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Acme Bluegrass Company99 44/100 % Pure Instrumental ... LP
Old Homestead, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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(Cover has some wear and aging, a small yellowed spot of tape at the top of the spine, a small tear in the opening, and small split in the bottom seam.)

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Mike CooperOh Really/Do I Know You/Trout Steel/Places I Know/Machine Gun Co (plus bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Dawn/BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $18.99 24.99
An amazing legacy in music from Mike Cooper – a British musician who started out in the world of folk blues, but never ended up moving towards some of the rockish modes of his contemporaries – instead finding his very own sort of special space in the freedom allowed by the Dawn Records label! The set begins with the very spare Oh Really – a set that has Mike Cooper mostly on guitar and vocals, in a style that's part Piedmont, part Delta blues – but also given a more folksy spin, and graced with Cooper's unusual vocals – almost making the whole thing feel like a spare acoustic version of Canned Heat territory – with titles that include "Maggie Campbell", "Saturday Blues", "Electric Chair", "Crow Jane", and "You're Gonna Be Sorry". Do I Know you is a record that follows up with a sound that's maybe a bit fuller than Mike Cooper's debut, but still relatively spare – with Mike on acoustic guitar and slide guitar, Harry Miller on bass (really great bass, by the way!), and Poor Little Anne on a bit of vocals. Miller brings these deep tones to the record that really transform things – and titles include "Do I Know You", "Start Of A Journey", "First Song", "Theme In C", and "The Link". Trout Steel is a beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as Mike Cooper's vocals and acoustic guitar come into play with more guitar from Stefan Grossman – plus alto sax from Mike Osborne, tenor and soprano from Alan Skidmore, piano from John Taylor, and bass from the late Harry Miller – all key players on the UK avant jazz scene of the time! The mix of these players with Cooper's core inspiration is not unlike some of the most progressive material coming from Island Records – or, even better, the special jazzy moments on records by Tim Buckley or Tim Hardin – company that Cooper could very easily keep, given the strength of his songwriting. Titles include "Don't Talk Too Fast", "On My Way", "Hope You See", "Weeping Rose", "Trout Steel", "I've Got Mine", "That's How", and "Pharoah's March". Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who was already known for his larger ensemble creations at the time, but who works here in these really subtle ways – to inflect Cooper's core inspirations with just some slight instrumental colors, tones, and phrases on most numbers – while Cooper brings in the core Machine Gun Co group on a few more. The result is a record that's way more than familiar folk – and arguably a lot hipper than most of the British acid folk of the time, too – on titles that include "Night Journey", "Paper & Smoke", "Country Water", "Time To Time", "Goodbye Blues Goodbye", and "Places I Know". The Machine Gun Co album is a partner record to Places I Know – recorded in the same sessions, but with tracks that are longer, and even more openly expressive – all with backings from the sweet Machine Gun Co quartet, a group with some especially nice electric piano from Alan Cook! Heavy use of that instrument really works against some of the folksier elements in Cooper's music – with these blocks of warm sound and color that really illuminate the tunes, and almost unlock a new level in the vocals. Cooper plays a bit of electric guitar at times – and titles include "So Glad That I Found You", "Lady Anne", "Midnight Words", and "Song For Abigail". CD also features songs from singles – "Your Lovely Ways (parts 1 & 2)", "Time In Hand", and "Schaabisch Hall". (Rock, Folk/Country) CD

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Waylon JenningsWhat Goes Around Comes Around/Music Man/Back On Black/Waylon & Company ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 22.99
Four full albums from Waylon Jennings – served up here in one double CD set! First up is What Goes Around Comes Around – Waylon Jennings' last album of the 70s, and a set that continues the superstar run he forged during the decade – delivered with that increasing power and focus that Jennings brought to his records as the years went on – still strongly country through and through, but with a quality that helped Waylon to really reach out and find audiences that some of his contemporaries couldn't touch! The material is really well-chosen, and fits that swagger that Jennings could bring to his vocals, but without ever pushing things too far – none of the hoke that could occasionally get in the way – on titles that include "I Ain't Livin Long Like This", "What Goes Around", "It's The World's Gone Crazy", "Old Love New Eyes", "Come With Me", and "Ivory Tower". Music Man is a set recorded at a time when Waylon Jennings had really reached superstardom – and was also finding a whole new ear for his music on the TV screen, thanks to his work on Dukes Of Hazzard! Think what you might about that show, Waylon's theme is a great one – and it's presented here along with a number of other well-chosen numbers that are delivered with a nicely understated sound overall – no attempt to try to force any sort of country rock agenda on Jennings, even when he's taking on the music of Steely Dan! And surprisingly, he does a pretty great job of that – reworking "Do It Again" into a completely different sort of song – heard here next to "It's Alright", "Storms Never Last", "Nashville Wimmin", "He Went To Paris", and "Good Ol Boys". On Black On Black, Waylon Jennings gets some great help from producer Chips Moman – who creates this laidback, rootsy groove that's perfect for the singer's sound – a move that's a wonderful choice, given that at this point in his career, Jennings could have gone for an arena-filling country rock sort of approach – but instead stays true to the kind of confident, up-close material that filled his classic albums for RCA in the 70s! Titles include "Honky Tonky Blues", "Women Do Know How To Carry On", "We Made It As Lovers", "Gonna Write A Letter", "Shine", and a remake of "Just To Satisfy You". On Waylon & Company, the "company" is as key as Waylon Jennings himself – as the set features the country music legend serving up a set of duets with a surprisingly great range of other singers – an all-star lineup that includes Jerry Reed, Tony Joe White, Hank Williams Jr, Willie Nelson, and Emmylou Harris! The set's a great reminder of the collaborative spirit that Jennings really started bringing to his music in the 70s – similar to Willie Nelson, a frequent recording partner – as a way of never letting superstardom make Waylon too prideful to not share the spotlight with someone else. Titles include "Hold On I'm Comin", "Spanish Johnny", "I'll Find It Where I Can", "Sight For Sore Eyes", "The Conversation", "So You Want To Be A Cowboy Singer", and "Leave Them Boys Alone". CD

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Porter Wagoner & Dolly PartonOnce More/Two Of A Kind/The Right Combination Burning The Midnight Oil/Together Always ... CD
RCA/BGO (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four classic RCA albums from the team of Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – all brought together in a single set! Once More is a pivotal moment in the duo career of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – both solo singers who'd worked together on earlier records, but really seemed to hit their stride around the time of this set! Both Porter and Dolly gel together perfectly – often singing together, not trading back and forth as much – in ways that only make the lyrics of the songs resonate more strongly. Titles include "I Know You're Married But I Love You Still", "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man", "A Good Understanding", "Let's Live For Tonight", "Once More", "Fight & Scratch", and the tear-jerker "Ragged Angel". Two Of A Kind is a great pairing of Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton – one an aging country singer, yet still in his prime – the other a soon-to-be superstar, getting her youth balanced out a bit more by the presence of Porter! The tunes here are the perfect sort of music for the pair to work together – some songs that have separate parts that give each singer a distinct character – others harmonized together in a mighty nice way. Dolly wrote a fair bit of material for the set, and Porter had a hand in a few too – and titles include "Oh The Pain Of Loving You", "Possum Holler", "The Flame", "The Fighting Kind", "Two Of A Kind", "There'll Be Love", "Is It Real", and "Curse Of The Wild Weed Flower". On the next album, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton are definitely the Right Combination – singing here with a chemistry that not only reflects Dolly's years on stage with Porter, but which also echoes some of the tension of their relationship backstage! The tunes are a mix of originals – some by Wagoner, some by Parton – plus a few other well-chosen numbers – all of which expand their duo style nicely, marking it as way more than just some record company attempt to cash in by bringing two stars together! Titles include "More Than Words Can Tell", "The Right Combination", "Her & The Car & The Mobile Home", "Burning The Midnight Oil", "On & On", and "The Fog Has Lifted". The title of Together Always is maybe a bit un-prophetic – given that a few years later, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton would hardly be together – but the record's a great one from that wonderful stretch when the pair could really make magic singing together on record! The tunes are all original numbers – some by Dolly, some by Porter – new material that makes the album every bit as strong as solo efforts by either singer, and which show that these RCA duo sessions weren't just filler material in the catalog! Titles include "Love's All Over", "Take Away", "Lost Forever In Your Kiss", "Looking Down", "Poor Folks Town", "Ten Four Over & Out", and "You & Me Her & Him". CD

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Tammy WynetteWays To Love A Man/Tammy's Touch/My Elusive Dreams/Inspiration ... CD
Epic/Morello (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 24.99
Four classic early albums from Tammy Wynette – all served up here in a single collection! On Ways To Love A Man, Tammy Wynette's maybe a bit less brash on the cover than some of her earlier records, but she's still completely sublime – really in that standard-setting mode that made her one of the most important female singers in country music at the time! Wynette's a surprisingly strong writer, too – and some of the best cuts here were penned by the lady herself, including two done in partnership with George Jones – all produced to perfection by Billy Sherrill, with that amazing ear that helped him elevate so much great country work during this generation. Titles include "Still Around", "These Two", "The Ways To Love A Man", "I'll Share My World With You", "Enough Of A Woman", "I Know", and "Singing My Song". Tammy's Touch continues the wonderful run of sublime sounds that Wynette crafted with Billy Sherrill in the studio – music that's as deep as the sound he was about to bring to the work of George Jones – a real maturation forward of modes that were already great in 60s country, and even better here! Titles include "I'll See Him Through", "Love Me Love Me", "The Divorce Sale", "He Loves Me All The Way", "Our Last Night Together", "A Lighter Shade Of Blue", "Lonely Days", "He Thinks I Love Him", and "Cold Lonely Feeling". My Elusive Dreams is a wonderful set that has the vocals of Tammy Wynette teaming up with those of David Houston – a singer best known for the famous title cut, but even better here in the company of Tammy! The pair are a slightly different duo than some of the other country couples of the time, and there's a nice sense of variety on the record – including a solo track by each singer – Houston on "Clinging Vine", and Wynette on "Set Me Free, which is a great remake of the Charlie Rich tune. Other cuts include "Something Stupid", "Together We Stand", "Marriage On The Rocks", "It's All Over", "I'll Take My Chances With You", and a nice remake of "My Elusive Dreams". On Inspiration, Tammy Wynette takes on the great tradition of inspirational country music – serving up themes and songs that are much more the territory of Sunday morning than Saturday night – but which get a really great contemporary spin, thanks to the perfect production of the great Billy Sherrill! As Sherrill did for Charlie Rich and George Jones during the same generation, the album is way more than you might guess from the cover – full of really well-done arrangements that get past any too familiar modes – as Tammy makes every tune her own, in a lineup that includes "You'll Never Walk Alone", "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep", "Just A Closer Walk", "He", "It Is No Secret", and "May The Good Lord Bless & Keep You". CD

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VariousThat'll Flat Git It! Volume 39 – Rockabilly & Rock N Roll From The Vaults Of United Artists Records ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 20.99
Most folks know the United Artists label for their famous soundtrack hits of the 60s – but back at the start, the company was very open to cutting work in all sorts of different formats – including the surprisingly great range of rockers and rockabilly numbers you'll find in this set! UA was a real powerhouse in the world of the 7" single at the end of the 50s – and as you'll hear here, they had a great ear for the kind of cuts that could burst out of a jukebox and present the listener with two minutes of upbeat, hard-stepping pleasure – maybe not the kind of cuts that gave the label that many hits, but which make a set like this a non-stop treasure trove of under-discovered goodies! As with other titles in this seminal series, the presentation is great – detailed notes that give full details on every single track – a whopping 33 tracks that include "Desire" by Sal Mure, "Sometime" by Gene Thomas, "I Feel It For You" by Hunt Stevens, "Lets Go Baby" by Billy Eldridge with The Fireballs, "The Stinger" by Al Casey, "Green Mosquito" by Tune Rockers, "Rockin By Myself" by Sammy Gowans, "My Sweet Verlene" by Ronnie Brent, "Tear It Up" by Chuck Wiley, "Double Dating" by Brein Fisher, "Freeze" by Wes Bryan, and "Superman" by Joyce Davis. (Rock, Folk/Country) CD
 
 
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