A really sweet riff on western soundtrack styles by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, though still in Herb's breezy 60s style – wonderful stuff, and a set that's a bit overlooked in his classic A&M canon! The way the bright and sunny Herb Alpert jazzy pop instrumental style melds so ... read moreCD
Herb Alpert —
Summertime ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ...
A great later album from Herb – breaking past the simple hit style of the early A&M years, and growing into a sound that shows that he's been touched by all of the genius arrangers and conductors that he's let work at A&M over the years. The sound still has Herb's trumpet up front ... read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass —
Warm ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1969. New Copy Gatefold ...
A classic level, though underrappreciated late 60s groover from Herb Albert! Of all of his great A&M records, this has always been one of our favorites. Why? Well, because it seems to break from the usual Tijuana Brass sound, and adds in some weird arrangements and cool instrumentation, and it's ... read moreCD
Herb Alpert & The TJB —
Coney Island ... CD A&M/Herb Alpert, 1975. New Copy Gatefold ...
Sweet mid 70s work from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – still at the height of their powers on Coney Island – rolling effortlessly between upbeat, jazzy numbers and more laidback and melodic ones! This one has a pretty big sound overall, all produced and arranged by Herb, who is ... read moreCD
Nice one from Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – working with arranger Quincy Jones! You Smile – The Song Begins comes at a pretty interesting point in which Herb was still working in the Spanish-inflected, jazzy instrumental groove of earlier years – but in a fresh way after a ... read moreCD
Heavyweight gold from guitarist Chet Atkins – two albums back to back! Solid Gold 68 is a sweet set that has the guitar of Chet Atkins taking on the big hits of the year – with surprisingly groovy results! The arrangers here are Bill Walker and Cam Mullins, and a number of the tunes ... read moreCD
Two late 60s RCA albums from Chet Atkins – back to back on a single CD! On Yestergroovin, Chet Atkins is groovin, but in a yesterday sort of way – hence the title of this sweet set from the start of the 70s! The record still has plenty of that excellent Atkins guitar work right up ... read moreCD
Very very very cool stuff from Italy in the 70's. This tight little combo featuring Fender Rhodes, electric bass, and congas lays down some super tight grooves with a very deep, very funky, very laid back feel. Originally intended for soundtrack use in TV and commercials, this disc has finally ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
A pair of albums from RCA piano legend Floyd Cramer – both following a very successful format for the 60s! First up is Class Of 66 – a set that mixes the tinkling piano of Cramer with some larger, fuller backings from Bill McElhiney – all recorded in RCA's Nashville studios, but ... read moreCD
Floyd Cramer takes it to school – with two of his "class" albums from the 70s! Class Of 73 is a mighty nice set – a record that has the trademark Cramer piano getting maybe a bit more of a contemporary touch in the hands of arranger Barry McDonald – who swirls in ... read moreCD
A pair of piano instrumental albums from Nashville's legendary Floyd Cramer! First up is Super Country Hits – a set that has Floyd tippling the ivories through 70s instrumental updates of older country hits – done with a sweet RCA studio vibe, and that floating, suspended style of ... read moreCD
A pair of surprisingly sweet albums from the Elgart brothers – back to back on a single CD! Girl Watchers is maybe the grooviest album ever from the team of Les & Larry Elgart – as you can probably guess from the title! The set's awash in groovy tunes from the late 60s – not ... read moreCD
Great work from this cool European sextet – a vocal group that features three gals and three guys – or pals, as their name might indicate! Their style's a bit like the Double Six, in that it's rooted in harmony jazz – but given the choice of material here, and the overall ... (Vocalists, Now Sound)read moreCD
A cool collection that brings together the two different halves of Brit maestro Tony Hatch – his own instrumental work of the 60s, and his music with a rang eof different singers too! The back half of the record features very groovy early work from the Tony Hatch Orchestra – material ... read moreCD
Jazztronik/Gene Tamura/Toshiyuki Yasuda —
Aloha Exotica ... CD Tokuma (Japan), 2016. New Copy ...
Jazztronik step out here in a whole new direction – offering up their version of the classic exotica sound of the late 50s – along with help from a few of their contemporaries too! Some of the songs are numbers you'll recognize from the postwar years, and the versions here are nicely ... (New Grooves, Now Sound)read moreCD
Stunning vocal work by this hip late 60s group – the ultra-groovy Jumping Jacques, a vocal ensemble who really knew how to swing! The group feature male/female voices blended in a style that's reminiscent of some of the best European 60s soundtracks – harmonizing in a mode that's jazzy ... (Vocalists, Now Sound)read moreCD
A totally wonderful little record that's every bit as sexy as you might guess from the cover – and which also has some of the groovy French elements you might expect from the title! The set's got this slinky, erotic vibe that's almost in Serge Gainsbourg territory – save for the fact ... (Vocalists, Now Sound)read moreCD
A set that's definitely all woman – thanks to the sexy sounds of Monica Lassen on vocals! The singer works at a wordless level here – breezily scatting alongside these slinky, jazzy lines from The Sounds – a Japanese group who've clearly drunk deep from the well of bossa nova and ... (Vocalists, Now Sound)read moreCD
Two laidback gems from Henry Mancini – back to back on a single CD! Six Hours Past Sunset is moody and mellow – and perfect for late nite listening! The album has the tinkling piano of Mancini set over lush orchestrations – breezy, yet dark at the same time, outwardly simple, ... read moreCD
A Henry Mancini double header – two albums back to back! First up is Theme From Z – cool Mancini work from the start of the 70s – a record that offers a nice step forward from his scoring styles of the 60s, with a slightly orchestral feel as well! The arrangements here are full, ... read moreCD
A pair of albums recorded by Henry Mancini with Doc Severinson – back to back on a single CD! Brass, Ivory, & Strings is very groovy 70s work from Henry Mancini – way more than you might expect from the strings in the title! The album's got a pretty upbeat feel at times – a ... read moreCD
A really cool solo album from Arif Mardin – the arranger who turned out so much wonderful work for soul singers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a legacy that includes some of the most important recordings for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Yet here, Arif's out on his own in an instrumental ... (Soul, Now Sound)read moreCD
Great stuff from Gary – one of his more obscure albums, and a record dedicated to the signs of the Zodiac! The tracks are a mixture of Gary's usual easy jazz approach – with vibes, whistling, and bossa-style rhythms showing up a lot – plus a few more driving numbers that are more ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
Gary McFarland —
Today ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
Wild stuff – and very different than Gary McFarland's earlier albums! Today was recorded late in Gary's career, and is has him moving a bit away from jazz – into a more sunshine pop feel – one that still retains plenty of the bossa and breezy elements of his Verve work, but which ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
An amazing little album from the legendary Gil Melle – a set that's billed as the first album of "electronic jazz", and which features Gil working with his Jazz Electronauts combo! Although Melle's perhaps best known for his baritone sax modern sides of the 50s for Blue Note and ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
Mad electronic sounds from a trio of older French studio talents – Nino Nardini, Eddie Warner, and Roger Roger – all sound library giants from a previous generation, working here in some sweet electric modes for the 70s! If there's one thing that seemed to mark the best sound library ... (Sound Library, Now Sound)read moreCD
An instant party from drummer man Sandy Nelson – easily one of the grooviest instrumentalists of the 60s! Nelson had a vibe that was right up there with The Ventures for pure instrumental rocking – but unlike The Ventures and others of their ilk, Sandy's main instrument of choice was ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
One of our favorite albums ever from the genius moment of late 60s Warner Brothers – a set we'd rank right up there next to our favorites by Van Dyke Parks and Harper's Bizarre! The set's billed as a "phonograph opera", written by Tupper Saussy – and it's served up with these ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
Pride (with David Axelrod) —
Pride ... CD Warner/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy ...
A lost treasure from David Axelrod – an obscure 1970 rock project, and one that's almost even hipper than his work with the Electric Prunes! The style here is rock, but the sound is very much in an Axelrod mode – quite spacious, and with this wonderful undercurrent of funk – ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
Jay Richford & Gary Stevan (Brugnolini/Torrosi) —
Feelings ... CD Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy Gatefold ...
A legendary sound library set from the 70s Italian scene – exactly the kind of record that got so many folks digging for sound library funk so many years ago! The record's a masterpiece of funky rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and warmer touches – served up with plenty of Fender Rhodes ... (Sound Library, Now Sound)read moreCD
Two very different slices of work from the Brit easy scene at the start of the 60s – TV music from arranger John Gregory, and a set of swinging vocal sides from the great Mike Sammes Singers! Gregory dominates the first record – which is split between an album of western themes, mostly ... read moreCD
A wonderful batch of instrumentals from the legendary Raymond Scott – and a set that features some of Scott's most wonderful compositions ever! These numbers all date from the 30s, and were originally released as 78s on the Master Records label – but this later Columbia package really ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
The alto of Bud Shank gets some fuller backings from the great Bob Florence – all in a mode that's as groovy as you might expect from the title – and which also features a bit of guest work from Chet Baker as well! The sound's nice and buoyant – swinging, but never too over the ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
Singers Inc —
Bossa Nova ... CD Valiant/Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ...
Hardly a real bossa album, but a great example of the way the music played in the US during the 60s! The cover has an image of a hand extending from a window, dropping a record that says "Cha Cha Cha" into a garbage can that already contains records that say "twist" and "ma ... (Vocalists, Now Sound)read moreCD
Gabor Szabo —
1969 ... CD Skye/Muzak (Japan), 1969. New Copy ...
One of Gabor Szabo's amazing late 60s albums for the Skye label – trippy, jazzy, and with a mod exotica vibe that would never be matched again! Gabor's playing guitar in a two-guitar frontline, which makes for lots of dreamy interplay between the strings – a shifting pattern of sound ... (Jazz, Now Sound)read moreCD
Groovy genius from German arranger Peter Thomas – a sweet little follow-up to his soundtrack for Chariots Of The Gods! This time around, the setting's a bit more funky – a great mixture of mid 70s grooves with some of the trippier touches you'd know from Peter's previous space scores ... (Soundtracks, Now Sound)read moreCD
A totally wonderful collection – one that features a huge amount of instrumental albums from Peter Thomas – an artist you might know better from his ultra-groovy crime and sci fi soundtrack material! Thomas scored plenty of films in the German scene of the 60s and 70s – but he ... (Sound Library, Now Sound)read moreCD
An amazing little soundtrack from German maestro Peter Thomas – even weirder and more electric than some of his famous 60s recordings! Thomas scored the music for a spooky 70s film about the possibility of aliens on earth – and did so with a bit more tension than some of his other ... (Soundtracks, Now Sound)read moreCD
Brilliant material from George Tipton – an arranger who's best known for his late 60s work backing up Harry Nilsson, working here in a set that returns the favor by offering up fresh new versions of Nilsson's tunes! The style is almost funky jazz at points – thanks to the presence of ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
One of the greatest soundtracks we've ever heard from Piero Umiliani – an incredibly groovy record from the very first note! The score's got a fantastic mix of groovy scoring, jazzy bits, and cool little vocals – spare organ lines that set the tune on most numbers, stepping basslines ... (Soundtracks, Now Sound)read moreCD
Dramatic music, but pretty darn groovy music as well – served up here in a set of work from the under-reissued Chappell sound library in the UK! The work here is full of jazzy currents, but often set to tight larger arrangements that have all the best appeal of the sorts of soundtrack ... (Sound Library, Now Sound)read moreCD
Great sounds pulled from the famous record collection of Lux Interior and Poison Ivy – a really mad mix of rock instrumentals, hillbilly thumpers, R&B scorchers, and exotic platters – all brought together as a wonderful demonstration of just how wild the indie record scene was at ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
A really cool set of classic pop songs – and we mean that in more ways than one! The tracks here all borrow a tune from much older classical music compositions – but then turn the material into a springboard for a swinging set of 60s arrangements – music that moves between raw ... (Rock, Now Sound)read moreCD
The Easy Tempo groove is wider than ever here – still plenty funky, but also jazzy and groovy too – with some mod 60s influences filtering into the mix, and even a bit of vocals too! As always, the style is heavy on Italian soundtrack modes – that great blend of bossa, jazz, and ... (Funky Compilations, Now Sound)read moreCD
The bikini beat is a great one here – no simple beach music classics, but a range of mod groovers from the classic years of the Italian soundtrack scene! This volume is heavy on electric elements – fuzzy guitars, keyboards, and more – all filtered nicely through a range of ... (Funky Compilations, Now Sound)read moreCD
A wonderfully groovy set – every bit as great as you might guess from the title and the cover – and the very first installment in the now-legendary Mood Mosaic series! The set's one of the few to bring together tunes from the groovier side of the spectrum at the end of the 60s – ... (Funky Compilations, Now Sound)read moreCD
Latin rhythms, Italian lyrics, jazzy solos, and lots more groovy touches – all coming together here in a special set of tracks that evokes the cross-cultural brilliance of London's Soho at the end of the 50s! The set's got a really unique vibe – with songs that mix electric guitars and ... (Funky Compilations, Now Sound)read moreCD