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Gary Puckett & The Union GapWoman Woman/New Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Album/Gary Puckett Album (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
BGO (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of albums from Gary Puckett and The Union Gap – one of which just features Gary on his own! First up is Woman Woman – a set that takes the tightness that the group had forged in the Cali clubs of the mid 60s, and boosts it with bigger arrangements from Al Capps – who adds just the right blend of larger elements to give things a nice Sunshine Pop kind of vibe! Titles include the big hit "Woman Woman" – plus "M'Lady", "Believe Me", "Kentucky Woman", "Don't Make Promises", "I Want A New Day", "Paindrops", and "My Son". The New Gary Puckett & The Union Gap Album is a record with a Civil War-era photo on the cover – but a sound that's late 60s pop at its finest – arranged and conducted by Ernie Freeman, with a vibe that adds in swirling strings to the core groove of the group – all at a level that also seems to encourage even more vocal flourishes from mainman Gary Puckett! Gary started out as a bar singer, but is clearly reaching higher here – not exactly like, but similar too the way that Scott Walker was seeing himself more as a solo male singer once the 60s moved – especially on the mellower or more sensitive tunes. Titles include "Hard Tomorrow", "This Girl Is A Woman Now", "Stay Out Of My World", "Lullaby", "His Other Woman", "Simple Man", and "Out In The Cold Again". The Gary Puckett Album is great solo work from the leader of The Union Gap – a record that not only has Gary really maturing as a singer, but also emerging as a strong songwriter too! About half the tracks on the album are written by Puckett with other musical partners – and they really show a different set of themes from the earlier group material – with Gary's vocals really rising with a new sort of majesty that adds a lot to the lyrics! Arrangements are by Roger Kellaway, Jimmie Haskell, and Larry Muhoberac – and titles include "Shimmering Eyes", "Gentle Woman", "Do You Really Have A Heart", "Feeling Bad", "Angelica", "Hello Morning", "To Keep The Customer Satisfied", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". 2CD package features 8 bonus tracks – including "Could I", "Let's Give Adam & Eve Another Chance", "The Beggar", "Life Has Its Little Ups & Downs", "Bless This Child", "Leavin In The Morning", "I Can't Hold On", and "No One Really Knows". CD
 
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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD
Also available UnSung Stories ... LP 13.99

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AmericaCapitol Years (Silent Letter/Alibi/View From The Ground/Your Move/Perspective/In Concert) (6CD set) ... CD
Capitol (Czech Republic), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 6CD ... $39.99 49.99
Overlooked later work from America – not the huge AM radio hits from the time when the group was a trio, and produced by George Martin – but instead, material from a point when they'd trimmed down to a duo, and really found a great way to move their music forward! The approach here still has all the harmonic interplay of before, and as the albums move on, older AOR modes get shed for some slightly more contemporary styles – but still with that kind of golden glow that always made the America approach a lot stronger than most of their contemporaries! Songs are nicely understated, as is the production – and if, like us, you're a fan of the group with a love that goes way deeper than the hits, then you'll find plenty to love here. The package features six full albums, each in original album-styled sleeves – with the releases Silent Letter, Alibi, View From The Ground, Your Move, Perspective, and In Concert. CD

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Automatic ManAutomatic Man ... CD
Lemon (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
A masterpiece of mid 70s jazz rock – from an obscure combo that features work by fusion legend Todd Cochrane Bayete! Bayete recorded two wonderful albums for Prestige before this set – and although the record has him moving into a much more rock-based style than on his fusion sessions, there's still a really cosmic groove at play here – infused with Bayete's soulful vocals and strong keyboard lines! Titles include "My Pearl", "Comin Through", "One N One", "Geni Geni", "There's A Way", "ITD", "Automatic Man", and "Atlantis Rising Theme". (Soul, Rock) CD
Also available Automatic Man ... CD 8.99

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Back DoorBack Door/8th Street Nites/Another Fine Mess ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1972/1973/1974. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Hard-jamming jazz rock from Back Door – 3 prime era Warner albums in a 2CD set! Graced with lots of free solo work on alto and soprano sax by Ron Aspery, and a pretty strong power-trio instrumental format from Tony Hicks on drums and Colin Hodgkinson on bass, the group's early-to-mid 70s triumphs are mighty to this day. The self-titled debut is a jamming affair with genuine strains of funk and pretty great playing – and overall, it almost sounds like a rock take on the ESP sound at times! Titles include "Back Door", "Jive Grind", "Askin The Way", "Vienna Breakdown", "Plantagenet", and the classic Beastie Boys' sample track "Slivadiv". 8th Street Nites more than lives up to its predecessor, with a lots of bass-driven grooves and a couple charged takes on classic Robert Johnson and Leadbelly. Titles include "Linin' Track", "Forget Me Daisy, "Roberta", "Dancin' In The Van", "The Bed Creaks Louder", "Adolphus Beal" and more. Another Fine Mess arrived a couple years later and brings some Fender Rhodes to the mix, with titles including "I'm Gonna Stay A Long, Long Time", another fine jammy jazz rock take on the blues in "TB Blues", plus "Manager's Shirt", "Streamline Guitar", "The Dashing White Sergeant" and more. (Jazz, Rock) CD

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✨✧ Baker Gurvitz ArmySince Beginning – The Albums 1974 to 1976 (Baker Gurvitz Army/Elysian Encounter/Hearts On Fire/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Atco/Esoteric (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
If this is the army, sign us up – because these guys make the Kiss Army look like a bunch of wussies! Ginger Baker's at it again in post-Cream years – rocking harder than on some of his own funky albums, but also keeping a jazzy edge that makes for some pretty nice tracks on the self-titled Baker Gurvitz Army album – which has Ginger joining up with Adrian Gurvitz on guitar and vocals, and Paul Gurvitz on bass and more vocals too. The album's got a strong power trio vibe – augmented by some nice keyboard touches around the edges – really making things sparkle nicely on most tracks. One of the best of these is the moodily grooving "Inside Of Me", which steps along with a slinky style that we really dig. Other tracks have a more full on feel, and vocals, of course, but there's still some nice mellow moments in the set – and titles include "Mad Jack", "4 Phil", "Since Beginning", and "Memory Lane". On Elysian Encounter, The Baker Gurvitz Army maybe sounds better than on their debut – partly because Ginger Baker and the Gurvitz brothers have really found their groove – but also because there's some great keyboard work on the set from Peter Lemer, who you might know from earlier jazz work too! Ginger's really wailing on drums and percussion – in a way that's somewhat different than both Cream, and his own records too – and those searing guitar lines from Adrian Gurvitz really help give the whole album a great sense of focus and power! Titles include "People", "The Key", "The Gambler", "The Dreamer", "The Hustler", and "The Artist". Hearts On Fire is the last album in the legendary run of records from Ginger Baker and the brothers Adrian and Paul Gurvitz – a heck of a power trio, but one that comes across in a very different way than Baker's famous work in Cream! If anything, Ginger's drums have more of a funk current than before – a really powerful driving force at the bottom, while Adrian riffs around all over the top and edges of the tunes with these well-crafted guitar lines that don't even need a solo to find their voice – wickedly emphasizing the vocals on tunes that include "Flying In & Out Of Stardom", "Neon Lights", "Mystery", "Thirsty For The Blues", "My Mind Is Healing", and "Smiling". CD features all albums in their original artwork, a small fold-out poster, and bonus tracks that include "Memory Lane (live)", "People (live)", "Freedom (live)", and "Wotever It Is (live)". CD

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Cilla BlackCilla/In My Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1965/1974. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Two key albums from England's legendary Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, and with 26 bonus tracks too! First up is the amazing 1965 debut, Cilla – a record that maybe draws even more heavily on American soul music than some of Dusty Springfield's early work – all given some impeccable handling in the studio by arranger Johnny Scott, with a bit of help from Johnny Spence, and the record's producer, George Martin. Tunes are a great blend of American pop tracks and more off-beat numbers – done in that strangely syncopated mode that always provided a perfect counterpoint for Cilla's vocals – percolating the tracks wonderfully, and keeping things nice and clean, in a way that you don't always find in her later records. Titles include "Baby It's You", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Every Little Bit Hurts", "This Empty Place", "Come To Me", "Dancing In The Street", and "Whatcha Gonna Do Bout It". In My Life is the first set in the second chapter of Cilla Black's years with EMI – and her first record without George Martin at the production helm, too! The styles open up with a lot more contemporary 70s elements than some of Black's previous records – and there's a fair bit of keyboard work to create these warmer currents underneath Cilla's always-strong lead vocals. Titles include "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song", "Someone", "Daydreamer", "Everything I Own", "Baby We Can't Go Wrong", "Let Him In", "Like A Song", and "I Believed It All". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – including "Changes", "From The Inside", "Alfie Darling", "He Was A Writer", "I'll Still Love You", "Little Bit Of Understanding", "Heatwave", "Anything You Might Say", and the full mono mix of the debut album. (Vocalists, Rock) CD

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Cilla BlackSher-oo/Modern Priscilla (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1968/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of EMI classics from Cilla Black – separated by the space of a decade, and filled in with 21 more bonus tracks too! First up is Sher-oo – fantastic work from Cilla Black – only her third full length album, but a set that already has the singer growing way past some of her British female contemporaries of the 60s! There's still a bit of the uptown soul of Cilla's roots – the dark-stepping groove that always served her so well – but there's also a wider range of song styles and arrangements, with a majestic flow that really does great things with Black's incredible vocal approach. Johnny Harris and Johnny Scott both had a hand in putting the charts together – and the set also features the classic "Step Inside My Love", written for Cilla by Lennon & McCartney. Other tracks include "Yo Yo", "Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me", "Misty Roses", "Something's Gotten A Hold Of My Heart", "Follow The Path Of The Stars", and "What The World Needs Now". Modern Priscilla is a record that takes Cilla Black in an unusual direction – a set that has her moving into more disco modes overall, but still keeping things relatively special, thanks to strong production work from Mike Hurst, and a track selection of unusual material! Given that Black's vocals always had a lot more range than some of the mainstream disco singers of the European scene, she fits right in – and manages to turn out a few gentler tracks amidst all the funkier upbeat numbers. As mentioned, the set features a huge number of bonus tracks – including "This Time I'm In It For Love", "Songs", "Follow", "Silly Boy (Paul Hulme mix)", "From Now On", "Work Is A Four Letter Word (film version)", "Step Inside My Love (almighty 12" definitive mix)", "M'Innamoro", "Step Inside Love (first take)", and "All My Love". (Vocalists, Rock) CD

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✨✧ Bonnie Prince BillyI Made A Place ... CD
Drag City, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Will Oldham has long since made a place for himself, his alter egos and his band-based efforts alongside the best and most creative performer/songwriters out there – and his first all originals set as Bonnie Prince Billy in a few years stands strongly among his own best! Oldham still leans on country and and folk influences, without ever feeling beholden to creative conventions, and does that beautifully here with a band that brings woodwinds and keys in kind of a hoedown sound, while never steering into western swing territory – a pretty neat creative trick there – plus some gorgeous vocal accompaniment by Joan Shelley. Includes "New Memory Box", "Dream Awhile", "The Devil's Throat", "Look Backward On Your Future, Look Forward To You're Past", "I Have Made A Place", "Squid Eye", "Thick Air", "Building A Fire" and more. CD
Also available I Made A Place ... LP 26.99

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Brother TheodoreFate Conspires With Destiny To Do Me Dirt – 1959 to 1972 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Completely bizarre work from Brother Theodore – a strange postwar cultural figure who'd arrived in the US from a rescue of the holocaust hellhole of Dachau, then reinvented himself as an offbeat actor and monologist! Theodore's got a very strange voice, one that's partly inflected by his accent, but which mostly comes from the pointed way he presents his word – often with rolling consonants, and this sense of acting, even when speaking – which is what he mostly does on the record, save for some added musical effects and very slight production twists. Theodore briefly worked with Orson Welles, and there's almost a Welles-like sense of creativity and pomposity on these recordings – which were just part of the Brother's calling card, as he spent years doing his act in New York clubs, and also spent some time on the west coast too – a surprisingly strong underground figure. This release brings together the 1959 Coral Records album Theodore In Stereo, plus two tracks recorded for the PIP label in 1972, and one unreleased track – with titles that include "The Willow Landscape", "Quadrupedism", "The Curse Of The Toad", "Lisolatta Bindfel", and "I'm Just Plain Folks". (Comedy/Spoken, Rock) CD

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Ronnie BurnsThis Is Ronnie Burns ... CD
Spin/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Lost 60s gems from Australia's Ronnie Burns – a hell of a great talent, and one whose sense of a song is a perfect bridge between the early Beatles and Bee Gees! The former were a huge influence on Ronnie's sound, and he sung a fair bit of songs by the latter – but he also often works with this nice edge, a sense of darkness, and maybe even some occasional garagey grit next to his well-produced vocals – which are given this fantastic spacious style in the studio, which really lends to the appeal of the tunes! Most work was issued on the Aussie Spin label in the mid 60s, but the quality resonates more strongly with the hipper currents over at EMI/Parlophone – especially in the Hollies side of the spectrum. Titles include "Coalman", "In The Morning", "All The King's Horses", "We Had A Good Thing Goin", "Easy Rider", "Age Of Consent", "So Good Together", "One Bad Thing", "Colaman", "Exit Stage Right", and "Doin The Mod". CD

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Glen CampbellGlen Travis Campbell/I Knew Jesus/I Remember Hank Williams ... CD
Capitol/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
A trio of early 70s albums from Glen Campbell – all of them a lot more obscure than his hits! Glen Travis Campbell has a cover proclaiming that the set is "a new musical path" – and producer Jimmy Bowen works with bigger backings from Larry Muhuberac to use soaring strings next to the acoustic core, in ways that push Glen into some of the more soulful expressions he had to offer. The approach is a bit hard to describe, but it's different both from country roots, and from Jimmy Webb territory – that majestic Glen Campbell sound rising up nicely – on tunes that include "One Last Time", "I Will Never Pass This Way Again", "Sweet Fantasy", "Running Scared", "Just For What I Am", and "The Last Thing On My Mind". I Knew Jesus is a record that continues the further exploration of Glen Campbell's vocal range – with some mellow fluid moments that are awash in deeper trills, mixed with more upfront tunes that do a great job of unlocking more of the country currents in Glen's talents – a great shift, and one that would come on even more strongly in his mid 70s return to fame. The set includes a great version of the Kinky Friedman song "Sold American" – one we maybe like even better than Kinky's – plus "I Take It On Home", "I Want To Be With You Always", "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling", "You're The One", and "On This Road". On the final album, Glen Campbell takes on the music of Hank Williams – but in a way that often has the sort of dreamy haze that goes with the "I Remember" in the title! The songs are all Hank's, but the presentation isn't gritty honky tonk – and instead uses fuller backings with Glen's lead vocals, almost as if the whole thing were done in the mid 60s by Chet Atkins at RCA! Jimmy Bowen's at the helm, but there's backup singers and fuller strings than before – which really changes up the Campbell takes on tunes that include "Cold Cold Heart", "Half As Much", "Your Cheatin Heart", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", and "You Win Again". CD

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Jumpin Bill CarlisleBusy Body Boogie – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Overlooked genius from Jumpin Bill Carlisle – one of those postwar hillbilly figures who should have gotten some credit for helping bring rock and roll into the world! Bill's style is upbeat, romping, and plenty jumping – as you can probably see by the way that Carlisle jumped straight up in the air when playing – music that's rooted in country styles, but which has a very quick tempo and lots of wit in the songwriting – acoustic and electric guitar lines dancing around with plenty of bass kicking things up at the bottom – and Bill's work was often strongly supported by brother Cliff Carlisle, a great player on both dobro and steel guitar. CD features a massive 34 tracks in all – most of Bill's Mercury singles from the 50s, plus some Columbia Records material too – titles that include "Honey Love", "Busy Body Boogie", "Shake A Leg", "Doggie Joe", "Woman Driver", "A Mouse Been Messing Around", "Monkey Business", "Air Brakes", "Down Boy", "Tiny Space Man", "Knot Hole", "T'Ain't Nice", "Too Old To Cut The Mustard", and "Money Tree". (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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Eugene ChadbourneLost Eddie Chatterbox Sessions ... CD
No Prestige/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99
Magnificent early work from Eugene Chadbourne – a set that was recorded on Christmas Day, 1977 – and only issued a decade later on cassette – but sounds that are every bit as mindblowing as the material on Chadbourne's first few albums! The music here is heavy on compositions from Thelonious Monk – and the set also features Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman tunes too – all reworked by Chadbourne with this incredible acoustic guitar style – very freewheeling, but still tied to the roots of jazz through a sense of melody – in ways that are maybe even more illustrative of his role in the scene than some of his other work. At one level, there's an acoustic guitar craft here that stretches back to the early blues recordings, but through a strong sense of avant freedom – ala Captain Beefheart – but Eugene's care with the tunes, mixed with his expressive phrasing, also put him in a space that's somewhere between the world of Derek Bailey and Fred Frith, and that of jazzman Barney Kessel, whose name he's holding in the poster on the cover. Titles include "5th Of Beethoven", "Reflections", "Off Minor", "San Francisco", "Hackensack", "Dewey Square", "Central Park West", "Brilliant Corners", and "Light Blue". Also includes a number of Chadbourne originals – and unissued tracks as well! (Jazz, Rock) CD

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Ruth CopelandI Am What I Am (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
A second sublime set from Ruth Copeland – a funky female singer from the Detroit scene of the early 70s, with key ties to the P-Funk universe, and a unique groove that mixes singer/songwriter modes with the fuzzier funkier elements of artists like Betty Davis or Yvonne Fair! There's a bit more emphasis on soul here than the funk of Copeland's previous efforts – but in a way that makes for an even more impressive record overall, especially when you realize that Ruth arranged and produced the whole thing. George Clinton and Eddie Hazel both had a hand in co-writing songs with Copeland – and instrumentation features Hazel on guitar, plus Bernie Worrell on piano – so there's still a key P-Funk link. Titles include the breakbeat track "Suburban Family Lament", the fuzzy stoner funk number "Don't You Wish You Had", and covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and "Play With Fire" – plus "Crying Has Made Me Stronger", "Hare Krishna", and "The Medal". CD features bonus single versions of "Hare Krishna" and "Gimme Shelter". (Soul, Rock) CD
Also available I Am What I Am (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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Link DavisBig Mamou ... CD
Okeh/Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 26.99
Link Davis is holding a saxophone on the cover, but he's also a hell of a fiddler too – and this huge collection of his music follows a strong shift in his style over the course of the 50s – from a rootsy cajun musician to one that's got more of a rocking vibe overall! The package brings together rare Okeh and Starday Records singles from Link – material produced by two top country talents of the 50s, Don Law and Pappy Dailey – with a quality level that makes each individual tune really sparkle, and sound great here together as a constellation of overlooked gems from the time! There's plenty of shift between Louisiana and east Texas modes in the music – and titles include "Sixteen Chicks", "Big Mamou", "Time Will Tell", "Hey Garcon", "Rice & Gravy Blues", "Bayou Buffalo", "Trucker From Tennessee", "Slippin & Slidin Sometimes", "Big Coonie", "Grasshopper Rock", "Would You Be Waiting", and "The Crawfish Crawl". (Folk/Country, Rock) CD

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DionRuby Baby/Donna The Prima Donna ... CD
Columbia/Ace (UK), 1963. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
A pair of Columbia Records classics from Dion – back to back on a single CD! First up is Ruby Baby – a solo debut by Dion DiMucci – working here away from his earlier Belmonts group, and really finding a way to sharpen both his vocals, and his approach to the music! Dion's really crafting his lead strongly on these tunes – emerging partly as a pop act, but also with some of the more sophisticated stylings that a singer like Bobby Darin was hitting as he aged past the teen set – even with slight jazz currents in the mix at times! The title cut was a huge hit for Dion – the classic "Ruby Baby" – and that gem sits here nicely alongside others that include "The End Of The World", "Fever", "The Loneliest Man In The World", "He'll Only Hurt You", "You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You", "Gonna Make It Alone", and "Will Love Ever Come My Way". On Donna The Prima Donna, Dion really sounds great – stepping away from the straighter pop of his roots, and mixing in a bit of soul, and just a tiny current of the headier sounds he'd unlock later in the 60s! The production style is pop, but the material often goes far past that – into territory that definitely has more mature themes, but still delivered with that Dion DiMucci flair for swinging a lyric in just the right way! And as before, one of Dion's strongest suits is the way that he's able to bring in this subtle current of sadness, all while trying to shake it off with a catchy tune. Titles include "Donna The Prima Donna", "Flim Flam", "Oh Happy Days", "You're Mine", "I Can't Believe", "Be Careful Of The Stones That You Throw", "Troubled Mind", "This Little Girl Of Mine" and "Sweet Sweet Baby". Excellent reissue package – with great sound, and the usual Ace Records attention to notes and details! CD

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Lesley DuncanLeslie Step Lightly – The GM Recordings Plus – 1974 to 1982 (Everything Changes/Moon Bathing/Maybe It's Lost/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
GM/RPM (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99
The second and final chapter of work from England's Lesley Duncan – a really great singer/songwriter who opened the doors for many others, but often never fully got her due! The tracks here are after Lesley's bigger years on RCA, and especially CBS – three albums recorded for the GM Recordings label in the mid 70s, plus lots of later bonus tracks too – all showing Duncan still very much at the height of her powers, as a strong interpreter of her own lyrics in ways that are free of commercial modes, nor any of the easily, conventional styles that other female singers were using as the 70s moved on. Arrangements are nicely understated, and two of the three albums feature Chris Spedding on guitar – Peter Frampton is on the third – all strongly presented here with huge notes and photos, and 20 bonus tracks too, including live tracks from a 1974 concert. Titles include "My Soul", "Moon Bathing", "Rocking Chair", "Fine Friends", "Jumped Right In The River", "We'll Get By", "Watch The Tears", "Maybe It's Lost", "The Sky's On Fire", "Love Melts Away", "Walking In The Sea", "Falling Like A Leaf", "Sing Children Sing", "Rainbow Games", "Could've Been A Winner", "Another Light Goes Out", and "Masters Of War". CD

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Durutti ColumnWithout Mercy (4CD set) ... CD
Factory Benelux (Luxembourg), 1986. New Copy 4 CDs ... $24.99
A beautiful little record from Durutti Column – and a bit of a departure for Vini Reilly, given that there's more of an overall concept to the album! The set's an all-instrumental one – a bit different than his blue-tinged vocal work of the first few Factory albums – but it's still awash in that wonderful guitar style of his – airy and atmospheric, but surprisingly pointed, too – really one of the strongest instrumental voices to emerge from the British post-punk scene, even if it was one of the most subtle! The music adds in piano, bits of strings, oboe, and other elements – really opening up the incredibly lovely melodies of the songs – almost in a Penguin Cafe Orchestra mode, which might be a good comparison to the spirit of the set. This beautiful version features 4 CDs' worth of material – bonus tracks on the main album, including "All That Love & Maths Can Do", "Snowflakes", "The Sea Wall", "Profondeurs Des Eaux Des Laques", "Duet", and "Estoril A Noite". Then, there's also three full CDs of concert material – a Manchester show from 2011, a London show from 1984, and an Oslo show from 1986. CD

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Brian EnoApollo – Atmospheres & Soundtracks (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
EG/Capitol, 1983. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
An airy, atmospheric classic from Brian Eno – as you might guess from the title – a record that fits in very strongly with his initial Ambient series of albums, but which was also used to accompany a documentary film on the Apollo space flights! Despite that soundtrack use, though, the work is far more Eno than anything else – hardly cinematic in the conventional sense, and shaped nicely with help from Roger Eno and Daniel Lanois, both key collaborators in the decade. Some of the richer tracks almost preface a 4AD generation to come, but still have all the best Eno charms – and titles include "Under Stars", "The Secret Place", "Matta", "Signals", "An Ending (Ascent)", "Under Stars II", "Drift", "Silver Morning", "Deep Blue Day", "Weightless", "Always Returning", and "Stars". 2CD version features a complete bonus album titled For All Mankind – 11 more instrumentals packaged here with a remastered version of the Apollo album, and a 24 page booklet of notes! CD
 
 
 



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