No group leader named, but the record features work from Herb Remington on steel guitar and Bob White on fiddle – both in a sweet array of western swing instrumentals! (Folk/Country) LP, Vinyl record album
John Renbourn —
Hermit ... LP Transatlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Prime weirdness from The Residents! It's fair to consider Fingerprince as a transitional effort from the group, though it's not a dismissible one – it's out there, exciting and may be easier to get all the way through than some of the more anti-pop experiments they delivered in the mid-to-lat ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the Ralph mail-in form.)
Mindblowing sounds from The Residents – and a key link between hippie experimentalism of the 60s and some of the darker noise moments of the 70s! The sound is incredibly rich – layers of textures coming from instruments played by the group, and supposedly material from their huge ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always-engimatic sounds from The Residents – a bit more fully-formed than some of their earliest recordings, but still sprawled out nicely over the space of the full album! There's almost an Eraserhead feel to the music at times – dreamy, yet creepy – and other moments bring in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Timer ... LP PA USA, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
Funky fusion from Italy – with lots of keyboards and moogy type bits, layered out over funky bass and drums (by Tullio De Piscopo!), and also some strings by the Milan Symphony Orchestra. The sound is kind of spacey and soundtracky, but the core group gives the tracks enough of a groove to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Set of free "out" tracks by this classic 70's loft avant group. Leroy Jenkins, Sirone, and Jerome Cooper mesh together brilliantly, and have honed their style sharply by the time of this A&M release. Gatefold cover, with the tracks "Trio for Trio", "Chinese Rock" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alvino Rey's swinging "wow-wow" guitar sounds a lot like Esquivel's use of pedal steel, and this album's a great bunch of work in that vein, with swinging strident arrangements that mix the guitar and baritone sax solos. Great hip bachelor pad ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a half split top seam and some marker on back.)
A solid smoker from the lesser-known Jeannie Reynolds – a hell of a 70s soul singer, and one who should have been huge – especially given the rich vocals on this set! Jeannie's brother LJ Reynolds handles production this time around, and he brings in a nice sharper edge to the set ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great self-titled set from Emitt Rhodes – a compelling California singer who hardly ever gets his due! The music's a wonderful mix of California late 60s singer/songwriter modes and bits of Beatles-esque production – a blend that makes for a fuller feel than usual for a record ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cliff Richard/Mike Leander —
Two A Penny ... LP Columbia (UK), Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
Cliff's left the Shadows behind here, and he's singing with some very groovy arrangements by Brit pop genius Mike Leander. Includes the original title cut, plus "I'll Love You Forever Today", "Lonely Girl", "Questions", "And Me (I'm On The Outside Now", plus ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mingus' drummer in a rare set as a leader, leading a group with a number of other from Mingus alumni, including Don Pullen, George Adams, and Jack Walrath – along with Billy Harper's bassist, David Friesen. Side two has a long beautiful Richmond original called "I Told You So", and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great ode to Dannie Richmond's longtime musical partner Charles Mingus – who'd passed shortly before this session – done with styles and sounds that are quite different than some of Richmond's other work! The album's got a definite blue tone – Richmond really feeling Mingus' ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very early merengue sounds from Ricardo Rico – served up with an earthy blend that really gets to the root of the genre! The tracks often feature strong percussion alongside these really bouncing basslines – but acoustic ones, without the too-heavy style of more contemporary merengue ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove, including the original plastic Tico inner sleeve.)
Some of Riddle's dreamiest work – a pillow-soft set of lush backings, with lots of swirling strings to create the "sea of dreams" in the title! The cover alone is worth the price of the record (and we hardly ever say that!) – as it features a nude woman, floating under water, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has some clear tape on the seams and remnants of a small sticker on front.)
A pretty weird one – the soundtrack to the 1978 film that starred Barbara Eden, based on Jeannie C Riley's late 60s pop hit "Harper Valley PTA". Jeannie sings that song at the start of the set, and Nelson Riddle contributes a number of dreamy and disco-tinged instrumentals to give ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album of deep deep soul! Recorded way before Sharon Ridley became a big club diva, this record mixes deep soul vocal stylings with some well produced Van McCoy arrangements, and backing by some crack New York players. The result is one of the best female vocal soul albums we can ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Cover has staining & peeling along the bottom 3 inches.)
A fantastic record by British pianist Howard Riley – one that features Riley playing overdubbed, intertwining solo work on two different pianos – in a session of richly expressive work that comes off with the skittish energy of a recording by Conlon Nancarrow! Riley's solo work alone ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few light creases and a small gloss bubble on one corner.)
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric ... (Out Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweetly stepping funk from The Rimshots – here moving from their rawer early sound into a tighter mode that was much more in keeping with the Philly scene of the time! The set's got a really full ensemble group feel – similar to other All Platinum classics by Brand New Funk and Wood ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and some staining.)
A wonderful space disco classic from the years before house music – and a record that's gone on to have a huge influence on generations of dancefloors over the years! The duo of Rinder & Lewis did a number of other projects for the AVI label back in the 70s, but this one may well be ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and some faded marker on back.)
The last album ever from the amazing Minnie Riperton – and one of her greatest records as well! The album was sadly issued after Minnie's untimely early passing from this planet – but it's a heavenly batch of tunes that definitely shows that her love of music lives forever – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lee Ritenour —
Rit ... LP Elektra, Very Good+ ...
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Danny Rivera —
Alborada ... LP Graffiti, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ...
A beautifully avant session from ECM – and a great late 70s showcase for the reed talents of the great Sam Rivers! The album's got a mixture of focus and freedom that makes it one of Sam's best from this period – a group outing that features Rivers on tenor, soprano, and flute – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sam Rivers' most striking albums for Impulse, a record that has him leading a fairly large group – working in an "orchestral context", as the notes on the cover say, but not really a jazz orchestra – more of a freewheeling avant ensemble, in the tradition of work by ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2LP set that brings together 2 (then) unreleased sessions recorded by Sam Rivers for Blue Note during the mid 60s! The first album was later issued as Dimensions & Extensions – and features Sam Rivers starting to stretch out and get kind of free in a bit of a Blue Note late 60s New Thing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Sam Rivers' most freely expressive albums – a set of extended improvisations that features the leader on tenor, soprano, flute, and piano – really spinning out with some strongly expressive solos! The rest of the lineup is quite free too – with Dave Holland on bass and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sam Rivers —
Sizzle ... LP ABC/Impulse, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A different record for Rivers – especially when you compare it to the rest of his early 70s output! Rivers' own playing is still very similar to other records – in that he's blowing his head off on tenor, soprano, and flute – but the backing's by a pretty fierce rhythm combo that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a cut corner.)
Sam Rivers & Mario Schiano —
Rendez-Vous ... LP Red/Vedette (Italy), 1977. Near Mint- ...
An excellent Italian session by Sam Rivers – cut right around the same time as his classic work for the Horo label, and done in a very similar spirit! The work shows Rivers really opening up in the setting – blowing with intensity one moment, and a carefully introspective style the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare recording of Joe Daley's trio with Same Rivers and Warren Smith, and as you might guess from the lineup, the group's name is a bit of a misnomer: there's only 1 tuba, not 3. This is the third volume of a three volume set of live recordings made in Amsterdam, 1976. In spite of the weighty ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smoking work on Hammond from Freddie Roach – a key player in the Blue Note lineup of the 60s, and a strong link between the label's soul jazz and modern sides! The sound here is a really beautiful one – partly in the organ/tenor mode forged by Baby Face Willette and John Patton in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This is a New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear, NO LONGER WITH THE COVER.)
This is a retitled 2nd pressing of the album Deeds Not Words – which is a classic Max Roach session with Booker Little, George Coleman, Art Davis, and Ray Draper. The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha Cha" and "Deeds, Not Words" – plus ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has some wear.)
Nice Prestige 2-fer from the 70s that brings together 2 great albums. Speak, Brother, Speak is solid righteous jazz from the Max Roach of the 60s – recorded at a time when the player was really breaking away from his straighter hardbop roots, and delving deeper into more freely soulful jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The drums are certainly unlimited here – and the album's a really unique one, in that it shows Max Roach in 2 different settings – one with a group, and one that's simply solo! One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the ultra-hip Max Roach Quartet of the mid 70s – a lineup that features Billy Harper on tenor, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Reggie Workman on bass! Tracks are long – very much in the Harper style of the time – and titles include "It's Time", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful sounds from the ultra-hip Max Roach Quartet of the mid 70s – a lineup that features Billy Harper on tenor, Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet, and Reggie Workman on bass! Tracks are long – very much in the Harper style of the time – and titles include "Mr Papa Jo" ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Max's most experimental albums from the 50s – a set of serious compositional works performed in conjunction with the Boston Percussion Ensemble. The feel is very much in the mode of 20th century classical work, such as the recordings in the 60s by the Percussions Of Strasbourg – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Max Roach's masterpiece! This record is one of his most perfectly realized visions – and it's a marvelous album that combines politics and modern jazz, yet still manages to swing! The players are some of the hippest that Roach ever worked with – and include Eric Dolphy, Booker Little, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold work from Max Roach – great material from the piano-less quartet that features Odean Pope on tenor and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpet! The style here follows strongly from Roach's Horo and Japanese recordings of the late 70s – as the album features one long track, with plenty of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Max Roach & Clifford Brown —
Daahoud ... LP Mainstream, 1956. Very Good- Gatefold ...
Previously unreleased work from the legendary group of Clifford Brown and Max Roach – recorded back in the 50s, when Mainstream producer Bob Shad was working on the Brown/Roach dates for Mercury – but not issued until this set in the 70s, when Shad had his own label! The music here is ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Nothing too quiet here – as the album's one of Max Roach's key classics from the Mercury years – recorded with one of the hippest groups he ever led! Players here are all wonderful – Julian Priester on trombone, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Bob ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)
Max Roach/M'Boom —
Collage ... LP Soul Note (Italy), 1984. Near Mint- ...
A highly percussive session from M'Boom – the cool combo headed by Max Roach, and featuring a host of different drummers and percussionists! The lineup here changes a bit from track to track, but every instrument on the set is a percussive one – including congas and timbales from Ray ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record – with some very groovy guitar! This is the kind of session that we used to pass up years ago because we never thought it was that pure. Now, though, thanks to beatheads worldwide, the great talents of Howard Roberts' Capitol years are finally getting recognized again. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has an anti-theft sensor on back.)
Judy Roberts —
Trio ... LP PA USA, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Always-great work from sunny singer Judy Roberts – and an album with some real surprises! The overall sound is perhaps a bit more electric, and a bit smoother than some of Roberts' earlier albums – but given the sweetness of Judy's tone, the style actually works pretty darn nicely to ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great vehicle for the Smokey Robinson sound in the 80s – and a record that helped Smokey kick off the decade with a really massive hit! "Being With You" still let Smokey stay in an older style of soul-based vocals, without slipping into the adult contemporary sound that would ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly more-grooving record than some of Smokey's others from the time – done in a style that rolls around in a mostly-midtempo mode. There's almost a gentle 80s groove approach at times, although some of the tunes on the set are definitely in that stone mellow love song style that was ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Legendary stuff from Smokey Robinson and his wonderful group – a killer set from the second all-male version of The Miracles – recorded with some wonderfully soaring harmonies! The group's got a nice bite on the bottom here – a groove to go with the "go go" promised in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 2 globes pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole, with a thin stain and minor flaking along the bottom.)
Tom Robinson Band —
Two ... LP Harvest, 1979. Near Mint- ...
Strange little 4 track release in which Sire records was trying to break a lot of the early 80s electro disco groups from Italy into the US market. The album's notable, though, for it's inclusion of the great "Problems D'Amour" by Alexander Robotnick, a nice groover that has some strong ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bob Rockwell —
No Rush ... LP Steeplechase (Denmark), 1986. Very Good+ ...
Classic work from the founding father of country music! Titles include "Blue Yodel No 4", "Waiting For A Train", "Prairie Lullaby", "Pistol Packin Papa", "Jimmy's Mean Mama Blues", "Old Pal Of My Heart", "My Little Lady", and ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album