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Alessandro AlessandroniE Il Suo Complesso ... LP
Sonor (Italy), 1970s. New Copy (reissue)... About January 22, 2021 (delayed)
A gorgeous bit of bossa jazz from Italy – and a key non-soundtrack album from the great Alessandro Alessandroni! The session's a bit more jazz-based than some of Alessandroni's soundtrack work from the 60s, but in a good way – one that really opens up the tunes, and provides for some spontaneous improvisation that only deepens their spirit and sound. The lovely Edda Dell'Orso sings wordless vocals on a number of tracks – scatting in a cool and groovy way that's almost even better than her famous soundtrack recordings. Some tracks have organ, others have acoustic piano – but the whole thing's grooving very nicely all the way through – with the kind of dreamy dreamy sound we'd rank right up there with the best coming out of Italy at the time! Titles include "Meccanico", "Primavera", "Introverso", "Bossa Italiana", "Beat For Love", "Hammurabi", and "Psichedelico". (Soundtracks, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 750 copies.)

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Danny Guglielmi/DenaAdventure In Sound ... LP
Tops, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $4.99
A compelling little set from Danny Guglielmi – a mix of weird instrumental numbers and some straighter vocal ones that feature singing by the lovely Dena! The album's somewhere between offbeat jazz and bachelor pad territory – and the album features early tape experiments that have Danny playing bass, guitar, piano, and violin – overdubbing each of them in ways that sometimes used odd effects to create some really weird sounds! The album's never totally over the top, but still pretty cool overall – and Dena's vocals are nicely light and sing-song. Titles include "Mosquito Festival", "Na Wa Da Ha", "Jealous", "AEIOU", "It's So Peaceful In The Country", "Hot Schottish", "Firelight Reverie", and "Bullfrog". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split on the bottom seam.)

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Peter KnightInstrumental Themes From Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A fairly sincere collection of instrumental versions of tracks from Sgt Pepper's, performed by the great Brit Easy bandleader Peter Knight, who worked with Scott Walker, Dusty Springfield, and Dee Dee Warwick. The album's a lot less camp than you'd expect, and Knight does a good job of coming up with weird orchestral readings of tracks like "Within You Without You", "Lovely Rita", and "Day In The Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Neon PhilharmonicBrilliant Colors – The Complete Warner Bros Recordings (Moth Confesses/Neon Philharmonic/singles) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1969. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of amazing albums – and a huge amount of bonus material too – all from one of the coolest groups on Warner Brothers at the end of the 60s! First up is the record The Moth Confesses – one of our favorite albums ever from the genius moment of late 60s Warner Brothers – a set we'd rank right up there next to our favorites by Van Dyke Parks and Harper's Bizarre! The set's billed as a "phonograph opera", written by Tupper Saussy – and it's served up with these fantastic arrangements that are ambitious, but nicely handled, too – with lots of groovy currents that keep the whole thing far from soppier territory of cats like Rod McKuen, and always done with that great sense of wit that makes this Warner era so great! There's definitely a few tuneful tracks that could spin as Sunshine Pop hits – but the whole thing's really better taken as a whole, as the way everything comes together with a sense of mood and tone is completely sublime – really a lost aesthetic, and one that deserves new discovery all these many years later. Titles include "Morning Girl", "Brilliant Colors", "Little Sparrow", "The Last Time I Saw Jacqueline", "Cowboy", and "The New Life Out There". Next Is Neon Philharmonic – the second sublime album from Neon Philharmonic – and one that seems to go even deeper than the first in its blend of ambitious musical themes and mature lyrical ideas! The presentation here is even more symphonic than on the first record – but at a level that's never soppy or sleepy – as there's a gentle groove on most tracks, loping around in these really lovely modes that make the tunes sparkle and glisten with the best sort of late 60s Warner Brothers wit! There's this wonderful mix of longing, nostalgia, and a kind of new vision for post-60s adulthood to the record – very hard to describe, but completely wonderful – at once completely heartfelt, but also with a great sense of distance on itself. Titles include "Long John The Pirate", "Do You Remember Dresden", "You Lied", "Forever Hold Your Peace", "Harry", and the wonderful "F Scott Fitzgerald & William Shakespeare". The 22 bonus tracks are especially amazing – rare singles, b-sides, and even some radio spots too – a huge amount of added genius from this incredible group. Bonus titles include "Letters Crossing", "Jody", "Better Times", "A Little Love", "Flowers For Your Pillow", "Snow", "Clouds", "To Be Continued", and "Keep The Faith In Me". (Rock, Now Sound) CD

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Herb StewardHerb Steward Plays So Pretty ... LP
AVA, 1962. Sealed ... $4.99
A sweet little date for the AVA label – one that features the tenor and clarinet of Herb Steward set amidst lush strings from Dick Hazard! The sound is very dreamy and laidback – a great sort of late nite romantic jazz set – and Steward's horn still comes through strongly, with a deep feeling that really keeps things compelling, even when relaxed. Titles include "Lovely Melody", "So Pretty", "With All My Love", "Indian Summer", "Remember", "Memphis In June", and "When Day Is Done". (Jazz, Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Choreo pressing. Shrinkwrap has some sticker remnants.)

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✨✧ David WhitakerDavid Whitaker Songbook ... CD
Tricatel (France), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work by an easy maestro you've probably never heard of! David Whitaker's name isn't as famous as other 60s pop legends – like Brian Wilson or George Martin – both of whom his work could easily stand next to – but thanks to this beautiful set, his name may finally be out there a bit as one of the true geniuses of his time. The package brings together 21 tracks, mostly from the late 60s, that feature backings, arrangements, and occasional compositions by Whitaker – work he did for singers both English and French, and tracks from a variety of soundtrack and easy instrumental sources. Whitaker's got a slightly more orchestral approach than other pop arrangers, but he also uses the larger group in a way that cuts to the chase – slicing through a bank of strings with a well-placed horn or piano, unfolding the music to make way for the lovely voice of a female singer, then pushing her up to the sky on waves and waves of sound! Titles include "I'm Not Saying" by Nico, "The Last Time" by The Andrew Oldham Orchestra, "What's More I Don't Need Her" by Lee Hazelwood, "Chanson Indienne" by France Gall, "Remember" by Air, "Plaisir D'Amour" by Marianne Faithfull, and the tracks "Pavane", "Susie", "Philip On The Moors", "Cressida", "Mr Mouthpiece", and "Dominique" by Whitaker himself. CD
(Out of print.)

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