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Exact matches: 16
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✨✧ Johnnie CamachoArthur Murray's Music For Dancing – Cha Cha ... LP
RCA, 1959. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Surprisingly great Latin work – and a real reminder that Arthur Murray's classes were a big feeder for the New York Latin scene in the 50s and 60s! (Latin, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Living Stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a small mark from an old sticker.)

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Bob Crewe GenerationMusic To Watch Birds By ... LP
Dyno Voice, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
Groovy, BABY! Bob Crewe's swingin' follow-up to his Music to Watch Girls By, given a slightly Brit easy twist with cuts like "Birds of Britain", and "Chelsea Girls". Very groovy, with a swingin London sound. As the lyrics to "Birds" go, "Chasin after chicks is kicks, but when I spend my time in England, here's the word: I want a bird!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Bert Dahlander & FriendsDance Music From The Old Country ... LP
4 Corners Of The World, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An unusual one from Swedish drummer Bert Dahl! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Robert DrasninVoodoo – Exotic Music from Polynesia and the Far East ... LP
Tops, Early 60s. Very Good ... $49.99
Despite the fact that Voodoo was never practiced in either Polynesia or the Far East, this album's got a bunch of great little exotic tracks like "Chant of the Moon" and "Mirage". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a small split in the top seam. Vinyl plays with a short click on side 1, tracks 2 & 3.)

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Jack FascinatoMusic from A Surplus Store ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A masterpiece mixture of sound effects and loungey orchestration! Wild stuff featuring "found objects" from a surplus store – like saws, whistles, sirens, and other junk – plus the great arrangements of one of Capitol's best bandleaders. (In case you're not familiar with Jack Fascinato, he worked on all of Tennessee Ernie Ford's best records.) The sound is very groovy, and very "pre-industrial". Titles include "An Old Saw", "Latin Hardware", "Adios Castanets", "Oily Boid", and "Sweepy Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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George GarabedianStudio Girl Presents Music To Brighten Your Life ... LP
Mark 56, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hal HesterHal Hester Does His Own Thing – Music From Your Own Thing ... LP
RCA, 1968. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Spike JonesDinner Music For People Who Aren't Very Hungry ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A really goofy little record – one that has the great Spike Jones taking on the hi-fi generation – demonstrating the qualities of your system with a huge amount of sound effects mixed with music! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some light splitting on the bottom seam, but is nice overall.)

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David McCallum (with David Axelrod)Music – It's Happening Now! ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
McCallum's third album for Capitol – and like the first, a genius batch of instrumental tunes that's graced with the talents of HB Barnum and David Axelrod! As beathead revivalists have shown, the album would be nothing without that pair, especially Axelrod – and McCallum's really just the figurehead to sell a cool batch of 60s instrumental easy tunes with some odd experimental moments. These include Barnum's eerie "House Of Mirrors" tune and Axelrod's more sedate groovy number "On A Weekend". Other trakcs include "Cherish", "A Man & A Woman", "Love Is A Hurtin Thing", and "I Can't Control Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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David McCallum (with David Axelrod)Music: A Part Of Me ... LP
Capitol, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The first album that Man From UNCLE David McCallum cut for Capitol – a batch of instrumental tunes that was really masterminded by arranger HB Barnum and producer David Axelrod! The record features short groovy versions of mid 60s pop tunes, plus a few instrumentals by McCallum, Barnum, and Axelrod – all done in a way that's half jaunty, and half tinged with the darkness of Axelrod's later work for Capitol. Titles include "The Sugar Cane", "Insomina", "The Far Side Of The Moon", "Louise", "Downtown", "Turn Turn Turn", and "123". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a half split top seam and split bottom seam.)

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101 StringsEntertainment – Music From The Movies ... LP
Alshire, 1974. Sealed ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Henri ReneMusic For Bachelors ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... $16.99
A classic album of 50s mood music – partially for its famous cover image of Jayne Mansfield on the telephone! But the music's pretty great too – less of the swinging, dynamic sounds you might guess from the "bachelor" in the title – and more in the mellower, romantic style of earlier 50s instrumentals – with full strings from Henri Rene that swirl and shimmer nicely throughout! Other instrumentation includes piano from Buddy Cole, and guitar from Barney Kessel – and titles include "Easy To Love", "I'm Confessin", "For The Very First Time", "Somebody's Wrong", "Time On My Hands", and "Dinner For One Please James". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has very light stains on back.)

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✨✧ David RoseLove Theme From Cleopatra & Music From Other Great Motion Pictures Starring Elizabeth Taylor ... LP
MGM, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lalo SchifrinDissection & Reconstruction Of Music – Marquis De Sade ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
The Marquis De Sade never sounded so sweet! For some strange reason, Schifrin decided to pay a musical hommage to De Sade with this one – but fortunately, he's not punishing himself with the subject matter at all, and is sticking to his jazzy bossa guns. The arrangements have a tight Verve mid 60s groove to them – with breakout solos on piano and flute, slightly baroque scoring that mixes strings, harpsichord, and some straighter jazz playing, and a good focus on strong rhythm playing throught. A breezy treat that would make any of us drop a paddle and kick back for a cocktail – if we had the chance! Titles include "Bossa Antique", "The Wig", "Old Laces", "Beneath A Weeping Willow Shade", "Renaissance", and "Troubadour". (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Frank SinatraFrank Sinatra Conducts The Music Of Alec Wilder ... LP
Columbia, Late 40s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of Frank Sinatra's earliest experiments with instrumental music – a set of tunes composed by Alec Wilder – including some handled by Wilder himself, with a group that includes Mitch Miller on oboe and Julius Baker on flute – in a cool modern chamber jazz mode! (Vocalists, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy green label Masterworks pressing. Cover has some discoloration from age.)

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Creed Taylor OrchestraShock – Music In Hi Fi ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Very cool work from Creed Taylor – material cut when he was still a bandleader, and hadn't yet evolved into the role of super-producer! The session's a long way from the CTI sound of the 70s – and instead has Creed playing some very spooky stuff – compositions by Kenyon Hopkins that have a horror sort of theme – dark little tunes that would be a perfect soundtrack for a haunted house! The core instrumentation is jazz-based, but augmented with some great other touches as well – and there's two female voices that scream, groan, and make other odd noises on the record from time to time. Titles include "The Long Walk", "Jungle Fever", "Heartbeat", "Haunted House", "In Bedlam", "Time Runs Out", and "The Secret". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has worn corners and some aging.)
 
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Ananda ShankarAnanda Shankar (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Reprise/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 27.98
Insanely fantastic! Ananda Shankar was one of the hippest sitar players of the 60s – an artist who was not only steeped in the strongest traditions of Indian music heard in other more mainstream players, but one who also had a keen ear for modder and funkier grooves of the time! This rare American set by Ananda is one of his greatest ever – a brilliant mix of funky backings and tripped out sitar work – done in a way that blends together soul, funk, and rock – all given a particularly cool Indian twist. The vibe is very much in the best funky Bollywood style – but was actually done years before most Bollywood funk – and the set includes great covers of "Jumpin Jack Flash" and "Light My Fire", plus great original tracks like "Sagar (The Ocean)", "Snow Flower", "Dance Indra", and "Metamorphosis". (Global Grooves, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album

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Gordon Staples & The String ThingStrung Out ... CD
Motown/Reel Music, 1970. Used ... $14.99
A damn funky record – way more so than you might expect from the "string" in the title! The group's kind of an answer to the Soulful Strings ensemble headed by Richard Evans for Cadet/Concept in Chicago – and like that group, it mixes up funky rhythms with some sweet large orchestrations – in a style that's almost a precursor of blacksploitation funk to come in the 70s! Paul Riser handles arrangements – very much in the same spirit of Evans – and he picks up a hip Motown groove that bridges sweeping soul and gritty funk – all played to perfection by an ensemble led by Gordon Staples, and featuring players from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra! There's lots of funky nuggets in the set – and titles include excellent originals like "Strung Out", "Toonie", and "Sounds of the Zodiac" – plus "The April Fools", "The Look Of Love", "Get Down", "If Your Love Were Mine", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "From A Heart That's True To Only You". Beautiful high-quality reissue – of a record that's darn hard to find on wax! (Soul, Now Sound) CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Strung Out ... LP 19.99
 
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Ihsan Al-MunzerBelly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... CD
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards – all moving and grooving in ways that are a lot hipper than any other belly dance music we've heard! Music features piano and organ, plus a very cool "string synthesizer" by played by the leader – and there's also plenty of percussion at the core of the set, making for a nice juxtaposition with the electric elements. Titles include "Night Entertainer", "Dance Of Tenderness", "Joy Of Lina", "A Flower Of My Imagination", "Love Of Laura", "Girls Of Iskandariah", and "Once A Year". (Global Grooves, Now Sound) CD
Also available Belly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... LP 24.99

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Ihsan Al-MunzerBelly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... LP
A Chahine & Fils/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 28.99
A really fantastic little record – and one that's even better than you might expect from the title – which itself is already pretty darn fantastic! The set is upbeat and funky, but not entirely disco – more this very groovy blend of Mid-East elements and more familiar keyboards – all moving and grooving in ways that are a lot hipper than any other belly dance music we've heard! Music features piano and organ, plus a very cool "string synthesizer" by played by the leader – and there's also plenty of percussion at the core of the set, making for a nice juxtaposition with the electric elements. Titles include "Night Entertainer", "Dance Of Tenderness", "Joy Of Lina", "A Flower Of My Imagination", "Love Of Laura", "Girls Of Iskandariah", and "Once A Year". (Global Grooves, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Belly Dance Disco – Ernest Chahoud Presents Middle Eastern Heavens ... CD 16.99

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David AxelrodEarth Rot – A Musical Comment On The State Of The Environment (Now Again) ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the most righteous, message-oriented albums ever from David Axelrod – and the third in his legendary trilogy of instrumental sets for Capitol Records! Earth Rot moves even past the modes of Songs Of Innocence and Songs Of Experience – to offer up a chilling message on the environment, circa 1970 – with beautiful arrangements in the best Axelrod tradition – performed by a large group of jazz players who mixes vibes, guitars, and off-kilter reeds – augmented by a group of singers who perform some of the lyrics of the set, most of which are adapted from the Old Testament and from Navajo legends! The record's broken into two long suites – "The Warnings" and "The Signs" – and the whole thing blends together in a spacey, other-worldly mix of heavy arrangements and trippy grooves! (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet.)

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David AxelrodSong Of Innocence ... LP
Capitol/Now Again, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 27.98
One of a handful of amazing albums recorded by David Axelrod towards the end of the 60s – really stunning, genre-breaking music that was years ahead of its time – and which has only finally been getting its due in more recent decades! At the time of the record, Axelrod was a house producer at Capitol Records – where he'd created big hits for Lou Rawls and Cannonball Adderley – and he'd also been experimenting a bit with studio techniques for other rock groups. But here, the Axe brings all his experience into play – then sends things soaring to the skies – with music based on the work of poet William Blake, but delivered in this totally groovy west coast 60s mode. The core of the instrumentation features funky drums from Earl Palmer and bass from Carole Kaye – both of whom really keep things rock-solid amidst the larger mix of strings and instruments directed by the great Don Randi – who himself is pretty darn wonderful too. The music has nice snatches of fuzz and organ throughout – jazzy moments, funky passages, and lots more too – served up on tunes that include much-sampled song "Holy Thursday" – plus "The Smile", "A Dream", "Song Of Innocence", and "The Mental Traveler". William Blake never sounded so funky! (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic reissue – new remastering, and a big booklet of notes on the music!)

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David Axelrod & OthersAxelrod Chronicles ... CD
Fantasy, Early 70s. Used ... $2.99
It's great to see that David Axelrod's finally getting his due – and this reissue of material from Fantasy is one of the first reissues of his work in the US! Most cuts here are much more jazz-based than Axelrod's higher-concept material under his own name for Capitol in the late 60s – and the music represents Axe's key move to Fantasy after bigger label fame – a move that he made with Cannonball Adderley, who also figures in on some of these tracks. The CD features 8 tracks from Axelrod's Full Axe album – a tasty bit of funky fusion that's one of his best jazz-oriented releases – plus a sampling of tracks from other albums he produced and/or arranged for Fantasy. Titles from Full Axe include "My Family", "Mucho Chupar", "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", and "Everything Counts" – and other tracks include "Cantaro" and "Solitario" by Gene Ammons, "Bach" and "Sierra Morena" by Hampton Hawes, "Quit It" by Nat Adderley, "Goodbye So Long" by Funk Inc, and "Stayin Place" from the Big Man 2LP set. (Jazz, Now Sound) CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through tray card spine.)

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John BarryJohn Barry Plays Goldfinger ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Hard to tell if these are new versions of songs, or simply ones lifted from Barry's UA soundtracks – but from the notes and the music, the album seems to be a unique one. Barry's sounding nice and lean here, working his way through his own work – like "The James Bond Theme", "Goldfinger", "From Russia With Love", and "Zulu Stomp" – plus tracks like "Spanish Harlem", "Moody River", "Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White", and "Baubles, Bangles, & Beads". (Soundtracks, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Sandro Brugnolini/Stefano TorossiMusica Per Commenti Sonori (with bonus CD) ... LP
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes them even better than before – certainly funkier, as the album's full of the kind of sharp, hard-grooving titles that first made us fall in love with sound library records in the first place! The date of the album's 1969, and both musicians make nice use of psych elements in their instrumentation – adding a bit of fuzz, wah-wah, or trippy guitar in just the right spaces – never going over the top, or getting too indulgent – but just moving in a groove that's tightly jazz funky at the bottom, and maybe a bit freaky at the top. Wonderful work throughout – and titles include "Sweet Beat", "Repetition", "Starter", and "Makkaresh" by Stefano Torossi – and "Wawa", "Motuproprio", "Polyphony", and "Flyer" by Sandro Brugnolini. (Sound Library, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD with entire album!)

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Jimmy Carroll/Red CampSpeed the Parting Guest/Hot-Tempered Clavichord ... CD
Cook, Mid 50s. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
Great work from the legendary Cook label – a full album that combines two earlier 10" albums of experimental sounds! First up is Speed The Parting Guest, a wonderful combination of music and sound effects – very similar to some of the bigger label work from artists like Jack Fascinato or Dean Elliott over at Capitol Records in the late 50s, but an even more sonically-sensitive session done for the smaller Cook imprint! Jimmy Carroll leads an assortment of vibes, bells, harps, toys, percussion, and other odd instruments – all in a weird and playful mix of melodies that almost come across like mini-cartoons in sound! There's not much in the way of larger or conventional instrumentation – which makes Jimmy's work even different than bigger label experiments like this – and the recording quality from Cook really makes all the odd sounds come through with great clarity! Titles include "Happy Little Woodpile", "Tinkle Tinkle Little Bell", "Speed The Parting Guest", and "Hong Kong Local". Next up is The Hot Tempered Clavichord – a session that features mostly clavichord musings from Red Camp – more of a rootsy pianist on other records, but working here on an electrified clavichord – which is a bit like an electric harpsichord in sound, only rougher! The tracks are these cool electric boogie-woogie numbers – and include "Ragout", "Blues In Minore", and "The One I Love". CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)
 
 
 



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