Beautiful solo piano work from Paul Bley – spare, stark, and almost lovely – and a real contrast to some of his more aggressive experiments of the late 60s. The Bley here has almost a hint of sadness and longing, especially on the numbers that have him revisiting tunes he'd done on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early early work by Paul Bley – years before he picked up the synthesizer, and years before he became the moody modernist he was in the 70s! The album's a relatively straight batch of tracks, but does have a touch of modernism – an early example of the sharp sounds that Bley would ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great record by Paul Bley – even if it is a bit gimmicky! Bley was certainly not one of the world's greatest synthesizer players, but this album from 1970 is a wonderful batch of tunes written by Annette Peacock, and they have Bley playing a lot more soulfully than on other records from ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, with a fully split top seam & partially split spine.)
A 70s ECM album from Paul Bley, but one that features work from much earlier years – one session recorded in 1963, the other from 1968 – both done with Gary Peacock on bass, and either Billy Elgart or Paul Motian on drums! These early sides from Bley are quite interesting examples of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Bley —
Tears ... LP Owl (France), 1983. Near Mint- ...
A lesser-known solo set from Paul Bley – recorded in the early 80s for the French Owl Records label, and done with a nicely expansive sound throughout! Bley's as measured and angular on the keys here as on some of his 70s albums, but the difference in production makes some of the notes echo ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Bley/Bill Connors/Jimmy Giuffre —
Quiet Song ... LP Improvising Artists Inc, 1976. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Blonde On Blonde —
Rebirth ... LP Ember (UK), 1970. Very Good+ ...
These guys may have a name that evokes a Bob Dylan album, but their sound is something else entirely – a magical blend of simple instruments in a really unique way – and a songwriting voice that really sets these guys apart from the rest! There were so many great UK groups at the end ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing on Fontana. Cover has a partially unglued bottom seam.)
A stone classic from Blood Sweat & Tears – and a record that went onto have a tremendous impact in jazz, rock, funk, and soul! The group's format is plenty darn famous – adding a lot of horns to hip riffing grooves – but despite countless plays on oldies stations over the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another dose of ridiculous bluesy heaviness from Blue Cheer, without as much bluster as their first couple of albums, but the same bloated appeal. 10 numbers in all, including "Fool", "You're Gonna Need Someone", 'Hello LA, Bye Bye Birmingham", "Saturday Freedom" ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost later set from Blue Magic – recorded after their modern soul album for Capitol, and done in a sweetly gliding mellow groove! The sound here's quite different than their earlier records for Atco, but the vocals are all pretty darn wonderful – maturing harmonies that are cast in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mind blowing mid 60s rock from The Blue Things – gritty yet melodic rock from Kansas scene that's rumbling, a bit raucous, and totally killer – and it still sounds great! This is the first ever compilation of the group's 64-65 recordings, first released in 1987 and was out of print ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second bright blast of garage psych grooves from Blues Magoos – their excellent Electric Comic Book set for Mercury – just as great as the first album! At this early point, the group brings a deliriously high energy approach, even in the studio – we can only imagine how ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that still has Colin Blunstone sounding surprisingly strong a few albums into his solo career – maybe a bit mellower, and with a bit less edge than at the start – but still very able to find the best way to put his amazing vocals to work! The backings are smooth, but not too ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant set of jazzy Latin fusion – one of Willie Bobo's best of the 70s, and a seminal crossover LP! The album takes the heavy Latin soul of Willie's earlier work, and gives it a sweet 70s twist – adding in larger arrangements, impeccable production, and plenty of space to let the ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Angela Bofill's 3rd album for Arista – a tight set of 80s modern and pop soul tunes, arranged and produced by Narada Michael Walden with some jazzy touches in the right moments! Angie's taking things to a sophisticated soul level with this one – stepping out on a few ballads with a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive amount of fast funk groovers from the mighty Hamilton Bohannon – just the kind of skittish, upbeat, and totally amazing tracks that have made him a legend for years! The sound is really stripped down – usually just bass, drums, and guitar – wrapped together in this ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker over part of the spine.)
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear, aging, splitting and a sticker. Vinyl is nice and clean.)
A wonderful early record from Bohannon – and with a very different feel than usual! Although most of Bohannon's work from the time is up-tempo and funky, side two of this album has some amazing slow spacey cuts – done with a drum sound that's still quite hard, but just slower than ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice disco record from Hamilton Bohannon. The album mainly contains uptempo dance numbers but there are a few slower songs like "Daddy's Little Son" – a dedication to his son whose picture is on the cover of the album. The other tracks are "Andrea", "But What Is A ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the biggest and best albums ever for Hamilton Bohannon – filled with quirky rhythms and really unusual grooves! Bohannon was one of the key forces in setting the scene for disco invy 70s – and by the time the rest of the country was hitting the dancefloor in the middle part of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite a rich score from Claude Bolling – more orchestral and less jazz-based than some of his other soundtracks of the 70s – but very well suited to this tale of Egyptological horror! Bolling unfolds his instruments in a very nice way – sometimes starting with very low-end sounds ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Claude Bolling —
Lucky Luke ... LP United Artists (Germany), Early 70s. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
One of the stranger soundtrack projects from French jazzman Claude Bolling – his music for the animated feature of the comic character Lucky Luke! Mostly instrumental, but features one vocal track by Nicole Croisille, and two more by Pat Woods. Nice gatefold cover – filled with inside ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit groovier than some of Claude Bolling's other albums of the time – as the set offers up jaunty piano instrumentals of titles that include "Pata Pata", "Jackson", "The Letter", "Hole In My Shoe", "A Banda", "Bebe Requin", "Th ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A ramshackle batch of early 70s post psychedelic rock from Pete Brown & Graham Bond – with an indelible groove thanks to the healthy portions of bluesy and soulful influences – on a wild batch of songs! You might actually expect an even trippier ride given some of the outlandish ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(French pressing on Harvest. Cover has two small import stickers on the back.)
Tracks include "Lock & Load", "Never Scared" feat Killer Mike & TI, "Back Up" feat Dru, "Grippin The Grain" feat Lady Ice & Marcus, "Puttin In Work" feat David Banner & Lady Ice, "Getting It (Get Dat Money)" feat Jack Frost ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully moody piano work from Joe Bonner – working here in spare solo space on one of his most evocative albums of the 70s! The album's filled with swirling piano lines, played in the usual sensitive Bonner style – stark single-note melodies standing out, couched by fuller chords ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A slightly darker, but even more enigmatic album than the Bonzo Dog's first – a set that brings in more psychedelic influences than some of the earlier 20th century ones they'd used in the past – but which still keeps all the group's great sense of play and humor in place! The tunes ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing on Edsel.)
Booker T & The MGs —
Uptight ... LP Stax, 1969. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
A wonderful soundtrack from Booker T & The MGs – a record that's probably much better remembered than the film for which it was written! The tunes show a whole new depth for the group – a style that still has some of the charm of their previous hits, but which also takes off in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful solo work from Booker T – proof that he was just as great as a soul singer on his own, as he was back in the famous lineup of the MGs! Although Book plays keyboards on the record, he also sings a fair bit too – in this raspy, honest style that's really great – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy bossa gem from the glory days of A&M Records – an ultra-hip group recorded with production by Sergio Mendes! The feel here is a lot like that of Brasil 66 – bossa rhythms, sunny CA instrumentation, and lovely female vocals – in this case sung singularly, by the ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with heavy gatefold cover! Cover has a tiny bit of seam splitting on the bottom, but is great overall.)
Very obscure LP by what seems to be a lost Chicano funk group from Chicago. Released by the small Pipas label on the south side, the LP includes a nice cover of "Funky Nassau", plus covers of "Do Me Right", "Simple Song", and "Them Changes". The LP also ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent album by Bostic – one of his only few true jazz sessions! Bostic's tone has always been a favorite for us – and in this rare small combo jazz session you get to hear it alongside the Hammond of Groove Holmes, guitarof Joe Pass, and rhythm backing by James Bond and Shelly ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear and a tracklist sticker.)
A groovy little kid – and he plays a mean guitar! Boulou's the kind of artist you think you should hate when you see his smirking face on the cover, but he's actually pretty darn great – and the album's got a surprising amount of charm! A real part of the album's strength is the way ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's got a hokey title and cover – but it's a great batch of groovy 60s grooves! The album's supposed to feature songs from old-timey radio shows of the 30s and 40s, but Jimmy Bowen re-casts the songs (with the help of Ernie Freeman) into these campy 60s tunes, almost like a Laugh-In ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've never been huge of best ofs or greatest hits collections, but you could do a lot worse than this second set of Bowie tracks covering a reasonably large chunk of the thin white duke's career, with 10 tracks in all, including "Aladdinsane", "Oh! You Pretty things", "Star ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic Japanese-only collection of early Chess Records material by Eddie Boyd – including some unreleased tracks! Most numbers are small combo tracks – with accompaniment from Robert Lockwood Jr on guitar, Purcell Brockenborough on tenor, and Willie Dixon on bass! (Blues) LP, Vinyl record album
One of Dollar Brand's more ambitious albums – featuring a larger group of players than usual, working through some compositions that have as much life and spirit as might be implied by the title! The group includes Brand on keyboards, conga, and soprano sax – plus work by Carlos Ward ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes printed inner sleeve and press kit with one sheets & 8X10" glossy photo! Cover has a promo sticker.)
One of the most righteous 70s sessions to come from the hands of Dollar Brand – a New York recording that's filled with work by a host of players from the spiritual jazz underground – all of whom soar strongly on the album's long tracks, and give the set a fire and righteous energy you'r ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy fusion from Brand X – the late 70s heirs to some of the harder, rock-inspired modes of the earlier part of the decade! The music is still mostly jazz, but there's a lot of mainstream influence here – especially in the guitars played by John Goodsall, and the drums, which are ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brass Construction —
6 ... LP United Artists, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Six albums in, and these guys still aren't losing their groove – and if anything, they seem to be getting even tighter and funkier with the 80s groove generation! Randy Muller's still the main man making things happen here – giving the group their trademark horn sound, and that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from George Brassens – a really twisted batch of tunes, played on acoustic guitar, and sung with some of the most out there lyrics in French pop at the time! (French) LP, Vinyl record album
Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Braxton's best records for Arista, and a great quartet session that features Kenny Wheeler on trumpet, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums. The playing is extremely tight, and Braxton and Wheeler trade very sharp solos, while Holland pulls these amazing lines out of his bass. ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & light aging.)
Randy Brecker & Eliane Elias —
Amanda ... LP Passport, 1985. Very Good+ ...
Soulful fusion from The Brecker Brothers – a set that's one of their standout efforts from the 70s – and a record that went onto influence a whole generation of jazz musicians too! The album features the twin horns of Randy & Michael Brecker, along with alto by David Sanborn, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 70s recordings of some of Brel's greatest classics – done in versions that update the sound and enliven the spirit! The session dates from 1972, and features arrangements and orchestrations by longtime Brel collaborator Francois Rauber – plus beautifully somber piano by Gerard ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
American greatness from this seminal Dutch ensemble – a set recorded in the US when the group were really hitting on all burners – linking together rich strains of modern jazz in the course of a single performance! There's a great blend of tight concepts and freer solos going on here ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brewer & Shipley —
Weeds ... LP Kama Sutra, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
Smoking summer heat from Brick – an 80s outing that furthers the tight tight groove they started back in the 70s! Given that Brick were one of the groups who really set the sound for the next generation, they're right at home here – working with some production help from Ray Parker Jr, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's few truly soul-based records – recorded during a brief break from jazz at the end of the 70s, and done with some sweetly grooving from Thom Bell! The sound here's a bit like that of some of the later Philly International work from the same stretch – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Baritone madness, and a lot more too – a set that's full of surprises, and which may well be one of the most striking records on the Beehive label from Chicago! The date not only features twin terrors on baritone sax – Nick Brignola and Pepper Adams, both blowing at the height of their ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album