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DVDCenter Of Nowhere – The Spirit & Sounds Of Springfield, Missouri (blu-ray) ... DVD
Lucky Kind, 2021. New Copy ... $7.99 19.99
A great look at a surprisingly strong source of music – the scene in Springfield, Missouri – a tiny stop along route 66 that's had more influence over the decades than you might expect! Writer Dave Hoekstra takes us to Springfield and tells the tale of the city's overlooked influence on rock, country, folk, gospel, and roots music in the 20th Century – providing lots of supporting interview footage along the way, with the likes of Merle Haggard, Dan Penn, Brenda Lee, Dave Alvin, Jonathan Richman, and Robbie Fulks – all of whom sing the praises of Springfield's impact on themselves, and music in general. The film runs for over 90 minutes – and this DVD edition comes with a full five bonus chapters! DVD

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Dave HoekstraCenter Of Nowhere – The Spirit & Sounds Of Springfield, Missouri ... Book
Lucky Kind, 2021. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A small book of notes from author Dave Hoekstra – designed to accompany the documentary of the same name, and like that film – a volume to tell the overlooked tale of this lost center of Midwestern music! The 42 page book is less of an historical tome, than added notes for the film – divided up into chapters that match the chapters in the documentary – with snippets of interviews, photos, and other notes that illuminate the film – almost like the sort of thicker booklet you'd get inside of a Criterion Collection DVD. And heck, you can package it with the DVD and get your own Criterion version of the film at half the price! Book
 
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✨✧ Ruth BrownMama He Treats Your Daughter Mean – Juke Box Pearls ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful collection of work from the legendary Ruth Brown – one of the strongest female singers of the 50s R&B generation, and an undeniable influence on 60s rock and soul! The package brings together loads of gems from Ruth's years on Atlantic Records – a really well-chosen track list that focuses on the kind of upbeat, storming numbers that Ruth did so well – and which really demonstrate why her approach was so different than the blues and jazz singers of the generation before! The vocals are a strong precursor for deep soul modes to come, but always have a powerful presence that maybe makes Brown an early feminist too – as you'll hear on titles that include "Smooth Operator", "Jim Dandy", "Mambo Baby", "Lucky Lips", "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin", "As Long As I'm Moving", "I Can't Hear A Word You Say", "I Don't Know", "I Gotta Have You", "I'm Just A Lucky So & So", "Papa Daddy", "I Want To Do More", and live cuts that include "Teardrops From My Eyes", "Tears Come Tumbling Down", and "Oh What A Dream". 31 tracks in all – and a great set of notes. CD

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✨✧ Ruth BrownRuth Brown – Rock & Roll ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Fair ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first ladies of soul music – served up here in a classic album of Atlantic Records singles from the 50s! As you'd guess from the title, the tunes are a mighty rocking batch of tracks – upbeat, hard-edged groovers that really show off Brown's strong vocal range – and which often feature the kind of bluesy, jazzy-tinged grooves that seemed to work best for her style! The album's definitely a blueprint of female soul to come – and is stuffed with classics that include "Lucky Lips", "Mambo Baby", "Daddy Daddy", "Wild Wild Young Men", "5 10 15 Hours", "So Long", "It's Love Baby", and "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition and plays with some surface noise and crackles. Label has a sticker. Cover has some wear and aging, with some stains on back.)

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Glen CampbellGentle On My Mind/By The Time I Get To Phoenix ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A pair of Capitol Records classics from Glenn Campbell – back to back on a single CD! First up is Gentle On My Mind – an insanely wonderful early album from Glenn Campbell – the kind of music that's not really rock, pop, or country – but instead a unique summation of all, at a level that only Campbell could do this well The album kicks off with the sublime pop hit "Gentle On My Mind" – one of those jangly tunes that we could listen to forever – and then soars into a beautiful blend of tunes from different sources, including covers of Nilsson's "Without Her", Rod McKuen's "The World I Used to Know", Jimmie Rodgers' "It's Over", and Donovan's "Catch The Wind" – as well as the huge hit "Mary In The Morning". Glenn's got a hell of a voice – and it sounds great on all the tracks! By The Time I Get To Phoenix begins with Glenn Campbell's amazing take on the title tune by Jimmy Webb – a pure moment of 60s genius! The pairing of Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb is probably one of the greatest ideas ever in the history of pop music – as you'll hear on the album's title track, "By The Time I Get To Phoenix". Glen's original hit version of the song – written by a wee Jimmy at a young age – forever cut the way for his unique blend of pop, country, and easy vocal styles. The tune also kicks off this pretty nice little album of tracks that features great lesser known numbers, including some surprisingly great country covers. Titles include "Back In The Race", "My Baby's Gone", "Tomorrow Never Comes", "Bad Seed", "Love is A Lonesome River", and "I'll Be Lucky Some Day". CD

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Frank D'RoneAfter The Ball ... CD
Verve, 1960. Used ... $4.99
One of the few albums ever cut by singer Frank D'Rone – an excellent vocalist in the Pal Joey mode! Frank hailed from Chicago, and was a second (or third) tier singer – a bargain basement Sinatra, with a rougher style that actually has a great edge, and which recalls the tougher days of barroom gigs for singers who weren't so lucky as those with their name in lights. Billy May handled the arrangements on the set, giving D'Rone a swinging, jazzy kind of feel that pushes the record a bit farther than his other Mercury album from the 50s – and the whole thing's brings a nice punchy kind of feel to tracks that include "It's You Or No One", "Warm All Over", "After The Ball", "Oh Look At Me Now", and "Why Can't This Night Go On Forever". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shaun EscofferyStrong Enough ... CD
Universal (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $9.99
We've loved the music of Shaun Escoffery for many years now – right from that time when he emerged from the UK scene as key talent in the Omar generation – the kind of strong songwriting voice and confident singer that really helped mark a difference from the world of soul in the US! Escoffery has evolved wonderfully over the course of his superb recordings – and here, he continues to grow even more – coming on strong, and maybe with more of a 60s soul inspiration than ever before – kind of a romping, vibrant approach to the music that echoes the Motown generation, while still also sounding immediately contemporary, and graced with a production style that maybe makes Shaun's vocals sound even more powerful than ever! We've been waiting decades for Escoffery to get the international fame he deserves – and maybe this record is the one that will put him over the top, given the strength of the songs and the overall set as a whole. Titles include "River", "Imagine", "Lucky", "Soldier", "Heat", "With These Eyes", "Need To Believe", "Candle", "You Remind Me", and "Surrender". CD

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Patrick Henry & The Liberation BandLoving U – The Best Of Patrick Henry & The Liberation Band ... CD
Mardi Gras/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 90s. New Copy ... $9.99
Mighty nice work from an overlooked soul group – a combo from the 90s who released a handful of records at the time, but who have a vibe that's much more like some of our favorite groups from the end of the 60s! There's a nicely bubbling vibe to some cuts – kind of the groove that you might hear from Archie Bell & The Drells, but a bit leaner and more laidback at times – and Patrick Henry has a style that crackles nicely around the edges on the groovers, maybe with some of the charms of a young Tyrone Davis or Jesse James – although with a deeper, more personal vibe on the mellow cuts – which balance with the upbeat tracks in a really great way – fleshing out the group's music to make the whole thing feel like some vintage lost gem from the southern scene. CD features 18 tracks in all, pulled from three rare albums by the group – titles that include "Loving U", "Good Loving", "LB Blues", "How Lucky Can I Get", "Come & Get It", "U Cheating", "I'm Leaving U", "Something About You", "Free Me", "The Train", and "I Could Make It Better". CD

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Eddie HollandIt Moves Me – The Complete Recordings 1958 to 1964 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.99
A beautiful collection of all the great and rare material Eddie Holland cut as solo singer in the late 50s and early 60s – including the incredible early Motown material, plus tracks he cut for Mercury, Kudo, Tamla and United Artists! Of course Eddie Holland is best remembered for uber-legendary work as producer, composer and arranger with the Holland-Dozier-Holland super soul unit – for damn good reason, but it's his early work as singer is way too strong to be considered a mere footnote to his greater legacy. Many of the cuts were written and produced by Berry Gordy, along with numbers written and produced by Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier, some recorded more famously by later acts, so what you truly have here is the foundation for great things to come – it's beautiful stuff that shines brightly in its own light. Eddie's a solid singer and the songs are terrific, formative stuff that's a pivotal bridge from earlier R&B to massive soul. 56 tracks on 2CDs: "Little Miss Ruby", "Will You Love Me", "Just A Few More Days", "It's Not Too Late", "Just Ain't Enough Love", "Brenda", "Baby Shake", "Magic Mirror", "If Cleopatra Took A Chance", "Action Speaks Louder than Words", "Bashful Kind", "Too Late To Cry", "Happy Go Lucky", "Pretty Little Angel Face", "Day Dreamer", "Rain And Thunder", "I Like Everything About You", "Happy Days" and many more. This set goes deeper than any compilation we've seen of Eddie's recordings, too, with a number of previously unissued Mercury recordings. CD

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✨✧ Jackson 5I Want You Back – Unreleased Masters ... CD
Motown, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really amazing stuff – a true treasure for fans of The Jacksons, and for any lover of classic soul music as well! This set's exactly what it promises – unreleased recordings made by the Jackson 5 during their early years at Motown – all music that's totally excellent, and which really stands up to their better-known hits of the time! There's a few alternate takes here, but there's also lots of fresh tunes too – the kind of gems its great to hear the group recording – and which really makes this package as essential as any of their full length albums on Motown. Production is impeccable – no rough studio mixes or unfinished tunes – and most of these tracks would have still beat most of the rest of the soul music world at the time, had they ever been issued as singles! Titles include "Love Comes In Different Flavors", "Listen I'll Tell You How", "Man's Temptation", "That's How Love Is", "Love Call", "Buttercup", "Lucky Day", "I'll Try You'll Try", "Dancing Machine (alternate version)", "ABC (alternate version)", "Never Can Say Goodbye (alternate version)", and a great medley of "I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save". CD
(Still sealed. Cutout hole through rear case and artwork.)

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✨✧ PilotPilot – The Albums (From The Album Of The Same Name/Second Flight/Morin Heights/Two's A Crowd/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
EMI/7T's (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Sharp hooks, huge melodies, and 70s guitar pop greatness from Pilot – a genius pop group who only gave the world a handful of records, all of them pretty darn great! From The Album Of The Same Name includes their signature tune, "Magic" – and it's one of those songs everyone knows, whether or not they no who made it – but Pilot soars all around on these tunes. The guitars have punch, but the falsetto vocals are the main cabin of this vessel – and it's grand 70s soft rock of the first order! Other tracks include "Just A Smile", Lucky For Some", "Girl Next Door", "Sooner Or Later", "Never Give Up", "Sky Blue", "Never Give Up", and "Over The Moon". Second Flight is the excellent second album from Pilot, really perfecting the guitars, keyboards and vocals and hooks formula that shot them into the pop consciousness a year or so earlier – probably their best album ever! The opener "You're My No 1" is so catchy, we can hardly believe it's not a throwback pop radio staple, and the record has a few of tracks nearly as grand. The vocals & harmonies are better arranged, and the guitars and keyboards are in that great comfort zone between the glam pop of the previous couple years and the new wave pop to come. Somewhat silly bubble gum lyricism, sure, but it's tasty stuff! Other tracks include "January", "Love Is", "Call Me Round", "To You Alone", "Passion Piece", "Dear Artist" and more, plus the bonus demos "You're Devotion", "Love Is", "January" and "Lady Luck". Morin Heights is later work from 70s soft rock tunesmiths Pilot – a couple years on from their biggest hit, but still making gloriously catchy tunes! The hallmarks of their earlier stuff is here, with some twists & turns. The lyrics are the kind of lovestruck or lovelorn naivete that's cloying to some, and hopelessly endearing to others – relying more this time out and an overall catchiness than huge choruses and hummable singles. We'd fly with these guys anytime! Titles include "Hold On", "Canada", "First After Me", "Steps", "The Mover", "Penny In My Pocket", and "Maniac". Two's A Crowd is the last full 70s album from Pilot – just a duo by this point, but working with all the punch and panache of their early records! As before, their ability for hook-heavy tunes is amazing – as there's so many numbers here that could have been huge AM radio hits, but which also have some surprisingly thoughtful lyrical touches, and arrangements that are simple, but which really pack a hell of a punch. Titles include "Monday Tuesday", "Big Screen Kill", "Creeping Round At Midnight", "Library Door", and "Mr Do Or Die". CD features lots of related bonus tracks – including "Pamela", "Ra Ta Ta", "Just Let Me Be", "Maniac", "Us", "Lady Luck", "No Ties No Strings", "Are You In Love", "Just A Smile", and "Stop & Let Go". CD

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John ScofieldHand Jive ... CD
Blue Note, 1993. Used ... $3.99
A really great funky moment from guitarist John Scofield – kind of a bridge between the chromatic hues of his music from the 80s, and the tighter, sharper direction he'd take in years to come! The set has some classic-styled soul jazz elements at the core, really living up to the cover image – including Hammond from Larry Goldings and tenor from Eddie Harris – both of whom really deepen the sound of the record, especially when Scofield is still sliding out into some of the fuzzier tones in his bag. Rhythms are nice and tight too – with Dennis Irwin on bass, Bill Stewart on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – and tracks include "Don't Shoot The Messenger", "She's So Lucky", "Do Like Eddie", "Dark Blue", "I'll Take Les", and "Out Of The City". CD

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✨✧ Zoot SimsIf I'm Lucky – Zoot Sims Meets Jimmy Rowles ... LP
Pablo, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Zoot Sims – a session that has him working in very laidback company with Jimmy Rowles on piano, who tipples the keys of the piano with a really timeless late nite kind of sound! The style here is a bit like that of the Rowles/Getz album The Peacocks – although a bit more straightforward overall, with a main focus on the talents of both soloists, coming together beautifully in a relatively spare setting. Bass is by George Mraz and drums are by Mousie Alexander – and the real surprise here is almost Sims, who blows with this open-ended, laidback tone that's really great – a bit languid, but never weary – and somehow with a lot more warmth than on many of his other too-tight records from the 70s. Titles include "Legs", "Shadow Waltz", "I Hear A Rhapsody", "Gypsy Sweetheart", and "Where Our Love Has Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray VernonAll Wrays Lead To Rock – The Link Wray Connection ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's Ray Vernon, not Vernon Wray – but both names are correct, as Ray's the brother of guitar giant Link Wray – and works here under an odd variation of his family name, but on an equally raw set of vintage rockers! Ray's a singer, but also a guitarist – and brother Link joins in on a number of these tracks with the kind of moody raw twang that made his famous instrumentals so great – as both of the brothers move through a surprisingly rich array of indie singles from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – shifting in contributions, so that one track might have the guitar right up in the mix, another might have a vocal. There's a whopping 34 tracks in all – and detailed notes that unlock the mystery of these tunes – material that includes "Hold It", "Big City After Dark", "Evil Angel", "Vendetta", "Danger One Way Love", "I'm Countin On You", and "Roughshod" by Ray Vernon with The Raymen – plus "Teenage Cutie" by Lucky Wray, "Flirty Baby" by The Wraymen, "You Can't Make Me Doubt My Baby" by Bunker Hill, "A Brand New Love" by The American Teens, "So Young" by The Dial Tones, "Watch Yourself" by The British Walkers, "Boo Hoo" by Marvin Rainwater, and the cuts "Window Shopping", "I'll Be So Good To You", and "The Freeze" by Link Wray. CD

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✨✧ VariousFunky Funky Chicago – Rare & Unreissued Chicago Funk From The Vaults Of Mod-Art, Stuff & Scorpio Records 1973 to 1977 ... CD
Funky Delicacies, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chicago gets funky – but you didn't need to tell us that, since we've been here all our lives! Boasting aside, though, the compilation is amazing – a motherlode of heavy funk from the underground of the city – a wealth of small-label funky tracks that barely got proper release even back in the day! The package includes some of our favorite funky 45s of the 70s – the kind of singles that we've been loving for years, and which it's finally great to see get proper reissue. The whole thing's great – even more solid than any of the other Funky Funky reissue series – with titles that include the stunning "Funky Funky Christmas" by Electric Jungle, "I've Got To Space" by Georgianna McCoy & The Classetts, "Cut Me In" by The Chosen Few, "Let's Get A Line (parts 1 & 2)" by Jimmy Johnson & The Lucky Hearts, "43rd Street Bus Stop" by Mack Simmons & Jimmy Mitchell, "Away From Home" by Eddie Houston, "Get Up Off Your Rusty Dusty" by Casey Jones, "We Got To Love One Another" by The Rock, and "We Are The Chosen Few" by The Chosen Few. CD
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MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $5.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Sweetest One ... CD 5.99
 
 
 



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