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Dexter WanselCaptured (with bonus track) ... CD
Virgin/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $5.99 13.99
An overlooked gem from Dexter Wansel – a mid 80s set recorded after his famous albums for Philly International, and a record that offers a nice transition of his earlier groove! The set's got a keyboard-heavy vibe – similar to the mode that Wansel brought to the studio in the late 70s, but with a different 80s spin overall – especially given the use of drum programs in most of the rhythms, and a mix of other instruments from electric sources as well. Yet given Dexter's ear for a tune, the whole thing comes together with a nice degree of warmth, and a sense of soul that's deeper than you'd expect – especially given that Virgin Records were clearly trying for a crossover hit on this one. There's some great vocals on the leadoff track by The Jones Girls – and other vocals are by Meeta Gajjar, Dr Pearl Williams Jones, and Cynthia Biggs El – who co-wrote most of the record with Wansel. Titles include "Captured", "Do What You Wanna Do", "Nam", "In The Wind", "East Meets West", "Heart On The Line", "Conversations", "Turn Me On", and "Year Of Living Dangerously". CD also features a bonus 12" mix of "Captured". CD

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✨✧ VariousMore Mellow Cats & Kittens – Hot R&B & Cool Blues 1946 to 1952 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent music from that postwar stretch when it seemed like all the genres were wonderfully unstable – and so may different sounds and styles were coming into contact with each other! This set serves up a brilliant batch of genre-crossing sounds from the LA scene at the time – music that isn't quite jazz, isn't really blues, maybe hints at R&B to come – yet which somehow bristles with the best that all those styles had to offer – and a lot more too! The work here is all from the stunningly deep catalog of Modern Records – and the collection features 15 tracks that have never been issued before – all documenting the wonderful wealth of fresh styles coming out of LA at the time. The work here has echoes of bop, swing, and lots of soulful modes to come – and titles include "Yas Yas Yas" by Three Bits Of Rhythm, "Bardu's Boogie" by Bardu Ali, "Just Got Back" by Jimmy Grissom, "How Long" by Kitty Stevenson, "Bacon Blues" by Clarence Williams, "Cake Jumps" by Al Cake Wichard, "Goodnight Wherever You Are" by The Scamps, "Lazy Daisy" by The Noc-Tunes, "Sister Kool Breeze" by Jake Porter, "Billboard Special" by tiny Webb, "Looky Ploot" by Emmitt Slay & His Slayriders, "Going Home Blues" by Hootie McShann, "Your Red Wagon" by Butch Stone, and "Jive I Like" by Pearl Traylor. CD
 
 
 



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