Parade ... LP Paisley Park, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Prince in a grand groove – really hitting a new level of funk with a razor-sharp edge – and even blowing away some of his work on previous records! The record's a soundtrack for a film – Under The Cherry Moon – and although that movie never had the success of Purple Rain, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Prince ... LP Warner, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
An overlooked record in the grand scheme – which is unforgivable in our book! This self-titled album Prince's second album, and already his vision is becoming a little more focused, and you can really hear the seeds of his later efforts – a really remarkable, unique, and fascinating ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The People Rock Outfit really knock it out of the park with this dark-edged classic from the 70s – one of the heaviest albums we've heard from the Nigerian scene at the time, and a record that's almost got more of a South African spirit overall! These guys effortlessly mix together funk and ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential New Orleans piano from Professor Longhair – an artist who was neither a professor, nor a man with much hair! The chrome-domed pianist had a huge influence on the sound of New Orleans R&B and soul to come – as he played in a triplet-heavy way that was rooted in blues, but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 EP by the Rage Against The Machine/Public Enemy/Cypress Hill supergroup – with studio recordings of "Prophet's Of Rage" and "The Party's Over" – plus live versions of "Killing In The Name" and "Shut Em Down" from the Hollywood Palladium and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition colored vinyl – includes download!)
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great third chapter in the Danish Pornography series by Alex Puddu – and, like the others, music that was recorded to accompany the re-release of some classic adult films from the 70s! As you'd guess from the title and project, the sound here is very retro overall – wicked funk that ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best work yet from Alex Puddu – the musician who explored the world of 70s porno on previous records for Schema, and who steps out here with an even more classic groove! The great Joe Bataan is in the group on vocals – adding in this old school New York element that really makes ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The world of Alex Puddu just keeps on getting bigger and bigger – and so do the wonderfully funky sounds on his records! Puddu's always been a real up-and-comer in the global funk underground – an artist who gets just the right 70s vibe in his instrumentation, arrangements, and ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bernard Purdie —
Purdie Good! ... LP Prestige/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of the early 70s – tightly vamping rhythms that draw heavily from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Asha Pulthi's first album – an excellent set of funky soul tunes, recorded in Germany with backings that are a mixture of spacey electric, smooth funk, and campy easy grooves. Asha's voice is very weird – a bit in the "love to love you baby" mode, and with a range of sounds ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quantic & Nidia Gongora —
Curao ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Will "Quantic" Holland has really turned out to be a hell of a fellow – a guy we first fell in love with as a beatmaker, then as a funk artist – and now as one of the few people who can ever mix grooves with global elements and make the whole thing come out sounding right! ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An undisputed funk classic – even back in the days before anyone ever said the phrase "funk classic"! This album must have been deleted the day it came out – because even though it's attained legendary proportions with groovers worldwide, it's always been hard to find – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few Blue Note albums with a bossa groove – and a great one too! The record features soulful tenor star Ike Quebec blowing in front of Brazilian-styled rhythms laid out by a combo that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, and a duo of Latin percussionists! Willie Bobo plays drums on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A garage psych classic from Question Mark & The Mysterians – the kind of once-in-a-lifetime album that still sounds pretty darn great today! The group are known, of course, for their huge hit "96 Tears" – and the rest of the album's done in a very similar mode – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Three rare slices of Sun Ra – issued here on a very cool vinyl-only 10" pressing! First up is the sublime "Lady With The Golden Stockings" – a slow-building groove that moves at midtempo pace – in that beautiful blend of jazz, exotica, and more soulful styles that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first far-reaching collection of vocal tracks recorded by Sun Ra and his Arkestra over the years – perfectly put together, and featuring a number of previously-unissued tracks as well! The Space Age Is Here To Stay covers a wide range of the cosmic jazz styles Ra traveled (and pretty much ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest records Sun Ra ever made – music to accompany the strange film Space Is The Place – which itself was an odd mixture of science fiction and blacksploitation-type action! The sounds here are sometimes in the usual Arkestra mode – wonderfully exotic rhythms mixed ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited editon of 500 – on Isotopic red/yellow & Transmolecularized blue/green!)
Fantastic late live material by Sun Ra and the Arkestra – presented here properly for the first time ever – with fantastic sound, and the full contents of two different sets – which really lets you get to hear the Arkestra at their best! Each concert is a wonderful progression of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sun Ra's first album as a leader – originally issued on the Transition label, but presented here in its better-known incarnation by Delmark Records! Even at this early point, Ra had a sound unlike any of his contemporaries – large group and modern, but not in a way that showed any ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Never-heard music from the legendary Sun Ra Arkestra – pulled from four different sessions recorded at the group's Philadelphia home in 1969 – and every bit as impressive as the Saturn Records material from the time! The recording quality is great – these aren't random snippets ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic material from Sun Ra – a never-heard 1972 performance at Slugs, and one that captures the group at their most spiritual point! The core of the set is the track "I Roam The Cosmos" – one of the more obscure Ra compositions, and a title that appears here for the first ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not an actual meeting of Sun Ra and Merzbow – although given the jazzman's rise to fame in his late life, that's not actually impossible – and instead, the record features a very unique concept – the music of Ra's "Strange Strings" and "The Magic City" – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing grooves like you've never heard before – the seminal sides by Salah Ragab and his Cairo Jazz Band! As you can probably guess from their name, the ensemble was an Egyptian one – working at the end of the 60s in an incredible blend of jazz and more traditional Egyptian-styled ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic agit-rap-rock debut of Rage Against The Machine – with the most fiery political lyricism and imagery of any massively popular record of its time – and as great of a pairing of revolutionary rap and heavy guitars as there ever was! It's hard to imagine now, but there were ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean-Bernard Raiteux —
Les Demons ... LP Finders Keepers (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
If that creepy cover image alone isn't more than enough to make you want this record, the magical music within will certainly tip the balance! Jean-Bernard Raiteux may be best known for his French funk sounds in the Harlem Pop Trotters, but he's even more weird and wonderful here – turning ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Louie Ramirez —
Tipico ... LP West Side Latino, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
An early 70s killer from Louie Ramirez – and a striking return to traditional styles after his work in the Latin Soul era! Louie shows that he can keep the groove as well as any young salseros, and the record's a mix of tracks done in an early 70s trad groove, with a few more jazzy elements. ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Roger Corman-Phil Spector year of the mighty Ramones! End Of The Century is a huge departure from the 1-2-3-4 burst and roar of the first 4 Ramones albums – a big ol' Phil Spector production – recorded concurrently with the filming of late 70s hottie PJ Soles dancing around in her ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incendiary live set by The Ramones at their early prime – with the original, most classic line-up of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy – recorded in all their raw glory at The Roxy in the summer of 1976! Includes "Loudmouth", "Beat On The Brat", "Blitzkrieg ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition – and on vinyl for the first time ever!)
A classic French session from one of the greatest American jazz guitarists of the 50s – the legendary Jimmy Raney, a player who mixed his hard-edge tone with a magically fluid groove! Jimmy's playing here on some great single-note lines – alongside a set of Parisian players that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ernest Ranglin —
Jazz Jamaica ... LP Federal/Dub Store (Japan), 1964. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the best jazz albums we've ever heard from legendary guitarist Ernest Ranglin – recorded quite early in his career for the tiny Federal label, and done with a fire that's missing from some of his other later records! The album's way more than just another instrumental outing with ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those key 60s records that reminds us why Ernest Ranglin's always been one of the most unique talents on the electric guitar – partly a jazzman, and partly a formative force in the early sound of rocksteady and reggae on the Jamaican scene – as you'll hear on this sweet ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet guitar instrumentals from the great Ernest Ranglin – heard here at an early point in his career, when he was very much a jazz player overall – but also picking up a few elements from the changing styles of Jamaican music at the time! Bobby plays with lots of warm, open chords ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest jazzy soundtracks of the early 60s! David Raksin's other great film work has jazz elements, too, but he goes all in on Two Late Blues. It has these incredible small combo cues – with little more than piano, drums, bass and horns – but they still manage to deliver ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roger Raspail —
Dalva ... LP Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Great work from Guadeloupean percussionist Roger Raspail – a set that offers up an unusual blend of jazz and island modes, but in a way that's very rich and organic – without any sort of self-conscious attitude about its presentation! Raspail's worked for years on the Paris scene ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work – and one of the best-selling albums of the Latin Soul era! During the 70s, Ricardo Ray was best known for his salsa work – but back in the 60s, he was really swinging around in the early blend of boogaloo and shing-a-ling styles! The set's got a really frenetic feel ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tough personal storytelling from Detroit rhymer Red Pill – unflinching and genuinely gripping lyricism, with strong production to suit by Ill Poetic. Raw, honest and real. Includes "The New Normal", "Four Part Cure", "Club Privilege", "Stars", "F*** ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool work from this enigmatic Ethiopian guitarist – a musician whose sound is an important part of the same golden years covered by the Ethiopiques series! Tewolde Redda plays both conventional electric guitar, and an electrified version of the more traditional krar (kirar), which is ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very important crossover soul album – a huge hit for Otis Redding that was released after his tragic death in December 1967 – but it's also hard to say if it would have had the impact it did had Redding not passed while the LP was still in production. In a way, the record sort of set ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not just Jimmy Reed – as the album features work by Phil Upchurch on bass and Al Duncan on drums, plus some great uncredited organ too – but the album's still a great chance to hear the great one at all his stripped-down best! Jimmy really dominates on vocals and guitar, and some ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold return to form for The Relatives – a legendary gospel funk group from the 70s Texas scene – finally brought back to their former strengths on this contemporary set! The approach is very old school – a strong focus on the excellent vocal interplay of the group, and the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
REM's major label debut – the culmination of years spent inching closer and closer to the mainstream – and one of the best examples of the past several decades of a band rooted in the indie rock underground reinventing themselves as superstars, without compromising their uniqueness or ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive soul from Wendy Rene – one of the lesser-known talents from the Stax Records scene of the 60s, and an artist who's finally getting her due! We're not sure why Wendy never hit bigger at the time – because her singles here are wonderful – excellent female soul that not only ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The final album by The Replacements – and a nice one, even if it's closer to a debut solo album for Paul Westerberg than it is to the rest of the 'Mats oeuvre! This is a classic example of an album with strengths we either refused to acknowledge back in the day as Replacements classicists, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There might've been a time when even the most ardent Replacements fans might not want to tell a soul how much they really dug this less raucous, more melodic record – if they even wanted to admit it to themselves – but that time has long ago passed, this one's pretty damn strong in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Let It Be ... LP Twin Tone/Rhino, 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
The masterpiece by one of the greatest, most sincere rock bands of all time! Let It Be veers all over the place, or at least as much as jangly rock music can, in the best way possible. Includes the pseudo twangy opener "I Will Dare", with the distinctly midwestern hardcore of the group's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The final 4 album from The Replacements – Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don't Tell A Soul and All Shook Down – in a 4LP box set! Tim was their first for Sire, and a crossover classic for the champions of the Minneapolis scene – with a couple of their best ever tunes – "Left ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Replacements look a lot more punk rock on the cover than on some of their later albums for Warner Brothers – and they sound a lot more punk, too – packing in 18 short songs on this early set that blisters with their youthful, inventive energy! Even working at a level that's hard ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Burning dub, indeed – as The Revolutionaries turn out a stellar set of instrumentals on this classic from the 70s! The album's got a totally top-shelf sound right from the start – excellent production from Junior English, who knows how to keep things clean and natural at just the right ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Remarkable work from Malvina Reynolds – the legendary folk activist whose career didn't take off until she was in her 70s – but which quickly became the stuff of legend among the left! Malvina only gave us a handful of records from those late years, but fortunately we've also got this ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great soundtrack from Gruff Rhys – a set that's maybe even more personal and beautiful than some of his more familiar records on his own! The music's for a film about the first week that poet Dylan Thomas spent in America in the 50s – but the sound is quite different from any ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A big step forward for The Right Now – branching out from the retro soul of their past work into a bigger, brighter neo-classic sound – but still firmly rooted in soul! Now, as always, the band is an excellent showcase for the powerful voice of singer Stefanie Berecz – and she's ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition translucent blue colored vinyl – plus download.)
A seminal recording of this masterpiece from Terry Riley – part of his European sojourn in the mid 70s, a time when it seemed that the major US interest that Riley had gotten was fading a bit – but the composer was opening up into even headier territory overall! The long, cyclical ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record from Terry Riley – and one that really takes the "voices" in the title seriously – as Terry sings a bit, alongside the fantastic waves of sound he creates with his electric keyboards! Riley's voice is nicely thin – almost like Robert Wyatt, and ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of those funk classics that was a funk classic even back in the days when nobody was talking about funk classics! Ripple were an obscure little group of southern players, and although they later went onto cut a disco record for Salsoul, this first album is still their most enduring legacy. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster album of Latin soul – arguably the greatest record ever cut by Hector Rivera! The record's a rare cooker that never lets up at all – a non-stop boogaloo party that definitely lives up to its swinging cover image – and which is quite different than most other albums from ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set of heavy Latin numbers from the great Hector Rivera – hiding under the guise of a simple dance record! Back in the late 50s and early 60s, Hector was always getting tagged for the big fads by labels – and made to produce albums that had him jumping on a dance fad bandwagon ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hector Rivera & The Latin Renaissance —
Hecto-Mania ... LP 4 Points, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic little Latin soul album – cut by bandleader Hector Rivera, and the Latin Renaissance soul group. The group sings in a warm harmony vocal style, with three female singers, and one male. Hector's in fine fine form laying down some jazzy Latin backings – and the record's got ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very weird little record – every bit as unusual as you'd expect from the cover! Robbie The Werewolf is Robbie Robison – a folk singer, but one who works here in a very goofy, oddball format – turning out tongue-in-cheek tunes with horror and monster themes – almost a ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with insert!)
A long-overdue full length set of work from Roy Roberts – a musician who's maybe best known for his more recent blues material on the Virginia scene, but who's presented here in a hip array of early funk and soul singles! The groove is nice and deep – and Roy's definitely coming from a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Oscar Rocchi/Fabio Fabor/Chiarosi —
Dramatest ... LP Fonovideo/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy ...
Some of the most offbeat music we've heard from Italian musician Oscar Rocchi – a set that's not nearly as jazzy as some of his other work of the time, and which instead serves as a wonderfully experimental approach to keyboards! The set's done in collaboration with Fabio Fabor (and has ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claude Rodap & Fregate Orchestra —
Syn-Ka ... LP Fregate/Granit (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ...
A sweet blend of modes from Martinique musician Claude Rodap – a set that's titled "Syn" after the synthesizer elements used in the music, and "Ka" for the percussion in the mix – which is based around "Gwo Ka" and other Caribbean modes! Overall, the album' ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long lost first album from Rodion GA – the legendary electronic music pioneer from the Romanian scene of the 70s – equally talented as Cluster, Eno, or some of the best German forces of the time – but far more obscure, given the Iron Curtain of the time! The music is a heady ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Rodriguez —
Mi Montuno ... LP Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Willie Rodriguez at his 60s best – driving his combo with a fire and fury that few other Latin leaders could match! The grooves here are raw and tight, right from the start – a recasting of Cuban descarga modes into an even tighter combo setting – with percussion leading the way ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning sounds from Willie Rodriguez – easily one of the hardest, heaviest leaders on the 60s scene in New York! The record is a live one, but has the focus and intensity of Willie's best studio work for Fonseca – red hot grooves that are a fusion of Willie's Puerto Rican roots with ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sound library album from the end of the 70s, but one that's got a fair bit of funky jazz in the mix, too – thanks to a lifetime dedication to the music by Amleto "Puccio" Roelens! Roelens was a musician with a long lineage on the Italian scene in the postwar years – and ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians – creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – a rich harmony of Brazilian roots and ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great horror work from Sante Maria Romitelli – served up in a very nice mix of styles! Some of the tunes here share a spare, tense feel with other Italian composers of the time – while others veer a bit more towards the darker modes of late 60s American scoring – especially in ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first solo album by Los Lobos singer/songwriter/guitarist Cesar Rosas – the one with the ever-present shades – and it's an underappreciated gem! Like Cesar's main band, his solo work is strongly-steeped in ageless west coast blues & roots, virtuoso road-tested musicianship and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record so big they dropped the "Ross" from Diana's name – just to show how large the lady was living at the end of the 70s! The album was a key set in the solo years of Diana's career – a back to basics dancefloor effort done with impeccable production by Bernard Edwards ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bjarne Rostvold Trio —
Tricotism ... LP RCA/Be! (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Not the usual album you might expect from a group with a trio in the name – as there's no piano in the mix, and instead the album features some sparkling trumpet from the great Allan Botschinsky – heard here at the height of his youthful, modern powers! The combo's led by drummer ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nino Rota's impressive score for the Luchino Visconti film The Leopard – sounds put together with enough of an epic feel to match the sprawling story of the movie! The music is more orchestral and serious than some of Rota's Fellini work from the same period – a masterful bit of ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rotary Connection —
Hey Love ... LP Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy (reissue)...
A massively beautiful piece of work by "the new Rotary Connection" – a version of this groundbreaking Chicago soul ensemble which featured Phil Upchurch, Henry Gibson, and Charles Stepney – the cream of the Chicago production scene! Minnie Riperton's still in the band on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
A wild one from Italian soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a set that definitely lives up to the disco promise of the title, but which still has some of the cool playful touches of Umiliani's work in movies too! The record may well be the funkiest that Piero ever cut – and was done ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual album from soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – sounds originally composed for the film Blue Nude in 1977, but only later issued on vinyl as a sound library session under Umiliani's alias of Rovi! The soundtrack is surprisingly jazzy for the time – especially giving ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Frank Zappa's amazing tribute to the sounds of LA that inspired him in his youth – not just the early rock and roll of the late 50s, but the way the music was picked up and given a home by the scene in East LA! There's a surprising amount of nascent soul elements in the music here – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A vital third act in the thankfully ongoing RTJ saga! The first album was unsurprisingly excellent, but surprisingly popular. The second album not only turned out to be a bigger hit, it was also a creative peak for both El-P and Killer Mike – which is really saying something. So the stakes ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2LP gold colored vinyl with sticker sheet, poster and lyric insert.)
The Run The Jewels duo project from El-P & Killer Mike return for another round, thankfully – they're just too good together to have left it as a one-off – and RTJ 2 more than lives up the indie rap classic debut! Killer Mike's limber, charismatic flow is served strongly by El-P's ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram teal colored vinyl – with poster and stickers.)
Run-DMC's great second album, with rock hard production by Russell Simmons and classic cuts! It's fascinating to listen to this album all these years later, with the knowledge that this hungry hip hop act from Queens was so soon to conquer the world. Great stuff from a legendary crew! This the ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The massive third album from Run DMC – done while at the very top of their game – and rightly broke out big to a much wider audience than just about any rap record before it! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – produced by Rick Rubin ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Run-DMC ... LP Profile/Get On Down, 1984. New Copy (reissue)...
The classic self-titled debut LP from Run-DMC – one that changed hip hop (and much of modern pop and rock) forever! There's little we can add to the canon for this record. Run DMC ushered in a new era in contemporary urban culture, a harder hitting style of rap the managed to bust out of ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underappreciated later effort from the mighty Run DMC – with slightly harder hitting beats, and an overall effectively terse style (hence the title) – and really the crew's last solid full length! You don't need us to tell you that Tougher Than Leather isn't the seminal classic ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from the French scene of the 70s – both sides very different, but equally wonderful! "Israel Suite" is a freewheeling, side-long track with wonderful energy – a sound that hangs somewhere between spiritual jazz and freer moments – especially the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Patrice Rushen's second album – and a very sweet batch of keyboard funk! The record has Patrice working in a groove that's almost like that of Herbie Hancock at the time – using lots of electric piano, clavinet, and synth to craft some mighty fine jazz funk grooves. The group's a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful set of unreleased Arthur Russell songs – great tunes that he cut in more of an eclectic singer-songwriter approach than some of his other work – emotionally upfront, understated material that is simply beautiful! The songs range from very stripped down and folksy on the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredibly beautiful set of work from Arthur Russell – one of the few records to be issued under his own name during his tragically short life – and a hauntingly spare blend of vocals, hand percussion, and solo cello – recorded with more than enough echo to live up to the title! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Rutherford & Sabu Toyozumi —
Conscience ... LP No Business (Lithuania), 1999. New Copy ...
Paul Rutherford's been making amazing sounds on trombone for decades – and he still sounds incredible here on this late 90s performance in Japan – a set that has the trombonist working with percussionist Sabu Toyozumi – but at a level that really seems to let Paul take the lead on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set from this crucial group from the UK scene at the end of the 70s – the legendary Ruts, a group who could equally balance punk and reggae influences in the same style as The Clash – but who often worked with a much more biting sound overall! This album's their lasting ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky classic from the group who were also known as SJOB Movement – a wonderfully tight array of musicians from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – working here with non-stop energy and enthusiasm! The tunes are all vocal numbers, with lyrics that clearly seem inspired by the Jamaican ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saga & Thelonious Martin —
Molotov ... LP Coalmine, 2017. New Copy ...
A tight one producer/one rapper effor from Brooklyn MC Saga and top shelf independent Chicago producer Thelonious Martin! Saga has a way of delivering smoothly flowing rhymes, with lyrics that are in turns gritty and uplifting (or a little of both), and Thelonious's production is right there ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing sounds from legendary reedman Akira Sakata – working here in a setting that's mostly solo, but which also includes some group material from a DVD of the performance too! The core tracks have Sakata blowing amazingly on alto, clarinet, and bass clarinet – these long, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible! This is a stunning set of African-inspired jazzy percussion tracks – similar to some of the work done by Art Blakey on his Orgy In Rhythm albums, but with a lot better horn work, and with an overall conception that's much more unified! AK Salim did some sleepier work for Savoy ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of a record from Brazilian pianist Dom Salvador – an artist who comes on here with a heavy funk groove that almost feels like Chess Records material from the late 60s! Dom's got a rock-solid left hand on the piano – and creates all these hard, down-turning lines that really ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album