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✨✧ Joe Fonda, Jasmine Choi, & Harvey SorgenTrio Joy ... CD
Klopotec (Slovenia), 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Joe Fonda on bass, Jasmine Choi on flute, and Harvey Sorgen on drums. CD
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Buddy Ace & Al TNT BraggsBuddy Ace Meets Al TNT Braggs ... CD
Duke/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A double-header of a set – one that brings together rare work from two great 50s singers on the Duke/Peacock label – both of whom get a fair bit of space in the collection! Buddy Ace was actually named James Land at the start, but was dubbed Buddy Ace after the death of Johnny Ace – one of the first big Duke records stars, and a key force in the early years of rock and roll. Buddy's style is maybe a bit warmer at times than Johnny, but he also gets all the fantastic Duke Records production that made Bobby Blue Bland so great at the start – core blues augmented with larger arrangements, and jazz currents that can make the music a lot more sophisticated than on other labels! There's definitely plenty of blues in the mix, including strong guitar leads on some tunes – and titles include "Screaming Please", "This Little Love Of Mine", "From These Roots", "It Can't Be True", What Can I Do", "Back Home", and "Won't You Reconsider". The set then moves onto a great batch of work from Al TNT Braggs – a singer who definitely earns the explosive part of his name – especially on the upbeat numbers that are equal parts R&B and early rock and roll! Al's got a very distinct, dexterous approach to the music – one that's also really pointing the way towards 60s soul – on titles that include "Chase Em Tom Cat", "A Little Bit Closer", "We Belong Together", "Easy Rock", "You're Something Else", and "Cigarettes & Coffee". CD

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✨✧ Eden AhbezEden's Island & Beyond ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1960. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful collection – one that features the legendary album by Eden Ahbez, plus other tracks that show his influence on postwar music! First up is the core Eden's Island set – an incredibly evocative record – one of the strangest of its kind, and an audio treasure that we've loved for years! Eden Ahbez first came into public prominence as the man who wrote "Nature Boy" for Nat King Cole – a dark, moody tune that was as mysterious and earthy as the man who wrote it! This album was recorded nearly a decade after Cole's original hit, and features Ahbez almost in Moondog-like territory – working in an amazing setting of odd instruments and exotic percussion – but also singing in this almost spiritualist kind of way! The record's got plenty of ties to the exotica scene of the late 50s – but also stand out from the pack with a mad vision that's all its own – a strange intersection of lines that one might draw between Moondog, Martin Denny, and Anton La Vey! Tracks include "The Wanderer", "Eden's Island", "Tradewind", "Full Moon", "Mongoose", "Market Place", "The Old Boat", "Island Girl" and "La Mar". CD then features 16 more bonus tracks – all compositions by Eden and work that shows others taking up his helm – titles that include "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony, "Wine Women & Gold" by The Carsons, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, "Frankie's Song" by Anita Ray, "Let Me Hear You Say I Love You" by Vicki Young, "End Of Desire" by April Stevens, "Sahara" by Bob Romeo & The Jungle Sextet, and "Song Of The Fool" by The Crew Cuts. CD

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✨✧ Mickey Baker & OthersMickey Baker In Session – Ain't No Strain 1951 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great overview of the guitar talents of Mickey Baker – an artist who's maybe best remembered during this time for an album on Atlantic, or his duets with the young Sylvia Robinson (as Mickey & Sylvia) – but a player who also worked on countless sessions during the years of R&B and early soul! We always knew Mickey played on some key tracks – his guitar work is as recognizable as a King Curtis saxophone solo – but this 29 track set features material we didn't even know about – most of it by some of the biggest R&B stars of the 50s! Titles include "Women Are The Root Of All Evil" by Paul Williams, "Hit Git & Split" by Young Jessie, "No Good Lover" by Mickey & Sylvia, "Juke Joint" by Sam Price, "I'm Gonna Rock Your Wig" by Sonny Terry, "Bad Hangover" by Square Walton, "I'm Doin All This Time" by Stick McGhee, "Please Louise" by Wynonie Harris, "Straighten Up Baby" by Milt Trenier, "Oh Darlin" by Johnny Frank, "All Around The World" by Titus Turner, and more by Nappy Brown, Larry Dale, Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, and others! CD

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Pia BeckDutch Treats – Hot Boogie, Cool Bop, & More 1946 to 1960 ... CD
Philips/Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
An excellent collection of work from Pia Beck – a Dutch pianist who first burned things up with some stunning instrumental tracks in the postwar years, then developed into a great singer too! As you might guess from the title, Pia began with a boogie woogie approach – blinding work on the piano that rivaled some of the American greats of the time – and as the years went on, she moved into jump blues and bebop too – handled with a great sense of charm, and chops that make her way more than a European player just dabbling in styles. There's never been a good collection of Beck's work from the time before – and this CD brings together 27 singles recorded for Philips, including work with Cor Steyn – a mixture of vocal and instrumental tunes, with cuts that include "I Didn't Slip I Wasn't Pushed I Fell", "Beck's Boogie", "Bop Kiss", "Botch A Me", "Haven't Got A Worry", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "I'm Feeling Blue At The Blue Note", and "Chickery Chick". CD

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Billy BlandLet The Little Girl Dance – Old Town & Imperial Singles 1954 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
That's Billy Bland, not Bobby Bland – a really great singer who's got a wonderful range of material – equally able to sing jump blues, R&B, and even a bit of New Orleans soul – all of which is featured in this excellent collection of his work for the Old Town label – plus a few rare cuts for the Imperial label too! Billy cut most of these tracks at the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – after he'd spent time singing in the bigger groups of Lionel Hampton and Buddy Johnson – where he learned the care that comes to singing in a jazz based environment, and probably developed the powerful lead that really shines through here! In true Old Town style, there's a mix of modes throughout – especially as the work moves into the 60s – but Bland's able to shine with it and has this amazing, arching style of singing that should have made him huge. The package begins with 4 cuts that have Billy in the group The Bees – then moves into another 28 tracks that feature the singer solo – on titles that include "Uncle Bud", "Do The Bug With Me", "Pardon Me", "Harmony", "Snatchin Back", "I Want To Be Loved", "Chicken In Basket", "The Fat Man", "Chicken Hop", "Grandmaw Gave A Party", "Sweet Thing", and "How Many Hearts". CD

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Will BradleyBeat Me Daddy To A Boogie Woogie Beat ... CD
Jasmine, Early 40s. Used ... $6.99
Tracks include "Memphis Blues", "Strange Cargo", "Rhumboogie", "Down The Road Apiece", "Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat", "Chicken Gumboogie", and "Fry Me Cookie, With A Can Of Lard" – 24 tracks total. CD

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Les BrownLive At The Hollywood Palladium ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Includes the songs "Montoona Clipper", "Caravan", "Strange", "Baby", "Speaklow", "Rain", "Street Of Dreams", "Brown's Little Jug", "I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart", "Back In Your Own Backyard", "Invitation", "You're The Cream In My Coffee", "Midnight Sun", "Begin The Beguine", "Happy Hooligan", "I Would Do Anything For You", "Laura", "Jersey Bounce", " From This Moment On", "Crazy Legs", "Flying Home", "One O'Clock Jump", "Cherokee", and "Sentimental Journey". CD
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Eddie Guitar BurnsI Love To Jump The Boogie ... CD
Jasmine, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great overview of the early career of Eddie Burns – a Detroit guitarist who also plays harmonica on a fair bit of these sides – coming across with the gritty blend of urban and rural modes that made Burns a key contemporary of John Lee Hooker in the city! Hooker's actually on a few of these tracks, and you'll hear appearances from other talents who include John T Smith, Joe Hunter, Little Sonny, and even a few early Motown artists too – in a set of tracks that include singles for the Gotham, Palda, Kent, Deluxe, and Harvey labels – plus unissued titles too. In later years, Eddie was recorded more heavily on full albums – but this 27 track set is a great look at these early days – with titles that include "Hello Miss Jessie Lee", "Sittin Here Wonderin", "Grieving Blues", "Squeeze Me Baby", "Notoriety Woman", "Love Shock", "I Gotta Find My Baby", "Orange Driver", "The Thing To Do", and "Mean & Evil". CD

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Cats & The FiddleThat's On Jack – Selected Singles 1939 to 1950 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 30s/1940s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A huge amount of work from The Cats & The Fiddle – a vocal group that stands as a strong bridge between some of the male quartets of the 30s and the big wave of R&B acts to come! The music here is nice and jazzy, often with a lot of guitar used to emphasize the rhythms – maybe in the Mills Brothers mode, but much more earthy and with a stronger current of blues – especially as the 40s move in, the the Cats hit all these kind of hip, groovy sorts of styles that are in the territory of Slim Gaillard or the early King Cole Trio! The package brings together 53 well-selected tracks from their singles of the late 30s and 1940s – titles that include "Sighing & Crying", "When Elephants Roost In Bamboo Trees", "Start Talking Baby", "Wine Drinker", "Darling Can't We Make A Date", "I'm Afraid Of You", "I'm Gonna Pull My Hair", "I'll Always Love You Just The Same", "One Is Never Too Old To Swing", "Pig's Idea", "Hep Cat's Holiday", "That's On Jack That's On", "Crawlin Blues", "Chant Of The Rain", and "Killer Diller Man From The South". CD

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Dreamers/BlossomsDreamers To The Blossoms – Evolution Of A Girl Group ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
A heck of a package of girl group soul – one that features work by a quartet who not only recorded under the name of The Dreamers and The Blossoms, but also The Playgirls, The Rollettes, and as The Crystals and The Blue Jeans for Phil Spector too! The "evolution" in the title is very well-put – as the set has the group starting with Richard Berry on some early sides for RPM/Crown – music that still has a strong 50s R&B approach, sometimes with the girls backing Berry's lead – before blossoming (all pun intended) on some late 50s sides for Capitol Records, where the group where really finding their groove. The set also features the group backing up Ed Townsend on a few tracks, Shelly Fabares on one more, and even behind guitarist Duane Eddy – on a total of 32 titles that include "Move On", "He Promised Me", "Little Louie", and "Have Faith In Me" as The Blossoms; "Sad Fool" and "Kiss Me Benny" as The Rollettes; "Good Love", "Do Not Forget", and "At Last" as The Dreamers; "Hey Sport" and "Young Love Swings The World" as The Playgirls; and "He's A Rebel" as The Crystals. CD

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Melvin EndsleyGetting Used To The Blues – The Melvin Endsley Anthology ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The overlooked country music legacy of Melvin Endsley – an artist who's maybe known for some of the big hits he penned in the 50s, but a pretty great singer on his own – even though he never fully got his due! In a way, Melvin's a bit like Harlan Howard – an artist with a great way with a lyric, and one that folks allowed in the studio for a bit while his fame was riding high – on a selection of records that represent his too-small legacy in the lead as a singer! Endsley's got a nice sort of twang, and a very natural way of putting over his lyrics – as you'll hear on titles recorded here for MGM, RCA, and Hickory – a total of 28 tracks that include "The Search", "Ain't It Fine", "Can I Say Something", "Is It True", "Hungry Eyes", "Lovin On My Mind", "Keep A Lovin Me Baby", "Lonely All Over Again", "Bringin The Blues To My Door", "Getting Used To The Blues", and "Let's Fall Out Of Love". CD

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Ernie FreemanLive It Up – Adventures In Arranging With The Los Angeles Keyboard King ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Ernie Freeman was one of those cats who seemed as if he could do anything – a great pianist, a heck of an arranger, and a creative force who touched so many different kinds of music on the LA scene of the postwar years! Ernie's name appeared on countless records – his own big hits for the Imperial label, but also a range of other titles by different artists too – a variety of modes that always made Freeman one of those guys that can be tough to peg at a stylistic level – as you'll find his older records filed in the jazz, soul, and rock racks at record stores! This well-done set does a great job of illustrating the diverse talents of Ernie back in the day – filled with tunes that are mostly instrumental, and which step around genres in a great way – 32 titles that include "The Tuttle", "Leaps & Bounds", "Jivin Around", "Puddin", "Junior Jive", "After Sunset", "Summer Serenade", "Shape Up", "Theme From Igor", "Walking The Beat", "Lost Dreams", "Jamboree", "Conquest", "Swamp Meeting", and "Theme From The Dark At The Top Of The Stairs". CD

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✨✧ Bob Gaddy/Larry Dale/Brownie McGheeKings Of New York Blues 1952 to 1960 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really well-done dip into the New York City blues scene of the 50s – one that presents a wealth of work we might not have heard otherwise, pulled from labels that include Old Town, Harlem, Jax, Wing, Dog, and Groove! There's a nice mix of material here that really shows the way the city was able to act as a crossroads for styles that were not necessarily homegrown, but could certainly find a home in its diverse community – as some cuts have more of a rural bent, others have some of the more electrified touches that were coming into urban blues, and a few have some of the jump/jazz styles of the R&B generation. Titles include "No Help Wanted", "I Believe You Got A Sidekick", "Bicycle Boogie", "Operator", "Slow Down Baby", "Paper Lady", and "Rip & Run" by Bob Gaddy; "You Better Heed My Warning", "Please Tell Me", "Feelin All Right", "No Tellin What I'll Do", and "What Your Love Means To Me" by Larry Dale; "A Letter To Lightnin Hopkins", "Worrying Over You", "Bluebird Bluebird", and "My Confession" by Brownie McGhee – and more by Cousin Leroy, Alonzo Scales, and Paul Williams too. CD

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✨✧ Don Gardner & Dee Dee FordI Need Your Loving – Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford 1954 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really great collection of work from this legendary duo – a group who really helped bring the sound of the organ into soul music in the early days, thanks to some fantastic recordings like these! The set covers much more space than other Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford collections we've seen – in that the whole first half of the record features early singles before they started recording more famously for Bobby Robinson's Fire Records label, including a lot of tracks that feature Gardner on his own, working with cool small combos on recordings for labels that included Deluxe, Bruce, and Junior – most of which have a very young Jimmy Smith handling the Hammond organ in the group! Dee Dee Ford comes into the mix on an early single for the Val-Ue label, then follows through the Fire recordings – and the set features 27 tracks in all, with titles that include "Sonotone Bounce", "Sneakin In", "I Don't Want To Go Home", "Glory Of Love", "Dee I Do", "Dark Alley", "Crying All Alone", "Tell Me", "Lead Me On", "Going Down To Big Mary's House", "Only Love Brings Happiness", "Make The Girl Love Me", and "Up The Street". CD

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✨✧ Paul GaytenTrue You Don't Love Me – Early Recordings 1947 to 1949 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Seminal sounds from one of the most important early figures on the music scene in New Orleans – an artist who was able to mix blues roots with jazzier elements, in a way that often hit the classier styles of some of the hippest artists on the LA scene in the postwar years! Gayten would later rise to fame for fuller cuts that have more of the feel of the New Orleans soul and R&B that would boom big at the end of the 50s – but here, he's in more of a small combo mode, and sounding great on vocals, mixed with jazzy guitar and some especially strong work on piano. The set features 27 tracks originally issued by the DeLuxe and Regal labels – and titles include "Back Trackin", "Women These Days", "Trust In Me", "I'm Glad For Your Sake", "Hard To Get Through Life Alone", "Creole Gal", "Lover", "My Song While We Dance", "Peter Blue & Jasper Too", "Gayten's Boogie", "Your Hands Ain't Clean", and "Doctor Daddy O". CD

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✨✧ Barbara GeorgeI Know – The AFO & Sue Records Years ... CD
Jasmine, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Barbara George is best known for the title track of this set – but she's also a hell of a singer from the early 60s New Orleans scene, and one who wrote a fair bit of her own material too! George is very much like Barbara Lynn in that way – more than just a great voice pulled into the studio to cut a few singles – as she's got a depth of feeling and great way with a pen, talents that should have been able to blossom much more strongly in years to come – had the singer ever gotten the treatment she deserved! Still, you can't beat the setting here – half tracks that were recorded with the great Harold Battiste for the AFO label, plus more Sue Records singles from the early 60s – before George left music way too early. Titles include "Whip O Will", "I Know", "The Recipe", "Bless You", "If You Think", "I'm In A Strain", "Hurted", "Without Love", "You Talk About Love", "Try Again", "Send For Me", and "If When You've Done The Best You Can". CD

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✨✧ Buddy GrecoBuddy Greco – The Coral Singles Collection 1951 to 1955 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Very early work from Buddy Greco – a singer that most folks know from his loungey records of the 60s, but who steps out here in some surprisingly different material from his earliest years on vinyl! As the title implies, these cuts were all recorded for the Coral label – and they feature a number of titles that have backing by the Heathertones vocal group, mixed with material that starts to show Buddy as a stronger lead act – the latter often with arrangements by Don Costa or Dick Jacobs, in the familiar Coral mode. The work is not as jazzy as Greco in later years, and Buddy's phrasing is a bit different too – already graced with a wonderful voice, even while young – but with a style that's more familiar in some postwar chart-oriented modes. There's a great sense of variety here, and it's clear that within a few short years, Coral gave Greco plenty of chance to shine in the studio – as you'll hear on the 29 tracks that include "Don't", "Paris Loves Lovers", "Tonight", "Don't Say Goodbye", "I Predict", "You Belong To Me", "Take Me Back", "I Ran All The Way Home", "What Word Is Sweeter Than Sweetheart", and "Why Don't You Write Me". CD

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Big John GreerBlowin & Rockin 1949 to 1955 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Killer cuts from Big John Greer – both a singer and saxophonist, and a postwar force in R&B with a sound that would have been right at home on King Records! Greer recorded most of this material for RCA – a label that never gave him the push he might have gotten from a more close-to-the-ground indie at the time – and there's a raw quality to these cuts that really rivals some of the best work of the period by artists like Roy Brown, Tiny Bradshaw, Bullmoose Jackson, and Jack McVea! John's as equally great serving up an instrumental solo as he is at delivering a vocal lead – and these tunes pack plenty of punch, with a raw, romping R&B groove throughout. The set features 27 tracks in all – all great all the way through – and titles include "Red Juice", "Big John's A Blowin", "Have Another Drink & Talk To Me", "If I Told You Once", "Play Me Some Loud Music", "Soon Soon Soon", "A Man & A Woman", "Ride Pretty Baby", "Woman Is A Five Letter Word", and "I'm The Fat Man". CD

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✨✧ Linda HayesYes I Know ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
Wonderful solo work from Linda Hayes – a singer who's maybe best known for her relationship to The Platters in their early years, but a hell of a vocalist on her own – much more soulful than in that famous group, with a quality that almost rivals some of the best female R&B singers on Atlantic and King during the 50s! The work here also has a bit of a west coast spin, too – that mix of jazz, blues, and R&B that was brewing up with some of the cooler, classier singers on the LA scene in the postwar years – on side that Linda recorded for the Hollywood Records label, and af ew other small imprints. This 2CD set is maybe the best we've seen to bring together the music of Hayes – with 35 tracks that include "Take Me Back", "Atomic Baby", "Big City (parts 1 & 2)", "Darling Angel", "I'll Never Love Again", "Hubba Hubba", "I Had A Dream", "Our Love's Forever Blessed", "Non-Cooperation", "No Next Time", "Grrr Mambo", and "Your Back's Out" – plus some cuts with The Platters too! CD

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✨✧ Tubby HayesTubby's Groove ... LP
Tempo/Jasmine (UK), 1959. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Tubby Hayes – we love you! You're a big ol' white guy from England, but you're one of our favorite-ever tenor players – and this set of tracks features some pivotal work from your late 50s years! The set features Tubby on tenor and vibes, Terry Shannon on piano, Jeff Clyne on bass, and Phil Seamen on drums – and although the tunes are simply done, Tubby's wonderfully well-crafted solos remind us of the best of Sonny Rollins or Gene Ammons, with slight touches of early John Handy. Titles include "Tin Tin Deo", "Embers", "Blue Hayes", "Sunny Monday", and "Like Someone In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Joe Henderson/The Fairfield FourSnap Your Fingers ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's not Joe Henderson the saxophonist, but a great singer with a really magnificent voice – served up here in a huge collection of his early work! The set begins with the record Snap Your Fingers – a classic album from the early years of soul music – the only full length set ever served up by the great Joe Henderson – a vocalist with roots in the legendary Fairfield Four gospel group, but sounding equally great here in a secular mode! The arrangements are by Cliff Parham, and they've got this blend of bluesy vocals and jazzier backings – in a style that's very much like the best Duke/Peacock work of the time – with a spectacular focus on Joe's voice in the lead! The whole album's great, filled with unusual material – with titles that include "Sad Teardrops At Dawn", "Right Now", "Big Love", "Just Call Me", "Snap Your Fingers", "After Loving You", and "If You See Me Cry". The set then moves into some great additional singles, plus lots more gospel material cut with The Fairfield Four – most of it from the rare album The Bells Are Tolling, originally issued on the Old Town label. Additional cuts include "I'll Be So Happy", "The Searching Is Over", "My Hands Are Tied", "Love Me Sweet", "Lord You Know", "Memories", "What Are They Doing In Heaven", and "All Day Every Day". CD

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ImpalasSorry I Ran All The Way Home ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The Impalas had a short history, but cut some great work at the end of the 50s – as you'll hear in this mighty nice set! The core of the CD features the group's record Sorry – the only full album ever cut by The Impalas – a group who scored strong with the big title hit, but are pretty darn wonderful all the way through! The Impalas are one of those lost acts from the glory days of harmony group work – impeccable here, with a vocal quality that's already pretty darn wonderful – made even better by really top-shelf production from the Cub Records branch of MGM – who add all the right larger touches, but never water down the vocals at all! Most tunes are originals, too – which makes the record way more than just a hit single with filler material – and the group shine nicely on "Sorry", "Too Much Too Soon", "Mommy O", "Cupid", "She Belongs To Me", "Fool Fool Fool", "Sandy Went Away", "Chum", and "All But The Memory Of You". CD then also includes seven more tracks issued as singles by Cub and Hamilton – titles that include "First Date", "I Was A Fool", "All Alone", "Peggy Darling", "When My Heart Does The Talking", and "Bye Everybody". CD

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✨✧ Burl IvesWayfaring Stranger – The Golden Years Of Burl Ives (4CD set) ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1955. Used 4 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
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✨✧ Gus JenkinsToo Tough – West Coast Blues & R&B 1953 to 1963 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge collection of work from the overlooked Gus Jenkins – one of a number of blues musicians who started in the south, then moved out to the west coast during the postwar years – and found a way to change his older style into a great mix of jump blues and raw R&B! Jenkins both sings and plays piano – and like some of his key contemporaries who recorded for LA indies in the 50s, that mix is really set loose with all sorts of jazzy modern currents as the years move on – quite far from the earlier roots, into the coming modes of rock and soul. The set features more material by Gus than has ever been collected in one place – singles for labels that include Flash, Combo, and Pioneer – plus other material, songs with his wife Mamie, and work with the team of Albert & Charles, and Blues Slim and his band. Titles include "Copper Tan", "Hit The Road", "Remember Last Xmas", "Spanky", "Gonna Take Time", "Off The Road", "Jealous Of You Baby", "Celebrate (parts 1 & 2)", "Last Time", "Red River Shuffle", "Tricky", "You Lied", "Cold Love", "I Been Working", "Worries & Troubles", "Stand By Me", and "Pay Day Shuffle (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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Marie KnightGospel Train – The Marie Knight Story 1946 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The were plenty of singers who made the transition from gospel music to secular sounds during the 60s soul years – but Marie Knight followed that path a generation before – by starting out with some superb gospel material in the late 40s, then moving more strongly into R&B during the following decade! That long journey is served up beautifully in this set – which pulls together singles that Knight cut for a wide variety of labels – Mercury, Baton, Carlton, Decca, Okeh, and others – in settings that include gospel groups, small combos, and even few duets with other singers too. Throughout it all, Marie's got a hell of a voice that just gets better as the years go on – very adaptable to new material, and always full of feeling, on titles that include "I'll Let Nothing Separate Me From The Lord", "I Can't Sit Down", "Look At Me", "I'm The Little Fooler", "Gospel Train", "My Journey To The Sky", "Up Above My Head", "Precious Memories", "Trouble In Mind", "Stand The Storm", "Who Rolled The Stone Away", "I Thought I Told You Not To Tell Them", "I Was Born Again", and "Grashopper Baby". CD

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✨✧ Sam LazarOrgan Grooves (Space Flight/Playback/bonus tracks) ... CD
Argo/Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of Hammond jazz classics from organist Sam Lazar – back to back on a single CD, with rare bonus tracks too! First up is Space Flight – a tight batch of organ groovers with a raw R&B feel, recorded by the obscure St Louis organist Sam Lazar – with a very young Grant Green on guitar! The album's a bit different than Sam's other records for Argo – in that the tunes are all quite short, with a tight fast sound that's almost more R&B at times than jazz – a very unusual setting especially for Grant Green! The guitar is nice and loud – really racing to keep up with Lazar's fast work on the Hammond – and other members of the group include Willie Dixon on bass and Chauncey Williams on drums. Titles include "Mad Lad", "Space Flight", "Caramu", "Funky Blues", and "Big Willie". Playback is one of a few rare albums from Hammond player Sam Lazar – a lesser-known artist from the same searing generation as Baby Face Willette and Jack McDuff, but a musician who never full got his due! This record was done for the Argo side of Chess Records, and it's got a raw sound that's equal parts soul jazz and R&B – with Sam doing some great work on the keys, and the obscure tenorist Miller Brisker in the group too – a really great musician who works with lots of unique twists – and spurs Lazar onto new heights of playing, with maybe an even farther reach on the keys than his other albums. Lazar wrote most of the set, and the tracks include "Deep", "Fuzz Buzz", "S&S", "Scootin", and "Long Gone". A nice bit of soul jazz, with a deep rootsy sound all the way through! CD also features the bonus two-part 45rpm single of "Space Flight". CD

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Ketty LesterLove Is For Everyone – The 1962 Sessions ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1962. Used ... $8.99
the original Love Letters album plus bonus singles. Groundbreaking work from Ketty Lester – a really important singer who equally skirted the worlds of jazz and soul! Ketty's got a great sophisti-soul style on the set – working with arrangements by Lincoln Mayorga, and coming off with a sound that would clearly go onto inspire Nancy Wilson and Marlena Shaw. CD

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Arthur LymanTotally Taboo – The Complete Taboo Sessions 1958 to 1960 (Taboo Vols 1 & 2) ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Fantastic exotica material from Arthur Lyman – initially a percussionist in the group of Martin Denny, but soon to become a hi fi star of his own, thanks to work like this! Lyman handles a nice variety of instruments here – playing vibes, marimba, congas, bongos, and a heck of a lot of other percussion modes – often with the same spare, syncopated exotica groove that he first forged with Denny – but more small combo, with a cool sound that often uses a fair bit of echo in the production, and maybe less of the fake bird calls that were part of Denny's sound! This 24 track set features all the material from the two volumes of the classic Taboo albums – and titles include "Akaka Falls", "Taboo", "Ringo Oiwake", "China Clipper", "Sim Sim", "Love Dance", "Jungle Fantasy", "Moon Of Manakora", "Beautiful Kahana", "Return To Paradise", and "Love Dance". CD

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✨✧ MajorsWonderful Dream ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A great look at The Majors – a set that features their sole album for Imperial Records, plus lots more bonus material too! The set begins with the full Meet The Majors album – the only full album ever cut by The Majors – a hell of a vocal group from the Philly scene of the early 60s, and one with a fantastic approach that's a bit unlike anyone else we can think of! The group sports soaring lead vocals from singer Ricky Cordo – a singer with a range that's really amazing, and used in these ways that can be really dynamic, even on the mellow cuts – as he's backed by the group's three guys and one gal, who sometimes get a bit more spotlight in the lead – amidst this wonderful palette of instrumental touches, which includes bits of vibes, organ, and other nice touches that really keep things interesting. Titles include "Oh Wee Baby", "Time Will Tell", "She's A Troublemaker", "Don't You Lose Your Cool", "Come One Come On", "What In The World", "A Wonderful Dream", and "Anything You Can Do". The set then moves into 10 more tracks from singles for Imperial and Ro-Cal – titles that include "Tra La La", "One Happy Ending", "What Have You Been Doin", "Get Up Now", and the cuts "Whisper In Your Ear" and "Lundee Dundee", both cut by the earlier version of the group, as The Versatiles. CD

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Miriam MakebaRoots Of Miriam Makeba – From South Africa To New York ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A huge collection of work from the legendary South African singer Miriam Makeba – one that opens up a surprisingly big chapter of material before she started issuing her famous early records in America! The package begins with a big array of 78rpm singles from her homeland – then eventually moves into some of her work for RCA on the second disc – and throughout the package, there's an evolution of sound that's wonderful – music that's maybe more jazzy at the start, but which takes on more of a South African spirit as the 50s move on – then steps into some of the folk-tinged elements that first helped Makeba find an audience here in the US. Early singles include "Orlando", "Vula Amasango", "Hush", "Siyavuya", "Inkomo Zodwa", "Makoti", "Nididliwe Zintabe", "Unyana Wolahleka", "Ngicela Indiela", "Phata Phata", "Miriam's Goodbye To Africa", "Lakutshon Ilanga", "Lovely Lies", and "Pula Kgosi Seretse" – just part of the 32 early tracks on the set – before going into the RCA albums Miriam Makeba and Many Voices Of Miriam Makeba – as well as two tracks with Harry Belafonte. CD

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesDoo Wop Days & Their Journey To The Top – 1953 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes are certainly best-known for their huge Philly hits of the 70s with Teddy Pendergrass on vocals – but the group had a very long legacy that includes countless indie recordings in the years before their hooked up with Gamble & Huff – a good deal of which are included in this set! As most folks know, Harold Melvin was never the lead singer – maybe more of a creative force in the group, which shifted often over these early years, but continued to grow and mature – with styles that begin in maybe more of a postwar jump/jazz sort of mode, then evolve into styles we no more clearly as doo wop and early soul. The set opens the door very wide – so much so that there might be a few tracks that aren't fully established as having Melvin's involvement – and the package features 25 titles in all, including related tracks issued by Todd Randall and Bernie Williams, who were with the group. Titles include "My Hero", "The Letter", "Hey Doc", "The Retribution Blues", "With This Pen", "If It's Our Destiny", "She Is Mine", "Pucker Your Lips", "Devoted To You", "O Holy Nite", "WPLJ", and "While I'm Away". CD

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Sandy NelsonDrums Are My Beat 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1962. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 20.99
An insane amount of work from drummer Sandy Nelson – the cat who was to the drums what The Ventures were to the guitar – carving out a whole host of hit instrumental records in a non-stop flurry of action at the start of the 60s! The work here is definitely from a very productive time in Sandy's career – as the set features all work done in 1962, a stunning amount of music for one short year – given that the 2CD set features 59 tracks in all, pulled from the albums Compelling Percussion, Teen Age House Party, Drums Are My Beat, Country Style, and Drumming Up A Storm – plus other hit singles too! The drums are only part of the charm here too – because although Sandy's got a tight sound, and gets in plenty of solos, the overall Liberty Records production and arrangements really help the tunes shine too. Titles include "Sandy", "Castle Rock", "Dumplins", "Junior Jive", "North Wind", "Drums Are My Beat", "Birth Of The Beat", "Drum Roll", "Day Drumming", "Drum Stomp", "Hum Drum", "Be Bop Baby", "Night Train", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Drums For Drummers Only", and "Drums For Strippers Only". CD

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✨✧ OrlonsDon't Hang Up ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Three gals, one guy, and a really important group on the Philly scene in the early years of soul music – as you'll hear on this collection of seminal tracks from first few years of the 60s! The Orlons have a way of mixing familiar female harmony soul sweetness with a slightly deeper vibe – equally great on heartbreaking ballads as it is on some of the groovers that the group would really make a mark with – cuts that were crucial in breaking barriers in the world of pop music at the time they were released. The set features 28 tracks by the group – a mixture of album cuts and singles – and also adds in 4 more numbers that have The Orlons backing up Dee Dee Sharp. Titles include "Holiday Hill", "Please Let It Be Me", "I'll Be True", "The Conservative", "Release Me", "Chains", "Ride", "Guitar Man", "Don't Hang Up", "Let Me In", "He's Gone", "Gravy", "The Plea", "The Cha Cha Cha", and "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerQuintets 1945 to 1951/Collaborations ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
Featuring Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Fats Navarro, and Red Rodney. CD

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Mike PedicinHotter Than A Pistol ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A huge overview of the early days of saxophonist Mike Pedicin – a player who'd later become part of the Philadelphia International sound in 70s soul – but who here is a dedicated rocker, from a time when the sax was every bit a big part of the new sound as the guitar! The tracks here are mostly small combo sides recorded for a variety of indie labels, plus a few more for RCA – real gems from the time when an energetic cat like Mike could burst out of his local scene in Philly, and cook up a mixture of vocal and instrumental tunes that drew heavily on R&B and jump blues, and which point the way towards rocking sounds to come. The package is the first we've seen to cover this much territory of Pedicin's early years – and features 33 titles that include "Saxi Boogie", "Hey Pop Give Me The Keys", "Disc Jockey's Boogie", "Mmm Boy", "One Potato Two Potato", "The Large Large House", "Jackpot", "Close All The Doors", "I'm Hip", "Mambo Rock", "Devil", "Burnt Toast & Black Coffee", "Closin Out", and "The Dickie Doo". CD

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✨✧ Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers/John ZacherleMonster Mash Collection ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two different takes on the monster rock craze of the 60s – served up here on a single CD! First up is the original Monster Mash album from Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt Kickers – one of the all-time classic Halloween novelty records! You might know the classic title cut – one of those tunes that never gets old, and which really blows away all the countless imitators over the years – but there's lots more here to discover, all in Bobby Pickett's cool mix of monster movie vocals and garagey rock and roll! Production is by the legendary Gary Paxton – who almost gives a Kim Fowley twist to some numbers – and in addition to "Monster Mash", titles include "Graveyard Shift", "Blood Bank Blues", "Monster Motion", "Bella's Bash" or the hair raising "Rabian The Fiendage Idol". Next is John Zacherle's album Monster Mash – a set that features Zacherle's competent cover of the hit – but sparkles even more with a host of original material done for the album – tracks written by Kal Mann and Dave Appell, most of which have a cool rock/horror sort of theme – upbeat "Monster Mash"-styled rhythms, with lots of Dracula-inspired vocals from John – a whole album full of groovy novelty tunes that includes some great take-offs on other hits on the Cameo/Parkway label! Titles include the hit "Dinner With Drac (part 1)", plus "Gravy (With Some Cyanide", "Popeye (The Gravedigger)", "Hurry Bury Baby", "Let's Twist Again (Mummy Time Is Here)", "I'm The Ghoul From Wolverton Mountain", and "Weird Watusi". CD

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Ray Price & the Cherokee CowboysIn A Honky Tonk Mood ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $6.99
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✨✧ Paul SmithSoftly Baby ... CD
Capitol/Jasmine (UK), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great Capitol moment from pianist Paul Smith – an artist who really cut some of his best material ever for the label! The Smith sound is at the height of its powers here in the late 50s – kind of a blend of jazz and more easy-going pianistic modes – often stretched out with lots of flourishes by Smith on the keys, but never the too-flowery styles used by some of his contemporaries! Instead, Paul keeps things nice and lean – always enough to be plenty swinging in all the right moments – with quartet help from Barney Kessel on guitar, Joe Mondragon on bass, and Stan Levey on drums. Titles include "Invitation", "I Got Rhythm", "Easy To Love", "Long Live Phineas", and "Softly". CD
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Ed TownsendNew In Town/Glad To Be Here ... CD
Capitol/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pair of overlooked gems from singer Ed Townsend – a talent we'd rank right up there with Jesse Belvin or Arthur Prysock in his early years! First up is New In Town – an obscure early session from Ed Townsend – an artist who's perhaps better known as a songwriter of hits for others, and slightly less as a 70s soul singer on Curtom and Casablanca! Yet here, Ed's starting out his career as a mainstream crooner – cast by Capitol as a sepia Sinatra, and even working with arrangements from Frank's Capitol mainstay, Nelson Riddle! There's a bit more drama here than you might hear on a Sinatra album – a slightly deeper range that slides towards more conventional pop vocals of the period – but the whole album's pretty darn compelling, especially the overall package. Titles include "Symphony", "I Am", "New In Town", "Goin My Way", "Till The End Of Time", "Mam'selle", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", and "Lover Come Back To Me". Glad To Be Here is another great album – every bit as wonderful as the first! Orchestrations are by Nelson Riddle, and the album's got a gentle swing that we really enjoy – Ed singing over some lesser known tracks, and bringing a raspy soulfulness to the more familiar ones. Titles include "What's Wrong With Me", "Golden Earrings", "I'm In Love", "Don't Ever Leave Me", and "On The Street Where You Live". CD

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Danny WilliamsComplete Singles & EPs – 1959 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Danny Williams is a singer who never broke that big on our shores, but he's a heck of a vocalist with a really great range – a mature, sophisticated song stylist who's maybe in the same territory as a young Johnny Mathis, or maybe Tony Williams of The Platters – born in South Africa, but recorded here on a strong range of singles for the British market! The music is equal parts soul and jazz – and like Mathis, Williams opens the door for much more adult singers in years to come – modes that allow for a different range of expression than earlier blues and R&B. The set features both sides of Danny's ten singles for HMV, plus some tracks from EP releases and rare album tracks – 29 titles in all, including "Tall A Tree", "Stay As Sweet As You Are", "Lonely", "Moon River", "Weaver Of Dreams", "Jeannie", "Something's Gotta Give", "Get Happy", "Tiara Tahiti", "Tears", "The Wonderful World Of The Young", "So High So Low", and "Youthful Years". CD

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Tony WilliamsSignature Voice Of The Platters Vol 1 – 1955 to 1961 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Tony Williams was one of the greatest singers of the 50s – the famous lead voice of The Platters, and a heck of a singer on his own – as you'll hear in this set of overlooked solo material that Tony cut around the same time! Williams has a majesty and range that rivals Johnny Mathis at his best – but he's also able to get a bit more down and dirty when he wants to, moving from classy modes to more R&B-oriented territory – which comes as a nice surprise on a few of the cuts on this set! The package brings together 28 tracks in all – obscure solo material recorded for Reprise Records, more tracks for Mercury, and even a duet with Linda Hayes – titles that include "Oochi Poochi", "When You Return", "Peggy O'Neill", "Sleepless Nights", "Sad River", "Movin In", "The Miracle", "My Prayer", "Amapola", "Ida", "Charmaine", "On My Word Of Honor", and "You'll Never Know". CD

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✨✧ Various80s Jazz Dance ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set with an 80s cover, but one that features vintage soul jazz throughout – the kind of late 50s/early 60s material that really played big on UK club floors in the early years of Acid Jazz, thanks to work by DJs like Gilles Peterson and Patrick Forge! These are all classic cuts from the US – from labels like Prestige and Chess – served up with plenty of Hammond, riffing guitar, and strong tenor lines – plus occasional vocals too. Forget the look of the package, and imagine some fantastic jazz photographs instead – alongside cuts that include "Camp Meetin" by Sam Lazar, "Moanin" by Art Blakey, "Screamin" by Jack McDuff, "Cerveza" by Boots Brown, "Somethin Strange" by Baby Face Willette, "Meetin Here" by Curtis Amy & Paul Bryant, "Blue Vibes" by Johnny Lytle, "Wade In The Water" by Johnny Griffin, "Vera" by Richard Evans, "Sack O Woe" by Ray Bryant, and "Night In Tunisia" by Buck Clarke. CD

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✨✧ VariousMonsters, Vampires, Voodoos, & Spooks – 33 Slabs Of Undead Rock N Roll ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hip celebration of all things spooky – pulled from that wonderful late 50s/early 60s stretch when the novelty market was overflowing with rock and soul songs based on Halloween topics! This collection is nicely huge – and while there's a few tracks here you might know from big fame, there's lots more from the the farther reaches of the trash rock underground of the period – very cool cuts that were only issued as singles, maybe just for the Halloween market, then quickly dropped out of sight! The music is a mix of R&B and early rock, with a few other styles thrown in for good measure – and titles include "The Cat" by Chris Kevin, "Frankenstein Rock" by Eddie Thomas, "I Was A Teenage Monster" by The Keytones, "Werewolf" by The Frantics, "Nightmare" by Scottie Stuart, "Voodoo Voodoo" by Lavern Baker, "Rockin In The Graveyard" by Jackie Morningstar, "The Spook Walks" by The Spooks, "The Monsters Hop" by Bert Convy, "She's My Witch" by Kip Tyler, "Frankie & Igor At A Rock N Roll Party" by Bob McFadden, "Little Demon" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, and "Nighmare Hop" by Earl Patterson with The Darts. CD

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✨✧ VariousWatch Your Step – The Soulful Roots Of Philadelphia Soul 1959 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great overview of the early days of soul music on the Philly scene – work that's very different than the smooth, sophisticated sounds the city was giving the world in the 70s! At the time of these tracks, Philly was a crucial crossroads in popular music – home to important labels, distributors, and radio stations – and a key force in turning America on to the best up-and-coming talents in rock, pop, and R&B – as well as the young soul artists you'll hear on this set! The Philly approach often makes for well-recorded, catchy tunes that still maintain a great sort of edge – the kind of singles that would instantly warrant repeated play on the jukebox, and which would sound great booming out of the speakers when they did. The set's got 29 tracks in all – with titles that include "Pop Pop Pop Pie" by the Sherrys, "The Push & Kick" by Mark Valentino, "The Popeye Waddle" by Don Covay, "If It Wasn't For Pride" by Jimmy Dee & The Universals, "She's So Fine" by Big Boy Myles, "Party Lights" by Claudine Clark, "If I Should Lose You" by The Dreamlovers, "Did We Go Steady Too Soon" by Farris Hill & The Madison Brothers, "No Time To Cry" by Bernard Byers, and "The Hunch" by Bobby Peterson Quintet. CD

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VariousWe Did 'Em First – 33 Lost, Obscure, & Forgotten Originals ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Famous hits, but in versions that you might not recognize – as they're the original recordings of the tunes, some of which are a lot more obscure than the bigger later versions! The package is a great romp through a range of different styles – rock, soul, and a little bit more – all from the glory days of the 7" single, when all sorts of artists were trying out all sorts of great material – so much so that even gems like these didn't always hit the charts! Consider the whole thing as a great "whodunit" of rock and roll – with a set list of 33 titles that includes "I Found You" by Yvonne Fair, "Pony Time" by Don Covay, "The Pale Faced Indian" by Marvin Rainwater, "Last Kiss" by Wayne Cochran, "Come Tomorrow" by Marie Knight, "Rave On" by Sonny West, "Johnny Angel" by Georgia Lee, "He's A Rebel" by Vikki Carr, "Ring Of Fire" by Anita Carter, "I Wanna Go Home" by Billy Grammer, "I'm All Shook Up" by David Hill, "Endlessly" by Johnny Ray, "Go Away Little Girl" by Bobby Vee, and "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" by Big Maybelle. CD
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✨✧ Al Cohn & Zoot SimsAl & Zoot ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Tremendous horn interplay from the team of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims – and a record that may well be one of the best illustrations of their famous magic together in the 50s! The record's got a way of focusing energy, yet letting each player state themselves clearly and cleanly – almost a perfect small group variation of the larger jazz modes of a generation before – carried out here by Cohn and Sims with a great balance of tone and timing, modernism and swing! There's an excellent rhythm group on the date – Mose Allison on piano, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Nick Stabulus on drums – who almost bring in a slightly soulful undercurrent, which works especially well on Sims' solo moments. Tracks include "Two Funky People", "Just You Just Me", "The Wailing Boat", "You're A Lucky Guy", "Brandy & Beer", and "Chasing The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing on Jasmine. Back cover and labels have a name in marker with light surface wear.)

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Jana Herzen with Charnett MoffettPassion Of A Lonely Heart ... CD
Motema, 2012. Used ... $4.99
Really lovely sounds from Jana Herzen – a set that features her own vocals and guitar, with just the bass of Charnett Moffett for accompaniment! The spare setting is beautiful – and Jana sparkles here in ways that few other singers could hope to match – bringing out a key musicality both on guitar and vocals, with all the right jazzy inflections to enrich the sound – as Moffett's spare but soulful basslines serve as key directive points for the process. Titles include the original tunes "Secrets Are Safe With Me", "Night Blooming Jasmine", "Bali Holiday", "Passion Of A Lonely Heart", "My Latin Love", and "Earth's Heart Beats" – plus "Spain", and "Sodade", "Tis Autumn". CD

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Charles LloydNight In Copenhagen ... CD
Blue Note, 1983. Used ... $19.99
A great return to the limelight for reedman Charles Lloyd – heard here in one of his most open, expressive settings in years – with all the best exotic touches of his famous early years still very much intact! Lloyd plays tenor and flute, plus a bit of Chinese oboe as well – an instrument that really underscores some of the more inventive qualities in his music, and which works well with some of the modal energies in the set. The great Michel Perucciani makes a key appearance here on piano – and shades the tunes with a sensitive sound that also helps Lloyd find the new directions he'd take strongly in years to come – and the remaining group features Palle Danielsson on bass and Son Ship Theus on drums. Bobby McFerrin sings in a few spots, but at a level that's hipper than his hits – and titles include "Lotus Land", "Lady Day", "Of Course Of Course", "Night Blooming Jasmine", and "El Encanto". CD
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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetMore From The Last Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
More material from the famous Last Concert record from the MJQ – not really the last concert ever from the Modern Jazz Quartet – but a set that seemed so at the time, given that the group went their separate ways for a number of years! The record's got the combo in really top form – very much back to the basics of their early time on Atlantic Records, with a sublime focus on that unique sound that no other group like this could match. Milt Jackson's vibes are chromatically aligned in this amazing way with the piano of John Lewis – and somehow the live recording seems to bring out even more tones in the bass of Percy Heath, who feels an even stronger presence here than usual. Connie Kay's work on drums are a masterpiece of percussive understatement – and titles include "The Jasmine Tree", "Tears From The Children", "England's Carol", "Blues In H (b)", and "Really True Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene RainsRains in The Tropics – Songs & Sounds From Far Away Lands ... CD
Decca/Captain High (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A really wonderful album from the height of the exotica years – but a set that's got a fair bit more jazz in the mix than most from that generation too! Gene Rains plays vibes – and moves between moodier moments, ala Martin Denny/Arthur Lyman, and more straightforward jazz styles – which often have some great modal elements in the mix! The Rains group played hotels in Hawaii during the late 50s and early 60s – but are maybe more like a Pacific take on territory of the Quartette Tres Bien, thanks to strong work from Allen Watanabe on drums, Archie Grant on bass, and Byron Peterson on piano. Titles include "Mapuana", "Bancock Cock Fight", "Tiki", "Off Shore", "Shadow Of Love", "Jasmine & Jade", and "Lonely Winter". CD

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✨✧ Bud ShankBud Shank – Shorty Rogers/Bill Perkins (with bonus track) ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1954/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A west coast classic – featuring some of Bud Shank's best small group work of the mid 50s! The album has Shank playing in two different groups, one with Shorty Rogers on trumpet, one with the great Bill Perkins on tenor – and we'll be honest in saying that Perkins' tone is incredible, a perfect match for Shank's well-honed sound of the time – blown with a nice edge that really deepens the sound of the record – a slight sense of soul that goes past traditional west coast modes, and really fits Shank's sometimes-edgey playing. Rogers is still pretty great too – and the casual setting of the album is a refreshing change from some of his more over-arranged work for other labels at the time! Titles include "Casa De Luz", "Jasmine", "Left Bank", "Paradise", "Fluted Columns", and "Royal Garden Blues". CD

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VariousNME C86 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $29.99 38.99
A amazing look at the British indie scene during one of its greatest stretches – the mid 80s period when it seemed like new labels and new bands were springing up every week! The 2CD set takes its name from the influential C86 collection put together by NME at the time to showcase some of the best work – but this version expands the lineup to a whopping 72 tracks in all, and really stretches the scope to include some real lost gems. There's plenty of great work here from a time before the scene got mis-led by dance rhythms and too many stimulants – a cornucopia of long-lost labels and groups – most of them jangle pop wonders with great talents for penning simple, catchy little tunes! Titles include "World's No Place" by The Jasmine Minks, "Everything's Going Right" by The Avons, "Don't Slip Up" by Meat Whiplash, "Billy Liar" by North Of Cornwalls, "Outback Jazz" by Blue Aeroplanes, "Run To The Temple" by Bogshed, "Therese" by The Bodines, "Happy Head" by Mighty Lemon Drops, "Velocity Girl" by Primal Scream, "This Boy Can Wait" by The Wedding Present, "New Way" by Big Blame, "Console Me" by We've Got A Fuzzbox, "Inside" by 14 Iced Bears, "Darkess & Colour" by The Railway Children, and "Hedonist Hat" by Pigbros. Lots lots more! CD

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✨✧ VariousSun Shines Here – The Roots Of Indie Pop 1980 to 1984 (3CD set) ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A really lovely little collection, and a set that digs deep into a time when things were moving from the fringes to the mainstream in British music – but with groups that still mostly had a real edge and a strong sense of invention! The work here is setting the scene for some of the big global hits to come in the second half of the 80s and start of the 90s – as the English experiments of the post-punk years were finding ways to be a bit more tuneful, but without shaking off the politics, songwriting, and production techniques that made them so revolutionary at the time. As with other Cherry Red box sets, the track list here is superb – and supported by an equally superb set of notes – in a package of 74 tracks that includes work by The Loft, Higsons, Twinsets, Yeah Yeah Noh, Scritti Politti, The Nightingales, Weekend, Everything But The Girl, Friends Again, Pulp, Jane & Barton, Wah Heat, Teardrop Explodes, Scars, Mo-Dettes, Girls At Our Best, Vic Godard & The Subway Set, Josef K, Wild Wans, Jowe Head, Art Objects, Monochrome Set, Marine Girls, Trixie's Big Red Motorbike, In Embrace, Dislocation Dance, Microdisney, Grab Grab The Haddock, Jasmine Minks, Pale Fountains, and many others! CD

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