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Jesse BelvinGuess Who – The RCA Victor Recordings ... CD
RCA/Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 24.99
The complete final recordings of the late great Jesse Belvin – a singer who could have been as huge as Nat King Cole or Sam Cooke, had he not died young in a tragic auto accident! In fact, Jesse's work can be seen as a key bridge between the smooth R&B of Nat's early years, and the early soul of Sam Cooke – as Belvin shared with both of them a sense of poise and class that really made him stand out from the pack. His roots were in R&B, but he also had a polish that was unusual in the pre-soul years – and which really helped to set the course for countless singers to come – especially on these final recordings made for RCA, in the years when the label hoped to break him as a big crossover star. The set brings together a whopping 36 tracks from Jesse's brief stint at RCA – including 2 full albums' worth of material, plus nearly a dozen extra tracks from singles. The set's the first time this material has been reissued with full justice done to Jesse's genius – with great notes on the tracks, full details on the material, and an expansive set list that includes "The Door Is Always Open", "Give Me Love", "Imagination", "My Last Goodbye", "Dandilyon", "Pledging My Love", "Every Since We Met", "Love Is Here To Stay", "Guess Who", "Funny", and "Take Me Back To The Island". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
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✨✧ Harry BelafonteBelafonte Sings The Blues ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good ... $1.99
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(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Harry BelafonteHomeward Bound/Belafonte Sings Of Love ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Two overlooked late 60s gems from Harry Belafonte – back to back on a single CD! First up is Homeward Bound – a nicely unusual set that has the singer picking up on all of the hipper changes in soul and folk during the 60s – and working with arranger William Eaton, who brings in some very cool elements to the music! Belafonte's quite far from the calypso of his roots, but his magnificent vocals are a perfect fit for the changed-up material here – titles that include the title's version of Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound", plus nice versions of "The Dolphins", "If I Were A Carpenter", "Suzanne", "Tomorrow Is A Long Time", and "Don't Talk Now". On the second album, Harry Belafonte sings of love – working through a sweet array of late 60s ballads, all set to nicely sophisticated arrangements from the great Marty Manning! The vibe here is a bit different than the island sounds of Belafonte's roots – but his deep vocals really do a nice job on these mellow, moody, late nite tunes – stepping gently around the backings in the manner of Tony Bennett or Perry Como, but with more of that deep-toned, Belafonte rasp – on tracks that include "Annie Love", "Sleep Late My Lady Friend", "you Time", "Once In My Lifetime", "A Day In The Life Of A Fool", "The First Day Of Forever", and "In The Name Of Love". CD

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Harry BelafonteStreets I Have Walked ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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(Mono pressing. Cover has two cutout holes.)

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Jesse BelvinMr Easy ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The last album ever recorded by LA vocalist Jesse Belvin – a stupendous session that showed where he might have headed, if not for the tragic auto accident that took his voice from us far too soon! The album has Jesse moving from the smooth R&B of earlier albums into a more sophisticated style that's a bit like that of Nat King Cole, but which is done here with traces of Sam Cooke as well. Orchestrations are by Marty Paich, who's great at both the swinging and mellow tunes – and titles include "Imagination", "I'll Buy You A Star", "Let There Be Love", "Blues In The Night", "It's All Right With Me", and "The Best Is Yet To Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing.)

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Perry ComoPerry/Perry In Person At The International Hotel Las Vegas ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1970/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Obscure 70s work from Perry Como – two RCA albums back to back on a single CD! Perry features heavenly vocals from the great Perry Como – a set that has maybe a slight touch of 70s style in the production, but which still has those great Como vocals firmly intact! Nick Perito handles the charts, and the Ray Charles Singers step in for a bit of backup vocals – but Perry's the main man throughout, adapting nicely to some more contemporary tunes that sound great in the Como setting. Titles include "The Way We Were", "Brian's Song", "Weave Me The Sunshine", "Beyond Tomorrow", "That's You", and "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life". In Person is a swinging live set from Perry Como – one that's maybe got a bit more jazz in the mix than some of his other albums, thanks to the bigger band backing him up – often with this vibrant feel that maybe has Perry himself bringing a bit more punch to his presentation too! But if you dig the pillowy-soft Como sound, don't fret – as there's plenty of that in place here – on titles that include "Everybody's Talkin", "I've Got You Under My Skin/Hello Young Lovers", "Love Is Spreading All Over The World", "Father Of Girls", "You'll Never Walk Alone", and "It's A Good Day". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing!)

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Perry ComoSeason's Greetings ... CD
RCA/BMG, 1959. Used ... $2.99

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Margie DayDawn Of A New Day/Experience Margie Day ... CD
RCA/Poker (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $5.99 13.99
Two compelling albums from Margie Day – an under-remembered singer who worked for RCA at the end of the 60s! First up is Dawn Of A New Day – a set that has Margie working in a really unique approach to vocals – a bit jazzy at times, inflected with bluesy undercurrents at others, but often delivered with a sense of class and poise that's a bit like Nancy Wilson at Capitol – although quite different overall! Given that Margie's always apt to push the inflections on the tunes – working the notes heavily with very soulful expression – she really changes things up from the usual album of this type, and creates a nice sense of tension with the arrangements from Ray Ellis, Chuck Sagle, and Jimmy Wisner. Titles include "Am I Blue", "Walk Away", "As Time Goes By", "Much Too Long", "Ain't It The Truth", "Let's Do It", and "In Times Like These". Experience Margie Day is pretty groovy little set from Day – a record that's somewhere in a space between jazz and soul vocals, and put together with some really unique inflections overall! There's a surprisingly sophisticated quality to the music – almost like some of Marlena Shaw's late 60s music, but a bit less righteous overall – filled with adult themes, and featuring a track list that includes a fair bit of unfamiliar numbers that really keep things fresh. Arrangements are by Ray Ellis, Art Beck, and Garry Illingworth – the latter of whom wrote some of the best tracks on the set – and titles include "What Does He Think", "If The Laugh-In Don't Kill Me", "I Keep It Hid", "Time Doesn't Matter Anymore", "Ever Livin Lovin Program Plan", "Rainbow People", "I Thought About You", "Don't Pay Them No Mind", "Let's Start All Over Again", "Maybe You'll Be There", and "Wine In The Wind". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Dave Garroway/Matt Dennis/Red NorvoSome Of My Favorites ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1957. Used ... $2.99
A mixture of vocal tunes from Matt Dennis and instrumentals from Red Norvo – all presented by early TV legend Dave Garroway! (Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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Toni HarperNight Mood ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A great singer, and a real standout album that's sadly been lost beneath the shifting sands of time! Toni Harper's working here with arranger Marty Paich – in a mode that's jazzy, but with soulful undercurrents – in that sophisticatedly swinging style that made Paich one of the best vocal arrangers of the early 60s. Toni's got a voice that's deep, but lean – never too expressive, and with just the right sense of sadness to fit the mood of the album. Titles include "The Meaning Of The Blues", "My Ship", "Just Go", "Round Midnight", "Paradise", "Night After Night", and "Where Flamingos Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small center split on the bottom seam and a small name in pen on back.)

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Lena Horne & Harry BelafontePorgy & Bess ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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Lurlean HunterLonesome Gal ... LP
RCA, 1956. Good+ ... $6.99
Moody set of vocals recorded by this obscure Chicago singer. Lurlean got her start at the classy south side Club DeLisa, home to Sun Ra, and a host of other Chicago talents – but by the time of this recording, she'd moved downtown, and had become a classy smoky voiced singer with a good talent for more mature material. This hard to find early session features backing by Al Nevins, and arrangements by Quincy Jones and Marion Evans. Tracks include "Brief Encounter", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Alone Together", and "A Stranger In Town". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with a deep groove. Cover in nice shape, has a "meet the girls" sticker in one corner.)

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Eartha KittAt Her Very Best ... LP
RCA (Germany), 1981. Very Good ... $3.99
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(Cover has an address sticker and stamp.)

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Eartha KittC'est Si Bon/African Lullaby ... 78 RPM
RCA/Victor, 1953. Very Good ... $6.99
(78 RPM, Vocalists) 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(One label has a sticker.)

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Cleo LaineCleo Laine Live!!! – At Carnegie Hall ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $0.99
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Cleo LaineSolitude ... CD
RCA, 1995. Used ... $0.99
(Out of print.)

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Cleo Laine & James GalwaySometimes When We Touch ... CD
RCA, 1980. Used ... $4.99

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Abbe LaneWhere There's A Man ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A wonderful session from 1958 – one that pairs the sexy vocals of Abbe Lane with the mad orchestrations of Sid Ramin! Lane's a singer with a strong ear for jazz, and an equally charming talent for cheesecake – both of which come into play nicely in this set of man-themed tunes! The set's hardly the sort of risque pop you'd hear from contemporary female chart singers, but it is a great example of the late 50s RCA trend towards pinup-styled vocals – a genre that was perfect for Lane's approach. Sid Ramin's backings have a full sound, but one that's never sleepy or too lush – that dynamic range of instrumentation that makes him one of our favorite accompanists for singers from the time. The set is quite fresh too – way past familiar standards, and into a realm of cooler, kitschier tunes. Titles include "The Gentleman Is A Dope", "No Man Gets Me Right Away", "A Little Girl From Little Rock", "Go To Sleep", "What Is A Man", and the original "Where There's A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a stain on one corner.)

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Les Double SixLes Double Six (Les Double Six/Meet Quincy Jones) (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA (UK), 1960/1962. New Copy ... $8.99
Great early work by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American jazz vocal groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross or The Hi Los – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the arrangements – and it also features work by Eddy Louiss, Christiane Legrand, and vocalist Ward Swingle, in the years before he took off to form the Swingle Singers! This wonderfully remastered CD package features 19 tracks from their first two albums, plus one rare additional cut – titles include "Walkin", "Rat Race", "Meet Benny Bailey", "Fascination", "Boo's Blues", "Naima", "Boplicity", "Westwood Walk", and "Early Autumn". CD

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Living VoicesLiving Voices Sing Christmas Music/The Little Drummer Boy ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1962/1965. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Two different Christmas albums from the Living Voices – a surprisingly spooky studio group put together by RCA in the 60s! The records both have this slightly weird sort of vibe – a male/female vocal chorus, of the sort that might have been in the backdrop on a TV Christmas special at the time – but with these offbeat blue currents that almost seem to undercut their inherent schmaltz – a style that's oddly moving in that subtle way that vintage Holiday records can sometimes produce. Arrangements on the first record are by Ralph Hunter, and Anita Kerr handled the second – both good talents for such projects – and titles include "Wassail Song", "Jingle Bells", "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers", "Be A Santa", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Blue Christmas", and "I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day". (Holiday Music, Vocalists) CD

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Jon LucienI Am Now (1st Pressing) ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good- ... $24.99
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in recent years – and this initial RCA album is a musical masterpiece that's filled with joy, life, and emotion – all without any of the cliches that such a reference might imply! Arrangements are by Lucien, with some occasional help from Horace Ott and Stanley Rubinstein – all a swirling blend of strings, jazz, and some groovier rhythms at the bottom that have made this record an underground favorite for years. Titles include a killer version of "Who Will Buy", done as a breezy jazz groover, in a way that's made it a classic jazz dance track for years – plus "I Am Now", "How Insensitive", "Love For Sale", and "Dindi" – all given the lush, lovely, swirling, soulful Lucien sound! (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
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Matt DennisWelcome Matt Dennis ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $14.99
A lesser-known set from vocalist Matt Dennis – not as well-remembered as his 50s dates for RCA and Kapp, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Matt's working here with full backings from Sy Oliver – in a set that showcases his talents more as a singer than a songwriter – but which still manages to include a few great Dennis originals. And despite a cover that looks a bit lurid – with Dennis cornering a model inside a hotel room – the overall feel of the record is quite homey and domestic, with tunes that echo images of hearth and family, but often with the kind of nod and a wink which you might expect from Matt's usual approach to a tune. Titles include "Home", "Welcome Mat", "Back In Your Own Back Yard", "By The Fireside", "A Cup Of Coffe A Sandwich & You", "Let's Put Out The Lights", and "Your Family". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Toni HarperToni ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the first "adult" albums by a young Toni Harper – first known as a child sensation in the 40s, but stepping out nicely as a torchy vocalist in the 50s! The album's got a really great, really mellow Verve approach – laidback, late nite jazz instrumentation – provided by a cool combo that features Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums – with lots of room for Harper to really stretch out over the top! The approach is great – nicely different from some of the tighter, fuller arrangements on some of Harper's RCA albums – and titles include "Can't We Be Friends", "A Foggy Day", "Like Someone In Love", "Love For Sale", and "Gone With the Wind". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Lurlean HunterNight Life ... LP
Vik, 1956. Very Good- ... $11.99
An RCA classic from Lurlean Hunter – a singer who's sadly overlooked these days, but who was a real up-and-comer from the Chicago scene in the 50s! Lurlean's got a style that's surprisingly smooth at times – much richer and more jazz-based than the sometimes-bluesy cover images she was given – a quality that sounds especially great here amidst fuller backings from Manny Albam, an arranger who really helps Hunter cross over strongly for the set. The record's beautifully done – poised, but still filled with soul and feeling – and players on the date include Joe Newman on trumpet, Al Cohn on tenor, and Barry Galbraith on guitar. Titles include some lesser-known numbers like "Moondrift" and "Night Life" – plus "Gentleman Friend", "What A Difference A Day Makes", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Sunday", and "This Time The Dream's On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and a name in marker on the back.)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneBaltimore ... LP
CTI, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
A real standout 70s set from Nina Simone – a one-off date for CTI Records, done with a sound that's different than her earlier work for RCA, Philips, and Colpix! The groove here is often as soul-based as it is vocal jazz – thanks to arrangements from David Matthews, who brings a similar sound here to his other work with Esther Phillips in the decade – another older singer who'd hit some very hip territory at the time. The groove here is very much like Phillips' best for Kudu – smooth and soulful, but in ways that still retain all the rasp and character of the lead vocals. Titles include a sublime reading of Randy Newman's excellent "Baltimore", plus "The Family", "My Father", "Music For Lovers", "Rich Girl", and "Balm In Gilead". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jennie SmithNightly Yours On The Steve Allen Show (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Canadian American/SSJ (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $23.99
Very groovy work from Jennie Smith – a singer known for her work on the Tonight Show, but who sounds even hipper here! Mort Garson handled the backings, and they've got lots of the playful touches that you'd hear on his groovier 60s instrumental work – mixed with some of the watery strings used on mellower dates – both a perfect match for Smith's vocals, in ways that help take her out of the straighter style she was using in the late 50s. There's kind of a hip 60s "adult" feel to the record – quite different than the more sentimental modes of RCA a few years before – and Smith turns out to be a wonderful singer in such a setting. Titles include "Gravy Waltz", "Fly Me To The Moon", "This Could Be The Start Of Something", "Let's Face The Music & Dance", "My Man", and "Nice & Easy". CD features the bonus track "As I Love You". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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