The classic late 70s double live album from Little Feat! Their reputation as one of the great live acts of that decade or any other is realized beautifully here – the band playing off of each other masterfully, and they're just as sharp vocally – but what's most impressive is how they ... (Rock) read moreCD
Little Milton's in some wonderful company here – recording at the best Malaco level of the 80s, which means an equal dose of deep soul and blues! Milton's voice has only gotten better over the years – and he's honestly a more expressive singer here than during the Chess years, really ... (Blues) read moreCD
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by Little Milton – done at the end of the 60s with some hard Chicago soul arrangements from Gene Barge, and an overall style that mixes electric blues with some of the hard soul coming from the city's west side scene at the time! The album's much more of a ... (Blues) read moreCD
Big soul from Little Milton – a bluesman at heart, but one who always had an equal heart for soul as well – so much so, that by the time of these records, he was almost more of a southern soul singer overall! The set brings together a wealth of overlooked gems that Milton recorded for ... (Blues) read moreCD
A wonderful selection of work from the great Little Richard – a 64 track package that not only includes loads of gems from his early years on Specialty Records, but also includes a lot of near-forgotten material from his great run on Vee Jay as well! The Specialty tracks are the stuff of ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty nice little 2LP set – put together in the early 70s, and featuring material that Walter recorded for Chess during the 60s. As the title would imply, there's a lot of harmonica on the album – but Walter's vocals should also be given their due, as they're a bit more in the soul ... (Blues) read moreCD
Funky flute, in a sweet dancefloor mode – as the work of Han Litz is remixed here by a variety of European producers! Litz has a groove that's already great on its own – a style that hearkens back to 60s and 70s jazz flute players, especially the funkier currents of the latter – ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Lively Ones —
Surf City ... CD Del-Fi/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The title's borrowed from a hit by Jan & Dean – but the music here is very much the Lively Ones' own – that cool blend of surf guitar, echo, and other hip elements that make their early 60s Del-Fi records so great! The guitar lines are wonderfully chromatic – very well-tuned, ... (Rock) read moreCD
Lively Ones —
Surf Drums ... CD Del-Fi/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
The surf drums are plenty great here – but as usual for The Lively Ones, it's the guitar that really sends the whole album home – that beautifully-played, perfectly recorded instrument that makes a record like this such an instrumental classic! Sure, guitar instrumentals were huge in ... (Rock) read moreCD
A very unusual album from The Lively Ones – a set that has the group going south of the border, with all of the guitar/surf styles you might expect – but also getting some help from the lesser-known Surf Mariachis, who play on about half of the album's tracks! The notes offer up little ... (Rock) read moreCD
A huge moment for LL Cool J – and a set that has him balanced nicely between the sharp rhymes of his roots and the rising stardom of his role in the larger world of R&B as well! Marley Marl produced, and the whole thing's still got a nice edge – even though some of these tunes ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A wonderful bit of soul jazz – much less trippy than some of Charles Lloyd's later work, and handled with a soulful flair that's a mix of Coltrane spiritualism, with an even larger dose of the sort of post-Trane experiments in jazz that would crop up during the early 70s on smaller ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Charles Lloyd makes a step over to Blue Note Records – and the result is one of his richest, most organic albums in years! The whole thing's a live performance from Poland – done as a suite of longer tracks that feature a core acoustic quartet with Lloyd on tenor, plus added cymbalom ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible work by Edu Lobo – a watershed album that marked a whole new period of musical expression – not just for Lobo, but Brazil as well! The album picks up a post-bossa sound and moves it into the realm of baroque grooving – using complicated vocals and light guitar next to ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Edu Lobo & Tom Jobim —
Edu & Tom ... CD Philips (Japan), 1981. New Copy ...
An incredible later meeting by two of the most sophisticated musical talents of the bossa generation – and a record that's done in the same intimate, spare setting as Jobim's meeting with Elis Regina a few years before! Production is by bossa legend Aloysio De Oliveira – and the sound ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Vintage blues from Robert Lockwood Jr – material cut in Chicago, early in his career – at a time when it seemed like Lockwood was set to become one of the breakout talents on the Windy City scene! And although Lockwood left the city in the 60s, and spent most of his 50s Chicago years ... (Blues) read moreCD
The wonderful first solo album from Nils Lofgren – done with this lean, tight sound that's nicely different than his previous work with Grin – and which really lets Nils show off all the best sides of his vocals and guitar! The group is just a core trio with Wornell Jones on bass ... (Rock) read moreCD
LoFi (Marc Lohr/Anders Filipsen) feat Jeppe Hojgaa —
Sounds & Songs ... CD Ilk (Denmark), 2011. Used ...
Mariano Loiacono & Paula Shocron —
Warm Valley ... CD Rivo (Argentina), 2012. Used ...
The title's a famous tune by Duke Ellington, but given the great flugelhorn work of Mariano Loiacono on the record, we're more tempted to think of Art Farmer – and his wonderful sound in small group settings in years past! Loiacono plays with a sound that's round, but has a nice sort of bite ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An oft-overlooked gem from Julie London – a dreamy album of Cole Porter tunes, and one that has her singing with small group backing, very much in the mode of some of her best early work for the Liberty label! The group on the album's the Bud Shank Quintet – with Shank on alto and ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
(In a limited edition 5" cardboard sleeve – with 24-bit remastering.)
2 great ones from Julie London – back to back on one CD! Calender Girl is one of Julie's wildest albums – and one of her sexiest too! The record has Julie running through the calender – singing a song a month, dedicated to January, February, March, and so on. The record's ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Sublime work from Julie London – spare, moody, evocative – and with a languid style that virtually set the tone for countless other girl singers to come! The backing features Barney Kessel on guitar – very high in the mix – in that moody sound that worked so well with her ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
One of Julie London's strongest overall albums – a great session that features small group backings with a warm and intimate feel! There's less of the languid sadness of some of Julie's other records, and more of the dreamy floating style of singers like Chris Connor or June Christy on this ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Always-great work from lovely French singer Claudine Longet – a vocalist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of! This one's another sublime blend of French 60s pop and sunny A&M production – arranged to perfection by the great Nick DeCaro, with touches that deepen ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A standout set from guitarist Wilbert Longmire – one of a few classics cut in the 70s for Bob James' Tappan Zee label, done with some great help from James on production and arrangements too! The vibe is very much in the best spirit of the Kudu Records label at the time – plenty of ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A near-lost Philly disco album – recorded at Sigma Sound, but released on Casablanca at the end of the 70s – one that was almost buried under the weight of the label's collapse at the time! There's a style here that borrows bits from some of Casablanca's more mainstream artists – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Luis Lopes Berlin Trio —
Line ... CD Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. Used ...
Heady guitar work from Luis Lopes – playing here at a level that seems to be mostly improvised, but which also features heavy fuzz at times – with a searing vibe that reminds us a bit of Sonny Sharrock in the more forceful moments, and some of his more textural European contemporaries ... (Jazz) read moreCD
No one here at the Dusty offices cares much for this stuff, but maybe some of you out there do. 10 tracks: "Love Don't Cost a Thing (RJ Schoolyard mix feat Fat Joe)", Ain't It Funny (Murder rmx feat Ja Rule)", "I'm Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters rmx feat 50 Cent)", " ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the more dynamic groups to record recently for Norway's Jazzland label – a cool trio who mix trombone, drums, and saxes into a really unique blend fo their own! The presence of one instrument in a trio with drums and bass might be common, but having both horns and percussion together ... (Jazz) read moreCD
(Please note that the traycard artwork is missing but the booklet is included.)
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Cosmic sounds from Lord Raja – with tripped out electronic atmosphere, though compelling and beat driven, without ever traveling into predictability – one of the finer releases on Ghostly International in a while! Covers a lot of territory, from mellow, spacey soundscapes to frenzied ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
The debut album from Bryan Loren, and quite possibly his best-remembered set – a batch of catchy, upbeat 80s soul numbers – all tracks that definitely point the way towards his later productions for other hit artists! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but Bryan's right on the ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most striking groups we've heard from the Chilean scene of the late 60s – a quartet who have the groovy garagey sound of their contemporaries, but also manage a darker style overall! The lyrics are in English throughout – something the band always insisted on – but ... (Rock) read moreCD
Russ Lossing —
Oracle ... CD Hat Hut (Switzerland), 2011. Used ...
Great work by one of the best European organists ever! Eddy Louiss is a massively under-acknowledged talent – a whiz on the Hammond with the soul of Jimmy Smith and John Patton, and the freewheeling vision of Larry Young – and this record is a perfect chance to hear him at his best. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really wonderful pairing of trumpeter Dave Douglas and tenorist Joe Lovano – working together here on some of the most adventurous material that either player has cut in years! The music is balanced evenly between a sense of rhythm and sense of freedom – with a vibe that's similar ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Joe Lovano Wind Ensemble —
Worlds ... CD Evidence, 1989. Used ...
Two rare soul brothers back to back – presented here with rare and previously unissued tracks, all pulled from the Malaco Records archive! First up is CP Love – an artist who never got much circulation up north, but whose talents easily rank with the best of the 70s southern soul ... (Soul) read moreCD
Two soundtrack-themed albums – back to back on one CD! Themes For Super Heroes is a 1979 effort from Geoff Love – one timed to match up with the successful Superman film, but which also features bits from a range of TV heroes as well! Love's arrangements are lush, but often quite lean ... (Now Sound) read moreCD
A stunning second album from Love – a set that's still without the fuller orchestrations and baroque touches of Forever Changes – but which already shows the group moving in that direction! The rough, gritty edge of the group is very firmly intact – but they've already got a ... (Rock) read moreCD
A really great run of music from The Love Affair, and later solo lead singer Steve Ellis – a group who were born in the same soulful brew as bigger mid 60s London acts like Traffic or The Spencer Davis Group – and who found in Ellis a similarly great lead singer to really give them ... (Rock) read moreCD
Chicago soul legends! The Lovelites were one of the city's best girl soul groups back in the day – but their best stuff has never been properly reissued until now! The group had a great sound that mixed raw vocals with a sweet harmony – in a manner that would later have a profound ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the few dates ever as a leader from pinaist Lee Lovett – an artist who mostly worked as an arranger, with credits that include stints with the groups of Erskine Hawkins, Cat Anderson, Tab Smith, and Lucky Millinder! Lee's music here has a much more modern feel than some of those ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The title's a great one for the set, as Mundell Lowe was one of the moodiest players of his generation – a great guitarist with a really unique tone – recorded in a perfect setting for the album! The group's a bit unusual, as it features Lowe's guitar next to small combo arrangements ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jeffrey Osborne's really emerging strongly here in the mellow soul mode – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other", both of which are smooth mellow steppers with a modern soul approach that's slightly less ... (Soul) read moreCD
Heavy grooves from Chicago's funk & soul blender Lubriphonic – who bring a speed and intensity to the modern funk sound that's mighty impressive! One thing that we dig about Lubriphonic's gig is that they so deftly fuse heat, intensity and raucousness of funk rock without skimping on the ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
A very nice set of Japanese fusion tracks cut by guitarist Reggie Lucas, with nice electric backing by Hubert Eaves on keyboard, Michael Henderson on bass, and other acoustic players like Mtume, John Stubblefield, and Clifford Adams. The set was recorded by East Wind in Japan, and the best cuts on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wonderful compilation of some of Virgin Islands-raised soul jazz great John Lucien's better material – culled from his ever-fresh records for RCA and Columbia throughout the 70s – really incredible stuff that works it's magic every time we hear it, yet has never been particularly easy ... (Soul) read moreCD
The beginning of an amazing run on RCA for vocalist Jon Lucien – working here in a sublime blend of styles that's way beyond simple soul or standard jazz! Lucien's got a sound that's unlike anything we can think of – apart from the countless imitators who've tried for his style in ... (Soul) read moreCD
A beautiful album from Jon Lucien – one that's been far too neglected over the years! This was Lucien's second album for Columbia – and it's a wonderfully strong effort that fuses together jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles, in a manner that recalls some of his best work for RCA – ... (Soul) read moreCD