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Ann Margret & Al HirtBeauty & The Beard ... LP
RCA, 1963. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Just to get things straight: Ann's the Beauty and Al's the Beard – and they're paired together in this surprisingly tasty set that stands as one of Ann's jazziest albums for RCA! Part of the strength is from arranger Marty Paich, who has Al's trumpet and Ann's voice working with a small group that includes Red Norvo on vibes and Al Hendrickson on guitar. Tunes are a bit laidback, especially for Ann – and titles include "Mutual Admiration Society", "Personality", "My Baby Just Cares For Me", "Little Boy", and "The Best Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing – in great shape! Back cover has a promo sticker.)

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Oscar Brown Jr, Sivuca, & Jean PaceJoy ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Oscar Brown's score for a hip play that he wrote (one of his many plays!) – performed by him, Sivuca, and Jean Pace. Despite the "show" quality of the material, this actually stands simply as a great Oscar Brown Jr. LP, and the production is nice and intimate, and sounds just like an ordinary studio album. Sivuca's great, and his breathy voice and playing really open up Oscar Brown with some great Brazilian touches. And as usual, the writing's great, especially on tracks like "Brown Baby", "Mother Africa's Day", "Funky World", and the great version of "Afro Blue", featuring Oscar's classic lyrics. Also features a wonderful version of Johnny Alf's "Sky & Sea" – done by Sivuca with an incredible lilting groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Julie BuddJulie Budd ... LP
RCA, 1971. Sealed ... $2.99
A hip early 70s album arranged and produced by Tony Hatch – not nearly as well known as his work with Jackie Trent or Petula Clark, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Julie's got a style that's a bit less poppy than some of her predecessors – at least not in a 60s way – and she slides out nicely here with a warm quality that's rich and full, but gets a good sense of pacing and timing from Hatch. In other hands, Budd might be a bit too over the top, or too emotive – but Tony's skill with singers really helps her find focus here, on a set of tunes that include "Touch Me", "Just Say Goodbye", "How Can I Be Sure", "West Side Apartment", "You've Got A Friend", and a remake of "Call Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hoagy CarmichaelStardust & Much More ... CD
RCA/Bluebird, Late 20s/Early 30s/1960. Used ... $3.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Diahann CarrollDiahann Caroll Sings Harold Arlen Songs ... LP
RCA, 1957. Very Good ... $5.99
Diahann Carroll gets some classy backings here – arrangements from Ralph Burns that really make these tunes come alive! Carroll's vocals are always great, but they seem to sparkle even more here than on other early albums – as Burns' backings feature unusual instrumentation and odd phrasing, which helps make the set way more than just another Harold Arlen songbook session. Sometimes the strings are dark and moody, and other nice bits include vibes and guitar – all helping to pull new energy out of tunes that include "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "It's Only A Paper Moon", "A Sleeping Bee", "My Shining Hour", and "What's Good About Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of tape on the spine.)

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Perry ComoLightly Latin ... LP
RCA, 1966. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of the most sublime albums we've ever heard from Perry Como – a set that definitely takes its Latin lightly, and instead really goes for the best sort of mellow side of the Como sound! There's definitely a few bossa touches in the mix – a bit of acoustic guitar or light percussion – but they're added in very sparely, and couched with a beautifully subtle wall of sound from arranger Nick Perito, who works here with a lot more understatement than on some other records. Como's vocals are very far from pop – and the album brings out his maturing style wonderfully with a spacious, soft-toned style of production. Titles include "Dindi", "Once I Loved", "Stay With Me", "How Insensitive", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Baia", and "Manha De Carnaval". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Ethel EnnisOnce Again Ethel Ennis ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good+ ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Ronnie GilbertIn Hi Fi The Legend Of Bessie Smith ... LP
RCA, 1958. Near Mint- ... $6.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of light wear and a piece of tape on part of the top seam.)

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✨✧ Lena HorneLena On The Blue Side ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1962. Used ... $13.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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Morgana KingGreatest Songs Ever Swung ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine.)

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Abbe LaneLady In Red ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good- ... $11.99
Plenty of blushing tones here – a classic late 50s RCA set from Abbe Lane, and one that has her working with some very cool backings from the legendary Sid Ramin! Although Abbe's best known for her Latin sides with Tito Puente, Ramin does a really wonderful job too. Sid's approach is a bit quirkier, with some unusual touches in the orchestra that make for plenty of cool musical flourishes underneath Abbe's vocals – unusual backings that Lane matches with unusual phrasings that take this set way past the obvious! Titles include "Breezin Along With The Breeze", "We're Not Children", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "Femininity", "All Of Me", and "No Good To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, partial seam splitting, some stains, and a couple of peeled marks on the front. Label has a sticker.)

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Rufus LumleyRufus Lumley ... LP
RCA, 1968. Sealed ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Helen Merrill & Piero UmilianiParole E Musica (180 gram vinyl with bonus CD) ... LP
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in Italy, and each track is preceded by an Italian voice, reciting Italian versions of the lyrics over spare musical backing – then Merrill's voice comes in with a bigger jazz group, singing each track in English – a very nice level of presentation! And although the whole thing sounds crazy, it actually works well – and gives the album a compelling edge and kind of a sexy late-night quality – with great instrumentation that includes flute from Gino Marinacci and guitar from Enzo Grillini. Tracks include "Solitude", "Everything Happens To Me", "Night & Day", "Why Don't You Do Right", and "Willow Weep For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl pressing!)

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Audrey MorrisBistro Ballads ... LP
X/RCA, 1955. Very Good ... $79.99
A wonderful album of sad-tinged saloon songs – sung by Chicago vocalist Audrey Morris, in the same small combo style she was using in the clubs at the time! Audrey accompanies herself on piano, backed by only the bass of Johnny Pate and drums of Charles Walton – in a lean style that really gets at the darkness of the tracks on the set. Titles include a stellar version of "Guess Who I Saw Today", plus "Blah Blah Blah", "Nobody's Heart Belongs To Me", "Sweet William", "Where Are You", "The End Of A Love Affair", and "April Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is worn, with yellowed tape and some splitting on the seams, aging, some pen, and some marker.)

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Anthony NewleyIn My Solitude ... LP
RCA, 1964. Very Good ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a some surface wear and a sticker on the spine.)

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Leontyne Price/Rust College ChoirI Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free ... LP
RCA, 1971. Very Good ... $4.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Red Seal pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Della ReeseDella ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a partially split top seam & some minor stains on the back.)

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Dinah ShoreBouquet Of Blues ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
Dinah Shore's definitely got a bouquet of blues here – thanks to some backings that echo the moody, late nite image on the cover! The set's one of Shore's most blue-hued ever – a surprisingly beautiful little record that features orchestrations from Henri Rene, Frank DeVol, and Harry Zimmerman – all with styles that slightly echo older eras of jazz, but which never get too hokey, or resort to any easy cliches. In a way, there's almost a sharper modern edge going on amidst some of the more traditional modes – and Shore's vocals are a bit part of that, thanks to a wonderful recording style that has them right up front in the mix, coming across with incredible clarity. Titles include "Bouquet Of Blues", "Moanin Low", "Lonesome Gal", "Blues In The Night", "Born To Be Blue", "Memphis Blues", "What Can I Say After I'm Sorry", and "I Got It Bad & That Ain't Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has half split seams.)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneAnthology ... CD
RCA/BMG Heritage, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
CD

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Skip-JacksSweet Hot & Blue ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good- ... $0.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and half split seams.)
 
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Gisele MacKenzieGisele MacKenzie ... LP
Vik, 1956. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Lovely work from entertainer Gisele MacKenzie – working here in a sweet set of 50s RCA backings! Gisele's got help on the record from arrangers Sid Bass, Neal Hefti, and George Siravo – each of whom bring a slightly different feel to their tunes, and show the full range of the Gisele MacKenzie style at the time. Most numbers are jazzy, with a bit of strings – and although some numbers get a bit romantic, there's a surprising amount of swing in the set too – almost like some of Dinah Shore's work for the label. Titles include "You Are My Lucky Star", "Everytime We Say Goodbye", "Do You Ever Think Of Me", "These Foolish Things", "Don't Worry About Me", and "On Top Of The World Alone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Vik pressing with deep groove. Cover has some some marker and a light crease on front, with a bit of pen on back.)

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Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
PM/Shout (Japan), 1969/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine on Hammond, playing these soulful lines that are mighty lean and plenty powerful – spurred on by rhythms from Al Shackman on guitar, Gene Perla on bass, and Don Alias on drums! The record also features two female backup singers on a few cuts – giving the album an almost Sweet Inspirations like touch at moments – but overall, the feel is straight hip Nina – that unique blend of soul, folk, and jazz that pushed things to the next level at the end of the 60s! Includes the great original "Revolution", plus the track "The Other Woman", "In The Morning", "Ain't Go No/I Got Life", "Save Me", and "To Love Somebody". CD
 
 
 



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