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✨✧ Eden AhbezEden's Island & Beyond ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1960. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful collection – one that features the legendary album by Eden Ahbez, plus other tracks that show his influence on postwar music! First up is the core Eden's Island set – an incredibly evocative record – one of the strangest of its kind, and an audio treasure that we've loved for years! Eden Ahbez first came into public prominence as the man who wrote "Nature Boy" for Nat King Cole – a dark, moody tune that was as mysterious and earthy as the man who wrote it! This album was recorded nearly a decade after Cole's original hit, and features Ahbez almost in Moondog-like territory – working in an amazing setting of odd instruments and exotic percussion – but also singing in this almost spiritualist kind of way! The record's got plenty of ties to the exotica scene of the late 50s – but also stand out from the pack with a mad vision that's all its own – a strange intersection of lines that one might draw between Moondog, Martin Denny, and Anton La Vey! Tracks include "The Wanderer", "Eden's Island", "Tradewind", "Full Moon", "Mongoose", "Market Place", "The Old Boat", "Island Girl" and "La Mar". CD then features 16 more bonus tracks – all compositions by Eden and work that shows others taking up his helm – titles that include "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony, "Wine Women & Gold" by The Carsons, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, "Frankie's Song" by Anita Ray, "Let Me Hear You Say I Love You" by Vicki Young, "End Of Desire" by April Stevens, "Sahara" by Bob Romeo & The Jungle Sextet, and "Song Of The Fool" by The Crew Cuts. (Now Sound, Vocalists) CD

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Pia BeckDutch Treats – Hot Boogie, Cool Bop, & More 1946 to 1960 ... CD
Philips/Jasmine (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
An excellent collection of work from Pia Beck – a Dutch pianist who first burned things up with some stunning instrumental tracks in the postwar years, then developed into a great singer too! As you might guess from the title, Pia began with a boogie woogie approach – blinding work on the piano that rivaled some of the American greats of the time – and as the years went on, she moved into jump blues and bebop too – handled with a great sense of charm, and chops that make her way more than a European player just dabbling in styles. There's never been a good collection of Beck's work from the time before – and this CD brings together 27 singles recorded for Philips, including work with Cor Steyn – a mixture of vocal and instrumental tunes, with cuts that include "I Didn't Slip I Wasn't Pushed I Fell", "Beck's Boogie", "Bop Kiss", "Botch A Me", "Haven't Got A Worry", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "I'm Feeling Blue At The Blue Note", and "Chickery Chick". (Jazz, Vocalists) CD

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✨✧ Buddy GrecoBuddy Greco – The Coral Singles Collection 1951 to 1955 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
Very early work from Buddy Greco – a singer that most folks know from his loungey records of the 60s, but who steps out here in some surprisingly different material from his earliest years on vinyl! As the title implies, these cuts were all recorded for the Coral label – and they feature a number of titles that have backing by the Heathertones vocal group, mixed with material that starts to show Buddy as a stronger lead act – the latter often with arrangements by Don Costa or Dick Jacobs, in the familiar Coral mode. The work is not as jazzy as Greco in later years, and Buddy's phrasing is a bit different too – already graced with a wonderful voice, even while young – but with a style that's more familiar in some postwar chart-oriented modes. There's a great sense of variety here, and it's clear that within a few short years, Coral gave Greco plenty of chance to shine in the studio – as you'll hear on the 29 tracks that include "Don't", "Paris Loves Lovers", "Tonight", "Don't Say Goodbye", "I Predict", "You Belong To Me", "Take Me Back", "I Ran All The Way Home", "What Word Is Sweeter Than Sweetheart", and "Why Don't You Write Me". CD

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Ed TownsendNew In Town/Glad To Be Here ... CD
Capitol/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pair of overlooked gems from singer Ed Townsend – a talent we'd rank right up there with Jesse Belvin or Arthur Prysock in his early years! First up is New In Town – an obscure early session from Ed Townsend – an artist who's perhaps better known as a songwriter of hits for others, and slightly less as a 70s soul singer on Curtom and Casablanca! Yet here, Ed's starting out his career as a mainstream crooner – cast by Capitol as a sepia Sinatra, and even working with arrangements from Frank's Capitol mainstay, Nelson Riddle! There's a bit more drama here than you might hear on a Sinatra album – a slightly deeper range that slides towards more conventional pop vocals of the period – but the whole album's pretty darn compelling, especially the overall package. Titles include "Symphony", "I Am", "New In Town", "Goin My Way", "Till The End Of Time", "Mam'selle", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", and "Lover Come Back To Me". Glad To Be Here is another great album – every bit as wonderful as the first! Orchestrations are by Nelson Riddle, and the album's got a gentle swing that we really enjoy – Ed singing over some lesser known tracks, and bringing a raspy soulfulness to the more familiar ones. Titles include "What's Wrong With Me", "Golden Earrings", "I'm In Love", "Don't Ever Leave Me", and "On The Street Where You Live". CD

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Danny WilliamsComplete Singles & EPs – 1959 to 1962 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Danny Williams is a singer who never broke that big on our shores, but he's a heck of a vocalist with a really great range – a mature, sophisticated song stylist who's maybe in the same territory as a young Johnny Mathis, or maybe Tony Williams of The Platters – born in South Africa, but recorded here on a strong range of singles for the British market! The music is equal parts soul and jazz – and like Mathis, Williams opens the door for much more adult singers in years to come – modes that allow for a different range of expression than earlier blues and R&B. The set features both sides of Danny's ten singles for HMV, plus some tracks from EP releases and rare album tracks – 29 titles in all, including "Tall A Tree", "Stay As Sweet As You Are", "Lonely", "Moon River", "Weaver Of Dreams", "Jeannie", "Something's Gotta Give", "Get Happy", "Tiara Tahiti", "Tears", "The Wonderful World Of The Young", "So High So Low", and "Youthful Years". (Soul, Vocalists) CD

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Tony WilliamsSignature Voice Of The Platters Vol 1 – 1955 to 1961 ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Tony Williams was one of the greatest singers of the 50s – the famous lead voice of The Platters, and a heck of a singer on his own – as you'll hear in this set of overlooked solo material that Tony cut around the same time! Williams has a majesty and range that rivals Johnny Mathis at his best – but he's also able to get a bit more down and dirty when he wants to, moving from classy modes to more R&B-oriented territory – which comes as a nice surprise on a few of the cuts on this set! The package brings together 28 tracks in all – obscure solo material recorded for Reprise Records, more tracks for Mercury, and even a duet with Linda Hayes – titles that include "Oochi Poochi", "When You Return", "Peggy O'Neill", "Sleepless Nights", "Sad River", "Movin In", "The Miracle", "My Prayer", "Amapola", "Ida", "Charmaine", "On My Word Of Honor", and "You'll Never Know". (Soul, Vocalists) CD
 
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Jana Herzen with Charnett MoffettPassion Of A Lonely Heart ... CD
Motema, 2012. Used ... $4.99
Really lovely sounds from Jana Herzen – a set that features her own vocals and guitar, with just the bass of Charnett Moffett for accompaniment! The spare setting is beautiful – and Jana sparkles here in ways that few other singers could hope to match – bringing out a key musicality both on guitar and vocals, with all the right jazzy inflections to enrich the sound – as Moffett's spare but soulful basslines serve as key directive points for the process. Titles include the original tunes "Secrets Are Safe With Me", "Night Blooming Jasmine", "Bali Holiday", "Passion Of A Lonely Heart", "My Latin Love", and "Earth's Heart Beats" – plus "Spain", and "Sodade", "Tis Autumn". CD
 
 
 



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