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✨✧ Sharon TandyYou Gotta Believe It's Sharon Tandy ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever anthology of work by Sharon Tandy – a mod Brit singer from the 60s, one with a really groovy sound! Sharon's got the same heartbreaking blend of soul and pop that you'd find in Dusty Springfield at her best, but she's working with arrangements that have a rawer sound – and much more of an honest soul-based approach. There's lots of guitars in the mix – and the tunes sear with a sound that blows away most of the other British pop female singers of the time! The package features a few previously unissued Stax recordings, plus rare singles on Atlantic and Pye – with a total of 26 tracks that include "Two Can Make It Together", "You've Gotta Believe It", "Hold On", "Our Day Will Come", "Toe Hold", "Love Is Not A Simple Affair", "Gotta Get Enough Time", "Border Town", and "Things Get Better". (Rock, Vocalists) CD
 
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✨✧ Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame – The Complete 1967 Recordings (stereo/mono – with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/RPM (UK), 1967. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The two faces of Fame are live and studio – as each side of the original album was recorded in each mode – and this great CD version goes a lot further, with stereo and mono mixes and a huge number of bonus tracks! The live numbers feature the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. The studio numbers are even better, and feature Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Disc 1 also features 13 bonus tracks from singles and EPs released in 1967 – and disc 2 is completed by 11 MORE bonus tracks – 6 released for the first time ever, including "Jumpin The Gun", "Respoken", "Fool's Paradise" and "Conquistador". CD

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✨✧ Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame/Third Face Of Fame ... CD
CBS/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
2 classic albums from British vocalist Georgie Fame – back to back on one CD! First up are Two Faces Of Fame – live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. Side two is even better, and features Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Third Face Of Fame is an even better album – one that has Fame moving past the swinging Mose Allison-inspired jazz vocal mode of earlier records, into a groovier style that picks up a range of different sounds! Georgie kicks off the album with his version of the ever-popular late 60s "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and seems to use that tune as an excuse to explore a nice range of older jazz vocal approaches, including one tune that even has him reciting the lyrics in a Beatles-sounding monologue! Arrangements are by Harry South, with players that include Gordon Beck, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, and Ian Hammer – and titles include "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Prelude", "Bullets Laverne", "This Is Always", "Mellow Yellow", and "Side By Side". CD
 
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June ChristyBig Band Specials ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good ... $4.99
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo rainbow label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Chris ConnorMisty ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
An unusual set from the legendary vocalist Chris Connor – a record that's graced with a boozy later image of Chris on the front, but which features a host of rare gems from her late 50s years at Atlantic Records! There's some really wonderful work on the record that easily matches, if not beats Chris Connor gems on some of her bigger albums of the time – especially since some of the cuts show Connor trying out some new modes, and new ideas – elements that go past her usual vocal jazz styles, with some cool inflections that really open things up. Highlights include great versions of "Senor Blues", "Moon Ride", "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman", and "Invitation" – plus "Long Hot Summer", "Fortune Cookies", "Circus", and "Flying Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese-only pressing.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Billie HolidayNewport Years Volume 1 (aka Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport) ... LP
Verve, 1957. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Two of the biggest singers who ever worked for Verve Records – captured perfectly at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Ella Fitzgerald steps out with a strong, lively groove on the first half of the set – swinging things with a looser, more upbeat quality than on some of her mellower Verve studio sets of the late 50s – really grooving it up with small combo backing from the trio of pianist Don Abney! Billie Holiday also gets some small combo backing too – a hip trio with Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – often a bit more laidback than the group on Ella's sides, but in a great way that helps Holiday hit a very intimate sound, even before this large audience. Ella sings "This Can't Be Love", "Body & Soul", "April In Paris", "I Got A Crush On You", and "Airmail Special" – and Billie sings "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "My Man", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Lady Sings The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Jerry LordanAll My Own Work ... CD
RPM (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Early Brit pop from Jerry Lordan – best known as the songwriter of a host of hits for bigger artists in the pre-Beatles years – stepping out here in an album of his own! Jerry's a singer with a surprising degree of charm – not a full-on rocker, but more of an old school vocalist with a good ear for a punch tune – working here with arrangements from Johnnie Spence that show that great lighter side of the London sound at the time! Titles include "A House A Car & A Wedding Ring", "Man On My Trail", "Leave Me Alone", "I'll Stay Single", "Married", and "The World's Loneliest Man". CD also features 14 more bonus tracks – singles and demos that include "Can We Kiss", "Who Could Be Bluer", "Do I Worry", "Sing Like An Angel", "I've Still Got You", and "One Good Solid 24 Carat Reason". CD

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✨✧ McGuire SistersSeasons Greetings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Real Gone, 1958. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lovely Christmas sounds from the McGuire Sisters – a trio whose sweet style was always a big hit on TV, and which brings a perfect "Holiday Special" vibe to this seasonal album – which also includes a fair bit of unusual tunes! Most of the tracks are arranged by Dick Jacobs – with the kind of lush backings the group often received on the screen – and their unified style of vocalizing does a nice job of keeping things sprightly in all the right moments, especially on the more upbeat tunes. Titles include "If You Believe", "The Cactus Christmas Tree", "He", "Give Me Your Heart For Christmas", "Without Him", "Christmas Alphabet", and "Honorable Congratulations". CD features three bonus tracks – "Be A Santa", "Peace", and "Ave Maria". (Holiday Music, Vocalists) CD

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Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Sings The Winners ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, sticking to more straight jazz material than you might hear on some of her other sets from the same period. Titles include "Frenesi", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Early Autumn", "Four Brothers", "Four", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV 2536. Cover has some discoloration from age.)

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Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Sings The Winners (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve, Late 50s. Used ... $18.99
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, sticking to more straight jazz material than you might hear on some of her other sets from the same period. Titles include "Frenesi", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Early Autumn", "Four Brothers", "Four", and "Night In Tunisia". CD also features 7 bonus tracks – including "Whisper Not", "Peel Me A Grape", "Star Eyes", "Hershey Bar", and "Don't Be That Way". CD
(Out of print 1998 pressing with 24bit mastering and loads of bonus tracks – includes obi!)

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✨✧ VariousBig City Christmas – 30 Groovin & Croonin Tunes ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collection of Holiday tunes from the postwar years – lots of special, unusual tracks that go way past the hits – served up in a mixture of styles that includes work in the vocal group, early rock, jazz, and pop modes! The package definitely lives up to the standard we expect from Bear Family – with a great sense of depth, and an ability to really read between the lines when it comes to musical history of this period – on titles that include "Nuthin For Christmas" by Eartha Kitt, "Happy New Year Baby" by Jo Ann Campbell, "Snowshoe Thompson" by Tennessee Ernie Ford, "Snow" by Rosemary Clooney, "White Christmas" by The Four Lovers, "Christmas Twist" by Charlie Starr, "North Pole Rock" by Cathy Sharpe, "Christmas Spirits" by Julia Lee & Her Boyfriends, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by The Cadillacs, "I Want Elvis For Christmas" by The Holly Twins, "Rockin Santa Claus" by The Moods, "I Want A Beatle For Christmas" by Patty Surbey & The Canadian VIPs, "Santa Claus Meets The Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley, "Silent Night" by Frankie Lyman, and even a spoken "Christmas Greetings" by Ann Margret! (Holiday Music, Vocalists) CD
 
 
 



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