key part of the group at their start – but also for key production work from a young John ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a peeled spot on one corner.)
Excellent stuff from Blow Fly – and a great bit of funk that's a hilarious parody of disco! Blow's band funks it up with riffs that you'd hear from The JBs, BT Express, or other groups of the time – while Blow himself sings these very off-color, and very funny lyrics that rip off the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has splitting on the top seam & a cutout notch.)
Blowfly hits the hip hop era – and does a surprisingly nice job of it! The track's got a compressed kickback groove – and while Blow's not the best MC in the world, the style of the cut is certainly a nice way to freshen up his raunchy party sound. Plus, the x-rated version includes a ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Sweet 80s soul from Peggi Blu – an artist who recorded this gem for Capitol Records with hardly any fanfare at the time, but who's gotten plenty of play from the set over the years! Peggi's got a style that's nicely unassuming – a voice that still has all the range and power of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very cool collaboration between LA underground mainstay Blu and Germany's moody beat heavy Klaus Layer! "The Boys" is a busy track on the rhymes tip, Blu's voice layered to mesmerzing effect on the vocal side, backed by a gritty bit, strummed strings and layers of heady atmosphere. (Hip Hop) 7-inch, Vinyl record
West Coast MC Blu and producer Ray West pair up for a solid set on the always reliable Red Apples 45 label with appearances by AG & Dave Dar. We wouldn't go quite so far as to call it a concept album, but there's a lyrical musical theme, with a melodic bent to production that provides space for ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Archetypal heavy rock from Blue Cheer – one of THE underground classics of the late 60s! Guitars are firmly, very jammingly in force – and the set's produced to perfection by the legendary Abe "Voco" Kesh. Powerful, fuzzed out, blues based fire at it's most forceful and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue Jug —
Blue Jug ... CD Capricorn/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ...
One of the most obscure records from the early 70s run on Capricorn Records – and a set with nicely deep corners that really live up to the promise of the label! These guys look like a bunch of hillbillies on the cover – an aspect that's maybe inferred by the "jug" in their ... (Rock) read moreCD
One of the first albums from Blue Mink – a seminal rock/soul crossover act who really broke bigger in the 70s! The album's strongest asset is singer Madeline Bell, who works in duet form with group leader Roger Cook on most numbers – bringing the record a strongly soulful component ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another nice collection of left-of-center jazz for the digital age from piano/synthesizer maestro Matthew Shipp & co. for his hungry Thirsty Ear label! This set features frequent collaborators William Parker on bass, Daniel Bernard Roumain on violin, Evan Ziporyn on clarinet and others. The ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Excellent vocal jazz from postwar Paris! The Blue Stars were a legendary combo that were led by Blossom Dearie, and which featured a host of great vocal talents that would later go onto form groups like Les Double Six or The Swingle Singers, including Mimi Perrin and Christine Legrand, as well as ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A great set from Hamiet Bluiett – almost back to his roots in the St Louis underground scene, as the album's a live recording of long spiritual jazz tracks, arguably a lot more compelling than most of Bluiett's studio work from the time! The album was recorded at Sweet Basil in 1983 – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The world of Blundetto is a mighty groovy one – filled with dubby rhythms, funky touches, and some of the sharpest underground production around! This album's a real standout in a world of kicked-back rhythms – never too sleepy, never too sloppy – and always thoughtfully done ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blundetto dives deep into the world of dub – offering up fresh abstractions of work from his previous World Of Blundetto album – but at a level that's completely different than the original! These tracks are maybe even more of a transformation of the originals than the sort of dub work ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Blundetto dives deep into the world of dub – offering up fresh abstractions of work from his previous World Of Blundetto album – but at a level that's completely different than the original! These tracks are maybe even more of a transformation of the originals than the sort of dub work ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two overlooked albums from this godlike ex-singer from The Zombies – back to back on a single CD! Planes has Colin Blunstone again working closely with former bandmate Rod Argent – who plays a fair bit of keyboards on the record, and even harmonizes with Colin on a number of tunes ... (Rock) read moreCD
The long-overdue formal presentation of the music of Doug Hream Blunt – a self-taught, self-styled San Francisco soul singer from the 80s – one who recorded a handful of tunes that never really saw the light of day! Doug's got an unusual style – almost more 70s soul in its ... (Soul) read moreCD
The Bo-Keys have been a rock-solid force on the Memphis scene for a number of years – and here, they take an even deeper step into the city's rich soul history – by making space on the record for performances by classic Memphis soul singers Percy Wiggins, Don Bryant, and The ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Raw soul from Camille Bob – a singer who only cut a handful of tunes, all of them great! "Stop" has these wicked vocals right up front in the mix – almost as if Camille is trying to blow the needles way into the red – rising high above the fierce funky guitar and bold ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A reworking of this classic harmony tune from the team of Bob & Gene – given extra backing on this version from The Inversions – who mix in lots of dubby, Kingston-styled sounds! The main cut has the duo sounding like a harmony team from the early rocksteady years – and the ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A nice compilation of some of the best tunes from one of the one great male & female pairs in all of classic reggae – the sparklingly soulful duo of Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths! The duo managed an crossover hit with their cover of Nina Simone's "Young, Gifted & Black" ... (Reggae) read moreCD
One of the first great projects from genius producer Phil Spector – a soul trio that features one guy and two gals, all working in a style that's a virtual blueprint for countless pop to come! The album updates the older doo wop mode to a sweeter 60s style – focusing mostly on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as funky as Rita's other record on 20th Century – but still pretty nice, in kind of a compressed mid 70s rock sort of way. Rita uses a lot of heavy guitars on the tunes, creating a nice undercurrent of guitar-based funky rock underneath her sweeter vocals, at a level that still has some ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)
Karel Boehlee —
Switch ... CD Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ...
You may not know European piano player Karel Boehlee, but you'll definitely sit up and take notice after hearing this sweet little set – because he's a hell of a pianist, with a wonderfully lyrical touch! The album's got a masterful sound right from the start – a confident approach to ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Angela Bofill —
Angie ... LP Buddah/Arista, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ...
Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album