A beautiful bossa soundtrack from late 60s Italy – somewhat obscure, but easily right up there with some of the better-known classics from the time! The score is awash in bossa-styled rhythms, and features a fair bit of organ, vibes, and piano – often used sparely and spaciously to ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Way before Tony Orlando started tying a ribbon around that old oak tree, he cut some wonderful work for the Epic label – early 60s Brill Building pop at its finest, recorded with a host of top-shelf talents! Arrangements here are by Carole King, Alan Lorber, Garry Sherman, and other New York ... (Rock) read moreCD
Subtle grandeur from experimental rock icon Jim O'Rourke! He's pulled off a really incredible trick here – delivering what may very well be his most richly textured and artfully arranged work – but he does that in the form of warm, endearingly straight forward songwriting, rather than ... (Rock) read moreCD
A beautiful illustration of the deep talents of Anthony Ortega – a player who still sounds as creative and inventive this late in his career as he did way back in the 50s and 60s! The bulk of the CD features Ortega in two settings – one, a batch of studio duets with bassist Kash ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Incredible early work from Anthony Ortega – and darn hard to find in any format! Ortega is one of the great unsung modernists of the 50s – and although this set has an outward appearance that makes it look like other Bethlehem sides of the time, Ortega's icy reed work and sharp talent ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Slinky sounds from Riz Ortolani – a soundtrack that's got the sort of sexy 70s vibe that you might expect from the cover! The film's story of interracial love is cast best in the title tune "Contract" – a swirling blend of light woodwinds, electric bass, and percussion – ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A really great little western score from Riz Ortolani – a composer you might know from bigger films of the 60s, and a handful of especially nice action and comedy soundtracks too! Riz seems to be drawing on the latter a bit here – as he mixes the usual western elements with some ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Riz Ortolani was a film score giant in the 60s, but he was still going strong well into the 80s, too – as you'll hear on his excellent soundtrack for this film! The story's a relatively serious one, and so is the music by Ortolani – very much in the mode of his most careful, most ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
An unusual score for an equally odd Italian sex comedy – one set during the Crusades, and starring Tony Curtis and the lovely Monica Vitti! We won't go into the plot – which centers around a chastity belt, and sounds quite mad – but we can say that the music is kind of a weird ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
One of the lesser-known 60s soundtrack moments from Riz Ortolani – one of the first Italian film composers to break out on an international scale – and a great little set that really offers up some great aspects of his talents! The film's a dark horror movie from the mid 60s, scored by ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A wonderful soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – a beautiful western score with a big, brooding use of guitar – and a sound that's even more robust than usual! About half the tracks feature the guitar strongly – used in a twangy way, unfolding slowly, with lots of echo – very ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Rocking! This is a rare live album recorded by the Mutantes during the years after Rita Lee and Arnaldo Baptista left the group – and when the only surviving original member Sergio Dias turned the group into a very competent progressive rock outfit! The sound is very different than the ... (Brazil) read moreCD
A stone classic from Jeffrey Osborne – and a real standout in mainstream soul at the start of the 90s! Osborne's legendary vocals have never sounded better – as there's a warmth in the production that returns him to the grace and power he had when first going solo – a style that ... (Soul) read moreCD
A trio of amazing records from the UK jazz scene at the start of the 70s – all seminal sides from the legendary avant Turtle Records label! First up is Outback,early genius from British saxophonist Mike Osborne – his first session as a leader, recorded in the company of some of the ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A great collection of early 80s albums by Johnny Osborne – Fally Lover, Never Stop Fighting, Nightfall and Water Pumping – in one great 4CD box set from Greensleeves! Fally Lover is one of the best of the bunch, with deep backing by the Roots Radics. Titles include "Fally ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Creepy, cataclysmic sounds from Oscillotron – a set that's very much in keeping with their previous attempts to revive an older style of horror film scoring – but at a level that's maybe even better than before! The music here is sublime – maybe in the best territory of ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Not the traditional Johnny Otis Show records you might know from Johnny's famous R&B years of the 50s – and instead a totally great record from the start of the 70s that's filled with funk, soul, and blues! The set really shows the way that Otis changed with the times – and the ... (Soul) read moreCD
26 tracks by Johnny Otis and the musicians and singers who comprised his loose "show" of the mid 50's. The great folks at Ace packaged together all this stuff in a nice package that reproduces the cover of the original album, plus they added a whole bunch of extra cuts that were only ... (Soul) read moreCD
Man, we don't know if Johnny and show were growing their own weed in the back of the tour bus or what – but these late 60s efforts for the band are nice and messed up! The tipoff's probably a young Shuggie, looking very stoned on the cover of the album Cold Shot (the first one on this set), ... (Soul) read moreCD
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, ... (Soul) read moreCD
The long-overdue release of an album that should have been a Neo Soul classic! The team of Otis Cooper and Shugg David recorded this gem of a set back in the mid 90s along with help from longtime friend and producer Raphael Saadiq – but due to shifting priorities at the major label, the set ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A hip quartet of jazz performances – all recorded for Finnish radio in the 70s – presented here with beautiful sound as a stunning look at the under-tapped talent in that scene at the time! First up is a 19 minute track titled "Lydian Feeling" – performed by a quartet ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Roberto Ottaviano —
Otto ... CD Splasch (Italy), 1991. Used ...
An action-packed Afro Jazz and psych funk trip from Outer Space – a Catalan group who'd only been traveling the spaceways for a couple years leading up to this stellar set, but has the instinctive grooves and masterful interplay of a veteran act – all the more impressive given that the ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Pick any 10 words out of any Outkast album description on our pages at random, and you'll see how dearly we've loved these boys throughout the years – but truth be told, deep down we didn't think that they would be able to pull off the double album/solo album project(s). We were seriously ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A long-overdue look at one of the greatest vocal groups on the southern scene of the 60s – the amazing Ovations, a trio with a sound like nobody else! The group were noted for a strong love of the music of Sam Cooke – and they worked in the years after Sam's death in a blend of sweet ... (Soul) read moreCD
An amazing run of music from the mighty Buck Owens – one of the few country music stars of his time who never made a mis-step at all, and instead gave us nearly two decades' worth of incredible records for Capitol! Some of the best cuts from that stretch are presented here, alongside a ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
A supremely excellent lost bit of mellow funk, and one of the few rare releases on the Encounter label – which was sort of a doper, more soulful version of CTI! Frank Owens plays organ and keyboards, and the group includes Bernard Purdie lending his trademark soul jazz drums (a very welcome ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Glasses ... CD Motown/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. Used ...
A bit of a change from previous Ozone albums – a set that still has plenty of bass at the bottom, but also a fair bit of keyboards as well – stretching out nicely over the top, almost with a bit of an electro pop feel at points! The keys really make for a catchy sort of edge – ... (Soul) read moreCD
P Trio —
Embalo ... CD Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ...
A beautiful bit of lost bossa jazz from 60s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by the P Trio, an enigmatic group recording in Belo Horizonte – hardly the same center of bossa nova as the beaches in Rio! The session's got a spare and lively feel – similar to work at the time ... (Brazil) read moreCD
Paroni Paakkunainen —
Baritone ... CD Dragon (Sweden), 2002. Used ...
One of the last albums from the team of Johnny Pacheco and Pete El Conde Rodriguez – and one of the best, too! The set's got an all-solid feel all the way through – a well-crafted approach to the tunes that's simple, and almost effortless – but which comes from Pacheco's years of ... (Latin) read moreCD
A pair of great albums from one of the coolest soul arrangers of the 70s – back to back on a single CD! Close Encounters is a cool collection of space-themed club tracks from Gene Page – and possibly one of his greatest albums of the 70s – dispite a gimmicky approach! There's a ... (Soul) read moreCD
An excellent album of Barry White-styled instrumentals – put together by Barry's right hand man Gene Page, and produced by Barry himself! The record's one of the best that Gene Page ever cut – apart from his seminal blacksploitation soundtracks – and it's very much in the mode of ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first great Holiday album from Patti Page – a mid 50s Mercury album that brought together a host of seasonal recordings made by the singer – most of which show a side of Patti that's a bit different than her hits! Page's vocals here have a straight, expressive feel – ... (Holiday Music) read moreCD
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at ... (Rock) read moreCD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Pages ... CD Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ...
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend ... (Rock) read moreCD
Marty Paich takes on a host of Broadway tunes from the 50s – but as always with his best work, the result is something quite far from its roots – an amazing batch of jazzy instrumentals that owes very little to the original conception of the tunes! Paich's got an incredible ear for ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Sparkling work from arranger Marty Paich – one of our favorite large group talents of the 50s! The album definitely gets a boot out of us – not just for its sexy, shower-situated cover on the front – but also for its great approach to the music, penned here by Paich in ways that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Jason Palmer's given us some great concept projects in recent years – including albums based around the music of Minnie Riperton and Janelle Monae – but this time around, the concept is all Palmer's own – and a great one too! As the title might imply, the music here is based ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A 70s corker from Charlie Palmieri – and a record that has him stretching out from piano, playing a bit of organ, and a bit of Fender Rhodes! The tracks are relatively straight salsa, but the use of these different keys really gives them an edge – one that's honed even further by Bobby ... (Latin) read moreCD
Brilliant 70s work by Eddie Palmieri – easily one of his greatest records of the decade! The album features Eddie really showing off his jazz chops on a number of longer tracks – tunes that bring together some of the spirit forged during the Harlem River Drive era, with some of the ... (Latin) read moreCD
Sante Palumbo —
Sway ... CD CPT/Schema (Italy), 1973. New Copy ...
An amazing set from the Italian scene of the early 70s – a jazz album with a fair bit of electric instrumentation, but one that comes across in a very different way than American or other European fusion of the time! Instead, there's kind of this core acoustic energy to the record – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Pan/Scan is a great name for a group like this – given that sound of this album is nicely cinematic overall, and takes us back to the days when larger format films had to be panned and scanned when they were shown on TV! There's a fair bit of electronics in the music – following on ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A stunning debut from this righteous ensemble – a unique British group who draw plenty of inspiration from Earth Wind & Fire, but also have a spiritual side as well! The album's got a positive feel right from the start – and a way of putting over the tunes that few of their UK ... (Soul) read moreCD
The first new album in years from UK soul chanteuse Mica Paris – best known for her early 90s efforts of pure soul vocals backed by popping, synth rich productions – and carrying that vibe very handily a few years into the new millenium! Mica has the class to avoid the overreaching ... (Soul) read moreCD
A jazz treasure chest – an extraordinary bounty of Bird on Verve! You get absolutely everything here, master takes, alternate takes, loads of previously unissued material, rehearsals, incomplete takes, you get it all! Sidemen include Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Players include Miles Davis on trumpet, Lucky Thompson on tenor, and either Duke Jordan, Erroll Garner, or Dodo Marmarosa on piano. Titles include "Don't Blame Me", "Bird Of Paradise", "Night In Tunisia", "Moose The Mooche", and "Cool Blues". (Jazz) CD
One of the better of the many posthumous albums that Savoy issued after Bird's death. The set combines master takes and alternates of classic Parker material for the label, and includes pivotal bop tracks like "Parker's Mood", "Constellation", "Ah-Leu-Cha", "Perha ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Famous radio recordings of the legendary Charlie Parker – captured at the Royal Roost nightclub in the late 40s – blasting out with incredible power over the airwaves in the New York scene! The presentation of the material here includes bits of announcer patter – mostly from ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Very strong quartet material from Bird – recorded for Verve, with a group that includes Al Haig on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Max Roach on drums. Tracks are straightforward, but with some impeccable soloing – and a few of the tracks are presented in both master and alternate takes. ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An insanely wonderful piece of work from saxophonist Evan Parker – and maybe the record that will really have you deciding that Parker's a genius! The set is all solo soprano sax, recorded live in St Paul's church in Oxford – which creates this really rich sense of sound – but ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Evan Parker & Lawrence Casserley —
Solar Wind ... CD Touch (UK), 1997. Used ...
Evan Parker/Mark Nauseef/Toma Gouband —
As The Wind ... CD PSI (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
One of the most unusual albums we've ever heard from saxophonist Evan Parker – and one that, in the notes, he also refers to as one of his best! The group features a striking lineup – Parker on soprano sax, Mark Nauseef on percussion, and Toma Gouband on lithophones – which are ... (Jazz) read moreCD