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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongBest Of Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – 20th Century Masters Millenium Collection ... CD
Verve/Universal, Late 50s. Used ... $3.99
A selection of tracks from the famous Verve duets between Ella and Louis! CD
(Barcode has a mark.)

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Laura FygiSongs From Movies & Musicals ... CD
Universal (Netherlands), 1990s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
... CD
(Packaged in an oversized case which has some edgewear & a sticker on the spine.)

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Matt MonroStranger In Paradise – The Lost New York Sessions ... CD
Capitol/Universal (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 21.99
Wonderful work from British singer Matt Monro – early sessions for Capitol Records, done in the US – and maybe not entirely "lost", but very different here than in the way they were released! The backings here are small and jazzy – really showing Monro in an intimate mode that suits his vocals well – although producer Dave Cavanaugh at Capitol then later added bigger arrangements and strings, and sent this one off to market as the album Invitation To Broadway. Those original stripped-down session are presented here for the first time ever, along with a few unissued tracks, and later unreleased alternates too – and although many of the songs are from shows, they're a very well-chosen bunch, and move between tunes that have a slight bossa rhythm, and others that have a laidback jazz style with some nicely tinkling piano. Tracks include "Lover's Caravan", "Come Back To Me", "The Apple Tree", "If She Walked Into My Life", "I'll Only Miss Her When I Think Of Her", "Looking For Small Pleasures", "The Lady Smiles", "Walking Happy", and "The Impossible Dream". CD 2 is a great bonus – 27 more tracks from Matt's years at Capitol – titles that include "Don't Answer Me", "Honey On The Vine", "We're Gonna Change The World", "And You Smiled", "If I Never Sing Another Song", "Walk Away", "My Kind Of Girl", "Gonna Build A Mountain", "Softly As I Leave You", "From Russia With Love", "The Music Played", and "On Days Like These. 47 tracks in all! CD

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Nana MouskouriNana (aka Nana Mouskouri Sings) ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1965. Used ... $24.99
Lovely English-language work from Nana Mouskouri – a set recorded with some really great arrangements from Bobby Scott, who seems to help Nana pack even more feeling than usual in her work! Scott's arrangements have some elements of jazz, but are usually more complicated overall – sensitively shading things in alongside Nana's well-crafted vocals – and really getting past some of her poppier modes of the 60s with an all-adult approach to the tunes. Strings figure into most of the backings, with almost a Scott Walker sense of depth – and titles include "Tiny Sparrow", "I Love My Man", "Johnny", "Half A Crown", "Just A Ribbon", "If You Love Me", "The Love We Never Knew",a nd "Ballinderrie". CD
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Ruth OlayEasy Living ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1956. Used ... $24.99
Ruth Olay's billed on the cover as a "singing discovery of the Jack Paar Show" – and she's got a vocal approach that must have been dynamite on TV! At times, her tones are quite low – almost the dusky style of Dinah Shore – but she's also got a pretty dynamic quality too, one that rises nicely to meet the horn-heavy backings on the set from Jerry Fielding. Some of the best tunes have a bluesy trilling style – one that's quite unique, and which definitely marks Olay as the discovery promised by the cover. Titles include "Easy Living", "Just Sittin & A Rockin", "Hurry Hurry", "Tess' Torch Songs", "Nocturne For The Blues", and "I Wanna Be A Friend Of Yours". CD
(Out of print, 2008 Japanese pressing – includes obi!)

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✨✧ Annie RossAnnie Ross Sings A Song With Mulligan (Japanese pressing) ... CD
World Pacific/Universal (Japan), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums that singer Annie Ross cut on her own away from the Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross group while she was still living in the US – and a great little set recorded with a group led by Gerry Mulligan! The sound is west coast cool all the way through – with players who include Chet Baker, Art Farmer, Dave Bailey, and Henry Grimes – and although Annie's in the lead on most of the set, but Gerry slides in some lean solos which open up the tracks nicely! Ross is a bit less in a vocalese mode than with LHR, in ways that really demonstrate her skills with ballads and gentler cuts – and given the support from Mulligan and crew, the album's got a very solid jazz foundation overall. Titles include "All Of You", "Give Me The Simple Life", "This Is Always", "It Don't Mean A Thing", and "I Feel Pretty". CD
(Out of print, 2015 pressing – includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousCapital Revolution – Le Canzoni Che Hanno Cambiato Il Mondo ... CD
Universal (Italy), 1968. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A 50th anniversary celebration of Italy's Capital Radio in 1968 – a set that combines familiar English rock of the late 60s with a huge amount of Italian pop as well! The mix of modes is great – and the 2CD package goes a long way towards illustrating the way that non-Anglo countries on the European scene were served some of the hipper British and American music of the time, in ways that effortlessly blend with more homegrown efforts of the era. Given that American radio was almost completely closed to non-English language tunes, there's a generosity to the spirit here that's really great – and which goes to show why Anglo rock dominated the globe so much in the following decade. Yet here, the time is 1968, the place the Italian scene – illustrated in a set of 42 tracks by artists who include Equipe 84, Caterina Caselli, Gianno Morandi, The Byrds, Beach Boys, I Dik Dik, I Nomadi, The Who, Lucia Dall, Temptations, The Band, The Rokes, Lugi Tengo, I Camaleonti, Buffalo Springfield, Velvet Underground, Otis Redding, Francoise Hardi, Giorgio Gaber, Fabrizio De Andre, Canned Heat, New Trolls, The Monkees, Serge Gainsbourg, and Mina. Even includes "I Sole E Di Tutti" by Stevie Wonder – an Italian version of "A Place In The Sun"! (Rock, Vocalists) CD
 
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Mario BiondiSun (Italian pressing) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2013. Used ... $9.99
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old school jazz in the mix that we love from Mario's Schema work – but the album's also got a fuller production style at times, one that really expands the palette of Biondi's colors, and which has him working here with help from key guests who include Omar, Leon Ware, Al Jarreau, Incognito, and Chaka Khan – and even a bit of organ from the James Taylor Quartet! Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick helped co-write a good number of tracks on the set – and titles include "Shine On", "Come To Me", "Woman Woman", "What Have You Done To Me", "Never Stop", "La Voglia La Pazzia L'Idea", "Girl Blue", "Light To The World", and "Catch The Sunrise". CD has a great package – hardcover book-style, with pages inside! (New Grooves, Vocalists) CD
(Packaged in a cool hardbound book.)

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Sarah VaughanTime In My Life ... LP
Mainstream, 1971. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99
Sarah Vaughn's looking pretty groovy on the cover of this album, and she's sounding pretty groovy too – thanks to some sweet 70s backings from Ernie Wilkins! The style isn't exactly funky, but it's got some fully soulful sounds, and some great electric moments too – modes that almost feel more like some of the best Kudu Records vocal sets from the time, instead of the usual Mainstream Records groove. Sarah really fits well in this sort of setting – stretching out into groovier territory than before with the same sense of change that Ella Fitzgerald or Marlena Shaw were bringing to their music at the time. Players include Jerome Richardson on saxes, Buddy Childers on trumpet, Benny Powell on trombone, Jimmy Cobb on percussion, and Earl Palmer on drums – and titles include "Inner City Blues", "Magical Connection", "Universal Prisoner", "Tomorrow City", "That's The Way I've Always Heard It", "Imagine", "On Thinking It Over", and "If Not For You". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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