Given that the Soulful Strings were really just a studio side project of the Chi soul arranger Richard Evans, it seems sort of strange to have them cut a live LP, but the session, recorded at Chicago's London House, works quite well, and has a bit more lively feel than some of their classic studio ... (Soul, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better albums by this great Chicago soul studio group – but all of them are pretty nice! The great Richard Evans is still at the head of The Strings, and the album features solo work by Charles Stepney and Lennie Druss, in a cool breezy Chess/Cadet soul jazz kind of mode. The ... (Soul, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing, with deep groove, some marker, and price sticker remnants. Cover has a cutout hole, name in marker, splitting on the bottom seam, and some peeling from sticker removal.)
A fantastic album of spacey funky tracks! The great John Keating put this whole thing together in the years before he cut his more famous space soul albums for EMI – and the record's a wonderful mix of spacey orchestrations, spare electronics, and haunting voices – a wicked journey to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first, and perhaps the most conventional album by Spanky & Our Gang – but still pretty darn insane! The group are a strange mix of 60s styles – with bits of We Five, bits of Harpers Bizarre, bits of The Association – but a totally strange and totally fun approach to pop ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is the third movement in the fantastic pop symphony that is Spanky & Our Gang! The record's perhaps their oddest to date – and mixes groovy vocal stylings with some fairly advanced production approaches that work perfectly with the incredible songs written by Stuart Scharf and Bob ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Gordon Staples & The String Thing —
Strung Out ... LP Motown, 1970. Very Good- ...
A damn funky record – way more so than you might expect from the "string" in the title! The group's kind of an answer to the Soulful Strings ensemble headed by Richard Evans for Cadet/Concept in Chicago – and like that group, it mixes up funky rhythms with some sweet large ... (Soul, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, marker on both sides with wide masking tape on all seams.)
British Studio 2 player Harry Stoneham lays down a bunch of short organ medly cuts with a danceable edge to them. Ray Davies (of button down brass) plays trumpet, and the whole thing swings a lot. (Sound Library, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Yma Sumac – with that moody mix of other worldly vocals and semi-Latin instrumentation that made her a popular one with the early exotic crowd. Yma runs up and down the vocal scale, while Moises Vivanco leads the band in a set of crashing dramatic orchestrations with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe one of the few times in your life you'll ever see the phrase "non-stop Carole King" – used here on an album of instrumentals conducted by Pete Smith, including some of her early Brill Building compositions too! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever cut by guitarist Gabor Szabo – a set that also has him playing sitar as well! The album's got a sound that's as groovy as you'd expect from the title – a mix of Gabor's usual jazz modes, which are already pretty darn great, and some of the Indian music ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small name in pen and a sticker on back.)
Nice groovy instrumentals from one of the best little combos of the 60's. The record includes their big hit "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)", plus a number of other tracks that have a similar "TV commercial" feel – like "Chiquita Banana", "Pizza ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy drums from Jimmy Takeuchi – in a groovy 60s Japanese mode! The set features versions of "Come Together", "The Train", "Early In The Morning", and "Drummer Man" – plus more titles in Japanese. Nice cover, too! (Jazz, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet and dreamy instrumental pop from John Andrews Tartaglia – an arranger we only know from a few late 60s sides at Capitol Records – all of which are pretty great! Tartaglia's got a style that's still heavy in mainstream 60s easy modes, but borrows a fair bit from the generation of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest of the "Hair" tribute LPs, and an excellent batch of funky tracks from Galt MacDermot's classic score. Terminal Barbershop is really just a group of funky studio musicians that includes Jimmy Owens, Joe Farrell, and Pat Rebillot, and they play with a nice tight pop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some sun bleaching along the top.)
Very groovy work from the great Peter Thomas – a hip German arranger who you might know from his soundtrack material of the 60s! Melodies are from the classics, but the presentation is something else entirely – thanks to Peter's hip approach! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear on the edges, but this is a very nice copy overall.)
Lots of electric piano Yamaha sounds – on titles that include "Popcorn", "Mrs Robinson", "Aquarius", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", "A Man & A Woman", and the original "115 Sweet". (Jazz, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
Moog – with a twang! This excellent set is by the enigmatic Gil Trythall – a moog musician who turned his talents towards the sound of 60s Nashville, with some incredible results! The format is simple – take country hits, strip them down, and fill them with cool electronics and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Star of stage and screen Leslie Uggams lends her vocal talents to this late 60s easy effort – with arrangements by Jack Cortner, Peter Matz, and Pat Williams. Williams, of course, manages to keep things groovy – and even though Leslie's not much of a singer in our bag, she's still ok ... (Soul, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool, very groovy soundtrack from this Italian film about satanic ritual and demonic possession! The great Piero Umiliani serves up a wide-ranging batch of tracks, from breezy vocal pop numbers (with vocals by Shirley Hammer), to spooky funk instrumentals with a sort of "haunted ... (Soundtracks, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The earliest album we've ever seen from pianist Louis Van Dyke – a bit more swinging than some of his later work, but a set that's already got his great sense of space very firmly in place! Half the record features really wonderful vibes from Carl Schulze – stepping out on some numbers ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Ventures In Space is a really wonderful idea – especially given that the quartet had so much energy in their guitars at this point, they could easily make it to the moon! The set's cooking with great little numbers that really keep with the space theme of the title – tracks like ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Julius Wechter & The Baja Marimba Band —
Foursider ... LP A&M, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ...
A wonderfully weird record from the mighty Mason Williams – a set that's filled with lots of cool little surprises at each new twist and turn – yet which also comes across with a really solid, tuneful feel overall! The album's got a bit of folk, a bit of moog, and a bit of kitsch ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a split on the bottom seam.)
Groovy pop orchestrations from one of the best bandleaders working at Verve in the late 60's. Sweet Verve sounds, with a mix of jazz, easy, and Brazilian sounds, and tracks like "Laia Ladaia", "Cinnamon & Clove", "The Look of Love", "Arrasto", and "B ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)
Pat Williams —
Think ... LP Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Pat Williams is one of the greatest overlooked arrangers of the 60s, and this great Verve album features some beautifully nutty tracks, with a sweet mix of jazz and easy stylings! Zoot Sims solos on a few tracks here, and Dick Hyman plays Calliope. Great cuts include "Chicken Feathers" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and a name in marker on back. Labels have some marker.)
Patrick Williams —
Theme ... LP PA USA, 1977. Very Good+ ...
A groovy album of slick LA jazz – put together by the great Pat Williams, who did some great arranging work for Verve and MPS in earlier years! The record features a lot of studio jazz players – like Dave Grusin, Toots Thielemans, Gerrry Niewood, Marvin Stamm, and Jerome Richardson ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earl Wilson Jr —
This Is ... LP Mercury, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ...
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(White label promo. Cover has some wear and a small mark from sticker removal.)
Paul Winter & Winter Consort —
Icarus ... LP Epic, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Klaus Wunderlich —
Sound 2000 ... LP Telefunken (Germany), 1973. Near Mint- ...
A very groovy album – one in which this mostly-staid instrumental artist takes on the moog – with some very cool results! Titles include "Corn Flakes", "Humoresque", "Charade", "Krimoogulus", "Dufter Zahn", and "Felicidade". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest Si Zentner albums of the 60s – thanks to a host of hip spy themes that keep things interesting throughout! The material really brings out the best in Si – as does the album's excellent arrangements from Ernie Freeman and Bill Holman – both talents who know ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Audition pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the bottom seam and an Audition Record stamp on back.)
After the French Pops collection, the great folks at Motor have come up with a matching German Pop collection, with an equally stellar assortment of lost Now Sound sounds, wrapped up in a totally cool package that has to be seen to be believed. The focus here is more on instrumental tracks than on ... (Funky Compilations, Now Sound)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very cool package – a book-style cover, with a few pages of sexy late 60s Japanese cheesecake photography by Y Tatsuki! There's some nice sax solos over the groovy music, too – supposedly by Akira Miyazawa! (Jazz, Now Sound)LP, Vinyl record album
Weird mix of jazz, classical, exotica, and more – all packaged together in a cover that features two skeletons hanging from a set of gallows! The tracks aren't as scary as the cover – but the hi-fi package is a good one, and there's a few nice numbers, like "Theme From Richard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album