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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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Jan PeerceBluebird Of Happiness & Other Wonderful World Favorites – Levin/Bass/Fistoulari/Blackton/RCA Orchestra/Philharmonia Orchestra ... LP
RCA, 1971. Sealed ... $3.99
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(Sealed RCA Victrola mono pressing!)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneBest Of Nina Simone (RCA) ... LP
RCA, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great little collection of Nina's work for RCA during the late 60s – a mixture of mellower jazzy grooves, folksy soul, and some fuller-arranged styles handled by Sammy Lowe and Horace Ott. Nina's in fine form throughout – singing with a tone that matches the mood on any number – and the overall sound of the work is among some of the hippest she ever recorded, hitting that late 60s period when she was really beginning to break down some boundaries in her music. Titles include "Go To Hell", "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free", "I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl", "In The Morning", "Day & Night", "It Be's That Way Sometime", "My Man's Gone Now", "Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)", and "Do What You Gotta Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
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Harry BelafonteBelafonte At Carnegie Hall – Complete Concert ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A very well-recorded live set – one in which Harry Belafonte's voice echoes out beautifully in the space of Carnegie Hall, alongside hip backings from Robert Corman! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Harry BelafonteBelafonte Sings The Blues ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good ... $2.99
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(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Harry BelafonteJump Up Calypso ... LP
RCA, 1961. Very Good- ... $4.99
Harry Belafonte gets a bit of bigger backing here – thanks to great arrangements by Ralph Hunter – but the sound is still mighty nice! Titles include "Jump In Line", "Kingston Market", "Monkey", "Goin Down Jordan", and "Angelina". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing.)

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Harry BelafonteStreets I Have Walked ... LP
RCA, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
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(Mono pressing.)

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Hoagy CarmichaelStardust & Much More ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Late 20s/Early 30s/1960. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print.)

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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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Vic DamoneDamone Type Of Thing ... LP
RCA, 1967. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A surprising bit of genius from Vic Damone – an album done in a mature, adult, easy-going style that we really love! The set's got echoes of 60s Sinatra and Tony Bennett – but also shares a lot with the newer sophistication that was being crafted by some of the hipper female singers of the time – a mode that eschews the charts and bypasses the younger crowd, and goes straight for the boozy, older audiences who've had their hearts broken enough to really get the spirit of the tunes! Arrangements are by Perry Botkin, J Hill, and Dick Grove – and titles include "It Never Entered My Mind", "The More I See You", "I'll Find You A Rainbow", "Two For The Road", "I Never Go There Any More", and "Arrivederci My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker spot.)

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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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Dominique EadeLong Way Home ... CD
RCA, 1999. Used ... $0.99
(Out of print.)

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Dave Garroway/Matt Dennis/Red NorvoSome Of My Favorites ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1957. Used ... $11.99
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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Benny GoodmanGoody Goody – Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Featuring Helen Ward ... CD
BMG/RCA (Japan), Mid 30s. Used ... $4.99
(Jazz, Vocalists) CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Gogi GrantWelcome To My Heart ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Gogi Grant sang a fair bit of dramatic pop material in the 50s, but she's nicely laidback and mellow here – working with lush backings from Dennis Farnon, in a moody set of love songs and ballads! The music is filled with plenty of dark corners and indigo hues – and Gogi's vocals have traded some of their previous drama for a sad-tinged approach that really fits Farnons arrangements nicely. Titles include "At Last At Last", "Love Letters", "With All My Heart", "But Beautiful", "So Do I", "They Didn't Believe Me", and "Welcome To My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Helen Humes with Red Norvo & His OrchestraMidsummer Night's Songs ... LP
RCA (France), 1974. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has an unglued top seam and a few light creases.)

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✨✧ Lurlean HunterLonesome Gal ... LP
RCA, 1956. Good+ ... $11.99
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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Karin Krog/Nils LindbergAs You Are – The Malmo Sessions ... LP
RCA (Sweden), 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
One of the most obscure Karin Krog albums of the 70s – featuring a group led by pianist Nils Lindberg, with Allan Botschinsky on trumpet, Bernt Rosengren on reeds, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Ole Molin on drums! Titles include "Blues For A Crushed Soul", "As You Are", "Once I Loved", "I'm Shadowing You", and "On Green Dolphin Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom cover seam is unglued, and spine has a small split – but this is a very nice copy overall.)

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Cleo LaineCleo Laine Live!!! – At Carnegie Hall ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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Cleo Laine & John WilliamsBest Friends ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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(Later pressing in the black cover, with a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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Jeanne Lee & Ran BlakeNewest Sound Around ... CD
RCA/BMG (France), 1961. Used ... $9.99
An eerie album of modern jazz vocals – featuring the haunting voice of Jeanne Lee with the dark piano of Ran Blake. Most tracks feature only the two of them in duet – but a few feature Lee solo, and a few others have George Duvivier backing the pair up on bass. We like this stuff a lot better than much of Lee's later work – as it's still very much in a traditional jazz vocal realm, just pushed off-kilter a few notches or two, and painted with more abstract colors than usual. Lee's voice is nicely restrained, and has a dark Abbey Lincoln quality to it at the best moments. Titles include "Church On Russel Street", "Laura", "Love Isn't Everything", "Lover Man", "Season In The Sun", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". Plus, this CD reissue features 4 bonus cuts – including "Straight Ahead", "Vanguard", and "Left Alone". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly.)

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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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✨✧ Jon LucienMind's Eye ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Music beyond description or definition – one of Jon Lucien's legendary albums for RCA – a true pinnacle in the generation of sophisticated 70s soul! The sound here is a unique blend that's never been heard before – and hardly ever since, even though many have tried – a complicated tapestry of jazz, soul, Latin, and Brazilian elements – all served up with a sense of warmth and soul that are undeniable, and which gives the record a tremendous sense of personality. Arrangements are by Jon himself, but Dave Grusin also headed up the orchestra – and does a beautiful job here as well, with some sweet electric touches that are right up there with his best 70s work. The record's got a huge amount of great tracks – like "Ghetto Song", "Soul Chant", "When the Morning Comes", and "Prayer for Peace" – and it stands as one of the best ones that Jon Lucien ever recorded! (Soul, Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light surface wear and some marker on back. Label has some marker.)
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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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Nina SimoneBaltimore ... LP
CTI, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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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