Stunning work from Lesiman – easily one of the coolest, funkiest talents on the Italian sound library scene of the 70s! The groove here is electric, funky, and often slightly trippy – with perfect use of electric bass to get things going in so many different ways, depending on the mood ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
( LP comes with bonus CD version of the full album.)
Some very nice pop soul tracks by this lovely vocalist from the 60s! The record features a core group of backing by the Ronnie Brown trio, plus some larger arrangements by Lincoln Mayorga. The sound is nice and soulful, with a bit of a jazzy touch – in the manner of some of Nancy Wilson's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great sounds from the Israeli scene of the early 70s – an EP of work recorded in Jaffa with a very lively feel – and a mix of percussion, organ, and stringed instrumentation that almost feels like some of our favorite Turkish tracks from the time! The vocals have this powerful vibe ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally wicked guitar work from the mighty O'Donel Levy – easily one of the hippest talents to ever work for the Groove Merchant label! Levy's got a sound here that's a bit like Wes Montgomery on some of his late 60s sides, but also a fair bit funkier overall – a style that's steeped ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The butt-squeezing cover should be enough to let you know that this is one funky album – but if that doesn't get the message across, the grooves certainly do! O'Donel Levy plays tight and funky guitar, and also sings a bit on the set – working with a tight combo that features Charles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Getting up there in years, and Groove Merchant has given way to Sonny Lester's LC label – but O'Donel is still a dope guitar player, and this LP has some tasty cuts like "Butta", which may be the first time the dairy product was used on a record to signify dopeness! The groove is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gary Lewis —
Listen! ... LP Liberty, 1967. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautiful 60s sunshine pop from Gary Lewis – sunny melodies and grand pop orchestrations by Jack Nitzsche – and a record that's been terribly overlooked for decades! Gary Lewis & The Playboys had fairly successful run before Gary was called to active service, and he cut this solo ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous little record and maybe THE album from trombonist George Lewis – a groundbreaking solo set that's maybe his equivalent of Anthony Braxton's For Alto – and which does similar things both for his instrument and the further growth of the AACM in jazz! The record features ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One side features a group led by George Lewis on clarinet – with Joe Robichaux on piano and Jack Willis on trumpet – the other features a group led by trombonist Turk Murphy, with Bill Dapier on clarinet and Larry Conger on trumpet. ... (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
John Lewis takes on the music of Gary McFarland – working here in a very cool set of McFarland compositions and arrangements – often with a lot more tone, color, and feeling than usual for a Lewis album! John often punctuates his piano notes, almost as if he's using vibes – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple & red label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Serious compositional material by John Lewis – a series of work based upon the Italian tradition of commedia dell'arte, written for a larger group of brass instruments – and given a real "classics meets jazz" sort of vibe – but also handled with a gentle swing, too! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Way more than just "abstractions" – as the set's a very focused batch of some of the larger ideas that John Lewis had about jazz – explored beautifully here away from the Modern Jazz Quartet! The album has Lewis working with frequent partner – and fellow third stream ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ramsey Lewis —
Legacy ... LP Columbia, 1978. Very Good+ ...
An overlooked gem from Ramsey's 70s years at Columbia – a record that has him grooving over larger arrangements, sweeping along in a great blend of soul and class that makes for some really great numbers! Side one of the album features Ramsey playing keyboards on the extended "Legacy&quo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 70s grooves from Ramsey Lewis – a set cut smack dab in the middle of his glory days at Columbia Records – with great production help and work on bass from the mighty Cleveland Eaton! The style is nice and lean, with just some occasional fuller touches – and Ramsey plays ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear and an ink stamp on back.)
The Ramsey Lewis Trio gets some additional orchestral backings – and with great results! The set features Ramsey, Eldee Young, and Red Holt – all playing their usual pyrotechnic blend of soul jazz and swing – supported by larger arrangements handled by Riley Hampton, done in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting, with a sticker and some pencil on back.)
The Ramsey Lewis trio (with Young and Holt) backs up this sweet Chicago jazz singer in a nice set of soulful tracks recorded for Chess in the mid 60's. Nice laid back lounge jazz type of groove, with a good assortment of lesser-known tracks, and very sensitive accompaniment. Cuts include "Goo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Argo pressing. Cover has taped seams, a card pocket on front, and extensive notes on back.)
Raw New Orleans soul from Overton "Smiley" Lewis – one of the city's big stars in the 50s R&B years, and a singer who arguably set the stage for later deep soul to come! A few years before, and Lewis might have been more of a blues singer – but here, he's working with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite records of all time – an incredible soundtrack from the legendary Sven Libaek, served up in a swirling blend of vibes, flute, guitar, and organ – all with a bubbly, watery feel that's totally amazing! The album's easily one of the greatest from the Australian scene ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite records ever from the great Sven Libaek – an artist who's possibly best known for his underwater soundtrack work of the 70s, but who shines equally well here on a late 60s album that has him hitting the top of the waves! The music was written for a surf film in 1968, but ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A weird little horror soundtrack from the mid 70s – served up as a mad melange of synth bits, keyboards, and guitar – all very much in the spirit of film work at the time by Goblin – but maybe even less rock-based overall! The tracks really open up nicely on the set – with ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Motown release by this group – a nice mix of jazzy soul and rock styles, handled with production and arrangements that are better than the group's first album. There's some nice smooth LA sounds on the set – and the vocals have a rough edge that's almost got a bit of a David ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great example of the sound of ECM in the early 70s, with Liebman playing in his post-Miles band angular modernist style with warm electric and acoustic accompaniment from Richard Beirach, Frank Tusa and Jeff Williams rounding out the quartet . The set is made up of three long, spiralling numbers ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Library copy, with wear, splitting, taped seams and marker.)
An obscure harmony group from the early 70s (we only know them from this one album) – with a great sound that's right up there in the New Jersey/Philly mode. Production is by Billy Jackson – who does a good job with the uptempo numbers (recorded at Sigma Sound), but even better with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff – incredibly hard and incredibly funky, and a masterpiece all the way through! Long before there was any talk of gangster rap, Jalal of the Last Poets recorded this album of gamblin', pimpin', and hard double dealin'. It's a fantastic album-long ride through the dark side of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Creation ... LP Yoga Records/Drag City, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Cosmic weirdness from Lightstorm – the first ever compilation of the husband & wife duo Johnima and Kalassu Wintergate's oddly effective, genuinely-inviting tunes! Lightstorm's aim is to bring blessing, love and divine joy to the world – spiritually-inclined in a new age-y way that's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Noirish French rock from The Liminanas – the second great record in a row from multi-instrumentalist Lionel and sultry singer/drummer Marie! Crystal Anis is their first album for Hozac – and one that equals, if not tops their underground instant classic debut for Trouble In Mind. ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Key early work by Abbey – no so much the "blue" album you'd guess from the title, but a session that's filled with the kind of anger and emotion that makes us love her so much when she's this good! The group here is very hip – an ensemble brought to the date by her then-partne ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great session that was recorded in Tokyo in 1973 – featuring Abbey backed by a small group that includes Dave Liebman on sax and flute, Al Foster on drums, and Hiromasa Suzuki on piano. The record's pretty darn hip – and it's a nice version of Abbey's haunting approach to vocal jazz, ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Lindberg on piano, Erik Nilsson on baritone sax, Markku Johansson on trumpet, and Bernt Rosengren on tenor! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Bjorn Jayson Lindh —
Sissel ... LP CTI/Metronome, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the best albums of funky flute you could ever hope to find! Swedish flute player Jayson Lindh is working here with an excellent small combo – one with very hard drums, tight guitar and keyboards, and even a bit of vibes. The groove is very much in the best mode of the funky flute ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pre-Liquid Liquid work from Richard McGuire – a pair of different groups that both have a much more outside vibe than his more famous material! The Liquid Idiot tracks are from 1978, and have a definite No Wave vibe – almost improvised jazz at times, and definitely fairly avant – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from The Litter – the Minneapolis psych quintet who first broke big on their Emerge album for ABC/Probe – but who are heard here a year earlier, with a sound that's maybe even more trippy and powerful overall! The back of the album carries the message "play at the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ken Little —
Solo ... LP Dharma, 1973. Sealed ...
One of the nice albums that Little Anthony recorded after moving to Veep during the mid 60's. By this point, the group was recording a little bit more pop stuff than they used to on their old records, but their harmonies were still great, and they were also cutting a lot of other great original ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from Little Anthony – and a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album – using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other – both of whom really help ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible funky guitar – an all-instrumental gem from the legendary Little Beaver – quite different than his other vocal albums of the 70s, and a fair bit funkier too! The sound here is amazing – lots of snakey compressed guitar parts, nice wah wah moments, and a dope laidback ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An inspired loner blues-rock-folk effort from Little Howlin' Wolf – nope, not the Mississippi-born, Chicago blues saint Howlin Wolf, nor his kin – but an enigmatic songwriter-performer born James Pobiega – with freewheeling style that's falls somewhere between acoustic blues and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent soulful disco album on the great TSOB label! Drummer, producer and band leader Norvell Holmes' name isn't likely to ring a bell for even hardcore 80s groove and disco fans, but this is an amazingly great album of modern soul with a polished feel to both the club cuts and mellower ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Charles Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experiments in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy. 2 eye pressing. Cover has wear, masking tape on all seams, and some sticker residue.)
A classic set from reedman Charles Lloyd – a set that really pushes forward all the experiments he'd begun in the Chico Hamilton group – and shows a bold move forward for rhythms in 60s jazz! The tracks are long, and spiral out wonderfully – but in ways that are different than ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has some staining on the bottom right corner.)
Classic Joe Loco material for Tico from the 50s – hard and heavy piano work, leaping around with almost as much inherent rhythm as the percussion that accompanies it! Loco's style gets a bit, well, "loco" at times – but never too much so – and titles include "Happy ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(POOR CONDITION. Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover is is decent shape.)
Doug Lofstrom —
Music... ... LP Little Miracles, 1984. Near Mint- ...
A very weird and wonderful combination of sounds – the improvised piano of Aki Takase and Alexander Von Schlippenbach, the drums of Paul Lovens, and the turntables and faderboard of DJ Illvibe! We'll be the first to admit that we're often skittish about the use of turntables in a session of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Old songs, but swung the Julie London way – and given a really cool feel here, thanks to jazzy backings from the great Jimmy Rowles! The group's clearly got some key west coast hornmen in the lineup – as some points feature some standout sax or trumpet bits that really help flavor the ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of stuck-on paper on back.)
Lone Ranger —
M 16 ... LP Channel One, 1982. Very Good+ ...
Barbara Long —
Soul ... LP Savoy, 1961. Near Mint- ...
A very hip album of vocal jazz – recorded by the underground singer Barbara Long, a righteous east coast talent who cut a very small amount of work during the 60s. This set's got Long backed by a small group that includes Booker Ervin, Billy Howell, and Nat Phipps – and Ervin's tenor ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese King pressing, from 1990 – great vinyl and cover!)
A unique small label set from singer/pianist Danny Long! (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light staining along the bottom seam.)
Mike Longo —
Matrix ... LP Mainstream, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Laidback set of soul jazz piano tracks, played by Mike Longo on acoustic piano, with backing by tight rhythm players like Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, and Sam Jones. The title track, "Matrix", is a nice groover, and other nice ones include "My San Francisco" and "Travel ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with marker on the labels. Cover has a card pocket on front, masking tape on the seams, and heavy wear on the spine.)
Dizzy Gillespie always had the hippest piano players. In the 60s, it was Lalo Schifrin and Kenny Barron – and in the 70s, it was the great Mike Longo, who gave Diz's best records a slow loping slightly funky groove that was perfect for Dizzy's trumpet style! This killer album by Longo was ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Library copy with wear, taped seams, a sticker and marker.)
Triple vinyl pressing of Lootpack's first full length – one of the early classics on Stones Throw! 24 tracks in all, which is 6 more (!) than the double vinyl version, Guest appearances by Declaime, Defari, Tha Liks, Dilated Peoples, Quasimoto and Medaphoar, with Madlib's singular style of ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus "Bone Marrow" 7-inch plus code for download.)
Furious, battle-tested early 90s mastery from Lord Finesse – with pitch perfect production by DJ Premier, Diamond D, Showbiz and Mike Smooth – an east coast golden age classic! Funky Technician is mysteriously slept on in too many discussions of the best hip hop of the era, but it's ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The debut album from Bryan Loren, and quite possibly his best-remembered set – a batch of catchy, upbeat 80s soul numbers – all tracks that definitely point the way towards his later productions for other hit artists! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but Bryan's right on the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, ring & edge wear, and a tracklist sticker.)
An incredible batch of prime garage rock era nuggets from the Peruvian scene – fuzzy gems by the Saicos! The Saicos bring a sense of menace to these tunes – with a guitar tone touched with an eerie vibe, and lead vocals that are really piercing and gravelly in that instills this ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Los Terrificos really live up to their name here – in a set of sounds that take Latin roots and push them into the trippy territory you might expect from the cover! The group's headed up by Ray Lugo, who we love from other creative contemporary Latin projects – and he's really outdone ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lost Gonzo Band —
Thrills ... LP Capitol, 1976. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Out Here ... LP Blue Thumb, Early 70s. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ...
A strange album when put next to Love's Elektra records – and one that's not without its weaknesses – but the band's got a kick-ass drummer, and the record's filled with more than a few tasty moments that have a bit of funk in them. Layered with Arthur Lee's hip guitar, the sound is ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)
Love Unlimited Orchestra with Webster Lewis —
Welcome Aboard ... LP Unlimited Gold, 1981. Near Mint- ...
The great Webster Lewis joins Love Unlimited Orchestra for this nice mellow later album, one of the group's last good albums! Features the slowly funky "Welcome Aboard" – a tight mellow track with an excellent stepping groove that's nice and sweet. Barry White produced, and other ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album