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Diane RenayNavy Blue (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $14.99
Diane Renay's clearly got a thing for sailors going on here – but maybe that's no surprise, given that she's handled on the album by the great Bob Crewe – whose perfect presentation of the music is right up there with his best pop of the 60s! Charlie Calello handled almost all of the arrangements, and the pairing of his talents with Crewe is so great, it wouldn't even matter who was singing – as there's gentle grooves on most numbers, weird instrumental effects, and a sublime spacing of the tunes – that same magic that the pair brought to their Four Seasons recordings. Yet it also turns out that Diane's a pretty great singer – maybe more soul than you might expect, especially when female backup singers come in and push her along! Titles include "Soft Spoken Guy", "A Present From Eddie", "Bell Bottom Trousers", "Navy Blue", "Man Of Mystery", "Unbelievable Guy", "He Promised Me Forevermore", and "Hello Heartaches". CD features the full album in mono and stereo – plus bonus tracks "Growin Up Too Fast", "Waitin For Joey", and "It's In Your Hands". (Rock, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Navy Blue – The Very Best Of Diane Renay ... CD 9.99
 
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✨✧ King PleasureMoody's Mood For Love ... CD
United Artists/Blue Note, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The rarest of three albums that King Pleasure ever recorded – and pretty darn hard to find, too. The set was recorded after King's earlier sides for the Prestige and HiFi jazz labels, but it's in a very similar style, with some wonderful vocalese-ing done in Pleasure's landmark style. He's really one of the greatest jazz singers of the 20th century, and it's unfortunate that apart from the big hit fame of "Moody's Mood For Love" (recorded here once again), King never got strong recognition as a richly talented singer. A number of cuts on here are re-recordings of earlier work – like "Don't Get Scared" and "Sometimes I'm Happy" – and other tracks include "It Might As Well Be Spring" and "Old Black Magic". Plus, this CD reissue also expands the original album with a lot of bonus cuts, including some great unreleased numbers – a total of 18 tracks in all, and a treasure trove of work by King Pleasure! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gil Scott-HeronNew Black Poet – Small Talk At 125th & Lenox ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gil Scott-Heron's first album – and his angriest! Unlike some of Gil's other albums – which have a sweet jazzy vibe and a mix of mellow soul styles – this one's a lot rawer, and features Gil rapping loud over very heavy percussion backing. All the work is his own, and the album's a showcase for his brilliant protest poetry – the most famous example of which is included in "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", which leads off the album with an especially righteous groove! The set's a key link in the African American musical tradition of the 20th century – and proof that the underground, while not always afforded a good place in the broadcast markets of the US, could always burst forth in the "narrowcast" medium of recorded music. A landmark album – one we like even better than the early work by the Last Poets – and great all the way through! Tracks include "Whitey On The Moon", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul?", "The Subject Was Faggots", and "Brother". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr.)

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✨✧ Scott WalkerAloner (aka Scott 1) ... LP
Smash, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Scott Walker's first album as a solo act – and an incredible set that's light years ahead of his earlier work with The Walker Brothers! Gone are the simple, straightforward pop tunes – and in their place is a more sophisticated mode of work – one inspired by the French pop of Jacques Brel, the cinema of Ingmar Bergman, and a host of other contemporary influences simmer in young Scott's head! The vocals are tremendous – more mature and balanced than ever before – clearly showing Walker's desire to ascend into the ranks of great male singers of the 20th Century, yet not in a way that's cloyingly poppish. Arrangements are great too – handled by Brit easy maestros Reg Guest, Peter Knight, and Wally Stott – and the tracks include the classic originals "Such A Small Love", "Montague Terrace", and "Always Coming Back To You" – plus versions of Jacque Brel's "Mathilde", "Amsterdam", and "My Death" – as well as "Angelica", "The Big Hurt", and "When Joanna Loved Me". (Rock, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two cutout holes and splitting on the bottom seam.)
 
 
 



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