Jimmy James & The Vagabonds —
Life ... LP Pye/Casablanca, 1977. Very Good ...
An American release of material that Jimmy James recorded in the UK for Pye Records – most of which was issued previously on the album I'll Go Where The Music Takes Me. As on that one, the set is strong mid 70s work from Jimmy – bouncing back with a tight little groover, the title cut ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strangest covers in the Ze Records catalog – and that's coming from a label that did plenty of weird covers! Aural Exciters take the original "My Boy Lollipop" and transform the tune with a throbbing punky kind of groove – while still preserving the sing-song ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Mad River —
Mad River ... LP Capitol/Sundazed, Late 60s. Near Mint- (reissue)...
Heavy rock from the late 60s San Francisco scene – an obscure psychedelic group who cut this stunning record for Capitol! The album's got some really heavy guitar work and high-spirited vocals that predate many of the bigger concept 70s groups – done in a style that's pretty darn ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jeff Gauthier Goatette —
Mask ... CD Cryptogramopone, 2001. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Beautifully tripped-out material from Gale Garnett & The Gentle Reign – titled after the Sausalito Heliport, a northern California complex that housed a bunch of hippy dippy bands in the late 60s! The album's a wonderful blend of Bay Area freedoms and some of the folksier and sweeter ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a sticker spot on back.)
An incredibly groovy little LP – recorded for Reprise in the early 60s, and near lost to the sands of time! Trumpeter Jack Sheldon makes one of his first moves into the groovy style of the 60s in this tribute to Ray Charles – playing trumpet in a cool muted way that's quite different ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original steamboat label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam and a vintage price sticker on back.)
A true orgy in rhythm from Art Blakey – a set that not only features his drums next to the kit of Art Taylor, but which also adds in a bevy of other percussionists – including Sabu Martinez, Patato Valdez, and Jose Valentine! Joe Jones and Specs Wright also bring in additional jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a name in marker, and light wear. Labels have a name in marker.)
Sweet electric soul from Carol Williams – a rich voice from the disco generation, served up here with some great Philly club arrangements from Vince Montana! The groove is great, right from the get-go – thanks to rhythm from the team of Bobby Eli, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan —
Ask Rufus ... LP ABC, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of our favorite albums ever from Rufus and Chaka Khan – a sublime 70s set in which the group's sound totally comes together, and finds a really special sound that's all its own! The blend of elements here is perfect – the group's funky jazz instrumentation, and Chaka Khan's warm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mid 50s cooker from one of our favorite tenor players ever – the legendary British reedman Tubby Hayes! The set's got a great mix of tight rhythms and stretched-out solos – handled with an energy that reminds us of some of Sonny Rollins' 50s material from the US, especially when ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Long out of print UK reissue. Cover has light wear & a name in marker. Labels have a name in marker.)
A late 80s gem from Gerry Mulligan – doing his thing with grace and a sweet groove – a quartet effort filled with Mulligan compositions that range from blue & lonesome to more of an upbeat approach! Mulligan's baritone sax is profoundly in leadership mode here, well out front in ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A Certain Ratio —
To Each ... LP Factory, Early 80s. Very Good Gatefold ...
The first full album recorded by A Certain Ratio – and a mad mix of styles that's immediately compelling! The group are a key link here in so many traditions – British punk, 70s funk, dub, and late prog – all coming together under the godlike production talents of Martin Hannett ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This is the kind of funky rock record we can get behind! Although Melting Pot are ostensibly one of the many drum-heavy rock groups of their generation, the band manages to kick it very well with a strong commitment to funk – a commitment that outweighs their rock-based lyrics much more than ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)
Cy Touff, Richie Kamuca, Harry Edison, & Others —
Keester Parade ... LP Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good ...
Think what you like of the title on this one – but it's one of the better sessions to ever come out of the west coast scene. The record's got some of the best post-early 50s arrangements (by either Johnny Mandel, Cy Touff, or Richie Kamuca) – and the tracks are nicely off-kilter, in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam, with call letters in marker and some notes in pen on back.)
Sublime LA R&B from Amos Milburn – a tasty compilation of singles that features some of his best drinkin' songs! Titles include "Good Good Whiskey", "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer", "Let's Have A Party", "Rocky Mountain", "Bad Bad ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(French 80s reissue – nice! Cover has light wear.)
Amazing sounds from Stephan Micus – a record that features a fair bit of music from water-filled flowerpots – which are one of the main instruments on the record – plus shakuhachi, zither, and hammered dulcimer! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
This album is a collection of Gaillard's work from the mid-1940s that apparently doesn't turn up in too many other places. Gaillard plays with an all-star bunch of musicians including Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bam Brown, Howard McGhee, Zutty Singleton, Lucky Thompson, Jack McVea, Dodo ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An obscure later entry in the Lighthouse All Stars series on Contemporary – but a great one too – and a set that's less less overflowing with big name players, than a well-conceived small group session! Rumsey's leading the sextet on bass, but other players are even more noteworthy ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title and cover are an homage to the Pacific Jazz label live dates from LA in the 50s – and the music here does a good job of following suit as well! Altoist Bud Shank and trumpeter Shorty Rogers are reunited beautifully in an open-ended live setting – the kind of date that really ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Messed up electric blues from T Bone's later years – recorded in Montreux around the same time as Walker's participation on the Super Black Blues sessions! Like those records, this one's got an open feel that lets in soul and funk, and which features some nice 70s touches on instrumentation. ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Live set by this master Brazilian singer/songwriter. Unlike other records from this time, Bosco's playing in a nice stripped-down setting, with just his guitar to accompany his soulful vocals. The set's nearly all originals written by Bosco and songwriting parter Adair Blanc. Titles include ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a small sticker in one corner.)
It's taken us a bit longer than expected to get this second installment in Maxwell's Black Summers' Night series – but it's been well worth the wait, given the greater depth in the music! All that we love about Maxwell's previous records is alive and well here – but there's also kind ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – recorded in Mingus' classic period! Mingus leads a sharp small group here, a quintet featuring Booker Ervin, John Handy, Richard Wyands, and Dannie Richmond, of course. The session was recorded live at the Nonagon Gallery in New York, and has that sort of arch-modernist groove ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare set of Billy Strayhorn tracks recorded in Paris by Alan Douglas. The tracks are incredibly haunting, and mostly feature Strayhorn's solo piano with spare backing by Parisian bassist Michel Goudret. There are a a few short moments on the record that add backing voices or strings – but ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and splitting on the top seam.)
The 3rd and final chapter in Lonehill's exploration of the Charlie Shavers/Ray Bryant team – a pairing that's never gotten its full due until now, and which is featured in a great set of previously unreissued material! This set's got a bit less Bryant than the others – and only ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Think what you want about Chuck and his 70s hits, this version of the Mangione Brothers is a cooker! Chuck is on trumpet, Gap is on piano, and the rest of the group features Larry Combs on alto, Sal Nistico on tenor, Bill Saunders on bass, and Roy McCurdy on drums – all grooving in a nice ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jimmie's always been one of the overlooked greats of the arranging business – and he's got a hip style that we'd compare to that of Jack Nietzsche, another excellent LA arranger from the same generation. This set gives Jimmie some great material to work with – as it not only includes ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of mellow soul tracks from Curtis Mayfield – laidback, slinky, and almost to his earlier work what Let's Get It On was to the early 70s career of Marvin Gaye! The album's got a warm, soulful vibe that's totally great – not as all-out funky or politically righteous as ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real standout set from Tony Scott's 50s catalog – an album that features his sweetly fluid clarinet lines backed by a larger orchestra that includes Gigi Gryce, Sahib Shihab, Zoot Sims, Frank Wess, Thad Jones, and Frank Foster! The format's less bop-oriented than some of Tony's other ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A classic "with strings" session from Clifford Brown – nearly as well-done and perfect as some of Charlie Parker's sides for Verve, handled here with perhaps a slightly sweeter touch, as Neal Hefti's the man on arrangements. The core group's the Brown/Roach combo, augmented by a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A rare rock effort for the mostly-soul All Platinum label – and a set that's got plenty of funky touches too! As you'd guess from their image on the cover, Flood have a definite rock-based sound on the record – but their instrumentation also has a very heavy bottom sound too – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Lester in the title here is Lester Koenig, the legendary owner of Contemporary Records – for whom Ray Brown made this rare session as a leader shortly before his death! Ray had recorded often for Koenig in the 50s – probably most famously in the Poll Winners trio – but this ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Bebop is alive and well in this classic 60s set by McPherson – blowing hard here in a Bird-esque mode on alto, but also with some of the soulfulness of Jackie McLean during the 50s. The group features Carmell Jones on trumpet, Barry Harris on piano, Nelson Boyd on bass, and Al Heath on drums ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The hard ones serve up a great blend of Latin soul, late 60s pop, and some heavy-hitting touches! Bobby Cruz is still singing a few of these tunes in his slightly more romantic style of the 60s – but the best cuts on the album have a snapping, upbeat quality that really makes them groove ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)
An 80s effort from Willie Colon, but still great, is a wild Latin club number – with some nice conga-laden grooves pulsing under the heavy keys and some tasty jazzy touches spicing things up! (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
A very groovy soundtrack from Dudley Moore! Dud starred in the film, and also came up with some fab music – very much in the vein of his excellent score for the film Bedazzled, which was recorded just a bit before this one. The album has loads of great jazzy groovers – some in a ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most important albums to present the sounds of Bali to the world at large – not just because the set perfectly captures the sharper, more bracing sound of Balinese gamelan, but also because it includes an extended recording of the famous "monkey chant"! The first half of ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole from sticker removal.)
Cannonball Adderley —
Sextet ... LP Milestone, 1962/1963. Very Good ...
Rare work by Cannonball – recorded in the early 60s, but not issued until after his death! The album features live material – recorded in Tokyo and San Francisco – performed by Cannon's amazing sextet that includes Joe Zawinul on piano, Yusef Lateef on reeds, Nat Adderley on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Slide Hampton's first albums – and a massively hard-wailing set that will make any doubters sit up and take notice! The set really packs a punch – as Slide leads a hip group that features Freddie Hubbard, Richard Williams, Bernard McKinney, and George Coleman through some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light stains on back.)
One of the few full albums ever cut by The Masqueraders – a stellar vocal group who recorded some excellent singles in the 60s, and were fortunate enough to be pulled into the big time by Isaac Hayes for his Hot Buttered Soul imprint on ABC! The band mixes their smooth Memphis style with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album