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WhispersJust Gets Better With Time ... LP
Solar, 1987. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A late 80s winner from The Whispers – one of the few 70s groups who really found a way to keep themselves going strong into the next decade! The album gave the group their super-huge hit "Rock Steady" – possibly their biggest mainstream success ever – and it's got the group working with the team of Babyface and Reid, in a snapping kind of soul that's partially pop, but which almost hints at new jack at points. Titles include "Rock Steady", "I Want You", "No Pain No Gain", "In The Mood", "Just Gets Better With Time", "Love's Calling", and "Give It To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover is stained and wrinkled at the bottom 4 inches, with some stuck-on paper in front.)

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WhispersWe're Getting Married/Are You Sorry? ... 7-inch
Gotham, Early 70s. Very Good ... $599.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Yellow label pressing with ridged rim and 7WH3/7WH4 text. Vinyl plays with some surface noise, not too bad once it gets going.)

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WhispersWhisper In Your Ear/Whispers/Imagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 20.99
A trio of classic albums from The Whispers – with bonus tracks too! On the first set, the mighty group does way more here than just Whisper in your ear – as they're completely on top of their game, ending the 70s with a wickedly sharp sound that would help them stand strong for years to come! The group started in fragile harmony soul modes, grew with confidence in the 70s, hit a bit of a dancefloor mode – and here step off with this mature style that's totally wonderful – the best of all worlds together as one – shaped by arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Gene Page, and Keni Burke! Titles include "Whisper In Your Ear", "Homemade Lovin'", "If I Don't Get Your Love", "Love At Its Best", "Can't Do Without Love", and "Pretty Lady". The 1979 Whispers album was one of a few to bear the group's name as its title – and it's also one of our favorite albums by The Whispers – a later gem with some really great songs, and a sound that shows the group strongly moving into hit territory! In some way, the album's almost a return to the mellow harmony soul of the group's roots – slowing down the pace from the disco years to craft some extremely great ballads and midtempo numbers. There's still a bunch of great club tracks too – like the classic "And The Beat Goes On" – but in a way, our favorite tracks are the mellower ones, like "Lady", "I Love You", and the sublime, "A Song For Donny", a tribute to the late Donny Hathaway, written around the music of his classic "This Christmas". On Imagination, the group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". Bonus tracks include an instrumental of "Song For Donny" – plus 7" mixes of "Can't Do Without Love", "Can You Do The Boogie", "And The Beat Goes On", "It's A Love Thing", and "I Can Make It Better". CD

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WhispersWhispers – The Definitive Collection 1972 to 1987 (4CD set) ... CD
Robinsongs (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 4CD ... $29.99 38.99
A tremendous testament to one of the greatest soul groups of the 70s – one with a legacy that goes far beyond the music in this set, but which is really captured here during the golden years of The Whispers on record! The group has roots that start in the vocal group underground of the late 50s and 60s – and spent most of that second decade perfecting their harmonies and vocal interplay – to a point where they emerged in the early 70s with real hit-making power, thanks to their effortless interpretation of mellow tracks and ballads! Yet the group were not without a groove – and as the decade moved on, they also proved to be equally great at clubbier tracks too – able to pick up the pace while still delivering meaningful lyrics, a quality that really set them apart from so many others at the time. As the 80s move in, the group continue to grow and develop their sound – staying sophisticated, but down to earth too – at a level that maybe gave The Whispers a longer run of all-great records than so many artists of their generation. This well-done package does a wonderful job of picking out all the best cuts from the long run of recordings covered inside – 63 tracks that provide a perfect place to start, if you're just getting into the group – and which together will offer you up a fantastic package if you're a longtime fan. CD

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✨✧ WhispersLove For Love ... LP
Solar, 1983. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Love for Love, but still a pretty groove-heavy set too – one that continues the mix of "dancin and romancin" The Whispers served up on their previous album! Side one is heavy on "dancin" – and features some bass-heavy tunes that are very much in the best mainstream LA soul modes of the time – production by the group and Leon Sylvers, all in a sound that's heavy on basslines and keyboards, but which still has harmonies that are way ahead of most of the group's younger contemporaries! These harmonies come into play even more strongly on the "romancin" side of the record – a batch of ballads that have The Whispers in the mellower territory that first got them started – updated slightly here with an early 80s soul vibe, but sung with proof that the quintet were still at the top of the harmony game. Titles include "Tonight", "Keep On Lovin Me", "This Time", "Had It Not Been For You", "Try It Again", "Lay It On Me", and "Keep Your Love Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has staining on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ VariousWhispers – Lounge Originals ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $26.99
One of the coolest collections we've seen from the Numero Group in a long time – an assortment of obscure lounge singers and groups who played the Midwest scene in the glory days of the cocktail bar – not exotica acts or jazz combos, but instead the kind of warm and mellow artists you might find working in the dim corner of some shag-laden lounge! These are artists who were clearly brought up in a world of rock first, jazz and other styles second – maybe with a homegrown AOR vibe, but a lot more stripped-down and personal too. The package is very cool – designed like a matchbook cover from one of the clubs, complete with a poster of other matchbooks inside – and artists include The Do's & Don'ts, Jan Tober & Ron Satterfield, Richard Powell, Terri Schmidt, Tom Dae, Nick Gillette, Mike Munoz, James, Mood Mystics, Cleveland Jones, and Blue Eyed Soul. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie WilsonWhispers ... LP
Brunswick, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful Chicago soul from Jackie Wilson – one of the classic Brunswick albums he recorded in the Windy City – with stunning production by Carl Davis and arrangements by Sonny Sanders! The album's a perfect showcase for Wilson's incredible vocals – soaring out to new heights in this setting – which marks a real change from his Brunswick style of the early 60s. A key part of the record is the choice of songs – including the classic title cut – written by Barbara Acklin, with a haunting quality that really lets Jackie reach a new high on vocals again. In addition to "Whispers (Getting Louder)", other tracks include "I've Gotta Talk to You", "Tears Will Tell It All", "I Don't Want to Lose You", and "(Too Much) Sweet Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
 
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John BarryWhisperers ... LP
United Artists, 1966. Sealed ... $14.99
John Barry did the score for this dark British film starring Dame Edith Evans as an elderly woman slowly succumbing to the "whispers" of old age. The music is far different than Barry's Bond work, with more of a sophisticated orchestral sound – filled with dark brooding passages, occasionally punctuated by jazzier moments – which act as a nice sort of counterbalance! The score is a great step for Barry – really showing a new level of sophistication that's light years from his earlier small combo instrumental work. Titles include "Are You There?", "Sticks & Stones", "Nobody & Nothing", and "Three Attackers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing, still sealed, with a small hole in front from sticker removal.)

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Jarvis CockerChansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... CD
Abkco, 2021. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really cool project from Jarvis Cocker – a set that's inspired by the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, with Cocker singing in French throughout – and at a level that really opens up his well-known love of some of the best pop modes of the 20th Century! Jarvis often whispers as much as he sings – taking a page from the book of Serge Gainsbourg – but the album's also not just a slavish rehash of French modes from the past, as some of the arrangements are a bit more contemporary – and offer up a a nice way to transform songs originally associated with Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Francoise Hardy, and other French singers from years past. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier guests on "Paroles Paroles" – and other titles include "Requiem Pour Un Con", "Aline", "Elle Et Moi", "La Tendresse", "Dans Ma Chambre", "Il Pleut Sur La Gare", and "Amour Je Te Cherche". CD
Also available Chansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... LP 25.99

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Jarvis CockerChansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... LP
Abkco, 2021. New Copy ... $25.99 28.99
A really cool project from Jarvis Cocker – a set that's inspired by the Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch, with Cocker singing in French throughout – and at a level that really opens up his well-known love of some of the best pop modes of the 20th Century! Jarvis often whispers as much as he sings – taking a page from the book of Serge Gainsbourg – but the album's also not just a slavish rehash of French modes from the past, as some of the arrangements are a bit more contemporary – and offer up a a nice way to transform songs originally associated with Serge Gainsbourg, Dalida, Francoise Hardy, and other French singers from years past. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier guests on "Paroles Paroles" – and other titles include "Requiem Pour Un Con", "Aline", "Elle Et Moi", "La Tendresse", "Dans Ma Chambre", "Il Pleut Sur La Gare", and "Amour Je Te Cherche". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chansons D'Ennui Tip Top ... CD 15.99

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Pierre HenryMalefices ... LP
Cacophonic (UK), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 26.99
A rare 60s soundtrack from electronic genius Pierre Henry – and a record that features some of his spookiest sounds of the decade! Side one is full of music used in the film – and much of it is very spare, with lots of low-end electronic textures – especially some of those sighs and whispers that Henry was able to coax out of his early equipment before anyone else! There's a few slower keyboard passages, too – but these are also pretty murky and dark as well. Side two brings in a few extracts from other larger Henry compositions – but with a spirit that certainly fits the needs of the record as well. Titles include "Theme De Catherine", "Scene De La Trappe", "Apres Le Mort", "Generique", and "Catherine Malade". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carrie LucasPortrait Of Carrie ... LP
Solar, 1980. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Smooth disco grooving from Carrie Lucas – surprisingly soulful stuff, and handled with some wonderfully tight production by Dick Griffey, the genius behind the sound of Solar at the end of the 70s! Carrie's really moving past the cliches of earlier work here – stepping into a solid blend of pop, soul, and club. Titles include "Keep Smilin", "It's Not What You Got", "Lovin Is On My Mind", and "Use It Or Lose It" – plus "Just A Memory", which is a duet with the Whispers. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring and edge wear and a small spot of pen on front.)

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Os MutantesTecnicolor (Brazilian pressing) ... CD
Philips (Brazil), 1970. Used ... $12.99
A legendary album! This previously unreleased album by Os Mutantes was supposed to be their breakthrough album to an English speaking market – but for years it's only been talked about in hushed whispers, and has only been heard by a lucky few! The record was recorded in Paris in 1970 – and it's ALL IN ENGLISH! (Not that we're biased against Portuguese, mind you – but since we're English speakers, it's kind of a nice thing to have a record that we can understand!) The record features a number of tunes from the Mutantes first two albums – redone here with translated lyrics, and in a compressed pop style that's a bit smoother than the original albums, but still very nice! In fact, the record's a sophisticated pop statement that would have stood well in the company of many of the best of 1970s rock elite – had the boneheads at Philips actually decided to release the record! No use crying over spilled milk, though – because the album's out now, and it's filled with loads of nice tracks like "Panis Et Circensis", "Batmacumba", "Tecnicolor", "El Justiciero", "I'm Sorry Baby", "Saravah", and a sublime reading of "Baby", a track that was virtually the manifesto for Tropicalia! CD
(Out of print. Slipcover has light wear and discoloration.)

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Periodical NumericalPeriodical Numerical Vol 3 – The Reflection Issue ... Magazine
Numero, 2020. New Copy ... $6.99
A great issue of this mini-magazine from the folks at Numero Group – one that focuses heavily on the unique LA imprint Reflection Records – home to the classic album from Catherine Howe, and some other great music too! The issue has a feature on the label, plus looks at some of its artists – Howe included – and there's also some breakdowns of two of the more enigmatic Numero projects in recent years – Whispers Lounge and Louis Wayne Moody High. The issue also has articles The Shades and Chaynes – plus a few other good articles – all with the well-penned quality you know from the notes in the label's releases! Magazine

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✨✧ VariousThis Is Lowrider Soul – 1962 to 1970 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
There have been lots of Lowrider soul compilations on the market over the years – documenting the great of of mellow cuts on the LA scene of the 60s – particularly the kind that could move slow, but with a heavy groove at the bottom – perfect for chilling out in the back of a car on an endless summer night! Yet few have ever done the job as well as this collection – because in the hands of Ace/Kent Records, the music finally gets proper historical context – moved past the jargon of the East LA in crowd, and presented with great sound, and the kind of detailed notes that really get at the special qualities that made the west coast soul scene so different than the east in the 60s! The set list is superb – fantastic mellow soul tracks that are perfect, even if you don't care about this history – and titles include "It's Not That Easy" by Reuben Bell with The Casanovas, "I Really Love You" by The Ambassadors, "As I Sit Here" by The Whispers, "One More Chance" by The Four Tees, "Take A Step" by Aesop's Fables, "Why'd You Put Me On" by Bobbi Row & The Englishmen, "I Wanna Chance" by The Vows, "Second Hand Happiness" by Jimmy Conwell, "Be Kind To Love" by The Interpreters, "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels, "Don't Forget About Me Baby" by Jeff Dale, "I'm A Lonely Man" by Bobby Burn, "Crying All By Myself" by William Bell, "I'm Just Passing Time" by Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles, "When You're Poor" by The Lovers, "It's So Hard To Break A Habit" by The Webs, "Find Me" by The Attractions, "Never Gonna Let Him Know" by Debbie Taylor, and "Pretending Dear" by The Lovelles. CD

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✨✧ Joe McPhee & Hamid DrakeEmancipation Proclamation – A Real Statement Of Freedom ... CD
Okka Disk, 2000. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A late 90s record, but one that we might easily put next to similar spiritual improv albums from the 70s – a fantastic meeting of both artists at Chicago's Empty Bottle – with Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and tenor, and Hamid Drake on some amazing drums and percussion! Drake's wonderfully open, fluid sense of sound is a great match for McPhee here – really opening up a side of Joe's music in a way that's a bit different than some of his other recordings of the time, including his Okka Disk material – spirited, but never stressed – exploratory, yet always with a strong sense of direction. Titles include "Hate Crime Cries", "Cries & Whispers", "Mother Africa", and "Emancipation Proclamation". Very spare, but very moving – in the manner of some of the early work by the Art Ensemble of Chicago! CD

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✨✧ VariousStars Of Dore – Los Angeles' Group Soul Sound ... 7-inch
Dore/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A special set of soul from legendary LA indie label Dore Records – home to some of the finest 60s sides on the west coast! Dore had a few key groups at the time – a young Whispers, and the excellent Superbs – but also cut work by some other great artists too – all with a level of care and class to match the best soul sides coming from New York or Detroit at the time! The Dore approach manages to have a sparkle without losing any sort of edge – careful production and instrumentation, but a real respect for the voices in the lead, too. This style works especially well with groups – as you'll hear on this four track set – which features the cuts "The Big Hurt" by The Superbs, "You Really Never Know Til It's Over" by The Vel Vettes, "Oh How I Love You" by Little Johnny Hamilton & The Creators, and "Nothing Lasts Forever" by The Natural Resources. 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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