A great step forward for The Cryan Shames – a group who started their career singing other peoples' music, but who emerge here with some great songs of their own! There's a brilliant Sunshine Pop feel to the whole record – but there's also some garagey elements that reflect the group's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (Rock) read moreCD
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Latin soul madness – and one of the biggest underground hits of the 60s! "Bang Bang" is a tremendous number from the Joe Cuba Sextet – the kind of snapping Latin groover that forever changed the face of the New York scene, and which inspired hundreds of covers and sound-a-like ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label has a sticker.)
Joe Cuba —
Joe Cuba ... LP Discos Embajador, Early 60s. Very Good ...
Great early stuff by Joe Cuba! Sure, the tracks were recorded before Joe's legendary Latin Soul years – but the vibe is nice and fresh, and the tight stripped-down approach shows how much Joe was ready to revitalize Latin music in the 60s. The percussion's nice and strong, and many cuts ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small bit of clear tape and a split spine.)
An earlier album, right before the Latin soul recordings, with the sorts of tight Latin cuts that made the Cuba band famous before many other small combos. Jimmy Sabater's on English vocals on one cut called "Please Don't Forget", and other cuts include "El Tramposo", "Tu ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, clean, but with a some light surface marks.)
One of the few sessions cut by Ronnie Cuber as a leader, though he's played all over many of our favorite soul jazz recordings by George Benson, Mongo Santamria and Lonnie Smith, not to mention many of our favorite Steely Dan records. He leads a tight quartet here, with Barry Harris, Sam Jones and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77 —
Interlude ... CD Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ...
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77 —
Interlude ... LP Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP ...
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the funkiest albums ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Cummi Flu —
Z ... CD Albumlabel (Germany), 2015. Used ...
A smart read into the world of music piracy – not just in the contemporary internet world that's been getting such unyielding attention in the past couple decades – but the roots of it, which go back as far as recorded media itself! If you think the world just started bellyaching about ... (Books) read moreBook
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic 60s throwaway bubble gum pop to go with this soundtrack to the 60s Saturday morning cartoon Hot Wheels! All tracks have vocals, and the sound is somewhere between The Sunrays and The Lovin Spoonful – maybe not nearly as clever as either of them, but still pretty cool nonetheless, and ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot from sticker removal.)
Ted Curson —
Pop Wine ... CD Futura (France), 1971. New Copy ...
Ted Curson at his finest – an incredible album that has him blowing hard, and with a wonderfully soulful style on the Paris scene of the early 70s! Curson's always been a hell of a trumpeter – but he's all-out, over-the-top on this amazing session from 1971 – working alongside ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Brilliant electronics from the German underground of the 70s – a small label release by a duo who work here in the same highly-processed mode as early Cluster – using lots of electronics alongside processed keyboards, guitar, and voice! Each track takes up a side of the record – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most personal and spontaneous albums ever recorded by Ivor Cutler – a live session that's done in the spirit of his quirky studio albums of the time, but one that's also recorded with a fair bit of crowd response! Ivor recites his stories and poems with spare harmonium backing ... (Rock) read moreCD
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house ... (Soul) read moreCD
Cybotron ... CD Dual Planet/Clear Light Of Jupiter (Australia), 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
Cybotron's self-titled record from 1976 – and it's a remarkably prescient set of experimental synth rock instrumentals! It's a bit akin the work of German pioneers like Neu! And Tangerine Dream, but Cybotron is actually the work of Australians Steve Maxwell Von Braund and Geoff Green (not to ... (Rock) read moreCD
Cybotron's self-titled record from 1976 – and it's a remarkably prescient set of experimental synth rock instrumentals! It's a bit akin the work of German pioneers like Neu! And Tangerine Dream, but Cybotron is actually the work of Australians Steve Maxwell Von Braund and Geoff Green (not to ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblowing debut from Cybotron – one of the most unusual groups to ever hail from Detroit – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the musical legacy of the city! Cybotron have a sound that's starkly electronic, and a huge influence on later electro, hip hop, techno, and house ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First pressing. Cover has moderate wear, which is heaviest along the edges.)
Nicely priced reissue of this classic first album by the legendary British dub funk outfit Cymande – done with that gatefold cover and everything! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear with top & bottom seams.)
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... (Soul) read moreCD
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one needs no introduction from us. Classic debut single that introduced the world to Cypress Hill, and one that still holds up after all these years. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Andrew Cyrille —
Nuba ... CD Black Saint (Italy), 1979. Used ...
A compelling collaboration between percussionist Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Jeanne Lee, and alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons – one of the freer sessions on the Black Saint label, and one of the most striking as well! Cyrille handles a wide range of percussion – and also a few whistles too ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A nicely stripped down set of duo jazz – the first recorded pairing of drummer Andrew Cyrille and sax player Greg Osby – just a near perfectly rendered set of exciting duo play from top notch jazz instrumentalists! Each is a fine foil for the other, and this one one of the most winning ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A very wild soundtrack! The film is about The Minx, a crew of lovelies trained in the art of sensual pleasure and corporate espionage – and the original music for the film, by the rock group The Cyrkle, is about as cool as you'd expect from a theme like that! Some cuts are straight trippy ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from James "D Train" Williams – a return to strong male lead vocals in club-oriented soul music, backed by some great grooves that helped Williams break out of the club ghetto of some of his contemporaries on the Prelude label. Williams' key partner in the project is ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another lost piece from the harder side of the Chicago underground scene, produced by The Legendary Traxster. The acapella has the main sample underneath the vocals, without the drum track. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Cool clarinet work from Hank D'Amico – one of the only full albums he ever cut as a leader, and a swinging little set with a vibe to rival the sound of Buddy DeFranco on Verve at the same time! The setting is a small group one – a quartet with Billy Triglia on piano, another fresh ... (Jazz) read moreCD
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most creatively adventurous efforts in years from Paquito D'Rivera – which is saying something, as he's never lacking in ambition – and it finds the style-straddling clarinetist joined by the Cimarron string quintet! Quintetto Cimarron is a Cuban combo that leans more ... (Jazz) read moreCD
"It's All About Me", the title track off his first LP, sounds a lot like his first hit "Crumbs Off The Table". Despite the subject matter, "Glory", from the movie of the same name features pretty uninspired rhymes and production. (Hip Hop) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Lively trio work from drummer Duduka Da Fonseca – a set that has all the Brazilian touches you might expect from the title, but which also sparkles with lots of straighter jazz moments too! Duduka's as strong as ever on the kit, and the album really draws a lot of warmth from the piano lines ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The Lench Mob's second LP, and while not quite as nice as Guerillas In The Mist, it's not without a few good moments of mid-90's West Coast political hardcore. Includes "Chocolate City", "Cut Throats", "King Of The Jungle", "Goin Bananas", "Mellow ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really wonderful work from Vanessa Da Mata – a Brazilian singer who just seems to get better and better over the years! The set features sublime production from guitarist Liminha and bassist Kassin – the latter of whom always has this amazing way of folding things together, so that ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A great collection of vintage work from Brazilian singer Moreira Da Silva – including a fair bit of tracks originally only issued as 78rpm singles! The collection features two CDs' worth of material from 78s, plus the full album O Tal from later in the decade – but even that is ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Martinho Da Vila —
Enredo ... CD Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2014. New Copy ...
Soulful samba from the great Martinho Da Vila – still every bit as joyous and lively as during his famous years of the 70s! The album's a rock-solid set from start to finish – and really lives up to Martinho's long musical legacy, which hasn't dimmed a bit – while also finding ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Early samba work from the mighty Martino Da Vila – music recorded with help from some key contemporaries in the underground scene, in the years before his big albums of the 70s! The sound here is nice and raw – and very spontaneous, too – as the artists come together in a very ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Daft Punk's classic first live album! Alive 1997 was recorded in Birimingham during their first European tour, not long after their instant classic Homework – and it's a 45 minute non-stop mix of the duo at an early peak. A pretty amazing document – somehow bottling up that legendary ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure late 50s hardbop release – and a very tasty one at that! The group's strange name comes from the first few letters of the names of 4 members – drummer Jo Jo Williams, tenorist Marvin Halliday, organist Dagwood Walton, and tenorist Ron Washington – the Jomar Dagron ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reputedly, this is an African funk band recorded recently by the folks at Desco Records – but as with a lot of their projects, we're not entirely sure whether or not to believe them, since they're always a bit too mysterious about the origins of their material, and this may just be some new ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Early 80s genius from Dalek I – aka Dalek I Love You – one of the leading lights of the Liverpool scene at the start of the decade – and a duo with almost as much dark electronics as some of their contemporaries in other North England cities! There's a slight tunefulness to most ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album